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Cellucity Launches the Google and Amazon range in time for Christmas

Amazon Echo – 3rd Gen

Smart home speakers are all the rage right now – not only fun and entertaining; they are also useful at helping you plan your day. Set the alarm – no problem, check the weather – no problem. Check the traffic; yes, you probably guessed it – no problem! And, with the festive period around the corner, they make the ideal gift whether you are tech-savvy or a newbie to the world of IoT.

Here at Cellucity, we are not ones to shy away from trends and are excited to be able to offer a range of smart speakers. For our Google lovers, we are happy to be launching the Google Home range. 

Google Home Mini

 

The Google Home Mini is a stylish compact speaker packed with all the functionality of Google Assistant. Ask it questions or give it commands all hands-free. Although the Google Mini offers incredible sound and exceptional clarity, for those looking for a bit of oomph look no further than the Google Home Assistant Smart Speaker. 

Just like the Google Mini, the Google Home offers Google Assistant but offers enhanced sound, bass and far-field voice recognition for a better all-round experience.

If you are looking for more than just a smart speaker, check out the Smart Home Hub. With all the functionality of the Google Smart Mini and Home, the Home Hub doubles as a digital photo frame and offers the advantage of video playback. 

 

 

 

Google Smart Home Hub

 

 

Get your Google Home products on either prepaid or add on to selected Vodacom contracts (exclusive to Cellucity):

 

 

 

 

 

Chromecast Ultra

For TV lovers, we are also happy to launch the Google Chromecast. Connect Chromecast to any smart TV. It’s compact and mobile so you can even take it with you on your next holiday. The Chromecast is a must-have to binge all your favourite Netflix and Showmax series and will be available from R849.

And, for those Amazon lovers, we are happy to be launching the Amazon Echo speakers 2nd Gen and 3rd Gen at R999 and R1499 respectively. We are also excited to offer the Amazon Firestick 4K, allowing you to stream your favourite shows and content in 4K. The Firestick will be available from R1299.

All the Google Home and Amazon products are easy to pair, use and are compatible with both Android and iOS. It is important to note that all features may not yet be available in South Africa, but they are working on it. 

These devices are special import directly from the US but have been ICASA approved and will carry a local warranty. 

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The Samsung Galaxy A80 – Rotating camera? Say whaaaat…

 

The Samsung Galaxy A80 – Rotating camera? Say whaaaat…

With new phones being released frequently it is quite rare to find something that catches your eye immediately. But with the Samsung Galaxy A80, this happened way before I even got my hands on one. Why, do you ask? Well, it is something different, isn’t it? Not to say that innovation has not been rampant of late BUT with the A80 it’s a tangible innovation – not just software or camera pixels.

Let’s get past the tech talk quick. This device places just below the premium top tier space but, you wouldn’t say so. Packing a punch with 8GB RAM (yes 8GB RAM) I have never had the pleasure of such a smooth user experience, quick and fast – just what you want on the go. The Samsung Galaxy A80 has 128GB onboard memory and although it is lacking a memory card slot 128GB is solid – the average user will not exceed this in my opinion.

You get a 3700mAh battery and the phone is supported by Fast Charge at 25W. I tested the device to the hilt and found the battery performed very well. I was concerned that the battery may be a bit small to support all the functionality but after fully charging up on a Friday night after a full day’s use it only dropped to 81%.

For those who do not use their phone very often, with low usage, I  managed to get a 7-day standby time and only saw the battery dropping by 20%. This phone is efficient with power.

 

 

If this hasn’t got you interested yet the design most will. Some will call it heavy – I call it solid. It is not uncomfortable to operate one-handed and really isn’t that much heavier than your average device. Yes, it is a bit thicker, but the beautiful glass design and metal frame make it worth it.

The real kicker here though is the display. I kept coming back to it and honestly it had my friends mesmerized. At 6.7 inch you are bordering on tablet territory, but this display is notch-less and almost completely bezel-less – a new Infinity Display. This is the most screen real estate I have seen on a device. They have managed this by building their Selfie Camera into the main camera and using a rotating mechanism to pop up and out when it is selfie time.

The Super AMOLED Full HD+ display provided a vibrant colour and great viewing experience. Now not as highly spec’d as your top range devices I really don’t think this will matter to most users – it certainly didn’t to me. Honestly, this display will speak to all content viewers be it the occasional Facebook user, Content Uploader or your “bored at work” Netflix watcher.

