Tablets are a perfect addition to any tech collection, whether you’re a student looking for a device that’s easy to carry around or a family looking for a new way to entertain the kids. Best of all, you can get one loaded with data through Vodafone on our Data Plus Plans. With so many options out there, it isn’t always easy to know which tablet will best suit your needs. So, to make the tablet selection process a little easier, we’ve put together this guide to help you choose a tablet that’s right for you.

What do you want to use it for?

Working out why you want a tablet is a good way to narrow down your options. If you’re a student hoping to use a tablet for note-taking in lectures, you might be after a tablet that is compact enough to carry around all day. If you’re wanting it at home to play games or watch movies, then you’ll probably benefit from a tablet with a larger screen and faster processing speed. Once you’ve got an understanding of how you’ll be using your tablet, you can focus your search down to just the relevant specs.

Operating Systems

If you have particular apps in mind for your tablet, make sure the app is available on the operating system of the tablet you choose. It is also valuable to consider the devices you already have. Some people prefer to be consistent with the operating system across their devices. Though it isn’t essential, having an iPhone as well as an iPad can create a more streamlined experience when sharing content across your devices.

The size and the camera

If you want to take your tablet travelling or use it for general photo-taking, then you’ll have two things to prioritise while you are shopping around – size and camera quality. You want a screen big enough to show off the awesome pictures you take, but you might still want a small enough device to easily fit it into a backpack or your carry-on luggage. If you wish to use your tablet to replace a camera, then you will want to keep an eye out for the tablet with the best video capture and the highest megapixel lens.

Storage capacity and processing power

If you’re hoping to replace your laptop or home computer with a tablet, or if you plan on storing more than a few games on it, the main thing you’ll need to consider is storage size. It takes a lot of processing power to run games or to function the way a laptop or desktop would. Some tablets offer a desktop display experience to make it feel like you’re using a computer, which might be something to consider if you are hoping to use it as a replacement for the home computer. If you want to download a bunch of apps but don’t want to pay for a device with bigger internal storage – it is also possible to access external storage (like a compatible USB stick, or a MicroSD card) or cloud storage (such as Google Drive).


Interested in getting a tablet? Check out our range online.

Terms and conditions

Data Plus Plans: For use on tablets only. Not for use on modems or Wi-Fi devices. Tethering excluded.  For personal use by approved customers only. Only available if you simultaneously purchase a tablet from Vodafone under a Mobile Payment Plan (‘MPP’) of 12, 24 or 36 months duration (“Commitment Period”). Data expires after 1 month.


Minimum one-month connection. Total minimum cost is one month of your plan fees plus 100% of the MPP instalments of your chosen device. No Early Exit Fee however, if you cancel your Red Data Plus Plan, your MPP will also auto cancel and 100% of the remaining tablet instalments will be applied to your next bill. Recurring monthly plan fee charged until the end of the month in which you cancel.

The Your Max Speed data allowances on any Vodafone Red Plus, Red Data Plus, SIM Only Data Plus or SIM Only Plus Plans on your billing account will automatically combine into one pool which will be shared between eligible users (data sharing is only available between up to 10 Vodafone Plus Plans). The data included in any plan on your account which is not a Vodafone Plus Plan is not shareable with this plan and vice versa. Call 1555 to opt-out of sharing.

All data for use within Vodafone network coverage areas. Plus Plans include a “Your Max Speed” data allowance (which is data at the fastest speed the Vodafone network can deliver to you, depending on your handset and the time and place you are using data) which will be used first; thereafter, data is available at speeds of up to 1.5mbps until your next billing month. To find out what 1.5Mbps means for you, go to Actual speeds you reach will continually vary depending on many factors such as device capabilities, location, network congestion, network coverage and if you are roaming. Fair Use Policy applies.


Broadband service: Quality of some services may vary depending on location, device capabilities and network limitations. See for details.

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Luke Ellery,

Luke is an enthusiastic writer with a background in creative writing and content marketing. He began his content journey in Auckland, managing a wedding blog. Luke considers himself a passionate grammarian and a thorough researcher; skills he undoubtedly picked up while completing his postgraduate studies in Ancient History. In his spare time, Luke peruses the specials aisle in the supermarket, and works to pay for the backyard that his future dogs deserve.