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Pit your phone against a Windows Phone for S$100

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Get ready to be smoked by a Windows Phone?!

Today and tomorrow, prove to the Microsoft Windows Phone crew that your smartphone (of any make and OS) is faster than the Windows Phone and walk away S$100 richer.

The video above is from a similar “Smoked by Windows Phone” campaign in the US, showing challengers with Android smartphones and Apple’s iPhones.

Paul Foster and his Windows Phone crew will be hitting the roads in Singapore looking for challengers to the cash prize. Catch them at the following locations and timings.

9 March (Friday)
11.30am – 1.30pm Boat Quay / Raffles Place / Chevron House
2.30pm – 5.00pm IT Show 2012, Level 6, Hall 602, Booth 6441
5.30pm – 7.30pm Raffles City / Marina Square
10 March (Saturday)
11.30am – 1.30pm Raffles City / Marina Square / Suntec City
2.30pm – 5.00pm IT Show 2012, Level 6, Hall 602, Booth 6441
5.30pm – 7.30pm Bugis Junction / National Library / Sim Lim Square

Nokia announces large LTE Lumia 900 for the US

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Nokia and AT&T announced the Nokia Lumia 900 at the 2012 International Consumer Electronic’s Show (CES) – the first Windows Phone 7 smartphone from Nokia to feature high speed LTE connectivity.

Large screen, large bandwidth and “large” camera – Lumia 900 will be larger than life.

Nokia Lumia 900 unveiled during CES 2012 on 9 January.

Nokia Lumia 900 unveiled during CES 2012 on 9 January.

With Nokia’s largest display, the Nokia Lumia 900 delivers a rich content experience from a phone that still fits easily in your hand.

The Nokia Lumia 900 has a 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack Display, for rich, bright images both indoors and out in the sun.

The Nokia Lumia 900 has a large 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack Display.

The Nokia Lumia 900 has a large 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack Display.

However, resolution is only 800×480 pixels.

Cutting edge 4G LTE technology enables faster connection speeds of up to 50Mbps on AT&T’s 4G LTE network.

The Lumia 900 is powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8055 + MDM9200 processor, with a long- lasting battery with 1830mAH for 7 hrs talk-time and up to 300 hrs on standby.

Nokia’s third Lumia smartphone (after the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710), the Nokia Lumia 900 builds on Lumia’s head-turning design on the outside and a rich social and Internet experience on the inside.

People Hub is the quickest way to connect with friends using Live Tiles for real-time updates and a fast Web browsing experience with Internet Explorer Mobile.

The Nokia Lumia 900 is designed for the US and comes with 4G LTE.

The Nokia Lumia 900 is designed for the US and comes with 4G LTE.

The camera will put greater pressure on compact cameras. The 8-megapixel camera comes with a large aperture of f/2.2 and wide angle at 28mm. Add to this a Carl Zeiss lens and dual LED flash, it will the owner greater impetus to leave the compact camera at home.

Video is so-so, with hi-res video capture at 720p/30fps. A second, front-facing 1-megapixel camera for video calls has an f/2.4 lens and 30fps capture.

Here is the full data sheet for the Nokia Lumia 900:

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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

 

Technical specifications: Nokia Lumia 710

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

The Lumia 710 was launched in Singapore on 7 December 2011 and will hit the shelves in a few weeks at a RRP of S$505 (excl GST and no contract).

Nokia Lumia 710 on Microsoft Windows Phone 7. Click on image to see full data sheet.

Nokia Lumia 710 on Microsoft Windows Phone 7. Click on image to see full data sheet.

Nokia Lumia 710

Nokia Lumia 710

The Nokia Lumia 710 can be personalized with exchangeable back covers and is designed for instant social & image sharing, and promises a great browsing experience with IE9.

It is available in black and white with black, white, cyan, fuchsia and yellow back covers.

With the same 1.4 GHz processor, hardware acceleration and graphics processor as the Nokia Lumia 800, the Nokia Lumia 710 promises to deliver high performance at an affordable price.

The main technical specifications of the Nokia Lumia 710 are summarized below.

