We’re halfway through Tech Guide’s 2021 12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas to help you find the gifts that your family and friends will absolutely.
Today it’s Day 6 and we’re looking at tablets and e-readers. Tablets are popular with everyone and are ideal for school students and mobile professionals.
And if you love reading then there are plenty of e-readers which can hold all your books and puts the actual bookstore at your fingertips as well.
Here are Tech Guide’s 12 Days of Christmas Gift Ideas:
DAY 6: Tablets/e-readers
DAY 7: Drones/Gadgets
DAY 8: Smart/IoT devices
DAY 9: In-car gadgets
DAY 10: TVs/Blu-Ray/4K
DAY 11: Appliances
DAY 12: Computers
DAY 6: Tablets/e-readers
iPAD MINI – From $749
Apple’s iPad mini is a pocket rocket that brings all the features of the iPad into a smaller handheld form factor but without compromising the experience.
This has been a long-awaited update with an all-new all screen design, like what we saw with iPad Air, which means the device features an even larger 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display.
Not everyone wants a larger screen but customers do want performance and the iPad mini delivers with the new A15 Bionic chip – the same processor found in the very latest iPhone 13 range – which offers power and the performance to smash through demanding tasks and your daily workload.
IQU 4G ANDROID TABLETS – From $199
The new IQU Android tablets are available in 8-inch and 10-inch sizes and both powered by a quad-core 2Ghz processor.
These thin and lightweight tablets can connect via wi-fi or 4G LTE and have Bluetooth and GPS connectivity.
The devices are designed to work across all Australian 4G LTE networks and can also support calls and text messages.
They have vivid IPS HD displays and is certified to run all of Google’s services including Gmail, Chrome and YouTube and much more.
Available from www.simconnect.com.au
iPAD (9th GEN) – From $499
The 9th generation iPad is the one product in the entire line-up that is suitable to more customers to perform a variety of tasks while remaining at an affordable price.
Yes, there are other options like the iPad Pro, the iPad Air and the new iPad Mini which have all-screen designs and more power, but the iPad (9th Gen) is no slouch either.
The onboard A13 Bionic, which is 20 per cent faster than last year’s model, is more than capable whether you’re using the iPad for learning, working, playing or keeping yourself entertained.
KOBO ELIPSA – $599.95
The Kobo Elipsa is not just another eReader. For a start it has a much bigger screen to make reading more comfortable and luxurious. But it’s also a notepad as well and is ideal for the those who like to read with a pen in their hand.
The included stylus allows readers to write in the margins and underline passages as well as create their own notes.
Kobo Elipsa has a 10.3-inch E-ink screen that gives your book’s pages plenty of room and makes them easier to read.
The device has all the features you’d expect from an eReader including the ability to enlarge the font so you can leave your glasses behind.
SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB S7 FE – From $799
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S7 FE is a 12.4-inch tablet which can keep you productive and entertained on the move.
Starting at $799, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE comes in four colours – mystic black, mystic silver, mystic green and mystic pink – and offers wi-fi or 5G connectivity.
The large 12.4-inch tablet is an ideal partner for entertainment and productivity with its thin and light design making it even more portable.
The tablet is powered by the Snapdragon 750G chipset and has a speaker system tuned by AKG with Dolby Atmos.
The tablet can also keep you centred on the screen through the front-facing camera for your video calls when its landscape mode.
MICROSOFT SURFACE GO – From $628
Windows 11 is here and there are plenty of devices running the new operating system including Microsoft’s own Surface Go 3 tablet which can also be used like a laptop.
Here you’re getting the convenience and portability of a tablet and the power of Windows 11 in the same unit.
Now let’s be clear, this isn’t as powerful as the desktop or laptop but there is enough under the hood to get plenty done, stay connected and keep yourself entertained.
The device has a 10.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) PixelSense touchscreen as well as an adjustable kickstand so it can be positioned comfortably.
TWELVE SOUTH PARCSLOPE – $89.95
Working from home has forced people to create a comfortable workspace and one product that can help is ParcSlope from Twelve South which makes using laptops and tablets even better.
ParcSlope from TwleveSouth is a dual-purpose one-piece metal stand that can elevate laptop screens to more comfortable viewing height and can position iPads and other tablets at a better angle.
The ParcSlope’s 18-degree angle is ideal for working on your iPad or tablet.
ParcSlope also creates a comfortable angle for drawing, writing and sketching with a similar feel to a drafting table.
The ParcSlope can position the iPad or tablet in landscape and portrait mode.
KOBO SAGE – $439.95
Kobo Sage offers luxury digital reading with an 8-inch HD E Ink Carta 1200 glare-free screen , 32GB of onboard storage and Dropbox support.
The ComfortLightPRO offers adjustable brightness and temperature control.
It will be available in black with Kobo SleepCovers in light green and black along with a black PowerCover.
