Sunday, December 15, 2013

Western Digital My Book 4TB Review

Having a backup for your files is very important, especially if you go crazy whenever you lose them (just like me!). That's where a storage device comes in place. Fortunately, Western Digital has the My Book, a desktop storage device that comes with a lot of features and space, yet affordable.

Our review unit has a 4TB capacity (that's lots and lots of storage space!!!). For those who are not familiar with My Book, it's an external desktop drive with capacities ranging from 2TB to 4TB. It works for both Windows and Mac too. So is it a good choice for a backup device? Find out more after the jump.

HP Slate 7 Extreme now available at CMK Cellphones for P13,500

Finally, the HP Slate 7 Extreme has reached the Philippine shores. I've been waiting for this powerful gaming tablet for some time already and I'm very excited to get my hands on it. For those who are not familiar with this device, the HP Slate 7 Extreme is based on NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 but with a different design (HP partnered with NVIDIA for this device). And yes, it's now available at CMK Cellphones at an unbelievably high price of P13,500, far from the $199 suggested price (about P8,800) and is pricier than the Google Nexus 7 (2013). Anyways, here are the specs: 

HP Slate 7 Extreme specs:
7" HD multitouch screen, 1280 x 800 resolution
NVIDIA Tegra 4 A15 (1.8 GHz, 2MB cache, 4+1 cores)
16GB internal memory
expandable up to 32GB microSD card
5MP autofocus rear camera
0.3MP front camera
WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS connectivity
Accelerometer, Gyro, Ambient Light sensor
e-Compass, Hall-Effect sensor
microHDMI port
microUSB 2.0 port
Miracast compatible
3.5mm headphone jack
NVIDIA PureAudio
Android 4.2.2 Jellybean
4100 mAh Li-Po battery

I've been reading reviews from other tech sites and so far I haven't seen anything negative about it, except the screen should have been better. It's a gaming powerhouse and has performed excellently on benchmarks, even besting Google Nexus 7 (2013) and Amazon Kindle HD 7.

What just totally disappoints me is the price.  It's just too far from the $199 price tag it should have. Maybe I'll wait for more stores to have it. :)

So far, only CMK sells it locally. Online stores such as HP and Best Buy are all sold out. However, Newegg has stocks, in case you want to know.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Western Digital My Passport Slim 1TB Review

It's been months since we last reviewed a portable storage device, the Western Digital My Passport Ultra, which I can say is a total performer. It's fast and very handy, and has a big file capacity too. But things get better with the new My Passport Slim, not only in terms of performance but also in the physical design, which really stands out in the crowd. We got a unit here with us (1TB model) and finally here's our review.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Gameloft partners with Mercedes-Benz for GT Racing 2

Leading game publisher Gameloft has teamed up with Mercedes-Benz, a world renowned manufacturer of premium cars, for its new game under the highly-popular GT Racing series, GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience, which is now available at the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Get the Gionee ELIFE E6 plus an Edifier X100 speaker for P18,999

Gionee, a new mobile player here in the Philippines, has launched their nationwide sale which kicked off last November 9 up until December 15. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Western Digital outs My Passport Slim 2TB

Western Digital, a global leader in storage solutions, has just outed the My Passport Slim 2TB, from the My Passport series of portable storage devices. I have a review unit here with me so stay tuned. Meanwhile, here's the press release:

Huawei Ascend W2 goes official: your budget 4.3" Windows 8 Phone

Huawei is adding up its Windows Phone line with the announcement of the Huawei Ascend W2, W1's successor. Packing a 4.3-inch screen, this new smartphone from the Chinese company is aimed to consumers who want to experience Windows Phone 8 at an affordable price.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Eye-opening Stats Of Smartphones: An Infographic

by Earl Ray

Here's an interesting infographic about smartphones made by Earl Ray. Stats are more of the smartphone industry in the US, but it is a great insight, knowing that US is one of the biggest markets for such devices. Enjoy!

Eye-opening Stats Of Smartphones
This Infographic is produced by Coupon Audit (provides Finish Line coupon) and Usapang Tekno

Win a Suzuki Alto 800 with Western Digital's Ultimate Drive Giveaway!

