Tablet Buying Guide (UK)

Although the iPad wasn’t the first tablet model available in the United Kingdom; these device didn’t gain mainstream appeal until Apple released their sleek slates in 2010. Since then, multiple companies have participated in the local market to offer their own take on the technology. It is important for UK consumers to be informed, so they can wade through the highly competitive market and make the most appropriate purchase. Here are a few things to consider:


First and foremost; consumers should be aware about what tablet computers that can appeal to them the most. It is a good thing to know that many useful features are already available even in low-cost tablet models. Even so, differences still remain; such as, what about RAM size? Do we need HDMI port? Do we prefer a large app ecosystem? Do we want our device to be infinitely customizable or placed in a walled garden?

Some users may not even have a need for multimedia features. In this case, e-readers may warrant an attention. What e-readers lack in processing power and app support, they make up in simplicity and elegance. E-ink display could emulate the visual and look of actual paper; which has no glare in bright situations and direct sunlight.

It is important to nail down what we really want from a tablet model and this goes far in aiding us discover a perfect tablet.

Display features

With tablets, users should expect to stare at their devices for more than an hour each day. Like smartphones, tablets are available in difference display size and bigger isn’t necessarily something better. As an example; the sharpness of a display is determined by pixel density and consumers should be on the hunt for PPI or pixels per inch value. Some very cheap tablets don’t even feature multitouch capability; so users shouldn’t fall into this trap.


The type of operating system we choose can be a matter of subjectivity; because popular platforms are generally capable. However, consumers could still consider other factors such as how quickly updates are rolled out and whether the market ecosystem is reliable.

  • iOS: The iOS operating system used by iPad models is known for being easy to use and intuitive. Apple also offers a secure and very large app marketplace. However, power users would feel restrictions due to limitations in customization options.
  • Android: Based on Linux, Android is an open-source and hardware-agnostic platform. It may not be as robust as the iOS; but it is very capable and typically considered as being infinitely customizable. Users should note that device makers and carriers typically deploy their own unique code, making it slower for them to get the latest Android version.
  • Windows RT and Windows 8.x: Windows RT is a portable variant of Windows 8 and designed for tablet use. It’s a new entrant in the industry and equipped with tile-based interface. Unfortunately, app support could be a concern for many users. The full-fledged Windows 8.x OS is similar to what we find on PCs, users could run standard PC software, but the interface of these 3rd party programs could be unsuitable for touch-based interactivity.