Which tablet is best?

Last updated: 30 November 2015

Which tablet is best?

Tablets perfectly bridge the gap between a neat smartphone and a bulky laptop.

But if you find yourself asking “which tablet should I buy?” or even “what iPad should I buy?”, we’ve put together this tablet comparison guide that outlines the top features of the very best tablets around. And if you want to check out the latest tablets for yourself, head down to your nearest Three store, where we have a full range of live devices just ready for you to play with.

What size tablet do you need?

This is a great place to start, because not everyone wants the biggest tablet out there. Screen size is measured from diagonal corners, and typically, tablets come in three screen sizes:

  1. 7in – such as the Alcatel One Touch Evo 7 3G 4GB
  2. 8in – such as iPad mini 3
  3. 10in – such as iPad air 2

If you love streaming video, watching tv on the go, or need your tablet to work on documents, a 10in screen is hard to beat. But an 8in screen is a happy medium, and 7in works if you are on a budget and want to travel light.

Is expandable memory a clincher?

If you want to make your own movies, edit and store photos, music and files, then storage should be high on your list of priorities.

It’s important to look for internal memory stats, but don’t forget to keep an eye out for tablets with an expandable memory, such as the Samsung Galaxy S2 Tab. This nice-looking tablet has 3GB RAM of internal memory and supports a microSD card of up to 128GB storage.

Don’t forget there’s also the option to save things to The Cloud. See our full guide on Cloud storage options for more info.

3G, 4G or Wi-Fi?

The connection speed and capability of your tablet is important. Getting a “connected” tablet means you can pop in a SIM and enjoy the full benefits of mobile internet wherever you go. Plus, if you’ve got a 4G ready device and you’re in a 4G area, the performance of your tablet will be hard to beat - and it won’t cost you a penny more on Three, as we offer 4G at no extra cost.

Both 3G and 4G connected tablets mean the internet is always at your fingertips; so no more hunting for hotspots or worrying about Wi-Fi passwords and the security of public networks.

That said, Wi-Fi only tablets are generally cheaper, so if you’re strict on price, you could opt for one of these – then pair it with one of our Pay As You Go Mobile Broadband products so you’ve still got a connection when you need one. See our guide for more about tablets and mobile broadband.

Choosing an operating system.

The operating system your tablet runs on is another feature that should be taken into serious consideration.

iOS, Android and Windows operating systems tend to evoke the type of love/hate emotion that you get with marmite. And if you already have a smartphone on a particular system, you’ll probably benefit from the familiarity and ease of your preferred user experience.

But it’s still worth putting in some thought. You may love Windows on your laptop, but will it do what you need it to on a tablet?

Hopefully this article will help you get your head around some of the different tablet options. But you’re still undecided, pop into your nearest Three store and where you can road test the latest tablets for yourself.