Nokia 700

Nokia 700

Nokia is now seen as the phone manufacturer that is trying to claw its way back into the smartphone industry as it lost some ground to the other manufacturers who took the Android way right from the start. Nevertheless, Nokia 700 is not the phone that is meant to shoulder the burden of turning Nokia’s fate around but is rather meant to be a classy and compact phone. Running on the new Symbian Belle OS, this phone also sports a pretty decent list of specs. So does this phone have the game to go with its style? Read on to learn more.



The Nokia 700 is said to be Nokia’s most compact phone in terms of cubic inches and that is probably why when you hold the phone in your hands, it feels like you have the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray in your hands instead. Although measuring 4.33 x 1.97 x 0.38 inches means that the Nokia 700 is slightly thicker, but it is actually a tat bit shorter and less wide when compared to the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray. So you don’t have to worry about the size of your hands – especially ladies – as you will have no trouble breezing through this phone with one hand. This phone is compact both in terms of size and weight too as it tips the scales at only 100g.

It sports a 3.2 inch ClearBlack AMOLED display which has a resolution of 360 x 640 pixels. Sure, it’s not the biggest screen out there, but as we mentioned earlier, this phone is not looking to grab the spotlight from super sized phones but rather be the small phone that is fit to do big things. Under the screen sits three physical buttons namely call, end and menu. The battery cover is metallic and it comes in various colors that you can choose so that it matches your phone’s chassis. That is one design feature that is going to be loved by those who want style from their phones. On the right of the phone, the phone exudes with class with its chrome-like lock button, volume rocker as well as the dedicated camera key. Sadly though, the buttons are not easily distinguished from the chassis, which can get a bit annoying at times. Meanwhile on the back of the phone is the 5MP camera.



The Nokia 700 is powered by the same hardware as the Nokia 701 as it has the same 1GHZ CPU and also has the 512MB of RAM for extra speed while carrying out various processes on the phone. Although those numbers don’t point towards much these days, but we found it to be enough to power this phone with minor delays that were far and between. Nokia also throws in 2GB of internal memory.

Here we have another Nokia phone that runs on the Symbian Belle OS that is definitely up there with the likes of HTC Sense. This OS offers you multiple homescreens, a common feature among most Android phones these days, but something that is pretty new with Nokia phones. The Nokia 700 also has widgets that have different sizes. You also have a swift pull-down notification bar that has your connectivity switches. You also get improved apps, both for Contacts and Calendar as you get a much more compact font so you can view more contact details in one page. A great feature since the screen is quite small.

As we already know, the Nokia 700 doesn’t have the largest screen in the business, but rather has a tiny – relative to present screen sizes – 3.2 inch screen. So as you can imagine, typing on the on-screen keyboard can be a bit tough. However, with the Nokia 700, it is comfortable to be held in both the landscape and portrait modes making your typing experience a lot better than you first expect. Adding to that, the distinct haptic feedback you get from the screen also makes you feel pretty good. This phone comes built in with the QuickOffice app so you can view and also edit your office documents on the go. Mobile Adobe Reader also comes out of the box to solve all your PDF needs. Next, with the World Traveler app, you can check your flight schedules while it also gives you unit conversion feature together with local weather reports.

On the front of the phone sits the 3.2 inch Clear Black AMOLED screen which we liked right away as it had good contrast levels and also produced saturated colors. The viewing angles were also great. The screen on the Nokia 700 also sports a resolution of 360 x 640 pixels and when you do the math, it gives you a pixel density of 220ppi which is pretty good. When you move outdoors, you can still make out most of the things on the screen as it is quite a bright screen.


On the back of the Nokia 700 is your fixed-focus 5MP camera with comes with LED flash. From the interface, you can adjust some things like contrast, exposure and sharpness. You can also turn on the face recognition mode. For those who like some effects on their pictures, you do get a few options like Sepia as well as Vivid mode. Moving on to the quality of the pictures taken, we found them to be out of focus and lacking details. Nevertheless, color reproduction was good. The camcorder recorded videos at 720p at a rate of 30fps which made the videos fluid. However, that wasn’t much of a use because there were a lot of artifacts.

Browsing the internet in the Nokia 700 is done using the Belle browser was a decent experience however you can expect some amount of choppiness and lag when you are doing all the navigational controls. Nevertheless, you still get a very own download manager and RSS feed reader which makes up for that. In terms of connection options, it is a GSM phone which has the usual stuff like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM Radio and A-GPS.

