How to choose the best tablet PC? - A buying guide

Confused of buying a new tablet PC? Learn the most basic rules to be followed in buying a tablet PC. The features and specifications to be considered are explained in this article. This article is a guide on how to buy a good tablet.

Day by day our electronic market is refreshed with new varieties of tablet computers. Many people do not know how to select a good tablet PC. When people goes to buy a tablet they get confused because of the wide range of tablets available and many people doesn't understand the technical specifications . This article is going to enlighten you about tablet computers and what you really need to know while selecting one.

Know your needs

There are a plenty of questions you should ask yourself before choosing a tablet and the most important is, the use for the tablet. We can watch movies, access internet, doing office work etc using the tablet. So, if you use these features you can go for tablet PC.

Look beyond the price

Don't buy a tablet looking at its price. Tablets are available even at less than 2K and more than 50K. When you buy a highly expensive tablet, it doesn't mean you are getting a high quality product. Look for your needs, even low cost tablets can give you good performances you require. So, go for such tablets.

The manufacturer

Android tablets are available now at a cheaper price. Don't go for such tablets. Choose some branded company tablets. Choose a company which offers many service centers across the country and which has the reputation for updating the latest versions of operating systems. If you needed a well-known manufacturer with enough reputation, go for iPad, but be careful any damage to your device will cost you a lot to repair it.

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1. Apple A6X: This is the current fastest processor available on any tablet. But the problem is that it is available only in fourth generation iPad.

2. Nvidia Tegra 3: Nvidia's flagship mobile chip is a complex quad-core processor capable of speedy navigation and high frame rates.

3. Samsung Exynos: Samsung Exynos processors are fast, rivaling and best in performance. The latest quad-core Exynos 5250 gives good performance in all applications and even in games.

4. Qualcomm Snapdragon 4: Currently running on very few tablets, the dual-core processor uses an Adreno 225 GPU. Have high performance.

Operating system and software platform

1. iOS: This operating system is available only in apple devices. This operating system is very simple, user-friendly and supports wide range of applications.

2. Android: This is the operating system which is widely used now. Android operating system is the most user-friendly and customizable operating system. The latest version available is Lime Pie. This operating system supports variety of applications , which can be downloaded from Google play store, which was previously known as Android Market.

3. Windows 8: Latest development in operating system of tablets is Windows 8. There will be a little difficulty in using it for first time, but when you get hold on the system, you can see this is an elegant and powerful operating system. The negative side of this Operating system is the lack of applications available and most of the available applications are not paid applications.

4. Amazon: Amazon operating system is running only on Kindle Fire tablets. This operating system has the deepest support for books than any tablet.

Tablet sizes

Tablets are divided into 3 sections based on their screen size small, medium and large.

1. Small (7 to 7.9-inches): The tablets with screen size 7 to 8 inches comes in this category. Usually they are priced low and easily portable. They can be held in one hand and used by other hand which makes them more user-friendly. These types of tablets are mostly preferred by freshers.

2. Medium (8.9 to 10.1 inches): These tablets offer larger screens and higher resolutions. Larger screens better suits for those who watch movies, play games etc. They have faster processors and memory compared to 7 inch tablets.

3. Large (Over 10.1 inches): These types of tablets are less available in the market. They have larger screens, faster processors, high resolution etc. In shortly, they are smaller versions of PC's.

Screen quality

Screen qualities are represented by the screen's resolution and panel type. The higher the resolution, the sharper the images are. Panel type will determine if images maintain their quality when viewed from different angles. So, while choosing a tablet, make sure that the panel is an In-Plane Switching (IPS) or Plane Line Switching (PLS) screen and anything less than that will reduce your screen quality.


This is another important feature that a tablet must have. For a good tablet, the minimum internal storage should be atleast 8 GB, because the operating systems and other applications take around 20 to 25 percent of the total memory available. So, if you are buying a tablet with 8 GB space, you will get only around 6 GB for usage. Then think about how much space you will get from a low memory tablet? So, it's better to select tablets with large memory and memory expansion options like micro SD cards, mini SD cards etc.

Battery life

Tablets are specially made for using while travelling. As it is difficult to charge them while travelling, choose tablets with good battery back-up, preferably above 2000 MAh.


Go for Tablet which offers good apps which are free of cost. Google Android market place currently has over 80,000 apps. Around 57% of Android apps are free to download and these android tablets also support apps from other platforms also. Around 300,000 apps are available now on the iOS platform and iOS tablets support these apps only.


Camera is an important feature needed for all users. A tablet having both rear and front camera is the most selling one in the market. Choose a tablet with good resolution camera so that you can take good quality photos, videos using rear camera and enjoy video calling using the front camera.


Almost all tablets now available in the market support Wi-Fi so, you can connect them to the internet easily. There are two types of tablets available, one with Wi-Fi alone and other with Wi-Fi and 3G support. It's better to buy tablets with 3G support, so that you can put a SIM card into it and enjoy internet while on the move. These 3G tablets also support voice and video calls through them.
Choose tablets with HDMI connectivity option, latest Bluetooth version so that you can share your files with other devices and watch your videos and movies on bigger screen.

Do you actually need a tablet?

It's a final step, just think about your needs and decide if you really need a tablet, laptop or net book. A tablet is a great device, you can do image editing, word processing, gaming, watching videos etc. But it can't replace a fully-blown laptop. While in case of netbook, tablets are a step ahead of them, so you can go for tablets when compared to netbook.
I hope this article will help those who are looking forward to buy tablets.

Top 10 Tablets available in the market

Apple iPad 2012 (3rd Gen)
Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101G
Motorola Xoom
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 16GB Wi-Fi
Google Nexus 7 16GB
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 16GB
iberry Auxus CoreX2 3G
iBall Slide
Acer Iconia B1-A71
Micromax Funbook Pro


Guest Author: nagu02 Mar 2013

please recommend me, one 7inch tablet with all the above characters, to purchase(Rs8000/- to 15000/-) in India.

Guest Author: A. S. Bhasker Raj02 Mar 2013


This is a very useful guide that will help many people before taking the correct decision.

The ads from the companies confuse buyers.

Your clear-cut analysis will help buyers.

Author: gokul v j03 Mar 2013 Member Level: Gold   Points : 4

Hello Nagu, If you want to purchase a tablet with all good features available in it , you have to spend more amount. If you want a decent tablet with good performance you can buy iball slide, Micromax funbook pro or Acer Iconia B1- A71. You can also buy intex ibuddy connect tablet and penta tablets of above Rs.8000. They are nice tablets. You can also purchase tablets from iberry. They comes with extra features which no other manufacturers are giving at that price. As iberry is a new company, you will have your own risk of buying tablets from them.

Guest Author: what tablet is the b22 Mar 2013


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Author: Ramchandra19 Feb 2015 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

It is very important to check the memory, CPU and storage capabilities of the table device before purchasing it. Also the screen size must be compared with good tables.

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