I took a little break from tech and cars to indulge in one other love – food. I accepted an invite from Hilton PJ for a food-tasting session with a dozen famous food bloggers (Ruth of Perut Besi, GoodyFoodies, Mei Yee aka Iamthewitch and Henry Lee aka Clever Munkey) at Uncle Chilli’s Bar. The agenda for the day? To sample their special Christmas Eve menu.
Samsung‘s much awaited Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been in my hands for nearly two weeks. It came in a plain white box. Currently no official word on launch or pricing. As you know in several countries, Samsung is currently in a legal tussle with Apple over IP and thus some injunctions are in place. I will reserve my comments on the new Tab until the first impressions video is out. So for the time being, enjoy the pictorial of the 1Ghz dual core-powered Google Android Honeycomb OS tablet below.
The race for smartphone supremacy is undoubtedly a fierce one. Manufacturers are scrambling to throw everything they’ve got to hungry, demanding consumers in a market that’s growing and getting more sophisticated by the day. People want faster, slimmer, smarter, sexier and more powerful mobile devices. And they want it now. If there’s one thing not lacking for consumers, though, is choice. We’ve got Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Symbian, WebOS-powered flurry of devices to choose from.
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence is also one of the world’s fastest growing mobile phone brands. Its flagship Android smartphone, Samsung GALAXY S was a worldwide success, selling a record 14 million units globally since its debut last year. This year, begins a new journey for smartphones as more powerful dual-core processors and multi-core GPUs roll out into the market. While not the first (beaten to the punch by LG Optimus 2x), Samsung has finally released its new superphone, – the Samsung GALAXY S II, first seen at the Mobile World Congress in February this year. Purportedly the fastest Android phone ever released. Established online tech media all over have sung praises of this revolutionary successor to the Samsung GALAXY S, even calling it “the best Android smartphone yet, but more importantly, it might just be the best smartphone to date.” That, my techie friends, is quite a compliment. Samsung, obviously, have done something right. Response to the GALAXY S II has been phenomenal, garnering over 3 million pre-orders, and selling 1 million units within a month.
And now, its arrival in Malaysia looms. I’m one of the privileged few in Malaysia to have been given the opportunity to toy around with the S II for several weeks. While it would be premature to say that it’s the best Android smartphone the world has today, one thing’s for sure, Samsung has certainly made a kick-ass phone. And a sexy one at that. Read on.
Dollars. Cents. The Ringgit. The Pocket. When it comes to printing and the trail of consumables that follow, cost over medium to long term is a major concern when considering a printer purchase. The trend by manufacturers has generally been to lower cost of ownership by offering printers for dirt-cheap prices, then profit from consumables and accessories. So what if there existed a workhorse that was cheap to buy, then even cheaper to run? What if this printer with its special ink technology could print up to 600 pages per cartridge? Read on.
Research in Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry PlayBook
offers promises so much. Sexiness, speed, chic. As witnessed during the recent media preview, the PlayBook certainly entices, at least hardware-wise. Perhaps due to my personal high expectations for the 7-incher, I come out feeling a little shortchanged and underwhelmed. Read on.
Announced last September, Research in Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry PlayBook is the smartphone maker’s foray into the increasingly crowded tablet market, currently dominated by the Apple iPad. The media and bloggers were treated to a first-hand preview at a media event at GTower yesterday. The 7.6″ device at first glance exudes the same business chic every BlackBerry smartphone user enjoys with their device. It certainly looks and feels well-built. Everything that looks fantastic on paper, doesn’t always translate to a good ‘real-world’ experience however, as some have found.
First Impressions: Samsung Galaxy Ace
Once in a while, the mobile tech world springs a surprise. The spanking new Samsung Galaxy Ace is one of them. Powered by Qualcomm’s 800MHz (MSM7227-1 Turbo) processor, running Android v2.2 Froyo and packed with impressive features like 5MP camera with AF lens and LED flash, the Galaxy Ace is sleek and value-for-money. This is probably one of the best mid-range Android smartphones out there.
For audiophiles, Alpine is no stranger to the audio scene, being renowned in the car audio and speaker market. Its foray into the mobile Bluetooth devices market is represented solely by the Alpine DCS-BT1 Bluetooth handsfree speaker unit. I received a review unit courtesy of Rebecca Saw aka @wackybecky. Before we head on to the review proper, let’s look at some studies on mobile use while driving.
The Android market has grown exponentially over the past year and this onslaught has been much attributed to the barrage of devices from hardware vendors worldwide. Samsung has secured itself as one of the major players in the Android device market, battling head on with smartphone giants HTC and Motorola. With a slew of impressive premium mobile products under its belt that include the high-end Samsung Galaxy S smartphone and the 7-inch tablet Samsung Galaxy Tab, the Korean electronics monolith crashes the low-end Android party with a new entry-level touchscreen smartphone – the Samsung Galaxy 5.
This little Galaxy 5 runs Android OS v2.1 (Eclair). Shame that it isn’t the much-anticipated Froyo yet but definitely a step up from v1.6 (Donut) being offered by some out there in the market. This pits it head-on with the Motorola Citrus, Sony XPERIA X8/X10, LG GT540 Optimus and HTC Tattoo. For a sub-USD200 (SRP: RM699) device, it packs quite a buffet of features. Which begs the question – is there such a thing as “cheap and cheerful”? Read on.