Friday, September 28, 2012

Lenovo Mobile Philippines hints new phone through teaser photo

Lenovo Mobile Philippines, through Facebook posted a teaser photo for an upcoming phone. Here's the photo:

Lenovo's teaser photo for an upcoming phone. I wonder what it is?
As I read the comments on the post, lots of other Lenovo units emerged, the Lenovo A660 (the waterproof phone), K860, A879, and P700i (an upgrade to Lenovo P700).

Of all the units mentioned above, on my opinion, it's the Lenovo P700i that is the closest. First, looking at the caption above, "Great Power now comes with Great Speed", which to me, sounds like an upgrade from a less powerful phone. Lenovo P700i is obviously an upgrade to the Lenovo P700, which now is powered with a dual core 1.0 GHz processor, compared to the latter's single core 1.0 GHz.

But who knows? Let's just see when Lenovo Mobile Philippines reveal it.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Google celebrates 14th birthday

Google is celebrating its 14th birthday today through a 'google doodle' in its homepage as shown below.
Google's "Google Doodle" today, celebrating its 14th birthday
The search engine giant and owner of Android has been part of our lives for 14 years already! Once again, Happy 14th birthday Google!

Google Play celebrates 25 billion downloads

Good news to all Android fans out there who loves to download apps and games at Google Play: In part of their celebration for the 25 billion downloads made on their store, Google slashes 75+% off on paid apps!


Google Playstore's success could be attributed to the success of Android OS as well. Thousands and thousands of apps, free or paid, are available, attracting consumers to switch to Android phones. I myself want an Android phone now. But who knows? Will they stay forever? Or iTunes and Windows Marketplace, or even the Nokia Store will take over?

Source: Google Play

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Get the MyPhone A878 for only PHP 5,388!

Local mobile company MyPhone invites Facebook fans to its Fans Day Madness event on Sept. 28, 2012 (this coming Friday) at Metrowalk, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, exclusive for MyPhone Facebook fans. There, fans could get a new MyPhone A878 phone for only PHP 5,388 with a free 4GB microSD card (original price is at PHP 7,499).

MyPhone A878

So what is this MyPhone A878 phone that's gonna get a large discount at the fans event? Here are the specs of this powerful yet affordable Android phone:
  • large 4.3" IPS capacitive display
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 512MB RAM, 2.56GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB microSD card
  • 5MP rear camera w/ autofocus and LED flash
  • GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth. FM Radio, TV-out, motion sensor
  • dual-sim, dual standby
  • Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1,800 mAh battery
  • Price:
    • regular price: PHP 7,499 (PHP 6,999 + PHP 500 4GB microSD card)
    • promo price: PHP 5, 388 (inclusive of 4GB microSD card) (at the Fans Day Madness event only)
By the way, here's the event. You should print a screenshot of the MyPhone Facebook fan page, showing your Facebook username, as well as the 'Like' button liked. (Click the photo below for more details, or visit MyPhone's Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/myphone)

So what do you think people? Looks like a good deal from MyPhone. Are you going to attend the event and buy one?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Nokia Asha 308 and 309 officially announced

Two new phones will join the Asha Touch family: the Asha 308 and 309. These two phones basically share the same traits of their younger siblings, Asha 305 and 306, but now they have a capacitive touchscreen, compared to the latter's resistive screens.

Nokia Asha 308

Nokia Asha 308 has the same 3" display that runs in the family, but now it has a capacitive screen that is more responsive than his resistive-screened siblings. Nokia has also retained the 2MP camera. Dual-sim feature has been added to Asha 308 like his sibling, Asha 305. The rest of the features are the same with other Asha Touch, the S40 Asha Touch UI, 3x faster web browsing with Nokia Browser, GPRS and EDGE support (no 3G and WiFi), 64MB internal memory expandable up to 32GB microSD card, as well as the 40 free EA games you can download at the Nokia Store. 


It will be available in black and golden white.

