With the first semester just around the corner, it is a public secret that freshers are in the vicinity, so we are sure most of the university students out there can’t wait to spend that pocket-money or hard-earned vacation money on some gizmos and other tech gear. Of course, there are those shady ones who have to cook up every reason to squeeze more dimes from their parents just to impress those hot new babes. And, it’s for this reason that team Techjaja continues the tradition of Back to School gadget recommendations a 2015 edition. This comprehensive gadget recommendation aims to fit most budgets and this year we are focusing on gadgets under $100 (340,000) where applicable. Local e-commerce sites like Jumia and Kaymu will be your best friend here. Okay, come into our “white room” of gizmos and find out more.
The feeling when you enter a campuser’s room and you wonder if the chap works for some Gold mine. It’s common sight to find Flat screen TVs and for as low as UGX 380,000 you can get yourself a 22″ 3D HD TV Flat-screen or if you are a big spender you could go for a 40″ screen for about north of UGX 1.2m depending on the brand.
Just be sure not to stretch your pockets its just your first TV by the time you are done with campus there will be better models.
For the hard core gamers who would love to invite friends over for a game or two once in a while you will have to make a choice between an XBOX or Sony Play Station. Obvious the more recent the version of any you chose the more money you will have to cough out. I recommend starting with a lower version if you are budget constrained. A PS can go as low as UGX 250k but what will drain you will be the games. With top games like FIFA 2014 going at around UGX 80k but most games will cost you about UGX 15k.
An XBOX 360 can go as high as UGX 600 -1.2m in price that’s why you will find few people who have them. XBOX games are also more expensive than the PlayStation but expect a good gaming experience from both platforms depending on the games you like to play.
Yeah, there’s the cloud for uploading all your documents, tunes and movies. But it’s… the cloud. You can’t always depend on it.
For something a little more solid and trustworthy, you can get a Toshiba, Samsung or the WD My Passport Ultra. The later has a combo of USB 3.0 and two whopping terabytes of storage makes this portable drive a must-have.
Since Uganda is now all digital when it comes to TV, you might have to consider a Free to Air or subscription based decoder. We all know traditional TV channels can get boring and Satellite TV can be expensive at times yet you need to watch your favorite channels like E!, BBC, National Geo, etc. And not all hostels have satellite TV connections.
You could buy a decoder from any TV provider with affordable packages. DSTV has that basic package with a month subscription of UGX 50,000. I would also recommend Go -TV which offers TV packages for as low as UGX 27,000. Zuku Satellite TV offers new installation and connection to get over 61 video and 38 audio channels
Always study the TV channels offers for each provider before you subscribe.
You don’t need to have the latest smartphone all we know you need to have a smartphone. And this is why, with the advent of IM chat apps like WhatsApp or Viber being cheaper than SMS. Yes, the initial cost of the phone may be steep but you could save a lot on the costly SMS.
Tecno, iDroid USA and Huawei come to mind when you are looking fir that affordable smartphone. You could as well get your self s second hand iPhone or budget Samsung device.
All the best
There are too many laptops and too many choices out there. You can get a new cheap Acer laptop for a low as UGX 250,000. Too many shops along Kampala road you can go laptop hunting. Alternatively we have online e-commerce sites like Kaymu or Jumia where you could easily look for a laptop you can buy.
For your internet needs we always recommend for you to get yourself a MiFi especially if you like to be online all the time. You can check out modems from Airtel, Africell, MTN, Vodafone and Smile for the best internet deals.
For those who like to forgo the bulkiness of laptops and still want to get work done, we would recommend a tablet. Just like laptops they come in different sizes , brands and colors. If you really need one you don’t need to aim for the flagship expensive tablet. You will also have to choose the preferable OS for you. Android, iOS or Windows. Here is a list for you to consider.
Other small tech accessories, include flash disks, smartwatches, fitness devices especially if you are going to keep feeding on rolex, chips chicken and other junk food. You could also consider getting yourself a backpack to keep your gizmos and books with you 24/7