Tablet PC Guide: Important Things to Look for

By on Nov 29, 2011 in Computers, Gadgets |

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Apple’s iPad initiated the tablet market before some 18 months, which is now flooded with a variety of choices from HTC, RIM, Samsung, Motorola, and Asus. Undoubtedly, iPad accounted for 80% of the sales initially, which kept the rival tablets at bay. However, this does not mean that the latter tablets are not worth trying. In fact, many people are trying them as well, which has resulted in a floating market of similar tablets at various prices, features, and performance capabilities. So, which is the best tablet to buy? If this is what you need to answer, here’s the tablet PC guide that will reveal the most vital things to look for while buying (do not always focus on Apple’s specifications).

Assess Your Network Needs: Is 3G or TV Connection Required?
Tablets are available in two versions of which many support both Wi-Fi and 3G connections. You can then choose to connect wirelessly to your home network or can use it with an Internet-enabled SIM card for accessing the Internet while roaming. However, bear in mind that the 3G versions are costly and that they come with data contracts. Nevertheless, you can get them at subsidized rates in many stores.

Coming to TV connections, several tablets have the ability to connect to TVs and monitor displays through an HDMI cable. You can choose such a gadget if you want to cast videos on a bigger screen. In this case, prefer a mini-HDMI or full-size output offered by tablets such as Motorola Xoom. However, in case of an iPad, be ready to pay extra.

Assess Your OS Needs: Is iOS 5 Required?
Although iOS 5 by Apple is the most famous OS for tablets, there are yet many user-friendly and tablet-friendly operating systems to choose from such as Windows 8 and Android 3.0 (Google-backed operating system version). I would suggest the latter ones if you are looking for more flexibility, as iOS 5 is not that open for customization.

Assess Your Processor Needs: Is A5 Chip Required?
Almost all tablets embed the ARM processor technology that is used in all cell phones. Yes, you even get dual-core ARM processors in many tablets. If you choose iPad 2, it will offer you the A5 chip, whereas the latest Android 3.0 tablets come with Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processor. So again, if customization is your choice, Tegra 2 has to be your choice.

Assess Your Storage Needs: 16GB or 32GB?
Your storage needs depends on your usage. For example, 16GB is enough for loads of music and photos, while HD video and big applications need much more memory. In case you want an iPad, you must know that it does not offer a memory card slot for expanding the storage capacity, while several other tablets come with built-in microSD/microSDHC slots.

Assess Your Screen Size Needs: Small or Big?
The most suitable tablet size is the one that makes you work comfortably no matter where you are. If portability is what you prefer, you certainly need a bigger screen. While iPad 2’s screen provides a display of 9.7 inches, Android 3.0 tablets offer 10.1-inch displays. Need a smaller one? Okay, go for 7-inch display offered by Dell Streak 7.

Besides sharing his knowledge on tech, Richard also works for the marketing department of wish.co.uk where you can find some interesting gift offers to please your loved ones. This article was written by a guest author. Would you like to write for us?