A Shift

May 29th, 2014 by kamkuey

I was never a fan of brands from China. They seem to have a common trait; cheap materials and tendency to rip of other brands and makers. This include mobile devices.

But this one is a bit different. Somehow.. different.

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So when I saw this, I could not help but to jump on it. The specs were up to par with most flagship phones. And the best thing is that it costs  fraction of what the other flagship phones would cost.

It maybe a marketing stunt, it may not be, but when they opened up 4000 units of the phone to the Malaysian market through their website, all 4000 units were snapped up within 17 minutes.

Let’s not even go into their power bank which they were offering at RM36 a pop for a 10400mAH unit.

Anyways, I managed to grab one for myself. Initially, my intention was to test my luck and see if I can get one, just because I have a ready buyer to take it off me.

And so… 6 days after I paid for the phone…

… a package arrived!!!

btw, please do excuse my messy desk. This was taken impromptu at my desk at work.

Inside were these items. The box with the phone, a separate box with the power adapter, and interestingly, a second SIM tray which fits a micro SIM. The phone originally comes with a mini SIM tray.

The second SIM tray comes nicely packed in a very nice re-sealable plastic jacket.

No need to cumbersome, and from what I heard, troublesome micro-SIM adapters. This is a nice touch. Well done Xiaomi !!

The power adapter strangely is a separate item. My shipment comes with a UK standard 3-pin adapter.

And finally the box which contains the phone itself. It’s packaged in a hard-cardboard type box. Classy! It’s slim and no nonsense. Probably why the adapter is separate. Inside are the phone, SIM tray ejector pin, manuals, and a service card which contains the IMEI as well as SIRIM approval ID. Oh.. and the USB cable. No earphones.

The phone itself is rather simple. Nice and elegant. Quietly brilliant maybe? Well, too bad that tag line is taken. But.. it is quite brilliant in it’s simplicity.

Charging it up for testing!

Oh.. that’s not the USB cable. I had one lying around in the office so I used it instead. I think this one is a free gift I got from the Windows8 booth at PC Fair. Quite a good quality cable.

Anyways, I am currently going through the phone. A mini review soon!

 

Air Cond Temperature

May 28th, 2014 by kamkuey

This morning was wonderful with clear traffic due to the school holidays, and clear blue skies.

Unfortunately, it was a hot morning. And even more unfortunate that the office centralised air conditioning was not working.

For the amount of money we are paying for rent, this is not a very good thing. And even worse is the location of the office, which is being lauded as an intelligent city, and the hub of information technology. Not very convincing when it cannot even guarantee basic office needs.

Which leads to another pet peeve of mine; air conditioning temperature.

You see, people have various degree of temperature tolerance. Sure. I agree and I understand. But what I cannot understand is those who complain about the cold, and demand to have higher temperatures, while they are in their mini skirts and spaghetti top.

I believe there’s a wonderful clothing invention called a jacket.

Unfortunately, even though I would love to be working only in my shorts and go along the day topless, it would not be ‘proper’.

So instead of setting the temperature to 28 Celsius, try putting on a jacket first.

 

 

 

WindowsPhone

May 20th, 2014 by kamkuey

I have said it before, and I will say it again, WindowsPhone has the best user experience.. ever! But, it just stops there. The rest are basically very very bad news.

 

Recently I got my hands on the very pretty Nokia Lumia 1520. A beautiful 6” full HD screen, wrapped by an equally stunning body which is sleek, slim and extremely sexy. And with a huge battery, this particular red stunner is for sure, a keeper. Right?

Well, unfortunately… No.

So what’s the thing which turns me off? Well, for starters, the online messengers like Whatsapp and Line behave is a very different manner compared to the other mobile  OS like Android or iOS. What happens is that, you get the notifications. Like, how many messages there are and stuff like that, complete with notification sounds and vibration and all that. But that is just it; notification. Just a notification that you have messages. It is only when you launch that particular application, for example Whatsapp, do those messages start to ‘download’ one by one.

Let me give you a nice example; I have a Whatsapp chat group which consist of my schoolmates from yesteryear. And when they chat, they leave an estimated one hundred messages in a single morning. So, if I am busy that morning, and I launch the Whatsapp chat application, those one hundred messages will only start streaming in one by one, starting with first message.

It does not take long, probably within the next 10 seconds I get all 100 messages streamed in and ready to rock and roll. But just try it out. Try whipping out your phone and launching Whatsapp. Then wait… yeah.. literally.. start counting to 10, before you start using Whatsapp. Then you tell me if it’s ok.

Then there’s the ability to integrate with Google. I mean, yeah it can sync my contacts and calender, but there’s so much more to Google than just contacts and calendar, or email. There’s the seamless integration of maps. I can mark the location of my favourite eatery or something like that using my computer and it reflects it on my smartphone!!

Of course, I can choose to use Microsoft’s map and stuff, but, I do not know la. I still prefer Google. Maybe if Microsoft sponsors me, then I would most definitely switch over to Microsoft’s suite of online stuff. Actually not too bad, they have that online storage thing, and the new Outlook.com looks fabulous!

But then again, this particular phone has a stupendous camera. It’s 20mp optically stabilised camera is great fun to use. And image quality is quite incredible.

If I ever use a WindowsPhone ever again, it would be because of the camera and the user interface.

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Nothing much to know about myself. In a nutshell, I manage a little call centre, but I was trained in IT. Now more like I am in the service industry cum IT support. Anyways, on the side, I like motoring, photography and sometimes fishing. Anything else you can ask me direct la.

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