Category Archives: Mobile Phones

Apple, Inc.’s Prestige Status is Phased Out

I am now starting to boycott Apple products due to its poor battery performance.

WTF!? My mid-2010 MBP and my two phones before, the iPhone 4S and 5 didn’t have battery drain issues at all. WTF has happened to Apple!?

Thank goodness I might switch to a more powerful Windows laptop. I still don’t have enough funds to obtain one, yet I would rather use a Windows laptop instead if ever I will edit photos and send it through E-Mail.

Some pointers: I think Apple started to deteriorate after being dragged into hot issues such as its lawsuits against Korean electronics giant firm Samsung and Philippine mobile phone firm myPhone.

What has happened to premium brands with prestigious reputations!?

Sony and Apple are no longer prestigious (as compared to mid 2000s), though the former has always been a leading brand for innovation in Japan–and the rest of the world.

What are now the most prestigious brands in the world?

Cameras and imaging – Fujifilm, Pentax, Canon, Nikon, Sony
Laptops – Lenovo, HP, Asus, MSI
Mobile phones – Asus, LG, Samsung, HTC

I could no longer see the prestige of Apple anymore. Speaking of Apple, I am quite disgruntled towards battery issues, esp. that MBP mid-2012 has horrible battery issues as opposed to the mid-2010 MBP, which has a consistent 3-hour battery life. The mid-2012 MBP drains faster from a decent 6 hours towards the agitating 2-3 hours.

And speaking of iPhones, the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 drains slower than the iPhone 6 Plus. WTF is this hulabaloo!? I don’t see anymore the prestige of owning an iPhone, or a/n MBP. I might switch to Samsung or Sony Xperia in the near future–prolly an M4 or the higher-end Z collection.

Owning an Apple product before was actually a privilege, but right now it’s a liability. I view Android phones as user-friendlier ever since I used a Samsung Galaxy Grand. I’m also thinkingnof getting a Galaxy Note Pro if I don’t feel like bringing my laptop to work, or a netbook.

And speaking of Apple products, I still have nothing against them; the issue here is the rightful Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who should take the place of the late Steve Jobs. Sad to say, the wrong person was chosen.

The new iPhone 5C and the latest iPhone 5S

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Hello everyone… I’m BACK!

Anyways, since the all-new iPhone 5C and the latest iPhone 5S has been released, let me tell you some highlights about the launching:

Good News: The iPhone 5C is already there… which is a low-cost iPhone at last, while the iPhone 5S is obviously the successor to the iPhone 5.

Bad News: The original iPhone 5 is sadly, discontinued. But good news for the iPhone 4S, it is already a phone that is still existing, but offers 8GB of memory.

One thing that made the iPhone 5 discontinued is that, it was completely replaced by the iPhone 5C, and so far, the iPhone 5 suffered the same fate as the iPad 3rd gen.

The specs between the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5S did not change, and it’s obvious that the iPhone 5S had a/n S that means, “scanner.”

My take:

I think Apple has been very stingy when it comes to improving their iPhones’ specifications. The iPhone 5S still has an 8-megapixel camera but with f/2.2 aperture, maximum of 64GB internal memory and err… well, basically that’s it. I am not that impressed at the iPhone 5S since the specs are STILL THE SAME. They did not even bother to upgrade its memory capacity to a whooping 128GB and of course, camera megapixels did not increase to a whooping 12MP.

So far, Apple did not want its power user fans to expect too much. Oh well, but at least the 5S offers a gold color. (:

As for the 5C, Apple should have also offered a white front color because not all likes black. Also, black with bubblegum colors look toy-ish. No joking, people.

But if I were to be asked, I would still go for an iPhone. You know naman, kapag nakasanayan mo nang gumamit ng iPhone (especially if you’re a tech-savvy power user), you will embrace Apple iOS. Nyahahaha! (:<

iLounge’s photos on Apple products lineup!

Disclaimer: All photos are from iLounge.com

I really cannot explain about the beauty of each and every product… regardless of its color, shape and size. LOL. I’d say that Apple should not be too structured when it comes to releasing a new product. Each and every Apple product, particularly the iPod nano, should be selected not only in different colors but also in different models because I believe that each one of them are unique.

