Finding the best tablet for you can be tough. There are so many brands to choose from, and so many features and details to consider that make it hard to pick the best tablet. However, by breaking it down into pieces and looking closely at each of these, you can determine which tablet would be the best for your needs.
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To find the best tablet for you, you should look at the key features that each tablet has to offer. These are:
•Price – While the phrase, “you get what you pay for,” is true, budget tablets have been emerging that have excellent functionality despite their modest cost. But if you want the best of the best, you will need to pay for a higher quality unit.
•Brand – The services and programs that an iPad and a Kindle Fire can use are very different, so be sure to check that your tablet can run everything you need.
•Resolution and Screen Size – This distinction is commonly overlooked by those who are new to the tablet market. Two tablets can have the same screen size, but have different resolutions. This means that the tablet with the lower resolution will have a less detailed screen, which means the quality is lower. If you plan to use your tablet mainly for viewing movies and videos, this is a very important aspect to consider.
•Battery Life – Be sure that your tablet can keep up with you! A tablet can have all the features in the world, but with no juice those features are useless to you. If you plan to commonly use your tablet for prolonged periods of time away from a charger, you’ll need a long battery life.
•Weight – Weight is another consideration that is often overlooked. Some people prefer heavier tablets, while some prefer their tablets light.
•Accessories – Recognizable brands tend to have accessories for nearly everything imaginable. Smaller brands do not. If you are looking into a tablet from a newer brand, be sure to check for any accessories that you would need for it, as they frequently do not have as wide a selection available.
Now let’s get into the details. We’ll take a closer look at each of the factors that I mentioned above to find out how important they will be for you to find the best tablet.
Tablet pricing can be divided into three main categories: budget, standard, and high-end. Budget tablets come at a very low price, but have less features and weaker specs than other tablets. Standard tablets have a medium price and have most of the features a user may desire, such as long battery life, good resolution and screen size, as well as the many brand-specific features that exist. High-end tablets have all of the features of standard tablets, but tend to have larger screens, greater resolution, far larger storage capacity, and a whole list of other features. Let’s take a look at one from each price category to get an idea of what they have to offer.
My budget tablet of choice is the Fire Tablet. Despite its very low cost, it retains most of the key functionality that a pricier tablet has. The Fire Tablet is a great choice for someone looking to get started with tablets as a more expensive purchase should be put off until the user becomes more familiar with tablets and can make a more informed purchase. The Fire is also a great gift for children, there is even a model specifically mode for kids, as well as kid-proof covers that can be attached.
A more dedicated tablet user may decide that the enhanced features are worth the additional cost and opt for a high-end tablet instead. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 has a 9.7” screen, which makes it much easier on the eyes than a smaller tablet. On top of this, the resolution is proportionally greater than a tablet with a smaller screen. This means that any videos or games played on this tablet will not only be larger, but higher definition too. The thing that stands out most about to S2 to me is its processor. The S2 sports an octacore processor which is made up of two quad core processors of 1.9Ghz and 1.3Ghz. That’s more powerful than my home computer! It also has 3GB of RAM, 29GB of flash memory, and can accept microSD cards for additional storage. As far as price goes, compared to other high-end tablets of similar specs, it is one of the best.
A healthy compromise between the Fire Tablet 7” and the Galaxy Tab S2 is the Fire HD 10 Tablet. As a standard-priced tablet, the Fire HD 10’s price falls between the previous two, yet outperforms the Fire 7”, while still offering many of the features that the Galaxy Tab S2 has. The Fire HD 10’s massive 10.1” screen is uncommon on such an inexpensive tablet, and despite the impressive size, it is the thinnest model yet. The Fire HD 10 also offers a dual-band wireless connection, which is much faster than the single-band connection that the Fire 7” has. It also has a stronger processor and more memory. While it may not measure up to the Galaxy Tab S2, for its price it packs quite the punch.
Many of the services used on tablets can only be used by tablets of a specific brand, or are much easier to use with the service’s home brand. For example, if you’d like to use Amazon’s eBook services, it would be best to have an Amazon tablet. Similarly, many apps and games are specific to a single platform. While there is significant overlap, be sure to check that a brand can run what you need it to run.
When choosing a tablet, a short battery life can be a deal breaker. If your usage of a tablet requires you to be away from a charger for extended periods of time, you will need a stronger battery than most. The tablet with the greatest battery life that I have found is the Sony Xperia Z4. The info page states a 48 hour battery life, but this is based on Sony’s average user profile and includes a variety of activities such as texting, calling, videos, etc. However, despite the great battery life, the Xperia is a rather expensive unit, so the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 could be a better choice if your budget isn’t quite as high. The Lenovo sports a 20 hour battery life and is available for a much lower price.
While not an issue for some people, weight can have a strong impact on your overall enjoyment of your tablet experience. Given the choice, most people will pick a lighter tablet over a heavier tablet. Carrying around a multi-pound hunk of metal can be a drag, so be sure to check out the weight on your unit’s product information.
Accessories are often overlooked until the purchased has been made, but your tablet could end up useless if you don’t have the accessories to complete the task. Generally, the more well-known the brand is, the more accessories there will be for their tablets. For instance, look at the difference in search results on these two pages: ipad accessories and nextbook accessories. That is no small difference, and it is worth looking into.
So what’s the best tablet?
The Fire HD 10 is my choice for the best tablet on the market at the moment. It is the best dollar-for-dollar tablet out there. It has all the key functionalities necessary for a smooth experience, a large 10.1” screen, as well as a very competitive price. The Fire Tablet 7” can’t compete with the Fire HD 10’s superior features, and the high-end performance offered by the Galaxy Tab S2 is likely too much for the average user to really need. However, despite my support for the Fire HD 10, if a low priced, yet still powerful tablet is what you’d like, the Fire Tablet 7” is for you. Likewise, if you are willing to go the extra mile to get the best of the best, then the Galaxy Tab S2 could fit your needs.
Remember that choosing the best tablet for you is going to be based not only on price and power, but on the many factors that we discussing in this guide. The best tablet for one person and the best tablet for another may not be the same, but by considering each of the points we looked into today, you should be able to find the right tablet for you.