Consumers who crave a fast, secure, and always-available Internet connection, and can’t stand hunting around town for a Wi-Fi signal, would benefit from having a 4G-enabled tablet. However, not all models are 4G enabled and even less have models designed specifically for the AT&T brand. Still, consumers who want an ATT 4G tablet have plenty of options to consider about what tablet is best for them.
ATT 4G Basics
If you are a current AT&T subscriber, adding a tablet to your current plan is relatively simple. You can add a line to your current plan (which will be a data-only line) and use your current data plan with your tablet. If you are a new AT&T user, or want to open an account specifically for a tablet, you will need to select from a variety of tiered data plans that fit your budget and usage needs. An AT&T representative can help you choose what 4G data plan is best for you.
The iPad (4th Generation)
The most popular ATT 4G tablet is the iPad. Its most recent version is 4G-compatible and features a lightning fast processor.
The ubiquitous Apple device boasts one of the most secure operating systems for a mobile device and an App store that has more than one million apps and you’ve got a tablet brimming with possibilities for either work or play. Unfortunately, there is a downside: price. The entry-level 4G iPad is $629, and the model with upgraded storage is $829, which makes it one of the most expensive tablets currently available, no matter which model you are interested in.
However, The Verge believes that the iPad experience is worth the high cost of entry, saying, “The iPad continues to stand head and shoulders above the competition.” If you are looking for the best possible tablet experience on ATT 4G, this is probably your best bet.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1 Inch display)
If you don’t want to invest all your money on an iPad, or prefer the Android operating system, The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is a great tablet to consider.
This tablet has a huge 10.1 inch display, and runs the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android. In addition to a vibrant display and long battery life, the Galaxy Tab 2 can also handle Flash playback, which is one of the few technical limitations of the iPad. Although the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 doesn’t run as fast as the iPad, it is only about half the price and can handle everyday tasks like web browsing, social networking and reading email with ease. If you are looking for a tablet that will meet everyday needs and won’t break the bank, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is definitely your best option.
Samsung ATIV Smart PC
Although AT&T does not offer a Microsoft Surface Pro tablet, those who would like the Windows experience on a tablet have an option in the form of the Samsung ATIV Smart PC.
This tablet runs Windows 8 RT, is fully compatible with the latest version of Microsoft Office, and can browse the web with Internet Explorer. In addition to the features that come standard with its operating system, the Samsung ATIV Smart PC also comes with a keyboard dock, smart pen for precision touchscreen inputs, and an Intel Core i5 processor, which makes this one of the fastest tablets currently available on the market.
Unfortunately, this drives up the price of this tablet immensely, with the entry level model costing $799. Still, if you want something that mirrors a full laptop experience, a powerful processor, all in a slim tablet package, the Samsung ATIV Smart PC may just be what you are looking for.
Making a Decision You Can Live with
All of these tablets are great options, but at the end of the day they offer different experiences.
The iPad is a user-friendly well-rounded tablet that is great for work and play. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is a good tablet that is budget friendly, but still offers the apps that users need. The Samsung ATIV Smart PC is a high-end tablet that will give users the feel of a laptop computer, but in a small mobile-friendly package.
The important thing to remember when looking at these tablets is they are all good options, and you have to pick the one that sounds like it will fit into your life the best.
All of these tablets are fully compatible with the ATT 4G network, so you won’t have to worry about sluggish downloads or finding a Wi-Fi hotspot. As long as you keep your lifestyle in mind (and what you want from a tablet computer) you can get the best 4G tablet possible from AT&T.