In the four years since the debut of the tablet computer, companies have consistently developed tablets with greater and greater capabilities to compete with one another. With the increasing number of makes and models, it can be difficult to find the right one for you. When shopping for a tablet, there are a few features that you should ensure your new tablet has, but the real deciding factors will be based upon your personal tastes and requirements from the device. If you plan on just reading, checking email, interacting on social media, and occasionally going online, then you will need different features than if you plan on gaming, watching movies, or doing business.

Processing Power
When you shop for a tablet, you will want to be sure it has enough processing power for what you want to do with it. You will see different types of processors, including the type as well as the base specs. You do not need to know much about processors to find the best one for you. When looking at the processors, you will see the speed in hertz, typically megahertz (MHz) or gigahertz (GHz). As a good rule of thumb, the higher the hertz, the faster the processor. If you plan to do many different tasks, then you want a higher processor. Most tablets use Arm processors, which are manufactured by a variety of companies. You might also see processors that are x86 based, but these tend to be used for Windows-based tablets. Many software apps are now written for multiple cores within a processor, which speeds up the performance. Therefore, you want to try to find tablets that use more than one core, but too many might eat the power too quickly.

Fundamental Features for your Tablet
Other fundamental features that can change what type of tablet you wish to purchase include the display, battery life, operating system, and storage. The main operating systems of tablets are Windows, Android, and iOS, and this can affect what apps are compatible with your device. However, most apps work across platforms. The display has two different numbers. One will be the size of display, which is measured diagonally, and generally ranges from five to 12 inches. When comparing the display, look closely at the resolution and the pixels per inch (ppi), especially if you want HD quality resolution. Generally, the higher the numbers, the better the display. When comparing battery life, be sure to look at the fine print. Typically, the battery life will be an estimate for one type of action, such as video usage, but the actual amount of battery life will alter depending on a variety of factors including your Internet connection. The one feature that tablets generally lack is large amount of memory space. Most tablets have internal storage between 8 GB and 32 GB, with the capability for additional storage with micro SD cards.

Specialty Features on Devices
Some features make certain models stand out from the crowd. However, these features may not be necessary for your intended uses of the device. For example, some tablets come with a stylus so that you can write on the screen and easily convert it into text. Although not all tablets can do this, there are some apps that can provide similar capabilities to other tablets. One feature that only a few tablets, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, currently offer is the ability to multi task with a multi window feature. This allows you to be able to have multiple apps open and on the screen at one time. You could research online and write, check your email and shop online, or do any other combination of tasks that you want to do. Some tablets also have apps and features that allow you to work seamlessly across devices. This typically means you have to have devices that run the same software, such as all Apple, Windows, or Android devices. There are also some apps that allow you to do the same, even if you work across platforms, including cloud based programs. For example, Google Docs and Microsoft 360 can work across many platforms and will automatically save and remember your work on the next device.

How to Compare Tablets
When you shop for a tablet, you should consider what you plan to do with your tablet, as this will have the greatest impact on your decision. Therefore, you should create a list of features that mean the most to you, which will help you to make your choice. As tablet technology continues to increase, the capabilities of tablets will become even more powerful. Already, tablets are poised to replace computers in a variety of industries, and many people are choosing to purchase tablets over laptops and other devices. According to research by Gartner Inc. the shipping of tablets is set to surpass computers, both desktop and laptops, in 2015, with around 320 million compared to 270 million units. It will not be long until tablets become the go-to device for most people.

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