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Tablets

  • 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...

  • Gearburn’s early 2015 tablet buyer’s guide

    After the release of Apple iPad, tablets have become an integral part of our lives, especially for someone who like to consume a lot of media, bet it web browsing, or videos, or even games. A tablet is a great device for such usage, and it even lasts much longer than smartphones. The 2015 is here and you might be looking to gift a tablet to someone in your family, or a friend, or even to yourself. Best compact tablet: Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display I think the Apple has reached a perfect tablet screen size for most people. The Apple iPad...

  • Slated for stardom: Gearburn’s top 6 tablets for Christmas 2014

    Tablets are an indispensable part of modern day living. We use them for entertainment, for business, for pretty much everything and during the festive period, chances are they'll be one of the top tech stocking fillers this year. Although devices like the iPad are often foremost in our minds, it is certainly not the only way to go when it comes to tablets. There are plenty of devices out there that offer an experience equally as good. But with this in mind, this doesn't mean that the iPad doesn't hold an exceptionally strong position in the market. More often than not it comes...

  • Apples and oranges: the best iPad alternatives of 2014

    It is not very hard to accept the fact that the Apple's iPad is still one of the best tablet out there, thanks to great hardware and plenty of tablet optimised apps. The newly announced iPad Air 2 is one of the most powerful, yet slimmest tablets in the world. But what if you don’t like an iPad or the iOS because of its limitations? Have you been looking out for alternatives to iPad which come with added benefits of Android or Windows 8? Here’s a list of the best iPad alternatives of 2014. 1. Nvidia Shield Tablet If you are into gaming, you...

  • 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...