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Updated: Fresh Gear PDA Flyers – 2009 May Version

May 26, 2009

 

Fresh Gear PDA Flyers - May 2009

Fresh Gear PDA Flyers - May 2009

 Our PDA Flyer for May 2009 is out. Click on it to enlarge / download.

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News: Fresh Gear Low Yat Plaza Outlet Renovation

May 18, 2009

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To all valued customers,

Our outlet at Plaza Low Yat ground floor is moving to an adjacent lot (G-31). We will be taking over the previous Famous Amos retail lot and renovation is expected to take 7 days starting today (18th May 2009).

During this period, our land line number 03-21480399 will not be available. However, we are placing a temporary shelve near the renovation site to support our existing customers. So, if you need help or want to purchase something, do drop by.

You can contact anyone of us who are there.

Ji Hou – 016-6379332

Kelvin Tham – 012-3332302

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Review: Acer Tempo DX900 Dual SIM Design PDA

May 4, 2009

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Available Date: End April 2009

Launch Price: RM1,899

Fresh Gear rating: 8/10

Specifications:

  • Dual SIM standby mode
  • 533MHz Samsung S3C 6400
  • 106X60.5X17mm (147g with battery)
  • ROM: 256MB RAM:128MB (MicroSD Slot)
  • 2.8″ 640×480 pixel VGA, TFT-LCD
  • HSDPA Quad-band 
  • WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS
  • Accelerometer / G-Sensor
  • 3.2MP Auto-focus Camera
  • Li-ion Polymer Battery, 1530mAh

 

Acer Tempo DX900 - Box

Acer Tempo DX900 - Box

Un-boxing the Acer DX900

Acer Tempo DX900 - Content

Acer Tempo DX900 - Content

The Acer Tempo DX900 comes with the following items bundled.

  • Travel Charger with Adapter
  • Screen Protector
  • Clothe Pouch
  • Dual earpiece handsfree kit
  • CDs and Manual
  • Warranty Card/Paper

First Impression

Acer Tempo DX900 size is just nice for a decent looking PDA but it is a bit thick on the side. It is not going to win on the aesthetic department because I think Acer rather go for functionality. The front panel is a minimalist but once you turn over the side, there are host of other buttons to be found.

Acer Tempo DX900 - Front

Acer Tempo DX900 - 5 Way navigation pad with Call + Hangup Button

Acer Tempo DX900 comes with a front Camera for 3G Video Conferencing. 

Acer Tempo DX900 - Left

Acer Tempo DX900 - Left

On the left side sits the Volume button, Voice Recording Button and also the jack for handsfree.

Acer Tempo DX900 - Right Side

Acer Tempo DX900 - Right Side

Unlike most PDA today, the MicroSD slot is located on the side, together with the Camera button, Power Button and also the Reset Button. 

Acer Tempo DX900 - Top

Acer Tempo DX900 - Top

Nothing on the top, just an embossed word “GPS”.

Acer Tempo DX900 - Bottom

Acer Tempo DX900 - Bottom

Only the Mini USB charger slot and mic is located at the bottom.

Acer Tempo DX900 - Back

Acer Tempo DX900 - Back

Behind the PDA is the 3.0MP Auto Focus Camera with Flash! Just next to it is the speakers.

Acer Tempo DX900 - Camera

Acer Tempo DX900 - Camera

A close-up shot of the 3.0MP camera.

Acer Tempo DX900 - Dual SIM Slot

Acer Tempo DX900 - Dual SIM Slot

This is what makes the Acer Tempo DX900 stands out from the pack. It supports 2 Active sim cards simultaneously. Meaning, both SIM cards can be turned on at the same time! Recent years has seen the number of people with 2 phones increasing and I think Acer wanted to catch the trend with the FIRST dual SIM PDA phone. 

