Bmorn V99 9.7-inch Android Tablet Review

Sep 09, 12 Bmorn V99 9.7-inch Android Tablet Review

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Since the launch of the iPad, tablets have been the latest craze for mobile multimedia consumption. With this, Bmorn presents us with the V99 to compete in the tablet arena dominated by the iPad and the Galaxy tabs. Can it hold itself with such fierce competition? Design The very first thing that came to my mind after seeing the v99 is how thin its. With only 12mm on its thickest point, it can definitely contend with the iPad2 or the Galaxy tab in terms of sleek hardware design. In addition, it is a lot lighter than both iterations of the iPad which is a big plus for me since it allowed me to hold on the device a lot longer. Looking at the v99, it can be best described as a giant iPhone 3G with the glossy (read finger print magnet) black rounded back smoothly tapering on all sides with the Bmorn logo slapped on the center. Encompassing majority of the front is the 9.7 inch TFT display with a resolution of 1024 by 720 pixels bordered by a black bezel. Aside from its thin form factor, another noteworthy feature of the v99 is the number of ports and physical buttons adorning its edges. Starting at the top in portrait orientation is the power button on the right most portion and the 3.55mm audio jack on the left. Nothing can be found on the left edge of the v99 while the right edge is where the dedicated ‘Menu’ button and the volume rocker is situated. The bottom edge is where most of the ports are located and there is a ridiculous amount of it. Starting from the left, you will find the speaker grill, the DC charger slot which looks like the one you will find in old Nokia feature phones, the micro USB port for alternate charging method and data transfer, the OTG port which supports various peripheral devices like flash drives and 3G dongles, the HDMI port, the microphone pinhole, the uncovered...

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Alcatel launches Glory X 918N and Sapphire HD Android smartphones

Last Friday, Alcatel held an event where they unveiled two of their latest Android offerings along with a Hunger Games movie treat. These phones will be joining Alcatel’s one touch phone series and will be available in the country this coming April. Alcatel One Touch Glory X 918N The first phone introduced is the Alcatel One Touch Glory X 918N. It is pretty much the same dual SIM phone as its predecessor, the Glory 918N in both looks and specs. What is unique about this phone though is its interchangeable casing that comes in black blue and red. The rep told me however that the packaging will only include two casings with a choice of either black and blue, or black and red. The phone runs with the Gingerbread version of Android and a slightly altered skin. The icons in the app drawer remind me of the Nokia N9’s rounded square icons.  The Glory X 918N, with its dual SIM and colorful casings in tow, will be available for Php6,199.00. Alcatel One Touch Glory X 918N Specs: GSM Quad band (1900/850/1800/900) 650MHz processor, MTK 6573 chipset 3.2” HVGA, 320 x 480 pixels, TFT 262k color display, Capacitive touch HSPA (HSDPA/HSUPA) Android 2.3 Gingerbread 3.0 Megapixel camera, VGA video recording @30fps Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, hot spot Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP Micro USB 2.0 high speed A-GPS, E-compass, G-sensor 150MB end user memory Micro SD (up to 32GB) Dual SIM Dual Standby SRP: Php6,199 Alcatel One Touch Sapphire HD 995 The other device launched in the event is the Alcatel One Touch Sapphire HD 995. This beast of a phone boasts of a 1.4 Ghz CPU and a 4.3” WVGA capacitive screen. It runs with Android 2.3 and utilizes Alcatel’s one touch UI that implements a 3d carousel view of your home screens akin to the SPB 3D launcher. Personally, I really liked the Sapphire HD. The interface was smooth, the hardware is not too big for my taste and for the retail price of Php 13,999 the specs are...

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How to update your LG Optimus Black to Gingerbread

