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Nokia N9 vs Nokia Lumia 800, a close specs comparison

Oct 27, 11 Nokia N9 vs Nokia Lumia 800, a close specs comparison

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The Nokia N9 and the Nokia Lumia 800, two new Nokia smartphones which looks almost identical at first glance. One runs on the soon-to-be-forgotten MeeGo OS while the other uses the up-and-coming Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS. Do they really differ on the OS level? Not quite, not by a long stretch. Specs are kinda sketchy from the usually reliable GSMArena and PDADB.Net so we scrounged for the actual specs from Nokia instead and fill in the blanks from reliable reviews of the N9. Here’s what we came up with and you will be surprised that the N9 has better features than the Lumia 800 but still, it seems that Android phones of the same class trumps them both. Nokia N9 Nokia Lumia 800 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 OMAP3630, PowerVR SGX530 1.4 GHz processor, Qualcomm MSM8255 chipset, 3D Graphics HW Accelerator MeeGo for Nokia N9 (MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan) Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Quad-band GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 Quad-band GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 Penta-band WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 Quad-band WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100 16GB or 64GB internal storage 16GB internal storage 1GB RAM 512MB RAM 3.9” ClearBlack AMOLED Display (FWVGA, 854 x 480 resolution), Gorilla Glass 3.7” ClearBlack AMOLED Display (WVGA, 800 x 480 resolution), Gorilla Glass HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.7 Mbps HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.7 Mbps 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, F2.2, Dual-LED Flash 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, F2.2, Dual-LED Flash 720p HD video recording @30fps 720p HD video recording @30fps VGA front-facing camera (not working on Skype) No front-facing camera Web-kit browser (HTML5, CSS3, XHTML, no Flash support) Internet Explorer 9 Mobile (HTML5, CSS3, XHTML, No Flash support) GPS, A-GPS, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n GPS, A-GPS, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR No FM Radio FM Radio NFC No NFC Micro SIM card Micro SIM card Ovi Store Zune Marketplace 1,450mAh battery 1,450mAh battery 116.45 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm 116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm 135 g 142 g So will it be the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9 or the Windows...

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Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone appeals to the trendy

Oct 26, 11 Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone appeals to the trendy

Posted by in Mobile, Tech News

The second Windows Mobile 7.5 phone announced at Nokia World 2011 is the Lumia 701 which is more affordable than the Lumia 800 and caters more to the youth with its trendy colors with replaceable back panels. If the Nokia Lumia 800 looks more serious and industrial, the Lumia 710 has a more fun and stylish appeal. It’s a bit longer than the Lumia 800 but narrower on the side and lighter at 126g with its plastic build. It comes in either black or white but the back panels can be interchanged with a variety of colors: black, white, cyan, fuchsia and yellow. Don’t let its look fool you though because inside it still packs quite a punch. It has the same 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor and 3.7″ display (800 x 480 resolution) as that of the Lumia 800. To achieve a lower price, it doesn’t have the Gorilla Glass and AMOLED display (ClearBlack TFT only) and Carl Zeiss Optics however. It also has physical Windows Phone buttons instead of a full touch panel display. Other features include a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with a LED flash, 8GB internal storage, Bluetooth 2.1 and the usual GPS and WLAN. What’s missing is NFC (not that you’ll miss it though), a microSD expansion slot, HDMI out, Flash support on browser, and a front-facing camera. So what happened to Skype eh? Anyway, according to Nokia, the Lumia 710 will first appear in India, Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan towards the end of the year. Other countries will have it next year. It will cost about $375 so that roughly translates to about Php16k before taxes. Even at 20k, it’s still affordable for a 1.4GHz smartphone. Nokia Lumia 710 Specs: 1.4 GHz processor, Qualcomm MSM8255 chipset, 3D Graphics HW Accelerator Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango 3.7” WVGA (800×480) ClearBlack TFT display 8 GB storage, 512 MB RAM 5Mpix (f2.4) auto-focus camera with LED flash Video capturing MPEG-4 SP 720p @ 30fps HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps Internet Explorer 9 Mobile Bluetooth 2.1,...

