We try six of the best computer tablets for readers
Splash out in the pool, not on your gadgets. These high-quality devices all offer great value for money. By Polly Weeks.
Venturer BravoWin 10.1-Inch 2-in-1 Tablet with Smart Keyboard, £148.36, from www.amazon.co.uk
You really will struggle to beat this in the value-for-money stakes. Use it as a tablet or click the keyboard into place and turn it into a notebook. You can add to the 32GB of memory using the SD card slot, and the Atom Core 4 processor and 2GB RAM keeps things running smoothly. This also comes with a good bit of software including Office Mobile, which features the mobile versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint as well as OneNote. Given it's got a 10.1-inch screen it's a bit sturdier (and heavier) than other tablet options out there, but this really isn't an issue. It's still light enough to cart around in your bag all day and you'll get eight hours use out of it before it requires charging.
YOGA Tab 3 8, from £149.99, from www.lenovo.com
The Lenovo Yoga tablets are popular for a reason; they're easy to use, come with good tech and are made to be comfortable to hold, alternatively you can easily stand or hang them. Given the price, the Tab 3 model really is a good buy. The screen is crystal clear with HD display and even though it's a little thing, it comes with a really rich sound (Dolby Atmos speakers).
ACER B1-850 Iconia One 8” Tablet — 16GB, White, £99, from www.currys.co.uk
With a quad-core processer that makes things super-quick, this really is a great tablet if you want to play games. In fact, it's a great tablet all round. It comes with HD resolution and 16GB storage. The Kids Centre on it, though, is the biggest selling point. Children can play and watch age-appropriate content tailored to their needs, and you can set up restrictions, on their account, so you can keep in control of what they're viewing.
Alba 10 Inch 16GB Wi-Fi Tablet, £89.99, from www.argos.co.uk
Another good-sized tablet is this Alba model. It comes with a 10.1-inch screen, so if you're on holiday with no access to a TV you can use this HD tablet instead. Despite the size, it's pretty thin (just 10.3mm) and it manages to pack in 16GB of memory, a microSDHC card slot, mini HDMI and micro USB ports. There's a 2MP rear camera (and front camera too) and the LED backlit display really does work a treat so you'll have a lovely clear picture. All this and it's just £89.99.
ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 (Z380C), £119, from www.very.co.uk
If you want a pad that's really going to give you extra carry-on space, this stylish tablet is the one for you. It's just 8.5mm thin - smaller and lighter than many a magazine. There's 2GB of RAM to keep it ticking over and 16GB of storage. While you'll want to stick it in a case, it is a slick little thing, smooth to the touch and comfortable to hold.
Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6" Tablet - 8 GB, Black, £159.99, from www.currys.co.uk
This 9.6-inch Samsung tablet really is lovely isn't it? In all its bright and slender glory. It's just 8.5mm thin and weighs 490g, so you'll barely feel it in your bag. As you'd expect with Samsung, it's all about making things easy. To help with multi-tasking, you can click onto the split screen mode so while you answer emails on the left you can write a document on the right. If you're watching a film on it, you'll love the colours and while it's just got 8GB of internal storage, you can add 128GB to that with a micro SD card.