GAA NEWS: CONVOY UNDERAGE TEAMS PERFORM WELL AGAINST GLENFIN

first_imgLotto 31/5/16 AM DL DN MN, 1 person matched 3, Frankie Lynch Convoy. Jackpot next €4300.Underage training as Norm on fri 6-7 can coaches please make themselves available when possibleWell done to all our U 8/u10 teams who played Away to Glenfin on SatA great turn out and great support from parentsU 16 boys training on Thursday at 6 pass on wordSenior men  lost away to Na Rossa  2-11 to 1-09Next game away to LiffordTraining continues as normal need to see All players out at trainingTraining as norm check ladies page for nx game detailsSupervalu GAA Kits For Clubs.As proud sponsors of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship, this year SuperValu has donated over 400 juvenile GAA clubs with kits worth over €430k collectively.We at Supervalu Ballybofey have chosen the following clubs to support in our Kits For Clubs:St. Marys Convoy C.L.G.To support your local club, everytime you spend over €40 on a shopping you will get a special receipt at the till. Just put that receipt in the box of the club you want to support. Its that simple!Please Support Our Club Thanks in AdvanceKelloggs Cul CampConvoy /Conmhaigh 27 Jun – 1 JulFootball, Hurling, CamogieBook Now Online or morning of campCoaches you need to go online ASAP and fill out application form they have to be in by 20 th mayYou can find it on Donegalgaa website or www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ieSupervalu GAA Kits For Clubs.As proud sponsors of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship, this year SuperValu has donated over 400 juvenile GAA clubs with kits worth over €430k collectively.We at Supervalu Ballybofey have chosen the following clubs to support in our Kits For Clubs:St. Marys Convoy C.L.G.To support your local club, everytime you spend over €40 on a shopping you will get a special receipt at the till. Just put that receipt in the box of the club you want to support. Its that simple!Please Support Our Club Thanks in AdvanceLidl are also running a promotion  for Ladies club gear so check it out and vote St Mary’s by asking for cars at the till and place number that is allocated for St Marys Any manager that have notes please tx Mairead 0872140060 or email maireadbrowne@ymail.comIf I don’t get info I can’t put it in notesGAA NEWS: CONVOY UNDERAGE TEAMS PERFORM WELL AGAINST GLENFIN was last modified: June 7th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:convoyGAASportlast_img read more

Barcelona star says Paul Pogba would be ‘welcome’ at Nou Camp

first_img silverware 1 Although he is reportedly not happy at the Red Devils, Pogba has made a steady start this season, scoring two goals.However, Pogba missed a penalty during United’s 2-0 victory over Burnley last weekend in a campaign where the 13-time Premier League champions have endured a mixed start. smart causal RANKED possible standings United are not looking to sell the Frenchman however, but Barca appear to be very keen to recruit the unsettled superstar.Suarez told RAC1: “Pogba’s an elite player who’s won everything.“He has a lot of quality. I think he would like to be competing for more than he is at the moment.“He’s not a player that belongs to Barca, but he would always be welcome.” REVEALED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Pogba has suggested he is finding it hard to do his best as he’s not happy Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT center_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Luis Suarez has said Paul Pogba would be “welcome” at Barcelona as speculation surrounding the midfielder’s future at Manchester United increases.Pogba, 25, has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford throughout the summer due to a rumoured feud with Jose Mourinho. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won gameday cracker Latest Manchester United News deals England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade last_img read more