Benefits of using a Dual-SIM phone

  • Less thing to carry, less thing to forget/left behind
  • Central update of phone book. No need to look back and forth for numbers/miss calls…
  • No need to buy 2 PDA phones to enjoy the PDA functions on both phones
  • No duplicate of contacts
  • One back up / Synchronization will do

I think the major drawback of using a Dual SIM phone is the battery. You are effectively receiving/making more calls with just one device and this my drain the battery. Hopefully the huge 1530mAh battery is good enough for most people, else a car charger, extra battery is definitely needed.

There is another limitation too. I noticed most, if not ALL of the Dual SIM 3G phones comes with one slot supports 3G and another slot  supports 2G only. Why? Why can’t both SIM card slot supports 3G? It happened on the U Mobile Sou Dual SIM 3G phone too. Some other Dual SIM phone brands in the market do not even support 3G. 

Is it an architecture limitation? Please share with me if you know why.

The Acer Tempo DX900 too has this limitation. A 3G sim card will still work on a 2G slot, just that you will not be able to enjoy 3G network coverage/video calls with Slot 2. So, you should be inserting a 3G SIM card with unlimited data plan into slot 1, whereas slot 2 is reserved primarily for calls and SMS. Unless you plan to make Video calls on BOTH SIM cards, this phone will work wonders.

Using the Acer Tempo DX900

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From the main screen, you can see the status of the 2 SIM cards. You must however remember which is line 1 or 2 because the system will indicate each call/sms with the “1” and “2” prefix.

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When you send SMS, you can choose which SIM card you want to send from. And when you view your SMS, you can see which SIM card did you receive the SMS from.

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When you are making calls, you can also choose to call using “Talk 1” or “Talk 2”.

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The call history will also clearly indicate which SIM card is it coming from/going to.

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At any point if you want to turn off one of the SIM card, just click on the “Communication Manager” tab. 

Other Screen Shots of Acer Tempo DX900

Most of the application you see below are done by Acer themselves. Including the Dual-SIM call functions.

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acer-dx900-utilities-menu acer-dx900-streaming-player

acer-dx900-sim-manager acer-dx900-settings-menu

acer-dx900-scenarios acer-dx900-programs

acer-dx900-power-menu acer-dx900-phone-menu

acer-dx900-multimedia acer-dx900-memory-optimization

acer-dx900-gravity-sensor acer-dx900-gps-viewer-1

acer-dx900-gps-viewer acer-dx900-frequency-dial

acer-dx900-default-settings acer-dx900-calling

acer-dx900-application-recovery

Comparison between HTC Touch 3G, HTC Touch Cruise & Acer Tempo DX900

 

Acer Tempo DX900

HTC Touch Cruise (T4242)

HTC Touch 3G (T3232)

Memory

ROM: 256MB RAM:128MB

ROM: 512 MB RAM: 256MB

ROM: 256MB RAM: 192MB

Processor

533MHz Samsung S3C 6400

Qualcomm® MSM7225TM, 528 MHz

Qualcomm® MSM7225TM, 528 MHz

Screen

2.8” 640X480 VGA Screen

2.8” 320X240 QVGA screen

2.8” 320X240 QVGA screen

Battery

Battery Capacity: 1530mAh

Battery Capacity: 1100 mAh

Battery Capacity: 1100 mAh

Size & Weight

106mm X 60.5mm X 17mm

(147g with battery)

102 mm X 53.6 mm X 14.5 mm (96g with battery)

102mm X 53.5mm X 14.5 mm (103g with battery)

Camera

3.0 (Auto Focus with Flash)

3.2 MP (Fix Focus)

3.2 MP (Fix Focus)

Dual SIM Slot

Yes

No

No

Additional Accessories

Screen Protector

Car Charger + Car Holder + additional stylus + 1GB memory card

– nil –

Additional Software

SPB Mobile Shell 2.0

Papago X3 and Footprint

– nil –

Connectivity

Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS

Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS

Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS

Price

RM1,899

RM2,199

RM1,899

No doubt HTC Touch Cruise is lighter and HTC Touch 3G is sleeker device compared to Acer Tempo DX900. But Acer Tempo DX900 comes with Dual SIM, VGA screen, 3.0MP Auto-focus camera with flash and a super large capacity battery. 

