Launch of new Mobile @Vodacom Kiosk for the blind and visually impaired at @CouncilForBlind

In partnership with Vodacom, the South African National Council for the Blind (SANCB) officially launched a mobile service kiosk at their Pretoria offices yesterday (Wednesday 8 June), bringing mobile communication closer to visually impaired people.

These days, smartphones come with built-in accessibility features on both Android and iOS platforms enabling people with various disabilities to also have access to the amazing world of independence and the internet.

The kiosk will provide step-by-step guidance and serve as an information hub and one stop shop for blind and visually impaired people who are interested in accessible phones.

For more information, please contact the SANCB on 012-452-3811.

Samsung Galaxy A5 – First impression

Samsung Mobile South Africa recently delivered the Samsung Galaxy A5 SM-A500F for testing and evaluation.

I will be putting this little beauty through its paces for the next 2 weeks or so; I’m just waiting for a nano-sim as the one I usually use got feet somehow.

The box comes with the usual items; nothing spectacular or strange. Charger, headset with microphone, USB charger and the obligotory booklets.

I must say that I love the feel of the phone. It feels solid and well-build. I like that.

However, turning Talkback on was a bit of an ordeal. (Note that this may be specific to the South African model.)

I had to get sighted asistance to turn talkback on in settings. Everything in the settings menu is vertically arranged so, the person must just scroll down in settings, find accessibility and go in; then find vision and tap on it. Talkback is the first item in vision.

After this, you can enable the triple click option and allocate it to Talkback or whatever you prefer.

The screen is responsive to touch and thus far, I was able to setup my Google account, even though I haven’t inserted my sim yet.

It is running Android V4.4.4 KitKat and I’m not sure if we will see an upgrade to v5 or not.

Excuse me while I get ready for some fun times.

Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 now in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 29 January, 2015 – Samsung Electronics South Africa has confirmed the local availability of the GALAXY A3 and GALAXY A5.

The devices feature refined full metal body designs that are 6.9mm and 6.7mm thin, respectively. Both the GALAXY A5 and GALAXY A3 will come in a variety of colours, including Pearl White, Midnight Black and Champagne Gold, to accommodate the personal style and preference of their diverse users.

Review

We have been promised that a review unit will be provided as soon as possible.

I must admit that I am rather excited although I am somewhat skeptical as to why it is running on an older version of Android.. That for me might be a deal breaker.

Availability

The devices are available through Samsung Experience stores, leading retailers and local mobile operators.

How much does it cost?

Continue reading Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 now in South Africa

Pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S III and S III Mini in South Africa

Yet another price comparison.

 

Admittedly the Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is out of the range of many users.  For this reason, I have decided to check out how much it would cost to get either the Samsung Galaxy S III or the little brother, S III Mini on contract or cash. Continue reading Pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S III and S III Mini in South Africa