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3 questions to ask before buying a tablet

Light, stylish and delightfully easy to use, it's no wonder that tablets have become so popular. A few years ago there were only a handful of models but in today's market, there are a lot more to choose from. So how do you find the right one for your needs? Here are 3 simple questions get you started.

What size best suits you?
Tablets generally come in 3 sizes: Small (7 – 8.3"), Medium (8.9 – 10.1") and Large (10.1" and up). Each has it own advantages and preferred uses so picking the right size really depends what you need your tablet for.

If you’re looking for something light and compact for reading e-books, a small tablet will be ideal.

Medium-sized tablets are generally a good choice for games, reading magazines or watching movies.

A large-sized tablet is more frequently found as the detachable screen of a hybrid (2 in 1) laptop. They may cost more but the larger screen is more productive for getting work done, especially when used with a keyboard.

Will you be using it more for entertainment or work?
If you want a tablet mostly for games and entertainment, an Android*-based one may be a good choice as there is a wide variety of apps available.

For work, a Windows* powered tablet may be a smart choice because of the compatibility of software like Microsoft Office with your office laptop or desktop. When your device runs on the latest version of Windows 10, you may also enjoy great battery life, crystal clear graphics and all-around performance.

If you really need something to get down to business, consider a 2 in 1 or hybrid laptop that combines the responsiveness of a tablet and power of a full-size laptop in a convenient little device that's a joy to use.

How much are you looking to spend?

The variety of tablets available means a broad price range, making it possible for anyone to find a price point that suits him or her.

Shopping on a budget? Value tablets are affordable and still pack enough performance to do the basics like surfing the Internet and reading e-books. But if you run more demanding apps like games, performance may be an important consideration.

Premium tablets may cost more, and the price may be due to the incredible app support, quality build materials or fast performance. This means it looks amazing, feels great and performs brilliantly for games, videos and even work.

Once you've figured out what size you prefer, what you need your tablet for and how much you're willing to spend, you're well on your way to buying your first tablet. To get you started, check out some of the latest tablets on the market powered by Intel.

For more complete information about performance and benchmark results, visit www.intel.com/benchmarks.

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