Tablets & Phones

Are you asking the the wrong question. Instead of “Which tablet should I buy?” maybe you should be asking why you need a tablet?

Here is a brief guide to help you decide whether you need a tablet or not.

So before you break out the credit card, let’s talk about a few reasons to buy a tablet… and a few reasons not to.

1. Tablets are great e-readers. Although many complain the reading experience isn’t nearly as focused as single-purpose e-ink devices, and the text isn’t as legible, these drawbacks haven’t stopped users from reading PDFs, comics, long web articles, etc on tablets. Plus children’s books are fun in full colour, something Kindle has not yet achieved.

2. Portable productivity stations. There’s nothing like a calendar and an email window on a big screen. Although many of our phones now run PIM applications, the real estate afforded by a tablet makes for a far superior experience.

3. Better than older laptops. If you don’t need to type a lot, tablets will handle more content than a two-year-old laptop, and there are more modern apps and games.

4. Tablets are great for meetings. While you should probably be paying attention during meetings, tablets are a great way to take notes and, when things get boring, play Angry Birds on mute.

5. Great for sharing photos and 1-on-1 presentations. Tablets are excellent for a communal photo sharing experience. Having everything in front of you in cool little device sure beats firing up a laptop and running a presentation.

6. Playing movies and music. There’s nothing better in the car for children than a copy of their favourite music or the Paddington Bear Move on an Tablet. Children love it and a tablet costs a bit less than installing soon-to-be-obsolete DVD-powered LCDs in the headrest. I also great for taking the on a plane for movies.

7. Cheaper than a new laptop. Your old coffee table laptop died and you’re thinking about a new netbook. Don’t bother. Tablets, as mentioned before, are on par or more powerful than a standard laptop.

8. Tablets vary rarely crash. Or at least when they do it’s not a big deal. A quick restart is is all it takes to get them back on track.

9. Good for travel. Tablets usually work with Wi-Fi and 3G networks and the large screen and storage space is great for maps, guides, and dictionaries. Think of your tablet as a Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.

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