Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Oppo A52 and Oppo A72, Which Is The Ultimate Value King?

When it comes to top tier midrange phones, fewer do it better than Oppo’s A series. The series always delivers value, and its two latest additions, Oppo A52 and A72 do just that. They were released within a month of each other, and almost wholly mirror each other. Both currently retail for the same price at $299.  Thus, the question arises: of the two devices, which is the ultimate value phone?

Oppo A52 Red Case

Oppo A52  Red Case

Let the battle begin…

Oppo A52 and Oppo A72 have a whole lot in common than in contrast, and choosing between the two will be hard.  For starters, as the two Oppo phones have the same design, look and very much the same internals, telling them apart is a challenge. In Australia, the Oppo A72 is exclusive to Optus and is locked to the Optus network. The A52 is available on multiple networks and is available for retail sale and more retailers.

They both have slim bezels, a punch-hole selfie camera on the top left corner, and even weigh the same. When it comes to display, both the A52 and A72 spot the same 6.5 inch full HD display. The screen resolution stands at 1080 x 2400 pixels for both phones, which beats most budget phones.

Going on to the rear, they both spot a quad-cam setup and a plastic back. What sets the phones apart is the colour. The A52 is available in Twilight Black and Stream White, while the A72 is available in Aurora Purple and Twilight Black. Of all the designs, the Stream White model stands out, but it may all go down to opinion.

In the camera department, both the A52 and the A72 spot a 16MP front sensor, which takes excellent selfies. Differences between the two-start showing in the rear cameras despite having the same quad-cam set up. For instance, the A52 has a 12MP primary camera while the A72 surpasses it with a 48MP main sensor.

Also, whereas Oppo’s A52 has a depth sensor and a macro lens, the A72 has two 2MP portrait style lens in place of the depth and macro sensor. The bigger sensor gives the A72 an edge over the A52 in terms of image quality. Nonetheless, for lovers of close up photos, the A52 wins due to the absence of depth and macro sensors in the A72. Both phones have 119° ultra-wide sensors, which take good wide photos.

Performance-wise, the two phones almost match each other. They both run on ColorOS 7.1 and Android 10 and are each powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 655 chip. Despite having the same RAM at 4GB, the A72 has a higher ROM than the A52. Their internal storage stands respectively at 128GB and 64 GB. Overall, the A72 is a tad bit faster than the A52 due to the higher storage space.

Battery capacity is another area where the two phones set themselves apart from the competition.  Both spot an impressive 5000mAh battery that can easily last you two whole days. The battery life drops by more than half during heavy usage, but is still a lot by midrange standards. Both phones come with an 18W fast charger and a USB C cable.


Oppo has done a great job with both of these phones, the Oppo A52 and A72 are clearly a step ahead of the competition in the budget phone market.  Sporting impressive displays, a big battery, and a decent processor, the phones redefine the phrase ‘more for less.’  In our opinion, the A72 has a slight advantage over the A52 and delivers more value for the same price as long as you are with Optus as the device is locked to Optus prepaid. Nonetheless, both phones promise to deliver exceptional value for every penny.

Oppo A72 Case Wine Red

Oppo A72 Case Wine Red

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Oppo Announces 125W Flash Charge And 65W Air VOOC Wireless Flash Charge Technology

Oppo 125W Charger
Image Courtesy of Oppo

Most people will agree that Oppo is one of the leading tech companies when it comes to smartphone fast charging. The company is behind some of the best fast charging tech solutions in the market, including the Dash Charge system in One Plus phone.

Oppo’s top position has been cemented further by its release of the 125W flash charger and the 65W Air VOOC Wireless flash charge technology. The two incredible pieces of tech were announced on July 15 in Shenzhen, China, alongside the 50W mini VOOC charger and the 110W mini flash charger.

The 125W flash charger, which Oppo claims is the most advanced piece of tech in the industry, was the biggest highlight of the announcement. Oppo says at its fastest, the charger takes only 20 minutes to fully charge a 4000mAh battery and 5 minutes to charge up to 41%. Currently, the fastest charging phone, a record held by an Oppo phone, fully charges in 31 minutes. If right, this charger will beat that record by 10 minutes. When developing such cutting edge technology, the company had to have the user’s safety in mind. For this, the charger has ten additional temperature sensors, a USB C to USB C cable, fuse overvoltage protection, and an advanced encryption algorithm. It has improved power density properties that ensure the charger doesn’t grow too large while simultaneously effectively reducing charging time. The 125W Flash Charge aims to meet consumer needs for faster chargers as a result of the upcoming 5G era. It is compatible with earlier VOOC and super VOOC flash charge protocols. It also supports mainstream protocols.

