Which tablets are the best?
There are only two lines of tablets you should consider: the iPad and the Nexus. Short and sweet. Both are great choices. The Nexus tablets are cheaper, more powerful, easier to repair, and more customizable, while the iPad has more tablet-specific apps available – which is a pretty big plus. Some will say you’d be crazy not to buy a Nexus, while others insist the iPad still offers the better experience. I recommend reading both points of view and deciding for yourself.
Should I get a big one or a small one?
So now we’re narrowed down to four options: either the iPad 4 or iPad mini – or the Nexus 10 or Nexus 7. How do you make up your mind?
The obvious difference is the price. The smaller one will let you save you $150 for the iPad and $200 for the Nexus. If you can’t afford to spend the extra money, your decision is made for you. But what if you don’t mind spending the extra money if suit your needs better?
Well, then it comes down to a personal choice. I prefer a larger screen while my wife’s happier with something lighter, more the size of a book. Think about how you’ll use your tablet. Something else to consider is that while both the iPad and Nexus have roughly 7-inch and roughly 10-inch models, each brand has a different shape and feel. I suggest getting your hands on whichever models you’re still considering at this point (either at a store or from a friend) and getting a feel for them yourself.
Do I need a 3G/4G plan or can I get by on Wi-Fi?
Are you going to need Internet access when you’re not near a wireless network? For me, I have Internet access at home, at work, at other people’s houses, at many cafes and restaurants, which gives me Internet access 90% of the time. Is it worth paying around $30/month for that last 10%? Not for me, but it might be for you. Again, this is a personal decision.
What about space? Do I need 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB?
It depends on how you’ll be using your tablet. If you mostly want to browse the web, stream Internet radio, maybe install a few games, read some books, 8GB could work for you. On top of the previously mentioned, I download audiocasts and videocasts to my tablet, plus store other files that I want available while on-the-go. And for me, 16GB works well.
If you want to store music on your tablet, take a lot of pictures and video, load up a small library of books, or install hundreds of apps, you should probably consider 32GB or 64GB. Just remember that it would be extremely difficult to upgrade the space once you make your purchase, so if you’re on the edge, go for the next version up.
What color should I buy?
Are you serious? It doesn’t matter. Just pick one.
Great! Now where should I buy?
I’m leaving that for the next part of the series, where I’ll discuss not only where to buy your tablet, but also share my thoughts on cases, screen protectors, and new vs used/refurbished.