Fashion on the tablets turned the IT industry in 2010 due to the appearance of the Apple iPad (everything that was before, a mass phenomenon can not be named), reached its peak in 2012-2013 and since then began to fade. Already in 2015 there was a clear feeling that all the tablets were tired — both producers and the public. And even the output of the iPad Pro could not turn the trend.
However, fashion is a fashion, and daily needs and tasks have not been canceled. During those few years, during which almost all families got tablets, users are accustomed to reading books, surfing the Internet, flipping social networks and mail (especially lying on a sofa or in bed) on such devices, watching videos and movies, playing some types of games … It is worth noting that the tablets were an ideal device for children: it was with them that most of those born at the end of the «zero» begin to get acquainted with the technique.
In general, whatever one may say, the tablet is a useful and pleasant piece. Maybe it is not as necessary as a smartphone, and not as universal as a laptop, but if you can get at least one tablet per family — it’s worth it. And consequently, the question of choice arises. Yes, and existing users of tablets sooner or later have to upgrade the device — either due to a breakdown of the old one, or because of its obsolescence (which, however, is slower than in the case of smartphones).
So, if you decide to buy a tablet, you need to answer the main question: why and where will you first use it (or is it already two questions? ..). The answer depends on two other fundamental questions: which operating system will the tablet and with which screen diagonal.
On the nuances of choosing between different OSes and diagonals of screens, you can write individual large articles, but we will not go into details here and try to highlight the main thing. With operating systems, it all depends on whether you plan to use the tablet as a full-featured replacement for a laptop, or not. That is, if you are going to travel with him on business trips, open and edit MS Office documents, run some professional programs such as Adobe Photoshop or 1C Accounting (at least occasionally), then it makes sense to purchase a tablet on Windows.
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But if the tablet is supposed to be used for entertainment (games, especially children’s videos, reading books and magazines, social networks …), then in this case it is worth looking towards iOS / Android-devices.
As for the diagonal, the key point here is the place of use. For home use, especially if the tablet is purchased for children or the elderly, the optimal diagonal is about 10 inches. For a permanent carrying with you, it’s more convenient to use a smaller device (for example, if you get to work on the train or go for quite a long time on the metro, then it’s most convenient to read from a tablet with a screen diagonal of about 8 inches).
Well, the diagonals more than 11 inches are already designed for the rather narrow category of users who use the tablet for professional tasks, but they need a tablet, not a laptop. It can be artists, lecturers, etc. Finally, if you buy a tablet on the principle «let it be, but the application is there» and you can not decide in advance with the format of use, then take a device with a diagonal of about 10 inches, this is the most versatile option.
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Now, having defined the diagonal and the operating system, we can go directly to the choice. We decided to make the rubric on the diagonal, while taking out the tablets on Windows in a separate category, because there is a specificity, which is even more significant than, in fact, the diagonal.
Immediately warn that we did not include in the article products of little-known Chinese brands and their Russian «avatars», because for their reliability and durability they can not vouch, and, besides, their huge number, and they succeed each other swiftly, so if you really want to save money, choose at your own risk and risk, focusing on the characteristics and reviews.