Nokia Asha 309
On the other hand, Nokia Asha 309 is a much more powerful phone compared to Asha 308. It has the same features with the latter except that it has WiFi capability (but no 3G) and supports only a single sim. Other features include 2MP camera, S40 Asha Touch UI, 3x faster web browsing with Nokia Browser, 64MB internal memory expandable up to 32GB microSD card, Nokia Maps, through WLAN positioning, as well as the 40 free EA games you can download at the Nokia Store.

It will be available in white and black colors.


According to Nokia, Asha 308 and 309 will be at an estimated retail price of USD99 (excluding taxes and subsidies). It will be available by the last quarter of 2012.

UPDATE: Nokia Philippines said that it will be here soon.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Huawei W1: Huawei's rumored first WP8 smartphone

Lots of Windows Phone are making their appearance in the market to combat Google's Android and Apple's iOS. First, Nokia with their Lumia phones; second, Samsung with their Ativ series; and last and just recently HTC with their Windows Phone 8S and 8X. And now, we're waiting for Chinese mobile manufacturer Huawei to give their shot of WP8 phones.


According to a rumor, it will be called W1, and will come out probably before the last quarter ends. No specs revealed yet, but it will be available in three colors: black, pink, and white, and may cost around $317.

Can Windows Phone OS take over the Android and iOS. Let's see.

SOURCE: www.gsmarena.com

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Motorola hits Apple's map through ad

As we all know, Apple has removed Google Map on its list of apps for its latest iPhone 5, as they are making their own map app. And now it's out, lots of mobile manufacturers are criticizing Apple's map, first Nokia, now Motorola.

Here's how Nokia did it with Samsung Galaxy SIII and Apple iPhone 5:

Nokia Maps vs. Google Map and Apple Maps
In the comparison above, Nokia Maps is an obvious winner against the veteran Google Maps and the new Apple Maps.

And just recently, Motorola, which is owned by Google, attacked iPhone 5 through an ad, as shown below:

Motorola Droid RAZR M ad

As shown in the advertisement above, the new Apple Maps will get you lost compared to the satellite view of Google Maps. Of course, Google Maps is a veteran in this field, compared to the newbie Apple Maps, which to me looks like a half-completed map.

What do you think is the best map? Google Map? Nokia Map? Wlll it be a good move for Apple to return the Google Map for its new smartphone? You decide.

OFFTOPIC: Is mobile ad wars a trend today? Ever since Samsung attacked Apple's iPhone 5 through a picture and video ad, Nokia and Motorola followed suit. Looks like this is gonna be a wild competition between mobile empires!


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Upgrade to iOS 6 now rolling out

As Apple Inc., promised, users of iPhone 4S, 4, 3GS or iPad 2, new iPad and iPod Touch will be able to update their device to the latest version of iOS, the iOS 6.

iOS 6 logo. Source: www.apple.com/ios

Users can update their phones via OTA (over-the-air) or through their computers via iTunes (latest version). Check it now and update and tell us your experience with the update by commenting below.

HTC announces Windows Phone 8S and 8X

Taiwanese manufacturer HTC has unveiled two new smartphones for consumers who want to experience mobile computing with Windows Phone 8 OS, the HTC Windows Phone 8S and HTC Windows Phone 8X.
HTC Windows Phone 8X
Windows Phone 8X is powered with a dual-core Qualcomm S4 1.5 GHz. The screen is a large 4.3 inch super LCD 2 capacitive touch screen, HD 720p resolution, with a Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection. Total internal memory is at 16GB, with 1GB of RAM

A special feature is the built-in Beats Audio amplifier, which will deliver users with superior audio experience. 

On the photography side, it has an 8MP camera with autofocus, LED flash and BSI Sensor, at 1080p video recording. Front camera is at 2.1MP at 1080p video recording, with a wide-angle lens. HTC included a dedicated camera chip called, HTC ImageChip.

For connectivity, it has Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, WiFI: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n, and NFC (near-field communication) capability. 

Other features include a GPS Antenna with GLONASS, G-Sensor, digital compass, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor.

