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Tablets

  • Getac’s F110 rugged Windows tablet launches, is apocalypse compatible

    Getac, who is known for creating rugged tech products for “demanding” environments, has just launched the F110 — an 11″ Windows tablet “built to survive harsh terrain.” Underneath the 1366×768 11.6″ display, you’ll find Intel’s 4th gen Core I7 vPro CPU together with Intel’s HD Graphics 4400. Furthermore, it has either an impressive 128GB or 256GB SSDs with 4GB RAM. It has an optional HD webcam on the front and a 5MP camera at the back. It has a USB 3.0 port, headphone jack and a HDMI slot. You can even customize the ports to fit in an Ethernet port or...

  • Lenovo Yoga review: is this the future of tablet flexibility?

    There were tablets before the iPad, but none of them really made anything more than a splash in the market. Since then, Apple has sold millions of the things and completely dominated the space. Efforts to erode its market share meanwhile have mainly been undertaken using products that look remarkably like the iPad: flat rectangles. Sure, some of them were a bit smaller, but it only seems very recently that the big manufacturers have taken a look at the iPad and realised what the peripheral industry has known for a long time: the iPad’s design is not without flaws. With the...

  • Lenovo gets a bit flexible with Yoga tablet launch

    The world of tablets can be a little bit samey. Sure you might have size and colour variations, but for the most part you’re faced with the agonising choice of which flat rectangle to take. Chinese tech giant Lenovo — already dominant in the PC market and force to be reckoned with in the smartphone space — looked to change that today with the launch of its Yoga tablet. The tablet, which debuted at events in California, Beijing and Milan, is the company’s attempt to reimagine the tablet form factor. In order to do this, it claims, it spent...

  • Tizen launches tablet in Japan, but is for developers only

    Do you remember Tizen? If not, here’s a hint: it’s a Linux-based OS aimed at mobile devices and it’s available right now, if you’re a developer. And if you’re living in Japan. Tizen is also supported by industry bigwigs such as Intel and the so-hot-right-now Samsung. And the device, despite being “made for developers” is looking darn fancy indeed, said Liliputing. The specs are quite something. First off, the 10.1″ screen has an impressive 1920×1200 display and there’s 2GB RAM with 32GB internal storage to complement the 1.9Ghz quad-core CPU. It’s also possible to extend the memory a slight with...

  • Microsoft cuts original Surface Pro pricing by $100

    Happy days for those of us who haven’t picked up the first, and fairly  powerful Surface Pro 1 yet. Microsoft’s just announced that it’s slashing R1 000 (US$100) off the price of its 64, 128 and 256GB models. The sale pricing is available on the Microsoft Store, right now and the offer ends 31 December 2013. Currently, there are only two models available for purchase on the US Microsoft Store, the 64 and 128GB models, priced at R7 000 (US$699) and R8 000 (US$799) respectively. For your money, Microsoft is also throwing in a month of Office 365 which is a...

  • Mark your calendars: the next Apple iPad event is… 22 October

    In under two weeks, on 22 October, Apple will reveal a new iPad, according to AllThingsD. It’ll be the usual invite-only affair and according to “people familiar with Apple’s plans”, not only will the fifth-gen iPad feature, but OS X Mavericks, a new iPad Mini and Mac Pros will also make appearances. Current Editorials also predicts that a second round of Apple product launches will take place in October, as the company looks to offer iPads with both higher resolutions and possibly, fingerprint readers as seen on the iPhone 5S. The new iPad should be the chief focus of the launch....

  • Huawei MediaPad 10 Link review: the vanilla ice cream tablet

    Huawei’s MediaPad 10 Link is an attractive 10” tablet at first glance. Then you see how much it costs and what it does, and a tiny drill with the words etched “oh hell no” bores into your skull. There’s nothing wrong with the 10 Link, but there’s also nothing worth recommending it about either.  If you’re in the market for a 10” tablet that costs R4 499 (listed as on some sites as US$600) and does exactly what every other tablet does, read on. “Extremely fast” it isn’t One of the first lines you’ll read on the site is “Extreme...

  • Hands on with the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Gear and 2014 Note 10.1

    Samsung recently launched the Galaxy Gear smartwatch (sorry, “wearable tech” companion), Note 10.1 2014 Edition and its new flagship phablet, the Note 3 in South Africa. We go hands-on with all of them. Galaxy Gear – R4599 (US$450) Let’s begin with the oddest duck of the lineup, the Gear. First off, the Gear is not an ugly device. It’s actually very fetching and comes in a wide range of Samsung-loving colours. Greens, pinks, blues, it’s eye-catching. The Gear has wrist strap that can be unclasped, but is simple enough to be slipped over the wrist and clicked into place. A 1.9MP...

  • Sharp’s 10.1″ Mebius Pad has a crazy 2560×1600 display

    Sharp’s introduced a Windows 8 tablet with a screen that currently beats even the best of them. The interestingly named “Mebius Pad” has a 2560×1600 display which rivals that of the 1920×1080 Microsoft Surface Pro 2. The display is a 10.1″ IGZO panel and is licensed for use with Sharp and Samsung devices. Downside: the CPU is an Intel Atom CPU, said Engadget, and is known for being the default choice of chipset in low-powered netbooks. It comes with Windows 8.1 with Office pre-loaded for nothing. The report says that if you want the Pro version of Office, you’ll need to...

  • Amazon Kindle Fire HDX touches down: 8.9″ and 7″ tablets with 2GHz CPU

    Earlier today, Amazon announced two brand new Kindle Fires, plus revamps of the 7″ and 8.9″ models. There’s the Kindle Fire HDX in two sizes, and both have a 2Ghz Snapdragon 800 CPU. The best news of all is the insanely cheap Kindle Fire revamps, with the 7″ version starting at R1400 (US$139). The Kindle Fire was already one of the better 7″ tablets out there, and at this price, with a full HD display to boot, there’s no reason why the newer, lighter Kindle Fires shouldn’t sell like hotcakes. Let’s begin with the PPI-packed HDX models. Kindle Fire HDX...