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    The Best Smartphones 2018: Our Pick Of The Very Best Phones You Should Own



    From the iPhone X to the Samsung Galaxy S8, 2017 was a bumper year for premium smartphone releases and choosing the very best handsets has proved more of a challenge than ever. Many of the latest smartphones you can buy offer excellent speed, battery life and looks, complicating the task of choosing the very best handset.

    What to look for in a smartphone

    Aside from making sure you are getting a model with the operating system you want there are some key points such as screen size, battery life, performance and memory that are key when picking the best smartphone:

    Screen size: Current sizes range from just under five inches to close to six inches for screen size, which can be quite large to hold in the hand.

    Battery life: Any phone with significantly more than 24 hours is considered very good. Many manufacturers will judge battery on “talk time”, but the phones will actually last days if left on standby.

    Storage and memory: Lower spec smartphones will have around 2GB of RAM, the memory space which makes the phone run more quickly, although better models will have closer to 4GB or better. Expect at least 32GB of storage, look for 64GB or more for a price.

    Camera: Most smartphones will take great pictures and high-end models compete to offer the best cameras. Megapixels (MP) are not everything, but they can create shots with greater close-up details.

    1. IPHONE X
    Simply the best smartphone you can buy today
    Weight: 174g Dimensions: 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm OS: iOS11Screen size: 5.8-inches Resolution: 1125 x 2436 pixels CPU: Apple A11 Bionic RAM: 3GB Storage: 64/256GB Battery: 2716mAh Rear camera: Dual 12MPFront camera: 7 MP f/2.2
    +Incredibly desirable
    +Future of the iPhone
    -Gestures take getting used to

    Is the iPhone X the best phone this year? Yes. But only by a whisker. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is so close (especially if you prefer Android), while Apple’s own iPhone 8 Plus gives you so much of the iPhone X technology without the extra cost. In the end though, it’s the ultra-desirability of the iPhone X that wins it.

    The first thing that strikes you about the design is, obviously, the 5.8-inch AMOLED screen. It’s certainly true that the edge-to-edge screen looks absolutely stunning, both from a design perspective and from a technology viewpoint.

    Of course, there’s also the top ‘notch’. This does intrude on the screen slightly, especially when you want to be fully immersed in something, but call me crazy – I kind of like it. It gives the phone a visual identity.

    Aside from the screen you’ve got Apple’s blazing fast A11 Bionic processor, fantastic dual camera with portrait lighting mode, and FaceID (which actually works very well). It’s the marriage of software and hardware, something that Apple’s always been good at, that’s so effective here and that’s especially the case when it comes to Face ID.

    The OTHER best smartphone you can buy today…
    Weight: 155gDimensions: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm OS: Android 7.0Screen size: 5.8-inches Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels CPU: Exynos 8895 Octa RAM: 4GBStorage: 64GB Battery: 3000mAh Rear camera: 12 MP f/1.7Front camera: 8 MP f/1.7
    +Amazing design
    +Almost flawless
    -Fingerprint sensor location

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the best Android smartphone in the world right now, boasting the brilliant Infinity Edge display which occupies 84-percent of the body and cutting-edge guts. Yep, this futuristic smartphone is a looker, and instantly made its competitors look dated. It’s the next step in smartphone design.

    The S8 is the complete package, as well as the amazing display and industry-leading specs, this handset also has decent battery life, an excellent camera and amazing performance. With all of that combined, you get not only the best-looking smartphone, but one of the top performing smartphones in the universe. Yes, the universe!

    We think the 5.8-inch S8 is perfect, but if you’re after an ever larger smartphone, Samsung also offers the Galaxy S8+, which features a massive 6.2-inch display. Okay, so unfortunately Samsung hasn’t released a perfect phone – there are a few small niggles – such as the weirdly places fingerprint sensor next to the camera and poor Bixby implementation. But we guarantee you won’t be disappointed if you buy this phone.

    The best smartphone camera
    Weight: 175g Dimensions: 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9mm OS: Android 8 Screen size: 6.0-inches Resolution: 1440 x 2880 pixels CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 RAM: 4GBStorage: 64/128GB Battery: 3520mAh Rear camera: 12MP f/1.8 Front camera: 8MP f/2.4
    +Great camera
    +Super software
    -Plastic-like metal
    -Lackluster screen

    We can’t tell you how close it is between the Google Pixel 2 XL, iPhone X and S8 for the title of ‘best smartphone in the world.’ All three are great, but the sleek design, and amazing screen puts the iPhone and Samsung in the lead, just. The Google Pixel 2 XL is still an amazing smartphone – especially if you prioritise camera quality and want software straight from Google.

