With me is a smart phone that’s purported to be the slimmest in the market for its category (at 8.49mm, much much slimmer than a AAA battery!), light weight (116g), sleek (with 4.3 inches of ultra vibrant display), powerful (dual-core 1.2GHz), fast (1Gb RAM), with improved standby and talk time (1,650mAh battery), and so feature-packed (runs on Google’s latest Gingerbread Android OS) that you’d have no problem whatsoever with it keeping the namesake of its predecessor (hint hint!). Delicious sneak preview photos below.
If those sexy photos didn’t get you swooning, I’m sure they got you wanting. Real bad.
Every week for three weeks, get a chance to guess the phone brand and model of this featured smart phone on fritzified.com. For each of those weeks, three lucky readers will get to take home a 2Gb baller band USB each. Don’t give a rat’s ass about the flash drive? Wait, there’s more! On the third week, I’ll be drawing from the list of participants from all the three weeks prior a name who gets to take home one spanking new *toot* brand smart phone (may not be the featured phone but still a smart phone worth thousands upon thousands of pesosesosesoses!!!) Submit an entry every week and you get to up your chance of winning the coveted grand prize. Awesomecakes! (see contest mechanics below)
This week’s smart phone feature highlight: Voice Talk. From the list of apps that come with the phone, you’ll find a green mic icon labelled “Voice Talk.” Activate and use it to either: (1) get the phone to convert speech into text and send said text to your identified recipient (2) call a contact, (3) reply to last text message, (4) navigate the phone, (5) use maps for physical navigation, (6) update facebook, (7) compose email with subject, (8) create a memo, (9) check your calendar schedule, and (10) play music. How does it fare with my voice commands? I’ll up a detailed review right after the contest period during the week of June 21st so stay tuned!
ZOMG Contest La La La La (open only to Philippine residents):
1. email your answer with the subject “ZOMG What’s That Phone?! Week 1” to fritz.tentativa at gmail dotcom.
2. deadline for submission of answers is on June 12, 11:59PM
3. a person may only submit one entry per week despite his/her extensive database of dummy email addresses (you wise ass LOL)
4. winners will be announced and published on June 13, Monday right before the start of the second week of the contest.
5. winners will be chosen randomly via randomizer.org
6. 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. Don’t be greedy LOL
7. randomizer.org results are final
8. winners will be notified via email
Good luck and spread the word to your girl friend, boy friend, wife, husband, bossing, kraz, pangalawang panganay, yaya, pinopormahan, kinakalaguyo, or scholarship recipient LOL, now na!Continue reading...
I’m sharing with you something that made the geek in me drop every and go “ZOMGYAYNOSTALGIA!” while doing office spring cleaning. Look! A SyQuest 5.25″ Removable Cartrige! I was holding this… this THING and I probably looked like what the great Alexander Bell would should he get ahold of a smart phone from the future (a Nokia N8, not an iPhone, excuse me LOL). Did a little search and I found out that SyQuest was one of the earlier players in the removable mass storage market in late 80s and that some aspects of its business were acquired by iOmega years before SyQuest filed for bankruptcy in 1998. BUT WHO CARES, RIGHT? This right here is like the level of a 64Gb SDHC flash memory card of 2010, only two entire decades ago where 88Mb was like WHOA WHO WOULD EVER NEED THAT MUCH MEMORY PRAY TELL (the cartridge back label says (c) 1988-1991 SyQuest Technology)?!
For what seems like eons ago during my first job, we’d annually get a shipment box with 20 or so micro floppy diskettes containing a software (A Plus Tax) for the year’s US Tax Return preparation jobs. For a paltry 28.8Mb of data, we would have to wait from several weeks to several months before the order arrives. One bad sector in one diskette from package mishandling and you’re back to square one. Thinking about expensive shipping cost, too long a lead time before product receipt, pounds of costly and relatively heavy plastic diskette material, and a very time-consuming, spanned-disk install procedure, I’m glad we’re so over what for me is the stone age of storage, saving the environment and money along the way.
1.44Mb formatted? Pft. I’m so compelled to compare the micro floppy to the micro SD card right now but that wouldn’t be fair challenge. Instead, I dissected the micro floppy and compared its tape with a similar sized mini DVD-RW with 1.46Gb capacity. 1000x the storage, exponentially better looking with rainbow refract powers!
