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Nokia N9 Hands-On Preview (Pre-Order up to November 18, 2011 Online with SMART)

17 November 2011

Nokia N9 Hands-On Preview (Pre-Order up to November 18, 2011 Online with SMART)

For about two weeks, I’ve been carrying around and using the Nokia N9 running on MeeGo. Being a snooty Nokia N8 user for a year, experiencing the sleek “swipe” driven interface, the look and feel and color palette that’s cool and current to the eyes, the smoothness of the transitions between the screens and shifting between multi-tasked applications, and how everything just appears so simple on the N9 just blew me away. In just two days, I told myself I should have one. At any cost, though “for free” would be better. LOL.

It’s a good thing SMART is offering the unit for free to some already-existing and new post-paid plans. Pre-order started on November 4 and will last until November 18, 2011 online via this link at the SMART website.

Much has been said about MeeGo, how the N9 will be the first and only mobile unit to carry it, and how Nokia should have used this Mobile OS instead of WinMo for future devices if you have been reading about rave reviews of the N9 unit during the past month. The statement has its merits because it’s so easy to fall in love, pardon the term, with this mobile OS. I have not experienced the Nokia Lumia 800 yet as that won’t be available in the Philippines in the near future from what I gathered from friends in Nokia so I can’t really vouch for the idea just yet.

This preview should have with it a video showing you how the transitions and navigations work but I’ll try my best to do that with screenshots, instead. Here’s to hoping it’s just as good as a video presentation. Let’s also leave out the highly technical aspect of a mobile phone unit review, spanning several pages long of ultra nerdiness, and leave that coverage with gsmarena and other similar sites LOL.

The Home Screens

On one are your applications, next are your updates with feeds from either or both facebook and twitter and your email or SMS messages, and the next are all your open and active applications that you can readily launch with a tap. On the N9, we shift between home screens with a swipe. While in an active application, swipe left or right or up to go back to one of these home screens. Please left-click on the images below to enlarge.

Nokia N9 Home Screens

Pinch the default 2×2 grid of the active apps home screen and you get a 3×3 grid to see more of your launched apps running in the background.

Nokia N9 Active Apps 2x2 vs 3x3 Grid

Here’s a change: there currently is no way for a user to close an active app while it is running. There is no “x” or close button. Swipe your way to the home screen containing a preview of your active apps, press and hold anywhere on that screen, and you will have the facility to either close the apps one by one or just close them all at the same time. At first, I found this awkward since I am, and so are most of you, so used to closing apps one by one when we like to exit but not getting a “close/exit app” button on the app itself actually makes things simpler. It’s one less screen press for mankind, one app at a time!

EDIT: Nikka Abes of Nokia tipped that there is a way to close an active app: swipe from top to bottom. To enable this feature, change your N9 settings by going to Settings > Device > Display and turn the “Swipe down to close app” option on. Thanks Nikka! :)

Nokia N9 Closing Active Apps

Another nifty feature with MeeGo is how you move around and arrange the icons of all your apps on the home screen. Tap and hold the icon of the app, drag it to the desired location, release, and hit “Done.” That’s it! You can even delete an app you installed via this view. It was a chore to do such a task on the home screen of the N8 and arranging however which way you want just could not be done on the menu screen, but here we have it folks. The ease of doing things epitomized by this tiny bit of improvement on MeeGo and the N9.

Rearranging the Icons of your Apps on the N9

How Some of the Apps Look or Work

The first screen where we input our Security PIN has an exciting green on black going on but that could not be screen grabbed but here’s a run down of how some other apps look when launched.

Nokia N9 Clock (Alarm)

Nokia N9 Dialer View

Nokia N9 Calendar

Nokia N9 Web Browser

Nokia N9 eMail

Nokia N9 Mail and Account Settings Screen

Nokia N9 Twitter

Nokia N9 Feeds

About the Nokia N9 Unit

It bothered me at first that apps may not come in droves for MeeGo but seeing that there’s a readily available (and free) currency converter, measurement converter, and screen grabber via the Ovi Store for this OS, the need for more suddenly felt trivial. I don’t even miss Pulse (the RSS feed reader on the Android) that much any more.