Another excellent feature currently only found on flagship devices is the in-display fingerprint sensor. Yes, this device has it.

Unfortunately, due to the innovation, there is a concern as to the exclusion of an IP rating (one can only assume it is due to the moving parts required for the rotating camera) and the possibility of not being able to find a cover. Samsung has also excluded a headphone jack but quite honestly for me, this is no longer the biggest deal.

The design mixes old school charm with new-age innovation and I personally salute Samsung on this incredible creation.

 

Now let’s get to the camera. Off the bat, the rear camera gives you a triple 48MP + 8MP + TOF camera. The 8MP works with your ultra-wide-angle and your TOF camera provide great 3D depth – excellent for Live Focus and Background Blur. And best of all you get all of these on the Selfie camera as well. No more balancing act to use your back camera – simply flip the switch wait for the camera to flip and there you go! It may just be me, but I found looking at the pictures almost like looking at the scene with the naked eye – but clearer.

All the usual suspects performed brilliantly (Panorama, Slo-Mo, Live Focus,) with no lag and performed commendably in low light conditions.

Again, and I can’t stress this enough – I was blown away by the camera. The clarity and colour of the images and the ease of use make it a home run for me. I tested Live Focus and Live Focus Video with great success. This camera creates magic – take my word for it!

Finally, the Samsung Galaxy A80 has added a new software feature in its Intelligent Performance Enhancer. Essentially what this does is uses AI to learn your routine and adjusts your CPU, RAM and battery usage to enhance the performance of your phone. I didn’t have the phone long enough to test this but judging the fact my battery is still going strong and based on all the other features I can only assume it’s the real deal!

I think Samsung has really nailed it with this one. This device is so exciting, easy to use and remarkable that I will be very surprised if it doesn’t land on thousands of Christmas Wish Lists this year. It is certainly going on mine!

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The Samsung Galaxy A80 – Rotating camera? Say whaaaat…

With new phones being released frequently it is quite rare to find something that catches your eye immediately. But with the Samsung Galaxy A80, this happened way before I even got my hands on one. Why, do you ask? Well, it is something different, isn’t it? Not to say that innovation has not been rampant of late BUT with the A80 it’s a tangible innovation – not just software or camera pixels.

Let’s get past the tech talk quick. This device places just below the premium top tier space but, you wouldn’t say so. Packing a punch with 8GB RAM (yes 8GB RAM) I have never had the pleasure of such a smooth user experience, quick and fast – just what you want on the go. The Samsung Galaxy A80 has 128GB onboard memory and although it is lacking a memory card slot 128GB is solid – the average user will not exceed this in my opinion.

You get a 3700mAh battery and the phone is supported by Fast Charge at 25W. I tested the device to the hilt and found the battery performed very well. I was concerned that the battery may be a bit small to support all the functionality but after fully charging up on a Friday night after a full day’s use it only dropped to 81%.

For those who do not use their phone very often, with low usage, I  managed to get a 7-day standby time and only saw the battery dropping by 20%. This phone is efficient with power.

 

 

If this hasn’t got you interested yet the design most will. Some will call it heavy – I call it solid. It is not uncomfortable to operate one-handed and really isn’t that much heavier than your average device. Yes, it is a bit thicker, but the beautiful glass design and metal frame make it worth it.

The real kicker here though is the display. I kept coming back to it and honestly it had my friends mesmerized. At 6.7 inch you are bordering on tablet territory, but this display is notch-less and almost completely bezel-less – a new Infinity Display. This is the most screen real estate I have seen on a device. They have managed this by building their Selfie Camera into the main camera and using a rotating mechanism to pop up and out when it is selfie time.

The Super AMOLED Full HD+ display provided a vibrant colour and great viewing experience. Now not as highly spec’d as your top range devices I really don’t think this will matter to most users – it certainly didn’t to me. Honestly, this display will speak to all content viewers be it the occasional Facebook user, Content Uploader or your “bored at work” Netflix watcher.

Another excellent feature currently only found on flagship devices is the in-display fingerprint sensor. Yes, this device has it.

Unfortunately, due to the innovation, there is a concern as to the exclusion of an IP rating (one can only assume it is due to the moving parts required for the rotating camera) and the possibility of not being able to find a cover. Samsung has also excluded a headphone jack but quite honestly for me, this is no longer the biggest deal.

