TABLETS

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AP­PLE IPAD From £319 from ap­ple.com/uk

AP­PLE’S cheapest iPad is a real win­ner, all the power the ca­sual user needs for ev­ery­day tasks like web brows­ing, email­ing, writ­ing, watch­ing video and lis­ten­ing to mu­sic, with power-user fea­tures brought by the ex­cel­lent iOS 12.

Got that? Get this Ap­ple Pen­cil, £89, ap­ple.com/uk

A CASE is a must, of course, but so is this ac­ces­sory – even if you don’t draw, it’s al­most like the mouse for the tablet. It makes many of the tasks you do eas­ier, and opens up a whole new av­enue of cre­ativ­ity. Make sure you get the right one for your iPad though – only the first gen­er­a­tion works with the ba­sic iPad, not the most re­cent re­lease, which is just for the new iPad Pros.

AMA­ZON FIRE HD 8 From £79.99 from ama­zon.co.uk

WHAT you get for your money here is ex­traor­di­nary – a very use­able tablet with ac­cess to a host of great ser­vices from Ama­zon (in­clud­ing Prime Video if you’re a sub­scriber, of course). It’s not as nicely-built as a pre­mium tablet, but as far as value for money goes you can’t beat it. Alexa is on­board, too.

Got that? Get this Show Mode Charg­ing Dock, ot avail­able stand­alone, from £119.98 with Fire HD 8

IF you’re go­ing for a Fire HD 8, you’d be daft not to con­sider bundling this charg­ing dock with it (you can’t buy it on its own). It ef­fec­tively turns your tablet into an Echo Show – a smart-home hub with al­ways-on easy ac­cess to Alexa.

Above L-R: iPad with Ap­ple Pen­cil; Ama­zon Fire HD 8 and a Show Mode Dock

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