Buying a Tablet in 2016
Just a little less than six years ago, Apple rocked the electronics world with a tablet computer that completely reinvented the tablet market - the original Apple iPad. Since then, manufacturers both large and small have scrambled to grab a piece of the action, and the tablet market has exploded, putting cutting-edge technology right at our fingertips. There’s no denying that the tablet market is brimming with competition, with manufacturers constantly trying to one-up each other and all claiming to have the best that money can buy. But, with so many tablets on the market, figuring out which tablet is truly the best in terms of features and pricing can be difficult. Keep reading to learn about the top three tablet computers for 2016, so you can find the one that’s right for you!
Your first step in deciding which tablet you should buy is to consider which operating system you want. The most common operating systems are Android, Apple’s iOS and Windows. If you’re an Android lover, the Google Pixel C should definitely be on your radar! This 10.2-inch tablet is by far Google’s best tablet yet, with a slim aluminum build that feels good in the hands. The optional Bluetooth magnetic keyboard doubles as a case and allows for laptop-like use of your tablet, and the Android operating system is lightning fast. You’ll also enjoy a bright, colorful display and graphics that will make just about game in the marketplace look stunning. You can expect to pay around $500 for the Pixel C, which makes this tablet stiff competition to the pricier iPad and Microsoft Surface tablets.
Apple lovers should should look no further than the Apple iPad Mini 4. After receiving long-overdue upgrades to the processor, camera and display, the iPad Mini 4 looks sleeker than ever and can easily run any app found in the app store. Although some people may prefer the larger size of the iPad Air, the iPad Mini 4’s 7.9-inch screen is a nice compromise between having more screen real estate and having a highly-portable device that can handle most tasks flawlessly. You’ll also enjoy a lightning-fast Touch ID home button for fingerprint identification and a slimmer, sleeker build than older versions of the iPad Mini. All of this comes at a price, of course, and the iPad Mini certainly doesn’t come cheap. At $399 for the 16GB model, $499 for the 64GB and $599 for the 128GB (all WiFi only - 4G LTE versions will cost a bit more), the iPad Mini 4 costs quite a bit more than other 8-inch tablets on the market, but for Apple lovers, the extra money spent will be well worth the investment.
Tablet shoppers in the market for a Windows tablet that can do everything a laptop can do will love the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. The sharp, colorful 12.3-inch screen, 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8Gb of RAM and 128GB Intel HD Graphics makes the Surface Pro 4 every bit as awesome as a laptop, combined with the portability of a tablet. The optional keyboard cover easily transforms the Surface Pro 4 into a tablet computer that flawlessly accommodates tasks that require more typing than would be comfortable using the on-screen keyboard, while tablet mode is perfect for gaming, jotting down notes or watching movies. The Surface Pro 4 is the perfect solution for people who love the idea of a tablet for some tasks, but prefer a laptop for others, and hate the idea of carrying around two devices. The Surface Pro 4 is not inexpensive, however, starting at $899 for the most basic build, and the keyboard must be purchased separately.
No matter which tablet you choose, you’re sure to enjoy stunning, state-of-the-art technology and a wide variety of apps and features to make everyday tasks a breeze. Which tablet will you choose for 2016?