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Mobile Phones

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 arrives in South Africa with swanky exterior

    Amid Samsung's relentless push of its flagship and seriously expensive smartphones to business folk and power users, it has been silently working on a few mid-rangers aimed to fill the pockets of more sensible users. Samsung has announced that the Samsung Galaxy A7 is one of these devices, is now available in South Africa. To clarify its place in the Samsung family, it sits above the A5 and A3 in the youthful budget segment. With a 5.5-inch screen, it's not exactly small but it does cater for those fancying a little more screen estate. There's a generous slathering of pixels too...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5: Sammy proves it has no idea what it’s doing anymore

    At the turn of the decade, Samsung made a bold move of launching a large screened smartphone just at the world woke with a thirst for pixels. Brilliant idea. It beat Apple to it. Hell, it practically built the "phablet" sub-genre by hand and owned it for many years after that. Roll on to 2015 and practically every smartphone above the R1500 price range has a screen larger than 5.0-inches. Naturally, screens are getting bigger and processing power increases, networking technology more shrewd and consumers media appetite larger. So what the hell was Samsung thinking when it debuted the new Samsung...

  • ASUS shoves 256GB storage into its ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition

    After shoving a 5000mAh battery in its ZenFone Max, it seems that ASUS is getting the hang of cramming its smartphones with bigger and better things. The latest device in question is a special edition of the ZenFone 2 Deluxe with a quite remarkable trump card: 256GB of internal storage. Eat your heart out, Samsung. Traditionally, 64GB seemed to be the internal storage ceiling with a few manufacturers dipping its paws into the 128GB splash pool, but we definitely haven't come close to seeing 256GB yet, and especially not on a mass produced device. Now, ASUS is overtaking its rivals in...

  • Faulty iPhone 6 cameras subject of Apple’s ‘iSight’ recall project

    Has your iPhone 6 been taking particularly blurry and unsightly photographs lately? Don't worry, your world is still as beautiful as it has always been. It's Apple's best-selling smartphone that has a few issues. The defect it seems, affects a few iPhone 6 models' cameras, which results in blurry photographs. The phone's also unable to focus on a target in manual or automatic guises and, for the most part, fails to utilise its OIS system. Apple has announced that with its new "iSight" recall project, it will repair certain iPhone 6 devices purchased between September 2014 and January 2015 that feature...

  • Xiaomi is bringing its smartphones to Africa in September

    Here's some huge news, especially for Africans waiting for more Chinese devices to hit the continent. Xiaomi, the world's fourth largest smartphone producer, is heading to the continent in September, a new Forbes report suggests. The company, previously plying its trade in China and India among other smaller markets, sees ample opportunities in the continent that's experiencing a massive mobile device boom. According to the report, Xiaomi has employed the services of Mobile in Africa as a sole distributor for the "50 countries that constitute sub-Saharan Africa," so it seems that South Africa is on Xiaomi's list as well. Read more: Xiaomi smartphones...

  • LG G4 review: old world charm, new world chic

    It's interesting to note the meteoric rise of some smartphone companies starting life at the very bottom of the market. OnePlus is probably the best example right now, considering that the OnePlus One is one of the best mid-range phones we've ever seen. But what about flagship devices? And more importantly, what about current established players? Apple is yet to make its move this year, but the iPhone 6 continues to lay waste its competition in terms of sales. Samsung is slowly clawing its way back into the spotlight with the Galaxy S6 while HTC has launched the tepid One...

  • 49 reasons why the LG G4 is one of the best smartphone cameras around [Gallery]

    We often publish our review with images taken by the device's camera, but for larger launches, we don't think it quite does the snaps or the camera any justice. As is the case with the Huawei P8, LG marketed it's LG G4 as a camera attached to a smartphone, more than a smartphone with a camera bolted to it. It makes sense too, because it's easily within the top three best smartphone cameras to purchase right now. I'm not going to say that it's better than the Samsung Galaxy S6's snapper, which was brilliant on automatic mode and ghastly as everything...

  • Android One arrives in Africa with the $90 Infinix Hot 2

    Google is bringing it's Android One programme to Africa, finally. Jumia, one of Africa's biggest ecommerce players, has announced that it will be retailing a phone molded under the guise of Google's Android One scheme to African markets this year. The device in question is the Infinix Hot 2. "Google’s Android One is testament to Google’s customer centric efforts. Android One smartphones are poised to be customer favorite and I foresee a great demand for them. Jumia is thrilled to be in the forefront of this revolution," noted Fatoumata Ba, MD of Jumia Nigeria. Android One was announced alongside Android Lollipop...

  • Alleged leak shows-off Google’s upcoming Nexus smartphone

    A photo of what's said to be Google's upcoming Nexus smartphone has been released into the wild. Originally posted on an Indonesian Google Plus community by inno yudha, the picture shows-off the white device's back sporting a rather bulky rear camera and a possible fingerprint sensor. The small, red sticker in the bottom-corner of the photo appears to be an LG logo. This would confirm earlier rumours that the internet giant has partnered with the Korean manufacturer to develop its upcoming Nexus device. Whether Chinese manufacturer Huawei is involved remains unclear. Read more: Motorola’s Nexus 6 steals the show as Google launches...

  • Samsung unveils Galaxy Note 5, vast improvement over Note 4

    South Korean electronics company Samsung officially unveiled its latest smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. It's an obligatory yearly hardware upgrade and includes some interesting features. The internals are similar to that of the Galaxy S6. Both devices share the Exynos 7 Octa 7420 CPU, but the Note 5 has been given 4GB of RAM. Bearing in mind Samsung positions the Note range as their top hardware spec smartphone devices, storage will be an issue to some. The device will come pre-packaged with either 32GB or 64GB of storage space. Samsung won't be offering 128GB, which contradicts earlier rumours. Users wanting to...