Do you need a tablet? That’s probably the first question you want to ask before deciding which brand to buy and what budget you have.
A tablet is a portable device whose capabilities and form-factor are between smartphones and personal computers. Most tablets start with screen size of 7 inches. That’s why some tablets are called “tablet PCs” where as some are called “Phablets”, a term coined from Phone and tablet.
If you are a busy traveling executive, then a tablet is a must have device. You can carry your presentations, sales pitches and documents on a light, portable, battery efficient device. If you also have kids at home, a tablet could prove to be a great entertainment or educational tool with the right apps.
Tablets are not designed for voice calls or even taking pictures. The Apple iPad for instance doesn’t have voice calling capabilities. But some users still insist on making voice calls and taking photos with their tablets.
Here are some of the tablets in Uganda and their current prices.
There are a number of tablet brands in the market today. But the undisputed king of them of all( you guessed who) is the Apple iPad. The iPad has the most number of apps specifically designed for a tablet. It has a great solid metal design with round edges that feels right to hold in the hands.
The Apple iPad however doesn’t support traditional voice calls and SMS without Jail-breaking it. That’s why Whatsapp isn’t supported on the iPad. Yeah, such a bummer I know. The iPad also doesn’t give you much freedom to customize your user experience. Apple believes want they give you is enough to get whatever you need to be done done.
Now there are a number of vendors that carry the Apple iPad and they include Airtel, MTN, Jumia Uganda, Elite computers who are also one of the authorized Apple resellers in Uganda.
Here are some of the Apple iPad tablets in Uganda and their current prices.
Ipad 4 (9.7”, 64GB) from Airtel Uganda priced at Ugx 1,801,100
iPad Air (9.7”, 16GB) from MTN Uganda priced at Ugx 1,650,000
iPad mini 2 (9.7”,64GB) from Jumia Uganda priced at Ugx 2,272,500
iPad Mini 3 (16GB) from Elite computers priced at $750 (about Ugx 2,591,000)
iPad Air 2 (16GB) from Jumia Uganda priced at Ugx 2,454,000
iPad Air 2 (64GB) from Jumia Uganda priced at Ugx 2,808,000
iPad Air 2 (16GB) from Elite computers priced at $940 (about Ugx 3,247,000)
The Apple iPad is also the most pricey of all tablets. That’s where budget Android devices come in. Samsung Galaxy Tab S series of tablets are some of the most popular Android-based tablets. But Huawei’s Mediapad is also gaining traction among users.
Android tablets have you lots of flexibility and customization compared to the Apple iPad, not to mention wide price range. Some even support voice calling right out the box and have great front/rear cameras for taking photos.
But most android tablets also come with lots of bloat-ware (extra “unnecessary” apps from the vendor) that makes the experience clumsy. Their design isn’t as premium as that of the Apple iPad.
Android-tablets have lots of support from mobile networks in Uganda such as MTN, Airtel, Vodafone Uganda. Offline stores such as Midcom and Simba telecom also you have android-tablets as well as online retailer Jumia Uganda. Here are some of the tablets in Uganda and their prices;
Innjoo F3 from Jumia Uganda priced at Ugx 275,000
Alcatel Pixi 7” tablet from MTN Uganda priced at Ugx 299,000
Asus Fonepad 7” from MTN Uganda priced at Ugx 450,000
Tecno S9 from Jumia Uganda priced at Ugx 485,000
Huawei Mediapad 7” Youth 2 tablet from MTN Uganda priced at Ugx 500,000
Huawei Mediapad 7” Youth 2 tablet from Airtel Uganda priced at Ugx 500,000
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, 7” from Airtel Uganda priced at Ugx 600,000
Huawei Mediapad 10” from tablet MTN Uganda priced at Ugx 900,000
Huawei Mediapad 10.1” from Jumia Uganda priced at Ugx 1,100,000
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, 10.1” from Jumia Uganda priced at Ugx 975,000
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, 10.1” from Airtel Uganda priced at Ugx 1,100,000
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1” from MTN Uganda priced at Ugx 1,150,000
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4” from MTN Uganda priced at Ugx 1,600,000
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5” from Jumia Uganda priced at Ugx 1,992,000
Microsoft tablets run on Windows RT operating system, a customized version of the Windows operating system running your PC but tweaked to run on touchscreen devices. That said, with Microsoft tablets, you get the same eye-candy metro-tile experience you find on Window 8+ PCs, but this time without a mouse and keyboard.
Microsoft directly manufactures its own tablets. The Microsoft surface is a premium Windows RT tablet that give you the Windows tablet experience the way that Microsoft envisions it. However, they are other vendors with Microsoft tablets and they include Lenovo, Acer, Dell, HP among others.
There are not so many Microsoft tablets in the Ugandan market currently. Here are some of the Microsoft Windows-based tablets in Uganda and their prices.
Isurf tablet PC (with dock) from MTN Uganda priced at Ugx 1,250,000
Asus Technology Pad SH priced from Jumia Uganda at 692,000
Clearly tablets aren’t going to replace your good-old personal computer anytime soon despite analysts predictions. But you might need one for the road, for a business pitch or for the kids to play some games or finish their homework.