The design mixes old school charm with new-age innovation and I personally salute Samsung on this incredible creation.

 

Now let’s get to the camera. Off the bat, the rear camera gives you a triple 48MP + 8MP + TOF camera. The 8MP works with your ultra-wide-angle and your TOF camera provide great 3D depth – excellent for Live Focus and Background Blur. And best of all you get all of these on the Selfie camera as well. No more balancing act to use your back camera – simply flip the switch wait for the camera to flip and there you go! It may just be me, but I found looking at the pictures almost like looking at the scene with the naked eye – but clearer.

All the usual suspects performed brilliantly (Panorama, Slo-Mo, Live Focus,) with no lag and performed commendably in low light conditions.

Again, and I can’t stress this enough – I was blown away by the camera. The clarity and colour of the images and the ease of use make it a home run for me. I tested Live Focus and Live Focus Video with great success. This camera creates magic – take my word for it!

Finally, the Samsung Galaxy A80 has added a new software feature in its Intelligent Performance Enhancer. Essentially what this does is uses AI to learn your routine and adjusts your CPU, RAM and battery usage to enhance the performance of your phone. I didn’t have the phone long enough to test this but judging the fact my battery is still going strong and based on all the other features I can only assume it’s the real deal!

I think Samsung has really nailed it with this one. This device is so exciting, easy to use and remarkable that I will be very surprised if it doesn’t land on thousands of Christmas Wish Lists this year. It is certainly going on mine!

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BUBBLEGUM is back: The child-friendly educational tablet

 

Not being a parent, I have noticed that when I am around my nephews or visiting friends with kids, one of the items kids are fascinated with is their parents’ mobile phones! More and more I see parents using their iPads and Tablets to distract kids whilst they sit at a restaurant and get some quiet time for themselves. The drawback is that dropping an iPad can set you back around R6K if that screen gets broken, and as we all know in the hands of kids a tablet is bound to take a fall. It is also difficult to ensure the kids are not doing things they shouldn’t on your tablet and accessing photos and apps which are not meant for their eyes.

Enter the Bubblegum tablet, a great solution developed locally and supporting English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu! It is a Colourful, fun and affordable 7-inch Android Tablet, pre-loaded with educational software, games and storybooks.

 

A great feature is the parent-child mode which allows parents to fully customise functionality for their children. Aimed at children between the ages of 2 and 9, the Bubblegum tablet features; storybooks, maths games, reading games, memory games and a host of other educational games to make learning fun.

To make the package even sweeter it comes with a bundle option, called the Bubblegum Suitcase which gives you a complete pack of accessories to ensure that your child can get the maximum use from the tablet. This bundle includes an over the ear headset, car seat mount, car charger and a protective silicone cover and all this for only R1799! For our online customers, we can also exclusively offer you this great tablet on contract from R189 per month including the Bubblegum Junior Tablet Combo and R218 WiFi Router* – Exclusive to Cellucity Online!

 

For our older learners (Grade 6-12) we can now offer the Bubblegum B1 Teen Tab which includes a free wireless keyboard cover. A fantastic looking 8-inch tablet with a rose gold finish, the B1 Teen Tab comes preloaded with great educational apps including Maths and Science Marketing, Paper Video (A great app offering past exam papers and step by step video lessons on questions and concepts) as well as Snapplify (specialized digital learning) and Via Afrika. Important to note though is that you may still have to purchase certain products via the apps. Along with the Junior Bubblegum Tablet Combo, we can also offer the B1 Teen Tab exclusively online for R1699 on prepaid or on contract from R179 per month including an R218 Router* – Exclusive to Cellucity Online!

Check them both out here https://bit.ly/2IzoCx3

 

*T&C’s apply. These deal is valid for July 2019 and is subject to change.

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Sony Xperia 10 Plus – Great viewing at an affordable price

The last few mobile launches have seen Sony struggling to make an impact in the top tier arena – so when I heard that they had launched a new Xperia series aimed at the mid-range market I thought – smart move Sony. With the Sony Xperia 10 Plus Sony have produced a solid, affordable option which offers some unique features in a stylish build.

Design wise the Sony Xperia 10 Plus is a long phone. The longer design allows for more screen real estate allowing more content to be shown- I really liked this – it made sense to me.

