The battleground is set and our warriors are all ready to fight it out. In just this week, Apple, Nokia and Microsoft have released new tablets and it’s going to be very hard for consumers to make the choice. Especially since you have competition from Google, Amazon and Samsung with their low cost versions. In just a few years the tablet has become the most sought after device; some preferring to buy tablets over laptops even!
Over 2.3 million tablets were sold in Australia last year of which 52% bought iPads, 43% bought Android and 5% bought Windows. These numbers are set to increase this year.
With an array of styles and price ranges to choose from, we’ve got a few tips to help you make up your mind.
- Know your Budget: Set a budget and stick to it especially when it comes to buying gadgets. Try not to get duped by the slick conversational skills of the sales folk.
- Choose a tablet with the right Operating System for your needs: Different tablets run on different Operating Systems and arguably the top 3 most popular ones are iOS for iPad and iPad Mini, Android running on different tablets from different manufacturers, Windows RT and Windows 8.1. iOS may be easier to understand than the other two, but all three boast a wide variety of apps from the App store.
Here are a few options: (Source:Engadget)
In the 10-Inch tablets, choose from the Apple Ipad Air priced at $499 and up, Google Nexus 10 priced at $399 and up providing great value for money, Sony Xperia Z priced at $499 and up.
7& 8-Inch Tablets: Google Nexus 7 priced at $230 and up, iPad Mini at $399 and up, Amazon Kindle Fire HDX – $229 and up
Windows: Microsoft Surface Pro 2 – at $599 and up and ASUS Transformer Book T100 -$349 and up (At Amazon), Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2- $629 and up
If you don’t have access to wifi, choose from a range of options for 3G or 4G:
Apple iPad Mini (Wifi and Cellular) -$529 and up
Google Nexus 7 (2013)- $350
Galaxy note 8.0 – $500
Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2- $749
The best buys for Budget: Google Nexus 16GB -$230
ASUS Memo Pad Hd7- $150 for 16GB
Amazon Kindle Fire HD (2013)- $139 and up for 8GB or 16GB of storage
Make sure you try all the Operating Systems when shopping for one.
3.Choose the size of tablet according to your needs: 7-8 inch tablets are perfect for browsing, reading a book, checking e-mails or playing a few games. They’re definitely handy & can fit into handbags too; if it’s light use you’re after pick up a 7-inch tablet. If you’re looking for a larger screen and more work space , choose a 10-inch tablet.
We’ve known people who use the 7-8 inch tablets for work too and are quite happy with it so it’s actually a personal choice. Choose whatever works for you.
4.Choose a tablet with the right specs: What kind of storage options do you need? Is 16GB enough or 32GB? Or even more? Is it for at home use over wifi or usage outside over cellular network?
Do you store a lot of files, music or videos? Then maybe one with higher storage is right for you. What kind of camera do you want?
Would you want Apple iPad Air- Dual core A7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 16GB to 32GB of storage with 1.2 Megapixel front &5Mp rear camera?
Or maybe Microsoft Surface Pro 2 with 1.6Ghz dual core, Intel core i5 processor, 4GB or 8GB, 64GB to 512GB of storage, 720p front and rear cameras?
Consider your usage and then decide if you want to splurge.
5.Is innovation a key area for choosing a tablet? With so many options to choose from, buying a tablet can be difficult and not to mention overwhelming. Check here for a full list of specs and different tablet options for ideas.
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We hope these 5 steps will help you decide on which one to buy, but here are our choices based on user reviews and the choices of our own team members
Best Tablet overall– Apple iPad
New tablets to note– Apple iPad Air, and iPad Mini with retina display
Best Android Tablet- Google Nexus 7
Best value for money- ASUS transformer Book T100
Best for Uni- Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 with its S-Pen makes taking notes easy.
Which one is your favorite? What will you be buying this Christmas? We’d love to hear from you!