First of all, you have to ask yourself the following question: “What will I do with my touch pad?”.

The answer to this question will affect the size of the screen, the weight, the connectivity and the power of the tablet. Everything is about common sense:

Weight

If you want to move around regularly with your tablet, a rather small screen is recommended because the weight of the terminal will be less. To give you an idea, currently, the 10-inch tablets have a weight of about 500/600 grams while the 7 or 8-inch tablets weigh rather 300/400 grams. This seems minimal but it is not negligible on a daily basis (for transport but also for use when you have the tablet in hand).

Battery life

Always according to your mobility needs, battery consumption is not a point to be neglected at any cost. Indeed if you want to use it mainly on the go, you will need a correct autonomy (more than 6 hours), while for a use mainly at your home this criterion will be less important in your decision to buy.

Rest assured, most tablets on the market exceed 6 hours of battery life in normal use (eg non-stop video playback or Internet surfing) and easily reach an average of 7-8 hours of battery life. Models that can plug into a keyboard dock can reach up to 12 hours or even longer, as an extra battery is often installed in the accessory. That said, check this is not always the case.

The screen

If you want to use your tablet mainly to watch movies, a 16/10 format (like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 will be more comfortable than a 4/3 format (like the iPad). Net a 4/3 format may be more enjoyable. No one does not prevent the other. Think first about the screen size that suits you best.

Finally, pay attention to the definition of the slab (number of pixels on the screen) and prefer the screens “capacitive” to “resistive”. This last criterion is to be monitored only if you do not buy a model public, without a name known and made in China. Indeed the brand models now all have capacitive screens with a correct resolution.

Physical connectivity

If you want to easily connect your tablet to external devices, tablet connectivity is important. For example, if you want to connect it to a TV check the presence of a micro-HDMI port. If you want to increase its storage capacity, a memory card reader is appreciable. Most of the time, if the ports are not present adapters are available but it will be necessary to go back to the box.

Wireless connectivity

Not all tablets offer the same wireless connectivity. Some features are present on almost all current tablets, we find:

  • Wi-Fi that allows you to connect to the Internet without the cable.
  • The GPS, rather handy when you are looking for your way and want to use your tablet as a true GPS coupled to an electronic map.
  • Bluetooth, wireless technology, it allows connecting its shelf to accessories like keyboards or mice. You can also transfer small files between two devices equipped with Bluetooth.

Other features are not always present, it’s up to you to see if you need it:

  • The 3G / 4G chip: Like a phone, if you own a 3G/4G chip you will be able to connect your tablet using the telephone networks. So no need to connect to Wi-Fi, the Internet follows you everywhere. The only disadvantage, it will be necessary to provide a specific package often with a subscription.
  • The NFC chip: It is now a perfectly developed technology that allows communicating two devices by simple contact. NFC means “near field communication” i.e. “near field communication”. This allows you to exchange all sorts of information (photos, videos, contacts, etc. …) but also to pay in stores that have compatible terminals.

Accessories

Being able to buy and connect additional accessories for your tablet is a real plus if you want to upgrade it or bring it new features that are not available at the base. For the best-selling models (usually the major brands Apple, Samsung, Acer, Asus, Sony, etc.), you will find many accessories. Here is a non-exhaustive list of accessories you can buy:

  • Protective cases- ideal for protecting your tablet
  • Keyboard docks for more comfortable use
  • Stylus- ideal for taking notes or drawing on the screen of your tablet
  • Adapters, they make it possible to transform ports. For example, a USB port can be converted to an HDMI port (a useful port for connecting your tablet’s display to a television).

Storage Capacity

Depending on your usage, you will need to choose more or less storage capacity. For basic use (the internet, some videos, and applications) 16 or 32 GB will suffice. If you want to store and watch a larger number of movies, installing gourmet games would prefer storage for 64 GB, 128 GB or even 256 GB. The attention it is often more interesting to add a memory card to increase storage capacity than to buy a version with more storage because it will cost you much more.

Tablet OS

There are several operating systems for tablet. The most common currently are Apple iOS, Google Android and to a lesser extent Windows 8 from Microsoft.

  • IOS by Apple

The first is available on iPad (iPad Air 1, 2 and iPad Mini 1, 2, 3), it offers thousands of applications via the App Store in all areas while the second is available on the majority of tablets but offers for the moment a little fewer applications for tablets than iOS. The choice of the OS is more a matter of taste. Know that if like many you have an attraction for the iPad, then your choice will necessarily iOS.

  • Android by Google

If you choose Android, prefer the Lollipop version which is the latest version.

  • Windows by Microsoft

Finally, it is possible to buy a tablet under Windows 8, the latest operating system from Microsoft. This operating system makes it possible to install all the classic Windows software, i.e. the famous .exe but also the Windows Store applications. Microsoft offers its range of tablets under Windows 8 with Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3.