Digital Christmas: Tablets

30 Nov 2011

The iPad 2

Thinking about asking Santa for a tablet this Christmas? Find out which is the best one for you.

iPad 2

  • Price: From €479
  • Available:, Compu B, HMV

Apple has had huge success with the iPad and it’s easy to see why. This ultra-slim device is equipped with a dual-core A5 processor for speedy browsing and heavy-duty multitasking. Its battery life lasts for up to 10 hours and it includes front- and rear-facing cameras for photos and video chatting.

Whether you want a tablet for business, entertainment or education, you can take advantage of the huge library of apps available on the iTunes Store.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

  • Price: From €479
  • Available: PC World, Curry’s, HMV, O2

Samsung’s Android tablet offers a bright, 10.1-inch 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution display and runs on a dual-core processor. It includes a Social Hub to keep your contacts in one place and a Music Hub for all your favourite tunes.

The tablet offers full HD playback for watching videos and a Reader’s Hub, which gives you access to a huge range of e-books.

Sony Tablet S

Sony Tablet S

  • Price: From €419
  • Available: PC World, Curry’s, Sony Centre

This unique-looking tablet resembles a folded-over magazine, which lets it balance the weight at the top of the device to make it easier to hold. With a 9.4-inch 1,200 x 800 resolution display and a dual-core processor, it’s great for multitasking and entertainment.

It’s a PlayStation-certified device, letting you play PS One classics on the tablet. The Sony Tablet S can also be used as a controller for all your home entertainment devices – from TVs to DVDs to surround-sound systems.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer

Assus Eee Pad Transformer

  • Price: From €399.90
  • Available: The Carphone Warehouse, PC World, Curry’s

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer runs on a dual core processor and includes a HDMI port to let you connect the tablet to a HD TV. It offers a 5-megapixel camera at the back and a 1.2-megapixel camera at the front for shooting video or chatting to friends online.

The tablet can be bought with an optional docking station which has a full QWERTY keyboard and Android function keys catered specifically for the device.

Toshiba AT100

Toshiba AT100

  • Price €399
  • Available:

This Android tablet runs on a dual core processor and its 10.1-inch screen features Toshiba’s Resolution+ image enhancement technology for sharper pictures.

It features a HDMI port for connecting it to a HDTV and has a multi-card reader to boost its internal storage to up to 32GB, letting it hold more movies and photos than before.