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Shoot your favourites your way with the new LG K-Series

Lg feature image of the K61 and K41S front and back

With a sea of new devices launched ever more frequently, it is not surprising that the question of which cellphone to commit yourself to can be quite daunting and anxiety-provoking. The phrase “I have left my upgrade so late because I don’t know where to start” is not uncommon in the industry. Price vs features and capability are also always top up mind. With the new K-series release, I believe LG has found a happy medium between features and price. The new range offers a premium user experience without breaking the bank. In my opinion, the new K-series provides a compelling argument to sway attention from other popular brands – so, let’s dive in.

The two models currently on offer through Cellucity are the LG K41S and the higher spec’d LG K61. What I found so impressive is the build quality of both devices. Robust yet light, my first impression was these devices can take a knock – and I was not wrong. Both devices are rated MIL-STD-810G – having gone through rigorous testing, including drop and shock tests. These two devices are durable.
For the Netflix and social content fans out there, both devices offer an immersive viewing experience with LG’s FullVision display offering amongst the slimmest bezels out there. The LG K41S offers a 6.55-inch HD+ display while you will get a 6.53-inch FHD+ screen both with scratch-resistant glass.

The camera is where both devices shine. Both the LG K61 and the K41s have quad rear cameras including wide, ultrawide, macro and depth lenses. The LG K61 is the more expensive option possessing a 48MP+8MP+2MP+5MP quad-camera whereas the LG K41S you will get a 13MP+5MP+2MP+2MP rear camera. Selfie wise you can expect a 16MP on the K61 and an 8MP on the LG K41S. The camera was responsive and easy to use on both devices and included some super cool extra features which I loved. In the day and age of point and shoot the performance of the two cameras, for me, left no doubt that if I needed to capture a snap at the spur of the moment, I would not struggle.

Both models come with a whopping 4000mAh battery, ensuring that these phones will last through the day with no problems. They each have an Octa-Core Mediatek processers with the LG K61 clocking slightly higher at 2.3GHz versus the LG K41S at 2.0GHz. The LG K61 has 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard memory while the LG K41s has 3GB RAM and 32GB onboard. One may feel with such good cameras that the internal memory may be a bit low. But, these devices both can support up to 2-terabytes expanded memory. The point here is that on either device you are receiving respectable memory backed up by excellent performance at a fantastic price.

Finally, both devices offer security in the form of a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. For me, this far outperforms the side fingerprint sensor and is more intuitive – it just makes sense.

Price-wise, the LG K41S, comes in at an incredible R3499 with the LG K61 retailing for R5999. On a 24-month contract, you can get the LG K41S starting from just R199 per month and the LG K61 from R349 per month.

These two devices offer value with premium functionality at an excellent price. They have a slick design, superb build quality, powerful batteries and excellent processing performance. Throw in the brilliant cameras, and you really cannot ask for anymore. LG has beefed up on the basics and has produced two solid models which I believe will be amongst the most asked for devices in the coming months.

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The King is Dead, Long Live the King!

featured image for the huawei p40 blogpost. Man holding celebratory fist in the air.

Last week saw the launch of the new Huawei P40 range. As in the past, it sports three versions: The Pro, the “normal” and the Lite. As we would expect Huawei has once again smashed it out of the park with their camera, and their collaboration with Leica Lens continues to deliver, in my opinion, the best Camera Phones on the market!

 

 

A significant difference between the previous models and the new Huawei P40 range is the omission of the Google Play store, along with certain apps that rely on Google Services. Huawei has done an excellent job in layering its new operating system Huawei Mobile Service (HMS) over the vanilla Google Android OS to try and ensure a seamless transition for its end-user. We will touch more on this later but for now, let’s tuck into those juicy specs.

 

Starting with the incredible P40 Pro, the design, look and feel is certainly premium and follows on with a form factor that is more Samsung than iPhone – and it looks beautiful. The Quad Curve display is brilliant and very rich in colour, with a huge 4200mAh battery. The phone supports superfast charging at 40W plugged in and 27W wireless – 27W wireless charging is better than most wired phones out there! The specs are super solid.

 

The rear Quad Camera array is insane! A 50MP Ultra-Vision Camera, 40MP Ultrawide (with ultralow light), 12MP Telephoto Lens (5X optic Zoom, 10X Hybrid Zoom) and an impressive 3D depth-sensing lens to round it off.

 

So, what does this mean? You get bloody brilliant photographs in any light, superb macros, excellent zoom and wider-than-wide landscapes, all in super detail with super large 2.4μm pixels!

 

And, for the selfie lovers, the front-facing camera is a 32MP beast with autofocus and built-in Artificial Intelligence (AI). A fresh new feature that this brings is the ability to remove “passer-by’s” So when you have lined up yourself in front of that “to die for location” you can snap away. The AI, through combination and selection of various image frames, can remove unwanted people out of your perfect picture. No more photobombs – how rad!

