August 8, 2014 3:42 am
What’s my budget?
First, decide whether to stick to a budget or splurge on a higher-end version. Some tablets are more expensive because they come loaded with features you may not need, or add-ons like a stylus or office software. Think about how you’ll purpose your tablet before spending too much on a product you won’t use.
Which operating system is right for me?
There are three operating systems available on tablets: Apple’s iOS, Android or Windows. If you already have a desktop or laptop with one system, it may be a no-brainer to keep things consistent. By using the same system across multiple devices, you can use all of the same apps and sync your documents and photos seamlessly.
What size do I need?
Many tablets come with pint-sized alternatives, such as the iPad and iPad Air or iPad Mini. Most tablet users opt for 7- to 9-inch screens, but it’s important to choose the correct size for your viewing pleasure. If you plan to use the tablet to take photos, for example, you might buy one with a smaller screen. On the other hand, if you’re using it to enjoy books or magazines, you may want to get one that’s large enough for reading.
How will I connect to the Internet?
Depending on your needs, you can purchase a tablet that is Wi-Fi only or one that is 4G-enabled. 4G capabilities cost more, but might be an option for those who need Internet access on the go. With a Wi-Fi version, you won’t have to pay a 4G bill every month.
Will I need a keyboard?
If you plan to use your tablet to type, you may want one that connects easily to a keyboard stand. Some tablets are actually detachable parts of a laptop whole, while others have keyboards as an added expense. Whichever you choose, take time to factor that, as well as protective cases and accessories, into your budget.
Source: Consumer Reports
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