Conclusion

As of press time, I haven’t tried the “Drive,” “Maps,” and “Skype” applications on the N9 just yet. Having subscribed to an unlimited mobile data plan subscription made me fully utilize the social network and web applications/solutions on the N9. From the look and feel of the apps I shared above, I can with true conviction say that the MeeGo operating system delivers a great user experience that long-time users of other mobile OS, moreso Symbian^3, would not have a problem adapting to. The interface, and I can’t stress this enough, is absolutely fluid. The N9 is a great multi-tasking device, has quite a little but reasonable lag times (that I attribute more to the network signal where I’m at than the N9 itself), a splendid shooter, and has an interesting and eye-catching form factor albeit the unibody being polycarbonate plastic (does not feel and look cheap at all).

People have been comparing the N9 to the Nokia Lumia 800 but I think the N9 has much more oomph based on these three hand-picked differences: Screen Resolution (the N9 has 3.9 inches while the Lumia 800 has 3.7), RAM (the N9 has 1GB while the Lumia 800 has 512Mb), and the N9′s front-facing camera that they took out from the Lumia 800.

Other specs worth noting on the Nokia N9 are the following:

  • Penta-band 3G with 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.7 Mbps HSUPA support
  • Slim and sleek at 116.45 x 61.2 x 7.6-12.1 mm
  • 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics with f/2.2, wide angle with 3.77mm / 28mm focal length
  • HTML5, CSS 3, and XHTML markup language support
  • Full web browsing of real web pages from a fast and highly responsive browser based on Webkit2 technology (multi-page browsing enabled, too)
  • Conversational view for SMS
  • 16/64GB Storage (not expandable with a micro SD, unlike the N8)
  • Chat directly on your phone via WiFi or 3G/HSPA using your gmail chat or facebook accounts (which is the reason I always look online these days lol)
  • Easy-to-use email client (HTML supported) with attachment support for images, videos, music and documents .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx, .odt, .ods, .odp, .pdf
  • Joikuspot Wi-Fi tethering
  • you can view the rest from the Nokia N9 official website.

From a Nokia N8, despite it still being the best camera phone in the world at this time, I would readily shift to MeeGo with the Nokia N9. We have been hoping for that Symbian Belle upgrade for months and it seems, from talks on some forums I’ve visited, the update won’t be coming so soon. Bummer. When the update comes, however, I’d still give it a try hoping it comes close to what MeeGo’s got going. One other thing that’s sure to hold me back from getting the N9, or three, rather, are my 3 Angry Birds games that have all been three-starred to perfection on my N8. If only those can be ported LOL.

I mentioned that the Nokia N9 is available for the Philippines on pre-order from SMART up to the 18th while first shipment will come on the 21st. If this preview made you want the N9 bad, then we’re lucky that owning one is just a click, a few types, and a few days away. When that time comes, be ready to have your SIM cut micro-SIM size.

Lastly… “Unfollow” (China’s Nokia N9 campaign video with Fan BingBing). Uncanny parallelism is uncanny (slow claps).

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New from Smart: Netphone smartphone with SmartNet

28 September 2011

New from Smart: Netphone smartphone with SmartNet

Up until I got my hands on Smart’s Netphone, even after witnessing a demonstration as to what “Safe Browse” and “SmartNet” is during its launch, I still only had a vague notion of what sets this low-priced smartphone apart from the rest. After a week of playing with my Netphone unit, I have been publishing updates via the Netphone to my facebook, twitter, and SmartNet accounts all in one push AND for FREE. Netphone users only need to maintain a P1.00 balance on their Smart prepaid numbers when using the Netphone to avail of this free service. Not bad at all, yes?