Which will you choose?

Over the years, I have fallen in love with Hi-Res screen (VGA) and Auto Focus camera. You can give me 5MP camera but if it cannot focus, it is not good enough. If I have taken a 5MP camera with auto-focus and viewing it on a QVGA screen, it is also not good enough. This combination is just right!

Conclusion

Pro:

  • VGA, 3G Camera + Dual SIM for RM1,899; Value for money!
  • Recording Button on the left
  • BIG capacity battery at 1530mAh!

Con:

  • Back cover comes off easily. Not too sure if it is limited to this particular unit.
  • Not the latest version of SPB Mobile Shell
  • A bit on the thick side. 
  • Memory a bit on the small side compared to other HTC devices of the same range

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Review: BlackBerry Bold 9000

May 3, 2009

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Price: RM2,399

Available Date: May 2008

Fresh Gear Rating: 7/10

Specification:

  • 624 MHz Marvell Tavor PXA930 processor
  • 1GB On-board + 128 MB Flash
  • 114 X 66 X 15 mm  – 136 gram
  • HSDPA – QUAD band
  • Internal GPS antenna
  • Bluetooth + WiFi
  • 2.0 megapixel color camera
  • Battery 1100 mAh with Up to 4.5 hours for GSM and 13.5 days Standby Time

Unboxing the BlackBerry Storm

BlackBerry Bold - Content

BlackBerry Bold - Content

Comes with the following accessories.

  • Leather Pouch
  • Wired Headset
  • USB Cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Manual + CD

The unit comes with an un-interesting packaging. A black box with a BlackBerry Logo on top and the device name located at the side with font size 8 or something! All 3 BlackBerry Storm, Bold and Curve comes with the same box, same size and font. So, it can be quite confusing and mistakenly taken the wrong box.

BlackBerry Bold Headset

BlackBerry Bold Headset

The bundled headset/handsfree is actually very nice! The BlackBerry logo is clearly seen and the quality is pretty good too.

First Impression

BlackBerry - Pouch

BlackBerry - Pouch

The provided leather pouch holds the device firmly but exposing the top indicator light so that users can easily take a look at the notification light. The pouch is so tight that when you are trying to remove the phone from it, it will turn on the Bold “automatically”. 

Using the BlackBerry Bold

One of the few distinct feature of Blackberrys are their keypad and trackball; and I totally agree! The QWERTY/QWERTZ keyboard is fantastic to type on and the trackball is super easy to navigate around!

Getting the BlackBerry up and running with all my contacts was SIMPLE! Since I am using Google account, a simple Google Sync setup synchronized all my contacts and appointment over to the new device; effortless! 

BlackBerry Bold - Main Screen

BlackBerry Bold - Main Screen

When there is an incoming new Email, a red flashing indicator light will appear near the top right side of the phone. The main screen of the BlackBerry is very plain and simple with only 6 icons appearing. 

Each Email account which you associate with your BlackBerry Server appears as an individual icon. Therefore you can easily identify which Email of yours has a new mail. All these located at the front screen shows how much emphasis BlackBerry put on (push) Email.

BlackBerry Bold - Email

BlackBerry Bold - Email

On top of the screen shows how many new Emails are received. Attachment are clearly indicated and Bold is able to easily open most of the popular attachment like Excel, Word, Powerpoint, pictures…

 

BlackBerry Bold - Email Options

BlackBerry Bold - Email Options

Some of the options you get with Email screen.

 

BlackBerry Bold - Contacts

BlackBerry Bold - Contacts

BlackBerry Bold - Add New Contact

BlackBerry Bold - Add New Contact

 

BlackBerry Bold - Calendar

BlackBerry Bold - Calendar

Appointments are indicated with a small tiny dot. Longer appointments are indicated with a line instead.

