Here’s a look at some of the most important features and how the Samsung Galaxy S4 stacks up:
Screen: The S4’s five-inch touchscreen is slightly larger than the Galaxy S3’s 4.8 inches. But it is substantially larger than the iPhone 5’s four inches.
The screen size alone will be a key benefit over the iPhone 5 for many business users. When you’re working with documents, databases, or taking notes, a larger screen is often easier to use – especially for touchscreen typing.
The resolution of the S4 display is comparable that of the iPhone 5’s Retina display. The S4 features a high-definition Super AMOLED screen, with a resolution 441 pixels per inch (ppi). Apple’s iPhone 5 Retina display has a resolution of 326 ppi.
Memory: If you need access to large files or lots of video, the S4 should give you more memory than the iPhone 5. Like the iPhone 5, the S4 comes with built-in memory options of 16, 32 and 64 GB. But the S4 also has a microSD slot that accommodates memory cards up to 64 GB. And you can carry as many of those around as you like.
Size: The S4 is thicker and heavier than the iPhone 5. The S4 weighs 130 grams and is 7.9mm thick while the iPhone 5 weighs only 112 grams and is 7.6mm thick. (But by contrast, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 phablet weighs a whopping 182.5g and is 9.4mm thick.)
Operating system: The S4 comes with the latest version of the Android mobile operating system, 4.2.2 “Jellybean.” I’ve been using Jellybean for most of the last year, on my Samsung Galaxy Nexus. I’ve used both Apple’s iOS mobile operating system and prior versions of Android and I believe, with Jellybean, Android is finally as easy to learn and use as iOS.
But there’s a crucial difference between the version of Android I use on my Galaxy Nexus and the version that comes on any of Samsung’s Galaxy S series phones (including the S4). All “Nexus” model devices run the unmodified (“stock”) version of Android – which means that as soon as Google releases a new version of Android, stock Android devices get that update immediately and directly from Google.
This is comparable to the iPhone – all iOS devices get immediate OS updates direct from Apple. And this is important if you can’t wait to take advantage of new OS capabilities, support for newer apps and bug fixes.
In contrast, the Galaxy S series of phones all run “Touchwiz,” Samsung’s own modified version of Android. And once the S4 gets rolled out in versions for different wireless carriers, each carrier will add their own modifications to that OS.
Touchwiz appears to be slick and probably offers some performance benefits over stock Jellybean, since it’s optimised for Samsung hardware. For now. But updates to Touchwiz must come from Samsung, channelled through the wireless carrier.
And both Samsung and US wireless carriers are notorious for long delays in releasing OS updates. The longer this lag, the worse a phone is likely to perform over time.
Battery: It’s generally hard to get through an entire workday on a single battery charge on any smartphone, which means you’re probably charging your phone when and wherever you can – a practice that will eventually kill a battery.
And Samsung failed to mention tonight how long the S4 will run on a single full battery charge.
The iPhone 5 battery — generally lasting 8 to 10 hours on a full charge for moderate use – is sealed into the device and cannot be replaced on the spot by the user. In contrast, Samsung Galaxy S phones feature a removable battery, so you can carry one or more charged spare batteries with you.
The phone back comes off, so you can swap it out at will once a battery fully depletes its charge.
Carriers: Samsung also neglected to mention when the S4 will become available via US carriers – and, most importantly, how much it will cost. Most carriers are selling last year’s Galaxy S3 at prices comparable to the iPhone 5. It’s likely that the S4 will be in a similar price range to stay competitive, but that remains to be seen. Samsung did note that the S4 will be LTE-capable.
Bottom line: It’s likely that the Galaxy S4 will give business users more for their money – as long as the price is comparable to the iPhone 5, which is likely. However, the lack of prompt OS updates could prove to be a serious disadvantage by degrading the phone’s performance.
Top Sectors For SMEs In 2019
“As such, SMEs in the construction, communications and electrical fields are all likely to benefit from supply and sub-contracting agreements over the coming years.”
While the South African economy has been underperforming for a number of years, the first positive signs of turnaround started to become visible by the second quarter of 2018, and by the end of the third quarter, data supplied by Statistics South Africa showed that the economy had indeed grown by 2.2 percent, compared to the previous quarter. This uptick is expected to have a positive effect on business confidence in 2019.
This is according to Jeremy Lang, regional general manager at Business Partners Limited (BUSINESS/PARTNERS), who says that certain business sectors have already seen an increase in opportunities for small businesses and start-ups.
“While these sectors will not be without challenges, the following four industries are likely to offer the best opportunities for small and medium enterprise (SME) owners to grow their enterprises in the coming year.”
The World Travel and Tourism report 2018, revealed that the direct contribution of the travel and tourism sector to South Africa’s GDP has been projected to rise from R136bn in 2016 to R197.9bn by 2028 – set to make up a total of 3.3 percent of the country’s total GDP, says Lang.