Networks WCDMA 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) TFT capacitive touch ClearBlackTM display with pinch zoom
Operating System Windows Phone 7.5 – Mango
Memory 512MB RAM, 8GB storage
Camera 5Mpix auto-focus, LED flash, Video capturing MPEG-4 720p @ 30 fps
Size/Weight 119mm x 62.4mm x 12.5mm (LxWxT) / 81.1cc / 125.5g
Connectivity WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS, micro-USB connector and charging, 3.5mm AHJ connector
Processor 1.4 Ghz Single Core MSM8255 (WCDMA)
Audio MP3 player, Audio jack: 3.5mm, Supported codecs incl.: mp3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, wma
Battery 1300 mAh
Talk time (GSM/WCDMA) up to 6.9 h/7.6h
Standby time (GSM/WCDMA) up to 400h
Music playback up to 38 hours

 

Nokia’s amazing “Prepare to be amazed” launch

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

For its launch of the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710, Nokia has made it clear that it is not just launching these two handsets.

Niklas Savander, Executive Vice President, Markets, Nokia Corporation flew in from Finland to expound the virtues of the Lumia product line in Singapore.

Niklas Savander, Executive Vice President, Markets, Nokia Corporation flew in from Finland to expound the virtues of the Lumia product line in Singapore.

Instead, it is launching a holistic mobile experience for the smartphone user – from the hardware performance to the software user interface, right down to the ecosystem of applications for users and development tools and environment for developers.

Tracey Fellows, Area Vice President, Microsoft Asia Pacific

Tracey Fellows, Area Vice President, Microsoft Asia Pacific

The launch event was a testimony to this holistic approach.

There were customized sessions to woo different segments of that ecosystem.

The first session of the day was a “fireside chat” where Nokia and Microsoft executives briefed developers how they are developing and building the ecosystem.

Nokia is working with global and local developers to create new, innovative and differentiated apps and content for all Nokia devices.

Emphasis has been placed on supporting local developers transition to develop for the Windows Phone platform.

Ask Andrej Sonkin about how excited he is with the Lumia. He is the Head of Smart Devices for Nokia Southeast Asia Pacific.

Ask Andrej Sonkin about how excited he is with the Lumia. He is the Head of Smart Devices for Nokia Southeast Asia Pacific.

It is also partnering with local institutions to actively develop applications.

This was followed by the keynote conference when the actual products were launched, and guests and media had a chance to hands-on the handsets and accessories.

Key executives from both Nokia and Microsoft were on hand for interviews to go into details with their plans for the Singapore market and their local focus, as well as the product specifications for the Nokia Lumia range of products.

The launch event was wrapped up with a bum-boat ride to Clark Quay for a party at Read Bridge.

Quick summary of IT company results

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

It’s been a busy few days of earnings results from IT bigwigs. Here’s a quick sum-up of the state of the IT industry:

Brisk days of results from Apple, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, RIM BlackBerry, Amazon, and IBMYahoo! did well with profits beating estimates – could it be because expectations were low?

Conversely, Apple didn’t do so good, missing analysts’ predictions for the first time in at least six years – but that’s probably because expectations were so high!

Google’s doing real well with sales and profit beating estimates – from search advertising growth as usual.

Microsoft is patting itself on its back – for not having bought Yahoo! back in 2008. And taking a swipe at Google’s Android – Steve Balmer says you need to be a computer scientist to use an Android smart phone, unlike Windows Phone 7.

RIM’s still trying to find its way forward by taking a step backward – trying to bridge new QNX with “old” BlackBerry OS 7 – hope that works out.

Amazon is being sued for screwing up the career of an actress by revealing her real age against her will in IMDb.

On the corporate IT front, industry bell weather IBM missed analysts’ estimates on slowing revenue growth at its software, hardware and services businesses.

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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Apple WWDC 2011 sold out almost immediately

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
As expected, tickets for the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this year were sold out even faster than last year’s 8 days. Tickets, priced at US$1,599, were sold out almost immediately when sales commenced.
Apple WWDC 2011 tickets sold out
Slated to be held from June 6 – 10 at San Francisco’s Moscone West, there is much speculation on whether the iPhone 5 will be launched during the conference. There is also chatter on whether the iOS5 and new Mac OS Lion will be released during the conference. 

At any rate, the rapid sell-out of the tickets indicate that the popularity of the Apple ecosystem is showing no signs of losing its momentum, even in the face of competition from Android-based devices and the resurgence of devices based on Windows Phone 7, HP’s webOS and RIM’s BlackBerry Playbook.