Posts Tagged ‘Mango’

Converting from Apple iPhone to Nokia Lumia 900

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Having used the Apple iPhone for many years, I decided to switch over to the Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone to see what the new kid on the block has to offer.

The Nokia Lumia 900 Windows 7.5 smartphone, fresh out of the box.

The Nokia Lumia 900 Windows 7.5 smartphone, fresh out of the box.

I was given a Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone when it arrived in Singapore, so I’ve been using it for a while now, and I’m still with it.

First released in the US during CES 2012 in January this year, and then announced during MWC 2012 in February for markets outside the US, Nokia’s third Lumia smartphone has been available in Singapore since 26 May and retails for S$849.

I find the physical design of the Lumia 900 handsome and masculine. More importantly, the user interface is intuitive and smooth, while web-surfing and mail-checking performance is excellent. Social networking with the People Hub is also convenient and hassle-free.
To sum up, I ended up using my 7” tablet much less often than before.

What I like

Firstly, the design. I know the striking colour is the cyan, but I’m glad I had the black version. It’s a solid slab of masculinity.

If you need turn-by-turn navigation especially when travelling overseas, the Lumia 900 already pays for itself.

If you need turn-by-turn navigation especially when travelling overseas, the Lumia 900 already pays for itself.

At 11.5mm thick, the Lumia 900 is definitely not the most svelte model on the scene. If thin is your thing, go for the HTC One S instead.

I like the solid feel and heft when I hold the Lumia 900 in my palm.

The solid unibody and glass is really robust, despite the rough handling – like throwing the car keys and the Lumia in the same trousers pocket, and dropping it a coupla times – it’s got nary a scratch on body nor screen.

Display is bright and clear, even under strong sunlight.

The blacks are really black. Fonts are so clear that sometimes the red text appear receded below the other-coloured fonts (it’s an optical illusion).

Photos and video appear really vivid on the phone’s screen.

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Nokia Lumia 900 for Singapore

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

First released in the US during CES 2012 in January this year, and then announced during MWC 2012 in February for markets outside the US, Nokia’s third Lumia smartphone will be in Singapore for S$849 from 26 May 2012.

Nokia Lumia 900, running on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, will be available in Singapore for S$849.

Nokia Lumia 900, running on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, will be available in Singapore for S$849.

The Lumia series of smartphones from Nokia leads the Finnish company’s renewed focus on the Windows Phone platform.

Nokia Lumia 900
OS Windows Phone 7.5
Screen 4.3″
Resolution 800 x 480, WVGA
Battery 1,830 mAh
Processor 1.4 GHz Single Core Snapdragon APQ8055 + MDM9200
Camera Rear: 8mp (F2.2)
Front: 1.3mp (f2.4)
Video 720p @ 30 fps
Memory Int: 16 GB
Ext: Nil
Size /mm 127.8 x 68.5 x 11.5
Weight 160 g
Price S$849

The Lumia 900 runs on Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone 7.5 operating system – with its sleek Metro user interface and dynamic live tiles.

Following the launch of the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 Windows smartphones, the Lumia 900 is bigger, faster and more powerful than its predecessors.

It has a huge 4.3” glass display and 1,800mAH battery.

The handsomely designed smartphone comes in Black, White and Cyan.

The Lumia 900 boasts a powerful 8-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, dual-LED flash, autofocus and a wide-angle focal length of 28mm.

At f2.2, its large aperture means images and videos are vivid and sharp even in low light.

The Nokia Lumia 900 also comes with a 1 MP front-facing camera, so you can enjoy high-quality free phone and video calls via Tango – the pre-loaded video-call app.

Nokia Lumia 900

Nokia Lumia 900

For web-surfing there is Internet Explorer 9 browser, Bing search and HTML 5.

As a Windows Phone, an Office Hub app allows viewing and editing of Microsoft Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint documents on the phone.

People Hub collates all your social networking apps in one place – including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

And as a Nokia phone, there are Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive apps to help you find your way around; as well as Nokia Music and Mix Radio apps for audio entertainment on the move.

