Since the advent of the Apple iPad, tablet computers have become very popular in Nigeria. And they’re the top-choice devices for those who need a middle point between the sophistication of laptop and notebooks and the small display size of mobile phones.
Even though Apple iPads were the first tablets to become popular in Nigeria, their relatively huge prices have made them lose their favor in the market to cheaper options by brands like Samsung and Lenovo, and even far cheaper options by brands like Tecno and Innjoo. And unless you’ve been outside the country for too long, you’d agree that Tecno tablets and other very cheap options are the most popular in Nigeria right now.
This post has been crafted for people looking to buy a tablet PC in Nigeria and really want to know what options they have. If you’re one of them, then you’re just on the right page. Here, we’ll be comparing the prices of the various tablets you can find in Nigeria right now. All you need to do is to follow any of the links below to get more details on the price and specs of each brand.
More importantly, you’ll also be learning some of the most important things you need to consider when buying a tablet in Nigeria.
Current Prices of Tablets in Nigeria
- Samsung Tablets & Prices in Nigeria (2018)
- Tecno Tablet Prices in Nigeria (2018)
- Lenovo Tablets & Prices in Nigeria (2018)
- Sony Tablets & Prices in Nigeria (2018)
- Microsoft Tablet Prices in Nigeria (2018)
- Windows Tablet Prices in Nigeria (2018)
- ASUS Tablet Prices in Nigeria (2018)
How to Choose the Right Tablet in Nigeria
Every tablet allows you to do a lot, including playing games, sending email, surfing the web, checking and updating your social media profiles, and so on. But there are some differences among tablets that explain why you would want to prefer one to the other. However, making the right choice in Nigeria can be a huge challenge because there are so many options to choose from.
But the good news is, we’ve got you covered. By following the tips below, you’ll be able to make a well-informed buying decision. That is, you’ll wind up choosing the tablet that is just right for you.
1. Set your budget
The biggest factor that determines which tablet you’ll buy is the size of your pocket. No matter how dearly you love the Apple iPad or a Samsung tablet, if your budget is like N30,000 or thereabout, then that tablet will continue to be your “dream” tablet (unless you probably decide to go for a used option — which is like playing a gamble game).
So, the rule here is simple: If you want an Apple or Samsung tablet, increase your budget. And if you can’t go beyond your budget, stick with the low-cost options. That is, the likes of Tecno and Innjoo tablets.
2. Choose the right size for you
Most tablets come in three display sizes: 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10-inch. Note that there may be decimal-point differences. For example, some devices come with 10.1-inch screens, and some come with 7.99-inch screens. There’s not so much difference between two tablets of different display sizes in terms of how they work. The difference in their performances can only hinge on other specs, not screen size. In other words, a large-screen tablet and a small-screen tablet will perform similarly provided they have the same other specs.
So, your choice of display size should boil down to personal preference. If you favor portability and really don’t feel a need for large displays, you’d be fine with a 7-incher. But if you love display real estate like your life depends on it, don’t opt for anything less than 10 inches.
3. Decide on OS
Another important factor you need to consider when buying a tablet in Nigeria is the operating system. While most tablets in the market run on Android, there are a good number of Windows and iOS-powered options, too.
Android, owned by Google, is the most popular mobile operating system in the world, and in Nigeria. So, it’s no surprise that most Nigerians who use smartphones and tablets use Android-powered ones. If you want to enjoy absolute freedom in terms of sharing files and connecting your device with those of other people, then consider Android. In addition, the platform has a wide range of products running on it, leaving you with many options to choose from. And with an Android tablet, you can integrate your device seamslessly with other Google products and services that you use, such as Gmail, Play Store, Google Drive, Chrome, etc.
With a Windows-powered tablet, you’d be able to run a variety of programs that you can run on your Windows laptop. For example, the Microsoft Surface Pros can run a full desktop version of Windows 10. And if you’re the gaming type of person, you’d enjoy the XBox integration feature. Most high-end Windows tablets come with detachable keyboards.
As for iOs, it’s a brilliantly built operating system with an easy-to-use interface. If you’re looking for a tab that even an “old-school” relative can understand how to use in no time, thing iOS. As with Android, iOS provides access to countless apps and games. And in terms of security and durability, iOS-powered devices have no match. For starters, only Apple devices run on iOS (so you don’t go out looking for a Tecno tab that runs on iOS).
4. Battery life
The problem of power failure in Nigeria is an age-long one that doesn’t have a solution in sight for now. This explains why devices with badass batteries sell like crazy here in our country. Unless you work or live in an environment where you get to enjoy steady power supply, then you need to seriously check the battery capacity of your choice tablet before going for it.
For 7-inch tabs, a battery rating of less than 3500mAh is a no-no; for 8-inchers go for nothing less than 4500mAh; and for 10-inchers, don’t go below 5500mAh.
When compared to smartphones, tablets tend to have weaker cameras. But that doesn’t mean you won’t find options with awesome cameras. If you’re somewhat addicted to taking selfies or capturing events on your devices, then you’d need a tab with a good camera. Theoretically, a camera with 10MP resolution or more should be your target.
6. Other specs
If you’d be using your tablet just for simple tasks like watching movies, taking pictures, reading notes, and surfing the web, then you don’t need to bother too much about other specs. But if you’d be using it for sophisticated tasks, such as running heavy apps and 3D games, you need to be fastidious. Here are some of the most important specs to consider:
Resolution: This is the size of your display, rendered in number of pixels that the screen can accomodate. The higher the resolution, the sharper your images will be. If you’re a stickler for crisp displays, then go for high resolution options.
Processor: This is the part that drives your tablet. it determines how efficienbtly your tab will run apps. A dual-core processor is less efficient than a quad-core processor, which is in turn less efficient than an octa-core processor.
RAM/Memory: This the the part of your tab’s memory that holds apps while you’re running them. The more the RAM capacity of your tab, the more the number of apps it can efficiently run at a time.
Storage: This is the amount of space that you have to store files with, such as music, videos, apps, and document files. Tabs come with built-in storage that can range from 4GB to 256GB, depending on the option. You also have the option of extending the storage using an SD or MicroSD memory card.
SIM card support: If you would like to use your tablet for making and receiving calls or connect to the internet through MTN, Glo, or others, then you should consider getting one that supports SIM cards. Otherwise, you’ll only be able to connect to the web through WiFi.