HTC One mini, 4.3-inch HD dual-core LTE phone for P25,390

HTC Philippines just announced that the smaller version of their HTC One, aptly named HTC One mini will be arriving this October with a retail price of Php25,390. The HTC One mini follows the design DNA of the HTC One with its striking aluminum unibody having a slim profile and curved back. It also has the dual-speakers at the front to output HTC’s BoomSound. It is equipped with a 4.3-inch HD SLCD2 display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Inside the HTC One mini you’ll get a 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 chip along with 1GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage but without a microSD slot. It is also uses the same impressive Ultrapixel camera as its bigger brother including the cool HTC Zoe video creation feature. The phone is also capable of supporting our local LTE networks. Battery is non-removable and is rated at just 1800mAh. Availability of the HTC One mini is mid-October with an SRP of Php25,390. HTC One mini Specs: 4.3-inch HD SLCD2 display, 720 x 1280, 342 ppi Corning Gorilla Glass 3 HTC Sense UI 1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Adreno 305 GPU 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, no microSD 4-ultrapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, ImageSense 1.6-megapixel front camera HSPA+, LTE Bluetooth 4.0 Non-removable Li-Po 1800 mAh battery 132 x 63.2 x 9.3 mm 122 g SRP: Php25,390 Related posts: No related...

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Gionee ELife E6, 5-inch Full HD quad-core Android phone for P18,990

Oct 10, 13 Gionee ELife E6, 5-inch Full HD quad-core Android phone for P18,990

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A lot of Filipinos are probably clueless with the mobile brand Gionee. Well, they just arrived in the market early this year but has been enjoying success in China for the past 11 years so they’re really not that new to the game. They already have affordable low to mid-range smartphones in stores but just recently launched their high-end ELife E6 smartphone. The ELife E6 looks like a cross of the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the iPhone 4. It has a uniform thickness of just 7.7mm with slightly rounded edges and weighs just 128g. It felt actually light for its looks and is a teeny bit thicker than the iPhone 5. It also has a unibody design with a glossy pearly white back that houses a non-removable 2020mAh battery which they claim can last you 7-days on standby. In its unibody design, buttons are a bit minimal. There’s the tiny Power button on top, the tiny volume rocker on one side and a push-to-pop microSIM slot on the other side. A microUSB port is found at the bottom. Speaking of bottom, I’m not particularly keen on the huge space at the bottom of the display. They could’ve made this more compact by shaving off a few millimeters at the bottom. The Gionee ELife E6 is a 5-inch Full HD phone with a lot of features akin to the known brands we have right now. First, it uses a Full Lamination Technology on its LTPS LCD (a fancy term for AMOLED) scratch-resistant display for a thinner but brighter out. I didn’t find it that bright though even at full-brightness under a sun-lit room. The auto-brightness setting is controlled by the content on the screen instead of the ambient lighting which according to them is more easy on the battery. This phone features a 1.5Ghz quad-core MediaTek chip (same as the Cosmos Z) with 2GB RAM and a built-in 32GB internal storage with no slot for a microSD. It uses DTS 3D stereo sound on its...

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Globe offers free one-month Gadget Care for new and re-contracting subscribers

I heard a lot of stories from friends who damaged their iPhone 5’s but thanks to Globe’s Gadget Care, they were able to have them replaced. Globe Gadget Care is an insurance for mobile devices that started with the iPhone 5 and now is being offered to all postpaid subscribers. The insurance is provided by Ace Insurance and offers comprehensive coverage for mobile phone theft and accidental damage. For a limited time, Globe Postpaid is offering this service to its new and re-contracting subscribers free of charge for 1 month. Afterwards, it’s up to you to decide if you want to continue the service for as low as P89 per month depending on the value of your handset. The mobile protection program also guarantees hassle-free handset replacement, easy claims processing, and worldwide protection coverage for all subscribers. Something you should consider if you’re getting a high-end device from Globe. To know more about Globe Gadget Care, call the Globe Gadget Care Hotline (02)7565400 or toll-free 1-800-8-7565400, or visit or any Globe Store nationwide. Related posts: No related...

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ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7, 7-inch quad-core Android tablet for the budget-conscious

