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What computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone to buy?

There is a huge range of computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones available. Broadly they fit into categories by manufacturer or operating system – mainly Microsoft, Apple or Google. Which you select will probably depend on your budget and what you want to use your computer or other device for.

  • Microsoft uses its Windows 10 operating system on computers and laptops and a version of Windows 10 on Microsoft Surface tablets. Its internet browser is Microsoft Edge.
  • Apple (MacBook, iPad or iPhone) uses what it calls the OS X or iOS operating system, is expensive but high quality, and generally they do not link in with non-Apple devices. Its internet browser is Safari.
  • Google uses its own operating system on Chromebook laptops and on Android tablets and smartphones, with Chrome as its internet browser.

My personal preference for ease of use, reliability, compatibility and value for money is a Chromebook for a laptop and Android for a tablet or smartphone. For more detail you may find it helpful to take a look at the John Lewis website that gives some useful guidance – see https://www.johnlewis.com/buying-guides/computer-buying-guide, https://www.johnlewis.com/buying-guides/laptops-buying-guide, https://www.johnlewis.com/buying-guides/tablets-buying-guide or https://www.johnlewis.com/buying-guides/mobile-phones-buying-guide. Which magazine also gives helpful guidance but it’s subscription only (although you may be able to see this in the library). Alternatively you can use Google (or other search engine) to search for more information. Or ask around for recommendations from family members and friends.