The growing tablet sector allows PC retailers to bolster their more traditional product ranges with additional sales.
We look at the hottest new tablets and accessories as we approach the back to school period.
SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 10-INCH WIFI
THEY SAY: Choose the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and discover the new way to set your creativity free. It’s portable, yet offers multitasking like a PC thanks to its large 10.1-inch screen. An eight-inch version is also available. Plus, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 includes seven-inch (£179), eight- inch (£279) and ten-inch (£329) models, and at only 8.2mm, the Samsung Ativ Tab 3 (£499) is the world’s thinnest Windows tablet.
SPECS: S-Pen, 10.1-inch screen, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, DDR3 SDRAM, 1.4GHz ARM porcessor, 16GB RAM.
ASUS VIVOTAB SMART
DISTRIBUTOR: VIP Computers
THEY SAY: This 10.1-inch Smart Windows 8 tablet features an Intel Atom CPU for best performance, power efficiency and compatibility. It has a TranSleeve combined cover and stand with wireless keyboard, as well as 9.5 hours of extra-long battery life for all-day computing.
SPECS: Intel Atom Z2760 Dual Core CPU, 2GB memory, 64GB storage, 1366×768 screen size, Windows 8, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, 2.4GHz processor, Bluetooth V4.0.
MOBINOTE 8-INCH ANDROID TABLET
THEY SAY: This dual-core Android tablet is the ideal personal productivity and entertainment device for all ages, yet a convenient size to fit into a briefcase, holdall or handbag. It comes with a wide selection of preinstalled applications including web browing, email, social networking and live TV.
SPECS: (8-inch model): Cortex-A9 Dual Core 1.5GHz processor, DDR3 1GB, 8GB flash storage.
TECH AIR UNIVERSAL FOLIO CASE 5701V4
DISTRIBUTOR: Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: High capacity and plenty of accessories for active organising. You won’t leave anything behind with this three-compartment spacious backpack. It includes tech air protection technology so any shock is distributed away from the point of impact.
SPECS: Laptop compartment dimensions: 37.2 x 29.3 x 5.1cm, external dimensions: 45 x 34 x 18.5cm, weight: 1.6kg.
VIBE SLICK GRIP FOR IPAD
THEY SAY: Incorporates chunky handles for great grip. A built-in Venturi port amplifies the speaker output from the iPad while all ports, buttons, sensors and cameras remain accessible. You can stand the iPad in landscape orientation to watch videos. Non-slip case feels great in hand for extended periods.
SPECS: Durable non-toxic silicone rubber construction, tough silicone case for iPad 2, New iPad [3/4].
DISTRIBUTOR: MSE Group
THEY SAY: Combine tablet touch-screen convenience and console-level gameplay with Wikipad’s precise dual-analog stick controller. The Wikipad is the evolution of gaming and tablets in one revolutionary product.
SPECS: Nvidia Tegra mobile processor with Quad Core CPU and 5th battery-saver core, 12-core Nvidia GPU, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, seven-inch diagonal IPS (1280×800), 16:10 ratio wide-view panel, Dual- band WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0.
KURIO 75 TABLET
DISTRIBUTOR: Ingram Micro Mobility
THEY SAY: Following on form the success of the best-selling and award-winning Kurio 7 Tablet is Kurio 7S, the perfect Android Tablet for families with its pre-loaded content and KurioGenius parental controls.
SPECS: Dual Core processor, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, 1GB RAM, 7-inch screen, 8GB internal storage, compatible with 802.11 b/g/n wireless networks, micro USB connection, 0.3MP front camera and 2.0MP rear camera.
ASUS MEMO PAD
DISTRIBUTOR: VIP Computers
THEY SAY: Comfortably take your entertainment anywhere with the seven-inch ASUS MeMO Pad featuring a ten-point multi-touch display. Designed to fit your hand, the stylish diamond chequered design ensures a snug grip, giving you the freedom to focus on what’s most important: the fun.
SPECS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, VIA WM8950 1GHz/Mali-400 processor, 1GB DDR3L memory, 16GB storage, 1024×600 resolution.
DGM T-1006/16 TABLET
DISTRIBUTOR: Entatech, Gem Distribution
THEY SAY: The DGM 10.1-inch nternet Tablet for Android 4.0 has a digital panel with multi-touch, and a 1024×600 pixel resolution. It’s made especially for internet browsing, social networking, games and apps.
SPECS: (10.1-inch model): Dual Cortex-A9 1.6GHz CPU, Four Core Mali-400 300MHz graphic processor, 1G DDR3 memory, 16GB storage, Wireless LAN WiFi 802.11b/g/n, USB 3G dongle.
THEY SAY: Hannspree’s 9.7-inch tablet PC includes a comprehensive feature set to enjoy communications and web browsing on the fly, making it an ideal portable partner for the busy lifestyle. The aluminium design is robust as well as stylish.
SPECS: Dual Core, Android Jelly Bean, 9.7-inch 1024×768 touchscreen, 8GB on board storage, 1GB memory, MicroSD, mini USB, mini HDMI, 0.3MP front camera, 2.0MP rear camera.
DISTRIBUTOR: Spire Technology
THEY SAY: The Orion 101 is a versatile tablet that comes complete with its own keyboard dock that doubles as a hard case. The 10.1-inch IPS screen is a pleasure to view and the quad-core CPU ensures smooth gameplay and browsing.
