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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 The only real drawbacks I found were in the devices lack of waterproof rating and slightly outdated micro USB charging point (so long fast charge capabilities).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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LG Q6 Review

Let’s be upfront here – a mid-range phone is never going to be as fast or powerful as their more expensive counterparts. That does not mean they don’t have a trick or two few up their sleeves. The LG Q6 has a few to make this a serious consideration.

Let’s start with design. Featuring a 5.5-inch Full HD display, LG has incorporated its Full Vision technology from the flagship G6 into the Q6. So, what? This type of screen to body ratio is something you would normally only see in the likes of Flagship models like the LG G6 and Samsung S8. This is a big deal! Ideal for streaming video content, gaming and social media. Honestly this is a feature alone puts the LG Q6 miles ahead of its mid-range competition.

On the build side, the LG Q6 frame is made from 7000 series aluminium making it strong and durable – it’s able to take a knock! Unfortunately, the back is made of plastic and seems prone to scratches. I would advise investing in a protective cover.

The LG Q6 camera has some cool features. I found it super easy to use, filters were available even before you took the shot and response time was excellent. Also useful was the, easy to find, timer function.

 

The knock out? The additional camera modes and functions:

Snap Shot
The ability to Snap a shot and preview it immediately.

Grid Shot
Allows you to take four snaps which come together in a collage immediately – very cool for social media users and creatives alike.

Match Shot
My favourite. This allows you to take two different pictures right after each other – one with the rear camera and one with the front “selfie” camera. With all the hype around the Nokia 8’s #Bothie function I am renaming this feature on the LG the “Almostie”- not quite like the Nokia but pretty darn close!

For Uploading
LG Q6 pictures can be directly uploaded to various platforms without having to crop or edit.

The front camera on the LG Q6 comes in at a standard 13MP with the selfie camera coming in a slightly disappointing 5MP but the wide angle option makes it a little more appealing. Add to this the long list of cool camera functions above and you can understand why LG made the compromise!

That is not enough though – LG have really put the Q6 through its paces. It has passed military standard tests for durability including tests through humidity, temperature, mechanical shock, sand and dust. The battery was also put through stringent tests and LG have put a thermal pad cooling system into key components to minimize overheating.

Missing on this device however is a fingerprint scanner – a feature that is so last season anyway. LG have instead opted for the new wonder feature – facial recognition. Jury is still out on mass adoption of this but it is again feature usually reserved for flagship devices.

The LG Q6 offers you a beautiful and durable design full of features, functions and nifty camera modes. In its category, the Q6 will certainly give the competition a run for your money!

Get the awesome LG Q6 for R6099 prepaid or from R379 per month on a Flexi 200 contract with Vodacom . (Both offers INCLUDE, Free Watch, R1000 cash back and R699 Game Collection). LG Q6 #LiveOutOfBounds

LG Q6 Wide selfie camera

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Plantronics

Plantronics is an American audio electronics company founded in 1961. Much like some other well-known start-ups of that era, Plantronics was started in a tiny garage in California – by two airline pilots who set out to improve the headsets used in commercial aviation.

Plantronics made world history when Neil Armstrong uttered one of the most famous words in human history “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” through a Plantronics headset. Continue reading Plantronics

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium

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

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Xiaomi Vs Cubot

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.

Check out the Cubot Rainbow 2 online – Click HERE

Click HERE to view the Xiaomi Redmi 4A