Tablets are light and portable, and easy to use. It’s no wonder then, that we have so many choices from the hot-selling iPads, Motorolas, HTCs, Samsungs, RIMs, and Kindle Fires. But which one is worth your money? Let’s look at what to consider when buying a tablet.
Operating system. At present, one can choose from Apple’s iOS – which is pretty simple and intuitive and plays well within the Apple ecosystem. Google’s Android 3.1 Honeycomb is a worthy contender which is more complicated but more flexible than iOS. There’s also RIM’s QNX and Windows 7 (with the upcoming Windows 8 to be released shortly)
Applications. Sure, the apps on an iPad may look better, but only a fraction (over 90,000) is made specifically for the iPad. The Android market also has many thousands of apps, last but not least Windows 7 tablet will run most apps written for the desktop.
Storage. You will have to consider storage if you are a big music or movie or photography buff. Most Android and Windows 7 tablets can accommodate extra storage space thanks to SD or microSD card slots. The iPad comes with three options: 16, 32 and 64GB storage.
Screen size and resolution. Choosing screen size is difficult: a 10 incher is perfect for browsing and a 7 incher is more portable. Also, the higher the resolution, the better. Ensure your tablet has at least a resolution of 1280×800.
Battery capacity. Depending on how long you plan to use the tablet on a daily basis some tablets will work better than others. Always check the total run time on the battery and more importantly the recharge time.