Archive for ‘Gadgets’

January 18, 2015

Smartphones Continue Growth into 2015


The Christmas season has seen a very interesting period of launches by some of the major smartphone vendors in the world. The likes of Apple and Samsung, both world leaders today in their own right, have brought out formidable devices that define a new standard in technology for 2014. These devices present a taste of what 2015 will bring to our markets. Hot behind their heels come a slew of China manufacturers who are coming of age. Their mature offering now redefines a standard of quality and innovation not usually associated with Chinese brands. Indeed, 2015 will definitely bring greater expectations to the hearts of consumers around the world.


Apple has managed to regain world dominance by introducing the new line of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The larger screen sizes are the result of listening to Apple users who wanted larger screens similar to the trend set by Samsung and others in the Android world. In fact, Apple sold more devices in the first few days to break their previous record speaks volumes for the fruit company. Its following of ardent consumers have returned to Apple’s fold, something that was of concern to the company in recent months. Perhaps, Apple had to be pushed back by Samsung in order to dig deep to regain dominance in style and form. By this time, we canall see that Apple is back in the game, stronger than ever, including the China and Korea markets. They listened to market feedback, gave the consumers something to be proud of as an owner of an Apple iPhone and infused technology innovation that Apple has been known by.


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December 9, 2014

UPDATED: China Brands Maturing – Oppo Find 7


2014 sees the year where Chinese gadget manufacturers come to maturity. We see the wild success of Xiaomi and Oppo besides Huawei and ZTE already pushing their way to the front of the pack.

With their success comes the threat to the likes of HTC and particularly Samsung and LG. Both Xiaomi and Oppo are eating into the marketshare of Samsung who was the leader just a year ago with their wild success of the Galaxy Note 3.

Today, we do a review of Oppo‘s top of the line device named Find 7.

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June 13, 2014

Super Android Tablets by Samsung Tab S


A report by Hardware Zone Malaysia (read here).

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Galaxy Tab S 10.5

Galaxy Tab S 10.5

In New York’s Madison Square Garden today, Samsung unveiled its latest premium flagship tablets, the 8.4- and 10.5-inch GALAXY Tab S.

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July 1, 2013

Gadgets and Devices to Watch For in 2013


2013 is surely a year where there are major product launches. And these new devices and gadgets are also milestone products and worthy of serious consideration if you are looking for an upgrade to your own stable.

For gamers, prepare for the fight of the year where Sony and Microsoft will be launching new flagship products in their Playstation 4 and Xbox One respectively this coming Christmas.

For gadgets and devices geeks and enthusiasts, you will be spoilt for choices like never before. Worthy of consideration is Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra which is pushing the phone/tablet or phablet to a beautiful 6.4-inch display packed with the best Sony can offer.

For notebooks or tablets (noteblets?) which will be in a hybrid design now, 2013 will bring you the best of both worlds from Samsung in their Ativ Q and Apple in a speculated MacBook Pro refresh.

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January 23, 2013

Gadgets to watch out for in the coming months


I have been keenly watching the development of a few key industry players making further breakthroughs in the fast growing smart gadget marketplace. Allow me to share some thoughts on a few of these devices to watch out for and much information is based on rumors around the Internet and the analysis of technology trends.

I am particularly impressed with Samsung’s Galaxy line of smart phones. The one I look forward to is the Galaxy S4 which Samsung official’s say will be announced soon. This much touted device is expected to have a larger screen than the S3 but the anticipation of a thinner and lighter technology for AMOLED is expected to be incorporated which does not use glass. Samsung has gone far in their R&D in this area, even to the point of developing prototype foldable screens which we can expect in future Galaxy S series.

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October 25, 2012

Microsoft is BACK


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Microsoft is scheduled to make a major announcement today in the US. The software giant is poised to make a mark in the tablet market and has been long awaited. Finally, the day is here. With the all new Windows RT for the ARM-based tablet, Microsoft will be shipping the Surface Tablet with Windows RT by tomorrow. The Surface tablet with Windows 8 will be shipping sometime in January, as speculated.

