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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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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Lazada is holding its Ultimate January Sale on January 31

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I just got a word from Lazada Philippines informing me that they will be having the Ultimate January Sale on January 31, 2013. Starting from 10 AM, 8 items will be released for sale a huge discount. Every hour thereafter, 8 new items will be released. These items covers various categories in Lazada’s stock inventory including Mobile and Tablets, Computers and Laptops, Consumer Electronics, Cameras and more.

If you haven’t shopped from Lazada before, well tomorrow is the best to start doing it as you’ll surely notice how convenient it is to get the products that you want at affordable prices.

And if you’re curious to know as to what products are going to be up for grabs at discounted prices tomorrow, well these will include Nikon Coolpix, Sony Smartwatch, Coby Tablets, Toshiba LED TVs and more. You can even get the iPhone 4S at 30% OFF.

 

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Smart now selling Nano SIM, but no sign of iPhone 5 yet

Smart just announced that the Nano SIM are now available in select Smart Stores. In case you’re not aware, the Nano SIM is used for the iPhone 5. Globe Telecoms announced their own Nano SIMs last week. The Smart Nano SIM cost Php 40 for Smart Prepaid. Smart also announced that a Smart Bro Prepaid variant will be available soon. For existing Smart Bro Postpaid subscribers, the SIM cards can be replaced with the Smart NANO Sim for free.

Unfortunately, Smart did not announce yet as to when they will be releasing the iPhone 5. But if the Nano SIM is an indicator, well it might just be anytime this month.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 announced, specs and features are impressive enough

We’ve been hearing about Samsung’s follow-up to the ultra-cool (back then) Galaxy Note smartphone/tablet hybrid introduced not so long ago. And so the Galaxy Note 2 was officially introduced last night at IFA 2012 in Berlin.

People who’ve been waiting for the official announcement immediately went crazy about what Samsung just unveiled. And looking at the specs of the Galaxy Note 2, it seems like a pretty powerful device indeed.

  • 5.5? HD Super AMOLED display (1280×720) pixels
  • 1.6GHz Exynos quad-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 8MP rear camera, 1080p video recording
  • 1.9MP front-facing camera
  • 16GB, 32GB, 64GB internal storage
  • up to 64GB via microSD card
  • HSPA+ 21Mbps or 4G LTE 42Mbps
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, dual band 2.4GHz & 5.0GHz
  • WiFi Direct, NFC, MHL, Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS with aGPS support
  • 3100mAh Li-Ion battery

Honestly, the Galaxy Note 2 is not really a pretty exciting device after all. Well, if you own the Galaxy S3 and the original Galaxy Note – you’ll do fine with those two gadgets rather than get the Galaxy Note 2. I mean, it’s just a bigger Galaxy S3 with a stylus and faster processor. If you’re after Jelly Bean, well wait a couple of days more and you’ll have it running on your Galaxy S3.

So, who’s getting the Galaxy Note 2? Words on the streets say that it will be released in the Philippines by November.

Via [Samsung]

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Spigen Leather Case Argos Series for Galaxy S3 Review

Still looking for that perfect case for your beloved Samsung Galaxy S3? You might want to consider this case from Spigen, well known for mobile phone leather cases. The one I have is called the SPIGEN Leather Case Argos Series for Galaxy S3. It retails for around $39.99 from Spigen.com but you can buy it locally from AppleWerkz in Katipunan. (They have another branch in ATC if I’m not mistaken).

The case is made of premium leather and it has a cover for the screen which flips vertically (unlike most cases  which has the cover flipping horizontally). It’s very sturdy, sleek-looking and a pleasure to hold.

You can ready my full review here.

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Smart launches affordable postpaid Freedom Plans

Smart Communications has just rolled out its new postpaid Freedom Plans. Simply put, these are new affordable mobile data plans that “let you pay only for what you consumer or use.”  Unlike the usual Smart postpaid plans, Freedom Plans have no fixed monthly fee aka MSF, no lock-in, no obligation, and the price starts from zero pesos.

In a way, it’s like having a prepaid SIM without loads. But being a postpaid plan, you’ll receive monthly billing statements and you get to pay only on set time. The amount you have to pay depends on how much you’ve used your mobile data privileges. In short – Freedom Plans gives you the control instead of it controlling you.

To subcribe to a Smart Freedom Plan, just visit the nearest Smart Wireless Center and bring with you a Valid ID and Php250 to pay for the one-time application fee. As soon as you go out of the Center, you’ll have the Freedom SIM pack with you.

More information about the Smart Freedom Plans can be found here.

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Android Case for your Smart Galaxy S3

For the past couple of days now, I’ve been looking at nearby malls for a nice case that I can use for my Smart Galaxy S3. I was unlucky to find anything yet. A Samsung Mobile store in SM Megamall told me that they recently sold 20 pieces of the official Samsung Flip cover, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note Flip Cover that came free when I got it.

So my search for the best Samsung Galaxy S3 case continues. Luckily, I just found this one unique case for the Smart Galaxy S3 which is currently on pre-order from MobileFun UK. In terms of features, there’s really nothing to rave about from this Samsung Galaxy S3 case. It’s your usual smartphone case that attaches to the back of your device. Although not indicated on the site, it’s pretty obvious that the case is made of soft, rubber materials.

The case will protect your Samsung Galaxy S3 from the usual bumps and scratches and it seems that it doesn’t make the Galaxy S3 thicker either. This is good and precisely what I’ve been looking for.

But wait, there’s one more special thing about this Samsung Galaxy S3 Case – it has the Android creature embedded on the case. This is perfect for the Galaxy S3 and it comes in cheap as well – at £19.95.

Hopefully, the case becomes available soon not only in the UK but in other countries as well. I’m very much interested in getting this Galaxy S3 case.

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SGP Crumena Leather Case for Your Samsung Galaxy S3

Enjoying your Samsung Galaxy S3  (be it the Smart Galaxy S3 or the Globe Galaxy S3) so far? No matter how durable our beloved device is, it still deserves some protection and love. And just like a tradition, you’re probably scouting for a Samsung Galaxy S3 Protector and Samsung Galaxy S3 case right now.

Unfortunately, there is no official Samsung Galaxy S3 accessories available yet. Unlike when the Samsung Galaxy Note was released, Samsung was kind enough to also came up with an official case and cover.

It’s a going thing there are third-party manufacturers around. But since the Samsung Galaxy S3 is fairly new and is not yet available worldwide, it would be a bit harder to find a Samsung Galaxy S3 case. Well, at least in our local mobile phone stores. You can probably find cheap ones in Greenhills but then the Samsung Galaxy S3 is such a premium device that it needs the best protection possible.

To cut a long story short, I scoured the web looking for a Samsung Galaxy S3 case online. There are quite a few of them from Amazon.com but I decided to look around on the SGP store. Luckily I found one – the SGP Crumena leather case for Samsung Galaxy S3.

There’s nothing fancy about the leather case. No special features or whatsoever. But still, the fact that it was made from genuine leather makes this case a must buy. It’s available in black white and brown, so you have three option and any color of  the case looks elegant and classy. The inner layer of the case is made from soft material that protects your device from scratches.

The SGP Crumena leather case for Samsung Galaxy S3 retails for $29.99 and it’s available now online from the SGP store.

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