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Differences Between iPad 2 vs iPad 1 (Physical Comparison)

Saturday 28 May 2011 @ 4:16 pm

This post is the first part of the comparison series that I will do between iPad 2 and iPad 1. As you have probably known, Apple did some improvements in the design of iPad 2 such as making it lighter, thinner in term of thickness, added built-in front & back camera, etc. Therefore, I think it’s worthwhile to compare both of them.

Apple has also released the measurement figures of iPad 2’s dimension and weight but we don’t see many side-by-side comparison between iPad 2 and iPad 1. So, I took a few photos of both iPads putting side-by-side to give a better picture of how different are they in term of the physical designs.

1. Thickness
iPad 2 (8.8mm) vs iPad 1 (13.4mm)

Thickness Comparison Between iPad 2 &  iPad
iPad 2 (left) is 33% thinner compared to iPad 1 (right)

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Premium Nokia Phone – Nokia Oro

Wednesday 25 May 2011 @ 5:05 pm

Nokia just launched a new phone today that specially designed for the luxury market. Nokia Oro is a limited edition Nokia smartphone that incorporates 18 carat gold plating, a sapphire crystal and leather from one of Scotland’s finest Caledonian herds.

Nokia Oro In Black

Nokia Oro comes in two different colours, white and black. The surface of its casing is coated with 18-carat gold which has been made scratch-resistant. The back of the casing is trimmed with the finest Bridge of WeirTM leather, sourced from prime Scotland’s Caledonian herds. A sapphire crystal is mounted as the Home key, giving you both beauty and durability as its durability is second only to diamond.

Nokia Oro In White

The hardware specification of Nokia Oro is exactly the same as Nokia C7 with just slight differences in battery capacity (Nokia Oro 1300mAh vs Nokia C7 1200mAh) and its size (Nokia Oro slightly thinker and wider).

As for the software of Nokia Oro, it is running on Symbian Ana OS that comes with the exclusive Gold Theme!

Nokia Oro Gold Theme

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First Look Into New Features Of Windows Phone 7.1 (Mango)

Tuesday 24 May 2011 @ 11:59 pm

Today Microsoft officially announced the new Windows Phone OS Windows Phone 7.1, codename Mango. This is the new OS for the upcoming Nokia Windows-based phones as well after both companies signed the partnership agreement in April 2011.

The official release date of Mango has yet to be announced, but Microsoft is committed to release it to all new and existing Windows Phones in Autumn 2011.

Let’s take a look into the new features added to Windows Phone 7.1 (Mango) :-

  • Multitasking
    Allow fast applications switching and support background processing, audio and file transfer.
  • Copy & Past
    Yes, this missing feature that is so critical for a smartphone OS will be available in Mango.
  • Better social integration
    Social networks such as Facebook, Twitter & Linked-In are integrated into the contacts, making emailing, SMS-ing and instant messaging a lot easier.
  • Groups
    This is a new feature in People Hub that allows you put together related people into a grid of live tiles and put tagged pictures of those people into the groups.
  • Smarter keyboard interface
    Word prediction will be available when you are typing. For example, when you type “happy”, and the phone will display “birthday” for selection.
  • Improved Live Tiles
    One of the main attractions of Windows Phone OS is the Live Tiles so it’s further enhanced to hold more information, including push notifications via Live Agents running in the background.
  • Hands-free messaging
    Text-to-voice and voice-to-text engines allow for easier SMS and chatting. Android & iOS already have this feature, so I guess it’s not too late to have it in Mango too.
  • Internet Explorer 9
    IE 9 will be the new built-in browser. It provides support for HTML5 and full hardware acceleration. On top of that, the rendering engine of IE9 mobile version will be the same as the desktop version.
  • Better Bing Search Engine
    Mango provides new ways to search including Bing Vision, Bing Audio and voice. It offers location specific results such as nearest restaurant, events happening nearby, etc.

