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I WANT TO BUY A TABLET PRICED BE­TWEEN ` 20,000 AND ` 25,000. KINDLY SUG­GEST WHAT OP­TIONS I SHOULD CON­SIDER? CAN THE iPAD MINI BE UP­DATED TO iOS 7?

VIVEK, on email Con­sider the re­cently launched Google Nexus 7. It is the best tablet at this price. The Ap­ple iPad Mini that was launched last year can be up­dated to the iOS 7. I AM AN AVID TRAV­ELLER AND LOVE TO DRIVE TO RAN­DOM PLACES. I HAVE A PND BUT WANT GET A GOOD MAP­PING SOFT­WARE. SUG­GEST SOME GOOD APPS.

ANKUSH, on email Google Maps is the best free map­ping soft­ware avail­able for down­load. It of­fers voice nav­i­ga­tion too. If you are look­ing at paid so­lu­tions, con­sider Sy­gic that has over mil­lions of point of in­ter­ests and can be used without data con­nec­tiv­ity as well. I AM PLAN­NING TO BUY A SMART­PHONE AND MY BUD­GET IS ` 30,000. I AM TEMPTED TO BUY AN iPHONE 5s BUT IT IS BE­YOND MY BUD­GET. HOW ABOUT iPHONE 4s OR 5? SHOULD I CON­SIDER THEM?

PUNEET SINGH, on email For ` 30,000, the best smart­phone at the mo­ment is the Google Nexus 5. You could also con­sider the buy back scheme in­tro­duced by Ap­ple where you get the iPhone 5c for less than ` 30,000 on the ex­change of an old smart­phone. iPhone 4s and iPhone 5 are no.

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