Tablets are awesome! You can take them everywhere, they have a decent battery life and they are simply fun. It doesn’t matter if you use them for work, education, gaming or any other reason, tablets are great mobile devices that are here to stay.
I remember me saying that I don’t see any reason to get a tablet a few years ago. I was so wrong. Today, I have my tablet with me most of the time and rarely use a laptop in my leisure time.
I recently replaced my iPad 3 with the New Nexus 7 LTE and couldn’t be happier. After using it for the last few days I can truly say that this is one of the best mobile devices I’ve ever owned.
Does Size Matter? – Choosing Between a 7″ and a 10″ Tablet
There are two established screen sizes for tablets – 7″ and 10″. Both offer advantages and disadvantages that you should consider before buying a tablet.
Advantages of 7″ Tablets
- Smaller form factor = better portability
- Comfortable to hold
- Great size to read ebooks, blogs, etc.
Advantages of 10″ Tablets
- Bigger screen size is great for gaming and office applications
- Great to watch movies on
Ask yourself what you want to do with your tablet and where? If you’re mostly going to use it at home, a 10″ tablet might be the better solution for you as it simply offers more screen size and more possibilities. But beware, holding a 10″ tablet can get quite annoying after a while.
10″ tablets are also great to replace laptops using a keyboard case. This will obviously work on 7″ tablets, too, but the smaller screen size might be an issue for some. With more and more office apps being available for iOS and Android, we will soon see more tablets replacing traditional desktop computers or laptops.
iOS or Android – Still a Important Question to Ask for Tablets?
Mobile devices become really interesting through a variety of quality apps. In the last years Apple’s AppStore had a huge advantage over Google Play: Tons of apps specifically for tablets were available, which gave the iPad a huge advantage over Android-based tablets. Google introduced a tablet app filter during this years I/O and has been pushing tablet apps more and more.
I can honestly say that I don’t miss any apps that I used on my iPad, but I have to admit that the amount of high-quality apps for Android tablets is not as high as for the iPad (yet). Especially gamers might miss a few apps, but I believe that the next months will show a growth of great Android tablet apps.
Should I Go For The Mobile Option?
Choosing the mobile option can be a difficult decision. You currently need to pay additional $130.00 for iOS tablets or $80.00 in case of the New Nexus 7 to be able to use mobile internet on your tablet. Most people will argue that there are WiFi hotspots available everywhere nowadays or that you can simply tether from your smartphone, so why paying this extra fee?
I decided to go with the LTE option simply because it’s easier and more convenient. I mainly use my Nexus 7 online, so having no mobile internet on-the-go makes it almost useless for me. Of course, tethering is an option but is sometimes not allowed by your mobile provider or will decrease your battery life.
If you want to browse the internet on your tablet on-the-go, I can definitely recommend going for a mobile option. If you’re sure that you’ll have a WiFi connection when using your tablet, simply go with the WiFi one.
The New Nexus 7 LTE is one of the best gadgets I’ve ever used and I don’t regret switching from a 10″ Retina iPad at all. After using the iPad for a year I figured that the tablet is simply too big for my purposes (and I have to admit that I don’t like the iOS UI).
I hope that this article helps you in the decision process whether to get a 7″ or 10″ tablet and choosing the best mobile OS for you.
Cover Image courtesy of Cameron Norman