Want something to drive by buying a drive? Then here's your chance! Western Digital Philippines is having their Ultimate Drive Giveaway promo. Simply buy an internal drive (models listed below) and submit your entries through SMS. Prizes include a brand new Suzuki Alto 800 (grand prize), three (3) Kymco Visar 110 motorcycles for three minor winners, and a consolation prize of WD pillows and umbrellas. More of this with the mechanics below:

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Cloudfone Thrill 400qx: The Best of Both Worlds

Slim and Sleek? Proud and Powerful? Which one would you choose? Fortunately, Cloudfone is giving you both with its latest phone, the Cloudfone Thrill 400qx, an Android device that has two interchangeable batteries. So what's with this interchangeable battery thing that makes it extra special? We'll find out after the jump. Specs also coming up.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Lenovo A369i now available: 4-incher dual-core phone for PHP 4,499!

Lenovo Mobile Philippines has just announced the availability of their newest budget phone: the Lenovo A369i. Packing a 4" screen and is powered by a dual-core processor, the Lenovo A369i also runs on Android 4.2 Jellybean. More about this after the jump.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

O+ USA outs 8.31z, 8.36z, and 8.37 Android phones

O+ USA just announced through their Facebook page their latest batch of Android phones, the 8.31z, 8.36z, and the 8.37, all of which have dual-core processors and are running on Android 4.2 Jellybean. Find more about them after the jump.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Nintendo 2DS unveiled, to be launched on October for $130

Going backwards is not a good thing, but not for Nintendo, who have just launched the latest member of  its consoles, the Nintendo 2DS. Almost the same features with the 3DS but without 3D and the clamshell design, the Nintendo 2DS is what the Japanese company is aiming for users who want to experience the console without having to shed so much money.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Gionee CTRL V4 now available in PH: 4.5" Quad-core phone for PHP7,999

Gionee Mobile Philippines has just announced through Facebook the availability of the latest addition on the CTRL series, the Gionee CTRL V4. It packs a 4.5" screen and is powered by a quad-core processor, all for an affordable price of PHP7,999! More of the specs below.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Alcatel One Touch Pixi: 3.5" 1GHz Android phone on Gingerbread

Alcatel Mobile Philippines just introduced their latest mobile phone on their Facebook page, the Alcatel One Touch Pixi. It may not have the latest specs you would find on other entry-level phones today but this could still be a nice option for those who are on a look for a simple and total budget phone, a secondary phone, or something you could give to your kids. More about this phone after the jump.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Gameloft to release blockbuster games for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

Allegedly, one of the major reasons why consumers are staying away from the Windows Phone platform is the lack of apps, compared to the Google Play Store and Apple App Store which has almost new apps everyday. I've even read that some essential apps, and games, are still missing in the Windows Phone Store but fortunately, they're slowly making their way in. To prove that they're very serious, along with Gameloft, they're scheduled to release 15 more blockbuster titles this year for the platform. Don't forget the Windows 8, too. Read the press release to know more:
Asphalt 8: Airborne is set to arrive by September at Windows Phone 8.

Guides: Useful apps at the Nokia Store

There are lots and lots of apps available for download at the Nokia Store. But unfortunately, they can't all fit to the phone's memory. And also, some of it are not useful for us so we end up deleting them. So what apps should you download that are essential for our daily lives? Here's a guide made by Nokia, along with my fellow tech bloggers:

Monday, August 19, 2013

Lenovo S820: 4.7" Quad-core Android Phone running on Jellybean

Not yet announced on their official Facebook but already in their website, a  Lenovo smartphone announced back in May this year is set to arrive here in the Philippines, the Lenovo S820. As posted on the website of online store CMK Cellphones, this 4.7-incher quad-core phone will be priced at PHP 12,600. Let's take a deeper look on this new device after the jump.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Cloudfone Excite 450q: Your quad-core android phone for PHP4,999

For those who are on the look for an affordable quad-core phone at 5K, fret no more. Cloudfone has just outed the Cloudfone Excite 450q, currently the 'most affordable quad-core phone in the market'. Check out the specs after the jump.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Nokia holds Developer Day for the new Asha

Nokia has just held the Asha Developer Day, an event aiming to show app developers what business opportunities the new Asha platform can give them. More of this with the press release below:
(from left) Norbert Aquende, Nokia developer manager, and a developer

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2TB review: Your reliable portable storage

Western Digital would always be known for their hard drives and portable storages, and the successful My Passport line continues to prove it. And luckily, we got our hands on the new WD My Passport Ultra with 2TB capacity and it is here in our lair for a review. We have covered it in an article here before and finally we had an opportunity to meet it up close and personally. Here's how it looks like:

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Nokia expands affordable 3G mobile phones lineup with Nokia Asha 208 dual sim

Nokia's goal of 'reaching the next millions' continues with the release of the Nokia Asha 208 dual sim here in our country. With its 3G capability, Filipinos who are on a strict and limited budget would never have to be left out on fast internet speeds on their mobile phones. More of this with the press release below:

LG Optimus L1 II unveiled: 3-inch 1GHz phone running on Jellybean

After unveiling their latest flagship phone, the LG G2, now comes their latest entry-level phone yet, the LG Optimus L1 II, which is aimed at users who are at a strict budget. This 3-incher phone packs a 1GHZ processor and is running on Android Jellybean. More specs coming after the jump.


