Tablet Tutorial for First-Time Buyers

Before buying a tablet PC, spend some time going over this tutorial. It could help you choose an option that matches your needs and your price range.

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Decide How Much You Can Spend

Android-operated tablets usually have lower prices than AppleĀ iPads. A Google Nexus costs about $250, but Apple’s cheapest option is the iPad 2, which starts at $400. Of course, you can spend much more than that: a 64GB iPad with Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity runs about $830.

Remember that a cellular connection will also incur monthly costs. AT&T charges $14.99 for 250MB a month, $30 for 3GB a month, and $50 for 5GB a month. Verizon charges $20 for 1GB per month, $30 for 2GB per month, and $50 for 5GB per month. Think about those charges before you decide which tablet to buy.

If you don’t take time before you buy to decide how much you can afford, you could easily find yourself spending more than you intended.

Choose a Size that Suits Your Needs

The Sony Tablet P has a 5.5-inch display. The Toshiba Excite 13 has a 13-inch screen. Somewhere in between is the right size for you. If you plan to watch movies, play games, or design graphics, then you probably need a tablet with a big screen. If you want to read books and surf the Internet casually, then a smaller tablet probably works for you.

While a really big tablet might sound cool, remember that this is supposed to be a portable device. That Toshiba Excite weighs over two pounds. Do you really want to lug that around? Furthermore, will a 13-inch tablet even fit in your bag?

Think about Screen Resolution

There’s more to good graphics than an appropriately sized screen. High-resolution screens offer shaper images. A small tablet with a higher resolution could have a better picture than a large tablet with low resolution.

You can determine screen resolution by looking at the number of pixels the screen has. The more pixels, the better the image quality.

Compare Aspect Ratios

Aspect ratio also matters. Apple uses a 4:3 aspect ratio, which looks pretty good, especially when replicating print formats. A lot of tablets, however, use a 16:10 or 16:10 aspect ratio. Video content often looks better at those aspect ratios, and many people complain that the Apple aspect ratio makes movies look old-fashioned instead of enhancing hi-def features.

What Apps Do You Want?

BusinessĀ Tablet PCs don’t come with much software. You get to personalize yours by installing apps. That means choosing a tablet that is compatible with the apps you want.

Apple has about 650,000 apps that operate with its iOS. About 225,000 of those are specifically designed for the iPad. The Android OS supports about 600,000. That’s quite a bit fewer than iOS, but nearly all of those Android apps work well on both a tablet and a smartphone.

Some cool apps for tablet PCs include

When it comes to buying a new tablet PC, there isn’t a perfect, one-size-fits-all answer. Compare the prices, features, and abilities to decide which one matches your needs best. If you do that, you should find a tablet that’s useful, fun, and doesn’t break the bank.