So many tablets, so little time. When tablets first came onto the market it was interesting to see whether they would take hold, or whether people would stick with the notebook. Now there are so many different brands and versions that it is difficult to know where to begin. It all depends on what your needs are and what you will primarily use it for. However, it is comforting to know that even if your needs change you can always sell your stuff online for a good price and buy a different version.
The Apple iPad is perhaps the most obvious, and for Mac users it really is the simplest option. Syncing all your devices together is easy and it can work seamlessly. While the new iPad mini is seductive, it isn’t really suitable for those who do a lot of typing as both the touchscreen and hardware keyboard are much smaller, so typing is slower and less comfortable. With the iPad you also have the added benefit of a wider choice of apps and extremely good customer service. No need for long phone calls to expensive numbers or handing your tablet to unknown repairmen.
The Amazon Kindle Fire is a much cheaper device, but yet again its suitability really depends on what you are going to use it for. It is ideal if you read eBooks, search Amazon and for generic web searches. However, as it is an Android device the apps are going to be limited and although they are a close second to iPhone apps, you are not going to have as much variety. In comparison to the 4th Generation iPad the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is lighter and has a longer battery life, but it also has a smaller screen and lower screen resolution.
Finally, the Google Nexus 7 is another Android device that is becoming increasingly popular. The price is reasonable, although slightly more expensive than the Kindle Fire, but both devices are often included on phone contracts as a free gift at the moment. While it is much smaller in both size and storage capacity, it also lasts considerably longer, with a battery life of over 10 hours.
While comparing operating systems and processing speeds is an effective way of evaluating tablets, in reality you need to try out each one yourself to be able to work out which is best for you as an individual and that is something that the internet hasn’t quite perfected yet. Before making an impulsive decision identify what you will be primarily using it for and choose your device based on that. As a general rule the more expensive the tablet, the more effective it will be, but this does not apply to all.