And so it ends. One week is up, and I have been freed from this task of experiencing the world from the eyes of a BlackBerry Classic user. As I said in my midweek update, it wasn’t all that bad. In fact, there were some moments when I seriously considered switching over to the platform. Now that it is all over, I think I can clearly understand why a BlackBerry isn’t for everyone.
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei was in Kuala Lumpur last week. In between preparing for the announcement of the OxygenOS team and the Reddit AMA session after that, we caught up with Carl for an extensive, broad-ranging conversation about the company, OxygenOS, the OnePlus Two…and of course, what happened to its planned expansion into Malaysia.
I have spent about five days on a BlackBerry device now, and this is a short update to let people know that I have not yet decided to end my existence. As expected, there are some parts of the BlackBerry experience that I enjoy, and some that I would rather not have to face again. Overall, it’s been a reasonably positive few days.
As someone who has never used a smartphone with a physical keyboard, I have ended up drawing the short straw for Lowyat.NET’s new editorial segment, and have been assigned to spend the next week using the BlackBerry Classic as my only communications device. After seven days, I will share my thoughts and experience with using such an unfamiliar device.
Now in its third year, LG’s Innofest roadshow is the South Korean company’s annual regional event, showcasing its latest products that are set to enter the market for that year. LG Innofest 2015 brought most of its exciting products that were unveiled at CES 2015, but with some major omissions.
Now that WhatsApp is finally available on the web, meaning that yes, it’s available for your PC and Mac, how do you get it to work? Update the app on your mobile phone, load the WhatsApp Web page, scan the QR code and you’re good to go.
Having problems with the update? Here’s a quick guide to help you out.
Xiaomi’s Mi Note launch event last week was a particularly significant one for the company. Not only was this the first real global launch event by Xiaomi, the Mi Note was also the first Mi phone designed for the international market. Even Hugo Barra, the Xiaomi Global VP famed for his casual polo tee outfits, was decked in a suit; evidently, this was a big deal.
It was also a big deal for Malaysian Mi Fans, as after the event it was revealed that Xiaomi will not be releasing its current flagship, the Mi 4, into Malaysia. This was the latest in a series of let-downs from the Chinese company, and for some, it may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. After arriving to such frenzy in Malaysia, has Xiaomi-mania hit its lowest ebb?
Claiming itself as an “independent entity that is not linked to any telco companies“, Don’t Bodoh looks like a nifty, professionally-done website that apparently allows users to “compare” telco plans and determine which one is most suitable to them. As we dug deeper in our effort to learn more about this particularly secretive “independent entity”, we learned that Don’t Bodoh is misleading users into believing that the site is actually giving sound advice to them.
In fact, Don’t Bodoh can be considered as a fraud depending on how you look at things.
With the release of the new Xiaomi Mi Note, suddenly the Chinese company is setting its sights on a market dominated by just a few phones: the premium phablet. This market is home to a select few devices which manage to balance a large screen with plenty of practical features to separate it from smaller-screened flagships. How does the new Mi Note fare in this elite club? And just for the sake of it, let’s throw in the Mi Note Pro as well.
It’s been a wholly amazing year for the tech industry, with plenty of exciting innovations to be seen in 2014’s gadgets. Be it in smartphones, ever-shrinking laptops to wearables, this is a year to be excited about gadgets once more, with equally interesting stories to match. You’ve voted for your favourite gadgets and stories, now here are our picks of the best this year had to offer.
[Update 26/12/2014]: We’ve added Celcom’s new postpaid plans with Optimiser to the list.
[Update 21/8/2014]: Since that quite a lot has changed over the past few months since posting this article, here’s an update to reflect all those changes. Maxis has removed most of its older postpaid plans and replaced them with an all new MaxisONE Plans that gives “limitless” calls and SMS from as low as RM78 a month. Celcom also renamed its data plans to the Celcom First One for those who complained about how the MaxisONE plans have too little data. Finally, DiGi added new iDiGi plans that are streamlined with its existing Smart Plan postpaid plans.
Just a little reminder, none of these plans is tied to any contract. Contract only applies for phone bundles, or when the telco gives you an extra discount for signing up for a contract. Otherwise, you will be free to change your plans anytime you want.
Hit the break to check out the changes.