Spotlight on words at Arts Fest

first_imgTwenty-six-year-old Thando Mgqolozanamade his literary debut at this year’sfestival with his novel, A man; who is nota man. Mgqolozana’s work challenges thepractices of male circumcision in theXhosa culture.Khanyi MagubaneFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialWriters took to the streets in Grahamstown on 7 July as part of Wordfest, the literary programme at the National Arts Festival that seeks to highlight the need for the proper development of a reading culture in South Africa.The 200 writers who gathered outside the Wordfest venue at Rhodes University in the town were also there to protest against the poor state of reading levels in South Africa.The initiative was supported by a number of prominent people in the literary programme, including the convener of Wordfest and professor of poetry at Rhodes University Chris Mann, and Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture MEC Xoliswa Tom, who launched event.This year’s programme will include lectures from academics, readings from authors, book launches and poetry recitals.The book chain store Exclusive Books has also set up a small shop at the venue.The opening keynote address was delivered by award-winning author Mandla Langa, whose latest novel, Colours of the Chameleon, recently won the Commonwealth Prize for Literature in the Africa region.Langa spoke about the struggles that South Africans have had to overcome, focusing specifically on his own childhood, growing up in the township of Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal province. As a child he was unaware that the Bantu education, as it was referred to during apartheid, he was receiving was of a much lower standard than that of white students in the country.But, despite the social difficulties of growing up in a township, Langa recalls how he immersed himself in books and reading.His love of reading exposed him to poets and authors within his own community. He was groomed by late legendary South African poet Mafika Gwala. He recalled how seeing his first published poem in a literary journal moved him.“When, some years later, one of my poems was published in a magazine, Ophir, edited by Peter Horn and Robert MacNamara, I was over the moon.“I remember going around, getting free drinks in shebeens [home taverns], this boy who’s got a poem published in a real magazine, alongside names of white people, no less. That’s when, to put it mildly, my troubles started. I had found a role that would define me.”But Langa’s elation didn’t last after enrolling in the University of Fort Hare’s English programme.According to Langa, his English lecturer frequently and openly told him, and his fellow black students, that they would never pass “his English”. This did not deter Langa, who went on to finish his degree.Going into exile in the late 1970s, he lived in various countries including Nigeria. During a theatre production based on the infamous 16 June 1976 Soweto uprising, by students from the University of Ibadan, Langa was painfully reminded of his homesickness and the conflicts in his home country.“I remember that, as soon as the students’ performance got to the enactment of the Hector Pieterson shooting, the soldier standing next to me, who was a big man, started weeping uncontrollably.“I also wept. I wept for my country, for the fact that we were thousands of miles from home. In those years it was difficult to think of the possibility of apartheid’s end.”Langa’s speech centred on the need for South Africans to move forward, not to be stuck in one particular era, but also not to forget what had happened in South Africa at the time. He used the metaphor of walking, which he says also inspired former president Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.“Nelson Mandela’s journey in Long Walk to Freedom mirrors the efforts to raise up black American slaves through education by Booker T Washington, who wrote Up From Slavery, another form of walking – it’s less about the physical activity of walking than about attitude; an attitude that, granted, derives its inspiration from walking.”Breaking the silenceAlso launched at the festival was the controversial book by first-time writer, 26-year-old Thando Mgqolozana. His novel, A man; who is not a man, published by the University of KwaZulu-Natal, challenges the practices of male circumcision in the Xhosa culture.During his opening address, the young Eastern Cape writer spoke about his own experience with circumcision. He said that it is difficult for him to see what was once a proud ritual to usher boys into manhood, become a thorny issue veiled in silence in his community.“I felt the need to break the silence and publish this book because the fear is no longer. I wanted to start a debate on this issue, and lift the veil of secrecy around the issue of the death of initiates.”A number of Xhosa traditionalists attended the launch as the topic of male circumcision has long been regarded as an exclusively male issue, and could not be addressed in a public forum including women.Mgqolozana said he was prepared to field tough questions from Xhosa traditionalists, who may have been offended by the book. Instead, he was met with an unexpected amount of support from the audience. He said he was touched by the encouragement from, especially, elder males who, in acknowledging the sacredness of the practice, felt that the writer had taken a leap of faith in openly addressing it.The issue of male circumcision has been a hot topic in the South African media as a number of young men have died due to alleged medical complications. The South African Press Association reported on 7 July 2009 that a 37th Eastern Cape man died after an initiation ritual. The youths, most of them between the ages of 13 and 22, died after undergoing the traditional practice at illegal initiation schools.“You are brave because us man folk don’t talk about such things in front of women folk. But it is good for you to talk about it, because when tradition changes and it results in death, that’s a problem,” said one attendee during the question-and-answer session.“Now is the time for the custom to be transformed. How many deaths must we witness until we do something about it?” asked another attendee.Mgqolozana criticised the House of Traditional Leaders, a body set up by government to deal with traditional issues, whom he says has failed to protect the age-old practice.“They have failed us. The government has tried to come up with legislative laws to try and govern practices around male circumcision. However, the House of the Traditional Leaders has rejected the promulgation of this Act.”Mgqolozana was referring to the Children’s Act number 38 of 2005, which also includes a section on male circumcision.According to the law, males under the age of 16 may not be circumcised, unless:performed for religious purposes in accordance with the practices of the religion concerned and in the manner prescribed, orperformed for medical reasons on the recommendation of a medical practitioner.Mgqolozana says he hopes the book will encourage young and old to open up, as well as integrate women into the conversation, as many mothers are losing their children.“This book doesn’t really have a target audience, but I hope that people who practise male circumcision will read this book.“I’m hoping that the fathers will get my argument, and that the mothers will finally know the secrets of circumcision as they deserve to know what is happening.”The young writer says his mother, though, has been a tough one to convince, “She read the book overnight and she sms’d me the next morning and she said ‘this is really a work of fiction’.”Wordfest will continue at the National Arts Festival until 10 July.Do you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.comUseful linksWordfest National Arts Festival University of KwaZulu-Natal presslast_img read more

