Choos­ing a... Tablet

Computer Shopper - - RANTS & RAVES -

01

All tablets rely on an op­er­at­ing sys­tem (OS) to run apps. You have three main choices: Ap­ple’s iOS, which runs on the iPad, An­droid, which Google li­censes to var­i­ous manufacturers, and Win­dows 10, which is slowly be­com­ing more com­mon in hy­brid tablets and con­vert­ibles. If you own an Ap­ple or Google smart­phone, you can down­load your apps, mu­sic and so on to a tablet that runs the same OS, so it makes sense to stick with a com­pat­i­ble de­vice.

02

It’s im­por­tant to pick a tablet that has a good-qual­ity high-res­o­lu­tion screen. Many bud­get tablets have 1,280x800res­o­lu­tion dis­plays, but bet­ter tablets have Full HD 1,920x1,080 pan­els, and we’re start­ing to see tablets that have even higher screen res­o­lu­tions. Some are as high as 2,560x1,600 or even 4K. En­try-level tablets typ­i­cally use TN pan­els, which don’t have par­tic­u­larly good view­ing an­gles. The view­ing an­gles of IPS pan­els are much bet­ter.

03

If you want to lis­ten to mu­sic, watch films and play games, make sure your tablet has plenty of stor­age. Many tablets come with 8GB or 16GB of in­ter­nal stor­age, al­though some bud­get mod­els have less. You’ll typ­i­cally pay more for a higher stor­age ca­pac­ity. Many tablets also have mi­croSD slots that let you add ex­tra stor­age, al­though you won’t find one on an iPad. This is a cheap way of boost­ing stor­age ca­pac­ity.

04

Tablets rarely in­clude a SIM card slot. This means you’ll have to rely on Wi-Fi to get on­line, al­though some tablets let you ac­cess the in­ter­net through your smart­phone. If you want mo­bile ac­cess to the in­ter­net, look for 3G- and 4G-ready de­vices. Th­ese al­most al­ways cost more than Wi-Fi-only mod­els but they’re great if you use your tablet while commuting or trav­el­ling.

05

Your choice of tablet de­ter­mines the apps you can use on it. You may find that some of the apps you want are avail­able on iOS but not An­droid and vice versa. Win­dows 10, mean­while, runs tra­di­tional desk­top ap­pli­ca­tions.

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