Quick Review of the Motorola X (2nd Generation)

Aug 09, 15 Quick Review of the Motorola X (2nd Generation)

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A few weeks back after the official Philippine launch of the Motorola X, we got to try the Motorola X, the flagship model of Motorola. Soon, they will be launching more units here locally and their goal is to simultaneously launch with other countries. For less than 20,000 pesos (priced at Php 16,999), this phone is set to get back their following locally. First Impressions The phone looks solid and premium. It has a slight curve at the back which reminded me of the LG G3 and G4. The matte rubber back cover cannot be detached though so let’s just  hope that when time comes, it won’t be sticky. If you are accustomed to huge phones like me, you will find it a bit uncomfortable to hold just because this is smaller in size and there is a fear of accidentally dropping it. That is quite subjective though. Other than that, overall, it looks great and feels great touching the materials used on this phone. The power button is located on the upper right side of the device. It’s comfortable to press and easy to reach as this has only 5.2” screen. Holding the phone, you can easily unlock it using one hand, as well as control the volume or press the power button. You can almost touch any part of the screen with just using one hand. The power button has ridges that easily differentiates itself from the smooth volume rocker which is located below it. No other physical buttons other than those two exists. To make the phone smaller, Motorola placed the soft buttons on screen (compared to how Samsung usually does it via capacitive touch buttons). Performance According to Antutu tests, the Motorola X scored 45,545 and basing it on the ranking table, it ranks better than the HTC One M8 and the new Xiaomi MI4. Not far from it is the Asus Zenfone 2 which got around 46,621. But as I always say, these scores cannot beat the actual experience. Using it for more than 2...

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Specs Comparison: Cherry Mobile Flare X vs Alcatel Flash Plus

Jun 20, 15 Specs Comparison: Cherry Mobile Flare X vs Alcatel Flash Plus

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With Cherry Mobile’s entry into the bang-for-the-buck, mid-range segment of the smartphone market with the Flare X, how will it fare against the current competition? We’ll be showing a few hardware comparison charts to see how it will fare with a few phones that are already out in the market. First up, we’ll put CM’s new Flare flagship against the much-applauded Alcatel Flash Plus, whose internals and price range is the closest. When comparing both handsets based on their spec sheets, there are a lot that can be said about the local smartphone brand’s new smartphone advantages. For Php 6,999, the Flare X sports a better Full HD screen, bigger RAM, Dual LED Flash, and a better clocked octa-core processor. The Flare X also poises itself as one of the most readily-available bang-for-the-buck smartphones in the local market once it hits offline retailers in Metro Manila and online shopping websites by July, something most phones in this segment currently lack. With that being said, there are also a lot of advantages for getting the Alcatel Flash Plus. The HD screen can benefit mostly from its 3500mAh battery capacity, which can tout a longer battery life. It’s also one of the most affordable phones right now — at Php 6,450 — and it’s equipped with a better front camera resolution at eight megapixels. Now that the local smartphone brands are responding to the competition started by international handset makers, which will you choose? You can take part in the poll by chiming in with your comments section below. Related posts: Cherry Mobile made a big splash with three new Android phones Cherry Mobile Superion vs Samsung Galaxy Tab Samsung Galaxy 5 vs. Cherry Mobile Nova vs. Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 Cherry Mobile Nova Review Cherry Mobile unveils Flare X with Full HD screen, 3GB RAM for Php6,999 Spigen Slim Armor Case for LG...

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PTB’s List: Best Smartphones under Php6k (1st Tri 2015)

May 02, 15 PTB’s List: Best Smartphones under Php6k (1st Tri 2015)