Side Finger Print Sensor

Although conservative the Xperia 10 Plus offers up a stylish metallic design. Sony has diverted slightly from the old boxy look to offer up a device with slightly rounder edges but with the unmistakably, Xperia feel we have come to know. The use of Gorilla Glass 5 makes the Sony Xperia 10 robust, but the exclusion of an IP rating and wireless charging along with the side mounted fingerprint sensor is disappointing.

The standout feature is the 21:9 aspect ratio offered on this device. As movies are normally shot in this ratio the idea is to give you that true cinematic experience. It does deliver- I did find myself getting immersed in the content I was watching – especially Netflix. It is important to note that not all platforms will cater to this but the quality of the 6.5-inch Full HD + display more than makes up for this. This is one of the best displays I have seen in this price range.

Sound wise the Xperia 10 Plus delivers. Pop on your headset and disappear into another world. I really think the sound is world class – the only issue is the placement of the sound bar at the bottom of the device makes it easy to cover it up when watching. Not a difficult hurdle to overcome and worth it if your device is one of your primary forms of entertainment. This sound is intense!

For those who are not used to the Sony interface – Side Sense was a super cool feature. Simply double tap the side of the screen and the Xperia 10 Plus will automatically bring up your most used apps and settings in lightning speed.

The Ultimate Wide – 21:9 aspect ratio

Another feature I loved was the camera. Out of all the phones I have tested I spent the longest time playing around with the Xperia 10 Plus camera than any other device at this price point.

In a nutshell, you get a dual rear 12MP+8MP shooter with 2 x optical zoom coupled with an 8MP selfie snapper. In general, the quality of the shots was great. Detailed and realistic a simple point and shoot delivered snaps worthy of an Instagram king or queen. With special features including beauty, mirror, portrait and skin softening, I also had great fun exploring the AR effects. Not only are the features super cool, but they also work, and they work well.

Popping the hood, you get a respectable octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Processor coupled with 4GB RAM. Onboard memory is 64GB expandable with a microSD card. The battery lasted the whole day even after streaming content and working on it the whole day. While it is not the fastest device out there now it is certainly powerful and efficient enough for everyday usage.

The Sony Xperia 10 Plus is an attractive option for those looking for a great all-rounder with emphasis on viewing content and posting on social media. The sound and viewing alone are one of the best offerings I have seen in a while at this price range and is a solid performer and attractive alternative to your top tier ranges.

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Rumour has It: The Huawei P30 Range – What we know so far

There is no doubt that the P20 series launched last year from Huawei was a global success. Following on the Huawei Mate20 Pro was voted product of the year 2019. With the new P series set to launch in just over a week leaks have been fast and furious as to what to expect and what wow factor will be implemented in the new range. With all this information on hand, we have rounded up what we think are the most realistic aspects we can expect from the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro. First, let’s look at the design. We can expect the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro to sport the same glass and metal design featured in their predecessors the P20 and P20 Pro with the P30 sporting a 6.1-inch flat OLED display and the P30 Pro sporting a 6.47-inch curved OLED display. There has been no mention yet of a Lite version but based on previous releases I think it is reasonable to expect one to be introduced with the launch or at a later stage.

We can also expect to see the same glossy gradient featured on the P20 series along with the introduction of a beautiful orange colour “Ambre Sunrise” featured exclusively on the P30 Pro. Other colour options will be black, blue/green and white. The display is said to almost edge to edge and will buck the current punch hole trend for the teardrop notch. There are also rumours that an in-display optical fingerprint sensor will replace the conventional fingerprint sensor much like that featured on the Mate20 Pro. One more possible win for the new P30 series is the inclusion of the 3.5m jack – something sorely lacking in my opinion on the P20 series.

Word around town is that the new P30 series is set to rewrite the rules of photography. So, what can we expect from the two new models? Both models will feature a triple rear camera set up (in conjunction with new Leica technology hardware) with the P30 featuring a 40MP+16MP+8MP setup and the P30 Pro featuring a 40MP+20MP+8MP setup. The real exciting take away though is the inclusion of the periscope zoom – said to be the P30 series signature feature. On paper, this will allow 10 x optical zoom on your P30 Pro and 5 x optical zoom on your P30. This is a first for mobile devices and looking at the photos online – Huawei is intent on keeping their word. Furthermore, leaked images have suggested a “time of flight” sensor being included on the models. Essentially this means the cameras will be able to capture real-time depth information for greater 3D rendering. And for the social media kings and queens out there the P30 and P30 pro are both set to sport a 32MP front camera.

