From the first moment I was introduced to BlackBerry OS 10 at BlackBerry World 2012 in Orlando, I knew that there was something to it. The way BB10 just shed all preconceived notions about the previous “dated” BB7 OS was astounding. Fast forward to BlackBerry Jam Americas in San Jose – Still no news on the devices that will be showing the OS to the rest of the world. All we got were boxy Dev Alpha and Dev B units and teasers to how it may or may not look like. It was only on my flight back at the San Jose airport that I saw the news that Crackberry released about the leaked Z10 (Then the L series) and I knew that this would be BlackBerry’s glimmer in a sky of ominous looking stormclouds.
Some people may say that the Z10′s fight for relevance is BlackBerry desperately trying to toss everything off the lifeboat, whilst simultaneously blowing on their whistles and shooting every flare they have in hopes of keeping afloat and getting rescued. While I think that there is a little bit of truth to that, I don’t believe we have seen all of what BlackBerry has to offer. Question is, with the Z10, should they have gone all in, or is it a simple case of “too little, too late?”.
Review continues after the jump
Marking the revival of its ailing mobile division, Sony went loud by launching not one, but two flagship smartphones that pair elegant design with high-end specs – something previous Sony smartphones have failed to do. I saw – and came away impressed – with the more expensive Xperia Z earlier this year, and our review left us excited for what’s to come in future Sony smartphones.
However, the Japanese company also has the Xperia ZL, the little brother of the Xperia Z. Shedding the glass back and water and dust resistance rating, Sony has also packed in some features on the ZL that is not found on the Z. Crucially, the ZL is priced significantly lower than the Z, and is one of the most affordable premium smartphones in the market. Is this the ace up Sony’s proverbial sleeve?
Review continues after the break.
While it might appears that Sony has recently developed a fondness for water-resistant products through Sony Xperia Z and Sony Xperia Tablet Z but truth to be told, the company have been producing products with that very capability for quite some time. Just few hours ago, they have launched yet another one called Sony Walkman NWZ-W273 for Malaysian market.
First introduced to the world at CES 2013 earlier this year, this particular device is the fourth model in the long-running Sony W Series Sports Walkman family but it is the first to feature waterproof capability (IPx8 rating). Specifically, the Sony NWZ-W273 can be submerged at a depth of up to 2 meter continuously – something that some of the previously released models in the W Series family not able to achieve since they are only water-resistant (IPx5 rating) but not waterproof.
Sights and sceneries from the Sony Walkman NWZ-W273′s Malaysian launch event few hours ago.
In fact, Sony is really pushing the idea on how one can enjoy listening to music while swimming using the new Walkman although we are pretty sure that many might think that the idea is rather bizarre. Take a closer look at the new Sony right after the jump, through the Read More link below.
There are indeed tons of notebook in our market with some of them are made specific type of users but not many of them are specifically designed for ladies. Well, there’s one now: the new Fujitsu Lifebook Floral Kiss CH702, which was just launched in Malaysia yesterday by the Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific after it was first announced to the public more than six months ago.
Available in pearl white and girly pink, the feminine touch on the new Ultrabook goes beyond its color schemes as one can spot such element throughout the device. Among them are the cubic zirconia on the flip latch at the edge of the top casing, pearl-like power button and air vents with floral patterns.
Additionally, the Fujitsu Lifebook Floral Kiss CH702 is also bundled together with matching bejeweled wireless mouse in the shape of compact power case together with a slim bejeweled power adaptor as well as a set of carrying bag and pouch complete with attached pearl charms. Not enough with that, Fujitsu has also included a social network software called Diary as well as Scrapbook collage creator (both were developed in-house by the company) into the Lifebook Floral Kiss CH702 Ultrabook.
There are still more of Fujitsu Lifebook Floral Kiss CH702 to see after the jump. Click on the Read More link below to continue.
When it was first revealed at CES 2013 earlier this year, the Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra is touted as the world’s thinnest smartphone. While we have no idea if that claim still stands today but once we held the device in our own hand, we now can see why Alcatel One Touch dare to make such a bold claim.
Despite its 6.45mm thin profile and weights at around 115g which essentially gives a premium vibe to the smartphone, the Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra is positioned as a mid-range device. The thin profile seems to come with one major drawback: there’s no 3.5mm audio jack on the device. Instead, the device is provided with a USB-based adaptor.
Powered by the MediaTek MT6577+ chipset which features a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU and PowerVR SGX 531 GPU, the Android 4.1 smartphone comes packed with 1GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage although it doesn’t support storage expansion since the smartphone doesn’t come with a microSD slot. At the same time, the Alcatel One Touch Ultra also come with a 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED display that is covered by a Corning Glass and oil-repelling oleophobic coating.
Article continues after the jump, through the Read More link below.
EDIT: As pointed out in the comments, the Klipsch Promedia 2.1 Speakers are not the most powerful or only THX Certified 2.1′s in the market. Apologies for the confusion as we were working off an old press release!
Back in the early 2000′s the Klipsch Promedia 2.1 Speakers for desktop PC setup was one of big names in the market, desirable with pretty awesome sound for what it was, a simple 2.1 speaker setup. The problem with the old Promedia 2.1 setup was that the Amp was a little problematic and the speakers were a little “fragile”, not lasting for as long as they should. After a while, they just fizzled out in the Malaysian market, leaving people grasping at the hope for a saviour in either a successor or a refresh.
After a 10-year absence, Klipsch announced that the Promedia 2.1 would be coming back to the region. Since September last year, the forums were ablaze with talks of this cult classic making a resurgence in Malaysia. So have the refreshed Promedia 2.1′s given nostalgic audiophiles something to cheer about or was it just an example of whipping the crap out of a dead horse?
Review continues after the jump
Before we begin, let us clarify one very important fact: Microsoft Surface Pro is not officially available in Malaysia just yet nor it will be launched at the official Malaysian launch of Surface RT later this month. There might be some possibilities that it will be eventually released here (the Singapore’s Surface website has a dedicated section for Surface Pro, if you want to take that as a sign) but definitely not at this moment according to our sources.
This particular unit was flown to our HQ from United States, in case you are curious about its origin. Now that we already got that covered, let’s begin our first look at the Microsoft’s Surface Pro through the Read More link below.
So, we managed to get ahold of Microsoft’s own Windows 8 tablet, the Surface Pro. While working on our preview of the device, we came out with a small teaser that focusing on the tablet’s magnetic docking port that is utilized by its Touch or Type Cover:
Stay tuned for our first look at the tablet coming your way very soon.
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