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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Tablet

Think About How You'll Use It

If all you want to do on your tablet is browse the Web, check e-mail, or watch movies and other streaming content, just about any model out there (or any smartphone, for that matter!) can probably do the job. But once you give some thought to the specific ways you expect to use your tablet, you may find it easier to narrow the field.

Will your tablet be primarily for work, school or personal use? Will it take the place of a laptop, or will you use it in addition to an existing laptop or desktop? Do you want to use your tablet for lots of gaming and movie watching, or is it for more general home use, like browsing the Web or checking e-mail and Facebook?

Your answers to these questions can help you determine everything from the best operating system to the ideal screen size, so begin by making a list of the tasks and activities that are most important to you, and then, keep those priorities in mind as you read through all the different tablet features on the next few pages.