Popping the hood on these two devices, can we expect to see upgraded internals. If the rumours are true, then yes. The P30 is set to be released with 128GB onboard memory, and a whopping 6GB RAM while the P30 Pro is expected to be released with either 128/256GB onboard memory and an insane 8GB RAM. Coupled with the rumoured octa-core 1.8Ghz processor featuring Huawei’s own Kirin 980 chipset both devices are going to deliver solid performance. We can expect to see Emotion UI 9 and Android Pie on both devices.

Unknowns currently are the waterproof ratings and the inclusion of wireless charging, but we haven’t got long to wait and if all the rumours are true, even without an IP rating and wireless charging, the P30 series will be a solid investment and cracks a nod from me.

None of this is official of course, stay tuned or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more information as it becomes available.

Written by: Lesa J.

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TECNO CAMON 11 – Bang for your Buck or Average Joe Soap?

 

It’s no secret that breaking into the market as a “new” brand is tough. As consumers, we have come to trust certain brands based on experience and time in the market. However, it’s not always a bad idea to try something new – which is exactly what I did with the Tecno Camon 11.

A dominating force within the African market – Tecno Mobile occupies a great deal of market share beating the likes of Huawei and Nokia and only being slightly pipped to the post by Samsung as of 2018. And now that it has found its way into South Africa, we are very excited to be amongst the first to be able to offer this incredible budget device.

I’m going to say it up front – at R2999 you get incredible value for money from this device. I will go as far as saying that I think it may be the sleeper hit of the year taking on the likes of the Huawei and Samsung budget ranges.

 

DESIGN

In a word – Stunning! I really like it! Yes, it has a plastic body, but with the notch display and slim design you get a very premium look and feel which would not look out of place next to an iPhone or top end Samsung. If you do not like the plastic look, you do get a front and back cover in the box which will give your device a carbon fibre look instead. The fact that you get this in the box, as well as a screen protector, was a smart move – adding more value to the purchase.

Boasting a 6.2-inch HD + Super FullView display, the resolution while not top shelf is great. It is clear and bright and offers an eye care option for night owls who like to read before bed. With 5-inch being the new entry-level standard Tecno Mobile goes over and above to provide excellent viewing experience on a budget device giving you display size comparable to the Samsung S9+, Huawei P20 Pro and iPhone XR.

Unfortunately, at this price point, you must expect some concessions in device features. The only real drawbacks I found were in the devices lack of waterproof rating and slightly outdated micro USB charging point (so long fast charge capabilities). However, the device does boast a 3750mAh battery, so, you can expect a full day’s battery power. With the inclusion of a 3.5mm audio jack, you also get the flexibility to use your headset of choice.

 

PERFORMANCE

Set Up was simple, easy and fast. The Fingerprint Sensor (placed perfectly on the back) and Face Unlock setups were just as quick and straightforward and response times on these security features are lightning fast!

The Camon 11 offers a Quad-Core processor coupled with 3GB RAM. I was expecting a fair amount of lag from a device at this price point, but I was wrong. My user experience was, overall, smooth and uninterrupted. Yes, it tends to be a tad slower when operating more than one app/webpage simultaneously, but only slightly – and let’s remember the price point again!

At 32GB onboard memory, you can insert a memory card should you require more.

The Tecno Mobile Camon 11 offers Dual SIM capability offering the flexibility of choice whether local or travelling abroad.

And better yet – this Dual SIM device offers dedicated space for a memory card (no need to choose between two SIMs OR one SIM one memory card). The Camon 11 comes with Android 8 out the box but presumably will be upgradable to Android Pie.

 

CAMERA

A lot has gone into the development of the camera. I was pleased with the performance in general. The Camon 11 comes with a Dual 13MP+2MP rear camera and 16MP AI Selfie camera.

The Rear camera performed well overall although the panorama shots will take some practice. Featuring a range of modes including Auto Scene Detection and Bokeh the Camon 11 images were clear and impressive. The camera did struggle in low light, but the activation of the flash sorted that out quickly.

