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Cars & Gadgets: Samsung's Galaxy Note10+ reviewed
TechCentral — In this episode of the Cars & Gadgets podcast, Nafisa Akabor tells TechCentral's Duncan McLeod all about Samsung's new phablet flagship, the Galaxy Note10+. With Samsung Electronics' financial results under pressure, and competition mounting from lower-priced Chinese handset rivals, has the company done enough with this flagship to win over consumers? And should you buy it? For a full review of the Note10+, see Nafisa's review on TechCentral.
Cars & Gadgets: Huawei's P30 Pro in review
TechCentral — In this episode of TechCentral's Cars & Gadgets podcast, Duncan McLeod chats to Nafisa Akabor about Huawei's new P30 Pro smartphone. The successor to 2018's well-received P20 Pro, the new model represents a major step forward. Like Samsung, Huawei releases two flagship devices a year, the P-Series device in the first half and the Mate Series in the second half. Duncan and Nafisa chat about what's new in the P30 Pro (and what's missing - a headphone jack), and go through the...
Cars & Gadgets: We drive Jaguar's R1.7-million I-Pace electric car
TechCentral — In this episode of the Cars & Gadgets podcast, Duncan McLeod speaks to Nafisa Akabor about Jaguar's new I-Pace electric car, which has gone on sale in South Africa. Despite costing R1.7-million, the fully electric luxury SUV is already sold out, with new stock only expected next year. The car, which exudes luxury, is powered by a 90kWh lithium-ion battery that has a range of up to 470km from a single charge. But how practical is it to own one in South Africa? Nafisa took the...
Cars & Gadgets: Samsung's Galaxy S10+ unpacked
TechCentral — In this episode of the Cars & Gadgets podcast, Duncan McLeod speaks to Nafisa Akabor about Samsung's new Galaxy S10+ smartphone, one of the most important releases for the Korean consumer electronics giant in years. It's important because the company is getting a serious run for its money from Chinese manufacturers, particularly Huawei, but also Xiaomi and Oppo. Has the S10 line-up done enough to keep the Chinese rivals at bay? And is it enough of a step change to justify the...
Cars & Gadgets: Apple MacBook Air 2018
TechCentral — In this episode of the Cars & Gadgets podcast, Duncan McLeod chats to Nafisa Akabor about the new Apple MacBook Air. Once neglected by Apple, the Air received a major update late last year, giving it improved performance and, most importantly, a Retina display for the first time. Nafisa shares her views on the upgraded model, how it compares to Apple's 2015 12-inch MacBook and whether consumers should consider the new laptop over a Windows ultraportable machine. Does the new...
Cars & Gadgets: Huawei's Mate 20 Pro
TechCentral — In the latest episode of Cars & Gadgets, Duncan McLeod speaks to Nafisa Akabor about the new Mate 20 Pro from Huawei. Is this the best smartphone of 2018? Nafisa has just returned from London, where she attended the global launch of the latest and greatest from the fast-growing China's consumer electronics giant, where the centrepiece was undoubtedly the new Mate 20 Pro, which goes on sale in South Africa on 1 November. Huawei, which is building on the momentum of the very well...
Cars & Gadgets: Apple's iPhone Xs unpacked
TechCentral — In the second episode of Cars & Gadgets, Duncan McLeod speaks to Nafisa Akabor about the new iPhone Xs from Apple. The Xs is one of three iPhone models Apple is introducing in 2018 -- the others being the supersized Xs Max and the "cheaper" Xr. In the podcast, Nafisa unpacks the key differences between the three models, whether iPhone X users should consider upgrading (short answer: absolutely not) and why, in a highly unusual move, Apple decided to discontinue last year's...
Cars & Gadgets: We drive BMW's insane i8 Coupé
TechCentral — In this episode of Cars & Gadgets, Nafisa Akabor and Duncan McLeod test-drive the new BMW i8 Coupé - while they record the podcast. While inching forward in Midrand traffic, they talk about where the R2.1-million car is positioned in the market, how it performs and the practicality of owning one in South Africa. They then head to the Kyalami race track, before testing the i8's sheer muscle on a quiet back road. The plug-in sports hybrid is now available in a Roadster for the...
Cars & Gadgets: We talk to Mercedes-Benz's new A-Class
TechCentral — In this, the third episode, of the Cars & Gadgets podcast, Nafisa Akabor chats to Duncan McLeod about Mercedes-Benz's new A-Class, and specifically the vehicle's MBUX artificial intelligence-powered voice assistant. In the podcast, listen to audio snippets of what MBUX can do, and how it differs from voice assistants from the likes of Google and Apple. The company claims that the system grows to understand personal preferences and predict your needs, like switching to your...
Cars & Gadgets: Jabra's Elite 65t wireless earbuds
TechCentral — In the second episode of Cars & Gadgets, Duncan McLeod speaks to Nafisa Akabor about Jabra's new "true wireless" earbuds, the Elite 65t. In the podcast, Nafisa discusses how the 65t compares to its most direct competitor, Apple's AirPods, and why you should - or shouldn't - consider one over the other. She explains the pairing process, how Jabra makes use of silicone tips to ensure optimal in-ear comfort and what the earpods are like to make and receive phone calls. She also...
Cars & Gadgets: The Samsung Galaxy Note9
TechCentral — In the inaugural episode of the Cars & Gadgets podcast, Duncan McLeod chats to Nafisa Akabor about the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note9. Nafisa has been playing with the Note9 for the past few days. She gives her views on the device, who it's targeting and why it's such an important release for the Korean consumer electronics giant. If you have feedback on the show, please send a WhatsApp to 0719991111.