Vodafone has recently released the Smart Tab 4G, the latest in its line of budget in-house tablets, with this device specifically built for high-speed 4G browsing. Rather than aiming for tech-heads these devices look to be marketed at less tech-savvy consumers, allowing children and old people easy, unintimidating access to tablet technology. While hardly rivals to the big boys like the iPad or Nexus ranges, they’re still pretty nifty little devices, and you can find out all the details about the new Vodafone Smart Tab 4G here. Also see: Best budget tablets 2014.
The Smart Tab 4G is available in-store for £125 on a pay-as-you-go tariff, which includes 2GB of mobile data. Alternatively, you can pick one up for £29 with a £17 monthly contract including 1GB of data.
With the iPad Air 2 rumoured to be around quadruple this price, Vodafone is definitely targeting the more price-conscious end of the market..
Vodafone Smart Tab 4G: Dimensions
The Smart Tab 4G’s 209x128x7.99mm dimensions put it at around the same size as an iPad mini 2. Since Vodafone will presumably be intending this device mainly for use as a web browsing, video streaming and music playing tool, the more portable sizing makes sense.
Vodafone Smart Tab 4G: Screen
The Smart Tab 4G sports an 8” HD IPS display, which while not as impressing as some of the AMOLED or QuadHD screens on the market is still pretty good, given the price.
Vodafone Smart Tab 4G: Processor
Powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, Vodafone has promised a “4G experience without any compromise on performance” from the new tablet. This should prove to be plenty powerful enough for casual users.
Vodafone Smart Tab 4G: Cameras
The camera’s are pretty standard for a tablet, with 5Mp and 2Mp back and front cameras. They'll be usable for capturing a quick snap when you don't have a camera to hand, or for chatting over Skype.
Vodafone Smart Tab 4G: Software
Vodafone has preloaded the Smart Tab 4G with Android KitKat 4.4, which is the latest Android OS until Android Lollipop rolls out. It is also touting useful features such as ‘Smart Tips’, gesture typing and Google Now, to help new Android users get to grips with more advanced functions.