Top 5 Flagship Smartphones of 2019!

Staff Writer / 10-01-2020 / News

Every year, smartphone manufacturers scramble to outdo each other when it comes to their flagship smartphones, packing in as many hardware upgrades and features as possible. Leading this pack for the last several years is Samsung and Apple, with Chinese manufacturers Huawei and Xiaomi closing the gap quickly thanks to their ranges of high-quality, feature-packed smartphones that are much more affordable. As a result, smartphones are evolving faster than we can keep up, and 2019 definitely had its share of incredible devices.

Here is our list of the top 5 flagship smartphones to have graced us this year:

Apple iPhone 11

Apple sprung their brand-new smartphone offering on us in September this year, loaded with the latest iOS 13 software which has been well received by users. In terms of looks, it’s available in 6 new colours (White, Black, Red, Lavender, Yellow and Green) with an aluminium and glass design and 6.1-inch Liquid Retina Screen.

The iPhone 11 supports faster charging and the battery will last longer (approx. 1 hour) than in the previous iPhone XR. The 2 rear camera lenses, one of which is a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, and the other, a new 12-megapixel ultra wide camera with a 120-degree field of view, will no doubt be irresistible to those who want to take their mobile photography to the next level. For selfie fans, Apple has introduced a feature called ‘slowfies’ into the front facing camera, adding a whole new dimension to your selfies.

Apple iPhone 11 Pro & Pro Max

These smartphones are being touted as the most powerful iPhones ever made. Both sport the all new surgical-grade stainless steel exterior with a matte finish available in gold or even midnight green, among other new colours. The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max both house triple cameras at the rear, including an awesome 12MP wide angle camera which will allow you to cram more into a single photo. On the downside, you will have to deal with a slightly bulgier iPhone because of the extra camera. Apple is promising loads of power with this range, but they’re also offering four more hours of battery life than its predecessor, the iPhone XS).

Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Samsung’s flagship smartphone is undoubtedly the Note range and this year it provided us with the Note 10. In terms of screen size, the Note 10 has a 6.3-inch screen which is actually smaller than its predecessor, but it has a dynamic AMOLED+, HDR10+-certified screen made of Corning's latest Gorilla Glass 6. At only 168 grams, it’s really nifty and compact which makes the phone easy to handle. The Note 10 features three rear cameras - a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens, a 12-megapixel wide angle lens and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. There's a 10-megapixel selfie camera at the front. Added to that, it has Live Focus Mode which auto focuses on subjects while shooting video. It also has a Zoom-In Mic feature which cuts out all background noise when recording audio.

The Note 10 is an upgrade to the Note 9 in that it has 256GB of onboard memory but doesn’t have a slot for an SD Card. The 8GB of RAM is decent enough to run applications on the device without any delay or lag. On the battery front, it is smaller than the Note 9 at just 3500mAh.

Huawei P30 Pro

The P30 Pro helped the Chinese company raise the bar this year. The first feature that stands out is the quad camera setup. The Leica quad-camera setup consists of a 40-megapixel main sensor, a 20MP ultra-wide camera, an 8MP telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom and a “time of flight” camera. It has a larger screen at 6.47 inches with OLED display. The P30 Pro is available in a variety of colours and also is a dual-SIM smartphone. The slot also doubles up as Huawei’s nano memory (NM) card slot. It is powered by Huawei’s next-generation Kirin 980 chipset, comes with 8GB of RAM and a bumped-up 256GB of storage that is expandable using an NM card.

Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus

Regarded as a more affordable, compact version of the Note 10, the Galaxy S10 range was one of the most talked about smartphones of 2019. Both the S10 and S10 Plus have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, Super AMOLED Infinity-O display, 8GB RAM (with 12GB option), 128GB to 1TB storage options with a microSD slot for even more capacity, five cameras, IP68 rating, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, and a stunning design with Prism colour options. The S10 plus come with high level water resistance and also the popular fast wireless charging. The additional capabilities to charge up other devices and gear via wireless technology on the back of the S10 Plus is ideal for people on the go.

There’s no doubt that 2019 has served up some really awesome smartphones that promise to get even better when 2020 rolls around. For now, though, it all comes down to the features you’re looking for, your brand preference and, of course, the price you’re willing to pay.


iPhone 13 is All About the Cameras!

