Technology & Games

A switch to iPhone 6s plus (review)

I have been an Android fan for the longest time, I have used several phones like Samsung, HTC and LG, stayed with it for customization purposes. It took me 6 generations of iPhone to finally make the decision for an ultimate mobile switch. Don’t get me wrong, I have used Apple products like ipad/ ipad minis, but haven’t jumped to that phone level. So today let me talk about my iPhone experience (after a month of usage) with its latest features.

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Why I want Moto Hint earbud?

This technological era is fast approaching where gadgets are becoming smaller, handy, sleek, without sacrificing its overall functionality. This is why it is a must for me to have this new Moto Hint bluetooth accessory. You are like in God-mode, commanding your phone thru your voice.

  • It recognizes when it is on your ear, and disconnects if it is not.
  • Has voice control features connected to your phone, where you can give voice commands, accessing your typical mobile apps, etc. Currently compatible with Motorola connect, but soon will be supporting major phone models.
  • It is tiny with very straightforward function: A wireless earbud.
  • Can last up to 10 hours of battery life. Yes it has that unique charger dock.
  • No more dangling wires, you can save money by not buying headset over and over due to wire issues.

How about you, what gadgets have you been eking to get? What benefits will you get out of it?

How to remove contacts from Private Box Go SMS Pro

The GO SMS Pro messaging app is a cool application as it lets you customize your text messaging functionality from selecting theme, font color, font type, notifications, SMS cloud backup,  and security tools like the Private Box. I decided to update this post which was written initially, sometime in July 2012. Back then, accessing the Go SMS Pro Private Box is such a pain. Upon accessing Private Box it would lead you to a prompt for the passcode key but not allowing you to manage the Private Box screen. Indeed it is as if a never-ending loop. But then I realized that this problem happens with old version of Go SMS Pro.

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How to get back the app drawer on your Android phone?

We are one of the many who get stuck when the app drawer gets removed from our shortcut menu. Whether it is by accident or stupidity, it is important that we have that thingy back. There are only two things to do, so this should be pretty straightforward. If you have the default Android launcher, all you have to do is to stop/restart the launcher service. Now if you have the Go Shortcut, you can do the following:

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5 Things I learn from the game Throne Wars

Throne Wars is an epic multiplayer strategy game which focus on building your formidable kingdom, joining a clan to build alliances and getting ready for war. It is available in iOS and Android. Though the game play is pretty straightforward, once you get involved and understand that this game is all about numbers, you will not notice that you are already hooked.

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Lenovo Y580: Your budget gaming laptop

There is always something better — that’s what I thought after realizing that there is better than my previous laptop Lenovo Z500. Though I find it a good medium range laptop, there is still another model that can beat it head to head. I realized that after laying my hands on the Lenovo Y580. Don’t get me wrong these two belongs to different series, but I am all after performance anyway. In a country where I belong, this model is not sold site wide, only a few of us own this model. To summarize what I love about this unit is this, then later on will provide details on it.

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Lenovo Z500 Brightness controls stop working

The Windows 8 structure is that preinstalled product key is already embedded on the BIOS itself, and that’s why we expect it to activate perfectly, but been having this activation problem. I wonder why would it be showing expired if it has been activated previously? But if you are curious to get your product key, download this helpful utility. (for 64 bit)

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Lenovo Z500: A Closer Look

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For weeks, I’ve been having tremendous problems with my old laptop, it is failing on me while at work, and it drags my productivity. It has been my desire to get a new one because my old one had served me so many years. I thought the selection process in picking a new laptop is easy, but I was wrong, there are just so many things I prefer to have, and so many brands to choose from.

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Unboxing Lenovo K900

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Specification:

* Full HD: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.5 inches, 401 ppi pixel density
* Internal RAM: 16 GB, 2 GB RAM
* Screen display: IPS Panel, with Corning Gorilla Glass 2
* Camera: 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash, Secondary Cam; 2MP
* Video: 1080p@30fps
* OS: Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
* Processor: Intel Atom Z2580
* Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 2500 mAh battery, talktime: up to 15 h (2G) / Up to 12 h (3G)

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All about Optimus LTE 2

The model Optimus LTE 2 is the first unit to have 2GB of ram, middle of last year, and initially launched in its native land, Korea, but now starting to invade India and the Philippines. This is the very same reason why it’s hard to find English reviews for this phone model. With its main bragging feature 2GB RAM, others find this an overkill for a cellular phone, but I thought otherwise — it was brilliant! This is to be believed a CDMA, however the Korean market launched this to have the GSM function. So today we’ll talk about Optimus LTE 2 specifications, benchmarks and features.

