December 3rd, 2013
So. You’re looking for the best tablet this Christmas? Well, when you’ve decided whether to go 7 inch or 10 inch (or even 8.9 inch), you’ll have to decide between black or white (or even purple). Is it for you, your Mom or your sister or your brother (or even Gran)? Don’t even get me started on Apple or Android (or even Windows). Confused already? Take a look at our guide to the best tablet choices this yuletide…
Tesco Hudl – best budget option
Tesco’s first step into the tablet world has been a bigger one than many people expected. Although true tech-heads probably wouldn’t touch one with a barge pole the purse friendly Hudl has found an army of admirers, proved by out of stock messages littering Tesco’s website and the pre-Christmas clamour on eBay. But why? For a start £119 for the 1.5 GHZ A9 Quad-core processor and 16GB memory really can’t be sniffed at (it could even be bought for under £100 when using Tesco Clubcard vouchers) and the ease of picking up a device at your local, friendly supermarket is sure to have encouraged tablet first timers. The Hudl was recently voted as the most family friendly tablet available by BBC One’s The One Show and offers a convenient all-round Android package. Snap one up – if you can.
Nokia Lumia 2520 – best for work/play divide
The Lumia 2520 may be a late entry into Christmas 2013 having only been released on the 4th of December but it certainly shouldn’t be forgotten. The Windows operating system may put off some seasoned Apple and Android users but the ‘Desktop Mode’, which turns the 2520 into a familiar looking desktop computer screen, is sure to be a hit. It also comes with a free Microsoft Office bundle making it perfect for work, while the Original Nokia Power Keyboard Case offers the full laptop experience as well as extra juice and functionality. The range of apps available on Windows compared to Apple or Android is still a downside but for now the Nokia Lumia 2520 seems to be shaping up as the dark horse for 2014.
Kindle Fire HDX 7 / HDX 8.9 - best for novices
Amazon’s previous HD versions of the popular Kindle have proved somewhat lacklustre, perhaps due to the fact they didn’t really do that much more than their similarly styled Android competitors. So it was about time the Kindle series tried to step out of the proverbial box – and boy have they tried. The Mayday feature – which allows you to connect with one of Amazon’s Tech Advisors when you need help with your device – has been received extremely well and offers something no other tablet can. The service is free and available night and day, and even allows your Tech Advisor to safely and securely remotely control your HDX, creating a 24/7 port of call for technical tragedies. Perfect for your Mom/Dad/Grandparents if you want to avoid the ‘I can’t get BBC iPlayer/Sky Sports/Sudoku to work!’ phone calls.
Sony Xperia Tablet Z – best for showing off to your friends
Apart from the excellent 8.1 megapixel camera, super fast SnapDragon processor and an ultra slim profile the Sony Xperia Tablet Z stands out for one reason – it’s waterproof. This may gloss over you as a gimmick but the Z tab comes into its own in ways no other devices do. The tactile design (including toughened, scratch-resistant glass) fits into any environment and could be used in the kitchen, around the pool and even in the bath with no worries. However, once you’ve wiped down your screen you’ll realise the real star of the show is the Z’s truly awesome 10.1″ Bravia HD Display which pumps out screen quality and colour clarity to turn your friends Scrooged with envy.
Apple iPad Mini – best all-round
Stephen Fry once described having an iPad as like having a dog. His reasoning? People don’t own a dog because of the tricks and functions they perform, they own a dog because they love having them around, they own a dog because they are human. “People want engagement.” he said. “They want to stroke and feel and use all their senses to enjoy something. You can dress it up in words like ‘immersive’ and try to control it. But you have to forget all that and go for the gut and the heart”. In terms of ‘tricks’ the iPad Mini (£249) and the iPad Mini Retina (£319) version may still lag slightly behind some similarly priced tablets but in terms of beauty (oh the beauty!) it is arguably unmatched. Remember a ‘dog’ is for life, not just for Christmas…
November 29th, 2013
Tonight we’re going to have a look at five of the best cases for the iPad Mini Retina, aka the iPad Mini 2. I’m sure you all know how this works by now, so let’s move right into the recommendations!
5. FlexiShield iPad Mini Case
The FlexiShield is always a good place to begin your search for an ideal case. There are a lot of points in its favour – it is affordable, covers the entire back and sides of the iPad Mini, and adds little bulk. While scratch resistance trumps impact protection here, the FlexiShield provides a good base level of protection without making too much of itself. This is a very slim case, made of a grippy and flexible material that offers a nice alternative to the leathery cases we normally see for tablets. A good first choice, but let’s look at more specialised options in the cases to come.
