What’s in this tablet buyer’s guide?
Are you looking for a new tablet or iPad? Then you’re in the right place. Read through my buyer’s guide to discover everything you need to know about purchasing a tablet, whether from Apple or a different manufacturer. Take a look at our selection of tablets on sale once you’re done with this guide!
What tablet should I buy?
One of the first things you might want to consider when shopping for a tablet is the brand. Take a look at the most popular offerings from the likes of Apple, Samsung, and Amazon to find out which tablet is right for you.
Apple’s iPads are arguably the most famous and popular tablets on the market right now, thanks to a fabulous design and user-friendliness, as well as the wide range of apps available on the Apple App Store. But with so many models available, it can be difficult to choose the right one. Here’s a rundown of the iPads you can choose from:
- iPad Mini: This is the smallest of the bunch, with a 7.9-inch display. You can choose from either the iPad Mini 2 or iPad Mini 4 (2 and 3 have been discontinued, but might still be available online) and they each come in two storage options: 32GB or 128GB.
- iPad Air 2: Despite its name, the iPad Air 2 isn’t the thinnest on offer anymore (as most recent iPads all measure 6.1mm in thickness) and features a standard 9.7-inch display. It also offers the same two storage options as the iPad Mini: 32GB and 128GB.
- iPad Pro: The super-powerful iPad Pro comes in two different sizes: one regular 9.7-inch, and a massive 12.9-inch which also weighs a little more than other models. Both of the Pro models offer three storage options, from 32GB to 128GB and an even bigger 256GB perfect for professionals.
Which iPad is right for me?
Depending on your budget, you might want to prefer a smaller model with less memory, as prices increase the larger and more powerful you go. Prices range from £520 (for the more high-end models) to £200 for the small and basic, but keep an eye on our discounts to score a cheaper iPad!
For more casual use, an iPad Mini or Air will be more than enough to enjoy the full range of apps and features, while professionals and graphic designers will benefit from the iPad Pro’s processing power and large, high-resolution display.
One downside of iPads is the relatively short battery life – however, charging it is quick and easy, so you shouldn’t find yourself with a dead device too often.
Samsung Galaxy Tab
Samsung offers many options for those looking for an alternative to iPads – known as Galaxy Tabs, these are fantastic Android devices with access to many apps. Take a look at the latest models available right now and choose the perfect Samsung tablet for you!
- Galaxy Tab S2: Often described as the best Galaxy Tab model, the S2 is also one of the thinnest Android tablet around. It comes in two sizes: 8-inch or 9.7-inch if you’re looking for something a little bigger. The display offers quad-HD resolution, which is perfect for playing video games. However, its wider design makes it a little less practical to watch films.
- Galaxy Tab E: The Galaxy Tab E, and the similar Galaxy Tab A, are both budget-friendly versions of Samsung’s best tablet. They both come in the same display sizes as the Tab S2, but only offer 720p resolution instead of quad-HD. But if you’re not too fussed about having the crispest images possible, they’re fantastic low(ish)-budget options.
- Galaxy Tab 4: This is the smallest and cheapest of the line-up, starting at just 7-inches – but it also comes in larger 8-inch and 10.1-inch versions – and costing as little as £150 this is a great option for those on a budget. However, the display and camera quality aren’t as good as on other, more expensive models.
Which Samsung tablet is right for me?
Depending on your budget, we’d advise you to go for either the Galaxy Tab S2, or Tab E/A if you have less cash to spare. Take a look at our discounts today and find the perfect Galaxy tablet for you!
Lenovo tablets are on-par with the brand’s amazing laptops, and are typically cheaper than iPads or other high-end Android tablets. Here’s what you need to know before you set off to purchase a tablet from Lenovo.
- Yoga Tab 3: With an integrated stand, the Yoga Tab 3 is Lenovo’s best tablet when it comes to watching films and TV. Despite its budget-friendly price, the screen quality, colour and sharpness are fantastic, making it perfect to take pictures as well. The camera is imbedded into the stand, so you can avoid shaky pictures by simply placing the tablet down before snapping a photo.
- Yoga Book: One of the best tablets designed for professional use on the market, the Yoga Book offers fantastic features sure to delight any student – it’s perfect for taking notes during lectures. With a long battery life and high-quality built, including a keyboard and tons of storage space, it’s well worth the slightly higher price.
What features should I look out for?
No matter what brand you decide to go for, you should make sure your new tablet has all the features you might need and/or prefer. Here’s a quick idea of what features you should take into consideration:
- Screen size: Will you be using the tablet to watch films, draw digital painting or play games? Depending on the answer, you might prefer a larger screen – particularly if you’re a film aficionado!
- Operating system: It’s the age-old battle of Android vs Apple, with a bit of Windows thrown in. While all three are fairly similar in terms of applications and features, you might be more inclined to go for the pretty, user-friendly design of Apple’s iOS operating system.
- Memory: Will you be storing lots of photos, videos and games on your tablet? Then you should definitely consider upping the storage capacity.
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, 4G, or both? For home use, where you’ll have a reliable connection, 4G isn’t necessary. However, if you’ll be using your iPad or tablet on the go, mobile connectivity will be a big help.
- Camera: Fancy yourself a budding photographer? Then pay attention to the number of megapixels (MP) in your tablet’s camera. The more MP you have, the better your pictures will turn out.
- Speakers: Whether you’re a music, film, or TV fan – you’ll need good speakers to be able to hear every word that comes out of the mouth of your favourite Game of Thrones character.
- Battery life: Again, if you’ll be staying at home, battery life shouldn’t be too much of a worry. However, it will become important if you know you’ll be stuck using your tablet somewhere without a charging point.
How much does a tablet cost?
Depending on the brand and features, you should expect to pay anywhere between £100 to £700 for a good tablet. However, keep an eye on Donkey’s discounts if you’d like to score a cheaper device!