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Events: PC Fair 2009 – B-Speech Bluetooth headset Promotion!

July 31, 2009

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Below are the current promotion for the 3 days at PC Fair 2009.

B-Speech Calypso SP = RM239 (FREE Nokia 1202 phone, while stocks last only).

B-Speech Calypso = RM139

B-Speech Clip & Go = RM129

B-Speech GPS 20C = RM369

B-Speech TX2 = RM128

B-Speech Sora = RM99

B-Speech ISAS = RM79

B-Speech Twiddle = RM68

All B-Speech purchase comes with “Mystery Gift”.

See you there!

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Events: PC Fair 2009 – Fresh Gear GPS Sales!

July 30, 2009

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Yup, it is the time of the year again! We are participating in this PC Fair 2009 but this time we are not offering PDA. Instead, we are offering GPS Navigation device, Bluetooth headset and other accessories.

Date: 31st July 2009 to 2nd August 2009

Time: 11am to 9pm

Location: Booth 524, Hall 5, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

Garmin GPS device are going for a real bargin. Do check it out below. We are also offering some very good deals on Bluetooth headsets (Jabra and B-Speech). Something to the tune of “Buy a selected Bluetooth headset and get a phone free” offer. Don’t believe me, check us out at Booth 524

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How to: Install Software on a Windows Mobile Phone?

July 20, 2009

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Level: Beginner

There are 3 general methods to install a software on a Windows Mobile Phone.

Method 1. Install using your computer, via Active Sync/Windows Mobile Device Centre.

Method 2. Install using CAB file, directly running the installation on the PDA itself.

Method 3. No need to install, just copy the entire folder over to the PDA and run it.


Method No. 1: Via ActiveSync or Windows Mobile Device Center

This is the most popular method. Before you can even get going on software installation, you need to first download “Active Sync” if you are using Windows XP and below. Or Windows Mobile Device Centre if you are using Windows  Vista or above. This installation method is still required for software which need to synchronize between the PDA and computer.

Active Sync looks something like this.

activesync

and Windows Mobile Device Center looks something like this.

Windows Mobile Device Centre

Having that installed and running properly, just connect your PDA and you will be greeted with the screen of selection on your PDA. Choose “ActiveSync”.

If everything is done properly, you should see the word “Connected” or your PDA phone name on both the “ActiveSync” or the “Windows Mobile Device Center” screen on your computer.

All is left now is to double click the EXE file you have downloaded and the software will start installing on your computer. Once it is ready to be installed on your PDA, you will get this screen.

Activesync Install Selection

All you have to do now is decide where do you want to install the software to. The internal memory or the storage card. We usually recommend installing all software onto the storage card to save up precious space on the PDA. If you decide the install on storage card, do take note of the following.

  • If you remove your storage card, the software will not run
  • So install backup software, movie player onto the internal memory
  • Software installed on storage card run slightly slower compared to internal memory. This however is very insignificant.

You are done!

If you are having troubles with ActiveSync or the Mobile Device Center, check out this forum.

Method No.2: Via CAB files

CAB files, also known as Cabinet files with extention .CAB are a collection of files compressed together ready to be installed on your PDA. With the abundance of Internet connection available, this method also known as OTA (Over the Air) is slowing becoming the popular method. Much like Apple iPhone or Google Android, you can just download a CAB file software over the Internet and install it directly onto your computer without using a computer like method 1 above.

All you need to do is to copy the CAB file using either a card reader or download via the Internet. After that, locate the CAB file using your Windows Mobile’s File Explorer and click it. The CAB file will run immediately.

CAB file installation progress

Just like method 1, it will ask you whether to install onto Internal Memory (Device) or Storage card. Choose either one.

Activesync Install Selection

You are done!

Method No. 3: Copying the Entire Folder

This method is NOT recommended and it does not work with MOST of the software. Most software requires a proper installation via either method 1 or 2. Method 3 is only good for software like games where they only have 1 EXE file and will probably work even without installation.

This method also requires you to understand the file structure and know which folder to copy/extract.