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The first four months of the year are now over, and we saw a lot of new smartphones being released left and right in the local market. With that being said, we listed down some of the best ones under six grand, in hopes that you can further explore your purchasing options and maybe snag a few of these. We’re narrowing it down to those released, not just announced, in the period of January to April this year, and the devices are listed in descending order. Here we go! Xiaomi Redmi 2  Xiaomi’s new device off the budget Redmi line has got our attention for a lot of reasons for Php5,999– the solid construction build, the presence of Dual-LTE slots, and a great-looking HD display can definitely turn heads. Too bad that the variant released in the country has been reported by multiple websites to have LTE problems with Smart Communications, and we hope that it will be fixed soon.   Huawei Honor 3C Lite (Php5,290) The most affordable Honor smartphone from Chinese tech giant Huawei has its own features to boot. It’s one of the most affordable smartphones with 16GB onboard storage to date, and features AirSharing and Huawei’s own Emotion UI. MyPhone Uno (Php 4,599) Google launched its Android One last February, and the top two local brands were tapped to distribute the products in the country. MyPhone’s version, the Uno, has an asymmetric back design with a cylindrical part present around its camera, and bears 4GB of internal storage and a five-megapixel camera. Cherry Mobile One (Php 3,999) Cherry Mobile also has a Google One device, and it’s a 4.5-inch smartphone simply called the One. Both the MP Uno and CM One share similar internal hardware, except for the fact that Cherry Mobile’s Google One device sports a larger internal storage at 8GB and is the cheapest Android Lollipop smartphone that’s out yet in the market. SKK Mobile Lynx (Php 3,999) Last on our list is one of the most affordable octa-core devices...

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Five features that can make a Lenovo A7000 stand out

Apr 29, 15 Five features that can make a Lenovo A7000 stand out

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Lenovo’s lemon-clad A7000 smartphone is said to be landing in the country real soon, as per the announcement from the folks over at Lenovo Philippines. The device, first announced at the Mobile World Congress last month, proves to be a worthy bang-for-the-buck contender as it sports decent hardware at a price similar to those of other affordable devices. Here are five things you should know that can make you say it’s worth the wait:   1) Octa-core Mediatek processor and 2GB RAM, combined An octa-core processor and 2GB of RAM can mean a lot of things. Given its affordable price point, the A7000 can prove itself to be worthy of handling multitasking and resource-intensive apps, which may get you thorough a day with a breeze. 2) A 5.5-inch HD screen Its huge display is not worth underestimating. Clocked at a 1280×720 resolution thereby rendering 294ppi, images can be surely seen to be crisp and clear. 3) A huge 2900mAh battery capacity Battery life is one of the common problem we face nowadays, and Lenovo added a 2900mAh battery on the A7000. The device is sure to last more than a day with this. 4) Dolby’s ATMOS Surround Sound System Aside from a huge battery capacity, a unique feature the A7000 bears is the inclusion of the Dolby ATMOS surround sound system, an audio technology that allows up to 128 audio tracks plus associated pan metadata to be distributed for optimal, dynamic rendering to loudspeakers. 5) Everything is under a slim 8mm profile And all of these features are housed inside a thin 8mm device. It’s amazing for Lenovo to achieve such feat, considering the huge battery capacity it bears. Lenovo A7000 specs 5.5-inch IPS HD display, 1280 x 720, 294ppi 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6752m octa-core processor 2GB RAM 8GB internal storage Expandable via microSD up to 32GB 8MP rear camera with LED Flash 5MP front camera Dual-SIM 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+ WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 w/ A2DP, GPS with A-GPS Dolby ATMOS surround sound 2,900mAh Li-Po battery 152.6 x 76.2 x 8...

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LG G3 vs LG G4: What has changed?

Apr 29, 15 LG G3 vs LG G4: What has changed?

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The announcement of  theLG G4 today has left many curious how much has changed over its predecessor, the LG G3. Both of these devices sport a Quad-HD display, but are the other internals the same? We take a look at the improvements the Korean tech giant made on its flagship device. LG G3 vs LG G4 To sum it all up, LG bumped up its hardware a notch. The Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Gorilla Glass protection, amount of RAM, internal storage, and front and back camera resolutions were all upgraded. Even the capacity the microSD card can handle increased to 2TB from 128GB. That’s a huge leap considering the biggest microSD card capacity present nowadays is rated at 200GB. LG’s newest flagship will also receive a UI facelift in the form of LGUX 4.0 skinned over Android 5.1 Lollipop. It also ditched the metal-brushed design in lieu of hammered-like patterns, metal-like front textures, and 100% genuine cowhide leather back covers. The G4 also inherited a few features from the G3. The removable battery is still rated at 3000mAh, and questions were raised if the G4 will last as long as its predecessor. Wireless charging is still present, but the G4 edges it out by bringing in Fast charging technology. Will you choose the new G4 or stick it out with the almost-a-year-old G3? Let us know in the comments section below. Related posts: Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro: First Impressions Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review Samsung Galaxy 551 Review NOKIA Lumia 1520 Review Mi3 Unboxing and Hands On Review Samsung Galaxy Tab 4...

