Tecno Camon 19 review

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Honest Tecno Camon 19 review by users and consumers. Expected award winning Tecno Camon 19 price in Kenya is KES 24,500 or about USD 220. The incredible phone is available from June 20, 2022.

A general review

The unbelievable features against an affordable price of the Tecno phones is a major reason why the brand remains the best selling phone in Africa. Tecno 19 launches in New York on June 14, 2022.

You can preorder this smartphone at Safaricom shops or Masoko, Jumia and Tecno outlets between now and June 20. The phone has a display of 6.67” with a screen ratio of over 95 percent. One of the slimmest frames ever.

Preorders will enjoy free Tecno Backpack and Ear Pods

With an amazing 128GB ROM and 4GB RAM, it stands out as among the perfect phones for those who love carrying music and photos in their phones.

The Tecno Camon 19 camera contains pro features that allow you to adjust settings to fit your needs. It produces magnificent pictures in low light bringing into life the splendid view of city buildings and lights at night.

This is made possible by the powerful 64MP rear triple camera, with the front 16MP selfie camera giving you more options of taking great photos from any angle. The

The Camon series maintains its single SIM in this pretty thin and lightweight phone, so you are out luck again if you prefer double-SIM phones.

Tecno Camon 19 specs at a glance

OSAndroid 11
Display6.67”
ProcessorHelio, G88
CameraRear Camera : 64MP 0.7+2M+0.8MP Front Camera : 16MP
Memory128 GB ROM 4 GB RAM
Network4G Single SIM
Battery5000Mah
ColoursEco Black, Sea Salt White (more colour options may become available)

The Camon 19 will launch in New York for world wide distribution afterwards.

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Mara S review

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Honest Mara S review and price in Rwanda. Mara S is a budget smartphone made in Rwanda. It is the third product after the middle-end products Mara Z1 and Mara X1. Mara S price in Rwanda is USD 45.00 or approximately KES 5,000.

Mara S general review

The Mara S has considerably low capabilities compared to the other brands by the same company. For instance, its screen is smaller at 4.95’’ display and is slightly thicker and heavier weighing 204.8g. Comparatively, the Mara Z1 weighs 183g while the Mara X1 weighs 156g.

However, it runs on the latest Android 10 GO edition making it a safe use and giving the options of running the latest apps on Google Play Store. It uses the Mali 400 Quad-Core Processor.

The Mara S review of the removable 1850 mAH battery doesn’t compare well with the other two phones, we are not sure why the company decided to downgrade its production. It is worth noting that the other two phones are out of stock at the time of writing this article and there is no communication about further production of the series.

The manufacturer promises a great battery performance of 8 hours talk-time and an incredible 390 hours standby.

The phone does not have the fingerprint or Face ID security features available on the other Mara series.

Storage and camera

Still Mara S offers great storage with the 1GB RAM + 8GB ROM expandable to 128GB with the microSD slot. You may find this storage better for music and video, as the 5MP rear camera and 2MP selfie camera is not so convincing for someone who expects better photos. But that’s what you get at that price.

At least you will have a great 2560*1920 resolution.

Probably the Maraphones punched well above its weight when t started with a high end product before getting a footprint in the market. Chinese phone maker Transsion penetrated the market with low end Tecno and Infinix phones which had greater functionality and now they are in the top ten best selling phones in Africa. Mara could have followed cue.

However, for anyone on budget, this may be a good buy. Mara S comes in three colour ranges of black, champagne, and red.

Mara S specs at a glance

OSAndroid™ 10 (Go Edition)
ChipsetMediaTek 1.3GHz Quad-core, MT6580M, Cortex-A7 GPU: Mali 400
Dimensions and weight139*67.5*10.05mm 204.8g
Memory1GB RAM, LPDDR3 8GB ROM, EMCC (Expandable to 128GB)
MultimediaAudio Formats: AMR/MP3/WAV (Supported) Video Formats: MP4/3GP/AVI/H.264 (Supported) FM Radio
SIM + TFDual SIM (Micro SIM) SIM1 + SIM2 + TF
Network and Connectivity2G network 900/1800, B1/B8 WCDMA network 2100/1900/850/900 B1/B2/B5/B8 Connectivity Bluetooth, WiFi, Micro USB, 3.5mm Earjack Location: GPS
Battery1850mAh Li-ion (Removable) 5V 1A Charger, Micro USB 2G-15 hrs, 3G-8 Hrs- Talk Time 390 Hrs Standby
Security
SensorsGPS, A-GPS, Proximity, G-Sensor
Display4.95″ TN FWVGA+ display 960*480 pixel resolution 18:9 screen ratio, 80° viewing angle(H/V) 2 points touch, 2D Glass
CameraScene mode, Night mode, Portrait, ISO Front Camera: 2MP, F1.8 Aperture Rear Camera : 5MP, 2560*1920 resolution, double LED flash, F1.8 Aperture

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Itel P38 review

Honest Itel P38 review by users. The Itel P38 series is now available in various markets including Kenya retailing at around KES 10,000 (USD 85.4). The dual-SIM P38 is the successor to the Itel P37 series.

Review of Itel P38 specs

The Itel P38 specs reviews are positive for the sleek plastic body and smooth design which has an upgraded fingerprint scanner on the back.

It is a lightweight smartphone at 191 grammes, measuring 166 x 76 x 8.7 mm, making it convenient to carry around.

The wider screen ratio of 90 percent allows the user a comfortable wider vision experience, a slight improvement to the Itel P37. It has better display for gaming and videos with vivid colours.

The Itel P38 series runs on the most recent Android 11 Go Edition with a PowerVR GE8320 GPU graphics processor. Enhanced security features include face and fingerprint unlock dual security protection, with facial recognition high tech.

Itel P38 camera and storage review

For its price, the Itel P38 review of the 8MP dual rear camera and 5MP selfie camera may be disappointing. They could do better given the available competing options. The photos still come out great, though.

However, Itel compensates for this with the 32+2GB storage and memory. There is a microSD card slot which accommodates up to 64GB.

Battery performance

Itel promises an incredible 5000mAH battery performance. 26 hours talk only, 51 hours if playing music only, and 10 hours for watching videos. Gamers can enjoy for up to 6.5 hours. If the phone is on standby, you won’t recharge for up to 12 days.

What then if recharge is three times faster at 15W? And a 10-minute charge to support a 3-hour call! Incredible, right!? This takes into the category of the best phones to have for people on the move.

Only time will tell once we have had enough time to gauge the battery performance, but this is a great promise.