When making phone calls, audio quality was great both ways. Our friends could hear us clearly thanks in part to the active noise cancellation feature. This phone has a rather small battery with its 1080mAh battery as it will probably just last you one day with average use.

Pros and Cons

Nokia 700 is truly one compact handset and will win the hearts of many with that alone. It supports various video codec as well.

The camera was a downer on this phone and there is also no front-facing camera.



So for those who are on the hunt for a smartphone but cannot deal with huge sized phones and also like their phone to exude some style, Nokia 700 is definitely the way to go.




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The HTC HD Mini is probably one of the last smart phones to be released with Windows Mobile 6.x.x OS. As the usage of the Windows Mobile OS is being slowly phased out in the smart phone market, how will the HTC HD Mini fare against other competitors in the market? This is what we hope to answer in this review.

The HTC HD Mini package comes with a micro USB cable, a fairly compact wall charger, a wired handsfree, the usual start guide, and miscellaneous papers. The only things missing are a phone casing and a car charger. However, in our opinion, a casing is not needed for the HD Mini becaus   e it looks fantastic without the use of one.



As its name implies, the HD Mini is fairly compact. Although by far not the smallest of phones, it is easily operable with one hand which is a definite advantage for some people.

The screen is a 3.2 inch TFT with HVGA resolution which utilizes capacitive technology. While an AMOLED screen might provide a brighter and better angle viewing display, rich colors and good image quality can still be enjoyed, although it is nowhere near Super AMOLED standards. Above the display is the earpiece located dead center and a status LED right beside it.

There are a total of five capacitive controls below the screen; two call keys, home, menu and back. This is the same layout used for the HTC HD2 but this time the controls are touch sensitive instead of physical press buttons. This enables a smooth transition from and to the display. The controls are well-spaced out which also enables a fluid transition from one key to another.

From the back you will see four screws on each of the corner of the HD mini which are practically holding the phone together. While it might look a bit weird initially, we grew accustomed to it and even found it to be stylish and unique. The loudspeaker grill is located right next to the deeply embedded camera lens which hosts a 5MP camera.

The volume rocker which works throughout the interface is found on the left side. The right side is completely bare and we found the lack of camera keys fairly disappointing. A camera shortcut key and a half-press shutter key would be a nice addition.

The mouthpiece is located at the bottom of the HD Mini, right beside the microUSB port. There is no cover over the port to keep foreign particles and moisture away. The same holds true for the audio jack located on the top. Another object of interest on the top is the power button, which interestingly also acts as a screen lock button.


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We had previously mentioned that the HD Mini uses the Windows Mobile 6.5.3. It is well known that a huge majority of smart phone users would prefer Android or the Apple OS and there is little place for Windows Mobile OS in the customers’ hearts. Well, do not give up on the HD Mini just yet because HTC has improved the user interface with Sense. It should be noted that HTC’s Sense for Windows Mobile is different from Sense from Android with small graphical and functional tweaks.

The Home tab allows you to quickly access all the basic functions such as alarms, call history, calendar, clock, and dialler. Swiping upwards brings out a dock with nine empty spaces which you can assign quick shortcuts to any application within the phone. You can even set up to 12 shortcuts to your favourite contacts in the People tab, each shortcut allowing you to dial, text, or email the contact.

The Messaging and Email tabs easily let you preview different stack of inbox messages which can be browsed by vertical sweeps and there are even handy shortcuts to create new messages. The Email tab allows the handling of several mailboxes. There is even a button for each mailbox and they can be used to switch between mailboxes. The same functionality is also done for the Photo and Video tabs as most of the settings are personalized by Sense and we especially like it this way.

HTC sense allows the HD Mini to come with a handy QWERTY on screen keyboard, a half-QWERTY keyboard in portrait mode and a full QWERTY in landscape mode. Typing is made easy enough with the 3.2 inch screen.

It comes with two internet browsers side by side, the traditional choice for HTC, Opera, and the default browser Internet Explorer Mobile 6. Everything from scrolling to double-tapping zoom works smoothly enough on either browser. Surprisingly, the pinch-to-zoom function works better in IEM6, but the occasional lag and slow loading times make it the worse option of the two.

The 5-megapixel camera is simply not good enough without a flash, which results in fairly dark photos. Most of the objects seen in the photos are quite blurred. In our opinion, this isn’t a good phone for taking pictures. Indoor shots are acceptable but with the lack of flash, it just doesn’t quite cut it.

