Top Ten Tips for Choosing Your New Tablet

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Tablets are everywhere these days, and they come in every shape and size imaginable. They also come in every price imaginable, and a good tablet can be a serious investment. Choosing your next tablet will go much more smoothly if you have these ten tips to help guide your research.

Start Simple

Make a list of your needs. What are your primary concerns, and what features tie into those needs? Look at things like battery life, screen size, and even the product’s total weight. Once you find a list of basic features, keep it on hand. It will help you throughout the buying process.

Consider How and Where You’ll Use Your Tablet

Once you have the simple things in order, it’s time to consider utility. A key feature is memory. Tablets don’t have the same capacity as a laptop, of course, but some tablets have a reasonably good built-in memory. Others rely almost exclusively on cloud storage. A tablet used in a regular environment, such as an office,with reliable WiFi, would work perfectly well. If you rely on your tablet in a variety of locations, including suburban or rural zones, you may need more memory.

Look at Multiple Review Sites

Manufacturer data is essential to making an informed decision, but ultimately, a product’s maker just wants to sell it. The most reliable way to judge the real value of an item is to read what actual users have to say about it. Check out a range of feedback from multiple sources to get a complete picture.

Investigate Previous Models

If you choose a new, cutting edge tablet, there won’t be many reviews. You can’t tell you anything about long-term performance. In these situations, it’s best to investigate previous models of the same product. You can see exactly what features the manufacturers decided to improve, and you can also reviews of those previous products to see if those new features address user concerns. If the changes and the complaints don’t link, you can reasonably assume those issues will carry over into the new model.

Look at the Cost of Accessories

Many tablets advertise how well they function with kickstands and removable keyboards. Unfortunately, manufacturers often sell these accessories separately. If you’re in love with a product’s versatility and specialized add-ons, make sure you know how much you’ll be paying before you make your final purchase.

Try It out in the Store

Ideally, even if you want to buy a product online, you should try it out in person. If you don’t want to go to a store, find a seller that offers a money back guarantee. This allows you to try out the tablet in the security of your own home. Triple check that the guarantee covers all forms of returns, however, and not just damaged products.

Double Check the Competition

It’s easy to be sold on ads. Even if you are passionately in love with a specific product, check out its biggest competitors. No matter how unlikely, you may find one that better suits your needs. At the very least, you can ensure you’re happy with your final purchase. It’s easier to avoid buyer’s remorse if you already know that the comparable options won’t match your criteria.

Read the Fine Print on Your Warranty

If something can go wrong, it usually will. To ensure you and your new tablet have a long and happy life together, study the warranty before you buy. How long does the warranty last, and what exactly does it cover? Does it insure against drops, malware, or other catastrophes, or only manufacturer errors? The warranty is part of the product. Know what you’re getting.

Weigh Resale Value vs. Longevity

How often do you change tablets? If your job or hobbies demand the newest tech, you’ll probably have to replace your tablet within two or three years. The world of computers is advancing rapidly, after all. When you look at previous models of your ideal tablet, see how well those past models resell. The amount you get back from this tablet will help you buy your next one. Conversely, you may find that a product’s longevity is more valuable than what you could get by reselling it.

Look at Parent Company Advantages

Most companies try to give their products a competitive edge in the market through exclusive access to unique features. The latest technological developments often come as special incentives that competitors can’t completely copy. Digital assistants like Siri are great examples. Many shoppers choose Apple products for their features rather than hardware.

Plan for Contingencies

Always have a back-up plan. If your tablet has a faulty battery, connectivity issues, or other major glitches, you will want to request a new product or a refund. The best way to ensure this is with a warranty, or device insurance. While you hope that nothing will happen to your tablet, you should always be prepared for the unexpected.  If you get a refund, do you know what your second choice of tablet will be, or will you have to start your search from scratch?

It’s impossible to tell how well a tablet will perform until it’s in your hands. That said, knowing as many details as possible about your product ahead of time helps to improve your chances of purchasing a great product. Know what you need, and know where to look for answers.