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Comparing tablets: Which one do you need?

Comparing tablets: Which one do you need?

5/19/2014

It is no exaggeration to say that tablets have revolutionized the technology world. In a just a few years, these devices have gone from the cutting edge to the mainstream. Millions of people around the world now choose tablets over desktops and laptops for all or most of their computing needs.

If you are interested in buying a tablet for the first time or replacing an existing device, you have a lot of options at your disposal. It can be difficult to determine which tablet is best for your specific needs. To help you navigate this field, this guide compares several of the most popular tablet options on the market.

1. Apple iPad
The Apple iPad is probably what most people think of when they hear the word "tablet." The iPad was a tremendous breakthrough, the first tablet to really find an audience, and it remains incredibly popular to this day. If you are a big fan of the Apple operating system, then the iPad is obviously a great fit for you. The iOS is clean, intuitive and easy to use. Critically, the iPad provides access to the Apple app store and its more than 500,000 iPad-specific programs. The latest version of the iPad, the iPad Air, is also notable for its increased portability, weighing in at only 1 pound.

2. Apple iPad mini
The Apple iPad mini combines many of the features that make the traditional iPad so appealing, but in a smaller package. The mini offers a 7.9-inch retina display, as compared to the iPad Air's 9.7-inch screen - a difference, but both are large enough for comfortable video watching and Internet browsing. The mini is a more affordable option than the Air. However, it does have less computing power, and there are fewer apps available for the mini. This makes the iPad mini ideal for Apple fans who intend to use their tablet for less demanding tasks, such as reading eBooks or viewing websites.

3. Samsung Galaxy
Last year, Android tablet sales surpassed Apple's for the first time ever. Obviously, these devices are very appealing to consumers, and the Samsung Galaxy may be the best offering available. The Galaxy line of tablets includes several size options, ranging from a 5.7-inch (the Galaxy Note 3) to a 12.2-inch screen (the Galaxy Tab Pro), with the Galaxy Tab 2 and Tab 3 in between. These tablets are generally more affordable than Apple's offerings and feature a similar level of performance. The Google Play app store cannot match Apple's, but there are still a tremendous number of programs available for download. If you want a reliable tablet, are eager to save some money and are not attached to the iOS, then one of the Samsung Galaxy offerings will probably be your best bet.

4. Microsoft Surface
The Microsoft Surface has not seen the same level of sales success as the Galaxy or iPad, but it is a very highly lauded line among tech experts. Unlike the other available options, the Surface is a slate tablet, allowing users to attach and detach a keyboard that also acts as a case for the device. This means that the Surface offers an experience that can resemble that of either a typical tablet or a laptop. These gadgets also include the Windows 8 operating system. While they can be a bit pricey, they are an excellent option for those who demand high performance from their tablets.

Whichever tablet you choose, you should definitely purchase a tablet insurance plan to protect your investment. The ProtectCELL insurance offering covers all forms of damage, ensuring that a cracked screen or wet processor doesn't have to ruin your day.

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