The video sampling is done at 640×480 pixels resolution. Video is recorded in VGA resolution at 28 fps, not perfectly smooth but usable. Like most other phones, there is no support for DivX, XviD, and H.265 codec for watching videos. However, no issues were encountered when watching high resolution MPEG-4 coded videos with a maximum resolution of 800×480 pixels.

What is the use of a smart phone nowadays if it cannot play music? The HD Mini comes equipped with HTC’s music player which is simple and straightforward to use. The bundled in earphones provides a decent sound which is perfectly balanced.

Pros and Cons

The official YouTube client for Windows Mobile has a very good user interface and you can easily filter out the contents by categories. More importantly, the quality of the streamed videos is great and awesome.

You also get HTC’s Twitter client, which seems to be a huge thorn in our side. Clicking links in a tweet proves to be very troublesome and irritating as it sometimes takes up to ten tries just to get one link working.

The official estimated time for the battery is 7.25 hours of talk time and 14 days on stand-by. Not bad at all we say.


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The HTC HD mini is not a great phone but it is pretty much what a modern smart phone should be all about. It does not require the ultimate of technology to impress everyone around. It is just the right working tool that can also manage to keep the user entertained. Compared to the HD2 in the HTC line, it offers a comparable (but slightly inferior) performance at a cheaper price. We are talking about speed and power pitted against fair performance and functionality. HTC has done well using Sense for Windows to cover the shortcomings of the Windows Mobile OS. In our books, the HD Mini is by far one of the best Windows Mobile phones out in the market.



HTC seems to be using all the available alphabets to go with its HTC One smartphone line. After having seen both the HTC One X and HTC One S, it is now time to look at HTC One V. HTC aims to slot this phone in the mid-range category so read on to find out if it’s worth the $370 off-contract price.



If some of you started reminiscing the HTC Hero when you first picked up this phone, we won’t blame you as the curved-chin design on the HTC One V definitely did the same to us. Thanks to this interesting little chin design, the smartphone is easier to hold. This phone measures in at 4.74 x 2.35 x 0.36 inches making it slightly longer than its competition like the Samsung Galaxy W and Motorola MOTOLUXE but thinner than them both. Therefore, it’s really easy to hold in one   hand and thus single handed use was also a breeze. Tipping the scales at only 115 grams means you will enjoy carrying it around.

Now to the buttons around the phone, on the right side of the phone we have the volume rocker and on the top is your lock key. We are happy that these buttons were responsive and the click you get when pressed reassures you that it has been pressed. Also on the top side of the HTC One V are the audio jack and the notification light. The notification light glows in green or amber and since it’s on the top, you will be able to see it even if the phone was rested with the screen facing downwards. Under the 3.7 inch screen on the front are physical Android buttons rather than the traditional capacitive ones. The phone is built from an anodized metal thus giving it a really expensive feel, not bad for a mid-range phone we would say.


HTC has thrown in a 3.7 inch Super LCD 2 on the HTC One V that comes with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Do the math and you get a pixel density of 252ppi which means you won’t need to zoom in every time you are surfing the web. The screen was great as it gave some really saturated colors and we were treated with really good viewing angles too. Moving outdoors with this phone wasn’t a problem either as it was bright enough. One annoyance would be how the screen just gets all smudged up, way too easily if you ask us.


Under the hood, the HTC One V is powered by the single core Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor which clocks in at 1GHz. This is something that we would expect from a mid-range phone. Thanks to the 512MB of RAM onboard, it’s not too bad. You can get through all the simple tasks in a jiffy but maybe running too many apps would not be a good idea.



HTC One V doesn’t skimp in terms of software as the OS running on this baby is the latest Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich just like its siblings the HTC One X and HTC One S. Of course, having a HTC running Android means you get the best user interface to grace the planet, the HTC Sense 4.0. We were glad to note that navigating through this interface was surprisingly more fluid than what we expected from a meager single core 1GHz processor. That goes to show how streamlined the interface is. Dropbox comes integrated with the HTC One V giving the user 25GB of cloud storage for free.

HTC does provide the Friend Stream app with this phone but it falls short of becoming the social hub you need as it only supports Facebook and Flickr. Other things found on the phone would be the TuneIn Radio client and you also get Polaris Office for all of you business people out there. We like the transfer app as it you can move contacts from your old phone to the HTC One V with this app. We usually find keyboards on a 3.7 inch screen phone to be a little tough to use due to the screen size, but with this phone we found no such issues as the keys are spaced nicely enough.