Still on the subject of memory, here’s another blast from the past. Back when Canon used to only have 1-megapixel cameras as their top of the line offering, the SD card on the left of the image below may have been very useful, something I won’t even think of using with my 18-megapixel Canon 550D. LOL.
On a more personal note, I used to zip and span 5-10Mb sized short film clips in micro floppies. I’d usually carry a box at a time for file transfer purposes. Remember Yahoo! Briefcase? It was easily a go-to portal for free mass storage offered to anyone with a Yahoo! email address/registration. With a limited storage space of 5Mb that later on grew to 50Mb, users (like me!) ended up making multiple email accounts just to avail of additional free storage space (because I’m “cost effective” like that LOL). Versus my diskettes, Yahoo! Briefcase is like free, exquisite, 3-Star Michelin rank restaurant prepared cuisine and the former a bland, over-priced hospital cafeteria food.
It pained me some when Yahoo! decided to discontinue the service in 2009 but only on the basis of nostalgia. As soon as I heard, I immediately checked my never-for-around-5-or-6-years-used-nor-visited Briefcase to view the contents and found several Sony Ericsson ringtones I painstakingly composed by ouido because, yes, apparently, I was a bored “secret mobile phone instrument musician” in the past. Saw some midi files there, mp3s, and some, um, “very informative” video clips that I’d rather keep to myself (evilsmirk). I’ve long forgotten the art and technique of ringtone composing (moreso that I once dug ringtone composing) but remembering what I did at one point in the not-so-far-away time made my heart flash a warm, toothy grin.Continue reading...
I was led to believe that the YouTube icon in the Applications folder of my Nokia N8 is a “real” application until I clicked it. What it did was launch the mobile device’s default web browser. Turns out it was just a shortcut to the YouTube web URL. Worse, when you try viewing videos on the N8, the web browser would crash. Poseur! Yesterday, news had it that Google finally released for Symbian^3 an official YouTube Application with a similar interface as the app version they developed for Windows Mobile 6.5 devices. Now, N8 users will be able to easily do search, browse, view, and even comment and rate videos in a portal with a fast and user friendly interface!
I won’t only tell you how to get the YouTube app, I’ll also share screencaps of the application in action.
Using your phone’s default browser (for the life of me, I can’t seem to view the YouTube link when I used Opera Mobile), fo to http://m.google.com. For the rest of the instructions, please refer to the scaps below.
Download and install the YouTube App already! Please take time to read the Terms of Service of the application before use. Better used if you’re on WiFi connection or unlimited mobile data subscription. With it, N8 users can now sing 1:43′s “Merry Christmas naaaaaaaaaaaa… sa aking puso” with video when going around the neighborhood caroling! HORRAY! LOL. Oh, and thank you Google!Continue reading...
The Samsung Galaxy 5 (GT-I5503) is the cheapest, most affordable Google Android 2.1 platform run smartphone from Samsung yet. With specs like GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, and Samsung’s Social Hub, you’d think they’re crazy to retail the unit at an SRP of P10,980. The back plastic panel comes in two variants: black and white. The fine print says you can also use the unit as a remote control for your Samsung TV.
Samsung is currently running a contest but we’ll get to that in a bit. The prize is none other than FREE units of the Samsung Galaxy 5! (details below, after the photos)
When several Galaxy 5 units were made available for us to play with, it being the first ever android I got to navigate, seeing how every detail just comes together for one contact (messages, contact data, facebook/twitter updates) made me realize this is what I’m missing out on not giving in to the lure of mighty Google. Heard of the newest way of entering text when composing SMS or email via the screen called the Swype? Glide your finger on the letters of the word and release and there you go! Word! It’s nifty, intuitive, and pretty darn fast but would probably take some practice to get used to for some. Swype is an alternative to multi-tap (portrait) and the virtual QWERTY keyboard which appears on the screen when composing emails and text in landscape orientation.
The Samsung Galaxy 5 doesn’t look bad, either. Photos below.
Contest is open to ALL UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE STUDENTS. Interested participants are required to “upload your most hip, beautiful and fashionable photo of yourself to the Samsung Galaxy 5 Tribe Facebook page and get a chance to be labeled as one of coolest students in the metro.” Full details of the mechanics are on the Samsung Galaxy 5 Tribe page under, duh, the Mechanics tab on the page.
