Joe’s Christmas 2015 Buying Guide for Tablets

Over the past number of years tablets have become a gift on most home’s Christmas list and this year will be no different. Here I’ve put together a guide on how to choose your tablet, what to look for and I’ve given my recommendations on what to buy.

What you need to know

If you’re a newcomer to tablets this year you’ll need to know a few things first. Tablet is a general term given to any mobile handheld touchscreen only device. An iPad is a type of tablet along with several other variations.

Many people use the term iPad to mean tablet so if you have someone asking for an iPad check with them to see what it is they really want. Is it an actual iPad they want or is it a device that can do the same things as an iPad. As you’ll see later checking this can save a lot of money.

Most tablets can be put into one of three groups, Android, iOS or Windows. These are the three main operating systems that run on tablets but the main 2 to look at are iOS and Android. When buying a tablet it’s a good rule to stick with what you know. That is match the tablet to your phone so if you have an iPhone then go with the iPad, if you have an Android phone then go with an Android tablet. By doing this you keep yourself within the same group and can use the same account and purchases across both devices.

Next stick to tablets that come from recognizable brands. There are many cheap tablets that are available from Chinese companies you’ve never heard of and after Christmas you might never see again. These tablets are normally poor quality and if broken are too expensive to fix. Known brands will offer support and parts for their products and most of the time won’t disappear before the warranty runs out.

The last thing to watch when buying a tablet is the storage size. This isn’t as important on Android or Windows tablets as both of those can take a memory card to increase their space. iPads have a fixed storage size either 16Gb, 32Gb, 64Gb or 128Gb these can’t be increased so be careful which you purchase as it can be a costly mistake if the storage space doesn’t meet your needs.

Recommendations

The following list of tablets are the ones I see available and think are worth looking at.

Lenovo Tab 2 A7
1. Lenovo Tab 2 A7
Screen: 7″
OS: Android
Price: Around €100
Available from Argos

Lenovo Tab 2 A8
2. Lenovo Tab 2 A8
Screen: 8″
OS: Android
Price: Around €130
Available from Argos

Acer Iconia One 10
3. Acer Iconia One 10
Screen: 10.1″
OS: Android
Price: Around €180
Available from PC World, Argos

Apple iPad mini 2
4. Apple iPad mini 2
Screen: 7.9″
OS: iOS
Price: Starting at €309 for 16Gb
Available direct from Apple and all good electronic retailers

Apple iPad Air
5. Apple iPad Air
Screen: 9.7″
OS: iOS
Price: Starting at €409 for 16Gb
Available direct from Apple and all good electronic retailers

Which to buy

Someone looking for a basic tablet to pickup when watching TV or for basic web browsing or reading books I suggest getting the Lenovo Tab 2 A7 currently on special offer at Argos for €89.99. This tablet will do the basics but note that it doesn’t have a rear camera.

For child go with either the Lenovo Tab 2 A8 or Acer Iconia One 10 depending on the size of screen you want and the budget you have to spend. Both these tablets have child friendly cases available and will handle any game a child wants to play. Both tablets have a rear camera unlike the Lenovo Tab 2 A7.

As mentioned earlier if you’re buying for an iPhone user you’re going to be looking at the iPads. The iPad minis start at €309 for the mini 2 16Gb. The mini 2 will be fine for anyone and there’s no reason to spend the extra for the newer mini 4. Likewise for the full size iPad stick to the iPad Air unless you really want to spend the extra for an Air 2.

For anyone not used to tablets and technology I’d normally suggest going with the iPads as they’re easier for a beginner to use and it’s normally what they see and hear about. If your budget can’t go that high then any of the first 3 tablets on the list will do if you’re prepared to spend that bit of time with them.

These were just the 5 tablets I’ve found available nearby that I think most people would be happy with so if you find something else and are not sure about it let me know and I’ll give you an answer.

 

joe | November 21, 2015

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I can offer my full skillset in helping whatever your IT problem is from simply buying the right PC/laptop for your home or office to selecting the correct process and equipment for your business project.

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Looking for a complete website design and built or someone to maintain your site and social media I can help.

Packages for all sizes of websites can be put together from small single business sites to large complex ecommerce sites. Or if you would like to just chat about the possibilities for your business then contact me.

Having trouble with your social media? Don’t have the time? or you want to build your business profile? Contact me and see what I can offer. I will take you through the options for maintaining your social media or help you put together the strategy needed to achieve your goals.

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PC or laptop giving trouble? Need data recovered? or need a screen repaired on your phone? All can be fixed

Your tech will give you problems from time to time but most of it can be fixed so if you are having issues with something then contact me.

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Who is Joe

I’ve worked in the IT industry in the North West of Ireland for over 15 years and within that time I have worked in and helped all sizes and types of businesses. My roles have spanned a wide and varied list of tasks including dealing with the public, organising demos of products, training staff, helping schools and businesses plan and maintain their IT offerings. If this sounds like someone that can help you then feel free to contact me.

