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Share your QWERTY story and win a Nokia Asha phone

The upcoming Nokia Asha is the latest line of Series 40 phones from Nokia with an entry-level price but with close to smartphone features designed for emerging markets like ours. Nokia Philippines is giving you the opportunity to win either an Asha 200 or an Asha 303 through this “Why do you QWERTY!” promo. All you need to do is write a 200-word essay on the topic: “How using a QWERTY phone changed my mobile life for the better”. It should describe your positive experience and interesting anecdotes about using your QWERTY phone. Your essay should come with a photo (JPEG only please) of yourself and your QWERTY phone. You can send your entry via email to [email protected] no later than Dec 30, 2011, 11:59PM. Entries will be judged according to: Uniqueness – 40% Relevance – 30% Visual Quality of the Photo – 30% Prize distribution are as follows: 3rd place – Nokia Asha 200 2nd place – Nokia Asha 303 1st place – 2x Nokia Asha 200 Grand prize – 2x Nokia Asha 303 The Nokia Asha 200 is similar to the Nokia C3 but with dual-sim capability, really loud speakers and up to 32GB storage for your music. The Nokia Asha 303 is also a QWERTY phone but with a touch-screen display. It doesn’t have dual-sim but you’ll get 3G and WiFi and also a 1GHz processor. Both phones come with Angry Birds for S40 installed. So if you want to be among the first to own these phones, try your hand on this “Why do you QWERTY” promo by Nokia. Remember, deadline of submission of entries is on December 30, 2011. Related posts: No related...

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Lenovo IdeaPad K1 Tablet Review

Nov 19, 11 Lenovo IdeaPad K1 Tablet Review

Posted by in Featured, Laptops & Tablets, Reviews

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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BlackBerry PlayBook in Canada gets $300 price slash

My goodness. If you live in Canada or have a friend who lives there, you might want to take the opportunity to avail of the BlackBerry PlayBook for as low as $199 (16GB). That’s around Php8.5k for a nice, premium-looking tablet! From now until Nov. 24, all models of the BlackBerry PlayBook gets a $300 price slash all over Canada (until the 22nd in Quebec). That means the 64GB version is cheaper than the original price of the 16GB, $399 against $499. These discounted BB PlayBook are available in Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Future Shop and Staples across Canada. In fact, you can even order online from BestBuy Canada. Trivia: Canada is the home of BlackBerries, one of their major contribution to the world aside from Justin Bieber. 😛 [RFD] Related posts: RIM brings BlackBerry Java and Android apps to the BlackBerry PlayBook BlackBerry PlayBook to launch in 16 other countries, Philippines not included BlackBerry PlayBook set to arrive on August 6 in the Philippines BlackBerry PlayBook lands at Globe, comes with Curve or Torch BlackBerry PlayBook Review BestBuy slashes price on BlackBerry PlayBook by...

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Toshiba Qosimo X770 gaming laptop review

Nov 18, 11 Toshiba Qosimo X770 gaming laptop review

Posted by in Featured, Laptops & Tablets, Reviews

Gaming laptops today are looking more mighty from its sheer appearance down to its core. They scream of power and they pride on the contempt of every gamer that has experienced it. As games today become more graphically realistic, it’s no wonder that the laptops of today have to keep up with the demanding requirements of games, not to mention the gamers themselves. So today, I have the luxury of testing out the Qosmio X770 which is Toshiba’s latest rig in their Qosmio lineup. Design and Features What’s apparent with the Qosmio X770 is its 17.3in HD screen, which is by all means huge! It has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and renders visuals impressively with vivid and well-saturated colors. The black bezel around the screen has a glossy smooth surface which in turn, makes it smudgy. The overall design ditches the boring business look and opts for the red, silver and black palettes that would please any gamer. It’s mainly made of plastic but is solidly built making it feel really durable. The keyboard keys are well spaced from each other and are a bit bigger than regular laptop keyboards. Because of the huge real estate, it still has room for a numpad to complete a full keyboard layout. And best of all, it lights up in bold red for those late night gamers to enjoy. The touchpad and its controls are very responsive although I would presume that gamers would still opt to use an external mouse for more precision gaming. A set of Harman/Kardon speakers are located on the top left and right sides of the laptop as it delivers rich booming sounds to satisfy your multimedia needs. This clearly compliments the gaming experience as it is loud enough to fool your neighbor of having some war action going on inside your room. Looking at the laptop sideways, the back portion is raised considerably for typing comfort. At the left side you’ll find the exhaust which is pretty effective in...