4. Macally Rotating Case with Stand for iPad Mini
This Macally case is more close to the standard we expect for tablet cases, with a faux-leather construction and folio form factor. This provides screen protection while the iPad Mini isn’t in use, and a helpful stand when it is. The nice part of the Macally case is that it is one of the few rotating iPad Mini 2 cases on the market, allowing the iPad Mini to be stood up in that common portrait configuration instead of just landscape. A nice looking, if a bit conservative case.
3. Cygnett WorkMate Pro Case for iPad Mini
The Cygnett WorkMate is a high-protection case, a kind of more robust version of the FlexiShield. You’ll find full-body protection against both scratches and drops, without adding as much bulk as you would get in a folio. Screen protection isn’t sacrificed either, as a free screen protector is included with the case. A nice option for anyone looking for greater protection.
2. Speck iPad Mini iGuy
This case is a good specialist option, designed for use with toddlers and children. With a raft of educational apps and games on the market the iPad Mini is increasingly being used in such a role, and this case will help you keep the iPad Mini in good condition no matter what your kid throws at it (or it at). A necessarily bulky case that excels in its chosen niche.
1. Zenus Masstige Colour Point Folio Case for iPad Mini Retina
The winner of the ‘longest case name’ contest for the second year running, this case provides a nice blend of style, practicality and a slim build. The case offers a built-in series of pockets for holding important documents or cards, a stand for using the tablet in landscape mode (ideal for movies and games!) and a beautiful leather design. With such all-around strengths, you won’t be disappointed with the Zenus Masstige Colour Point Folio.
I hope you found these recommendations useful! Thanks for checking out the article and have a great weekend ahead!
November 27th, 2013
Remember when you were a child at Christmas and even though you were lucky enough to get the toy you really really wanted that year you still played with the box more?
Adults love shiny new toys – and kids are no different – so it’s inevitable that they’ll want to get their grubby little mitts on your tablet, download Angry Birds and play it till the cows come home. As there are sure to be thousands of tablets wrapped up under the tree this year how do you ensure you actually get to use yours?
1. Disguise it
Ok, so I guess this one is a long shot. When they realise BBC iPlayer is coming from a previously innocuous looking black book they’ll know something isn’t quite right. Book style cases are available for pretty much every device and can give your tablet a sleek low-profile with a touch of anonymity. The beautiful DODOcase range for the iPad Mini and the Mini Retina - which is handcrafted in San Francisco using traditional book binding techniques – offers a classic minimalist style which is sure to keep the youngsters away (Click the image to see the DODOcase for Google Nexus 2 2013). If you want to take it a step further and really confuse then maybe this Klevercase is more your bag.
2. Use a parental control app
As well as blocking out the nasty stuff you don’t want kids to see parental control apps can also be used to block out the stuff they do want to see. Apps can be used as a sort of technological curfew – if you’re busy mowing the lawn and you don’t mind them playing with your tab for an hour you can turn their favourite apps on, whereas when you really need to catch-up on your e-mails you can turn their favourite apps off. AppCertain for iOS gives you ability to turn off all non-essential apps on your iPad or iPhone, allowing you to actively manage when and where your device is interesting to children or not. Apps such as Kids Place and Android Parental Control offer similar functions on Android, whereas Windows 8 has a built-in feature called Kid’s Corner all ready to go on new devices.
3. Buy another
By now I’m sure you are realising this task is more difficult than we first thought. Maybe giving them their own tablet may be the best answer? As the demand for tablets has increased the wide range of devices available (and therefore the wide range of different price points) has only grown. New for this Christmas, the Hudl is Tesco’s first foray into the world of technology but, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, was recently voted as the most family friendly tablet available by BBC One’s The One Show. Although it may be derided within hardcore tech circles it’s 1.5GHz A9 Quad-core processor is really quite good value for the £119 price tag…
4. Keep them interested in their new tablet
Come on. You didn’t think step No.3 was foolproof did you? Remember that really cool box at Christmas in 1982? The grass is always greener and whatever tablet you may choose to buy for your little critter will sometimes come second best to yours. Accessories are a must; and a funky case is a good start. The wonderfully fun range from TabZoo is designed to add a bit of bite to your child’s device and double up as a handy stand when watching TV or movies. The 8 inch size is designed to fit both 7 and 8 inch devices so the range is compatible with a huge number of tabs from the Kindle HDX 7 to the Samsung Tab 2 7″. A stylus will also add greater functionality and fun, allowing for better use of sketching, drawing and painting applications.