The Itel P38 review of the three colour options of nebula black, galaxy blue and spruce green finds that Itel is keen to stand out on the shelves with the unique styles.

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Little Cab app reviews

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Honest Little Cab app reviews. Little Cab was the first Kenyan taxi app to follow in the footsteps of Uber and Bolt (formerly Taxify). It was created by Craft Silicon, a tech company based along Musa Gitau Rd, Westlands area.

Little Cab taxi services review

The taxi service now operates in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Somalia. Little Cab diversified its ride hailing services to include the following services to include the following:

  1. Taxi rides
  2. Courier services and deliveries
  3. Shuttle services within Nairobi
  4. Intercity shuttle services (Nairobi, Nakuru, Eldoret)
  5. Company transportation under the Little Cab corporate
  6. Ambulance
  7. Electric bicycle rentals
  8. The Little Cab taxi app operates in Nairobi, Nakuru, Eldoret, Nyeri and Mombasa.
  9. Little Movies entertainment
  10. Little Pay

The Little Cab app operates on a No Price Surge policy during peak demand hours. Customers also have the option of choosing a preferred driver.

The deliveries option caters for both corporates and individuals for various products such as food, drinks, groceries, and gas.

The Little Cab reviews show it has slightly higher charges compared to its main competitors such as Uber and Bolt. Its probably because the app doesn’t increase prices unreasonably during peak hours.

The app does not also have as many drivers as the main competition. It has slightly just over 500,000 downloads on Google Play for consumers. These users may find it frustrating finding a driver at any given time, thus causing inconveniences.

Little probably needs to put more effort in recruiting drivers to avoid inconveniencing users who resort to the other taxi services.

Some users have also complained about bugs whenever the Little Cab app is updated. Such bugs affect location selection, location suggestions and links that don’t make sense to the user, and app switching without warning or timing out.

Little Cab app reviews have rated it at 2.5 stars on Google Play and 4.7 stars on App Store. Please leave your review below from your experience to help other users and the company.

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MyDawa app reviews

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Honest MyDawa app reviews by users. The MyDawa app enables Kenyans to order medicine online. The creators of the app say this helps customers to not waste time looking for particular medicine from chemist to chemist.

How MyDawa app works

Just like other online shopping platforms, MYDAWA requires you to create an account and fill the following personal information in the customer information form:

  1. Your name
  2. Gender
  3. Email address
  4. Account password
  5. Mobile phone number
  6. Date of birth

A one-time password or code is sent to your mobile number. You will have to enter the code sent for you to complete your registration.

Once one has registered an account, you can now order any product from the MyDawa app which is downloadable from Google Play Store, or from the website.

Ordering products

The MyDawa online shop offers prescription medicine as well as other health, beauty and wellness products. When logged in from your account, you can order any of the products. If it is prescription medicine, you can either search for it directly by typing, attaching a photo of the prescription, or scanning the prescription packet.

Add all the products you have selected to your cart. Once satisfied, pay via the MyDawa MPESA Paybill 770700 and check out. You can also use Bonga Points, Airtel Money, Visa, Mastercard, Umba Pay or your health insurance.

Delivery

The app say that they deliver at any point of your convenience within 4 hours. You are the one who selects delivery point as they can deliver anywhere and at any time according to information on their website. 4 hours might seem a long time though if your medicine is for an emergency.

Some MyDawa app reviews also show some customers being told there is no delivery point for selected locations. You therefore have to verify to make sure your location has a delivery point.

MyDawa used to do free deliveries but that changed with time. Some customers are also frustrated with delays in deliveries sometimes.

The online platform also offers customers authentication services where one can enter the unique code of a product and send it to 70077 to verify whether it is a genuine product.

Limitations of purchase on MyDawa app

MYDAWA only allows purchases for the use of the customer and not for resale. It may also cancel your transaction if they deem it necessary to do so.

Recent MyDawa app reviews show that an update has compromised the efficiency of the app. There is increased frustration with filling in personal information, login, downloading info, and even searches for products. All these used to work well before the update, so probably it wasn’t tested well before rolling it out. The frustrations after the update account for a majority of the negative reviews pushing it to 2.7 stars rating on Google Play.

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Telkom Kenya reviews

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Honest Telkom Kenya reviews by consumers who have used the services and products of the company. Telkom is the third mobile phone service provider in Kenya, even though it was the first telecommunications company. It is partly owned by the government and commands about 5 percent of mobile subscribers.

Like Airtel Kenya, Telkom has struggled in the Kenyan market for quite a while. It has changed ownership and rebranded severally but not as many times as Airtel. The two companies considered merging to counter the dominance of Safaricom but the plan fell through.

Telkom Kenya emerged from the same government parastatal as Safaricom. The company offered fixed line telephone services before evolving into mobile telephony as technology advanced.

The company focuses mostly on internet to drive its growth, competing with Airtel Kenya in offering low-cost internet services. It probably has the most affordable data bundles in the country.

For instance, its 4G Homeplan Unlimited costs KES 3,999 pm compared to Safaricom Home Fibre which costs KES 2999 for the lowest package of 8MBPS. However, the Telkom plan uses a router.

Just like its rivals, the company does not roll over unexhausted data bundles unless one recharges before expiry.

Telkom charges KES 1 per SMS while its rival Safaricom charges KES 1.20.

Telkom TKash reviews

TKash is the mobile money transfer service by Telkom Kenya. Just like its other rival, Airtel Money, TKash has struggled to gain a foothold in the lucrative mobile money market dominated by MPESA. It is therefore difficult to find TKash agent compared to both Airtel Money and MPESA. You have to use a TKash agent locator to find one.

Things may brighten up because of the opening up of the MPESA network to other mobile money transfer services. This means one can send and receive money on TKash from MPESA and vice versa.

TKash rates for sending and receiving money across its network and other networks are the same as those of Airtel Money.

It is also possible to pay with TKash at merchants such as supermarkets without the need for using a till number (Buy Goods and Services).

Telkom Kenya reviews show that customers are unsatisfied because of poor connectivity especially outside urban areas. This means you experience difficulties using both Telkom Kenya voice and internet services.

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Airtel Kenya reviews

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Honest Airtel Kenya reviews by consumers who have used the service. Airtel is the second biggest mobile phone services provider in Kenya after Safaricom. It is a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel, an Indian multinational.

Airtel market share stands at about 27 percent (approx. 15 million subscribers) as of 2022.

The company offers voice, SMS, internet and Airtel Money services. It recently introduced the Airtel TV app that streams movies, documentaries, kids programmes, sports, and music videos. The TV app also hosts various television channels such as the Al Jazeera, Bloomberg Television, and Trace, among others.

