BUYING GUIDE FOR TABLETS
The reason behind the invention of the tablet is its necessity during traveling. Laptop is too heavy to carry in the journey and mobile screen is too small for internet surfing, plus it doesn’t have enough space for storing lots of movies and data.
Nowadays, tablets have many varieties as per the need of the user. So while purchasing a tablet, you should consider how are you going to use it, what is your budget, what are basic specifications you need in tablets etc?
RULES FOR BUYING A TABLET:
Before you go for shopping of a tablet, you should consider some points. There are certain things on which you have to think.KNOW YOUR NEEDS:
Some of the basics tablet’s suggestions as per need are given below:
If you want to use the tablets for business purpose in presenting the presentations in office or internet surfing or for business discussion in tablet then you should go for a tablet that have large screen and have a detachable keyboard. Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is one of the tablets that fulfill all your requirements as it comes with Microsoft Office preloaded. Also it has large screen and detachable keyboard.
You can go for Smasung’s Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 as it has enhanced multitasking and pen input.
Apple’s iPad Air 2 is also a good option for the use of business purpose.
For gaming purpose you have to consider a tablet with, excellent graphics, good RAM and better sensor performance. One of the good tablet for gaming is Nvidia Shield Tablet which have Excellent graphics and overall performance; Can stream Android and PC games; Controller offers tight, accurate controls with low latency for Android and PC; Long battery.
EVGA TEGRA NOTE 7 Android Gaming Tablet is specially designed for gaming purpose. It has good processor and it is world’s fastest tablet.
For watching movies, videos and TV buffs there are few tablets with awesome graphics and HD/Full HD supports. The Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 fulfills this need. It has fast processor and HD display. You can also go for iPad Air 2 or iPad air 3.
YOUR BUDGET FOR TABLET:
You have to choose a tablet that is in your budgets and should fulfill all requirements of yours. Just a tablet is expensive doesn’t means that it is best one. Quality of the product should not be decided from price. Fonepad 7 is one of the best tablets in a reasonable and affordable price. Also Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Neo Tablet is an affordable tablet.
GO FOR REQUIRED SPECIFICATION:
Do not run for the tablet which your friend bought, maybe he have different need and you want to buy for different need which requires different specifications. Select the tablet with the specification you need. Below are specifications for your knowledge to buy a tablet that suits you.
Thickness:Thick tablets are difficult to use, plus they are heavy in weight. Same way Slim and Ultra slim tablets are stylish and easy to hold. There are three categories in thickness of the tablets:
Ultra Slim: These are the tablets having thickness less than 8mm. They are easy to hold and light weighted.
Slim: These are the tablets having thickness between 8mm to 11mm. They are little bit difficult to hold.
Thick: These are the tablets having thickness greater than 11mm. these tablets are now old fashion. Even no Tablets are available nowadays with this thickness.
Color:Colors give look to the Tablets which reflect the personality of the person who carries the tablets of definite color. There are many colors in tablets like red, black, white, blue, yellow etc. Colors give better look to the tablets.
Weight:Weight is one of the important issues in deciding the tablets for buying. Light weight tablets are easy to hold for longer time and easy to carry in the pocket. If the tablets is less than 350 gm then it comes into light weighted tablets otherwise it is heavy weighted.
DID YOU KNOW?
Lenovo has launched the S5000, which it claims, weighs just 246g – making it the lightest tablet yet.
The body of the tablets is divided into two categories:
- Metallic body: It has good look and has better grip but all the metallic body tablets comes with non removable battery and some of metallic body tablets heat up quickly.
- Plastic body: Tablets with plastic body are light weighted and have trendy look but there are chances of breaking on falling from certain height.
Touch screen is the functioning of the tablets by which we control or type in the tablets by using finger or stylus. There are categories of touch screen like single touch, multi touch, Multi-touch up to 10 fingers etc. or we can divide this category in two types:
- Capacitive: One can operate capacitive touchscreen with the help of multiple fingers
- Resistive: This type of touchscreen control by only a single finger. This type of screen is not much user friendly.
There are two main categories of keypad in the tablets:
- Touchscreen keyboard apps: These apps are for touch screen tablets which provide same QWERTY platform for typing. The touchscreen keyboard app works with the movement of the finger on it.
- Detachable Keyboard: The detachable keyboard is an optional keyboard like laptop keyboard which can be easily removed.
This tells about whether the tablet is water/dust resistive or not. International Protection marking code IP 55/58/67 tells about whether the tablets is protected by dust/water or not. There are some important categories of ruggedness that are:
Water Proof: The tablets which do not stop working after immersed into water that are known as water proof tablets. There is International Protection marking code which decides the water proof quality of tablets. The tablets with IpX7 or above can be water proof tablets. Water Resistant: If the tablet has water repelling coating then it comes into water resistant category. These tablets can resist splash but won’t work if immersed into the water.
Dust Proof: The dust protection in tablets is decided by the rating from 0 to 6. If the tablet has rating 6 that means it is fully protected by dust.
Scratch-Resistant Glass: It protects the screen of the tablets by getting scratches. If the screen is of gorilla glass than screen is protected by scratch.