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Contact MeContact Me

Get in touch

GET IN TOUCH

Adress

Main Street, Glenties, Co. Donegal

Phone

+353 (0)86 8653011

Facebook Messenger

http://m.me/JoesTechHelp

CONTACT FORM

My ServicesMy Services

WHAT I CAN DO

IT Consultancy

Need help with your business or personal IT requirements, contact me and let me help you make the right decisions.

I can offer my full skillset in helping whatever your IT problem is from simply buying the right PC/laptop for your home or office to selecting the correct process and equipment for your business project.

Web Services

Looking for a complete website design and built or someone to maintain your site and social media I can help.

Packages for all sizes of websites can be put together from small single business sites to large complex ecommerce sites. Or if you would like to just chat about the possibilities for your business then contact me.

Having trouble with your social media? Don’t have the time? or you want to build your business profile? Contact me and see what I can offer. I will take you through the options for maintaining your social media or help you put together the strategy needed to achieve your goals.

Equipment Repair

PC or laptop giving trouble? Need data recovered? or need a screen repaired on your phone? All can be fixed

Your tech will give you problems from time to time but most of it can be fixed so if you are having issues with something then contact me.

About MeAbout Me

Who is Joe

I’ve worked in the IT industry in the North West of Ireland for over 15 years and within that time I have worked in and helped all sizes and types of businesses. My roles have spanned a wide and varied list of tasks including dealing with the public, organising demos of products, training staff, helping schools and businesses plan and maintain their IT offerings. If this sounds like someone that can help you then feel free to contact me.

Mar 13 - Aug 152013 - 2015

Ecommerce Manager

The Ecommerce Manager role involved the daily running and maintenance of The Cope’s online shop (www.thecope.ie), which was designed and built by myself based on an open source platform. The day to day tasks include monitoring the website’s health and security, analysing data produced by website traffic and sales, matching product offering with the analysed data and supporting the customers with any sales.

Apr 2012 - Aug 20152012 - 2015

IT Technician

The IT Technician role involved working on all IT matters within The Cope company, which includes offices and retail premises spread over 4 locations. It also includes working in the IT sales and repair department which deals with IT repairs from the public and on-site support contracts with businesses and schools within the area. Within this role I help to manage the IT needs for several large schools and businesses by planning future IT requirements, maintaining current IT setups and supporting individuals with their IT problems.

Jul 2010 - Apr 20122010 - 2012

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Development of online reservation software for the accommodation industry. Along with building and maintaining the products, training was done with the clients to help them improve their business and get the most from their new IT solution. Technologies used include vs2010, ASP.Net, SQL Server, XML, Web Services, JavaScript, Cloud Servers both Windows and Linux based.

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Developing websites for event and entertainment companies to sell tickets online.

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Web Authoring Tutor. A 10 week (50 hours) course for people in employment. Course covered the basics of creating a web site and putting it online to fulfil the individual needs of each student.

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Many of us will see the window below when we do an update of the Java software after being prompted for the 100th time but do you look at it close enough to see what’s going on or do you just click “Next” until it’s done?

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As we all settle down again and look forward to the coming year it’s time to plan. You did plan your marketing for 2017 right? Like last weekend the Golden Globes were on and you had all your content ready to go out on Sunday and Monday and you were able to ride the hashtags with all the aftermath from the speeches… right? OK, so you missed that one… but you’re ready for the next big trending day? That’s it Friday 13th this week #Friday13th will be trending from Thursday to Saturday. What?… You didn’t think it had anything to do with your business?

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Some of you eagle eyed people may have noticed changes on Instagram lately especially when viewing profiles. A new “Contact” button has appeared on some profiles that when clicked can give you the options to Call, Email or Get Directions. But where did this button come from and how do you get it for your profile?.

Alternatives to Subscription TV

Something I see more and more of late is ads offering me the chance to free myself from TV subscription bills like Sky but how do these systems work and what are they really offering? These are the questions most people are asking me and although I try to stay away from this whole area since as you’ll read later it’s a very murky subject legally speaking.

Get Facebook working for your business

Most businesses these days agree they have to be on Facebook. The problem is most can’t agree to what level they have to be seen on it. The following are a few tips and points I’ve picked up that will help your Facebook page gain exposure and increase it’s marketing value.

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A problem a lot of homes and businesses have these days is poor WiFi. This can be caused by several factors but there are a few things that can be done to fix it.

How to do a basic PC clean up

This is something I get asked to do frequently and the conversion usually begins with something like “my laptop is running very slow” or “there’s strange windows with ads appearing on my screen”. Both these scenarios happen to everyone at some stage from the novice to the experienced user. The difference being the experienced user knows the few simple things to do to get their computer running right again.

Joe’s Christmas 2015 Buying Guide for Tablets

Over the past number of years tablets have become a gift on most home’s Christmas list and this year will be no different. Here I’ve put together a guide on how to choose your tablet, what to look for and I’ve given my recommendations on what to buy.

Playstation 4 or Xbox One?

This is a decision that many households are going to be making over the next few weeks. The Playstation 4 has the slightly better specs and has become the more popular console but Xbox One sales have been growing and will catch up. Really no matter which you end up getting you will be happy but here a few points to consider that might sway you one way or the other.