Cherry Mobile Selfie Review

Jan 04, 15 Cherry Mobile Selfie Review

Posted by in Featured, Mobile, Reviews

With a 13 MP front-facing camera with LED flash, the Cherry Mobile Selfie is one of the best selfie smartphones in the market today. Find out if Cherry Mobile’s selfie phone lived up to the hype on our review below. Design and Construction The Cherry Mobile Selfie sports a rather uncommon but pleasing design. The selfie smartphone has a beautifully arched top and bottom. It has wide bezels above and below the display housing the front camera, front flash, receiver and the menu, home and back keys. The Cherry Mobile Selfie has a light gold, brushed metal sides and buttons with concentric circles pretty much the same as the Zenfones’. On top of the smartphone you can find the headset jack and the power/lock key while the micro-USB charging slot can be found at the bottom. A dedicated camera key is located on the right side of the smartphone just below the SIM slot. On the left are the volume keys. The dedicated camera key which I often mistakenly press to wake up the screen.  The Cherry Mobile Selfie uses a Micro-SIM and a Nano SIM, the Nano SIM slot doubles as a microSD card slot. The Cherry Mobile Selfie has a non-removable plastic back cover with curved sides that runs all the way through the front, below the display. At the back is the not-so conspicuous 13-megapixel AF camera with the two LED flashes on its sides. Just below are the ‘Selfie and Cherry Mobile logos and the speaker. The Cherry Mobile Selfie’s solid build and materials along with its ergonomic design offers a premium feel and allows it to sit nicely in the hand. Its prominent rear camera attracts a lot of attention and receives positive feedbacks every time. The package comes with charger and data cable, in-ear headphones, SIM eject tool and manual. Display and Multimedia The Cherry Mobile Selfie has the same 4.7-inch display as the iPhone 6 which is one the most favored screen sizes by smartphone users. Some...

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2014 Mini Cooper S F56 Review

Jan 01, 15 2014 Mini Cooper S F56 Review

Posted by in Cars, Featured, Reviews

As our first car review of the year this 2015 here at Pinoy Tech Blog, we thought of reviewing something that is worth starting the year off on the right foot. Something fun, exciting,  and a spot-on head turner. We might have differences in opinion when it comes to thinking what car suites such recognition but for us, we have thought of something that a lot of people will agree on. A car that was voted to be the second most influential car in the 20th century, behind the Ford Model T — The Mini Cooper. Designed in the late 1950s as an answer to the fuel shortage happening that time. It was built to be small and economical. It has grown a lot since and when BMW group purchased the Mini in 2001, they have integrated BMW technology to the Mini models since then, aside from making it bigger than what the original size has been. Tech Features 6.5″ display entertainment system iPhone connectivity USB Bluetooth enabled AUX Wireless controls on the steering wheel Auto rain sensing wipers Auto headlights Digital automobile monitoring system and more! iPhone connectivity worked well with my iPhone 6 Plus. I used the iPhone USB cable for this and once connected, you can access Deezer for your music library and this will appear, From here on, everything you need to do on your phone to control Deezer will now be flashed on the screen. To navigate, use the “iDrive Touch Controller” in the middle portion. Since it is Bluetooth enabled, you can also listen to music via Bluetooth connection and make phone calls with it. Pairing is also easy. Simply follow the instruction flashed on the screen. The digital automobile monitoring system is also very useful. From there, you can check out the tire pressure, engine oil level, temperature and the likes. It will also tell you stuff like when you need to bring your Mini for a check-up. Safety Features Safety is a big thing for me and the Mini...

