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TABLET BUYING GUIDE

If you're looking to replace your computer with something more portable, this guide will help you to find the most suitable tablet.


Choose an operating system


AndroidiPadWindows
Best for If you like Google services such as Google Photos, Chrome, Google Drive and more, Android is a good option. Although these services are available on other platforms, the integration is smoothest on Android. If you own other Apple devices, or enjoy services like iTunes, the iPad is best. If you like the traditional computing experience of a PC, you’ll be able to run full versions of software like Microsoft Office on a Windows tablet.
Advantages
  • Wide range of apps
  • Supports multi-user log-ins
  • Comes with a huge suite of services from Google
  • Highly customisable
  • More than 725,000 custom-built apps
  • Most impressive selection of apps and accessories
  • Slick user interface
  • More than 200,000 apps in the Windows Store
  • Supports multi-user accounts
  • Robust parental controls
Disadvantages
  • No difference between Android smartphone and tablet apps
  • App quality depends on whether it is optimised for tablet displays
  • Doesn’t allow much customisation
  • Doesn’t support multiple users and parental controls
  • If you have already purchased an app for your iPhone, you may have to buy it again for iPad
  • The app choice is limited, pricey, and not as high quality


Pick a Screen Size

Tablets range from 7 to 13 inches in size. For portability, you might want to choose something smaller. For watching movie or easy reading, you might prefer a bigger screen.


Look out for the Resolution

Check the PPI (pixels-per-inch) to get an idea of the picture clarity. For example, 2048×1536 pixel resolution translates to 264ppi. You’ll want at least 1280×800 pixels for decent entry-level images.


Check the Performance

Ensure the tablet has a quad-core processor, at least 2GB RAM and high GHz to run the latest apps and games smoothly.


Choose Between Wi-Fi or Data

If you intend to use your tablet outdoors a lot and don’t mind paying for data, purchase a tablet with a 3G or 4G LTE data connection. However, a Wi-Fi only model is more affordable.


Check the Battery Life

An iPad gives you up to 10 hours of battery life, so use that as a benchmark when choosing a tablet.


Inspect the Connectivity and Storage Capability

The more ports, the better. Make sure it supports Bluetooth and expandable storage via SD or microSD card, USB and Micro HDMI. NFC support and wireless charging will also come in handy.


Decide if You Need a Keyboard

If you intend to use your tablet for lots of typing, you might want a tablet that allows external keyboard dock-in or Bluetooth connection. There are a host of Windows tablets that allow you to dock your tablet into a keyboard.