OK, I’m just going to come right out with it. If you are someone who is looking for an uncomplicated, efficient user experience or a business person who uses their phone as the beacon of all that is professional – get ready to have your socks rocked! Continue reading The BlackBerry KEYone – Bringing Qwerty Back
Let’s be honest, not everyone wants, needs or can afford a “top of the range” phone. But on the flip side everybody wants the best features and functions possible for their budget. In my search for a phone that bridges the gap between entry level and top of the range I was lucky enough to be able to test the Hisense C30 – and I loved it! I love a bargain and coming in at R4499 I was not disappointed. So what is so great about this phone? Let’s dive in. Continue reading Hisense C30
Back in the day Sony was the phone to have but seems to have gotten lost of late being overshadowed by the competition. This year though it seems Sony has gotten a wakeup call and taken a torpedo to its competition in the form of the Sony XZ Premium. Winner of best phone at the MWC 2017 the Sony XZ Premium features three very unique attributes not found on any other phone currently. We here at Cellucity took a closer look. Continue reading Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Nowadays brands are being held to higher, rising standards. Consumers are looking for affordable handsets but don’t want to compromise on functionality. Manufacturers like Xiaomi and Cubot have come to the table with phones that are easy on the pocket yet feature-rich. We put the Xiaomi Redmi 4A and the Cubot Rainbow 2 under the spotlight. Coming in at R1999 and R1599 respectively these two handsets fall well within the budget range yet are still able to offer very decent specs.
Taking a look at the exterior both units play to opposite tastes. If you are looking for a clean, classic look with simple lines then the Redmi 4A is for you. The plastic back is coated with a metal looking finish giving it a premium look available in grey and gold. The Rainbow 2, on the other hand, has a funkier design available in a rainbow of cool colours (Red, Blue, Black, White and Gold). The back cover of the Rainbow has a specialized elastic painting that increases its hardness and provides scratch resistance to what would otherwise be a more plastic cover. Appearing to have a more curved but chunkier look the Rainbow 2 is 7.9mm thick compared to the Redmi 4A which comes in at 8mm thick.
Both phones come with a 5″ HD display sporting the exact same resolution. After testing it through multiple media platforms I found no real difference in the viewing experience with both offering good quality imagery.
Performance-wise the Xiaomi Redmi 4A appears more powerful in theory. Equipped with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor powered by Snapdragon teamed with 2GB RAM it outshines the Rainbow 2 which sports a 1.3GHz quad-core processor powered by Mali and 1GB RAM. However, after thorough testing, you will only notice the difference when running multiple platforms consistently or are gaming regularly.
Camera-wise although both handsets sport a 13MP rear camera the Rainbow 2 has the edge as it boasts a dual-lens camera – a trend that has recently established itself in the mobile arena and commonly only found on high-end flagship devices. It is currently the cheapest dual-lens camera phone on the market and allows users to make use of special effects not available on the Xiaomi Redmi 4A. Both sport a stock standard 5MP front camera an industry standard for entry-level phones nowadays.
With 16GB storage on both devices, the Rainbow 2 takes the cake in this category as it offers a dedicated micro SD slot whereas the Redmi 4A would require you to use one of the dual slim slots for the memory card although it does offer more onboard memory at 32GB versus the Rainbow 2 16GB. On the other hand, the Redmi 4A offers users LTE connectivity making it faster than the 3G speeds offered by the Rainbow 2.
If you are a solid user and worry about battery life then the Redmi 4A may be a better option with its 3120 mAh battery versus the Rainbow 2 2350 mAh battery. This was one of the most significant differences I found when testing both units.
Confused at which one to opt for? Well if you are concerned with battery life, want the fastest possible speed packaged in the most elegant design then go Xiaomi Redmi 4A, however it is important to note that you will need to purchase your headset separately as it does not come in the box. If however, you are wanting a funky and unusual looking handset with a better camera then opt Rainbow 2. In the box, you will receive all the usual suspects as well as a cover and screen protector which at R400 cheaper than the Redmi 4A I find to be excellent value for money.
All in all even though these are classified as budget handsets you can see a lot of thought and effort have gone into the design with the hopes of offering consumers a good quality experience.
Did you ever own a diary? I did. I wrote down all my secrets, my loves, my dreams, my goals and my wishes! To keep it safe and away from my family’s beady eyes, I would hide it under my bedroom mattress – like that wasn’t obvious!
Nowadays, cellphones and tablets have taken the place of conventional diaries. Social media apps like Facebook, twitter, Instagram, snap chat and the like hold our life moments, memories and secrets. More importantly cellphones now also hold our banking and e-mail information. They hold so much more information – so what are you doing to keep them secure them and protecting your information from prying eyes? Continue reading Cellphone Security
Good old Nokia is still connecting people with Nokia 6 with Android
Anyone who is old enough to have owned one will undoubtedly be familiar with the cell phone brand Nokia. I mean, how iconic. I remember playing Snake in class (this may be a hint to my age), or spending weekends creating monotone ringtones from the phone keypad.
At the time Nokia seemed invincible and with models like the “unbreakable” 3310 or the 6310 with the battery that never died I would never have imagined Nokia’s huge fall from grace. It really was sad when the iconic Nokia brand seemed to crash and burn into oblivion?
The advent of the Lumia range did little but hammer the final nail in the coffin and Nokia seemed doomed to the dusty pages of mobile phone history – even with the then owners Microsoft spurning the Nokia name. Continue reading Nokia is back and has plans to burn some of the competition