Vodacom is one of the major mobile networks in South Africa, with millions of subscribers nationwide. The operator is continually trying to improve its customer satisfaction levels through innovative offerings. In the data-centric market we’re now seeing on the African continent, Vodacom is seeking to meet customer needs through its entry-level tablet offering.
The Vodacom Smart Tab 3G is an entry-level tablet that runs on Android Kit-Kat, designed specifically for the South African market, lightweight at only 275g, with a solid matte-texture, it looks like it can take a punch or two!
The introduction of the tablet is all about driving up the demand for data and it’s aimed at the mass market. In terms of the South African mobile market, that means the market that can’t quite afford high-end items such as Apple or Samsung tablets, but is looking to move beyond just having a smart phone.
This low-cost 7-inch tablet is ideal for responding to emails, browsing web pages and viewing photos, while the 4060mAh battery can last you a full day, so you can enjoy surfing the web or downloading and playing games for hours on end. The device is Google Play Store certified, meaning you get access to more than 1 million apps online. Priced highly competitive in the South African Market, this device can be obtained on a contract with Vodacom for as little as R2 a day!
Although there are other entry-level tablets similar in the market, what gives the Vodacom Smart Tab 3G an edge is the built-in 3G modem. This makes WiFi and 3G access speedy.
With 512MB of RAM, the Vodacom Smart Tab 3G also has 4GB of storage, which can be expanded to 32GB via a micro SD card. Further equipped with a micro micro-USB socket and audio output the device is quite multi functional too.
Vodacom has kept the interface quite simple, so controls are standard too. Finding the micro USB socket isn’t too difficult- it can be found at the top, alongside the 3.5mm audio jack.
Encased in black plastic, the Vodacom Smart Tab 3G may not be a premium device, but it’s well-priced at R999. Its built-in 3G modem puts it ahead of its class when compared to similar entry-level tablets. If you shop around for this device, you can pick up a bargain at around R999 or R59 a month on a 24-month plan. Vodacom is also offering some bundle deals on the device that will give you 10GB data, a R10,000 educational voucher and an after hour 10GB extra data – which will set you back R329 a month. A worthy contender in the entry level market, and a solid buy iff you need a device to browse and email from, and maybe even spin up the occasional game?
Want to see it in action, here is an un-boxing video on Youtube.