When it comes to buying a tablet, you might find that there are more opinions than there are products. As a consumer, you have dozens of brands and models to choose from which requires you to run a gauntlet of advertisements, opinions, and promotional deals before selecting the right fit. To make matters more complicated, every person believes that their device is the best on the market, and—for a triple-digit monetary investment—it’s important that you can boast with the best of them.
There are a few key factors to consider while determining which tablet gives you the most bang for your buck. Price, display screen size and resolution, memory, storage, and weight are all important characteristics to assess before making a purchase. While comparing tablets, do your best to assess which qualities are most important to you, and keep in mind that you may have to compromise in order to find a product that meets your needs.
Lets use the iPad2, one of the most popular tablets on the market, as an example. As Apple’s newest tablet, the iPad2 has received excellent reviews for its high resolution. This tablet projects images that are crisp and clear on an 9.7” screen with up to 64 GB of storage and plenty of RAM which allows for a fast connection. But before you jump to the checkout line, there are a few other factors to consider. The iPad2 weighs in at 1.33lbs which is noticeably heavier than most tablets; and while many consumers are willing to pay for style, this Apple product rings up at approximately $475.*
When it comes to price, the Amazon Kindle Fire presents a much more modest option. For just under $200, the Kindle weighs less than the iPad2 (.91 lbs.) while running on the same amount of memory. While the Kindle’s resolution ranks well against its competitors, its display screen is only 7’’, which is a disappointment to some. Consumers have been similarly let down by the Kindle’s minimal storage space (8 GB).
Those shopping for a tablet in the mid $200 range may find a friend in the Archos 101 Internet tablet or the BlackBerry Playbook. What the Archos lacks in memory and storage, it makes up for in screen size (10.1”) and resolution. The Playbook, on the other hand, has a smaller screen (7”) with ample storage, an impressive amount of memory, and a lightweight of .90 lbs.
When comparing these four tablets or any other number of brands, the best bang for your buck will most likely come down to a matter of personal preference. But if you can live with the slightly smaller screen, the BlackBerry Playbook seems to offer the most reasonable deal in terms of price and performance. While making your decision, be sure to read as many online reviews as possible. Once you’ve located the potential strengths and weaknesses of a specific model, go ahead and talk with a friend or co-worker about how their experience compares to the product’s ratings.
Once you’ve purchased your tablet, don’t let all of your hard work go to waste. To maximize the life and performance of your product, be sure to eliminate as many causes for human error as possible. You can guarantee a better bang for your buck by keeping your tablet clean and using only the power cord that comes with the product. Taking good care of your tablet will ensure that you’re getting the most for your money.
After you’ve selected a tablet that’s right for you, congratulate yourself on your purchase, kick back, and enjoy the perks of the latest and greatest in modern technology.
Ella Davidson of consumer awareness and money-saving site, Coupons.org has written this article. Coupons strives to empower consumers to make informed shopping decisions; the site has been featured on CNBC.
*Prices may vary with time and method of purchase.
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