PC Advisor's indepth, expert guide to choosing the correct tablet for your needs.
Although tablet PCs have been around for a long time, they were consigned to toil in obscurity in the vertical industries until the Apple iPad came along. The iPad changed everything, and now a tablet is a must-have for many PC users.
And with success comes diversity: although the majority of tablets on the market these days run the Google Android OS, and the ubiquitous Apple iPad flies the flag for Apple iOS, there are other options in the mobile OS world.
RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook runs a bespoke BlackBerry operating system, Windows has long been able to run on tablets (and Microsoft Windows 8 will be principally a tablet OS), and there are other options, such as HP's WebOS, operating system of the HP TouchPad.
All of this choice is great for consumers, but it can make it hard to settle on a single platform and device. There's a lot to consider. Before going out to buy a tablet, first read our unrivalled buying advice articles:
- Tablet buying guide: advice on specs and features
- Buyers guide: Why you should buy a tablet PC
- Tablets buying guide: introducing your next portable PC
Then head over to our reviews section. As well as our generic tablets reviews, we have distinct reviews categories for Apple iPads, BlackBerry tablets, and Google Android Tablets, and we'll add more as they become required.
You can get honest feedback from users in the PC Advisor forum, and read our expert verdict in our unique, constantly updated tablets group tests:
- Group test: what's the best tablet PC?
- Group test: what's the best Google Android tablet?
- Group test: what's the best tablet PC accessory?
Finally, to find all this information and more in one place, visit Tablet Advisor.