The tablet, an essential accessory in Myanmar

Tablet computers lie between smartphones and personal computers as they are larger than a phone but typically consist of just one large flat multi-touch screen, with the occasional additional keyboard that can be plugged into it. Just like a PC, they allow to access the web by WiFi or 3G for those which include LTE capabilities. Finally, most tablets come with a camera built in which makes them convenient to take pictures or to be used as recording devices.

They became popular worldwide at the beginning of the 2010s after the first tablet, the iPad from Apple, was launched in April 2010. In Myanmar though, they are not near as popular as smartphones and mobile phones, but their popularity increases with each passing year. Apple and Samsung are the most popular brands among Burmese uses and are the easiest to find. Other actors such as Asus, Sony, Microsoft or Lenovo offer good quality tablets, while Chinese brands Huawei or Xiaomi offer really affordable alternatives. 

 

Where to buy a tablet pc in Myanmar?

Yangon is definitely the place with the most options when it comes to computers or tablets. Physical stores like Technoland or Citycom can be found in Kyauktada Township and carry devices from various prices. 

Another option is buying online, which offers multiple advantages: easier price comparison, more choice of tablets, home delivery. It is an ideal solution you live in a smaller city like Mandalay or Naypyidaw.

 

Which tablet should you buy?

Purchasing a tablet can be a big investment (65,000 Ks to 800,000 Ks) and requires some thinking to define what your needs and requirements are. The new tablets are also most popular models:

  • The iPad Pro: the latest of the iPad serie, this tablet is considered one of the best on the market. It features a 12.9 inch screen and has been announced in September. Its price in Myanmar still has to be announced.
  • The iPad Air is the thinnest from Apple, it was released in 2013 and can be found online for about 3,70 LKs for 32GB. Other models like the iPad mini offer the same quality in a smaller format: Retina display, multi-touch technology and one of the best graphics performance. 
  • The Samsung Galaxy Tab is also a high-end tablet with comparable prices (about 3.70 LKs), but it runs on Android like the rest of the Samsung products
  • The Huawei Mediapad is a cheaper option, at around 100,000 Ks, and offers a 1080 FHP resolution for a 8” display.

It is important to think about the operating system you want before buying a tablet. Most tablets run on Android, a system which offers a large selection of apps on the Google Play Store. This includes major brands like Lenovo, Asus, Acer or Samsung. The App store for iOS also has a great amount of apps, however tablets running on other OS like Windows or Blackberry tablets have less options. If you need a particular app, make sure it is available on the OS before you buy. 

In addition to the device, some accessories can prove useful: protecting the screen with a screen protector and the tablet with a case is the best way to ensure its durability and keep it in a good state. This is a great thing to do especially if you plan to resell your device after a year or two to buy a more recent model. 

Other tablet accessories can improve the comfort of use: if you need to write a lot, you might want to buy a keyboard which can be easily plugged in your tablet. A touch pen is useful if you’re a fan of handwriting or even drawing. 

 

How to find cheap tablets in Myanmar?

Classifieds are a great way to buy and sell online for prices much lower than in physical stores. On Vendito, you can find professional of private sellers offering new or used tablets. You can easily compare the prices and conduct your transaction as you please.  

When buying a used tablet, make sure of its current condition. Some chipping on the frame can be expected, but a damaged screen can ruin the usability and repairing can cost a lot of money. The battery life of the tablet should also be indicated by the seller, otherwise don’t hesitate to contact and ask him. 

If you follow this simple advice, you will easily find a good deal in your region in Myanmar.