Tablets Buying Guide
Buying Guide – Tablets
What is a tablet?
A tablet is a slate-shaped device with a touch screen interface that gives you the processing power and functionality of a laptop while maintaining the design and portability of a smartphone. It is not as bulky as it does not have keyboards like a laptop, and its screen size and functionality is better than that of a smartphone. A tablet gives you the best of both worlds by taking the advantageous features of both a smartphone and a laptop and combining them into a single device.
A good tablet should have the following features:
- It should be small, lightweight and portable
- It should provide ample storage space
- The tablet should have a fast and efficient processor
- It should feature a good display with good screen resolution
- The tablet should have a good battery life
What are the different types of tablets?
There are three styles of tablets that are available on the market:
1) Convertible tablets: These tablets combine the features of a tablet and a laptop. These are notebooks whose screen can be detached to serve as a tablet. Depending on your need, you can use them as a laptop or as a tablet. Lenovo’s Yoga series is an example of convertible laptops.
2) Slate tablets: These are the most common type of tablets. They have a slate shape without any hardware keyboard. However, external Bluetooth or wireless keyboards can be used with them. Slate tablets have long battery life and processing powers. Lenovo Tab 2 is an example of slate tablets.
Tablets come in three size groups:
1) 6 to 6.9 inches: These are the smallest tablets and provide the best portability of any tablets. They are commonly called as phablets as they combine the properties of both smartphones and tablets. They are best for reading books, and, being small, they can fit inside your pockets or purses easily. The Lenovo Phab Plus Phablet falls under this category. The Phab Plus comes with a 13 MP camera and a 32 GB storage. It runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop.
2) 7 to 7.9 inches: This is the most common size of a tablet. Lenovo Tablet 2 falls under this category. It has a 1 GB RAM and comes with a 7.0” screen. It runs on Android KitKat. These tablets are good for those intending to use them for entertainment purposes.
3) 8 to 8.9 inches: These tablets are good for entertainment as well as for some work related purposes, such as preparing presentations or doing video calls. Lenovo Tab 2 comes with a 8” HD touchscreen. It comes with 16 GB storage and a 5-point multitouch button.
What the things to look out for when buying a tablet?
Operating system: Android is the most common mobile platform and it is also used on tablets. Most tablets run a customized form of Android and update their systems regularly. Movies, games, magazines and TV shows are of better quality and of more quantity on Android. Frequent updates make Android a more stable and more customizable. All Lenovo tablets run on Android operating system. On Android, you get a variety of apps for productivity, games, entertainment and more.
Processor: You should go for a tablet that has a quad core processor. Lenovo A series tablets have a MediaTek quad core processor. The four cores ensure faster performance. However, if you feel that it is not enough and that you will need more processing power for your more demanding apps, then the Lenovo Phab Plus Phablet will be right for you. With its Qualcomm octacore processor, you can expect a quick response from your apps and a lag free gaming experience.
RAM: RAM is where your tablet stores your system and app settings for short term when you use it. A bigger RAM ensures a snappier performance. Lenovo tablets comes with a RAM of up to 1GB.
Storage: If you intend to use your tablet extensively then you will need a storage of 16 to 32 GB that can be expanded through an onboard memory card slot. Lenovo Phab Plus comes with 32 GB of storage; however, there is an onboard memory card slot that allows you to expand your memory up to 64 GB.
Battery Life: Tablets should give you all day battery on a single charge to ensure that you get the most out of it. Longer battery life means you can watch movies or play games, when outside, without having to look around for a charging point. Lenovo Tab 2 A8-50 gives a battery life of up to 11 hours.
Screen quality: A good tablet screen should have a sharp, bright screen with a good viewing angle and excellent brightness. Lenovo tablets have IPS (In Plane Switching) screens which means that you get to experience vibrant colors when playing games or watching movies.
Design: All the processing power, battery life and RAM will be of no use if your tablet isn’t light and has a good design that is easy to hold and well balanced. Even if a tablet is light, if its components are not placed accurately during design phase to distribute the weights evenly, it will feel off in your hands. The tablet should be slim and have a good grip with a great design.
Lenovo tablets are not only slim and well balanced, but their appealing looks set them apart from all other tablets.
Choosing the right tablet for you
Before you go out to buy your tablet, you should ask yourself the following questions:
- The kind of applications you will be running
- If you need it to be travel friendly
- The storage capacity you need
- What you will be using your tablet most for
- The screen size you will need
If you plan to run heavy applications or games, you will need strong processing power and a bigger memory.
If you will be using your tablet while travelling, then it should be light and slim. If you travel a lot, then you should opt for a smaller screen size as then the tablet becomes more portable. Larger tablets, including convertibles, are best suited for people who need more processing power.
Glossary of Terms
Processor is the component which processes the information needed to run a tablet. The processor has an important role to play in the functioning of the tablet. A powerful processor means that the tablet can handle a greater workload of applications. Example of a processor in a tablet is a MediaTek 1.3GHz Quad Core Processor.
RAM stands for Random Access Memory, or a type of memory which the tablet can access randomly. RAM is the fastest storage to read in a computer, therefore, a bigger RAM means faster computing performance. A memory of 1 GB is adequate for most tablets.
Battery it is what gives your tablet power. Most tablet batteries run for 8 hours.
IPS or In Plane Switching is a type of LCD screen that is known for sharpness, clarity and more natural looking colors.
Capacitive touch screen is one of the two kinds of touch screens; the other one is resistive. A capacitive touchscreen ensures that your tablet has a smooth and responsive touch. It is helpful especially when playing games and web browsing.
eMMC storage is the storage drive used in Lenovo tablets. It is a flash storage type and is similar to an SD card. eMMC storage is cheap and fast, which greatly reduces the price of Lenovo tablets.
Phablet it is a small screen tablet which combines the features of a smartphone and a tablet and has calling and messaging features.
Screen Resolution it is a measure of the sharpness and clarity of images and text on the screen. The more the resolution, the more images that you will be able to fit on a screen.
While tablets have seen falling sales over the past few years, there is still a wide market for them. Maybe you need something that’s bigger than a phone but is not a full-fledged laptop, maybe it’s for watching YouTube or Netflix and streaming movies, reading books, or you need something to do your work on with that is small and portable. Whatever be your reason for buying a tablet, Lenovo has the best range of tablets for all of your needs. Check out the dostore.com, Lenovo’s official online store, for all the latest models of tablets.