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All posts tagged "Tablet"

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The next best Android tablet: Nexus 9 expected to arrive Q4 2014 says HTC (accidentally)

    Who's keen for another Nexus tablet? Well, the Nexus 9 is coming, if this report from Focus Taiwan can be trusted. One of HTC's presidents, Jack Tong, mentioned during a New York press event that the 8.9" Nexus 9 is "HTC's commitment" for reentering the luscious tablet game. HTC launched the first Nexus device (the One) back in 2010, with others following due to the tablets roaring success. The Nexus 9 though, is reportedly being launched 16 October and will arrive first in Taiwan sometime in Q4. A rather prominent Android developer also tweeted the launch date, adding further credence to...

  • 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...

  • Sony launches sleek smartphone & tablet Z3 series: fat cameras, waterproof, beefy batteries

    Just confirming rumours of old, Sony just launched a fresh duo of sleek smartphones -- the 5.2” flagship Xperia Z3 and the 4.6” Compact. Both phones scream premium with their aluminium frames and snazzy tempered glass panels. There's also the Z3 Tablet Compact which is a slim 8-incher. As presented in the press video (see below), the Z3 series focuses on a couple of key features: the devices are waterproof, have fat cameras, and strong battery life. Before we discuss the specs and features, just look at that design: Unlike most of Sony's earlier devices which were usually water and dust...

  • 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...