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iPhone 7 Announcement

Hype is building around the imminent unveiling of the next iPhone, and this is what our friends over at CNET had to say:

“Apple has made it official: something’s happening on September 7 — and it’s most likely the debut of the iPhone 7 (and the Apple Watch 2). As was rumored for the past few weeks, the company will indeed be hosting an event on the first Wednesday in September; we now know it’s scheduled for 10 a.m. PT and going down at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. This puts us on track for a likely retail release on September 16 or 23.

Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect from Apple at that September 7 event. As a reminder, these range from official reports from anonymous sources to flat-out rumors and educated guesses:

  • New 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone models, presumably called the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, respectively.
  • Very similar physical designs to the existing iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. (A radically redesigned iPhone with no home button is said to be coming in 2017.)
  • A larger, improved camera on the iPhone 7, plus a dual-camera system exclusive to the larger the iPhone 7 Plus.
  • No headphone jack on both new phones.
  • A pressure sensitive home button, using technology similar to that found on the 3D Touch screen.
  • Storage capacities ranging from 32GB to 256GB.
  • A faster A10 processor.
  • Running iOS 10 at launch.
  • An initial release date (in some countries) of September 16 or September 23.
  • Other possibilities include: A water-resistant design, improved stereo speakers and more battery capacity.
  • Of course, Apple could always drop a bombshell that no one saw coming. We’ll know soon enough.”

For the full article go to: cnet.com

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New Super Secure BlackBerry… and it’s Android™?

So Blackberry has finally gone whole hog and produced an Android phone (apparently built by TCL in China, the owners of Alcatel) which they touting as the world’s most secure Android device.
Having seen the device in action a week ago, I must say, it was the first time in a long time, I have sat in a product roadmap presentation of Blackberry’s and gone: “Now that’s something I would buy!”.

With the RRP going to be around the R4500 mark and around R200+ per month on a contract, the Blackberry DTEK 50, is a very affordable mid range Android device that packs a nice little feature set.
A 5.2” screen, 13MP camera (8MP selfie cam), Qualcomm Quad Core chip, 3GB ram and 16GB onboard expandable up-to 2TB with an SD card… the phone is more than capable and should definitely, through its features alone, be one to consider if you shopping in the Android stable.

What should push you over the edge is however Blackberry’s DTEK software! In a world where phone hacks and celebrity leaks have made people (think Taylor Swift), a little more concerned about their privacy and phones security their are very few affordable, available options.

If you ever bother to read the User Agreement when you download and install an app, you will be shocked to see what you allowing the APP owner’s access to. Most apps will request permission to access:

  • Your Contacts
  • Your photos
  • Your camera
  • Your location
  • Your microphone

That can be a little disconcerting for example when you download the ABSA banking app and they request access to everything? Why would a banking app require access to your microphone, maybe for voice recognition / verification at some later stage, either way you need to be a little more conscious about what Apps are doing in the background. A recent photo of Mark Zuckerberg and his Mac book with the camera taped over (to ensure know one could hack his cam and spy on him) went viral, so even the tech savvy are concerned over privacy.

So enter the DTEK software from Blackberry, in a nutshell it allows you to individually grant an app access to items on your phone as well as alert you and ask your permission when an app wants to access for example your camera and then allow or deny access. Essentially giving you control of what an app shares in the background. Seeing it in action I was impressed! There is also a phone “security” dash board which will highlight how secure your phone is, and what apps you need to manage to increase your security.

So with the new DTEK 50 from Blackberry, you can take control back of your privacy. Nice!

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Pink Gold Samsung Galaxy A3 exclusive to Cellucity

In a world, where our Smartphone is so much an extension of ourselves, we at Cellucity have noticed the trend, that the Networks invariably only order “colour” varieties of high end Smartphones. But what about the aspirational people in the middle that also want to add some personality to their mobile choice? We have done a deal with Vodacom, with Women’s Day (9th August) fast approaching to introduce a splash of colour into our line up, with the Samsung A3 in a beautiful Pink Gold.

On contract at R299 on a Flexi 200, it is now easier than ever to make a “mobile statement”!

Featuring a 13MP camera, comfortable 4.7″ display, 1.5GB Ram and a very capable Qualcomm Quad Core chip… this beauty is more than capable of taming any beast.

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New Vodacom Smart Platinum 7

Vodacom will be introducing its first “high end” branded smartphone this month in South Africa. The Smart Platinum 7 will also be bundled with a VR solution at launch, and pricing is expected to be around R7999. So how do the specs stack up?