The iPhone 13 range recently launched and boasts what might be the most advanced camera system in Apple history!The new generation is made up of the premium iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max as well as the more affordable iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini.The 13 range is powered by the A15 Bionic chip, which unlocks impressive new camera capabilities for iPhone users. What’s more, all four models have larger sensors with integrated sensor-shift stabilisation technology that boosts both the image and video quality.Unprecedented Camera Quality for The Pro RangeThe iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max are equipped with the same camera technology and have upgraded sensors and lenses for professional-quality photos. Like the 12, the Pro range boasts a triple-camera setup. Where it sets itself apart though, is the new 12 MP ultra-wide, 12 MP wide and 12 MP telephoto cameras, which all make for an exceptional shooting experience.More features you’ll love:●    The 1.9-micron pixels sensor – the largest ever used in an iPhone – creates more detailed photos.●    A wider f/1.5 aperture for improved low-light images. Apple claims this feature offers 2.2x better performance than the 12 Pro!●    The new and improved 77mm telephoto camera which allows you to get even closer to your subject while video-recording.  Affordable Gets an UpgradeMuch like the iPhone 12, the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Mini are fitted with the same dual-camera set-up but there are some major improvements! The upgrade from a Smart HDR 3 to Smart HDR 4 provides superior camera quality for both the front and back lenses while the 1.7-micron pixels in the wide camera makes for brighter and richer photographs by allowing 47% more light in than the iPhone 12.Cool Camera Features Across All ModelsCinematic mode helps turn an image or video into a more dynamic and professional one. The upgraded lenses intuitively monitor what’s happening in the frame and allows you to change focus to get the perfect shot!4K Video Quality enables you to record 4K HDR Dolby Vision at 60 fps – yet another upgrade from the 30fps on the iPhone 12 models.Photographic Styles offers new live filters and allows you to adjust images while you’re composing your shot, allowing you to see your results and amend your image before hitting the shutter button.Exclusively Reserved for The ProMacro Photography is a first for the iPhone and is made possible by the new ultra-wide camera that enables you to capture close-up images and explore the smallest details. The minimum focal range is 2cm away from the lens. The feature is also available for video recording on Slo-Mo and Time-Lapse.The Pros come fitted with ProRes Video, high-quality filmmaking software for those who are serious about their craft. The video quality reaches a maximum of 4K at 30fps and you can record and output the format directly from your device.Get your hands on the new iPhone 13 range today and experience the phenomenal camera quality and more, here.


Top 5 iOS 15 Features

iOS 15 recently launched in September 2021, and while there are a host of amazing new features, there are a few that make the Apple experience that much more special. Here are the top 5 features that takes this OS to the next level.1.    Facetime for everyone:Watch parties have never been this cool! With iOS 15, users can now stream movies and series while on a Facetime call! This feature adjusts the volume to the environment automatically so that conversations can still flow while you sit back and enjoy the show.Distance is no match for iOS 15. Now it’s like your loved ones are right there on the couch with you!2.    Map out your destination:Augmented reality directions? Yes please! With the new OS, it’s all in the detail. Get up-to-date info about your route if you’re driving or, if you prefer taking a more scenic route, try the “Immersive Walking Instructions” which provide an in-depth step-by-step augmented reality view of your destination.3.    Putting the “Me” in Memoji:Even your personalised stickers are getting an update with this new OS upgrade from Apple. With iOS 15, users now have the best feature – choice.There are now more options at your disposal to really personalise your character – from a new wardrobe to cochlear ear implants and oxygen tubes. This version of iOS is providing the inclusivity you’ve been waiting for.4.    Privacy for the win:  Kiss spam goodbye with the “Hide My Email” feature. This gives you the ability to “instantly generate unique, random email addresses that forward to your personal inbox”. Where do we sign up?  Hide My Email has been built into the Mail, Safari, and iCloud Settings for added efficiency.5.    The Picture-perfect way to get going:  One of the most impressive features of iOS 15 has to be “Live Text”. This lets you highlight text in photos (and video!) and use the information to make calls, send messages, get directions and even Facetime!With so many cool new features packed into Apple’s iOS 15, isn’t it time you go all in on iPhone?Check out all our amazing Apple iPhone deals here.


WhatsApp Ending Support for Older Phones: Are You Affected?

From 1st November 2021, WhatsApp will no longer work on over 40 smartphone models.2021 has been a rollercoaster ride for WhatsApp users. While a host of helpful additions have been made on the instant messenger app, including the ability to access WhatsApp across several devices at the same time and the ever-popular disappearing messages, this latest update is not as positive.Any device sporting Apple iOS 10, Android OS 4.1 and KaiOS 2.5.1. will be affected.What this means for youIf you have a device with these operating systems or lower, it’s time for an upgrade.Here is the full list of affected smartphones that will no longer be WhatsApp compatible come November:Apple iPhone:iPhone SE (2016)iPhone 6siPhone 6s PlusAndroid:Huawei Ascend G740Huawei Ascend MateHuawei Ascend D Quad XLHuawei Ascend D1 Quad XLHuawei Ascend P1 SHuawei Ascend D2Samsung Galaxy Trend LiteSamsung Galaxy Trend IISamsung Galaxy SIISamsung Galaxy S3 miniSamsung Galaxy Xcover 2Samsung Galaxy CoreSamsung Galaxy Ace 2 16Other Affected Brands:The Alcatel One Touch Evo 7Archos 53 PlatinumCaterpillar Cat B15HTC Desire 500Faea F1LG Lucid 2LG Optimus F7LG Optimus F5LG Optimus L3 II DualLG Optimus F5LG Optimus L5LG Optimus L5 IILG Optimus L5 DualLG Optimus L3 IILG Optimus L7LG Optimus L7 II DualLG Optimus L7 IILG Optimus F6 EnactLG Optimus L4 II DualLG Optimus F3LG Optimus L4 IILG Optimus L2 IILG Optimus Nitro HDLG Optimus F3QLG 4X HDLenovo A820The Sony Xperia MiroSony Xperia Neo LSony Xperia Arc STHL W8UMi X2Wiko Cink FiveWiko DarknightZTE Grand S FlexZTE V956ZTE Grand X Quad V987ZTE Grand MemoHow to check your Operating SystemApple:Access your device settingsTap the General buttonSelect AboutAll details related to your Apple iPhone smartphone, including your device name and OS version will be detailed here.Android:Go to your device settings.Tap the System or About Phone /Device button.All details related to your Android smartphone, including your device name and OS version will be detailed here.Need to upgrade?Find your new smartphone here.