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Fit2 and IconX Gear up for SA

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Samsung Electronics South Africa recently launched the Samsung Gear Fit2 and the Gear IconX, the newest additions to its range of sports trackers.

The Gear Fit2 sports band features an embedded GPS and a heart rate monitor (HRM) that offers accurate and robust fitness tracking and measurement, while providing instant feedback on the user’s workout. The Gear IconX are truly cord-free earbuds that can track fitness information and provide users with feedback on their running performance. Both the Gear Fit2 and Gear IconX are optimised to enhance training and help improve users’ fitness levels, whether users are training for a marathon or taking a daily stroll through the neighbourhood.

Craige Fleischer, Director of Integrated Mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa, says the latest Samsung fitness wearables are designed with consumers’ fitness needs in mind, delivering features such as precise tracking technology and a standalone music player to provide users with the optimal fitness experience. “Go farther, do better and get the most out of every workout – with the Gear Fit2 and the IconX it just couldn’t be any simpler,” Fleischer mentions.

Gear Fit2: Advanced Features for Fitness

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  • Features an ergonomic, sleek and slim design for comfortable everyday use.
  • Provides a Super AMOLED curved display with a high-resolution color touchscreen for easy fitness monitor, or checking and responding to text message notifications.
  • Embedded GPS and HRM sensor for accurate data tracking of activities that fit any lifestyle.
  • With a Auto Activity Tracking feature, users won’t have to manually activate the sports band – whether running, walking, cycling, or utilizing rowing machine or elliptical trainer.
  • Enables easy transfer of fitness data between S Health and other select fitness applications, providing 1:1 competition with your friends.
  • The standalone music player enables users to actively workout with motivation without the need of a mobile device.

Gear IconX: A Simple and Wireless Experience

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  • Provides a lightweight, secure and comfortable fit with three different sizes of eartips and wingtips, activated by simply placing the earbuds in the user’s ears.
  • Enables tracking of fitness data such as distance, speed, duration, heart rate and calories burned, easily syncing with S Health.
  • Includes a Voice Guide feature that provides instant voice feedback on the user’s workout progress and provides a standalone music listening experience.
  • With Bluetooth capability and an internal storage that can play up to 1,000 MP3s – users can simply tap or swipe the earbuds to easily control the music.

“Throughout the journey of bringing new innovations and concepts to the smart wearable market, Samsung has bravely pioneered this category with its advanced wearable portfolio. The new Gear Fit2 and Gear IconX encourage consumers to stay healthy and active with Samsung’s range of smart lifestyle products,” concludes Fleischer.

The Gear Fit2 is currently available in South Africa at Dion Wired, Incredible Connection, Makro and Samsung brand stores. The Gear IconX will be available locally in August at Dion Wired, Incredible connection, Makro, Samsung brand stores and TFG (The Foschini Group) stores.

SPECIFICATIONS GEAR FIT2 GEAR ICONX
Display 1.5”, Curved Super AMOLED 216 x 432
Chipset Dual Core (1 GHz)
Memory 512 MB (RAM) / 4 GB Storage 4 GB / up to 1,000 songs
Connectivity Bluetooth v 4.2 Bluetooth v 4.1
Sensor Accelerometer, Gyro, HRM, Built-in GPS, Barometer Accelerometer, HR, Capacitive Touch
Dimension 24.5 (W) x 51.2 (D) mm Earbud: 18.9 (W) x 26.0 (D) /

Case: 92.0 (W) x 35.3 (D)

Weight Small: 28g

Large: 30g

Earbud: 6.3g per earbud /

Case: 52g

Battery 200mAh Earbud: 47mAh /

Charging Case: 315mAH

Compatibility Android 4.4/ RAM 1.5 GB Android 4.4/ RAM 1.5 GB
OS
  • TIZEN
  • Notifications (SNS, call, email, applications, schedule)
  • Black, blue and pink
Speaker Dynamic Driver
Microphone 2ea per earbud
Additional

Features

  • Small (Size of the wrist: 125 ~ 170mm)
  • Large (Size of the wrist: 155 ~ 210mm)
  • IP68 certified (up to 30 minutes in up to 1.5m of water)
  • Standalone music player
  • Black, blue and white
  • Splash resistant (P2i Nano Coating)
  • Standalone music player
  • Voice guide (available in 15 languages)
Audio Audio formats: MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, M4A, AMR, AWB, OGG, OGA, 3GA Audio formats: MP3, WMA v9, WAV, AAC, M4A

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Android Go puts reliable smartphones in budget pockets

Nokia, Vodacom and Huawei have all launched entry-level smartphones running the Android Go edition, and all deliver a smooth experience, writes BRYAN TURNER.

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Three new and notable Android Go smartphones have recently hit the market, namely the Nokia 1, the Vodafone Smart Kicka 4 and the Huawei Y3 (2018). These phones run one of the most basic versions of Android while still delivering a fairly smooth user experience.

