The tablet market has exploded since Apple pioneered its popularity with the release of iPad. There are currently thousands of tablets on the market ranging widely in price, size, color, and specialty. One of the cheapest tablets, the WM8650, can be purchased for under $100 while the more expensive ones like Samsung Galaxy start from $500 and up. Although the majority of consumers have now gotten the gist of what Android is all about it is still quite hard to choose the best tablet among all. There are so many factors to consider when selecting the right tablet for you. And although you may want the best of everything usually either price tag or functionality get compromised in the end. To help you alleviate a somewhat burdensome task of choosing the best tablet for your needs we have put together a brief guide. I would first like to say mention that, depending on who you are and how you use your tablet, it is permissible for some functionality to not be up to par. Because in the end it is all about the value device delivers to you specifically, not to buy the best of the best at the BestLand.
Display size - one of the most common factors users look at when choosing a tablet. Ranges from 5 inch to 10 inch.
7 Inch recommended: use it for business such as sales. Travelers by car, since it can be recharged via car charger. Also, if you DON'T do a whole lot of document editing or watching movies.
10 inch recommended: If you are a student and want to use it for school / If you buy it for gaming only / if you use it mostly for office docs or other productivity purposes / connecting to larger screen for presentations. It is also best for business professionals who use it outside for the most part, such as field workers.
Conclusion: The size matters if you travel extensively or use it outside your home for the most part
This is also an integral part in deciding about a tablet because after all, tablet is a mobile device meant to be used cordless. The smallest and cheapest tablets, such as WonderMedia 8650, typically have a battery life of about 2 hours while the high end of the tablet market boasts a battery life of up to 11 hours.
When battery life matters: when you use it for entertainment rather than productivity purposes. In this instance, we cannot recommend a short battery life but if you use the tablet for doing things such as projecting to the large screen (which surprisingly doesn't consume too much battery) then purchasing a tablet solely based on its battery size is not such a good idea. Wifi, display, and GPS consume the most battery. So if you are about to do a whole lot of internet browsing, getting directions via GPS navigation or watching YouTube videos then you must invest a little more money into a tablet with a good size battery, 4-6 hours at least recommended. If you just need it to listen to music at home or do office docs then battery is not the main deciding factor. Also where you are using a tablet is important to consider. Since you are able to recharge the tablet frequently at your home then a tablet used exclusively in house does not need to have an 8 hour battery life.
Conclusion: The battery life matters when you use the tab mostly for wifi, GPS, games, and other CPU intensive tasks. It does not matter as much if you are using the tablet at the convenience of your home as opposed to traveling.
More avid Android users typically know the difference between resistive and capacitive touchscreen. But even a newbie can recognize the quality when the tablet needs to be banged with a force in order to scroll through the menu contents. Touchscreen is essential part of a tablet, in fact, it is what makes a tablet what it is today. Otherwise we will all be purchasing netbooks instead.
Resistive screen: this technology uses two flexible sheets of material separated by an air gap. When you touch the screen the top layer of material is pushed down onto the bottom layer with wires voltage registering the contact. Since the resistive screen contact process is physical rather than conductive you can use any object to touch the screen, but to get maximum accuracy use a stylus. Resistive touchscreens can produce false touches, complex actions such as dragging or multi-touch can be difficult to perform.
Capacitive touchscreens use a technology where the screen surface is a single sheet of material with capacitors arranged in a grid pattern to measure changes in the electrical current across the screen. Capacitive sensors sense anything that is conductive (such as a human finger), they will not detect a stylus or any other electrically inert object. Capacitive touchscreens are more responsive than resistive touchscreens and typically installed on higher end tablets.
Conclusion: If you do a lot of gaming or browsing the internet then buy a capacitive screen tablet for best experience. Because that's when touchscreen matters. If, on the other hand, you mostly watch movies or type docs using external keyboard then touch screen doesn't matter as much and the cheaper resistive screen tablet will suffice.