Android Tablets will be a popular gift this Christmas, but with so many on the market what do you
need to know before buying one? The biggest problem with Android Tablets is the wide disparity
in quality and performance, at the high end and running the latest Android Kit Kat 4.4, the official
Google Nexus series, has that sense of magical wonder when you use it, to the lower end tablets that have low res screens, and sluggishly run Android ICS v4, and just about everything in between. It is easy see how the average consumer gets bewildered with the staggering choice and aggressive marketing of tablets.
The one thing you don’t want your tablet is to be a turkey, there’ll be plenty of time for that after you unwrap your shiny new tablet. Your best resource for checking out a tablet is GSMarena.com, searching the model you are looking
at here will give you detailed specs, things to look out for are screen resolution/density, you will want a higher DPI, or density, on smaller screens. RAM and CPU important to check, better off with 2Gb RAM, especially for future updates, and of course you will also be able see other features on this site, battery, cameras, bluetooth, GPS, etc.
Aesthetics are also an important factor in tablet choice, it is likely you will use a case that covers it up anyway, but determining size that is both practable and usable, and this will depend on what you intend to use the device for. As par for the course with android, screen sizes vary wildly from everything to 5in phablets to 13.3in monsters. My personal choice is the 7 or 8in form factor, images tend to be sharper on a decent 7in compared with an equivalent resolution on a 10in, and the more natural widescreen format of the 7in also lend to more natural movie experience. However, if you are intending to do a lot of web browsing, go for a 10in, games I find are better on 7in however, a more natural sense for gameplay.
If you use skype/video calling make sure to check decent front camera, other things to look out for are mobile data, if you would like independance from wifi or phone tethering, also worth checking to see if SD card slot on tablet, this is sorely lacking on the Nexus series however.
Good buying choices for the christmas are the Sony tablet range, Samsung Tab 3, Acer have some decent affordable tablets, but the cream of the crop is straight from Google with it’s Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, serious iPad rivals, on a par at every level of usability and design, it is the best screen I have yet to see on a tablet, if buying at the high end, this quite simply is the way to go, but be sure to get the 2013 models. The Samsung Tab 3 is good value for money and a decent tablet, and to save a few more euros have a look at the Acer line up.
Be wary of tablets with no brand, they may boast quad core, but generally a weak ass chip, and also the screens can be incredibly blocky on some budget models, so be careful in Maplin or Harvey Normans not to be duped by what looks like great value for money, some of these tablets are a waste of money.