When it comes to buying a tablet, most people like the mobility that they provide. Being a flat slate that is lightweight and able to be held in one hand, you can carry it around with you from room to room and it’s easy to pack up and go. But not all tablets have the ability to connect to the web from the road. Just about every tablet has built in WiFi (I can’t think of one that doesn’t) but not all have the ability to connect to the internet using the 3G service (the technology that cellphones use). Another thing to keep in mind is the fact that if you want the 3G portability you will have to subscribe with a cellphone carrier and these plans cost anywhere from $40-65+ a month.
Another big thing that differentiates tablet computers is the computing technology. Being used for things like surfing the internet, connecting with friends on social media sites (such as Facebook and Twitter), and play games, it’s not really necessary to have the same computing power as a laptop or desktop computer. And because some tablets limit the size of their processor, you won’t always be able to do certain things such as multi-task (run multiple program at once) or stream video from the internet. Depending on how you want to use your tablet this may or may not be a big deal and you can pretty much guarantee it will be a factor on the price. In general, if you are looking for top of the line performance or just want the ability to watch movies or TV shows direct from the internet (via Netflix or Amazon Prime), you will want to pick up a tablet that has a dual-core processor.
Finally, there is the end use of the tablet: are you looking to use it for business, personal entertainment, a fun toy or to replace an old PC? Because the cost of this technology is coming down and more people are using tablets for more things, there are different apps and accessories that allow you to adapt a tablet for a customized use. For instance, many tablets are integrating full size external keyboards that plug-in or use bluetooth. Or, if you can’t find an app that will help you run your business, you can have one custom programmed.