Wednesday, March 27, 2013

TISU.COM.GH - Experience


Tisu.com.gh is one of the many sprung up Ghanaian online purchasing websites that has caught my interest these past few months. This is a website that features deals from other businesses ranging from telecommunication networks, ice cream shops, phone unlocking and restaurants. Having only purchased mobile phone credit over this service, this review if I should call it so, might not completely reflect the experience you might have while using it for a different purchase. For those of you familiar with the Akan language, you might already have a fairly good understanding about the service provided by tisu.com.gh. If not, 'tisu' (or its correct spelling 'teso') in the Akan language means 'to reduce'. Yes, you guessed right. Tisu.com.gh is an online purchasing service that features discounted deals from other businesses for the purchase of their products or services. As you may already know or be already, Ghanaians will always ask for a reduction of price for any item they purchase. This is why being Ghanaian, I was much content about getting to know about this service. May I acknowledge +David Baksmaty for introducing me to this great service.

How It Works

You should first be  a registered user to use the service. This requires the normal filling of a form with basic information and account verification.
Next, you find a deal from the website that interests you. The website usually has about three or four deals to choose from every week. These deals are very diverse with regards to business type and so you will most likely find something that interests you. If nothing interests you, at least you may be tempted by a mobile network deal which features every week as I have observed for yourself or a loved one.

Having found a deal, you make an order simply by clicking a 'buy' button. It is important to read the deal information to know its expiration date as well as how many orders needed for it to tip. From my experience, all the deals I have bought have only had one user order requirement to tip/activate.

Wait for the order confirmation email, read it and proceed to make the payment as you wish via one of the acceptable mode of payments - MTN mobile money, MPower mobile payments, GT Bank and Stanbic Bank deposites.

Upon payment completion, another mail is sent which confirms if the order limit for the deal has tipped and a link to print your coupon is provided. For my case, I was just emailed the particular telecommunication network scratch card numbers since I didn't need to enjoy or receive the product/service at the merchant's place and so the coupon was available but not needed. I believe these coupons will be needed for deals where you would have to go to the merchant such as a discounted dinner at a restaurant, ice cream purchase or the decode/unlock blackberry deal I have just seen.

My 1st Experience

The great thing about tisu.com.gh is the fact that payments for deals are made online (sort of). In my case, for discounted tigo credit deal, I wished to pay through my Tigo cash account. Who wouldn't want to just sit in front of their computer or any internet browsing capable device and purchase cell phone credit  for as low as 1GHS for 5GHS worth credit. Tigo cash is not in the list of acceptable payment modes and after talking with tisu.com.gh customer care it was 'clear' I cannot pay through Tigo cash - a message I consciously ignored. I went ahead to attempt getting the deal and received details of the order and payment instructions in an email.

Message received from tisu.com.gh confirming order and payment instructions

 I then went ahead to precisely ignore the info on the site and the nice customer service lady and made a transfer of the 1 cedi into Tisu's MTN Mobile Money account from my Tigo Cash account. Knowing very well I had not followed instructions to the letter of the 'law', I replied Tisu's email stating that I had made the purchase with Tigo Cash and gave them the code for retrieving the money quoting the order number for the purchase. Within an hour, I was emailed the scratch card number of the Tigo credit which I loaded immediately to have my 5 cedis credit. Since then, I have gone on to buy mobile phone credit for two other mobile networks - MTN and Airtel.

Apart from the main service of simply buying a deal and enjoying it, tisu.com.gh also has some interesting added features. Some of which include buying a deal for a friend and the use of gift cards. You can check them out from the site and let us and them know what you think about them.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

UHURU - Review, Hands-on

Specification
OS - Windows 8 Single Language
Processor - Intel i5 Ivy Bridge
Memory - 4GB
HDD - 64GB SATA Drive
Display - 11' Capacitive Touch Screen
Bluetooth - Yes
Wireless - Yes
USB - USB 2.0 slot, 2 USB 3.0 slots
RJ45 Network Slot
Camera - 2.0MP, 1.3MP Secondary Cam

Uhuru is Rlg Communications Limited's newest product on the market - a Hybrid PC (Laptop convertible tablet). With all the suspense filled advertisements over the past few months, Uhuru is here and we know what it is. With two units combining to (try) give you the best of both worlds, you really couldn't ask for more. Or, could you? Read on and judge for yourselves.


   


Software
Microsoft Windows 8 Single Language edition
Microsoft Office 2010
Skype
And a few 'Microsoft Modern UI' apps - Finance, Weather, News, Sports, Skydrive, Maps, etc

Design
The design of the Uhuru is not the best, as compact as it seems to look. I found it a bit awkward that the speakers were located behind the tablet/display. As such, the sound moves away from the user. It could have done with at least an extra speaker on the keyboard side for when its docked.
Keyboard is well spaced out and quite comfortable to use. One might however most of the time prefer to use the touch screen over the touch pad. The touch pad buttons are way too hard to click.

Features
The main feature of the Uhuru is its tablet-laptop capability. With an extra battery in the display unit, the detachable screen serves good as a tablet barring its weight. Everyone who saw this unit I got was quit impressed until they actually lifted it. At least I know a friend who returned his because he wasn't too impressed with the weight.

The addition of cellular connectivity is a plus for the Uhuru. Very handy for anytime internet connectivity.

The keyboard/dock connectivity options is also great. It features 2 USB 2.0 ports, RJ45 network cable port. The tablet unit itself also has that one and only required Windows button below the screen, and additional volume rocker, screen orientation button, a USB slots, power button and HDMI port on the sides.

What is not worth mentioning though is the fact that the Uhuru has cameras. The 1.3MP front facing camera is ok to mention for video chat. The back 2.0MP camera though is just a no-brainer. As much as I do not see the reason for 10 inches and above tablets having a back camera, if it has one, it has to be good for what it's meant for - taking photos. Not so with the Uhuru. Enough said.

Audio on the Uhuru is another one of its flaws. By far, not the best sound quality you might have hoped for. As low as these speakers sound, they are also located behind the screen (yes, no speakers on the keyboard/dock unit) meaning they play away from you. How hard it was explaining to the owner of this unit that was how high he could have it play a video.

The touch display though is quite responsive and fun to use. As a laptop sitting at arm's length  it is good to look but any closer use as a tablet and you can count every pixel (exaggerated but you know what I mean).

64GB of storage is the only available model hopefully for now. That should be enough for very average use. Wish it came in other storage options as well.

Power was ok and lasted a good while when undocked. The extra battery in the keyboard/dock unit is also good to have. Other reviews have mentioned that the tablet unit is not possible to charge without docking it. I found that to be untrue as the unit has another charging port which allows it to be charged just as any other tablet.

Yes the Uhuru is made (or assembled) in Ghana and we can be proud of that. However, for 1950GHC, I don't think the tech savvy person in me would allow patriotism to make me live with dodgy display quality, weight, very low storage, lower quality camera, etc. Yes, this is an honest review, not a rant of what's not to like about this little piece of technology. What I would want in the next iteration of the Uhuru (if it will come) is more storage options, reduced weight, no or better back camera for the same price. An additional innovative feature will be something I have not seen any manufacturer done already - extra storage disk in the keyboard/dock unit to serve as external storage.

You can leave a comment to agree or disagree with me. What do you think of the Uhuru? Do you own one? Do you like it? Was it worth your cedis? Would you buy one if you had the cedis?

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