Oscar shines at IAAF World Champs

first_imgAsked by Jacaranda FM DJ Darren Scott whether he would like to participate in both the London Olympics and Paralympics, Pistorius said: “I would like to. I’ve run one qualification time for the Olympics and I need to run another time next year, I think between January and June, but I’ve first got to qualify for the Paralympics. After making history by becoming the first athlete with a disablity to qualify for an able-bodied World Championships, South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius left a huge impression in Daegu, South Korea. Running in the outside lane in his heat, he turned in the second-best time of his career, clocking 45.39 seconds to secure a spot in the semi-finals. “I’m extremely excited about that and I think I’ll be running the 100, 200, 400 and then for the first time the 4 by 100 in the Paralympics, so I’m extremely excited about that. The 400 metre runner had qualified for the event at the last possible opportunity by running a personal best time of 45.07 seconds in Italy in June. 31 August 2011 “I think we’ve got a great year coming up and there’s a lot of hard work [ahead] to prepare for both of those [events] next year.” With the 14th-fastest qualifying time out of 16 for the semi-finals, the “Blade Runner”, as Pistorius is known, was given lane seven in his semi-final. Unfortunately for him, a poor start set him back and he failed to get into his stride, finishing last in the event, but making a massive stride for athletes with disabilities. After the race, Pistorius was somewhat disappointed, but spoke with his customary humility, saying: “I would really like to have performed better tonight. My goal was to make the semi-final when I came out here, and that I did, and it’s just been a great experience. Wenda Theron, running in the women’s 400 metres hurdles, bowed out in the semi-finals, but managed a personal best time of 56.13 seconds in the heats. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Ruben Ramolefi, competing in the 3 000 metres steeplechase, turned in the second fastest time in the qualifying rounds of the event. His time of 8:11.50 was also a national record. However, despite his fine performance in achieving the A-qualifying standard, Pistorius was not expected to progress beyond the heats, but, as he has done so often before, he proved his doubters wrong. “I think even if I had run faster tonight, I wouldn’t have made it to the final. It would have taken a miracle for that to happen and I’ve got a lot of respect for the guys that made the final. ‘A great oportunity’“It’s just been a great opportunity to come out here and I’ve learnt a lot from this experience,” he added. “The IAAFs is a phenomenal event and being one of the athletes to be able to come out here has just been a huge blessing.” Already a popular figure among Korean fans, Pistorius was loudly cheered by the locals, who had taken him on as one of their own. Even before the start of the event, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak paid a visit to the athletes’ village and met Pistorius. LJ van Zyl and Cornel Fredericks continued the rich tradition of South African 400 metres hurdlers by qualifying for the final of the event after both claimed second places in their semi-finals. South Korean support Top South African performersWhile South Africans have failed to land any medals in Daegu, there were other promising and excellent performances by Team South Africa athletes during the first three days of competition.last_img read more

