With a few accessories, a tablet can become a sleek laptop alternative. ( Brooke Cagle / Unsplash/)

Tablets pack all the power of smartphones behind a larger screen, which comes in handy when you’re watching Netflix or reviewing documents on the go. These devices are so versatile that you can even grab a clip-on keyboard and a wireless mouse, and turn your tablet into a light, slim laptop replacement.

In recent years, the market has been flooded with many different kinds of tablets, but the plethora of models can be overwhelming. It may even get in your way when it comes to finding that slab of high-tech magic that best fits your needs.

Knowing your options and the specifications you’ll need to consider will make navigating the tablet jungle easier. And at the end, you’ll be able to find a device that’s perfect for you.

Decide on key specs

First and foremost, you should think about how big you want your tablet to be. Larger tablets are heavier, so you’ll have to find the right compromise between screen size—ranging roughly from 8 to 13 inches—and portability.

If watching videos is important to you, you may want a device where you can see more details, rather than a lighter tablet that’s easy to carry around. In that case, it’s also important to consider the resolution of the screen, as measured in pixels—a device that packs more pixels into the same screen size will give you a sharper image.

Unless you plan to leave your tablet at home all the time, battery life will also be a crucial consideration. You can start by noting the size of the battery when you review the specs list, but that’s not the only indicator you need to look for. As with overall performance, a lot of other factors influence the length of a battery’s life, including the efficiency of the device as a whole, and the size and brightness of the screen. A good way to get an accurate idea is to check the manufacturer’s quoted battery life and compare it with reviews from users online.

Next, think about the accessories you’ll want to use with your tablet. If you want it to make digital art, make sure your tablet supports one or more styluses. If you want to turn your tablet into a makeshift laptop, check for compatibility with snap-on keyboards. Most tablet manufacturers are now making at least some effort to push their devices as laptop alternatives, so you should definitely be able to find at least a couple of accessories that play nice with the device of your choosing.

As you go through the product’s specifications, you will see references to processor speed (how fast the device makes calculations) and its RAM memory (how much data it can handle at once). Both these specs affect the overall performance of your tablet, but because processing power is hard to parse, they don’t make great benchmarks for comparing one tablet to another. Each manufacturer tends to use a different processor, (or CPU) and give it its own confusing label. This makes it hard to compare tablets from different brands, though it can help to compare different products within the same range and brand—in Apple’s iPad range, for example, the A12 beats the A10.

If you narrow down your choice to two or three tablets, a quick online search should give you some indication of how their processors stack up. Some YouTubers specialize in analyzing similar gadgets and comparing them, so it’s highly likely someone already did the homework for you.

More RAM is always better, but keep in mind that it’s not the only factor that affects performance. The quality of the components and the efficiency of the internal engineering also affect a tablet’s speed. So while we’d suggest making a note of the CPU and RAM specs, don’t give them too much weight in your final decision. The price of the tablet is usually a good indicator of whether you’re getting a speedy or

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By: David Nield
Title: How to find a tablet that works for you
Sourced From: www.popsci.com/story/diy/best-tablet-for-you/
Published Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2020 13:54:34 +0000