Follow the links below to other articles I’ve posted about Nokia Lumia smartphones on tech4tea.com.

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Samsung Omnia W available in Singapore

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

The Windows Phone 7.5 Mango smartphone from Samsung will be available in Singapore this month at S$498 (incl GST, excl line contract).

Update (6 January 2012): The Omnia W will be available for purchase starting from 7 January.

Samsung Omnia W, available in Singapore on 7 Jaunuary at S$498 (incl GST, excl line contract).

Samsung Omnia W, available in Singapore on 7 Jaunuary at S$498 (incl GST, excl line contract).

First announced back in November last year, the Omnia W is the first smartphone from Samsung using Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system.

I played with the phone during its launch yesterday together with two other smartphones (GALAXY Nexus and GALAXY W) and two tablets (GALAXY Tab 7.7 and GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus).

The Omnia W uses Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

The Omnia W uses Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

The phone was fast and responsive and the interface reminded me of Nokia’s newly launched Lumia 800, which is also based on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.

Samsung’s Omnia W has a sleek design with a metallic finish and a rich 3.7” Super AMOLED display, giving vivid clarity for photos and videos captured with the 5MP camera.

The latest Windows Phone version provides enhanced usability including superior web browsing with integration of Internet Explorer 9 and Bing, as well as Office Hub that provides productivity on-the-go.

The smartphone includes Samsung-exclusive productivity apps including Samsung AllShare that provides seamless content transfer between the smartphone and other DLNA-enabled devices such as HDTVs, monitors and digital cameras.

Here are the main technical specifications of the Omnia W.

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5 new smartphones and tablets from Samsung

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Samsung ushered in the new year in Singapore with a slew of new products. Two new tablets (GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus and GALAXY Tab 7.7) and three new smartphones (GALAXY Nexus, GALAXY W, Omnia W) will be available in the first two months of 2012.

Update (6 January 2012): The GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus, GALAXY W and Omnia W will be available for purchase in Singapore starting from 7 January.

Here are the prices and availability.

Tablet Price Availability
Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.7 tablet, S$898, Feb 2012 GALAXY Tab 7.7

S$898

Feb 2012
Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus tablet, S$768, Jan 2012 GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus

S$768

7 Jan 2012
Smartphone Price Availability
Samsung GALAXY Nexus smartphone,S$948, Feb 2012 GALAXY Nexus

S$948

Feb 2012
Samsung GALAXY W smartphone, S$498, Jan 2012 GALAXY W

S$498

7 Jan 2012
Samsung Omnia W smartphone, S$498, Jan 2012 Omnia W

S$498

7 Jan 2012

Samsung launched five new mobile devices in Singapore today at Aquanova in Clarke Quay. The prices listed above includes GST but excludes line contract.

Technical specifications: Nokia Lumia 800

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

The Lumia 800 was launched in Singapore on 7 December 2011 and goes on sale today at a RRP of S$775 (excl GST and no contract).

Nokia Lumia 800 on Microsoft Windows Phone 7. Click on image to see full data sheet.

Nokia Lumia 800 on Microsoft Windows Phone 7. Click on image to see full data sheet.

The “social” Nokia Lumia 800 comes in 3 vivid colors (cyan, magenta and black) and promises great Internet performance, with one-touch social network access, easy grouping of contacts, integrated communication threads and Internet Explorer 9.

Nokia Lumia 800 comes in 3 colours

Nokia Lumia 800 comes in 3 colours

It features a 3.7 inch AMOLED ClearBlack curved display blending seamlessly into the reduced body design, and a 1.4 GHz processor with hardware acceleration and a graphics processor.

The Nokia Lumia 800 contains an instant-share camera experience based on Carl Zeiss optics, HD video playback, 16GB of internal user memory and 25GB of free SkyDrive storage for storing images and music.

The main technical specifications of the Nokia Lumia 800 are summarized below.

