Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cherry Mobile Flare Lite Review

Got hold Flare Lite, the cheapest of the Flare series by Cherry Mobile.

The Flare Lite comes in all plastic design with black at the front while colored body and matte back cover that depends on what you choose from the 7 colors – yellow, white, green, magenta, cyan, black, and red. I really like the colored body that acts as a great accent feature with or without the back cover and reminds me of HTC designs aesthetic. It is very light but is well put together as there are no creaking when handling the device. The matte-like back cover provides grip and is anti-fingerprint that makes Flare Lite presentable at all times.

All ports are located at the top which is good as you won’t be flipping the handset when using the device while it is charging or listening to music. On the left side is the volume rocker and power/lock button. On the back is the dedicated 5MP Camera and Flash as well as Loudspeaker. Upfront is 4 inch WVGA LCD Capacitive Display.

Under the hood, it is powered by 1.0GHz Mediatek MT6572 Dual-Core Processor accompanied by Mali400 GPU. Memory is handled by 512MB RAM and 4GB Internal Storage. Upon testing, the Flare Lite runs smooth Android KitKat with slight lag and the same case goes when playing games and multitasking. However, Memory management is better and optimized as even with apps running on background it still performs. You have more usable storage with more than 2GB available.

In terms of connectivity, WiFi and Bluetooth works with good coverage and fast connectivity. GPS also picks up location quick but also depends on environment. It supports HSPA+ data connectivity but data depends on your network provider.

The 5MP camera is acceptable though I find it washout and underexposed so make sure you have fair enough of light even with Flash. 2MP Front camera does its jobs that produce decent selfies.

With Flash

Low Light No Flash

Front-Camera Output

Flare lite last about half the day of moderate use of games, data, wifi including call and text.

Overall, the Flare Lite is mix of style and function for entry level device. Optimize performance with Android KitKat matched with reliable and adequate hardware plus working camera and connectivity that covers all your Smartphones basic needs in a bright colorful fashion. Priced for 2,700 Pesos.

Specs Summary
Android 4.4 Kitat
4-inch Capacitive Display
1GHz Dual-Core Processor
Mediatek MTK6572
Mali 400 GPU
4GB Internal Storage
Expandable up to 64GB via microSD
5MP Back camera
With Flash
2MP Front camera
Dual-SIM, Dual-Standby
1300mAh battery
Php 2,699
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Cloudfone Excite 501o - Cheapest Octa-Core Android Smartphone

Presenting the most affordable Octa-Core Android Smartphone (for now) in the Philippines, Cloudfone Excite 501o.

The 501o will house a 5 inch qHD IPS Display powered by 1.7GHz Octa-Core Processor Mediatek MT6592 complimented with 1GB RAM and 8GB Internal Storage. It is a Dual SIM/Dual Standby handset and comes with WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and 3G/HSPA+ for connectivity. For its optics, it is equipped with 8MP Rear camera supported with Flash and 5MP Front-facing camera. Runs on Android 4.4 KitKat which should give you a more dated Android Experience. Other than that it supports USB-OTG which should provide additional set of connectivity and is great playing games on a controller.

The Excite 501o by Cloudfone is a notable contender for the Octa-Core ng Bayan Crown. Though not HD but 5 inch qHD will perform much better and more energy efficient together with full-blown Mediatek Octa-Core processor (Not the mobile version compared to others). 5MP Front camera is another thing to consider, banking on the selfie trend like its competition. Finally, it is price for only 4,999 PESOS which should make it the most cheapest Octa-Core in the market today. Wish they release it before Christmas as it will be a Big Hit among shoppers and Gift Givers.

Per talking to cloudfone personnel, it is said that 501o shall have a 2250mAh battery.

Now Available with Lazada Philippines
Look here:
Cloudfone Excite 501o

Cloudfone Excite 501o Specs

Android 4.4 Kitkat
5" IPS qHD Touchscreen
1.7 GHz Octa-Core Processor
Mediatek MT6592
8GB Internal Storage
Expandable via MicroSD
8MP Rear Camera With Flash
5MP Front Camera
Dual SIM, Dual Standby
Supports USB-OTG
2250mAh Battery
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Acer Switch 11 - Switch it up

11 incher Acer Switch has been spotted. Compared to 10 inch version, the Switch 11 comes with more durability and power.

