Device reviews
    20 August 2019

    Biddi Rorke

    A device for every family member

    Not everyone has the same needs when it comes to tech toys. We round up the best devices for each member of your tribe.

    Whether you’re out to impress your teen or want peace of mind, this list has the best devices for your young one, old one – and you, of course! We guarantee your family will love these.

    A gadget for Dad

    Let dad flex his flying muscles with the DJI Tello Drone. He doesn’t even have to be super skilled to get pro results. The flight controller is powered by DJI, so he can perform awesome tricks with just a tap on the screen. Plus, it’s equipped with a high-quality image processor for incredible photos and videos. Two antennae make video transmission extra stable and a high-capacity battery means he can have a reasonable amount of uninterrupted flying hours.

    The perfect phone for your teenager

    You might even receive a rarely mumbled 'thanks’ from your teen when they get their hands on the Huawei P30 Pro. The Huawei P30 Pro’s Leica Quad Camera System is a world-first and comprises a 40MP primary camera with Huawei SuperSpectrum Sensor, a 20MP ultra-wide angle camera, a 32MP front camera, an 8MP telephoto camera fitted with a SuperZoom Lens and a Huawei ToF Camera. The all-new sensor, lens arrangement, image signal processor (ISP) and neural processing unit (NPU) work together, resulting in pro-quality photos and videos – exactly what your teen needs to keep their growing Insta following happy. There are a bunch of other features, but it’s the camera that will really get your teen to crack a smile.

    Huawei P30 Pro is the perfect phone for your teenager

    The Huawei P30 Pro, P30 and P30 Lite are available for purchase or contract on Vodacom online.

    A device to keep your child safe

    Don’t leave your younger ones out in the cold when it comes to cool tech gadgets. The TCLMOVE Watch is a cool piece of gadgetry that allows your kid to receive messages, make calls and play games. Because up to eight numbers can be stored in the watch – and are pre-programmed through the app on your own phone – you are in control of which numbers your child can call. They can also send voicenotes and emojis to their contacts. Best of all, you can keep tabs on them at all times. The SOS button on the watch enables the device to call for help in an emergency while the geo-fence feature will alert you when your child exits a pre-set zone (as determined by you). But it’s not all about monitoring your child. The TCLMOVE Watch is a funky, colourful little piece of equipment, embedded with age-appropriate games for your little one to enjoy.

    Find out more about the V-Kids Watch on Vodacom online.

    For moms on the go

    As a busy mom, the last thing you need is that feeling of panic when you can’t find your bag and you’re in a rush to leave the house. Say goodbye to those moments of unnecessary alarm with the V-Bag Tracker connected with a V-Sim by Vodacom. Simply slide the little Alcatel MOVETRACK into your handbag or clip it onto the handles and you’ll be able to track where you’ve left your valuables via the V by Vodafone app on your phone.

    V-Bag tracker is the ultimate tech gift for mom

    Find out more about the V-Bag Tracker on Vodacom online.

    Making tech accessible for grandma and grandpa

    To make things easier for the older generation, the Alcatel 2008G is designed to fit the specific needs of senior citizens. Features include easy access to voice calls and SMSes when connecting to friends and family as well as during emergencies. The key features of this tailor-made device include large keypad buttons with big and bold font that are easy to see and a large 2.4-inch screen display for easy reading. Your grandparent can also access wireless FM radio through the phone for entertainment and the phone’s 2MP camera is perfect for capturing memories with the grandchildren.

    Buy the Alcatel 2008G phone on Vodacom online.

    A gift for the whole family

    While it’s winter and the indoors beckons, what about upgrading family entertainment time? Video Play allows you to watch the latest movies, series, kids’ shows and music videos wherever you are. And you can add up to five devices to your profile, meaning the family can watch what they want on their own devices. You can also bingewatch Bollywood and Nollywood movies, gospel programmes, news, and health and fitness documentaries on Video Play. Choose from daily, weekly or monthly subscriptions, or purchase blockbuster movies at a once-off cost.

    Find out more about Video Play on Vodacom online.

    Biddi Rorke