Arnold Digital’s Top Gadgets of 2011

A few hours before 2011 ends and 2012 begins, allow me to give you my top gadgets of 2011. Take note, I personally used (and owned) all of these top five gadgets of 2011. Four of them are still with me. While the only one who’ve left me a few months ago was the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 which I found to be a redundant since I already have the iPad 2.  Anyway, I still find it as one of the top gadgets that I’ve owned for this year. The rest of the top five gadgets of 2011 for aczafra.com are as follow:

1.) Samsung Galaxy Note

Being the the latest of the gadgets I purchased this year, the Samsung Galaxy Note has to be on top. Although it’s only a few months into 2011, still as of latest report, Samsung announced that it has already shipped more than a million units of the Galaxy Note. And that doesn’t include shipment to the United States yet since it was not officially released there yet. There are so many things to love about the Galaxy Note. If you want to enjoy the best of both worlds – smartphone and tablet – this is the perfect gadget for you.

2.) iPad 2

Still my tablet of choice that belongs in the 7-10 inches category. There are so many things to love with the iPad 2 as well. And with iOS 5, its stock features and functionality have become more powerful, useful and so much to desire about. The only tablet that can beat the iPad 2 has got to be the upcoming iPad 3. So Apple, take your time because I still want to enjoy my iPad 2 some more this year.

 

3.) Samsung Galaxy S II


It has to come first before the iPhone 4S for the simple reason that I firmly believe that the SGS II beats the iPhone 4S in so many ways. But don’t get me wrong, I still love my iPhone 4S, it’s just that the Galaxy S II’s larger screen display and the customization that you can do with it makes this smartphone better than the iPhone 4S.

4.) iPhone 4S

Of course, the iPhone 4S is still one of the top gadgets that I acquired this year. With or without SIRI, I’m still going to buy the iPhone 4S. I love the 8MP, super-enhanced camera that with super video capture features. Despite the lack of design changes as compared to the iPhone 4, I still find the iPhone 4S a beauty to behold. Oh yes, SIRI takes some time to get use to but in due time, you’ll find SIRI useful.

5.) Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

I wanted to buy the Galaxy Tab 8.9 but it took some time before Samsung released it so I had to contend with the Tab 10.1. For awhile I found the said tablet fascinating but its size becomes a liability after several months of using it. The Honeycomb OS is one of the Tab 10.1’s saving feature. It’s a pretty good Android tablet nonetheless.Runners Up:

Huawei Honor

This underrated Android smartphone is a pretty powerful device. It’s a pity that it’s not getting the publicity that it deserves. If you’re looking for an affordable and yet powerful Android smartphone – the Huawei Honor is one good option.

Amazon Kindle 4th Generation

If you want an honest-to-goodness e-book reader minus the fuzz, this is the device that you should buy.

There you go. What are your top gadgets of 2011? And what are the upcoming gadgets that you’re looking forward in 2012? iPad 3, iPhone 5, Google Tablet?

With that, I would like to greet you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Samsung Galaxy Note, Manila Unboxing and First Impressions

Been using the Samsung Galaxy Note (GT-N700)  for the past couple of days now and so far I’m very impressed with this huge smartphone because of its speed, performance, appearance and features. It’s definitely way better than the Samsung Galaxy S II as a smartphone and more portable than the Galaxy Tab.

If you’re looking for a cross-breed of smartphone and tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note’s 5.3-inch display is just about enough for gaming as well as other productivity tasks. Watch out for our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note at Gadgetell.com in the coming days (perhaps before Christmas!).

In the meantime, here are some unboxing photos of the Samsung Galaxy Note which is now available from Samsung Mobile Stores in the Philippines as well as other authorized resellers. Price can go as low as Php 32,000. Make sure to ask for the official leather case when you buy the Galaxy Note. It’s a pretty cool accessory and adds class to the device when in used.

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Smart iPhone 4S Pricing Details Revealed, Available on Dec 16

iPhone 4S Available in Manila, Philippines

It was only a couple of hours ago when a Smart Representative was informing about my pre-registration for the iPhone 4S. Smart is launching the iPhone 4S right now through a camp out gig at Rockwell in Makati. The Smart Representative also told me that I will be contacted by another Smart Representative to confirm my reservation. I also asked her about the Smart plans and pricing details of their iPhone 4S but was told that it will be revealed tomorrow.

But guess what, Smart couldn’t wait until tomorrow and so their pricing details for the iPhone 4S has just been revealed. Here you go folks. For those who are planning to get the iPhone 4S from Smart, here are the different pricing details for the Smart iPhone 4S plans.

Smart is offering the iPhone 4S under its different postpaid plans as well as on prepaid plans which will cost you the following:

  • P33,200 for 16GB
  • P38,200 for 32GB
  • P43,200 for 64GB
And here are the different plans for the Smart Postpaid iPhone 4S:
Smart iPhone 4S Data Plans Philippines
If you’re getting the iPhone 4S from Smart, you can do so from this site.
So, who’s getting the iPhone 4S from Smart? And who’s getting it from Globe? If you’re still undecided, you might want to check out our unboxing and first impression post about the iPhone 4S.
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Is Social Media Marketing Still Relevant Today?

With Twitter, Google+ and Facebook already part of the online world’s daily routines, I can’t help but wonder whether there’s still room for social media marketing and the companies that deliver such services. I remember when I was still active in the search engine scene, the “in-thing” back then was of course – search engine marketing. Still remember SEM? I’m sure you do. Or perhaps many of you still engage in such activities.

So how about Social Media Marketing? Is it still relevant today, with the exponentially growing popularity of Twitter, Facebook and Google+ as the media for product or service marketing and advertising. I mean, anyone can engage into product/service marketing for brands. All you have to do is to create an account for your brand in any of the mentioned social networking sites, gather your followers and then start formualating marketing strategies with the hopes that each of your followers share your marketing ploy and eventually lead to more followers for your social networking accounts.

Social Media Marketing has become a simpler task for brand promotion. Unlike before where your company has to vie for worthiness in search engine algorithms to get the premium spots in search engine results pages (SERPs). SEM as compared with Social Media Marketing (SMM) is a more complex task.

So the question now is, does social media marketing companies has a place in the social media scene? What I mean by social media marketing companies are those that offer services that puts premium to your ad campaigns keywords and promote them on various social media sites as Facebook, Twitter and Google+. You can find many social media marketing companies just by simply searching for the right keyword on Google. For example, try searching for keybrokersocial and you’ll find a good example of social media marketing companies.

Try checking out these companies and see whether their services are still useful for your brands. Then you can leave a comment here to answer my question – Is Social Media Marketing still relevant today?

 

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Globe and Smart to Release the iPhone 4S on December 16

Globe and Smart iPhone 4S

In case you haven’t heard about the news yet, both Globe and Smart are releasing the iPhone 4S at the same time on December 16. Both companies are now displaying the iPhone 4S sign-up pages on their respective websites. Unfortunately both have not disclose details about the release of the iPhone 4S except for the date. Even if you sign up for your interest to get the iPhone 4S, nothing on the registration form states something about pricing and plan details for the iPhone 4S.

The good news here is that even if you signify your interest, you are not compelled to push through if in case the deals to be given out by any of the two companies don’t suit you. So, if you’re really serious about getting the iPhone 4S from any of these carriers, you might as well signify your interest as early as now. I’m pretty sure, there will be few units available come December 16.

Who’s getting the iPhone 4S and from which carrier?

Here’s the sign up pages  for Smart and for Globe.

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