Gigaset QV830: An 8-inch Affordable Android Tablet (Review and Giveaway)

Gigaset are a very well known name in the Telecom industry. They have an impressive range of home phones and phone accessories. Our current landline phone is Gigaset A540A and I love its build and sound quality - the best landline phone we have ever had. Some time back Gigaset forayed into the tablet market with QV830, an 8-inch Android tablet that in their own words is a compact tablet for unlimited multimedia fun. Priced at £59.99, the Gigaset QV830 sounded like a wonderful low-cost alternative to the higher end tablet models in the market. I have had the chance to try out the QV830 over the past few weeks and here is the lowdown on the product and my experience with it.

Gigaset QV830 8 inch Affordable Android Tablet


QV830 Specifications


The QV830 is an 8-inch Android tablet (4.2.2 Jelly Bean) which is powered by a Quad-core 1.2 GHz processor. QV830 comes with 8 GB eMMC Flash memory and 1 GB DDR3L RAM memory. The tablet has a 3260 mAh / 3.7V Lithium Polymer battery which promises up to 7 hours of video playback or up to 65 hours (Backlight off) of audio playback. The tablet has a standby time of approximately 240 hours and takes around 4 hours to charge completely.

QV830 offers a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels at 160dpi and the colour and contrast are well balanced. There is a front 1.2MP camera (720p HD) and an auto-focus 5MP rear camera. Other handy features included are Bluetooth 4.0 (Low Energy), WLAN, Wi-Fi and WiFi-based A-GPS. A lot of features that you might see in an expensive tablet are missing, but as a budget buy QV830 is a good purchase.

Gigaset QV830 8 inch Affordable Android Tablet

Gigaset QV830 8 inch Affordable Android Tablet

QV830 Build and Features


When I first held the QV830 in my hand, I was impressed by its build quality. For the budget price the QV830 is sold at, I had half expected the tablet casing to be plastic, but was surprised and happy to note that it had an anodized aluminium rear casing. The top and bottom portion of the tablet, when held vertically, are made of shiny metal with the top housing all the controls and ports - the volume control, micro USB port, 3.5mm jack for headphones, micro SD card slot with a cover and the main power button.

To turn on the tablet, you need to press the Power button and hold for a few seconds. When the tablet is powered up the first time, it will take you through a set-up wizard where you can choose your home network, link/create your Google account and connect to a Wi-Fi network. There was also a tiny update to the touch panel firmware that I had to run and then the tablet was ready to use.

Gigaset QV830 8 inch Affordable Android Tablet


Gigaset have chosen a select few apps to be pre-installed on the tablet which is very good in my opinion. I do not like a clutter of apps that I would in any case not use. Of the included ones there are a few that I often use like Blogger, Hangouts and Maps. Google™ Play store comes pre-installed, so you can download your favourite/often used apps from the store either free or for a reasonable price.

QV830 Performance


Gigaset mentions 7 hours of video playback on the QV830, but I have noticed that it usually lasts around 5 to 5.5 hours when I watch movies or play music on the tablet. Mr.H tested the tablet by playing videos in different formats and with variable audio settings. He also tweaked the tablet's screen brightness during the test. Our conclusion - the playback time depends on the video format and screen settings. So Gigaset's claim of 7 hours video playback holds true; just that it is dependant on your video file format.

Gigaset QV830 8 inch Affordable Android Tablet


One thing that could be improved is QV830's internal speaker quality. It is a bit harsh for my liking. The tablet fares better with the use of a headphone. Physically, the QV830 is the perfect size for me. I have an IPad Air which I love, but the smaller size of the QV830 ensures that it fits perfectly in my hand when held vertically. I have encountered no issues with the tablets screen in terms of responsiveness and the performance has been good too. Both the cameras are decent enough. The autofocus lens is a good feature, allowing you take close-ups without the photo looking too blurry.

QV830 looks and feels good and performance wise, the QV830 delivered what I was expecting from it. I have been impressed with it so far and have actually started liking the 8-inch screen. The tablet is easy to use and perfect for browsing on the go, chatting and for listening to music making it an ideal travel companion.

The best part is definitely the QV830's price - £59.99 (on sale currently at Currys.co.uk), which I feel is a very good bargain.

And thanks to Gigaset, here is your chance to get your hands on the affordable and stylish Gigaset QV830. The giveaway is open only to residents of the UK. Enter using the widget below.

Spread the word among your friends. All the best!

Gigaset QV830 Giveaway


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196 comments

  1. I would use it for watching videos in bed or for my children to watch videos on whist travelling.

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  2. The weekly food shop, & keeping up to date with my friends xxx

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  3. keeping up with the latest news and gossip on facebook

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  4. helping me with my Open university Degree - would be great to have a tablet with Android apps - feel so like a dinosaur!

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  5. I would give it to my husband, so he could read the news whenever he wanted :)

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  6. the hubby could use it when he goes fishing

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  7. i would use it for social media i.e facebook instagram twitter xx

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  8. I would use the tablet to look at maps where there is somewhere I have not been before.