Aritel Kenya reviews show that the company has struggled in the Kenyan market and has severally pondered exiting the market. At one time, the dominance of Safaricom made Airtel and Telkom Kenya moot a plan to merge – this plan eventually fell apart.

A cheaper alternative?

Airtel voice services generally cost the same as the other services at KES 4.5 per minute, unless one gets tariff offers. Such offers would see one pay only KES 2.75 across all networks.

However, the internet cost is way lower than that of Safaricom. For instance, while Safaricom offers daily 1GB data bundle at KES 99, Airtel offers 2GB for the same amount.

Any unused bundle is rolled over if the customer recharges before expiry. Customers prefer any unused data bundles to be rolled over with or without immediate renewal.

Another advantage is Airtel Money service is free across its network. You can also send and receive money internationally.

Airtel Money received a boost in 2022 when the largest mobile money transfer network MPESA opened its platform to rivals. That means one can receive and send money between Airtel and MPESA.

This solves one of the biggest impediments to the growth of Airtel Money, which gains access to MPESA agents and business and banks Paybill numbers. Surprisingly, if you look at it closely, transferring money from Airtel Money to MPESA or TKash is cheaper than MPESA to MPESA transfers. See comparison below:

MPESA to MPESA vs Airtel Money to MPESA review

MPESA Band (KES)MPESA to MPESA charge (KES)Airtel Money Band (KES)Airtel Money to MPESA (KES)
501 – 100012501 – 100010
1001 – 1500221001 – 250020
1501 – 2500322501 – 500050
3501 – 5000555001 – 1000075
5001 – 750075 87 (7501 – 10000) 97 (10001 – 15000)10001 – 2500090

Negative Airtel Kenya reviews

Customer complaints for Airtel Kenya revolve around poor network for both voice calls and internet connectivity. Even though the services are cheaper, it is difficult to use them with joy. Due to this frustration, customer rarely exhaust their bundles.

Call dropping is also common.

Airtel Money agents are also rare, thus making it difficult for anyone to use the service. However, this may change because of the opening up of MPESA to other networks.

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Infinix Note 12 G96 reviews

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Honest Infinix Note 12 G96 reviews by users. The Note 12 G96 is part of the products in the series set to launch in June 2022. It is a sleek smartphone with amazing features with a prize tag of around EUR190.

Notable features of the Infinix Note 12 G96 reviews is its powerful 5000mAh battery with 33W Super Charge, weighs 185g and is thin with 8mm thickness.

Other Note 12 G96 specs

The Infinix Note 12 G96 reviews praise its 50MP ultra-night triple camera complemented by the 16MP selfie camera.

It uses the MediaTek Helio G96 Ultra Gaming Processor to provide greater speed and power.

An octa-core processor of two powerful Arm Cortex-A76 processor cores performing at high levels of 2.05GHz, together with the Arm Mali G57 GPU produce a super performance when paired with the fast 2133MHz LPDDR4X memory and turbo-charged UFS 2.2 storage for super-fast data bandwidth.

Even with a 128GB storage which is expandable to 256GB and an 8GB RAM, the Infinix Note 12 G96 still offers an SD card slot for those who love to have albums of music and more space for photos and videos.

It uses a USB Type C fast charging for its ‘long lasting battery’ according to the manufacturer.

The sleek Infinix Note 12 G96 is available in Force Black, Sapphire Blue, and Snowfall.

Infinix Note 12 G96 reviews summary 

NETWORKTechnologyGSM / HSPA / LTE
BODYDimensions164.6 x 76.8 x 8 mm (6.48 x 3.02 x 0.31 in)
 Weight185 g (6.53 oz)
 BuildGlass front, plastic frame, plastic back
 SIMDual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAYTypeAMOLED
 Size6.7 inches, 108.4 cm2 (~85.7% screen-to-body ratio)
 Resolution1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~393 ppi density)
MAIN CAMERATriple50 MP, f/1.6, (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.64µm, PDAF
2 MP, f/2.4, (depth) QVGA
 FeaturesQuad-LED flash, HDR, panorama
 Video1440p@30fps
SELFIE CAMERASingle16 MP
 Video1080p@30fps
MEMORYCard slotmicroSDXC (dedicated slot)
 Internal128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM
PLATFORMOSAndroid 12, XOS 10.6
 ChipsetMediatek MT6781 Helio G96 (12 nm)
 CPUOcta-core (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
 GPUMali-G57 MC2
SOUNDLoudspeakerYes, with dual speakers
 3.5mm jackYes
SENSORS Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
BATTERYTypeLi-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable
 ChargingFast Charging 33W
COMMSUSBUSB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go
 GPSYes, with A-GPS
 WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

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Infinix Note 12 VIP reviews

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Honest Infinix Note 12 VIP reviews. The Infinix Note 12 VIP headlines the Note 12 series of the smartphone brand. It is one of the thinnest smartphones making it convenient to carry around. The manufacturer markets it for emerging professionals who need a light, flexible and high-performance device.

The Infinix Note 12 VIP reviews indicate 120W ultra-fast hyper charging speeds for its 4500mAh battery. The manufacturer claim it powers from 0 percent to 100 percent in just 17 minutes, making it the perfect device for anyone on the move.

It holds power for long when new, and it will take time to know battery performance after frequent use. The phone maker promises 17 hrs calling, 5 hrs streaming, 6 hrs gaming, and 86 hrs musics.

Other Note 12 VIP specs

Infinix Note 12 VIP camera review

The Note 12 VIP has a powerful 108MP Cinematic Triple Camera. A large 1/1.67-inch sensor with a 12000×9000 ultra-high resolution produces perfect photos. The 13mm ultra-wide-angle lens enabled by a depth lens with Laser Detection Auto Focus makes it able to focus best widely and in low light conditions.

Storage, RAM and colour review

The integration of the Infinix Note 12 VIP RAM and ROM, and expansion of the 8GB memory to 13GB provides users with up to 5GB of extended RAM. 

The Note 12 VIP is available in Cayenne Grey and Force Black in 256+8GB.

The Infinix Note 12 VIP price in Kenya will be announced at launch. Infinix is among the top selling phones in Africa.

