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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 7 really cheap smartphones for WhatsApp [Tech Savvy SA]

    Our initial list of cheap smartphones for WhatsApp back in 2014 was quite a hit, still attracting views today. But the smartphone world moves at an incredible pace, and 2014's budget devices are likely to be obsolete now. Additionally, the sector has exploded, making for quite the variety of quality phones. With that in mind, we thought it would be a great idea to refresh our list of affordable WhatsApp-enabled handsets. And when looking at the sub-R2000 category, there are plenty to choose from. Vodacom Smart Kicka 2 At R499, the Smart Kicka 2 is the cheapest phone on the list, with some...

  • Here’s what to know before buying a R1000 smartphone [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 week, we look at the key numbers and specifications to look out for when buying a R1000 smartphone. Budget smartphones are the lifeblood of many emerging markets, being used by the majority of citizens. After all, who can afford a R11 000 smartphone, right? However, you don't want to get duped by an overpriced store -- use our guide to buying a R1000 smartphone. How much power should you be getting? Generally speaking, your R1000 (and under) mobile device...