In the age of smartphones and tablets, Android-powered devices have successfully managed to carve a unique identity for them. All the Android-powered devices are famous for their user- friendly interface as well as the cheap apps and games available to them. Though these apps were already a part of many smartphones that came before Android, these were expensive enough that not everyone was able to afford them. With the introduction of Android-powered smartphones and tablets in the market, this entire range of high-end games as well as apps became more accessible to the common masses.
Android tablets have an advantage over other tablets available in the market. These tablets are powered with one of the most powerful and portable operating systems available today i.e. Android itself. These are highly customizable as well. The reliability, as well as powerful features provided by Android, is the reason why some of the automobile manufacturers in the world are also interested in it so that they can find something useful and engaging for their customers.
Specifically speaking of Android tablets, it is a known fact that a whole new range of tablets has exploded in the digital market. Apart from this, the new range of applications and games that accompany these tablets are also commendable. However, all these choices can put people in a huge dilemma. To make it easier for everyone to easily and wisely invest in an Android tablet, below are some factors which should be kept in mind before investing in an Android-powered tablet. In order to make a wise decision, scroll down and take a look at some of the points to be kept in mind before buying an Android tablet.
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1. Purpose/ Usage of tablet
Interestingly, a wide range of tablets is available on the Android platform. These range from utility tablets for grownups to the user-friendly and educative tablets for kids. The Kid’s Safe Tablet is specially designed for kids so as to assist them in various educative programs involved in their curriculum. It can be used for the purpose of playing games and solving puzzles as well. Also, there are the usual bigger and smarter tablets meant for grownups. These tablets are as efficient as a full- fledged laptop.
The perks of choosing separate tablets for you and your kids is that it will certainly reduce the wear and tear which kids often leave on their parent’s tablets. So, the first step is to determine the purpose for which you are planning to invest in an Android tablet.
2. Size of the tablet
After determining the purpose of investing in an Android tablet, the next step is to decide the size of the tablet. Luckily, Android-powered tablets are available in a variety of sizes. One of the most interesting as well as advantageous fact about a tablet is that it is compact in size. The sleek design and smart built of a tablet is what makes them easy to carry and look after. While it is impossible to carry a PC around and since laptops are huge in size, tablets are what come to everyone’s rescue.
The 7-inch tablets from Android are way cheaper than many other tablets available in the market. But if you are interested in playing games and using apps on your tablet, those 10-inch tablets are simply perfect for you. While smaller tablets are easy to carry around, bigger ones have their share of advantages as well. For instance, watching movies and playing games is something that can be conveniently achieved on a big tablet. Since Android tablets can be highly customized, bigger tablets make the whole experience more enjoyable and mesmerizing for the users. So, the second factor to be kept in mind while choosing the right Android powered tablet is the size of the tablet.
3. The right Android operating system
Like iOS, various versions of the Android operating system are also available. All these versions of Android have their own set of features. Starting from the very first version of Android i.e. Android 1.5 (Cup Cake), there are 8 more versions available. The most recently launched version of Android is the Android 4.4 (Kit Kat). It is entirely the buyer’s decision that which version of Android he/ she wants in his/ her tablet. Accordingly, their tablet will be performing all the functions which are offered within the scope of that particular version of Android.
Moreover, there are certain applications as well as games which are unique to each version and they may/ may not be upgradable to the higher ones. Hence, every buyer should be cautious while buying a tablet with Android 2.3 or below. The reason behind this is that these versions do not support Flash. It is advised to choose the appropriate version of Android wisely. This can be done based on the user’s preferences as well as the reasons behind buying a tablet.
4. The right manufacturer
Looking at the popularity and fan following of Android tablets in the market, there are few very potentially powerful tablet manufacturers in the digital world today. The dilemma arises because each of these tablets is worth putting your hands on. Manufacturers like Sony, Google, Samsung, etc have emerged as equally powerful suppliers of Android-powered tablets in the world.
However, it may not be that difficult to choose between these tablets. The reason behind this is that each of these manufacturers has some additional features and may function differently as well. Hence, the only way to zero in on any Android tablet is by being sure about the features and specifications that you expect to be there on your tablet.
5. What’s your budget?
The cost of an Android tablet depends on the version of the Android operating system installed as well as the features offered by it. The various factors which contribute to the final price of a tablet include the operating system, features, built, design, utility as well as the size. While smaller tablets are definitely cheaper than the bigger ones, it solely depends on the user’s requirements and budget.
6. Does your tablet connect to the Android market?
Sadly, not every Android powered tablet can be connected to the online Android market. This is because Google does not have much control on Android. Once a new version of Android is released to the masses, there is nothing that Google can do. But Google certainly has the control over the entire Android market. Hence, older versions of Android such as Android 2.2 and below will never connect to the Android market. No doubt some apps will be available to you, but the majority of utility apps and games will be far out of your reach.
You must be wondering about the significance of buying an Android tablet if you cannot have access to all the apps and games in the Android market. Hence, this is another important factor to be kept in mind while buying any Android powered tablet.
7. Tablets may/ may not require a data plan
All Android tablets can be either sold with Wi-Fi connectivity or with 3G/ 4G wireless data access. Often it is seen that these tablets are sold at a discount price because of their collaboration with any cellular service provider. Before investing in any Android tablet, check if you are covered under the 2 years of payment over the price for which you are buying your tablet. Also, check the amount of data that you will be provided under this plan. It is always advised to go for a plan which is expandable in future.
8. Say no to Modified Androids
Similar to the modifications brought in Android user interfaces in different devices by their manufacturers, modifications can be brought in Android tablets as well. Often manufacturers state that it is a wonderful thing, but it also has some disadvantages.
The disadvantage is that these modified versions often act differently from their real versions. This may pose a difficult situation for people using the modified version of Android. Hence, you should always go for the real and original version of Android.