Bumble Books named Africa’s best children’s publishers

first_img03 May 2016A South African company was named the best children’s publisher on the continent at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy.Bumble Books of Noordhoek was among many publishing houses, publishers’ associations and other book institutions that took part in this annual event, which ran from 4 to 7 April 2016.Robin Stuart-Clark, founder and publishing director at Publishing Print Matters and Bumble Books, told radio station Cape Talk that the group had competed against the best children’s publishers across Africa. Countries such as Ghana, Guinea and Benin had been represented.To Stuart-Clark, the award belonged to the group’s illustrators who were doing extraordinary work. “We have nothing to apologise for, we are up there with the best,” he said.Other winnersAndersen Press won the fair’s Children’s Publisher of the Year prize in the European category, according to The Bookseller. The award was for “publishers who have most distinguished themselves for their creative and publishing excellence over the year, showing originality as well as professional and intellectual skills”.There are also awards for Central and South America, North America, Asia and Oceania.According to its website, Publishing Print Matters publishes books on South African art, craft and heritage “with a particular focus on those artists, craftspeople and individuals who have been overlooked yet made an impact on South African culture: they have stories to tell and vision to share that can empower our youth and restore pride in our collective heritage”.Bumble Books is its illustrated children’s book imprint. It showcases new South African illustrators and authors, with an emphasis on fun and entertainment. It publishes illustrated children’s books showcasing new South African illustrator- authors internationally.Guests at the Italian book fair tweeted their enjoyment of the event:Live painting en @BoChildrensBook #BCBF16 pic.twitter.com/Jq3qvOhzNv— Sara Fratini (@sarafratini) April 5, 2016So inspiring to walk around #BCBF16 and see all the worldwide trends for children’s illustration! pic.twitter.com/Qi5ayWlOwS— The Bright Group (@Bright_Group) April 5, 2016South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

Geocache in the Great Urban Race

first_imgGeocaching is partnering with the Great Urban Race for another year. The Great Urban Race, inspired by the TV show, The Amazing Race, is a fast-paced puzzle where your city holds the clues.  Teams solve puzzles, tackle challenges and race for cash prizes in this all-out test of smarts and speed. Sound like something you would succeed at? Absolutely.“The explorative nature of Great Urban Race is a perfect match for Geocachers,” says Race Director Alyssa Breeden.  “We are excited to continue our partnership in 2013!”This year’s Tampa event incorporated a geocache as one of the clue locations on the course. Once the geocache, “Turn About is Fair Play,” was located using the provided latitude and longitude coordinates, participants (also known as “Masterminds”) had to figure out how to open the geocache. Opening the geocache is required to get the clue and complete the challenge.A geocache from the Great Urban Race“Participants truly enjoyed the added challenges of the geocache clue as many are already avid geocachers!” says Breeden.  “Those who enjoy geocaching would definitely have a blast at Great Urban Race.”The Great Urban Race staff has also released a large number of trackables complete with the logo through their travels across the country.  Keep an eye out for one in your city! SharePrint Relatedle Tour de Geocaching — arc de triomphe (GC18TKN) — Geocache of the WeekJuly 10, 2013In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – February 15, 2012February 14, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”It’s time to get stealthy. – Atomium – stealth challenge (Expo58) (GC1EG4C) – Geocache of the WeekDecember 11, 2014In “Geocache of the Week” Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Gear Roundup: Finding the Best SD Cards for Your Camera

