Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Review

Sep 11, 14 Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Review

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Introduction The Galaxy tab series has been steadily growing their lineup and with the addition of three new tablets (Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 4 10.1), Samsung doesn’t seem to stop anytime sooner. With the new lineup, these tablets are now under the new Galaxy Tab 4 series. Now what we have for review are the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 and Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 tablets to which we’ll go through them in detail below. We weren’t able to get our hands on the 8.0 but we’ll throw a follow up review once we get one. So what can we expect from the Galaxy Tab 4 tablets? Let’s find out. Design and Features If you are aware of how the previous Galaxy Tabs look like, you‘ll notice right away that the new ones are pretty good looking. Stemming from the Galaxy Note 3 design, it definitely adds a premium look to our tablets here. I particularly like the design upgrade of the 7.0 as the bezels are now thinner with the metallic accents and slight curves on the sides. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 may not have differed much in terms of its overall design but the metallic acents (same wih the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0) definitely made attention. Do note that the metallic accents are not really made of metal but plastic painted in a metallic finish. Looking at the back, they didn’t make use of the faux leather material but made it purely plastic with a leather-like texture to it instead. Nice try, Samsung. The Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 and Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 tablets don’t differ from each other in terms of design but the button placements do have moved for ergonomic purposes. We can also expect the same with the 8.0. For the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, the buttons are positioned at the right side with the power button and the volume rocker next to each other. The micro sim and micro SD card slots are at the right side as well....

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Nokia Lumia 630 Review

Jun 25, 14 Nokia Lumia 630 Review

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The Nokia Lumia has been around for quite a while now and they’ve built a myriad of Windows Phones that cater to every lifestyle. But there seems to be one thing that they haven’t done yet until now and it’s a dual-sim Windows Phone. Now Nokia may have heard your prayers so finally, they’ve made a Dual-SIM variant of their Lumia phone which is the Lumia 630. And having a tempting SRP of Php 7,990, will it stand out as a Dual-SIM Lumia phone worth looking at? Let’s find out. Design and Features Lumia designs have always made use of a myriad of colors that suit every lifestyle. For the Lumia 630, they have the bright orange (pictured here), bright yellow, bright green, white and black. The back cover is made of plastic and has a subtle matte finish, so it feels good to touch without the phone slipping from your hand. The 4.5″ screen makes use of the ClearBlack IPS which is known to really bring out the blacks on your display. It’s able to show crisp and clean-looking visuals so it’s something to look forward to especially when viewing pictures or watching movies. There’s no front-facing camera for this one though. Also, you’ll find the 3.5mm port at the top. At the back is where you’ll find the 5MP camera and the speaker grill below. At the right side, we have the power button and the volume rocker. Lastly, the micro-USB port can be found right below the phone. The phone can be easily operated with one hand. It may not be thin but it adds enough bulk for it to be grippable. Overall, I love how the phone feels. One thing that is missing from the Lumia 630 is the presence of a proximity sensor. The proximity sensor is what smartphone manufacturers use when detecting if the phone is being placed near the ear. That way, it automatically shuts off the display so you don’t get to accidentally press the on-screen...

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LG G Pro 2 Review

Jun 11, 14 LG G Pro 2 Review

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LG has been taking a dip on the phablet field and it seems, their new flagship LG G Pro 2 would like to take it deeper. This time, they’ve made use of the form factor that stems from the LG G2 especially the button layout and it’s sure to please those who want to have a premium phablet. Will it make an impression as a phablet worth buying? Let’s find out. Design As phone displays keep getting bigger, it’s only natural that you’ll keep the bezels as thin as possible to not only avoid making the phone much bigger but to make it more holdable. With the LG G Pro 2, it’s good to know that they used thin bezels around the 5.9 inch screen, making the dimensions kept to a minimal by 157.9 x 81.9 mm. When compared to the HTC One Max, which had the same screen size, the latter is bigger by a 164.5 x 82.5 mm dimension. Looking at the front, you’ll find the LED indicator, the earpiece as well as the 2.1 MP front-facing camera. The display is made from Gorilla Glass 3, which is the latest the company has to offer. At the sides, you won’t find any buttons here nor ports to stick to so the form of the phone is minimalist in a way. It’s also thin at 8.3mm. You’ll then find them at the top which houses the 3.5mm audio port with the secondary mic and IR emitter. On the opposite side is where you’ll find another mic with the micro-usb port. At the back is where you’ll find the 13MP camera with LED flash well as the innovative power button sandwiched by the volume rocker. What’s neat here is that the power button lits up when someone calls you so you’ll notice right away when the phone is faced down. Lastly, the speaker grill can be found below the cover. Overall, the feel of the LG G Pro 2 is somewhat on the premium class....

