HOW TO BUY A TABLET

Smart­phone too small for stream­ing and lap­top too bulky to carry around? A tablet will fill that role just right – but which one should you get?

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How to buy... a tablet

Pick the right slate for bed­bound browsing

Sys­tems of mercy

The An­droid vs IOS war rages on even in the tablet world. Which OS you side with re­ally comes down to taste, but it’s nice to have all your gad­gets get along, so if you have an iphone it might be best to stick with Ap­ple. Don’t for­get about Mi­crosoft, though – the Sur­face Pro runs full Win­dows 10 to make your tablet feel like a proper PC. ● Get this: Mi­crosoft Sur­face Pro from £799 / mi­crosoft.com

The bi er pic­ture

Whether you’re stream­ing TV, putting your arty cap on or just ogling In­sta­gram, you’re go­ing to want a sexy, bright screen. The ipad Pro 12.9in has a 2732x2048 dis­play, which is one of the best you can hope for on a tablet. You’ll also want to make sure your tablet’s screen has an anti-re­flec­tive coat­ing if you plan on us­ing it out­side. ● Get this: Ap­ple ipad Pro 12.9in from £769 / ap­ple.com

Hy­brid the­ory

The line be­tween tablets and lap­tops is get­ting more and more blurred… and that means, in­stead of buy­ing both, you can now in­vest in one de­vice to do it all. A hy­brid typ­i­cally has a beefier pro­ces­sor than a nor­mal tab, so you’ll need to be work­ing it hard to get your money’s worth. It’s a good op­tion to get Pho­to­shop run­ning smoothly. ● Get this: Dell XPS 13 2in1 from £1299 / dell.com

Set­tle your tab

You only want to use your tablet for so­cial me­dia and read­ing the news? Well, there’s lit­tle point buy­ing a £500-plus pow­er­house, then. The Ama­zon Fire 7 is fiercely ‘bud­get’, with a screen that even a mother could barely love. But it gets the job done for a frac­tion of the price of other tablets, and it’s so small that you’ll have few is­sues lug­ging it about on hol­i­day. ● Get this: Ama­zon Fire 7 £50 / ama­zon.co.uk

Book in ad­vance

Maybe you don’t even need to ac­cess the web? If you just want to read books then we sug­gest an e-reader. They’re eas­ier to read due to their nat­u­ral-toned E Ink dis­plays.

● Get this: Kin­dle E-reader 6in £60 / ama­zon.co.uk

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