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Nokia unveils the Lumia 800, Windows Phone version of the N9

At the Nokia World 2011, the Nokia Lumia 800 was officially announced. Dubbed as the “first real Windows phone”, the Lumia 800 looks just like the Meego-toting Nokia N9 if you didn’t know that the N9 has no dedicated camera button. Everything else looks very similar when the phone is turned off. The Lumia 800 is the first Windows Mango phone that will be available from Nokia. Despite the huge curved glass display, the Lumia 800 only has a 3.7″ display with 800 x 480 resolution no thanks to the space allotted for the Windows touch buttons. It does however has the AMOLED display with Nokia’s ClearBlack Technology for vibrant colors and deeper contrast. Powering the Lumia 800 is a 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor with a 16GB internal storage. It also has the same 8-megapixel Carl Zeiss optics-enhanced lens as that of the N9 with an aperture of f/2.2 suitable for low-light shots. What’s missing? There’s no NFC, Flash support on browser, HDMI out, expansion slot and front camera for video calls. So what was the Skype acquisition all about?? This phone is simply beautiful to look at and to hold. The single piece of polycarbonate plastic makes it light yet durable and the curved glass gives it a nice industrial look. The Nokia Lumia 800 is slated to be out on before the year ends. It’s already available for pre-order in the US for $585 (about Php25k+). If you’re pondering on the N9 but unsure about the MeeGo OS, the Lumia 800 is looking to be a very decent alternative. Nokia Lumia 800 Specs: 1.4 GHz processor, Qualcomm MSM8255 chipset, 3D Graphics HW Accelerator Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango 3.7” WVGA (800×480) AMOLED ClearBlack display with curved Gorilla glass, no air gap, anti-glare polarizer 16 GB storage, 512 MB RAM 8Mpix (f2.2) auto-focus Carl Zeiss, wide-angle lens, 2x LED flash Video capturing MPEG-4 SP 720p @ 30fps HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps Internet Explorer 9 Mobile Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, A-GPS, WLAN 802.11abgn, 3.5mm AV connector,  micro USB...

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AKG K402 Mini Headphones Review

Oct 26, 11 AKG K402 Mini Headphones Review

Posted by in Audio & Video, Featured, Reviews

Last time we reviewed AKG’s entry-level earphones, the K309 and K311. The AKG K402 is their entry-level headphones and they are marketing this for people on the go with its funky color and foldable design. The AKG K402 is made up of flexible steel as its band along with hard plastic. I just love the red color on this one. The band slides within each other and the earcups, or should we say earpads, fold flat for a compact form for storage. Too bad there’s no carrying pouch included in the package.   The band offers enough resistance for a snug fit that won’t fall off easily but it’s also prone to mishandling that might crack the plastic parts. Instead of pleather, the K402 uses foam pads which can be more comfortable to use but also wears out faster. The size of this headphones may be suitable for on-the-go use but your music would blare out from it and it doesn’t offer any sort of noise cancellation. Use this in your own home on in a quiet room and you will appreciate its sound quality. The K402 shines especially for bass-heavy tunes with enough isolation on the lows. Mids are satisfactory but has a strong inclination to lower mids. Sound quality is actually decent for its price (Php1,599) if you’re into hip hop and party music so all you need to worry about is taking good care of it because construction feels a bit flimsy. AKG K402 Specs: Rated Impedance: 32 ohms Max. Input Power: 30mW Efficiency: 125 dB SPL/V Audio Bandwidth: 17-20 kHz Here’s the list of shops where you can buy your AKG audio products including this K402. Ashop Eastwood Digital Hub Viramall Mobile 1 Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Ashop Glorieta 4 Digital Walker Mall of Asia Power Mac Center Greenbelt 3 Beyond the Box One Rockwell <Soon> E-novation Power Mac Center Mall of Asia Beyond the Box, New Port Manila Go Gadgets Electric Boutique Power Mac Center Megamall Digital Hub Forbes...

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“Smart Money Goes ShopSpotting” looks for the best local online store

Are you a local online seller? Do you want to instant promotion of your store? Or better yet, win Php50,000? Then you might want to join the Smart Money Goes ShopSpotting promo. “Smart Money Goes ShopSpotting” is Smart Money’s recently launched promo, in search for the best online shop that features Smart Money for buyer transactions. At the end of the promo period, P50,000 cash will be awarded to the winning local online seller, credited via Smart Money. Additionally, starting October 12, Smart Money’s official ShopSpotter and former Cosmopolitan Philippines Fashion Editor Katrina Dy will be featuring her favorite participating shops on her blog and Smart’s official Facebook fan page—which translates to instant exposure to Smart’s more than 1 million fans on Facebook. To join, online sellers must first register their online shops at Online sellers can register from October 10 to October 25, 2011. After registering, participants simply need to add the “Now Accepting Smart Money” badge on their online shops where buyers can see it. Participants can download the badge from Once participants have placed the badge on their online shops, they now get the chance to be “ShopSpotted.” Also, by simply joining, participating stores will be included in Smart Money’s Online Shopping Directory. Participants can also increase their chances of winning by getting the most number of online votes for their shops. The voting process will be from October 26 to November 4, 2011. At the end of the promo, the online shops will be judged according to the authenticity and legitimacy of the merchandise sold, the shops’ visual appeal online, and the total number of online votes. The winning store owner will receive the grand prize of P50,000. The winner will be announced on November 9, 2011. The full amount will be presented to the winning online store owner via personalized Smart Money Card in the Smart Money event on November 12, 2011. For more information, visit Related posts: No related...