Friday, July 26, 2013

Cherry Mobile unveils Cosmos S, X, X2 and Z

Cherry Mobile has just unveiled their latest top-of-the-line yet affordable mid-range priced Android phones last Thursday at the Bigger & Brighter Event: the Cherry Mobile Cosmos S, X, X2 and Z. So what's with these four new phones that make them worth a look?

Monday, July 22, 2013

Bringing families back to the living room with Devant TVs

I still remember those days when me and my family are packed in our living room, watching TV together, laughing and sharing thoughts, and that's the only bonding time we had without spending money by going out somewhere. But now it's only on rare occasions, thanks to our personal devices likes cellphones and laptops where we can watch films or play games! I'm sure most of you are experiencing it too, right? With the advent of personal gadgets, it is as if we found our own lair.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

MyPhone Iceberg: 5.7" quad-core Android Jellybean phone for PHP12,000!

Local mobile company MyPhone is set to unveil their latest Android offering for consumers, the MyPhone Iceberg, on June 26 (Friday) at Eastwood City Central Plaza. Priced at 12K, this midrange phone (under the Agua series) packs a 5.7" HD display with Gorilla Glass 2 protection, a 1.2GHz quadcore processor, and runs on Android v.4.2.1 Jellybean. More specs after the jump.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Show off your pocket power with the new Nokia Asha 501!

Want to win a new shell for your new Nokia Asha 501? Then join Nokia Philippines' promo: Show off your Nokia Asha 501 pocket power! Simply take a selfie showing your Asha 501. More details below:

Despicable Me: Minion Rush hits 50 million downloads

Minions anyone! Truly everyone is having a craze to those little yellow creatures from the Despicable Me franchise. And yes they're in a game too. Ever since Despicable Me: Minion Rush was launched in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, it became a worldwide hit, garnering 50 million downloads and taking its place at the top tens. I've played this game and I can say it's not your typical running game. Nice graphics, interesting gameplay, cool sounds, and..cute minions! Gameloft truly gave their best effort in this game. What's much better is it's free! So here's what they can say on its success:

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Quad-core and dual-sim Huawei Ascend G525 unveiled, priced at PHP 6,999

Huawei has just released a new Android phone with stunning specs yet on a budget price. I'm talking about the Huawei Ascend G525, a quad-core Android phone with a 4.5 inch screen and is dual-sim capable, all for a very attractive price of PHP 6,999 only! More specs coming up!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

SKK Mobile Titanium: 6" dual core Android Jellybean phone for PHP6,999!

New local mobile player SKK Mobile has just announced their newest and largest Android device to date: the SKK Mobile Titanium, which sports a very large 6" display. Now how does that look on your hands! Read more about what this phablet can offer after the jump.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Monday, June 24, 2013

Pre-order the Huawei Ascend Mate for PHP16,000!

Huawei's latest phablet, the Huawei Ascend Mate, is now available for pre-order at their official site for PHP16,000 only!
Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013, the Huawei Ascend Mate is the Chinese company's answer to Samsung's Galaxy Note, but with an affordable price.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Cherry Mobile Thunder 2.0: Quad-core Android phone for PHP 6,299!

Quad-core for less that 7K anyone? Cherry Mobile has again released a new quad-core droid phablet with a very affordable price tag of PHP 6,299! You can't find that on top-branded phones. So what's with the Cherry Mobile Thunder 2.0 that makes it cool? Get to know the specs after the jump:

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Torque i75 TV Review: Your full-touch featurephone for PHP 1,699

There's no denying that there is still a market for featurephones. Lots of people still prefer phones for text and calls only and those with lasting battery. 

And with the rise of smartphones, lots of phone manufacturers focused on this type of devices. However, some others didn't forget featurephones along with their smartphones.

So to give a new taste and innovation to the traditional form of featurephones, some manufacturers incorporated a smartphone feel in it, like a full touch screen, just like the Torque i75 TV, a new phone from a local mobile phone company, which we will review in a bit.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Torque i75 TV: 3.5" Java-enabled featurephone for PHP1,699 only!

Local mobile company Torque has a new offering for those who wanted a featurephone with a smartphone appeal: the Torque i75 TV. It's a Java phone with a 3.5" full touch resistive screen, 3MP camera with flash, mobile Tv, and dual sim capability for only PHP1,699! Full specs after the jump.

