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HTC One V: An In-depth Review

HTC One V

If you’re looking for a quality yet wallet-friendly smartphone, you may want to take a peek at the HTC One V. This entry-level Android phone belongs to the HTC One series, and runs the Android 4.0 platform, or commonly known as the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. Beats Audio, Dropbox, and Video-Pic are just some of the highlights of this unit. To learn more about its features, you may want to continue to read on.

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[Announcement] Asus Padfone 2 Launch in Malaysia

ASUS PadFone 2. Image Credit: ASUS

KUALA LUMPUR, 13 December – The highly-anticipated gadget is here to rock your Christmas! Introducing the ASUS Padfone 2 that will be available in stores starting today. Like its innovative predecessor, this hybrid-dockable Android smartphone and tablet is all about supreme mobile flexibility. Moreover, Padfone 2 comes with a deadly fast 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor, is LTE- ready, and with a whole new refreshing design!

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[Impressions] 5″ LG Optimus Vu

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LG recently introduced the latest addition to its popular range of Optimus smartphones, called the Optimus Vu – a big and bright Android-powered smartphone with tablet-like viewing experience. We had a brief hands-on with the GALAXY Note competitor.

The Optimus Vu is a top-of-the-line smartphone running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich (upgradeable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean when available), and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5Ghz quad-core processor and 1GB RAM. It comes with a generous 32GB of internal memory and 2,080 mAh battery to match.

Optimus-Vu_-1-LRThe brilliantly crisp and bright IPS display brings true HD to the user – all 5 inches of it, in 4:3 ratio (768 x 1024 pixels @ 256PPI). It is slightly strange that LG has gone with the ratio as the trend has pointed to 16:9 on current smartphones. However, with LG’s renowned IPS technology, we expected superior colour clarity and picture quality, and it did not disappoint.

The Optimus Vu’s profile is ultra slim at only 8.5mm and at 159g, very light indeed for a phone its size.

LG’s phablet comes built-in with an 8MP shooter on the rear, and a HD-capable 1.3MP shooter in the front. Nothing groundbreaking here, but keeps up with the competition.

Not to be outdone by the pioneers of the ‘phablet’ space, Samsung, with their highly successful GALAXY Note family, LG has custom-built its own memo app called QuickMemo. The Optimus Vu comes with a dedicated QuickMemo hotkey to enable users to easily jot down notes or messages. Getting into the stylus game, the Optimus Vu comes with a dedicated Rubberdium pen (yes, that’s what it’s called). 

Our quick take
The Optimus Vu doesn’t quite bring anything new to the plate, especially in the phablet category where the GALAXY Note and Note II is king. However, based on hardware specs alone, LG’s phablet effort can be a viable alternative, especially at such an attractive price point. Consumer choice is a good thing 🙂

Pricing and Availability
The Optimus Vu: is available in black and white at all LG authorised dealers, at the recommended retail price of RM1,899.

Key specifications at a glance:

o Chipset: 1.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
o Display: 5-inch (1024×768) IPS Display
o Memory: 32GB eMMC and 1GB DDR2
o Camera: 8MP with AF LED Flash (rear) and 1.3MP (front)
o OS: Android OS, v4.0.4 (ICS)
o Battery: 2,080mAh
o Dimension (L x W x D): 139.6 x 90.4 x 8.5mm

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Motorola Announces Android Software Upgrades For Their Devices

Moto got-o update-o!

Moto got-o update-o!

Motorola users, rejoice! As long-awaited updates for your Androids are now finally available. Latest updates to Moto hardware include a slew of Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Android Software Upgrade or Update is divided into Region/Model divisions where you can see clearly when the updates are available. The most notable update is the Jelly Bean Upgrade (Android 4.1.1) for the Motorola Xoom, for both WiFi-only and WiFi+3G/LTE models. This will be pushed to users in Q4 2012 for the US region only.

Sadly, the Asia-Pacific models will only get Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update (Android 4.04), the only consolation is that it’s available now. There should be a Jelly Bean update for Asia Pacific in the coming months (at least we hope).

US users have an option to trade-up some of their phones which did not get updates e.g. ATRIX 4G and PHOTON 4G with newer models via the Motorola Trade-up program at motorola.com/tradeup.

Well, let’s look on the bright side. Maybe it is really time to get that spanking new Motorola RAZR MAXX HD that was announced recently, or you could try updating your devices using other alternatives and see where it goes?

For more info on your updates, visit their site here: MOTOROLA

Check out Asia Pacific update list:

ASIA-PACIFIC

MT917 (China) ICS Upgrade (Android 4.0.4) rollout began in June 2012.
XT928 (China) ICS Upgrade (Android 4.0.4) rollout began in June 2012.
MOTOROLA RAZR XT910/XT910S/XT910K ICS Upgrade (Android 4.0.4) rollouts began in July 2012.
MOTOROLA XOOM 3G (Korea) ICS Upgrade (Android 4.0.4) rollout began in July 2012.
MOTOROLA XOOM WiFi Only MZ604 ICS Upgrade (Android 4.0.4) rollouts began in May 2012.
MOTOROLA XOOM WiFi Only MZ606 (China) ICS Upgrade (Android 4.0.4) rollouts began in July 2012.
ATRIX 2 ICS Upgrade (Android 4.0.4) rollout scheduled to begin in Q4 2012.
MOTOROLA XOOM 2 ICS Upgrade (Android 4.0.4) rollout began in Sept. 2012.
ATRIX MB860/MB861/ME860 Will remain on Gingerbread (Android 2.3)
PHOTON 4G (Japan) Will remain on Gingerbread (Android 2.3)
MOTOROLA XOOM WiFi + 3G MZ601 ICS Upgrade (Android 4.0.4) rollouts began in July 2012 for select countries and carriers.
DEFY+ (MB526) Will remain on Gingerbread (Android 2.3)
ME863 (China) Will remain on Gingerbread (Android 2.3)
MILESTONE 2 ME722 (China) Will remain on Gingerbread (Android 2.3)
MILESTONE 3 XT883 (China) Will remain on Gingerbread (Android 2.3).
MOTOLUXE / XT615 / XT685 Will remain on Gingerbread (Android 2.3)
MT870 (China) Will remain on Gingerbread (Android 2.3)
MOTOROLA PRO+ Will remain on Gingerbread (Android 2.3)
XT861 (China) Will remain on Gingerbread (Android 2.3)
XT882 (China) Will remain on Gingerbread (Android 2.3)

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