Netphone with Android 2.2 Froyo

Foremost, let’s get some terms out of the way. The Netphone is the new low-price point Android smartphone being offered exclusively by Smart. It is relatively cheap at P9,990 with a prepaid bundle and it comes free with some postpaid plans starting from as low as P800 monthly (visit the Smart website for details). The NetPhone comes with a locally developed app: SmartNet. SmartNet lets you update your facebook and twitter social streams and send chat messages to contacts that you may find via SmartNet’s ever growing global phonebook (contacts should accept your friend request first before you can send them chat messages, which makes total sense). Through SmartNet via the Netphone, you can also read notifications and updates by friends from your facebook and twitter streams. At no cost. I should know because I have been monitoring my load balance on the phone and it has remained the same since the last time I topped up 5 days ago.

Here’s how your updates would look both on twitter and facebook:

Netphone SmartNet (compose message)
This is where you compose your message on SmartNet, where one sending means three.

SmartNet twitter message, twitter view
twitter web view of an update I sent via SmartNet during the Samsung Cheerdance Competition last Saturday, where UP won. Of course. Pardon my bladder.

Smartnet facebook message, facebook view
And here’s the facebook update of the same message. Again, pardon the bladder and congratulations to the UP Pep Squad!!!

Another nifty feature that you may enjoy right now on the Netphone is send chat messages to SmartNet contacts, again, at no per sending cost from your end. Via the “Chat” icon (see first full Netphone image on this post with the icons), choose a contact by clicking on their name, type in a message, and press send. It’s just like going to your inbox and composing an SMS then sending. Only difference is, you guessed it, it’s free. LOL. You may only send free chat messages to contacts who are in your “Social Stream’s” “Friend List.” The process of adding friends is pretty straight forward: (1) Search for a friend’s name from SmartNet’s global directory, (2) send them a “friend request,” and (3) after they approve your request, you’ll begin to see them on your “Friends” list. When I’m being a cheapskate, I send my contacts chat messages instead because they will receive the message right away anyway, just like SMS, BBM, and a WhatsApp messaging. You get the picture.

During the launch, I only had one question in mind: whether or not push gmail (since the mobile unit runs on Android and it would be a waste if you do not fully utilize this feature) can be availed for free with Smartnet. We were told that Smart considers gmail as a “third party” and that each time you told the phone to sync, you’d be charged unless you avail of the messaging service for an additional fee (like Nokia Messaging for push email on a Nokia handset). When I initially set up my Netphone, I also configured gmail to sync twice daily. Surprisingly, even though my Internet connectivity is set to SmartNet, I have never been charged even as the phone syncs to my gmail as twice daily, as scheduled. It may be a glitch that will get patched eventually but until then, I’m getting gmail push email for free, too!

Smartnet internet access setting on the Netphone

What can’t you do for free via SmartNet just yet? Liking facebook statuses and uploading photos on facebook and twitpic. Not being able to “like” while mobile and for free is a bummer, haha. Believe me, I tried and failed. Gotta reserve the “liking” activity at home on the lappy, then. LOL. However, Smart prepaid subscribers, via the Netphone, can subscribe to daily or monthly services that can let you surf the web via your phone for as low as P20 daily and P999 monthly. This “subscription” is pretty useful when there are links to updates that would require you to view sites not covered by SmartNet for free. Details below:

Netphone Value Pack (Daily) at P20: Unlimited Social Stream and Chat + 10Mb Internet Browsing + 50 Texts (Smart-Smart)

Netphone Connect Pack (Daily) at P30: Unlimited Social Stream and Chat + 20Mb Internet Browsing + 5 minutes calls (Smart-Smart) + 100 Texts (Smart-Smart)

Netphone Power Pack (Daily) at P40: Unlimited Social Stream and Chat + 30Mb Internet Browsing + 10 minutes calls (Smart-Smart) + 150 Texts (Smart-Smart)

Netphone Power Pack (Monthly) at P999: Unlimited Social Stream and Chat + 1000Mb Internet Browsing + 200 minutes calls (Smart-Smart) + 3500 Texts (Smart-Smart)

I’ve been on a Smart postpaid subscriber for only about a decade and I’ve always either had the regular subscription, consumable plan, or, for a year already and counting, the unlimited data plan. The consumable calls and texts for said plan subscriptions always covered calls and texts to any network so I’m a bit iffed that the ones I mentioned had the dreaded “Smart-Smart only” clause.

