3 Things to Consider Before Buying a Tablet

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40% of teens claim to use their tablet regularly, and the applications for businesses and frequent travelers are becoming more prolific each day. With the new apps and capabilities constantly being released, tablets are the smart choice for students, businessmen, busy moms and those looking to stay connected on the go.

There are so many options on the tablet market now, it can be hard to choose the tablet that is right for you. Here are 3 things to consider to ensure you choose the best device for your lifestyle:

1. Size

Advancements in technology allow our tablets to be smaller, faster and lighter. But with every inch you shave off the screen size, or ounce you eliminate in the device’s weight, you lose a bit of functionality. For example, devices with 7 to 9 inch screens are lighter and more portable, making them great for travelling and recreation but may not be the best platform for viewing certain types of content.  The larger 9 to 12 inch screens are usually better for work purposes or extended viewing because they have more memory, in many cases longer battery life and a larger display, making it easier to view sales presentations, demos or movies.

2. Activity

Different operating systems naturally offer more efficient solutions depending on how you plan to use the device and where you’ll get your content. If you’re looking for a recreational device that allows you to stream movies, shows and music, the iPad is likely the best option since it offers a more streamlined user experience with the iTunes platform. However, if you plan to use it as an e-reader, the Amazon Kindle may be the better option with a screen that’s optimized for viewing both indoors and out.

3. Data Plans

If you’re looking for a device with internet access you’ll have to choose between a 4G plan or Wi-Fi. Which is better? Well if you’re going to be on the go and frequently without a reliable source of Wi-Fi, opt for 4G coverage so you know you’ll be connected no matter where you are. Alternatively, if you’ll usually be using it in places where Wi-Fi is available, like at the office, in your house or at school, a Wi-Fi plan is usually the cheaper option.