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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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iPhone 6 Plus Review

Nov 21, 14 iPhone 6 Plus  Review

Posted by in Featured, Mobile, OS and Apps, Reviews

One of the most awaited devices of the year, at least for Apple fans and for those used to using iOS devices, the iPhone 6 Plus is in many ways a first for Apple and it was something we never thought Apple will make — but they did and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. As expected, it was talked about even though the features aren’t that game changing in one way or the other. The device is still an Apple and let’s find out if it does live up to its name. Design I’m a fan of the previous generation iPhone 5S in terms of design and even though this new one is not all that too similar to that, this one kind of went back to its roots having rounded edges similar to the first few generations of the iPhone. A rounded edge is necessary to improve the grip because the smooth, brushed metal finish at the back somewhat doesn’t help in that department. The finish though improved the overall look and feel of the entire phone. Another welcome change is the front glass panel. It tapers down the side joining in with the rest of the body it a seamless look. On the left side are the newly design volume button which is now oval compared to the previous round design. Above that is the “silent mode” toggle switch which in my opinion was easier to toggle because of the round curvy side. On the right side is where the new power button is located. They transferred it so it will be easily reachable because reachability is one of the major issues of having a huge phone. Below that is where you can see the Nano Sim card slot and same as before, needs an ejector pin to gain access to the Sim card tray. Nothing is on top now and the button is where the lightning connector and speakers are. Since this phone can now do portrait mode, holding it...

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Blackberry Z3 Review

Oct 28, 14 Blackberry Z3 Review

Posted by in Featured, Mobile, Reviews

Announced first quarter of this year and officially released in the Philippines last July 2014, Blackberry Z3 is one of the most affordable Blackberry handsets at Php 10,990. Find out how this budget Blackberry device performed on our review below. Design Blackberry isn’t one of the most in-demand phones nowadays but the fact still remains that they build nicely designed phones. From afar, the Blackberry Z3 looked like a Xiaomi Mi3. Although a lot of smartphones these days looks similar to each other, this unit is distinct because the back portion has this nice textured back design that is nice to hold and easy to grip. The phone weight is on the heavier side at around 164g. If you have smaller hands, it might be a bit of a challenge to use it with one hand. The placement of buttons are all on the left side of the device. Power, voice control button and volume. There are no other buttons available. The 3.5mm jack is located at the top left portion and the Micro USB port is on the bottom. As for the battery, it’s non-user removable, unless you have the tools of course. With that, the SIM and SD slots are covered with a plastic slot door located on the upper right side portion of the device. Performance Battery life of the Z3 is at 2,500mAh and after a week of testing, we more or less got a gauge on what it can do in a real life setting. Watching Youtube videos via WiFi for around an hour, played a non-graphic intensive game for around 30 minutes, a few SMS and calls plus a few hours of intermittent web browsing via WiFi. At the end of the day, we still had 10% juice left! Impressive! Speaking of videos, although it only had 220 ppi, the 5″ screen displayed HD videos vividly and the edge-to-edge design because of the thin bezel helped improve the viewing experience. The 5mp rear camera takes decent photos but nothing extra...

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Misfit Shine: Fitness with Style

Oct 20, 14 Misfit Shine: Fitness with Style

Posted by in Business, Featured, Reviews, Wearable Technology

Wearable tech are the “in” thing this year. From watches to Bluetooth tags, it’s everywhere! The most popular wearable tech would be the fitness trackers and you won’t believe the wide range of choices out there. Each has their own unique feature and some might fit you better than other but now, we are reviewing the Misfit Shine. It’s a fitness tracker that doesn’t compromise on style. Other than turn heads because of how it looks (Are you wearing a French Macaron?), it tracks your activity from walking to yoga to swimming and even sleeping! You don’t even need to buy a separate device for it (but you can if you want) for tracking sleep. Have I already mentioned that it is waterproof? Unlike some fitness trackers, you can use Misfit Shine to track your swimming activity. Here’s another part that you will like. No charging. As per inquiry, distributor said that on normal use, battery can last up to 6 months. That’s not bad at all. The device itself has no physical buttons. To sync it to your device, open your phone’s Bluetooth and click the sync button to update your selected settings to your phone and to upload your data from your Misfit Shine to your device. Data can usually be stored for around 2 weeks before it is over written so better upload data often (Check out the Misfit app for iOS and Android). Since it’s a small circular device without an LCD, it has 12 LED lights to inform you of basic information like time and your progress for the day. You have the option to choose whether you want to display the time first or your progress of the day first. Here’s how it looks like: After knowing how it works, you know have several options on how you want to wear it. As per trying, the most accurate way is to wear it as a watch. Inside the package, a wrist strap and a magnetic clasp is included. You...