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Samsung Galaxy Y becomes cheapest Android phone, also in Netphone Edition

Samsung officially launched their most affordable Android handset today, the Galaxy Y, “Y” meaning “Young”. This phone retails for Php5,990 and is already available since last week. The price pushes the previous Samsung Galaxy Mini out of the market since you can get a better-specced phone at a cheaper price with this Galaxy Y. Consequently, Smart also has its own Galaxy Y Netphone Edition which you can also get for Php5,990 but you will also get the free social networking benefits thanks to the SmartNet platform. Some specs may not be better than the Smart Netphone 701 but you can’t argue with the price on this one since you will also be getting a Samsung-branded phone running on Android Gingerbread. The phone comes with the basic accessories: a pair of earphones, manual, Samsung Kies installer, charger, USB cable and a 2GB microSD card with an SD adapter. The Samsung Galaxy Y reminds me of a smaller version of the Samsung Galaxy Ace. It even has  the same light, textured plastic back panel. What you’ll get from this phone is an 832 Mhz processor, 3-inch QVGA screen, 160MB internal storage, 2-megapixel camera and the goodies an Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread can offer. This phone is really a nice way for younger people to make the switch from their feature phones to Android smartphones. It’s an entry-level Android device with an entry-level price and it might just be the Netphone Edition may just be the push Smart needs for their SmartNet platform to really take off. Learn more about the Samsung Galaxy Y Netphone Edition. Samsung Galaxy Y Specs: 832 MHz processor Android OS v2.3.5 (Gingerbread) 3.0″ TFT capacitive touchscreen display (240 x 320) 256k colors Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n HSDPA 7.2 Mbps Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP 2mp autofocus w/o LED Flash, QVGA @ 15fps video recording Swype text input 160MB internal memory with support for microSD (2GB included, up to 32GB) GPS with A-GPS 1200maH Li-On battery 104 x 58 x 11.5 mm 97.5 g SRP: Php5,990...

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Php499 Panalo Phone now made available nationwide

Remember Talk n’ Text’s Php499 Panalo Phone that was announced early this year? Well it’s now available nationwide. What used to be available through sales agents and provincial distributors, the Panalo Phone is Smart’s way of addressing the needs of Filipinos that still don’t have or can’t afford mobile phones. Hard to believe but Smart says there are 10 million more Filipinos who doesn’t own a mobile phone. As such, they will be introducing the country’s lowest priced prepaid handset bundle – the Talk ‘N Text Panalo Phone, in selected Smart Stores nationwide. The kit includes a brand new phone with a built-in Talk ‘N Text SIM, pre-loaded with free SMS, for only Php499. Micro-priced bucket packages, some as low as Php5, are available exclusively to Panalo Phone users, to answer the need of those with very limited everyday spending money. Available models of Talk ‘N Text Panalo Phone are Cherry Mobile and Huawei G1103. These Panalo Phones are also designed to work with Smart Money by the way. Related posts: Globe Mobile Internet: 5 Pesos per 15 Minutes What is Smart Communications’ BIG and FREE secret? Smart’s mystery exclusive WP7 phone New Unli call and text option for Smart prepaid subscribers Smart brings you new postpaid plans for unlimited call and texting Understanding the Smart...

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Noontec MovieDock A6II media player review

Oct 24, 11 Noontec MovieDock A6II media player review

Posted by in Audio & Video, Featured, Reviews

Here’s another media player brand that cropped up recently in the market. Noontec is one of those brand from Shenzen, China who has been manufacturing media players for quite some time along with enclosures, drive bays, and other storage accessories. The Noontec MovieDock A6II is not a full-blown media player in the sense that it doesn’t have a drive bay nor a full set of video output. Noontec has the MovieHome V8 media player for that. The A6II lies in-between a portable media player that you can lug around and a full NAS/media player that sits comfortably beside your TV and router. It is an upgrade of the previous and smaller A6 which doesn’t have a SATA connection and uPNP functionality. Enough about the intro, let’s see how this Noontec A6II which I’ve been using for a couple of weeks. Design The Noontec A6II has a squarish form that looks like a very slim waffle maker. Nice and simple actually but still too big if you want to pack and bring it somewhere. Top is bare save for the power button so you’ll have space for your action figures.   Up front you’ll only see the infrared receiver for the remote control. On the left side is a USB port for your flash drives and other USB storage devices. There’s also a SATA port for internal SATA HDDs which you probably won’t use much since you’d be exposing your hard disk unless you have an enclosure with a SATA out. At the back is the rest of the ports. There’s the DC-In, composite connection, coaxial output for 5.1 audio, HDMI, LAN port and another USB port. What’s missing is a component output (RGB) so if you’re stuck with a TV without HDMI (like me), you’ll have to make do with standard definition. Here’s what’s included in the box. A SATA cable, USB cable, remote control with batteries, composite cable and the manual. HDMI cable is missing so you have to provide for your own....