  • Might not work on some software
  • Do not create a Program shortcut on your PDA (you will have to manually create one).
  • Not recommended for critical software like Backup, Registry Editor, Movie player…

If you would like to learn about a particular subject, please leave us a comment and we will try to include them into the next entry.

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July 18, 2009

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Screenshots: Samsung Omnia II (i8000)

July 13, 2009

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I had the chance last week to play with Samsung latest smartphone; Samsung Omnia 2 aka i8000. I must admit the new Samsung Touch Wiz Interface is just AWESOME! The scroll is smooth, functional, predictable and surprisingly nice to look at. There were lots of additional softwares added by Samsung too.

Nothing like the previous Samsung Omnia. I was also told it will be priced somewhere around RM2,599 (head on with HTC Touch Diamond 2).

Stay tuned for the followup review on the actual units of more screen shots and pictures!

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Review: Asus P835 PDA Phone

July 13, 2009

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Available Date: Early March 2009

Launch Price: RM2,299

Fresh Gear rating: 7/10

Specification:

  • Qualcomm 538 MHz
  • 228MB RAM, 256MB ROM + 4GB Internal Storage
  • GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900 / GSM 850
  • 115 x 59.0 x 13.8 mm
  • 148 g (with battery)
  • 5MP Camera with Auto-focus & Flash
  • 3.5″ WGVA Hi-Res screen (800 X 480 pixels)
  • Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS

Unboxing the Asus P835

The Asus P835 comes with the following accessories.

  • A/C Charger
  • USB Sync Cable
  • 2 Stylus
  • Manual + CD
  • Pouch
  • Wired Headset
  • Car Charger

Screen Protector is missing from the package.

Asus P835 - Content

Asus P835 - Content

First Impression

The Asus P835 looks very professional with its brush aluminum back cover and leather like front cover. The track ball also gives it a “BlackBerry” feel. Excellent job on the outlook department. Someone actually mistaken it as an Omnia which I first took it out to review. However, I must say it looks far BETTER than OMNIA!

Asus P835 - Box

Asus P835 - Box

On the left side sits the Volume UP DOWN button and also the hold key. This is a very welcomed button which is usually found in Palm devices.

Asus P835 - Left Side

Asus P835 - Left Side

On the right side sits the MicroSD slot as well as the dedicated Camera button.

Asus P835 - Right Side

Asus P835 - Right Side

At the bottom are collection of buttons, “virtual” buttons and a trackball. The Mini USB connector and RESET button is located at the bottom.

Asus P835 - Buttons

Asus P835 - Buttons

The top of the PDA sits the 3G camera, Light sensor and the obvious speaker.

Asus P835 - 3G Camera

Asus P835 - 3G Camera

Behind the PDA is the 5.0MP autofocus camera and speaker. The battery cover is made from aluminum and it feels very solid! (But makes it heavy)

Asus P835 - Rear Camera

Asus P835 - Rear Camera

Asus P835 - Battery Cover

Asus P835 - Battery Cover

Using the Asus P835

I must say the screen on the Asus P835 is just stunning as well as sensitive! The 3.5″ WVGA Hi-res screen makes web surfing a breeze and coupled with Opera Mobile, it just makes things perfect.

Like most serious WM manufacturer, Asus replaces the boring, standard Windows Mobile with a what they called; Asus Glide.

Asus P835 main screen

Asus P835 main screen

Asus P835 - MultiHome

Asus P835 - MultiHome

You can change to any one of the 3 themes; Business, Life, and Original. I don’t really like the ASUS Glide because it find it slow and un-responsive at times. The scrolling effect sometimes confuses me.

There are 4 quick access “Virtual” button located just below the screen. Quick Access, Start, OK and Internet Button. Pressing on the “Quick Access” button gets you the below nice little interface.

Asus P835 - Quick Access

Asus P835 - Quick Access

There are

  • Favourite Programs
  • Favourite Contacts (Quick Dial)
  • Message Center (Email, SMS and Miss Call)
  • Internet (Share Flickr and YouTube)
  • Multimedia (Photo, music, camera and camcorder)
  • My Settings (Alarm, Ringtone, Theme and Device Lock)
  • Recent Program

Some of the extra features not usually found in other PDA phones.

