Monster ClarityHD Micro Review

The Clarity HD Micro is a member of Monster’s Clarity speaker line, along with the Precision Micro, SuperStar and the Model One. It features voice command and control, interchangeable speaker grilles and has a built-in speakerphone function. It retails for Php 11,500.00. Out of the Box When you get one of these, you get a wall charger with a set of adapters, a hand strap and a drawstring felt carrying pouch. It’s available in black or white, and for our review we got a white model. Alternative speaker grilles are also available in pink, blue or green, which retail for Php 1,000.00 each. The unit weighs at 13.8 ounces and measures 3.125” x 7.125” x 1.5”. It’s a rectangle that’s rounded at the sides and tilts slightly backward when you set it down. It looks like something you would use on your desk really, but it’s light enough to be carried around. It has a rubberised bottom to give it grip on smooth surfaces or when you push any of the top buttons, which are the Bluetooth and the volume buttons. At the back you will find the on/off slide switch, reset pin-hole, the microUSB for charging, and the line-in jack if you want to connect a non-Bluetooth device. On Use I’ve got to use this for about a month and I’d say that it does what its name says, it’s a very decent speaker. It supports the AptX codec, which promises cleaner sound over Bluetooth. It makes it great to use for phone calls, and I’ve had plenty of opportunity to use that in my meetings when I work  from home. That clarity also shows when you play music through it as you can hear the mids better and the highs are not as hissy. It’s not as bassy as Bose’s SoundLink Mini though, but it’s not a deal breaker as the SoundLink Mini is much more expensive. The voice command and control is a useful feature; you can check the battery status, pair with another device and a few more features. Through it you can prompt your...

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Nokia X Review

May 04, 14 Nokia X Review

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We’ve had the opportunity to try out the Nokia X, their entry-level or budget cellphone that oddly enough, runs on Android. You read it right Android, but before you think that Nokia is finally beginning to throw in the towel on Windows Phone, it is worth noting that the Android phones were conceived before Nokia’s transfer to Microsoft and that they’re pretty much committed to the Windows Phone platform. I sort of think that this is more of a marketing experiment from their end. The X is the budget phone of their Android lineup, which includes the X+ and the XL. It is similar to the Lumia 520 in terms of appearance, and the X has a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 4GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM. It has a microSD slot inside to expand storage up to 32GB. There’s a 3MP camera at the back, and unfortunately none at the front. It’s available for Php 5,990 at your suking cellphone store. Design At 110g, the Nokia X feels quite heavy but solid. It has a matte back that rounds at the edges to allow for a better hold, but I do find it a bit slippery to hold. To open the internals is like a Tupperware experience, you hold on the top edges as you press on the other end to pop the front part from the colored case. Inside, you have access to the 1500mAh battery, two micro sim-card slots and the microSD card slot in between. It comes with a microUSB charger and a headset that matches the case. You find the headphone jack at the top of the unit, the USB jack at the bottom, volume and power buttons at the sides and the camera and speaker grille at the back. Being the budget phone, there is no camera at the front, but there is an ambient light sensor. The headset matches the colour of the case, and just has a button to start and end calls. It...

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Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker Review

We’ve had a chance to spend some time with Bose’s SoundLink Mini, their ultra-compact portable bluetooth speaker. It’s priced at Php 13,000.00, which is much more expensive than the other bluetooth speakers we’ve reviewed here in PTB (if not the most). It’s not unexpected, as we know that Bose makes premium audio products; but is the SoundLink Mini going to be worth that much of your hard-earned peso? Details This speaker comes in at a height, width and depth of 5.1 x 18 x 5.8 cm weighing in at 1.5 pounds (.67kg). That’s a little heavy on the hand compared to the other speakers we’ve reviewed, but still small enough to be holdable by one. It’s because it has a single-piece aluminium body where all the components attach to. It feels very very solid after the fact. There are speaker grilles front and back; I liked the attention to detail they have here, as the ends of the Bose logo aligns to the edges of the centre speaker inside. You can find controls for the power, mute, volume, bluetooth and auxiliary functions at the top, which are of a soft rubber material, with the volume buttons raised so you can recognise them without looking. The SoundLink Mini has a rubber-padded bottom, and there’s a microUSB jam at the bottom of the unit right next to the charging dock contacts, which are used to connect to your PC for firmware updates. At the right side you get an auxiliary and power jack. Out of the box, you get the requisite manuals, a charging dock, power adapter and a set of adapter plugs for international travel. In Use So I set it up with my iPad and started playing some music. It was amazing. From the get-go I immediately noticed that it had better range than all the other bluetooth speakers I’ve used. The bass has a lot more oomph in it and you can crank the volume up really loud with this one before you...