first_imgA good SD card is a tiny-but-essential part of your gear setup. We’ve rounded up four of our favorite options on the market today.128GB of storage that transfers data at 300mb/s sounds like the perfect SD card for anyone. SD cards are a vital part of any production, and not having a reliable one can cause major headaches. There are so many variables to consider when choosing the proper SD card, including storage, price, and compatibility. I’ll go through the pros and cons of each card so you can choose the one that works best for you and your camera.To start things off, the most reliable SD cards are going to be name brand — for example, SanDisk, Sony, PNY, and many more. Which option you choose should reflect your current skill level and how you use the card. If you consider yourself an amateur photographer or videographer, finding an SD card with more storage is best, while a professional will want one with a faster transfer speed.Here’s the list.SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-ISANDISK EXTREME PRO® SD UHS-IThe first card I recommend is the SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I. It can still record 4K footage, but it’s a fraction of the cost of its big brother, the UHS-II. Though it’s not the fastest card on the market, it still reads and writes at speeds up to 95mb/s. It offers a nice balance between storage, speed, and budget. At only $40, you can get 128GB of storage on a card that’s pretty quick. Although this SD card will work with any camera, it may limit a high-end unit. Overall, it’s a very versatile card that pairs well with most cameras. Along with its low price, it’s unbeatable for what you get.PNY Elite Performance Class 10PNY Elite Performance SDXC Class 10Up next is the PNY Elite Performance Class 10. Like the SanDisk, this card tops out its read speed at 95mb/s. There are faster cards out there, but at 95mb/s it’s going to get the job done for amateur and even some professional work. For only $33, you can get 128GB of storage.Speaking from personal experience, this card is awesome. As I’ve used it more and more, the once-zippy write speed has started to seem slow compared to the continuous shooting speed of 10 frames per second. The buffer time isn’t horrible, but it takes long enough that it can get annoying during a long shoot. The write speed from this card isn’t listed, but it’s rumored that it’s only 70mb/s. Overall, this is a good option to think about, as it’s affordable and has great storage options.Lexar Professional 2000x UHS-IILexar® Professional 2000xThe next two SD cards are high-end, professional-grade storage options.Ranking third on the list is the Lexar Professional 2000x UHS-II. With blistering transferring speeds of up to 300mb/s and write speeds of 260mb/s, this is a high-performance card. With 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB options, this is a perfect card that comes with a hefty price tag. 128GB will run you $160, but unlike the first two cards, it won’t affect your workflow. Using this card with the Canon 5D Mark IV, 1DX, or the Panasonic GH5 would be flawless. It’s hard to not consider this card if you think of yourself as a pro.SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro UHS-II SDXCSANDISK EXTREME PRO® SD UHS-IIThe fourth and final card up is the SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro UHS-II SDXC. The read and write speeds are the same as the Lexar above. The SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II is a solid pick — and arguably the best card on this list. It’s a must-have if you find yourself shooting high-speed action or wildlife.On the flip side, since most of us are on a budget, this card is less appealing once you see the price. You’ll get 64GB of storage for $108, and 128GB for over $200 from B&H photo. This storage option is reliable, fast, and top of the line.If you’re a pro who works in fast, action-packed environments and your SD card could potentially be the reason why you miss a shot, I see no reason why you shouldn’t go with the Lexar Professional 2000x UHS-II or the SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II. But if you don’t need the speed and you’re on a budget, I recommend you save some money and go with the first two options.Cover image via Jiradet Ponari.Looking for more gear tips? Check out these articles:Gear Roundup: The Top Three Audio Recorders Under $300The Cameras Behind Popular Netflix Originals: Films and SeriesThe New ARRI ALEXA Mini LF — Large Format, Little CameraHands-on Review: Is Syrp’s Genie the Lone Filmmaker’s Ultimate Tool?The Cameras and Lenses Behind the Scenes of HBO’s Original Serieslast_img read more

Odisha launches own food security scheme

first_imgThe Naveen Patnaik government launched its own food security scheme on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on Tuesday, benefiting 25 lakh people who were left out of the National Food Security Act.“On Gandhi Jayanti, launched Odisha’s own food security scheme to benefit 25 lakh vulnerable populace that were excluded from coverage; sufficient and nutritious food is a basic need and prerequisite for a healthy Odisha, as a part of our resolve to eradicate hunger in Odisha,” said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in a tweet after launching the scheme. The beneficiaries will get 5 kg of rice per person per month at the rate of ₹1 per kg, said the Chief Minister while launching the scheme at four different districts through videoconferencing from the State Secretariat here.The State government will spend ₹443.5 crore per annum to support the scheme and ₹221.75 crore in the current financial year, Mr. Patnaik added.The State government had decided to launch its own food security scheme after the Centre did not respond to its request to add additional beneficiaries under the NFSA.last_img read more

Hina Rabbani Khar tops the list of glamorous women politicians

first_imgDo politicians make you think of dowdy dressers, white ensembles and plain cotton saris? Well, then its time for a reality check. There are some stunning women in politics. In our list, age is no barrier. Hot is hot!Here’s a look at some of the most glamorous female politicians. Check them out!Pakistan’s Hina Rabbani Khar is at number one position in our listPakistan’s youngest and first woman foreign minister is in constant news for her fashionista ways. Hina Rabbani Khar, the 34 year old minister, scored full marks on the style front when she was spotted at the Delhi airport in a monotone outfit of blue sporting shades and red lipstick. She looked like a diva.Check out the galleryHere are other glamorous women politicians:Priyanka Gandhi VaderaKashmala TariqHillary ClintonMichelle Obamalast_img read more