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LG Optimus 2X for Php15,800, becomes cheapest dual-core for a limited time

When people would ask what the cheapest dual-core processor Android phone in the market right now, you would guess it’s probably Cherry Mobile’s Magnum 2X for Php15,899. Nobody would think it’s the LG Optimus 2X. Believe it or not, Widget City is selling their LG Optimus 2X for Php15,800 for a limited time (original price is around P24k). That’s cheaper than Cherry Mobile! Get a hold of this unit at this uber-low price until November 22 only. After that, it’s going to be Php19,500 which is still affordable for a dual-core in my opinion. Oh and if you want the “white” one, just add a thousand! Each unit comes with its standard package contents. Shame on you if you’re still looking for more freebies. So what’s the catch here? Well they’re grey units. The store only offers 1 year standard warranty and after that, you’re on your own. If that’s not an issue to you then by all means get yourself an early Christmas gift. LG Optimus 2X Specs: 4.0″ display @ 480×800 pixels (Gorilla Glass) ARM Cortex A9 1.0GHz dual-core processor (Tegra 2) 8GB internal storage, up to 32GB via microSD 3G/HSDPA WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 8MP autofocus camera w/ LED Flash 1.3MP secondary front-facing camera GPS w/ aGPS support HDMI port 1500mAh Li-Ion battery Android 2.2 Froyo (upgradeable to Gingerbread) We normally don’t like promoting grey units to the public because it skews local sales figures but this one is really cheap that some of you would appreciate to know. Related posts: Get ready for the LG Optimus 2X LG Optimus 2X and Black goes on sale, comes with elaborate mechanics LG Optimus 2X for Php13,995 limited to 100 units only LG Optimus 2X and Optimus Black goes on sale for 10 days LG cuts price on Optimus 2X and Optimus Black, Gingerbread update...

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JBL OnBeat Xtreme feature-rich iPad dock

Nov 17, 11 JBL OnBeat Xtreme feature-rich iPad dock

Posted by in Audio & Video

Didn’t really expect to Apple’s iPad to have a speaker dock but I guess any accessory is possible when it comes to Apple products. I don’t know why you would want a dock for your iPad but if you do need one, the JBL OnBeat Xtreme can be your man.. or thing.. err speakers. Like most JBL speakers, the OnBeat Xtreme is looks unconventional, futuristic even with its sharp curves, hulking and serious profile. It’s primarily an iPad dock but it won’t mind if you slap your iPhone or iPods onto it. Or other devices via the stereo mini-jack. Or even a projector or a larger display via a video out. The minimal controls that it has are lined up on the side. The modern-looking remote has a rubbery feel to it and runs on RF so you don’t have to be in the line of sight to control the OnBeat Xtreme. It has a rotating carriage for your iPad so you can also use it in landscape mode in case you would like to watch videos from it or do Facetime calls while freeing your hand. It has a built-in microphone too which enhances the range of the mic during video calls. As a speaker, the JBL OnBeat Xtreme features Dual Atlas bass drivers and Ridge tweeters with computer-optimized DSP equalization for hi-fi sound. If that audiophile jargon doesn’t impress you I don’t know what will. If you don’t want to dock your iPad, like if you want to play Fruit Ninja on your lap, you can also connect your devices to it wirelessly via Bluetooth and get those high-quality slashing sound in your game. An iPad dock can’t get any more as complete as this (not unless you’re asking for an espresso machine built into it) and it comes with a price. The JBL OnBeat Xtreme should be available next week with an estimated price of Php19,995. Related posts: No related...