    Whether it’s the excellent camera, the metal-and-glass chassis, the oodles of power involved or just the fact that the software and virtual assistant work in perfect harmony with the hardware, Google’s got a lot right here and this is a brilliant phone. 2017 was when Google came into its stride with the Pixel sequels. Google now has clear vision for its flagship smartphones. The design is distinctive and has character, and the Pixel 2 XL’s edge-to-edge screen makes it the one to go for. Of course, if you prefer smaller screens, the 5-inch Pixel 2 is also available, which is identical the OG (apart from size and screen).

    4. ONEPLUS 5T
    The best smartphone if you want to spend less than £500
    Weight: 162g Dimensions: 156.1 x 75 x 7.3mm OS: Android 7.0 Screen size: 6-inches Resolution: 1080 x 2160 pixels CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 RAM: 6/8GBStorage: 64/128GB Battery: 3300mAh Rear camera: Dual 16MP f/1.7 + 20MP f/1.7 Front camera: 16MP f/2.0
    +Low price for flagship
    +Premium build with all-screen design
    -Not waterproof
    -‘Only’ HD screen

    Looking to upset dominance by the big brands is OnePlus, who took the mobile world by storm in 2014 with one goal, to be the flagship killer. We think it’s latest smartphone, the OnePlus 5T, has finally achieved that goal. The OnePlus 5T gives you the latest smartphone trends, including an impressive 6-inch edge-to-edge display and dual camera set up with portrait mode. These new features are backed up by crazy powerful specs, a lightning fast fingerprint sensor, and a genuinely premium design.

    The OnePlus 5T isn’t perfect though, the premium aluminium casing still lacks waterproofing, and the screen is only HD, rather than QHD (2K) found in many of its more expensive rivals. Still, it’s a very impressive phone, and if you’re reluctant to spend more than £500 on a device, this is definitely the one to go for.

    5. IPHONE 8 PLUS
    Overshadowed by the X, but still a brilliant smartphone
    Weight: 202g Dimensions: 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5mm OS: iOS11 Screen size: 5.5-inches Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels CPU: Apple A11 Bionic RAM: 3GBStorage: 64/256GB Battery: 2691mAh Rear camera: Dual 12MP Front camera: 7 MP f/2.2
    +Excellent camera
    +Convenient wireless charging
    -Dated design
    -iPhone X is coming

    Here we have the iPhone 8 Plus – probably one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year. Some feel its sheer size does make it tricky to hold, but there’s no denying Apple’s beautiful 5.5-incher is a winner. If you prefer iOS to Android and don’t want to splash out on the iPhone X, this should be your first choice.

    Apple has chosen to stick with a similar design to the iPhone 7, swapping the out the all-metal case for a glass back and making it heavier (more premium feeling). There is a glorious new Gold colourway available, and to top it off, the glass casing allows Apple to add wireless charging. The recent S8 design does make the iPhone 8 feel slightly dated now, however.

    It’s inside where the iPhone 8 Plus has received the biggest overhaul – now packing Apple’s blazing fast A11 Bionic processor. The dual camera has also received a significant upgrade, now a better sensor and smart software powering it. To finish it off, the iPhone 8 Plus comes running iOS 11, Apple’s latest and greatest mobile OS. It is expensive, and may be too large for some, so the standard iPhone 8 with a 4.7-inch display is also worth your consideration.

    6. HTC U11+
    The best smartphone for music lovers
    Weight: 188g Dimensions: 158.5 x 74.9 x 8.5mm OS: Android 8.0 Screen size: 6-inches Resolution: 1440 x 2880 pixels CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 RAM: 4/6GB Storage: 64/128 GB (expandable) Battery: 3930mAh Rear camera: 12MP f/1.7 Front camera: 8MP f/2.0
    +Great camera
    +Amazing sound and software
    -Only available from HTC
    -Fragile design

    The HTC U11+ is the most impressive smartphone HTC has made in many years. Taking the best bits from the U11 and combining it with a sexy edge-to-edge display, with a bit of extra innovation thrown in for good measure. It’s again shown the rest of the competition how to make a premium smartphone, and its camera, battery life and performance is right up there too. HTC has really worked on the criticisms of the previous generation devices, and created their best ever flagship smartphone.

    It’s great to see HTC innovating with the squeezable edges, which make interacting with the device much easier, and the minimal tweaks they’ve made to stock Android are amazing, making this one of our favourite smartphones in 2018.