The camera found on the HTC One V is a 5MP one with auto-focus plus it comes with HTC ImageChip. What that means is better looking photos and short start up times. True enough, it takes little time to get the camera up and running. Meanwhile the photos taken outdoors were good and details were aplenty. Digital noise was also kept at bay although white balance can sometimes go wrong. As for the camera interface, it’s the same as the one found on its siblings and comes with the whole list of options for various scenes and effects. Video recording is done at 720p and the results were quite poor as details were lacking and colors were not natural.

The internet browser on the HTC One V was a downer as it struggled with heavy pages and wasn’t very good at dealing with Flash content either. However, it does deal with the much simpler web pages easily and navigating through these pages is pretty easy. Connectivity options are in the form of Wi-Fi, FM Radio and Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX support.

In terms of call quality, it was moderate to say the least. We could have used with much better from the HTC One V but all we got was muffled voices on our end. On the other end, things were not that much better either. However as we mentioned, it’s something we can manage with but could have been better. The HTC One V is another phone where the battery is not accessible and this one comes with a 1500mAh one. One charge would probably just be enough for a day, but if you are a heavy user, carry that charger with you wherever you go.

Pros and Cons


The HTC One V has been designed to be compact and really light as well. We enjoyed the crisp display and the camera wasn’t too shabby either.

We don’t know what went wrong with the internet browser and video recording on the HTC One V.


The $370 off-contract price would be a bargain for a phone of HTC One V’s caliber. It’s got everything mid-range phone needs with a lot of style and good looks too. So don’t think too long if you are already out there for a phone in this price region.

Samsung Focus 2

Samsung Focus 2

Windows Phone is relatively new in the 4G LTE part of the business but all that’s changing as more and more phone are being churned out like the Samsung Focus 2 for instance. The amazing thing about Samsung Focus 2 has to be its price, as it goes for only $49.99 on-contract. A smartphone offering 4G LTE for such a low price is definitely worth learning more about.



Samsung seems set with its design p    inciples for its phones of late and the Samsung Focus 2 is another such device. The sturdy all-plastic body has remained and thanks to this design, the phone is kept lightweight. It only tips the scales at 122 g. The white paint job gives it a clean and classy look while the rounded curves make the phone look adorable. The smartphone has also been designed in such a way that it doesn’t attract and retain smudges or fingerprints on its body. Measuring in at 21.7 x 62.7 x 10.9 mm, Samsung Focus 2 is slightly smaller than the original Samsung Focus although it does turn out about 1 mm thicker – a difference that is barely noticeable.

On the front of the phone sits a 4 inch screen that has three Windows Phone buttons sitting right underneath. The lights have been given a really bright backlight which makes the buttons appear quite cool. Above the screen is the front facing VGA camera for making video calls. Taking a look around the sides of the phone beginning with the right side, we find the power and camera buttons there. Meanwhile on the bottom is the microUSB port while on the top is where the standard audio jack is located. The volume controls can be found on the left side of the Samsung Focus 2 smartphone. The buttons however are not easily distinguishable from the body of the phone. Finally on the back of the phone is a 5MP camera with auto-focus and LED flash.



With the Samsung Focus 2, the screen has had no change from the original Samsung Focus so we get the same 4 inch Super AMOLED screen that comes with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Since its main rivals are Nokia Lumia 900 and HTC Titan II, this screen will do fine for a while since they all use WVGA resolutions. A pixel density of 223 ppi is a reasonably good number and that can be seen with the good amount of details that we got from the phone. Furthermore, the screen was also able to give high contrast and at the same time wide viewing angles too. All that put together with the awesome color production makes this screen a pretty good offering.


Windows Phones have an OS that is simple and refined, thus not needing a whole lot of processing power. This results in most Windows Phones to stick to CPUs that will get the job done rather than going for dual-core processors. The Samsung Focus 2 is no different and it gets a 1.4GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. This CPU was able to tackle all the tasks that were thrown at it with ease.



As expected, the OS running on the Samsung Focus 2 is the Windows Phone Mango. That means the user experience in this phone is no different from the likes of HTC Titan II and Nokia Lumia 900. The one major difference so to speak between Samsung Windows Phones and other Windows Phones is the Daily Briefing Hub. This hub provides updates on weather, world news and stocks all in one place. Windows Phone Mango has stayed true to its mantra of providing a user experience that is both easy and refined.

