Sunday 21 December 2014

Tablets are now what smartphones were five years ago; the must have thing.

Jessica Kelly

Published 22/08/2014 | 02:30

LG Tablet
LG Tablet
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Tablets that don't compromise on quality

Tablets are now what smartphones were five years ago; the must have thing.

Options are no longer limited to high-end tablets with hefty price tags such as the iPad - many brands are now manufacturing tablets that are more affordable. Customers seem happy to spend big bucks on their phones, but want a reasonably-priced companion device.

LG's new G Pad 7.0 is available now exclusively from Harvey Norman at just €179.99.

Out of the box, the device looks less polished than an iPad or Samsung Tab, but it is the perfect sized tablet to bring on-the-go, or for kids.

Internally, the device has a 1.2GHz quad core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The small device also has an SD slot which allows users to boost the storage space. This is a handy feature for those hoping to use the tablet to watch movies or store music.

The screen is a True IPS HD display and the device has two cameras: 3MP rear camera and 1.3MP front camera, which is great for Skype calls.

The tablet has an easy-to-use user interface on top of Android KitKat.

In terms of performance, it does quite well. At less than €200 it by no means rivals the speed or clarity of the iPad - but is the ideal add on for users who already own a smartphone. Applications run smoothly on the device and the on-screen keybaord is wide enough to type comfortably.

Another option within a similar price bracket is the Hanspree 10.1 tablet. This tablet has a larger screen and more in-built storage (16GB). Hanspree is a lesser-known brand, but the device performs well. It's on offer at the moment in certain stores at €149. This would be a great tablet for watching films and surfing the web. It may struggle with more demanding tasks.

Printstagram

Instagram is one of the most popular photo sharing applications with over 150 million active users a month uploading their images to the site.

A website called "Printstagram" allows users to insert their Instagram logins and select the images from their profile to print. The service then takes those images (24 for $12) and prints.

The images come from the US so prices are in dollars, but it doesn't take long for delivery, with the finished prints arriving within a week.

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