Four Top Tips for Buying a New Tablet


Whether you’re upgrading from a first generation tablet computer, or are considering entering the market for the first time it’s fair to say that there’s a lot to learn. The market for tablet computers has been growing at a steady pace since the release of the first iPad and the consumer now faces a plethora of choices. For each user, there is a solution out there waiting to be found. Here, we take a look at a few steps which can help you on your way to buying the right tablet for you.

Determine the Right Operating System

The market for tablets is split into three main sects: Apple’s iOS; Microsoft’s Windows 8; and Android. The decision you make on which operating system is right for you will not only have massive consequences for which tablet computer you end up with, but also for the way in which you end up using it.

The operating system you choose will determine which apps you have access to, as well as the way in which you interact with your tablet computer. As well as researching the respective app stores, you may want to visit a store to get to grips with each of the operating systems. None has yet emerged as a favourite, leaving the final decision down to your own personal preferences. That said, many may agree that iOS is more user friendly, whereas Android offers more configurable options right out of the box. One other thing to keep in mind is that Apple’s App Store has considerable more apps that are specifically designed for the tablet.

Understand Your Usage

Tablets are versatile – this is part of their appeal. What this means is that the market has a lot to offer. Some tablets are ultimately better than others at certain things; at other things, they may be less effective.

The key to getting the most for your money is in understanding your requirements and applying them to the market. Compromise is an integral part of buying a tablet – the successful buyer will know where they are willing to make this compromise in order to limit the damage.

Increase Your Budget

There is a tablet computer out there for just about every budget. Whatever you need yours for, it’s always an attractive proposition to stretch your budget as far as you can afford to. One way to free up some extra money is to trade in your previous tablet or to make a sale online. Making the decision to sell your iPad could be the difference between your being able to afford two models.

Consider Connectivity

Due to their status as a sort of hybrid product, filling the niche between a laptop and a smart phone, one of the most appealing features of a tablet computer is broad connectivity. Whether you’re keen to exchange data with other devices, or are simply looking to browse your own local data on a larger display, a tablet with great connectivity can change the way in which it is used.


Matt Ripley is a software developer and journalist from Ringwood, Hampshire. As well as developing a variety of tablet friendly apps, Matt spends his time writing about the benefits of choosing to sell iPads and upgrade to the latest technologies.

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