Monday, December 31, 2012

Cherry Mobile Superion Plus Duo: Dual Core Android Tablet and Phone for PHP 6,999

Before the year ends, Cherry Mobile has just released an upgrade to their Superion tablet. Called the Cherry Mobile Superion Plus Duo, it's a tablet that functions also as a phone. Now that's good news for people looking for a tablet that has a phone functionality, which are missing on some known budget tabs in the market today.



Here are the specs of the Cherry Mobile Superion Plus Duo:
  • 7" capacitive touchscreen
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
  • 4GB internal memory, expandable up to 32GB microSD card
  • 2MP main camera
  • VGA front camera
  • 3G and WiFi connectivity
  • single SIM
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • micro USB 2.0
  • Price: PHP 6,999
I can say the tablet is good enough. It is powered by a dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon processor, which should do well on apps and games. However, the internal memory is a little small if you love to dump your tablet with apps, music and movies but fortunately, there is a microSD card slot so that you can expand it. The dual camera is just enough. And a nice bonus is the phone function, which lets you call and text. As I said earlier, most tablets don't have this function (like China tabs). But hey, this is worth only PHP 6,999! Quite affordable for a decent tablet, right?

You can purchase it on Cherry Mobile stores nationwide.

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If you have this device, please don't forget to share your experience using it by making a comment below! Thank you and Happy New Year!!

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Cherry Mobile Rave: 1 GHz Snapdragon Android smartphone for PHP 3,299

Year 2012 is about to end yet Cherry Mobile is still expanding their lineup by releasing an affordable Android smartphone, the Cherry Mobile Rave, which retails for only PHP 3,299.


Cherry Mobile Rave has the following specs:
  • 3.5" HVGA capacitive touchscreen
  • 1 GHz Snapdragon processor
  • memory expandable up to 32GB microSD card
  • 2MP camera (no front camera)
  • 3G/WiFi connectivity
  • GPS
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Price: PHP 3,299 
Rave is perfect for those people who wants to experience Android for the first time. The 3.5" screen is just enough for anyone, and the 1GHz Snapdragon processor is just sufficient for some decent apps and gaming. It still runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread but that's alright as the specs are not that high. And can we complain on such a price?  

Saturday, December 29, 2012

CD-R King 10" Fastpad: 10-inch Android tablet for PHP 7,280

CD-R King has been selling tablets for quite some time, although they are not that famous as some people attribute CD-R King products as not quality and won't last long. Going back to their tablets, they already have several models, ranging from 7" to 10" Android tablets. Just this month, they've just released a new model, the 10" Fastpad (FP-005-XON) which retails for PHP 7,280 only.
 
Here are the 10" Fastpad specs:
  • CPU: Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8 1.2GHZ Multi Core+PMU AXP209+GPU/VPU Mali-400 GPU@350MHz
  • 10" capacitive touch-screen QVGA LCD panel, 1024x768 pixel
  • Memory: 1GB DDR3
  • Storage: 4GB NAND Flash (supports microSD Card up to 32GB)
  • Camera: 0.3MP front; 2.0MP rear
  • WiFi
  • 3G: supports external 3G dongle
  • Supports G-Sensor and Gyroscope gaming
  • Supports Flash player 10.3
  • Built-in speaker & microphone
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Battery: Li-polymer Battery 3.7V, 8000mAh
  • Actual usage time: 5hrs-6hrs
  • Standby time 72hrs
  • Dimensions and Weight: 242 x 189 x 9.7mm., 608g
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Judging the specs, the 10" Fastpad can perform decently on apps and games with the powerful enough 1.2GHz processor. The screen is nice and big too, as it's qHD and measures 10 inch. 1GB RAM and 4GB internal memory is very sufficient, and it's even expandable with a 32GB microSD card! The battery is at a high capacity of 8000mAh which can surely deliver hours and hours of gaming and movies. Overall, it's a bang-for-the-buck tablet. Retailing for only PHP 7,280, it can match up with some tablets in the market.

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If you have the device, please tell us your experience using it by commenting below. Thank you!

CD-R KING now sells affordable electric bikes

CD-R King really never forgets to bring us surprises. They sell almost every electronic and tech gadgets, from refrigerators, tablets, cd, flash drives, to office and school supplies. And now they're into electric bikes.