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Sony Xperia E1 Review

Jun 01, 14 Sony Xperia E1 Review

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Walkmans have come a long way and if you’re a 90s kid, you pretty much know what I’m talking about. Now evolved into a mobile device, Sony has continued to keep the Walkman brand intact and has been incorporated into their mobile devices with audio being one of the main features. Now we have the new Xperia E1 which is a succesor to the Xperia E with beefier specs, bigger screen, new look and of course, with the Walkman touch. It also comes in a dual-sim variant so this will be appealing. Design Looking at the Xperia E1, it seems to have the form factor of the flagship Xperia Z1 although, non-metallic due to the pla stic materials. It’s really light too at 120grams, but the phone doesn’t feel too cheap at all. Even with the cheaper materials, the phone doesn’t fell short on how it was engineered with the cuts and corners of the phone being precisely well done. This is what I like with Xperia phones as they still maintain build quality standards even to non-flagship models. Sadly, this is not a waterproof phone as most of the Xperias are. Don’t even think of dropping this either. The screen size is 4.0 inches which fits the hand nicely and is perfect for one-handed use. At the top we have the dedicated Walkman button (not to be mistaken as a power button) with the 3.5mm audio port. At the right, there’s the volume rocker and the power button. At the left is where you’ll find the micro-USB port for charging or syncing to your computer. Looking at the back, we have the 3.15 MP camera and the large speaker grills below. Performance The Xperia E1 has a Dual Core 1.2 Ghz processor and 512 MB RAM. Not quite fast by today’s standards but enough for a mid ranger of its class. Let’s have a look at the benchmarks. According to the Quadrant benchmark, it ranks higher than the HTC One X. Antutu benchmark...

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Sony Xperia Z1 Review, the best camera on waterproof phone

Dec 17, 13 Sony Xperia Z1 Review, the best camera on waterproof phone

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This year we’ve seen a slew of Sony Xperia flagships being brought in the market. We have the Xperia Z which was released last January, the huge Xperia Z Ultra released last June and we already have a successor to the Xperia Z which is the Xperia Z1 released this September. Seems that Sony means business and their flagships are really gaining attention. We had a chance to get hold of the Xperia Z1 which boasts of a huge 20.7MP camera and a more sturdy construction. Will the Z1’s imaging prowess and sleek looks impress you enough to buy it? Let’s find out. Design The Xperia Z1 takes its design cues from the Xperia Z to which they seem almost alike. However, the Z1 is thicker at 0.33 in rather than the Z’s 0.31 in. The difference is somewhat minimal but it’s in the phone’s construction that makes it count. The Z1’s chassis is made from an aluminum alloy material that is really durable and light at the same time. And yes, it’s also waterproof. I really like how Sony managed to make a durable phone without sacrificing aesthetics and still screams premium! This is by far the most high-end looking phone I’ve ever handled and it’s such a joy to be using.   First thing you’ll notice when you see the Z1 upfront is its large bezels around the 5″ screen. This makes the Z1 larger than other 5″ phones and it may be too big for some to handle. The large bezels compensate for the handling part when holding the Z1 on landscape mode as it gives you room for your thumb to rest. It doesn’t have capacitive touch keys so you won’t be accidentally pressing them. The Z1 isn’t trying to be the thinnest out there but it’s completely flat on both front and back. What’s more impressive is that  the Z1 has a 20.7MP camera inside but it doesn’t even bulge!   At the left side, you’ll find the slot...

