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All posts tagged "7-inch"

  • FLD 7.5″ Tablet Pouch review: snug, sturdy and simple

    Out of all the bags FLD has on offer, the 7.5-inch Tablet Pouch is the least intricate. It’s simple, goes for US$25 (R250) and does a good job at being just that. Nothing more, nothing less. Like all the products the company has on offer, the clean and cozy design could be suited to pink, blue or yellow colour schemes. Mine is yellow, which means that the soft inside fur, as well as subtle design lines and logos on the front cover are coloured. The rest of the outside cover is a dark grey plastic weave that’s apparently also waterproof....

  • 7-inch ‘Surface Mini’ planned for 2013

    According to a tip sent in to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is now in the process of creating 7-inch Surface tablets. The sources say that Microsoft had no ambition to release a smaller Surface, but faced with diminutive tablets such as Google’s Nexus 7 and Apple’s iPad Mini, the Redmond-based giant had no choice. PC and laptop sales are rapidly declining. It’s a numbers game and one that Microsoft is desperate to bolster. Analyst firm IDC said that 50% of all tablets shipped in fourth-quarter 2012 were smaller than 8-inches. It’s a telling sign. Users want lighter, thinner. They...

  • Asus slips out $150 7-inch MeMO Pad

    There was an abundance of cheap tech garbage at CES 2013, so finding a well-priced tablet amongst the stalls pandering for your attention was a difficult task. Asus has made it easy for us though, with the post-CES launch of the US$150 MeMO Pad, a 7-inch Android 4.1 tablet with a Nexus-like design. Outside of the peppy colour-naming scheme (Sugar White, Titanium Gray and Cherry Pink), the MeMO Pad is more of the same, but it’s well-priced and decently specced. The CPU is a 1Ghz Mali-400, the processor choice of most budget devices. There’s a 1024 x 768 display...

  • Indian-made Aakash 2 budget tablet launches today, costs $21

    On India’s National Education day, which is today, the mega-cheap and cheerful budget tablet the Aaskash 2 launches for the price of US$21. It’s an exceptionally vanilla tablet but one that costs less than the price of two happy meals. For US$21, which is roughly the price of a cab fare across town, the Aakash 2 packs in a 1Ghz CPU, a half-gig of RAM, Android 4.0.3, 4GB flash memory, with a VGA camera on the front and Wi-Fi into a seven-inch screen. All this for less than the price of a few schoolbooks. Presenting the Aakash 2 The Aakash 2 will...

  • Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7″ review: does Amazon’s latest light a fire under the Nexus 7?

    Amazon changed the tablet game late last year with the introduction of theKindle Fire, a $199 7-inch tablet that – while limited by a slim offering of apps and lower-end hardware – really upended the lower end of the market and proved a dramatic success. No other manufacturer could compete on both price and features until Google and Asus dropped the similarly priced Nexus 7 this summer. The gorgeous screen, sleek form factor, and pure Android 4.1 UI made Amazon’s once-impressive entry seem immediately antiquated, but we all knew the online retail juggernaut wouldn’t rest on its laurels for long. While the standard Kindle Fire...

  • 10-inch BlackBerry PlayBook creeps into view

    No really, why Rim? The magic of the 7-inch PlayBook is its portability, desirability and outright Audi-style sex appeal. This 10-inch bastard, leaked by this site is all sorts of wrong. We like the look of this though: A 4G PlayBook, and a 10-incher at that could knock the iPad 3 off the shelf. Big words, but the PlayBook is the better-looking, and faster tablet. The 7-inch PlayBook was already ahead of its time, just crippled...

  • iPad Mini headed for October release

    It was bound to happen. With the Nexus 7 heating up the tablet wars, Apples now planning to a release a 7.85-incher of its own come October. A research analyst, Andy Hargreaves spills the beans: We anticipate an entry-level 7.85” iPad with 8GB of NAND capacity to price at US$299 with an initial gross margin of 31 percent. We anticipate 25 percent cannibalization of the larger 9.7” iPad, so our total F2013 iPad...

  • Reviewed: Vodafone Smart Tab 7-inch [video]

    Once more into the heart of tablet darkness goes Stuart Thomas as he reviews Vodafone’s 7-inch Smart Tab. It’s an average tablet, with middling features and a whole lot not to like about it. So why the hell are we even bothering with it? Every gadget has its place, and every gadget, no matter how shoddy deserves a spot on the Gear. Let’s dig into this bothersome wet blanket of a tablet.

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) officially announced

    Boom! A short while ago Samsung officially updated its Galaxy Tab range with the new 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2 powered by Ice Cream Sandwich. What’s new? Not much, apart from double the RAM — now at 1GB — the big story here is ICS. Like the original it has a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1024 x 600 PLS TFT LCD display, 3MP rear-facing and VGA front-facing shooters, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS/A-GPS, microSD card slot and 4 000mAh battery. It comes in both Wi-Fi and 3G (HSPA+) flavours and you also get a new 8GB version in addition to the standard 16GB...

  • Enter the Spark — a $265 tablet rocking a Linux OS

    In this day and age, US$265 can get you a seriously tasty gadget. A brand new Kindle Fire? Done. A cut-price laptop? Grab one for under US$300. How about a 7-inch, 1Ghz tablet rocking Linux? Yours, in the form of the Spark Tablet. Budget tablets are being vomited out of the stables at a rate of knots, so what makes the Spark tablet so damn special? Peeking under the hood World, listen up. The...