Tablets have been on a long journey, from their humble beginnings as a “why would you even need one of those?” idea to their now superstar status as one of the few must-have pieces of kit. There are loads of them, though, and they are not all equal, which is why we’ve tried to help you sort out that first burning question – which OS (operating system) do I go for?

At Techscheme we stock a ton of great tablets and they’re available with our patented employee benefits, which means you can save money no matter which one you end up going for. We’ve put together a rundown of the benefits of each big OS so that whether it’s iOS, Android or Windows, you can be sure you made the right choice.

Apple – iOS

It seems only fair to start with Apple and its iOS operating system; the iPad was the first big tablet to hit the market and the brand is still the most popular today – we think they’ve earned it. iOS is a sleek minimalist affair. Easy to pick up and learn, with enough depth to feel like you’re using something substantial.

One criticism that can often be levelled at Apple products is its lack of third-party support (independent developers who make content for devices). Thankfully though, thanks to the popularity of the iPad and iPhone, it’s not really applicable to its mobile devices: there are more apps than you will ever need or be aware of on iTunes. You could say that Apple has more high-quality apps available to its system, particularly if you’re looking for creative/editing software, and that’s largely due to how particular Apple is with its app-vetting process.

It’s not bad for workers either; it could genuinely replace your laptop, especially now you can get Microsoft Office for iPad. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the best bet for that, as well as being generally the most powerful iPad out at the moment. With Techscheme you can save £87 on the 128GB, Wi-Fi and cellular model.

Google – Android

Google’s Android OS is widely regarded as the most flexible of the mobile operating systems. Its open-source nature means that manufacturers and developers have free reign to change it to their liking and create apps by the bucket load. Its look will often depend on the manufacturer, as they’ll adapt it to suit their needs but it’s generally a very similar user interface (UI) regardless of the aesthetics. The biggest plus is how customisable the UI actually is, you can swap out, tweak or adapt all sorts of Android aspects, making it a great choice for anyone looking to get their experience just right.

In terms of apps, you’ll find more on Android than anywhere else. This means you’ll never find a niche you can’t accommodate, although we suppose you might have to do a bit more quality checking than on iOS. Generally, swapping apps and files between devices is a little easier than on Apple’s format, which is obviously very handy if you have a few gadgets that you like to share between.

When it comes to working from an Android device, there are a number of advantages if you’ve got a Google account: access to Google Drive and all its functions make productivity on the go incredibly easy, for example. If you’re looking for a powerful and classy Android tablet, we’d recommend the Samsung Galaxy Tab E: at Techscheme it’s available with an estimated saving of £20.

Microsoft – Windows 10

We’ll talk broadly about Windows 10, as there are still a number of tablets out there running Windows 7 and 8, but their general benefits are the same. This is to say that Windows in any form is an extremely powerful OS, and the hardware you’ll find it on often matches up. It’s not too dissimilar in look and feel to a desktop PC and if you’ve ever used a Windows computer you’ll have no trouble learning to get around on a tablet.

Apps let Windows down a bit, we’ll be honest. You’ll find all the major ones you’d expect on any tablet, but a lot of third-party apps come to Windows last. There are still around 700,000 apps available, though, and that’s growing quickly as the user base expands. You’ll definitely find an app that will suit any task, but you’re more at risk of not being able to find that specific one your mate recommended.

For work, hands down, Windows 10 is the best. As well as the ease of integration between other devices, the supreme power and flexibility of the OS mean it’s genuinely something you can spend all day working from. This is mainly thanks to the fact that the hardware you find it on, like the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, could actually replace a laptop. The Surface Pro 4 comes with many different sets of specs, but the 128GB SSD (solid state drive), 4GB RAM, with Core i5 processor model is available through Techscheme with a £89 saving.

Model

RRP Saving Techscheme Price

iPad Pro 12.9” 

£729.00 £87.48

£641.52

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

£749.00 £89.88

£747.12

Samsung Galaxy Tab E £169.00 £20.28

£148.72

That’s our little guide to operating systems on a tablet, in short, iOS is for people after a more curated quality experience, Android is for those looking for more freedom and flexibility, and Windows 10 is great for those after serious power or to replace their computer completely. At Techscheme we have a wide variety of tech goods on offer, all ready to save you money through our Employee and Employer benefits.