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Help with choosing a tablet

Tablets come in all shapes and sizes. A small basic model allows you tot check your email and social media, while heavier models can tackle heavy programs and games. Some tablets are easy for on the go. Here, I help you choose the tablet that fits your usage best.

What screen size do I need?

Screen size 8 10,1 and 12,9-inch tablets

The screen size is the distance from the bottom left to the upper right corner, not taking edges into consideration. The most common size for a tablet is 10 inches, that's about 25 centimeters. That's a little bigger than a standard notebook (A5 size). It's easy to take those, and smaller 7 and 8-inch models on the go. Do you rather watch movies or series on a bigger screen? Choose a 13-inch tablet (33 centimeters) instead, those are a little bigger than an A4.

Use your tablet on the go

Tablet on the train

Compared to laptops, tablets are easy to take with you. 7 and 8-inch models are the most useful. They have an 18-inch screen size, or less. Making them about the same size as a standard notebook (A5). These tablets have an average weight around 300 grams, which is even less than a can of Coca Cola. Choose a tablet with a 4G module if you also want to use Internet on the road. Note:

  • 7 or 8-inch screen size.
  • If needed, 4G for cellular internet

Internet, social media and simple games

Man with tablet

You can use any tablet for checking your social media, watching YouTube, and play simple games like Candy Crush at home. Remember not all tablets have cellular internet. You'll need WiFi if you use a tablet without 4G. Also mind your storage space. 8 or 16GB might not be enough if you download a lot of apps. When it comes to Android tablets, it's easy to expand the memory up to 256GB with a memory card.

Watching movies and series in Full HD

Watching series on your tablet in Full HD

A tablet allows you to watch an episode of your favorite Netflix series in bed. You'll need a resolution of at least 1920 x 1200 for a detailed representation. On top of that, the aspect ratio is important. With 16:10 and 16:9, your screen is completely filled with your favorite movie or series. 4:3 screens are a little wider, making them suitable or browsing. When it comes to watching movies, this aspect ration isn't ideal, since the top and bottom of your screen are partly filled with black edges. Choose:

  • A minimum resolution of 1920 x 1200

Shoot sharp photos and videos, making video calls

Photo tablet Coolblue

A good camera on your tablet allows you to capture fun moments in a sharp way, like your cat playing. An 8 megapixel rear camera works best for this. Combine it with a 5 megapixel front camera if you also want to take sharp selfies. This is also convenient if you want to make video calls, something tablets are more suitable for because they have bigger screens than smartphones.

  • A 5 megapixels rear, and a 2 megapixel front camera are sufficient for basic use. *You get a better result with a rear 8 megapixel camera and a front 5 megapixel camera.

Intensive photo and video editing

Tablet photo editing

Do you want to edit photos with Adobe Photoshop Express or edit videos for your vlogs? Then you'll need a tablet with enough computing power to handle heavy programs. Choose a tablet with a minimum 2GB RAM and a Quad-Core processor with a 1,5 GHz clock speed. This makes your tablet deal with demanding tasks without jamming or becoming very slow. Choose a:

  • At least 2GB RAM, ideally 3 or 4GB
  • 1,5 GHz Quad-Core processor

Playing graphically heavy 3D games

3D game tablet

Do you want to do more than play Candy Crush and don't you want 3D games to make your tablet slow? Choose a minimum 2GB RAM and at least a Quad-Core processor with a clock speed of 1,5 GHz. To be able to see all details of your games, you'll need a Full HD resolution. For gaming, note:

*At least 2GB RAM, ideally 3 or 4GB

  • 1,5 GHz Quad-Core processor
  • Full HD resolution

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