The device has a high-end feel, and the build quality feels really good… glass front and back with a metal frame, it does contend well with the competition in the premium space.
Whilst the processor is not the fastest on the market, it is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 and users should be more than happy with the phones responsiveness coupled with the 3GB of RAM.
The main camera is a 16MP with 4K recording capability and a dual tone flash, the secondary “selfie camera” is also a more than amiable 8MP, once again sporting a flash.

It has a 5.5″ display with a decent 3000mAh battery which supports Quick Charge 3.0 and finalyl the onboard memory is 32GB and is expandable!

So overall it punches well within its weight in the premium sector and offer some real value for money.

On contract it will be going for R399 on the Vodacom Smart S, and includes a FREE Smart VR Headset.

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The Apple Repair Specialists – The Doctor is in!

We have partnered with a great company called Apple Doctor, a specialist repairer of mobile Apple devices, namely iPhones, iPads and iPods. They have a national footprint of on-site repair facilities and collection and drop-off points, including many of our Cellucity stores. Apple Doctor specialist engineers do all repairs at their repair facilities, and over 90% of repairs are completed within 24 hours.

It’s frustrating having a faulty device, and Apple Doctor’s mission is to get you back to where you want to be as soon as humanly possible. To do this, their focus is on proper diagnosis of the problem, a speedy repair that does not compromise quality, and then getting your device back to you in the most efficient way possible. These pillars of quality and speed are what sets them apart.

Apple Doctor has over 10 years experience in the repair of devices in the telecoms and electronic media industries.

Repairs are guaranteed (parts and labour) for a period of three months from date of collection, except for when there was identified liquid damage, in which case the repair will be guaranteed for one month.

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Huawei P9 Launch

Huawei P9

With much fanfare, Huawei launched their latest flagship device at a glittering affair at the Sandton Convention centre earlier this month. Now as the “flagship” / top end device market is incredibly competitive it is increasingly difficult to find a “stand out” feature which will set your device apart and make it the most desired phone on the market.

Huawei with the P9 has focused on our ever increasing desire, as amateur photographers, to create those perfect snaps for Instagram and FB, and in so doing become the envy of our social network.

To achieve this Huawei partnered with Leica, a powerhouse in photography, to create a “dual camera” phone. One lens shoots in Black and White whilst the other shoots in colour.

“The way it works is straightforward: both rear cameras fire at the same time, with one taking a regular color image and the other taking only a black-and-white snap. Because it has no color filters, the latter sensor is able to absorb twice as much light and thus it provides useful contrast information that is integrated into the composite 12-megapixel image. This manifests itself nicely with some extremely sharp and noise-free closeups.”

The other feature sets are pretty standard for a flagship device – fingerprint sensor, 12MP dual camera, 8MP front camera, 5.2″ IPS Screen and 4GB ram onboard, but for me, where the P9 stands out from previous flagships, is the quality and craftsmanship in its design.

It is a beautiful phone and truly Huawei are now competing head on with the big boys.

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HiSense Infinity KO makes sense

With the cost of premium smartphones becoming more and more ridiculous each year, and feature sets that whilst ever improving, don’t really add up to much greater innovation than the previous models, the market for quality affordable Smartphones is really hotting up!

Coupled to the debate on taking out a contract or going prepaid where can you actually find the best value proposition?

With the mobile networks offering great specials when you take a “sim-only” package, for example Vodacom this month offering 10GB for only R299 per month, it would be fantastic to be able to take advantage of various networks offers and create your “own” plan.

To do this does require a dual sim device… Dual sim means you can slot in two simcards into one phone, and then assign each sim to either Voice or Data connections. So effectively you could have your Voice sim on Vodacom and your Data Sim on Telkom, effectively allowing you to take advantage of the various deals on offer.

Step up the HiSense Infinity KO, the premium dual sim smartphone. If you don’t have limits, why should your phone? The LTE enabled Hisense Infinity KO can roll with the punches, being water, dust and shock proof according to IP67 certification standards.
This 5-inch smartphone comes complete with a high-speed 1.36GHz octa-core processor, a massive 3GB of RAM and an ample 32GB of storage space.

With its 13 megapixel camera, it can record Full HD video footage of your latest thrills, while the 5 megapixel front snapper will capture you going where angels fear to tread.
Finally, the KO’s sizeable 3200mAh battery ensures that a drained phone will be the least of your worries, and at R4,199 it’s great value!