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra Review

Nov 19, 13 Sony Xperia Z Ultra Review

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Just when you thought phablets can’t get any bigger, Sony released the humongous Xperia Z Ultra to raise the bar on phone dimensions. We’re talking about a 6.4″ screen which simply overshadows the other phablets and it comes really close to being the size of a 7″ tablet. Now some will really find the Xperia Z Ultra awkward to use but let’s see why Sony opted to make a phablet this big. Design The Xperia Z Ultra borrows the design cues from the Xperia Z with the scratch and shatter proof glass panels as well as the metallic material on the sides. And it’s waterproof as well! Gaze on the front panel and you’ll notice right away that it has some large bezels particularly below the screen. Now if the screen is already big enough, why put all that additional space? Well, Sony has their reasons and we’ll discuss that on the “Handling” portion below. Apart from that, the 2 MP front-facing camera is situated at the left next to the Sony logo with the ear piece at the top and the LED indicator on the top-right. Turn the phone over its back and you’ll see an 8 MP camera at the top with the NFC logo just below. There’s no flash on this one so it may be a deal breaker for some although it uses Sony’s impressive mobile camera tech (more on that later). Its battery is non-removable so there’s not much action going at the back. Looking at the sides, it’s good to know that the Z Ultra is thinner than the Xperia Z at 0.26 inch rather than 0.31 inch. Since it’s quite big, it doesn’t feel too heavy nor too light either at 212g although it slightly leans on the heavy side due to the materials used and the sheer size. At the left, you’ll find the dock connector, and the flap that houses the micro-USB port. At the right, you’ll find the 3.5mm jack (yes, it’s still waterproof),...

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Samsung Philippines launches the Galaxy Gear

Sep 30, 13 Samsung Philippines launches the Galaxy Gear

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Last week at the SM Aura Premier, along with the Glaxy Note 3, Samsung announced their first ever smart watch, the Galaxy Gear. Well known stars also flocked the event as they await for the new products to be unveiled. The Galaxy Gear is not just your typical stylish smartwatch as it’s packed full of features that sets it apart from the competition. Primarily, you can make calls with it! With the built in mic, you don’t have to pull out your phone to make calls. You may want to get used to talking to your watch although it’s much better than talking to a discreet Bluetooth device on your ear. Also you can access S-voice through the watch to make certain commands to your phone. Another feature is the 1.9 MP camera which can take stills and record 720 videos. The images and videos are stored in the Gear’s 4gb internal memory which you can later transfer to your phone. Don’t even think of stalking someone with this as the shutter sound of the camera cannot be turned off so you can’t be discreet with this one. The Galaxy Gear connects to your phone via Bluetooth 4.0 LE which is the latest in Bluetooth technology. And speaking of Bluetooth 4.0 LE, only the Galaxy Note 3 has that technology which could very well mean that the Galaxy Gear is only compatible with the Note 3. But don’t fret as Samsung will be rolling out updates to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean by October will which bring Bluetooth 4.0 LE to their latest Galaxy smarpthones such as the Galaxy Note II, S3 and S4 so that’s something to look forward to! For color options, the Galaxy Gear comes in six fashionable colors: Wild Orange, Mocha Gray, Jet Black, Oatmeal Beige, Lime Green, and Rose Gold. As for the internals, it has a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display which is powered by a single-core 800MHz Exynos processor and 512 MB RAM. Not that it will require too...

