Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

tech4xmas Review: Xiaomi Mi Max entry-level Android phablet

Friday, November 18th, 2016

There’s been much excitement surrounding the launch of the entry-level Xiaomi Mi Max phablet some six months ago. Oliver Ong Chor Yew bought one online to review it below.

Editor’s note

Xiaomi’s reputation for selling well-spec’ed phones at super low prices manifests itself in the Mi Max, offering huge value to the consumer.

I tried out the phablet too and found it was indeed slightly unwieldy to use one-handed.

But its huge and bright screen is great for reading ebooks, watching videos and surfing the Web.

And the battery life is the longest I’ve encountered – only the ASUS Zenfone Max is comparable.

You won’t get the same quality and feature set of the Samsung’s unfortunate flagship Galaxy Note7 – but at only a fraction of the price, Xiaomi’s Mi Max presents itself as an extremely value-for-money alternative to grab part of the market share vacated by the Note7.

Hence, I’ve included the Xiaomi Mi Max in the tech4xmas gift list.

Read Oliver Ong Chor Yew’s review below.

The Xiaomi Mi Max fresh out of the box (left), and the home screen (right).

The Xiaomi Mi Max fresh out of the box (left), and the home screen (right).

My Mi Max is a 6.44inch large-screen phablet with android 6.0 and MIUI 8.0 interface.

Overall verdict

With the $259 price tag and the huge screen size, the Mi Max is a good budget phone for every use.

The camera image quality is quite good.

Fingerprint sensor is extremely responsive and the device build quality makes this phone worth buying.

It is powered by a 4850mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery which is a standard for mid-range to high end phone nowadays.

The Mi Max has a Qualcomm snapdragon 650 chipset with Hexa-core processor (4 x 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 & 2 x 1.8GHz Cortex-A72) and 3GB RAM.

This model I am reviewing is the 32GB variant which costed me S$259 on Qoo10 at the time of this review was written.

There is a 64GB variant with Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 Octa-Core processor.

First impressions

The device is quite huge and it is quite difficult to use with one hand.

The build quality is quite sturdy and it feels like I am holding a premium device.

Sample shot of the cloudy blue sky, taken using the Xiaomi Mi Max.

Sample shot of the cloudy blue sky, taken using the Xiaomi Mi Max.

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Christmas shopping guide: Logitech gadgets & accessories

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

If you’re looking for a useful and chic gadget for a friend this Christmas, check out Logitec’s range of keyboards, mouse, headsets and accessories.

Clockwise from top-left: Logitech MX Anywhere II mouse, G633 gaming headset, K400+ living room keyboard, M337 mouse, K380 keyboard, CREATE case/keyboard for iPad Pro.

Clockwise from top-left: Logitech MX Anywhere II mouse, G633 gaming headset, K400+ living room keyboard, M337 mouse, K380 keyboard, CREATE case/keyboard for iPad Pro.

I’m using a number of Logitech’s products because they perform well and are reliable, and they look rather chic as well.

Also they are reasonably priced and affordable, and offer good value for money.

So if you’re looking for that tech gadget for a friend this Christmas, check them out!

Below are some of their more interesting gift ideas.

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Christmas shopping guide: Seagate storage solutions

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

For those looking for a pragmatic X’mas gift for the geek in your better half, check out some of these Seagate storage products.

Anti-clockwise from top: Seagate Personal Cloud, Seagate Game Drive for Xbox, Seagate Seven, Seagate Backup Plus 4TB.

Anti-clockwise from top: Seagate Personal Cloud, Seagate Game Drive for Xbox, Seagate Seven, Seagate Backup Plus 4TB.

Whether you want to show your holiday photos at a family dinner, cuddle up to your favorite Christmas movies, or have an Xbox session with friends, Seagate has you covered.

I’ve used a number of Seagate desktop hard disk drives over the years and they have served me well.

With the rapidly expanding storage demands that the average consumer faces, a storage device usually provides much needed reprieve for many facing a storage crunch for their photos, music and video collection.

Below are some of the more interesting gift ideas.

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Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Here’s wishing everyone who celebrates Christmas a very Happy Christmas!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

This photo was taken with a Sony α7 II full-frame ILCE camera, and FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS Full-frame E-mount Zoom Lens (SEL70200G).

POTD: Greetings from Santa Claus – Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Merry Christmas to all who celebrates X’mas!

Santa had a chat with Justin on his lap when we visited his

Santa had a chat with Justin on his lap when we visited his “hometown” in Rovaniemi over Summer. He gave Justin this little toy at the end of the chat and it’s become one of Justin’s most prized possessions.

This is a little toy car that Santa gave to Justin when we visited Santa in Rovaniemi, Finland during Summer.

Now it’s the children’s most cherished ornament on our little Christmas tree at home.

SingPost gears up for the year-end Christmas festive peak

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

From today, SingPost is beefing up its operations. All its businesses are gearing up with additional manpower and extended operations so that customers can receive their gifts or purchases on time.

SingPost gears up for the traditional year-end peak period.

SingPost gears up for the traditional year-end peak period.

Below is a summary of the measures taken.

Special weekend deliveries

Saturday deliveries for mail packets. SingPost’s postmen will be delivering mail packets on all Saturdays in December so that their customers will receive their gifts or purchases on time.

Weekend deliveries for Speedpost. SingPost’s couriers and management staff will be delivering parcels on weekends (i.e. Saturdays and Sundays) till mid January 2014 so that people can receive their gifts/purchases on time.

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Five ways to spend less this Christmas

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Did you know that Singapore produces about 60,000 tonnes of electronic waste a year? The disposal process produces toxic waste that pollutes the environment.

Bounce Mobile is Singapore's first online mobile phone trade-in service.

Bounce Mobile is Singapore’s first online mobile phone trade-in service.

During this time of consumerism, we sometimes forget about the life cycle of our old mobile devices and how to get the most out of them.

So during this season of giving, here are 5 ways your old mobile phone can help you join in the festive cheer, from the folks at Bounce Mobile!

#5: Hanging your old mobile phones off the Christmas tree because … why spend to buy ornaments when you’ve got these?

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Happy Christmas!

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

Here’s wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I hope everybody has had a fabulous 2012.

 

Santa Cliff says Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Santa Cliff wishes one and all a Merry Christmas!

Santa Cliff taken with Olympus E-P3 with 40-150mm lens. 170mm (35 equiv), f/4.8, 1/160 sec, ISO 200.

Santa Cliff taken with Olympus E-P3 with 40-150mm lens. 170mm (35 equiv), f/4.8, 1/160 sec, ISO 200.

 

Merry Christmas! Goodbye 2011!

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

It’s Christmas Day! I hope everyone had a great 2011. Have a Happy X’mas!

Best Christmas Wishes from tech4tea.com

Best Christmas Wishes from tech4tea.com