Low-cost tablet computer

YOURLifeChoices member Iris is looking for a low-cost tablet to keep in contact with her grandchildren. Drew explains what her options are.

Q I am keen to buy a tablet computer to keep in touch with my grandchildren, nothing too complex, but something which will allow me to chat, email and share photos. I am quite keen on the new Kindle Fire which I believe can do all this, as well as allow me to read books, but am unsure if this is really enough or should I consider an iPad or a different tablet PC?

Hi Iris,

The Kindle Fire is a quality tablet computer at a very reasonable price. A light and durable tablet, the Kindle Fire allows for all social networking platforms, internet, email and even Skype. The downfall of the Kindle Fire is that there is no camera for face-to-face video conversations.

For around $50-$100 more, you could purchase a second hand iPad 2 which will allow for all of the features you are seeking. Of course, there are also Windows and Android tablet computers on offer in your price range.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is a higher end Tablet which retails for $338 new and comes standard with all of the features you require. At the cheaper end of the Android market is the Motorola Xoom coming in at around $230 while boasting all of the features listed on a slower, more difficult to use, platform.

Written by Drew

Starting out as a week of work experience in 2005 while studying his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University, Drew has never left his post and has been with the company ever since, working on the websites digital needs. Drew has a passion for all things technology which is only rivalled for his love of all things sport (watching, not playing).