Shock Proof: Some of the tablets have extra protection from shock by adding layers. By adding this layer of protection, mobiles are safe if they are hit by any surface with force. If you are in industrial job or in risky job then you have to consider this feature for your tablets.
Size of the screen is measured diagonally and it is one of the important factors while buying the tablets. There are mainly three categories in screen:
Small Screen: Small screen mobile tablets are easy in holding. Screen size more than 7 and less than 8 inch is considered as small screen tablet.
Medium Screen: Tablets with Medium size screens are user friendly. They are convenient in use, to handle, in internet surfing, watching videos etc. Screen size more than 8 inch and less than 10 inches is considered as medium screen tablet.
Large Screen: Screen size more than 10 inches is considered as large screen tablet. They are best for internet surfing, games and video watching but they are bulky and difficult to carry.
Resolution:The screen resolution is main factor if you are searching tablets for the use in videos, images and internet browsing. High resolution screen enables HD movies. They are basically of 1920X1080 pixels or 1280X720 pixels. The low resolution tablets do not have HD display.
Pixel Density:Pixel density helps in viewing the pictures and graphics in the tablets. If the pixel density is high then images can visible sharper and fine. Even you can notice every small detail of the pictures. If pixel density is more than 300PPI then it is high pixel density otherwise low which have blurry images.
Screen Technology or Display Technology:Screen technology or display technology supports the better performance of touchscreen like sharpness, brightness, life span etc. There are basically two categories in screen technology:
- TFT LCD: Thin Film Transistor (TFT) technology is most common technology for gadgets screen. This type of LCD offers better image quality and high resolution than earlier LCD displays but have poor visibility in direct light or sunlight.
- IPS-LCD In Place Switching (IPS) LCD is better than TFT LCD and has much improved battery life but it is costlier than TFT LCD.
- OLED: In Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology a layer of organic material is added between two conducting sheets and electric pulse is applied due to which screen changes the brightness and color. It is better than the earlier one because it has fast response time, wider viewing angles, and higher brightness and also it is light weighted.
- AMOLED: AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) helps in increasing the battery life with low cost and large display gadgets. With this display technology it’s difficult to see into mobile in sunlight.
- Super AMOLED: This version of AMOLED display technology uses less power and reflects less light and can easily use in sunlight.
- Super AMOLED HD: It has HD resolution of greater than 1280X720 and increases the sharpness and brightness of the display.
- Super AMOLED PLUS: Same way as Super AMOLED HD, it increases the sharpness and brightness of the display.
- Retina Display: This type of screen technology is used in apple’s tablets with resolution 640X960 pixels. It makes the display super sharp and brilliant as pixels cannot identify by the human eye.
Processor is used to execute the program running in the device or you can say that a processor is brain of the device which controls the entire tasks. High processor speed is good for multiple tasking whereas low processor speed slowly downs the function of the processor. Number of core in the processor is for executing the task smoothly. There are different categories in the processor: Dual Core, Quad Core and Octa Core. Multi tasking is also possible with the better processor.
In processor, higher the clock speed better will be the performance.Graphics Processor:
Graphics processor helps in better performance of graphics function in the mobiles such as 3D games and HD videos.
Larger the Random access memory (RAM) would gives the better ability to run several apps simultaneously in the tablets which results in smoother performance.
Therefore, if you have good CPU but poor RAM then there is shortage in run time memory allocation which results in poor performance.
The device memory is called internal memory which is used to store installed app, pictures and other private data. More the internal memory results in more storage of apps and data.External Memory:
The external memory is the expandable memory that can be added to extend the storage capacity of the tablets. To extend the memory, microSD card is required.
More the external memory of the result results in more storage of data.
Capacity: The capacity denotes the life time of the battery in one charge. It is measured by the unit mAh. More capacity means more life time which reduces the need of the charging.
Removable and non removable battery: There are two types of batteries in the tablets. One is removable and other is non removable. Removable battery can be replaced once it dead but non removable cannot replaceable only its service center will help you. Non removable battery has extra protection from dust and water as there is less opening to mobile’s internal parts.
Types of Battery:
Nowadays tablets come with two types of battery:
- Li-Po (Lithium Polymer): They are thinner and flexible and most suitable with curved design. These kinds of batteries hold more charge than Li-ion.
- Li-ion: These batteries are less costly and required low maintenance but have less charged than Li-Po.
Operating system is most important part of any gadgets. It provides platform between applications running in mobiles and user. There are basically four types of operating system available in tablets:
Android: Android is the most widely used open source operating system. Android users can enjoy more than 100 thousands apps from play store. It has full customizability. There are different versions of android such as ice cream sandwich, kitkat, lollipop etc.
iOS: all the apples tablets has iOS operating system. All apps run very smoothly in this OS. One can download app from iTunes Stores and enjoy the iOS tablets.
Windows tablets: Windows OS is creation of Microsoft. The working in the windows tablets gives little bit same experience of the laptop.
Blackberry: All blackberry mobiles have the blackberry OS which is unique gesture-based interface. The blackberry service is known as BBM.