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Bring your gaming peripheral settings with you with Razer Synapse 2.0

Professional gamers are very picky with their gaming peripherals not to mention the extensive customization that they do – macros, key binds, mouse sensitivity settings, etc. It’s no wonder why LAN parties involve hauling of whole PC setup just to preserve the game customizations. Well five years ago, Razer came up with the Synapse which is an onboard memory that saves settings directly to the peripheral. No need to haul your desktop, just bring your keyboard and mice and you’re all set. But what if you can store all those settings in the cloud? And wherever you go as long as you have the right gaming peripheral, you can load your settings and continue on with your gaming. That’s where Razer Synapse 2.0 comes in. With Razer Synapse 2.0, all of your Razer peripheral settings for any next generation Razer gaming device will be automatically stored in a cloud server which is accessible from any computer. You will be able to take your mouse to a LAN centre and instantly sync your custom settings simply by logging into Razer Synapse 2.0. You can even access your custom settings while using Razer peripherals provided by a tournament host, enabling you to spend less time setting up controls and more time gaming. Razer Synapse 2.0 also automatically downloads drivers, game add-ons, and firmware updates as they become available, ensuring your Razer devices are always updated. Razer Synapse 2.0 will be launched for all next generation Razer devices and the software is currently in an internal beta stage. The next stage of closed beta will be rolled out initially to selected users of the multi-award winning Razer Naga, where up to 500 Razer Naga users can get a first glimpse of Razer Synapse 2.0 by signing up at Related posts: No related...

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iPhone 4S hits the gray market for Php48,500

There’s no word yet on when Globe will be bringing out Apple’s iPhone 4S but if you can’t wait for it, Widget City is already selling the 16GB version for Php48,500. It’s quite a markup but what do you expect? It’s a hot commodity and it’s unlocked! What we don’t know is if they already have it on hand or if they’re getting their stocks from Apple Singapore who’s already accepting pre-orders by the way. If it’s from Singapore then there’s a 1-2 weeks lead time so expect their units to be available in November. They are selling the iPhone 4S starting at SGD948 so that’s about Php33k. If you really want the phone, call Widget City (09175423438) and see if the units are already available. Who knows? They might have a contact in Hong Kong where we first saw the unlocked grey units of the iPhone 4S. But if you can wait, pre-order in Singapore and have it shipped to a friend over there. Or see if you can enter your local shipping address. UPDATE: We just confirmed that the units are already on stock (black/white) and they came from HK and unlocked. Related posts: No iPhone 5? No problem. iPhone 4S saves the...

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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

Posted by in Featured, Mobile, Reviews

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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Lenovo brings out three new ThinkCentre PCs for SMBs

Lenovo recently announced three new desktop PCs designed for the unique needs of small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) – the ThinkCentre Edge 71z all-in-one (AIO), the ThinkCentre Edge 71 desktop for mainstream users, and the ThinkCentre Edge 91 desktop for a premium computing experience. ThinkCentre Edge 71z AIO The striking Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 71z AIO is powered by up to 2nd Generation Intel Core i5 processors and comes equipped with streamlined features including ThinkVantage Technologies and easy memory and storage upgrade that blend work and play. The Edge 71z fits style and space-saving design into one machine with its glossy black shell and impressive appearance. The Edge 71z also delivers superior productivity. It boasts of having a 20-inch display for stunning visuals along with an optional digital Display Port for Dual Independent Display for better multitasking options. And moving this AIO[3] around from one location to another is a hassle-free experience with its hidden, rubber grip handle. ThinkCentre Edge 71 and 91 Desktops The ThinkCentre Edge 71 and 91 are powered by up to 2nd Generation Intel Core i7 Quad Core processors allowing users to have plenty of performance at their fingertips. Both desktops in tower and small form factors are also stylishly designed to include a glossy front finish, and their legacy ports have been removed for a cleaner overall appearance. With no expansion graphic card required, the ThinkCentre Edge 71 desktop offers unbeatable value for users who need to work with two displays via VGA and DVI; while the ThinkCentre Edge 91 desktop can support up to four monitors. Additional features include:  Large storage capacity: up to 16 GB of memory on the ThinkCentre Edge 91, support for up to 1 TB hard drive storage; optional solid state drive storage up to 160 GB on ThinkCentre Edge 91 and Edge 71z Rich and robust graphics: choices of optional ATI Radeon discrete or NVidia graphics on Think Centre Edge 91 and ThinkCentre Edge 71 Range of productivity tools: DVD player and optional burner on ThinkCentre...

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