Top tablet PCs of the year

South Africa’s top technology gurus select their top tablet PCs for 2012, which include many of the usual suspects

By - December 29, 2012
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South Africa’s top tech gurus named the iPad 4, Google Nexus 7, and the iPad Mini as the top tablet PCs of 2012. Microsoft’s Surface received an honourable mention for trying something different with its “Smart” keyboard cover and built-in kickstand.

2012 was a great year for the tablet PC market, with Google and Microsoft entering the fray with the Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Surface to take on Apple’s popular iPad tablets.

Apple did not sit back, and launched a smaller iPad – the 7.9-inch iPad Mini – to compete against smaller and cheaper tablets like Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire.

To get an informed view on which tablet PCs are the best devices of 2012, MyBroadband asked South Africa’s top technology journalists and gadget enthusiasts for their views. This group included:

  • Aki Anastasiou – Radio 702 Technobyte and Tech on Tap presenter
  • Arthur Goldstuck – World Wide Worx MD and Gadget.co.za editor
  • Jannie van Zyl – Vodacom executive and tech guru
  • Jan Vermeulen – MyBroadband journalist
  • Gerrit Vermeulen – Software developer and MyBroadband reviewer

The Google Nexus 7, Apple iPad and iPad Mini all received the nod from the panellists.

Nexus 7 (selected by Aki Anastasiou, Jan Vermeulen and Gerrit Vermeulen)

Nexus 7

Google Nexus 7

Google unveiled its Nexus 7 in June 27, and later in the year released a new model which included 3G connectivity to complement the Wi-Fi only models. The Asus-built Nexus 7 features a 7-inch display, an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core chip, 1 GB of RAM, and 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.

iPad with retina display aka iPad 4 (selected by Jannie van Zyl, Jan Vermeulen and Gerrit Vermeulen)

iPad with retina display

iPad with retina display

Apple unveiled the iPad with retina display (aka iPad 4) on 23 October. The latest iPad features a custom designed A6X chipset boasting up to twice the CPU and graphics compute performance of the A5X chipset, and a new Qualcomm LTE chip.

iPad Mini (selected by Arthur Goldstuck)

iPad Mini touch

iPad Mini

Apple unveiled a smaller version of its popular iPad tablet PC in October, featuring a 7.9-inch display, a dual-core A5 processor and a 5-megapixel iSight camera on the rear capable of 1080p recording. The device also supports LTE, and is unsurprisingly cheaper than the larger 9.7-inch iPad.

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