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The X Factor – Sony Xperia X

Sony has long been at the premium end of the market, and consistently produces high quality superbly finished phones. However with the company under financial pressure the lack of marketing and fanfare when launching its latest products is resulting in a dwindling market share as it faces fierce competition from the likes of Huawei and Samsung in the SA market.

We expecting the latest Xperia X to touch down in South Africa in June, and it certainly packs some punch.

Focusing predominantly on its camera technology to set the “X” apart in a premium sector where the manufacturers have “started splitting” atoms to try create differentiating factors to make their products the ones of choice, Sony is going for its fastest camera to date, with predictive hybrid autofocus.

So what does this mean? The 23MP back camera will now enable you to quickly take a photo, from start up to capture in under 0.6 seconds… Being an iPhone user I have always bemoaned Android phones for being sluggish when wanting to take quick snaps, so if Sony gets this right, its definitely an impressive feature.

Secondly they have incorporated “Predictive Hybrid AutoFocus”, which allows you to select and track a person or object so that the selection stays in focus whilst moving. Think of you trying to capture your kids playing but you keep getting blurry images? Well with PHA, that should be a thing of the past.

Lastly on the camera front, the front facing camera will be a 13MP one with enhanced low light imaging for the perfect nighttime selfies.

So overall the “X” will feature a premium metal chassis, which is beautiful to look at and delightful to hold, a 5” triluminos” display and an expected battery life of 2 days.

Time to get the “X” Factor ☺

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Do you want a little iPhone SE

Earlier this week, Apple revealed that it had put new guts inside an old body, and finally made a suitable phone for people with tiny baby hands. If that includes you, time to use those adorable little fingers to click here to place a pre-order.

Orders will start shipping on March 31st, the same day that Apple’s phones land in stores. Yes, you could go stand in line like some kind of barbarian, but let’s be real: this is the 21st century, and you shouldn’t have to leave your house to order your new pocket computer.

The question of whether or not you should upgrade (or downgrade!) is much more fraught. The guts are perfectly adequate, although the SE is sporting a slower TouchID sensor than the 6S, and is lacking 3D Touch. But hey, if you can’t reach the other side of your current phone’s screen, none of that really matters.

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Take great pictures with your smartphone

I’m regularly frustrated by the photos my friends post on their Facebook pages. They have great phones so there is no excuse for taking poor, out-of-focus pictures.

Nearly anyone can learn how to take great pics, provided they keep in mind certain key principles which i have listed below.

1. Pay attention to your background

Don’t get so caught up in focusing on your subject that you pay no attention to the background. For example, you don’t want to include the pavement rubbish bins when you’re taking a photo of your friend. Rather move closer or ask the person you’re photographing to step to the side to exclude the unwanted details from the frame.
(side note: when taking video, take note of the background noise… turn off the TV / shush people if you have to.)

2. Perspective

Take your photographs from unusual perspectives to create interesting effects. Shoot upwards from a low angle to make things look large, or take your shot from a higher angle make things look smaller or to capture a larger area of detail. Selfies are best taken from above to get rid of those extra chins, you can also stick your neck out slightly. If you have babies or kids, get down to their level

3. Zoom with your feet

Zooming with your camera phone results in awful pixelation and increases sensitivity to camera shake, resulting in blurred imagery. Rather get closer to your subject for the perfect close-up. Cropping gives better results than using a digital zoom.

4. Stop shaking

To lessen camera shake, be as still as possible while shooting: take a deep breath in, hold, press, breathe out.

5. Don’t use your flash

Using flash can give your photos a sterile, over-lit look, which can be especially harsh on faces. If you must use flash – don’t take the picture. Why not Lighten up the scene with external lights.

6. Play with Apps & Filters to enhance your photos

Experiment with filters apps like Instagram to create a style that you like. Photos shown in a group with a particular filter look great together, like in a gallery or on Instagram.

Great photos are made in the editing process. Pro photographers almost always touch up their photos to get the exact look and effect they want.

My favourite at the moment: Pixlr it has great filters and overlays to enhance even the dullest pic. (Please stay away from the “Creative” effects, they are quite bad.)

Soon you’ll be able to upload your masterpieces to the world wide web and impress your friends.

View the Cellucity range of Single Sim & Dual Sim Phones make your pictures stand out.