Android Tablet Buying Guide: How to Choose and Buy Best Tablets

Tablet buy guideSince the introduction of Galaxy Tab by Samsung on September 2010, there has been countless tablets have been launched and the successor of them has arrived. Its just 20 months since we first saw the Android tablet and look at the Android tablet market now. Now the users who are looking to buy Android tablet have host of options and this is also the reason of their confusion too. With only limited tablets in the market it will be clear to make a choice but with countless number of tablet available in the market, its difficult to judge which tablet you should choose to buy.

It’s clear that Android tablets have very good advantages over other operating system and one of the major advantage is that they provide the scope for customization. Techies and normal users look for those options so that they want to customize their tablet accordingly to their needs.

If you are looking to purchase a tablet right now then every tablet is not for you and there are lot of factors which you should consider while you make a choice of buying an Android tablet. Given here are the few tips by which you can judge and make a better choice of your preferred Android tablet.

Tablet – Why?

Tablets PCs are clearly neither the full replacement of personal computer nor it’s in competition with smartphones. Android powered tablets are basically the lightweight version of laptops that you use and they include fewer features than the full fledged personal computer. So the final question before you is if you are planning to executed high end tasks like text input, software run then tablets is not for you as this doesn’t include hardware keyboard and can be mostly used for entertainment purpose, browsing the web, checking email on the go, play and share media. If you want the tablet then read on the following other tips below.

Tablet PriceDecide Price

When you are out in the market, the price that you want to put for the tablet is a prime deciding factor. Since there are tablets for every class that you spent, you get tablets available for $ 99 and at the higher price of $ 1500 too. The price is completely dependent upon the featured which are added to the tablet and most as we see, the tablets with waterproof and break proof are priced more than $ 1000. So its depends on the composition of hardware, software and the feature included in the tablet which judges its price.

Web Connectivity Option

Before buying a tablet you should know that what are the web connectivity options available to you or you would prefer to go with when buying an Android tablet as most of the Android tablets are with possible options of 3G or 4G and Wi Fi or both. It clear that every manufacturer has priced 3G version of their tablet a little higher than the Wi-Fi version. A Wi Fi enabled tablet will provide internet connectivity to the tablet via Wi Fi but if you have no source by which you can create Wi Fi then buying just Wi Fi tablet is bad compromise and while choosing an Android tablet powered with 3G and 4G capabilities you should be aware of the 3G or 4G plans and its monthly cost to you as if you buy a 3G tablet and you feel plans are costly then your tablet is just an entertainment device. If you want to make choice of 3 G and Wi Fi then a tablet which has both connectivity options would be a right choice but that will cost you more than the 3G or the Wi-Fi version of the same tablet.

Tablet screen sizeForm Factor (Tablet Size) Choice

Form Factor is the deciding factor you should make a choice with as the tablet are available in different form factor of 7 inches, 8 inches, 9.1 inches and 10.1 inches display. When you think of the screen size in tablets, its in accordance with same technology used for mobiles, TVs i.e., the screen size is measured diagonally and its not the size of the tablet. It should be pre determined by the users whether they feel comfortable with 7 inches tablet or 10.1 inches would be better for them for better viewing and experience. The 7 inches and 10.1 inches variants are most sold in the market than the 8 inches and 9 inches comparatively.

With price not only dependent on the screen size, its the composition of it like screen configuration, pixel density, resolution, density, type of screen used comes into the picture of judging the best tablet in the market.

Powerful Processor

powerful processorIf you are going for an Android tablet then processor is the essential specifications that you should look at and be aware what is currently been trending in the market and which is out dated. This knowledge should be required because constantly tablet manufacturers are striving to provider a better processor speed which can compete with the competitors and stay in the market.

If you want to buy a tablet at present then you should be choosing a tablet which has 1 Ghz processor and anything less than that would results in slower performance of your tablet and would be a bad compromise. Most of the high end tablets now come with minimum of 1.2 Ghz dual core processor.

Camera

Android tablet cameraMost of the high end tablets come with camera with better quality and resolution. Camera in Android tablet is a subjective choice and depending upon your needs you should make a choice. If you want to use tablet as entertainment and communication purpose then having a camera on the front or at the rear side is quite important, however if you want a tablet just for the business use then you can overlook the feature of better camera in your tablet.

Android Version

Android VersionWhen you are out to buy an Android tablet, you should first have a brief knowledge of the Android OS terminology adopted by Google. Google has named their Android version different codename based on the dessert items which are released in Alphabetical order. So lets quickly go through the Android version history.

Oflate choosing an Android tablets for your choice and getting it within your price range is also dependent on the Android version it incorporated with. For example the latest buzz of Ice Cream Sandwich operating system powered tablets is in much demand as they are with the latest Android version which is currently trending in the market. The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich powered tablets are demand and their prices are high. Few months ago Honeycomb Android 3.x powered tablets used to be the favorites one and now they are considered to be out dated one, though they can be upgraded to Android 4.0 if the hardware is capable to run the ICS perfectly. It’s now not recommended to go with any tablet which is powered with Android Gingerbread 2.x version as that tablet will be of very little use for you moreover at that price range you can buy better alternative of it. Having the latest version of Android will ensure that you can use application which are designed only for latest Android versions.

So while choosing an Android tablet you should check out the Android version included in the tablet. You can easily check the Android version printed on the box at specifications and features.You can also check out at the official site of manufacturer.

Multi Touch Support

If you are in need to latest tablet which can survive for the future technology trends, then you should go with multi touch input supported tablets. There exists tablets with single touch input but most of the tablets now are with multi touch operation. Along with that it comes with other operation of scrolling, shifting from one apps to another, one screen to another, pinch to zoom and automatic rotation of screen.

The single touch are now been phased out completely, but as of now users needs to look for multi touch input support mentioned under specifications before you purchase.

Storage Capacity

Android tablets come with various storage capacities with variations in internal storage and external storage capacities. While with a micro SD or SDHC card slot its clear that we can pump in additional memory up to 32 GB or 64 GB depending on the supportability but storage capacity limits should be checked out before purchasing a tablet because most of the tablets don’t include microSD card slot instead they provide with inbuilt internal storage capacity.

Right now the top configuration is the 64 GB flash memory storage and we have spotted many tablets with 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB variants. The prices are varied accordingly depending on the internal storage capacity.

Application Market Access

Android MarketThough Android Market is the official one by Google, there exists so many competitors to Android Market too. Surprisingly, since the Android operating system is an open source, few manufacturers have designed it to restrict the users by providing access to their own custom Marketplace for apps rather than the official one. Its surprising to see manufacturers promoting their own customized market but we hear no obligations from Google Android team.

The Android Market has surpassed Apple iPad apps and its well curated with deep selection of applications. Its the matter of security and staying away from malware and antivirus which comes into play.

Choose the tablet Currently Trending

trendingAndroid tablet is not just buy once you are done, even for manufacturers. The manufacturers should provide the timely updates to tablet so as to fix bugs from the previous software version if any are present and further more it has become a tradition for the Android platform to receive the timely updates. Manufacturers like Samsung, Acer, Asus and Motorola are always keep provide timely update to their existing tablet.

Buying a tablet which doesn’t come out with updates will quickly make your tablet with outdated version of Android. So in our advice, buying a tablet which is more commonly used by the users will keep manufacturer engaging to care for the customers and so provide timely updates or fixes.

Finally if you are very much eager to understand all these it’s better to visit a local electronics store nearby your location and gets hands-on with those different tablets to decide which works better for you. By following the above guide and buying tips I think you would be now able to judge which tablet suits your needs and when to buy it.

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