WiFi Access Point

Asus P835 Screenshot - WiFi SharingAsus P835 Screenshot - WiFi Sharing 2

It basically creates an Access Point whereby the PDA itself becomes a “Wireless Router” to enable up to 10 other devices to connect to it (Using WiFi) to go on Internet. It is high recommended to connect to A/C power when using this feature as it will drain your battery pretty quick according to Asus.

Call Filter

Asus comes with the built-in software which filters calls. Handy tool if you are avoiding a certain number (Spam, marketing…).

Asus P835 - Call Filter

Asus P835 - Call Filter

Backup

Asus very thoughtfully included a Backup software which enable the users to Backup and Restore their PDA.

YouTube and Flickr

You can upload video and pictures directly to YouTube and Flickr (you need to sign up first).

Asus P835 - YouTube and Flickr

Asus P835 - YouTube and Flickr

More Screen Shots of ASUS P835 (Click on Enlarge)

Asus P835 Screenshot - WiFi Settings Asus P835 Screenshot - Task Manager

Asus P835 Screenshot - System Info Asus P835 Screenshot - Settings

Asus P835 Screenshot - EzPhoto Asus P835 Screenshot - EzPhoto 2

Asus P835 Screenshot - EzPhoto 1 Asus P835 Screenshot - EzMusic

Sample Picture taking using Asus P835

Asus P835 - Sample Pix

Asus P835 - Sample Pix of Camera (Click on Enlarge)

Conclusion

Pro:

  • Useful Hold-switch
  • Useful Trackball for easy navigation
  • Good Built quality and look great!
  • Nice 3.5″ WVGA screen
  • Good 5MP Camera with Auto focus
  • Built-in WiFi Access Point software/capability

Cons:

  • Built-in User Interface; Asus Glide (UI) is not smooth
  • Doesn’t comes with any other input method other than the standard Windows Mobile
  • Battery life could have been better
  • Heavy side but feels solid
  • No Flash

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Review: Acer Tempo X960 PDA

July 10, 2009

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Available Date: Early May 2009

Launch Price: RM1,799

Fresh Gear rating: 6/10

Specification:

  • Samsung S3C 6400 mobile processor 533 MHz
  • 128MB RAM, 256MB ROM
  • GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900 / GSM 850
  • 106.4 x 59.0 x 13.7 mm
  • 131 g (with battery)
  • 3.2MP Camera with Auto-focus & Flash
  • Hi-Res screen (640 X 480)

Unboxing the Acer Tempo X960

Acer X960 Box

Acer X960 Box

Acer Tempo X960 - Content

Acer Tempo X960 - Content

Inside the box comes with the following accessories.

  • Travel adapter
  • USB Sync Cable
  • Handsfree headset
  • Manual + Installation CD
  • Screen Protector

What’s missing from the content is a pouch/case.

First Impression

Acer X960 3G Camera

Acer X960 3G Camera

The Acer X960 scores high on the specification department and the build is pretty solid. For RM1,799 this is basically the most value buy PDA currently in the market. The size is ideal and feels pretty comfortable in a normal slack pocket.

Acer Tempo X960 - D Pad

Acer Tempo X960 - D Pad

There is quite a lot of button on this PDA. Besides the usual Call, Hang-up, Power and Volume button, there are also a “Satellite”, “Home”, “Camera” and a “Voice Recording” button.

Acer Tempo X960 - Top side

Acer Tempo X960 - Top side

Is it necessary to have such huge “GPS” word on the top of the PDA?

Acer Tempo X960 - Left side

Acer Tempo X960 - Left side

Left side you will find a lanyard slot, “+” and “-” Volume button, Reset hole and a “Voice Recording” button.

Acer Tempo X960 - Right Side

Acer Tempo X960 - Right Side

Right side you will find the “Power”, hot-swappable MicroSD memory slot and “Camera” button.

