It is extremely interesting to look at what smartphone apps South Africans are using on a regular basis and which apps they find useful on the daily. Looking at a snapshot of the top applications, it is clear that we prioritise communication and connection, with these apps making up 40% of apps that we make use of daily.
This is followed by entertainment accounting for 25%, sharing at 15%, finance taking another 15% of the pie and security only a mere 5%.
No matter where you are in the world, the price of smartphones seems to be skyrocketing. This is especially true in South Africa where the value of the rand to the American dollar keeps falling. Despite the exchange rate plummeting, the price of smartphones has steadily increased to the world over.
Smartphones have become somewhat of a necessity in today’s age and are simply commonplace for the majority of the population. Year on year the price of smartphones from major brands like Samsung, Apple, and Huawei increases exponentially with each new model they release.
With so many options out there at the moment, finding the right phone deal for you can be a stressful exercise. Like which network do you pick, do you go for an Android or an Apple device, do you choose a contract deal or a pay-as-you-go? The options are almost endless!Continue reading
When you sign a two-year cell phone contract the cost of the phone is heavily subsidised. The more expensive the contract, the higher the subsidy. As a result, people often do not appreciate the true value of their phone until something happens and they need to replace it.
A top of the range phone will cost close to R20 000 to replace and the average phone is around R 10 000. Sure, there are less expensive phones available but that means you are going to have to wait out the remainder of your contract with an inferior phone should something happen to the handset. Given how reliant we are on our phones these days for work and leisure, sacrificing the quality and features of the latest phone is not a pleasant experience.
The evolution of the smartphone has been incredible. They have become faster, more powerful and much more useful. We depend on them for a wide range of tasks and functions and many of these work through apps.
As data has become faster the apps have become more powerful and more useful. The downside to this is many apps drain our data plans quickly. While data has come down in price it is still fairly expansive in South Africa and unnecessary data usage can be a costly mistake.