Infinix Note 12 VIP specs summary

NETWORKTechnologyGSM / HSPA / LTE
BODYDimensions163.5 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm (6.44 x 3.02 x 0.31 in)
 Weight199 g (7.02 oz)
 BuildGlass front, glass back, plastic frame
 SIMDual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAYTypeAMOLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, 700 nits (peak)
 Size6.7 inches, 108.4 cm2 (~86.4% screen-to-body ratio)
 Resolution1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~393 ppi density)
PLATFORMOSAndroid 12, XOS 10.5
 ChipsetMediatek MT6781 Helio G96 (12 nm)
 CPUOcta-core (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
 GPUMali-G57 MC2
MEMORYCard slotmicroSDXC (dedicated slot)
 Internal128GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM
SOUNDLoudspeakerYes, with dual speakers
 3.5mm jackYes
MAIN CAMERATriple108 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/1.67″, 0.64µm, PDAF, Laser AF
13mm f/2.2, (ultrawide) 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
 Video1440p@30fps, 1080p@60fps
SELFIE CAMERASingle16 MP, (wide), 1/2.76″, 1.12µm
 Video1440p@30fps, 1080p@30fps
BATTERYTypeLi-Po 4500 mAh, non-removable
 ChargingFast Charging 120W, 100% in 17 min
USB USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go

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Glovo Kenya reviews

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Honest Glovo Kenya reviews by users. Glovo Kenya is a subsidiary of Glovo app, a Spanish start-up launched in 2015. Its headquarter is in Barcelona, a tech leading city. It has over 10,000 employees.

How the Glovo delivery app works

Glovo is a delivery app that enables you to shop and complete purchases. The app then delivers your shopping to your door making online shopping efficient. It connects merchants to consumers without the two parties meeting.

This is an on demand app that works just like taxi hailing apps.

Positive Glovo reviews

Glovo Kenya reviews were raving when it launched in Nairobi , ridiculously charging KES 50 – KES 100 for door deliveries within the city. This was way below the KES 250 – KES 350 traditional courier services charged.

The Glovo app delivers both edible products, ie foods, drinks, as well as other normal courier services. Traditional courier services do not deliver foods and drinks and some do not deliver breakables.

The positive side of the delivery app is that a user can order for anything at any time. Customers sometimes enjoy free delivery offers. The most popular product on the app is Glovo Foods.

Negative reviews

Food delivery is a challenging business and has been the main challenge for most delivery apps, including this one. Glovo Kenya reviews show sometimes food delays, or the food is low quality. Sometimes it’s either burnt or less than the quantity requested.

Customers also complain of orders being pushed probably because the restaurant wasn’t ready, and it becomes worse since one cannot cancel an order in progress.

The inability of the app to save items during shopping, so that in case of an interruption one can continue, annoys users. One always has to start afresh.

While the app is working to improve, customer care hasn’t been the best according to reviews. Especially when one is unhappy with orders. Glovo Kenya has a 4.4 stars rating on Google Play.

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Honest Safaricom reviews by consumers. Safaricom is the largest mobile phone company in Kenya. It also ranks as one of the best employers in Africa and is among the top 10 largest companies on the continent according to Forbes.

Safaricom MPESA reviews

The company offers a variety of services including: mobile voice and SMS, Safaricom home fibre internet, local and international money transfer services through MPESA, online shopping through MASOKO.

MPESA is the most used mobile money transfer service in Kenya with a daily transaction volume of over KES 18 billion. This is enabled by the over 302,837 MPESA agents across the country, international payments, and the MPESA to bank channels.

Safaricom reviews by consumers argue that the MPESA rates are way too expensive compared to Airtel Money and T-Kash. For instance, Airtel Money does not charge transfers between mobile numbers on its network. Safaricom charges users to transfer money on-net.

The MPESA withdrawal charges are also higher than those of Aritel Money. See the comparison below for selected bands:

Money transfer band (KES)Airtel Money withdrawal ratesMPESA withdrawal ratesT-Kash withdrawal rates
10 – 49000
50 – 10091010
101 – 500222726
501 – 1,000232826
1,001 – 2,500252826
2,501 – 5,0004050 (up to 3,500) 67 (up to 5,000)48 65
5,001 – 10,0007584 (up to 7,500) 112 (up to 10,000)80 105
10,001 – 25,000                 125162 (up to 15,000) 180 (up to 20,000) 191 (up to 35,000)155 175 185

Safaricom voice tariffs

Safaricom allows subscribers to buy voice plans as prepaid, postpaid or hybrid users. The company charges KES 4.87 per minute for calls made during peak hours and KES 2.50 during off peak. The calling rates apply for both offnet and onnet calls.

However, customers enjoy various bonuses determined by the telecom. For instance, one can get KES 5 worth of airtime for using KES 5 on a particular day. These bonuses are not transferable. Also, callers enjoy deals by dialing *444# or *544# on both calls and internet. So it is possible to buy 30 minutes for only KES 20, to be used within a certain period.

While Safaricom has on of the widest coverage infrastructure in the country, its voice services haven’t been perfect. In 2017, the company paid a fine of KES 270 million for poor service including call dropping. The fine went up to USD 4.5 million in 2018.

A Bill that sought to have telecoms compensate customers KES 30 for a maximum of three calls dropped in a day expired, and it is not yet clear if it will be reintroduced after the August elections. The current fine system is 0.1 percent of gross annual revenue of a telecom.

In 2020, the Communications Authority of Kenya awarded a combined score of 50% to the Airtel, Safaricom and Telkom Kenya for failing to meet the threshold of quality service. The pass mark is 80% on eight indicators including speech quality, completed calls, call success rate and drop rate.

Safaricom internet services

Quick Safaricom reviews for both home fibre and satellite internet show that the firm charges the highest rates in the market. Reviews on internet stability are mixed.

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Timiza loan app reviews

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Honest Timiza loan app reviews. The Timiza app is a product of ABSA Bank of Kenya, a member of ABSA Group Ltd (formerly Barclays Africa).

The app is downloadable on Play Store and App Store. You can also access the services on the app by dialling the Timiza loan USSD *848#.

Timiza loan app charges an interest of 6.17 percent pm for any amount. All instant loans are payable within 30 days. After opening your account, it is supposed to be active lest the bank declares it dormant if not used for 12 consecutive months. Thereafter, the bank closes it.

Timiza account holders can get loans from KES 50 to KES 1,000,000. The ban determines the loan amount one qualifies for using various parameters, including CRB status.

A quick look at Timiza loan app reviews shows some complaints of the app sometimes failing partially or wholly. For instance, some users could not transact anything including buying airtime or paying bills. Sometimes the app just freezes leaving the user in the blue when they need it most.

Another review shows a loan repayment wasn’t captured and a rollover fee for late repayments applied to a customer’s account.

From the Timiza loan app reviews, it appears the loan facility is welcome but the app is failing its mission. Lots of work in progress.

