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Mobile Phones

  • Verizon exclusive Sony Xperia Z4v boasts upgraded Quad HD screen

    Sony's smartphone naming convention is getting a little confusing now, especially when looking at the flagship Xperia Z range. The previous king was the Z3 -- simple enough, right? Now, there's a Z3+, and Z4 and a Z4v, and it's the latter in this melee of abbreviations that we're focused on. The Sony Xperia Z4v is the company's first quad HD smartphone, which betters the previously used 1920x1080 screen used in the Z3 range. As far as the Z4v goes, there's a 2560x1440 in the usual 5.2-inch form factor, which means more pixels shoved into the same screen. Overall, that...

  • Vodacom, CTSB help the blind through new smartphone technology, kiosks

    Smartphones are everywhere and a large part of our society. Year on year smartphone usage is overtaking traditional desktop platforms. For most of us using one of these devices the smooth screen and lack of buttons have become second-nature. Yes, it probably took some time to adapt from traditional button phones -- my adjustment took a while. For Visually Impaired People (VIP) it's a completely different story, and an area requiring more awareness. Like those of us who have sight, VIPs want the latest technology -- more specifically smartphones -- as well. The devices hold a robust range of features...

  • HTC One M9 review-in-brief: the same, but better

    Evolution, not revolution: over the last couple of years it's become a kind of creed among smartphone manufacturers. It makes sense too. They've more or less reached the limits of what's possible with the materials available. And if we're being honest there aren't many phones that exemplify that attitude better than the HTC One M9. The M8, which it replaces, was very good in most respects, but let down in a few key areas. Rather than trying to completely re-imagine the smartphone, the M9 seems like HTC's attempt at fixing those errors. That might not make it the most exciting...

  • BlackBerry Leap finally arrives in South Africa

    BlackBerry has announced the availability of its next touchscreen smartphone in South Africa -- the BlackBerry Leap. The phone is the company's latest contender in an ever-thickening mid-range market, boasting devices from Samsung, Sony and many other brands. BlackBerry largely owns this space in South Africa though, with a recent report by Phonefinder suggesting that the company's Z3 smartphone is the most popular device in the country. Read more: BlackBerry Z3 is South Africa’s most appealing phone, according to Phonefinder The Leap is springing slightly above its weight though, unlike the Z3. It boasts aa 5.0-inch screen, a large 2800mAh battery which...

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Active hilariously leaks on Samsung US website

    We all love the smooth, stately lines and finishes of the Samsung Galaxy S6 but it lacks many key features its competitors, and indeed its downgrade, has. With that in mind, it seems two new variants are arriving to world markets. One will attempt to shove all of the S6's guts into a smaller body, but the other, and more interestingly so, will cater to the rougher variety of smartphone user. Leaked before its official unveiling, both by Evan Blass (master Twitter leaker) and Samsung US itself, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active is a more brash version of the Gorilla...

  • Microsoft’s relaunched Nokia Lumia 105 can last 25 days on one charge

    Smartphone launches are more common than Sundays in this day and age, but we almost never hear of big companies launching new feature phones. Microsoft thinks that this should change, at least based on its latest phone launch -- the simple Nokia Lumia 105. Arriving in single and dual SIM variants, it's feature phone through and through which isn't all bad news. Microsoft notes that it's price range should enable "more people around the world to have a voice, and bringing new mobile opportunities to their fingertips." That's largely what prospective clients will get. It's built like the Nokias of yore...

  • Vodacom Smart 6 is the company’s latest R799 budget smartphone

    It has been a while since we've seen a new smartphone from Vodacom, one of South Africa's largest cellular providers, but the silence has been broken by a new entry into the budget smartphone world. The company has today announced the availability of the Vodacom Smart 6 smartphone, which comes with a few added extras courtesy of the company's telecom's prowess. In terms of hardware, the Vodacom Smart 6 seems like every other 4.0-inch budget handset making the rounds at the moment -- it doesn't sound all that interesting. It runs on Android KitKat and boasts a 800x400 WVGA display....

  • OnePlus, Xiaomi and Lenovo: the 5 best camera smartphones for under $300

    Everyone wants to capture the important moments of their lives, and they want to capture it well. That’s where smartphones are making strides in this digital world, putting digital cameras within everyone’s reach. One would think that all-in-one devices are like jack-of-trades and master-of-none, but that’s enough for most people out there. These are the best smartphone cameras out there within a reachable budget of US$300, and this has shown us that the smartphone industry is moving at a brisk pace, rivalling dedicated point-and-shoot digital cameras. People are usually preferring smartphone cameras over dedicated point-and-shoot cameras, thanks to their speed, smart...

  • Firefox OS first impressions: no Android killer, yet

    Although Firefox OS 2.1 is the latest stable version, our review unit featured Firefox OS 2.0. It has been a while since we've seen a new mobile operating system out in the wild. Back in 2008, Android tepidly crept into view and back then, it wasn't predicted to become one of the greatest mobile OSes ever crafted. Look at it's mobile device market share today, and you'd wonder why technology analysts and journalists still have jobs. So when Mozilla announced Firefox OS and launched the initial version of it then-called "Boot to Gecko" back in 2013, the world didn't quite prick...

  • HTC One M9 available in South Africa from June 2015

    The HTC One M9 will be available in South Africa from June 2015, a new presser notes. The device will be available on Vodacom as well, but there is no mention of its availability on other networks as yet. "The HTC One M9 is an extension of you as it is attractive, intuitive and highly customisable. We are positive that South Africans will love the many benefits it will bring to their lifestyles with its enriched user experience and fantastic specifications,” mentions Neeraj Seth, HTC's head of marketing in the MEA region. "Our newest smartphone, once again, pushes the boundaries of...