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Tablets

Tablets – Buyers Guide

Tablets and iPads are often bought with family needs in mind and in particular, to help educate and entertain children. There are a very large range of educational and entertainment apps available.

Tablets and iPads are usually considered a ‘consumption device,’ not ‘creation devices,’ although this is starting to change as the technology improves with some high-end products now offering a quasi-laptop experience.

The iPad Pro for example, can definitely be considered a business tool - you can use Office 365, a keyboard and wireless mouse.

Android Tablets

Android Tablets

When it comes to Android we have a range of excellent tablet options from Lenovo, Samsung and Konka.

Things to look out for:

  • The right size screen for your usage priorities
  • Satisfactory battery life
  • Suitable storage capacity
  • WiFi vs Wireless (Cellular) – whichever you prefer

WiFi devices are devices that you use only in proximity to a router that provides internet signal. Wireless devices use cellular networks with a specific SIM card with a data plan – just like a mobile phone.

While you can hotspot from your phone to a wireless device, there is significant convenience factor in using a data sim card that lives permanently in your wireless device. This also means you don’t have to put added strain on your device battery.

Brands to choose from

Brands to choose from

Konka tablets have established a growing market share in New Zealand in recent years and are a popular, affordable, entry level option. Like their Android peers, they feature quality components but the screens aren’t as large or as high resolution as their competitors. A Konka tablet is a great option for a family that wants to buy a young child his or her first tablet.

They have all the google apps you would expect to have, access to google play store and also use basically the same Android platform as Samsung and Lenovo.

Our Lenovo tablets are usually available (depending on demand) with 7, 8 and 10 inch screens. They have high quality components, good battery life and a range of apps.

We have Samsung 8 and 10 inch tablets plus the S6 light. The S6 light comes with a stylus pen, where the premium range S7 tablet includes the ultra-low latency S Pen, 120Hz display, keyboard and keyboard covers. Similar to the iPad Pro, the S6 can almost be considered a laptop replacement - it’s a step up in storage, battery life and screen quality – it competes very well with the iPad Pro series.

Chrome Tablets, like Chrome laptops, use the Chrome Operating System which is browser based and app based. It has a detachable design and comes with a keyboard that attaches to a tablet screen. Similar to a 2-in-1 laptop, you can use a Chrome Tablet like a laptop or just remove the keyboard and use it as a tablet with an impressive 10.1 inch screen.

Surface Go 3

Surface Go 3

The Surface Go 3 runs Windows 11 and also features a respectable 10 inch screen. Surface Go 3 has a kickstand built-in, keyboard, pen and Windows operating system. It provides users with access to plenty of apps from the Microsoft store.

Graphic Tablets

Graphic Tablets

Graphics tablets or pen tablets are used for digital drawing, retouching photos, animation, design, 3D sculpting and a whole lot more.

Unlike your mouse a graphics tablet gives you the benefits of pressure sensitivity. This means like using a real pen, the harder you press, the thicker the line gets, or the stronger the response from the software. Many tablets come with multi touch as well, which means you can use your fingers to navigate, scroll and zoom when using your computer.

Kindles

Kindles

The original e-reader devices, Kindles are still very popular due to their easy on the eye backlit screens. They also offer the convenience of the easy interface for buying books, excellent battery life and they’re nice and ergonomic with a very light and slim design.

Accessories

Accessories

Our Tablet and iPads accessories range includes universal keyboards, keyboards covers, replacement stylus pens, screen protectors and a large variety of chargers. If you lose something important for your device, we’ve got you covered for a replacement.

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