How Parad tablets are used

Is a tablet still worth it?

Smartphones are getting bigger and laptops are getting lighter. Is there any space for tablets in between? An industry representative has a clear opinion on this.

In view of ever larger smartphones and ever lighter and more flexible laptops, the question arises: does a tablet offer any advantages over these devices? And if so, which ones.

Sebastian Klöß from the IT industry association Bitkom is certain that the tablet still has a right to exist. "The tablet's strong point is clearly the large screen, yet it's compact and light," he says. Compared to laptops, they also often have a significantly longer battery life.

"The tablet is the perfect sofa calculator"

A tablet cannot do anything that laptops or smartphones cannot, says Sebastian Klöß. But: "The tablet can do a lot better." And this applies both privately and professionally. "The tablet is the perfect sofa computer," says Klöß. It is simply more handy and comfortable than laptops. Streaming films and series on tablets is particularly popular.

Tablets are particularly advantageous for those who have little experience with computers or smartphones. This applies in particular to senior citizens and children, believes Klöß. Tablets are easy to hold, are not so overloaded when it comes to applications and are intuitive to use.

Middle class tablets are dwindling

The tablet market is more and more divided into cheap and expensive devices, the middle-class range is getting thinner and thinner, as Alexander Spier from the specialist magazine "c't" has observed. While inexpensive devices are available from 40 to 50 euros, devices at the other end of the price range can cost around 1,000 euros. "But there are fewer and fewer models between these two extremes," says Spier.

With the inexpensive devices, however, you clearly have to cut back on the screen and performance: "The quality of the screen is marginal for devices in this price range, even compared to smartphones," explains Spier.

Tablets from around 200 euros can be used sensibly, says Klöß. These are entry-level devices. The middle class starts at around 400 euros, which is absolutely sufficient for most.

The price is mainly determined by computing power, screen quality and storage capacity. "With a tablet, I would always look at the screen first," says Sebastian Klöß. In the end, this largely decides whether you enjoy the device or not.

Full HD is standard

Alexander Spier recommends displays with at least Full HD resolution. Tablets over ten inches diagonally should go beyond Full HD. You should also take a look at the PPI value (pixels per inch) in this context. It indicates the pixel density, explains Klöß. A good PPI value starts at 220, top models come to 260 and more.

And the brightness? In top models, the luminance of the display, given in candelas per square meter (cd / m²) or nits, is around 400, but values ​​from 300 are also okay, says Klöß. And how much memory (RAM) should it be? Devices in the middle price segment usually have three or four gigabytes (GB) of RAM, which is usually sufficient. Spier recommends making sure that the processor has at least four cores.

SD cards make you more flexible

The storage capacity of the tablet is also important. More memory never hurts, but it almost always costs a considerable surcharge. In any case, Spier strongly advises against storage capacities below 16 GB: "Then you have to constantly delete apps or photos in order to still be able to use the device." However, many tablets also take an SD card so that the memory can be expanded flexibly.

When deciding on Android or iOS, clarifying the question of what exactly you want to do with the tablet can help, explains Alexander Spier. Because not all apps are also available for both operating systems. And regardless of whether it is new or used: The expert advises against buying a device that is more than three years old. Simply because its battery is usually too weak.

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