Tablets Buying Guide

Since the launch of the iPad, tablets have become a very popular gadget. A device midway between the smartphone and laptop computers. In principle they were conceived to consume content, but over time they have proved to be very useful tools for work, beyond surfing the Internet and watching movies. Today there are many different devices so it is important to know what each offers, and therefore buy that best suits what you are looking for. To this end, we have prepared this guide to help you with your decision.

Operating system

Beyond hardware, the element that most makes the difference between a tablet or other is the operating system used. Today there are four options: IOS with the iPad, Android tablets, those that carry Windows 7 and finally RIM QNX with for their PlayBook. The tablet from Apple, the iPad, gives us a lot of applications. Android instead offers us versatility and ease to synchronize files. Windows 7 offers us the convenience of your computer and RIM PlayBook exclusive, ideal applications for BlackBerry users.

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Each system has its own particularities. For example, on the iPad we can synchronize many of our data in the cloud with the iCloud service. In addition, we can send films and photos to our television thanks to AirPlay. We can also perform this last feature on Android in those tablets that have DLNA like the Sony S. RIM BlackBerry instead decides to bet on a versatile operating system very intuitive and easy to use, not to mention the professional sector. The tablets with Windows, go on the other hand, more oriented towards those seeking an experience similar to that already have computers.


Normally, almost all of the tablets have capacitive touch screen multi-point or what is the same, that we can strike with several fingers while getting a quick response without delays. However there are still some tablets of low range, for example the first print run of Android, which has resistive screen. When it comes to view it it is neither better nor worse, but when playing it feels that it doesn’t so much fluidity with some gestures, such as swiping a finger.

In addition to the screen, it is also important to take into account the resolution. Normally all the tablets have an acceptable figure that will allow us to enjoy our content in one more remarkable quality. For those who want more: almost all ten inch tablets featuring high definition 1080. However, if you need even more, we have the new iPad and its spectacular 2048 × 1536 pixels.


This aspect is important depending on the use that we will make of the tablet. The dimensions of these devices are rather diffuse although you have configured two standards: models of 7 “and 10” (with variations such as the 9.7 “iPad). If what we want is a small and light device, the first model is a good choice, while the latter offer more versatility but also are a little heavier, which tired arms to hold it. It is a matter of tastes and know what use we will make of it.


The variety of processors in tablets is large enough. On the one hand we have Apple with its A5 and A5X processors that give a very good performance. On the other hand we have Android where the range of processors is quite extensive. If you are looking for is one of these last have to take into account that in high range we have the Tegra 2 and Tegra 3, chips that provide a great fluidity. Apart from these there are many models for what we will have to look at the speed: from 1 GHz is one more than acceptable speed.

Battery and autonomy

The autonomy of the battery is always measured according to the amperage, although some manufacturers do not give the exact figure. For this reason, it is always convenient to look at the hours that offer. Normally, wireless, it is normal that about 7 or 8 hours lasts, depending on the model. Some, like Eee Pad Transformer, can increase its duration battery including the dock.



Although the hardware is important when it comes to the truth that really matter are the applications. Currently in the App Store, there are more than 200,000 applications optimized for tablets. In Android, this number is smaller but there are 400,000 apps that work both in mobile and tablets. In Windows 7, we can use many applications running on the computer. Finally PlayBook is having less. However we must not let the amount because the important thing is that they are good and in that sense, all operating systems are very good.


Accessories are always a world apart and its range is very extensive: from classic covers to more specific elements such as e.g. Adapters. It is good to know what we can use and which are not. Normally in Android, it is easy to find generic to almost all models. Apple in addition to the official accessories, many manufacturers are flushed with the iPad.


Connectivity in tablets goes beyond if have USB to synchronize files. In addition to this type of connection also there are tablets with HDMI output, with SD card readers and to connect pendrive. Depending on what you need is suitable to look at if you have one or another connector. In the case of the iPad, while it has no port as such, there are adapters to read cards and connect the tablet to the television. In terms of wireless connectivity almost all models have WiFi and Bluetooth but there are also models that offer 3 G, which are normally more expensive.