Who doesn’t want a tablet? There is just something about them that makes them a really desirable product. Even beyond their practical applications they are desirable as an object. A culmination of several different technologies coming together, tablets, in a word are just cool.
One of the strange things about tablets is that you might only find out what you need it for after you have it in your hands. You will often hear people say they had a tablet for months, only using it to browse the internet, until they realised it was great for teaching their kids to read or reading recipes off of while they were cooking.
The problem is that a tablet can be an expensive proposition even when you know exactly what you are going to use it for. As a result many people, students in particular, opt for the least expensive tablet they can find. Unfortunately there are a lot of pretenders at this end of the market offering a product that looks good in the store but when you get it home, just doesn’t stand up to muster.
There are a few simple tips you can follow in looking for a sub €200 tablet
Go With a Brand you Recognise
If you recognise a brand it is because they have spent a lot of time and money on building a reputation. They are not going to squander that reputation just to make a small profit in the economy end of the market.
Of all the forms computers come in, tablets are the most difficult to refurbish. Very few pieces of consumer electronics should be expected to last for more than four or five years. A used tablet is unlikely to still be under warranty and may only work for a few months before it gives up the ghost.
Check the OS
Most tablets at this price level will be running some version of Android. To get the most out of the device you want it to be running a newer version. Anything from 4.2 onwards should be acceptable.
The tablets below are two examples of quality products in the €200 range.
Google Nexus 7
The Asus made, Google branded Nexus 7 manages to pack a lot of quality into a small package for a small price. A 1920×1200 resolution screen, 1.5Ghz processor, 2GB of RAM with front and rear cameras all adds up to one great value tablet.
Asus MeMo Pad
This lighter option under the Asus label runs Android 4.4 on a 1.3Ghz processor with 1GB of DDR3 RAM and a 16GB flash drive.