Updated on 8 May 2023
Step 1: Operating System
First of all, you have to determine which operating system you like best. These are the main ones:
- Android (Google): this is the most popular and can be found in models of all ranges. It offers a wide range of possibilities and can be used for all kinds of activities. It is also fully customisable.
- iPadOS (Apple): Intuitive and regularly updated, it is the most fluid system. It has a range of applications much more suited to tablets than Android and offers more productivity options.
- Windows (Microsoft): Used mainly on Surface devices, it is the most widely used system on PCs. It gives you potential access to all the brand’s software but is much less adapted to the tablet format than its competitors.
Step 2: Screen Quality
What is a tablet? Essentially, it is a screen with which you can interact. It is therefore essential to ensure its quality by focusing on different criteria:
- The resolution determines the fineness of the display and the amount of detail you can perceive. Note that the higher the resolution, the higher the power consumption. For us, the best compromise is Full HD, 1920 x 1080 px.
- The display quality is analysed in parallel to the resolution. Contrast ratio, brightness levels (minimum and maximum) and colour fidelity have to be taken into account for a qualitative representation. Reflectance is also important for outdoor readability.
- There are two types of display technologies, OLED (or AMOLED) and classic LED. We particularly recommend the first, as it offers an infinite contrast that is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use.
Step 3: Format & Size
Larger than a smartphone, tablets must be ergonomically designed to be pleasant to use.
- The shape has a direct impact on the grip and determines whether the tablet is convenient to hold in the hands or to carry. However, care should be taken that the edges of the screen are not too thin so that the finger does not overlap the screen when holding the device.
- As with a smartphone, it is always a good idea to choose models with a low weight. This will allow you to hold them for longer without getting tired, as well as improving portability.
- The physical buttons allow you to control the volume and lock/unlock the device. It is important that they are positioned under your fingers so that you can use your tablet without any problems.
Step 4: Performance
If the screen has great visual quality, but the performance is not up to par, it won’t help much… To get the most out of your different apps, you need to pay attention to the following elements:
- The processor handles tasks on its own (it is like the heart of the machine). The more powerful it is, the better your tablet will respond to different tasks.
- RAM is related to the fluidity of transitions between your different tasks. The higher this value, the faster the transitions will be. In our opinion, the ideal is between 6 and 8 GB.
Step 5: Battery autonomy
When we talk about a portable device, we have to pay a lot of attention to its autonomy. The battery life should be as long as possible so that you can use your tablet to the maximum when you are on the move. The battery capacity is expressed in mAh.
- This value is very relative, as it is not uncommon for a poorly optimised model with a high capacity to have a shorter battery life than a model with a lower capacity, but with advanced optimisations.
- For this type of device, a battery life of more than 10 hours is considered sufficient. However, be aware that this value is strongly influenced by its use: the type of game can consume more or less energy, the app, the level of brightness, etc.
Translated by Ramsés El Hajje