These days if you’re surfing the internet on a desktop computer at home you might as well call yourself a dinosaur. Mobile computing devices have exploded onto the scene in recent years and society is gobbling it up. After all, how can a PC compete with a piece of technology that can give you step by step instructions in a new city, switch back to become your favorite book, and then allow you to Skype with family hundreds of miles away- all while you are on the go? Before sprinting to the closest Apple store and buying a new iPad2, you might want to ask yourself some important questions first.
What are my goals? Unless you’re a gadget guru and buy up every piece of new technology as soon as it drops, it’s a good idea to take some time to decide if a tablet is practical for your lifestyle.
WiFi or WiFi + 3G? This decision has an impact on product cost and definitely deserves some thought. Choosing the WiFi only option means you can use internet on your tablet as long as there is an internet connection available.
Does size really matter? Most tablets have a wide variety of storage sizes available. Choosing the perfect size depends on what you will be using it for. If you are a music junkie and have thousands of songs that you want to carry with you at all times, it might be a good idea to get a larger size. People just using it for surfing the web on the go might be okay to get the smaller storage option.
What are my brand options? Brand name will likely come into play when deciding what tablet to buy. Using a reliable review website, such as ConsumerReports.org, is a great way to compare differences between major brands.
Ultimately, choosing a PC, laptop, netbook, or tablet is up to each individual. Your choice will definitely be dependent on your lifestyle, personal preferences, and wallet thickness. Take some time to research all of your options so that you are confident in your final purchase decision.
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