As of January 1st of this year Pew Research reports that 90% of American adults have a cell phone, 58% of American adults have a Smartphone, 32% of American adults own an e-reader, and 42% of American adults own a tablet computer. These numbers are only growing by the day so if you do not already own a Smartphone, e-reader, or tablet then you may soon be in the market for one. As prices of these devices become more affordable and their capabilities become greater it may be harder and harder to choose the right one. Let this article help you go about the decision the right way. Here's a few key points to follow as you begin your search.
Get what is Right for You
Nowadays you can't turn a corner without seeing a Smartphone or tablet ad. There are the brands you know such as Apple and Samsung and maybe a few you don't like HiSense and Asus. All of these brands perform similar tasks with their devices. The question isn't how good they are, it’s whether they are good enough for you. Get out there to retail stores, kiosks in the mall, and even your friend's devices to physically try them for yourself. Only you know what you like so don't let flashy ads and even your friends and family tell you which direction to go. What one person favors another many not. Once you get these devices into your hand and see what they are really like you will make a much more informed decision.
You Get What You Pay For
As with just about any product the price will sometimes reflect the value. Just remember that "value" also includes the brand you are purchasing the demand for that product. For example, Apple products often have a much higher price point than other tablets due to the perceived value of such a popular product. At the same time, a tablet in the price range of only $100-$150 may work just as well but have fewer options, less upgradeability, and shorter battery life. For some that lower price point tablet with fewer options is all they need while others want the powerful features from an Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, or a Windows Surface can provide. The key is finding what will satisfy your needs and going from there.
Follow the Deals
Around the holidays we always find good deals on the devices we seek but what do you do when a holiday is not around the corner? Regardless of special sales events electronics stores run ads every week and often include a multitude of sales on different devices. Alongside the brick-and-mortar stores you will often find great deals online with such resources as Amazon.com and NewEgg.com. Shop around and find who has the best deals when you are ready to buy. Also consider resources such as your mobile phone carrier who often package tablet deals with upgrade phone packages and data plans. All of these resources can find you the best deal at that time to satisfy your budget.
Know What You Need
Remember that many devices throw many features at you, most of which can be very cool and cutting edge. One device may show you how well it tracks your health while another proves useful as a POS system for your business. All of these features are great and fill very specific needs, but are they your needs? Know what you want before getting a Smartphone or tablet and gravitate towards the product that simply fills that need while everything else is a bell and whistle. Don't let hype sway you towards what a product MIGHT do rather than what it CAN do. If you are not sure what you need then have a conversation with your local retailer, the technology person at your business, or a local professional like Anttix, Inc. Some of these professionals can help steer you towards what you need and what you don't.
Hopefully these suggestions will help you weed out the unwanted clutter of device purchasing. If you would like to know what these devices can do for your business, consider giving Anttix a call at 877-426-8849 or email us here.
Statistical Data Source: Pew Research Center