There’s no denying that the tablet market has blown up in a major way.
Indeed, it seems hard to cast your mind back to when many people considered the iPad a ridiculous invention that would never catch on. Those seeking a tablet in 2014 have a whole host of different options to choose from, which is why we’re going to take a look at how to go about choosing the right one, whether it’s a tablet hybrid from Lenovo or a Nexus 7:
Picking a camp
The first major decision in choosing a tablet is which operating system you’d prefer to have. It’s an entirely subjective thing (despite what many of the more passionate fans might say!) and it’s simply a matter of trying them out and seeing which one works best for you.
iPads will obviously use Apple’s latest operating system, with Android supplying the operational software for most other manufacturers including Acer, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Samsung.
It’s also worth noting that there are now some affordable Windows 8 tablets making their way onto the market.
Needless to say, apps remain a key reason for the success of the tablet market.
For some people, they offer the ability to watch movies or YouTube videos, for others they provide the ability to edit photos. Others, of course, simply like to relax and read a book.
The Apple App Store is certainly very well maintained, with nearly half a million programs and games available right off the bat.
Android has certainly stepped up its game in recent years in a bid to compete. However, the Android store also has a reputation for being less well regulated in terms of security: a lot of malware-affected apps originate there.
Needless to say, the size of the screen also plays a key part. Tablets vary by a reasonable amount, usually between 10 and 7 inches.
Fortunately, most of the major models (iPads, Nexus Tablets and Kindle Fires) all come in different size, so you don’t have to be stuck with one brand just because you like the size.
Screen resolution is another important factor. The more detailed the activities the tablet is being bought for, the bigger and more detailed the screen will need to be. The Kindle Fire 8.9 currently offers the best in terms of pixels at 2,560 by 1,600. The iPad’s retina display (at 2048×1536 pixels) is also excellent.
Wi-Fi and other connections
This is actually a major characteristic, and one that inexperienced users will often forget to take into account.
Different tablets will have different connection options, with some only able to connect to the web when there is a Wi-Fi hotspot nearby. This means that they won’t be able to connect to the net when out and about like a smartphone does.
The ability to connect to 3G/4G is something that does add a bit to the price but for those that want to access the web when out and about, it’s not really optional.
Those that just want to use the tablet at home, however, could probably get away with just Wi-Fi.