Switch it up depends on what you are doing. Notebook mode for heavy typing with its spacious keyboard and a Precision Touchpad perfect for productivity apps. On a meeting? Display mode is great for showcase and presentations. Tent mode for keeping it still while watching your favorite movie. Detach the tablet or to say Pad mode best utilizing its touch capabilities and great for ebook reading that is easy to handle and carrry. This is made possible with the Acer Snap Hinge, magnetic detachable design for latch-free docking and smooth transition.

It features a dazzling display at 11.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS LCD LED-Backlit Display. Acer Zero Air Gap ensures exceptional detail, superior contrast and greater image sharpness from all angles as well as LumiFlex™ technology enhancing clarity by boosting brightness great for bright interiors and sunlight legibility. For strength, shock and scratch resistance, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 got it covered.

Under the hood, the Acer Switch 11 is powered by 4th generation Intel® Core™ i3-4012Y Processor with HD Graphics complimented with 4GB LPDDR3 RAM. For storage, it packs a 60GB SSD that should provide ample space and speedy transfers. If you still need more space, a 500GB HDD is available on its keyboard dock.

For connetivity, it is equipped with Acer InviLinkTM NplifyTM 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN with 2x2 MIMO technology and Bluetooth 4.0. USB 2.0 port, USB 3.0 port, HDMI Micro Connector with HDCP support, Micro SD card, 3.55 mm headphone/speaker jack for its I/O Ports.

A HD Webcam with 1280 x 720 resolution that supports 720p HD audio/video recording. For Sound, Two Built-in stereo stereo and Built-in microphone. Comes with 2955mAh 3-cell Li-ion battery pack with up to 8.5 hrs battery life.

Overall, the new Acer Switch 11 is a more reliable upgrade of Switch 10 that offers great and lasting display with powerful reliable internals that could handle most of your work and even play. Switch things up to make things interesting with the new Acer Switch 11.

Spotted via Villman for 33,900 Pesos and since its Christmas you get a free Acer Z200 smartphone from Acer Philippines.  


Operating System : Windows 8.1 SL
Processor : Intel Core i3-4012Y processor 
                                        (3 MB L3 cache, 1.5 GHz, DDR3L 1600 MHz, 1.5 W TDP)
Memory : 4GB of onboard LPDDR3 memory
Storage : 60GB SSD on Tablet + 500gb HDD on Keyboard Dock 
Display Screen : 11.6-inch Display with IPS (In-Plane Switching) 
technology, FHD 1920 x 1080 resolution, 
high-brightness, LED-backlit TFT LCD with 
Integrated Multitouch, supporting 10-finger 
touch, Wide viewing angle, 16:9 aspect ratio, 
Mercury free, environment friendly
Graphics : Intel HD Graphics
Audio : Two Built-in stereo stereo, Built-in microphone
Network : WLAN: Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11 a/b/g/n Wireless LAN 
operates at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
2x2 MIMO technology
Bluetooth 4.0
Camera : HD Webcam with:
1280 x 720 resolution
720p HD audio/video recording
Sensors : Accelerometer (G-sensor), E-compass, Gyroscope, 
Ambient Light sensor
I/O Ports : USB 2.0 port
USB 3.0 port
3.55 mm headphone/speaker jack
Micro HDMI Connector with HDCP support
Micro SD card (SDXC compatible)
Dimension : 298 (W) x 192.4 (D) x 10.55 (H) mm (Pad Only)   
298 (W) x 205.4 (D) x 25 (H) mm (Pad and KB Dock with HD)
Weight : 0.85 kg (1.87 lbs) Pad only, 
                                        1.65 kg (3.64 lbs) Pad and Dock with HD
Battery Type  : 33 Wh 2955 mAh 11.4 V 3-cell Li-ion battery pack
Battery Life : Up to 8.5 hrs
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Friday, December 5, 2014

Cherry Mobile Volt Specs Price

Here's another budget offering by Cherry Mobile - the Volt.

The Volt runs Android KitKat on a basic 4 inch WVGA Display powered by Dual-Core (Mediatek MT6572) Processor with Mali 400 GPU. Internal Storage is 4GB and is expandable via MicroSD. No word on memory but at its price range it must be 512MB but if it be more then the better. Usual connectivity WiFi, Bluetooth and should also have GPS and HSPA+. It's Dual Sim / Dual Standby handset so could have two networks in one device. A 5MP with Led Flash and VGA for Front camera for its optical features.

It is entry level after all so it will be perfect for first time android user, students or just those with minimal phone, text and social media. For 2,299, it may well end up on your list for gift giving.