For now, the SmartNet service can only be had on the Netphone. By design, however, if would be deployed to almost all mobile handsets, except for iOS because they’re snooty beyotchiz of proprietary reasons. And yet, this just in, Smart representatives have in passing hinted on a possibility of having the SmartNet app on the iOS. Hmmm, remains to be seen, then. People from the Smart Netphone team at the launch said that the SmartNet app deployment should come soon, as would higher price point versions of the Netphone.

Netphone menu screen, running on Android 2.2 Froyo

In summary, the SmartNet social media platform offers solutions for our constant need to be in touch with our contacts on facebook and twitter plus the ever growing global directory composed of Smart subscribers in both prepaid and postpaid (by just maintaining a P1.00 balance on prepaid). Introducing the said service on the proprietary and low-priced Netphone Android OS device, fully customizable with a host of free apps via the Android Market to suit every personality, deserves nothing short of a solid two thumbs up. More on the Netphone, the nuances of the device, its make, the feel, and specs on a follow up post this week so stay tuned.

Netphone with the Pulse app
Netphone home screen with the Pulse app running, can’t do without it since BatangYagit introduced the app when I was testing the SGSII

Netphone, the flip side
The Netphone’s flip side

And if you can’t get enough of the shot on the header showing the Netphone with my Rockman X D-Arts action figure, here’s a full image (do left click for a larger view)

D-Arts Rockman X action figure with the Netphone

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand here are some more Rockman X images for your indulgence. And mine. LOL

D-Arts Rockman X action figure 02

D-Arts Rockman X action figure 01

Thanks to Smart Communications for the Netphone review unit!

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Figutto! Ryuk Action Figure Review and Photos

8 August 2011

Figutto! Ryuk Action Figure Review and Photos

It was love at first sight the moment I saw the Death Note Ryuk figutto! action figure from Hobby Japan’s website in March and the minute they became available in pre-order at the local toy store I frequent, without hesitating, I got Ryuk plus Yagami Light. No Misa Misa and L figuttos yet (as of this writing), Death Note fans, sorry to say. If the pre-release photos are accurate, I thought, the Ryuk action figure would kick major ass! During the 4 months of waiting, I worried about the 16-point articulation Ryuk is said to have, hoping they’d at least come close to what Revoltechs, Figmas, Figuarts, and Play Arts have for maximum posability. With a retail price of JPY 5,700 for Ryuk over at HLJ and Hobby Japan and PHP 3,400 locally from Great Toys (WasabiToys had Ryuk on pre-order at PHP 4,250 even!), they’d better be good.

Both the Ryuk and Yagami Light figuttos come in clear trays inside a box. The Ryuk action figure as two interchangeable faces, 3 pairs of hands, two apples (one with a bite), two Death Notes, a pair of outstretched wings, a pair of shoulder feathers for when he doesn’t have the wings stretched out, a clear plastic box where you can store the accessories already mentioned, and a stand.

Ryuk figutto action figure box front from Griffon Enterprises

Ryuk figutto action figure box from Griffon Enterprises

Clear plastic tray  packaging front

Clear storage box

Clear storage box and action figure stand

The paint job on Ryuk is impressive from the matte neck, face, hair, and leather detail, to the metallic blue body and metal finish on his costume and stuff that should come across as silver metal. His eyes are a glossy yellow. The feathers on his shoulders and wings are made of soft rubbery material (much like most of the soft material they used on the Play Arts Kai Ezio) that do not feel delicate to force in and out of the back shoulder sockets should you want or not want him to sport wings. You can make the action figure stand with one foot firmly anchored to the ground while the other points a toe out. If all else should fail, you can always use the stand for balance. To test how far the elbow can bend, I made him look like he’s about to give the apple another bite. I was pleased with the results.

Ryuk with his outstretched wings on

Ryuk figutto elbow and shoulder articulation test

The knees are slightly bent as a limitation just so people don’t go taking pictures of a perfectly postured Ryuk. Blasphemy! LOL. Bent, the knees can go all the way to the back like so.

