How to choose a tablet?
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Modern tablets have a fairly broad functionality that allows you to choose among them as a toy for the child, and quite a serious device for work, in many ways not inferior to laptops and netbooks. If ten years ago tablets were used only for drawing, now they can easily cope with many tasks, ranging from watching movies and ending with working with text and graphics. Let's take a closer look at how to choose a tablet that will cope with the tasks set and at the same time fit into the allocated budget.
Choosing the best tablet
The main purpose of a modern tablet is internet surfing, it’s not for nothing that they are also called the Internet tablet or Web tablet. Therefore, when buying this device, you must first decide what you want to get - a fashionable toy or a device for serious work. When choosing a tablet, you should pay attention to many factors: processor frequency, memory size, video card parameters, screen size, operating system, and battery capacity.In order to navigate in all these figures, we recommend to determine what this device will be used for.
We are determined with the necessary functions.
Most modern models are suitable for browsing websites, social networking and playing movies, but in order to play games or use graphic and text editors, special attention should be paid to the processor frequency and video card parameters. Roughly speaking, all modern tablets can be divided into devices for surfing the web and watching videos, game models and advanced tablets for work.
Often, before choosing a tablet, many customers wonder whether it can fully replace a desktop computer or laptop. Until recently, these devices were used exclusively for entertainment purposes. However, now on sale you can find models with Intel Atom processors and a convenient USB or wireless keyboard that allow you to work freely with serious amounts of data.
Parameters of the processor and RAM
When choosing a tablet should pay attention to the frequency of the processor.It will depend on how quickly the pages open in the browser and whether games and other applications will slow down.
According to the clock frequency, the processors can be divided into up to 1 GHz, 1-1.5 GHz, 1.5 GHz and more. According to the parameters of RAM, tablets are classified as follows: up to 1 GB, 1 GB, 2 GB or more. In order to better navigate these numbers, we recommend remembering a simple rule: the clock frequency and the amount of memory must correspond to the installed operating system. For example, for the Android OS, a dual-core processor and 1 GB RAM are recommended. If you buy a tablet under Windows, then the processor must be dual-core, with a frequency of at least 1.3 GHz, and you need to have at least 2 GB of RAM. The most not demanding in terms of Apple's iOS resources - for a normal Ipad, a single-core processor with a frequency of 1 GHz and 256 M RAM is sufficient.
However, buying a tablet from a well-proven manufacturer, you can be sure that its configuration is optimally matched to the parameters of the operating system. The above figures should be given special attention in the case when you want to choose a tablet from an unknown Chinese manufacturer.
Today, there are three main operating systems: Google Android, Windows and iOS from Apple. Each of them has its pros and cons.
For example, Android is familiar to almost all smartphone owners. This platform has open source, thanks to which hundreds of applications are released daily, many of which are available for free. Even if you are used to working on a computer running Windows, you can easily find free analogues of such popular programs as, for example, Microsoft Office or Photoshop on the Internet.
Windows, until recently, was inferior to Android in terms of resource requirements and availability of free applications, however, thanks to the efforts of Microsoft programmers, more and more tablets are equipped with this particular operating system. Its advantages include the fact that with it the interface of the tablet is no different from a regular PC, in addition, many programs have no analogues for Android and work exclusively under Windows.
iOS can only be installed on an Apple iPad. This operating system has proven itself thanks to a user-friendly interface and a huge number of applications (today there are even more than for Android).Buying a tablet running iOS, you are guaranteed to get a quality and trouble-free device, the only disadvantage of which is that all applications for it are available only in paid mode.
When choosing a tablet, one of the main parameters is the screen size. Therefore, before choosing a tablet, we recommend you think through what exactly you will use it for.
For example, models with a screen diagonal of 5-6 "are not far from ordinary smartphones. Their biggest advantage is compactness - they easily fit in a pocket or a woman's handbag. However, browsing websites or watching movies on such a screen is quite difficult.
The screen with a diagonal of 7-8 "is suitable for both Internet surfing and work. Although some people think it is too small for games and watching videos. Such tablets are a very decent budget option.
The most popular screen size is 9-10 ". These devices can be easily called universal - they are equally comfortable to watch videos and work with text files. At a price, the screen at 9" is usually not very different from the analog with 7 ", therefore, we recommend purchasing models with a rather large screen, they are less compact, but more functional.
Among the variety of manufacturers can distinguish several brands whose products are characterized by a good ratio of price to quality. For example, Asus, Lenovo, Acer, Samsung and Apple tablets have proven themselves well. Many of them have a wide range of models, which begins with simple budget models and ends with the most up-to-date expensive equipment.
We reviewed the main points that are worth paying attention to when choosing a tablet. Finally, we note that its battery must have a large capacity, and it must also be possible to connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi or 3G.