There's a rapidly growing number of choices and a slew of features when it comes to comparing tablet computers, and figuring out the best tablet to buy isn't always an easy proposition. That's why Tablet Leader is working hard to grow its detailed tablet comparison library.
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How to Compare Tablet Computers
Chances are you're here because you're looking for the perfect tablet computer -- and a detailed tablet comparison library. Well, we hate to break it to you, but despite a growing army of tablet computers, there's still no perfect tablet. That said, however, there's likely a tablet that's nearly perfect for your needs -- but what should you consider when comparing tablets?
Before you get started on your tablet comparison journey -- comparing features and specs -- it's important that you take a minute to decide why you want a tablet. Are you primarily looking for a great way to listen to music, watch movies, and surf the web while on-the-go? Or are you looking for a tablet that can truly replace your laptop, and serve as both a device for work and play?
Once you've decided what you want your new tablet to do best, it's time to compare the specs in a side-by-side tablet comparison. Here at Tablet Leader, we've compiled a set of detailed comparisons -- pitting the most popular tablet computers on the market against each other, and pointing out the key differences in each tablet's specs and feature set.
When comparing specs, remember that just because a given spec may be bigger, better and faster doesn't necessarily mean it's better for you. Take display size, for instance. A large display is great, and may be just what you're looking for if you plan to watch movies and find the best, most desktop-like web browsing experience. Remember, though, the larger the display, the less portable the tablet will be. A faster processor and larger display may mean a lower rated battery life. In many cases, specs are a tradeoff. Decide what's most important to you, and go from there.
When you begin your tablet comparisons, be sure to carefully consider the following:
- Display: A tablet's display type, resolution and size should be on of your most important considerations when shopping for a new tablet. The quality of the image on a given display -- be that image a movie, web page, picture, or screen within an application -- is determined by the displays resolution (how many pixels per inch) and the display's technology. It's also important to consider a display's size, and consider both what you'll primarily be using the tablet for and if you are willing to sacrifice display size for portability, for example.
- Portability: Maybe you want a tablet to sit on your coffee table for a convenient way to browse the web and send email while watching TV. On the other hand, maybe you plan to take your tablet everywhere you go, and want it to easily slip into a backpack or handbag and not take up too much space or weigh you down too much. What we're talking about is a tablet's portability, and depending on what you plan to use your tablet for, portability is undoubtedly an important consideration. Even if portability doesn't seem like a big factor in your tablet comparison, chances are you'll appreciate a tablet that is slim and easy to hold.
- Performance: Performance can mean any number of things, but in this case we're talking about a tablet's speed and memory (RAM). Tablets are equipped with different processors offering varying processing speeds. They also have different amounts of memory. A tablet's processing speed and memory will dictate how the device performs -- how many applications a user can comfortably run simultaneously, how fast and smoothly applications load a operate, and a number of additional considerations.
- Connectivity: You'd be hard-pressed to find a tablet that doesn't have on-board WiFi for wireless connectivity to the internet by way of a wireless hotspot. That said, there are other connectivity considerations, such as whether a tablet has Bluetooth, whether it offers HDMI-out capabilities (for connectivity with an HD TV or monitor), whether you can plug in a USB drive, and more. Your devices connectivity options can open up a world of possibilities or significantly limit a tablet's capabilities. Compare wisely.
- Cellular: Most every tablet has on-board WiFi for internet connectivity whenever you're in range of a wireless hotspot. If you frequently find yourself needing the internet when you're not near a hotspot, though, you may want to consider a tablet that offers cellular connectivity through one of the major carriers (Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile). Some tablets can be purchased with on-board 3G connectivity. When considering these options, however, be sure to remember that cellular services have a monthly fee and in most cases restrict the amount of data you can download over the 3G connection.
- GPS: Perhaps not the biggest factor in your tablet comparison if you have a standalone GPS unit or a mobile phone that gets you where you want to go, GPS connectivity is a nice-to-have. You may want to consider a tablet that has on-board GPS capabilities to kill two birds with one stone. Many tablets have GPS abilities, and can give you turn-by-turn directions wherever you want to go.
- Available Apps: The availability of apps (also know as applications or software programs) is an important consideration when determining what tablet you will inevitably buy. The number and range of apps available for a given device is in most cases dependent on its operating system (OS). Some OS's offer many more apps than others, although as the adoption of tablets continues to grow, more and more apps will be developed for each device's OS. Apps can give your tablet previously unavailable features, improve your productivity, and keep you entertained. Apps can include games, utilities, enhancements and much more.
- Storage Space: Particularly if you plan to use your tablet as an entertainment device, comparing the storage capacities of the the tablets you're considering is critical. Storage space determines how much music, how many movies, and how many apps your tablet can carry. Some tablets, including Apple's iPad, come in multiple models with different amounts of on-board storage space. Some tablets allow you to expand the device's storage space with portable media such as a microSD card. If a tablet supports a microSD card, for example, that means that it has virtually limitless storage abilities. Comparing the storage space on-board your favored tablets is critical.
- Price: Perhaps your budget knows no bounds. But if you're like most of us, price is a factor in your decision -- and chances are it's a big one. Decide what you want to spend on your new tablet, and shop for a bargain. Here at TabletLeader.com, for example, you can certainly find a bargain on many new and lightly used tablets. Also be sure to look for sales at big box retailers, and check out resources like Craig's List to be sure you find the best deal on the tablet you have your heart set on. Happy tablet comparison hunting.