Two thirds of Australians rely on them, yet only 1 in 10 of us will upgrade our tablet this year. It begs the question: are we missing a trick when it comes to the latest in tablet tech?

When it comes to upgrading our devices, our top gadget refresh priorities are smartphones and computers at 24 per cent and 16 per cent, respectively, with tablets falling by the wayside. Given the possibilities they offer us as the bridge between smartphone and fully fledged desktop, upgrading your tablet is a surefire way of killing two birds with one stone.

The country’s upgrade ambivalence likely stems from the fact that a new line of tablets is unveiled far less frequently than the annual, hype-inducing smartphone releases, but these intermittent updates only make the leaps in improvements between models all the more apparent.

As such, the market is home to a raft of feature-rich tablets and with the latest generation launching in the coming days, here are the top four tech reasons tablets are disrupting the device scene:

They’re entertainment driven

Smartphone streaming might be on the up, but gaming is tablet’s wheel house. Roy Morgan research shows the number of Australians using their tablet for gaming more than doubled between 2012 and 2016, with daily players more than trebling over the same period. This makes tablets the device that experienced the greatest rise in popularity in the gaming sphere, which can be put down to its combination of stellar high resolution displays and significantly improved processor speeds, resulting in a bolstered CPU performance for a totally seamless gaming experience.

They’re intuitively versatile 

Partner tablets with a smart pencil to bring new meaning to modern art. Tee them up with a keyboard and traditional laptops become obsolete. Accessories are what give tablets the edge when it comes to multi-purpose functionality, but what’s truly impressive is the device’s ability to detect what detachables you’re using and adapt the interface to suit your needs, whether that’s to touchscreen mode for general browsing or a more traditional desktop style for work-intensive activities.

They’re increasingly immersive

Tablets are multi-media machines, so every aspect of their design plays to the senses. That means pixel-rich screens powered by fast chip systems for crystal-clear viewing quality and enhanced graphic performance, speakers that automatically adjust audio to reflect how the device is being held, and multi-touch systems that allow you to interact with windows simultaneously, all of which adds up to a personalised immersive experience like no other.

They’re purposed for productivity

The personal computer of the future, tablets denote the next generation in portable offices, making laptops look as cumbersome as a 90s desktop.

Despite their slimline, commute-friendly dimensions, they’re proof that size definitely doesn’t matter when it comes to functionality.

Cramming a whole lot of storage into a very little package, many tablets now offer up to 256GB of internal memory, along with a battery life that won’t run out of steam until you do. Couple this with features like AC wireless capability and Telstra’s 4GX mobile connectivity* and you have a lightning-fast responsive office space – at home, at work, and on the move.

Need more convincing? Any new tablet from us comes with unlimited Wi-Fi on the Telstra Air network of over 900,000 hotspots across Australia, data free entertainment, including Apple Music and great sports such as NRL, AFL and Netball.

Head here for more information or to browse Telstra’s full range of tablets.   

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