HTC Windows Phone 8X will run Windows Phone 8 OS, of course. Battery is at 1,800 mAh.
HTC Windows Phone 8S
HTC Windows Phone 8S is a less powerful phone that its sibling. It is powered with a dual-core Qualcomm S4 1 GHz. The screen is a smaller 4 inch LCD capacitive touch screen, WVGA resolution, also with a Corning Gorilla Glass protection. Total internal memory is at 16GB, which can be expanded through a microSD card. RAM is at a lower 512MB.

Same as its more powerful sibling, it also has built-in Beats Audio.

8S has a 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash, 720p video recording, but has no front camera.

For connectivity, it has Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, WiFI: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, but no NFC capability.

Other features include a GPS Antenna with GLONASS, G-Sensor, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor.

HTC Windows Phone 8S will also run Windows Phone 8 OS. Battery is at a lesser 1,700 mAh.

Both phones supports microSIM only. No price and availability date stated yet.

Now, which is better: Lumia or WP 8S and 8X? Both are powerful Windows phone with powerful features.

SOURCE: www.htc.com

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

WIn a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2!

Samsung Mobile Philippines is giving away 10 units of Samsung Galaxy Tab 2! All you have to do is to tell them who of your friends deserve a better life with the new Galaxy Tab 2 and tell us why via the Life Gets Better with You app.





Just visit this page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/SamsungMobilePH?sk=app_123119844500138

SOURCE: http://facebook.com/SamsungMobilePH

Win a Lenovo S880!

Good news everyone! Lenovo Mobile Philippines is giving away one Lenovo S880! Visit this link to know more: http://getanedge.ph/


To know more about Lenovo's latest phablet, visit Lenovo Mobile PH's site here: www.lenovomobile.com.ph

SOURCE: http://facebook.com/lenovomobileph

Get FREE WiFi with Lenovo S880!

Lenovo Mobile Philippines has a cool deal for those who are interested to buy their new phablet, the Lenovo S880, which will surely make you wanna buy this instant.

By purchasing a Lenovo S880, you can get a premium WiFi connection for FREE (30 days) with PLDT WiFi Zone, which has more than 3,500 hotspots nationwide! All you have to do is text your name and the IMEI number of your phone (located at the back of the phone under the battery) to 2960. Click the photo below for more details.


Lenovo S880 is currently priced at PHP 14,999.

PROMO ALERT: Lenovo Mobile Philippines is giving away one Lenovo S880! Check here for more details: http://getanedge.ph/win-a-free-lenovo-s880-android-phone/

Monday, September 17, 2012

Win a Nokia Lumia 920!

Here's your chance to win Nokia's flagship Windows phone, the Lumia 920! Nokia will be giving away 5 of this phones to those who gave the best answers. All you have to do is tell why you would like to #switch to a Lumia 920 from your current phone. Check here: http://nokia.ly/Npz042


Contest ends at Friday, 21 Sep 2012 0:00 BST.
Join now!

PHOTO SOURCE: https://www.facebook.com/nokia 

Cherry Mobile W100 and Candy TV: Android experience below 4K

Smartphone competition in the local scene is really becoming stiff, with local and foreign manufacturers selling Android phones at aggressive prices. To show that they're not behind the competition, Cherry Mobile has released two Android phones, W100 and Candy TV, at a very low price below PHP 4,000.

Cherry Mobile W100
Cherry Mobile W100 is a smartphone with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. It sports a 3.5" IPS HVGA LCD capacitive screen, which is large enough for most users. In addition to that, it is 5-point multitouch. A standard 512MB internal memory is onboard, and it can be expanded via a 32GB microSD card. On the photography department, it has a 3MP rear camera as well as a front camera. Another bonus is the dual-sim capability. For connectivity, it has Wi-Fi and 3G capability. It runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. And this is all for a very low price of PHP 3,499 only! It's very surprising how Cherry Mobile came to that price tag, knowing that it has lots and lots of features not present on other mobiles at that level.