Just this Thursday (Dec. 27) two new e-bike models became available to their stores, the MTR-006-NAV (NJT17) and the MTR-007-NAV (NJT18) which retails for PHP 13,000 and PHP 18,000 respectively.



If you're looking for good bikes for work or simply for traveling anywhere, I think these bikes are worth a try. Not only you saved money but the environment as well. And it comes with 6 months warranty and 1 week replacement period from CD-R King. What do you think?

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If you want to know more about the products, just click the hyperlinked model unit. :)

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Cloudfone Thrill 430x: The Battery Monster

Battery life for me is an important aspect in choosing an Android smartphone. A lot of them has only 1,300 to 1,800mAh battery which only lasts less than a day or a little more if you are not a heavy user. As we all know, Android phones are battery hogs so lots of phone manufacturers now are using bigger capacity batteries for their devices, including the Motorola for their DROID RAZR MAXX HD, which sports a whopping 3,300mAh battery. Here in the Philippines, I think the Lenovo P700 is the first Android device here to have a 2,500 mAh battery which can last for two days.


Surprisingly, a new mobile company here wants to compete through the monstrous battery capacity of its flagship phone. I'm talking about Cloudfone, which is relatively new to the mobile industry (I think they are partners with Globe) and their flagship device, the Thrill 430x which has a 4,160mAh battery!!!

Here are the Cloudfone Thrill 430x specs:
  • 4.3" IPS qHD capacitive touchscreen, 960 x 540 pixels
  • Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon S4 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 4GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB)
  • 768MB RAM
  • 8MP AF back camera with dual LED flash
  • VGA front camera
  • Bluetooth, WiFI, 3G connectivity
  • GPS
  • Built-in YAMAHA music amplifier with AAC speaker
  • 124.4 x 65.4 x 14.2mm, 180g
  • Android 4.0 ICS
  • 4,160mAh battery
  • 1000 hours standby, 40 hours talktime
  • Price: PHP 7,777

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Judging the specs:
  • The screen is large enough and clear, as it is qHD (quarter HD). 
  • Fast performance on gaming and apps, thanks to the dual core 1GHz processor
  • internal memory and RAM are good enough as well.
  • quality photos with the powerful 8MP camera that has dual LED flash which is perfect for low light shooting
  • VGA front camera for video chats should do just fine
  • the built-in Yamaha music amplifier with AAC speaker will definitely play nice sounds for your music demands
  • and of course, the main selling point, the 4,160 mAh battery which will bring you to hours and hours or a day or more of music, games, and apps
  • very affordable for only PHP7,777.
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REVIEW: For a comprehensive review, check here.: http://symphonyx7.hubpages.com/hub/Cloudfone-Thrill-430x-Review

Starmobile Engage 7HD vs Ainol Novo 7 Flame

Android tablets are truly getting a lot of attention today. Ever since the appearance of affordable tablets from China in the Philippine market today, lots of local mobile companies are also releasing their own tablets to compete with these China tabs. So today I want to compare two famous tablets in the market today: the Ainol Novo 7 Flame and the Starmobile Engage 7HD, both of which sport a 7-inch screen and are priced closely.
Starmobile Engage 7HD
The Starmobile Engage 7HD is a 7-inch tablet by Starmobile, a local mobile company here in the Philippines that is receiving a lot of attention not only with these newly-released tablet, but also with their affordable yet powerful Android smartphones Astra and Crystal. So without further ado, here are its specs:
  • 7" capacitive multitouch (5 point) IPS HD Display, 1280x800 
  • ARM Cortex-A9 1.2 GHz Dual Core Processor AML8726-MX
  • 8GB Internal Memory (expandable up to 32GB)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8MP back Camera with flash
  • VGA front camera
  • WiFi connectivity
  • AGPS
  • 4000mAh battery
  • 400 hours standby, 5 hours video playback
  • USB on the go cable for 3G modems
  • Android 4.0 ICS
  • Dimensions: 206 x 129 x 11mm
  • Price: PHP 7,990