 

BlackBerry Bold - Menu

BlackBerry Bold - Menu

Click on the “BlackBerry” logo and you will be greeted  with host of other functions. Below are some self-explanitary  screen shots.

 

BlackBerry Bold - Application Screen

BlackBerry Bold - Application Screen

 

BlackBerry Bold - Wireless

BlackBerry Bold - Wireless

You can manage all your wireless connection settings from this menu.

BlackBerry Bold - Weather Forecast

BlackBerry Bold - Weather Forecast

BlackBerry Bold - SMS

BlackBerry Bold - SMS

Threaded SMS on the BlackBerry Bold.

BlackBerry Bold - Setup

BlackBerry Bold - Setup

BlackBerry Bold - Profile Selction

BlackBerry Bold - Profile Selction

BlackBerry Bold - Options

BlackBerry Bold - Options

The BlackBerry button acts like a “right click” where you can access more options when in a particular menu.

BlackBerry Bold - Media

BlackBerry Bold - Media

The movie player in the Blackberry Bold is surprising powerful. Right out of the box, I was able to play most of the file format including DivX and MPEG!

BlackBerry Bold - Map

BlackBerry Bold - Map

I don’t like the built-in BlackBerry Maps and I have not figured if it is possible to install other third party maps onto BlackBerry like Mapking, Garmin or Papago maps? Anyone want to share your experience on the mapping software on Blackberry?

BlackBerry Bold - Games

BlackBerry Bold - Games

Some of the popular pre-installed games. Better than Windows Mobile pre-installed games! 🙂

 

BlackBerry Bold - Facebook App

BlackBerry Bold - Facebook App

A pretty nice built-in Facebook app which allow you to view, upload and update status on Facebook!  

 

BlackBerry Bold - Download

BlackBerry Bold - Download

This is the screen where you can manage all the application you have installed. 

 

BlackBerry Bold - Browser

BlackBerry Bold - Browser

The browser on the BlackBerry Bold is quite slow if compared to other browser on other platform like Safari (iPhone) or Opera (Windows Mobile). Nothing to shout about in this department.

 

 

BlackBerry Bold - Auto Lock

BlackBerry Bold - Auto Lock

Conclusion

Pros:

  • Long battery life
  • Robust Email System
  • I absolutely love the trackball
  • Blackberry system is responsive, reminds me of the good old Palm OS days

Cons:

  • Lack of 3G Video Camera
  • Lack of Auto-focus function
  • Built-in browser could be better
  • Limited 3rd Party Apps
  • Interface is rather boring. It’s a business phone.

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News: U Mobile Launch New Service – U Buddy!

May 1, 2009

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U BUDDY

Starting 1st May 2009 until 31st December 2009, U Mobile Postpaid subscriber can sign up for a new Value Added Service (VAS) – U Buddy. Pay RM10 a month and get 30 hours ON-NET FREE local calls. This new U Buddy service is launched after they terminated the FREE CALL service back in 1st April 2009.  Technically to me, this is NOT free anymore since I have to pay an extra RM10.

Supplementary Line – U10

Supplementary line is now available on U Mobile network. Each supplementary line is charged only RM10 access fee and there is a maximum of 4 supplementary lines per subscriber. Please note that the RM10 access fee is NOT commitment fee whereby it cannot be used to deduct call/sms charges.

However, supplementary line(s) can share the commitment fee with principal line. Meaning, if principal line pays RM68/month and have 2 supplementary lines, the total payment to U Mobile is RM88 and all 3 lines can share the RM68 commitment fee. Of course, if the total call charges is more than RM68, then they will have to pay the extra also. RM68 is NOT the cap charges as many has mistaken as.

One weird thing is, calls made between supplementary and principal lines are not free. Supplementary lines are charges 0.3sen/second and 0.5sen/second for ON-NET and OFF-NET calls respectively. 

What’s more, postpaid subscriber is also given a 50% discount on their commitment AND access fee on every 6th month bill. Go calculate 🙂

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