In terms of your Selfie camera, the AI backed into this was also impressive. Taking a selfie with HDR activated and with the front flash provided exceptional detail – I dare say better than looking in a mirror with the naked eye. Baring in mind the cost of the Camon 11 – taking advantage of all the available tech for a selfie is worth it!

Beauty mode offers a range of options from Kardashian type editing to a simple touch up – anything you want. Again, the flash and HDR provide detail if taking pics in low light settings. One small issue was the portrait shot. I tried numerous positioning, but the bokeh never seemed entirely on point. I am guessing this will take a little practice to get just right. The toggle also lagged slightly between modes but nothing that can’t be overlooked.

 

MY FINAL SAY

Selling at a price point well below most of its competitors Tecno seems to be giving the consumers what they want – a decent budget phone with little compromise.

The budget arena is an up-and-coming battleground, and Tecno has taken this seriously with the Camon 11. I would highly recommend this device should you be looking at an affordable phone with great features.

 

Written By: Lesa J.

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Stuff We Love – Wireless Headsets

Everyone has their favourite gadget or toy in their collection – and we at Cellucity are no different. With a wide range of gadgets, accessories and cool tech it is no surprise that our staff would pick more than one. That being said, music is always a firm favourite so, I went in search of the top staff picks in our wireless audio range – here are our top 4.

1) Apple Airpods
If you have an already established Apple Ecosystem these cool little buds make sense. A beautiful, clean design coming encased in a sleek charging case it is no wonder these guys are amongst the firm faves here at HQ. With quick tap access to calls and Siri, the Airpods offer rich quality sound with 24-hour battery life. Seamless switching between your Apple devices makes the Apple Airpods an excellent companion for any Apple lover. Android user? No worries, these pair with Android as well. The wireless connectivity allows you to pop these in your ears and forget about the world. For a more secure fit – pair with our Baseus straps.

I love that the Apple Airpods are made for Apple and that the pairing process is so easy. The sound quality is good and the fit secure” Matt (CCS Admin Head Office).

2) Plantronics BackBeat Fit
Designed for the athletes out there, the wireless Plantronics Backbeat Fit is a sturdy option to see you through most physical activities – but they also look great and come in a variety of colours. Made from flexible, tangle-free rubber material the BackBeat Fit is a favourite especially with our runners. A simple and fuss-free design – simply pair with your phone via Bluetooth and off you go. With 8-hour battery life, hard wearing and sweat-proof design you can feel reassured that no matter how hard you push, the Plantronics BackBeat Fit will have your back.

I love the wireless and secure fit along with the ability to take and make calls with no fuss” Beverley (Online Sales)

 

3) Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 (Special Edition)
If you are looking for immersive sound, then look no further. The wireless Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 is a luxurious design meant for comfort. The over-ear headset allows you to forget about the world around you while you work or when you relax. Incoming or outgoing calls have superior sound quality and are a convenient way of communicating while working. Flicking between songs or pause/play could not be any easier and contributes to the quality of the build. With up to 24 hours of use, the Backbeat Pro 2 charges up quickly so if you find yourself in a pinch, it won’t be for long.
I love this headset and use it every day. Sound quality is unmatched and the design fantastic.” Lesa (Online Sales).

4) The E’nod Mini Ring – True Wireless Headset
Available in two varieties the Enod headsets are coming up in the ranks and for good reason. Coming a sexy grey or cheeky red the Enod Mini Ring True Wireless headset offers a secure fit and minimalistic design which comes in a fantastic charging case. With a sweatproof rating of IPX4, the headphones come with three different silicone plug sizes ensuring maximum comfort. Calling is no problem with these guys – simple easy and no fuss. If you are looking for added stereo calling, have a look at the latest model – the Mini Ring Pro.“These earbuds are great for training in the gym. I also like the fact that they are unique – not everyone has them” Alex (Manager Cellucity V&A Waterfront)

 

The trend towards wireless is clear but for those who need a spare set in their bag or for travelling our range of wired headsets are just as extensive and offer great sound and build.
Don’t just take our word for it. If you are looking for a new pair of headphones or a great gift for someone shop now, we would love for you to prove us right!

 

Written By: Lesa J

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Smart Move for January!

While we near the end of Januworry, and our wallets are feeling very starved, we get the welcome news that Huawei is to launch a new P Smart in 2019!

The P Smart was one of our top selling devices in 2018, and there is a good reason it is called the Smart!