Networks WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
Speed HSDPA cat 10: 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA cat 6: 5.76 Mbps
Display 3.7″ WVGA (800×480) AMOLED capacitive touch ClearBlack display with pinch zoom, 2.5D curved glass seamlessly integrated to unibody
Operating System Windows Phone 7.5 – Mango
Memory 512MB RAM, 16GB storage
Camera 8Mpix auto-focus Carl Zeiss, LED flash, Video capturing MPEG-4 720p @ 30 fps
Size/Weight 116.5 mm x 61.2 mm x 12.1 mm (LxWxT) / 76.08 cc / 142 g
Connectivity WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS, micro-USB connector and charging, 3.5mm AHJ connector, Accelerometer, Proximity, Magnetometer, ALS
Processor 1.4 Ghz Single Core MSM8255 (WCDMA)
Audio MP3 player, Audio jack: 3.5mm, Supported codecs: mp3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, m42, m4b, wma, EVRC, QCELP
Battery 1450 mAh
Talk time (GSM/WCDMA) up to 13 h/9.5h
Standby time (GSM/WCDMA) up to 265h / up to 335h
Music playback up to 55 hours

 

New smartphone: Samsung Omnia W

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Samsung’s first Mango-based smartphone features a vivid Super AMOLED display as well as People Hub – which provides enriched content and social communication experience.

The Omnia W will be available in Singapore by the end of the year for S$498 (incl 7% GST), without line contract.

Samsung Omnia W, based on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.

Samsung Omnia W, based on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.

Based on the latest release of Microsoft’s Windows Phone, code-named Mango, the phone sports a 3.7” Super AMOLED display, a 1.4 GHz processor and 14.4 Mbps HASPA connectivity.

The design thrust of the Omnia W is to put people at the centre of everything, with emphasis placed on social networking and sharing. Internet Explorer 9 and Bing are integrated into the entire experience.

Windows Phone 7.5

Mango’s unique and intuitive user interface lays out applications in mosaic ‘Live Tiles’ which flow and move in response to users’ touch on the screen. Six specialized Microsoft applications provide an engaging content and communication experience.

Samsung Electronics Co LtdWindows Phone People Hub is integrated with built-in social networking services like Windows Live, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, for users to stay connected with their social community constantly.

Office Hub provides enhanced productivity on-the-go and includes access to Windows Live Sky Drive, which provides 25GB of free storage and allows documents and media files to be easily stored and accessed. Users can also create and edit documents through mobile versions of Microsoft Office Excel, Word and PowerPoint, as well as utilize One Note, a note-taking platform that allows easy sharing and storage of voice memos, images and text-based notes.

Stylish, slim metal finish for the Samsung Omnia W

Stylish, slim metal finish for the Samsung Omnia W

Seamless access to entertainment is enhanced by the integration of a Picture Hub, Music & Video Hub – powered by Microsoft Zune – and Game Hub, which provides the latest in social gaming experiences through Xbox live, for friends to chat with each other while gaming. Windows Phone Marketplace provides access to over 30,000 apps to meet customer needs across entertainment or productivity.

Samsung differentiation

The overall Windows Phone experience is significantly enhanced with the inclusion of Samsung-exclusive productivity apps. This includes Samsung AllShare, which provides seamless content transfer between the smartphone and other DLNA-enabled devices such as HDTV’s, monitors and digital cameras.

The Samsung Omnia W tries to put people and social networking at the centre of its experience.

The Samsung Omnia W tries to put people and social networking at the centre of its experience.

Video Call is an easy-to-use app which allows ultra-fast vivid 3G video conversations with friends and family. Additionally, Mini Diary enables users to capture their experiences in multimedia formats and create their own personalized digital journal while on the go. An upgraded Samsung eBook client is also available from Samsung Zone.

Users can stay up-to-date with the latest news and events with Now 2.0 app, which provides up-to-the minute current affairs, stock market and weather information. RSS Time allows RSS feeds for newspapers, magazines and blogs to be downloaded onto the device and read in an easily digestible format, while eye-catching articles can be instantly shared via email or Facebook.

The device features enhanced social network integration, with Twitter and LinkedIn weaved throughout the Omnia W in addition to Facebook, for photos and videos to be instantly shared across a variety of social networking sites hassle-free.

Detailed specifications of the Omnia W are tabulated below:

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