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Windows Tablets in South Africa

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  • Hi

    We are having some real problems trying to get windows based tablets for development in South Africa. I was wondering if there was someone or some company i could get in contact with get some tablets. There are not many options in the computer stores ( only 2 actually ) and they are top of the range tablets  We are looking for 7 inch or 8 inch tablets for development and then if the projects go ahead we would need them in bulk. I have tried to contact the hardware manufactures themselves (Dell , Lenovo, Sony) and am told that i need to either contact the resellers ( Which i have but they are not importing any new windows based tablets for the forseeable future ) or told that they do not ship to South Africa. I cannot even buy these devices through Amazon because they do not ship here. 

    Monday, February 03, 2014 7:26 AM

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  • Hi g3rdi,

    The Windows Store apps forums are for developers to discuss writing Windows Store apps. We cannot help with acquiring devices. As already noted, you'll need to talk to your local resellers to see what can be imported. You may also be able to import them yourself, but you'll need to look into local laws and regulations.

    That said, a search for http://www.bing.com/search?q=where+to+buy+windows+tablet+in+south+africa came up with some likely looking prospects. Several of the vendors that came up listed the 7 and 8 inch tablets I'd look for.

    --Rob

    Tuesday, February 04, 2014 1:12 AM
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  • I was redirect here after being redirected from another forum after being redirected because I got a error trying to submit a direct support request .

    Not sure if we are getting the same results but I got 

    http://tablets.top10reviews.co.za/

    Which basically lists every form of android tablet of which there seem to be of every single type.

    and this

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-za/default.aspx

    Which is more about the nokia lumina , but i do eventually get here

    http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-gb

    which does not list any tablet devices for hardware.

    I also got here

    http://www.shopbot.co.za/tablet-pc/price/south-africa/167222

    which shows a tablet for the same price as a new alienware 15 inch laptop.

    I also got here

    http://www8.hp.com/za/en/home.html

    which also shows all types of products except tablets.

    Please if you could share those links that you found , that would be great.  I have contacted the resellers and none of them are getting 8 or 7 inch tablets any time soon. As far as i know they are not even stocking on any different types of windows tablets. 

    Im sorry if i am spamming the wrong channel , i am just really stuck at the moment and although i would really like to continue development in .NET this is a fairly major problem for us to do so.

    Thursday, February 06, 2014 7:27 AM
  • As a fellow South African I understand your frustration. Most of the limitations on availability in our country are not however the suppliers fault, but due to restrictions imposed by our Department of Trade and Industry.

    Check these links

    http://www.wantitall.co.za/PC-Hardware/Dell-Venue-8-Pro-64-GB-Tablet-Windows-8-1__B00FFVYV4K

    http://www.wantitall.co.za/PC-Hardware/Dell-Venue-8-Pro-32-GB-Tablet-Windows-8-1__B00FEE7B1I

    or contact these guys and see if they can import for you 

    http://www.laptopdirect.co.za/Microsoft-Windows-Tablets-c-797.php

    otherwise get someone coming into the country from the US, UK or elsewhere to bring in for you.

    Good luck.


    Thursday, February 06, 2014 9:52 AM