Email experience on the Samsung Focus 2 is more refined and it offers a universal inbox system. The emails are shown as threaded conversations too. Setting up the email account is as easy as doing it on the Android phone as all you have to do is provide an email address and the right password. The screen on Samsung Focus 2 is a tiny bit smaller than its rivals like the Nokia Lumia 900 and HTC Titan II meaning the onscreen keyboard layout is slightly cramped. The auto-correct feature that’s really great with Windows Phones is there and that goes a long way to help with the texting. There are some preloaded apps from AT&T like the AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Navigator and AT&T Code Scanner.

On the back of the smartphone sits a 5MP camera with auto-focus and LED which upon testing reveals to be just an average performer. Taking it for a spin outdoors resulted in pictures that were reasonably good although dynamic range isn’t where it performs best. Noise and graininess will be evident when taking pictures in low lighting scenarios. When used, the LED flash does help to improve things a little bit. The camcorder isn’t something to be recommended for daily use as it lacks details and it is almost totally useless when used indoors. The camcorder on the Samsung Focus 2 records videos at 720p at a rate of 30 fps.


Support for 4G LTE network is Samsung Focus 2’s biggest plus points as it can make full use of AT&T’s 4G LTE network. Thanks to the super speeds, the web browsing experience on the Internet Explorer was a whole lot better. The browser is also very fluid and responsive when given navigational tasks. Although there is no Adobe Flash support, the internet browsing experience on this phone was still pretty good. Apart from being a GSM phone, other connectivity options available are aGPS, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-fi and mobile hotspot functionality.

Call quality on the Samsung Focus 2 wasn’t anywhere close to impressive as the earpiece produced weak tones while voices on both ends had a robotic touch to it. The speakerphone wasn’t any better as it muffled the output. Meanwhile the 1750mAH does a very good job as it can last more than a day with just one full charge even with 4G LTE in use.

Pros and Cons


Samsung Focus 2 has a simple yet adorable design. Coming with 4G LTE support is a major plus point.

Call quality and camera performance were both mediocre on this phone.


The Samsung Focus 2 is a very serious contender in the Windows Phone arena and will definitely be able to take on the likes of HTC Titan II and Nokia Lumia 900. If you adore Windows Phone and are looking for a phone that can access 4G LTE network on a bargain, Samsung Focus 2 is your answer.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA neo

Sony Ericsson XPERIA neo

Sony Ericsson has come a long way as a handset manufacturer. The latest on its ever burgeoning catalogue is the new XPERIA Neo. The XPERIA Neo comes chock full of cutting edge features including the latest version of Google’s Android operating system, which is becoming increasingly ubiquitous. The XPERIA Neo and XPERIA Pro were released simultaneously. Although both phones appear identical in terms of technology, they have been tweaked to target two distinct audiences – the XPERIA Pro is out to woo business users; whereas the XPERIA Neo has casual and media-centric users in its sights.



The initial impression you get upon laying your hands on the phone is that the XPERIA Neo is well-designed and has a solid feel. It fits snugly in the hand and is nice to the touch. The plastic back cover might put off a few customers, but it helps to keep the phone weight at a mere 126g. The next thing that catches your eye is the impressive 3.7’, 480 x 854 pixel touch screen. Sony Mobile’s BRAVIA enhancement technology promises a truly invigorating visual experience, and it certainly does not disappoint in that respect, providing crisp images and sufficient detail. Having said that, to call it the consummate visual phone would be an overstatement. Besides the ergonomic design, the touch screen’s sensitivity is also noteworthy. Users will be happy to find the XPERIA Neo extremely easy to warm up to and use. The phone comes in three colours – midnight blue, red and silver.



The XPERIA Neo’s Android v2.3 Gingerbread operating system is supported by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 application processor, which promises a smooth, glitch-free and enjoyable user experience.

The 16M TFT capacitative touch screen is a looker. It is intuitive and refreshes with minimal lag time except when it is overburdened with applications. Durability wise, the screen is scratch resistant, as discerning users have come to expect. The absence of a QWERTY keyboard is more than made up for by the user-friendly virtual onscreen keyboard. The XPERIA Neo really is hard to fault on the usability front.

Another major selling point of the XPERIA Neo is its killer 8.1 megapixel auto-focus camera which records 720p HD video. It comes paired with a bright LED flash and is remarkably capable, managing to produce sharp and bright pictures even under the most unfavourable lighting conditions. Besides that, the front-facing 0.3 megapixel VGA camera gives users, particularly business users the added benefit of making video calls.