Ryuk figutto knee articulation

I had no problem replacing the hands on Ryuk. They would hold out poses firmly, too. I had a hard time with the neck because, I found out later on, that the ball joint attached to the head has a curved but squareish end the should be aligned with the hole on the neck. I failed aligning the two up several times so lesson learned: twist and gently push should you feel some resistance.

Ryuk's hand joint

Ryuk's interchangeable face and head joint

The pre-release description of the Ryuk figutto claimed it will be around 7 inches in height. On the image below is Ryuk together with the Play Arts Kai Ezio, Revoltech Iron Man Mark VI, and Figma Love Machine from Summer Wars. Ryuk, slouched notwithstanding, is undeniably bigger than even the tallest figma figure in the market to date. Please left click on the image below for a higher resolution photo.

Comparing the 7-inch tall Ryuk figutto with other well known action figures

Below are more snaps of my Ryuk figutto.

Death Note's Ryuk figutto action figure 02

Death Note's Ryuk figutto action figure 01

Death Note's Ryuk figutto action figure 04

Death Note's Ryuk figutto action figure 03

I’ll show you guys Yagami Light some other time :)

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Featured “What’s That Phone” Revealed: The Samsung Galaxy S II

28 June 2011

Featured “What’s That Phone” Revealed: The Samsung Galaxy S II

For an awesome dose of galactic proportions, the guy in the vid below will introduce the mysterious phone that’s been the subject of many online guessing games this month of June 2011. You will notice how he appears to be in 3D. That’s because my site has built in 3D converter for any youtube video I embed…. and I’m the crowned King of Atlantis, ya. The magic happens from 0:38, onwards. Volume up, please!

June 21, 2011 marked the grand launch date for the Samsung Galaxy S II in the Philippines at an SRP of P29,990. For a limited time, however, you can get yourself one at P26,990 if you pre-order from June 24 to June 30, 2011. Go beeline to Jayvee’s site for the complete pre-order mechanics for the Samsung Galaxy S II and get P3,000 off the SRP!

Samsung Galaxy S II's SUPER AMOLED Plus screen

Samsung Galaxy S II's SUPER AMOLED Plus screen

I hesitated a bit to share my snaps of the phone screen because I felt the shots would most certainly not justify the user experience when you are physically holding the unit and flicking away at the interface. The photo above is the closest you will see the Home Screen in all its SUPER AMOLED Plus glory. As a first time user of an Android smart phone and seeing just how responsive the UI is and looking at the vivid display with vibrance so amazingly crisp and bright and BIG, I was seriously blown away.

Know what else works great with screen that big? Playing Angry Birds Rio. I finished playing the first three levels on my N8 but experiencing the graphics in large format made me see details I never before thought existed, like the glistening pulp bits detail on half of the orange fruit behind the “play button,” among everything else. I got peeved with the ads that kept popping often because those were never on the retail version on other mobile operating systems. The experience may have been pleasing to the eyes but the ads made me feel so dirty. Hahaha.

First thing I did the Galaxy S II was set up the push email feature. At work, I have the phone propped beside my laptop and, I tell you, it’s amazing how the phone would beep for incoming mail even before my Google Chrome browser shows me an unread number notification on my laptop (I always zero my personal email inbox is why, haha, OC much?). Now THAT’s email received real time in the purest sense!

Android Gingerbread's nifty shortcut buttons on the Samsung Galaxy S II

Android Gingerbread's nifty shortcut buttons

I’ll show you a sample photo and vid taken using the Samsung Galaxy S II’s 8 megapixel camera in a later post. I’ll then compare it with a same composition but taken with my Canon DSLR. LOL

We talk among ourselves, us contest hosts, and we know who among you have duplicate emails and multiple identities/personas. Hahaha. Still, we’re in a giving mood and we agreed to just make sure we don’t draw same-name grand prize winners. So far, I don’t think there’s been a re-draw anywhere. Here’s a recap the winners I’ve drawn during the first two rounds, the Round 3 winners of the USB baller flash drive, and the grand prize winner of a Samsung Corby II smart phone:

ZOMG “What’s that Phone?” Week 1 Winners (of a 2Gb USB Baller thumb drive each):

