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July 21, 2010

iPhone 4 coming soon

Filed under: Gadgets,Phones,Promo — yoga @ 12:33 pm
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Most people are eagerly awaiting news on the iPhone 4 and there’s not one but two telco’s who has made the first move to have made a page with info regarding the iPhone 4.

If you want to be among the first to get news of the iPhone 4 from either Digi or Maxis you can check out their respective pages here

Maxis iPhone 4

Maxis iPhone 4

Digi iPhone 4

Digi iPhone 4

June 26, 2010

Launch of Samsung Galaxy S

Filed under: Android,Events,Gadgets,Phones — yoga @ 4:47 am
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Samsung Galaxy S

Samsung Galaxy S

Yes folks, the Samsung Galaxy S has landed on our shores and you can count on Maxis once again to offer an irresistible offer that will make you want to rush out and get one, especially after you’ve seen the specifications and actual smartphone itself. I was fortunate enough to be invited by Maxis to attend the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S and I can let me tell you this having the HTC Desire in my pocket suddenly doesn’t make it seem that desirable any more :D

Galaxy S pricing

Galaxy S pricing

The Samsung Galaxy S is going to be sold for RM 2,599 (RRP) as compared to RM 2,199 (RRP) for the HTC Desire but wait that’s not all !! If you decide to buy the Samsung Galaxy S and sign a one year contract with Maxis you can take home the phone with for for just RM 1,699. Yes for just RM 200 extra you get the Samsung Galaxy S which has the following features
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June 19, 2010

Difference between HTC Desire and Nexus One

Desire vs Nexus One

Desire vs Nexus One

I’m pretty sure this topic has been extensively covered over the web and like many I was rather curious to see what are the main difference between these two phones running on Eclair which comes from the same manufacturer HTC. So what set’s them apart ? I’ll be trying to focus more on the hardware and software factor since the look and feel of each devices can be very personal.

Hardware

The most obvious thing setting the two almost identical phones apart is the physical buttons and optical tracker found on the Desire, the Nexus One comes with touch buttons and trackball. I’m obviously a fan of physical buttons as it’s more reassuring feeling the “click” when pressing a button and knowing it should do what you want it to do.

The physical dimensions are also rather similiar, the Nexus One measuring at 119 x 59.8 x 11.5 mm where else the Desire is 119 x 60 x 11.9 mm. With such a small difference between the physical size it’s really hard to tell the difference. Both of the units comes with a 1400 mAH but it’s pretty hard to gauge the battery life as it all depends on the type of usage of the device. The Nexus One strangely comes with only Bluetooth v2 compared and Desire runs on Bluetooth 2.1, not like it makes that big of a difference anyway. The Desire also comes with FM radio but lacks the active noise cancellation and the triband HSDPA/WCDMA of the Nexus One.

Both devices comes with a 5MP camera with autofocus and flash. The only difference here is the effective pixel resolution with the Nexus One offering 2592 x 1944 while the Desire offers 2560 x 1920 effective pixel resolution. You can barely see the difference anyway on most pictures. The other difference is the video capture capabilities; the Nexus One captures at 20fps while the Desire is at 30fps.

The insides of the phone are rather identical as well. Both comes with a 1Ghz Snapdragon Processor (Qualcomm QSD 8250), a 3.7″ AMOLED screen at 480×800 pixels. Both comes with 512MB of ROM, however the Nexus One comes with 512MB RAM while the Desire comes with 576MB instead. Wonder if the extra RAM is in place to help ensure the smoothness of the Sense UI.

Official Nexus One Specs at HTC

Official Desire  Specs at HTC

Software

As soon as you switch both the phones on you’ll immediately see the difference on the Desire which comes with HTC Sense UI (2.1). This makes the Desire look and feel so much sexier, honestly. Okay I might be slightly biased since I’ve been using the HTC Tattoo for quite some time but friends who have seen both the user interface side by side definitely liked having Sense UI as well.

Apart from just being pretty, HTC has added their own widgets to further customise the home screen. Sense gets updates from Facebook,Twitter and Flickr and updates each Contact record plus combines all that into a single Friend Stream feed that you can put onto your home screen. That’s just one of the widgets they have on the Desire; HTC has an awesome animated weather widget, integration with the SMS client and their own Twitter client called Peep. There’s even a pinch zoom gesture on the home screen that allows you to minimse all seven panes and displays it all with the so called “helicopter view”. A more in depth review on the available software on the Desire at a later time :)

With such heavy customisation from HTC, there a price to pay, HTC has to play catch-up when it comes to the core Android updates. HTC has to rework their custom UI to suit the changes deployed on a new revision. One classic example is HTC Hero owners who have been waiting for Android 2.1 on their devices despite being promised numerous time on a release date. Desire is currently their flagship model so it would be happening anytime soon but bear in mind Hero was also HTC’s flagship model few years back.

Conclusion

At the end of the day both devices sport the latest technology to run on Android 2.1 (Eclair) and neither will leave the user disappointed. The Desire being officially distributed by SiS locally will definitely be a better choice for those who are want to have the peace of mind when it comes to warranty claims. Many would chose the HTC Desire over the Nexus One simply because of the Sense UI, it just makes the Android so much sexier and not forgetting the fact that Maxis is currently heavily subsidising the Desire just makes it even more desirable :)

June 11, 2010

HTC Desire – First impressions

The highly anticipated Android smartphone to roll out from the HTC stable is finally here and I have the privilege to test it out for two weeks thanks to Maxis. The first thing that went through everyone’s mind when it was first announced was how good it will be against the iPhone and I’m sorry to disappoint you but this review will not be covering how it fares against the iPhone, another topic for another time maybe ;)

HTC Desire

HTC Desire

HTC sure has interesting names for their phones. Starting off their Android 2.1 lineup with the HTC Legend, which by the way was a huge hit but not yet quite the iPhone killer and now the HTC Desire. If you’ve missed the post on the unboxing video and some shots on the awesome HTC Desire you can check it out here and for those of you who love to have things at the click of your mouse here’s the video :)

So let’s get started and find out what Desire is made off and if it truly lives up to its name.

Key features:

  • Android OS v2.1 with kinetic scrolling and pinch zooming
  • 3.7″ 16M-color capacitive AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of WVGA resolution (480x 800 pixel)
  • 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 2 Mbps HSUPA
  • Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G support
  • Slim profile and great build quality
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz processor
  • 576 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM
  • 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and geotagging
  • WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) video recording @ 15fps
  • Wi-Fi and GPS with A-GPS
  • microSD slot, bundled with a 2GB card
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v2.1
  • Optical trackpad which doubles as a button
  • Smart dialing
  • HTC Friend Stream that seamlessly aggregates all of a customer’s social communication including Facebook®, Twitter, and Flickr into one organised flow of updates
  • Automatically lowers the ringer volume when the phone is picked up
  • Mutes the ringer when the phone is flipped face down
  • Backs up certain data and settings to the microSD card automatically, such as SMS/MMS messages, bookmarks, Wi-Fi passwords, and more

Before the HTC Desire made a debut locally there were already people running around town with the Google Nexus One, which was not made available locally and it was a definite hit. The HTC Desire not suffering the same confinement as it’s twin the Google Nexus One had everyone waiting in anticipation and backed by SiS which comes with 2 years warranty made the deal that much sweeter.
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