Sony Ericsson has gone to great lengths to bolster the XPERIA Neo’s status as the multimedia phone to beat. Sony revealed its latest marketing effort lately – At present, 20 game software giants incSony-Ericsson-Xpera-Neo_4   luding Namco, EA and Gameloft are in the midst of developing content for the XPERIA Neo mobile platform through the XPERIA Play app for Androids. To top it all off, Sony will also be releasing a Playstation One (PS One) suite of games for the XPERIA Neo, featuring classics such as Tekken 3, Final Fantasy 7, Need for Speed and The King of Fighters.

Casual users who do not fit into the hardcore gamer category are not left out either, as the XPERIA Neo comes with the usual array of multimedia features including mp3 and video playback as well as access to over 15,000 third party applications for the Android Operating System.

In terms of connectivity, the XPERIA Neo is as complete as it gets, with support for quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band HSPA with a download speed of up to 7.2 Mbps and upload speed of 5.76 Mbps, Wi-Fi, USB v2.0 and Bluetooth v2.1.

One possible grouch users might have is with the Samsung audio quality, which is rather lacking. The speakers produce clear sound at low volume, but turn up the volume and users will notice the glaring distortion of sound.

The phone’s 320MB internal memory is unimpressive, but it does support up to 32GB microUSD cards.

The battery provides up to 7 hours of talk time, 400 hours of standby time and 31 hours of music listening time.

Pros and Cons


The XPERIA Neo is hardly groundbreaking but neither is it designed to be. As a smartphone, the XPERIA Neo delivers and then some. Its camera and gaming features will certainly win it many fans too. Fortunately, Sony has managed to keep the XPERIA Neo’s list of downsides to a bare minimum. Audio quality is certainly not top notch, but it is a highly unlikely deal-breaker. However, the XPERIA Neo’s slightly steep (albeit justified) price is a potential turnoff.



Some opine that Sony faces an uphill task of staving off its competitors, some of which offer features such as dual core CPUs and 1080p video capability. Even so, the XPERIA Neo outperforms many of its rivals with its Gingerbread operating system and powerful camera. The XPERIA Neo excels at doing its job, and it also has enough tricks up its sleeves to make users gravitate towards it.

Samsung phones reviews: Awesome Budget Smartphones under Ksh. 15,000

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It is that time of the month when people are getting their pay and the excitement of the money comes with the excitement of getting a new smartphone. No matter how much you may want to deny this fact, the truth is that when you get your money you get the urge of buying new stuff and a smartphone is more often than not something which you will consider. This is because it is more than a basic commodity that you need in life but rather a partner that you have to walk with most of your days.

Samsung smartphones have worked towards ensuring that if you are by any chance making that consideration, you will have to settle for a Samsung smartphone. It is one of the leading mobile phone brands in Kenya. Having been around for quite some time, it has gained popularity among the people. Today I want us to look at some of the Samsung mobile phones that are in Kenya, their price, and some of their specs. This will ensure that you get the Samsung smartphone that is designed for you and fits well into your lifestyle.


Samsung Galaxy A3

Price KSh, 24,000


Release date December 2014
Device type Smartphone
Weight 132 grams
OS Version 4.4 KitKat
Internal storage 16GB
External storage 64 GB
Screen size 4.5 inch
Battery 1900mAh
Camera Rear camera 8MP, Front camera 5MP


The Samsung Galaxy A3 can only be found at the Jumia online store in Kenya, most of the other online platforms have not considered selling this phone. I might not know the idea behind that but it is a good Samsung smartphone. The good thing is that it can be found in other stores which may require that you take time and get to buy that phone physically. Samsung Galaxy A3 is a phone that was widely used in 2015 and the reports from most of the users were not disappointing. The only downside of this phone is the fact that it runs on an OS that is not recent and this may not be satisfactory to people who are young. It has a good camera that will give you images that are of a great standard. We don’t always come along a Samsung smartphone that is quite affordable with 16GB storage, this is one factor that makes me consider this phone and recommend it to most people. The other thing about the memory capacity is the fact that it can be expanded to up to 64GB, I tend to think that this is good news to most Kenyans who keep most of their documents on memory cards after doing away with the phones that they had. The 1GB RAM makes it possible for the Samsung Galaxy A3 to have a swift interface when switching between the apps. Thus, you can forget about your phone having to hang every time you are using it. If you need a low budget phone that will give you some good service the Samsung Galaxy A3 will be the phone that you will need.