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Cherry Mobile Candy, most affordable Android phones at Php3,699

Cherry Mobile released these two Android phones under Candy line that only cost Php3,699 a piece. These are probably as basic as an Android phone could get and you need to keep that in mind if you’re tempted to get one. The Cherry Mobile Candy is a full touchscreen Android phone. It has a small 2.8 resistive screen with a lot of wasted real estate around it. The screen could go up to 3.2-inch probably. A 416MHz processor powers the phone which would probably be just enough for your basic smartphone needs. Oh and it runs on Android 2.2 which is decent for an entry-level droid since the specs can’t handle Android Gingerbread. One thing you won’t see in a lot of Android phones on the CM Candy is its dual sim/dual standby capability. Cherry Mobile Candy Specifications Android Froyo 2.2 2.8″ Resistive Touch Screen Dual Sim/Dual Standby MediaTek 416Mhz Processor ROM: 256mb / RAM: 128mb Dual Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE 900/1800 WiFi 1.3 MP Camera FM Radio 3.5mm Headset Jack Bluetooth Expandable Micro SD up to 16gb The Cherry Mobile Candy Chat on the other hand is similar to the Candy but with a QWERTY portrait keyboard at the expense of a smaller 2.8″ resistive touchscreen. Other than that, things are pretty much the same. Cherry Mobile Candy Chat Specifications Android Froyo 2.2 2.4″ Resistive Touch Screen with QWERTY Keypad Dual Sim/Dual Standby MediaTek 416Mhz Processor ROM: 256mb / RAM: 128mb Dual Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE 900/1800 WiFi 1.3 MP Camera FM Radio 3.5mm Headset Jack Bluetooth Expandable Micro SD up to 16gb Now here’s the thing. It’s cheap at Php3,699 but is it worth your hard-earned cash? The thing I’m not high on these phones is the resistive screen. If you don’t know the difference between a resistive and capacitive, well you can read it here. Anyway, resistive displays can’t offer the same smooth navigation you see on iPhones or those Samsung Galaxies. You need to use apply pressure on the screen in order to use...

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JBL’s very own pocket speakers, the On Tour Micro

Nov 16, 11 JBL’s very own pocket speakers, the On Tour Micro

Posted by in Audio & Video, Gadgets

If you’re looking for a mini-speaker for your laptop or iPod but don’t want to be one of the thousands of X-mini owners, why not get one from a more premium brand. JBL just announced their very first mini-speakers, the JBL On Tour Micro. This Pokeball-looking speakers (the top profile of the red one at least) is very compact and can connect to any music player, phones, devices having a 3.5mm headphone socket. Underneath the speaker is a space where you can easily stow-away the audio cable for a clean-looking storage. There’s also a carrying pouch that goes with a unit so you can safely store it when not in use.   The JBL On tour Micro is good for personal consumption or a chill-out session with a small group of friends but there’s also the option to daisy chain it with other On Tour Micros for a wider coverage. A single battery charge via USB would last this speaker for about 4 hours, a far cry from the X-mini’s claim of 12 hours but that’s what you have to sacrifice for its compact form. Pricing and availability are a bit hazy. We only got an estimated price of Php1,995 for the JBL On Tour Micro when the Orange color becomes available next week. Black Carbon and White Glacier colors will follow soon after while the Red Dragon might not even reach here since it seems that it’s a limited edition color. Shucks. Related posts: No related...

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RIM intros BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380

New BlackBerry phones were announced today by Research In Motion. One looks like a more affordable version of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 which is the Bold 9790. Another one looks like the new Curve in Storm’s clothing, the Curve 9380. Both phones run on the new BlackBerry OS 7 and have NFC support. The Blackberry Bold 9790 is like the Bold Touch 9900 but with a smaller 2.44-inch touchscreen with a 360 x 480 resolution. It also packs a 1GHz processor, a bit slower than the 9900’s 1.2GHz but it shouldn’t matter though. There’s still the 8GB internal storage with expandable microSD and a 5 megapixel autofocus camera. It’s poised to be a more price-friendly version of the Bold Touch phone. The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is the first Curve that doesn’t have BB’s signature QWERTY keyboard which a lot of people might be disappointed at. Anyway, this new Curve will have a 3.2-inch touchscreen HVGA display which is entry-level in today’s touchscreen phone standards. It retained the Curve’s optical trackpoint which is unnecessary on a full-touchscreen phone as proven by early Android phones. The Curve 9380 also uses an 806MHz processor and has 512MB RAM and 512MB internal memory expandable via the microSD slot. It has a 5-megapixel camera as well. So there’s your new BlackBerry phones. Nothing extraordinary that will give a RIM a much-needed boost to gain back the market’s confidence but let’s wait if they can offer it at a competitive price to be really successful. Related posts: Sun Cellular Postpaid subscribers get BlackBerry plans BlackBerry services to be blocked in Dubai RIM is offering free BlackBerry PlayBook for app developers RIM introduces new BlackBerry offerings for your business RIM reveals BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 and 9930, comes with exciting upgrades RIM unveils BlackBerry BBX, their next generation mobile...