Camera is important part of any tablets. A camera with high resolution is preferred while shopping tablets.
Resolution: The resolution of the camera is measured in pixels. Higher the pixels better will be the camera and its image quality. The resolution refers to the light sensor of the camera has receptors per given area.
Flash: With the help of flash one can click the picture even if light is not there. There are many types of flash such as LED, Dual LED, XENON flash etc.
Rear Camera: Rear camera is for clicking the picture. Nowadays every tablet have at least 2MP camera. The quality of picture is depending upon the lens of the camera.
Front Camera: Front camera is usually used for taking selfie and video chatting. Earlier the front camera came with 0.3MP or VGA but for decent and clear videos one need at least 2MP front camera.
Video Recording: The camera of the tablets can also record the videos in HD/ Full HD and these videos have good quality sharp and clear images. The frame rate of the video is 30-120 frames per seconds which gives smoother videos.
Autofocus: With the help of this feature the camera automatically judge which object to focus on. Some mobiles have camera with the face detection.
Touch Focus: In Touch focus one can manually select the object which he/she wants to focus.
Brust Mode: This mode of the camera allows you to capture the multiple pictures in short duration of time (few seconds) and in rapid mode.
Zoom: There are two type of zoom in the camera, one is optical zoom and other is digital zoom. Most of the camera comes with digital zoom. In optical zoom, the camera adjusts lenses to zoom in on the specific object which gives better image quality. In digital zoom, camera zooms with the help of software on the object which results in degraded quality of image.
Image Stabilization: There are two kinds of image stabilization, one is optical and other is Electronic. Optical image stabilizing is highly effective method for minimizing the blurring of the image and videos due to shaking of camera while clicking it. Electronic Image Stabilization is lesser effective method then Optical one.
HDR: HDR is used to add extra effect on the image while capturing the image. The image after using HDR is not natural but it looks good.
Panorama: With the help of panorama photography one can capture image 360 degree in a single photograph. It stitches multiple images together and creates a single image.
Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth, infrared, Wi-Fi etc are the wireless connectivity in mobile devices.
GPS with A-GPS: GPS is used to know and locate your current positions. Some of the apps are based on the GPS system like Facebook. GPS has full advantage of Google Maps and Map My India which accurately pin-point current position.
Bluetooth: This type of wireless technology is used to exchange the data between two devices over a short distance. The data will only exchange if the Bluetooth is enabled in both the devices.
USB: The USB port allows transferring the data and files from mobile to laptop or vice versa. There are two types of USB one is Mini and other is Micro. With USB port there is no need of USB pen-drive.
Wi-Fi Direct: With the help of Wi-Fi direct you can print documents, share images, videos, files etc. with printer, TV, camera etc without even connecting a wire.
NFC: In Near field communication or NFC a radio connection is established between two devices by touching them together or bringing them into close proximity.
HDMI: With the help of HDMI cable one can connect HDMI TV with tablets.
DLNA: Digital Living Network Alliance or DLNA allows the high definition TV and other DLNA enabled devices with the tabletss. By this function one can share videos, movies or other high MB data. You can also enjoy FM radio with this.
Cellular connectivity: Cellular connectivity helps in connecting a device wireless which gives the service like GSM, 2G, 3G, and 4G etc. It allows mobiles to change the SIM card whenever want and also the call will not disconnect while one is moving.
2G: Many tablets support 2G which can help tablets to connect with the internet. This service will unable to use the 3G services. It provides slow internet access up to 114kbps
3G: This is the service which gives fast internet browsing and other facilities. If 3G is not available anywhere then the device can use 2G services. It gives up to 42.2mbps speed.
4G/LTE: This service provides very fast internet access up to 100mbps.
No SIM, Single SIM vs Dual SIM: In single SIM mobile, user can only use one SIM for call and internet surfing but in dual SIM, the user can use up to 2 SIM for calling and internet surfing. No SIM tablets use Wi-Fi for internet surfing.
FM Radio: For connecting Tablets with the FM Radio, a facility is provided in the tablets. You can easily connect with Fm and tune the channel which you want to listen. It can also work while you are traveling and the channels are available at that area.
Audio Player: Audio player allows the user to listen the songs that are stored in the memory of the tablets. These audio players can support AAC, WAV, MP3, WMA files of music.
Speaker: Speakers help in playing music or call voice in a loud way. There are two kinds of speakers in the mobile tablets, one is Stereo and other is mono. Stereo can give the direction and depth similar to real world while playing music but mono cannot.
Accelerometer: The accelerometer sensor is used to detect the orientation of the device which helps in rotation of the screen as per users use. It also allows the features like shaking the mobile for changing music.
Ambient Light Sensor: It automatically sets the brightness of the screen according to the light in surrounding or as per battery life.
Proximity Sensor: It sense the position of the tablets against the user’s face and disables the touch screen function so that the call do not abrupt accidentally during call.
Gyro Sensor: It works with the help of accelerometer for detecting the rotation. This helps in playing the games for tilting the tablets.
Digital Compass: Digital compass helps in the navigation or map for finding the north direction.