Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Best midrange smartphones in Kenya.

Sometime you want to upgrade to a better phone after realizing your phone is lacking in terms of better features, or you just tired of having the same phone for a long time. Most likely you will go for either an expensive Smartphone with a lot of good features or you will choose to stay on budget and get yourself a midrange Smartphone. The advantages are better quality photos, ability to run many applications without experiencing problems and even the screen size matters sometime. If you in Nairobi Kenya and you plan to spend 10,000 – 20,000 on a Smartphone, then check this list.
I will go through some of the best midrange Smartphone that you can get locally in Kenya or even import them.

Huawei Ascend W1 (4afrika)

This is one of the pioneer windows phone in Kenya. This phone comes with a 4 inch LCD capacitive screen. Some of its outstanding feature that I would consider buying the phone for is its 5MP camera that supports touch focus and face recognition. Huawei ascend w1 is powered by a 1.2GHz dual core processor to run your applications smoothly. It also has 4GB internal memory storage. One of the strongholds of this feature phone is its long lasting 1730mAh battery that can go for 10 hours on talk time. Other features include front vga camera, 512 MB ram, 21 Mbps HSDPA 3g connectivity, Adreno 305 GPU for those interested in playing games; this phone doesn’t come with a radio though. For people intending to install few and necessary applications the 4GB storage will handle this comfortably considering the price of this phone.

Samsung Galaxy Trend

Galaxy trend is a midrange Smartphone by Samsung that boasts of good features to outshine other brands that are competing for midrange phones. Its powered by a 1GHZ processor and runs on Android 4.1 jelly bean operating system. This phone is retailing at safaricom shops at 18,399/=.In terms of memory it has lesser memory of 768MB ram and 4GB rom. This may slow it down a little bit as most smart phones have a 1GB ram these days. Its 4 inch display makes it view photos and browsing very comfortably. The 5MP camera can also produce very good photos with auto focus available. This phone comes on color variations of black or white. Note there are two models the Samsung Galaxy trend S7560 and S7572 (3.15MP camera, 1.2 GHz Duo core processor). Other features include wi-fi, 3G HSDPA with up to 7.2Mbps, expandable up to 32GB microSD, 1500mAh battery and Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0 connectivity via Samsung kies.

HTC desire 200

It’s designed to give the best music experience using the Beats audio and htc headset. Music lovers are gonna love this phone, besides that it’s a powerful midrange Smartphone powered by a 1 GHz qualcom processor with 512 ram and 4GB rom. The screen size is 3.15 inches with a 165ppi pixel density.HTC desire 200 packs a 5.0MP intuitive camera with technology to recognize smiling faces and take a photo even without pushing the button. That’s cool ?.Other cool features include the HTC data manager that helps to keep your data plan on track. Its browser is also responsive and adjusts websites to fit well on its screen. Other features are HSDPA 7.2Mbps 3G connectivity, microSD up to 32GB,Beats audio sound enhancement, Bluetooth 4.0,wi-fi and USB 2.0.Compared to Sony Xperia Tipo it beats the tipo on the camera. The HTC desire 200 goes for around 15,200/= in Kenya.

Nokia Lumia 520

This phone is one of the first entry level windows 8 phones introduced by Nokia. It comes with pretty good features starting with its 8GB internal storage. Lumia 520 is powered by a 1GHz duo-core snapdragon processor to run your windows application smoothly. Its 512MB ram also performs well with windows 8 and you will not experience hanging or sluggish performance. Compared to the Huawei Ascend W1 that I talked about earlier it’s twice big in terms of memory with an 8GB rom. You can install many applications before it gets full. It has a 5MP camera takes excellent photos during the day but at night it will depend on lighting since it doesn’t come with flash. The camera has a feature to switch between different lenses by Nokia, means you can play around with different modes on photos. The phone is retailing in Kenya for around ksh17,000/=.Other features include Bluetooth 3.0,1430 mAh battery with up to 14hrs of talk time on 2G,7GB free SkyDrive cloud storage, GPS, Fm radio and 21MBps HSDPA connection on 3G.

