Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Things to look out for when buying a tablet

Things to look out for when buying a tablet

If you have decided to succumb to peer pressure about purchasing a tablet, then here is a look down on the things you should keep in mind. Although the utility of the device varies from person to person, making a purchase decision would be lot easier by listing the things to look out for before dropping your cash on a brand new tablet.

1. Capacitive screen

A stylus is very outdated and no matter how good the device, if you need a stylus to navigate the screen, it’s going to be a hassle. So, make sure the device has a capacitive touchscreen, which means that you can use your figures to navigate the functions and menus. The capacitive touchscreen comes in a variety of qualities, so the cheaper the device the lower is the quality of the display. You get what you pay for.

2. Access to apps

This may sound like a no brainer but access to apps isn’t available on all devices. The HCL Me tab U1 and X1 may run on Android but HCL has removed access to the Google Play Store and replaced it with its own app store. The HCL Me app store though loaded with apps isn’t refreshed as fat as the Play store and new apps appear late.

The same is the case with the PlayBook. The device runs on BlackBerry OS 2.0 and has access to a limited number of apps when compared to Android or iOS. 

It is always helpful to check the app eco system support before purchasing a tablet.

3. Ergonomics

A tablet needs to be well-built, comfortable to hold and light weighing so it is comfortable to hold for long hours of use. A majority of tablets have a screen size of 7-inch and weigh between 300gms and 350gms. This is the ideal weight of a 7-inch device. A device that has a screen size of 9.7 to 10.1 inches should weigh about 650gms to 670gms, anything more and its luggage.

Also, prefer a device with slightly rounded edges as opposed to square as it is more comfortable to use.

4. Battery life

What good is a tablet is it dies in a matter of minutes? Battery life of varies from device to device. on Average use, the device should give you at least 4 to 5 hours of juice. If you go in for a device like the iPad, it may last you for up to 10 hours of use, which is great. If the device gives you less than 4 hours of battery life, it isn’t worth it.

5. Voice calls/SIM card slot

If you are looking to use your tablet as a phone, go in for one that offers the ability to house a SIM card. Remember, not all devices that offer the ability to house a SIM card double up as a phone. Some just offer the ability to access 3G data on the go. Make sure that the device offers voice calls if that is a necessity for you.



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