August 2nd, 2013
The Nexus 7 was a popular tablet due to its price, software and hardware now Google have released its successor the Nexus 7 2. The main new features include back/front facing cameras, a full HD screen, a 1.5 GHZ processor plus 2GB of RAM. The new Nexus is also slimmer at only 8.65mm, so with its added camera we already know that your old Nexus 7 case won’t work, but have no fear Gearzap.com is due to stock the range of Asus official Nexus 7 2 cases.
The range of colours is quite impressive so if the standard black Nexus 7 isn’t what you are looking for then these cases are perfect. They cover the front and back of the tablet for full protection from scratches and damage. The cases are made by Asus so you can be assured they are good quality and have all the necessary cut outs for ports and buttons. As the new Nexus has a camera having the cut out is essential, it also save you having to remove the case every time you use it. The cases are slim and lightweight so it keeps your new Nexus 7 how it was designed to be. The case also overlaps the front of the device so if you ever face it down on a table it will offer some protection to the screen.
If you are looking for any other Nexus 7 2 accessories such as speakers, docks, charges and other cases check them out at Gearzap.
June 13th, 2013
With the announcement of the 2013 MacBook Air in both 11″ and 13″ models, many are now on the hunt for the best cases for the new MacBook Air. We’ve decided to round up a few of our favourite cases so you’re able to protect and stylise your brand new MacBook Air.
Giving your MacBook Air form-fitting, ventilated protection against scratches, the ToughGuard range offers cases that are both slim and affordable. Whilst they aren’t going to give maximum shock resistance should you drop your MacBook Air, they’re available in a wide range of colours allowing you to customise your device and show off some personality.
Designed to allow easy access to all ports, there are cut-outs along the edges of the ToughGuard. This also helps to aid ventilation keeping your new MacBook Air nice and cool. Available for both MacBook Air sizes, it’s easy to see why the range is so popular.
ColcaSac make all natural sleeves that are incredibly stylish and are usually adored by Apple fans. ColcaSac’s approach to providing environmentally sustainable cases that both look and feel great has gained them a strong fan base and a growing reputation. Due to the internal cushioning providing exceptional protection, you can be sure that your MacBook Air will be in safe hands.
The Speck SeeThru Satin is a favourite of many Apple lovers. Combine a ToughGuard with a satin-soft finish and the reputation of Speck and you’re left with this wonderful creation. Just like the ColcaSac, the Speck SeeThru is extremely popular with Apple lovers due to its high quality and unique ability to make your MacBook look a different colour. The back is also translucent meaning you can still see the glowing Apple logo through it.
Fabrix make a range of extremely unique cases that allow you to really show off your personality whilst protecting your MacBook Air when it’s not in use. Pick yourselves up a Fabrix case today – one of the hottest products around for MacBook Air.
June 10th, 2013
There have been rumours circulating over the past couple of days that point towards Apple unveiling a new MacBook Air range tonight, at their WWDC Keynote. Whilst everything has been kept secretive, as is the usual trend within Apple, the rumours of the device include an even thinner design, a Retina screen, a full HD FaceTime camera, faster WiFi capabilities and an Intel Haswell Processor. OS X 10.9 and iOS 7 are also rumoured to be announced at the event.
GearZap has been the number one place to go to for MacBook Air 11 cases and MacBook Air 13 cases ever since the devices were first released. We aim to be the first retailer to stock cases for the new models, and will ensure that we have the very best range to choose from when more cases become available.
Keep updated with our ranges on our website, and order any in stock item before 6pm for same day despatch.
June 10th, 2013
Samsung have added to their already large range of Galaxy Tab devices by announcing the Galaxy Tab 3. The 3rd Generation of the Galaxy Tab series will come in three different sizes, 7″, 8″ and 10.1″, and we’ve got everything set up and ready to go to allow you to protect and accessorise your device.
Already live on our site are categories for all of your needs, covering the full range of Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 accessories.
With the Galaxy Tab range being so popular due to its budget price tag, we expect there to be huge demand for the Galaxy Tab 3 and as such will be providing accessories in all areas including cases, stands, stylus pens and more.
The announcement and release follows months of rumours about the device range, with Samsung springing up models in new sizes at any opportunity it seems.