REVIEW: MOBILETECHPINOY



The next phone, as shown above, is the Cherry Mobile Candy. It has the same 1GHz processor, IPS LCD capacitive screen, 512MB internal memory, and dual-sim capability with W100. The rear camera is at 2MP and a VGA at front. A special plus is the Mobile TV, wherein you can watch free TV channels anytime at your phone! And this again at a surprisingly low price of PHP 3.299

Looks like a good job for Cherry Mobile to pack such features on an Android phones at such very affordable price. Now I wonder what other manufacturers will do. Anyways, to anyone who have this phones, please feel free to make a comment regading your experience with this devices. Thanks!

PHOTO SOURCES: https://www.facebook.com/cherrymobile



Samsung hits Apple's iPhone 5 through SIII ad

After Apple has officially launched the much-awaited and anticipated iPhone 5, and also maybe because of those patent infringement cases filed against the South Korean conglomerate, which Apple had won, Samsung has posted through social networking site Facebook a Galaxy SIII advertisement directly hitting iPhone 5.

Samsung: It doesn't take a genius.

Samsung Galaxy SIII vs. iPhone 5:  Looks like an obvious win


The first picture shows Samsung's flagship phone Galaxy SIII beside the iPhone 5, obviously, with the tagline, "It doesn't take a genius", which probably refers to the people behind iPhone 5 (genius). Meanwhile, the next picture directly mentions iPhone 5 and presented there is a comparison of the two smartphones, listing all its special features. As you can see, the SIII has really outnumbered the iPhone 5.

Looks like  a head-to-head competition is coming between the two largest phonemakers. Who do you think will win? You decide.

SOURCE: Picture 1: https://www.facebook.com/SamsungMobileUSA, Picture 2: http://smgm.us/g30

Thursday, September 13, 2012

New iPod Touch and Nano launched

Along with the coveted iPhone 5, Apple Inc., did not forget their famous iPods in the launching event. The new gizmos now has been improved, Touch gets a larger screen, and Nano changing and losing its squarish shape.



The new iPod Touch, as with the iPhone 5, sports a bigger 4-inch Retina display; an 8MP iSight camera that has LED flash, face detection, panorama feature, and can shoot a 1080p video; an improved front camera; a dual-core A5 chip, which, according to Apple's website, 'twice the processing power and up to seven times faster graphics than the previous generation'; new Apple EarPods for improved audio experience; Facebook and Twitter integration; a better Siri; wireless streaming through AirPlay; Bluetooth; and a new wireless Lightning connector.

It will be available in slate, silver, blue, yellow, and pink colors. Capacity is at 32 and 64GB. Price starts at $199.

To know more about the new iPod touch, visit this page: http://www.apple.com/ipod-touch/

On the other hand, iPod Nano has changed a lot compared to the previous 6th generation. It is now bigger, rectangular in shape and credit card in size, compared to the previous square one which is wearable. It now has a 2.5-inch multitouch screen, has apps like Nike+ for fitness, Genius, a personal DJ for making nice playlists, video-viewing ability, Bluetooth 4.0, radio, Podcasts, plus the new EarPods and Lightning connector.

It will be available in slate, pink, silver, purple, citrus, blue and green colors. Capacity is at 16GB. Price is at $149 but here it will sell at PHP 8,290.

For more info about the new iPod Nano: http://www.apple.com/ipod-nano/

Some says that the new iPod Nano resembles Nokia's Lumia phones. What do you think?


Apple iPhone 5 finally revealed!

Yesterday, the most awaited and anticipated phone was revealed at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in California, USA: the Apple iPhone 5, which, according to Apple Inc., is the 'thinnest, lightest, and fastest iPhone ever'.

Apple iPhone 5 (http://www.apple.com/iphone/)

The new iPhone 5 features a larger 4-inch Retina display with 1136 x 640 resolution (326 pixels per inch), a new A6 processor which as they said is twice as fast as before, the same but better 8MP HD iSight camera, which now has panorama feature, and can take pictures with up to 28 megapixel resolution, an improved front-facing HD camera that can take self-portraits or record 720p videos, fast data connection using LTE wireless connectivity, a new map app which Apple has made and designed, and, a better Siri, which now, can understand more questions and speak more languages. For your music needs, it has new EarPods which delivers enhanced audio experience. You can also get a faster Lightning connector. Also, it is running on the latest version of iOS, the iOS 6.

