While 4G LTE connectivity’s speed has brought internet freedom in the palm of our hands, we have always contemplated why such form of connectivity has been rolled out for tablets. Granted, they might provide users with freedom of being connected around the geographical boundaries of their country, but is that really worth picking out an LTE tablet? We don’t think so; which is why after thinking long and hard about the pros and cons of an LTE tablet, we have listed down 5 reasons why you should absolutely stay away from them.
- it’s not worth your money
Not everyone on the planet has a wallet thick enough and an unlimited bank account that will allow them to go on a shopping rampage. Majority of individuals have to watch their finances carefully and you know what will not fit in to their budget? An LTE tablet. Only recently, the LTE version of the 32 GB Nexus 9 featuring a retail price of $599 was announced and although the Qualcomm Gobi modem present inside it allows the tablet to be compatible with carries such as T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, the price is far too high to entice a sensible man to purchase it. Seeing as how the ‘WiFi only’ version is retailing for $200 less, it would make no sense in shelling out the extra money. There are several smartphones that are being sold for the price of $200, so why not make the smarter purchase and get you a ‘WiFi only’ tablet and a smartphone combo. You’ll get more from that $599 paycheck.
- Too bulky for comfortable usage
There is a reason why smartphones are called ‘’smartphones’’ and their larger screen counterparts are called tablets. The large screen and the width alone would not allow you to have a proper conversation while you are constantly moving on your two feet. We are saying this because it took us quite a while to become properly acclimatized to Apple’s phablet smartphone, the iPhone 6 Plus and that only has a screen size of 5.5 inches. Furthermore, walking around and talking with a large screen mobile device glued to your ear will make you the center of attention, and not in a good way. While what the public thinks of you shouldn’t matter, what does matter is that is purchasing a tablet giving you the same comfort level when you use a smartphone. We don’t think so.
- Fast battery drainage
Due to their larger form factors, tablets may be able to house lithium ion batteries that possess a higher amount of charge, but even that won’t save your slate from entering in to hibernation mode within a few hours. The current Android flagship tablet, the Nexus 9, is able to give out 8.5 hours while connected to an LTE network, which is only one hour less than when it is connected to WiFi network. Keep in mind that the Nexus 9 features a mammoth 6,700 mAh battery, an energy efficient processor, and an optimized operating system, and even those perks are not sufficient enough to grant you with a whole day of battery life. In our opinion, that is a total waste of money.
- Limited data bandwidth
While this knowledge is nothing new, U.S. mobile carriers have a penchant for giving us a limited data bandwidth for their connectivity services. Sure, you can increase the overall data cap by paying more, but at the end of the way, shelling out a lot of extra dollars for an extra gigabyte of LTE data which you may or may not use does not exactly qualify you to be a money managing expert. If anything, it just shows that you have a propensity for throwing away your hard earned cash.
If you ever had the intention of purchasing an LTE tablet, we are confident that the above highlighted reasons would compel you to stay away from purchasing one. There are tons of cost-effective smartphones being sold in the market that feature LTE connectivity, why not try your luck with those? No doubt, tablets can be used for a variety of other things such as viewing high definition content and as a laptop substitute but For LTE connectivity, we could not disagree more. Do you feel that LTE tablets come with some benefit or are your thoughts parallel with ours? Don’t forget to post your thoughts in the comments below.