Can’t really believe that this has become a four part article… Well this last one should be pretty short. I mean, with all you’ve gained from “A Guide for Finding the Right Tablet PC for You (Parts 1, 2 & 3), you could probably teach us a thing or two about tablets.
And why not? We ain’t so smart. So, big deal, we write articles from our secret lair in the underbelly of Area 51. Ain’t no thing. I’m sure your brain is writhing with just as many psychic flagellum and all-seeing eyes, as ours. And when you think about it, who hasn’t had artificially intelligent alien implants melded to their brain stems? Don’t make us special. And when it comes right down to it, don’t we all bleed chunky iridescent molecular acid? Speaking of chunky iridescent molecular acid, my towering amorphous brain is totally reminding me of the purpose of this article, and that’s tablet PCs.
Let’s have a look at a few other features that are available in tablet computers; things like GPS, Bluetooth, and/or a music player. Perhaps you’re uncertain about what features are even available in tablet computers. Well, read on ‘cause we’ve compiled a list of other features that you may want/need in your next tablet.
Other Goodies & Considerations
- Digital media card reader
- One or two digital cameras
- Built-in webcam with microphone
- USB (2.0) port
- Sync capability
- Google Mobile Services
Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction, Google Talk with video chat and access to more than 3 million Google eBooks.
While this list is not exhaustive, it should serve as a good starting point for listing the features that you require in a tablet computer (on top of the topics covered in parts 1, 2 & 3).
Tablet PC Warranties
As a rule, most manufacturers of tablet PCs, including iPads, provide a one-year warrantee. However, if you’ve had any experience with warranties, they tend to be a hassle, problematic, and “not so water tight” (especially if you’ve dropped your tablet in the water). Of course, you can always buy extended warranties. That, my friend is another kettle of fish altogether. In the words of Homer Simpson: Extended warranty! How can I lose?
Truth be told, I’m torn about extended warranties (EWs). I’ve purchased products with and without extended warranties and have yet to win. When I have purchased EWs, I’ve not needed them. Conversely, when I haven’t, I wish I had. It’s your call in this area.
Pros and Cons of buying Tablet PCs on EBay
This next section is not intended to sway the reader one way or another in terms of purchasing a touch screen tablet PC via EBay. It is simply an explanation of some of the advantages and disadvantages of doing so.
EBay is set up in such a way that both the seller and the buyer are relatively safe in terms of conducting financial transactions for goods. Most often both the buyer and seller come away very satisfied with their transactions. That being said, the buyer should always be wary when entering contracts. As the ancient adage goes “Let the buyer beware”. Nevertheless, both parties can take solace in the fact that EBay can resolve just about any dispute, providing that both the buyer and seller commit to its systems, rules, and regulations. Remember EBay has been around for a long time, and payments through PayPal makes financial transactions that much safer.
One clear advantage to buying on EBay is price. If you are patient, and don’t mind riding out the bidding process, than all the power to you. Good things come to those who wait. However, keep in mind that you will also have to pay for shipping. Therefore it’s a good idea to find out how much the seller will charge for shipping (to your location) before committing to a bid. It should also be understood that there are risks that items may be damaged or stolen during the shipping process. Ultimately this will not cost the buyer any more financially, however it will be that much longer before they receive their product. So, if you’re in a hurry, EBay is likely not the way to go.
When selecting a seller on EBay, it is advisable to take note of who is selling the item. If for example, they are rated as a “Top Rated Seller” or a “Power seller”, then you have little to worry about. Furthermore, the buyer should also take note of the number of transactions in which the seller has been involved. If they have sold over 2000 items, then you can be pretty sure your transaction will go without a hitch. Another thing to watch out for is their percentage of positive feedback. If it’s 98% or higher it’s likely a safe bet.
So, now that you are armed and ready, we here at Let’s Talk Tablets wish you well in your next tablet purchase. Compute-away my little goblins.