Tips for data-conscious tablet users
One of the first things a new tablet owner should be aware of is data usage. Many tablet computers now come with 3G and 4G connectivity, as opposed to only WiFi. This means tablet users can stay connected wherever they go, but it also means they must be conscious of how much data they consume.
Nearly everyone knows someone -- or knows of someone -- who has gone over his or her data plan and was forced to pay hundreds of dollars extra as a result.
To avoid such situations, tablet users are advised to use WiFi whenever possible, whether it's through a home or office network or a public hotspot. WiFi usage does not count against a data plan, meaning users are free to browse, watch movies or play games until their hearts' content.
Furthermore, turning off data roaming when out of the country will ensure a tablet owner doesn't accidentally rack up expensive data usage fees. International data rates can be astronomical compared to domestic rates. As such, most traveling tablet owners will want to avoid connecting to cellular networks unless there's an emergency.
For most people, tablet computers are still a new technology. Even early adopters have had less than two years time to familiarize themselves with the mobile devices. However, as tablets become more widespread, people are learning the tips and tricks to get the best performance from their devices.