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Pricelist: PDA Phones & Gadgets – September 2010

September 27, 2010

Latest updated pricelist of PDA Phone

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Pricelist: HTC PDA Updated Pricelist 2010

January 14, 2010

HTC PDA Pricelist (Click to Enlarge)

HTC Snap: RM1,199 (Old Price RM1,599)

HTC Diamond 2: RM1,999 (Old Price RM2,399)

HTC HD: RM2,199 (Old Price RM2,399)

HTC Touch Pro 2: RM2,399 (Old Price RM2,799)

HTC Touch Viva: RM699 (Old Price RM999)

New Product

HTC Touch2 (Special Ed.) – RM999

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Update: HTC Touch Diamond 2 is now Windows Mobile 6.5

November 6, 2009

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Are you using HTC Touch Diamond 2 (T5353)? Download the latest ROM upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5 now.

Below are some screen shots to entice you to do so 🙂 Most of the screen shots are specifically for Windows Mobile 6.5.

Diamond2 - Main Screen

The icon is now with color

Diamond2 - Stock

The stock screen

Diamond2 - Weather

Weather looks the same

Diamond2 - Programs

Honeycomb Program listing

Diamond2 - Contact1

The usual contact screen

Diamond2 - Contact2

Link with Facebook

Diamond2 - Input

Option for Chinese Input

Diamond2 - Input1

Input option

Diamond2 - Location

Location Service

Diamond2 - Market Place

The built-in marketplace

Diamond2 - Market Place2

Marketplace

Diamond2 - Market Place1

Marketplace

Diamond2 - Market Place3

Marketplace

Diamond2 - Market Place4

Marketplace

Diamond2 - Market Place5

Marketplace - Payment for Paid Apps

Diamond2 - Market Place6

Marketplace - Setting up Credit Card

Diamond2 - Settings

Settings

Diamond2 - Settings1

Settings

Diamond2 - Settings2

Settings

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Screen Shots: HTC Touch2 (T3333)

October 25, 2009

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Below are some of the screen shots of the HTC Touch2 (T3333).

Some of the new features found on the HTC Touch2

  • Built-in support for Chinese character (Read and write)
  • Slide to unlock screen
  • Honeycomb style program screen
  • Built-in MyPhone service
  • Built-in Marketplace
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PDA Clearance at Digital Mall Section 14

October 17, 2009

Update: HTC S740 – SOLD OUT

PDA Clearance Below Cost at Digital Mall Section 14 outlet!!

3 units of HTC Touch P3452 = RM899
1 unit of HTC S740 = RM999
2 units of HTC P3300 = RM899
3 units of HTC Cruise (P3650) = RM1,399

Quick Specification

HTC Touch P3452

  • Processor: 201MHz
  • ROM: 256MB
  • RAM: 128MB
  • Bluetooth
  • WiFi
  • 2MP Camera
  • EDGE Network

HTC S740

  • Processor: 528MHz
  • ROM: 256MB
  • RAM: 256MB
  • Bluetooth
  • WiFi
  • GPS
  • 3.2MP Camera
  • 3.5G Network

HTC P3300

  • Processor: 201MHz
  • ROM: 128MB
  • RAM: 64MB
  • Bluetooth
  • WiFi
  • GPS
  • 2MP Camera
  • EDGE Network

HTC Touch Cruise (P3650)

  • Processor: 400MHz
  • ROM: 256MB
  • RAM: 128MB
  • Bluetooth
  • WiFi
  • GPS
  • 3MP Camera
  • 3.5G Network

Cash and Carry. Limited Stocks. First Come First Served.

For more info, please call outlet at 03-79540399

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Software: Torch Button v.1.5

August 29, 2009

Found another neat little application for all those WM device (with flash) out there.

Torch Button Ver 1.5

Basically, it is a application that uses your built-in flash as a “torch light”, “SOS signal” or simply just blink for attention.

So, if you are stranded on a deserted island and wants to signal to a nearby passing ship, fear no more! 🙂

Credit goes to “NetRipper” of XDA-developer

I only tested on HTC Touch Pro and works perfectly. So, if you want to download, please click on the link.

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Review: Samsung Omnia II (8GB) – GT-I8000

August 24, 2009

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Available Date: 21st August 2009

Launch Price: RM2,399 (8GB)

Fresh Gear rating: 9/10

Note: This is a follow up review of the previous post.

Samsung Omnia II - Overall 1

Specification

  • AMOLED resistive touchscreen, 65K colors
  • 480 x 800 pixels, 3.7 inches
  • 118 x 59.6 x 11.9 mm (117g)
  • 2/8/16 GB storage
  • Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate and Motion UI
  • 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, Dual Power LED flash
  • Samsung S3C6410 800MHz processor, dedicated graphics accelerator
  • Bluetooth, Wifi, GPS
  • Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh
  • Standby: Up to 430 h (2G) / Up to 430 h (3G)
  • Talk time: Up to 10 h (2G) / Up to 10 h (3G)

Unboxing the Samsung Omnia II – i8000

I must admit I am very amazed by Samsung effort in improving the Samsung Omnia II! The new UI is just awesome and very pleasant to use which I will come to later in the “Using the Samsung Omnia II” section.

Samsung Omnia II - Box

Samsung Omnia II - Box

Samsung Omnia II - Content

Samsung Omnia II - Content

Samsung Omnia II comes with the following accessories in the box.

  • A PVC pouch (with a dedicated hole for the ringer, how thoughtful)
  • External Stylus
  • CD and Manuals
  • Headset/Handsfree
  • Charger
  • USB Sync cable

Would be nice if it comes with Screen Protector too!

First Impression

The device looks big but the weight is surprisingly light.

