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All posts tagged "nokia"

  • Apple, Nokia and Samsung trump BlackBerry in South African user satisfaction stats

    The South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi) has released its latest findings on mobile handsets in South Africa. According to the survey, handsets in South Africa received an average of 77.2 out of 100 satisfaction rate from polled users. The independent survey was conducted between the months of March and May this year. The survey's results show the scores for Apple (82.7), BlackBerry (70.6), Nokia (78.9), and Samsung (78.8), which are the most popular handset makers currently in South Africa. According to the survey, BlackBerry scored below par even though it improved on its score since last year. Founder of SAcsi and...

  • Microsoft to reduce smartphone offerings for ‘more effective phone portfolio’

    Microsoft's purchased mobile and devices division is falling out of the company's favour faster than its stock price, and after the news that it's cutting nearly 8000 jobs, it seems that the company's cutting its range of smartphone offerings too. A new report has suggested that Microsoft will release a total of six smartphones to market each year, with two catering for the three distinctive sectors of the market: low end, mid-range consumer friendlies and the flagship or business segments. Read more: Microsoft writes off $7.6bn from Nokia purchase, cuts 7800 jobs According to Bloomberg's unnamed source close to the matte, Microsoft...

  • Nokia’s 12 greatest mobile phone hits through the years

    Remember a few weeks ago when Nokia rubbished rumours that it was to return to the smartphone business this year? Well, it seems that the company wasn't exactly telling the truth. In a recent interview, current Nokia Rajeev Suri suggested that the company is looking for suitors to reinvigorate its once-firm grip on the mobile phone space. In case you don't remember this bygone era, or weren't born in the Nineties, practically everyone owned a Nokia at one point or another whether it be the indestructible 3310 or the more serious multimedia monsters of the N-Series. Nokia's most recent device -- the...

  • Nokia’s planning a smartphone renaissance, according to new report

    After former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop left Microsoft this week, there have been rumours abound suggesting that Nokia might be organising a little reunion, and return to the smartphone business altogether. Even though this was labeled as nonsense just a few weeks ago by the company, an interview published in Germany's Manager Magazin (spotted by Reuters) suggests that it's absolutely a possibility. Nokia (at least according to current CEO Rajeev Suri) is seriously thinking about a smartphone comeback. "We will look for suitable partners," Suri revealed in the interview. "Microsoft makes mobile phones. We would simply design them and then make the...

  • Nokia Lumia 830 tours New York with Denim Lumia Camera app [Gallery]

    We always tend to marvel at some of the new camera hardware that leaves manufacturers' testing tables. The likes of Sony might be the industry leader at the moment, but Nokia (and now Microsoft by proxy) is also known for making a spiffy camera or two. The Nokia Lumia 830, launched back in 2014, boasted a 10MP camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, optical image stabilization (OIS) and an LED flash, but the phone recently acquired the new Lumia Denim update, and with it, the Lumia Camera app. Read more: Microsoft’s Lumia Denim update gives snappers 4K video recording Features like Rich...

  • Ware of the Week: Nokia Z Launcher

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we profile an app that we remembered from its November launch and its creator's recent remarks regarding smartphone hardware -- the Nokia Z Launcher for Android. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week winner, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Button Savior Nokia has been in the news recently, with sources suggesting that the company is plotting a shock return to the mobile phone market it dominated in the...

  • Nokia Lumia 930 review-in-brief: Nokia’s last stand

    From the 3310 to the 930, here’s a toast to Nokia. The Nokia Lumia 930 is the last Lumia that will carry the Nokia name. Just before Microsoft snatched up the Finnish brand’s mobile and services division, the once-mobile phone leader managed to squeeze one last Lumia into the hands of Windows Phone die-hards around the globe. Its 5-inch sculpted Gorilla Glass face is held together by a non-removable shell: metal on the sides and a bright Lumia-esque colour on the back, which comes in your choice of shocking green or orange, or just plain black or white. The colour palette...

  • Microsoft Lumia 535 in its unboxed glory [Gallery]

    We've seen the Lumia name before in South Africa but it was usually pegged alongside the Nokia moniker. This connection will become more and more tattered as the years roll on now, but Microsoft has ensured that its label is stuck onto the back of the Lumia range, and this a bad thing at all. The Microsoft Lumia 535 is the first product of Microsoft's newly-found smartphone love to hit South African shores, and my, it's quite a looker. Read more: Microsoft launches first self-branded phone in South Africa, the Lumia 535 Boasting a 5.0-inch screen slathered in Corning Gorilla Glass 3,...

  • Microsoft launches first self-branded phone in South Africa, the Lumia 535

    Microsoft, after much faffing about it must be said, has finally debuted its first non-Nokia branded phone in South Africa. Dubbed the Lumia 535 it will set consumers back around R1699, which is quite steep considering its hardware but it is squarely aimed at the entry-to-mid level market. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset -- the same as found in MTN Steppa 2 smartphone -- is the brains of the outfit while it also comes with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of microSD-expandable memory and a rather-large-considering 5.0-inch screen. Note the resolution is kept at the 960x540 budget range. Of course, there is an...

  • Nokia 215 is Microsoft’s new $29 ‘internet ready’ feature phone

    Microsoft has announced a new entry level mobile phone to compete against the horde of low cost Android handsets released last year. Interestingly, the new phone wears a Nokia badge. The Nokia 215, dubbed the “most affordable Internet-ready entry level phone yet” by its creator, is aimed at the first time mobile buyers in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe and will go on sale Q1 2015. It's not a smartphone as such and features no fancy Windows Phone OS bells and whistles. As a result, it's priced at just US$29, but it covers the entry level user bases rather...