 

For video lovers, the 40MP Ultra-Wide Cine Camera delivers astounding quality in 4K at 60 frames per second. So, if you are into creating content, the P40 Pro will elevate your game to the next level. To top it off the phone supports 5G, so loading all that excellent content will be done in a matter of seconds.

 

The P40 standard version incorporates the majority of the above with a smaller battery at 3800mah and how do you say err… less fast, superfast charging at 22.5W J.

 

The rear camera array on the standard P40 drops to 50MP / 16MP/ 8MP but, the selfie-cam remains the same. Having used the P30 Pro for the last year, I can attest to the fact that Huawei produces arguably the best camera phones. The P40 Pro and P40 will continue this legacy with pride.

 

Now, let’s talk about the elephant in the room, HMS (Huawei Mobile Services)!  The software guys at Huawei have been working furiously to port over as many applications on the Huawei App Store to ensure that when upgrading from another Android device or even your older P-series models, you shouldn’t experience any shortcomings.

 

By in large, they have been very successful in getting the top 50 apps working within HMS with a few workarounds (such as using the Web app for Uber as an example). They are continuing furiously to onboard more applications and make the environment more favourable commercially for developers to port their apps.

 

So, will I be upgrading? Right now, I have a few apps like Sonos (for my home theatre system) and Strava that are currently not supported. These are, unfortunately, a deal-breaker for me so I plan on holding on to my P30 Pro for a little while longer. 

 

If, however, you use your device for predominantly photography and the most common featured apps out there, the Huawei P40 range is up there with the best of them.

 

Established in 1994, Cellucity is a specialist mobile phone retailer and Vodacom’s leading independent, award-winning, dealer. We pride ourselves on offering the best service, innovation, quality brands and innovative products. For real 24-hour convenience, browse our extensive range of cell phones, accessories and gadgets online or apply for pre-approval on your next contract, upgrade or fibre internet.
Cellucity, the best way to connect to Vodacom.

 

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Best Buys for 2020 with Cellucity

Good deals are hard to come by – everyone is advertising the best price and the best deal – where do you start? Depending on what you are looking for the search for the ultimate win is often long and drawn out. We here at Cellucity want to make this journey a little easier so we have carefully selected our best budget buys for 2020 in a range of categories to help you out

SMARTPHONES

The Cubot brand is synonymous with great value and their two new offerings are no different. The Cubot P30 and Cubot X20 Pro offer premium specs at budget friendly devices.

CUBOT P30

Coming in at R2999 the Cubot P30 offers a 6.3 Inch display, 64GB onboard memory and 4GB RAM. Along with the triple rear camera and 13MP selfie camera you also get a 4000mAh battery ensuring that your device lasts you through the day. With a conveniently placed fingerprint sensor the Cubot P30 does not compromise on design and offer a premium look. Available online here https://bit.ly/2wkrLNu

Cubot X20 Pro

The Cubot X20 Pro offers an impressive 6GB RAM, 128GB onboard memory as well as a 6.3 Inch FHD+ display. The Cubot X20 Pro offers a triple rear camera, 13MP selfie camera, 4000mAh battery and is encased in a beautiful glass body design. All this for R3999. Check it out here  https://bit.ly/2PCVyrF

Both devices perform beautifully, come in black and blue, are Dual SIM and would most certainly not look out of place next to more expensive options out there.

AUDIO

Whether you are looking at something for the gym, something for work or something to help you with down time we have some great deals for you this month

ENOD

Our very own ENOD brand of true wireless earphones are powerful in ear buds that come with a charging case compact enough to carry around. Offered in either blue or black the sound quality is fantastic and the 500mAh charging case will offer enough power to see you through a full week of gym workouts. The secure fit ensures that even when you are having an intense workout the buds remain secure. With an IPX5 sweatproof design you can pick up a pair for R799 this month from our online store here https://bit.ly/2TwjJcB

PLANTRONICS BACKBEAT GO 600

The Plantronics BackBeat Go 600 are a fantastic over ear option for either work or entertainment. The Plantronics BackBeat Go 600 headset is lightweight and wireless. With memory foam cups and a compact design these headsets are perfect for travelers. Offering advanced acoustic technology for deep, rich sound the PLantroncis BackBeat Go 600 are on sale this month for R999 saving you R500 – get them here https://bit.ly/32Po3Id

For our daily travelers (the brave souls who can’t stay home currently) we have a fantastic range of in-ear wired headsets that you can easily pop in your pocket or handbag for the daily trek. Starting from R149 our range of Recci and Langsdom headsets offer quality build and sound at fantastic pricing – Get yours today here https://bit.ly/2PRNfIP

KIDS GAMING

With school holidays having come early and along with it the need to keep your kiddies inside and safe – we have the perfect companions to keep them from getting bored and frustrated.