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KCB Mpesa app reviews

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Honest KCB Mpesa app reviews. The KCB Mpesa loan facility used to charge an interest rate of 4.08 percent pm but was reviewed August 2019 to 7.05 percent pm.

One can hold money in the KCB Mpesa account once it is active. Such money cannot however earn any interest until you lock the account making it a Savings account. Once locked, you may not be able to withdraw freely until the set time has lapsed.

Also, if you have to close your account, you won’t do it from the comfort of your living room the way you did when opening. You must visit a Safaricom Retail Shop for account closure, just the same case for M-Shwari.

The maximum amount you can save on KCB Mpesa app fixed savings is KES 250,000, earning interest at 6.3 percent pm. You can borrow as low as KES 50 and a maximum of KES 1,000,000. The borrower chooses the timeline within which they want to repay.

KCB Mpesa app reviews on social media indicate that the loan app becomes unfriendly if one falls behind with loan repayments. One may not even be allowed to borrow again. Sometimes, cash is taken from other user accounts to repay the loan.

Users have also pointed to insecurity issues that anyone with access to your phone may be able to transact. Apart from that, the app does not confirm the recipient’s account name making it possible to complete wrong transactions. This is common in most loan apps.  

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The app was working well on my android phone but I was unable to activate it on iPhone, I don’t know what the problem is.

LC

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Honest Okoa Stima app reviews. Okoa Stima app enables one to buy electricity tokens on credit.

The app ranks as the most expensive digital lending app by the Kenya Bankers Association (2019). The app attracts an interest rate of 43.4 percent pm. This translates to a whopping 521 percent interest per year.

You can borrow between KES 100 – KES 2000 to settle your electricity bills. Both prepay and post pay Kenya Power customers can use the service. Repayment period is seven days with 10 percent interest over the borrowed amount. If you fail to pay within agreable time, a penalty of 10 percent of original amount applies.

This means if you pay KES 1000, you will receive tokens worth KES 900 as charged by Kenya Power.

Okoa Stima is a Safaricom product. Safaricom makes it possible for customers to buy power tokens from Kenya Power on credit. The top up can be via the Safaricom app or through the USSD.

Okoa Stima USSD code is *885# which gives you the option of registering using your ID na metre number.

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Honest inDriver taxi app reviews. inDriver is an app with Russian origins. It is among the most downloaded taxi hailing apps around the globe.

inDriver has the most fascinating founding stories that is way different from the likes of Bolt, Uber and Lyft. It was more of a people driven initiative during a cold season in Siberia. Drivers increased charges during this season.

College students not ready to pay hefty fares created a group on one of Russia’s social networks, which they nicknamed ‘Independent Drivers.’ From the social network, people could share trips and get lower fares. Read the detailed story here.

The difference between inDriver and its competitors such as Bolt is that the commuter chooses the amount of fare they are ready to pay. inDriver drivers see the request and decide to negotiate the amount, ignore the request or agree to the fare.

If there are more than one driver accepting a trip, the commuter chooses the driver they like.

inDriver taxi app reviews show it is preferable by long distance travellers. inDriver made entry into Africa through Tanzania in 2018, before setting shop in South Africa. Nairobi was its third city on the continent, and it continues to expand.

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Honest Bolt taxi app reviews in Kenya. One of the most successful taxi hailing ride services started under the brand name Taxify in 2014. The cofounder is Estonian Markus Villig.

Years of investment and expansion has made Bolt one of most used taxi apps in the world. In Kenya, the app operates in the major towns. It is one of the two most used ride hailing apps alongside Uber.

Bolt gives commuters various options in the choice of vehicles and motorcycle at different prices. The aim is to offer the lowest prices to attract more. This has seen most of the cars used by drivers reduce by engine size and room to 600cc.

Before rebranding, Bolt was a regular mention of bad behaviour by drivers and it has struggled to shake off this disrepute. Bolt taxi app reviews on social media are a mix of complaints by passengers of its inability to shield customers from bad treatment.

At one point, the company introduced Bolt Plus option which ‘boasts higher-class vehicles, more leg room and highest rated drivers.’ This meant better service came at a higher cost.

The Bolt app drivers have also again and again staged protests over low commissions by the company.

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Honest Swvl app reviews by users. Swvl is a taxi app service for commuters who want to use organized shared bus transport. It was founded in Egypt and launched in Kenya in February 2019.

After downloading the app and registering, you can use it anytime on established routes. You register as you would on a taxi app such as Uber or Bolt. Then you choose your route, destination, time and pick up point. The app notifies the next driver on the route about a waiting passenger.

Swvl currently operates in Nairobi and also serves long distance travellers to Nakuru and Eldoret. The app also provides chartered bus services. There are plans to explore more routes.

Swvl app reviews show that many passengers avoiding the chaotic Nairobi public transport system appreciate the service. However, the taxi app hasn’t gone without challenges. For instance, Swvl buses nowadays stop at every stage picking up passengers like the normal matatu would do.

The company has also made it difficult for passengers to communicate with management due to lack of dedicated customer service phone line. App users either have to contact the company on Facebook or Twitter or through the app itself.

Sometimes, there are no Swvl app operators on some routes. This happens when Swvl operators pack their buses during non-peak hours.

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Jambo Shop reviews

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Honest Jambo Shop reviews by consumers who have used the platform. Jamboshop prides itself as the ‘best online shopping store for smartphones, fashion dresses, led smart tv, mobiles and baby care products.

Also going by the brand label Jambo Shoppe, this online shopping platform also has sports gear and other electronic small and large appliances. Like its other competitors, it claims to be the number one choice for an online supermarket.

Jambo Shop reviews show that the online supermarket has a seven day return policy, which is fair. The company also delivers to all places in Kenya at varied costs. Jambo Shoppe aims to sellers and buyers experience the seamless integration for choice of product, payment, delivery and enjoy high level of customer satisfaction.

Consumers can easily track their orders. Anyone is also allowed to sell, without necessarily having a physical shop. However, customers pay to Jambo Shop which in turn pays its merchants.

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May 31, 2022

I honestly feel like Jmaboshop has come a long way. They have not only improved their delivery services but have also worked on giving customers the best online shopping experience. Been a regular customer for a while now and I have no regrets so far.

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Find honest SkyGarden reviews by consumers who have used the platform. SkyGarden prides itself as the merchant app and online shopping platform for small businesses.

According to the company, many of the small businesses running in informal marketplaces lack sophisticated eCommerce platforms. SkyGarden therefore offers a solution to these businesses and individuals. This is because ecommerce in Kenya currently caters exclusively to the top tiers of the economic pyramid.