The Oppo 125W Flash Charge Tech

The 125W flash charger, which Oppo claims is the most advanced piece of tech in the industry, was the biggest highlight of the announcement. Oppo says at its fastest, the charger takes only 20 minutes to fully charge a 4000mAh battery and 5 minutes to charge up to 41%. Currently, the fastest charging phone, a record held by an Oppo phone, fully charges in 31 minutes. If right, this charger will beat that record by 10 minutes.

When developing such cutting edge technology, the company had to have the user’s safety in mind. For this, the charger has ten additional temperature sensors, a USB C to USB C cable, fuse overvoltage protection, and an advanced encryption algorithm. It has improved power density properties that ensure the charger doesn’t grow too large while simultaneously effectively reducing charging time.

Oppo 65W Air VOOC Wireless Flash Charge

Oppo’s 65W Air VOOC wireless tech comes at a time when the company is beginning to embrace wireless charging.  The company now claims that this technology is the fastest wireless charging tech in the industry. The tech can fully charge a 4000mAh battery in 30 minutes, wirelessly, which makes it faster than most, if not all, current wired solutions.

With the 65W Air VOOC technology, consumers no longer have to endure slow wireless charging speeds. The tech has a foreign object detection function and five-fold safety protection. It is compatible with the Qi standard.

Oppo also showcased a concept of a wireless charger for the tech. The charger features sculpted glass, making it the first of its kind. To ensure your device doesn’t heat up during charging, there is a semi-conductor cooler at the bottom of the charger. This keeps the temperature of the phone’s back at 2°C lower than only using a fan.

Although Oppo is yet to announce which Oppo mobile phones that will ship with these technologies, commercial products that utilize this tech are expected to launch soon. Over 157 million people currently use the various VOOC tech worldwide, and this number is growing. The company has applied for over 2800 global patents and promises to continue improving and developing VOOC flash charging platforms.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

iOS 14 Feature Releases Revealed In The Just Concluded 2020 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference

Apple recently revealed iOS 14 in the just concluded WWDC 2020. This latest iOS version is set to rolled out for all iPhone users come fall. The update packs with it some amazing features that will transform user experience a great deal. Here is an overview of some of the exciting features packed in the iOS 14.

iOS 14 Feature

The Exciting Features You Should Expect


Widget support is one of the biggest headlines of the iOS 14 release. For the first time, iPhone users will be able to make use of smart widgets.  On top of this, is another feature that goes hand in hand with widgets – Smart Stack.  Smart Stack basically allows you to stack widgets by dragging one and dropping it over another, of the same size. This creates a scrollable stack whereby you have multiple widgets in the same area.

App library

The App library is also another new iOS feature. This is the last page in your home screen that has all your apps, grouped by category, i.e., you can have all your communication apps in one folder, gaming apps in another, reading apps in another, etc. This feature is especially useful to those people who keep a lot of apps on their phones.

Hide Apps feature

As an average smartphone user, there are those apps that you don’t quite need, but there’s no way to get rid of them. iOS 14 allows iPhone users to keep all these apps in one folder, and then hide the folder, using the Hide Apps feature.

Compact user interface

A significant improvement in iOS 14 also comes in the user-device interaction.

  • Siri has been improved even further. When turned on, Siri doesn’t take up the whole screen as it did in previous iOS versions, with the iOS 14, Siri will only appear as a small animation at the bottom of the phone’s home screen.
  • A second upgrade comes with the incoming call pop up. With the iOS 14, incoming calls won’t take up the entire screen, but instead, appear as a drop-down notification. This means calls won’t interrupt whatever you were doing by blocking your view of the screen. Also, you can comfortably ignore calls without having to end them or wait them out.
  • Picture in Picture will now be possible with iOS 14. It will allow an iPhone user to watch a video via a small window while using other apps.
  • Sound recognition. This is a great accessibility feature, especially for people with visual impairment. If turned on, it uses the phone’s microphones to detect sounds in the environment and notifies the user.
  • Sign language recognition. iOS 14 will be able to recognize sign language during group face time and put whoever is using sign language in a conspicuous space above everyone else. Although this feature may not apply to the majority, the inclusivity of the iOS 14 is worth noting.

