Tag: Samsung


Four months with the Samsung A30s. The good, the bad and things I am willing to overlook

A couple of months ago I reviewed my new daily driver, a Samsung A30s. It has been an interesting journey, the first few weeks were mostly adjusting to One UI. I may have underestimated the jump because I found myself on occasion swiping up expecting the iOS control centre to pop up, but that went […]


Your next Apple or Samsung phone might not have a charger in the box

When news broke last week that the iPhone 12 might come without a charger in the box – the Android fanboy in me was smiling from ear to ear man! My immediate reaction was “Apple is anti-consumer so no surprise there.” You can therefore imagine my face when Samsung (which happens to be my brand […]


Samsung A51 review, the best-selling Android smartphone of Q1 2020

Samsung has a very good line up of midrange smartphone. The A30, A30s, A50 and A51 are all very good. They have, I think, plenty of horsepower and perform well in a number of categories. Following up the review of the A30s I did last month. I had a little bit of time to play […]


Note 10 Impressions: Beauty & Beast

Samsung Galaxy Note 10… Where to begin? I’ve been using the Note 10 as my primary device for the past week or so and here are some random thoughts from my time with the powerhouse. Design & build quality It seems this is where Samsung invested most of their time and effort. Holding the Note […]


Samsung Galaxy S20 Underperforming; As COVID-19 Takes Toll On Industries

It can be argued the Samsung Galaxy S20 series of devices is their best yet – in terms of power it’s obviously the case- but these devices have been impacted by a global epidemic that Samsung could not have imagined or prepared for. Samsung reportedly held a private call with analysts and the mobile company […]


Samsung Sold 54% Of 5G Devices In 2019

Whilst 5G isn’t a widespread technology by any means yet it seems the appetite for 5G compatible phones is already pretty high – Samsung managed to sell 6.7 million 5G enabled smartphones in 2019. This figure is over 50% higher than the 4 million units Samsung expected to sell. In total Samsung launched 6 devices […]


Preinstalled Apps Are Also Not Safe. 140 Bugs Found On Preinstalled Android Apps

Security researchers always advise Android users to be careful while downloading apps from the Google Play Store. But what about pre-installed apps in Android phones? Recently a security research company stated that pre-installed apps and firmware pose a risk due to vulnerabilities (bugs). The researchers found over 140 bugs in preinstalled apps which could be […]


Samsung Releases 4 Apps For Optimizing Your Device

Samsung has released four apps that will help you to optimize your device and get the most out of it. The four apps include File Guardian, Battery Tracker, Battery Guardian, and App Booster and they form what Samsung calls its Galaxy Labs. Let’s talk about each service under this app, starting with File Guardian. It’s […]


Are You Better Off Buying An Older Flagship Than A Mid-Range Phone? Galaxy S8 In 2019 (Review)

Buying midrange vs buying older flagships? This was the question I was faced with after I decided to ditch my Mi A2 cause it was frustratingly big. This meant that I was obviously looking for something more compact and in all honesty, I had found the perfect replacement in the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE for […]


6 Phones Under US$140 You Can Buy In The Techzim Store Right Now

Before we begin, if you haven’t browsed through our Marketplace you might be missing out on a couple of Valentine’s discounts on selected products. Whilst you are there you may want to get a quick overview of some bargains in our store but not know where to start. Maybe I could lend a hand. These […]


Xiaomi’s Foldable Phone Looks Stunning But All Concepts Usually Do…

So earlier this year, I posted a rant about the state of smartphones in 2018 and in that article I felt quite optimistic about what we will see from smartphones this year. Xiaomi might be proving me right with their recently released video doing the rounds. The video features Xiaomi’s President Lin Bin and he’s […]


The Notch Is Finally Dead! Are Manufacturers Making Smartphone Design Great Again In 2019?

2018 was a pretty uninspiring year in terms of smartphones. Now that features are pretty much equal in phones, OEMs (manufacturers) are competing in design but even in that regard, there’s not much they can do with the mobile phones form-factor that will greatly set them apart from their competitors. This is NOTch acceptable Crappy […]


Some Common Elements of Successful Mobile Games

With the surge in use and demand for smartphones, many mobile users are exploring the many applications at disposal. Today, mobile games are the in thing among many people who own smartphones. It is easy to download mobile games, as you can easily find them in app stores and also in genuine mobile operator websites. […]


The Most Popular Phone On The Techzim Marketplace Might Surprise You

If you’re in any one of the Techzim Community groups on WhatsApp, one thing you’ll realise is there are many of us in there. When I say many of us, I mean nerds. People who geek out over specifications of phones, the standard Android vs Apple arguments and a lot of other technical topics. This […]


5 Solid and Affordable Gadgets You Can Buy In Zimbabwe This Festive Season

A few weeks ago, we partnered with some international brands to bring our Techzim community smartphones, tablets, VR headsets and other gadgets at reasonable prices in Zimbabwe. Through our Techzim Marketplace, readers can now access gadgets supplied through official reseller channels and that come backed with full warranty and after sales support. Here are some picks by our […]


South Africa Becomes First African Country With Access To Samsung Pay

Samsung’s mobile payment and digital wallet service –Samsung Pay- is now available in South Africa, making our neighbour the first African country to have the service enabled. The service was in beta around the beginning of this month How does it work? Users just have to download the Samsung Pay app on a compatible device […]


Samsung Galaxy S9 Is Now Official!