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Specs Comparison: LG G4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S6

Apr 29, 15 Specs Comparison: LG G4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S6

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With the launch of LG’s newest flagship device, everyone wonders how it fares against other flagships we’ve seen this year, so we’ll pit them against its 2015 counterparts. To start things off, how does it go when compared against Samsung’s most beautiful flagship yet? This is a comparison between the LG G4 and the Samsung Galaxy S6. LG G4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S6 These two flagship devices sure has a lot of differences. The Galaxy S6, for one, has a slimmer form factor at 6.1mm. It’s also touted to be one of the most beautiful devices Samsung has constructed yet, with metal and glass covering up most of the smartphone. It also touts more processing cores (octa-core Exynos versus the hexa-core SD 808) and has options for a bigger internal storage that can be as huge as 64GB. The S6 version in the country is also has dual-sim trays by default, which would be useful for those who have connections on two networks. LG’s new flagship, meanwhile, has its own share of edges to boot too. Apart from a bigger screen display and battery capacity when compared with the S6, the G4 has up to 2TB of expandable storage — something that users have been complaining about since it was announced. It will also come with the latest iteration of Android Lollipop, version 5.1, skinned with LG’s UX 4.0 theme. Those who are always calling can also greatly benefit from its curved display, which is said to offer 20 percent more durability. There’s no official PH price set for the G4 as of this writing, so we’ll update this once we were able to acquire the fine print. Do you still pick the metal-and-glass beauty, or switch over to the leather-backed device? We’d love to hear your reactions, so put them down the comments section below. Related posts: Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro: First Impressions Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review Samsung Galaxy 551 Review NOKIA Lumia 1520 Review Mi3 Unboxing and Hands On Review Samsung Galaxy Tab...

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Specs Comparison: Asus Zenfone 2 (Z551ML) vs. Xiaomi Mi 4i

Apr 27, 15 Specs Comparison: Asus Zenfone 2 (Z551ML) vs. Xiaomi Mi 4i

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Xiaomi made headlines this past week for introducing the Mi 4i, its new flagship. In this comparison, we pit it against the Full-HD Asus Zenfone 2 variant that resembles similar hardware with the Mi4i: the 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage version of the ZE551ML. How does it fare against the Zenfone 2?   As you can see from the chart, they sport almost the same hardware: 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, same front and rear camera resolutions, and 4G LTE connectivity. They also sport Android Lollipop out of the box, albeit having different skins: Asus has their clean and no-nonsense ZenUI, while Xiaomi has the Apple-like MIUI. Despite having near-identical internals, both devices boast their own edges against the competition. The Zenfone 2, for instance, has a bigger screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, and an option for expandable storage via microSD. The Mi 4i, on the other hand, touts a bigger battery capacity, more multitasking abilities courtesy of its octa-core processor, and a full HD screen resolution on a 5-inch screen, giving the screen a stunning 441ppi display. With local prices not yet anounced for both devices as of this writing, international prices put the two phones hundreds of pesos apart: The Zenfone 2 has a NT$6,990 (~Php 9,800) price tag, while the Xiaomi Mi 4i is worth Rs. 12,999 or roughly Php 9,100 which makes it more affordable in the international market. Which one is better for you? Drop the comments down below. Related posts: No related...

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Specs Comparison: MyPhone Rio 2 vs. Kata T Mini 2

Apr 20, 15 Specs Comparison: MyPhone Rio 2 vs. Kata T Mini 2

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It’s the battle of the Php 5,499-ers! In this comparison, we’ll pit MyPhone’s new Rio 2 against Kata’s upcoming ‘mini’ seven-inch phablet, the T mini 2. Both are priced at the exact same amount, which makes them eligible for comparison. Which device takes the cake for being a better device? There’s a lot of things to be said about these two devices, so let’s start with the newer device first. The Kata T Mini 2 is a seven-inch device that qualifies to become a phablet. The screen resolution is something that should be considered. At 167ppi, the device falls short of a 720p resolution, and users may find the screen not to contain that certain crisp they can usually find in other devices. Despite that, the Kata T Mini 2 triumphs on making a seven-inch device with a 4000mAh battery more affordable. On the other hand, the MyPhone Rio 2 is a contender in this price range not to be taken for granted. It has Android Lollipop out of the box, something amiss from budget devices (with the exception of Android One devices). It also presents itself with a better camera built by Sony, and screen protection with a Gorilla Glass 3. Will you choose the five-inch smartphone, or put the stakes on the seven-inch newcomer? Take your pick by leaving a comment below. Related posts: No related...