(http://www.apple.com/iphone/)

On the physical side, it is now much thinner and lighter, at 7.6 mm thin and weighs 112 g. It will be available in white and slate black. (NOTE: I just got news from GSMArena that Fujitsu Arrows F-07D is the thinnest smartphone as of date at 6.7mm)

(http://www.apple.com/iphone/)

Good news to those who have older iPhone models, you will get a free update to iOS 6 by September 19.

It will be available in the Philippines by September 28 or later.

To know more about the new iPhone 5, visit: http://www.apple.com/iphone/

The question is: WIll it win the competition and beat Samsung's Galaxy SIII? You decide.

SOURCE: http://www.apple.com/iphone/

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Lenovo A660: Lenovo's first waterproof phone

Chinese IT and electronics firm Lenovo has just unveiled another phone for those who loves adventures: the Lenovo A660. This phone is Lenovo's first ever waterproof device which has an IP67 certification. That means it can resist dust and water with a limit of 1 meter for half an hour.





A660 is powered with a 1 GHz dual core processor. On the display, it has a 4" Gorilla Glass WVGA screen. For shooting purpose, it has a 5MP rear camera and a VGA front camera. Another common feature of Lenovo phones integrated on this phone is the dual-sim capability. Battery capacity is at 1500 mAh. Pricing is still yet to be revealed (I think it's going to be much cheaper than other waterproof phones) and of course, it will hit its homeland first, China.

SOURCE: GSMArena

Saturday, September 8, 2012

O+ USA joins Philippine mobile market

If you're fond of watching Eat Bulaga, then you certainly have seen a new phone brand that they're endorsing, the O+. Honestly, I just saw this brand a day ago while I was surfing the other local tech blogs and sites, and it really caught my attention.

O+ is an American technology company that is trying to penetrate the Asian mobile market. Here in the Philippines, it slowly gains attention and publicity, through the noontime show Eat Bulaga, and also because their phones are unique in a way, and very affordable.

One phone that caught my attention was a phone that does not need touch, instead you just have to wave your hand in front of it. It is called 6.3 WiFi, and it's very affordable, for only PHP 3,795! By the way, here's the commercial:

 
Here's an image of the phone:


Another phone that again caught my attention is a very affordable phone that is almost tied  with Lenovo A60+ in specs and price, although has a smaller screen of 3.2", is the O+ 8.7 Android. It's an Android phone powered by a 1 GHz processor with a price of PHP 4,995 only!


I have read lots of positive feedbacks from new O+ phone users. They also have a tablet, along with other affordable basic phones. They are available in a lot of electronic stores as well as through Lazada.

For more information about their products, visit the official O+ USA website HERE.
Official Facebook Accounthttps://www.facebook.com/OplusUSA

If you are a O+ phone user, please feel free to share your experience by making a comment below.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 officially unveiled!

Today is Nokia's big day, as they are counting on these newly-launched phones on the Finnish company's fate and success.

Nokia Lumia 920 (facebook.com/nokia)
Two Windows phones, the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820 was finally revealed today (Sept. 5 in the US). Of the two, 920 is the flagship Lumia phone with astounding appearance and features:
  • 4.5" Puremotion HD+ display, 720p, capacitive
    • automatically adjusts on the ambient light
  • chipset: Snapdragon S4
  • CPU: 1.5 GHz dual-core Krait processor
  • GPU: Adreno 225
  • 32GB internal storage + 7GB Skydrive storage
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8MP Pureview camera w/ LED flash, 1080p video recording
  • Windows Phone 8 OS
  • micro-sim card only
  • 2,000 mAh battery, nonreplaceable
  • colors: white, yellow, black
  • Special Features:
    • NFC and LTE connectivity
    • wireless charging
    • Nokia Lens, Nokia Drive, Nokia Maps 
Nokia Lumia 820 (facebook.com/nokia)