    The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is the best smartphone for getting stuff done
    Weight: 178g Dimensions: 154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9mm OS: Android 8.0 Screen size: 6-inches Resolution: 1080 x 2160 pixels CPU: Kirin 970 RAM: 4/6GB Storage: 64/128GB Battery: 4000mAh Rear camera: Dual 20MP + 12MP Leica Front camera: 8MP f/2.0
    +Premium design
    +Battery life
    +Buisness features
    -‘Just’ HD screen
    The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is the latest flagship from the Chinese smartphone giant, and we really, really like it. It’s the ideal smartphone if you need a powerhouse for business, but it’s also got plenty of features which make it great as a personal device as well.

    We love the Mate 10 Pro’s Leica-branded dual camera, which can capture some very pleasing images, and the OS is coming on leaps and bounds as well. One of the coolest features packed into the device is mobile-PC experience when you hook up it to an external display. It only needs a USB-C to HDMI cable, rather than powered dock, making it more portable and as a result, immeasurably more useful.

    But it’s not quite perfect. The UI still lags behind its competitors, as does the camera. While we love the design, it’s a little more generic than the likes of Samsung and Google. Despite its flaws, we really enjoyed using it, thanks to a neat blend of design and features. Plus, the battery life is class leading, capable of lasting around two days.

    8. LG G6
    First of the bezel-less phones, with a great dual camera
    Weight: 163g Dimensions: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm OS: Android 7.0 Screen size: 5.7-inches Resolution: 1440 x 2880 pixels CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 RAM: 4GBStorage: 32/64GB Battery: 3300mAh Rear camera: Dual 13MP Front camera: 5MP f/2.2
    +Large screen
    +Dual camera
    -Less premium than rivals
    LG has finally made a good-looking, premium smartphone free from gimmicks. There are a lot of features we love here – that wide-angle screen is great, the bezels are tiny, and the dual-camera is really handy. Basically, we really enjoyed using it.

    But it’s far from a perfect phone. LG has used a 2016 chipset, so it’s not the most efficient smartphone available, and the skin over Android Nougat isn’t the best out there. It also feels less premium than its rivals, with a slightly hollow feel to the rear casing.

    Certainly though, LG has done enough to redeem itself from the unfortunately unsuccessful G5 last year. It wasn’t the best Android phone released in 2017, but we don’t think you’ll regret buying it, especially if you can pick it up for a decent price.

    9. HONOR VIEW 10
    The best value smartphone available right now
    Weight: 172g Dimensions: 157 x 75 x 7mm OS: Android 8.0Screen size: 5.99-inches Resolution: 1080 x 2160 pixels CPU: Kirin 970RAM: 4/6GB Storage: 64/128GB Battery: 3750mAh Rear camera: Dual 20MP + 16MP Front camera: 13MP f/2.0
    +Great price
    +Excellent design
    -So-so software
    -Low light photography
    If you disregard the price, the Honor View 10 is a good smartphone, it has a solid design, decent camera, and high-end specs (it’s essentially the Huawei Mate 10 Pro). But when you take the price into consideration, it becomes the bargain of the century.

    There are a lot of neat touches, too, we especially like the single navigation key, and the dual camera is capable of taking some striking images. The Honor View 10 is 100% solid in every key respect, although, it may lack that little bit of innovation which makes a phone a true Android flagship. Still, we really can’t fault it at the price.

    The best durable smartphone
    Weight: 143g Dimensions: 155.8 x 76 x 6.1 mm OS: Android 7.1 Screen size: 5.5-inches Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 RAM: 4/6GB Storage: 64/128GB
    +Durable design
    +Unbreakable screen
    -Weak battery life
    -Not waterproof
    The Moto Z2 Force is a refreshing phone – it’s both designed to be sleek and sophisticated, as well as durable with the ability to survive a beating. That’s mainly down to the screen, which features a thick, toughened outer layer which won’t break – no matter how hard you try.

    The casing is also pretty rugged, with a strong aluminium skeleton, the Moto Z2 Force doesn’t look like it belongs in a workman’s tool bog. The specs are up there with every other device on this list, and the ecosystem of Moto Mods is impressive to. Android is left close to stock which is also good news, but battery life isn’t stellar.

    11. LENOVO P2
    The best smartphone for battery life
    Weight: 177g Dimensions: 153 x 76 x 8.3mm OS: Android 7.0 Screen size: 5.5-inches Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 RAM: 4GBStorage: 64GB Battery: 5100mAh Rear camera: 13MP f/2.0 Front camera: 5MP f/2.2
    +Outstanding battery life
    +Great display (for price)
    -Camera so-so
    -Looks like a brick
    The Lenovo P2 isn’t pretty, it doesn’t have a sexy bezel-less display, and it doesn’t have an amazing camera. It does have the best battery life of any smartphone we’ve ever tested, with the P2 lasting up to three days!

