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Tablets

  • MTN Steppa Tablet review: an able, budget tablet

    Local brick-and-mortar retailers have been at the forefront of offering low-cost smartphones, something which has served their consumers well by offering much-needed competition to high-end smartphones. Similar things are happening in the tablet space with the likes of MTN and Vodacom bringing out increasingly cost-effective options. The MTN Steppa Tablet is the African telecommunication giant’s low cost tablet, released a few weeks ago. Alongside the MTN Steppa 2 smartphone, it presents a full budget-orientated onslaught for South Africans this Christmas season. Priced at R999, the tablet costs the same as its smaller smartphone sibling, but is it a good enough alternative...

  • Jolla Tablet sets Indiegogo alight with Intel processor, custom Sailfish OS

    Nokia’s making all the headlines this week with the unveiling of its gorgeous N1 Android Lollipop tablet. And although those two (along with Intel) make a dream partnership in many minds, it’s not the only Finnish manufacturer making waves on the tablet scene. In just over 120 minutes, Finnish smartphone manufacturer Jolla has smashed an Indiegogo target to pieces with its Sailfish OS, Intel-inside, Jolla Tablet or “the world’s first crowdsourced tablet”. Read more: Nokia N1 is the company’s swanky $249 Android Lollipop tablet That’s right — Android’s nowhere to be seen on this device. Sailfish is Jolla’s OS based on a Linux...

  • Microsoft and Makro release Nextbook tablets for South African consumers

    Software giant Microsoft has formed a partnership with South African retailer Makro to release a range of low-cost Nextbook tablets. The tablet range is available at all Makro stores in South Africa from today. The Nextbook range comes in two screen sizes: an 8-inch version without a keyboard and 10.1-inch version with a keyboard. The 10.1-inch device has an attachable keyboard that allows users to have a notebook like experience. This device sells for R2 999 and the 8-inch sells for R1 499. The devices have the full Windows 8.1 operating system. Both tablets feature a USB port and come...

  • MTN SA launches R999 Steppa Tablet

    MTN is preparing to launch its low-cost (R999) Steppa Tablet into the South African market. These cut-price tablets are not in competition with the high end devices and are not trying to be, instead it offers the consumer more options. Steppa Tablet’s entry into the market at the low cost level is as important as the high end devices. Steppa Tablet follows the sell-out of the Steppa 1, its inexpensive smartphone, which was launched earlier this year. Steppa Tablet is bundled with 200MB data for 12 months. MTN says that the Steppa Tablet brings the internet to students and learners, entrepreneurs on the...

  • Toshiba’s Satellite Radius boasts 360-degree hinge with five modes

    These convertible “netbooks” are popping up like daisies in the springtime, aren’t they? It’s reminiscent of the netbook craze prior to the turn of the decade, and considering these new machines’ specifications, they’re not too dissimilar in philosophy either. While companies like Lenovo are gunning for big-time business bosses, Toshiba is looking at the other end of the spectrum — and this is possibly where the market is at its most exciting. The company’s latest product, dubbed the Satellite Radius 11, is a budget convertible boasting some ultrabook-level features. It’s rather affordable too at US$329. To cover the basics, the touchscreen’s...

  • Vodacom launches Smart Tab 3G 7-inch tablet aimed at the masses

    Two months after the launch of the Smart Kicka, an entry level smartphone retailing at R549, Vodacom has launched a 7-inch 3G tablet that will cost less than R1 000 and will, if the cellular giant is to be believed, also bring mobile connectivity to a whole new section of the South African population. “Providing access in South Africa is not easy, but our strategy is to deliver access to everyone,” says Vodacom Chief Officer for the Consumer Business Unit Phil Patel. The Vodacom Smart Tab 3G is available from today and can be purchased on a 24 month contract, starting...

  • Lenovo launches a load of new Yoga devices, builds accessories into its tablets

    If there’s any company capable of muscling in on Apple and Samsung’s dominance of the tech space it’s Lenovo. The Chinese company has, after all, just been named the world’s number one PC company — in terms of units shipped — for the sixth consecutive quarter. And when its acquisition of Motorola goes through (something which it expects to happen by the end of the year), it’ll be the third biggest player in the smartphone and tablet game. But can its new, extended, Yoga range help it consolidate that position? The components of that range, launched on Thursday in London,...

  • HP, Microsoft reinvent the netbook with fanless $199 Stream machine

    Hewlett-Packard, makers of traditionally high-quality portable machines, has unveiled what it thinks is the future of Windows-based mobile computing — the netbook, or what it’s calling the Stream 11. Although not a completely far-fetched move considering the direction mobile computing is heading — especially considering the role Windows 8 had in converting non-touchscreen-believers — the idea of the re-emergence of the netbook — a device that was ultimately killed by the tablet — is a tad insane. At the same ironic token, HP is also offering two new tablets, powered by Intel — one boasting a 7″ screen and the other,...

  • Amazon launches new tablet family: 7.8mm thin Kindle Voyage, low-cost 6″ Fire tablet

    On Wednesday evening, Amazon, the online retail tech giant, in a bid to retain its current users and court new buyers, refreshed its Fire tablets and e-readers with some nifty hardware improvements and updated software features. Amazon showed off a total of six upgraded devices, including a high-end e-reader called Kindle Voyage and its cheapest-ever 6″ tablet. The refresh is on its tablet computer and e-reader devices including a child friendly version of its HD tablet. New Fire HDX tablet is said to have been designed to compete with the iPad Air will start shipping in October. The Fire HD...

  • 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...

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