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Mobile Phones

  • AG#HASHTAG review: Cassper’s much friendlier Ghost

    Recruiting these so-called brand ambassadors to sing a product's praises is a marketing trick that's getting very old in the industry. Yes, it definitely works, but it also means that companies don't need to make the absolutely best device they can. I mean, why should they? If you can pay the likes of Jay-Z or Beyonce to flaunt their product for an entire music video? So when AG Mobile announced that they've partnered with South African hip-hop sensation Cassper Nyovest with its latest phone, I let out a big, long sigh. I let out an even bigger one when I...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 6 rumour roundup: iris scanner trademark raises eyebrows

    Now that the initial wave of flagship smartphone launches are done for the year, we eagerly await the next wave of uber-sized phablet devices. Huawei's Mate 8 kicked us off (in South Africa at least), but there's a much older kid on the block due for an upgrade pretty soon -- the Samsung Galaxy Note 6. With that in mind, we take harvest the rumours, official news and word on the street so you don't have to in our rumour roundup. Samsung's recent iris scanner trademark hints at Galaxy Note 6 inclusion -- 23 May It has been relatively quiet on the Samsung...

  • iPhone 7 rumour roundup: four speakers heading to next iPhone

    iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, whatever. All we know is that there's a new iPhone arriving this year and there are plenty of things flying around about it. The world isn't small enough nor is it big enough to render Apple fan's squeaks inaudible, so while the company ripens in the Cupertino sunshine, the rumours will flow. That's why we've decided to introduce an entirely new iPhone rumour roundup article, encompassing what is likely to be the new iPhone 7 series. Of course, there's no real way to know in all certainty that Apple is planning an iPhone 6S upgrade, so...

  • Alcatel Go Play: another budget waterproof phone hits South Africa

    The Hisense Infinity KO set a high bar for budget waterproof smartphones after its release earlier this year. But Alcatel is hoping to get a piece of that pie with the Go Play handset. The company announced that the rugged phone is now available at Cellucity and at "selected Foschini, The Fix, Donna Claire, Markham, Total Sports or Sports Scene, Exact, Sterns, American Swiss or Hi stores". The device has a recommended retail price of R3499, which makes it R500 cheaper than Hisense's own device. What's Alcatel offering for the price though? There's the IP67 water resistance (up to one metre of water for...

  • A 16MP selfie camera with OIS? Sony reveals Xperia XA Ultra (update)

    Sony Mobile has been rather quiet lately, aside from its Xperia X "super mid-range" phones. So we're happy to see the company announcing a rather unique handset in the form of the Xperia XA Ultra. The phone's biggest selling point is easily the 16-megapixel front-facing camera, complete with optical image stabilisation (OIS) for judder-free video and blur-free shots. The selfie shooter also packs a flash for those late-night shots around the braai or at (heaven forbid) Tiger Tiger. Related: Sony Xperia X series sports flagship-killing specs, ‘that’ 23MP camera Otherwise, look at the back and you've got a 21.5MP main camera, being similar...

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge video review: gorgeous, practical but very pricey

    The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is arguably the biggest Android launch of the year thus far. But that doesn't say much. Samsung had a lot to improve on its previous Samsung Galaxy launch, as the S6 was likely one of the most average phones of 2015. But let's talk about the present. Hadlee has already published an extensive review on Gearburn detailing the pitfalls and positives inherent in the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, but some things are better described in a video. In our video review of the company's new flagship, Hadlee takes to Cape Town's famous Sea Point promenade to capture some...

  • 5 stellar budget camera phones for Instagram lovers

    You're pretty much guaranteed to have a great camera experience on your high-end, R12 000 smartphone. Budget phones are a different matter though, as the camera is usually the first department to be affected. It doesn't have to be that way though, because we chose several budget-minded phones that don't compromise on the camera. Xiaomi Mi 4 The Xiaomi Mi 5 is already confirmed for South Africa, but it's going to cost R7999 -- so we'd heartily recommend the R3799 Mi 4 for the job. The device packs an ageing but still capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, while 3GB of RAM translates to a...

  • Windows 10 Mobile will get fingerprint support in Anniversary Update

    Windows 10 Mobile lacks many features that Android and iOS users take for granted, and one that stands out (like a sore thumb) is fingerprint scanning. But this week, the Redmond company announced that its looking to rectify that by mid-2016. The news comes courtesy of an announcement at the company's WinHEC conference (pdf, first spotted by MSPowerUser). The update will arrive with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update slated for a Northern summer launch. It will likely launch before Windows 10 loses its free upgrade option on 29 July. The real problem with this is however quite clear: not all that...

  • Xiaomi Mi Max debuts with 6.4-inch screen, MiUI 8

    Remember the Samsung Galaxy Mega and Xperia Z Ultra monstrosities? Well, it seems like Xiaomi certainly does, as it's decided to launch a 6.0-inch+ phablet in the form of the Mi Max. In fact, the device packs a 6.4-inch full HD screen that brings it closer to small tablets than smartphones, really. It wouldn't be a Xiaomi device without having a reasonable price, so what's the damage? You're looking at 1499RMB (R3504 as a straight conversion) for the 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant, 1699RMB (R3973) for the 3GB/64GB iteration and 1999RMB (R4673) for the 4GB RAM/128GB storage model. What else are you getting for the...

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review: meaningful evolution

    Unarguably the most popular high-end Android phone of the year, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is pretty much guaranteed to sell by the bucket load. On paper, this year's edition looks like the equivalent of an "iPhone Xs"; that is, it's an evolution of last year's design as opposed to an all-new approach to the formula. Are the phones worthy of a purchase though or did Samsung just play it too safe? Design You'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference between this phone and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, which is fine because the S6 Edge featured a rather pleasant design. Boasting that glass back,...