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Cherry Mobile Magnum 2X Unboxing and First Impressions

Update: Here’s the latest Cherry Mobile Magnum S Octa Core Android 4.4 KitKat smartphone. The Cherry Mobile Magnum 2X is the most affordable dual-core processor in the market today. With a price of P15,899, it’s even cheaper than a lot of 1GHz single-core phones out there. We have one for review right now so let me just show you what you can get out of the box as well as my first impressions about this most powerful phone Cherry Mobile has to offer. Nothing fancy with the packaging of this phone. What’s unusual is the “Apple-sque” accessories included which doesn’t really match the phone. You’ll get white earphones that looked like it came from the iPod. Oh it’s also a hands-free set too. There’s also the USB cable and the separate white USB power adapter which is really nice since you can also use it to plug other USB cables (iPod USB perhaps?). Unfortunately, there’s no microSD card included in the package but we were told that a 4GB microSD comes free with this phone so better ask for that from the shop where you will be buying it from. First Impressions The size of the Magnum 2X somewhat reminds me of the HTC Desire S. The size is a bit on the chunky side because of the curved back but is more easy to handle compared to the wider Cherry Mobile Magnum HD. The 3.8-inch LCD screen is not that bright especially under the sun but still looks good and has deep contrast. The screen is smaller but icons appear sharper than that of the Magnum HD. The back is too curved and that it won’t sit still on a surface. A slight nudge will make it spin and eventually wear out the center of the back panel. The back panel is made up of solid metal but with a subdued matte finish (slippery) unlike the brushed finish of the Magnum HD. I would get a case for this one ASAP as it looks prone...

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Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for LG Optimus 2X now available

Finally. After all the waiting, LG Optimus 2X owners can upgrade their phone to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). LG Philippines just announced today that the upgrade is now available for their dual-core Optimus 2X. Just go to your phones update settings to check for the update, hopefully you didn’t root your phone while waiting for this one. Here’s how you can update your phone to Android 2.3 OS: Visit the LG Mobile homepage (http://www.lg.com/) On the map, choose your country Select “Support > Mobile Phone Support” Find the model number of your phone. 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”. Note: The “Start Updating” button will be activated only if there is new software available  After completing the upgrade, unplug the phone. LG Philippines also said that the update for their other premium phones, Black and Optimus 3D, is coming soon. Well they’ve been saying that since forever but with the Optimus 2X upgrade, that for the other two phones will be imminent. Next step? Ice Cream Sandwich but that’s for next year. Have fun with your Gingerbread first. Hit the comments how your upgrade went and if there’s any noticeable difference. [LG Optimus PH] Related posts: Android 2.3 Gingerbread to be released on November 11? Samsung Galaxy S finally getting Gingerbread, as well as other Galaxy phones Have you updated your Samsung Galaxy phones to Gingerbread...

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PLDT myDSL Xtreme can give you speeds up to 10Mbps

With the advent of internet TVs and growing popularity of internet video streaming, your 1Mbps line may not be enough to view even standard def videos without waiting to buffer. I was able to experience consistent 3Mbps for quite some time and it was nice not having to see that buffering text when watching videos online even if other people in the house are also using the internet. PLDT myDSL added another bundle to their high-speed plans with the XTREME Plan 4000 which gives you up to 10Mbps speed in case a lot of people in your house are into downloading and watching videos online. There’s no bandwidth capping here so it’s truly unlimited. Installation and standard modem comes free on this plan. Other high-speed plans include: Plan 990 (up to 1Mbps), Plan 1995 (up to 3Mbps) and Plan 3000 (up to 5Mbps). Visit http://www.myworldmydsl.com/ to learn more. Related posts: No related...

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