Looking for a budget WiFi-only Android tablet for your kids? Check out the new ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7 that was recently launched. This Android tablet has a price starting at just Php6,995. With the ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7, you’ll get a 7-inch 1280 x 800 IPS HD display with a wide 170-degree viewing angle, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM along with 8GB or 16GB internal storage with a slot for a microSD card. At the back is a 5-megapixel camera while there’s a 1.2-megapixel camera at the front for video chats. Battery is rated at 3,950mAh. Decent specs right? This tablet runs on Android Jelly Bean but also has some added features such as their floating apps where you can have select apps like the calculator, mail, calender, video players, float on the screen so you don’t have to move away from whatever you’re doing. There’s also the App Locker that lets your password protect specific apps which is useful if you have kids who also use the tablet. The MeMO Pad HD7 comes in blue, white, pink, green and gray at Php6,995 for 8GB and Php8,995 for the 16GB configuration. They gra and blue are of matte finish while the rest have a plastic glossy back. ASUS will also be selling the protective TransCover with microfiber interior which also converts into a stand for Php1,295. ASUS MeMO Pad HD7 Specs: 7-inch IPS HD Display, 1280 x 800 resolution, 216ppi 1.2GHz quad-core MTK 8125 chip Android 4.2 Jelly Bean 1GB RAM, 8/16GB internal storage, microSD up to 32GB 5-megapixel rear camera (no flash) 1.2 megapixel front camera Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth 4.0 3950 mAh Lithium Polymer battery 196.8 x 120.6 x 10.8 mm 302 g Colors: Blue, Gray, White, Pink, Green SRP: Php6,995 (8GB) | Php8,995 (16GB) Related posts: ASUS Memo Pad, the P6,995 7-inch Android Jelly Bean...

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Urbanears Kransen, in-ear headphones for Php1,950

Known for their pleasantly colorful products, Urbanears brings out the Kransen in-ear headphones. This is just the second in-ear type of headphones that hey have with the other one being the Bagis. The Urbanears Kransen is the evolution of their in-ear cans with features found on their other products. It has a slightly bigger and flatter driver than the Bagis but still has that SnapConstruction that lets you snap the two buds together via magnet so you can wear it around your neck when not in use. It also has a braided cable with in-line microphone and remote. This earphones also feature Cable Loop allowing you to wrap the cord neatly and securely on its place for proper storage. Having tried a number of Urbanears headphones myself, I would rate even their entry-level cans a decent buy. You’ll get a nice-looking headphones with lots of features for a relatively low price of Php1,950 considering its quality. Related posts: No related...

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Smart and Sun now offer mobile data packages for Waze users

Waze is a free GPS and navigation app available to Android and iOS users. What makes it different from others is that it gets better when more and more people use it. This smart crowdsource navigation app can detect traffic build-up on roads based on the speed of other Wazers and can suggest alternate routes for you. Now to make it more appealing to a lot of smartphone users, Smart Communications and Sun Cellular announced their mobile data packages just for Waze. If you don’t plan to use Waze all the time, data rate for the app will just cost you Php2 for three hours which I think should be enough for your trip for the day. To use Waze for three hours, simply text WAZE2 to 211. Other Waze packages are as follows: 24 hours – WAZE5 (Php5) 7 days – WAZE30 (Php30) 1 month – WAZE99 (Php99) The challenge here would be to keep your data only for Waze use so you must remove apps that connect to the internet from the background if you don’t want to incur additional charges. At the moment, these Waze packages are only available for Smart prepaid subscribers. Waze for Smart postpaid, Talk ‘n Text and Sun will soon be available within this month. “We’ve really made our Waze data plans creatively wide ranging and affordable to let our subscribers choose the best fit and value for their requirements. We want Wazers to have easier access to the social navigation and crowdsourcing power of Waze. And with the reliable and strongest converged network of Smart and Sun, Wazers can be be assured of a better motoring experience, saving them time and money on every drive.” said Charles Lim, EVP and head of wireless consumer business for Smart and Sun. Related posts: Important things you need to know about the Smart Sun Dual Plan 549 Smart, Sun, and Voyager partners with Waze T.G.I.Freeday: Smart offers free mobile surfing this Friday New Unli call and text option for...

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JBL J33 In-Ear Headphones Review

Oct 06, 13 JBL J33 In-Ear Headphones Review

Posted by in Audio & Video, Featured, Reviews

The JBL brand is more known for their audio speaker but lately, they’ve been churning out decent personal audio equipments as well. The JBL J33 is a simple in-ear pair of headphones that does only one thing, output good audio. We have the white one here and it looks something not cheap with its pristine white cube-ish drivers accompanied by matching dirty white transparent silicon tips. It also comes with 2 other silicon tip sizes plus a pair of foam tips for a more snug fit. The cables are flat and rather thick which adds a little bit of heft but also makes it more durable than your traditional cables. It doesn’t have an in-line mic and all you get is a cinch to keep the cables in order. I did observe a huge amount of microphonics with the thick cable. This is the “echoey” sound you hear when the cable is rubbing your skin or shirt. It’s interesting to note the chrome buckle-like contraption where the cable attaches to the driver. This makes it hard to damage the connection between the cable and the driver from accidental pulls or from bending. There’s very minimal sound leakage coming from the J33 even at high volume and it does a decent job in blocking outside noise. I was able to enjoy my in-flight movie even while seated beside a crying baby using these headphones. Now trying it on a few songs using a Sony VAIO Pro 13 laptop as my source, here’s what I observed. The strings on Avicii’s Wake Me Up was pleasantly vibrant and the vocals smooth with just the right amount of bass as to not drown the song. On Drake’s Hold On, We’re Going Home, bass was quite deep highlighting the wide sound stage being delivered by these headphones. Even Lady Gaga’s Applause showed the wide range and levels the J33 can produce with distinct clarity. Trying something light, Gone Gone Gone by Phillips Phillips was vibrant with just the right...