For those of you who own an LG Optimus Black, you don’t need to go to LG service centers just to have it updated. You can do so on your own as long as you have a stable internet connection and the LG PC Suite that came with your phone installed on your machine. The update is around 238MB so if you have a slow internet connection, make sure you have the time to download it. Here are the simple steps involved in updating your phone: Make sure that your phone is set NOT to ‘Mass Storage only’. To do this, go to ‘Settings > SD card and Phone Storage’ and un-tick the checkbox that say ‘Mass Storage only’. Connect your device to your PC and wait for the LG PC suite to detect your phone. Once detected, you will see on the left hand side of the window 2 colored boxes Orange (Phone) and Green (PC). On the Orange box there is a button that says “Check for Phone Update”. Once it detects the update, it will prompt you to “Update and Back Up the Files” or “Update Without Backing Up the Files”. The choice is yours. Afterwards, just follow the succeeding instructions. Note: There is a prompt that will tell you that the upgrade will delete previously downloaded apps. This is NOT true (in my case at least) as I still have all my applications/games after the upgrade. Consequently, if you don’t have LG PC Suite with you, here’s an alternate solution. Visit the LG Philippines homepage (http://www.lg.com/ph) Select “Support > Mobile Phone Support” Find the model number of your phone (LGP970). Click on and install “WINDOWS USB Driver” Click on “Software Update” and execute the “.exe” file The LG Mobile Support Tool will be installed automatically Connect your smartphone to the PC using the USB Cable Click on “Start Updating” After completing the upgrade, unplug the phone. That’s it. Enjoy your Gingerbread Optimus Black! Related posts: LG cuts price on Optimus 2X...

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HTC Sensation XL Review, HTC’s best camera phone

Dec 17, 11 HTC Sensation XL Review, HTC’s best camera phone

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They say bigger is better, that is why HTC is throwing another device under the Sensation family to cater to the large-screen lovers of the smart phone world with the Sensation XL. Aside from having a remarkably large screen, this is also one of HTC’s Beats branded phone to cater to the audiophile in you. Design Many dubbed the XL as the WP7 HTC Titan for Android, and indeed it is for they are almost identical in terms of hardware design. It comes in a fresh white and silver finish that would appeal to a lot of people but also to a lot of dirt and smudge in the future. The front of the phone houses the 4.7-inch SLCD screen. Unfortunately, the XL only has a screen resolution of 480X800, as opposed to the XE or the original Sensation’s 540 x 960 qHD resolution. Despite this, the XL’s screen is great, colors are vibrant with on par viewing angles. We noticed that the screen is brighter than that of the original Sensation and the whites are whiter than Samsung’s AMOLED devices (S2, Note, Nexus). Below the huge screen are your standard capacitive Android buttons – Home, menu, back, and search, lying on top of an ivory white bezel. Above the screen you will find the 1.3 MP front-facing camera, the proximity and light sensor as well as the earpiece grill which is devoid of the usual red tone exhibited in the Sensation XE also carrying the Beats moniker. On the left side, you will find the micro-USB port for charging while the volume rocker is on the right. At the top side, you will find the 3.55mm audio jack and the uncomfortably depressed lock/power button which we will chalk to this review unit only. We saw others not exhibiting the same issue. The XL’s back cover is comprised mostly of brushed aluminum including the slightly protruded provision for the 8MP camera with the dual LED flash on its left and the speaker grill on...

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Lenovo IdeaPad K1 Tablet Review

Nov 19, 11 Lenovo IdeaPad K1 Tablet Review

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In a tablet arena being dominated by iPads and Galaxy Tabs, Lenovo enters the fray with their Android-based IdeaPad K1 tablet to take a slice of that market. So how does it fare with the competition? Does it have that unique factor that would allow it to stand out among other Android tablets? Or is it just another 10-inch Android tablet? Let’s find out. Design The first thing I noticed when I got my hand on the K1 is its weight. At 1.65 the K1 is heavier than most tablets and is definitely strenuous when holding it for an extended period of time. The K1 is about as wide as the iPad but taller by a few centimeters when put side-to-side in portrait. It is also noticeably thicker than most tablets available today with more than half an inch in depth. The body is constructed mostly of brushed aluminum aside from the glossy plastic adorning the majority of its back. The entirety of the front panel is covered in glass housing the 10.1 inch 1280 x 800 resolution display with the 2 MP front-facing camera located at the top bezel and the home button on the right assuming that you’re holding the K1 in landscape mode. You can also use this home button as a track pad albeit with only a set of gestures. A subtle white glow at the sides of the button tells you that your gestures are being recognized although most of the time nothing happens when it does. On the left side, you will find the power/lock button which is too close to the volume rocker below it that I always end up locking the d evice when I try to increase the volume. Below the volume rocker is the screen-orientation lock toggle and the microSD slot which you can access by poking the pinhole beside it to pop the cover. At the bottom of the K1 you will find the micro-HDMI, the 3.55 mm audio jack and the 30-pin...