On the other hand, the Novo 7 Flame is manufactured by Ainol, a famous Chinese tablet manufacturer. Flame is one of Ainol's famous tablets, along with Aurora, Elf, Crystal, and Hero, all of which are gaining praises for its good designs and specs at a very affordable price. Flame's specs are:
  • 7" capacitive multitouch (5 point) IPS HD Display, 1280x800
  • Dual Core AMLogic AML8726-M6 1.5GHz 
  • GPU: Dual Core Mali 400 
  • 16GB internal storage (expandable up to 32GB
  • 1GB DDR3 RAM 
  • 5MP AF back camera with LED Flash
  • 2 MP front camera
  • WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Android 4.0.3 (upgradeable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean)
  • Dimensions: 186.6 x 126.93 x 10.6mm
  • Battery: 5000MAh 
  • Price: PHP 8,999
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Comparing the two:
  • Both has nice vivid screens, both are IPS displays and has HD resolution 
  • Ainol sports a more powerful 1.5GHz dual core processor and a larger internal storage. 
  • On the other hand, Engage 7HD outperforms Flame in the photography department, as it has an 8MP back camera compared to Flame's 5MP. 
  • Both runs on ICS but Flame can be upgraded or may come in Android 4.1 Jellybean out-of-the-box. 
  • Flame has Bluetooth connectivity
  • On the dimensions, Flame is a little slim (by 0.4mm) but both should do well in the hands.
  • Flame's battery capacity is larger (although there are little issues) by 1000mAh.
  • Ainol Novo 7 Flame is pricier than Starmobile Engage 7HD, although some stores may sell Ainol Novo 7 Flame by PHP10K-11K. (It's PHP8,999 at Novo7 Tech).
In conclusion:
  • If you're willing to pay a thousand pesos more, Ainol Novo 7 Flame is a better choice as it offers a faster processor and bigger internal storage, as well as Bluetooth connectivity and a much longer battery life. If you love playing HD or graphic intensive apps and games, this will do the thing better. On the other hand, if you're more on shooting good photos and wanted a simple tablet that can do well also on games and apps, then the Engage 7HD is the way to go.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Nokia Asha 205 now available in the Philippines

Nokia Asha 205, the Finnish company's 'most social phone to date', is now available in the Philippines. In case you want to know more, I have written an article about it HERE.
 Here are Nokia Asha 205 specs:
  • 2.4" 65K TFT QVGA screen 
  • 10MB user memory (expandable up to 32GB microSD card) 
  • VGA camera 
  • GPRS, EDGE, and Bluetooth connectivity
  •  Facebook button
  •  Facebook, Twitter and eBuddy apps
  • 'Slam' fast file sharing feature through Bluetooth  
  • Nokia Nearby
  • Nokia Xpress browser 
  • free 40 EA games
  • S40 operating system 
  • 37 days or 11 hours talktime.
It will come with a dual-sim variant that has Easy Swap technology. Colors will be cyan, magenta and orange (two-tone mixes). No official price yet but it should be between PHP 2700 - 3000.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Starmobile Crystal now available nationwide for PHP 7,990

Local mobile company Starmobile has just announced through Facebook that their new budget Android smartphone, the Starmobile Crystal, is now available in their kiosks nationwide for PHP 7,990



The Starmobile Crystal has the following specs:
  • 4.5" IPS capacitive touchscreen, 540 x 960 qHD pixel resolution
  • CPU: 1GHz dual core MTK6577 processor
  • GPU: PowerVR SGX531
  • 4GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB microSD card)
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8MP rear camera w/ LED flash and backlight illumination technology
  • 2MP front camera
  • Bluetooth, WiFi, 3G connectivity
  • GPS, microUSB
  • dual-sim
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1700 mAh lithium-polymer battery
  • Dimensions: 136 x 68 x 9.1 mm
  • 250 hours standby, 7 hours talktime

The Starmobile Crystal is a good choice for those who want an affordable Android device with decent specs and performance. The phone is really slim (just 9.1mm thick) and powerful enough for apps and gaming, with the dual core 1GHz processor and PowerVR SGX531 GPU. The screen is large enough and vibrant, thanks to the qHD resolution. On the photography department, photos will surely be good because of the 8MP camera with BSI sensor, plus a 2MP front camera which is perfect for video chats. Overall, it's good and can battle with other locally branded smartphones in terms of performance and quality.  

For more info visit Starmobile's official site.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

O+ 8.5 Android Review, Specs, Benchmark

According to O+ USA's Facebook page, they are 'a technology company based in the United States who aims to cultivate technophile all over the world, starting with the world’s busiest mobile phone hub – Asia'.

