New mobile app worth checking out, FoodPanda food delivery app

foodpandaAvailable now for iOS and Android, this new mobile app called Food Panda. It’s a food delivery which allows you to do one major thing, order foods to delivered at your doorstep. If you’ve got no time to cook or visit a nearby restaurant, FoodPanda is a pretty good iPhone or Android app to have.

I haven’t tried ordering food using this app but will definitely try to do so in a little while. In the meantime, go check out the app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play and see whether its current selection of restaurants are pretty comprehensive enough to cover your food needs.

Will come up with a more comprehensive review once I get to try this app.

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is coming to Manila soon

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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?

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Alcatel One Touch Sale on June 1, 2013

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Just got this from the mail. Alcatel is holding a one-day sale on its One Touch Idol and One Touch Idol Ultra. If you buy the One Touch Idol on Saturday from any Alcatel Kiosk, you’re entitled to a Php 1,000 discount. Price of the Alcatel One Touch smartphone is currently P10,990. The Alcatel One Touch Idol on the other hand retails for P13,490. But on Saturday, you’re entitle to a P1,500 discount if buy this phone.

You can grab this deal from any Alcatel Kiosk located at SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM Fairview and SM Southmall and some SM malls outside of Metro Manila. The deal is on from 4-6PM only so, line up early if I were you.

 

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Amazon Appstore now open for Android users in the Philippines

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Finally, for those of you who have been wanting to grab the free apps of the day from the Amazon Appstore, you can now do so. Amazon has just opened up the gates of its Android appstore to almost 200 countries, including our beloved country the Philippines. This means that you can now purchase paid Android apps not only from the Google Play Store but from the Amazon Appstore as well.

Although there’s really no big difference when it comes to app pricing between the two stores, one advantage that the Amazon Appstore have, as mentioned is the free apps of the day. If you’re patient enough to check out the appstore daily, you’ll chance upon a pretty good app for free.

So, to get the Amazon Appstore Android app on your Android devices, simply go to amazon.com/getappstore. Make sure that your device allows install of apps from unverified sources. You can do this from the Settings tab.

 

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Line up for the Samsung Galaxy S4, now!

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 as you may have known by now is upon us. The frenzy has started not only in the U.S. but also here in our beloved country. So, how do you get yourself first dibs on this upcoming smartphone? Well, I’m pretty sure both Smart and Globe will becoming up with their own shindigs to promote possibly the best Android smartphone ever released (yes, it’s not the HTC ONE). But at this early, Samsung Philippines has already launched their own promotional gig.

Samsung Philippines wants you to line up 4 the Galaxy S4. To do this, simple register using your Facebook or Twitter account by entering some credentials and you’ll pretty much assured of a unit come launch date. But wait, that’s not the only purpose of this gig. By lining up for the Galaxy S4, you are actually assuring yourself a ticket for the raffle draw accompanying the launch of the Galaxy S4.The prize, either a Php 5,000 or Php 3,000 discount on your purchase of the Galaxy S4. That’s a huge saving actually, especially since rumor has it that the unlocked unit will be something around Php 30K.

So, what are you waiting for? Line up now for the Galaxy S4. I know you want the S4, who doesn’t?

 

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Samsung Galaxy S4, possibly the best Android and best smartphone…ever!

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Lo and behold! The Samsung Galaxy S4 is now official. It’s packed with advanced specs and hardwares inside and boasts of highly advanced features that will make it your companion for a richer, simpler and fuller life. What more can you ask for from a small piece of metal loaded with intelligent mobile features?

Alright, here are the specs of the Samsung Galaxy S4:

  •  5-inch full HD Super AMOLED (1920×1080) display
  • 1.9 GHz Quad-core Processor / 1.6 GHz Octa-Core Processor
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS
  • 13MP auto-focus rear camera with Flash and Zero Shutter Lag and BIS
  • 2MP front-facing camera, full HD recording at 30fps with Zero Shutter Lag and BIS
  • 16GB, 32GB or 64GB memory
  • microSD card slot
  • 2600 mAh battery
  • 130g
  • 69.8mm x 136.6mm x 7.9mm

Yummy!

via [Samsumg Mobile]

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Smart now accepting pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Free at Unli Plan 2000!

There you go, folks! Smart just announced its deal for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – Free at Unli Plan 2000. You can reserve your unit now by simply following this link. As to when Smart is planning to release it, we will know for sure in the coming days. So, who’s getting one?

I’ve been reading so many raves about the Galaxy Note 2 especially the dual-window when multi-tasking. Looks like Samsung has a winner again this time. Can’t wait to get my hands on this so-called “phablet.”