Kobo Sage also supports Kobo Stylus so you can mark up, highlight and write notes in your book eBooks and PDFs.
The stylus also offers pressure sensitivity just like a real pen or pencil.
iPAD PRO WITH M1 – From $1,199
Just when you were wondering what Apple could possibly do to improve the already excellent iPad Pro we see the company’s M1 processor has been added to the latest models to make them even more powerful and convenient.
An iPad Pro customer is usually someone pretty savvy who want to get a lot of work done on the move and be creative and collaborative at any moment when inspiration strikes.
And it’s a different proposition to using a MacBook because the iPad Pro offers a hand-on touchscreen experience so it’s not a case of being a laptop replacement but a laptop alternative.
The 2021 iPad Pro – available in 11-inch and 12.9-inch – is a remarkable upgrade that opens up new possibilities for users.
SAMSUNG A7 LITE – $249 (wi-fi), $349 (4G LTE)
Samsung today launched the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite – a compact tablet that’s designed to keep you connected, productive and entertained on the move.
The device has an 8.7-inch display and is housed in a durable metal chassis.
It also has a thin bezel around the screen along with powerful dual speakers with Dolby Atmos so it provides an impressive viewing experience for your movies, TV shows and games.
It’s an ideal choice for customers and families buying their first tablets
There is 32GB of storage space onboard with a microSD card slot expand the memory by up to an additional 1TB.
KOBO LIBRA 2 – $279.99
The Kobo Libra 2 is designed to be by your side every day.
It has a 7-inch HD E Ink Carta 1200 glare-free screen with ComfortLight Pro along with 32GB storage.
Users can also extend their reading experience with their smartphones and tables using the Kobo app so your library of books is always with you.
The Kobo PowerCover can also protect your screen but also give you an extra charge on the move.
TWELVE SOUTH HOVER BAR DUO – $139.95
The iPad has become quite versatile product around the home and it’s become even more versatile thanks to the new HoverBar Duo which can position the screen so can use it hands-free anywhere in your home.
And with the current lockdown situation it has become more useful whether you’re using the iPad for a video meeting or home schooling, following a recipe in the kitchen, staying productive or sitting back and watching a movie.
The HoverBar Duo from TwleveSouth is an adjustable iPad stand that can hold the device in landscape or portrait mode.
It can handle all sizes of iPads right up to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. And, of course, it can be used with Android and Windows tablets as well.
Available from JB Hi-Fi.
KINDLE PAPERWHITE – $239, KINDLE PAPERWHITE SIGNATURE EDITION – $289
Kindle Paperwhite has been the most popular Kindle.
Both devices feature a larger 6.8-inch, glare free display, with an additional 10% brightness, adjustable warm light and a white-on-black dark mode to offer flexibility for reading any time.
Kindle Paperwhite comes with a completely redesigned Kindle interface, adding several new features for an easier and more intuitive experience including:
It provides a new Kindle experience with an easy way to switch between the home screen, your library, or your current book
The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition also comes with an auto-adjusting front light that automatically adapts the brightness of the display based on the lighting around you so you can comfortably read in all conditions.
LASER PEBBLE GEAR DISNEY TABLET – $189
Learn and play with Pebble Gear Disney Tablet range. With exclusive apps, game, e-books and access to over 500 additional games, this tablet is sure to delight this holiday. The Pebble Gear Tablet range offers full parental control and no in-app purchases with anti-Blue Light to reduces eye strain on your little ones.
Available from www.laserco.com.au and Big W.
LOGITECH COMBO TOUCH FOR iPAD PRO – $299.95 (11-inch) $349.95 (12.9-inch)
If you’ve invested in the new 11-inch or 12.9-inch iPad Pro the new Logitech Combo Touch is a versatile addition so you can take productive or entertained wherever you go.
Logitech’s Combo Touch includes a case and a detachable keyboard with an integrated trackpad.
So whether you’re typing, sketching or just watching the iPad Pro, the Logitech Combo Touch has got you covered.
There are two pieces to the combo – a case which also features a kickstand and detachable keyboard which connects to the iPad via the smart connector so there is no need for a battery, no on/off switch, no Bluetooth pairing required and therefore there’s no need to charge it.
PAPERLIKE – $59.95
The iPad and the Apple Pencil are popular tools of the trade for artists and creators but not everyone likes sketching and writing on glass so Paperlike came up with a screen protector that gives the display a more tactile paper-like feel.
As its name suggests, Paperlike is applied to the iPad’s screen like a screen protector, but it has a course texture to replicate the feeling and friction of pen on paper.
Paperlike is available for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 11-inch iPad Pro and 10.9-inch iPad Air and the 10.2-inch iPad (Gen 7, 8 and 9).
Each pack contains two Paperlike screen protectors and is priced at $59.95.
Paperlike gives your iPad a matte finish which not only helps with the paper feel but also reduces reflections and glare.