Device reviews
    25 October 2021

    Nafisa Akabor

    The best devices for getting work done remotely

    Remote work has taken over and one of the biggest realisations we’ve had in the pandemic is that you can get by using a mobile device or tablet.

    Now that things are picking up and we find ourselves out and about, having the best tools for the job is more important than ever.

    Instead of buying a new laptop, why not upgrade to a powerful mobile device? Here are our picks for the best remote working devices:

    iPhone 13 Pro Max

    The iPhone 13 family just landed in South Africa and the top of the range iPhone 13 Pro Max is perfectly suited for remote working. It has a large 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion, for a faster, more responsive feel. It features an A15 Bionic chip for supercharged productivity as well as Cinematic mode which adds shallow depth of field and shifts focus automatically in your videos. 5G allows for superfast downloads and high-quality video conferencing with your team and iOS 15 packs new features to do more with iPhone than ever before. A huge leap in battery life, with up to 28 hours of video playback and the most advanced Pro camera system on iPhone. 


    Xiaomi 11T Pro

    Xiaomi’s latest flagship device, the 11T Pro will be its first flagship coming to South Africa in October and will launch on the Vodacom network. This new Android flagship offering is powered by a Snapdragon 888 chip with 5G, featuring a large 6.67-inch 120Hz AMOLED display. It has dual speakers with sound by Harman Kardon. The professional grade 108MP camera has ultra-wide and telemacro lenses that can shoot video in 8K. In addition to sounding like it can handle anything you throw at it, features a 5000mAh long lasting battery with a 120W HyperCharge fast charger. To get your hands on one, keep an eye on the Vodacom website later this month.


    Samsung Z Fold3

    A theatre, workspace and game room folded in your pocket, Samsung’s new Galaxy Z Fold3 is perfectly suited for those who need to multi-task on-the-go. It is powered by the Snapdragon 888 chip that supports 5G, 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. The 7.6-inch screen is also a 120Hz display now with S-Pen support, making it appealing to both creatives, content creators and just about any professional. Multi-Active Window is a powerful tool that lets you run three apps simultaneously. Essentially, you can tune into a Teams meeting, access email and take notes from the same window. It has a 12MP trio of cameras and a 4400mAh battery with fast charging.


    iPad Mini (6th gen)

    The new 6th-generation iPad Mini just landed in South Africa this month. This powerful little tablet runs on Apple’s new A15 Bionic chip, and along with a larger screen size of 8.3-inches, it features a 12MP front-facing camera. It also introduces support for the Apple Pencil 2 so you can mark-up documents, take notes and sketch, making it a powerful remote working device. The Apple Pencil charges wirelessly and attaches itself magnetically to the iPad. It is available in a Cellular model so you can use Vodacom’s OneNumber service with it.


    Nova 8i

    The AI quad-camera is a content creators dream, featuring a 64MP main lens, 8MP ultra-wide angle, 2MP depth, and 2MP macro lens on the rear, and a 16MP front-facing selfie camera. Camera enhancements include a Super Night Shot 2.0, and a 120-degree wide angle that is sure to make for better Instagram Stories. The macro lens allows you to shoot as close as 4cm from the subject. It is powered by a Snapdragon 662 chipset with an octa-core processor, a dedicated Adreno 610 graphics card, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The Nova 8i has a massive 4300mAh battery and comes with a 66W SuperCharge plug that will fully charge the phone in less than 40 minutes.


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    Nafisa Akabor