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How to Choose a Tablet PC in 2014 (Part 2 – Size and Operating System)

Posted January 31, 2014 12:00 AM by SavvyExacta

Many factors go into the selection of a tablet computer. If you're new to the series, click here to read Part 1 about some general considerations. Then, move onto this post which explains two of the most important criteria: the size of the device and the operating system (OS) that runs its software.

Size

Most tablet computers are distinguished by their size. The two most common classes of size among tablets are 7-8 inch and 9-11 inch. The Samsung Galaxy Tab, for example, comes in both 8.0 and 10.1 inch sizes.

The best size for you depends on what you'd like to do with the tablet and how small it needs to be to meet your needs. If you'd rather have a large screen size for viewing video or navigating spreadsheets, the bigger size would work. If you'd rather have something that takes up less space, the smaller option would be best.

Operating System

Operating system is a big factor when deciding on a tablet. More than 75% of tablet users have devices that run on iOS (Apple) or Android (available on a variety of devices). It's a matter of preference, just as you would consider when selecting a smartphone.

If you're not sure which operating system you prefer, consider these points:

  • What OS runs on your other devices, such as your phone and computer?
  • Do you need to sync data between devices?
  • What types of programs, or apps, will you run on the tablet?
  • Which interface are you more comfortable with?

That's it for today. For now, tell us: are you a user of iOS, Android, or some other platform?


The next part of this series covers options for storage and battery life.

Read more about selecting tablet computers, including a 2014 comparison guide, on IHS GlobalSpec.

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01/31/2014 10:33 AM

Here's something on the cost.

When I buy my next iPad was going to go through my provider, which for an extra $10.00/month I would have internet excess. Now through my company I get an additional 17% off through Verizon. But I was going to go with the family plan for other member of my family. My girlfriends daughter was on, and my girlfriend had to wait till her other contract expired, but was hesitant...... so I got stuck with approx. $200.00/month bill (her daughter covered half. (of course it was with the new phone deal)

In the meantime, her daughter found a cheaper so when her contract expired she dusted and went to another provider that was cheaper, I called to cancel and they talked me into just suspending the line, (lasts for 6 months)..... I figured they did not want to lose a customer yet I was paying $135.00/month. I called up and told them to cancel, the line, and the reason was I have to cut cost, she asked when she left I told her Verizon is too expensive........

Well they instead tried to sell more product until I told them no Cancel the one line, and I have to cut costs, and if I can't. when my contract expires in about 45 days, I'll be gone.

Low and behold I'm down to about 70 dollars/month with my iPhone, (not including my 17% company employee discount) with the same package, I may just up grade my I pad and get the line for it for an extra $10.00......... bastards just sold me more product......... but at least I'm paying less.

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03/10/2014 4:36 PM

A note about operating systems: When deciding between iOS and android, you're respectively deciding between an operating system that was built specifically for the device it runs on, or an operating system that was re-worked/modified/trimmed in order to work on the device. Granted, there are android devices that run pure AOSP, but they are uncommon and it certainly doesn't guarantee a much better experience anyway. What most people are given on their android phones is an OS that may have started out as AOSP, but the phone manufacturer puts their "enhancements" in there, then the carrier gets their hands in the mix too. This fragmentation of the OS makes for a very difficult time trying to push updates. That would explain why it takes so long to get updated versions of android for some devices, when another device released around the same time could have gotten the update.

The hardware and the software are designed to work together from the start. iOS is just inherently more stable than android for that reason alone. Apple has an astonishingly better track record of keeping its products up to date, compared to android device updates.

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