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Review

Sep 17, 13 Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Review

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‘Phablets’ are getting all the attention these days that they are now being sought after, despite being larger than a single hand can handle. So with the release of the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 3, we couldn’t help but drool on the specs such as the latest Snapdragon 800 chipset, 2.3GHz processor and the whopping 3GB RAM! Knowing that the Note 3 is a successor to the famous Galaxy Note 2, we couldn’t help but have high expectations for this device. We were fortunate enough to get hold of this hot item and get up close and personal even before it’s yet to be released. So enough of the introduction and let’s see what the Galaxy Note 3 has to offer. Design While it’s not much of a face lift, the Galaxy Note 3 sure looks much better from the usual design that Samsung applies on their smartphones. What we have here is the black one which also comes in variants of white or pink. One thing that’s apparent is the slightly curved edges that is reminiscent of the Galaxy S2 but more stylish due to the grooved metallic edges. Also, the power button and the volume rocker has a really nice metal finish to it so you won’t feel anything ‘plasticky’ when pressing them. Looking at the screen size, the Galaxy Note 3 has a 5.7″ Super AMOLED 1080p display which is just a little bit bigger than the Note 2’s 5.5″. And the brushed metal bezels are thinner on this one so overall, the phone doesn’t seem too big as compared to the previous Note 2. The Note 3’s side is just 8.4mm thin rather than the 9.4mm of its predecessor and it’s also lighter at just 167 grams compared to 182 grams. The weight difference is a bit minimal so you still get that heft which makes up for a premium feel. Flip the Note 3 over its back and you’ll see a nicely done, leatherette back finish (don’t mind...

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HTC 8S Review

Mar 05, 13 HTC 8S Review

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HTC has been a maker of Windows phones from the days of the Windows Mobile platform. Eventually, Microsoft had to halt production of the mobile platform to start brewing for the Windows Phone 7 and HTC had to focus on Android after that. It’s no surprise then that when the much awaited Windows Phone 8 (WP8) came to fruition, HTC already had their phones lined up for that WP8 flavor and one of them is the mid range HTC 8S which I’ll be walking you through the rest of the review. Design and Feel I’m a fan of HTC’s design and overall feel. I like the type of finish they apply on most of their phones, non-slippery and has that smooth, almost rubbery texture to it. Although they may not be keen on making ultra lightweight phones, I do like the heft which makes up for a premium feel in return. Fortunately, the HTC 8S has those qualities and it’s such a good phone to hold in your hand. The HTC 8S comes in two-toned bright colors such as blue, white, orange and lime. I’m thinking this would best suit the younger generation but it just made it stand out from the usual black or white phones. At the front, you’ll find the 4” Super LCD Gorilla Glass screen that houses a 480 x 800 pixel resolution. Below the screen you’ll find the standard Windows button such as the back, home and search soft keys. As you might have noticed, there’s no front-facing camera on this one. At the top is where the power button which is nicely tucked and non-obtrusive with the 35mm audio jack. There’s not much to see on the left side of the phone. They put the volume rocker and the camera buttons on the right side instead. Looking at the sides, it’s not the thinnest out there but definitely not thick as well. The curved edges is to be desired as it fits the hand nicely. At the bottom...

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Divoom iTour Rock portable speaker review

Jan 22, 13 Divoom iTour Rock portable speaker review

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People love music on the go and it has been a way of life ever since the days of boomboxes, walkmans and the such. Fast forward to the present day and we have portable speakers the size of onions that could get so loud it could please a crowd. It’s simply amazing on how portable speakers nowadays can deliver so much more and with the myriad of shapes and designs to choose from, and it’s been a daunting task of deciding which one sounds best. Now what we have here is Divoom’s iTour Rock portable speaker which could very well be worth checking. Does it deserve to be a crowd-pleaser? Let’s find out. Divoom is a company solely focused into making portable audio products that deliver superb sound at an affordable price. Oh, and they look stylish too! The iTour Rock is one of their creations and it’s the type that is a tad bigger than the likes of X-Mini but still remains to be portable enough to fit on your palm. It has a camouflage-like design that comes in blue, green and yellow colors you can choose from. Underneath the speaker, you’ll find the power switch and the 3.5mm audio jack nicely tucked in. Now I find the audio cable to be short on this one as it can be a hassle when you want to place it on a certain distance from your audio device. If you look at the side, you’ll see a 3.5mm port to which you can attach another iTour Rock for better sound performance. Now that’s cool! It also comes with a USB cable for charging on your laptop’s USB port or you can connect it to your smartphone’s adapter (it works actually). The speaker delivers 7-8 hours of playback so this is great for going on long trips. Now the iTour Rock is not all about the looks but the sound as well. I have to say, the sound is superb! Crank up the volume and the...

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