FAQ: Tablets and iPads
Tablets have come a long way since the days of chiseling inscriptions onto flat stone slabs. Sleek and portable, these mobile devices are the ideal solution for staying connected, entertained, and productive while you’re on-the-go or just sitting on the couch. Best Buy carries a large selection of Apple, Android, and Windows tablets and we're here to help you find the best tablet.
How do I choose the best tablet for me?
It's a connected world out there. Smartphones, Smart TVs, home automation, and wearable tech have created ecosystems, bringing forth interconnected digital systems that shape our everyday lives. A tablet is a perfect addition to that ecosystem.
Take look at what technology you currently own. If you're primarily an Android user with Android compatible tech, it's probably best to stay within that group of products. Same goes for Windows or Apple. While many apps are cross-platform you'll find a better level of integration between like-minded devices.
Apple's iPad uses the iOS mobile operating system which should be familiar to iPod or iPhone users. If you own Apple devices such as Apple TV, an iPad is ideal as you'll get the integration you need, for things such as AirPlay, that you can't get with Android or Windows devices.
Unlike iPads, Android tablets are made by a wide variety of manufacturers. The Android platform allows devices from different manufacturers to work together within your Android ecosystem. For example, if have Chromecast, a Google device, you can access it from a Samsung, Sony, or ASUS tablet. This gives you the freedom to choose the tablet that's right for you.
Windows tablets offer the same ecosystem integration as Apple and Android. What sets Windows tablets apart is their ability to multitask and have multiple apps open at the same time. Plus, the latest models can run full versions of Windows 8.1 and Office 365.
What features should I consider?
That's going to depend on what you're primarily using it for. Work? Entertainment? Or maybe to create? Whatever you're using it for there are some basic things you'll want to consider.
A tablet's processor, screen size and resolution, storage capacity and capabilities, battery life, app selection, and accessories are all important features that'll help determine which is the best tablet for you.
If you're torn between adding a laptop or tablet to your ecosystem, you might want to consider a convertible laptop. It combines the functionality of a tablet and the power and performance of a laptop.
If you're on a tight budget a refurbished tablet might be worth considering. All refurbished tablets are thoroughly tested to meet stringent performance standards, so you get high-end tech that’s as good as new at a lower price point.
Want more info? Check out this resource:
Tablet and iPad Buying Guide