The Apple iPhone

September 11th, 2014 by kamkuey

So, Apple just lifted the veil and introduced their all new iPhones. This time, they revealed 2 different models, namely the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. The first being a 4.7” smartphone while the Plus features a 5.5” screen. Both are identical in terms of specifications. Of course, for both models, you have a choice of storage capacities.

Oh.. and they too launched the all new iWatch. But we shall leave that for later.

But here lies the issue for Apple, their hardware specifications are actually quite behind in terms of progress. While most of their competitors are already sporting similar specifications back in 2012, Apple is only now introducing the same level of specifications now, a whole 2 years later. What kind of specs? Well, namely the dual core processor, the 1GB RAM, and the 750p screen resolution of their 4.7” iPhone 6. The Nexus 4, launched in 2012 had that specs. And while the rest of the world is leading 1080 FHD screen behind, the 5.5” iPhone 6 screen is the first FHD screen smartphone from the company.

But let’s view it from a practical point of view.

Apple has been producing quality products since its first started, with a few exceptions. But iPhones are not the exceptions. Oh.. well.. the latest batch of iphones are not the exceptions anyways. I particularly like the form factor and the build quality of iPhones. They fit in the hands well, and they are the most solid and well built phones ever. Granted they might be heavy for their size, but that shouts quality. The 4” screen of previous iphones have been relatively small compared to the huge screen sizes of their competitors, but they really do fit in the hands pretty nicely. Remember that it’s still a phone, not a tablet. Most manufacturers now blur the lines between phone and a tablet, with some calling the huge smartphones a phablet instead. Samsung first introduced their Galaxy Note smartphone, and a lot of people say that it’s too big, but it has been a huge hit amongst users, with their latest Galaxy Note 4 sporting a massive 5.7” screen. Nokia pushed it even further with their Lumia 1520 with its 6” screen. Massive device.

So anyway, I see the iPhone 6 as a whole new category by itself. I personally would buy and use the iPhone purely for it’s simplicity. Also for it’s design and build quality. The only thing stopping me getting the iPhone is it’s cost. It’s ridiculously over priced.

Wait.. let me rephrase that; it’s over my budget for a smartphone. Keyword : my budget.

It may suit your budget, then by all means go get the iphone. In terms of functionality, I still prefer Android-based phones. But those functionalities are not extremely crucial for me, so I can still use the iPhone runing iOS. It’s does what I want from a smartphone. It does social media, it takes photos, and it runs all the chat applications I am using. And it has Waze, something I use very often.

So it does not really matter what the specifications are. They maybe only running a dual core processor and a 1GB RAM, but it does it’s job. Put it to you this way, why are you still driving a car with a 1.6 (or 2.0 or 2.4) 4 cylinder engine when there’s a 6.2L V12 engine? Different requirements, different expectations.

You have to remember, if not for Apple pushing out their smartphones, the rest of us would probably still be using standard phones with keypads. Surely others have introduced smartphones before the iPhone, but it was the iPhone which catapulted the need for a touch screen smart phone which launched the race for better smartphones.

So give it a break, the iPhone (iphone 4 onwards… ) is has one of the best smartphone implementations around. It’s just that the fanboys that over glorifies the phone, and tries to give excuses for the lack of some specifications or features which gets to me.. and to most people.

Fanbois, no need for excuses. The iPhone speaks for itself. Of course, for the hardcore fellas, the iphone is tremendously lacking. But for the the majority of smartphone users who has no need to root or load custom ROM or massive processing power, it’s one of the easiest smartphones to use. Too bad it’s not the easiest on the wallet.

 

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!

 

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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