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Nokia X Dual SIM Unboxing: A Lumia with an Android Heart

Apr 03, 14 Nokia X Dual SIM Unboxing: A Lumia with an Android Heart

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We just got our hands on the Nokia X, which along with the X+ and XL, is the company’s first foray into the Android ecosystem. All three are very similar to the Lumia line in terms of appearance, and the X has a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 4GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM. It has a microSD slot inside to expand storage up to 32GB. There’s a 3MP camera at the back, and unfortunately none at the front. The Nokia X comes with a microUSB wall charger and matching earphones. The user interface is a heavily-modified Android interface that more closely resembles Windows Phone; but even though it is Android on the inside, it has no access to Google Play and no way to link to your Google accounts on initial review.   It sells for Php 5,990.00 at your suking gadget store. That being said, we will do a more comprehensive review, so check back with us as we do a full review of the unit. Related posts: No related...

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Samsung NX300 mirrorless camera review

Oct 09, 13 Samsung NX300 mirrorless camera review

Posted by in Featured, Imaging & Photography, Reviews

The NX300 is Samsung’s latest mirrorless flagship camera, offering 20.3MP with an APS-C sensor (23.5×15.7mm), and capable of shooting RAW files. It sells for Php36,990.00 and is available in brown, white and black. We had a chance to try one out which came just in time for a recent trip to Puerto Galera. How did the camera perform? In a nutshell I was really impressed by it. Spec-wise this camera seems aimed at photo enthusiasts but offers a wide range of controls that makes it a serious consideration as a secondary camera for professionals. This would do well for casual users who wants a good camera with a little more money to burn. Some of the things you might like about it are the connectivity options, which come with both WiFi and NFC, to enable you to conveniently upload to several online services or sync photos to compatible devices. It is not without its flaws however and to those who want to find out more can read on. I have to mention a disclaimer. This is the first mirrorless camera that I have used for an extensive period of time. I have for the most part as a photography enthusiast have shot using film and my trusty Canon G12. I’ve always felt that although mirrorless cameras produce really good quality shots, with the price-point I would rather just buy a DSLR; which is why for this review I will judge the NX300 by its own merits. Out of the box you get the camera body, the 20-50mm kit lens, camera strap, a small flash, a microUSB cable and wall socket adapter to charge the camera, documentation and a couple of CDs; one for Samsung software to use for your camera and the other is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4. Yes, that’s Lightroom 4 and you’ll see that on the box as well. You would think that Samsung has been really generous here but I believe that it was absolutely necessary to include it in the...

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JuiceBoxx launches its affordable power banks, one’s powered by solar energy

Juiceboxx, a Canadian-based company just launched two portable chargers in the Filipino market as part of their world premiere. Both models have 4000 mAh capacities; but one, aptly named Juiceboxx Solar, has a solar panel that allows you to charge the device itself using only the sun. The regular JuiceBoxx come with a sleek, easy-to-carry design in different colors to suit your taste. Everything is contained in a small little box that you can take with you in your pocket. Juiceboxx COO Carol Lee introduced the two models with the help of celebrities Luis Manzano and DJ Tony Toni to tout the features of the devices which include adapters for Apple devices and built-in cables. We’ll be providing a review of the solar-powered version soon to see if it does what it claims. These power banks are sold in your nearest S&R and Puregold stores. The regular JuiceBoxx retails for just Php999 while the JuiceBoxx Solar goes for Php1,999. Related posts: No related...

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HTC quietly launches its dual-SIM Desire 600 and LTE-enabled Butterfly S

HTC Philippines officially announced two phones last December 6, the HTC Butterfly S and the Dual-SIM Desire 600. The Butterfly S is an LTE phone that features a Super LCD 3 display underneath a 5″ Corning Gorilla Glass 3 panel, UltraPixel camera, BoomSound and a battery that promises 659 hours of standby time. The 4 UltraPixel camera has backside illumination and can capture up to 300% more light than most cameras in its class, which is helped partly by 28mm wide angle lens and F/2.0 aperture. It’s Zoe function shoots 3-second snippets in high resolution, and allows advanced editing features. It’s Video Highlights features creates 30-second movies with music themes which plays great with their BoomSound dual-front speakers which are powered by Beats Audio. The Butterfly S is pretty much similar with the One feature-wise but with a few marked improvements. It has a better capacity 3200 mAh battery. HTC claims that the battery can last for more than 24 hours talk-time in 3G. It also gets a faster 1.9 GHz processor from the HTC One’s 1.7 GHz and can be expanded via microSD cards. There are a couple more, but we’ll discuss the differences in a future review. The Desire 600 is a 4.5-inch dual-SIM phone powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 quad-core processor. It comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage plus microSD support. It has an 8-megapixel f/2.0 camera with BSI sensor at the back and a 1.6-megapixel camera at the front. Both smartphones come with BlinkFeed, which is a tile-based information aggregator; Sense UI and Video Highlights. The HTC Desire 600 will retail for Php 18,990.00 and the Butterfly S for Php37,590 and both will be available at any authorized HTC dealer soon. HTC Desire 600 Specs: 4.5-inch SLCD2 touschscreen, 540 x 960, 245 ppi Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm MSM8625Q Snapdragon 200 Adreno 203 GPU 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, microSD up to 64GB Dual-SIM 8MP f/2.0 BSI rear camera with LED flash, HTC ImageChip 1.6MP...

