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Mobile Phones

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4A vs Redmi 4X: which should you buy?

    Xiaomi's Redmi 4X is here, but with near identical specs to this year's other release, the Redmi 4A, it may be difficult to make the final call on which phone to buy. So here's a breakdown of just how these two phones differ. The price As the newer (and slightly better-specced) phone, the 4X comes in at R2799 -- R800 more expensive than the 4A, which launched at R1999. But is the extra cost worth it? The looks As far as appearances go, the phones are pretty much the same. They both have around a 70% body-to-screen ratio, and both come in gold and black/"dark...

  • 4 other companies that should release a pure Android phone

    Between the HMD/Nokia range, Lenovo's latest phones and the brand-new (but not really) Xiaomi Mi A1, our choices for pure Android smartphones have expanded nicely this year. Offering regular updates and a lightweight skin, it's not hard to see why these developments are such a big deal. Nevertheless, we'd love more options beyond Nokia, the Mi A1 and the Pixel range. So with that in mind, we look at a few companies we'd like to see offer stock Android. Samsung We've previously seen Samsung offer a Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S4, delivering speedy updates and none of the horrendous (at...

  • 4 older flagship phones that haven’t aged well

    Earlier this year, we looked at a few 2016 flagship smartphones that are well worth buying now, mainly due to price drops and/or still providing an excellent experience. But what about older high-end phones you should be avoiding in the last two years? We've got a few picks to stay away from. LG G4 The G4 was one of my favourite smartphones in 2015, delivering a fantastic camera experience and a slick hardware design. There was just one issue though, as Andy Walker and countless other G4 users can tell you, and that's the dreaded boot-loop issue. LG's leather-clad device was one of...

  • This is what you should expect from 2018’s smartphones…

    The year isn't over yet, but we've already had a tantalising glimpse at the future of smartphones. This is thanks to the likes of ARM and Qualcomm revealing their next-generation plans. So with these plans and emerging trends in mind, we take a look at what you might find in next year's smartphones... Fingerprint scanners to go under the display? Not so fast... One of the biggest disappointments this year has been Samsung's fingerprint scanner -- or rather, the position of it. Word is that the company was trying to get the scanner under the screen, but results weren't satisfactory. In saying so,...

  • 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...

  • iPhone X: 7 little things to know about Apple’s premium model

    We've got our massive roundup of Apple news from last night's event over here, but it was obvious that Apple's premium device, the iPhone X, took centre stage. Between the powerful A11 chip, Essential-style screen design and OLED display, there's a lot to like about the new phone. But here are a few tidbits that may have gone under the radar... Telephoto shots should be better on iPhone X than 8 Plus The iPhone 7 Plus debuted the secondary telephoto camera next to the main shooter, offering 2x lossless zoom. But the big issue is that low-light photos look pretty crap. This year's...

  • Ahead of iPhone launch, Qualcomm boasts of ‘Android firsts’

    Apple events and third-party brands go together like Pavlov and his dog. When the Cupertino firm carries out a launch event, rival brands come running in a bid to spoil the parade. Now, it's Qualcomm's turn to rain on Apple's parade. Or rather, it looks like a few drops on a bonfire at this point. The US chipmaker, embroiled in a legal battle with Apple, has shown off its list of "Android firsts" by partners and itself. "Qualcomm Technologies has enabled some notable world firsts on Android, and some remain Android exclusives to this day. Although by no means comprehensive, here...

  • Nokia 8: first impressions of Nokia-branded Android flagship

    The Nokia 8 was just launched last month, but it's quickly found its way to South African shores already. Launching last week, the device has an attractive R9499 price tag and quite a few features. We took delivery of our review unit on Friday, so what do we make of the smartphone thus far? Read on for our first impressions... What's in the box? Crack open the package and you'll be greeted by the smartphone and all the requisite accessories. So that means earphones, SIM tool, USB Type C cable and the charger. It's simple and to the point, while not skimping on...

  • Next iPhone: what should you expect tomorrow?

    Call it the iPhone 7s, iPhone 8 or (if the latest report is to be believed) the iPhone X. Either way, the latest generation of iPhones are set for launch on 12 September. We've been keeping our rumour roundup article updated on the regular. But here's what we know (or think we know) about the new lineup. Models The consensus seems to be that we're going to get three new iPhones at the launch. So how does it all work? There's the standard iPhone, the Plus-sized iPhone and then the expensive iPhone X or whatever it'll be called. The latter has seen loads...

  • Nokia 8: when does Vodacom exclusivity end?

    The Nokia 8 makes its way to several South African retailers this week, packing some great features and an attractive price point. However, as we've previously reported, the phone will be exclusive to Vodacom and affiliated retailers. But for how long? "Vodacom has time to market until the end of October. And from November, we start with Cell C and MTN," HMD Global's Shaun Durandt told media during a meeting in Cape Town. What about Telkom? We noticed that the network hasn't stocked previous HMD Nokia devices (3, 5, 6). "The priority from the get-go was always going to be the bigger players,...