    If all you care about is battery life, this smartphone is definitely for you, but Lenovo have done a good job elsewhere, as well, with a decent metal build, great display, and solid UI design. All in a pretty affordable package.


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    Raxio Data Centre Hosts CEO’s And IT Specialists



    Raxio Data Centre, the premier provider of data centre services in Uganda, hosted CEO’s and IT specialists from all insurance and brokerage firms in Uganda on a tour of its state-of-the-art data centre facility.

    They included RIO Insurance, CIC Insurance Group, Alliance Africa General Insurance, Liberty Uganda, Mayfair Insurance, APA Insurance, ICEA Uganda, and Excel Insurance amongst others.

    The visit provided the insurance and brokerage sector professionals with an opportunity to witness the world-class infrastructure and services offered by Raxio Data Centre. The tour showcased the company’s commitment to supporting the digital transformation of Uganda’s insurance sector through the provision of secure, reliable and scalable data centre services.

    James Byaruhanga, General Manager of Raxio Data Centre, said, “We are delighted to host the CEO’s and IT specialists from Uganda’s insurance and brokerage firms. We believe that Raxio’s state-of-the-art data centre facility, with its robust infrastructure, multiple redundancies and excellent connectivity, will offer the insurance sector an unparalleled level of security, resilience, and reliability that is critical to their operations.”

    The tour provided the visitors with an opportunity to see the benefits that Raxio Data Centre can offer to the insurance and brokerage sector such as unmatched reliability and uptime increased data security and protection cost savings through shared infrastructure flexibility to scale IT infrastructure, improved disaster recovery and business continuity planning.

    Bengo Badru, a Technical Officer at the Uganda Insurers Association said, “The visit to Raxio Data Centre was an eye-opener. The infrastructure is world-class, and we were impressed by the company’s commitment to providing top-notch data centre services. We believe that this partnership will be beneficial to the insurance sector, and we look forward to exploring how we can leverage Raxio’s services to improve our operations.”

    James Byaruhanga spoke on the importance of digital transformation in the insurance industry and how Raxio Data Centre is equipped to support the industry transformation.

    ‘Raxio Data Centre is set to transform the insurance sector in Uganda through the provision of reliable, secure and cost-effective data centre services. The company’s state-of-the-art facility is a game-changer for the sector and will help insurance companies and brokerages to stay ahead in a rapidly changing business environment,’ he said.


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    Nine Students To Represent Uganda In Huawei Global ICT Competition; To Battle Against 150 Teams From Over 40 Countries…



    Some of the students who are going to represent Uganda (dressed in white) who are going to take part in the Huawei global ICT Competition

    Uganda will be represented by nine students; six from network track (Makerere University), and three from cloud track (Muni University) in the Huawei global ICT Competition final that is taking place this weekend.

    Huawei ICT Competition is a competitive ICT talent exchange program developed globally for university, college and TVET students. This aims to promote the healthy development of the ICT talent ecosystem and support the integration of industry and education.

    Launched in the African region just six years ago, the Competition has developed into the largest ICT skills competition in Africa and the world at large.

    The final will start with an opening ceremony on Friday 17th June 2022, then Saturday 18th June will be the examination day where the exercise will be conducted for five hours (written and lab exam). Uganda students shall battle over 150 teams globally representing over 40 countries.

    The results shall come out the following week on Tuesday 21st June.

    In May, 2022, Huawei, the leading ICT global solutions provider, awarded the 2021 Seeds for the Future Finalists and the 2021-2022 Huawei Regional ICT Competition finalists.

    Under the theme of “Connection, Glory, Future”, the nine month long Huawei ICT competition for Sub Saharan Africa was finalized on 19th February, 2022 with over 16 countries and 38 teams sitting for written and laboratory exams. The competition attracted over 15,000 participants from Sub-Saharan Africa from 500 universities.

    Globally, the Huawei ICT Competition 2021 covered over 80 countries worldwide, with 150 000 contestants from more than 2,000 universities and colleges.

    According to Huawei Uganda Public Relations Director, Mr Gaojian, “Huawei Uganda approached over 15 universities and interested them in the 2021 ICT Competition. We registered 750 students and opened for them our free online learning platforms in the various courses of Network and cloud. The network track consists of Datacom, Security and Wireless Lan while Cloud track consists of Artificial intelligence, Big Data, Cloud Computing and Storage. These studied and were subjected to preliminary exams, national exams and Regional exams where we attained the first and second position.”

    Michelle Chemutai, a telecom engineer, at Makerere University and one of the regional level winners, recently expressed her gratitude to the exposure Huawei had accorded to them.

