Smaller tablets

Tablets now come in smaller pack­ages, write Rod Ch­ester and Jen­nifer Dud­ley- Ni­chol­son

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SAM­SUNG GALAXY NOTE II 4G Sam­sung, $ 779 mo­bic­ity. com. au


THE sec­ond coming of Sam­sung’s ph­ablet is in­dis­putably handy and more im­pres­sive than the last. The Note II of­fers a 1.6GHz quad- core pro­ces­sor for ex­tra speed, fresh Google An­droid Jelly Bean soft­ware, a sleeker S Pen sty­lus with more features, and a big­ger screen. Sam­sung has packed a 5.5- inch dis­play into it even though its weight has only in­creased by 4g. It also features 4G con­nec­tiv­ity. Its 3100mAh bat­tery means you can use this ex­tra speed and still go a full day be­tween charges.

G1 KIN­DLE FIRE HD Ama­zon, $ 260-$ 339 mo­bic­ity. com. au


THE Kin­dle Fire HD strad­dles the bridge be­tween e- book read­ers and tablets. Coming from Ama­zon, you won’t be sur­prised to see the menu has op­tions for books, au­dio books and shop­ping but you won’t find op­tions a tra­di­tional e- book reader has, like apps for email. The 7- inch screen has an av­er­age 1280x800 dis­play, and it uses a 1.2GHz dual- core pro­ces­sor, 1GB RAM and stor­age of 16GB or 32GB de­pend­ing on the model. But be warned: as a grey im­port Aus­tralians won’t be able to down­load apps from the Ama­zon Ap­ps­tore or pur­chase dig­i­tal mu­sic or videos.

KIDIGI 7 Mo­bic­ity, $ 99 mo­bic­ity. com. au


THIS tablet is minia­ture in size and in price. The KiDiGi 7- inch tablet is more than you could ex­pect from a $ 100 out­lay, even though it isn’t the finest tablet avail­able. Its body is solid and its An­droid Ice Cream Sand­wich chugs along rea­son­ably well with a 1.5GHz pro­ces­sor and 512MB RAM. Just 8GB stor­age is built into the unit, although it also of­fers space for a 32GB me­mory card and a ba­sic, 0.3- megapixel cam­era up front for video calls. It runs most apps. The most ob­vi­ous cor­ner cut is the screen. Users must per­sist with a dis­play that isn’t bright, very clear or easy to see from an an­gle. That said, the KiDiGi would make a great tablet for kids.

SAM­SUNG GALAXY TAB 2 7.0, $ 299 sam­


IF YOU’RE new to the Sam­sung tablet world, the range can be con­fus­ing. They look sim­i­lar and are all named Galaxy Tab with num­bers to dif­fer­en­ti­ate each item. The Tab 2 7.0 runs on the fresh An­droid soft­ware, Ice Cream Sand­wich, is 19cm tall and weighs 341g. The 7- inch dis­play is ad­e­quate, and it has a Mi­croSD me­mory card slot to ex­pand stor­age from the built- in 8GB to 32GB. The tablet comes loaded with mu­sic, games and Reader’s Hub apps, as well as some ex­tra apps.

KOBO GLO Kobo, $ 159.99 kobo. com


THE Glo, with its 6- inch screen, is only a tad big­ger than its sta­ble­mate the Kobo Mini, but that ex­tra bit of screen gives you a page size closer to a small pa­per­back. The Glo is 11cm long, 1cm thick and weighs 185g. It has a 16- level greyscale dis­play with a res­o­lu­tion of 1024x768 pix­els, and 2GB of built- in stor­age with space for a 32GB Mi­croSD card. Atop is a con­trol for what Kobo calls the Com­fortLight, if you like to read in bed.

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