Published in City Press Trending. Looking to keep your fingers busy with the latest trendy technology? Nafisa Akabor offers three options that are worth the splurge.
Canon Zoemini S
Canon’s new Zoemini S instant camera is compelling, with its cute sticker printouts, dinky size that fits into a pocket and the ability to print from a smartphone gallery. The camera is slim in design and easy to grab for a night out or next travel adventure without feeling as bulky as FujiFilm’s Instax range. Set-up is simple; it pairs over Bluetooth initially and you’d need the Canon Mini Print app to print off your device. I found the latter more useful than snapping pictures directly off the 8MP camera, due to the higher quality on my iPhone. It has a selfie mirror, ring-light, remote shutter and SD card slot. The results are cute credit card-size printouts that are actually stickers, using the inkless Zink technology. It’s almost impossible not to have fun when you own an instant camera. I found that the Zoemini S heats up when you try to print 10 images in a row and its battery life is average. It’s available in black, white and rose gold. Zink photo paper sold separately.
Price: R2 600. Contact: Loot.co.za
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean electric toothbrush
The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean electric toothbrush promises to whiten your teeth within a week and so we put it to the test. After the first use, a stubborn coffee stain on my bottom tooth disappeared. I’ve been using three of five modes the most: clean, polish and white; and it’s safe to say the days of having stained teeth are over. The modes last a full two minutes with a little beep at every 30 seconds, so you can work on your quadrants; it switches off when time is up. There’s also a setting for sensitive teeth and gum care. The toothbrush comes with a glass charger, a nifty travel case and plug. I’ve already taken it on a couple of trips and it’s super convenient to travel with. Even though it’s a bit of a splurge, I’m going all out to say it is worth it. But you need to ask yourself how much you are willing to put down on your home dental care, if it means having immaculate, cleaned teeth all the time. Available in black, white, pink and rose gold.
Price: From R2 400. Contact: Takealot.com
Samsung Galaxy A30s – Cassper Nyovest Edition
Samsung knows how to appeal to South African audiences, especially ones that capture and share experiences immediately. It launched the new Galaxy A30s this month – it’s a special edition featuring its brand ambassador Cassper Nyovest. The affordable 16cm handset features high-end specs, such as a triple rear camera (25MP main, 8MP ultra-wide, 5MP depth camera); an on-screen fingerprint sensor; fast charging; and a large 4 000mAh battery. For all the Nyovest fans, you can expect special branding on the packaging, unique themes and wallpapers, and about 100 custom alarm tones recorded by the man himself. The handset is speedy and packs in the best of this year’s high-end tech, such as capturing portrait shots with bokeh effects, Samsung Pay support and fast fingerprint unlocking. The A30s features a geometric pattern with a holographic effect on the exterior and is available in four shades: black, white, green and violet.
Price: R4 999. Contact: Samsung Stores
Welcome to Wired to the Web. My name is Nafisa Akabor and I’m a technology journalist covering business and consumer tech for the last 13 years. I’m passionate about start-ups, smartphones, mobile payments, travel tech and electric cars. I’m usually unashamedly taking food photos (@nafisaeats on IG).