When people say that Apple products are not user-friendly, I beg to disagree. Again, it’s still a matter of personal preference so even though I disagree with that, okay fine, I will respect your choice if you’re no Apple fan since I understand not everyone loves Apple as a company. However, trust me. Once you own an Apple product, you will never ever consider other products unless you cannot afford it AT ALL. As a matter of fact, Apple is a standardized company which imposes its own “rules and regulations” together with its influence on its loyal fans.

iPod nano:


From left (ordinal numbers are by generation): 1st-gen (comes only in black and white), 2nd-gen (comes in different colors), 3rd-gen (redesigned after the iPod classic), 4th-gen (larger screen + narrower), 5th-gen (longer screen + rear-facing video camera), 6th-gen (watch-like), 7th-gen (current; first to be with the lightning port).

iPod touch (popularly and colloquially known as the iTouch):


From left (ordinal numbers are by generation): 1st-gen (comes in 8 and 16GB models), 2nd-gen (max. capacity is 32GB), 3rd-gen (max. is 64GB if I’m not wrong), 4th-gen (first time to have a front and rear camera + white panel option plus retina display), 5th-gen (first to have Lightning port + offered in different colors).

iPhone:


From left: iPhone original (1st-gen), iPhone 3G (available all over the world, offered both black and white rears), iPhone 3GS (first iPhone to feature HD video recording), iPhone 4 (redesigned over-all, first phone to feature front-facing camera + first phone with retina display and micro-SIM), iPhone 4S (first phone to offer 64GB memory capacity and Siri), iPhone 5 (first phone with 1GB RAM + 16:9 aspect ratio, accepts nano-SIM cards only, Lightning port and finally the headphone jack on the bottom).

Even though I have a love-hate relationship with Apple, I am still a fan of the said company ever since Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs is one of the people I really admire and respect, alongside Bill Gates. No wonder, I might as well plan on buying a Sony VAIO this time if time permits, together with the Sony Xperia Z, only to show that I will make a comeback to Windows and Android.

True Colors

In spite of the dying and endangered click wheel thing, that was Apple’s legacy over-all. Oh, wait. I don’t think it was Apple who originated the click-wheel feature. As a matter of fact, it was reinvented, innovated and patented by Apple itself.

Silver

I have to admit. Most of the gadgets that I used to have should always come in silver, not until I had my first water-proof digital camera (which in general, should be blue in color). I actually view silver as a more beautiful color than gold since the former has a “technological” and “futuristic” feel while the latter has a “luxurious” and “bling-ish” feel.

(Product) Red

Every Apple product that comes in red has a purpose in life: To help the children in need in Africa. See? If one of you has red as their favorite color (well, stereotypically, the Chinese people and Sandara Park LOL), then they must be generous donors towards the needy African population. Good move, in other words.

Pink

Admittedly, this is my favorite color speaking of being feminine. This color makes my skin whiter in photographs (trust me, it really works!) and also in person! HAHAHAHA!

Yellow

Also known as the Aquino color, it’s a good thing that the color is modest enough not to be “gold-ish.” In other words, Apple might have competed with GoldVish if ever! LMAO!

Green

Well, this is the La Salle color. Sadly, this color makes my skin darker! Oh noes, rather wear pink than green! LMAO!

Blue

Wooooo! This is my favorite color of all time, even though it’s the color of Ateneo! Well, no worries, because the “blue” in Apple is oceanic, NOT royal.

Purple

Otherwise known as the “royal” color, I did not expect Apple to differentiate all types of purple in different shades and tones. Two of these iPod nanos are actually royal blue or indigo, not really purple/violet.

Slate/Black

I am actually not a fan of the color black, but it’s a good thing that I dyed my hair in this color because again, it makes me whiter (LOL!).

The Beauty in Apple

Actually, I’d say that Apple has been leaping from the business/elite market towards the mainstream/consumer market. This revolutionized the entry of all PDAs as smartphones–also MP3 players were almost a bit standardized into the iPod; it’s only the Walkman that stayed even more solid, withstanding the iPod’s dominance.