Flipkart Billion Capture+ review: Decent first attempt but not a winner

first_imgThe smartphone market in India has been quite crowded for a while. There are a lot of brands today itching to get a piece of it, especially in the highly popular budget and mid-range segments. It’s no longer just the tech companies pushing out devices, but we’re also seeing budget phones from telecom makers like Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone. E-commerce platforms are also getting into the mix with Amazon India launching the 10.or series this year and now Flipkart bringing its own smartphone , the Billion Capture+.As a debut smartphone, the Capture+ looks ambitious to take on current players in the lower mid-range segment. Priced at Rs 10,999 for the 3GB + 32GB version and Rs 12,999 for the 4GB and 64GB variant, the handset will take on the likes of the Moto G5, Redmi Note 4 and Amazon’s 10.or G, among others. Flipkart’s phone comes with everything you would expect in the price segment and looks good, at least on paper. But how well does it translate in real life?DesignIf you’ve seen Xiaomi’s Redmi 4 and Mi A1 then you’ve seen the Billion Capture+. Flipkart’s phone to a large extent borrows design cues from both the smartphones to some extent, which have become a sort of a gold standard in the budget segment. The Capture+ has an aluminium build, while the back has plastic on the top and bottom and a metal panel in the middle that feels smooth to the touch. Flipkart doesn’t mention the plastic back, but once you hold the phone you’ll find that the finish feels more plastic than premium. This makes it feel rather cheap, and the company could have provided a better metal finish like Xiaomi has with the Redmi Note 4. With that said, the Capture+ doesn’t look unattractive, but it doesn’t look inspiring either.  advertisementThe Billion Capture+ does have sturdy build to it and the frame is pretty solid, but it is also a bit on the thicker side at 8.5mm. It’s mostly comfortable to hold and use with one hand, but it can feel a little heavy at 176 grams. The edges around the back are slightly curved and don’t seamlessly join the frame, but it does give a good grip when holding it. If you look around the frame, you’ll find the volume controls and power button on the right, a dual hybrid SIM tray on the left, a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top and a USB Type-C port on the bottom with speaker grilles on either sides.DisplayThe Capture+ features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920) display with bezels around it. I mention bezels because we’re slowly moving towards edge-to-edge displays. While the trend started for high-end smartphones, we’ve seen 18:9 displays trickle down to budget phones like Micromax’s Infinity and LG Q6 already. Next year, you can expect more phones to sport full-screen displays. The Capture+ has a traditional 16:9 screen, which is alright because there still a market for it and there will be for at least a few more years. But bezels aside, displays in general have improved in recent times, and Flipkart’s phone leaves you wanting a little more. We’re seeing more and more budget smartphones coming with stock Android that makes the Capture+ look heavy in comparison Despite a full-HD display, the colours on screen are pretty dull and washed out. Moreover, the brightness levels aren’t great and even at its maximum brightness, you will find it difficult to read the screen outdoors. A dull display may help increase battery life, but it really doesn’t provide the best viewing experience, especially when watching videos. Moreover, you’re going to want to keep the brightness level on maximum when watching videos or playing games to enjoy the experience, which will inevitably cause more battery drain. Overall, this isn’t the brightest of sharpest display out there, which is a shame as its competitors like the Moto G5 and Redmi Note 4 do much better at producing crisp 1080p displays.Performance and softwareThe Billion Capture+ is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor with Adreno 506 GPU and coupled with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. I tested the 4GB variant and found that the overall performance to be pretty fluid and snappy. The phone is decent at multitasking and is quite fast at opening and closing apps without any lag or stutters. The phone will pretty much handle most daily apps that you throw at it including web browsing, messaging and social media.My experience with playing some graphic intensive games were quite uneven. At times I found games like Asphalt 8 to work smoothly, but I did notice some stuttering and drops in frame rate every now and then. Browsing through heavy websites and apps was smooth as well and I did not find anything to complain about here.advertisementThe phone runs on Android 7.1 Nougat and is powered by Smartron’s AI smarts. Despite the company’s promise of stock Android, the Billion Capture+ had a few too many pre-loaded apps for my liking, which will also disappoint many others. You get apps like Flipkart (obviously), Myntra, Ola, PhonePe, Microsoft’s Office suite and tronX app to name a few. The latter is a Smartron-powered service that includes purchasable products, cloud storage and security features. We’re seeing more and more budget smartphones including Amazon’s 10.or range coming with stock Android that makes the Capture+ look heavy in comparison. I’m also not confident the phone will age well in terms of performance as the bloatware will weigh it down