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Before You Buy a Tablet PC

Advances in technology have a way of making people think irrationally. We buy into the amazing things we see in commercials, read about online, and hear from our friends regarding the latest “must have” device. When the laptop came along people clamored for this device that would free them from the constraints of their desktop computer. Now the tablet has come along and it would appear people are ditching laptops in favor of tablets.

Before you rush out to buy the latest tablet, take a step back and think about what you really want from your devices. Tablets are great devices that add portability and flexibility to our daily lives. Those who must be in-the-know for work might find a tablet indispensable, after all you can email, surf the web, view documents and charts, do just about anything your job demands even if you’re not in the office.

But for all the good that tablets bring, they do have their limitations. The biggest difference between a tablet and its closest competitor, a laptop, is the manner in which you interact with each device. Interaction on a tablet is based entirely upon a touchscreen. If you are uncomfortable with the lack of a physical keyboard and mouse for interaction, that could be an obstacle for you. Also, no two tablets are made the same when it comes to the responsiveness of the touchscreen. Don’t just buy a tablet because everyone says it’s great; buy it because you’ve interacted with the touchscreen yourself and determined on your own that it is great.

Tablets also lack a degree of connectivity. While a laptop offers HDMI inputs, SD card inputs, and multiple USB ports, a tablet generally has one USB port at best and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. This can make it difficult to interact with other devices through your tablet, decreasing its value as a tool of business.

By the same token, tablet makers are coming up with ways to increase the connectivity and user-friendly nature of tablets. Users with an Apple iPad can purchase a case that features a full keyboard with Bluetooth connectivity, making it easier to type out longer emails and work on documents. For those who don’t perform well with a virtual keyboard, this kind of attachment can enhance the value of the device.

Stylus pens are also available that can enhance the user’s ability to interact via the touchscreen on the device. So while a tablet may still lack some of the hardware and software capacities of a laptop, it is expandable to help it compete against other mobile devices.

In the end, the most important to do when considering a tablet is to take your time and research. Compare the various tablets on the market; compare their offerings and match those up with what you intend to use your device for and what you want it to do for you. Finally, before you make that leap don’t be afraid to go to a retailer and try out the few devices you have narrowed your list down to. Get the device in your hands, test out the responsiveness of the touchscreen, and get a general feel for how it reacts.

Author Bio:- Guest post was contributed by David Arnold on behalf of Archos.com – David is a freelance technology writer. He enjoys keeping up with the latest information on the iPad and Android Tablets.

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