While there are now plenty of 4G ready smartphones around, there are very few 4G ready tablets. This may be because the majority of people use tablets at home or at work, where they can connect using wi-fi rather than mobile internet, but if you want to get online while you’re on the move, a 4G tablet is a useful device. Let’s take a quick look at three of the 4G tablets currently offered by EE.
Nexus 7 2013
The Nexus 7 2013 is an ultra-thin tablet at less than 9mm, and is great value for money. The 7 inch Android tablet has a stunningly vibrant screen with 323 pixels per inch which is perfect for gaming or watching movies. It also has a 1.5GHz quad core processor and 2GB RAM which you would expect in a much larger machine. When you buy a Nexus 7 2013 with EE you get a tiny Huawei E5776 router which gives you 4G access on up to ten different devices while you’re out and about. Finally the dual-stereo speakers give great sound quality when you’re streaming music.
Cost: As part of a 24 month contract with EE, the 16GB Nexus 7 2013 costs £29.00. Price plans range from £26 per month for 3GB data to £36 per month for 8GB data and double speed 4G.
Sony Xperia Tablet 2
The Sony Xperia Tablet 2 is another Android tablet, but is larger than the Nexus 7 at 10.1 inches. The quality of the LCD display is good with 224 pixels per inch, providing HD viewing and stunning graphics. It is a powerful tablet with a 1.5GHz quad core processor, and 2GB of RAM. Like the Nexus is has 16GB storage, but this can be increased via the Micro SD card slot. There is also a surprisingly good 8 megapixel camera which is unusual for a tablet. The Sony Xperia Tablet 2 is also extremely water resistant, we dare you to try it out!
Cost: The cost of the Sony Xperia Tablet 2 on a 24 month contract with EE depends on the price plan you choose. If you choose a £26 per month price plan with 3GB data, your tablet will cost you £199. However, if you choose a £36 per month price plan with 8GB data and double speed 4G, the tablet will only cost you £29.
The iPad Air is thinner and lighter than its iPad 4 predecessor, but is still made from a single piece of aluminium, giving it a premium quality feel. The combination of dual-core A7 processor, and the new iOS 7 operating system means it is incredibly fast. The 9.7 inch retina display has 264 pixels per inch meaning videos and photos look amazingly detailed, with rich colours. The iPad Air comes with a wide range of apps already installed.
Cost: The cost of the iPad Air on a 24 month contract with EE depends on the price plan you choose. If you choose a £26 per month price plan with 3GB data, your tablet will cost you £249. If you choose a £36 per month price plan with 8GB data and double speed 4G, the tablet will only cost you £99. You can also get this tablet on a 30 day price plan. The iPad Air itself will cost £499 and you will pay £16, £21, or £26 for 3GB, 5GB, or 8GB data respectively.
In terms of price, the iPad Air is the most expensive tablet, but fans of Apple will feel that it is well worth the cost. For Android tablets, the Nexus 7 2013 is a great budget choice, with a stunning screen that is ideal for watching video and gaming, and is cost effective if you only use a small amount of data. However, if you are likely to need to connect via 4G very often, and therefore require a lot of data, you would be better of going for the higher spec Sony Xperia Tablet 2.