The Top 5 Smartphones of 2015
Recent research has predicted that at the close of 2014 there were 630 million mobile phone subscribers across sub-Saharan Africa; this number has been predicted to increase to well over 900 million by 2020. The explosion in accessibility can be attributed to falling data and technology costs, with investment from around the world focusing on developing wireless networks and bringing down costs. Since large areas of the continent lack secure ATM machines, smartphones allow subscribers to quickly access and transfer funds securely and conveniently. Internet access has been used by African farmers in recent years to stay ahead of the weather.
5. LG G3 D855
What is immediately striking about this phone is the sheer size of its screen display that is unequalled by any other phone on this list. Aside from this, it is a no-frills smartphone without the gizmos sported by its rivals.
The LG G3 has 16GB of internal storage space and is compatible with memory cards up to 2TB in size; it has 2GB of RAM as well as a standard 13MP front camera and 2.1MP reverse camera.
4. Huawei Ascend Mate 7
In the past Huawei has expressed interest in a number of African telecommunication projects. Their Ascend Mate 7 is notable for its enclosing aluminium casing which makes the model highly durable whilst maintaining an enviable 83 per-cent high screen to body ratio.
User security is ensured by the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner with an innovative concave shape designed to speed up scanning. It has a very respectable 13MP front camera in addition to an unusually high resolution 5MP reverse camera. Internal storage begins at 16GB but can be upgraded to 32GB – its 3GB of on board RAM ensures high performance.
3. Blackberry Passport
Blackberry’s newest innovation is for users that prefer the reassuring and practical touch of a QWERTY keyboard and, since mobiles often substitute traditional computers, the phone offers an altogether more ‘business-like’ feel.
The Passport’s screen has a high level of brightness which allows it to be viewed from multiple angles, which makes this phone very practical. It has a main 13MP camera, as well as a 2MP reverse camera; it has 32GB of storage space and 3GB of RAM.
Whilst the Passport does not flaunt a lot of high tech gadgets, it does feature a range of mature organisational apps aimed at increasing productivity and punctuality.
2. Samsung Galaxy Note 4
The Note 4 from Samsung is a phablet; it has all the high tech features of a smart phone, and provides the user with the 'big-screen' experience of a tablet whilst remaining practical and convenient to carry. It sports a specialised ‘S pen’ with enhanced capabilities and improved touch sensitivity in addition to a 16MP front camera and a 3.7MP reverse camera.
This phablet also has a similarly wide variety of features including finger, gesture, and proximity scanners, alongside a state-of-the-art HD AMOLED display which, they claim, goes “beyond the limits of the human eye.”
The Note has a 32GB internal storage capacity, as well as boasting a very impressive 3GB of RAM.
1. Apple iPhone 6
Apple continue to maintain their position as the top producer of premium quality, high-tech smartphones, and their iPhone 6 is just the latest in a long succession of cutting edge smartphones. The 6 has another model, known as the 6 Plus, that is a larger, enhanced version of its smaller relative.
The camera has Apple’s well known slow-mo video capability and this model takes it further with time lapse photography mode. An even more stunning achievement is the fact that the phone itself has a width of only 6.9mm, making it the thinnest iPhone yet. As you would expect from Apple, the iPhone 6 carries a whole raft of gadgets that include fingerprint security, a barometer, and a built-in gyroscope that assists with taking photographs whilst on the move.
The main camera is 8MP, whilst the secondary ‘face time’ camera is 1.5MP
The phone has up to 128GB of internal storage and also has 1GB of RAM.
GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud
GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.
In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade.
“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.
Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.
By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.
One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.
“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.
Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs.
“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.
The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment.
The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.
One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.
“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.
“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client.
“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”