In the face of all this financial uncertainty you probably cannot find the reasons for emotional spending binges. But this is Christmas time and you want to spoil yourself by becoming the owner of an awesome tablet. The good news is that you can afford buying a tablet these days since they are no longer a luxury. Their price varies from $160 for the cheapest models to about £1100 for the latest iPad.
Our general advice would be the following: if a tablet costs $160 and seems to be excellent, you shouldn’t be lured to buy it since poorly made screens and weak batteries will make you regret making this purchase.
Although it might seem a rather challenging task, it’s not impossible to find a limited budget tablet that would do the job well. Here you can find some tips on how to select a tablet if your financial situation is pretty tight.
- Make sure the battery isn’t weak. Budget tablets often economize on the smartphone’s battery life, but you can find cheap models with the battery life reaching nine hours.
- Make sure the screen resolution is high enough. There are some inexpensive tablets that offer high-resolution 1280×800 pixel screens.
- Check the memory size. This aspect is very important if you are going to store films or gaming apps on your tablet. Don’t buy a tablet if it offers the memory of 8GB or less. If a tablet has cloud storage or card slots for additional memory, it will solve the problem.
- Extra-large storage space. High memory capacity (up to 64GB) is an unnecessary luxury that would cost you too much. You can easily manage with a 16GB model, provided you are not going to fill it with films and graphics-intensive apps.
- 3G internet connectivity. This feature can add much to the cost of the table. You can go for a Wi-Fi only tablet.
- Large screen sizes. You can come across some decent unreasonably priced tablets in the smaller 7-inch category. That would be sufficient for reading, browsing the net and typing messages.
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Don’t go for the Apple tablet as you would have to pay too much for the number one brand. Such manufacturers as Samsung, Google, and Amazon produce affordable tablets that still do the job well.
When you can’t decide which tablet to buy, you might be lured in by an attractive design. However, you shouldn’t forget that the OS running inside that hardware matters the most. And not all tablet OS’s are created equal. All of them have their pros and cons.
We won’t consider iPhone since it doesn’t offer a good value for money, although it’s probably the best of all. Android would be a great choice if you are looking for free apps and the integration with most Google’s services. Choose BlackBerry if you care about communication activities. Windows does not perform well in consumer-focused tablets and it isn’t worth a gander.