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Tablets

  • netsurferDUAL 8 review: local pride

    South African gadgets aren’t great, or memorable. Can you name three, or even one smartphone/tablet developed in South Africa? No? Allow me to assist. The Netsurfer range of tablets are South African-developed and have been knocking about for years. They’re low-cost, aimed at the mass-market and are ideal entry-level Android machines for those who’re unfamiliar with technology because oddly enough, Netsurfer tablets come with thick, detailed instruction manuals that walk first-time users through every step of the Android setup. Yeah, most of us can knock out an Android setup without even thinking, but for the Luddite, desperate to learn the ways...

  • Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 review: the great desktop pretender

    Lenovo’s enormous ThinkPad Tablet 2 calls itself the true business tablet. But as in Game of Thrones, there’s always “one true king” trying to claim that illustrious iron throne. How does it perform, who’s it for and what’s a ThinkPad? There’s only question you need to ask though, is this 10.1-inch Windows 8.1 tablet worth your time? What I liked Lenovo’s made a big, strong tablet that can easily withstand the daily knocks of life. My general tablet routine has me throwing it onto couches, dropping it on desks and accidentally spilling liquids on it. While the tablet isn’t waterproof, it...

  • Samsung’s slim Galaxy Tab S pair announced with AMOLED screens

    Samsung has officially unveiled its flagship Galaxy Tab S tablet in both 8.4″ and 10.5″ guises, with base prices starting at US$399 and US$499, respectively. The Korean electronics giant, after too many leaks to count, has finally lifted the curtain to reveal a lighter, faster tablet duo, with much denser screens. Both Galaxy Tab Ss are a mere 6.6mm deep while weighing in between 465 and 298g for the respective models. The screen is however, the real selling point. The Super AMOLED, QHD 2560×1600 units, enjoy pixel densities of 288ppi for the 10.5″ and in excess of 300ppi for the 8.5″....

  • Microsoft debuts 12″ Surface Pro 3, its super-slim laptop-killing tablet

    The Surface Pro 3 is now official, after Microsoft launched its self-proclaimed laptop-replacing tablet at its Surface Event in New York. All specifications leaked earlier this week hold water, including the use of Intel’s Haswell chipset, thinner bezels, relocated Windows button and a larger form factor. Microsoft reckons that the average user will eke out nine hours of web browsing and enjoy crisper sound thanks to Dolby Audio. The 12″ Full HD display, the press release notes, will be housed in “a beautiful package that is 30 percent thinner than an 11-inch MacBook Air.” There’s no doubt what company Microsoft is...

  • Windows RT’s failure equals Surface Mini no-show

    When Microsoft launched its ultra-thin, ultra-expensive Surface Pro 3 during a presentation in New York earlier this week, the internet was left wondering where the rumoured Surface Mini was. While a few of us hoped for a Nexus 7 or iPad Mini-version of the Surface, it was simply not meant to be. The reason could be down to a few factors, but blame can chiefly be placed on the shoulders of Windows RT and its failure to grab the publics interest. According to a Bloomberg report, ex-boss CEO Stephan Elop and current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella didn’t want to release a...

  • Microsoft tries again as it launches faster, larger Surface Pro 3 tomorrow

    With less than a day until Microsoft’s Surface event kicks off in New York, the upcoming Surface Pro 3 tablet specifications have been leaked. Windows Phone Central has reportedly acquired the internal specifications and pricing figures for the soon-to-be-released third generation of Surface tablets. It would suggest that instead of freshening the Surface Pro 2 lines, the Pro 3 lineup will be a completely new model. Based on Intel’s Haswell chipset, the five new tablets range from the baseline US$799 i3 CPU with 4GB RAM and 64GB SSD to the tasty US$1 949 i7 CPU model, with 8GB RAM and massive...

  • LG debuts 7, 8 and 10.1-inch G Pad tablets

    LG has revealed three new G Pad tablets. These tablets join its 8.3″ tablet. The new devices will ensure the Korean company gets a firmer foothold in the rather overcrowded tablet market, competing with the likes of Samsung, Apple and Sony. The company will add a trio of tablets: 7.0″, 8.0″ and 10.1″ models will be added thanks to LG’s response to consumer needs says Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO LG “Customers tell us that they want a wider range of devices that offer sizable screens without compromising portability. Unlike smartphones, tablets are not one size fits all. So we designed...

  • Samsung intros new 7, 8 and 10.1″ Tab4 tablets

    With every new Samsung Galaxy comes a refresh of its “Tab” tablet line and today, the company announces three new tablets ranging from 7″, 8″ and 10.1″ in size. These tablets look slick, beautiful and are stuffed with the latest Samsung software and UX overhauls says Droid Life, and us, judging by these screenshots. Our only issue is this: Samsung issued this press release 1 April, so are the Tab4’s real or not? Most definitely, as the Tab3 range was announced April 2013 as well. On to the stats! Galaxy Tab4 10.1 The WiFi and HSPA+ equipped Tab4 10.1 is the leader...

  • Sony smashes out Xperia Z2 phone and tablet, plus mid-range Xperia M2

    Sony’s been a busy little bee at Mobile World Congress 2014. Today sees the launch of three new devices, so far. The self-described “mid-range” Sony Xperia M2, the Xperia Z2 and Xperia X2 Tablet. Xperia Z2 Tablet The Z Tablet is something we loved, so we’re glad to see its sequel. The display is a 10.1-inch Full HD TRILUMINOS stunner with front Surround Sound, a weight of 439g which beats the air and it’s waterproof. That alone is the Z2 Tablet’s strongest selling point. But this is billed as the world’s fastest tablet, and for good reason. We’ve got a...

  • 5 of the worst tablets ever made

    Increasingly, tablets are becoming the dominant form of portable computing. Although only a few currently on the market offer decent processing power sufficient to use in lieu of a laptop, it’s entirely probable that these devices will progress in leaps and bounds to the point of market domination. The high end tablets perform well, but also have a high price tag attached to their brand, which paves the way for cheaper tablets making their way into the market. With the good, comes the bad and the rather ugly. There are tablets that occupy the hideous waste of space category, those...