First question to ask: What will you use it for? Is the tablet for business, to show spreadsheets, presentations, or graphics? Is this for personal work or school? What do you imagine you’ll be using the tablet with programs?
Cost Prices will vary on dependability, name brand, and available functions, but consider how much you’re willing to pay for what you need the tablet to do, and what comes with the tablet. Some cost as low as $200, like Acer Iconia A3, while the
Pre-installed Software and Compatibility. Tablets vary with the type of operating system they run, as well as apps. Operating systems include Android, Fire, Windows 8, and IOS 7. Not all apps and programs work well with the other, so ask when purchasing. Also consider what program you’ll need, and what you need the program for. An example would be having spreadsheets you can email or include the ability to sign documents.
Size and weight. Size varies with the tablets. They can come in 7 inch, 8 inch, 10 inch and 11 inch sizes. Some are thin, lightweight, and offer the personal workspace, while choosing a wider, heavier tablet provides compatibility to show off your work to groups. Don’t be shy in picking the tablets up to check weight and see how they feel in your hands. If you’ll be using it in your hands rather than set on a desk, you can find weight will be important to consider. Screen size also matter to some consumer depending on their purpose.
Screen Display. This is important if you hope to use as a presenting tablet, but remember if you have the available port, you can often plug in a projector, if need be. Depending on what you’ll be using the tablet for, ask yourself if you need the screen size and quality for your needs. You often need a HDMI port for VGA monitors
USB ports. I’m still not sure why some tablets offer no USB port whatsoever being they are incredibly useful in transferring data, adding cameras, keyboards, mouse, or even printer. Some depend on wireless capability. If you do end up purchasing a tablet with no USB, sign up with cloud drive. This is how you can share files between computers. You will need wireless. Many printers are also now include wireless function.
Keyboard. Many tablets include a touchscreen keyboard while others expand to a removable keyboard. Even keyboards will vary from a touch pad style to the clickable keys similar to laptop keyboards. I often plug in a full keyboard and mouse via a USB hub when I need to do a lot of typing on the tablet. I can then pull out the hub and plug into the laptop.
Camera. Many tablets include a camera either forward facing (for video conferencing) or rear cameras to take pictures as you travel. Some models include both. Many also include photo but also video capability. Is this something you need? Will you talk on Skype or Google+ Hangout? Ask about quality of the picture/video, and can you edit on the tablet?
Microphone and speakers. Many tablets include a built in microphone so you can chat online, and speakers to hear sound. This also allows to record meetings, or record your voice for presentations, or listen to music. I prefer the ability to use a headset, however. Not all come with a headset port, so ask if this is something you want.
Don’t be shy about asking about the specifications, and telling the sales person what you want to do with the tablet. Its important to also ask about return policies, warrantees, and upgrades. Also ask about repairs. Some places like Best Buy and other computer shops might be able to repair them at their location, otherwise, you’ll need to ship the tablet back to the manufacturer for repairs.
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