What are the minimum features that your tablet should have today?
July 17, 2017 at 12:00
With the evolution that the tablet sector has experienced in recent years, what are the minimum requirements What can we ask a tablet and how they vary depending on the operating system that interests us? What should we try to achieve if we are looking to buy a new one? We review the basic features to choose tablet at this time.
The minimum characteristics that we must demand: first, think of the operating system
The choice of OS It is essential always when choosing a mobile device and among the many aspects in which it is a determining factor are the features that we will need in our tablet. For those who are more passionate about technology, it is an obvious question, but it does not hurt to insist a little on this issue, in any case.
iOS: few factors to consider
With the iPad the question is extremely simple because Manzana coordinates hardware and software and also because we don't have much to choose from. In addition to never losing sight of the fact that we will never have a micro-SD card slot and choose the Storage capacity consequently, the only thing that we must take into account is, in the case that we are going to buy restored or second-hand one of the oldest models, it is if it is among the devices that will continue to be updated, at least in the short term, which basically means confirming that it is in the list of devices that iOS 11 will receive.
Even this is more a matter of whether or not we want to enjoy the new functions (which we should), because the performance is not going to be the same in each other, of course, but the reality is that they are tablets that age really well, as we saw in the video comparison between the iPad mini with the new iPad 9.7. And, of course, if we want to use the Apple Pencil, we already know that we need one of the Pro, but except for users with a very specific profile this can hardly be considered a minimum requirement.
Windows: the most demanding operating system
With Windows 10 the problem is beginning to get complicated, because here we already have a very large variety of manufacturers and models available and it is important to consider if we are looking for a relatively affordable tablet, which with this operating system, it is quite easy for us to fall short of technical specifications. More advanced users, in fact, often set the limit for a 2 in 1 on an Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.
The reality is that an average user can be fully satisfied with much less, but as we said before, it should be considered a little before betting on one of the cheapest tablets, which arrive with up to 2 GB of RAM and even only 32 GB of storage. It is necessary to think, with respect to the latter, for example, that Windows 10 It can easily occupy more than 20 GB. If we are not willing to make a significant investment we will have to settle for a processor Intel Atom and if we don't use too demanding programs we won't have problems, but we should try to get 4GB of RAM and at least 64 GB of storage.
Android: the limit of cheap tablets
With Android we have an even more complex problem than with Windows because the diversity of models is much greater, and since it is a much lighter operating system, many more manufacturers have tried to minimize the hardware requirements to launch tablets as cheap as possible, and the reality is that the odd one has gotten over the line. In our guide cheap tablets We did a more extensive review of what we should demand from a tablet to not find that, however small, our investment has proved useless, but we can highlight some basic issues.
Regarding the processor, the number of cores is not as important (four or eight, it is more a matter of consumption), and we are not going to find practically any with frequency below 1.2 GHz, but the best option right now (which, in fact, we find in the most interesting cheap tablets) are those of Mediatek. It is also rare to see tablets with less than 1 GB RAM memory, minimum essential at this point. What is not so unusual is to find tablets with 8 GB of storage and, although in fact it is inevitable if we look for something for less than 100 euros, in any case we must ensure that at least they have a card micro SD.
Why should we consider paying something else?
Of course, whenever we can afford it we will find that the best tablets are full of details that will compensate us for the extra investment, but there are some basic features that may be worth paying a little more even if We are looking to spend no more than the necessary euro. In the case of iPad We have already said that it would undoubtedly be the storage capacity, especially if we are quite intensive users.
In the case of WindowsOn the other hand, we have already commented that it seems to us that we should seek to enjoy at least 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, but if there is a reason why in our opinion it is worth paying more it is to avoid Intel Atom processor Normally 2 in 1 with Intel Core processors They also give the jump to 12 inches and 128 GB of storage, so the price as a whole is going to rise quite a bit, but the extra investment will certainly be worth it if we can afford it.
Finally, in the case of Android the reality is that to significantly improve the processor, it is normal to have to make the leap to the mid-range, but it is worth investing a little more to have, as we indicated before, of 16 GB storage (although it will still be important to have a micro-SD card slot) and we will also really appreciate in the multitasking section have 2 GB of RAM Taking into account the problem of updating the tablets suffer with the operating system of Google, it does not hurt to also try to get one with the last version, both for enjoying the new functions, and for the boost in performance and autonomy that it entails.
To end with some notes, not related to the operating system, we will always want to have the resolution highest possible and we would recommend trying to always get a model with HD at a minimum, but we also want to notice with respect to materials for tablets, that paying a little more to avoid plastic, is not only an aesthetic issue, but also has benefits in terms of resistance and conservation in good condition of the components, so it can help us prolong your life .
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