Key specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2:

  • 1.6GHz quad-core processor
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 5.55 HD Super AMOLED display
  • 8MP rear-facing camera
  • 1.9MP front-facing
  • S-Pen

 

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Globe now accepting pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Free at Plan 2499

I just got an email update from Globe Telecoms. One of the update was about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note II. This is of course the follow-up to Samsung’s famous “phablet” of the same name. This time around the device is made even more powerful with the upgrade of its processor to quad-core. The Samsung Galaxy Note II also features a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display and a plethora of other advanced features.

Globe did not mention specific release date and pricing information yet. But Globe is holding a promotional gig for the device by way of giving out free tickets to David Grueta’s gig in Manila. You’ll get these tickets if you avail of the Galaxy Note via Globe’s Plan 2499. The device comes free with the data plan subscription.

What we’re not sure about is whether Globe will be offering the Galaxy Note under different data plans/schemes.

If you’ve been eyeing the Galaxy Note since it was announced, Globe’s offer is one of the way by which you can avail of this device. Its unlocked version will be offered by Widget City for Php 31K. Smart is also hinting about the device although no definite information was released yet.

Via [Globe]

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Blurex Slim Folio Tablet Case for Google Nexus 7 – Review

After a couple of weeks looking out for the perfect case for my Galaxy Nexus 7, I finally bought one from Amazon.com. And it’s the Blurex Slim Folio Tablet Case for Google Nexus 7. The case retails for $14.99 before shipping.

I’ll make this review short and quick. The best thing I liked about the Blurex Slim Folio Tablet Case is the fact that it serves as a multi-angle stand for the Nexus 7 when in landscape mode. Just by removing the lower claws of the cases, you can position your Nexus 7 at three various angles. It holds you tablet firmly and won’t easily be shaken off.

What holds the Nexus 7 tablet from the case are 6 claw-like clamps which does not touch the Nexus 7’s bezel at all and yet securely and firmly holds your device. I’ve never experienced the grip of the case to my Nexus 7 loosen up any bit.

When holding the case with the Nexus 7 in portrait mode (for left-handed users), there’s a strap where you can slip your hands into to make up for a strong grip on the case.

The Blurex Slim Folio Tablet Case is made from premium synthetic leather. Holding the case when folded with your bare hands is a please. You can feel the fine quality of the synthetic leather.

Finally, one of the best features of this case has got to be the fact that it can turn on/off your Nexus Tablet. It has a magnetic component wrapped inside the case and placed along the side which switch on/off the device. It’s similar to how the Apple iPad cover works. This saves battery life for your tablet.

Overall, I’m very satisfied with the Blurex Slim Folio Tablet case. It’s not so expensive and yet provide ample protection to my Nexus 7 tablet while at the same time providing some classy look and feel.

You can buy the Blurex Slim Folio Tablet Case for Google Nexus 7 from Amazon.com.

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Google Nexus 7 First Impressions

After more than a week of waiting, my Google Nexus 7 finally arrived courtesy of Johnny Air Cargo. I couldn’t wait to get home so I immediately unbox the device this morning when I got it. Contrary to what others said, I didn’t really had a hard time unboxing the Nexus 7.

Setting up the device is pretty much the same as the other Android devices that I’ve set up before. What’s unique about the Nexus 7 if you buy it from Google Play is that you’ll be asked if you want to register the device under the Google account that you are using. If you answer yes then you don’t need to log in to your Google account when setting up the device upon receipt.

After, registering your Google Account, everything pretty much follow. You’ll find out that the next time the device gets a Wi-Fi signal, it remembers the WPA key and will immediately connect your device. For some default Google apps (Currents, Gmail, YouTube, etc.) you will need to log in to your account, while for others which already remembered your password, you will be automatically logged in.

So, after setting up my various social networking accounts and news readers (Flipboard, Currents), using Gmail, watching a movie and listening to music, what’s my impressions of the Nexus 7 so far?

To be honest, there’s really nothing spectacular about it. Jelly Bean is a great OS but not really that far with what ICS can do. It’s faster and swifter than ICS, yes. But if you’re using the device for online content consumption, there are various things to consider if you are to judge its speed.

On the aesthetics, if you’re familiar with Asus tablet’s, the Nexus 7 pretty much carries most of the aesthetics quality. It’s not the best looking Android tablet around but it definitely is not the ugliest.

I have yet to explore Google Now to see if it’s really useful for me. Will include this on a more comprehensive review of the Nexus 7 later on.

Should you get the Nexus 7 tablet? This will depend on two things – you want a 7-inch tablet but dislike the Samsung Galaxy Tab and you want to get a taste of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

 

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