Apple has always been the company that people loved to compare, debate or despise. However, in spite of Apple’s shady shenanigans with matching controversies, particularly in Foxconn, I suggest that this company has been one of the reasons why there is such thing as micro-SIM, and with that, Apple has long been a company being compared to Sony and Samsung together with BlackBerry and HTC. There’s non-stop comparison and competition with one another, so Apple should never file a lawsuit not only against Samsung–but to any company, regardless of nationality it would face.

iPhone 5 pros and cons

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So, after owning the iPhone 5, well I could say that I can now compare its specs with the iPhone 4S and weigh in their pros and cons. Now please, do not over-estimate Apple over Android or Windows. That’s often the mistakes of those who embrace propriety over universality. LMAO.

Pros and Cons of the iPhone 5

PROs

1.) 4-inch retina display monitor with 16:9 aspect ratio

  • 1136 x 640 overall dimensions
  • 326 ppi (pixels per inch)
  • conducive for games and movies
  • Well, I’d like to tell you that the 4″ display is a good size for a phone, because we’re not competing with other companies (and should not be/do so) in terms of increasing screen size. You’re using a phone, not a mini tablet.

2.) Lightning Port

  • Lesser space occupied

3.) 1GB RAM

  • fast enough for a mobile phone especially if a power user chooses 64GB internal memory capacity

4.) Grasps Wi-Fi faster and more accurate

5.) Faster and more accurate cellular data feature (auto-3G)

6.) Assistive Touch is optional.

7.) Higher retina resolution

  • Observe when you used to have an iPhone 4S and you love screen-capping. That way, the retina resolution of the iPhone 5 is much greater when uploading screencaps to WordPress.

8.) 8-megapixel camera with better image quality

9.) Video stabilization is improved; video quality is better.

10.) Equipped with EarPods

CONs

1.) Headphone jack is below the phone

  • If it’s above the phone, well, you may insert the phone into your pocket without any problems. Well, IMHO.

2.) The steel/aluminum chassis/finish is highly sensitive (ACHTUNG!)

  • You are required to buy an iPhone case for iPhone 5, and this is no joke. Meanwhile, you just need a screen protector for the iPhone 4S since it’s made of glass in the back part, not some sensitive metal right there.

3.) Some apps are compatible with the iPhone 5, but aspect ratio-wise, updates should be monitored

  • Leme Camera hasn’t updated yet its software, and this is very frustrating since I have been using that app for a very long time. Hope they’ll offer an update soon, for optimization of the 16:9 display.

4.) You need one more lightning port cable to USB as an extra accessory.

  • It is recommended just in case you forgot your lightning cable. At least you have an extra one.

5.) Again, no 128GB memory capacity just yet.

  • 128GB capacity is very conducive and it should be taken note that it is the most conducive one if you’re opting for a 1GB RAM. (:

As a matter of fact, the iPhone 5 offers a very high-resolution retina display which again, could fill up the whole blog entry space of WordPress.

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Therefore, I would recommend the iPhone 5 if you’re really into simple yet elegant mobile phones that has very powerful accuracy and precision in terms of touchscreen selection.

Roaming Around MOA for the nth time plus shopping around Greenhills

So, for the nth time we visited MOA.

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Awwwww cute dog! Well, still a cynophobe, though (huhuhu).

Oh well, so there are plenty of options when you’re in MOA.

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Yes, there is our cosplay queen Alodia! Hooray for being nationwide popular! Haha!

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So we ate at Teriyaki Boy and boy, we finished everything in no time! Haha!

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So there’s the ferris wheel!

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We soon went to Greenhills just to hunt for gadgets (gadget-hunting has always been my outdoor hobby ever since LMAO) and it seemed that it was more fun if we did not ran out much time from walking. At the highest floor of the shopping mall itself, well, that was was the haven for the cheapest gadgets in Metro Manila.

Most sellers there are Muslim people. Well, too bad I did not take a photo of the place although I’d like to do so. Most gadgets there are legit ones that are either brand new or second-hand. The place itself is more of a horror-themed gadget shop since there are many second-hand gadgets there that were stolen from their original owners. I could see that these salespeople have little knowledge in gadgets–in other words, it’s a jeje-mall (IMHO!). Well, hey! They still sell iPhone 3GS and 4 models (brand new or second-hand). It’s very weird since most of these gadgets are not China phones or shanzhai products, which makes it as a safe heaven for power users and anti-shanzhai people to lure the place itself. However, speaking of iPhone cases, they have the most beautiful and good-looking ones. Also, they’re much cheaper (whether it’s a gadget or a casing) compared to those sold at Apple Resellers and shops such as Infomax.

