Tablets are certainly the must-have gadget of 2014, with millions being sold every day. If you want to have the latest technology, but don’t know where to start, then this buyer’s guide will put you in the know.
What is a tablet?
Let’s start with the basics, so you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. A tablet works in a similar way to a smartphone, with a touchscreen, computer capabilities and apps. The only differences between a smartphone and a tablet are that you cannot make calls (unless with specific cell phone capabilities) and they tend to be a lot bigger. Most of the insides in a tablet are the same as a smartphone, although you will find bigger processors in a tablet that can handle more complex applications than a phone.
Apple vs Android
The biggest decision you will have to make will be whether you want an Apple tablet, or an Android one. Although there are other options, such as Windows, you will find that these two companies are the industry leaders. Apple were the first to release a tablet, in the form of the iPad, and they still continue to dominate the market. However, Android have soon shot up the polls with brands such as Google and Samsung using this platform for their tablets. You will find that Apple tablets stay very similar, with very few noticeable updates to the way the work or how they look. On the other hand, Android tablets are far more customisable and updated on a more frequent basis. Look at Insight Android tablets and the Apple competition to see which you prefer. You may find that one is far more cost effective than the other too, with Apple renowned for charging a lot more than their competitors for similar pieces of kit.
The Top Tablets of 2014
There have been some great releases in terms of tablets this year, with many more to come. If you’re considering buying a tablet in 2014 then check out some of these offerings:
- Apple iPad Air – It’s been a long time coming, but finally Apple have created a version of their iPad that is slimmer, sleeker and sexier than before. This brand new Apple iPad can be found for around £400 and is likely to stay at that price range for a while.
- ASUS Google Nexus 7 – This gorgeous looking tablet has been at the top of technology lover’s lists since its release last year. Thanks to the constant updating of Android, this tablet is unlikely to go out of fashion anytime soon. Plus it’s a steal at under £250!
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 – Our middle price range tablet is compact, hard working and rather good looking. Samsung have certainly had some excellent tablet releases in the past, with this being their best by far. You can pick up one of these for under £400.
So, are you opting for Apple or Android? Will you be going for one of our top picks or something entirely different? Whichever tablet you go for, you won’t regret it; especially with all that technology now in the palm of your hands.