Specs Summary
Cherry Mobile Volt
4 inch WVGA Display
1GHz Dual-Core Processor
Mediatek MT6572
Mali 400 GPU
4G Internal Storage
Expandable via MicroSD up to 64GB
5MP Primary Back Camera
With LED Flash
VGA Front Camera
Dual Sim/Dual Stand By
2,299 Pesos
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Cherry Mobile Selfie - Selfie to the Next Level

Cherry Mobile to introduce its Ultimate Selfie Phone - CM Selfie with its Dual 13MP Sony IMX135 Sensor Front and Back Camera combo with Beautification + Feature taking your selfies to the next level.

With its excellent optics it is complimented with 4.7 inch HD IPS Display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 plus a powerful 1.7 Octa-Core Processor, ample amounts of Storage at 16GB and memory at 2GB RAM. Graphics is handled by Mali 450 GPU. For connectivity, it should have all the basic necessities such as WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS including HSPA+ for data connection. It runs the dated Android KitKat so you won't be left out in terms of software features and enhancements.

Overall, the Selfie is formidable camera smartphone packing high megapixel camera as well as powerful internals to match at a budget price of 9,999 Pesos. This is good move for Cherry Mobile for competition is also vying for the Selfie throne. Just hope that camera software packs more features or modes other than interpolation magic.

Specs Summarry
Android 4.4 KitKat
4.7 inch HD IPS Display
1.7GHz Octa-Core Processor
Mediatek MT6592
Mali 450-MP4 GPU
16GB Internal Storage
13MP Primary Back Camera
With LED Flash
13MP Front Camera
Sony IMX135 BSI Sensor
9,999 Pesos
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

O+ Time Mobile Sidekick

O+ produces its own companion watch with O+ Time.

The O+ time is said to be a mobile sidekick that connects to Android via Bluetooth. It features call alerts, hands free call, sms reader, alarm as well as serve as remote for your selfies. There is a Pedometer to measure your steps taken which should be useful for runners and sports junkies.It is water resistant so no worries when it comes to rain but it is not waterproof. Comes in Orange and Black color options.

As you can see, it is more a LED Watch that tells you the Time Plus few nifty tricks.

Spotted via price for only 1,995.00.

Specs Summary
O+ Plus Time Watch
Mobile Sidekick
Connection Via Bluetooth
Water Resistant
Call Alerts
Hands Free Call
SMS Reader
Bluetooth To Selfies
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Monday, December 1, 2014

Acer Iconia Tab 7 A1-713-K1PA 3G Phone Tablet

Acer Iconia Tab 7 gets 3G and Phone Features with model A1-713-K1PA.

The Iconia Tab 7 runs the dated Android 4.4 KitKat on a 7 inch Multi-Touch Active Matrix TFT Colour LCD at WSVGA (1024 x 600) resolution. The tablet measures Height 8.9mm, Width 116mm, Depth 193mm and weighs only 305g. Comes with premium look and feel with its simplistic profile with anodized silver finish accent.

For its internals, it is powered by Mediatek MT8382V Quad-Core Processor clocked at 1.3GHz complimented with 1GB RAM and 8GB Internal Storage that is expandable via microSD slot.

Basic 2MP/VGA back and front camera combo for regular and low resolution outputs. Other than WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, the new Iconia 7 now has phone and data capabilities with its dedicated Sim Card slot and supports up to HSPA+ data connection. Battery is at 3400mAh 1-cell Li-Polymer that is quoted to 6 hrs Maximum Video Battery Time.

Whether for communication or always on data connection, keep in touch with Acer Iconia 7. Priced for only 6,490 Pesos spotted via Villman.

Specs Summary
Android 4.4 KitKat
7 inch WSVGA
Active Matrix TFT LCD Display
1.3GHz Quad-Core Processor
Mediatek MT8382V
8GB Internal Storage
Expandable via MicroSD
2MP Back Camera
VGA Front Camera
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
3400mAh Li-Poly
6,490 Pesos

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Friday, November 28, 2014

MyPhone Biggest Rio Ever? Grande

MyPhone Philippines sets a date on its 1-Day Sale happening on Nov 30, 2014 at 4th Floor Cyberzone, SM North EDSA Annex and whats surprising is their ad "The Biggest Rio Ever" that seems to be introduce new Phablet Smartphone - My Phone RIO Grande

This New Rio Grande Phablet comes with a 5.5 inch Display powered by 1.3GHz Quad-Core Processor with 4GB Internal Storage. A 5MP primary back camera and also has a Front Facing camera for its optical features. The standard connectivity with WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS including HSPA+/3G data connectivity. More fun to enjoy with a huge battery at 2800mAh. It's SRP is at 4,499 and should be between Rio and Rio Lite. Its budget Phablet offering a bigger screen and bigger battery best for entertainment and games.

