In the market for a 2017 tablet?
Here are 10 important features you should think about before purchasing a new tablet.
- Operating system. There are 4 basic OS in use: Apple iOS, Google Android, Microsoft Windows and BlackBerry Tablet OS. Each has its own pros and cons, but the point is to choose the one suits you the most. Also it can take time to get yourself familiar with new OS, so think carefully before switching.
- Screen size and resolution. Tablet sizes ranges from 5 inches to 12 inches – the bigger they are, the harder for you to carry it around, but it may be more comfortable to work on. For normal needs, high resolution is not necessary, but if you want to use it for entertainment such as watching high-definition movies, a minimum resolution of 720 pixels across the shorter dimension is necessary.
- Storage space. How much do you need – 16, 32 or 64 GB? Would you like to expand it with MicroSD card? You might not carry much data on a tablet, yet if you are an apps-lover, remember that they use a lot of valuable space. Also keep in mind each tablet already has some of the storage used up by apps that are hard wired for the tablet’s functionality.
- Wireless connectivity. For your convenience, choose the tablet that supports 802.11n specification (and both 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz radio bands if possible). If you are looking for a tablet that comes with 3G or 4G wireless connectivity, be prepared to pay a premium.
- Camera. Tablets have either one or two cameras–Front and Rear. If you will be using your tablet to take pictures, make sure to check the resolution to guarantee you’ll get a quality image.
- Speaker. Even if you have headphones, there are times you will want to use the tablet speakers. The sound quality should be loud and clear enough for you to hear.
- Battery life. You wouldn’t want a tablet that runs out of battery in 3 hours after a long time of charging, therefore always remember to research the average battery life (and charging issues if any). There are 3 factors that effect tablet battery life: battery’s size, brightness of the screen back-light, and the amount of time the tablet is on.
- Inputs and outputs. Many come with a 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB port, but there are always exceptions. Some manufacturers provide port for connection to keyboards, Microsoft Surface Book has dual USB ports, Apple iPad doesn’t have a USB port – it varies.
- Apps and content. The 3 major tablet operating systems provide their own digital storefronts, App Store of iOS; Google Play of Android, and Windows Store of Windows.
- Price. It’s important to choose a tablet that fits your budget and meets your needs
- For less than $100, you can get an inexpensive Android tablet with tight storage capacities and low-resolution displays, and you won’t find many that have screens larger than 7 inches.
- Sub-$200 range tablets have 7 or 8 inches and run Android, usually with 8 or 16 GB storage.
- Pay a little more, you will get 9 – 10 inches tablet with some awesome added perks
- $300 to $400 is where you meet larger, higher-end tablets, including high-end 7 to 8 inches and lower-end 9 to 10 inches ones.
- $400+ tablets are mainly born to be laptop replacements – having faster processors, bigger screens, more storage space, and many other perks.
Have you decided on what to look for? In our above comparison chart we detail Top 10 Jungle’s Best Rated Tablets of 2017.