Coming up to the end of the year, we look back at the last 12 months and check back on what stories were the most read and commented on by you, the readers. Of course, we have our regular features, the price comparisons as well as telco plan guides, but let’s look deeper and see what you enjoyed reading and talking about on Lowyat.NET.
Firstly we have one of the most interesting features and opinions on Lowyat.NET this year with N9 & Jolla fan, Pang talking about why the Nokia N9 is the world’s most underrated smartphone. This post opened my eyes to how MeeGo could have been one of the best things that happened to the mobile market and if the project wasn’t canned, how the landscape would be different.
More stories after the jump!
Next up we have another article by Pang after the iPhone 5S and 5C were announced and as a reaction to the “Not-so-cheap” price for the iPhone 5C, he came up with a piece at how “In The End, Everyone Secretly Wants An iPhone”. We had a lot of fun discussing this one, and you were divided in the comments. There were haters and fanboys alike, but now with the device already available in Malaysia, what do you think?
Tech geeks our age will remember the time where PC Fair was a great thing. Back in the day it was a must-visit every year and was a staple fixture on every geeks calendar. With PC Fair no longer the monolith that it once was, Farhan explores the question “Is PC Fair Worth It?”. At the Lowyat.NET HQ have renamed PC Fair “Powerbank Fair” or “Printer Free Gift Fair”, referring to the distinct drop in quality of deals. Anyone went recently?
Another Apple-centric opinion piece came from myself and Pang as we scoffed at the fact that Malaysia was still one of the last countries to get big Apple products after the US launch. What started out as a Buzzfeed style article about 10 countries that get Apple products before us and why its ridiculous lead to a startling discovery about why we get it exactly the time we should. If you’re interested here’s Why Malaysia Gets Apple Products Later Than Liechtenstein.
When various .MY sites started getting redirected to pages citing hacking by “Pakistani Leets” everyone was getting antsy about our security. In actual fact it was the first of a few DNS poisoning incidents and not a breach of national security. Here’s the article that started it all by the big boss himself, Se7en
When the Government said that they were going to increase Malaysian broadband speeds to 50Mbps by 2020 a lot of people (Yours truly included) up in arms over the slow rate of growth for something that was going to be behind in a year or 2 anyway. After much thought, if the country is completely covered by 50Mbps broadband, even right to by hometown of Sibu, Sarawak, that would be pretty awesome. Here’s the original article by Chapree
More government news on the very same week with MCMC slapping the wrist of underperforming telcos, fining them for poor service and purposely stretching coverage at the expense of performance for data and voice. You had your say, the government took action and is there any change?
This year, Maxis announced their latest #hotlink prepaid plan, the first to offer free 64kbps internet for prepaid users. Here’s why se7en thinks it is the biggest thing in the telco industry thus far. At Lowyat.NET HQ we decided to put it to the test and make Pang see what one could actually do with 64kbps speeds on mobile data with the first Lowyat.NET “Social Experiment”, making him live for a week on just that connection.
Lastly, we are coming into an age where smartphones are getting insanely expensive. Gone are the days of RM1,XXX smartphones and we have come into the age of smartphones pushing the 2.5k realm. Farhan has his say on mobile phones being way too ridiculously expensive.
What are YOUR favourite stories on Lowyat.NET this year?