Samsung Galaxy A7 2016

Price KSh, 46, 400 KSh 46, 500

Release date December 2015
Device type Phablet
Weight 172 grams
OS Android version 5.1.1 lollipop
Internal storage 16GB
External storage 128 GB
Screen size 5.5 inch
Battery 3300mAh
Camera Rear camera 13MP, Front camera 5MP


The Samsung Galaxy A7 2016 is one that has a few changes made to it which the preceding Samsung Galaxy A7 did not have. There is not much that has happened to it in terms of the modification but it will give you a better deal than the previous one. It comes to me as a smartphone that is not afraid to try out something new and thus people who love smartphones that are daring, the Samsung Galaxy A7 will give you that kind of experience. With the acceptance that it has received in Kenya, it is among one of the best phones that we have around. To begin with, the 5.5 AMOLED screen has a great display with pixel density amounting to 401ppi. The screen employs the Corning Gorilla technology to make this screen something better than what you have ever had at the palm of your hands. What I love most about the Samsung Galaxy A3 is its RAM, with the lollipop android version; the 3GB RAM will give most Kenyans a multi tasking ability that they have never had in most of their smartphones.

The Samsung Galaxy A7 has a camera that will blow your mind off, the great images produced by the camera is something that you will definitely fall in love with. It has an internal storage of 16 GB which is perfect for storing lots of your documents. You can now stop worrying about the memory being full always. The battery capacity is what makes the Samsung Galaxy A7 take the price home. A 3300mAh capacity means that you don’t need to put restrictions on how you will use your phone; you have the freedom of doing all that you want with it without having to worry that the charge will go down. It keeps you on for a whole day. The price is quite reasonable considering that it is available on online platforms which allow you to get your phone at your doorstep as soon as you make an order. 

Samsung Galaxy J3 4G LTE

Price KSh, 21,000


Release date June 2016
Device type Smartphone
Weight 138 grams
OS Android version 5.1.1 lollipop
Internal storage 8/16GB
External storage 128 GB
Screen size 5.0 inch
Battery 2600mAh
Camera Rear camera 8MP, Front camera 5MP

Apparently the only store that seems to sell the Samsung Galaxy J3 version is Jumia. Most of the other malls such as kilimall and Rupu have the version of this phone that is not 4G enabled. The Samsung Galaxy J3 is an affordable smartphone that comes with almost anything that a Kenyan buyer would want. I think the makers of this brand took a little bit of everything good and put it together to create a wonderful model that many people have come to fall in love with. The back is made of plastic which can be removed to view the battery. The versions of the Samsung Galaxy J3 are numerous and thus you have many options to choose from. You may opt for the one that has an 8GB internal storage or one that has 16GB. But knowing how Kenyans are, I will guarantee you that most of them will go for the one with the highest.  There is also the option of taking home the one with the single sim or the dual sim. The lollipop android version that it comes with makes it easy and possible for you to navigate through your apps without much of a hustle. The camera will also give you one of the best deals in town as the images are clear and your memories are recorded with the integrity that they deserve.  My take is that this is a cheap phone that will give you the best that you can ever get in a Samsung smartphone in



Samsung Galaxy A9


Approximately KSh 60, 000

Release date January 2016
Device type Phablet
Weight 200 grams
OS Android Version 5.1.1 lollipop
Internal storage 32GB
External storage 128 GB
Screen size 6.0 inch
Battery 4000mAh
Camera Rear camera 13MP, Front camera 8MP

This is the smartphone that you should watch out for in Kenya. It has not yet made an official arrival but as we know it is going to be in Kenya very soon. The price of the Samsung Galaxy A9 is yet to be confirmed but it is estimated that it will retail on a price of Ksh 60, 000. From the look of the specs in the phone, you will agree with me that we are in for a big surprise once it makes its arrival in the country.

It runs on the 5.1 Android version which is a guarantee to some of the latest apps around, this plus the 3GB RAM that it comes with makes this phone the gadget that you would do anything in order to have it. It is supper fast in terms of working with your apps, if you have to wait for your phone to take several minutes in order to load the other app that you may want to use, the Samsung Galaxy A9 will free you from this hustle. The internal memory is something else that will make you buy this phone and overlook all the available options that you may have. It comes with a whole 32GB internal memory capacity. Forget about the 4GB memory card that you used to buy along some of the Kenyan streets, this phones comes with all that in one package.