“Although this sector experienced some setbacks in 2018, such as the drought in the Western Cape and stricter visa regulations for children entering the country, both the water restrictions and visa regulations have been relaxed and the sector is once again poised for growth,” he says.
Statistics South Africa has credited this industry with being the biggest driver of growth in the country’s GDP, having expanded by 7.5 percent in September 2018, says Lang. “To bolster this, Government has made a concerted effort to stimulate small business growth in this area with initiatives such as the Black Industrialist Programme and the SA Automotive Masterplan.”
He adds that businesses in the manufacturing sphere could therefore likely see significant opportunities in the form of outsourcing contracts and new partnerships with large corporates.
“The debate around land expropriation has occupied most of the discussions surrounding the agricultural sector in 2018, with some questioning growth prospects of this sector. However, this industry has a lot of growth ahead of it, as demonstrated by its 6.5 percent growth over the last three months of 2018,” explains Lang.
“Further to this, the industry is also already taking significant advantage of seven climatic regions in South Africa, with the export of a wide variety of high quality fruit and vegetables increasing substantially,” he points out. The recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease that has resulted in the suspension of the country’s FMD-free status will however significantly impact meat exporters.
In terms of opportunities for SMEs, he says that these may most likely be found in the rural and underdeveloped regions, where the need for resources like efficient transport, state-of-the-art cold storage, better irrigation and private power generation will be key to making agriculture projects more productive and competitive in the export market.
Data and information technology
Connectivity and information technology infrastructure are both crucial to business and employment growth in South Africa, says Lang.
“With many municipalities and the Western Cape government committing to providing all of its residents with free data as part of a plan to expand public Wi-Fi network access, it is clear that this is also becoming a high priority on a state level.”
It has also been reported that South Africa is awaiting the arrival of three international data centres, and large players in the communications sphere, including Vodacom, Telkom and Vumatel, are making huge strides in drastically growing the country’s fibre optic backbone, he adds. “As such, SMEs in the construction, communications and electrical fields are all likely to benefit from supply and sub-contracting agreements over the coming years.”
In conclusion, Lang says that as South Africa’s economic growth has started to turn around, business owners should keep their ears to the ground as 2019 is highly likely to be a year of opportunity.
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SME Insurance Checklist For New Year
Malesela Maupa, Head of Product and Insurer Relationships at FNB Insurance Brokers, advises SMEs to consider the following factors when reviewing their policies.
Business owners who are planning for the year ahead should not overlook the importance of reviewing their insurance policies to ensure they are adequately covered against insurable risks.
Malesela Maupa, Head of Product and Insurer Relationships at FNB Insurance Brokers says, every year businesses face unique challenges ranging from credit and market risks, technological disruptions, compliance, operational and regulatory risks, amongst others. As a matter of precaution, insurance policies should at least be reviewed or updated once a year.
He advises SMEs to consider the following factors when reviewing their policies:
- Employee movements – if there are any employees who have left or joined the company, ensure that your policy is updated accordingly.
This type of cover normally depends on the role and contribution of the employee to the business. For instance, directors may be covered for Key Person Insurance and Directors & Officers Liability insurance.
- Protest Actions – this year is the national election year and leading up to elections we can expect to see an increase in the frequency and severity of protest actions, riots and strikes. Thus, it is essential to ensure that adequate special risks cover is in place from the South African Special Risks Insurance Association (SASRIA).
SASRIA provides cover to both individuals and businesses against special risks like civil commotion, public disorder, strikes, riots and terrorism at affordable premiums.
- Cyber risks – it is essential to communicate with your insurer or broker and find out if there are any new risks that your business should be protected against. Cyber incidents continue to be a major risk for businesses especially in the SME sector. Over the last couple of years there has been a major increase in the number of reported cyber incidences.
More businesses are now facing increased cyber threats due to their increased dependency on technology, relating to their internal and customer data being compromised by fraudsters. It is therefore essential to have some form of cyber risk insurance cover and/or enhancement of data security protocols.
- Regulatory changes – every year there are a number of regulatory changes that impact businesses directly or indirectly, which may result in fines and penalties for non-compliance.
- Natural catastrophes – the increase in the frequency and severity of extreme weather conditions, coupled with intensifying natural catastrophes will continue to have a significant impact on businesses.
Businesses should ensure they are adequately protected against these risks to avoid incurring sever financial losses.
- Business changes – should a business consider moving to a new location, purchasing new premises or venture into new business activities, these types of changes could have a major impact on its risks profile. As a result, the policy needs to be updated accordingly.
- New and Enhanced products – An innovative culture has taken over the insurance industry and ever so often we see the introduction of new products or the enhancement of existing products. Get in touch with you broker to advise you on any new products that might add value to your existing insurance portfolio.
“Reviewing your policy regularly gives you peace of mind knowing that you can focus on running your business effectively, without worrying about unforeseen risks,” concludes Maupa.
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