Look and Feel

We’ll start with our first impression. This 4.7 inch phone (720 x 1280 pixels) is made up of true HD-IPS LCD (gorgeous display) capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, while its back cover is made up of rough plastic, so pretty good for grip, it’s not gonna fall off when you are holding it with just one hand. Two cameras for this phone, 8 MP rear (3264×2448 pixels) & 1.3MP for the front camera. It has autofocus and led flash, while video is set at 1080p! I don’t mind the corners of this unit, I heard others are disturbed by it — that’s not going to affect the performance anyway.

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Dig into the main features

With the release of Optimus LTE 2, I think LG can really compete with Samsung and Apple (where did Apple copy their screen?) it is just that they need to make their phones be known globally. And if they continue doing the “first” in implementing features like 2gb memory, people will appreciate and value their products. Here are some cool features of Optimus LTE 2:

  • 1.5GHz Dual-Core Processor (Snapdragon S4 Plus processor)
  • 4.7-inch (1280×720) IPS Display
  • 16GB Internal Storage, got expansion slot for micro sd card
  • 2GB DDR2 RAM (first phone to have 2GB of RAM, better than Galaxy S3!)
  • Superb Camera: 8MP with AF LED Flash (rear) and 1.3MP (front)
  • Fast Connection: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, supports 3G/4G Network
  • Android 4.12 Jelly Bean
  • Battery: 2,150mah

Other cool stuff:

– Wireless charging capability (wireless pad sold separately)
– Camera features: * Time machine = captures the missing moment before pressing the shutter. * Camera Keywords = where you can say cheese, smile, whisky or kimchi to automatically take photo. * HDR = combines photos taken at different exposures to one optimal photo while compensating for the backlight. * Panorama = continuous photos are assembled into one single panoramic image.
– Quick boot: 10 seconds, Off: 5 seconds
– 2GB DDR2 RAM (first phone to have 2GB of RAM, better than Galaxy S3!)
– Vivid Screen: 326 ppi pixel densities, using Optimus UI 3.0
– Qmemo: Write and share a memo on the screenshot
– HDMI connection via Micro USB to HDMI adapter.

Not Hot?

For a decent phone, there are things that I wish could have been better.

– Antenna for tv, good only for the Korean region. (not disturbingly visible though)
– Heavier than other smart phones.
– Not using OLED display. OLED Displays have faster response times, better viewing angles, improved contrast and consume less bettery power.
– Just dual core, hoping for quad to match the ram. More cores result in better parallelism, meaning more tasks can be processed in parallel without slowing down the User Interface.
– Hard to find suitable accessories locally, like covers since this is market in Korea.

Benchmarks

Below are the actual Antutu and Quadrant benchmarks results. Again the purpose of comparison is to know how the device would do and process applications. This is not to show that Optimus LTE 2 can beat the high-end phones like Note 2 or S4. 😛

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Overall:

8outof10

Jumping from an old Samsung phone, this would have been a major leap, the ram is the killer, just enough not to close my running apps. I have installed numerous games, and Optimus LTE 2 has not failed on me. Graphics wise, it may not be the best GPU in the market, but the 3d games are responding pretty well. I love the camera features, no lags when taking several continuous shots. Also I’m trying other mobile brand, since I’ve been using Samsung gadgets for the past years. The Optimus LTE 2 is just the perfect phone that I need.

Snapdragon is not a dragon, and Tegra is not a tiger!

Some of you felt you were alienated when you hear geeks/tech lords talking about mobile processors. Like which one is the beast, which one is good for gaming, which one dries up your battery fast. And that bewildered eyes of yours, is running crazy, aside from other parameters like budget constraints, phone size, availability; these jargons just add up to your  dumbfounded brains: Exynos, Snapdragons, Tegra….But don’t lose hope, the world did not end in 2012 😛

I recommend that you check your mobile specs using the CPUBoss (yeah just like a boss!) before you buy or do an upgrade.

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You will be able to see the performance, gpu, browser, feature comparisons as well as the advantages over the other. Isn’t it cool? So try it out and hope that helps you decide, which one suits you. 🙂