Back Tap

This interesting feature allows you to simultaneously switch between apps, and perform actions such as capturing screenshots.

Ability to change default apps

iOS 14 now allows users to choose the default apps that they wish to use. For example, one can now opt to work chrome instead of safari as the default browser.

App Clip

App Clip is a feature that allows you to try out an app before installing it. For instance, you can play a game or order food with a food ordering app without installing the app.

Final take

The iOS 14, with its new features and upgrades, is designed to give users the complete premium experience. For those who can’t wait till fall to start using it instead of iOS13, the developer’s beta version is already available and can run these features.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Biggest News Announced At Apple’s WWDC 2020

Apple’s WWDC 2020

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference might have been held in front of a digital crowd, but that did not stop the mega corporation from showing off what it has in the works for the future. From operating system updates to significant Mac changes, here is everything that has been announced at the event.

iOS 14

iOS 14

The next version of iOS is currently out for developers today with a public beta scheduled to be held in July. As is expected with a whole operating system update, there are significant changes incoming including:

Messages now can be pinned, group messages can be muted unless you are mentioned by name, and Memojis have new customization options.

Siri no longer takes up the entire screen when turned on. A new speech-to-text translation app is also on the way that works very similarly to Google Translate.

iPhones will finally have a picture-in-picture mode so when you minimize a video or face call it will still be on display in a portion of the screen and you can move it around.

Maps will be receiving cycling directions, taking in consideration of bike lanes and hills. Electric vehicle owners will also have updated directions that consider your battery power and charging stations available.

App Library sorts your apps you use the most to be on display when you swipe past the final page of apps.

Widgets can be placed on the home screen.

CarPlay will allow you to use your phone as a key, if your car allows it. Apple is working with a bunch of car manufacturers to allow this, including BMW.

iPad Specific Updates

iPad Specific Updates

iPad will be receiving the above updates to its OS as well as some specific changes.

The iPad search user interface has been updated to no longer take up the whole screen. It can also search deeper in certain apps like Keynote, Messages, Mail, and Files.

Apple Pencil handwriting recognition will now work in any text field. Also, if you draw a shape, you can have it digitally changed to a computer-generated shape by holding the Pencil in place when finished drawing it. Accessory makers are already making iPad cases with Apple pencil holders.

Gaming is also vastly improving with the new updates. Controller button remapping, haptics, rumble, motion, and even the ability to properly use a keyboard and mouse for iPad gaming are on the way.



AirPods will automatically switch between devices if needed. While watching a video on your iPad, they will switch to the iPhone if you answer a call.

AirPod Pros will simulate surround sound by using the accelerometers to make it feel like is fixed in a set position.

Apple Watch

Apple Watch

Apple Watches will be able to share their current watch face setup with other Apple Watch users. If they do not have the needed apps, they will be directed to the location to install them. Each app on watchOS can now also offer up multiple different watch face complications, instead of just one per app.

As with the iOS 14 update, Apple Watch will also have cycling directions.

Apple Watch can automatically detect when you are sleeping. It will record data and help track your sleep schedule.

Finally, Apple Watch can also detect when you are washing your hands and will automatically start a countdown to ensure you are scrubbing them the recommended 20 seconds.

Privacy Updates

Privacy Updates

Apps can now be given access to your approximate location rather than your precise location if you are worried about privacy.

iOS will also now show an on-screen indicator when an app is accessing your microphone or camera.

App developers will be required to provide what user data they are tracking or sharing with third parties. You can see this information before downloading apps.



Homekit will now automatically change the brightness and temperature of your smart bulbs throughout the day to make sure they are not putting off as much heat during working hours but are warm enough during nighttime.

Homekit-enabled doorbell cameras now have facial recognition. If they see a recognized face, you will receive a notification on your devices letting you know who has arrived.

Security cameras will not have activity zones you can setup on each camera. This can be particularly useful so you are not receiving updates for a camera on your front porch picking up people walking alongside the sidewalk or a car driving down the street.



macOS will now be called Big Sur and will be a little closer to iOS in terms of recognizability. For example, apps will now have rounded squares.

The control center will be accessible via a dropdown in the upper right area of the screen for brightness, volume, dark mode, Wi-Fi controls and more.

Maps have been redesigned with support for things like in-door maps, guides, favorite locations, etc.

Safari can now track which of your passwords could potentially have been breached and show you what data is being tracked by a website. Extensions are also getting an update, limiting what data extension developers can access.

Notifications and widgets have been brought into one area while making it easier to clear out lots of notifications at once.