  1. Denn Pablo
  2. Hideki Beyond
  3. Joselle Allyssa Frilles

ZOMG “Whuzzat Phone?” Round 2 Winners (of a 2Gb USB Baller thumb drive each):

  1. Mary Mirasol Manayo
  2. Mica Sobrepena
  3. John Peria

What’s THAT Phone? Round 3 Winners (of a 2Gb USB Baller thumb drive each):

  1. Zyra Anne Perez
  2. Agnes Dela Cruz
  3. Teresa Hundana

Grand Prize Winner of a Samsung Corby II (all entries, including those who already won in the weekly rounds were included in the list. Those who sent an entry for each round most definitely had more chances of winning): Aimee Pedayo

Congratulations to the weekly winners and to Aimee! Thanks to everyone who joined and kept on coming back weekly to send in their entries.

Samsung Galaxy S II: Sparkling. This is NOT the Samsung Corby II LOL

Samsung Galaxy S II: Sparkling. This is NOT the Samsung Corby II LOL

Disclosure: This post and the three previous ones are advertorials by Samsung for the Samsung Galaxy S II.

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Contest: What’s THAT Phone? Round 3

18 June 2011

Contest: What’s THAT Phone? Round 3

So far, I’ve talked about this much awaited featured phone’s two key features: Voice talk and the Dual Core Processor. For the third week, and to help you with your guesses, I’ll showcase a product attribute that’s a first with this soon-to-hit-the-shelves new phone: SUPER AMOLED Plus. Super AMOLED Plus promises sharper images, smoother graphics, a clearer separation of whites/light and blacks/dark with high contrast ratios, and better quality text to large screen devices such as this phone’s 4.27 inch display. I took a shot of the phone screen while it was playing a music video, shown below, for reference. No sharpening, color adjustment, brightening, and enhancement was done on the photo, FYI, to closely give you dear readers a near-to-actual experience of this new fangled and legendary Super AMOLED Plus feature.

Whats THAT Phone Round 3 Super AMOLED Plus video screencap

Sweet! Even yummier up close and personal, seriously.

Winners of the “ZOMG Whuzzat Phone? Round 2” Baller USBs

Out of 112 entries from last week’s contest, here are the winners of 2Gb baller band USBs: Mary Mirasol Manayo, Mica Sobrepen , and John Peria. Congratulations! I’ll email the details on how you can get your prizes within the week. As was the deal from the prior week, all submissions with the right answer for all the three rounds of this contest will automatically get to join the grand draw where a brand new mystery brand smart phone will be given away. Again, the smart phone grand prize is NOT the phone I’m featuring BUT it is still worth much given the means to joining entails very minimal effort. Keep those entries coming and good luck for round 3 and the grand draw!

Round 3 Contest mechanics (open only to Philippine residents)

Same question, sorta different email entry subject line: “Do you know what the all-new smart phone’s brand and model is?” Email me your answer ASAP:

1. email your answer with the subject “What’s THAT Phone? Round 3” to fritz.tentativa at gmail dotcom.
2. deadline for submission of answers is on June 23, 11:59PM
3. please sign your email with your real given name.
4. a person may only submit one entry per round. No multiple email addresses for one person. Alter-egos not accepted LOL
5. winners will be announced and published on June 24, Friday, with the post celebrating (LOL) the grand reveal of the phone being featured in this three-part contest.
6. winners, like before, will be chosen randomly via randomizer.org
7. for the grand draw, should the lucky winner be so lucky to win in two or three other websites holding a similar contest, I will have to draw a new winner from the pool of qualified contestants.
8. randomizer.org results are final
9. winners will be notified via email

Last chance, everybody! Want a new phone? Here’s your chance to win one! Good luck!

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Contest: ZOMG Whuzzat Phone? Round 2

13 June 2011

Contest: ZOMG Whuzzat Phone? Round 2

For more than a week of using this mystery phone, here are the top three commendations I’ve gotten from peers so far:

1. “it’s so light!” from an iPhone4 user and Apple-worshiper-in-denial,
2. “nice tablet!” because seriously, the screen on this smart phone is way bigger what we’re all used to that when I go back to using my personal phone, I’d have withdrawal symptoms and be miserable for several days until the promised SW update comes along, and
3. “I hate you!” because if I were them, I’d hate me for being so lucky to take this new, powerful, fast, sleek, gorgeous, and vibrant smart phone out for a spin for three weeks!.

