For many the idea of using a tablet PC was probably once a distance dream or something straight out of a science fiction movie. Moving forward to modern times we are now bombarded with tablets from all angles, a far cry from their initial conception by popular Sci-fi authors and movies such as ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’. More recently tablets have taken a huge fall in price to the point where they are now available for under $200 or less.
What is ‘Android’?
If you don’t know what Android is yet then don’t feel bad – everyone has to start somewhere. Android isn’t some kind of robot as the name entailed, though it comes close. Android is Google’s flagship mobile operating system which they forked from a previous company as far back as 2004 and released to the public in 2007. It is a direct competitor to Apples iOS, the operating system powering Apple’s range of iPhones and iPads.
Well, because there aren’t any decent alternatives that aren’t going to cost you an arm or a leg. All of Apples products start well above the $200 mark, and Windows 8 is simply not a fully fledged mobile operating system, working better with convertible tablet hybrids rather than going for the standard tablet experience. This is both good and bad as there is a lack of competition, but on the plus side the speed at which Android has improved over the years and dominated the tablet market is nothing short of remarkable.
Brands to Lookout For
The following are a list of some of the best tablet brands out there with a few leading tabelt names thrown in for good measure:
A word of warning: the since the tablet market has boomed there have been a number of cheap imitations released, especially in the budget tablet market. I would recommend sticking with leading brands as far as possible, and if you really need to take a chance, then make sure you drill the research beforehand to make sure that you aren’t in for a nasty surprise! For more information see TabletNinja’s recent review guide to tablets under $200 that could help save you a ton of time.