Macs are getting new processors

Macs are getting new processors

Apple is switching from Intel processors to custom ARM-based CPUs that they are making themselves. They have a history of doing this for iPads, iPhones, and Apple Watches, but this is the first time they do this for the Mac. Apple says the new processors will allow Macs to use less power while upping performance and allowing iOS apps to run on Mac. Developers will need to update apps themselves to run on it, but Apple promises the transition should not take more than a couple days of work to get running.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Telstra Rolls Out The SMS Over Wi-Fi On Their Network

Image Credit Telstra

For some time now, the Australian mobile phone network provider Telstra has been doing everything to stay on top. A while back, the company introduced Wi-Fi calling, a system that allows users to make phone calls over Wi-Fi.

The system still comes in handy for people in areas that have low or no Telstra mobile network coverage as all they need is a supported Broadband Wi-Fi connection. According to Telstra’s website, the ability to make calls this way is not only possible through Broadband connection. Basically, a user can also make Wi-Fi calls over mobile hotspots and also over the Telstra Air Hotspot.

Now Telstra has gone a step further and rolled-out the turning on of SMS over Wi-Fi. This essentially means that you can receive SMS messages even if your phone is not in an area connected to Telstra’s network. All that is required is for you to connect to a Wi-Fi network that can access the internet.

According to a Telstra’s spokesman, the company saw that many Telstra customers in areas with no network were unable to send and receive messages, especially those working from home due to COVID-19. In a bid to help out its clients, the network provider then decided to introduce this feature.

Of course, with the rolling out of this new technology, many people will have questions. One of the most common questions is whether Telstra charges an extra cost for this service. According to Telstra’s official website, data used via the Telstra Broadband Wi-Fi Connection is not charged. However, the case is different when a person uses this service via non-Telstra Broadband. Here the data will be charged based on your current provider’s plan.

If you find yourself in a spot with no mobile coverage you may have found that you wouldn’t be able to receive some SMS…

Posted by Telstra on Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Supported Devices

Telstra is currently rolling out this new technology to all its customers. At this time, the service is supported on Telstra’s mobile network. The firm is first making the service available to devices that are compatible with the technology because they want to ensure the best user experience. As time goes, more devices will support the Wi-Fi SMS feature.

Here is a list of mobile devices that currently support the sending and receiving of SMS over Wi-Fi



Below is a list of iPhones that support this feature.

With the other devices like the J Pro and A5, a little more work is required to enable this feature, Telstra, therefore, advises users to keep an ear out for news of updated timelines for such devices. It is also not clear whether other Android smartphones from other manufacturers will be able to use this feature. All in all, it is advisable to set up your phone to receive automatic updates so that you are able to receive this feature as soon as they are available. Read more on Telstras official website:

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Monday, April 27, 2020

iPhone SE 2020 Review

Apple has taken the budget phone market by storm by announcing the release of the new iPhone SE 2020. The SE 2020 is the second phone in the series and a significant improvement from its 2016 predecessor.

iPhone SE 2020

The phone boasts of features found in an iPhone 11 but has the design of an iPhone 8. It is available in three varieties going for AUD $729 for the 64GB version, AUD $829 128GB, and AUD $999 for 26GB. As is typical with Apple phones, the prices differ due to different internal storage size. The iPhone SE is available in white, black or product red.

Features of the iPhone SE 2020

Features of the iPhone SE 2020

1.   Design and display

The phone borrows a lot of its design from the iPhone 8. It has a size of 138.4 × 67.3 × 7.3 mm and weighs 148 grams with an aluminum body and a glass rear. Its small size makes it comfortable to use, and has an attractive design that easily appeals to the eye.

The phone is available in three different colors (Product) Red, white, and black.

The screen has a 4.7-inch Retina HD 1334×750 resolution with a pixel density of 326 ppi. Similar to the iPhone 11, the phone utilizes Apple’s Haptic Touch system.

2.   Camera

The iPhone SE 2020 has a single 12MP rear camera and a 7MP front camera. Although the phone lacks multiple camera systems that are common in today’s smartphones, it can still take surprisingly excellent and stable photos.

The camera allows you to take photos in different modes; portrait, Smart HDR, portrait lighting, and QuickTake video. The SE is also capable of recording 4K videos.

3.   Performance and battery

The SE runs on Apple’s latest A13 Bionic chip and therefore performs its processing tasks fast and efficiently. Apple hasn’t officially announced the phones RAM, but its rumored to have a 3GB RAM.