This is a game changer and a serious challenger to Apple’s iPad as well as the Android-based tablets by various manufacturers. Don’t miss this and don’t blink an eye. Microsoft is back and clamoring for a lion share of the tablet market.

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September 14, 2012

iPhone 5 is finally announced


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Apple has finally announced the iPhone 5. After much awaiting from last year, the baby is here. Singapore will receive it come September 21. There is much cheer and a lot more skepticism this time round. Here’s a quick round up on this smart phone leader.

The iPhone 5 now spots a lengthened body giving a full 4-inch retina display. There is now 5 rows for icons instead of the previous 4 rows.

On a cursory glance, the looks remain very much similar but not identical to the iPhone 4S. The general shape is similar and the aluminium-glass construction gives it the classy feel. Reports by people who handled the phone tells us that the wow factor is the “weight-less-ness” of iPhone 5. While looking bigger, it actually weighs less, a whopping 20% less than the iPhone 4S. It should give us the same wow feeling when Samsung Galaxy S2 came out that the lack of weight just blew our socks off.

Then comes the intrinsic power. It is now packed with an A6 chip which runs even faster with a faster graphics processor than the A5. Which means that the iPhone 5 just zips through the screen changes faster and smoother than the iPhone 4S. But nobody actually complained that the iPhone 4S was slow. Composing a 360 shot shows an unparallel speed in stitching up the multiple frames.

Then comes the surprises.

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May 15, 2012

Samsung S III takes leader role for Android phones


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Samsung has taken the Android devices a notch further than fellow competitors like HTC, LG and Motorola. The recently available Google’s Nexus is now behind this baby.

The much anticipated Samsung successor to the extremely successful Galaxy S2 has just been revealed. To learn more about the device, you can check out Samsung’s official Galaxy S3 site here.

In the same style of the Galaxy S2, the successor is incredibly slim and weightless. The significant appearance change apart from the neat rounded casing is the longer screen. It is now 4.8″ compared to S2’s 4.2″. It is longish as the width is almost identical. Now it looks more like a big screen candy bar flavor. The Super AMOLED is almost as good as the S2.

It is now the fastest Android device with the Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU. It spots a Samsung Mali-400MP GPU. The internals surely give the S3 a full head above the rest of the crowd.

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March 10, 2012

New iPad Revolutionary Resolution


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The long awaited iPad is finally announced. Again, Apple sets a new benchmark for the world of tablets.

This entry is written without ever seeing this new iPad so it amounts to thoughts about the iPad rather than what the actual iPad really is.

Apart from the improved chip A5X to handle the resolution that is 4 times better than the present iPad in the market, the other spec improvement may not give much of a reason to swap out your iPad 2 just yet.

We imagine the wow factor is really the much talked about display at 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi). This is even higher in resolution than the high end notebooks and led screens.

CNet reported that this amounted to viewing the led tv for the first time after watching your CRT TVs. It appears to be a galaxy of a difference to the eye and it is not just on paper. You can actually be bowled over by the resolution of the iPad.

That’s why Apple calls this “resolutionary” and we can’t wait to get our hands on this baby to do a first impression review. We have been told that it won’t be long to wait.

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January 27, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Note – An excellent oddity


The Note barely fits the hand

I have been looking at the Samsung Galaxy Note for a while now. It comes in white and black and the advertisements make it very attractive indeed. It also comes with a not-so-new novelty of a stylus. The earlier O2 xda and Palm PDA devices were stylus based as the touch screen being new lacks the precision and the UI designed for the fingers.

Anyway, Samsung has elected to use the stylus for more precise selection like a cut-and-paste action on images. I am not sure how many people will thrive on using that and one can easily loose a stylus.

At first glance, the Galaxy Note is extremely enticing and sexy. The vibrant colors of the super AMOLED capacitive touch screen catches the eyes immediately on the 5.3-inch large screen. As predicted, Samsung will use their AMOLED technology on the larger form factor devices. Samsung first used the AMOLED technology on their high-end phones in the past. One of these days in the near future, maybe in March, Samsung will let us have this super AMOLED on the Galaxy Tab series. Otherwise, Samsung will not be able to compete with the rumored Apple iPad3.

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