With the growth of ecommerce, many merchants resort to doing away with physical stores. They instead use social media such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to reach clients. However, they experience inventory tracking and delivery problems. This is the gap SkyGarden fills.

SkyGarden is one of the youngest entrants in the online shopping sphere. It is currently limited to Kenya. It however has plans to expand across the borders.

You will find all manner of products on SkyGarden such as mobile phones, computers and other electronics, fashion, art pieces, appliances, among other items. With its philosophy of ‘an ecommerce platform built for African businesses’, the app caters to almost anyone who owns a small business.

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Kilimall Reviews – Online shopping in Kenya

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Honest Kilimall reviews by consumers who have used the online shopping platform in Kenya. Kilimall is a leading online shopping mall in Kenya. It was founded and launched in June 2014 driven by the mission of ‘Enriching Lives for Africa.’

While it cannot compare to Jumia in terms of size and revenue, it continues to be the stop shop for most people looking for home appliances, fashion, electronics and baby wear. It has tens of businesses with a wide range of products and services.

The products on Kilimall online shopping mall are new, and customers are able to track their orders. Returns are also acceptable under certain terms and conditions. Kilimall currently operates in Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria.

You can use a variety of payment methods are on Kilimall , including VISA, Mastercard. M-PESA, LipaPay, iPay, Airtel Money, among others.

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Honest Jiji Kenya reviews by consumers who have used the platform. Jiji prides itself as the biggest ‘the biggest free online classified with an advanced security system.’ Its aim is to provide a simple hassle-free solution to sell and buy almost anything.

Anyone can register on Jiji using their Facebook accounts, email address or phone number. You then create an account from where you can post pictures of what you are selling.

Jiji business model is where you do not have to own a business but only have something to sell. It could be your sofa set, the microwave you are no longer using, the car you want to get rid of. As long as you have a photo of the thing you are selling, Jiji will give you the platform to reach your buyers.

For its own credibility, Jiji also allows businesses that sell new items and are verifiable. Sellers do their own delivery. However, this has not helped it get rid of scammers, a problem for most second-hand online shopping platforms.

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Jumia, Kenya’s no. 1 online retailer was established in May 2013. Its aim and vision is to become the one-stop shop for retail in Kenya with implementation of best practices both online and offline. Welcome to Jumia Africa reviews.

Jumia is the largest online retail store in Kenya. Jumia shares went public on the NYSE.

At inception it did an average delivery time of a week. Today it does, on average, delivery in 1-5 days.

The company initially started with 3 employees. Jumia presently has a staff strength of 1000 young and entrepreneurial Kenyans. This includes a 150 man strong customer service team available 7 days a week.

The company does country-wide delivery in Kenya.

Jumia set-up the first e-commerce academy in Kenya, the Jumia Academy. The academy builds young entrepreneurs pioneering various aspects of business in Kenya.

Jumia Africa reviews are by consumers who have used the company and would like to share their experiences. This is solely to help other consumers as well as the company make decisions.

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27 best digital signage tools for content creation

The internet offers us some of the best digital signage tools for content creation that help get your message out in an impactful manner for your business. Turning your content strategy into memorable, relevant and compelling visuals that get noticed doesn’t have to cost a lot or take hours of time.

Want to know the secret to creating great content, even if you don’t have a graphic designer on staff? Use the right tools or software. That’s why our list of 27 digital signage content creation tools is a must-have for anyone managing screen content.

Get noticed with the right digital signage content creation tools

Types of signage content

You probably already have some of these content creation tools, but have never thought of using them for screen content. Others are free and low-cost applications that take the headache out of creating original content like videos, graphics, web pages, analytics and social media graphics. And others help you repurpose the content for use elsewhere. Below are some types of content:

1. Static and dynamic brand content

Static content such as graphics and videos do not change after they are uploaded for display. Dynamic content automatically changes based on factors like time, weather and location. Whether you start from scratch, use templates included with your software, or prefer online image and video editing tools, it’s easy to create a sign that captures your message.

2. Curated and aggregated content

Curated and aggregated content mostly applies to digital signage integrations for display content for TV, social media feeds, websites and more. Curating existing content leads to a higher return on investment. Exclusive content for TV doesn’t have to be time-consuming.

3. Interactive and user-generated content

Interactive content changes based on user input to deliver highly relevant messaging. User-generated content is created and submitted by your audience. Screen content should therefore capture the attention of your audience. So why not involve them in the content creation process?

Best digital signage tools

A. Image creation and editing tools

Turn any idea into an attractive sign with tools that can tweak images, add text and more.

1. Canva

Export your Canva designs to share them on TV screens around your business.

Canva is an intuitive web-based content creation tool that for designing all of your marketing needs. Part of the reason it’s so popular is that anyone can use it. Use the Canva Tutorial to get started with ads, flyers and social media posts. Depending on the size and orientation of your TV screens, you can set the aspect ratios to fit 1920×1080 for landscape and 1080×1920 for portrait.

2. VSCO for iPhone and Android

Use VSCO to edit photos for your displays.

VSCO is a powerful mobile app for editing photos for professional quality images. The filters in VSCO are much more natural than other editing apps. This makes them perfect for digital signage content creation and give you more control over the manipulation of your photos.

3. Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop is an advanced tool that lets you do everything from remove objects in a photo, to changing the background color of an image. Whether they are personal or professional photos, or stock images, you’ll want to make sure they look right for your brand.

If you don’t already have this program and want to invest in it, you can purchase the Adobe Creative Cloud photography plan for USD 9.99 a month. With Photoshop, you can export your work in any number of signage-friendly formats.

4. Pixlr

Pixlr is a free web-based platform that offers similar features to Photoshop. You can download the mobile app to directly edit photos for your digital signage.

5. Place It

Try Place It for easy mockup creation

Place It is a stock image signage platform that allows you to easily drop your business images into devices like iPads, iPhones, and Mac screens in stock images. Showing potential customers what it will look like when they use your product helps them visualize its use and is an effective psychological marketing tactic. Export your images and use them in your digital signage.

Bonus tool: Stock photo sites

Sourcing own best original photos requires extra time, but using stock photos is an affordable (or even free) alternative. When you purchase a stock image, you gain the license rights to original professional photography. You can also take advantage of straightforward free Creative Commons licensing. Just be sure to check the attribution terms.

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PikWizard

PikWizard holds a stunning library of over 1 million stock images and videos. What makes PikWizard stand out is you can take each image and video and edit on graphic design software, Design Wizard. And there’s no attribution required!

