Nigerian bloggers react to the Samsung Galaxy S5

Last week, Samsung Mobile Nigeria hung out with Bloggers and Developers at the CCHub MX Lab, in Lagos, to find out what they think about the features of the Samsung Galaxy S5

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Pros and Cons of Nokia X

The Nokia X Device was announced recently as a foray by Nokia into the world of Android Devices. Nokia describes it as “Your Fastline to AndroidTM Apps”. The Nokia X device is a Nokia Phone that runs android Apps and also allows you to access popular apps from Nokia and Microsoft (MixRadio, HERE Maps, HERE Drive, Skype) and services as well. Software Developers also stand to gain a new audience for promoting their mobile apps because the platform provides a new market for their apps.
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Pros

The Nokia X is one of the best phones I have seen so far at the price point that has been set for it. All other phones which run Android Apps that cost 20,000 Naira (think Samsung) usually don’t live up to minimum expected performance.

  • Always-on Dual SIM: The Always-on Dual SIM is a boon for those who have multiple lines and don’t want to buy several phones. The always-on feature allows them to be able to receive calls from both lines (but not at the same time)

  • Ability to run Android Apps: This is the No. 1 advantage because it gives users access to a vast range of Android apps

      Multiple Apps Stores (some pre-loaded already), so you’re spoilt for choice.

Vibrant screen: The 4-inch screen

Easy to hold in the hand, sturdy design.

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Cons

Even though the Nokia X Device tries to achieve a lot at its low price point, there are still some shortcomings that need to be improved.

  • Battery Life: Battery life isn’t so good especially when running apps that continually poll for data e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Skype. But under normal usage (calls, infrequent data usage), Battery life is good enough for most users.

  • Better sensor in Camera to compensate for low-light situations: The Nokia X device camera performs poorly in low light and an improvement is needed in future iterations of the device hardware / software.

  • More RAM: 512MB is too low. Although the Nokia X software does resource control very well, a little lag is still experienced if there are a lot of apps running in the background

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What can be better

As new software updates are issued to these devices, more features will probably be added in  the future. Some of the key features i would want would be

Better Multitasking

 

The 10 most ridiculously expensive areas to live in Nigeria

If you’re looking to relocate anywhere within Nigeria, you probably want a fair estimate of what it would cost to move to that dream area of yours. Here’s a list of the 10 most ridiculously priced real estate locations in Nigeria, in ascending order:

  1. Ibara in Abeokuta (Ogun State) – N80 million
  2. Alalubosa GRA in Ibadan (Oyo State) – N100 million
  3. Lekki Scheme I, Lekki (Lagos State) – N140 million
  4. GRA Phase 2 in Port Harcourt (Rivers State) – N145 million
  5. Ikeja GRA, in Ikeja (Lagos State) – N250 million
  6. Nicon Town in Lekki (Lagos State) – N320 million
  7. Jabi in Abuja (Federal Capital) – N400 million
  8. Asokoro in Abuja (Federal Capital) – N418 million
  9. Maitama in Abuja (Federal Capital) – N430 million

And the award goes too…..Banana Island !!

A 3-bedroom apartment in Banana Island will set you back N100Million, while a 5-bedroom will drill a hole in your pocket, worth N450Million . If you prefer to rent, be ready to cough out N10 million annually for a 3-bedroom apartment.

There you go. Are your grandiose dreams of a life of luxury in Nigeria still within or now outside your grasp?

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P-Square Will Save The World From Alien Invaders

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It’s an invasion.

Between the only piece of concept art and the 30 second trailer, we can glean a few things. Earth is being attacked by Aliens. And P-Square, cruising a batmobile-like vehicle are its defenders.

Many questions are left unanswered in the trailer. Who are the extra-terrestial aggressors? What do they want? The musical duo even though stylised to fit the specific cartoon genre look like themselves, but the metropolis looks more advanced than today’s Lagos (we’re assuming it is Lagos). Where is Lagbaja in this? Besides ground to air armament, what other lethal capabilities do the Alingos have in their arsenal? Please don’t tell me his guitar shoots lightning bolts.

I guess we’ll find out when the whole animated movie comes out.

Would You Kiss A Total Stranger? These People Did

20 people who’d never met each other kiss on camera. Amazing. Could this happen in Lagos, Nigeria?

Access Bank Got Verified On Twitter

Not that you’d notice, but the telltale blue tick is there and has been there for almost two weeks now. They are only the second bank in Nigeria to do it, After GTBank. Apparently, it’s also gotten harder to do for brands pushing financial services, so maybe some kudos are in order.

Only question does Twitter’s official stamp of approval mean anything for service delivery? You tell us.

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Lagos gets its version of TroTro Diaries

LAGOS CONVO is gist about an alternate Lagos and Nigeria, based on our very own true Lagos. Similar to what TroTro diaries is to Ghana, the online platform looks to give Lagosians and lovers of Lagos a peek into the alternate universe of Lagos. Using all the sights, sounds and experience of Lagos in particular and Nigeria at large, it weaves out thought provoking, witty and sarcastic stories about Lagos, Nigeria and its citizens. These stories make up the reality of LAGOS CONVO.

The stories that make up LAGOS CONVO are targeted at giving a peek into the lives, hopes, aspirations, challenges, dreams and ambitions of Nigerians. We reached out to the man behind the platform for the importance of these stories and he said – “They are an expression of the inner spirit of Lagosians and Nigerians: the part of US that makes us who we are. Through the stories, the rest of the world is introduced into the life, thinking, and everyday experiences of Lagosians and Nigerians.”

The stories are written in a unique Nigerian style of expression and communication; a language that reflects the rich culture of Nigeria. LAGOS CONVO is broken into different categories; POLITRICKS, WHAT I HEAR IN LAGOS, COUNTRY PEOPLE and CITY ROUND UP.

Have anything to add to this story? Please use the comment box.

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You can now hide “last seen” status on WhatsApp for Android

This is no unofficial hack. According to sources, WhatsApp’s latest update for Android now gives you options on who has access to your “last seen” status – anyone with your number, only your contacts, or no one at all. This new privacy feature also extends to your profile photo and status message (just go to menu -> settings -> account -> privacy).

Other changes in this update include the ability to pay for a friend’s WhatsApp subscription  and, you’ll be glad to find that, the mute function for groups finally works.

There’s no given time frame for when this update will be live on the Google  Play Store but the apk is already available for download directly from WhatsApp.

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Facebook to acquire Whatsapp in a deal worth $19 billion

Despite having dismissed earlier rumours (that have now turned out to be true), WhatsApp is finally selling off to Facebook.

The deal is worth $12 billion in Facebook shares and $4 billion in cash. There’s also an additional $3 billion in restricted stock to WhatsApp founders and employees.

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, made the announcement yesterday, explaining in detail the motivation behind the deal. And in case you’re wondering what becomes of your favourite messaging platform, Jan Koum, WhatsApp Co-founder, assures us nothing will change:

WhatsApp will remain autonomous and operate independently. You can continue to enjoy the service for a nominal fee. You can continue to use WhatsApp no matter where in the world you are, or what smartphone you’re using. And you can still count on absolutely no ads interrupting your communication.

Okay Jan, we’re getting you. Just like you told us you wouldn’t sell.

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This skirt is made of…phones

Nokia phones to be exact. Lots of them. Forget Google glasses, smart watches and fitbits, this here is the latest in wearable technology that you will never be able to walk down the street in.