5 Things to Consider Before You Buy a Tablet

What tablet do I use?

The Season of the Tablet Computer

To Pad or to Tablet

When Apple launched the iPad almost a few years ago (April 2010), writers and enthusiast were certain that laptops and netbooks would be pushed aside.  One article I read stated that it was the end of the netbook as we know it.

Instead, what happened is that the market became flooded with copycat tablets. By the end of 2010, there were over 200 “tablets” available for sale.  App developers have jumped on the Android bandwagon so much so that more android apps are hitting the scene than iphone apps, which is adding more fuel to the tablet fire.

To Pad or to Tablet – Consider this before you buy

  1. Operating System – Mobile devices like tablets and smart phones have an operating system just like the computer does. Be sure you understand the difference between them so that your choice will be relevant to you.
  2. Storage Space – Depending on how you will use your tablet, the amount of storage space will definitely matter. Some tablets have an SD slot for added storage and transferring files.  Others may not. If this is a convenience that you will need in order to watch video or add photos to your device, check it out beforehand.
  3. Battery Life – The manufacturer may not mention this because some of the newer devices have a very short battery life.  If you plan to use your tablet to keep a child entertained while you are on the go, for example, you don’t want the battery to conk out on you right in the middle of a movie.
  4. Screen Resolution – In an effort to keep the price down, some tablet makers have dropped the ball on resolution. I have found that it is better to pay a little more for a higher resolution. This will make all the difference when you are showing off your treasured photos.
  5. Back Light – If you plan to use your device for a lot of reading, be sure to check the specs before you buy. Some of the reader devices have no back light which makes reading in low light a challenge.

BTW, if you are curious about what tablet I am using, check out What’s In My Tech Bag! It’s first on my list.

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