Laptops and desktop PCs have been overtaken in popularity by tablets in the last year. Almost 31% of internet users in the US alone own a tablet and that figure is expected to jump to 47% by 2014 – that’s 117 million tablet users.
There’s a wealth of choice available for tablet buyers and how you use your tablet should be a factor when making your purchasing decision.
Best tablet for business use
Forget laptops and desktops, PC tablets are becoming the preferred computer in the business world and the iPad is the tablet of choice. The full sized iPad is sleek and easy to carry around, and is the perfect choice for video conferencing or accessing desktop files via cloud hosting. The iWork feature allows business users to create and make presentations using Keynote, and it’s easy to access company emails, create Excel spreadsheets or edit Word documents. The iPad is basically the easiest way to access your office simply by touching the screen.
Best budget tablets
Low price doesn’t always mean low quality and budget tablets such as Tesco’s Hudl will provide you with 16GB of storage along with a 7” HD screen and a good quality tablet body. Google’s Nexus 7 is another lower priced tablet that features a 7” screen, front and rear cameras, dual band wifi and 1080p HD. The Nexus 7 screen is ideal for watching movies, gaming and reading books online. Nexus 7 is also powered by Android and users have almost one million games and apps to choose from.
Best tablets for personal use
If you’re simply looking to browse the net, watch movies, listen to music and use social networking then you do have plenty of tablet choices. The Asus Fonepad is an inexpensive tablet combined with phone capabilities giving you a unique two devices in one ‘phablet’. The next generation iPad Mini 2 is due to be realised by November and this looks to be one of the most portable and, of course, beautifully designed tablets available. The iPad Mini 2 is expected to have a faster processor than the previous generation and a retina screen making it ideal for watching films, taking photographs, browsing the web and social networking.