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Should I buy a tablet?

Tablets have changed the relationship between people and their computers. Smartphones, touchscreen laptops and e-readers allow people to effortlessly browse the Web, play casual games and use simple applications, but tablet computers offer the most portability and versatility. With so many options to choose from, finding the tablet that best fits your needs make take a bit of time. We aim to help you narrow your options by taking into considerations your interests, how you intend to use your device, your job and the possibilities that a tablet can give you.

Tablet PCs hit the market in 2010 with the release of the original iPad. The
iPad was a commercial success, selling millions of units within the first couple of weeks. Since then, most computing companies have released their own versions of tablet computers. While Apple held an early edge on innovation, other tablets now offer similar benefits while offering their own twists to the product. The advantages of a tablet computer are obvious. By combining the computing power of a basic laptop with the portability and versatility of the already available smartphone, a tablet computer allows you more flexibility in your mobile computing. Not only can a tablet PC read electronic books like the already available e-reader, but you could surf the web, access your emails, type documents, create presentations, play games, make calls over Skype and much more.

While tablet PCs may be the wave of the future, they are not for everyone. Maybe your needs extend beyond the capabilities of a tablet PC -- which is often the case with people who enjoy graphic-intensive games and applications -- or maybe you only want a portable e-reader that you can use while your traveling. There is also a rather sharp price difference to consider when it comes to tablets.  The average tablet with the minimum specs in terms of processor and built in memory will set you back around $499.  An e-reader will probably cost you around $189, and a functional laptop with basic processing power, memory and size will probably cost you between $399 and $499 depending on what you get and where you buy it. You could then argue that the tablet is an expensive accessory that doesn't perform as well as a laptop, is clunkier than a smartphone and just not worth it. Or, you could argue that the tablet is the perfect computer for someone who only uses computers for communication, casual games and simple tasks.

In the end, the choice is up to you. We recommend filling out our questionnaire to help give you an idea of what would be most useful to you. But before you buy, it is highly recommended that you go to electronics stores to use the devices for yourself. See how they feel, what they can do and if they are a right fit.
Would you consider yourself a gamer?
Do you need a device with a lot of internal memory?
Is portability a factor in your decision?
Do you want a traditional keyboard with your device?
Will this device be used for business?
How often will you travel with your device?
How much are you willing to spend on a device?
How important is mobile WiFi?
Are you looking to upgrade your mobile phone?