With Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, and graduation season just around the corner, you might be looking for a gift for someone in your family. Let us suggest a tablet.
Many people feel the appeal — tablets are so light and easily portable. But there’s also a touch of nervousness about getting away from a traditional PC. So let me assure you, the person you buy a tablet for will find it both useful and fun.
The question you’re probably asking yourself is, “If I get my spouse or child a tablet instead of a laptop, will it do what they need it to do?” Rest assured, tablets are quite capable of doing almost everything a laptop can, while also being more portable and easier to use.
If you’re shopping for a computer primarily to go on the Web and check email, an Apple iPad or Android tablet can easily do the job. This is what they are designed to do best.
And that’s without any additional software — adding apps brings even more powerful features. There are now versions of Microsoft Office for iPad and Android tablets, and loads of other productivity options too.
For those a little younger, a vast array of education software can help any student, from kindergarten on up.
And if you go for a Windows tablet, you get a device that’s exactly as powerful as a laptop, and more portable.
When it comes time to relax, there are more games available for iOS or Android than anyone could ever play in their lifetime. Whether the person you’re shopping for is the type to shoot vindictive birds at livestock or hack down slavering zombies, they will find plenty of options. And these games will be surprisingly inexpensive.
With a Windows tablet, you can sign into Steam and access to a huge array of PC games.
If the person on you’re shopping for hates to miss a TV show, you don’t need to get them a TV because a tablet can handle this, thanks to an array of apps from just about all the major networks. Or you can rent and buy movies.
Tablets also make great “second screens”. No one has yet created a better device for casual web surfing while watching TV — tablet battery lives are immense and they never get too hot to hold.
Tablets Make a Better Gift Option Than Phones
Every teenager, tween, and gradeschooler wants a phone, but these require paying for wireless service, which can add hundreds of dollars to the total cost of the gift. The same isn’t true of a tablet, as they depend on the Wi-Fi networks that most homes, schools, and businesses already have.
And don’t think of this is an either/or situation. If someone already has a phone they like, they might also enjoy a tablet for things where a larger screen is preferable, like reading ebooks, playing advanced games, and watching TV.
Did I Mention Cheap?
If you’re on a tight budget, consider the Amazon Fire HD 6, which is under $100. Or you can get a good, 7-inch Android tablet like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 for $150. Even Apple’s iPad mini is just $250, and there are cost-effective Windows models like the Asus VivoTab Note 8. With those kinds of prices, tablets make great computers for those who don’t want to share them with their siblings (or children).
Looking for a gift for someone who wants to be productive and have some fun, and something they probably don’t already have? Consider a tablet.