SPECS: 1280×800 HD resolution, 16:9, HDMI, Quad Core Allwinner A31 1Ghz processor (QuadCore Cortex A7, 8core GPU), 16GB storage (up to 32GB via SD Card), 1GB DDR3 memory.
YARVIK XENTA 10" IPS TABLET
DISTRIBUTOR: Target Components
THEY SAY: With dual core CPU and quad core graphics, 16GB of internal storage and expandable MicroSD for further memory, you should never run out of power. It’s incredibly thin and light too, making it ultra portable and easy to use.
SPECS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Dual Core Cortex A9 1.6 GHz processor, 1GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB storage memory, WiFi N 150Mbps, Bluetooth 4.0, 1280×800 HD resolution.
THEY SAY: Hannspree’s multi-functional tablet PC features a generous 10.1-inch high-end ultra responsive ten-point IPS touchscreen for the ultimate viewing experience.
SPECS: 1.2GHz Quad Core processor, Android Jelly Bean including OTA updates, 10.1-inch 1280×800 touchscreen, 16GB on board storage, 1GB DDR3 memory, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, MicroSD.
SOUND CUBE USB SPEAKER
DISTRIBUTOR: Group Gear
THEY SAY: A pocket-size speaker perfect for travel, which plugs into any USB port to enjoy superior sound quality. The compact and modern design will complement any laptop PC/tablet. No external power source is required.
SPECS: DC 5v power, 1.5w output power, 36mm caliber, built-in Li-ion rechargeable battery.
TARGUS IN CAR TABLET HOLDER
THEY SAY: In car entertainment for the kids; take your iPad or tablet for kids to watch films or play games in the car, mount and secure using an iPad or tablet holder. Targus also has a Laser Pen Stylus (£19.99) for Capacitive Devices which makes it easy to take notes, draw, play games or simply turn a page. This accessory not only functions as a stylus but also features a built-in pen and a laser pointer, too.
PRESTIGIO MULTIPAD 10.1 ULTIMATE 4G
THEY SAY: Achieve fastest speeds with a Quad Core processor and up to 4G connectivity on a luxury 10.1-inch MVA display with a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels. There are many apps pre-installed and more than 700,000 apps available from Google Play.
SPECS: 1920×1200 pixel resolution, 5MP rear camera, 7000mAh battery, miniHDMI output.
APPTAB 7 DUAL CORE TABLET
DISTRIBUTOR: KMS Components
THEY SAY: This tablet features an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system with Flash 11 support, plush 1GB DDR3 memory and 16GB storage. It has a Dual Core 1.6GHz CPU, a seven-inch 800×480 LCD display, a Capacitive Multi-touch 5 Points Touch Panel.
SPECS: Bluetooth compatible, MicroSD slot supporting up to 32GB, 3.5mm headphone jack, 3000maAh battery.
GOCLEVER TERRA 90
DISTRIBUTOR: Spire Technology
THEY SAY: A nine-inch internet powerhouse designed to allow you to complete any task or app you throw at it with ease. Expandable SD card storage and a keyboard case included as standard set you with the ideal tablet to browse the web or play apps from.
SPECS: 800×480 resolution, 512MB, 8GB, Android Jelly Bean, USB, Dual Core Cortex A5, WiFi, external dongle 3G (optional), front CMOS 0.3MP, MicroSDHC 32GB.
PRESTIGIO MULTIPAD 4 ULTIMATE 8.0 3G
THEY SAY: This Quad Core model boasts a resolution of 1027×768, an IPS Capacitive multi-touch screen, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, WiFi, 3G and BT connectivity, a GPS receiver and 1GB RAM/16GB ROM.
SPECS: 2MP front camera, 8MP rear camera, MicroSD slot (up to 32GB), stereo speakers.
YARVIK JUNIOR TABLET
DISTRIBUTOR: Target Components
THEY SAY: This eight-inch Junior tablet for kids comes pre-installed with Kido’z fun and safe play mode and full parental controls for safe web browsing. Apps include Alarm Clock, Browser, Calculator, Calendar, Camera, Downloads, E-book Reader, and E-mail.
SPECS: Cortex A9 1 GHz processor, 1GB DDR3 RAM, 2MP rear camera, Wi-Fi N 150 Mbps, MicroSDHC expandable up to 32GB, battery capacity 4000mAh, Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.
BELKIN: The FastFit Keyboard Case for iPad Mini and a range of covers for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1 models are available from Belkin. Distributors include Ingram Micro, Entatech, C2000, Westcoast, Micro-P and MMD.
MERONCOURT: There’s the Manhattan iPad Leather Case, 4World Case with Stand for Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Speedlink Escudo 13.3 Inch Vertical Tablet Bag and the Manhattan Tablet Bubble Case available to order.
C2000: The Kensington Charge and sync Cabinet and the Be.ez La Robe sleeves are available from Computer 2000.
CENTERPRISE: Pakuma’s new Desktop Pack has been designed for the New iPad and iPad 2 to transform them into hands free desktops. Meanwhile, Pakuma’s Wall Mount Pack includes a stylish and secure holder for the tablets.
COMPUTERS UNLIMITED: Wacom has produced a Bamboo Duo stylus for Apple and Android devices. Additionally, the Twelve South HoverBar connects an iPad to a Mac, creating a workstation that makes the iPad more useful as an office device.
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