The technique in joining facebook like contests such as this is join early and have a bunch of friends like your photo at the very soonest. It’ll give you more time to campaign is one. Remember to choose the best photo from your portfolio of sorts. This is an android phone we’re talking about. Early Christmas gift yo! Good luck with the win for those who will join!
This conversation with Arbet Bernardo, who for me could well be the seasoned veteran when it comes to Androids, happened not here but on plurk and though the main subject was on Smart not being able to release the N8 pre-orders on time today, October 23, we got sidetracked and the Galaxy 5 got mentioned. It’s worth sharing because we’ve pretty much covered what would convince techy netizens in getting one, even those who already have the HTC Magic, an SE Xperia X10, and several other phones. Transcript below:
Arbet: Been holding off getting this one. Grah.
Fritz: magtigil ka andami mo ng phone! ano yan, kaadikan? to talaga!
A: But it’s cheap!
F: walang flash and 2 megapix lang ang cam. sabagay, kung meron mang android na pang-commute, eto yun. di masyadong sayang pag nawala
A: but if the audio is great, good music player on the commute! And it’s small!
F: 1200mAh ang battery, gaya lang ng N8, so mahaba-habang buhay rin to kung sakali. Na-try mo na pakinggan audio via its music player? Ok?
A: Depends on the phone eh. The default music app is crap. If the phone has builtin audio effects/EQ great.
F: Di ko yan na-check. If meron mang improvements from the default, they did not drum that down as a major come on.
For my own peace of mind, I searched the web for reviews and initial reactions that may make me hate pre-ordering a Nokia N8. Enumerated below, ranked from the mostest bestestest badassiest and so on, are features that I know will make me whole again as a person. Now, if only the phone can give me like 3 inches more in height.
1. Excellent camera: 12 megapixel Carl Zeiss with autofocus, Xenon flash, 720p HD video playback and recording (can output and record Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. Unit is also pre-loaded with a photo and video editing application)
2. Superior connectivity: five-band WCDMA radio, WiFi b/g/n, FM radio and transmitter, HDMI connection
3. Ovi Maps with GPS/navigation, complete with free turn-by-turn spoken directions which can be used offline (“offline” would mean no roaming charges when used elsewhere in the planet)
4. Exhaustive multimedia playback support: H.264, MPEG-4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark and Real Video 10 video, MP3, WMA, AAC, eAAC, eAAC+, AMR-NB and AMR-WB audio (up to 320kbps), and support for streaming Flash video
5. Anodized aluminium casing won’t ever look cheap compared with the plastics
6. Plug a USB thumb drive into it (will require an adapter, but still)
7. Threaded SMS/MMS conversations and sortable/searcheable inbox.
If you noticed, I noted what I’d be using the phone for based on my lifestyle and habits. These are essentials for me, this very particular user, and if other smartphones can give me all these plus those cutesy and shiny icons from the iPhone 4 or other Android devices, then maybe I’ll change my mind.
N8, you’ll be mine on the 23rd. (Smart, I’m telling you you better eff’n deliver with your promise because I’m so looking forward to it and excited right now, it’s not even funny)Continue reading...
Last last week, Nokia Philippines announced that the Nokia N8 can already be pre-ordered with a claim date slated on October 23, 2010 at an introductory price of PHP23,699. Just today, while I was checking out the Smart Telecommunications website, I saw a new link on there that says “For a Limited Time! Preorder your Nokia N8 FREE at Plan 2000 with Unlimited Mobile Internet.”
Can’t wait? Neither could I so I just had to reserve mine before sharing this to you LOL. Go to this link and pre-order yours NOW http://smart.com.ph/n8/
Good thing my retention’s now due and if the same protocol is followed, current Smart postpaid subscribers can avail of the phone units (free or otherwise) so long as their bills are current (meaning, you shall have paid all that’s due per your account’s billing as of claiming time).
What gets me so fueled up for the Nokia N8? 12 megapixel camera with Xenon flash, HD 720p video shooting, 16:9 nHD (640 x 360 pixels) AMOLED screen, 16Gb internal phone memory expandable, HDMI, GPS, WiFi, among others. Sweet!