How to choose a device
Choosing a device is a very personal thing depending on what you are most likely to do online. The main things to consider are size, weight, portability and battery life. There are several main types of device which can all be used to make video calls.
Smartphones are mobile phones which can connect to the internet. They are pocket-sized and use touch-screen. Their drawbacks are that the small screens can be difficult to read, or watch programmes, and many websites are set to only show part of their content to mobiles. How to choose a smartphone.
Tablets are portable devices larger than a phone. They have a touch-screen, which tends to be 8-13 inches. Tablets are useful as they are light, portable, easy to use and have a screen large enough for video calls and watching films. iPads are tablets made by the company Apple but there are many other commonly used tablets. A balance usually needs to be struck between screen size and weight. How to choose a tablet.
Laptops have a keyboard and a larger screen, so are useful if you want to write a lot of text. They can be used to run more complex programmes, have a built-in mouse and some have a touch screen too. Basic laptops are sometimes called “notebooks” and one commonly used one is the Chromebook. They are still portable but are bigger and heavier than tablets. How to choose a laptop.
Personal computers/ PCs
Personal computers are sometimes called PCs or computers. They have a separate hard drive (sometimes called the base unit) and screen (often called the monitor). They are not portable. PCs are useful for graphic-intensive applications such as computer gaming or photo/video editing. How to choose a PC.
There are initiatives across Scotland that refurbish devices that have been donated by individuals or local businesses. Each of these organisations have slightly different models: some will provide devices at significantly reduced prices, and some donate them through local community groups. Please be aware that these organisations operate with very limited resources and may not always be able to provide devices. here are some that we are aware of:
Edinburgh & Lothians
People Know How, Edinburgh and East Lothian
Pass IT On, Edinburgh
ACE IT, Edinburgh
The General Store, Selkirk
The IT Centre, Castle Douglas
Glasgow & Clyde
Remade Network, The Repair Stop, Govanhill
Input Community Works, Saltcoats
Belville Community Garden Trust, Greenock
Remade Network Ltd, Glasgow
Clackmannanshire TSI, TechShare, Clackmannanshire
Reboot Stirling, Transition Stirling, Stirling
Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire, Airdrie (covering North Lanarkshire)
Reconnect, Community Links South Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire
Budding Engineers, Thurso (but covering the North of Scotland)
Reboot Computer Recycling, Forres (but covering Grampian area)
Home Computers Support, Dundee
WEEE Centre, UHI Perth College