June 4th, 2013
Have you just treated yourself to an Amazon Kindle ready for your summer holiday? Why not treat yourself that little bit more to some exciting accessories for your new gadget? The possibilities are endless; from cases, to screen protectors, to Kindle Chargers – you really can make your new Kindle unique to you! With chargers available for both Kindle 4 and Kindle Fire, whichever route you go down, you can always make sure your device is waiting for you!
GearZap is offering an Amazon Kindle Gift Pack, designed specifically for the Kindle 4; perfect for a new-starter! The gift pack includes all of the most important accessories you will need for your Kindle. From a silicone case, to a screen protector, to a Kindle car charger, your new Kindle will be ready to accompany you on your summer road-trip!
What’s more, we’re offering a similar package for the Kindle Fire, providing a leather case protector, a portable desk stand and a USB cable charger, so your new Kindle won’t run out of juice just when you reach that crucial cliff hanger! This Ultimate Accessory Pack transform the functionality of your new Kindle, as you sit back and enjoy your videos in comfort thanks to the desk stand, whilst simultaneously charging your gadget.
With a new device, there is nothing more important than making sure you can always use it. Given that summer is on its way, the WorldWise Universal Power Travel Charger is my personal favourite product of ours. Wherever you are in the world, your Kindle will always be ready for you to use. Complete with pins for UK, US, EU and AUS sockets, you can take your Kindle on all your excursions across the world. Self-contained, it will fit in your suitcase or hand-luggage easily, so there will be plenty of space for those annual holiday “must-haves”.
These are just a few of the possibilities for your new Kindle – take a look at our other accessories to spruce up your new gadget! Let us know your favourite ones!
May 24th, 2013
So HP have released their new tablet and I think it’s safe to safe it’s a budget tablet being priced at just £129.00. I think even at £200 this tablet would have been good value for money but at £129 it’s a bargain.
So what accessories should you buy for your new Slate 7? Well I would start with a protective case and hear at Gearzap we have the perfect one. It only makes sense that if you want a low priced tablet you would not spend a huge amount of money on the case for it. Well the SD TabletWear stand and Type case for the Slate 7 is perfect at only £17.95.
The case has a stylish leather effect meaning it looks good and is hard wearing. The case can be folded into different layouts so that it can be used to stand the tablet up for a perfect viewing angle (good for YouTube) and change the angle and it is perfect for typing (good for commenting on YouTube). The case even has a strap on the back to make it easier to hold while you use it.
Built in magnets mean that when the lid is closed it turns off the screen and when you open it up, it wakes the device, this is perfect for saving battery. Finally as this case is made specifically for the HP Slate 7 it has all the necessary cut outs for ports and buttons, meaning you will never have to take it out to charge or use the device.
The SD TabletWear case is a low priced full featured accessory for a low priced full featured tablet.
May 17th, 2013
The HTC One is in my opinion one of the nicest looking phones of 2013 (so far). I also think that a good phone case is essential when owning a phone that is worth more than some people spend on rent. So if you’re like me and have these two thoughts you will want a case that either doesn’t ruin the look of the HTC One or one that will keep it so well protected that it stops you ruining it. Well at Gearzap I think we have a range of cases that will help you do just that.
Firstly let’s look at what HTC themselves think you should put on your phone. The Genuine HTC One Double Dip Flip Case might be a bit of a tongue twister but it is a really nice looking case, it is very slim so adds very little extra bulk, it is designed in such a way that you can use it as a stand for a more comfortable view position and it is a genuine HTC product so you can be guaranteed of high quality and the perfect fit.
Now for something with a little extra bulk but extra protection it’s called the Otterbox Defender Series (it even sounds tough). This case utilizes 3 layers of protection. The first layer is a Polycarbonate shell, the second layer is a silicone skin and third layer is thermal-formed sheet. All this gives you 360⁰ protection, full access to all ports and features, and you peace of mind.
The third case I liked was the FlexiSheild Wave, this is a case that adds no extra bulk and is slightly transparent so it allows you to see the shape and design of the HTC One while offering a good level of protection. The case is made from a special tough gel that makes it flexible like silicone but tougher than a crystal case, offering you the best of both worlds.
So I think that covers a wide range of needs, personally I have gone with the Otterbox as I drop my phone so many times I really don’t know why it’s still working but there are always more HTC One cases on Gearzap.com if you’re looking for something a little different.