Since the introduction of the iPad, the market for tablet computers has grown exponentially after being at a standstill for years. Now, there are a number of companies offering different types of Tablets. I’ve compiled a short list to help you move to the head of the class before spending your hard earned money.
How Much Money Do You Have To Spend?
Budgeting will be the first and most important thing to look at before deciding to buy a tablet. If you don’t yet have between $500 and $1,000 then you might have to wait a little longer to get into one of the more useful tablets. If you are only looking for an e-book reader, then you will have a lot of options under $500. The lower you go on the money scale, the more sacrifices you will make for functionality. So if you want lots of features, then start counting your pennies.
What Will You Be Using Your Tablet For?
Answering this question alone will narrow your search considerably. There are distinctly different features to consider if you are intending on using the tablet you are going to purchase for games and music versus a tablet for business productivity. The king of the hill for games, music, and media is iPad by a mile. The android based tablets are behind Apple at the moment, and there is just no comparison to the two. If you are looking for a tablet to increase your business productivity, then there are lots of tablets available that are Windows based that will be a much better option for you than the iPad.
Will The Tablet Require A Contract?
Keep in mind that several manufacturers only make their tablets available through telecommunications companies and will require that you enter into a long term contract of some sort as a prerequisite for purchasing their tablet. Just like someone telling you to bet on the long shot horse, entering into a contract for a tablet is probably a bad bet. Each year, Apple has been releasing new versions of iPad, and iTouch (which is technically a tablet). Other manufacturers are developing the technology at a rapid pace and it would be terrible to be locked into a contract as new technology developments go whizzing past you.
To sum up, buying a tablet should come down to which one has the features you need to fulfill your goals and meets your budget.