Cherry Mobile Blaze 2.0: scratch-resistant 5.7" quad-core Android Jellybean phone for PHP 9,499

Cherry Mobile has again released a new Android 'phablet' that might be a good choice for those who are on the lookout for sub-10k Android phones with a large screen and a quad-core processor. I'm talking about the Cherry Mobile Blaze 2.0, Blaze's successor, which now packs a large scratch resistant 5.7" screen, a quad-core processor, and is running on the latest version of Android, 4.2 Jellybean, all for PHP9,499. Below are the full specs and my overview:

Monday, June 10, 2013

MSI® GX60-1AC premium gaming notebook series to come with WD® Black SSHD

Good news gamers! On the lookout for a gaming notebook with the latest hard drive technology? Next month, Taiwanese electronics manufacturer MSI will release their gaming notebook series, the MSI® GX60-1AC, equipped with the newest hard drive innovation from Western Digital, the WD® Black solid state hard drives!  Here's the press release:

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Temple Run: Brave now out for Windows Phone

After the release of the original Temple Run, a spin-off has just made it to the Windows Phone: the Temple Run: Brave. A version of the game especially made for the Disney Movie Brave, this game incorporates the movie with the classic running game.

WD® Blue launched at Computex Taipei 2013

WD Blue, one of Western Digital's newest and currently, the thinnest hard drives with capacities of up to 1TB, has just been launched at Computex 2013 at Taipei. Measuring at 2.5 inches and is only 7mm slim, WD Blue is the company's solution to the aim of manufacturers to make slim and sleek devices without sacrificing quality and minimizing capacity. Here's the press release:

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Western Digital launches WD® SE enterprise hard drives at Computex Taiwan 2013

All of us I'm sure are using cloud storages for saving our files online and to download later or maybe share. These files are stored in a physical storage with large capacities of course. With this, Western Digital launched the affordable WD® SE line of enterprise hard drives at the Computex Taipei 2013. Here's the press release:  

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Coming Soon: Alcatel Tribe 3040

Smartphones. Ever since it became affordable, it was always on the spotlight. Everyone started wanting one. Some manufacturers even made a way to squeeze their prices more by cutting off on the hardware department, which unfortunately some consumers dislike. That's where featurephones come in mind. If you're on a really tight budget, this phone might be the right one for you, instead of sticking on an affordable but laggy, underperforming phone.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Acer Liquid S1 unveiled: 5.7" quad-core phone on 4.2 Jellybean

Taiwanese electronics company Acer has just unveiled its newest 'phablet' at the Computex Taipei 2013, the Acer Liquid S1, an Android smartphone that packs a large 5'7" HD screen, a quad-core processor, and is running on the latest Android version, 4.2 Jellybean.

Cherry Mobile Snap: 3.5" 1GHz Android phone for PHP 2,499

Local mobile company Cherry Mobile has just added a new Android phone in their ever-growing smartphone lineup: the Cherry Mobile Snap. It's a 3.5-incher phone running on Gingerbread with a very affordable price tag of PHP 2,499. More specs after the jump.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

WD Green hard drive bags Best Choice Award at Computex Taipei 2013

As mentioned on a recent article on this blog, Western Digital will be in the Computex Taipei 2013 that will be held from June 4 to 8 to exhibit their latest products: the ultra-slim WD Blue and WD Black solid-state hybrid drive (SSHD).

And May 29 is a great day for this leading storage solution company, as they win the Best Choice Award for their product: the WD Green hard drive, under the Green ICT category.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Nokia 105 now out in the Philippines for P999 only!

Looking for a basic no nonsense phone perfect for calling and texting, with extra features such as FM Radio and flashlight, and will last for days? Then maybe the Nokia 105 is the one you're looking for. Currently the Finnish company's cheapest colored phone, the Nokia 105 packs durability, simplicity, and affordability into one. So what's with this little phone that makes it a capable no hassle phone? Here's the press release:

Friday, May 24, 2013

Spend your summer at home with Devant LEDTech TVs!

This year's summer's definitely hot, and finding a way to cool down may include spending time with family or friends on malls, or probably a leisure trip to a beach or resort. But there's only one place where you don't have to spend money or use much energy. Where else? At our house of course! It may sound boring, but just finding the right entertainment may make your summer at home worthwhile. And that's where Devant LEDTech TVs come in mind. So what's with this appliance that makes it a perfect entertainment package? Read the press release below to find out.

Devant 50iTV360
Devant WIZ830 (55")