    “The competition was very intimidating and at the same time exciting. The thought of competing with creme de la creme teams from different countries was frightening. Taking the first position made me really feel good about myself and increased my self-confidence. Thanks to Huawei,” she said.

    She added that, “This competition was a new experience for me as an individual. it taught me team work and coordination and that hard work actually pays off. This competition literally forced us to give in our best. Also, I got a lot of exposure in the network field and learnt how to do the practical lab configurations that isn’t taught at the university.”

    LEAP programme:

    In April this year, Huawei announced the launch of its LEAP digital skills development programme aimed at helping advance the ICT skills of more than 100,000 people across the Sub-Saharan Africa region within three years, according to the Chinese tech conglomerate.

    LEAP – an acronym for Leadership, Employability, Advancement and Possibilities – is aimed at fostering strong digital leadership and a skilled ICT workforce, building a digital talent pool, and promoting digital literacy among citizens. It includes a wide range of activities spanning from ICT training and certification courses to government digital capacity building and ICT skills competitions.

    Launching the LEAP programme, Huawei Southern Africa President, Leo Chen stressed the importance of ICT skills transfer and talent development and underlined Huawei’s consistent emphasis on it.

    “Digitisation is deeply rooted in people. Because we digitise for people and by people. When roots are deep, there is no need to fear the wind,” he said.

    “Through the programme, we strive to cultivate more youth leaders in ICT, who can explore more possibilities for themselves, their families, community and ultimately their nations.”

    According to the company, Huawei has, over the past two decades, helped advance the ICT skills of more than 80,000 people across the sub-Saharan Africa region. In doing so, it says it has helped increase youth employability and bridge the gender gap in the ICT industry. Huawei itself is an employer of choice in the region. Its subsidiaries in 9 Sub-Saharan African countries earned the Top Employer seal in 2021.

    With a series of talent ecosystem campaigns in Sub Saharan Africa, including the ICT competition, Huawei hopes to skill up more than 700,000 ICT professionals by 2023.


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    Uganda To Be Region’s Top ICT Hub – ICT Minister Hon. Dr. Chris Baryomunsi…



    Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Hon. Dr. Chris Baryomunsi (Left) and Managing Director Huawei Uganda Mr. Gao Fei (Right)

    The Minister of ICT and National Guidance and the Managing Director Huawei Uganda, Mr. Gao Fei launched the Huawei ICT Talent Development Report in Kampala on Friday 27th August 2021 at Kampala Serena Hotel.

    Research shows that people and organizations’ ability to access and use ICT services is more likely to drive economic development than ICT education and skills.

    Hon. Dr. Chris Baryomunsi who launched the ICT Talent development report and awarded the most Outstanding lecturer Mr. Olinga Peter John who trained the winners of the Huawei ICT Competition in 2020 both regional and global level.

    He lauded initiatives such as the Huawei ICT Academy, Huawei ICT Competition, and Huawei Seeds for the future among others as helping to make Uganda realize its 2040 vision and 2014 National ICT Policy sooner since through initiatives such as these that involve skilling of young people, Uganda achieve socio-economic Development and be relevant in the new digital era.

    The Minister of ICT and National Guidance said, “ICT is a critical part to Uganda’s socio-economic development and big enabler of job creation, business growth, innovation, export, and efficient public service delivery.”

    Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Hon. Dr. Chris Baryomunsi awarding Mr. Olinga Peter John the outstanding lecturer in 2020 at the Huawei ICT Academy.

    The ICT minister also revealed that Uganda wants to be the region’s top ICT-enabled country and to realise this digital transformation, young people should have the skills, passion, determination and support to develop and use their ICT skills to drive this country forward.

    He added that Government needs partners in private sector such as Huawei, not only in implementing technology solutions, but more importantly in working together to build the skills in our current and future workforce.

    “The NRM government has put digital upskilling as a top priority and this is witnessed in the Vision 2040. Which is, Uganda shall develop and improve its ICT capacity, building efforts by adopting globally-benchmarked, industry-rated skills assessments, and training and certification standards. These efforts will be coupled with international industry collaboration in testing and certification standards,” he said.

    Huawei has been playing an active role in Uganda’s digital transformation through technological infrastructure and digital upskilling. This has been the case since 2007 when Huawei started its collaboration with the Ministry of ICT when the National Backbone infrastructure project commenced.

    Huawei ICT Development Report 2021 launch was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister Rukia Nakaddama Isanga, Minister of Education – higher education Hon. Dr JC Muyingo, and Chinese embassy Representative (the economic and commercial counsellor) Mrs. Jiang Jiqing and the Huawei Southern Africa regional VP Mr. Frank Yang Chen among others.


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