Just released last November 2012 and out only for a limited time according to O+ USA, the O+ 8.5 Android is a product of its famous air shuffling O+ 6.3 and O+ 8.7 Android. This made the 8.5 Android more unique than other smartphones. So, if you’re tight in budget and if you want to be different from others because of its air shuffle features, then this phone is for you. Honestly, I only heard about O+ when I bought one. With no intention of buying it at all because I was planning to buy another phone that day. (Di ko nalang sasabihin anong Filipino phone.^^). It just so happened that when I was in their kiosk (Filipino phone), another customer was very mad about the specs of their product (kasi daw di daw totoo ang specs na nakalagay). While they were arguing, I went to O+ kiosk. Then the saleslady started to demonstrate about the 8.5 android. I instantly loved the unit despite the specs which is a little bit lower than the rebranded phone I was supposed to buy because of its iPhone 5 look and of course the Air Shuffle.

 

Packaging and Box Contents

 


The package itself is also unique from other phones. It is packed in a plastic crystal case which is very different from other typical box packages. Inside the case you’ll find the unit itself (of course), 1500 mAh battery, charger, headset, manual/user guide and a FREE 4GB microSD card.

 

Design and Build


The design is somewhat very similar to Cherry Mobile Flare but O+ is not a rebranded phone which made me very confident about the quality. As of now, it only comes in black color. Also, 8.5 is slightly heavier than CM flare which is very good because you can really feel its presence. The front side has its 4” capacitive display and 4 capacitive buttons below it (menu, home, back and search), a VGA camera, speaker grills for receiving calls, a tiny pinhole just below the search button for voice calls or recording and its sensor for Air Shuffle just beside the front camera. On the left side you can find the volume rocker. While on the right side is where the micro-USB port is located. At the top of the unit, you can find the 3.5mm headphone jack and the power/lock button. The 5MP Autofocus camera with a single led flash and speaker grills are located at the back part of the unit with an O+ logo at the cover. Just beside the O+ logo at the back is another pinhole which is for noise reduction as O+ 8.5 has a noise reduction feature.

Each side of the phone has a glossy black finish which looks classy. The back cover is made of plastic with a matte black finish which is good because it doesn’t leave fingerprints on. The design of the back cover is somewhat like has an anti-slip (yung merong slanting lines sa gitna para di madulas yung phone).


One thing I noticed is that the power and volume rocker buttons are a little bit loose and looks like it’s not secured very well. Also, the power button is a little bit smaller (parang iingatan mo talaga siya). The back cover however has a tendency to loosen up when you repeatedly remove it. It produces a little creaking sound when the back cover is starting to loosen up.

Display


O+ 8.5 has a 4” WVGA 800 x 480 TFT capacitive touchscreen which is very responsive and sensitive when touched especially during texting. Though it’s not as good as IPS display but it offers clear and rich colors. Angle viewing is not that good either. When tilting the phone facing down, the screen will turn blurry. Well, it is expected for a non-IPS display phone. But the good thing about a capacitive screen is that it doesn’t consume a large amount of battery.

Another downside is that it doesn’t have a built-in screen protection like Gorilla Glass or anti-scratch screen. It only has an ordinary screen which is very vulnerable to scratches. So it is advisable to put a customize screen protector because there are no accessories yet available for O+ units.

Software and UI


The O+ 8.5 runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich OS which is very compatible in almost all Google Play Store apps. O+ doesn’t confirm yet if it is upgradeable to Jelly Bean. It is powered by a 1GHz processor and has a 512 MB RAM (474 MB max in benchmark). I’m not really sure why during benchmarking, the maximum ram is 474 MB instead of 512 MB. But I think it has to deal with the ICS OS or other built in functions. This is better though compared to some rebranded phone I’ve seen which is the max RAM is only 356 MB instead of 512 MB. You can see the complete benchmark result below.


O+ 8.5 doesn’t have an O+ app unlike CM or MyPhone which has CM apps or Pinoy apps, respectively. It’s good news for O+ users because it doesn’t consume additional memory and space. It has also a built in Android launcher which is not customizable. So I recommend using GO launcher or Atom launcher or any launchers that suits you.