The battery has an estimated capacity of about 1,821mAh. This may seem small, but once fully charged, it has up to 13 hours video playback time. The phone supports wireless charging and has a fast-charging feature with an 18W adapter. See our chargers here.

4.   Storage

The iPhone SE 2020 is available in three variants; 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The higher the storage capacity, the more you’ll have to pay. Sadly, the storage isn’t expandable, but still, there’s more than enough space for all your files.

5.   Security and other features

A Touch ID sensor is located just below the display. The sensor recognizes your fingerprint for unlocking purposes. Unfortunately, the iPhone SE 2020 lacks the facial recognition feature common in the most recent Apple releases.

The SE 2020 also boasts of dust resistance and water resistance (IP67). The phone also has dual sim capabilities, one slot for a nano-SIM, and it comes with an inbuilt e-sim.

Cases And Accessories

Cases And Accessories

 There is a good range of cases and covers for the iPhone SE 2020. Everything from fashion cases to wallet cases to tough tradesman type cases as well as everything in between.


For iPhone lovers with a limited budget, the SE 2020 is the budget phone to beat. The phone packs some impressive features at a relatively affordable price.

Pre-order dates and release date

Pre-orders for the much-awaited phone began on Friday, April 17. The release date for the iPhone SE 2020 was for a week later, on Friday, April 24.

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Friday, April 24, 2020

New iPad Pro 2020 Release

iPad Pro 2020

Recently Apple announced its latest iPad Pro models, which have been built to advance the 2018 iPad Pro 11 and the iPad Pro 12.9. The latest release brings into the market a very potent iPad tablet that unlocks new possibilities for tablet lovers. One of the outstanding things on the release is the magic keyboard that comes with the iPad. The keyboard has its backlighting and a trackpad. iPad cases and accessories.

However, it is important to note that even though the new iPad has already been launched, you cannot get it from any physical store as all physical apple stores have been closed indefinitely due to the Coronavirus pandemic. You can however buy one from the Apple online store.

iPad Pro Specifications

It is important to point out that Apple has gone all out to brand the new iPad Pro has a potential replacement for most PCs. Looking at some of the specifications, it is true that this new release can outdo a good number of laptops that we currently have in the market. The following are some of its specifications.

Design and display:

In terms of display, you can choose between the 11-inch display or the 12.9-inch screen. The display comes with a 120Hz refresh rate that ensures that the screen remains smooth while you browse through the web. Both screens have a 264 PPI, which is quite okay for either size.

The screen features a liquid retina technology that gives a gorgeous and immersive display.


The iPads come with the stock iPadOS 13.4. But you can always receive and install updates in the future.


This new release comes with an A12Z Bionic CPU, which makes it so fast. You can seamlessly carry out any task with your iPad pro, be it the normal daily tasks or intensive graphics workflows. The iPad has an 8-core graphics processor, which makes it a good tool for 4K video editing, and even 3D design.

The iPad comes with an enormous battery that can be used for ten straight hours.


Apple smartphones and tablets are known to capture the best quality images, and the new iPad release has taken the picture, taking the game a notch higher. Though not a big focus for most people, Apple has improved the cameras with two rear cameras, something that has not been done on any other iPad before. It is important to note that the camera can even record 4K videos.


iPad Pro has taken connectivity to a whole new level. You can print, project, and send files wirelessly. It also has a type C port for your charging needs and connecting the iPad to external devices like a camera and an external hard drive.


Considering the features that this new release comes packed with, the set price is quite fair. However, it is essential to note that the price differs on different depending on the storage size, screen size, and for those that wish to get an LTE version. The cheapest iPad Pro 11 with 128GB of ROM retails at AU$1,329 while the most affordable iPad Pro 12.9 with 128GB retail at $1,649.

iPad Pro 2020 prices       

iPad                     Australia

iPad Pro 11 128GB      AU$1,329

iPad Pro 11 256GB      AU$1,499.00

iPad Pro 11 512B        AU$1,839.00

iPad Pro 11 1TB          AU$2,179.00

iPad Pro 12.9 128GB   AU$1,649.00

iPad Pro 12.9 256GB   AU$1,819.00

iPad Pro 12.9 512GB   AU$2,159.00

iPad Pro 12.9 1TB       AU$2,499.00

Final Take

If you want to revolutionize how you run things using your laptop but are finding it difficult to render images, edit video, then you should consider getting the iPad Pro.

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