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Feature Phone Review: Alcatel One Touch 2000

Published by on Mar 4th, 2014, No Comments

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The Alcatel One Touch 2000 is an entry level phone in any way you look at is. It is priced at a measly R459 and is meant for people who want a device that does the basics, and does it well. It is also targeting elderly people or people who are somewhat visually disabled or is hard of hearing with its great big buttons and voice-on-touch. Let’s see how it shapes up.

Compared to other feature phone targeting the same demographic, it is truly a great deal when you look at the price, as is compares favourably with similar competitors.

There is also an SOS button on the back, which can be customised to call and/or text a variety of contacts.  It also comes with a handy charging dock so no one needs to struggle with tiny ports or cables. (more…)

Sony’s Xperia G leaked, mid-range phone coming soon

Published by on Feb 17th, 2014, No Comments

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Sony is reportedly releasing a couple of mid-range phones at Mobile World Congress this month, along with a couple of low-end ones. But it seems that the Xperia G will be headlining that line-up of non-flagship devices.

A photo claiming to show portions of the Xperia G was tweeted out along with some specs: LTE, 8GB of storage, an 8-megapixel camera and a gig of RAM, plus a 4.8-inch screen. Those internals, if accurate would position the G as a mid-range handset with a slightly smaller size and similar design as the Xperia Z1S (which was only available in the US). (more…)

Exclusive: Apple iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Deals

Published by on Feb 17th, 2014, 2 Comments

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We are proud to present an exclusive Bandwidth Blog deal for the much sought after Apple iPhone 5S and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphones.

Upon researching and looking into the available contract and prepaid deals in the country, we decided to offer our readers a couple of amazing deals on popular devices. These deals are perfect for people who know the benefits of not having to be attached to a two year contract. With help from our friends over at Bfore.co.za we were able to make these deals a reality.

The two deals are as follows (with instructions below): (more…)

Sony Xperia Z1 Review – Waterproof, life-proof

Published by on Feb 12th, 2014, 7 Comments

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You may have noticed there has been a trend in the last couple of years within the Android smartphone market. Companies like Samsung, LG and others are stuffing their devices full of software features – in many cases useless and redundant. Sony came up with a different plan, though, and its sticking to its guns.

Sony is concentrating on their strengths of old, something that has been with them from the get go. They are focusing on beautiful, strong and durable designs, as well as great screen technology and photographic prowess. (more…)

What about unlocked phones in SA – do I need a contract?

Published by on Feb 5th, 2014, 1 Comment

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The cell phone market in South Africa is a strange beast, and even more so the smartphone market. Yes, there are many types of phones being sold – different form factors, different price points, and different manufacturers – but what people see most of the time is only what the large telecoms companies advertise to you.

The fact of the matter is there are pros and cons to getting a two year over paying for a device outright in cash. In our market it is mostly the cheaper devices, or feature phones, that get sold in cash to customers at prices below R1000 and they can then do with it as they please. They are then free to choose the best prepaid plan for themselves, according to the best prices they can find in their area. Most people don’t even consider about doing this with the latest and greatest smartphones, opting for the two year contract instead of forking out a bit more upfront. But why should that be? (more…)

Smartphone shipments top 1 billion in 2013

Published by on Jan 29th, 2014, No Comments

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In 2013 the most smartphones were shipped in this kind of devices short history, a whopping 1 billion phones. According to data from the International Data Corporation, vendors shipped 1,004.2 million smartphones in the 12 month period, an increase of 38.4 percent from the 725.3 million units shipped in 2012.

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TrewGrip: Rear-typing keyboard for smartphones and tablets (video)

Published by on Jan 6th, 2014, 1 Comment

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TrewGrip tried to raise money on Kickstarter to finance the development and marketing of a new kind of keyboard. It tried to raise $100,000 but the public did not seem to understand or want the product at the time. That did not stop the creators though, and it has been unveiled at CES 2014. (more…)

HTC Code Name “M8″

Published by on Nov 12th, 2013, No Comments

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The hugely popular HTC One could have a successor lined up for early 2014. Twitter was a buzz with speculation after a pair of tweets from the well-connected@evleaks suggested that HTC will be releasing its next flagship device (code named “M8″) across al 4 of the major service providers (in the US) within the first few months of the new year. Rumors have it that the next installment will feature a 5 or 5.2-inch display and a healthy 3GB of RAM. Sticking to the Android trend the handset could have a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor under the hood. (more…)

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