With the 1-Day Sale, you should get the New Rio Grande at a discounted introductory price of only 3,999 Pesos. Christmas Season is a perfect time to introduce a new device with so much demand and purchasing power, this new comer might get sold out in its initial launching.

What you think? Better mark your calendars and attend to see this Biggest Rio Ever.

Specs Summary
MyPhone Rio Grande
Android 4.4 KitKat
5.5 inch Display
1.3GHz Quad-Core Processor
4GB Internal Storage
5MP Rear Camera
With Flash
Front Camera
2800mAh Battery
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Cherry Mobile Flare Lite and Colorful

Cherry Mobile Flare gets lite and rainbow treatment for a colorful Christmas for budget price.

Flash Lite comes in bright colors with yellow, white, green, magenta, cyan, black, and red. Upfront is its "4 inch G+F Capacitive Screen" whatever that means. As it is Lite, it is powered by 1.2GHz Dual-Core Mediatek 6572 Processor with Mali 400 GPU accompanied by 512MB RAM and 4GB Internal Storage. Just entry level specs but on the flip side it runs Android KitKat 4.4.

Just the standard connectivity here with WiFi, Bluetooth and HSPA+ Data connectivity. For its camera, 5MP at the back with flash and 2MP front. It comes with modest 1300mAh battery so it should only be for moderate use to get trough the day or otherwise might get a powerbank for good measure.

It is said to be the cheapest Flare for only 2,699.

Cherry Mobile Flare Lite Specs
Android 4.4 Kitat
4-inch Capacitive Display
1GHz Dual-Core Processor
Mediatek MTK6572
Mali 400 GPU
4GB Internal Storage
Expandable up to 64GB via microSD
5MP Back camera
With Flash
2MP Front camera
Dual-SIM, Dual-Standby
1300mAh battery
Php 2,699
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Happy Mobile Launch - Prive, Oracle and Neo

Just passing through North EDSA and so decided to check the launching of new smartphone brand in the country, Happy Mobile.

Happy Mobile slogan is "Happiness is on Hand" as endorse by ever beautiful Heart Evangelista. Offering their wide array of smartphones most notable are Prive, Oracle, and Neo.

Starting off with more for the budget Neo, with its 4.5 inch FWVGA IPS Display powered by Quad-Core Processor coupled with 1GB RAM and 4GB Internal Storage. Camera combo of 8MP rear camera with LED Flash and 2MP for Front facing camera. Runs the latest Android KitKat and comes with more color options to meet your style and mood. Neo has a 2000mAh battery that should a last a day or two with its specifications and depends on usage. Priced at 4,699 Pesos.

The Oracle on one hand is a  Aluminum 6.6mm thin 5 incher with HD resolution OGS IPS Display and comes with a more powerful Octa-Core Processor at 1.5GHz complimented with 1GB RAM and 8GB Internal Storage. it features an 13MP Primary rear camera with LED Flash and 8MP front camera. It also packs Android 4.4 KitKat and supports USB-OTG. Battery is at 2100mAh. Price for only 9,999.

Finally, the Phablet Prive at 5.5 inch HD IPS OGS Display and a more pumped up Octa-Core Processor at 1.7GHz  paired with more storage and memory - 16GB/2GB RAM. Does pack 13MP/8MP camera combo but beneath the camera is a Fingerprint sensor where you need to slide your fingers to register your prints. Other than this, the Prive packs a bigger battery with 2800mAh. With additiona 1K to Oracle Price you get it for 10,999.

In terms of connectivity features, Neo, Oracle, Prive packs the standard WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. Supports Miracast technology for which Happy Mobile will also sell Dongle to be able to cast your smartphone screen on your television sets. HSPA+ data connectivity for always on the go internet connection.

With the launch of Happy Mobile, it provides more alternates options in the market. Happiness in on Hand translate to solid built construction plus competitive hardware as well as updated software imbued in their devices. Lets see how it fairs in the market as it is Christmas wheere consumer spending is at a high.

