How to choose a tablet

A tablet can be convenient for different reasons, from work to entertainment, let's see what features to check before buying

Having a tablet can be very convenient. There are a variety of reasons to buy one, from work to entertainment. And many people also buy a tablet to play games with their children. Like most electronic devices, however, choosing one is not easy.

First we need to understand what our needs are. It is useless to spend a lot of money on a tablet that we will not use to the maximum. Just as if we need it for work is useless to save because it will not allow us to perform our tasks efficiently. The second step is to choose the preferred operating system. Android and iOS dominate the scene but there are also alternative solutions, such as the 2-in-1 tablets that mount the Windows operating system. The choice depends mainly on the use we have to make: for work, iPad and 2-in-1 devices are the best, while Android tablets are perfect for watching movies, TV series and playing games.

Operating system

The first choice to make is the operating system. The choice falls mainly on Android, iOS and Windows.

The main feature of Android is the large number of available applications that allow users to play games, listen to music or work on a working document. The only problem is that in many cases they are not performant and cannot replace laptops.

iOS is synonymous with the iPad. Apple has made several versions of its tablet that adapt to the needs of users. Compared to Android tablets, they are better performing, but most of the apps dedicated to work are paid for. For those looking for a device that can replace a laptop, the iPad is a good choice.

Windows is usually mounted on 2-in-1 tablets, portable devices that can turn into a computer if necessary by adding a keyboard. From a performance point of view they are the best, but it depends a lot on the features of the device.

Screen Size, Processor and RAM

The screen size is the first technical feature to consider in a tablet. Usually devices ranging from 7" to 13" are available. The 13" tablets are usually very heavy to hold with two hands, while the 7" tablets are too small and the user experience is very similar to smartphones (which generally have a 5" display). What also makes a difference is the resolution. This choice also depends on your needs and budget: the ideal would be a screen with a resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels. As for the processor we aim at least a quad-core, especially if we will use the tablet for games. While the RAM should be at least 4GB.

Wi-Fi and data connection

One of the fundamental choices to be made, which will also change the final price, is between a tablet with only Wi-Fi connection and a device that also supports the SIM card. Again, it's up to us. If we use the device outside the home for work, it is normal to opt for a tablet that supports the SIM card. If, on the other hand, we will use the tablet inside the house, to play games or watch a movie, then Wi-Fi will be enough.

Battery, storage space and connectivity

Usually, the battery of the tablet is much more powerful than that of the smartphone. But here again, you have to be careful. You should opt for a tablet that has a battery of at least 6000 mAh, if not higher. Only in this way can the autonomy be more than 7-8 hours of use. As for the iPad, the issue is slightly different: the optimization between the operating system and hardware allows you to use a battery even less powerful.

As for storage space, you should choose a tablet with at least 32GB of internal memory, if not more. Alternatively, you'll have to opt for a tablet that supports microSD cards.

Attention to connectivity. USB and micro USB ports are essential. As well as Bluetooth, especially if we plan to associate a keyboard. A MicroHDMI port is also interesting.