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Globe offers Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear for free at Plan 5000

Globe finally unveiled their plans for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and its companion accessory, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear bundle comes free starting at Plan 5000 over a 24-month period contract. Now if Plan 5000 is too much for you, and you don’t want the Galaxy Gear, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 can solely be availed under Globe’s Plan 999 with a monthly cashout of Php800 over a 24-month period contract. Under Plan 999, you’ll get unlimited data and a monthly consumable amount for calls and text. New and re-contracting postpaid subscribers are entitled to a free one-month subscription of Globe Gadget Care which offers comprehensive coverage for mobile phone theft and accidental damage, guarantees hassle-free handset replacement, easy claims processing, and worldwide protection coverage. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is a 5.7-inch handset with a Full HD Super AMOLED display, a 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, 13-megapixel rear auto-focus camera with flash and zero shutter lag and a 2-megapixel front camera, 32GB user memory and is a 4G LTE-capable device. Additional features include the Air Command, Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write, S Finder, Pen Window, Direct Pen Input, New Easy Clip, New S Note, Samsung WatchON and ChatON, and S Voice. The Samsung Galaxy Gear on the other hand is a smart watch that communicates with the Note 3. It is equipped with an 800 MHz single core processor, has a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display, and 1.9 megapixel auto-focus camera. Additional features include the S Voice, Memographer, Smart Relay, and Voice Memo. It also has a 4GB user memory plus a 512MB RAM. Related posts: Globe brings Super Surf for BlackBerry Max down to Php599 for 30 days Globe and RIM brings you close to the hottest music events Samsung Galaxy Note 2 FREE on Smart’s Plan 2000 or Globe’s Plan 2499 BlackBerry Curve 9220 is now free on Globe My Super Plan 299 HTC One exclusive on Globe’s Plan 999 and Plan...

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OtterBox Commuter Wallet lets you bring your cards and bills with your phone

OtterBox, the premium brand when it comes to protection for handheld devices introduced their Commuter Series Wallet. The OtterBox Commuter Wallet lets you bring your cash and cards with you so you can leave your wallet at home. Really useful if you’re at the beach or traveling somewhere or at a party so you only need to worry about securing your phone. It has a discrete compartment for your valuables where you can also put your security ID since the case is fully scannable. Would be cool to just hold your phone on the scanner to enter your office. An interior slipcover and sturdy polycarbonate shell provide the Commuter Series Wallet’s multi-layer support against bump and shock, while a self-adhering screen protector guards against scratches to the device’s touch screen. A sliding drawer conceals and securely carries up to three cards while adding almost no bulk to the already slim Commuter Series design. The wallet door slides open without having to turn the phone over, keeping its contents hidden from view. The OtterBox Commuter Wallet is available for the iPhone 5/5S and the Samsung Galaxy S4 for Php2,500. It comes in Black, Glacier, and Primrose (only for the iPhone). Related posts: No related...

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Kaspersky Lab launches 2014 security products for consumers

Yesterday, Kaspersky Lab announced the release of their Internet Security 2014 and Anti-Virus 2014 security solutions for home use. These two flagship products offer a host of new features and upgrades to augment their previous version. What’s new with the 2014 version are the Trusted Applications Mode, Anti-Blocker, and ZETA Shield features. These versions also improved on the Safe Money for protection while doing online banking and Parental Control features. KIS 2014 and KAV 2014 are also now optimized for Windows 8 with fast GUI response and lower resource consumption. Trusted Applications Mode gives you better control as to which application you can safely run or install in your machine based on Kaspersky Whitelisting Service. This is particularly useful for those pop-up malware windows that look like real antivirus program and will prompt you to click Install. Anti-Blocker will protect you against Trojans that restrict access to your system and demand money for the restriction to be lifted. These usually happens during drive-by downloads where you visit an infected site and will install a malware into your machine without your knowledge. ZETA Shield is used to combat against zero-day exploits and targeted attacks. What Kaspersky does is scan the data stream for code fragments characteristic of exploits built into legitimate files. Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 is made for those who wants protection both offline and online. If your machine is not connected online, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2014 should do the trick. Pricing for these products are as follows: Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 1-user – P1,160 3-user – P1,980 5-user – P3,080 Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2014 1-user – P760 3-user – P1,420 5-user – P2,120 Exclusive only in the Philippines, Kaspersky is offering their 2014 products with an extra 1-year license for free with every purchase. Related posts: No related...

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