Tablet for Christmas? How Not To Get Ripped Off

When you’re going to buy a tablet PC, you should take some time to think about which one is the best for you. Especially, during this time of the year. You surely don’t want your hard earned money to end to waste. Nor spend the rest of your holidays wondering how could you buy such a hideous tablet.

The common misconception when it comes to consumer electronics is that there is the best model out there among all others. The technology is so versatile and there are so many options that there isn’t the best anything out there. There may be devices that are a cut above the rest, but that’s only because they are benchmarks in certain hardware tests and specifications.

Apple iPad 3G tablet with a red gift bow tied around itWhat you should be thinking about when you’re buying a tablet is what’s most suited to you and your needs. Acquiring the most expensive gadget out there does not guarantee that you get to have the user experience you’re anticipating.
So to help you figure out which one is the best for you, here are some things to know:

  • Operating system

Basically, you have four operating systems for tablets; Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows. The first two are the most popular, since they either carry a brand or are the most versatile and are open-source. A Blackberry Playbook gets you a proprietary tablet while Sony has picked up Windows 8 for its tablet operating system. If you’re looking for something that’s been done already or is popular, stick with either iOS or Android. Since these two have been tablet platforms the longest, they have the most apps developed for them.

  • Storage capacity

Some people immediately think that they need the biggest storage capacity. While others think they can manage with the smallest space available. What you should keep in mind when it comes to storage space is the amount of media you want to bring with you. Usually, Android tablets let you expand the storage through an SD card. An iPad, on the other hand, does not have expandable memory.

  • Apps

Always check the mobile applications that you’re planning to install on your device. Not all apps that let you take pictures, manage your virtual office and sync files are available on all plarforms.

  • Connectivity

The best way to optimize your tablet PC is if it’s always connected to the internet. If you plan to take your tablet everywhere with you, get a 4G capable model and subscribe to a postpaid internet plan. If you have internet wherever you go anyway since you have a dongle or your office has WiFi, you can probably do without the subscription plan. It’s a great thing for you to be able to surf the net or get email and messages right on your tablet without having to turn anything on.

  • Ease of use

You should take into consideration just how tech-savvy you are. If you know your way around a computer and want to be able to control your user experience completely, then Android is the way to go. There are so many ways for you to customize and tweak an Android tablet if you really know how. An iPad, on the other hand, boasts an OS so intuitive that even toddlers can learn it.

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