Messaging and Telephony

 

The stock messaging features of O+ 8.5 is not astonishing. It has a boring and non-customizable interface. The QWERTY keyboard doesn’t have any enter key either. So I suggest using GO SMS or other SMS applications. The picture below shows the stock messaging of O+ 8.5.
 

No problems found during phone calls. There is voice clarity during conversation except if you’re in a place with bad signals. Also, it has instant messaging features if calls are not answered.

There’s a little problem in the O+ 8.5’s contacts/phonebook. It doesn’t recognize area codes (for ex. 0923-1234657 between +63923-1234567) even though they are just similar. But it can be easily solved because you can save multiple contacts. So I suggest saving both numbers in 0923-1234567 or +63923-1234567 formats in the contacts. Failure to save both numbers will result to unrecognized sender or incoming voice call.

Air Shuffle


Now the best part, The Air Shuffle. Air Shuffle is O+’s flagship or trademark. Although air shuffle is just the same as motion sensor, but no other smartphone companies utilizes this feature very well like O+. Air shuffle is moving without actually touching the screen. The secret is that it has a very tiny, almost invincible sensor just right side of the front camera. But it is only applicable in capturing picture/ videos, viewing picture in gallery, listening to FM radio or MP3s. It is very convenient, just like if you’re listening to music, you don’t need to go to the player to select the next song but you’ll just simply swipe your palm above the phone and it will play another song. Same thing in capturing pictures, if you don’t want your phone to be moved during pressing the capture button, you can just simply again swipe your hands on the phone and it will automatically take the picture.

Gaming


If you’re a hardcore gamer or uses phone as a gaming device, then this phone is not for you. Because it has only a two-point multi-touch screen, It means you can’t press 3-5 fingers together in playing. I’ve tried playing Dead Trigger in 8.5. It has no problem in gameplay, it doesn’t lag or hang-up. But the problem is that you can’t aim or shoot while walking because it only supports two-point touch. All I can say is that O+ 8.5 can play every game in the Playstore because it has a decent GPU hardware and a 1 Ghz single core. But you cannot play well for games that require using more than 2 fingers together. Below are my games installed in my 8.5 and screen shot of the game Zombie Dash. Only a few games were installed because I don’t usually use my phone in playing as I have my own gaming device.

Death Moto

Zombie Dash



Camera


The O+ 8.5 has a 5MP autofocus rear camera and a VGA front camera which can be used during video call like in Skype. It has a built-in panorama feature which is really great. Taking pictures using flash takes about 2-3 sec before capturing. Aside from that, taking pictures is just a snap, either using the capture button or the air shuffle feature. It has also a built-in screen shot. Just press the power button and volume down button together to have instant screen shots. Below are samples of pictures and video taken using the 8.5.

panorama shot sample




Battery


OK here’s the downside. It has only a 1500 mAh battery which is somewhat the minimum capacity of any android phones. For typical use like texting, calling, listening to music and playing a little games, the battery will last you for a day. With 15-20% battery life left. For gaming or hardcore use, it will just take you 2-3 hrs of playing time. So the charger will be your bestfriend here.

Conclusion


Pros:
  • It has an air shuffle feature which is very unique and make your phone different from others
  • Sleek and beautiful design
  • Fast and very responsive user interface
  • With built-in panorama and screen shot so you don’t need to download apps to enjoy these features
  • Can offer a decent quality gameplay
Cons
  • Contacts and phonebook cannot recognize between 09 or +639 numbers
  • Air shuffle sensor is not that sensitive compared to its new released O+ 8.9 and O+ 8.12
  • Shorter battery life because it has only 1500 mah battery which requires you to bring your charger always.
  • Cannot play well in games which requires more than two point touch

Summary


If you want to be unique and different with the others because of its air shuffle feature, and if you’re looking for alternative cheap phones and with a built quality, then this phone is for you. Although there are other phones with a price range between PHP 4k-6k and offers more specs than O+ 8.5 like Cherry Mobile, MyPhone and etc., it’s still up to you which phone best suits you.

