Many people love to work from tablets because of the larger screen size and added features unavailable on smartphones. With so many tablet manufacturers and models it can be difficult to know which one to choose. Here are five tips to consider when it is time to buy a new tablet.

Decide Why You Need a Tablet

You may want to pick out a tablet that offers such professional features as a USB port and a word processing program. This would enable you to use your tablet for work. These features are typically available only on more expensive tablets. If you plan on using your tablet primarily for work, you may want to choose a different tablet than if you only plan to watch videos, play games, and surf the web.

Consider the Other Devices You Own

Some smartphones and tablets work well together, even syncing data from one device to the next. For example, if you already own an iPhone or a MacBook, it may make sense to buy an iPad. Plus, you will already be comfortable with the operating system.

Set a Budget

Tablets range from less than $100 to more than you might spend on a laptop computer. Often, the desirability of the brand and the features of the particular tablet will determine the price. Your budget can help guide you toward which model to choose. If you want to get the most features for the lowest price, you can check with device resellers like TCR to see if you can find a good deal on a pre-owned device that has been quality tested to function well.

List Must-Have Features

Some features can only be found in certain tablet models. Make a list of your must-have and nice-to-have features so you know what you can compromise on. If only one price range or brand has a feature that you must have, it can make the decision of what tablet to buy easy.

Some of the most popular features include high definition cameras, Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, and cloud services. If you need to store a lot of data on your tablet, you’ll want to choose a tablet with more storage capacity. If you regularly use Microsoft Word or Excel, certain tablets are better for word processing with these programs.

Be Realistic About Screen Size

Having a big screen on your tablet can make it easier to watch movies: however, a larger screen often makes for a heavier tablet. If you want to take your tablet along with you, choose a lighter model.

Conversely, if you already have a smartphone with a sizeable screen, buying a tablet with a small screen might be impractical. For instance, a 6” phone screen is not much different than an 8” tablet. If this is the case, you may want to get a tablet with a 10” or 12” screen instead.

Buying a pre-owned tablet can be an affordable way to upgrade or buy a new tablet. Stop by or call TCR: Triangle Cellular Repair at (919) 263-2699 to see what pre-owned tablets we have in stock – if we don’t have what you are looking for, it is very likely that we can special order it for you!