How to Pick the Tablet that is Right for You
Some things I think would be good for anyone, no matter what you are looking for.
- WiFi-N & BlueTooth
- Charging over USB
- Flash Card Slot / Expandable Memory
- Capacitive Multitouch Touchscreen (just in case you forgot)
- Read Reviews
Read Reviews - Both "professional" reviews and user reviews. Find out what real people who have actually used the device think about their experience. But always be wary of reviews that are too extreme. Meaning if they just think it is the best thing ever to be made by anyone ever EVER! then take that with a grain of salt. Same thing for people who think it is dog poop. Extreme reviews pretty much cancel each other out. Now if all the reviews say it is horrible, or awesome, then ok. And in either case, read the review for actual helpful content - WHY is it awesome? WHAT makes it horrible? Not just "It's great" or "It sucks" - the content is what deserves your attention.
What brand name? Cheap overseas products? What about contracts? 3G/4G? Game controls? Tech Specs? Windows 8?
Windows 8 - I can not talk about Windows 8 tablets because they haven't been released yet at the time I am writing this. But I will say that they have the potential to be a huge game changer. If done well, they will offer a full-fledged desktop operating system on a tablet. Honestly this isn't new, I mean even Windows XP had a "tablet version" and that was a decade ago. The difference is this time is that in 2002, a "Tablet PC" was a laptop with a resistive touchscreen meant to be used with a stylus, or a pen-driven screen. It wasn't touch-based, nor meant to be used with your hands. I have tried the Windows 8 Consumer Preview on my laptop, and - UGH - it sucked. But that was because my computer is not touch screen. So all the so-called "improvements" were pointless to me - or, worse yet, made Windows 8 HARDER to use than Windows 7. I can see, though, if I was using Windows 8 on a tablet, then I would prefer it to Windows 7. Another note on Windows 8, there will be 2 major divisions (and only Gates knows how many "editions") - Windows 8 and Windows RT. They will be marketed as basically the same thing, just one is cheaper because it runs on ARM processors instead of x86 / x64 processors. No. They may look and act the same - but they are completely different operating systems. And this means the programs you already use on Windows today WILL NOT WORK on Windows RT unless the producers of the program port it to the new system. So don't buy a Windows RT Tablet and expect it to run all your software. Just like don't buy an iPad and expect it to run your Mac OS X programs. They are two different things.