Happy Mobile Prive specs:
Android 4.4 KitKat
5.5 inch HD OGS IPS Display
1.7GHz Octa-Core Processor
Mediatek MT6592
Mali-MP450 GPU
16GB Internal storage
13MP Rear Camera
With Flash
8MP Front Camera
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Miracast
Bluetooth 4.0
FM Radio
2,800mAh Battery

Happy Mobile Oracle specs:
Android 4.4 KitKat
5 inch HD OGS IPS Display
1.5GHz Octa-Core Processor
Mediatek MT6592M
Mali-MP450 GPU
8GB Internal storage
13MP Rear Camera
With Flash
8MP Front Camera
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Miracast
Bluetooth 4.0
FM Radio
2,100mAh Battery

Happy Mobile Neo specs:
Android 4.4 KitKat
4.5 inch FWVGA IPS Display
1.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
4GB Internal storage
8MP Rear Camera
With Flash
2MP Front Camera
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Miracast
Bluetooth 4.0
FM Radio
2,000mAh Battery
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Saturday, November 22, 2014

HP Stream 7 - Budget Windows 8.1 PockeTablet

Pre-Order the New Budget tablet - HP Stream 7.

The New HP Stream 7 comes in basic simple black licorice color with silky touch tablet look and feel. It features 7 inch at 1280 x 800 HD resolution IPS LED-backlit Anti-Glare Display. Under the hood, is an Intel® Atom® 3735G BayTrail Processor clocked at 1.8GHz complimented with 1GB RAM and 32GB Internal Storage. An microSD slot is available if you do need more.

For connectivity, you do get WiFi with Miracast supported and Bluetooth. External and Internal ports include MicroUSB 2.0 and 3.5mm headphone jack. For audio it sports external speakers and built-in microphone. An 2MP rear and VGA front camera for its optics. Battery comes at 3000mAh lithium-ion 11.1Wh with up to 8 hours.

On the software side, it runs the latest Windows 8.1 with Bing and includes a includes 1-year subscription for Office 365 Personal and 1TB OneDrive account.

Priced at 7,999 but you get 1000 off when you pre-order which translate to only 6,999 that should pin it against local Cherry Mobile Alpha Play.

What you waiting for? Order via Villman
Product Page >>> HP Stream 7

Tech specs
Windows 8.1 with Bing, 32-bit inch HD (1280 x 800) IPS touchscreen
5-Finger multi-touch support

Intel Atom Z3735G Quad Core
1.33 GHz with Burst Technology up to 1.83 GHz

1GB DDR3L-RS 1333 MHz

Hard drive size
Expandable Via MicroSD

Integrated audio
Intel HD Graphics with shared graphics memory

2MP back-facing camera, 0.3MP front-facing camera

802.11b/g/n (Miracast enabled)

1 Micro USB 2.0 • Headphone output/Microphone input combo

3000mAh lithium-ion 11.1Wh (up to 8 hours)*

Dimensions: 7.59 x 4.36 x 0.39 in (192.78 x 110.74 x 9.90 mm)
Weight :0.78 lbs (353.8 g)
Color: Black
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Taiwan Excellence - Made to Enjoy Christmas Contest

The Taiwan Excellence campaign seeks to promote Taiwanese Own Brand Manufacturing (OBM) companies and their products to its Asian neighbors including the Philippines. In the country, they have started conducting roadshows, exhibitions and other promotional activities featuring Top 56 brands – 176 products accorded with Taiwan Excellence Award. Christmas is coming, a time of giving and sharing and so as a good gesture of the season, the Taiwan Government through Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) presents the Made to Enjoy Life Christmas Contest! Gifts for you and your love ones with the best Taiwan Excellence brands and products.

The Contest is simple by visit and just have to Read, Register, and Share, No purchase needed. When the site loads, you are greeted with pleasant appearance of Taiwan Excellence Celebrity Endorser Iya Villania-Arellano and at the side is the Join Now Button. You will be directed to the Contest Proper that lay outs the Official Rules and Mechanics. Just Accept then move on to selection of gift where you are given 2 categories to choose from Information & Communications Technology or Home & Appliance Electronics/Sports to share to your chosen recipient. After which, you need to register your details as Gift Giver and Gift Recipient. Finally, you get to last step where you need to Upload a photo of yourself and write in 100 words or less why you want to share the Taiwan Excellence excellent lifestyle this Christmas with your chosen love one. Enter the Security Code and Submit. You are done! You will be able to see other Entries so be creative and make it heart felt.

