Do I want an Apple, Amazon, Windows or Android tablet?
There are four main operating systems for the four main varieties of tablet, all of which offer slightly different levels of complexity and different apps, so this can be a key choice to make when picking up a new tablet.
Here is a rundown of the main tablet operating systems and what you should expect from each:
Apple: iPads were the trendsetters for tablet design and are still the benchmark for many features. They are expensive for the more advanced models, but run on the smooth iOS operating system.
Amazon: FireOS is the operating system developed for Amazon's Fire tablets. It is based on Google's Android so most popular Android apps are available. A popular choice on a budget, it is perfectly capable of running entertainment apps such as Netflix, Spotify and Amazon Prime Video, but has inbuilt adverts and pushes Amazon's own services. Recent updates have seen Amazon add its Alexa voice control system to its tablets.
Android: Google’s Android operating system offers access to the PlayStore and a wide range of apps and Google features. Most are less expensive than Windows tablets and iPads, but users often feel Android apps are not as well developed as those for the iPad.