It’s been quite awhile since I last own and Android smartphone. It was the Samsung Galaxy S3. I totally skipped the Samsung Galaxy S4 since, I felt that my iPhone 5 was enoug to cover for my smartphone need.
Then, the Samsung Galaxy S5 was announced recently and both Globe and Smart have started accepting pre-orders for the the Galaxy S5 with their respective postpaid plan offerings. Now, I’m seriously considering whether to get one.
According to Pinoytechblog, the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be released on April 11, 2014. It’s SRP is expected to reach around Php34,000+. PTB also published an initial hands-on review of the Galaxy S5 and it made the device even more tempting to own.
Are you keen on getting the Samsung Galaxy S5? Or will you wait for the iPhone 6 instead?
Both Globe and Smart are offering the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C on November 15, 2013. As early as now, both telecoms have announced their respective packages for the new iPhones. It’s now a matter of determining which carrier has the more attractive offer. On Globe’s part, apart from offering the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C on their usual packages, they are also offering the Globe iPhone Forever Promo. Yugatech has a good explanation on the details of this promo. Continue reading →
Woke earlier this morning to find my news feed swarming with news items about Apple launching the 5th generation iPad, called iPad Air and the 2nd generation iPad Mini, this time with Retina Display. Of these two new iPads, I’m more excited about the new iPad Air. Why? Because it’s a long overdue update that Apple should have done a long time ago. In fact, if the iPad Air came out before the first generation iPad Mini, there won’t be a need for an iPad Mini at all.
The iPad Air makes Apple’s tablet a 100% tablet. It’s now more portable which the original iPad should have been. It’s lighter, thinner and a lot faster. You have to credit Apple for its trademark “incremental” upgrades for its products. It’s a great way to make tons of money.
Now, the question asked by many who are planning to get the iPads is – which new iPad they are going to get? Since both have Retina Display, the iPad Air is clearly the better choice if price is of course not a factor for you.
The new iPad Air will be available in all its flavors come November 1 from the Apple Online Store and retail outlets in the U.S. and some other countries. The iPad Mini 2 will arrive in the later part of November. As usual, for those of us here in the Philippines, there’s no words yet as to when these iPads will hit our local shores.
You know the drills, iPhone users. Fire up Software Update on your iOS devices to get the NEW iOS 7 installed. You will definitely love it! If you want to read more about the new features, check out my hands-on impressions of the beta iOS 7.
It’s a good thing I didn’t stayed up late last night to wait for Apple to announce it’s new iPhone (or iPhones because two were announced). I was spared from the agony of feeling that I’ve wasted few hours of good sleep to wait for an announcement that not’s really big at all. In short, I was sort of disappointed about the product that was launched – the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. This together with the announcement that Apple is killing the iPhone 5 and releasing a new 8GB iPhone 4S convinced me that Apple as a mobile phone company is getting lost in the game.
Why do I believe so? If your paying attention to what these two new iPhones are going to offer, there’s nothing revolutionary at all. Or maybe I just can’t accept the fact that Apple has stopped being revolutionary after Steve Jobs.
Prior to the event last night, I was really hoping that rumors that have persisted in the past couple of weeks were not true. New iPhones in various colors? Since when did the mobile phone industry became more interested with aesthetics rather than features? Seriously? Is that how you approach a staggering business which is being rampaged by your rival company by coming out with mobile phones with far better features than their previous releases? Yes, I’m talking about Samsung.
So, what happened Apple? Where’s the new iPhone that most of us are expecting? The new iPhone that will give Samsung go back to the drawing boards to rethink about the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S series?
If you want to know more about the iPhone 5S, click here.
The 37th Milo Marathon is happening this coming Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the Mall of Asia in Pasay. I’m doing the 21K run with a cut-off time of 2 hours and 30 minutes after the gun start. Gun start is set at 4:30 am, which means that by 7pm all 21K runners should have crossed the finish line.
This is the second time that I’ll be joining the Milo Marathon. The first time I think was several years ago and I did the 10K back then. Some people couldn’t seem to believe that I’m doing the 21K run. But prior to this, before my long running hiatus, I’ve already done a couple of half hail mary’s. So, I’m pretty confident that I can beat the cut-off time. That is if my phase will not go slower than 7 mins per km.
The first official full-length trailer of the upcoming Steve Jobs movie just appeared on YouTube. What can I say? The first few minutes of the trailer already got me pretty hyped. Then I saw some of the dramatic sequences, done ala-Hollywood movie style. Nice!
As early as now I can tell you this, Steve Jobs movie is going to be a blockbuster when it comes out. Whether you’re a fan or not, you’ll be watching this.
Facebook today has updated Instagram for both iOS and Android. The updated mobile app now has the facility to capture video up to 15 seconds in duration. This is of course a direct hit on the getting-to-be-popular Vine video sharing site. Vine video is good only for 6 seconds and yet power users have maximize that length to come up with interesting video snippets. Now, what more if you’re allowed 15 seconds?
The 9-minutes difference between Vine and Instagram video means a lot. With 15 seconds video, you can make more interesting and meaningful video clips. What’s not certain is whether Instagram power users, those who prefer their photo sharing site to remains for photos only, will appreciate the addition of video on Instagram.
But hey, it’s too early to tell. Let’s give Instagram video a chance. It looks great, works great. And it even comes with 15 filters that you can use on your video to make it even more interesting.
The updated Instagram for iOS and Android is available now from their respective app markets. Check it out and tell me how you find it so far.
Finally installed iOS 7 beta on my iPhone 5 and boy what can I say? Apple did it again. The Apple boys have successfully re-invented iOS and made an otherwise ageing mobile platform into something new, something refreshing. If you’re using the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch which will run iOS 7 when it comes in September, you have every reason to be excited about.
iOS 7 is going to give your iDevices a new lease of life. If you owned an older version of the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad but it is listed as one of the iDevices that can run iOS 7, you’ll have second thoughts upgrading your older iDevice. iOS 7 will revitalize it. You can count on that.
To give you a teaser, here’s what I like from iOS 7 so far:
iTunes Radio – yup! it works even in the Philippines. And it works great.
Control Center – simpler and more organized than Android’s control panel
Notification Center – better than the previous notification center
Photo app – you’ll find yourself browsing your photos more often now with more different ways of viewing them
Messaging – nicer and more refreshing UI
Safari – better multitabs
Multitasking – not as good as the Android multitasking feature but good nonetheless
Those are just some of the features that I was able to check out and liked so far. No matter what critics say that most of those features are already in other mobile platforms, well, it’s just how the mobile industry works. Copying is inevitable. So, Apple has every right to copy them and innovate on their own.
One thing is for sure, iOS 7 is going to win the hearts of iOS device users once it becomes available in September. And if you’re a developer, you better start making preparations for your apps.