Everyone has a tablet these days don’t they? Actually I don’t and with the plethora of smart phones and tablets around, it’s hard to know which one to choose. It all depends on what you want to use it for. Do you watch a lot of videos or play games so you need a fairly wide-screen and fast processing speeds? Or would you more likely to be using it for work where a separate keyboard might come in handy? How about just a basic model for emailing and keeping in touch with friends? There is something available for everyone, you just need to know what features they have at a glance and that’s where we come in. Here is your easy to read, simplified version run down of the available tablets on the market today, and what they are best for.
Orange Tahiti 3G – £69 (on contract at £25 a month)
The Orange Tahiti is 10.5mm thin and weighs 400g. It has a 7″ LCD display with touch screen and uses a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor with 1GB of RAM. There’s 8GB of native storage space available plus a microSD slot. The operating system is the Android Honeycomb 3.2. Hardware includes a 5MP camera on the rear and a VGA camera on the front, with extras of a GPS, an accelerometer and mini HDMI to connect to any external HD monitors. Internet connection is via 3G HSDPA or on a WiFi connection. For £25pm and a two-year deal, you will get 2GB of data per month (1GB anytime, 1GB ‘quiet time’ – midnight to 4pm) and unlimited access to BT Openzone.
Best for: This is a good option for people who cannot afford to buy a tablet because of the price, but want a fairly decent one for a couple of years on a monthly contract.
Blackberry Playbook – £169.00
The Blackberry Playbook is 10mm thin and weighs 425g. It has a 7″ LCD display with a multi-touch screen and uses a dual-core 1GHz processor with 1GB of RAM. There’s 16GB of onboard storage space available as well for your documents and multimedia files. The operating system is QNX-based, specific to Blackberry. Hardware includes the forward and rear-facing HD cameras, rich stereo sound from built-in speakers, and easy connectivity through Micro USB and Micro HDMI ports. You can hook up to the internet at any WiFi hotspots, and the Bluetooth technology provides easy wireless interaction with enabled devices.
Best for: The Blackberry Playbook has great word processing and email capabilities and its great value too. A good first tablet to buy and ideal for keeping in touch with friends on network sites and for students. Available from PC World.
Asus EeePad Transformer – £429.00
The Asus EeePad is 12.98mm thin and weighs 680z. It has a 10.1” display with a touch screen and built-in webcam. It uses a the NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual Core Processor and has 1GB of RAM. The Asus EeePad has 16GB of memory for storing documents and multimedia etc. The operating system is the Google’s Android Honeycomb 3.1, which is a specially designed operating system optimized for tablets. It enables users a full web experience for on-the-go web browsing, communicating and casual computing. Hardware includes a 5 mega-pixel rear and 1.2 mega-pixel front-facing camera which can shoot and record HD video; this can be played back in stunning 1080p, and an optional docking station which provides a full QWERTY keyboard. It has a mini HDMI port that allows you to connect to external HD monitors.
Best for: If you are always on the go and need to take your office with you, then buy this tablet. It’s great for travelling sales people and those who want a tablet with a keyboard. Available from John Lewis.
Motorola Xoom 10.1 Inch Tablet – £449.44
The Motorola Xoom is 13mm thin and weighs 25oz. It has a 10.1” HD display which offers a multi-touch, holographic user interface. It uses a speedy NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual Core Processor with 1GB of DDR2 RAM. The Xoom has 32GB of memory for storing your favourite multimedia etc. The operating system is the powerful Android 3.0. Hardware includes front and rear cameras, a fully functional integrated HD camcorder, and software features a built-in gyroscope, Video Chat on Google Talk, a Desk top like web browser, a music and video player. An HDMI port lets you connect to external HD monitors seamlessly whilst other connectivity options include a USB port and Bluetooth.
Best for: The Android Operating System combined with the outstanding screen make this tablet ideal for watching videos and gaming. Available from Amazon.