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  9. for browsing the web when i go to bed rather than using my phone

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  10. Love one of these wee gadgets

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  11. Browsing the Web and watching YouTube Videos x

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  12. I as glad to see you mentioned the Blogger app - I've tried Blogger on my tablet and just can't get on with it, it only lets me write/edit the first half dozen lines of a post, so if Blogger works on this tablet that's the main thing I'd use it for - I'd love to be able to update my blog on the go, as well as to plan, write and schedule new posts. It's very restrictive these days only being able to blog from home.

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  13. I'd let my husband use it, use it when in the garden to check emails etc., and I'd also use it to watch calming videos in bed to help me get to sleep.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  14. What would you use the Gigaset tablet for? browsing and social media

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  15. Facebook, Twitter and email probably!

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  16. i would give it to my eldest son to do his online math and reading work

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  17. I would use it to watch youtube video's

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  18. Taking pictures, surfing the web, social media, e-mails, games.. the whole kit and kaboodle

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  19. For browsing in the evening - checking emails, keeping up with the gossip :)

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  20. For social media & entering more competitions like this one!

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  21. FOR DOING COMPETITIONS IN THE GARDEN

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  22. I would give it to my daughters -- they'd love it.

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  23. Skype to talk to my family abroad, competitions and googling random stuff I want to know about

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  24. I would love to give to my hubby because he doesn't have gadgets and is usually restricted to sitting at his big PC desk (Lisa Troccoli)

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  25. I'd do my internet shopping , my fella would play games and our daughter would watch films and music videos

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  26. To keep in touch with family whilst I'm away working.

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  27. I'd use it for blogging on the move!

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  28. I would use for online shopping :) which can be done on the go and save so much time

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  29. Watching videos and games probably

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  30. I'd use it to blog in the living room with my family

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  31. Browsing the interner or watching movies x

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  32. I'd use this for checking out marine traffic and aircraft traffic via the revelent apps.

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  33. i would usse it to catch up on news and current affairs

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  34. I'd surf the net on the go.

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  35. While commuting into London to brighten my journey

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  36. for checking my emails and usung social media!

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  37. To help me to apply for a new job and to check my emails

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  38. Browsing the internet and social media

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  39. I'd watch funny cat videos on YouTube. It's good for your health apparently!

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  40. Browsing whilst on long commuting journeys.

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  41. Pretty much anything i can on the go!

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  42. Keeping the kids entertained in the car

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  43. For checking e-mails and browsing the net on the way to work

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  44. Keeping track of my finances

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  45. To help me trace my family history.

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  46. general interent browsing plus using it in the kitchen for following recipes

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  47. FB, Twitter, Zinio, internet shopping - everything!!

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  48. I would use it for playing games and checking email

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  49. I would use it for everything emails, music, watch films, browsing the net and take photographs its a lovely and useful little gadget

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  50. I would use it towards my college studying

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  51. Use it out & about, especially to keep in touch with family & friends on social media

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  52. Watching TV, browsing, social media, reading, gaming.

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  53. Practising my German by playing games and reading the news!

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  54. I would use it for everything! :)

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  55. I'd use it to be able to network with my computer desktop when I'm out and about.

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  56. I would use it for general internet surfing.x

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  57. My son has to have a tablet for school from September, and this would be perfect for him.

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  58. I'd use it for Youtube videos @supergirl2022

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  59. checking and reply to emails, social media, general surfing, shopping ... everything :)

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  60. I'd use it to entertain my daughter on long journeys

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  61. Web browsing and email from the comfort of my sofa

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  62. i would give it to my hubby to keep him amused while i watch my emmerdale soap

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  63. I'd use it for shopping.

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  64. Browsing the internet whilst sitting in front of the tv!

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  65. My internet shopping and using it for sat nav when I'm driving.

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  66. Looks awesome, I'd use it for social media & of course entering comps. :-)

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  67. I 'd make my husband use it so I can have the laptop back

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  68. I would use it for my hobbies, to check out papercrafting things and sewing.

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  69. Keeping in touch with my mates

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  70. I'd use it watch iplayer and other media on my train commute back and forth to work. To keep in touch with friends via social media and to let my little boy watch Peppa Pig when daddy is watching footie! ;)

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  71. I'd use it to contact my little sister while shes abroad :)

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  72. everything, emailing keeping in touch with friend's and family, finding places i want to visit, Facebook etc fab prize!

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  73. I use it to watch tv or movies in bed and kids apps with my children!

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  74. Streaming media, reading and social media.

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  75. I'd use it to watch TV in bed

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  76. The list is endless, but I would love to have it whilst I take my mum and dad to their hospital appointments. Sometimes I can be waiting for up to three hours for them, so this would come in massively handy! :-)

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  77. To browse the net while watching TV

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  78. keeping in touch with family in australia x

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  79. i would give it to my daughter to help her with her school work

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  80. For work and entertainment on the go and during travels :-)

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  81. I would use it for watching videos when it's not practical to use the laptop, like in bed, on the move etc

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  82. To surf the net, listen to music and play games!