Acer Tempo X960 - Camera Button

Acer Tempo X960 - Camera Button

The camera button on the PDA sits slightly bulged. I can only assume it makes it easier to press on the camera button while taking pictures. But personally, I find it pretty irritating because I keep accidentally pressing it while holding the PDA.

Acer Tempo X960 - Back

Acer Tempo X960 - Back

The back cover of the X960 is made/covered with a kind of rubbery material. This makes it not a finger print magnet, which is good!

Acer Tempo X960 - Rear Camera

Acer Tempo X960 - Rear Camera

Behind the PDA is a 3.2MP Auto-focus camera with flash, self-portrait reflector and two speakers.

Acer Tempo X960 - Battery & Stylus

Acer Tempo X960 - Battery & Stylus

Acer Tempo X960 - Memory Slot

Acer Tempo X960 - Memory Slot

Using the Acer Tempo X960

On the outside, the Acer Tempo X960 looks like any regular PDA but once you turn that thing on, there is where the “regular” ends. Acer comes installed with their very own User Interface much like how HTC’s Touch Flor 3D. Acer calls it the “Acer Shell“.

Acer X960 Screen - Main ScreenAcer X960 Screen - Desktop 1Acer X960 Screen - Desktop 2

Each of the “Item” on the virtual desktop represent a function and it can be re-arranged. For a while, it kept me busy “poking” around the virtual desktop trying to find if there are any “hidden” function. There aren’t any anyway..

At the Virtual Desktop, flick up and you will get a list of programs/quick access like the one below.

Acer X960 Screen - Quick LookAcer X960 Screen - Acer Shell

Tapping on the “Window” on the Virtual Desktop gets you this.

Acer X960 Screen - TimeAcer X960 Screen - Time 1

Tapping on the CD cover/player gets you this gorgeous looking media interface.

Acer X960 Screen - Music 1Acer X960 Screen - Music 2

Acer X960 Screen - Music 3Acer X960 Screen - Music 4

Another new feature I found on the Acer is the “BLOG” function on the Picture & Videos Program.

Acer X960 Screen - Blog 1Acer X960 Screen - Blog 2

Not too sure if it is by Acer or there is a new version of Windows Mobile. Anyone knows, perhaps you could share. To use the blog function, you need to have either a Google Account or WordPress Account.

Acer X960 Screen - Blog 3Acer X960 Screen - Blog 4

Other than the obvious difference above, the interface looks and feel just like any regular Windows Mobile devices. You can view more screen shot of Acer X960 below.

More Screen Shots of Acer X960 (Click on Enlarge)

Acer X960 Screen - Quick DialAcer X960 Screen - Quick Access

Acer X960 Screen - ImagesAcer X960 Screen - Bookmark

Acer X960 Screen - Touch ControlAcer X960 Screen - Touch Control 1

Acer X960 Screen - Today SoftkeyAcer X960 Screen - Task Manager

Acer X960 Screen - System InfoAcer X960 Screen - Speed Dial

Acer X960 Screen - SIM ManagerAcer X960 Screen - Settings

Acer X960 Screen - Remove ProgramsAcer X960 Screen - Programs

Acer X960 Screen - Quick MenuAcer X960 Screen - Quick Launch

Acer X960 Screen - ProfileAcer X960 Screen - Power

Acer X960 Screen - NotificationAcer X960 Screen - Notification Manager

Acer X960 Screen - MicrophoneAcer X960 Screen - Email

Acer X960 Screen - Email-2Acer X960 Screen - Comm Manager

Acer X960 Screen - BacklightAcer X960 Screen - Backlight 1

Acer X960 Screen - Album 4Acer X960 Screen - Album 2

Conclusion

Pro:

  • Nice and useful Acer Shell (Virtual Desktop)
  • Value buy, host of features for a reasonable price
  • Nice bright screen
  • Nice Blog feature in the “”Picture and Video” program.

Cons:

  • Not as fast/responsive as I hoped for
  • Acer Shell not as polished as HTC Touch Flo.

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