A good place to start is to identify whether you want a phone, phablet or tablet. Confused? Don’t be!
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All three computing devices have different screen sizes...
Mobile Phones - often referred to as ‘smartphones’, are small units that have a colour display that is sized around 5 inches when measured diagonally. Sometimes the screen is a little larger than this and other times it is slightly smaller.
Tablets - are much bigger, and they can have a display that measures 7 inches or above.
Phablets - bridge this sizing gap, so you can refer to a device with a 5.8-inch screen as a phablet if you like. The terminology comes from merging the start and end of the names of phones and tablets together. Hence, Phones + Tablets = Phablets.
You can buy an Android Tablet, Android Phablet or Android Phone. ‘Android’ includes the following brands; Samsung, Huawei, Google, Sony, LG, Nokia, Honor, Nokia, Motorola, Lenovo, Xiaomi, Oppo and Amazon Fire. Android usually gives you a wider range of brands to choose from, you can really shop around for a bargain.
Alternatively, you can buy an Apple, which although popular tend to be more expensive if you’re going for the latest model. For instance, the latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts from £969 and goes up to £1,719 for a 1TB model.
The next question that you are probably going to ask is “Are there any other differences between phones, phablets and tablets?”
You can still find mobile phones that have a small screen above an alpha-numeric keypad. However, for the most part, these have been replaced by touch screen smartphones providing you with access to the internet, games, videos GPS maps and a whole lot more. Popular phones include the iPhone X series, Samsung Galaxy S range, and Motorola G range. You can look for phones that have particular features such as touch ID, the best camera's, top waterproof phones or music playing phones.
The line between phones and phablets has blurred recently because many mainstream phones have a 5.5-inch display. We can’t deny that bigger screens are becoming the norm! What we have noticed is that many phablets with 5.8-inch and 6-inch screens are called ‘Plus’ or ‘Premium’.
These devices have a very high spec, possibly having a dual camera, where the standard model does not. Phablets are some of the best-performing handsets on the market, and they’re perfect for people who love watching videos or films online, as well as amateur photographers.
Some of the most well-known phablets on the market are the Samsung Galaxy Note, OnePlus 7 Pro, Google Pixel 3 XL and Huawei Mate 20 X.
Tablets have a large screen and are the largest portable mobile devices, they usually connect to the internet over Wi-Fi, although you will find some that work with a SIM card as well. The main reason for ‘Wi-Fi only tablets’ is simply because most people who buy them already have a main smartphone. Tablets will also not fit into a pocket and even a tablet in a small handbag, it might be a tight fit, so they’re better left as a supplement to your existing mobile phone.
It’s also worth remembering that tablets do not have a phone number attached to them, so you won’t be able to use them for phone calls and texts. However, you can still download messaging and video-chatting apps to use with Wi-Fi or a data-only bundle using your email address, such as Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Slack.
The most popular tablets are the Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Microsoft Surface Pro, you can also get tablets suitable for children.
The Huawei Y6 32GB model fits the bill with a low price tag of £110 and a large 6.08-inch high-definition display. This phablet has a good resolution for browsing the internet and you can save data by using Wi-Fi instead of the mobile network when you are at home.
There is a 13MP camera for photography and an 8MP selfie camera for making video calls or for taking selfies. What's more, the battery is great and can last 499 hours on standby or 35 hours talk time.
The Fire HD 8 inch Tablet in 32GB is fast, vibrant and has plenty of storage. The Fire HD 8 costs under £150 depending on which size and memory you choose. The front and rear-facing camera are both 2MP, comes in a range of colours and sizes and 10 hours of battery life. There's also a handy SD card slot for additional memory!
This tablet connects to the internet over Wi-Fi and you can move files, such as photos or documents, between your tablet and smartphone or between your tablet and computer/laptop, using wireless Bluetooth.
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