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Tablet Shopping Guide: Top Three Categories

With the introduction and adoption of the iPad into the already crowded personal computing and mobile computing markets, a wave of new and exciting products were made available to consumers across the world.

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With the introduction and adoption of the iPad into the already crowded personal computing and mobile computing markets, a wave of new and exciting products were made available to consumers across the world.

Today, the styles of Tablet PCs are as varied as they are numerous. There are the popular and trendy Apple iPads, which created the tablet market and, in some varieties, are still considered the best available. Samsung has answered the challenge set down by Apple with the Galaxy and Note tablets, which compete directly in performance, style, and price. Not to be left out, Amazon and Barnes & Noble each released tablet versions of their popular e-readers that compete in quality and affordability. Lastly, there is the newest challenger to the tablet market, the Microsoft Surface, which is a quality product that has great hardware, but falls short with the OS.

Each of these Tablet PCs has specifications and available options that make finding the right product for a specific consumer difficult. Consider the following three categories as a starting point when shopping for a new tablet PC.

Hardware

Tablets, just as with smartphones, are not upgradable. You have one shot to make sure that the new tablet you are interested in has the hardware to support your everyday use.

Do you use a lot of apps or download a lot of files? Then you need the maximum available storage. Remember, many manufacturers provide cloud storage options as well.

Do you plan to watch streaming media? Will you want your media to play in HD? The quality of a tablet's screen resolution will make a significant difference in playback quality.

Do you want your tablet to be fast and responsive? Of course you do. The amount of memory available to your tablet will make a huge difference in how long you have to wait to play Angry Birds.

Specifications

One of the most important decisions to make before purchasing your new tablet will be how do you plan on using your new tablet?

Is this tablet purchase an attempt to break away from a desktop or laptop into a more portable productive device? If so, you will need to consider a more powerful tablet with a larger available storage drive.

Will your new tablet be used for basic browsing and occasional streaming media? If so, then you may consider a lower-end product as the strain placed upon your tablet will be minimal.

You should also consider how your tablet will connect to the internet, the quality of that connection, application compatibility, available apps, and support. Each option will allow for a more refined tablet selection.

Size

The easiest category to compare will be the size of your new tablet. Most companies have refined their tablet offerings to include two size specifications: 7-inch and 10-inch. Each tablet size works best for some application more so than others.

Are you planning on using your tablet for projects and viewing media? Then you might consider the 10-inch tablet. The extra screen size will allow for more usable area and make multitasking much easier.

Do you plan on using your tablet to read e-books? Do you need a compact and more easily portable tablet? The 7-inch tablets will outperform the 10-inch tablets easily.

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