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Buying a Tablet

Tablets are the perfect example of on-the-go technology. Whether you're looking to read a book during your lunch break or pull up important documents on the train, a tablet can come in handy no matter where you are. A new tablet provides similar functions to those you'd find on a laptop or desktop computer, but is much more compact. Before you select a tablet, it's important to research which is best for you.

Why buy a new tablet?

The lightweight and portable design makes a tablet much easier to carry than a laptop. Most models are thin enough to fit in purses or book bags with all your other items.

A tablet can keep you and others occupied for hours with different apps and features. You can use your tablet to read eBooks as well as play music and games.

These devices are great for both note-takers and aspiring writers. You can use your tablet to take notes during classes, track minutes of an important meeting or write blog posts wherever you go.

Newer tablets have a smaller overall size that is much easier to operate. Most of them are even small enough to fit in one hand, giving you the ability to use it while you watch TV or complete other tasks.

Features of new tablets

Technical capabilities

  • Smaller storage capacity, typically 8 gigabytes (GB) or less, is best used for everyday activities, including checking email, using apps and tracking your daily calendar
  • Memory capacity of 16 GB or higher is best if you plan on storing lots of pictures, music or larger media to your device
  • Touchscreens allow you to both type and swipe through screens quickly
  • Certain models can connect to Wi-Fi and 3G so you can get on the Internet any time
  • A tablet with Bluetooth capability lets you stream music in vehicles as well as pair your device with a TV, mouse or keyboard
  • Many tablets include both a front and back facing camera for video conferencing or taking photos whenever the opportunity strikes
  • Most tablets come with HDMI ports so you can connect them to projectors or monitors for presentations




Tablet accessories

  • Attaching a keyboard to your tablet makes typing much easier and gives you full screen access
  • A docking station features a keyboard and a stand that charges your battery, so you can use your tablet like a larger laptop or desktop computer
  • Screen protectors help keep your tablet touchscreen clean and free of scratches
  • Different covers, cases and sleeves can also protect tablets and are light enough to store in a book bag or briefcase
  • eReader lights are perfect if you plan on reading or playing games on your device late at night
  • A stylus lets you efficiently operate the touchscreen without getting it damaged or dirty




Types of tablets

Android tablets

These devices run on the Android operating system and feature a large selection of apps anyone can use.

  •  Price range: $50-$550
  •  Battery life: 3-12 hours
  •  Screen size: 7-13 inches
  •  Built-in memory range: 1-32 GB

Android tablets are best for...

Bloggers and multimedia writers: Android tablets feature software and applications that are perfect for blogging, shooting videos, recording audio and taking photos.


Children: If you have a family or babysit frequently, you know it's important that children stay entertained. Thanks to all the various games, apps and media Android tablets offer, you'll be able to occupy them for hours.


People on a tight budget: While there are high-end versions, some Android tablets are more affordable than tablets from competitors.





Windows tablets

These tablets use the Windows operating system and are suited for professionals or office settings.

  •  Price range: $275-$700
  •  Battery life: 3-11.9 hours
  •  Screen size: 8-11 inches
  •  Built-in memory range: 32-120 GB

Windows tablets are best for...

Business professionals: Tablets that run on the Windows operating system come with Microsoft Office programs and Outlook email, meaning you can write up proposals and check your work email at any time.



Desktop configurations: Windows-based tablets are constructed to use almost any kind of peripherals or hardware to create your own personal command center at home or work. Devices can be connected using USB, HDMI Bluetooth or a docking station.


Bottom Line

While each has their own benefits, both Android and Windows tablets are high-quality devices that won't disappoint you. Each tablet is the perfect solution if you're looking for portable, space-saving technology. If you're someone that loves to access apps, music streams and other media constantly, Android tablets are a better choice. However, Windows tablets are better if you need something for both work and home. While they have a high price tag, Windows tablets are equipped with the same Microsoft programs used in most offices so you can readily access documents for important projects or presentations.