The much anticipated Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ devices are now official. The S9 follows the stunning design language of the S8. The S9 devices are more of a revision of the S8 than a revolution.   In terms of features here’s whats on offer: The amazing Infinity Display from last year’s S8 and S8+ […]


Samsung Ventures Into The Mass Production Of Cryptocurrency Mining Chips

While some are shunning out cryptos (cryptocurrencies) as we’ve seen Stripe and somewhat Facebook do, some are amassing resources in order to invest in it. However, considering how controversial the technology is, this is quite expected. The South Korean multinational electronics company, Samsung Electronics has revealed that it has ventured into the mass production of cryptocurrency mining chips. The chips […]


Samsung Announces Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus reveal Dates. Hints Some Camera Updates

Never a dull moment in the tech world is there? Samsung just threw an announcement of their Unboxing Event. The date is 25th of February 2018 and the goodies are the Galaxy S9 under the slogan ‘The Camera Reimagined’. Now interestingly we find the hint being focused at the camera were some rumors were flying […]


Flagship, mid-range, premium, high-end smartphone. What does it all mean?

Flagships devices, high-end devices mid range, premium the classes go on and on. Its a mess trying to explain which devices go were and why but I think I might be able to clear the air a little bit. Defining them with respect to their processing power for me seems like a more palatable categorizing […]


Oppo, The Actual Smartphones Have Landed In Zimbabwe Now!

Just a couple of weeks ago a new smartphone brand called Oppo popped up in our humble streets of Harare. For those of you that didn’t know, Oppo is the 2nd biggest selling smartphone manufacturer in China, only bested by Huawei. So whats on offer in our local Oppo store? Oppo A37   Retailing at […]


Titans die for technology to evolve

It was 2012 and I was still in high school beginning to develop my affinity for gadgets and in that era I was the proud owner of a Nokia X2. I remember getting so excited when I found an app that could open pdf documents on it, it was such a huge achievement. I then […]


How Often Should A Smartphone Design Change?

So Sony recently got interviewed by the Indian Express. In the interview, Kenichiro Hibi, the company’s India managing director, told Indian Express that the next generation of Sony flagship smartphones will be coming with a completely new design. This got me asking myself how often should a smartphone design change? Sony Z line has kept […]


Samsung dethroned Intel (of Core i3, i5, i7 fame) as biggest chip maker

Samsung is a company that needs no introduction. We all are familiar with their Android powered smartphones, most of us use them. Samsung is the biggest smartphone maker by sales and led the way with over 20% of the market share last year. Compare this with about 14% for Apple and just 9% for the […]


WhatsApp for Nokia, is my phone still supported in 2017-2018?

WhatsApp for Nokia has extended support for some devices running older operating systems while other devices were no longer supported by the chat application. Nokia devices running the Nokia Symbian S40 devices will be able to run WhatsApp until 31 December 2018. Now, devices running Nokia Symbian S60 do not support WhatsApp for Nokia anymore […]


Exclusive: Samsung closing down Zimbabwe office as forex problems intensify

Techzim is reliably informed that Samsung is closing down its Zimbabwe offices. While this development might be as a result of its global plans to reduce its workforce, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that the economic situation in Zimbabwe has strong bearing on this decision. It is not viable for a company like Samsung […]


Apple toppled from world’s second largest smartphone company ranking by Huawei

Huawei continued its meteoric rise as they finally overtook Apple to become the second biggest smartphone company by sales. This feat was achieved for the months of June and July this year. This came as no surprise though as Huawei has been catching up the last several quarters. Huawei has smartphones to cater for all […]


Battle of the flagships 2017. They just keep coming

So it’s 9 months in and the battle of the smartphones is still very much heated. We have seen the return of industry household names, the redemption of dented pride and arrival of very very very competitive newcomers. Maybe you might not properly visualise the magnitude of the 2017 flagship list. Allow me to just […]


Samsung Galaxy S8 preorders go live in Zimbabwe

Samsung Zimbabwe has just announced that the Samsung 2017 flagships, the S8 and S8+ are now available for preorder. Globally, Samsung has been able to go live with preorders of the phone within a month. The phone went live for preorders in the US and other key markets on 30 March. In Africa, preorders went […]


Apple enjoys a minute victory over Samsung claiming top spot as Top Global smartphone vendor

Apple is enjoying very healthy sales of its iPhone with it’s 2016 Q4 sales trumping those of Samsung by a claimed 800 000 units. Apple’s market share for Q4 2016 was 17.8%, a whole 0.1% lead over Samsung’s 17.7% making it the top global smartphone vendor. However the hit to Samsung’s sales is attributed to […]