Specifications:
  • 4’’ 800 x 480 Capacitive multi-touch Screen
  • Android 4.0.4 (ICS)
  • Air Shuffle FM, Music, Photos, Camera –highlight new feature of being able to Air Shuffle in taking photos!
  • 1GHz processor for quick access to FB, Twitter on the go.
  • Dual camera with 5MP Auto Focus back camera with flash
  • Noise Reduction for clearer communication
  • Quad band and 3G connectivity
  • Voice command navigation [over GPS/AGPS]
  • Games Galore! Up to 32GB expandable memory
  • Easy file sharing via Bluetooth connectivity
  • 1500mAh Battery
  • Dual SIM
  • 512 RAM and 2gb internal memory
Price: Php 5,995.00


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About the Author

Vincent Sevilla

I’m just an ordinary man living in Cebu. This is my first time to write a review regarding smartphones particularly the O+ 8.5. Wala na akong masabi kasi I’m a man with a few words..hehe.. All I wrote here are only my opinions and based on my experiences using the O+ 8.5. Thanks to Sir Alexus for giving me the opportunity to write a review on his blog :)

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Cherry Mobile Blaze officially announced

Cherry Mobile surprised everyone when they announced today through Facebook a new budget Android smartphone, the Cherry Mobile Blaze, a dual-core Android phone that retails for a very affordable price of PHP 6,499.


The Cherry Mobile Blaze has the following specs:
  • 4.7" FWVGA capacitive touchscreen
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 8MP camera with LED flash
  • VGA front camera
  • dual-sim/dual standby
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • PRICE: PHP 6,499
The Cherry Mobile Blaze is expected to be available this Christmas.

DTC GT5 Astroid Plus: Android Experience for PHP 2,999 only!

DTC Mobile, a new local mobile company here in the Philippines, has just added a new phone to their Android lineup, the DTC GT5 Astroid Plus


DTC Mobile gave only the following specs on their Facebook page. (I'll update you once I get more specs):
  • 3.5" HVGA capacitive touchscreen, 320 x 480
  • single-core 1GHz MTK6515 processor
  • 512MB ROM
  • 256MB RAM
  • 2MP rear camera
  • WiFI connectivity
  • Facebook, Gmail, Yahoo Messenger, Youtube
  • 1500 mAh battery
  • dual band: 900 / 1800 MHz
  • Android Gingerbread
  • Price: PHP 2,999
Since this is an upgrade to its older brother, the DTC GT3 Astroid, it should have at least a single-core 1GHz processor, a larger RAM (GT3 has only 256MB RAM) and a bigger internal memory, the same or better camera (GT3 Astroid has a 5MP camera w/ flash and a VGA front-facing camera) to keep up with competition.

Fortunately, the processor is now at 1GHz and the internal memory is much larger. But unfortunately, most of the specs remain and some downgraded. The camera is now only 2MP and no more front camera. The amount of RAM remained the same.

Also, it still runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, compared to other local mobile competitors whose Android phones are already ICS out-of-the-box. But what's good is that it's very affordable. 

It's already available at DTC Mobile Kiosks and Mega One Phones and Gadget Shop for PHP 2,999.

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Friday, December 21, 2012

App Spotlight: Waka Space

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Developer: Wakajaka
Platform: iOS

There are lots and lots of apps out there portraying the space and the universe, and lots of them are somewhat scary. Mostly they are aliens wanting to invade humans and the likes. If you want to stay away from this and prefer simple games about space adventures that are simple yet creative, safe and fun, then Wakajaka has the right app for you.


Waka Space is a simple interactive game developed by Wakajaka for iOS, intended for the young and young at heart. In this game, you'll make spaceships made up of household appliances, junks and other things for your affordable space adventure, and travel to space. There you will encounter planets that become flowers, jellyfish and trains. All you have to do is collect coins to finish each levels.

a cool and affordable way to build your spaceship!
I tried the Waka Space Promo Demo for Windows, which runs the same way as in the actual app, and I find it so simplistic yet enjoyable. From creating the spaceship, launching it to space and bumping into planets that turn to flowers, everything is so cute! Even a little kid won't get confused in this game. Instead, he/she will surely love it. If you want to kill some time or if you want your kid to play something that will spark his imagination and creativity, then this game is just perfect.
planets that turn to flowers..:)
 Here's the press release by the way:

2012-12-13

Wakajaka – launching kids into space!