Here’s what I’ve got from GH:

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See? They range from 250-300 Php which make them very affordable if your budget is in a maximum of 3,000 Php. I would recommed GH if you’re going to shop for cheap and affordable items such as casings and accessories, but for gadgets, stay vigilant.

The ambience resembles Quiapo’s Hidalgo and Beijing’s Wangfujing corner (looking in photos). However, if you visit the second to the highest floor, you’ll appreciate it there more if you could afford them.

Sadly I did not bring my digital SLR, but it’s alright. I’ll still consider this place when buying external flash guns. (:

Travelling Alone in the Mall

There is a reason why I chose to be alone when in a mall.

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Of course, exploring a certain place by yourself equates to independence. Okay, so to speak, I was in SM Mall of Asia… after being invited to this event:

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At least I feel overwhelmed to go explore on my own hihihi.

So, here goes.

I went on the gadgets corner, which is something that I was looking for all along. When I got there, I was thinking whether to explore that place whether if it’s impressive or not.

I checked out some gadgets: One is the Samsung Galaxy Camera, Sony Xperia Z (for the second to the nth time) and lastly, the iPod touch 5th generation. Well, I was not very impressed with how the Galaxy Camera worked because I cannot log in on Instagram, but then, this should not serve as a conclusion just yet. As a matter of fact, the Galaxy Camera is very flexible. Also, it’s kinda big for a digicam. Reminds me of the Polaroid ZINK Digicam! LOL. Overall, it’s one of the gadgets I’m looking forward. Second, I’ve touched the Xperia Z for the nth time. It’s actually like the Galaxy Camera due to its screen size, but it does not fail to impress me for its speed when it comes to Android. No wonder I’m more of a Sony fan than of a Samsung fan (specs- and performance-wise). If it only had Instagram installed on it (the sample phone), nyehehehe! I could be the judge (joke joke joke!). Third, the iTouch 5th gen. Well, it’s like the iPhone, only without the phone, and it’s really like the iPhone 5! I logged in to Instagram and YES! I logged in successfully LIKE A BOSS!

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It’s obviously 5 megapixels, speaking of resolution. But I feel much safer with the iPhone 5 since I could surf the net via Wi-Fi or 3G/GPRS/EDGE almost everyday. So no doubt, I am still an Apple fan.

More pics:

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That’s all!

iPhone Damage Test: Not a Hoax!

ACHTUNG: This is a fairly-biased (lol oxymoronic!) post, so read at yer own risque!

It’s the battle between the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the SIII (believe it or not, the iPhone’s durability is quite questionable at first, but I won’t ever dare drop my phone… as in NEVAAAAAAAH!).

GIRLTalk comments:

twelvth_goddess said:

I got my Iphone 5 just before new year and so far so good naman. I’m not too keen on apps and games so most of the time picture editing apps and social media lang ang pinagkakakabalahan ko sa iphone plus ebooks. My co-worker got naman Note II and naisip ko buti na lang hinde yun ang binili ko, it’s so big. It looks weird pag may kausap sa phone kase ang laki, especially for me cus I’m petite and my hands are pretty small.

Well, as for me, I chose the iPhone 5 because my MBP has a back-up of ALL MY FILES that I had in the iPhone 4S. LOL. I guess that’s because the screen size (4″) is big enough to handle. I could actually consider anything that is 5″ and above something like a PDA rather than a phablet/smartphone.

Actually I never dropped my iPhone 4S without any screen protector. The last time I’ve accidentally dropped it was at first term of third year, 2012. Wow, just a small dent at the left side of the front.

However, I think that the iPhone 5 is okay, there’s no problem at all. Fair enough, my hands are too big for my height, however, at least the 4″ screen is not too much, not too little. I was disappointed at first with the iPhone 5, then I started loving it! And NOPE! I have not yet placed a clear screen protector just yet! But fair enough, even though I’m a power user, the screen is still perfect!

