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The curious case of the Lumia 525

The curious case of the Lumia 525

The Lumia 520, which retails for less than R2 000, has proved to be Nokia’s fastest-selling Windows Phone-based device in markets around the world, including South Africa. Yet the company has decided against introducing its successor, the Lumia 525, in South Africa, raising questions as

Nokia Lumia 1020 is a go

Nokia Lumia 1020 is a go

One of 2013’s most anticipated handsets, Nokia’s Lumia 1020, has been launched in South Africa. At a recommended retail price of R9 999, the Windows Phone-powered 1020 is available at its launch through MTN and Vodacom in black, white and yellow. The Lumia 1020’s 41-megapixel

Tide turning again in mobile

Tide turning again in mobile

A profound and dramatic thing happened in the computer industry last week. And it wasn’t the introduction of the new iPad Air. But it was, not surprisingly, from Apple, which has proved that most important (and brave) of lessons to the rest of the world: cannibalise yourself before someone else does. Though

How Nokia got its groove back

How Nokia got its groove back

There was a time, oh, 10 years ago, when consumers used to salivate at the prospect of a new handset from Nokia. From the 2004’s computer-cum-phone, the 9500 Communicator, to 2007’s multimedia powerhouse, the N95, it used to be that for many people that the only option when it came to upgrading

Nokia puts on its boxing gloves

Nokia puts on its boxing gloves

Nokia, soon to be part of Microsoft, is continuing its efforts to regain lost relevance — and market share — in the mobile phone market with a new high-end smartphone and its first foray into tablet computing. The tablet, a 10,1-inch Lumia 2520 with full high-definition

Nokia takes SA school maths to phones

Nokia takes SA school maths to phones

Nokia has launched a mobile mathematics platform aimed at helping South African high school pupils to better master the subject of mathematics. The initiative, with the department of science & technology, is aimed at grades 10 to 12, and works on all mobile phones, tablets, laptops

BlackBerry blind to its last best hope: us

BlackBerry blind to its last best hope: us

Watching BlackBerry over the past few years has been like watching a train wreck in slow motion. The company, whose name was once synonymous with smartphones, has stumbled from one disaster to another. This week, things got a lot worse. BlackBerry

Lumia 925: the best Windows Phone yet

Lumia 925: the best Windows Phone yet

Last November, when we reviewed Nokia’s then-flagship Windows Phone device, the Lumia 920, we described it as a flawed masterpiece: a great piece of hardware let down by a few key design mistakes. Our main issue with the 920 was its heft. It was too thick and, at 185g

Can anyone save BlackBerry?

Can anyone save BlackBerry?

There are few arenas more brutal and merciless than the cellphone market. In just five years, BlackBerry has gone from the world’s leading smartphone brand to a company teetering on the edge of collapse. The fact that BlackBerry is struggling is common knowledge

The mighty Apple has fallen to earth

The mighty Apple has fallen to earth

We can all let out our breath. Apple’s annual hypefest – sometimes called the iPhone launch – is over. As expected, and in accordance with Shapshak’s First Law of Smartphone Upgrades – minted for the previous iPhone launch – the device is thinner with a faster processor and better camera

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