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Tablets

  • Microsoft Surface Book: expensive, extravagant, extremely sexy

    Yesterday at a packed New York City venue, Microsoft had one of its best device launch showings in many a year, debuting the new Lumia smartphones running Windows 10, and a new Microsoft Band 2 that now actually looks useful. But undoubtedly, the stand out feature of the night in a "wait, we have one more thing" moment, was the Microsoft Surface Book. If you're wondering, yes, it's a laptop that replaces the tablet was was meant to replace your laptop. And yes, it's Microsoft's first built-from-scratch laptop, ironically from the company that said the laptop is dead. Calling it a...

  • Proline A933L tablet review: a basement Windows bargain

    Tablets are slowly becoming the jack of all trade devices we all thought they would. They've murdered netbooks and have made large laptops even more obsolete beyond the boardroom. And what's particularly interesting is the lack of bigger brands in this sector. Sure, Sony and Microsoft have tablets that can be transformed into ultrabooks, but in the South African market, these two companies aren't as prominent as a few others. Proline, one of Pinnacle Africa's local brands, definitely is. The company's taken a bit of inspiration from the likes of Microsoft's Surface, and has developed the rather intriguing Windows 8-powered Proline...

  • LG G Pad II ‘multimedia companion’ tablet packs one colossal battery

    Two things are certain in the world of mobile computing: we'll almost definitely get bigger screens with each cascading release, and we'll have bags of additional processing power to boot. But something we don't see enough of is a focus on battery capacity. Well, at least that's what we thought. The new 10.1-inch tablet on the block from LG, the LG G Pad II, completely smashes this trend, and makes every other tablet in its midst seem feeble. With a 74oomAh battery, that's about three times the capacity of an iPhone 6 and over double the capacity of a Samsung Galaxy Note...

  • Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro review: a jack of all trades

    Design and innovation seems to flow in phases and trends when it comes to popular technology genres, so for certain spells devices just look the same, feel the same and practically are the same. Don't believe us? Have a look at last year's tablet lineup. A company that has been trying to buck this trend though is Lenovo. It has launched some seriously quirky machinery of late, including the Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 ultrabook that crosses and blurs the boundaries between tablet and wafer think laptop. Another device from the same Yoga family is this curious tablet. The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2...

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is company’s new ultra-thin Android tablet

    Samsung is screaming through this year launching new devices seemingly every week, and while that's probably not a bad thing for one of the most prominent device manufacturers in the world, it's hell for us consumers. The latest device in its mobile computing arsenal is a tablet -- the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 to be exact -- and to carry on its newly launched Samsung Galaxy A8 slimline design, it's just 5.6mm thin. While it's certainly not about to fatten devices up to squeeze more guts inside them, there is a method to the company's madness. Samsung suggests that the Tab...

  • Tecno WinPad 10 is company’s latest Intel, Microsoft-powered hybrid tablet

    African device manufacturer Tecno has this week launched the Tecno WinPad 10 to the Nigerian market, which is the company's latest tablet hybrid to boast a decent specifications sheet and a smooth lick of style. The WinPad 10 will feature a 10.1-inch screen, an Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core processor (running at 1.83GHz), 32GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM. There's also a dual camera setup, with a 5MP primary camera at the rear and a 2MP camera at the front, which means video calling is largely possible on this device. "We are indeed excited to bring this product to the...

  • Brand versus price: what you should consider when choosing a tablet

    Mobility and always-on connectivity have become a big part of our everyday lives and as such, tablets are now regarded as essential, not only within the consumer space, but also in the business market. Tablets are small, convenient and connected, and allow users to stay in touch and entertained no matter where they are. Such is the usefulness of the tablet that many schools are even introducing them to the classroom for interactive learning and eBook capabilities. However, for many people big brand tablets are simply not affordable, particularly in households with a number of children, each of whom now require...

  • Huawei MediaPad 10 Link+ review: not much of an upgrade

    Yawn. "Tablets" is fast becoming the most boring device genre on earth, with no diversity, no new ideas or differentiating features. Even iPad sales are down, and those things used to be the, well, apple of Apple's eye. Roll on Huawei. The Chinese mega company rolled into South Africa just a few years ago, initially offering a batch of routers and wireless communication options for consumers perusal. Sure enough, it branched out into smartphones and now offers a swathe of tablets too. But are they part of the mashed potatoes and gravy all the tech companies are feeding us nowadays? Well,...

  • Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth 2 review: long battery life in bulky body

    Huawei's making a big push into the South African tablet and smartphone market with a spate of new devices. The Ascend Mate7 is another example of the manufacturer's designs of competing against the likes of Apple and Samsung in the market. But what about tablets? The company isn't all about high-end products. The latest products also cater for the smaller-wallets who are looking to purchase an adequate, capable workhorse. The Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth 2 is a great small gadget that not only looks great but also feels and functions fantastically. Before it, I had reviewed the MTN Steppa Tablet and found...

  • BOSS Phone is 7-inches, 8-cores of Tor-powered privacy

    The issue of internet security isn't going to go away any time soon, and if anything 2015 will probably be the year it becomes a household talking point. After the U.S. Central Command's (or CENTCOM) Twitter account was hacked yesterday, its clear that even the most stringent of government agencies are susceptible to naughty people breaking through their cyber security gates. That's probably why the BOSS Phone was born. For ordinary people who dislike being watched, BOSS Phone uses the Tor anonymity network to randomise traffic to and from the phone. It's not quite a novel idea -- the BlackPhone...