On the other hand, Lumia 820 looks almost like its big brother but has lesser features:
  • 4.3" AMOLED WVGA capacitive screen
    •  ClearBlack technology
  • chipset: Snapdragon S4
  • CPU: 1.5 GHz dual-core Krait processor
  • GPU: Adreno 225
  • 8GB internal storage + 7GB Skydrive storage
    •  expandable through MicroSD card
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8MP camera
  • Windows Phone 8 OS
  • 1,650 mAh battery
  • Special features;
    • NFC and LTE connectivity
    • wireless charging
    • special apps
These two phones are almost in par with other high-end devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 and maybe, the Apple iPhone 5 (?), but with such features as Puremotion HD+, 8MP Pureview camera, wireless charging, Nokia Lens, and its ever-exquisite design makes it stand out from the crowd. But, will Nokia be successful on ascending on the throne once again? Can Windows Phone 8 do the magic to get rid of Android and iOS? Will the consumers like and buy it? You decide

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

iPhone 5 to be launched on September 12

Apple has finally confirmed through a teaser photo the release of its most anticipated product, the iPhone 5


As you can see in the picture above, the shadow of the number 12 (which is the launching day) forms a 5, which is obviously the iPhone 5 every Apple fanatic is waiting for. Some rumors state that the new phone will feature a bigger 4 inch screen, as well as NFC and LTE capabilities.

The launching event will be held at San Francisco, California, in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Will it win the battle again to Samsung, and regain its position once more?

SOURCE: GSMArena   


Monday, September 3, 2012

Lenovo A60+: a 1GHZ Android phone below 5K!

Lenovo is a new competitor in the mobile phone market here in the Philippines yet they are very aggressive. This September, they will release a new phone that suits the budget of every Filipinos, the Lenovo A60+, which is an upgrade to A65 yet has a price tag below PHP 5,000.


Lenovo A60+ is powered by a 1GHz MediaTek MT6575 ARM v7 Cortex-A9 processor and a GPU of PowerVR SGX531 Ultra, compared to the slower 800 MHz of A65. However, Lenovo maintained the 3.5" capacitive touchscreen (262K colors and a 320 x 480 pixel resolution), the 256 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM, and the 1500 mAh battery. Internal memory is at 144 MB. The camera was downgraded to 2MP and it still runs on Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread OS. Also, it's dual sim and dual active. All for the price of PHP 4,999 only! I can say it's another bang-for-the-buck phone from Lenovo.

At this price, it will be competing against Alcatel Blaze Duo 918N, which has lesser specs.

This phone will be available by mid-September, along with S880.

REVIEW: YUGATECH

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Lenovo outs S880

Lenovo has announced before that S880 is included in the line-up of phones that they are going to release this year, along with Lenovo A65 and P700. And now, Lenovo S880 is finally out!


Lenovo S880 boasts a large 5" capacitive multi-touch screen, a powerful 1GHz processor. It also has 512 MB RAM as well as a 4GB internal storage, which you may increase by adding up a memory card (maximum of 32GB).

On the photography department, it has a 5MP rear camera and a VGA front camera.

As with the other Lenovo phones, S880 is a dual-sim, dual-standby phone. It runs on Android v.4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has a long-lasting 2,250 mAh battery.

It will retail at PHP14,999.

Watch the video about S880 here:


SOURCE: https://www.facebook.com/lenovomobileph

Huawei unveils Ascend G600

Chinese multinational and telecommunications company Huawei has just announced a new smartphone, the Ascend G600.
Ascend G600 offers a large 4.5" LCD IPS HD screen, with a high resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. It is powered with a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor, as well as 768 ROM and 4GB RAM. Other special features include Wi-Fi, DLNA, Bluetooth, and NFC (Near-Field Communication).

The device runs on Android V. 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It has a 1,930 Li-Polymer battery that Huawei claims to have more than 15 days standby.

SOURCE: http://www.huaweidevice.com/worldwide/newsIndex.do?method=view&newsId=209&directoryId=5024&pageType=news