Conquering space has always been a dream and aspiration from preschoolers to presidents. For people who never had the astronomical budget to make it happen, Waka Space offers a unique and economical way to realize your dream. Use anything from household appliances to stuff from the junkyard to create your rocket of choice.
Once launched into space, the experience that awaits is something traditional astronauts could only dream of. Planets that turn into flowers, trains and the occasional jellyfish.
Despite rumors spread by film-makers and scientists, space is extremely safe – actually we made it safer than any other place on earth.
Follow either download-link to sample Waka Space on Windows or Mac.
Greetings from space,
Wakajaka
You can download Waka Space at Apple App Store at this LINK for $0.99. You can visit their website at www.wakajaka.com. Also, you can try their other two apps, the Waka Sleep Aid, which is perfect for those parents who find it hard to get their toddlers to sleep, and the Waka Fireworks, an app which brings you the fireworks experience without losing any fingers.

Get up to PHP2,400 off on Alcatel One Touch phones with the Alcatel One Touch Amazing Savings!

Since Christmas is coming very very soon, Alcatel One Touch Philippines wants to spread the spirit through their Alcatel One Touch Philippines Amazing Savings, where you can get One Touch phones up to PHP 2,400 off! Such a nice deal if you want to spend your hard-earned money for a quality yet affordable phones you've been wanting for so long.

Here's the image showing the Alcatel One Touch phones with their respective discounts:

Alcatel One Touch Philippines Amazing Savings (click to enlarge)
Now you can get the waterproof One Touch 997D Explore for less than PHP 10,000, or the good looking One Touch 993D Insight for PHP 8,590! Such great savings. Wish I could buy one too.

MyPhone A888 Duo: 'Sleek and Superb 3G Android' phone for PHP 7,499

Local mobile manufacturer MyPhone has just officially announced their 'sleek and superb 3G Android' phone, the MyPhone A888 Duo.


The MyPhone A888 Duo has the following specifications:
  • 4.5" capacitive IPS touchscreen, qHD, 540 x 960 pixels
  • dual-core 1GHz processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory (microSD card supported, up to 32GB)
  • 8.0 MP rear autofocus camera, dual LED flash, 720p HD recording
  • 1.3 MP front camera
  • 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth connectivity
  • GPS
  • motion, proximity and light sensor
  • dual mic noise reduction
  • turn to mute function
  • dual SIM
  • 1,800 mAh battery
  • 8.9 mm thick
  • Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich OS
  • Price: PHP 7,499 
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Judging by the specs, it's quite an impressive yet sexy phone. It has a large enough 4.5" qHD screen which guarantees a more detailed and vivid screen. It is also powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor that promises fast performance. The 512MB onboard is enough for your multitasking needs, and the 4GB internal memory, which is expandable through a microSD card is just perfect if you love to overload your phone with apps, music, photos or videos.

On the photography department, taking good photos will be an easy job, thanks to the 8MP camera. Night shots? No worries as it has a dual LED flash.

With this price tag, it may be compared to A898 duo which has the exact same price yet has a smaller screen and a less powerful camera than the A888 duo.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Lenovo reveals K860i

Chinese mobile manufacturer Lenovo has launched K860's more powerful twin, the K860i.


The Lenovo K860i packs a more powerful 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor, plus twice the RAM and internal storage of K860, which is now 2GB and 16GB, respectively. The rest of the specs remain the same.

No availability and pricing yet but for sure it will be launched first in its home country, China. It may be launched here in the Philippines as Lenovo has a strong presence here.

 Lenovo K860 is currently priced here at PHP 19,999.

SOURCE: GSMArena

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Join Nokia's Cardboard Challenge!

Nokia will once again unleash the creativity in you through the Nokia Cardboard Challenge! All you have to do is make a Nokia phone made of discarded gift wrapping materials like wrappers, ribbons, cards, etc. In case you still haven't received any gifts, you may use newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, etc. as long as it was already used (that means no new or unused bond papers or construction papers).
And the prize? A brand new Lumia 820! They're giving away three so good luck to those three lucky contestants. You have until next year, January 7 to submit your entries. You can submit by posting it at the comments section HERE or tweet it with the #NokiaPaperChallenge hashtag.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Nokia to hold Pre-Holiday Sale once more!

Due to insistent public demand, Nokia Philippines will be holding again their Pre-Holiday Sale starting tomorrow, Dec. 15, up to the following day, Dec. 16. And now it will be held on more Nokia stores. By the way, here's the image Nokia Philippines posted regarding the participating stores:

So to all buyers, good luck and may you enjoy your Nokia phones for the holidays! Don't forget to make a comment here about your experience! 

