What tablet to buy – Autumn/Fall 2018

Tablets appear to be decreasing in popularity as phones get bigger and laptops get smaller.  So, why would you buy a tablet?  The main reasons are:

  • for children to use
  • for reading books
  • for entertainment when travelling
  • because of the large screen
  • for drawing
  • because you can’t get on with a smartphone but want to use its apps

If you want a device for:

  • photography
  • mobile gaming
  • email and social media
  • productivity

a smartphone or laptop may be what you should buy.

So, assuming that you do want to buy a tablet, work out the key features you want in terms of priority and essential/desirable.

  • convertible (with a keyboard) or stand-alone
  • size (7″, 8″, 10″).  There are other sizes, but smaller and you might as well have a phone and larger are hugely expensive.
  • iOS, Android or Windows 10
  • What is it going to be used for
  • Who is it going to be used by
  • Screen quality
  • What processor
  • RAM
  • Storage and Expandability
  • Battery Life
  • Price
  • Connectivity (WiFi, Bluetooth, SIM card)

Often, one or two of these factors are the critical ones, such as size and price.  This means you can narrow your search based on those factors, create a short list and thencheck off the other key factors.  Let Google do some of the work for you.

  • Choose the model you want to check, put it into a Googlesearch with  the word review at the end. 
  • Never take just one review
  • Always base reviews on quantity (i.e. less than 5 could be fake)
  • Always look at the poor reviews.  Are the reasons thing that effect you?
  • Check if it is the supplier or the product being reviewed
  • Try to focus on UK sites (if you are in the UK)

Quite often you can buy the same item in one of the larger electrical retailers for the same price, BUT BE SURE TO CHECK THE EXACT MODEL NUMBER as they often offer older models.

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