Take a glimpse of what Mango can offer you in the videos below :-

Live Demo Video Of Yes Life App For iOS Devices

Saturday 21 May 2011 @ 1:28 am

I wrote a post about Yes Life app & some Frequently Asked Questions 2 days ago. Below is the 4-minute video showing a live demo of Yes Life app during the launch.

In the video, CEO of YTL Communication, Wing K. Lee, first demonstrated how easy to make calls to any mobile phone number from Yes Life app running on a Apple iPad. After that, a phone call from another mobile phone was picked up via Yes Life app. Before the end of the demo, a SMS conversation was created between the Yes 018 number and a DiGi number via Yes Life app as well.

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Yes Life App For iOS Devices & The Unofficial FAQ

Thursday 19 May 2011 @ 9:53 pm

Last week Yes 4G released a revolutionary application for iOS devices that they promise will change the way we use our iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Yes Life iOS App is their latest innovation which allows iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users to make & receive calls, SMS, call from oversea at a low IDD rates, plus enjoy no roaming charges (3G data charges may apply) while abroad.

The Login Page Of Yes Life iOS AppThe Dial Pad Of Yes Life iOS App

The reason I say it’s revolutionary is because previously we can only use Yes 4G service on PC via Yes Life PC version and on 4 specific Yes devices namely Yes Buzz, Yes Go, Yes Huddle and Yes Zoom. Now with the new Yes Life iOS app we can even enjoy the 4G network using our iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch!

Managing Director of YTL Group, Tan Sri Francis Yeoh, Addressing Us At The Beginning Of The Event.
Managing Director of YTL Group, Tan Sri Francis Yeoh, Addressing Us At The Beginning Of The Event

Yes 4G network is run on a SIM-less architecture that is utilizing unique IDs and does not require a SIM card. So, we just need to install Yes Life app on our iOS device and sign up a unique Yes ID then we are good to go. A 018 phone number will be given during the signup process as well.

CEO of YTL Communication, Wing K. Lee, Introducing Yes4G Latest Innovation Yes Life For iOS
CEO of YTL Communication, Wing K. Lee, Introducing Yes4G Latest Innovation Yes Life For iOS

By running Yes Life iOS app, we can have 2 phone numbers on the iPhone, one is the phone number on the SIM card and another will be Yes 4G’s 018 number. Besides, Yes Life iOS app transforms the iPad, iPad2 or iPod touch into a mobile phone, which we can make/receive calls and SMS on all these devices.

Models Showing Off Yes Life App Running On Apple iPads
Models Showing Off Yes Life App Running On Apple iPads

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Motorola Oasis Bluetooth Headset

Friday 1 April 2011 @ 2:28 am

I was looking for a comfortable bluetooth headset and this Motorola Oasis caught my eyes with its unique design. It was announced in September 2010 and launched in October 2010. I like the extended mic design which gives superior noise cancellation abilities. For the sound heard to be perfect, the Motorola Oasis comes with dual microphone noise cancellation and it is rated for 12mph of wind resistance as well. For listening purposes, echo cancellation technology is incorporated into Motorola Oasis so it will help when it comes to echo sounds.

Motorola Oasis utilizes a new technology called easy pair technology, which is an advanced voice prompts that helps to assist with pairing and it helps to convey the battery information.

Motorola Oasis Bluetooth Headset
Left: Extended mic with good noise cancellation; Right: Folded mode

One of the selling points of Motorola Oasis is that the extended mic can be turned backwards making storage in a pocket easier. Not only the mic is rotatable 180 degrees, the earpiece too! In other words, Motorola Oasis is compatible for both ears. The battery pack on the back may look bulky but it helps to create a comfortable and stable feel. Well, actually to my surprise the Motorola Oasis headset weighs only 12.9g.

Overall, I think Motorola Oasis is suitable for people who wants a bluetooth headset with comfortable feel, good noise cancellation feature and wouldn’t mind the bulky size.

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