Historically, consumers purchasing smartphones in the budget bracket would have a hit-and-miss experience with processing speed, smoothness of user interface, and app stability. The Google-supported Android Go edition operating system optimises the user experience by stripping out non-important visual effects to speed up the phone. Thish allows for more memory to be used by apps. 

Google also ensures that all smartphones running Android Go will receive feature and security updates as they are released by Google. This is a major selling point for these smartphones, as users of this smartphone will always be running the latest software, with virtually no manufacturer bloatware.

Vodafone Smart Kicka 4

At the lowest entry-level, the Vodafone Smart Kicka 4 performs well as a communicator for emails and WhatsApp messages. The 4” screen represents a step up for entry-level Android phones, which were previously standardised at 3.5”.

The display is bright and very responsive, while the limited screen real estate leaves the navigation keys off the screen as touch buttons. It uses 3G connectivity, which might seem like an outdated technology, but is good enough to stream SD videos and music. Vodacom has also thrown in some data gifts if the smartphone is activated before the end of September 2018. 

Its camera functionalities might be a slight let down for the aspirant Instagrammer, with a 2MP rear flash camera and a 0.3MP selfie snapper. Speed wise, the keyboard pops up quickly, which is a huge improvement from the Smart Kicka 3. However, this phone will not play well with graphics-intensive games. 

Nokia 1

Next up is the Nokia 1, which adds a much better 5MP camera, improved battery life and a bigger 4.5” screen. It supports LTE, which allows this smartphone to download and upload at the speed of flagships. It also sports the Nokia brand name, which many consumers trust.

Although the front camera is 2MP, the quality is extremely grainy, even with good lighting. This disqualifies this smartphone for the social media selfie snapper, but the 5MP rear camera will work for the landscape and portrait photographer. 

The screen also redeems this smartphone, providing a display which represents colours truly and has great viewing angles. Xpress-on back covers allows the use of interchangeable, multi-coloured back covers, which has proven to be a successful sales point for mid-range smartphones in the past. 

Huawei Y3 (2018)

The most capable of the Android Go edition competitors, the Huawei Y3 (2018) packs an even bigger screen at 5”, as well as an improved 8MP rear camera and HD video recording. The screen is the brightest and most vibrant of the three smartphones, but seems to be calibrated to show colours a little more saturated than they actually are. 

Nevertheless, the camera outperforms the other smartphones with good colour replication and great selfie capabilities via the 2MP front camera – far superior to the Nokia 1 despite the same spec. LTE also comes standard with this smartphone and Vodacom throws in 4G/LTE data goodies until the end of September 2018. The battery, however, is not removable and may only be replaced by a warranty technician.

Comparing the 3

All three smartphones have removable back covers, which provide access to the battery, SIM card and SD card slots. The smartphones have Micro USB ports on the bottom with headphone jacks on the top. The built-in speakers all performed well, with the Y3 (2018) housing an exceptionally loud built-in speaker. 

Although all at different price points, all three phones remain similar in performance and speed. The differentiators are apparent in the components, like camera quality and screen quality. It would be fair to rank the quality of the camera and battery life by respective market prices. The Vodafone Smart Kicka 4 performed well, for its R399 retail price. The Nokia 1, on the other hand, lags quite a bit in features when compared to the Huawei Y3 (2018), bwith oth retailing at R999.

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SA gets digital archive

As the world entered the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth on Mandela Day, 18 July 2018, South Africa celebrated the launch of a digital living archive. 

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The southafrica.co.za  site carries content about the country’s collective heritage in South Africa’s eleven official languages.

Designed as a nation building,  educational and brand promotion web based tool, the free-to-view platform features award-winning photographic and written content by leading South African photographers, authors, academics and photojournalists.

The emphasis is on quality, credible, factual content that celebrates a collective heritage in terms of the following: Cultural Heritage; Natural Heritage; Education; History; Agriculture; Industry; Mining; and Travel.

At the same time as reflecting on the nation’s history, southafrica.co.za celebrates South Africa’s natural, cultural and economic assets so that the youth can learn about their nation in their home language.

Southafrica.co.za Founder and CEO Hans Gerrizen conceptualised southafrica.co.za as a means for youth and communities from outlying areas to benefit from the digital age in terms of the web tool’s empowering educational component.

“We can only stand to deepen our collective experience of democracy and become a more forward planning nation if we know facts about our nation’s past and present in everyone’s home language,” he says.

Southafrica.co.za, with sister company Siyabona Africa, is the organiser and sponsor of the Mandela: 100 Moments photographic exhibition that runs until 30 September at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront-based Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island.  The 3-month exhibition, which runs daily from 08h00 until 15h00, is showcasing one hundred iconic Nelson Mandela images taken by veteran South African photojournalist and self-taught lensman Peter Magubane.

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