OK, NOW HELP ME BUY A TABLET, WILL YA...

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

WHAT DO YOU NEED A TABLET FOR?

As with ev­ery de­vice, you need to de­ter­mine your needs. If you are buy­ing a tablet just to keep up with the Jains’, amen! But the fact re­mains that you will be fork­ing out a siz­able amount of moolah. So you re­ally ought to chew on this a bit. If you think that it will rid you of your lap­top, it most likely won’t. Un­less of course you in­tend to use your tablet pri­mar­ily for an­swer­ing mail, brows­ing, read­ing, me­dia play­back, Face­book, Twit­ter and all that so­cial me­dia jazz. Even more so if you like to do all this on the move. If you want to use it for a lot of typ­ing, you will be bet­ter off adding a Blue­tooth key­board to it. And that means lug­ging around the key­board as well. Re­mem­ber, at best, a tablet is like a light­weight lap­top.

WHAT SIZE? HOW MUCH STOR­AGE?

The ad­van­tage of a 7-inch tablets—even though this size has fallen out of favour in the last few months—is that it is lighter, far more por­ta­ble than its 10-inch sib­lings and eas­ier to hold and op­er­at­ing with one hand. On the other hand, big­ger screen real es­tate has its own ad­van­tages. Every­thing looks bet­ter on Big Bro. Text is more read­able with­out hav­ing to zoom in. And im­ages, graph­ics, video and games are far more im­pres­sive, im­mer­sive and at­trac­tive. When it comes to stor­age ca­pac­ity, for most peo­ple 8 GB to 16 GB is quite enough. If you want to keep a lot of videos and movies on your tablet, you need larger stor­age. Or some­thing that ac­cepts ex­ter­nal stor­age me­dia like mi­crosd cards.

DO I RE­ALLY NEED 3G?

If you are usu­ally en­sconced in a Wifi environment, you may not want 3G. But if your in­tent is online use—for news, Youtube, mail, so­cial net­work­ing while you’re on the move in a car, bus, or train etc—a 3G model is what you should get. Of course, it de­pends on how much you want to spend. Ob­vi­ously, a 3G model is more ex­pen­sive. To­day, you have slates avail­able from just over 10,000 all the way up to 50K. As for run­ning costs, you can ac­tu­ally spend as lit­tle as 100 a month on 3G if you are care­ful about your use and don’t em­ploy your 3G con­nec­tion for stream­ing In­ter­net videos and down­load­ing heavy files like graph­ics-in­ten­sive magazines and apps.

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