How to buy an Android tablet

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Android tablets can be very handy.They are a good substitute for laptops. Years ago when the laptop was invented, they were touted as the definition of mobile computing. And for a while they did very well as the face of mobile computing.

How to buy an Android tablet
Android Tablet

However the advent of tablets has changed the landscape of mobile computing. Over the last few years, tablets have become so good and very powerful that some people are even predicting the demise of laptops.

That is not going to happen any time soon though. Tablets are convenient for carrying around and doing some basic tasks, but laptops are very necessary for many other things.

So just as the laptop did not kill desktop computers, tablets would not kill laptops too. At least not in the foreseeable future.

When you decide to buy and Android tablet, the choices available to you can seem really daunting. Which one to chose? What brand to pick and color too can be variables that could leave you scratching your head.

If you read this excellent piece on the criteria for choosing an Android phone, then you don’t have much to do in picking the tablet to buy.

Since they are all Android devices, the specs follow the same pattern. However, there are a few other things you need to consider before buying a tablet

Why you want to buy it

How to buy an Android tablet
How to buy an Android tablet

Tablets are not just bigger versions of mobile phones. Some of them are actually tailored for a particular segment of the market. While others are made to suit particular tasks.

Before you set out to buy one, you must have a clear idea of what you want to use it for.

For instance, if you are buying a tablet for a kid, you want to be clear you get one specifically made with kids in mind. A tablets like that would have softwares and programs installed as educational tools for them.

How to buy an Android tab
Tablet for kids

On the other hand, you might want the tablet just to watch movies, read books, browse the net and listen to music. In that case you must make sure the graphics are good before paying. The sound output must be decent too.

On the other end of the scale, you might might the tablet to do much more that just multimedia, internet and reading. A tablet suitable for something like playing HD games would require higher specs.

So you need to be certain of the purpose or you would be throwing money at something that might not suit your taste. Or paying for something you don’t need.


How to buy an Android tablet
7 inch vs 10 inch tablet

Tablets like mobile phones come in various shape and sizes. The most common are the 7 inch and 10 inch tablets.

For movies and games, 10 inch is certainly better than 7. However, the smaller tab can be just as good.

The size you finally settle on is most times linked to your budget. In that respect, it should be obvious that the bigger the tablet the more money you have to shell out. So you need to put that fact into consideration.

Bear in mind there is no rule book when it comes to size of tablets in relation to cost especially if you are comparing tablets across different brands. For instance, a 7 inch Samsung tab is likely to be more expensive that a 10 inch generic tab from any of the Chinese manufacturers.

Generally, when comparing different sizes in the same brand, the bigger tablets are more expensive.

But if you need something that is truly mobile, a 7 inch tablet is perfect. Depending on the design and bezels, some of them can fit into a large pocket.

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