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Five products you never thought you could buy at CD-R King

Apr 18, 15 Five products you never thought you could buy at CD-R King

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CD-R King undeniably has become a one-stop shop for any device you need. Starting out as a CD store in the early on, it has evolved into offering almost anything, and is considered as a tech mecca of the masses. Among those that they offer are these five products you never thought you can actually buy at the tech retail giant. California Malibu E-Bike, Php 68,000 We featured the smart balance wheel a few days ago, and it was all because of this: the California Malibu e-bike, said to sport 14-inch tubeless tires and can run at a top speed of 18 kilometers per hour. It’s a cheaper version of the ultra-expensive Segway at half the price, and comes with a full one-year warranty. Rated Power: 1500 watts Rated Voltage: 36v Battery Capacity” 12Ah (3pcs. 12V 12Ah battery) Battery Type: Lead-Acid Charging Time: 5-8 hours Max Climbing Capability: 30degree Load Capacity: 125Kg Speed: Up to 18km/h Riding Distnace: Up to 25 km Tire” 19*7-8 Tubeless Off-road Tire Motor Type: Brush DC motor Gross Weight: 66Kg Stark Gasoline Generator, Php 3,580 Now that the summer bids a time for rotational brownouts, why not purchase a power-generating equipment? Stark, a CD-R King brand, sells this gasoline generator for a measly Php 3,580. A full or two is enough to sustain additional power whenever you’re hit by the power outages. Rated power output: 650W Max power Output: 800W Rated Voltage: 220V Max Voltage: 347V Rated Current: 3.8A Frequency: 60Hz Engine style: 1E45 Fuel Tank: 4L(Gasoline) Usage time: 3.5hrs (full fuel tank) Engine power output: 2HP Solar Power Generator (600W), Php 43,800 Now if you’re more concerned about the environment, why not invest on solar panels? Living up to its ‘One-stop shop’ motto, the local retail tech giant also offers solar power cells for sale. Also available at 1000w (Php 63,800) and 200W (Php 23,800) packages, these are very ideal for year-round cutbacks in total electricity bills. A sound investment, if you’d ask us. Max. Current from solar Panel: 30A...

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Specs Comparison: MyPhone Rio vs. MyPhone Rio 2

Apr 01, 15 Specs Comparison: MyPhone Rio vs. MyPhone Rio 2

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The MyPhone Rio smartphone undeniably turned the tides last year for packing beefy internals at a sub-Php5K price, something unheard of at that time. This time around, the local company went a few hundred pesos over the Php 5k mark and presented the next-generation Rio 2 with Android Lollipop on board. Will it gain foothold in the local smartphone scene? Here’s what’s changed.   Below are some of the advantages of each model: MyPhone RIO Support for USB-OTG Removable Battery More affordable MyPhone RIO 2 Newer Android OS Bigger internal capacity Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Bigger internal storage The first iteration of the Rio, despite the slow performance issues noticeable in its first versions, has an advantage for those who use USB-OTG as an additional medium for storage and control. Users complained of short battery life and a poor camera performance especially when the LED Flash has been used. The Rio 2, on the other hand, fixes some of the lapses that the company had made with its predecessor. It is equipped with a bigger internal storage, a newer Android Lollipop OS, a bigger front camera, and Gorilla Glass 3 scratch resistance compared to the flimsy plastic cover used in the first Rio. Users may find the non-removable battery on the Rio 2 a bad thing considering MyPhone had released devices with removable ones thus far. Besides those difference, pretty much everything remained the same — the 5-inch HD display, the speed of the quad-core processor and amount of RAM, the 3G HSPA+ mobile network, and the 8-megapixel rear camera have been carried on from the original Rio. Which do you prefer out of the two budget flagships? Let us know what you think by sharing your thoughts down the comments section below. Related: MyPhone Rio 2 specs and price MyPhone Rio 2 Lite specs and price Related posts: Cherry Mobile made a big splash with three new Android phones Samsung Galaxy Tab will go for Php35k starting next week Samsung Galaxy 5 Review Sony Ericsson Xperia X8...

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