Battery Life Wise!

Well, I have really nothing against the S3 (actually I wanted the S3 because of its ginormous screen size!), however, battery-life wise, I heard some battery-draining issues related with the S3–meaning to say that the iPhone’s battery isn’t that bad at all!

Downsides

Thing is, the iPhone is easy to be stolen by a snatcher with a knife on his hands! So, I discourage you to own an iPhone if you’re only commuting!

Tinned Cam Collection/Escapades

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Check out my Instagram.

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You may download Tinned Cam from the App Store/iTunes.

Apple iPhone 5: Hands-on Preview

You won’t expect a hands-on preview from someone like me.

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HALLO, NELLY II (Nelly zwei)!

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The all-new Lightning Connector err… something + the headphone jack at the bottom.

Knowing myself, I was at the in-denial stage when the iPhone 5 came out. First of all, people wanted to switch towards the Samsung Galaxy SIII due to its screen size (4.8″), while the iPhone 5’s screen is only 4 inches.

Credits to Mudra for this thingy ;D Danke danke sehr sehr schoen! Haha!

Now let’s see why I chose the iPhone 5…

Side Note: I lost my iPhone 4S during a free concert. I actually regret it, sigh. Wherever it is, well, at least I have the Find My iPhone App! Bwahawrhawrhawr! But seriously, I really miss my phone.

Nummer Eins: It’s 4″ screen with an aspect ratio of 16:9 is manageable enough, as compared to a phone with a 4.8″ screen.

Now I realize why Apple does not like to further expand its phone line’s screens–they don’t like their phones to look like a “phablet.” SIII is considered a phablet, just like the Galaxy Note series and the all-new Galaxy SIV (S4). It just looks funny that the S-series is catching up towards the Galaxy Note.

Watching 16:9 movies and taking videos with the said aspect ratio is very convenient since you’ll really experience a HD feel — no worries! There are some apps that support 16:9 aspect ratio, just have them updated if ever! (:

Nummer Zwei: Accuracy and Precision + Speed = UPGRADED

Like the iPhone 4S, when pressing the virtual keyboard, it can never be denied that its accuracy and precision is close enough to where the finger points its direction, unlike Android, sometimes, the accuracy and precision is questionable (will explain this via YouTube) and at the same time, it’s slower compared to that of the iOS.

Nummer Drei: It really feels small and light with a high-end feel

It’s like you’re touching the iTouch 5th gen, but with the phone! Also, you’ll think that it’s much more convenient when you’re going to show it to your close and best friends… like they’re getting jealous (joke only!).

Nummer Vier: BACKUP from iTunes! (Well, if you’re using a Mac computer + Time Machine backup)

One thing that I like about the iPhone 5 is that, you get backup from iTunes, if your laptop is an MBP most likely. That’s one reason why if you’re an iPhone user, it’s strongly recommended that you’re a Mac user.

Nummer Fuenf: If you live in the Philippines, you’re absolutely going to embrace the unlocked/open-line feature.

I much prefer my phones to be open-line rather than having them SIM-locked. SIM-locked phones restrict you to only one SIM card, but if you have a phone that allows all types of SIMs, then you’re lucky. However, this is not totally exclusive to the iPhone 5 since the iPhone 4/4S has it too! HAHA!

Nummer Sechs: LTE feature!

It acts like 3G, only faster. Yes, this is absolutely true, and it really helps me when I’m checking FB via Cellular Data, provided that I do the ritual first before surfing the net. LOL.

Well, just look out for more once I upload a YouTube video regarding this one. HAHA, don’t ask me for FAQ because there are more decent reviews right there HAHA.

I finally found these photos!

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They sell iPads and err… counterfeit gadgets (I though SG is ueber-strict!?).

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This was probably taken with a Sigma lens. Try to click on the photo to enlarge (and don’t forget to evaluate its quality!).

I forgot what mall is this located, however, I’d say it’s within Lucky Plaza.

Yes, bitches. This is one shop to avoid (the set-up is shown, eh) when you wanna go to Singapore. Get your arses off to Funan Digital Mall if you don’t want your money to be burned in hell.