Many individuals are relying more on handheld devices than laptops when coming to daily use. Sure, your laptop can do much more than any Android tablet but when portability is a main concern, walking around with an Android tablet for an entire day is much easier than walking around with a laptop. (This applies to the laptops that are substantially heavier than tablets)
So you’ve decided to go out and get yourself an Android tablet to help your productivity and also be able to work easily on the move, but what are some things to consider when you’re about to buy your brand new Android tablet?
1. What do you need from your new Android tablet?
Of course you need portable functionality, WiFi and all that good stuff but break down functionality a bit more. Are you a heavy multi-tasker and you can’t do without simultaneous apps opened? Do you need snappy performance and convenient multi tasking is not really a necessity to you? If you rely heavily on multi-tasking, then a tablet more along the Samsung Note line will be suitable such as the Galaxy Note 10.1 or Galaxy Note 8.0. If you love snappy performance, clean design and straight to the point, then you might be better off going in the direction of a Nexus 10 or Nexus 7. Which brings us to the next point.
You might notice in the point above, when you click on the tablet names to check them out, they range in size and you have to decide which size will best suit your needs. There are Android tablets of all different sizes so look around and check out the available sizes. I personally prefer larger tablets because I consume media a lot whereas some people prefer smaller tablets because they can operate it with one hand. Take these comparisons and apply them to you, see what you prefer.
After you finalize on your needs and which size of tablet you prefer, it’s time to check out specifications. Ask yourselves this- Am I going to run pressure intensive apps and multi-task a lot? play small games? do basic word processing? browse the internet a lot? Depending on your needs, the required specifications will differ. For example, pressure intensive games and multi-tasking will require an Android tablet with high specifications, basic word processing and light internet browsing can be done by a mid tier Android tablet and simple small puzzle games will run fine on a low end Android tablet.
4. Do you need 3G and 4G?
WiFi is an obvious requirement in any tablet, whether it be Apple or Android. But will you need a constant internet connection to use your tablet for whatever reason you are purchasing it? Or will you be able to use it without an internet connection sometimes? For me, an example would be these articles. Sure, a constant connection would be nice to write and post these articles instantly but I can also put my tablet to use without an internet connection by writing these articles in a note taking app and then easily copy and paste the text and post the article when I have an internet connection. However, for some people a constant internet connection is a necessity and they would need an Android tablet that supports 3G and 4G. Most of the tablets you might look at, will have a WiFi only version and a 3G/4G version.
After working out and making your decision based on the points above, it is now time to search around the market to compare the prices all the Android tablets offers your specific needs. Keep checking around and comparing until you find one that suits your needs and also your price range.
Sure, there are other factors such as design, weight, camera quality, speakers etc. But they didn’t make the list because this was a general guideline to new Android tablet buyers. Design is a huge factor for me but it might not be for someone else and the same goes for the other mentioned factors. The 5 factors in this article however, applies to most people who are about to buy a tablet. If you would like to see a full guideline including all the factors, be sure to let me know in the comments.
Android Tablets to check out: