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How to Choose the Right Tablet

With so many tablet models on the market, it can be difficult to know which might best suit your needs. The four questions below may help you make your decision easier.

1. What kind of user are you?

Identify the purpose of the tablet before you start shopping. Are you looking for a tablet simply to read and respond to emails while commuting? Do you want a tablet for your family to use at home?

  • Business users - a full-size tablet is often easiest to use. The Microsoft Surface Pro comes with Microsoft Office. Consider buying an external keyboard or stylus to make input easier.
  • Gamers - the iPad is the first choice for gamers, as the Apple App Store has the best collection of gaming apps.
  • Bookworms - Consider the Kindle Fire HDX if you plan to use your tablet primarily for reading, eBooks and watching TV or movies.

2. What operating system are you comfortable with?

Are you accustomed to using a specific type of operating platform? Or do you stream a lot of content? Have you already invested in a library of apps for a certain operating system?

The three primary operating systems for tablets are iOS, Android and Windows. Choosing an operating system that matches the other products you use will improve the integration between your tablet, your computer and your media library.

3. Does Size Matter??

Tablets sizes vary widely, from 7-inch to 12-inch devices. Bigger tablets provide a better experience for watching media and working, but aren’t as portable as the smaller models. Even the most impressive tablet is not very useful if it doesn’t fit your portability needs.

4. What Is Your Budget?

Price is the most important consideration for many. However, choosing the cheapest tablet available isn’t always the best option. Rather than looking for the lowest price, look for best value.

If you're on a limited budget, read reviews of the tablets that offer the best value to find one that meets your needs. High end tablets are typically the most expensive, but their longevity is a key benefit.

Financing through Synchrony Bank is readily available for purchasing a tablet.* Find out if one of our partner electronics stores has a location near you.

Additional Reading:

The Best Android Tablet
IPad Air vs. Surface 2
Consumer Reports Tablet Buying Guide

 

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