Do you need to upgrade your tablet?

News

If you’re thinking about getting a new tablet, ask yourself these questions first…
Do you need to upgrade your tablet?

1. Have you had your tablet for a while?

2. Is it showing its age and stopping you getting things done?

3. Do you get sympathetic looks from strangers when you use it in public?

If so, it could be time to take the plunge and upgrade it. To help you decide, here are five questions you need to ask yourself right now.

What size of tablet do I need?

Most tablets have a screen somewhere between 7-10-inches. So which size is right for you?

If you don’t do much more than casual browsing and social networking, 7-inches should be more than enough.

However, if you want to play games or watch movies, you’ll find a bigger screen much more immersive and entertaining.

And if you’re going to be doing some serious work on your tablet, you’ll want a bigger screen so you don’t have to strain your eyes looking at small type.

Also, think about where you'd normally use your tablet. If you take it out a lot, you might want to go for a smaller size that fits easily into your bag. If your tablet's mainly at home, a larger screen could be what you need.

Do I want to connect to the internet wherever I go?

Every tablet on the market is Wi-Fi enabled. But of course, not everywhere has Wi-Fi. So if you want a tablet you’ll be able to use even when you’re in those troublesome non Wi-Fi locations, you’ll need to go for one with a mobile data plan.

Buy a tablet with a pay monthly plan from Carphone Warehouse.

On the other hand, if your tablet never leaves the house, your home Wi-Fi might be all you ever need to use. In that case, there are plenty of standalone tablets available.

Buy a standalone tablet from Carphone Warehouse.

Do I need more storage space on my tablet?


If you’re planning on using your tablet to store downloaded films and music, you should be thinking about going for one with at least 32GB of memory. If you stream all your content over the internet using the likes of Spotify and Netflix, you can probably get away with 16GB.

But don’t forget you’ve got other options. A lot of tablets have memory card slots, which could give you up to 128GB of extra storage space.

And you can also use cloud storage services like Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive to save your files, although you’ll only be able to access them when you’re online.

Do I need a 2 in 1 laptop?

If you’re going to be typing out long documents or emails on your tablet, you’ll want something better than your touchscreen. You can buy separate keyboard and mouse accessories, or you can go for a 2 in 1 laptop. These devices give you the best of both worlds – you can use them as a handy tablet, or easily attach a keyboard to turn them into a laptop more suited to heavy work.

Buy a 2 in 1 laptop from Currys PC World.

What’s the right operating system for me?


Have a think about which operating system you’re going to be most comfortable with.

Each one looks and feels a lot different. Android is the most customisable, iOS has a simple, user-friendly interface and Windows comes with a lot of popular apps from the desktop version, like Office.

At the end of the day, you might just want your tablet to have the same operating system as your smartphone, so you can sync your files and contacts between devices.

Over to you. Are you thinking about getting a new tablet? Do you have any top tablet buying tips that we haven’t listed above? We’d love to hear them, so feel free to share below.

What are your thoughts? Join the conversation here…

comments powered by Disqus
Do you have an Android-powered smartphone or an iPhone and feel like you’re missing out on Microsoft
If you're in the market for a new tablet device, you'll want to check out our buying guide to find o

9 December, 2016
If you're thinking about buying a Pay-as-you-go smartphone for someone, we've come...
9 December, 2016
We take a retrospective look at the biggest mobile technology advancements of 2016,...
9 December, 2016
If you think you might have missed any of the latest tech news, help is at hand....
7 December, 2016
We're investigating which colour smartphone you should buy, and which smartphone...
7 December, 2016
WhatsApp has announced that its service will stop working on a number of phones and...

9 December, 2016
If you think you might have missed any of the latest tech news, help is at hand....
7 December, 2016
WhatsApp has announced that its service will stop working on a number of phones and...
30 November, 2016
The update we've all been waiting for. Netflix has announced that you can now download...
21 November, 2016
Sonos has announced that you'll be able to control its wireless home speaker system...
4 November, 2016
Huawei has announced a new flagship smartphone called the Huawei Mate 9, alongside...
27 October, 2016
Last night Microsoft held one of its biggest events of the year, lifting the curtain...
26 October, 2016
World-renowned camera firm, Kodak, is set to make its first foray into the mobile...
24 October, 2016
How does Amazon's new music-streaming service, working alongside Alexa, compare to...
11 October, 2016
BlackBerry has announced that it will cease production of its own smartphones, instead...
4 October, 2016
Mondays suck. It's no secret. But with Android Pay and MasterCard, they might suck...
29 September, 2016
Amazon Echo, along with the Alexa Voice Service, is your new virtual assistant and...
29 September, 2016
Beats have launched three new wireless headphones, Beats X, Solo3 and Powerbeats3....