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Lenovo debuts own mobile phones in the Philippines

Lenovo, a brand more popularly known for quality computer products at affordable prices has unveiled a plethora of mobile phones under its mobile subsidiary Lenovo Mobile Communications Technology Ltd. last October 27, 2011. The said event introduced the Lenovo Mobile phone brand and their manufacturing and testing process to bring competitive mobile solutions to the market. There were a total of 6 mobile phones unveiled that would cater to different target markets. Lenovo E156 The Lenovo E156 is a dual SIM phone for those who wish to talk and enjoy a few more add-ons. On top of standard features such as music player, FM radio and voice recorder, the E156 is GPRS and WAP capable to enable users to access information on the go and stay connected with friends on social networking sites. Form Factor Bar Phone Network GSM 900/1800 MHz Dual SIM, Dual Active Dimension 101 x 44.3 x 14.4mm Display Type TFT Screen Size 1.5 inch Resolution 128 x 128 pixels Colours 65K Battery Type Li-Ion Battery Capacity 650 mAh / 2.405 Wh Internal 20KB External microSD card up to 8GB Phonebook 500 Multiple entries Messaging 200 SMS Lenovo E156 Key Features: Dual SIM, Dual Active Expandable memory up to 8GB via microSD card Music Player Built-in FM Radio FM Recording Sound Recording Call Blacklist GPRS and MMS WAP Browser Games Calendar Alarm Clock SRP: Php1,290 Lenovo Q330 The Q330 features an Opera Mini browser and social applications that can be accessed through GPRS. It has a built-in Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo Messenger and Opera Mini browser that allow one to share experiences with the world. A background sound feature allows users to simulate any environment when making a call, while the built-in answering machine takes care of any missed calls. Form Factor Bar Phone (QWERTY) Network GSM 900/1800 MHz Dual SIM, Dual Active Dimension 103 x 58 x 13.5 mm Display Type TFT Screen Size 2.3 inches Resolution 320 x 240 pixels Colours 65K Battery Type Li-Ion Battery Capacity 1000mAh / 3.7...

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play Review, the ultimate gaming smartphone

Oct 22, 11 Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play Review, the ultimate gaming smartphone

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Sony Ericsson has released the first PlayStation certified smart phone in the form of the XPERIA Play. With its unique concept and the PlayStation branding, let’s find out what this so-called PlayStation phone can bring to the table. Design/Hardware Keeping faithful to the design of its other XPERIA cousins, the XPERIA Play sports its familiar rounded top and bottom design. The back panel is rounded on its edges and the corners are tapered. It feels a bit bulky for one-handed use in portrait mode but it will sit comfortably in your hand when gaming. Dominating the front is a 4 inch FWVGA (480 x 854) LCD screen which is kind of disappointing since this device could really benefit from Sony’s Bravia Reality display found in the Arc. Anyway, the screen is quite bright – not too bright but colors are vivid and the contrast is quite good when viewed head on. The same cannot be said for you game spectators since viewing angles on this phone is not that good. At the bottom front you will find the oh-so-familiar chrome Android keys present in most XPERIA phones. On the left side, you will find the micro USB port and the 3.55mm audio jack opposite each other. On the right side, the volume rocker is situated between the L and R trigger buttons. The power/lock button is situated at the top and amusingly the LED indicator is incorporated in it as well. On the curved, fingerprint-magnet back panel you will find the 5MP camera and the LED flash as well as the 2nd mic pin hole for noise cancelling. Prying the back panel to open is a tedious task in itself and doing so will give you access to the microSD slot and SIM card slot which you can freely remove and change without taking out the battery. Sliding the phone open is spring assisted and locks firmly into place which will give you access to the PlayStation-certified gaming controls. Below the action buttons are...

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LG Optimus Black Review, once you go black…

