Lifespan or life expectancy of a tablet has many variables to look at, and those variables are the battery, charger, touch screen, screen display, and storage.
Based on our experiences on my Son’s tablet and his usage. The life expectancy is between 1 to 5 years. From his previous 2 tablets, the problem we had experienced is he dropped the tablet too often. Because of that, the screen shattered from the inside and outside, and the other one doesn’t turn on. We tried to bring the tablet to the service center or repair shop, but the cost of repair is almost the same to the new same tablet. Therefore, we decided to buy a new tablet.
The last tablet we purchased, he broke the “digitizer screen” or touch screen (not an internal screen) 3 times. Also, he broke the USB cable twice. Now the tablet battery is broken as well, it does not charge even we replaced the USB cable or the charger. Because he often uses the tablet and charged it twice or thrice every day.
Terms you should know when buying a tablet?
mAh – stands for milli-Ampere-hours, its indicate the power juice that the battery can store and provide.
Gorilla glass – it is an external screen cover to protect the internal screen. Mostly can be found on Android devices.
Digitizer Screen – its an external touch screen to protect the internal screen. Mostly can be found on IOS devices.
USB Cable – Universal Serial Cable used to connect the device to charger or computer.
Micro USB Cable – most android devices need this to charge the device or to connect to the computer.
Lightning USB Cable – most IOS devices need this to charge the device or to connect to the computer.
USB 3 Type C Cable – this is the latest USB cable use for some Android devices.
Mobile Network (3G/4G) – 4G can support LTE network and the speed is between 12Mbps to 50Mbps, while the 3G network can support 2Mbps to 5Mbps.
MP – Megapixel(s), used as a measure of the resolution in digital cameras. The higher the MP the clearer the picture is.
GB – Gigabyte(s), mostly used for the capacity of internal and external storage.
MB – Megabyte(s), mostly used for the capacity of RAM (Random Access Memory).
To know more terminology for the tablet device, click here.
Things you should know and decide on when buying a new tablet:
- The touch screen or external screen is replaceable.
- The external screen is very sturdy such as Gorilla glass.
- The replacement cost for touch screen or external screen.
- The battery power lifespan at least 4000mAh or more.
- A pair of extra USB cable and charger.
- If you travel often you need to have at least 10000mAh power bank.
- Get a tablet with at least 8MP camera or more.
- To support the latest application and can do multi-task, get a tablet with at least 2MB RAM.
- Lastly the budget, how much budget you have for the tablet.
Why battery mAh is important?
The bigger the mAh, the bigger the power capacity it can store. Because the brighter the screen and the louder the tablet speaker the more power it needs or consumes. Therefore, the higher the power capacity your battery have, the longer you can use your tablet. Also, if you charge the tablet less often, you prolonged the lifespan of the battery.
Why the touch screen or external screen is important?
The external screen is a protection for the internal screen. But some external screen such as for IOS device is used as the touchscreen. The more sturdy your external screen is the better for the protection against scratches and shattering the glass screen. Also, some external screen is costly. Better check with the vendor if the external screen is replaceable and how much the cost for the replacement.
Why the Camera MP size, Storage capacity, and RAM capacity is important?
If you or your loved one like to take photos, Camera MP size is very important. The higher the MP value the clearer the picture is. The bigger the storage capacity is, more application you can install and more data you can store, such as photos, music, and videos. While the RAM capacity, it will allow you to use multiple application, or load the memory hungry application, such as games and photo editor.
Why do you need a pair of extra USB cable and charger?
When you travel, there will be a chance that you will lose USB and the charger. If you charged multiple devices in a single charger, the charger will be broken earlier than expected. Also, you might break the USB cable as well.
Hopefully, I was able to help you to understand the lifespan of the tablet
and how to decide which one better for you or for your family to buy.
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