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All posts tagged "Tablets"

  • 5 of the worst tablets ever made

    Increasingly, tablets are becoming the dominant form of portable computing. Although only a few currently on the market offer decent processing power sufficient to use in lieu of a laptop, it’s entirely probable that these devices will progress in leaps and bounds to the point of market domination. The high end tablets perform well, but also have a high price tag attached to their brand, which paves the way for cheaper tablets making their way into the market. With the good, comes the bad and the rather ugly. There are tablets that occupy the hideous waste of space category, those...

  • 5 more of our favourite tablets of 2013

    It’s hard to deny the appeal of a tablet. Light, fast and loaded with apps, these devices often represent companies at the pinnacle of their technological capabilities. Tablets like the ones we’ve listed below are the best that 2013 had to offer. 5. Amazon Fire HDX 7 Amazon is the king of E-readers, but what about 7” tablets? As it turns out, it’s pretty good at those too. Its best offering of 2013 is the budget-priced HDX 7, which comes with a great screen and speedy performance to boot. The HDX 7 doubles up as a portal of all things Amazon, with...

  • 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...

  • Microsoft presents Surface 2, Pro and Type, Touch Cover 2

    From New York, Microsoft launches the Surface 2, another brave attempt at shifting some of the tablet magic away from Apple and Samsung. Surface 1 sold poorly, so what makes Microsoft think that the Surface 2 will be any better? First the price was slashed, then Microsoft said that you’ll get a minimum of R2000 (US$200) off the purchase of a Surface by bringing in your old iPad. Was this enough to bring fresh meat into the fold, just in time for a revitalized Surface offering? So here we go again. Is the Surface 2 worth your time? Let’s have...

  • Rumoured Nokia 10.1″ Windows RT tablet is all sorts of wrong

    We didn’t like the Surface RT, it’s one of the worst mistakes ever made by Microsoft outside of the Zune. It even cost it US$900-million in losses. So why Nokia wants to make a Windows RT tablet, its first official tablet to boot, is a mystery for us. Let’s then hope that this rumour, from Digi-Wo stays that way. The report is translated from Chinese, but despite the language barrier, there’s no denying the specs. What we have here is a 10.1-inch tablet that will have a 2.1Ghz CPU, a 1080p display with “5-point touch screen body”, 32GB storage and...

  • North Korean tablet ‘Samjiyon’ has Angry Birds, won’t play nice with Western internet

    North Korea is a black hole of technology, where Android tablets and smartphones don’t exist and the internet is a rumour. Guess what, only the last part of that sentence is correct. ITWorld reports on the “Samjiyon”, a bog-standard 7-inch Android tablet that can play a Korean version of Angry Birds Rio, but won’t connect to the satanic Western internet. Flip-side: it will connect to the heavily-monitored North Korean internet called “Kwangmyong” which is described as a walled-garden national intranet. So we’re guessing that it won’t come with Facebook preloaded then. The Samjiyon’s is a US$200 (R2000) device and was picked...

  • Intel’s Windows 8, quad-care tablet is a surprise mobile powerhouse

    During its Computex keynote speech earlier this week, chipmaker Intel whipped out a quad-core tablet which sported a look very close to Microsoft’s love it or hate it-device, the Surface. The Intel tablet runs the quad-core Bay Trail CPU, a revamp of the Atom processors that have powered most mobile devices since 2009. While Bay Trail may be for mobile, Intel says that the new chipsets offer laptop CPU-like powers, reports CNET. These tablets are proof of concept only, so don’t expect to seem either one in the near future. Intel dropped this gem about the Bay Trail tablet during...

  • Nook grows up, gets Google Play

    For those in the US (or anyone who shops online, really) you can pickup one of the least expensive HD tablets currently available, now with access to Google Play. We’re talking about the Nook HD and Nook HD+, two Android tablets with the OS hidden deep under Nook’s proprietary UI. The Google Play store is now part and parcel of the US$199 Nook HD experience and for that price, you’re getting a smashing 7-inch Android tablet that may even be seen as competition for the Nexus 7. Maybe. The Nook HD and HD+ are, from our short time spent in...

  • 13 of the best tablet apps for graphic designers

    Everyone’s using tablet computers these days, even graphic designers. But designers need maximum functionality on the go, including sophisticated graphics capabilities, vector graphics, image manipulation and drawing tools. Here are a few of the best tablet applications that will make even the most advanced graphic designers swoon. ColorStrokes HD: Add Colors to Monochrome Images with a Click — US$2.99 Some of the coolest images to hit the market today are monochrome images with a splash of bright colors. The ColorStrokes HD app lets graphic designers make a color splash from the train, plane or bus, without the usual hassle of using...

  • Razer Edge review: a gaming tablet that blows the mind

    When you hear the phrase “tablet gaming,” what comes to mind? Angry Birds, Infinity Blade and The Walking Dead games? Well what if we told you that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Batman: Arkham City and Far Cry 3 were now tablet territory? That’s the dream being dreamt by the gaming aficionados at Razer. The makers of high-end gaming laptops like the Razer Blade and slick peripherals like the Razer Sabertooth controller now present the Razer Edge. This Windows 8 tablet for the hardcore set comes in two flavors: Razer Edge and Razer Edge Pro. We reviewed the Pro, which has an i7 Intel processor, 8GB of RAM, a 2GB NVIDIA GT...