Tips for Buying a Tablet

General Considerations

First, here are a few basic questions to consider when looking for a tablet:

  • Where will you be using it? : If you’re picking up one primarily for media consumption at home, you may be happy with a 10-inch tablet. If you’ll be pulling the tablet out on the daily commute to work, a 7-inch model may be better suited for you.

  • How will you be carrying it? : While this may seem like a small factor, the biggest advantage of a tablet is portability. If it’s going to be too difficult to carry around, you won’t end up using your device nearly as often, making your $200+ investment a bad deal.

  • Will you be using a keyboard? : More and more often, tablets are coming with cases that sport keyboards. If you’re planning to do a lot of typing on your tablet and don’t want to carry a Bluetooth keyboard with you, consider a tablet that offers a case with a keyboard instead.

  • Are you already “married” to an app store? : If you already use Apple or Android devices, you may want to consider looking at a device that will allow use of many of the apps you’ve already purchased. That way, you aren’t building your app arsenal from scratch.

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November 16, 2012
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