Jul 01, 11 LG Optimus Black Review, once you go black…

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LG recently introduced what they claim to be the thinnest and brightest Android phone available in the market in the form of the Optimus Black. It is also one of the most affordable phones with above-average specs for its price point that we have today. I had the pleasure of using this phone for a bit and here’s my verdict on the phone. Design The LG Optimus Black boasts an elegant minimalistic design coupled with their so called Nova display technology. This is also the thinnest smartphone I’ve reviewed so far with its thickest point measuring at only 9.2mm. The front panel of the phone is covered entirely in glass with the 4-inch capacitive screen occupying its entirety along with your fingerprints. The proximity, light sensors and the 2MP front-facing camera are located at the top bezel and the standard Android touch buttons at the bottom. One thing to note here is that LG employed a neat approach with their capacitive buttons. The buttons are highlighted when you turn the screen on and register a subtle haptic response while emitting a blue glow when activated; a simple feature that somehow adds elegance to this device. The right side of the phone is devoid of anything while on the left you will find the volume rocker and the ‘G’ button (more on that later). On top of the device is the 3.55mm jack the microUSB slot with a slide cove similar to Samsung’s implementation and the power/lock button. On the back panel made of hard plastic, you will find a small slit for the speaker and opposite it is the 5MP camera beside the LED flash which is slightly recessed to avoid scratches on the lens. At the bottom you will only find a tiny slot for opening the battery cover which I found taxing the first time I tried. The device itself feels good in your hand although I find it a extremely light. At only 109g, it’s lighter than the Samsung Galaxy SII....

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Nokia brings us two affordable dual-sim phones, the X1-01 and C2-00

Jun 10, 11 Nokia brings us two affordable dual-sim phones, the X1-01 and C2-00

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Nokia unveiled two new dual SIM phones last Thursday June 9, 2011. The Nokia X1-01 and the Nokia C2-00 would soon be available in the Philippines. Both phones feature what Nokia calls the Dual SIM/Dual standby idle state wherein the device is connected via both SIMs and is simultaneously scanning both networks of the connected SIM. This means that both SIM cards can be used for communication with some limitations such as when one SIM receives or makes a call, the other SIMs radio channel is temporarily dropped until the said activity is done. Aside from this, another unique feature of these phones is the ability to store up to five SIM card settings on both devices. Of the two, the Nokia X1-01 is made for the music lovers with most of its feature geared towards enhanced music playback. The Nokia X1-01 boasts an extra loud speaker which they claim to be the loudest and clearest they ever produced and a set of dedicated keys on the side for music. The device can also do up to 36 hours music playback. The phone supports up to 16 GB of expandable memory and a built in flashlight as well. The Nokia C2-00, which was announced almost a year ago, is the more feature packed of the two with the so called Easy swap feature wherein you can hot swap the SIM cards without removing the back cover or even turning the phone off. Once a new SIM is inserted inside the SIM door on the side of the device, the phone will automatically utilize its network. Unlike the X1-01, the C2-00 has a VGA camera; GPRS support (no 3g) and up to 32 GB of supported expandable memory. Both devices are housed by a durable plastic casing which makes them lightweight but somehow sturdy; typical of Nokia feature phone hardware. Of the two, I find it easier to use the C2-00 because of its better looking interface and easier to press number pad but the...

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Samsung Galaxy Fit S5670 Review

Apr 25, 11 Samsung Galaxy Fit S5670 Review

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The Samsung S5670 also known as the Galaxy Fit is another one of Samsung’s entry in the plethora of mid-range Android-powered phones. Being in the same ‘Galaxy’ series of phones from Samsung, much is expected from this unit and I’m quite happy that it delivers considering the price point it’s being offered at. Design Despite being in the mid-range family of Samsung Android phone, the hardware itself is quite sturdy and doesn’t feel cheap when you hold it in your hand. The front panel is accented by a chromed plastic lining the edges. The Galaxy Fit has a 3.3 inch capacitive display that packs a resolution of 240X320 pixels.  At the bottom center of the screen is the home button which is fashioned after the home button of the other Galaxy series phones. Left of it is the menu button and on its right is the back button. At the top you will find the micro USB port with the sliding cover beside the 3.55mm audio jack. On the right side of the device lies the power/lock button which at first, I mistook for a dedicated camera button. On the left side, you will find the volume rocker and the micro SD slot which you can take out without opening the back cover. The battery cover is a corrugated thin plastic, a much welcome deviation from the design of its bigger Galaxy S cousin, although not as visually appealing. The 5 MP autofocus camera lens is also located here. Display and UI The Fit runs on Android 2.2 (Froyo) with Samsung’s Touchwiz UI 3.0 on top. You can have as much as 7 home screens where you can place your widgets and a lot of panels in the application drawer. What I really liked about the UI is how Samsung allowed you to organize your application icons in the application drawer. A simple but useful feature absent in some custom UI implementation of other phone manufacturers. Aside from that, everything is how you would...

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