LARRY’S RETRO GAMING CONSOLE

Our Larry’s Retro Gaming Console offers up great nostalgia – taking you back to the nineties with classics like super Mario Brothers and Circus. Load Shedding? No problem! This handy little gadget is battery operated ensuring that even when the lights go out , the fun doesn’t. On offer for R399 find yours here https://bit.ly/2Us2NEx

LARRY’S VISUAL PET

Taking us back to the 90’s yet again -the era of the  Tamogochi has made another appearance! The Larry’s Virtual Pet offers a variety of different animals to choose from and hours of fun for your little one. At R199 this is a firm favourite here at Cellucity HQ – find it here https://bit.ly/2wlmHsw

WEARABLES

iTouch Air 2

A new addition to our catalogue is the iTouch Air 2 Smartwatch. Offering up a classic and sporty design the iTouch Air 2 is a great and affordable way for those wanting to kick up their fitness regime. Along with the classic fitness features such as a Heart Rate Monitor , the iTouch Air 2 also features notifications for calls and messages. Armed with an alarm and stop watch this device is a firm favourite with our Head Office Team and a steal at only R899. Get yours here https://bit.ly/3bc3tof

 

GAMING

With so many brands available we appreciate that the search for the perfect gaming gear can be complicated.

PLANTRONICS RIG RANGE

Our current star is the Plantronics Rig range of headsets. With a sturdy build and comfortable design the range comes in version for PC, XBOX and PS4. With ventilated earcups and noise cancelling mics the Rig series are also backed by a 2 year warranty. Starting from R899 we are confident that if you are looking for great value on a budget you cannot go wrong with these. Find them here https://bit.ly/33HR5tG

ACCESSORIES

ENERGEA POWERBANKS

From cables to power banks our wide range of Energea accessories offers something for everyone. With our power banks ranging from 5000mAh to 20000mAh – whether you are looking for something in an emergency or something to last the long haul we have it. See the full range here https://bit.ly/3abfI4o

ENERGEA CABLES

Our cables are also strong, durable and made from the highest quality materials. With our Duraglitz range coming with a 5 year warranty and our Nylotough Xtreme range coming with a 10 year warranty you can be sure you are getting a great deal! See the range here https://bit.ly/2QxEKCI

 

Our great deals are by no means limited to the above products – check out our website for more great offers. Any questions pop us a message on our Whatsapp line on 0827784400. After hours? Email frankie@cellucity.co.za and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

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Remote Meetings? What’s the best way to connect?

Lifestyle - a stylish home office setup -Photo by Michael Soledad

Working from home is becoming a necessity to help flatten the curve. What facilities or services are available to make meetings and interactions with your colleagues and customers?

For larger organisations, many will already have a preferred teleconference service like Microsoft Teams or a platform like Zoom. For a smaller SME or business what services are available for you to use for virtual meetings.

lifestyle image of an empty boardroom - meeting office

Firstly, you need to consider a few things, cost, privacy and method of communication.

From a cost perspective a voice call dial out from your mobile would be based on your existing contract package, so best to check what your per minute/ second cost is and possibly purchase additional Voice Minute bundles through the “My Vodacom” app as and when you need.

A cheaper option would then be voice calls via WhatsApp, Facetime (Apple),Facebook Messenger or Skype. Here privacy becomes a concern. Some employees or customer may not want to engage with their mobile number (WhatsApp & Facetime) or reveal their Facebook profiles. That’s where Skype is a more ideal option.

For straight “voice calls” via Skype/ Whatsapp / Facetime / Messenger they use roughly 0.15MB to 0.5MB per minute so are very cost-effective.

When you start looking a Video Calls and Conferencing services the most popular services presently would be Skype and Google Hangouts. Depending on the video quality selected, the quality of your camera and the number of participants on the Video call, the data consumption can be anything from 5MB up to around 25MB per minute.

Lifestyle Image - Man Working on a sofa

Ideally, for Video Calls, it is ideal to use Wi-Fi or a Fiber connection for large or lengthy calls. A two-person Video Conference can consume between 300MB and 1GB of data over an hour.  So, if using a mobile be cognizant of what data bundle you have.

The quality of Skype and Google Hangouts / Meet are very good, but for larger meetings, it is often better to use a subscription-based service, such as Zoom or Cisco’s Webex which provides a far more reliable solution. Both these paid services do offer either a free plan or a limited trial free plan.

Our online team have suggested some must-have, work from home products, here

 

Established in 1994, Cellucity is a specialist mobile phone retailer and Vodacom’s leading independent, award-winning, dealer. We pride ourselves on offering the best service, innovation, quality brands and innovative products. For real 24-hour convenience, browse our extensive range of cell phones, accessories and gadgets online or apply for pre-approval on your next contract, upgrade or fibre internet.
Cellucity, the best way to connect to Vodacom.
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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.

Written By: Lesa J

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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.