The camera will definitely give you some of the best photos than most of the phones that we have. I haven’t set my eyes on this phone but one thing I know about the Samsung smartphones is that their cameras will never disappoint you. Samsung Galaxy A9 has one of the batteries with the highest capacities than what you will get in other Samsung smartphones in Kenya. This is the one thing that will make this phone a hot cake once it gets in to the market. We are getting tired of phones that give you less time if you are highly interacting with it. This Samsung brand gives you a great deal with the battery and you will have to enjoy lots of time with it without having to worry about the battery. It is a great phone that I can hardly wait for it to get into the Kenyan market.



Many of us will agree that Samsung has redefined the smartphone technology giving people what they want in the gadgets that they own. The great thing about this brand is the fact that there is something for everyone. With the budget that you have, you will rarely walk out of a stall without getting a Samsung smartphone. The fact that this brand does not compromise on the integrity of the quality is what has made it hit the top in the Kenyan market.

Motorola Flipout

Motorola Flipout



With a 2.8 inch capacitive touch-screen and a sliding QWERTY keyboard underneath, the phone seems to compete directly with the Xperia X10 mini Pro, a handset aimed at the users that love texting. It runs on Google Android.



On the front of the Flipout is the l     andscape 2.8-inch capacitive TFT touch-screen with a resolution of 320×240 pixels. Below it are three capacitive, touch sensitive Android buttons, with the phone speaker above the screen and a small Motorola emblem on the left. There is a volume up/down control on the top side of the Motorola Flipout, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and the power/lock button on its right side, and a micro USB port at the bottom. On the back, it has the camera lens, a small mirror for self-portrait shots and the loudspeaker. You can also insert a microSD memory card in there via hot swap, as in without powering down the device and also without removing the battery, which are always pluses, although the covers are quite impossible to remove without feeling like the screen is being ripped off as well.


There is also the option of customizing your own covers for the Motorola Flipout that makes your choices that much more interesting. However, there are no indicators or hinges to tell you which way to flip the screen to reveal the keyboard, so do be wary during your first few tries. Once flipped, it reveals a QWERTY keypad that also includes a four-way D-pad. The keyboard is definitely its best feature. The keys are of a decent size and respond quite well. Typing at speed is smooth but not perfect. There are numbers on the top row and these keys also have symbols on them such as the @ and £ signs, almost like a real keyboard. To input these special characters, you need to press the ALT key which is situated on the bottom row next to the D-pad. The enter key is of a sufficient size and the space bar is perfectly centred, unlike some other devices.



The Motorola FLIPOUT has a 600Mhz processor with 512MB of RAM. Switching on the device takes almost one whole minute. The next minute, we observed the device ‘thinking’ as it pulled all our emails and social networking updates online. After the start-up period, the phone usually works consistently quickly. Applications were multitasked with repeated success; with music playing while messaging and editing a document. Occasionally, the music would jump or stutter when heavy multi-tasking happened or a data connection was reconnecting, though this was quite rare.

Reception on the phone was good as well. No calls were dropped even when going through areas of (known) bad reception and online browsing speeds were consistently fast. Incoming calls were clear and loud enough, with the volume easily adjustable using the volume rocker. Outgoing calls on the Motorola FLIPOUT were also clear and audible. Ringer volume is adjustable and at the loudest setting, can be heard even outside in busy streets, though the vibration could have been made stronger. There are some complains that we sound like a robot when making calls which may be because the Flipout is doing some heavy noise cancellation.

Battery life is average for a device like this, with the 1170mAh battery that is capable of delivering 5.95 hours talk time and 365 hours of standby time. On the contrary, however, we found a day of somewhat heavy usage with Wi-Fi was more than enough to drain the battery to about 10%, which would suggest that it might need to be charged daily.

Pros and Cons


The design is very refreshing which also includes a usable QWERTY keyboard and ood music quality. The Motorola’s Phone Portal hub works well as an added bonus.

Unfortunately, the Flipout comes with a low resolution screen and poor picture/video capturing. The battery life can also be considered quite poor for heavy users and the 3D gallery interface lags quite often.



The Motorola FLIPOUT has a quirky design that gets noticed wherever we went; and usually for the right reasons. Setting everything up and maintaining RSS feeds, social networks and emails was easy with Android 2.1 (Éclair). Although this isn’t going to be a handset that you will push to the limit as you might with a Samsung Galaxy S or HTC Desire. The keyboard is fairly easy to use, while the swivel movement may be addictive enough to play with in your pocket.

The Motoblur implementation, if managed correctly, will connect your life and there are a few nice touches like the portal hub feature. On the downside, the camera is pretty out-dated.