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Samsung Galaxy Win Duos Review

Aug 10, 13 Samsung Galaxy Win Duos Review

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Launched last June, the Samsung Galaxy Win Duos, also known as the Galaxy Grand Quattro in other parts of the globe is the first dual-SIM quad-core phone from Samsung. Design and Construction The Galaxy Win Duos comes only in white, and is a combination of glass, chrome bezel and a plastic back plate similar with other phones in the Galaxy line.   It has a 4.7″ capacitive touch screen that has an 800 x 480 resolution (198 ppi), which isn’t really much and you’ll quickly notice it when you turn on the phone and see the icons and big text. You’ll get a VGA camera at the front as well as the proximity sensor. It has the Duos branding on the top right to differentiate it from the single-SIM variant. It has the all-too familiar Home button and two almost invisible capacitive buttons for the Menu and Back options below the display. It doesn’t have an ambient light sensor to automatically control brightness as well as the gyroscope, but it does have an accelerometer and digital compass.    You can find the power/sleep/wake button on the right side and the volume rockers on the left. The microUSB port is located at the bottom and you’ll find the headphone jack at the top. At the back you have the LED flash, a 5MP camera and the speaker grille all in the same line. Inside, you’ll find a removable 2000mAh Li-ion battery, slots for microSIM cards and a removable microSD card. The primary SIM slot is located under the battery while the second one is at the side making it hot-swappable. The phone does feel solid and pleasant to handle, thanks to the smooth and curved angles. It’s a little heavy for its size though at 143.9g but you’ll eventually get used to it. Performance At the heart of this phone is a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor with an Adreno 203 GPU and 1 GB of RAM. It’s the recent budget quad-core chip...

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Gamers.PH, online auction and shopping site for Filipino gamers

Gamers.PH, a local shopping and online auction website for games and gaming gear, just launched yesterday. “We are excited to launch Gamers.PH in the country,” said Angeline Tham, one of the founders of Soldgers which spearheads this project. “The site is run by gamers, so we know by heart what each kind of gamer looks for. From the hottest game release, to the best deals, competitive gaming equipment and bundles – it’s definitely a shopping haven for gamers.” It’s a site where can join the online auctions and bid for the newest games and accessories, which they can get for 50-80% off retail. You bid via tokens which are priced at Php 10.00 each, which are of course bought from the site. It’s important to note that any tokens used to bid will be deducted from your account, whether or not you win the bid. They demoed how you can bid for items and gave us some tips on how to maximize your bids. The auction page seems easy enough to use and they guarantee delivery between 3-7 days. If you sign up during the pre-launch period, you can get 20 free tokens and a chance to win their Extreme Gamers Package; consisting of a 32″ Sony LED TV, home theater system, a Playstation 3 with a couple of dual shock controllers, NBA 2k13 Dynasty Edition, Bioshock Infinite Premium Edition and The Last of Us Survival Edition. Gamers.ph is powered by Soldgers Pte. Ltd., a company that provides user-centric e-commerce platforms based in Singapore. Related posts: No related...

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LG Optimus G Review

Jun 26, 13 LG Optimus G Review

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The LG Optimus G has been around for awhile now, and we’ve had a chance to try it out for a couple of weeks. This phone was LG’s initial salvo into producing higher end smartphones. While the market has released newer and arguably better models (like the LG Optimus G Pro and Samsung Galaxy S4) these past few weeks, we’ll opine on the Optimus G’s features based on it’s own merit, or simply saying, if it does what it does well. Design and Hardware The Optimus G is a black 4.7″ smartphone that features a Gorilla Glass front and back, with the back having a pattern underneath called “Crystal  Reflection”. It has a plastic bezel which I don’t really prefer for a high-end marketed smartphone. You’ll find the Sleep/Wake button on the right side, the volume buttons and SIM slot on the left, and the microUSB port at the bottom. The Optimus LG uses a microSim, which is insertable via a latch on the left side. The SIM tray is made of two materials; the SIM holder is made of metal while the top part is made of plastic. If your SIM is a little thick, or it has gunk on it, it has a tendency to get stuck inside. The top part broke off when I was pulling it out during the review. :[ At the back you’ll find the 13MP camera with an LED flash and a vertical speaker grille on the lower right. You’ll find the 3.5mm headphone jack and noise cancelling mic at the top. It’s thin at the expense of having a non-user-replaceable battery but holds enough charge to last you a day and then some, thanks to its 2,100 mAh battery. You also get 32GB of internal storage space but there is no expandable memory slot. All in all the Optimus G has a weight of 145g. It’s pretty solid and will hurt when thrown. I do find the phone to be slippery more often than I’d like...

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