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  83. Watching videos, surfing the net, listening to music, keeping fit, reading books - just about everything

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  84. everything. keeping up to date, chatting, shopping, reading

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  85. Social media, playing games, watching videos.

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  86. I'd let my husband have it. My old one went to our son when I upgraded.

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  87. WOW What wouldn't I use this clever, dinky piece of technology for?!?! From internet browsing (unbiased latest reviews, bargains and celebrity news ahem!) to social networking (how have we coped without Facebook, Twitter and Google+ among others?), from capturing those candid, gone forever photos to watching catch up TV on the go - maybe it could teach me how to create a review blog where I could post unbiased, subjective product reviews like this one .... xx

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  88. My daughter would have it to use on her fashion design course.

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  89. I would use it to browse the net in comfort and skype my youngest son

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  90. Browsing whilst watching television.

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  91. Keeping up to date with Social media sites

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  92. I'd use it to take to client meetings to make notes!

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  93. I'd use it for watching videos in bed and keeping up with all the blogs I follow!!

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  94. checking emails, and keeping in touch with friends/ family

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  95. I would use it to catch up on the weekly soaps while in bed, pure bliss

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  96. Everything - reading emails, surfing the net....

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  97. Emails, Research, Browsing and Social Media

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  98. Browsing, reading, playing :)

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  99. checking emails, social media & catching up on tv

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  100. for recipes; catching up on news, twitter and emails; playing words with friends, and answering all those silly questions that come up while we're sitting watching tv at night, like what was she in again?

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  101. I would give it to my husband as a gift, he would propably check emails, surf, social media and watch his favourite football and tv programmes

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  102. Great price for me mother's first tablet.

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  103. To play games and surf the net.

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  104. Playing games, browsing the internet, checking email, checking facebook twitter.... etc :D

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  105. music movies keeping in touch

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  106. I would give it to my mum who doesn't have a tablet x

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  107. for shopping, checking emails, Skype with family etc.

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  108. Everything! My kids have one, but I don't - so would love one of my own. I'd use it for shopping, listening to music, emails and keeping in touch with friends and family.

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  109. Browsing the internet and checking my emails

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  110. My mum would use it to keep in touch :)

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  111. I would definitely use it for eBooks!

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  112. Browsing, social media, games, emails.

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  113. I would use it to surf the net and watch videos :)

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  114. Watching stuff on Netflix, and keeping the kids entertained :)

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  115. surfing the net and watching you tube videos

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  116. I would use it for reading, listening to music, checking emails, surfing the internet and so many other things.

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  117. I would be able to access the internet when out and about.

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  118. I'd give it to my kids to help keep them entertained over the summer.

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  119. i would use it for keeping up with friends and family through facebook

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  120. I'd use it to look for a new job. Fingers crossed.

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  121. I would hide it away for a Christmas pressie for someone, probably my daughter who has just started her own blog.

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  122. For watching cartoons with my little girl.

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  123. I would use it to browse the internet, check emails etc

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  124. checking emails, browsing the internet

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  125. I would use this for when am on the go to read my emails, watch my catch ups and play my candy crush of course lol

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  126. I would use it for social media :)

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  127. Bit of streaming and general browsing

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  128. I would give it to my hubby to help with his uni work x

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  129. Blogging when away from home :) Thanks

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  130. Accessing the Internet. I'm not one for phone calls so keep those to a minimum I prefer to chat online.

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  131. I have always wanted a tablet, means I could watch a film in the bath lol

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  132. I'd use it for the internet and e-mails when away from my PC

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  133. helping me study for exams and other internet/fb/twitter. would love this

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  134. If I were lucky enough to win I would use the gigaset for social networking, entering competitions, playing games and so much more (including showing my kids though I'm a Nanna I am 'with it' lol)

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  135. Perfect as I'm constantly on the go and need to frequently check emails! :)

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  136. I would primarily use it for watching videos!

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  137. I would use it for when I'm waiting around to pick the kids up....which is a lot.

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  138. I would use to read my favourite books on

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  139. I previously thought a tablet was out of my price range until seeing this. I'd use it to run apps that I have on my phone that I only use at home, such as online shopping.

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  140. Surfing my favourite sites from the comfort of a sun lounger in an idylic holiday location xx

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  141. for my son so he can use it in his 6th form which he starts in September

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  142. Id use it to keep in touch with my family and friends,play games,watch videos,read news and magazines,emails and lots more :) x

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  143. I would use it on holiday to check my emails and browse the web

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  144. For my little girl to watch Peppa pig so I can have my phone back!

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  145. Samantha Mann

    Id give to the hubby to doe with as he pleases... probably something geeky

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  146. sneaking on to facebook while at work to see what my family are doing

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  147. Emails, facebook and reading e-books!

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  148. I'd waste my time watching videos on YouTube ^_^

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  149. playing games and surfing the net

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  150. Facebook.Twitter,Skype & playing games

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