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Productivity & Entertainment with Tablets and iPads

Tablets have come a long way since the days of chiselling 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.

Why Should I Choose a Tablet or iPad?

Ecosystem Integration

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 a 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. Incredibly light, powerful and portable, iPad makes it easy to do the things you love to do, anywhere. Wherever you are, you’ll have an incredible tool for work, play and discovery 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.

Android Tablets

Unlike iPads, Android tablets are made by a wide variety of manufacturers. Options are limitless with an Android tablet. Android is a mobile OS that’s designed to be easily customized to give you total control over your work, play, and everything in between. 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

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 10 and Office 365. Another option for Windows enthusiasts is a growing selection of 2-in-1 devices that combine the portability benefits of a tablet with the power and productivity of a laptop.

What features should I consider when selecting my device?

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.

As we already mentioned, the operating system (iPad/Android/Windows) is a very important consideration. In addition you’ll find need to consider tablet size and screen resolution, if you need a full-sized keyboard (do you prefer if it is attached?), storage capacity, battery life, the variety of apps available for that device, and perhaps processing power.

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.

Other considerations?

Some people need access to their mail and the internet from wherever they are. A cellular tablet will give you the freedom to connect to the web over a cellular network. Offering greater coverage than Wi-Fi, cellular connections like LTE, 4G, and 3G allow you to do everything you love to do on the web, in more places.

There are even specially designed tablets for children. They’re often considerably cheaper and designed to be kid-friendly. Kids’ tablets are pre-loaded with games, puzzles, and educational material for children; these tablets are also built to be durable. Some have expandable memory, and Wi-Fi that supports and limits access to child-approved websites.

If you're on a tight budget a Geek Squad Certified Open Box or refurbished tablet might be worth considering. All Open Box tablets are thoroughly tested by Geek Squad to meet stringent performance standards, so you get high-end tech that’s as good as new at a lower price point.

Why should I consider upgrading or get a premium tablet?

The most premium tablets with operating systems from Apple, Android, and Windows, are as powerful as laptops. They come equipped with stunning screens, fast processing power, tons of storage, and longer battery life, all features for which you can make good use. With optional accessories, they can even function like compact computers. If you’re using a tablet for working from home or as a secondary device for work or school, a premium model can meet your most demanding needs. When you want to sit back and relax, you’ll also enjoy smoother video playback with a crisp, clear picture, excellent responsiveness when playing games, and seamless transitions as you move from one app to another. Plus, premium tablets can be used for smart home control and as smart displays, making them versatile at home and on the go companions for both work and play.

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