Category A: Information and Communications Technology
Category B: Home and Appliances Electronics and Sports and Leisure Goods
1.       Acer Aspire V5 Notebook
2.       ADATA External DashDrive Durable HD710 Storage
3.       Apotop Wireless Smart Device DW21Wi-Copy
4.       ASUS Transformer Book T100
5.       Avision Mobile Scanner 2Wi-Fi PRO
6.       BenQ LCD Monitor EW2440L
7.       DrayTek Router Vigor2912n
8.       Edimax Router BR-6428nC
9.       Gigabyte Notebook P34G-v2
10.   Handlink Gateway/Router GW-1
11.   Kingcom Tablet P72
12.   PX Bluetooth Music Receiver BTR-1600
13.   Silicon Power External Hard Drive A15
14.   Thermaltake Level 10M Gaming Headset
15.   Transcend External Hard Drive StoreJet25H3

1.       Chanson Water Miracle Max Water Ionizer PL-A705
2.       HCG Bathroom Fixture (Toilet Bowl) Superlet C233
3.       Hono Golf Putter YP-500
4.       Inadays Mosquito Trap GR330
5.       Lien Cheng Saxophone A-704
6.       Microlife Blood Pressure Monitor BP 3MS1-4K (A200)
7.       Pacific Birdy Bicycle
8.       Sakura Kitchen Fixture (Stove) SG-200S
9.       Slidybike Bicycle SB-1603
10.   Strida EVO Bicycle
11.   Super Guider Electric Water Heater LED88
12.   Tatung Rice Cooker TAC-11KN
14.   Tern Link D8 Bicycle
15.   Thermedic Lower Back Pro Heating Pad PW140

20 Entries (10 for Category A and 10 for Category B) will be chosen from all Entries by Content Administrator. It will be judge base on Adherence to Theme and Rules 30%, Originality 30%, Creativity 20% and Technical Quality at 20%. From 10 it will be cut down to the Top 5 Finalist per category and another set of judging panel and deliberation and new criteria - Relevance; Consistency with Theme 30% Originality; Creativity 30%, Technical Quality 30% and Overall Appeal/Impact 10%. Winners will be notified via snail mail and potential Winners’ names will be posted on their Websites.

So what you waiting for? Join Now! More fun sharing the blessings this Christmas Season especially with great prizes up for grabs and no other than the Taiwan Excellence Celebrity Endorser Mrs Iya Villania-Arellano might be the one to hand it over. Enjoy Excellent Lifestyle this Christmas with Taiwan Excellence: Made to Enjoy Life Contest. Promo runs from September 28, 2014 until November 23, 2014.

For more info visit and to learn more about Taiwan Excellence Campaign.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Nokia Back to Business Releases N1 Android Tablet

Nokia surprise twist of announcements of its N1 Android Tablet, marking its return to producing consumer devices.

It is built in simplistic industrial design with its unique one-piece aluminum design with curved sexy corners and soft finish in Lava Grey and Natural Aluminum colors. On top is 7.9 laminated display powered by 2.4Ghz Intel© Moorefield AtomTM quad-core processor which should run a Android Lollipop flawlessly. Speaking of software, it utilize Nokia's own intuitive  Z Launcher for which search your apps according to what letter or character you scribble and learns over time what applications you use base on time and day.

The N1 is planned to be available in China in Q1 2015 for purchase for an estimated USD 249 before taxes. It is also expected to expand to other markets.

As of now it seems Nokia is only limited in producing smartphones, and so with N1, Tablet is an exception and maybe for other consumer devices as well.

Tech Specs
Android™ 5.0 Lollipop with Nokia Z Launcher
7.9 inch (4:3) 2048x1536 resolution
IPS panel with LED backlight
Fully laminated zero air-gap display
Gorilla® glass 3
Intel® 64-bit Atom™ Processor Z3580, 2.3 GHz
2GB LPDDR3 (800 MHz) RAM
32GB eMMC 5.0 Storage
PowerVR G6430, 533 MHz Graphics

8 MP rear-facing camera with autofocus
5 MP front-facing camera, fixed focus
1080p video recording

Wi-Fi, (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); dual channel (2.4GHz & 5GHz) with MIMO
Bluetooth, BT 4.0

High Quality Discrete Audio Codec, Wolfson
WM8958E, independent audio codec
Two 0.5 W stereo speakers
90 dB with less than 10% total harmonic distortion (THD)

