DStv Mobile launched their Walka Handheld TV in late 2011, promising consumers that it is a great way to experience DStv on the go. They are correct.
The Walka is easy to use and provides a pleasant mobile TV experience. Unlike DStv Mobile’s Drifta (which requires software installation and other setup tasks), the Walka works straight out of the box: switch on >> activate >> start watching DStv.
The device is well made, especially considering the fairly low price tag of around R650. The monthly subscription of R36 a month is also affordable.
The 3.5-inch screen is good enough to give a pleasant viewing experience, but users should not expect a display which rivals the iPhone 4’s retina display.
The 320×240 broadcast resolution is high enough to follow sports like tennis, and text scrollers on channels like CNN are surprisingly easy to read.
The sound quality using the Walka’s built-in speakers is slightly disappointing, but considering the form factor of the device it is not entirely unexpected. Using the earphones (which ship with the device) gives you much better sound quality.
My overall experience with the Walka was very good. I am not convinced that I will use the device very often, but if I want to follow a rugby match or breaking news when away from a television, the Walka is definitely the way to go.
DStv Mobile currently provides 15 channels, including 5 sports channels, CNNi, eNews, M-Net Mobile, M-Net Series, Sony Max, Africa Magic, Cartoon Network, Discovery Channel, Channel O and E! Entertainment Mobile.