Tablet Choices: 10 Factors for Picking the Model That's Right for You

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-02-12 Print this article Print

5. Security concerns

According to the latest security data from 2012, Android was attacked more by malicious hackers than any other operating system, including Windows. That can’t be overlooked when choosing a tablet. It’s also important to not overlook the fact that iOS is expected to be targeted heavily this year, as well. Security is a huge consideration when deciding on a tablet.

6. Business or personal?

Although the line between business and personal needs is blurring by the day, customers must decide how they are going to use a slate they buy. Will they be using the tablet in the office? Will the slate find its way into their homes? Making that decision isn’t so simple, and tablet buyers need to consider how they will use the device before they buy it. In the tablet world, not all models are equally well-suited for both corporate and consumer use.

7. Easy integration with other products

The nice thing about Apple’s iPad is that it seamlessly integrates all kinds of information and data, including e-mails, calendar appointments, and songs, across products. Samsung is attempting to create the same kind of “ecosystem” with its products. If having easy integration with other products matters, think about opting for an iPad or Samsung device.

8. Cost

Cost is obviously a major concern for tablet customers. Luckily, there are a host of options available. For example, the Kindle Fire can be purchased for as little as $159. Apple’s high-end 128GB iPad costs $929 with 4G LTE. In-between, there are all kinds of price points and feature sets for the best tablets on the market. Regardless of what a customer would want to pay, they’ll find something to fit their needs.

9. Storage

With the launch of the 128GB iPad and the Surface Pro, the storage options across the tablet market should fit any customer’s needs. For those who need a lot of storage, the high-end iPad or Storage Pro should do the trick. Those who want less storage, but more cloud storage capacity can go for the Kindle Fire. No matter what customers are after, today’s tablets can deliver.

10. Screen quality

An earlier discussion on the screen sizes customers are looking for didn’t cover another important consideration: display quality. Apple’s iPad, for example, comes with its Retina display, but the iPad Mini does not. The Surface Pro has a 1080p display, but the Surface RT can only muster 768p resolution. Other devices have even less resolution. When deciding on the importance of resolution, users must figure out what they want to do with the tablet. If watching videos or editing photos is important, choosing a device with a higher resolution is a good idea.

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