eventually.The fingerprint sensor on the rear isn’t the fastest out there. It takes about 0.8 seconds to unlock which is quite slow and one expects a far snappier sensor in 2017 and at this price point. But the sensor is mostly accurate so there is some takeaway in that. The dual speakers on the bottom could have been a lot powerful, but you’re left wanting a little more punch to it.CameraOne of the biggest highlights of the Billion Capture+ is its dual rear camera system that comprises of a pair of 13-megapixel sensors, one RGB and one Monochrome and with f2.0 aperture. Dual rear cameras have become somewhat of a standard this year with almost every other smartphone from budget to high-end now sporting a dual camera system. Flipkart says the phone offers impressive low-light shots, more light in each frame and DSLR-like bokeh effects, among other things. It also comes with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.To be honest, the dual cameras were largely disappointing. Outdoor shots under bright sunlight lets in too much light and the images look overexposed. The reds and greens were too bright and lacked accuracy. The cameras also have a hard time focusing on the subject and you’ll likely capture a few hazy shots before one really clear image. The images also lack detailing so I wouldn’t suggest zooming in on them or seeing them on a display bigger than 5.5-inch. SInce the sensors let in a lot of light, it works better in low-light conditions. However, images captured in poor lighting will come with a lot of noise and will lack detail. XPreviousNextThe Portrait Mode was pretty underwhelming as well. The subject would look artificially laid on a blurred background, which makes it look photoshopped rather than seem like a natural depth of field image. This is probably because the bokehs generated rely on software, which isn’t great at differentiating the subject from the background. You’ll find that the subject will have heavy blurring around the edges or look cut out and artificially  pasted on the background. There is a Supernight mode that you can use to capture low-light shots as it smoothes out the photos via software and removes a lot of noise. I found the feature to be pretty good and prefered using the mode almost always for low-light photography.advertisementFront camera disappoints as well, but perhaps not as much as the primary cameras. The 8-megapixel sensor looks good on paper, but doesn’t really work great in real life. Selfies captured were oversaturated and lacked sharpness. The colours looked on the warmer side of things and will look quite hazy when viewed on a larger display.BatteryThe other big highlight apart from the dual rear cameras is the battery. The Capture+ packs a large non-removable 3500mAh Li-Polymer battery that promises up to 30 hours of calls over 3G and 12 hours of video streaming. Now, my experience with this has been quite middling. On an average, streaming movies or TV shows on Netflix or videos on YouTube for an hour drops the battery level down by about 10 per cent. On an average, you should get about 9-10 hours of battery life, which is decent. I found myself needing to the charge the phone only once before going to bed. The phone takes about an hour and a half to charge from zero to 100 per cent, which is pretty fast considering its large battery capacity The headset supports Quick Charge over USB Type-C and it takes about an hour and a half to charge from zero to 100 per cent, which is pretty fast considering its large battery capacity. The only real problem I have is with the standby time. Considering the battery you’re getting, the standby time isn’t exceptional here and you’ll probably get about 4 days idle time on 4G before the phoned dies on you.Should you buy it?Flipkart’s entry in the smartphone game comes at a time when the market is quite crowded and some players like Motorola and Xiaomi are seated firmly in the budget to mid-range segment. Xiaomi, especially, has been dominating the budget to mid-range market in recent times and has invested a lot in advertising both online and offline as well. For Flipkart, the Billion Capture+ will largely ride on the e-commerce platform’s name. The company will need to promote the phone a lot more especially on its website if it wants to grab people’s attention.As far as competition is concerned, the Billion Capture+ will face off against the likes of the Moto G5, Redmi Note 4 and Amazon’s 10.or G to name a few. Flipkart has launched a decent first smartphone and provides a few compelling features such as good battery life, fast charging, a decent build and performance that could attract buyers. But the phone feels wanting in pretty much every other area such as design, camera and software, which makes it fall short in front of its competition, especially since most others offer near stock Android experience and have upped their camera game. Without proper marketing, the Capture+ risks getting shunned to the background.Flipkart will probably use the Capture+ to test the waters a little and see how consumers are reacting towards it. It may come out with a another phone that will look to fix some of the shortcomings of the Capture+ based on user feedback and I would suggest waiting for that one to arrive. The Billion Capture+ just isn’t compelling enough to buy right now considering what other brands have to offer today.Capture+ review7.5/10Good stuffDecent build qualitySnappy performanceGood battery lifeBad stuffUninspiring designPoor camerasBloated softwarelast_img read more