This week’s smart phone feature highlight: the Dual Core Processor. The response speed of this phone is a-ma-zing, be it in launching multiple apps, staying online 24/7, and operating multiple tasks all at the same time. I have yet to encounter a lag with it. Uhm, what’s a lag, again? I forget. Anyway, the Cortex A9 Dual Core processor promises to help give butter-smooth video recording at full 1080p HD at 30fps with the smart phone’s build in 8 Megapixel camera. Do I hear the crowd say “Fritzparazzi tiemz?!!!” I promise to show sample pics and vids with my full review post.

I’ve been lucky to get an HSPA signal most of the time whether I’m at work or at home (and it pays to have an unlimited data plan with my post paid line) making the browsing experience too enjoyable that even with the new and supposedly more powerful 1650mAh battery, I end up charging the unit by the end of the day. Still, that’s a stretch given that the unit sports 4.27 inches of super vibrant display. The plus side of the phone’s HSPA+ readiness is I get to finish my browsing and readings faster which in a way helps save power.

Can’t wait for me to name the brand and unit of this phone, yes? Me neither. Since June 21 is right around the corner and I’ve miscalculated on the days until the grand reveal, I’ll squeeze in two rounds of the contest this week. Round 2 will end by June 17, 11:59PM and Round 3 by June 21, 11:59PM. I’ll then publish the grand prize winners by June 22. Deal? The mechanics of Round 2 will be a bit different from Week 1′s just so I know who among the joiners are reading the fine print. I’m watching you because I’m a masochist like that LOL.

Winners of the “ZOMG What’s that Phone? Week 1” Baller USBs

Out of 123 entries from last week’s contest, here be the winners of 2Gb baller band USBs: Denn Pablo, Hideki Beyond (seriously, that’s your given name? LOL), and Joselle Allyssa Frilles. Congratulations! I’ll email the details on how you can get your prizes in the days to come. But that’s not what prompted you to join, right? Right! As promised, all submissions with the right answer for all the three rounds of this contest will automatically get to join the grand draw where a brand new mystery brand smart phone will be given away. I repeat, the smart phone grand prize is NOT the phone I’m featuring BUT it is still worth thousands upon thousands upon thousands of pesosesosesoses! Email lang ang katapat, san ka pa?!

Round 2 Contest mechanics (open only to Philippine residents)

Do you know what this exciting and all powerful smart phone is? Do send in your wild guess (like it’s that hard, ya):

1. email your answer with the subject “ZOMG Whuzzat Phone? Round 2” to fritz.tentativa at gmail dotcom.
2. deadline for submission of answers is on June 17, 11:59PM
3. please sign your email with your real given name. I’m looking at you, Week 1 winner, Hideki Beyond! LOL
4. a person may still only submit one entry per week despite his/her extensive database of dummy email addresses (ang madaya daw ay hindi nagwawagi in life and the afterlife! LOL)
5. winners will be announced and published on June 18, Saturday, with the post celebrating (LOL) the third round of this contest.
6. winners, like old times, will be chosen randomly via randomizer.org
7. for the grand draw, should the lucky winner be so lucky to win in two or three other websites holding a similar contest, I will have to draw a new winner from the pool of qualified contestants.
8. randomizer.org results are final
9. winners will be notified via email

Email na! Good luck and spread the word to your suking magtatapsilog, the cafeteria server na ka-berks mo na, kunduktor sa bus, your best friend na kunyari platonic lang daw feelings mo with him/her, yung mukhang isprikitik mong katabiyung maganda mong ka-text, yung kakikilala mo lang sa facebook, mga ka-guild, and your restaurant/cafe/pet/war/MMORPG neighbors sa lalong madaling panahon dahil 4 days lang tong Round 2 na to! *heart attack sabay kawai*

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