B. Digital signage presentation and chart tools

6. Powerpoint

Try Powerpoint if you’re already familiar with the software

If you prefer the simplicity of classic Microsoft tools, Powerpoint will let you create designs in a setting you’re most likely familiar with. Export a single static slide as a JPEG or PNG. To show off text transitions and embedded content, export your slides as video files.

7. Google Slides

Google’s free cloud-based presentation maker is an easy way to create content. For example, build digital menu boards, graphics to announce special promotions, or signs that celebrate a team member who has gone above and aboard. With the same functionality as Powerpoint, you can download the slides from Google Slides to share them on your TV screens.

8. Prezi

Move seamlessly from one presentation element to the next with Prezi

You can get much more creative with Prezi, an alternative tool to Powerpoint and Google Slides. Working in one large canvas in Prezi allows you to pan and zoom. Zoom in on each detail and add emphasis to points in your presentation.

When you’re finished designing, share your Prezi masterpiece via a link that can be uploaded to your digital signage.

9. Venngage

Visualize your data with Venngage

Venngage is a popular content presentation option that helps anyone visualize and share their data in a beautiful way. With a built-in brand kit, it’s even easy to make sure all your designs are consistent. The free option gives you access to many of the tool’s key features, but if you want to change the size of your design or other advanced options, you’ll need to upgrade to a paid plan.

10. Visme

Turn your data into presentations with Visme

Similar to Venngage, Visme offers a solution for transforming data into compelling presentations. According to the product’s documentation it distinguishes itself from the competition with even more templates and advanced features like animation.

11. Google Drawings

A free Chrome add-on, Google Drawings makes it easy to create charts and diagrams to display on your digital signage. You can use these in conjunction with any data tools you use to communicate metrics to your employees. Plus, the flow charts and graphs can be easily inserted into other documents or embedded into a website.

12. Piktochart

Create attractive infographics with Piktochart

Piktochart makes it easy for content creators with limited design skills to create compelling infographics, charts, maps and more from their data. To get started all you need to do is upload your data, then choose from the many customization options. Export your design to share your final product.

C. Video creation and editing tools

Video is a powerful format for digital signage, but creating it doesn’t have to be complicated. These tools will let you edit and export videos for upload to your digital signage platform.

13. iMovie/Windows Movie Maker

Whether you have a Mac or a PC, your computer likely came equipped with a video editing tool that you can use to make simple videos. Add text, logos and even retouch the color on your footage with these tools.

14. WeVideo

Collaborate with your team on video projects using WeVideo

WeVideo is a cloud-based software that lets you collaborate with your team on video projects. You can shoot, upload and edit videos from anywhere and your entire team can access the files during all stages of your project.

15. Magisto

Use Magisto’s video templates and more for easy video content creation

If video editing seems like too much work, think about using a tool like Magisto. All you have to do is upload your footage. Magisto’s software then runs a visual analysis to detect facial expressions, speech, and camera motion. After automatically sourcing all of the engaging points in your footage, Magisto asks you to choose an editing style and automatically brings your brand story to life.

16. Biteable

Search Biteable’s library of stock footage and music to bring your content idea to life

If you don’t know where to start, Biteable puts a variety of video templates organized by use case at your fingertips. From colors to text, there are tons of customization options that are easy to navigate in a step-by-step builder. Plus, Biteable includes a library of stock footage and music so you don’t have to leave the app to find the right elements for your video.

17. DaVinci Resolve

Use DaVinci Resolve 16 for motion graphics and advanced features

If you’re looking for a video content creation tool that’s more powerful, check out DaVinci Resolve. This non-linear editing (NLE) software lets you edit video offline, so the original content isn’t modified. While there’s a bit of learning curve with some advanced features, overall the interface for editing functions is very intuitive. And it’s rare to find such powerful editing software that offers free versions for Mac, Windows and Linux.

D. Live and dynamic content feeds

Signage apps offer powerful integrations that make almost any digital signage idea a possibility.

18. Social media aggregators

Repurpose your Instagram and other social media posts as digital signage content

Social media is free word-of-mouth marketing for your brand. Better yet, it’s content that always stays up to date. Use a social media aggregator like Tint or Enplug’s Social Media Collage App to show the latest social media posts on displays in your offices or stores.

19. Web pages

Share anything from Salesforce data to a cryptocurrency tracker with web page apps

Many digital signage tools and solutions can display web pages in full screen. Think bigger than just displaying your homepage: You can use web pages as an exciting alternative to static digital signage graphics. Display a website to pull in real-time waitlists, polls, spreadsheets and dashboards.

20. Live streaming

If your digital signage platform includes a live-streaming functionality, you can show live video on your displays. This is a great way to broadcast important events, share announcements, or show feeds from conferences or sermons.

21. Analytics and dashboards

Share real-time metrics and information with your employees

As more companies become data-driven, digital signage is a powerful tool HR directors and business managers can use to increase productivity and motivation. Use a native app or web url to display content like key performance metrics, Google Analytics and Salesforce data to keep your team informed and focused on goals.

Bonus tool: Dashboards

  • ●     Geckoboard: connects to all your data sources (e.g. Salesforce, Zendesk, Basecamp, Excel) and displays your most important metrics. See our tutorial on how to do this here.
  • ●     Google Sheets: use the free Google Sheets as a digital signage content creation tool for graphs of your most important data and metrics. See how you can create automatically updated graphs like this here.

22. News feeds

Curate news that’s relevant to your business

Keep your customers engaged and your employees informed on breaking news using News Feed. Source relevant industry blogs like Wired, The Wall Street Journal or ESPN and stream their RSS feeds to your displays.

Use an RSS-to-HTML tool to show the latest news as a web page and stream it to your screens, or use Enplug’s built-in News App.

23. Weather

Weather content not only can be automated but also is useful to your audience

Nothing beats weather for a conversation starter. It’s also content that as we your employees and guests check at least once a day. Display the current forecast from anywhere in the world and give your guests a look into next week’s conditions as well.

Many digital signage solutions like Enplug offer a built-in Weather app or scrolling weather feed. You can also use a web url to display a weather website for your location.

E. Interactive and user-generated content tools

24. Dynamic interactive videos

Wirewax’s YouTube page has exciting examples of interactive video content

Although these require a touch screen enabled display and compatible software, interactive videos are popular marketing tools. Give the viewer control over what happens in the video and show how the action unfolds from their perspective. It’s an innovative way to engage your audience with your brand storyline while showing off your products.