Digital MIC Cavity resonance frequency more than 20 KHz

Buttons and connections
3.5 mm audio
Micro-USB 2.0 with a Type-C reversible connector

6-axis Gyro+Accelerometer

18.5 Wh (5300 mAh) rechargeable lithium polymer battery (3.7 V)

One-piece design
Aluminum with surface anodization

Height: 200.7mm, Width 138.6 mm, Depth 6.9 mm
Weight: 318 g

Natural Aluminum or Lava Gray

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Asus Zenfone 5 Lite A502CG - Mighty Lite

Asus just announced the Lite version of its best selling Zenfone 5.

The new Lite version looks like the original so you will still have that premium executive chrome as well as sexy curvature. Though it must be noted that Asus had cut back on color options with only Black, White and Red.

As it is to say a cut-down version, Zenfone 5 Lite still has 5 inch IPS TruVivid Laminated Display but it resolution is down to qHD and Intel Inside with Atom™ Z2520 Dual-Core Processor clocked 1.2 GHz coupled with only 1GB RAM. No storage is listed on Asus Philippines website but with reference to what is available in India then presumably 8GB with MicroSD Expansion up to 64GB and comes with 5GB free lifetime ASUS WebStorage.

Primary rear camera stays at 8MP supported LED Flash however with its front it only has VGA to work with. You do have PixelMaster technology that gives you various modes and options to take your shots and videos to the next level.

The rich and simple ZenUI is another thing to consider that works well together with Android KitKat adding other value-added touches and features.

For connectivity, it packs the same as the original Zenfone 5 that comes with its Dual "Zentenna" for more reliable connections. Higher bandwidth data connection with up to 42Mbps (downloads) DC-HSPA+. Standard things as WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. Supports Dual SIM/Standby so more network choices in one device.

The major thing that Asus improved with its Zenfone 5 Lite is the battery upgrade to 2500mAh versus 2110mAh on the first Zenfone 5. Together with the modest cuts, the Lite version will last more hours of usage so more fun, moments, and phone calls.

To conclude, Zenfone 5 Lite is a great follow through with the success of Asus Mobile division. Asus took the positives of Zenfone design, hardware and software and improved battery life. It might be lite but still it proves to be a mighty champion. Hopefully price competitively. Perfect timing for Chirstmas.

Update Priced for 5,595.00 and is also available here:
Asus Zenfone 5 Lite A502CG (Red)
Asus Zenfone 5 Lite A502CG (White)
Asus Zenfone 5 Lite A502CG (Black)

Specs Summary
Asus Zenfone 5 Lite
Android 4.4 KitKat with ZenUI
5 inch IPS Display
1.2GHz Intel Atom™ Z2520 Dual-Core
Hyper-Threading Technology
8GB Internal Storage (Presumably)
Expandable via MicroSD up to 64GB
8MP Primary Back Camera
With LED Flash
VGA Front Camera
WiFi b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 EDR A2DP 
2500mAh Li-Po Battery
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

LG F70 - Budget Android KitKat, LTE and Big Battery

Look what I stumbled on, LG F70 LTE for as low as 6,490 Pesos!!!

LG most affordable LTE handset with Android 4.4.1 KitKat on board on a modest 4.5 inch WVGA IPS Display. Humble as it seems it is still powered by a reliable 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 MSM8926 coupled with 1GB RAM. Still need to verify if 4GB or 8GB internal storage variant basing on Australia and Singapore neighbors points to 4GB.

For its camera, it features a basic 5MP primary rear camera supported by single LED Flash and for its front, VGA. Expect decent shots and quality videos but it depends on your photographic eye after all in the end.

On the flip side, LG F70 offers wide range of connectivity features other than Long-Term Evolution data but also the standarrd WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS including NFC.

With its basic specifications and Snapdragon processor, it should perform at optimal level with 2440mAh battery.

Other unique software enhancements and features like Knock Code Security and Plu and Pop is available.

Overall, for an entry level LTE smartphone its hardware - low resolution IPS display, Snapdragon 400 and big energy pack works harmoniously to provide balance smartphone experience.

