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All posts tagged "Tablet"

  • The new, cheaper 9.7-inch iPad now supports the Apple Pencil

    Surprise, surprise. Those rumours of a new, cheaper, education-aimed Apple iPad rumours were true. At a Chicago event on Tuesday, the Cupertino technology company launched its latest effort to prize students away from Google and Microsoft. The refreshed 9.7-inch iPad still looks like every one of its predecessors, and boasts practically the same specs on paper, just written in a different, curlier font. Its screen size remains a scintilla below 10 inches, with a 2048x1536 Retina panel. It also keeps its TouchID fingerprint reader, and the 1.2MP FaceTime camera up front. But it does have a few notable differences. Apple Pencil support There's no...

  • Preview: today’s Apple education event could intro cheaper iPad

    There's an Apple event on today, but it's not WWDC or a big iPhone launch. Instead, the tech giant is set to launch a new education-focussed offering in the form of a budget iPad. The event won't be at Cupertino's Steve Jobs Theatre either. Instead, Apple's constructing a temporary mini-stage outside a Chicago high school. Yeah, we know, it's not even in California. As for what's expected, it could be anything from the aforementioned iPad competing against the likes of the US$329 Acer Chromebook Tab 10, and other Chrome OS and Windows offerings -- an unlikely "budget" sub-US$1000 MacBook, or an education...

  • School’s out: Chrome OS debuts on the Acer Chromebook Tab 10

    Chrome OS was a buggy pipe dream just a few months ago, but this week Acer launched the world's first tablet running Google's shiny new OS. Dubbed the Chromebook Tab 10, the 9.7-inch device is squarely aimed at the education sector, namely teachers and students from kindergarten all the way up to grade 12. But even if you're not six-years-old and reading this (if you are, well done), you should be intrigued by Acer's offering. For one, the company confirms the tablet will run apps from the Google Play Store, feature battery life "of up to nine hours" and come "standard with...

  • Huawei Nexus device: we told you so (sort of)

    The latest news indicates that Huawei is working on a Nexus/Google-designed tablet. But, at the risk of tooting our own horn, we sort of beat them to the punch a few months ago. At the South African launch of the Huawei P9 (review) and P9 Plus in June, we interviewed Charlene Munilal, general manager for Huawei's Consumer Business Group in SA, who confirmed the company was indeed doing a Nexus device. What we didn't know at the time was what kind of device it was. A new Huawei-branded Nexus on the way? We told you so Munilal explained why the Nexus 6P wasn't more widely available in South Africa,...

  • Acer Predator 8 review: obnoxious, underpowered yet oddly attractive

    As device reviewers here at Gearburn, we're always tasked with making sound judgements based on facts, figured with a splash of our own feelings thrown in for good measure. But often the latter bit outweighs all logic, and you're left wondering why you really like a device. That's the situation I find myself in with the Acer Predator 8. Now, Acer's Predator line has long been established as the company's gaming moniker. It's what AMG is to Mercedes, or Yeezy to Kanye. By any means, it's what Acer usually sells you if you're looking for an "enlightened state of gaming with...

  • Proline A933L tablet review: a basement Windows bargain

    Tablets are slowly becoming the jack of all trade devices we all thought they would. They've murdered netbooks and have made large laptops even more obsolete beyond the boardroom. And what's particularly interesting is the lack of bigger brands in this sector. Sure, Sony and Microsoft have tablets that can be transformed into ultrabooks, but in the South African market, these two companies aren't as prominent as a few others. Proline, one of Pinnacle Africa's local brands, definitely is. The company's taken a bit of inspiration from the likes of Microsoft's Surface, and has developed the rather intriguing Windows 8-powered Proline...

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is company’s new ultra-thin Android tablet

    Samsung is screaming through this year launching new devices seemingly every week, and while that's probably not a bad thing for one of the most prominent device manufacturers in the world, it's hell for us consumers. The latest device in its mobile computing arsenal is a tablet -- the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 to be exact -- and to carry on its newly launched Samsung Galaxy A8 slimline design, it's just 5.6mm thin. While it's certainly not about to fatten devices up to squeeze more guts inside them, there is a method to the company's madness. Samsung suggests that the Tab...

  • 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...