While South Africans were able to buy many of the tablets launched in 2012 through official local channels, a number of devices weren’t sold here for various reasons.
These include the Padfone 2 from Asus, a smartphone which can be docked into a tablet, and the Nexus 10, Google’s 10-inch tablet offering.
It’s worth pointing out that devices such as the Nexus 10 and Microsoft Surface aren’t ruled out for SA launches yet, they just didn’t make it to our shores at the time of writing.
Amazon’s Kindle Fire range of tablets also haven’t made it to South Africa through official channels yet, though this is likely due to the fact that most of its ecosystem isn’t available here.
The Amazon Appstore, MP3 store, and on-demand video service are all unavailable to non-US citizens.
It’s also understandable that the Barnes & Noble Nook range of tablets aren’t available in SA, considering that they don’t have any stores in the country.
Here are five cool tablets to launch in 2012 that weren’t officially released in SA: