Showing posts with label Tablets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tablets. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Nexus 7 now available in Philippines


The Nexus 7 2013 is now officially available in the Philippines per Asus Philippines Facebook page. They are also throwing out free official TravelCover accessory for every purchase of the vanilla Android tablet on Authorized ASUS Stores.

Nexus 7 16GB - Php13,495
Nexus 7 32GB - Php16,495 (32GB)

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Surface Pro 2 Fact Sheet


Surface Pro 2 is the successor to Surface Pro and, like its predecessor, is a true laptop replacement, capable of running all your Windows software including the full Microsoft Office suite, as well as apps from the Windows Store. Surface Pro 2 offers the portability and simplicity of a tablet when you want it and the power and flexibility of a laptop when you need it. It is powered by a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor which, combined with other improvements, delivers increased performance and up to 75 percent longer battery life than Surface Pro.

Starting at $899, Surface Pro 2 will be offered in 64GB and 128GB configurations with 4 GB of RAM and 256GB and 512GB configurations with 8 GB of RAM.

Availability and Pricing

Surface Pro - Estimated retail price

  • 64 GB + Surface pen - $899
  • 128 GB + Surface pen - $999
  • 256 GB + Surface pen - $1,299
  • 512 GB + Surface pen - $1,799


Operating system

Windows 8.1 Pro with one-month trial for new Microsoft Office 365 customers


10.81” x 6.81” x 0.53”
2 lbs
VaporMg casing
Dark Titanium color
Volume and power buttons


64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB3


10.6" ClearType Full HD display
1920 x 1080p
16:9 (widescreen)
10-point multitouch

Pen input

Pen input and pen (included with purchase)
Pen digitizer features 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity


Fourth-generation Intel Core i5-4200U (1.6 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost up to 2.6 GHz) with Intel HD Graphics 4400
4 GB or 8 GB of RAM — dual-channel LPDDR3

TPM 1.2 (Trusted Platform Module – for Bitlocker Encryption)


Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
Bluetooth 4.0 low energy technology


42 W-h

Cameras and A/V

720p HD front- and rear-facing cameras
Built-in microphone
Stereo speakers with enhanced signal processing


Full-size USB 3.0
MicroSDXC card slot
Headset jack
Mini DisplayPort
Cover port


Ambient light sensor

Power supply

48W power supply (including 5W USB for accessory charging)


One-year limited hardware warranty

Apps (included)

Mail, Calendar, People, Internet Explorer 11, Photos, Music, Video, Games, Skype, Fresh Paint, Calculator, Reading List, Reader, Scan, News, Weather, Sports, Travel, Finance, Health & Fitness, Food & Drink, Help, Camera, SkyDrive, Sound Recorder and more

Monday, March 25, 2013

Google Nexus 7 + Speck FitFolio Review

The Nexus 7 is Google’s entry-level Nexus ‘Pure Google’ device. Is the price indicative of the quality?

If it has not been apparent yet, Google is now into the hardware business. They are now doing hardware themselves or thru partners which, in the case of the Nexus 7 is Asus. This is the 7” Android tablet you’re going to want to go up against Apple’s iPad Mini.

Beyond the cheaply plastic outer shell, the the Nexus 7 is considerably priced less than the usual 7” tablets on the market with similar or lesser specs. The Nexus 7 is priced at $199 for the 16Gb and $250 for the 32GB. There is also an option for a 3G version model which runs for $299.

Nexus 7 Technical Specs

  • Display: 7" 1280x800 HD display (216 ppi) Gorilla Glass
  • CPU: NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor
  • RAM: 1GB
  • OS: Android 4.1 Jelly bean
  • Camera: Front facing 1.2 MP
  • Storage: 16/32GB
  • Sensors: Microphone, NFC (Android Beam), Accelerometer, GPS, Magnetometer, Gyroscope

Read more for the complete review of the Google Nexus 7 tablet and Speck’s FitFolio.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Surface Pro to ship on February 9. Starts at $899


Microsoft just announced the availability date of the Surface Pro. Surface Pro is an Intel Core i5 powered computer and tablet that comes with its own stylus. It comes in either 64GB or 128GB storage, both with 4GB of RAM under a huge 10.6” ClearType HD Display (1920x1080).

In addition to being able to buy Surface Windows 8 Pro in the coming weeks, customers will soon be able to purchase Surface Windows RT in 13 additional markets worldwide 2, more than double the number of markets in which Surface is currently available.


Microsoft is also releasing 3 new limited-edition touch covers with artwork patterns, similar to it’s hardware artist series line on some Microsoft Mouse’s. The Red, Magenta and Cyan covers will be sold at around $130. Customers will also have an option to purchase a Wedge Touch Mouse Surface edition for $70.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 announced by Google

Google just announced their new Nexus 4 phone made by LG and it’s new Nexus 10 tablet made by Samsung. Google has postponed its New York event due to an incoming typhoon but it let the cats out of the bag anyway, possible to pre-empt Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 launch.


The Nexus 4 has 4.7” 320ppi display with wireless charging and also has the latest Jellybean Android 4.2 (with features such as PhotoSphere). It’s being sold for a measly $299 for 8GB and $349 for 16GB unlocked but take note it is using micro sim and has non-replaceable battery.

Nexus 4 Tech Specs

  • Display: 4.7” Gorilla Glass 2 1280x768 at 320ppi IPS display
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Camera: 8MP (rear) 1.3 (front)
  • Storage: 16GB storage space
  • Wireless Charging
  • NFC and the typical sensors; Accelerometer, Compass, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Barometer, GPS


The Nexus 10 tablet has a 2560 x 1500 300ppi display. 1.7GHz Samsung Exynos 5250, 2GB of RAM, NFC, 5 Megapixel camera.

Nexus 10 Tech Specs

  • Display: 10.055” Gorilla Glass 2 2560x1600 at 300ppi WQXGA display
  • CPU: Dual-core A15
  • GPU: Mali T604
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Camera: 5MP (rear) 1.9 (front)
  • Storage: 16GB storage space
  • NFC and the typical sensors; Accelerometer, Compass, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Barometer, GPS

Pricing and Availability

  • Nexus 4: 8GB for $299; 16GB for $349; available unlocked and without a contract on 11/13 on the Google Play store in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada. The 16GB version will also be available through T-Mobile for $199, with a 2-year contract (check here for more details).
  • Nexus 7: 16GB for $199 and 32GB for $249; available in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan, and also through our retail partners Gamestop, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, Walmart.
  • Nexus 7 with 32GB and mobile data: $299 and unlocked, on sale 11/13 in the Google Play store in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and  Canada.
  • Nexus 10: 16GB for $399; 32GB for $499; available on 11/13 in the Google Play Store in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan.

- Taken from Google Blog UK

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Microsoft Surface starts at $499 for 32GB


If you didn’t heard the hot news this week and today. Microsoft is now taking pre-orders for it’s new tablet – Surface. Pricing starts at $499 for the 32GB version (without the TouchCover keyboard), and $599 with the TouchCover. The 64GB version will be sold at $699 which already includes the TouchCover. The Type Cover is priced separately at $130.


Microsoft Surface Specs

  • Display: 10.6 inches (1,366 x 768)
  • Processor: NVIDIA T30
  • RAM: 2GB
  • OS: Windows RT
  • Internal storage: 32GB or 64GB
  • External storage: microSDXC
  • Rear camera / front-facing cam: 720p
  • Ports: USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, cover port, HD video out
  • Sensors: Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass
  • Included Applications:
    Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote), Windows Mail and Windows Messaging, SkyDrive, Windows Internet Explorer 10, Bing, Xbox Music, Xbox Video, and Xbox Games

Microsoft Surface Ad

What do you think. Hot or Not?

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Google Nexus 7 Tablet with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Google just unveiled the Google Nexus 7 tablet with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It will come in 8GB and 16GB version with 1280x800 IPS display and 1.2  megapixel front facing camera. It packs 1GB of memory and quad-core Tegra 3.

Prices start at $199 for the 8GB model and 249 for the 16GB one. Shipping will start this July 2012. There is also a Nexus 7 case accessory for $20.


Google Nexus 7 Specs

Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
7” 1280x800 HD display (216 ppi) IPS display
1.2MP front-facing camera
198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm

Saturday, June 16, 2012

iPhoto on the iPad is awesome (with my sample photos)


So I’ve been playing around with iPhoto on my iPad 2 for quite some time. I never have used an Apple made app this extensive besides iMovie but I think that iPhoto is the best app that Apple has introduced to the iPad because it really makes photo-editing simple and fun. Below is one example of the before and after photo that I took and edited on the iPhoto. The result came out looking great!

Just click the photos to get a larger view


This photo was shot on a Panasonic Lumix ZS6 camera and was sent directly to the camera via my 8gb Eye-Fi card and app.

As you can clearly see, the focus and colors were not that rich and the composition was bland. With iPhoto, I was able to crop and re-compose the shot to my liking. I was also able to adjust, via sliders, colors, temperatures, etc. I’m just playing around with sliders mind you, I can offer no technical know-how on the app like I would on Photoshop :)

Eye-Fi + iPad + iPhoto combo is very useful. I‘m excited to edit photos on-the-go on my Cebu trip next week!

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Apple unveils the new iPad


Apple just showed off The New iPad (yes, that’s the new name) and it has these nice upgrades. Apple’s A5X Chip (Quad core GPU and dual core CPU), Retina Display (2048x1536), 5MP rear camera with illuminated backside sensor (same as iPhone 4) and 1080P video recording. There’s also world LTE and a slew of new software updates for the higher resolution screens. iPhoto will also be available.

New iPad Price
Wi-Fi only = 16GB –$499, 32GB –$599, 64GB – $699
Wi-Fi + 3G = 16GB –$629, 32GB –$729, 64GB – $829

The iPad 2 will still be sold less $100 so it will be only #399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only version. The New iPad will be available on March 16 in North America

Monday, January 23, 2012

Scosche SnapSHIELD iPad 2 Case Review

The Scosche SnapSHIELD for the iPad 2 is slim snap-on polycarbonate case that provide durable and good protection for your device. It is compatible with Apple’s Smart Cover, which was an instant buy for me since I have a spare of that. I initially wanted to get a folio, with the strap and all but most of them made the iPad 2 too bulky so this Scosche’s SnapSHIELD was just perfect.


Unlike my other delicate and more expensive Grove Bamboo case, the Scosche SnapSHIELD offers a more handy and curvy profile that is perfect for the iPad 2. The carbon-fiber texture at the back adds grip and coolness to an otherwise boring case. The interior has a felt lining to protect the back of the iPad from scratching and moving. The opening ports are minimally cut to shape without being too open and prone to bumps.

One minor caveat was the shiny glossy finish the case has and as you can see from the photos, it can easily be scratched up, But that’s what cases are for - protecting the device it’s on. Don’t tell me you’re going to buy a case for your case. The SnapSHIELD retails for $40.

If you have an iPad 2 and have the Smart Cover or even considering getting one, the Scosche SnapSHIELD is really a good choice. I really like this case.

Friday, January 20, 2012

HP TouchPad Ice Cream Sandwich Cyanogen 9

Team Cyanogen just released Cyanogen 9 Alpha 0 for the HP TouchPad rocking the latest and greatest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Some kinks need to be worked on are hardware video (Youtube HD versions), the camera, some market and google apps and audio.

They have previously released Cyanogenmod 7 Alpha 3.5 for the TouchPad which was stable from my experience. This release obviously has rough issues but most of what we know on ICS works.

If you have a TouchPad and want to install Ice Cream Sandwich, please take note that this is an Alpha Zero build. and as they say in their RootzWiki thread, the zero means “zero hardware-accelerated video”, “zero camera”, and “zero support!” so install at your own risk. - CyanogenMod 9 Touchpad
XDA-Dev - Cyanogen 9 ICS Installation Guide for the HP TouchPad

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Windows 8 App Store is the key to Windows Phone success


Microsoft just detailed its plans on the Windows App Store coming built-in on its new Windows 8 coming in tablets and desktops possibly by next year.

It is no mystery that Windows holds a giant share in any OS distribution anywhere, ever. With figures amounting to 500 million users, it obliterates Android phones and tablets which only has a combined user of 247 million users.

While Windows Phones is steadily growing in terms of approved and published apps on the Marketplace, it is still currently lagging behind Apple and Google. But unlike Google’s tablet OS, large hardware makers (some with no Android tablets) are throwing their bet on Windows 8 like HP, Dell, HTC, Samsung and other Windows Phone OEM)

The game changer that is are the apps and the developers that will back Microsoft’s push into the tablet space that everyone has been in for more than a year.

Looking at it, Windows 8 tablets might help Windows Phones gain traction as Win8 developers can just easily port their Metro apps to run on Windows Phones. There is also that incentive of lowered Microsoft cut to only 20% from the standard 30% after an app makes $25,000 from sales and in-app purchases.


Looking at how multitasking dual-pane works on Win8, I notice the specs for the snap-on pane takes exactly 320 pixels wide. If you think about it, this is the same resolution that is purported to arrive on lower end Windows Phone Tango coming next year.

Who knows, maybe Microsoft will allow Windows 8 apps to run on Windows Phones. If that happens, you can expect to see more interest on the Windows Phone platform as app scarcity becomes a non-issue for new adopters and switchers.

2012 is looking to be a crucial year for Microsoft as they need to make sure Windows 8 does not repeat the stigma that Vista brought. If people enjoy Windows 8 on the PC, rest assured, they get the tablet counterpart.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

HP TouchPad Review

Here lies the infamous HP TouchPad – on my desk. After using it for a couple of days and reviewing past WebOS devices such as the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus. I just had to try out the latest, greatest and the last WebOS device, the HP TouchPad (Pre 3 you’re next!). If you’re ready for lots of bandwidth hogging photos and my review of a dead device then hit past the jump! 

Sunday, November 06, 2011

HP TouchPad Philippines Unboxing

Scored one of the most coveted tablet since its firesale – The HP TouchPad. I unboxed this 32GB HP TouchPad and was greeted with a weird boot up screen. Some sort of factory diagnostics which obviously isn’t part of WebOS. For a while, I thought it was one of those Android TouchPads. After running through the tests, I restarted the device and it finally booted WebOS. Review coming up soon.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Vinta introduces Noli 2.0 and El Fili 2.0 Tablets


VINTA World Innovations Inc., an All-Filipino company lead by Mr. John Leyson, just introduced two new locally branded tablets aptly named from Jose Rizal’s novelas. Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo.

Noli and El Fili both have a 7” Multitouch display with Android 2.2 on board. The only difference between the two is that El Fili has 3G connectivity and has double the storage capacity (8gb). Both devices have a 1Ghz processor, MiniSD slot, 1080p video recording and 2 megapixel camera.

Prices are expected to range from P13,000 for the Noli and 18,000 for El Fili.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

HP TouchPad touches down July 1. Pre-orders June 19

The WebOS powered HP TouchPad is available for pre-order starting June 19th across North America and Europe and will be released starting July 1st. It will become available to other regions (United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Germany) a few days later. No exact date on its release in Asia, particularly the Philippines yet but we could expect the HP TouchPad to be released by November of this year.

HP TouchPad will retail at $499.99 at 16GB and $599.99 at 32GB (Same as the Apple iPad) there is no option for 64GB yet. TouchPad 3G or the 4G models will be announced this coming summer.

HP TouchPad from

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Speck CandyShell Case for iPad Batwing Black

Having tried Speck’s CandyShell Grip for the iPod Touch 4G, I’m stoked to try out Speck’s CandyShell for the Apple iPad. It comes in different colors: Pink, Purple, Blue, White and Mahogany. Mine came in glossy Batwing Black which looks sleek but obviously will be full of scratches over time.

The case offers good protection from bumps along the sides and back but the front is exposed so better have some good padded sleeve handy. The case also has a flip-style back so there’s no need to remove it when using the iPad dock.

Speck CandyShell for iPad retails for about 1,200 pesos. Click to enlarge photos.


Saturday, April 02, 2011

Apple iPad 2 arrives

Our Apple iPad 64gb WiFi+3g (Black Leather Smart Cover) has arrived in the Philippines. Reviews coming up soon and comparison (shots and features) between original iPad 1. Stay Tuned!

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Motorola Xoom is the first Android Honeycomb tablet

Motorola Mobility, Inc. today unveiled the innovative new tablet Motorola XOOM the first device on Google's new Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system designed from the ground up for tablets. This is not your typical Android phone OS slapped on the tablet.

Motorola Xoom’s Technical Specs:

Display: 10.1” 1280x800 resolution
Processor: Nvidia Tegra 2: 1Ghz Dual Core Processor
Battery: Up to 10 hour video playback
Video: 720p capture. 1080p playback/streaming. H.263, H.264, MPEG4
Camera: 5MP rear-facing caerma with dual LED flash. 2MP front-facing camera
Memory: 32GB on board user memory, SD card support, 1GB DDR2 RAM


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