We’ve encountered a bewildering assortment of tablets over the past year, some of them judged magnificent and others being consigned to the “dodgy” shelf. Now meet a new player in this relentlessly competitive market – this one from Birmingham, England. Recently unveiled by UK company Ergo Electronics, the Android-powered GoTab GTi range of tablets is designed to be “affordable yet fashionable”. Nothing wrong with that.
First up is the GTi97, a 9,7-inch tablet featuring a high-resolution IPS multi-touch display, dual-core RK3066 processor and 1 GB of RAM. This translates into seamless multitasking. Connectivity is accomplished with Wi-Fi N, an HDMI output, a microSD card slot and a micro-USB port. Price in the UK: R2 400.
Next up is the GTi8 (about R1 700), an 8-inch tablet featuring excellent screen resolution (1 024 x 768), a 1,2 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM and Wi-Fi N. It comes with two 2 MP cameras, the back one for regular pictures and the front camera for video-conferencing and self-portraits (not that you would ever be so vain). Finally, we come to the small fry of the range, officially designated GTi7. This lightweight, 7-inch charmer costs a distinctly modest R1 060.
Our recommendation, pending a hands-on test: check out the opposition – the complete specs, prices, intuitive operation (or otherwise), durability et al – before making a call.