LG optimus L5

This midrange Smartphone is part of a series of LG phones the came with different features to distinguish the L series pricing; that is Optimus L3, L5 and L7.We are not going to delve into LG optimus L3 and L7.Now the LG optimus is powered by an 800Mhz cortex-A5 processor and runs on Android 4.0(ice cream sandwich).That doesn’t make it any slower since it has a 512MB ram. It also has a 4GB internal memory to install all your favorite apps. The major distinct features to this phone are; its 4.0 inch capacitive touch screen display. Also it has a powerful 5.0MP camera with panorama view and LED flash that comes in handy at night. Remember it doesn’t support the front camera though. It also has an inbuilt Webkit browser that supports TAB browsing and HTML 5, which means you can switch between different open WebPages as you browse. This phone will be retailing at ksh15, 000/= in Kenya. By now it should have gone down. Other features of the optimus L5 include microSD up to 32GB, HSDPA 7.2Mbps, Wi-fi, GPU Adreno 200, GPS, FM radio and a 1500mAh battery with 9hrd of talk time while browsing on 3G networks. The phone also comes in two variations the Single sim and the Dualsim version.

Tecno Phantom A f7

Tecno is taking Africa by storm in terms of low budget and midrange Smartphone. At first people were skeptical about them but they have taken a firm grip on Kenya’s market share for android phones. The Tecno phantom A(F7) is one of its answer to expensive smart phones like Samsung Galaxy S II , S3 or the likes of HTC one. At only ksh19, 000/= around $220 this phone packs a mean features such as a 5” inch touch display and a Dual core processor of 1 GHz speed. The resolution on the screen may not be that crisp and clean compared to a Galaxy S3 but it’s not bad either. The phone has a 1GB ram and 4GB internal ROM that has a 2.5GB user available memory. Its camera is a whooping 8.0MP autofocus, digital zoom and HD video recording capability. It runs on Android 4.1.1 jelly bean operating system. Just like other smart phones it has a front 1.2MP camera. Most of the android applications come pre-installed on this phone such as Opera mini, Adobe PDF reader, Chrome and an optional MS-office suite via premium upgrade. Other features of this awesome phone include up to 21Mbps download speeds, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, built in GPS with support for Google maps, Free 8GB memory card and a battery of 2100mAh.Almost forgot it also comes with a powerpack battery, this means you can recharge the phone when you don’t have access the main electricity source using the battery.

Sony Xperia Tipo

Sony Xperia Tipo is medium range Smartphone with almost all features that make up a good Smartphone. With a 3.2 inch capacitive screen display of 180pixels its display is crisp and clean. It’s powered by an 800 MHz Cortex-A5 processor and a 512MB ram. It also comes with a 2.9GB internal memory with 2.5GB ready for user installed applications. It comes with music applications loaded inbuilt and runs android 4 ice cream sandwich operating system. Experience the Xloud audio filter technology by Sony while you listen to your favorite music. Most of Sony Xperia cameras are very powerful, and the same goes for this 3.15MP camera that has a 4x digital zoom capability. Other features include an Adreno GPU, HSDPA at 7.2Mbps, wi-fi, GPS, stereo FM obviously, HTML and Adobe flash ready browser and a battery of 1500mAh.Since most Sony Xperia smart phones are expensive this is your midrange at only ksh16, 000/=. Around $186.This phone is available at Sony authorized dealers in Kenya such as Ansuma Electronics ltd

Saturday, 23 November 2013

make way for greatness

This is my first time blogging. I’ve never done this before but thanks to my favorite employer I get this incredibly, freaking unbelievable, awesome opportunity to do what I do best, write. Well, I already made a couple of few rookie mistakes on my first day, I’m learning. Yeah, laugh it out all you want. Sticks and stones won’t break me, not in the literal sense of course. All in all, I’m glad I’m here.  You will all be seeing more of me in the254blogspot. Thank you

Friday, 22 November 2013

Some of my favorite Novels i enjoy reading

The last two months I have decided to reduce the rate at which I watch movies or series, so am reading novels now. Books are more detailed compared to movies. Most movies actually are as a result of a novel or sequel. Take for instance movies such as Angels & Demons, Bourne Ultimatum, The client, The Godfather and many more. Most of the movies have been made based on the books.

When it comes to novels John Grisham is one hell of a good writer. The first book I read is The Firm. Now the firm is a very interesting story about a Harvard lawyer, who get’s hired on the Firm. If you have watched and enjoyed The Firm Season 1 then it shouldn’t come as a surprise the book is even more detailed than the TV series.