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Bose SoundTrue Around-Ear Headphones Review

Oct 11, 14 Bose SoundTrue Around-Ear  Headphones Review

Posted by in Audio & Video, Featured, Reviews

Bose Welcomes Color with the SoundTrue Around-Ear Headphones Finally a pop of color from Bose! I never complain much about Bose products especially with the quality and comfort, but somehow I always wished that it loosened up a little bit by experimenting with color. While the colors black, gray, and white are always elegant looking, these tend to limit consumers to more mature audience. These new color options make it more attractive to younger people. It’s a dream come true for me. Build and Design Right out of the box, this around-ear teal or mint color headphones looks nice and its build is extremely light. The headband is made of hard adjustable matte plastic-coated metal with a soft, gray cushion (mixed of both leatherette and polyester coat) at the crown. The earcups are oblong-shaped, surrounded by thin, plushy leatherette pads for a really comfy feel. The outer portion of the earcups is a mix of matte and shiny plastic. Also, the earcups are held by the headband in such a manner that it can swivel in all directions to fit perfectly on your ears. The detachable cable, which is about 170 cm long, connects to the left side of the headset. I find this a little peculiar as the standard cable length of most earphones are about 92-122 cm (about 3-4 ft). The extended cable length gives allowance for taller people. The built-in microphone with volume buttons are located a little higher so it is positioned near your mouth so you can speak hands free. I think it works well as a headset but when you are using these controls to navigate through your playlist, it takes some getting used to. Sound Quality I like how the sound is very well-balanced with the Bose SoundTrue around-ear. I have reviewed some other Bose units and quality and balance of sound is consistent. The bass is not too much, which I appreciate because I’m not really a fan of those with a strong bass feature. I...

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ASUS ZenFone 5 Review

Oct 07, 14 ASUS ZenFone 5 Review

Posted by in Featured, Mobile, Reviews

Launched together with the ZenFone 4 and Zenfone 6, the ZenFone 5 made waves with its premium design, notable specs and popular price. How does ASUS’ 5-inch Intel Atom – powered flagship smartphone compare to other Android smartphones in its class? Check out on our review below. Design and Construction The ASUS Zenfone 5 makes an impression right out of the box with its sleek display and red metallic-finished back cover. The dedicated buttons and concentric circle finish at the bottom of the display extends the length of the ZenFone 5 but the slim side bezels and rounded rubber matte back cover makes up for this and provides a comfortable grip on smartphone. We were hoping that the home buttons were illuminated too but most smartphones under this price range skip the backlit keys, probably to save on production costs. You get the usual button and port placements on the ZenFone 5. In front, on top of the display, you have the sensor, earpiece receiver and front camera plus the shiny ASUS logo. Below the five-inch display are the home buttons and the prominent circular patterned piece present on every ZenFone device. On top of the ZenFone 5 is the audio jack; on the bottom is the micro-USB port. The volume and power keys are located on the right side of the smartphone. On the left side, you can find the groove for opening the back cover. The plastic back cover looks a bit delicate and needs to be opened gently. At the back you have the rear camera, flash and the speaker together with the ASUS and Intel logos. Opening the back cover reveals the two micro-SIM slots and memory card slot. Overall, the build and quality of the ASUS ZenFone 5 does not reflect its cheap price at all. Aside from its good looks, this Intel Atom powered smartphone is sturdy and well built. ASUS ZenFone 5 hands on and photos Display and Multimedia While some are not enthusiastic about the HD...

