The most important decisions to buy tablet
January 18, 2018 at 20:00
During Christmas we have talked a lot about how to find the perfect tablet to give, but facing the new season that begins and now that the CES 2018 He has already left us a few debuts of the most interesting, we leave our recommendations to help you choose which tablet to buy for yourselves, attending to those that in our judgment are the fundamental decisions.
It is common sense, but it is the basic decision that will condition all the others, because according to what we can spend, there are options that are practically excluded: tablets of 100 euros or less It is a very specific niche of 7 and 8 inch tablets, very basic, recommended for children and very occasional users; between about 130 and 280 euros we have the mid-range tablets, Android fundamentally (unless we don't mind resorting to importation); between 300 and 400 euros We have some options that go a bit out of the ordinary in the mid-range; getting a good high-end tablet will cost us at least 600 euros and if we want a Windows of a certain level we have to think about 700 or 800 euros at least. It's always good to be attentive to tablets on offer, but rarely does the discount cause them to get out of those basic ranges.
The best 10-inch mid-range tablets (2017)
Decide how long we expect it to last and how much work we will give
In order to decide in what price range we can afford to move, it is important to think if we can agree to spend a little more if we are waiting for the tablet we last several years and especially if we are quite intensive users. There are many factors that influence the good condition in which we can expect a tablet to be maintained (finishes, hardware, updates …) and not all age equally well. Although tablets do not require renewal as often as smartphones, we tend to postpone it too much sometimes and not all of them are in a position to support it.
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Decide what we want it for especially
The tablets are very versatile devices, some (each in its scale) are quite good for almost anything, but none is the best at all, so it is always interesting to think realistically what we are going to do with it more or what activity is a priority: do you have to above all serve us to to work? Do we want the best for to play? Or are we really going to use it especially for browse and watch series? Some activities have higher requirements than others (in hardware, accessories, etc.) and some may carry quite specific requirements, it is important to be clear about our priorities.
Decide the "extras" that interest us
Beyond the use that we are going to give, each one then has particular circumstances that can lead us to give priority to certain features, which many tablets lack or that make the price rise considerably. A clear example is the 4G connection, easy to find in mid-high-end Android tablets and on the iPad, but not on Windows tablets or in the basic range, and that can make the purchase quite expensive, depending on what brand and model we are thinking. Another example is the fingerprint reader, surely essential for many who use their tablet individually, but much less common in tablets than in smartphones. It is also very important to be aware of our habits and our real storage needs and to what extent we need or not more internal memory or a micro-SD card slot.
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Decide the operating system
For unconditional fans of one or the other operating system, this decision (which is made beforehand, in fact), will be at the top of the list, but unless we have a valuable collection of apps and games for one of them, which has some special importance for us an exclusive feature of some or that we have special difficulties to adapt to a new one, we advise you to have an open mind and give priority to other considerations. However, as we have just mentioned, there may be circumstances in which the operating system is key for us and, other things being equal, there are enough differences between them even to serve us to tip the balance.
The best tablets of each operating system: iOS, Android and Windows
A help to choose which tablet to buy
Finally, we remind you that a few months ago we left you a guide to buy tablet with general recommendations and specific models for different profiles of use and budget, which is still quite valid, although in recent times there have been some casualties (the Pixel C has stopped selling) and some interesting additions (we can already buy the Miix 520, presented at the IFA 2017, and also the Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus and a new Lenovo Tab 4 7 Essential, for those looking for ultra-cheap tablets). Or if you preferred to wait, you can take a look at what we know at the moment of the calls to be the best tablets of 2018.
And you, what do you give more importance when choosing tablet?