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  • Buying a second-hand smartphone? Use these tips [Tech Savvy SA]

    Tech Savvy SA is a series of articles on Gearburn and Memeburn that aims to deliver useful, locally relevant advice to the average South African. This time, we dish out a few tips when buying a second-hand smartphone. We can't all afford the latest and greatest brand-new smartphone. But the second-hand market often has some pretty enticing deals if you take a look. Still, there are certainly a few risks that you take when taking this route. Here are a few tips to keep in mind... Use Gumtree's smartphone price tool The popular second-hand marketplace is usually the first port of call for those...

  • Is that Black Friday game deal legit? Use these price trackers

    Black Friday looms large, bringing with it the promise of discounted goodness. But some of these deals might not be as good as you think. Fortunately, there are a number of handy price-tracking tools available for console and PC gaming stores. Xbox One and Xbox 360 Got an Xbox console? Then you should be using Store Parser, delivering price-tracking functionality for Xbox 360 and Xbox One titles. So even if that game is listed at 10% off, a quick visit to the website will show you whether it's been available at a cheaper price. The third-party Xbox service also shows whether other regions have...

  • 5 older budget smartphones that are still worth buying [Tech Savvy SA]

    Tech Savvy SA is a series of articles on Gearburn and Memeburn that aims to deliver useful, locally relevant advice to the average South African. This time, we look at older budget phones that still warrant a look. Not everyone can afford this year's crop of mid-range smartphones (nevermind the latest flagship devices). But that doesn't mean you have to buy an ultra low-end device... Instead, why not opt for a mid-range device from last year or the year before? Sure, it'll be a few Android updates behind and it might not be as smooth as today's flagships, but these budget smartphones...

  • Gearburn’s guide to Huawei’s Kirin processors [Updated]

    Update, 17 October 2017: We've updated our guide to include the Kirin 970 chip (powering the Mate 10) and the mid-range Kirin 659 processor. Original article: We've already taken a look at Qualcomm's Snapdragon range and MediaTek's family of chips, showing you exactly what you're getting for your cash. Now, our eyes turn towards one of the newer players on the smartphone processor block. Yep, this time, we're looking at Huawei's HiSilicon Kirin chips. What kind of horsepower should you expect? How does a Kirin 960 differ from a Kirin 650? We answer all of this and more. The flagship processors Kirin 910/910T -...

  • 5 questions to ask before buying a smartphone

    Buying a phone isn't quite as big a commitment as buying a car or house, but it's still a pretty noteworthy move to make. You don't want to be stuck with a smartphone you hate, especially when many people keep their devices for two years or more. So how do you ensure that you get a capable device that delivers value for money? We've got five questions you should ask yourself before buying the phone. Is your old phone good enough? It might seem like an obvious question, but if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right?If your old phone works well enough...

  • Our favourite budget smartphones of 2017 thus far

    Yes, high-end smartphones are slowly creeping up to the R20 000 mark (and breaching it in some cases), but budget devices are also continuing their march to great performance. Don't believe us? Here are some of 2017's best budget smartphones so far. For the sake of clarity, we're not going above R5000 (US$386). Xiaomi Redmi 4A We start at the low-end with the Redmi 4A (review), being Xiaomi's cheapest SA device this year. So what do you get for R2000? The phone packs a Snapdragon 425 processor that won't run the latest games well, but it's ideal for general performance and lightweight 2D titles. Other...

  • Get these tech items for your next protest

    Earlier this year, South Africa saw some of the largest protests since the Apartheid era, as citizens rallied against President Jacob Zuma. But whether you're in South Africa or abroad, it never hurts to prepare yourself before a protest. With that in mind, we've got a few tech items you should consider for your next protest. Power bank or spare battery It's become an almost essential tool for smartphone owners in general, and the power bank can be a life saver for protesters as well. The rule of thumb is to get as big a power bank as you can afford. Failing that, you should...

  • Manual smartphone photography: here’s what those terms mean [Tech Savvy SA]

    Tech Savvy SA is a series of articles on Gearburn and Memeburn that aims to deliver useful, locally relevant advice to the average South African. This time, we demystify manual photography terms for the average (non enthusiast) smartphone owner. It seems like years since smartphones usurped dedicated cameras to become the most popular way to take photos. That's not to say that dedicated cameras are obsolete (not at all), but more and more people find their phone camera to do the job well enough. Smartphone camera apps are generally easy to understand, with auto modes going a long way to help. But what if you'd...

  • Smartphone photography jargon: here’s what it all means [Tech-Savvy SA]

    Tech Savvy SA is a series of articles on Gearburn and Memeburn that aims to deliver useful, locally relevant advice to the average South African. In this edition, we're looking at camera-related terms you might find on your smartphone spec sheet. It used to be the case that only a few people had cameras, then cheap point-and-shoot cameras made an appearance and that number ballooned. However, the proliferation of smartphones has resulted in hundreds of millions (if not billions) of cameras being used on the market, with photography being one of the most essential and popular tasks on a phone. There are many terms...

  • A beginner’s guide to smartphone jargon [Tech Savvy SA]

    Tech Savvy SA is a series of articles on Gearburn and Memeburn that aims to deliver useful, locally relevant advice to the average South African. This time, we demystify smartphone terms for the average (non enthusiast) consumer. Buying smartphones can be a bit of an intimidating experience if you're not familiar with all the tech terms. What's the deal with PPI? Are more cores better? Is a 2000mAh battery a good thing or not? Don't fret though, because we've waded through the smartphone jargon to tell you exactly what these terms mean... Keep an eye for a future edition though, where we cover smartphone...