Samsung Omnia II - Top

Samsung Omnia II - Top

The most amazing part is when you turn the device on. The very bright, good contrast AMOLED screen spring into life, arguably as nice or even better than the iPhone.

Samsung Omnia II - i8000

Samsung Omnia II - i8000

The front is pretty straight forward with a call, hangup and “CUBE” button. However, I was hoping the “CUBE” button doubles as  a directional pad too.

Samsung Omnia II - Cube Button

Samsung Omnia II - Cube Button

Located on the right is the LOCK button, and the UP DOWN button on the left.

Samsung Omnia II - Device front

Samsung Omnia II - Device Back

Using the Omnia II – i8000

Like I have mentioned before, this Omnia II has gone through lots of changes and updates. This is basically a Windows Mobile device but when you start using it, you don’t really get to see and feel any “Windows mobile” icon. Like the HTC with their HTC Touch Flo 3D, Samsung have their very own Touch Wiz which overlap the boring Windows Mobile interface.

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I will attempt to only go through those features which are not found on standard Windows Mobile devices.

1. Widgets

Omnia II - Main ScreenOmnia II - Main Screen2

Widgets can be added, removed or relocate at all 3 different “virtual” desktop.  You can also customize each “virtual” desktop with their own widget and wallpaper. More widgets can also be downloaded from Samsung website.

2. Programs

Samsung replaced the standard “Start–>Program” screen with their own “Productivity”, “Multimedia”, “Internet” and “Office”.

Omnia II - ProductivityOmnia II - Multimedia

Omnia II - InternetOmnia II - Office

3. Call Filter

You can now create a call list which you want to pick up or ignore easily right from the Omnia II.

Omnia II - Reject Calls1Omnia II - Reject Calls2

Omnia II - Reject Calls3Omnia II - Reject Calls4

4. Smart Converter

Instead of installing additional software for unit converter, Omnia II has built-in Smart converter.

Omnia II - Smart ConverterOmnia II - Smart Converter1

Omnia II - Smart Converter2Omnia II - Smart Converter3

Omnia II - Smart Converter4Omnia II - Smart Converter5

5. Audio Note

Previously hidden in “Notes”, Omnia 2 now comes with it’s very own Recording software.

Omnia II - Audio Note

6. Smart Memo

I had lots of fun with this app. Simply put, it is a “Paint” software in Omnia. It allows you to change background, insert image and voice note too!

Omnia II - Smart Memo

7. Touch Player

This built-in player plays most of the video file format (It supports MPEG4, WMV, DivX, XviD, H.263 and H.264). I do not need to install coreplayer or TCPMP.

8. Midomi

Ever wondered what is the name of the song currently playing in the radio? Guess no more, this neat little app basically records a 10 second music and search through a database for the closes match. I tried 3 times and it was accurate on all 3 attempt.

Omnia II - MidomiOmnia II - Midomi1

Omnia II - Midomi2

9. Digital Frame

Not really a “must have” but since it is built-in, I will show you some screen shots of it. Basically, you can set this up to display your photos with time/date. Do not really see how is this useful without a proper docking station.

Omnia II - Digital Photo Frame

10. Video Editor

A very powerful application which allow you to import a video file, add text, add sound, cut and duplicate video files.

Perhaps this is the answer to iPhone 3Gs video editor 🙂

Omnia II - Video Editor

11. Dice

A simple party game of dice.

Omnia II - Dice

12. RSS reader

This RSS reader is an improved version on the standard RSS reader found in most Windows Mobile devices.

Omnia II - RSS

13. Podcast

Omnia II - Podcast

14. Task Switcher

Because Windows mobile is a multi-tasking OS, you can un-unexpectedly open too many application.  Hit the “CUBE” button and click on “Task Switcher” and it will bring you to the screen below.

It also comes with a “snapshot” of the task so you can easily recognize it.

Omnia II - Task SwitcherOmnia II - Task Switcher1

15. CUBE

A multi dimentional CUBE where you can access all your most frequently used program. Just use your finger to flick and flip it around.

Personally, I find it quite hard to use. Pressing the quick access button at the bottom is perhaps much faster.

Omnia II - Cube

16. Communities

This application allows you to upload or share  pictures/video onto 6 different social networking site like Facebook, Flickr, Friendster, MySpace, Photobucket and Picasa.

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Other Screen shots

Omnia II - ContactsOmnia II - SMS

Omnia II - Lock ScreenOmnia II - Making Call

Omnia II - Calculator

Omnia II - Calls IncomingOmnia II - Call Log

Samsung Omnia Ii - Icon 1

Samsung Omnia II - Icon 2

Samsung Omnia II - Icon 3

Comparing the Size

Omnia II vs Touch HD vs Touch Diamond 2

Omnia II vs Touch HD vs Touch Diamond 2

Omnia II vs Touch HD vs Touch Diamond 2

Omnia II vs Touch HD vs Touch Diamond 2

Omnia II vs Touch HD vs Touch Diamond 2

Omnia II vs Touch HD vs Touch Diamond 2

Omnia vs Credit Card

Omnia vs Credit Card

Omnia vs iPhone

Omnia vs iPhone

Sample Photos taken using the Samsung Omnia II (Click to Enlarge)

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Samsung Omnia II - Photo Sample - SNC00003

Emulator

Want to try out the Omnia II before your purchase? you can do it right here!

Conclusion

Pro:

  • Superb wonderful bright screen
  • Excellent Camera
  • Built in many useful software; Namecard reader, call filter, video editor, Midomi…
  • Built-in Memory (2GB/8GB/16GB)
  • Very fast processor

Cons:

  • I would prefer a D-pad at the bottom for easy navigation
  • Would prefer to have the stylus built-in rather than an external one
  • Touch Wiz UI not as “smooth” as HTC Touch Flo
  • Even though it comes with 800Mhz processor, there are times it felt laggy.

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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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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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