Huawei has excelled at making its technological advances move rapidly across its product line up. This means, if you are shopping for a phone that won’t break the bank but is still able to deliver some of the best tech the mobile world has on offer, you need look no further than the Huawei P Smart 2019.

First off, the phone looks the part, the new “dewdrop” display offers a FullView Display that rivals the notch on last year’s models and at 6.21” you get plenty of screen!

The 3D Curved body, sleek and sexy!

Then with the tech used in the P20 Pro and Mate 20’s we now get Artificial Intelligence (AI) built into the P Smart’s dual Camera’s 13MP / 2MP. What does this mean?

AI gives the camera the ability to recognise up to 22 Categories of shot, from food, blue sky, landscape etc. and then optimises the camera settings to deliver an awesome photo.

The AI is also present on the selfie cam, provide our narcissistic selves 8 unique scenes to get the perfect portrait shot…. POW!

The 64GB memory and a big octa-core processor means gaming on the phone and graphics are boosted to maximise your gaming experience. With that big screen, I see plenty of happy mobile Fortnite players ?.

Finally, the phone comes with a large 3400 mAh battery, and the bonus of face unlock using the facial recognition tech they got right last year with the P20 series!

All in all, we are super amped for the upcoming launch of the Huawei P Smart 2019, delivering a phone with a Bigger View and a Better Shot!

 

By Chris Henschel

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Hisense Infinity H12 – Affordable Beauty

If I have said it once, I have said it 1000 times – people are always looking for the best bang for their buck, to get the most for their moolah – the golden goose, the great find! And who can blame them? I don’t think there is one of us who would turn up their nose at a great deal. This is where Hisense leads the pack, offering a range of competitive devices at competitive prices.

I got to test the new Hisense Infinity H12, and it didn’t disappoint. I was expecting a decent phone but what I got was a dazzling beauty. This phone’s design is class! The number one comment I got using the device was “Wow what a gorgeous phone! What is it? Where did you get it?”. I have never received these comments with any of the other devices I have used.

With a 6.19-inch X Infinity Display (HD+) the viewing experience was not only vivid but engaging and an all-around delight. Whether you use your phone to watch a series, play games or reading the latest blog articles, you find yourself immersed in the content. Hisense has realised that consumers spend a lot more time on their phones and has placed a great deal of emphasis on maximising screen real estate. The ultra-thin and elegant design makes the phone comfortable and offers a premium experience at a fraction of the expected cost.

Another aspect I enjoyed was the cameras – a Dual rear camera (12MP + 5MP) and 16MP Selfie camera. Hisense has employed a fair amount of AI technology into their cameras, making it not only easy to use, but also adding an array of shooting options. Expecting the usual, I was pleasantly surprised to find night shot, panorama and Slo-Mo shooting settings to name a few. The beauty mode feature on the H12 has improved, and I feel the quality of selfies taken were exceptional.

 

 

Other cool camera features are the ability of the device to auto-detect different scenes and adjust the camera settings. So, whether you are trying to capture your moving new-born, your hyperactive pet, or a sunset portrait, the Hisense H12 has your back. The Smile and V Sign prompts to capture a photo are also a nice touch. An interesting addition is the “defog” mode. Admittedly I did not get to try this, but in theory, the camera adjusts to the scene to clear any fog, smog or humidity. So, whether you are a beginner or a pro, the camera has you covered. With their slogan “Do you, Do Life”, the improvements of the Hisense camera technology live up to this.

Operating on Android Oreo, you will find an Octa-Core processor with 4GB RAM running the show. This is supported by a large 3500mAh battery so, you can expect efficient usage, no lag and the ability to keep up with everyday life. The storage comes in at a fair 32GB but, it is expandable to 128GB. Security wise, Hisense have included the full trifecta – the standard PIN, the almost conventional Fingerprint Sensor and now also Facial Recognition. Tried and tested these options work exceptionally effectively.

 

 

Unfortunately, the lack of IP water & dustproof ratings and the lack of wireless charging are a bit of a letdown, but for the price, there has to be some sacrifice. And how many times do you go swimming with your phone anyway?

The Hisense Infinity H12 is a sexy looking phone with excellent camera capabilities. It may not win over iPhone X users, but at R5199, it would be a mistake to overlook this beautiful device. Click here to find out more.