Update your Cherry Mobile Flare and Titan at Service Centers nationwide

Good news for Cherry Mobile Flare and Titan users! Cherry Mobile has just announced a release of a software update for Cherry Mobile Flare and Cherry Mobile Titan. All you have to do is to go to their service centers nationwide.

  
Cherry Mobile Flare:
  • Release Notes: Build number: TBW592241_8572_V000031 
  • Change logs: G-sensor, Auto-rotate SMS, FM radio support and others.

Cherry Mobile Titan
  • Release Notes: Build number: Cherry_w500_ver9.0 
  • Change logs: 5pt multi-touch support and others.
Checklist:
 
1. Check first the build number of your smartphone (settings > about phone), if already updated with same version, no need to go to service centers.
2. Back-up your data. Cherry Mobile is not responsible for data loss (e.g 3rd party softwares, media files etc.) during the software update.


Also, according to them, they will release the OTA (over-the-air) update early next year.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Samsung I8262D gets leaked

A new Samsung smartphone was again leaked and surfaced from China. Codenamed Samsung I8262D, it's a budget Android phone running on Jellybean.


It packs a 4.3" WVGA screen, a 1GHz processor, expandable up to 32GB microSD card,  5MP camera, and, 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.

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Samsung has a new phone again. What do you think?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Alcatel One Touch View: Alcatel's first WP smartphone

It's been two months since it was revealed that Alcatel's gonna be releasing a Windows Phone. Called the Alcatel One Touch View, it is Alcatel's first ever Windows phone, and will be running WP 7.5 which may be upgradeable to 7.8.

Alcatel One Touch View (liveside.net)
The device packs sports a 4" IPS LCD WVGA display, a single core 1GHz Qualcomm processor, 4GB of internal memory (non-expandable), 512MB of RAM, and a 5MP camera as well as a VGA front camera. It is powered by a 1500 mAh battery.

Here's the promo ad:
 
It will be available in two colors, black and orange. Price is 6990 Russian rubles or approximately PHP9,300. No news yet if it will be ever released here in the Philippines.

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Alcatel One Touch View looks nice and is definitely slim. Will you ever buy one, or choose a Samsung Ativ S or a Nokia Lumia, both runs now on the latest WP OS, the WP8, or stick to Android and iPhone? Share your thoughts below.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Research In Motion reveals Blackberry 10 teaser

Research in Motion (RIM) has revealed a teaser photo of their upcoming Blackberry smartphone, the Blackberry 10 at their official site. These full-touch device will be launched next year January 30. Here's the photo by the way:


The photo above shows Blackberry 10's back, showing the camera, the Blackberry logo, as well as the volume rocker. The back is obviously texturized, to provide a better grip and avoid fingerprint smudges. 

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What do you think of this device? Post your comments below.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

O+ 8.9 Android unveiled

O+ USA has revealed another phone in their increasing Android lineup, the O+ 8.9. If you like 5-incher phones packed with a powerful dual core processor on an affordable price, this is a good choice.

O+ 8.9 (Source: pinoytechblog.com)
Here are the O+ 8.9 Android specs:
  • 5" capacitive touchscreen
  • dual core 1GHz processor
  • 5.0 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • front camera
  • Air Shuffle
  • 3G/GPRS/WIFI/Bluetooth
  • Dual sim
  • expandable up to 32GB microSD card
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, upgradeable to 4.1 Jellybean
  • 2300 mAh battery
  • PRICE: PHP 8.995
Package contents:
  • free 8GB SanDisk memory card
  • limited edition 3.5 mm jack
  • O+ 8.9 (of course)
  • micro-USB cable
  • charger plug
This phone is perfect if you love watching movies on your phone, as it has a large 5 inch screen. And with a dual-core 1GHz processor, apps would run smoothly. The 5.0 MP camera with the LED flash will surely take nice photos, and the front cam will do for the video chat. Lastly, the long lasting 2300 mAh battery may take you a little longer compared to regular battery capacity of other Android phones. Overall, its a nice Android phone for a decent price.

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If you have the device above, please feel free to make a comment below on your experience using it. Thank you!