• Dell Venue 8 Pro Review

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    A small, powerful, next-gen atom-based Windows 8.1 tablet

    Dell Venue 8 Pro
  • My Desktop: Dell XPS 2720 All-in-one

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    Dell's monster powerhouse desktop takes on the Apple iMac. Read my journey on why I got this machine :)

    Dell XPS 2720
  • Pebble Smart Watch

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    This may be the start of a new trend in smart watches

    Pebble Smart Watch
  • Google Chromecast Review

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    Google’s take on conquering your living room

    Google Chromecast
  • Audio Engine 5+

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    High-end performance for desktops and home entertainment systems

    Audio Engine 5+ Speakers
  • HP Pre 3 and Dell Venue Pro

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    Top slider phones from 2 unexpected companies.

    Dell Venue Pro and HP Pre 3

Thursday, August 27, 2015

This is Microsoft’s Cityman and Talkman

Renowned leaker Evan Blass has done it again. He has just tweeted photos of the unannounced Microsoft flagship phones Cityman and Talkman. What do you think of the hardware design?

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Microsoft “Cityman” – Presumable called Lumia 950XL

  • 5.7-inch WQHD display (1440x2560)
  • CPU: Snapdragon 810
  • RAM: 3GB RAM
  • Storage: 32GB with MicroSD card support
  • 20MP PureView rear camera with triple LED flash
  • 5MP front camera
  • 3300 mAh battery
  • Surface Pen and Smart Cover support
  • USB Type C
  • Qi wireless charging
  • Iris scanner for Windows Hello
  • Support for Windows 10 Continuum with “Wizard” accessory

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Microsoft “Talkman” – Presumable called Lumia 950

  • 5.2-inch WQHD display (1440x2560)
  • CPU: Snapdragon 808
  • RAM: 3GB RAM
  • Storage: 32GB with MicroSD card support
  • 20MP PureView rear camera with triple LED flash
  • 5MP front camera
  • 3000 mAh battery
  • USB Type C
  • Qi wireless charging
  • Iris scanner for Windows Hello

LG Rolly is a cool keyboard on a stick

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This is LG’s slick-looking Rolly keyboard. It’s a rolling fold-up keyboard that also has a built-in stand to support your device, may it be a smartphone or tablet. A single AAA battery powers the keyboard for up to 3 months of average use. Watch the video below to see how it works:

The Rolly Keyboard will make its debut in September in the United States, followed by key markets in Europe, Latin America and Asia in the fourth quarter. Prices and details of availability will be announced locally at the time of launch. Visitors to IFA 2015 can see LG Rolly Keyboard up close in Hall 18 of Messe Berlin from September 4-9.

via: LG

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Gwee Microfiber Cleaning Products Review

If you’ve been using a smartphone or tablet then chances are you’ve already encountered a situation when your device’s display is all dirty and full of fingerprint smudges. I have, and while I do carry a microfiber cleaning cloth most of the time because I wear glasses, most would just use an ordinary table napkin, tissue or even their own shirt to wipe it off. The chances of making small scratches from fine debris stuck on tissues or clothing material is a big possibility.

Enter Gwee’s line of microfiber cleaning products. Gwee manufactures and sells very specific items to clean glasses and screen displays. They just sent a bunch of nifty microfiber cleaning products to test out. So here’s my impression on them.

http://www.gwee.com/

The Guppy Sport is a multi-purpose cleaning cloth because of the included magnets. It can coil an earphone or even a wad of cash. It can also attach to one’s clothing making it the ideal clip-on cord organizer.  This is a good basic cleaner that’s also perfect for cleaning glasses.

The Gwee Leaf’s main use is that it attaches conveniently to your laptop or monitor’s already embedded magnets. I have tried it on my huge 27” inch Dell workstation and true - it sticks, ready to use. Again, the magnets make all the difference.

This is the Gwee Button. It’s a circular coin-shaped cleaner that has a magnetic flap that serves as it’s holder. I tried this one on my phone but unfortunately, the microfiber had some sharp edges protruding that it left a mark on my screen protector.

The Gwee Keyring is specifically meant to be used as a keychain. Great for on-the-go cleaning. Would definitely use this on my keychain :)

Among the Gwee items sent to me, the Gwee Racer is my favorite. I like that it has its own holder and can be mounted anywhere with the provided double-sided tape. I really find this useful cleaning my large displays. it does it easily and conveniently stick to the side when not in use. It also comes with 4 extra cloth replacement stickers.

Conclusion

These Gwee magnet microfiber cleaning products are very useful and unique on its own. I personally have a use for each and every product above and it’s a nice addition to my cleaning arsenal.

However, the Gwee line of products addresses a very specific niche concern that not everyone are willing to spend money on. That could be one barrier for mass adoption.

Gwee must also ensure that the cloth and cleaner are being manufactured and installed properly. Items should be quality-checked for any imperfections because based on my experience and handling on the Gwee Button, I did encounter some sharp ‘extras’ underneath the microfiber cloth. It shouldn’t be present on something I would wipe around my screen.

Overall, I like this product for it’s simple purpose of cleaning smudgy displays. The magnets are really an ingenious and obvious addition that I wish I had thought of.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Would you forgo a Samsung Galaxy S6 for an iPhone 6 Plus?

With the impending release of Samsung's yearly flagship phone finally upon us, the Samsung Galaxy S6, I have been pondering over this question. It is the age-old question of whether one should go for what many people consider to be the premier Android phone, the Galaxy S6 flagship, or the Apple flagship of the moment, which in this case is the iPhone 6 Plus. The reason why I am personally intrigued this time around is that Samsung is letting go of so many of its most recognizable phone features like a removable battery, waterproofing, expandable storage that have been their biggest selling points in the past year.

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Those edges look eerily similar to an iPhone 6's


The Samsung Galaxy S6 does have its identifiable signatures, from the home button to its Samsung-style top and bezels, but if they saw fit to imitate iPhone 6's and iPhone 6 plus' rounded edges, that is indicative of just how successful and attractive Samsung thinks Apple's design language is. Why would any manufacturer want to imitate a competitor other than the simple reason of success? The incorporation of an aluminium body but the elimination of waterproofing and a removable battery seems logical. But the elimination of memory card support is seemingly not.

The Samsung Galaxy S6's display still remains the best feature, much to my delight. Vibrant colours are still the standout here. If you have played Angry Birds on a Galaxy S phone, you will know just how satisfyingly attractive that screen was. This time you get a ridiculous resolution on a 5.1 inch screen, with a whopping 577 pixels per inch. Tech fans should be happy to know that even respectable screen-tech experts, Displaymate, proclaimed the S6 screen to be the best.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Windows 10 available on July 29

“On July 29, you can get Windows 10 for PCs and tablets by taking advantage of the free upgrade offer, or on a new Windows 10 PC from your favorite retailer. If you purchase a new Windows 8.1 device between now and then, the Windows 10 upgrade will be available to you and many retail stores will upgrade your new device for you.” – Blogging Windows

Check out Windows.com/windows10upgrade for availability and other details.


Monday, May 25, 2015

The Edge HD Windows Tablet Introduced

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Edge HD, quite a new and unfamiliar brand, is coming out with the Edge HD Windows tablet for the Philippine market. This time the use of “HD” in the product name is apt and even underwhelming considering the actual device has a 2048 x 1536 resolution making it more than HD (being 720p wide at least).

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The Edge HD has a 4:3 aspect ration similar to the new Surface Pro 3. This is perfect for use on landscape and portrait mode which doesn’t make the display too long vertically. The size is just perfect to hold as if you’re looking and holding a piece of letter-size bond paper.

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Edge HD Specs

  • 9.7" IPS High Definition screen - 2048 x 1536 resolution
  • Intel Atom Z3735F Quad Core processor
  • Wifi & 3G slot
  • 2GB memory & 16GB internal storage
  • 2MP front & 5MP back camera
  • Expandable external storage thru MicroSD (up to 128GB)
  • Long battery life at 8400mAh capacity

The Edge HD retail price is only Php11,990. This is a great price on this range of specifications considering the hi density display but the 16GB storage may seem lacking to some. Nevertheless this comes with a free unlimited cloud storage form OneDrive for a year. Once that expires, there are a lot of free cloud storage options from OneDrive to Google Drive that one can sign up for.

http://www.edgehd.com.ph/

Monday, May 18, 2015

Talkase Mini Pocket Bluetooth Phone Review

Ever since I have owned and used Pebble, I usually have this itching wish that someone would build an actual phone but one that connects via bluetooth!. You see, the Pebble smart watch can receive message notifications from calls and texts. it can also answer and send replies but unfortunately those replies are only in template mode, so no tying custom responses. Calls can be accepted but not directly answered on the device itself.

So imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon Talkase. This card-size phone is an actual GSM (with SIM) phone and also can function as a bluetooth phone (pairing with your iPhone or Android device and probably Windows devices too).

Talkase Specs

  • From factor: Mini Phone with GSM Function (850/900/1800/1900)
  • SIM Cassette: Micro SIM Card
  • LCD Size: 1.1 inch OLED 128*36 Pixel
  • ROM Memory: 128MB
  • Talking time: Approx. 2.5~3.0 hrs
  • Standby time: Approx. 4~5 days
  • Battery capacity: 200 mAh
  • USB connection: TalKase pogo pin charger
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 3.0
  • Dimension: 86*48*5.5mm

So what’s the use of a bluetooth phone? For one thing, if you use a large phone, you don’t need to bring it out to accept calls and read messages. You can just use the paired phone to receive and even make calls and read texts (no sending unfortunately which I’ll discuss further later)

One more benefit of these bluetooth phones is an added security layer from you and a potential thief. Imagine riding a bus, train or jeep and not having to whip out your expensive iPhone to make a quick text and using this cheap, small, unobtrusive device instead. That’s one use-case that I need for myself because I do commute a lot (before anyways)

The slim profile is one of it’s advantages. It’s very compact and portable. Measuring only 5.5mm, it’s probably one of the smallest full-function phone.

One thing to note though that because this is very tiny tiny phone, don’t expect a large screen on this. This only has a measly 1.1” OLED screen that can display 1 and a half line of information (sometimes 2). Expect to do a lot of clicking to choose on the variety of menus and settings, also for reading texts. Pretty tedious if you ask me but doable. It’s a compromise for the size, cost and battery life.

The Talkase accepts micro SIM cards so you can use it as a regular phone. This is a perfect backup phone that you can stash discreetly inside your bag and use in case of emergency.

The phone has a vibrating function which surprised me since it’s so slim. It also has a mini speaker somewhere because I hear a sound :) Trust me there is one.

The charging pogo pins is using micro USB so you can just plug this almost anywhere using standard phone cables or just use your existing power bank if you have one. Battery life is quite short than the advertised 5 days. Mine only reached 3 and a half days before recharging again.

Here is Talkase among giant phones like the Galaxy S4 and the Note 4. By the way, the box comes with an included silicon case protector which has a lanyard slot so you can dangle this itsy bitsy device on your neck or pocket safely.

You also have an option to get one extra case for iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. It basically just attaches as a normal back casing for the iPhone where there is a slot for the Talkase device. It’s flushed down and can be used as a secondary phone for, you know, those busy people dividing work from their personal phones.

   

In conclusion, I would say this device is a great backup and security phone. Battery life is not that great but from its size and capabilities, I wouldn’t really expect a week of charge anyway. Even advance smartphones last for only a day.

One thing that disappointed me was that there was no way to create and send messages through the paired phone (you can send via GSM/SIM though). I wanted that feature the most because I usually text rather than call when I’m outside.

One plausible case for this lack of support is that the messaging protocol on the phone isn’t that easy to connect via bluetooth unlike the phone part as seen on the numerous bluetooth speakers that can act as phone speaker phones too. Even the Pebble smartwatch created it’s own iOS and Android apps to allow and integrate messaging better. So WiMe probably could look into creating apps for both iOS and Android but I’m pretty sure that are not concerned in doing do that right now.

I wouldn’t recommend it for its $70 retail price (got mine for waay less) because of the lack of messaging capabilities via bluetooth but phone-wise, it works like any nomal nokia dumb phone would. The interface might just need some getting used too.

http://www.talkase.com/

 

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