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Lenovo Y510p Gaming Laptop Review

Sep 24, 14 Lenovo Y510p Gaming Laptop Review

Posted by in Featured, Laptops & Tablets, Reviews

Lenovo Y510p Gaming Laptop Review Launched fourth quarter of last year, the Lenovo IdeadPad Y510p is one of the best gaming laptops available today, featuring a 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor, 8 GB memory and an NVIDIA GeForce GT755M 2GB graphics card. We managed to get our hands on the Y510p, using it as our daily laptop for surfing, watching videos and gaming over the past few days. Check out how this high-performance gaming and multimedia laptop performed on our review below. Design   The Lenovo Y510p turns head with its gorgeous brushed metal back and bottom cover. On the inside, it uses a plastic bezel on the display while retaining the metal components on the palm rest and areas surrounding the keyboard. At 5.95 pounds, the Y510p is hefty. Although it has the same 15.6 inch display as the ThinkPad enterprise laptops, it is noticeably larger due to the wider bezels, bigger touchpad and more spacious palm rest and speaker area. On top of the display, you’ll find the integrated camera capable of recording 720p HD videos. On its sides are two built-in microphones.  The Y510p has a chiclet-style keyboard which includes a numeric keypad. The red backlit keyboard is a knockout. On the upper part of the keyboard are the JBL speakers and the power button and just below is the one piece touchpad. The Lenovo Y510p delivers sharp, bright and colorful images although the glossy display is prone to glaring especially when used on open space.  The JBL speakers provides clear and loud sound perfect for multimedia and gaming.  Its speakers also supports Dolby Home Theatre v4 further enhancing the already impressive audio. The left side of the Y510p houses the Novo button used for Lenovo OneKey Recovery System / BIOS / boot menu. Alongside are the AC power adapter, ventilation slot, VGA port, RJ-45 port, HDMI port and two blue USB 3.0 ports. On the other side of the laptop are the Headphone and Microphone jack and a yellow...

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ASUS G550JK Unboxing and First Look

Sep 15, 14 ASUS G550JK Unboxing and First Look

Posted by in Featured, Laptops & Tablets, Reviews

Over the past few years, ASUS has been placing greater emphasis on PC gaming and as a result, the Republic Of Gamers (ROG) was founded in 2006 to highlight the most innovative hardcore hardware for truly dedicated gamers. We manage to get a hands-on experience on the ASUS latest ROG gaming notebook, the ASUS G550JK and here are our first impressions on ASUS’ latest gaming laptop. Packaging The unit comes in a huge box containing the G550JK notebook and the free bundles that comes with it. For Php 69,995, the package already includes the following: • ASUS G550JK Notebook • ROG Gaming Mouse • ROG Cerberus Gaming headset • ROG Backpack • External SonicMaster Subwoofer Design ASUS G550JK might be cheaper than other high-end gaming notebooks but still you get to experience premium materials and design details. Colors red and black match the theme of the ASUS ROG, the letters on the keyboard lights up as well as the power buttons and the ROG logo. This gaming device weighs in at 2.6kg with 28mm thickness, the ASUS G550JK makes a decent looking notebook with a sleek design and great build quality. On the left side is an HDMI port, 2 USB 3.0 ports, mini-display port outputs and a single 3.5mm audio jack. Also the unit has the dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet. On the right side is a Blue-ray Writer for optical drive, 2-in-1 memory card reader and another USB 3.0 port. Screen Display The new G550JK gaming laptop features a brilliant Full HD IPS display, with wide 178-degree viewing angles and anti-glare coating for comfort during long gaming sessions and a matte finish with no touch compatibility. ASUS definitely knows what most consumers want in a gaming laptop. Aside from the great design and build quality, ASUS tossed in free bundles on the ASUS G550JK making it a great deal not only for those who are wanting to have their first gaming notebook but for those who want to upgrade their gaming rig. ASUS ROG G550JK Gaming Laptop...

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