Bonus tool: Interactive video

25. Polls

Poll your employees on workplace preferences or your customers on their favorite products. Sharing polls with your audience demonstrates that their opinions matter to you and offers specific insight into what your customers need or like most about your business.

Bonus tool: Polling platforms

  • ●     Twitter: Twitter’s native polling capability lets you get started composing polls right away.
  • ●     Poll Everywhere: A more extensive tool that offers features like “text to vote”

26. Review sites

Share TripAdvisor reviews to convert more customers

You likely work hard to manage positive reviews for your business. Get more from that investment by sharing accolades on digital signage throughout your workplace. Highlighting positive reviews can encourage customers to buy more in store and also show your employees that their hard work is paying off.

Share review site content through a web page display or a direct integration with one of the more popular review sites. For example, Enplug has apps for Yelp and TripAdvisor. While either method works, apps will give you the advantage of being able to pre-approve only those review you want to highlight.

F. Customizable templates

You don’t want to wait to get the most use out of your digital signage investment. That’s why more and more software providers are including content that their customers can use from day one.

27. Templates

Enplug’s Templates App makes it easy to automate employee recognition content

Templates are professional designs with text and colors that can be customized to your business. Common use cases include employee recognition announcements, holiday announcements and sales promotions.

In most cases, digital signage providers offer either templates that can be downloaded, customized and then re-uploaded to a platform or an interface that allows users to customize signs without ever leaving the platform. With Enplug’s Templates App you can even upload a spreadsheet of names and dates to automatically trigger sign customization.

Conclusion: Make your content creation ideas reality!

As you outline your content strategy, get inspired by the many options you have to entertain shoppers, set the environment for your office, inform your guests, and drive sales.  Consider the digital signage content creation tools we’ve included above to get started creating both static and dynamic options for your digital signage solution.

Last Updated April 14 2022

This article was originally published at Enplug.com

The best selling phones in Africa

TECNO is now the best selling phone in Africa, a Counterpoint Technology Market Research showed. Samsung had held the lead for many years but in 2020, it lost that spot to a Transsion brands.

In Africa, affordability matters a lot, combined with basic functionality. A Counterpoint Technology Market Research report showed that the African smartphone market was more resilient in 2020, slightly feeling the effects of the COVID 19 in the first half of the year before bouncing back in the second half. In fact Africa was the only resilient market in 2020 compared to other regions in the world.

According to findings by market research firm Omdia, Apple maintains top spot as best selling smartphone in the world. The American brand toppled Samsung a few years ago. The Korean firm holds second spot with Chinese late comer Xiaomi coming third. Apple iPhone 11 was the best selling smartphone in 2021.

List of the best selling phones in Africa

Below were the best selling smartphones in Africa from 2020:

1. TECNO

TECNO accounted for 18 percent of all smartphone shipments and sales in Africa. This was a 1 percent increase from 2019. TECNO offers affordable smartphones that can just about do anything the leading smartphones in the world can do. The brand also spent a lot in marketing during the same period.

2. Samsung

Samsung was once the leading smartphone maker in the world but competition across the globe has seen its market share shrink; in 2020 its African market finally suffered a blow from TECNO. TECNO outcompetes Samsung on price even though the latter still enjoys a better brand image. To counter the onslaught though, Samsung has to reconsider its pricing in this ever growing smartphone market. The Korean producer now enjoys 15 percent of the market share compared to 18 percent in the previous year.

3. ITEL

TECNO should probably be more worried about ITEL, whose approach of offering the most affordable smartphones at grassroots level is bearing fruit. The company grew its market share to 12 percent in 2020 compared to 11 percent in 2019.

4. Huawei

Huawei was the fastest growing brand in the world before it hit a snag some few years back on the backdrop of spying allegations hit it hard. Africa was one of its most important markets before the controversy. Its Y series helped it maintain fourth spot but analysts foresee a continued slide. In 2020, it had 8 percent of the market down from the 10 percent of 2019.

5. Infinix

Infinix is another Transsion brand following in the footsteps of its more affordable sister TECNO. It currently has a market share of 7 percent, up one percent from 2019. However, there have been notable prices decreases for this brand’s models, reflecting on the reality that Africa is market where price actually matters. It’s market share is expected to continue expanding.

6. Xiaomi

The Xiaomi brand whose selling price is a little higher is one of the two premier smartphone brands in the top ten behind Samsung. The brand has aggressively marketed and penetrated emerging smartphone markets in the continent with positive results in the major ones such as Kenya, Egypt, Morocco and Nigeria. Its shipments grew by an amazing 126 percent YoY. Xiaomi market share was 4 percent, up from 2 percent the previous year.

7. OPPO

OPPO is another midlevel to top end smartphone brand that is aggressively marketing in the continent and it is making notable inroads. Its shipments grew by 57 percent YoY and North Africa was its most important region. It will be trying to break into Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa with its mid-price segment smartphones. It currently was 4 percent market share up from 2 percent.

Best selling phones by year and region

Best selling phones in Africa year by year

Phone brandPosition as best selling phone
 2019 (% market)2020 (% market)2021 (% market)
TECNO2  (17%)1  (18%) Combined report for Africa
and Middle East below.
SAMSUNG1  (18%)2  (15%) 
ITEL3  (11%)3  (12%) 
HUAWEI4  (10%)4   (8%) 
INFINIX5  (6%)5   (7%) 
XIAOMI6   (2%)6   (4%) 
OPPO7   (2%)7   (4%) 
    
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The other smartphones that have penetrated the African market albeit without much success are Apple with 1 percent market share; HMD Nokia with 1 percent even though its feature phone was the most successful during its days; and newcomer RealMe with 1 percent. Other brands account for 29 percent of the market share, down from 31 percent in 2019.

The best selling smartphones in Africa price range is up to USD 99, accounting for 49 percent of all sales in 2020 down from 53 percent the previous year. Sales of smartphone prices ranging from USD 100 – 199 had a slight improvement with 38 percent sales up from 36 percent in 2019.

The higher priced segment also grew by about 2 percent.

Best selling phones Africa and Middle East

Data from Counterpoint combining smartphone sales in Africa and the Middle East showed that Samsung was the most preferred brand in Q4 of 2021. TECNO came in second and Infinix was third. See infographic below for comparison:

Counterpoint Research data image/ Moshek Africa

Apple brand retained top spot globally. realme by Xiaomi emerged as the biggest selling and fastest growing 5G brand in the world in 2021. 5G smartphones also overtook 4G phones for the first time in the global market share in the first quarter of 2022.

There are no phones made in Africa in the top 10 list.

Last updated May 2022

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