The firm is one of John Grisham’s first works and was published in 1991. For a short glimpse about the book, it revolves around Mitch Mcdeere a young and brilliant lawyer who is ready to start practicing Taxation law. He gets hired by a small but rich law firm that little is known about. The firm is strict about who they hire and run background checks before hiring lawyers. Most of the lawyers are straight from Harvard. Mitch Mcdeere inquisitive nature leads him to discover that his employer is running dirty deals for a powerful Mafia family. Mitch digs in into the firm to try to unearth the truth with the help of the FBI. Get the book to find out what happens when the firm identifies Mitch as the mole selling information to the FBI.

The second book I have read is the Hunger games, based on the book the Hunger Games, I didn’t manage to watch the hunger games. But my friends tell me the movie was not worth all the hype. But I understand you can’t cover a whole book in a movie.

 The hunger games is based on story about an apocalyptic era where hunger games consists of a selection of competitors called Tributes who participate in a battle to death. The winner takes the crown. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta are the major attraction and will battle out with other tributes from other cities. Katniss uses her hunting skills to survive. It’s a very interesting adventure, action and science fiction type of novel. Hunger games is the first novel on the hunger games trilogy which is followed by Catching Fire and then mocking Jay all adapted from the first book. Once you read the hunger games you will understand what the mocking jay is.

Fifty shades of grey, not your average adventure or action novel  this book is based on a young college senior student named Ana who meets Christian a rich and good looking CEO on an interview. Ana is covering for Kate her best friend who is not feeling well. She gets attracted to Christian during the interview only for Christian to appear at her workplace. After finishing her exam Ana, Kate and Jose go to the club to celebrate. She ends up drunk dialing Christians who later comes and picks her and takes her to his house. Christian is not the normal romantic, flower kind of guy; they get intimate and agree to have a relationship based on BDSM (Google that it’s hard to explain). To cut the story short this is an interesting erotic story kind of novel. I enjoyed reading although am not planning to read the next book on this Fifty shades Trilogy. The book is going to be made to a movie soon.

The Poet by Michael Connelly is a story about a crime reporter whose cop brother suicide death elicits an investigation of a string of murders. Jack McEvoy is the only guy who thinks that his brother’s death was not a suicide. After unearthing the killer’s pattern by the Poem and notes left jack together with FBI agents start tracking the killer who is very careful. The killer targets cops who are working on homicide cases, he kills them to make it look like a suicide after the cops fail to find the culprits. I couldn’t stop reading this book. I would describe it as a novel with a suspense and turn of events. If your into investigative and crime thriller novels then you should look for this novel.

Lastly am reading Gone tomorrow by Lee Child to be honest am still trying to figure out the book as I haven’t gone very far. But the story is already building up and becoming better.

So there you have it guys if you know of any interesting novels that you have read or would recommend. Probably Crime thrillers, Drama, Action are my favorites. Leave a comment here.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Lupita Nyong'o the stylish and talented kenyan Actor photos

Lupita Nyong’o is going to put Kenya on the map for appearing on 12 years a slave. Lupita plays the role of Patsey a hardworking slave, picking cotton. Not many Kenyans have hit such a mark when it comes to appearing on movies with an 8.1 rating on IMDB.12 days years a slave depicts the way things used to be during slavery era. The movie is directed by Steve McQueen and produced by Brad Pitt.

The main star is Solomon Northup played by Chiwetel Ejiofor a black man who is abducted while living a normal live in New-york. He is then taken to New Orleans to work as a slave in a cotton plantation. Solomon ability to play the violin makes him popular and he gets noticed by the sheriff and later is released.

 Lupita plays her role very well as a gentle woman with affection from Solomon. "I wanted to that character justice and represent her with dignity and agency as best as I could and I hope I do that," said Nyong'o holding back her tears. Lupita Nyong’o is the daughter of Kenyan Professor and politician Anyang Nyong’o. Her father is definitely proud of her.

She was born in Mexico while when her father was on exile but is Kenyan. There have been rumors online labeling her as Mexican but even I know she’s is 100% Kenyan. She has also featured on the famous MTV produced series of Shugaa where she also played her role very well.

Other actors who have put Kenya to the limelight are Eddie Githegi who plays Laurent a vampire who feasts on human blood on Twilight. Lupita Nyong’o has been nominated for Best breakthrough actor on the Gotham Awards and New Hollywood Films awards which she won.

Check out Lupita Nyong’o style as it has evolved since she starred on 12 years a slave. She has penchant for designer clothes going by the photos.Plus her toned body makes the clothes fit very well.Now this is what i call good sense of style on another level.But DO I SAY!!