So want one? Look here: Lazada Philippines with Cash on Delivery and Delivers Nationwide
LG F70 Black Android­ 4.4.2 KitKat 4.5'' Plus Alcatel 506 w/ 2 SIM card - 6,490
LG F70 Android­ 4.4.2 KitKat 4.5'' Plus Alcatel 506 w/ 2 SIM card - 6,490
LG F70 White Android­ 4.4.2 KitKat 4.5'' Plus MyPhone Fury Eco w/ 2 SIM cards - 6,490
LG F70 Android­ 4.4.2 KitKat 4.5'' Plus Christmas tree 8ft. - 7,640
LG F70 Android­ 4.4.2 KitKat 4.5'' with EdgePad 2710 2G tablet with 2 sim card - 8,840

Specs Summary
LG F70
Android KitKat 4.4.1
4.5 inch WVGA IPS Display
1.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
4GB/8GB Internal Storage
Expandable via MicroSD
5MP primary back camera
with LED Flash
VGA Front Camera
WiFi b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
2440mAh Battery
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Gionee CTRL V4S is Now Available

Gionee Philippines just announced the availability of CTRL V4S.

The CTRL V4S sports some modest specifications with its 4.5 ih FWVGA IPS Display powered by 1.3GHz Mediatek MT6582 Quad-Core Processor with 1GB RAM and 8GB Internal Storage expandable via microSD. Runs Android KitKat 4.4 out ofthe box.

It has 8MP primary rear camera complimented with single LED Flash. At the front, a 2MP snapper for your selfies and video chat needs.

For connectivity, it includes the standard WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS as well as supports HSPA+ data connectivity. CTRL V4S is dual sim, dual standby handset.

Battery is at 1800mAh and according to Gionee rated Standby for 230hrs and Talk Time with 10hr(3G) & 16hr(2G).

Color choices is between black and white only. Priced for 6,999.00

Sppecs Summary
Android 4.4 KitKat
4.5 inch FWVGA IPS Display
1.3GHz Quad-Core Processor
Mediatek MT6582
Mali400-MP2 GPU
8GB Internal Storage
Expandable via microSD
8MP Back Camera
With LED Flash
2MP Front Camera
WiFi b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
1800mAh battery
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Monday, November 10, 2014

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Philippines Postpaid and Prepaid Offers

Get the latest Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus!

Here are the offers from Globe and Smart for the most awaited phones of the year. Perfect timing for Christmas Eve!

For Globe Telecom:

iPhone 6 16GB is free at Plan 2499, 64GB at Plan 3799, and 128GB at Plan 3799 for 30 months.

For iPhone 6 Plus, its free on Plan 3799 for 24 months while 64GB and 128GB is free at the same plan but with plan period of 30 months.

For Platinum Plans, you have options to pair your iPhone with other great devices

For iPhone Forever subscribers:

To upgrade your iPhone, you need to fall on your 13th to 24th month to be eligible for trade-in or pay a cashout for their next iPhone.Those who forego trade-in may just visit any Globe Store to pay the corresponding cash-out and claim their iPhone, while customers who opt to trade-in their units must first reserve a trade-in schedule (time and location). You will be notified a day before the trade-in date.

Once you have reserved your time slot, Go to any participating Globe store, Present your confirmation receipt, proceed with trade-in and check-out.

For more information visit FAQs on iPhone Forever Plans here.

With Prepaid Kits:
iPhone 6 16GB - P37,500
iPhone 6 64GB - P43,000
iPhone 6 128GB - P48,500
iPhone 6 Plus 16GB - P43,000
iPhone 6 Plus 64GB - P48,500
iPhone 6 Plus 128GB - P54,000

That's about everything with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for Globe. 
So will you Pre-Order? Look here

For Smart Communications:
The iPhone 6 is free for Data Plan 3000. 
* 0% installment for 24 months is applicable for all cash-outs under Plan 999 via participating credit card partners: BDO, BDO – American Express, BPI, Citibank, Diners Club, EastWest Bank, Metrobank, Security Bank, and Unionbank.

** Special Pricing available for Retention Upgrades. Get the iPhone 6 64GB or iPhone 6 Plus 16GB at waived cash-out.

*** 24-month lock in period. All cashouts and offers are subject to change without prior notice

For VIP Smart Infinity, here are the choices for you. You do get other goodies when subscribed to Premium Plans.

Prepaid Kits are as follows:
iPhone 6 16GB - 36,700
iPhone 6 64GB - 42,300
iPhone 6 128GB - 48,000
iPhone 6 Plus 16GB - 42,300
iPhone 6 Plus 64GB - 48,800
iPhone 6 Plus 128GB - 53,600

So will you Pre-Order? Look here

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