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We’ll integrate the forum more tightly with the website shortly (it’s a bit disconnected at the moment).
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Canon has consistently been one of the most popular brands on PriceMe over the years, and is beloved by Kiwis. 2012 has been a busy year for Canon so far and the launch of new digital camera models seems to accelerate. Here’s a summary of recent and planned product launches:
Canon has or will introduce six new Powershot cameras this year. The Canon Powershot G16 and the Canon Powershot S120 were launched by Canon in NZ last month. These two high-end Powershot cameras are both based on the DiG!C 6 Image Processor. The Canon PowerShot SX170 IS and the palm-sized PowerShot SX510 HS both extend the Powershot series.
The entry level Canon Powershot A2500 was launched at the beginning at the year, and now retails for as low as $70 and the A3500 IS at about $200. The Powershot S200 is scheduled for release in mid-September, and hopefully we’ll be able to list this product shortly.
The IXUS series remains popular and Canon boosted it with the new Canon IXUS 255 HS and the Canon IXUS 135 IS.
The Canon EOS 70D has just launched in New Zealand, and boosts the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system and wireless sharing of your photographic activities. More info regarding the EOS 70D is available on Canon’s NZ site. The advanced Canon EOS 700D model was introduced in April, but still lags behind some other models in popularity despite 5 frames-per-second shooting and some other sophisticated features.
The latest Samsung phablet, the Galaxy Note 3, has just been released.
Early reviews suggests that it lives up to expectations: it’s slimmer (just 8.3mm), larger and more capable than its predecessor the Samsung Galaxy Note II. The third generation Note’s screen is equipped with an a 5.7-inch HD screen, and the design looks really impressive. New features include a 13 Mega pixel camera and an upgraded pen.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be most likely be offered first by parallel importers and drop shippers in New Zealand. The official release date in NZ is still uncertain apparently, but the US release will be in October this year. In the meantime, you can check out other Samsung tablets. The question for many Kiwi Notes’ owners is whether the new Notes 4 is worth the upgrade from the Samsung Galaxy Note and Note II.
The competitors to the latest Galaxy Note are the usual suspects: LG G2, HTC Butterfly S and some of the latest Sony Xperia phablets. Of course, there’s also the iPhone 5S to consider for all Apple aficionados out there. Which device do plan to buy?
The long-awaited iPhone 5S can now be pre-ordered on PriceMe. Currently only Top End Electronics takes pre-orders.
The question for many consumers right now is whether to wait for the iPhone 5S phone or to go with the existing iPhone 5. The iPhone 5S is rumoured to launch at the end of September.
Another question is what happens to other Apple iPhone models, and how the new 5S fits into the picture. It’s believed that the iPhone 5S will essentially replace the iPhone 4S, which will then become a budget phone. There has also been talk online that the upcoming iPhone 5C will also be a budget model, but this seems far-fetched at the moment.
The iPhone 5S is supposed to support the 4G LTE frequency at 1800MHz, which is currently only provided by Vodafone in New Zealand. Other telcos do have plans to upgrade. There have also been rumours that iPhone 5S will support Advanced LTE (LTE-A), which increases speeds by a factor or 4-5.
So what’s the iPhone 5S got to offer? Analysts like Jeff Parson at T3 are expecting fingerprint scanner, full HD, improved and new colours and NFC.
The wait is over – we’ve just launched the latest version of our popular PriceMe iPhone app to help you find those great deals and useful shopping information on the run.
The new app has loads of new user-friendly features and a fresh user-interface. Just like the previous PriceMe iPhone app, the updated version is still free and is available from the iTunes App Store.
New features include easy-to-use product filters for finding exactly the right product, maps to help locate nearest stores and their distances and informative product reviews and specs. There’s also easy bookmarking and management of your favourite products plus a faster load-time and it renders well on Apple iPads.
We’re planning on introducing even more features to the app over the coming months including search suggestions for relevant products similar to the user’s search term, price alert notifications and barcode scanning.
Try downloading it now and discover how easy it is to compare prices and read product reviews when you’re out shopping – and save even more time and money!
Happy shopping from the PriceMe team.
Our user survey just finished, and great thanks to everyone that responded. You’re all helping us to improve PriceMe.
We have randomly picked a winner among the survey respondents. This year’s winner is user Graymag. Congratulations to the $250 shopping voucher at The Warehouse! We’ll be contacting you shortly.
We’re currently analysing the results of the survey, and we’ll publish and share those the coming weeks.
Here’s a great chance to win a shopping voucher worth $250 from The Warehouse.
All you have to do is to participate in our annual user survey, so please check your inbox (for registered users only). The survey includes questions about online shopping preferences and behaviour and ends on the 7th of June.
Many users have requested us to offer comparison on mobile plans, especially for mobile phones. Here’s a first version of the new plans sub-section that we recently launched:
The plan often costs more than the phone for many consumers, so finding the most suitable plan for the phone is of great importance. Consumers needs are also very diverse in terms of the amount of data, texts and minutes. For example, some user require large data plans if they browse the internet a lot. The contract term is another important factor to consider before committing to a plan. Are you willing and able to commit for a year or two?
We currently only list the three largest carriers in New Zealand (Telecom, Vodafone and 2 Degrees), but will extend the coverage shortly.
Please let us know if you have some ideas on how to improve the mobile plans site.
The Samsung Galaxy 4 smartphone was announced yesterday in the US by Samsung’s president.
Consumer’s worldwide have shown great interest in Samsung’s next flagshsip model. Samsung also promoted the announcement heavily this time, and that seems to have worked really well.
So what do we know about the S4? Here’s a summary of the most talked about features:
- Larger dislay (5 inch compared to S3’s 4.8 inch screen)
- Eye-tracking software. For example, the S4 detects when you’re looking at the screen, and will pause a video for example if you look away. How cool is that?
- 13 Megapixel Camera. Many of the popular cameras on PriceMe have less resolution (MPs).
The Samsung Galaxy phones are very popular at the moment among PriceMe users. The Samsung Galaxy SIII is the most popular product overall for several months now, and the Samsung Galaxy S2 the third most popular one. Hence, it’s likely that the Galaxy S4 model will join its predecessors when it launches.
The Galaxy S4 will launch in the second quarter, and it’s believed that it becomes available in New Zealand at the end of June. It should be listed on PriceMe before this date, since parallel importers normally beats offical distributors for product luanches.
How much will it cost?
It’s rumoured that the phone wont undercut the Galaxy S3 model, which currently retails at $659 for the 16GB version on PriceMe.
Online vs the High Street
We all know how convenient online shopping is, but is it true that shopping online can save money too?
We decided to test this by looking at a selection of the most popular electronic products for Christmas gifts this year, and found that if you purchased all of these gifts (total cost = $5,195) you would have saved almost $1,000 (18%) by shopping online!
Given that an average saving of nearly 20% can be achieved for many products just by checking online before hitting the shops, we’re amazed that anyone goes to shops anymore !
See below a few of this year’s popular products that we selected.