Tablet Tales: It’s confusing buying a tablet these days. How do you decide which size, which features, which operating system?
I needed to get a new tablet. My beloved Lenovo 7″ Yoga tablet is over 4 years old and giving off all kinds of dire messages about key software being too old and no longer supported. This doesn’t just happen to Android tablets. Just last month I was helping a client with their elderly iPad that couldn’t run the Outlook app anymore that they needed.
How do you choose? There’s so many models in different sizes with different features.
How do you choose?
Be very clear on what the tablet will be used for and by whom. I need an Android tablet for troubleshooting problems for clients, testing apps, and watching training videos. I will be the only user.
How much storage do you need is another important question. Will you use if for storing pictures, videos and music? How many apps do you need on it?
I wanted the latest version of Android I could get without breaking the bank. I need the latest version of Android I can afford because a) need the latest apps and b) it means the tablet will last longer for me.
Latest Version of Android
As of March 2019, the latest release of Android is Pie, version 9.0, released August 2018. The next version will be Q which is currently in beta release. Previous version is Oreo version 8. Anything older than that will be obsolete in a couple of years.
Most of the ads for tablets will show you which version of Android the device runs. You’ll notice anything running Pie or Oreo is usually more expensive.
Curious to find out which version you’re running? Go to Settings, About Tablet.
Lenovo Tab E10
I bought a Lenovo Tab E10 with 16GB of storage with an SD card slot in case I need more storage.Once I loaded up the apps I needed and uninstalled some of preloaded not needed, I had used up just over 50% of the hard drive space.
It also has options for multiple users and is geared for families so it has some “kid safe” features.
The Tab E10 comes with Android Oreo so it should last about 3 years before the app makers stop supporting that version of Android.
This is a budget tablet ($179.99) so the graphic card is okay not mesmerizing. Videos are clear. Sound quality is good for training videos, watching TV. I’m picky about music quality so I wouldn’t listen to music on it. It also has a standard headphone slot.
The Tab E10 has a lot of standard features and good quality for a budget price.
Night Light Settings
I love the new Android Night Light Settings. One of the first things I did was located that feature, not just because of the light causing sleep problems but also because of the general dangers of blue light. See my blog Avoid The Monitor Blues about that.
Night Light settings can be accessed from Settings, Display. Best to turn the feature on permanently. And then modify the intensity incrementally until it is as low and dingy as you can bear it.