Cherry Mobile has recently joined the Windows Phone family with their Alpha series of devices. The Alpha Series started with 4 devices which are composed of 2 Windows Phone devices and 2 Windows 8.1 tablets. While SKK Mobile has introduced their newest device that features a rear home and volume button like the LG G2 and it also features a heart rate sensor like the Samsung Galaxy S5! Do you want to know more about it? Check out JAM Online TV September 15 episode below!

Samsung offers a variety of tablets in their line-up and it offers different specifications and screen sizes to cater different people. They have the Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab Pro series for their high-end tablet tablets while at entry level and mid-range, they have the Samsung Galaxy Tab series. Today, I’ll give you a review of their affordable 7-inch tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0.


Design and Construction



The design philosophy of Samsung hasn’t change and the design is very similar to other Samsung Galaxy Tab devices. But unlike its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 sports a 7-inch HD display with a thinner bezels. At the back, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 sports a faux-leather rear and there’s a rear camera with no LED flash. The thin bezels of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 makes me feel like it’s an oversized phone rather than a tablet.



The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is not the thinnest but it’s very portable. Since the bezels on the side are thin, the smartphone fits in my back pocket. At the top, there’s a speakerphone so you can answer phone calls.  The buttons of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 were well placed. Below, you could see the Micro USB but unfortunately, it doesn’t support USB OTG. Like what I’ve said earlier, this device supports phone functionality and it’s very easy to put in and remove your mini sim card from the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.



There’s no LTE on this device but it supports HSPA+ and I didn’t had any problems with its connectivity. The audio quality of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 isn’t really that good. The audio wasn’t that loud but the quality wasn’t that bad. Although, I wish that they could make the speaker louder in their next generation of Samsung Galaxy Tab. Unfortunately, there’s no OTG on this device.

Display

7-inch is the minimum display size for a tablet and unlike previous 7-inch Galaxy tab devices, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 sports a HD display. The quality of the display is very far from the Super AMOLEDs but that’s understandable because this one is just an entry level tablet. The display isn’t bad. For me, the display feels just right for its price range. The bezels on this device is also noteiceably thinner than I expected which makes the tablet very portable and thanks to that, it fits on my back pocket. The display of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 supports 5 multi-touch points.

Software



Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 is powered by Android 4.4 Kitkat and its interface is very similar to the Samsung Galaxy S5 however, don’t expect too much from it. It is only powered by a process which is far from the performance of the Samsung Galaxy S5 or the Samsung Galaxy Tab S.

There are also a lot of apps and features that aren’t present on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 like Sidesync which is present on its bigger brothers. However, the feel and soul of Touchwiz UI is very present. One feature that I really like on it is the Multi-window. It helps me to do a lot more and my productivity has greatly increased thanks to that and I barely notice any lags when using Chrome and Internet app.

The battery life of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 fares well. At average use, I was able to use the tablet for 2 days.



Well, I’m not really a heavy user when it comes to tablets. But I was pretty satisfied with it. When it comes to games, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 doesn’t shine. Dead trigger 2 and NBA 2k14 on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 was playable but it wasn’t that smooth. Real Boxing always crashes whenever I try to open it and I have no idea why. At Antutu, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 was able to get a score of 13685.


The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 got a 3.2 Megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 Megapixel front camera.  Unfortunately, there’s no LED flash on this tablet but I already expected that since this is Samsung’s entry level tablet. As expected, the camera of the tablet isn’t really that good compared to other tablets but it is acceptable for its price.

Verdict




Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 is Samsung’s entry level tablet. It isn’t the most affordable tablet but if you want an affordable tablet that has some Samsung features and soul, then, better get this one. But of course, if you want something better, you could go for Galaxy TabPro or Galaxy Tab S series but it will come with a more expensive price. Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 is now available for P13,990 and it is available in white only



This year, music streaming became big in the country with the arrival of Spotify and Deezer. I love using music streaming apps rather than the built-in music player on my device. Why? because there's no need to download for the music and it is easier to discover new songs on these applications. If you're confused which is better between Spotify and Deezer, then better check out the infographic below.

I actually use Spotify because I discovered Spotify first before Deezer (hehe!) and my telco offers a free data for Spotify (Yep, GoSurf!). The premium plan pricing is also cheaper on Spotify and you could even have a free premium access to Spotify if you've registered to GoSurf. So guys, what do you think? which is better and why?


Last week, Cherry Mobile unveiled their newest devices sporting Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 operating system and I was one of the lucky people who were able to get a Cherry Mobile Luxe. Cherry Mobile Luxe is a mid-range Windows Phone sporting a 5" IPS display, Snapdragon 200 Quad-Core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB Storage and an 8 MP camera. This is one of the most affordable Windows phone in the market at P5,000. Since a lot of people have requested for a gaming test. Check out my unboxing, hands-on and gaming test of the Cherry Mobile Alpha Luxe





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Wearables are the hottest devices this year and one of the hottest wearables in the market right now is the Moto 360. Why is this Android wear device hot? Well, it’s the first smartwatch to sport a round display. Yep, Moto 360 has a round display with a little flat bezel at the bottom. It looks gorgeous and very elegant. But of course, this device only supports Android smartphones. So what does a smartwatch do? Well, it acts as a second screen of your device and instead of bringing out your phone from your pocket, you could just check your new messages and reply to them using your smartwatch.  And now, this device has arrive in the Philippines! Yep, it is now available for pre-order at Widget City for P20,500. If you pre-order now, you could get your Moto 360 by Saturday.

I’ve used the JBL J22i for a few weeks and I can say that JBL is really serious with its bass. The one that I got was the white one. Just like the previous units that I’ve reviewed from JBL. JBL is also known for making earphones and headphones with their signature orange color and it looks good for me.


Design and Construction


The earphones is made up of plastic while there’s an embossed JBL logo on it and there’s a flat wire which helps it to be less tangled and honestly, I’m a big fan of flat wires on earphones and headphones. The wires are also long enough from your ears to your pocket.

One thing that I don’t like in it is that the earpiece always falls off my ear even if I already changed the earbuds. The JBL J22i packs a control buttons and built-in microphone, which you can only use on iOS devices. But of course, the built-in microphone will work on Android and yes, the mic was clear and flawless.


Sound Quality


When it comes to sound quality, the JBL J22i doesn’t disappoint. Just like its other brothers, the JBL J22i has a lovely bass quality to offer. The JBL J22i’s performance was quite good in all aspects. At max volumes, I didn’t experience distortion or awful sounds on it.


At mids and highs, the JBL J22i doesn’t disappoint too however I feel that the JBL J22i needs more punch at some music. It also lacks a little bit of crisp too.

Again, just like its brothers, the JBL J22i is made for those people who love bass. This is not probably the most affordable earphone in the market but it is definitely one of the best in its price that brings you with quality.

JBL J22i is now available at JBL Sound Gallery, B3 Bonifacio High Street,  JBL Acoustical Space, 4th F, Cyberzone, SM North Annex  & JBL Digital Dreams, 4th F Cyberzone, SM Megamall Bldg. B.

We are very excited for the coming of Grand Theft Auto V to PS4, Xbox One and PCs and finally, Take-Two Interactive has announced the release date of Grand Theft Auto V to the new consoles and the PC master race. GTA V for PS4, Xbox One and PC will feature will have new features including new weapons, vehicles and activities, Additional wildlife, Denser traffic, New foliage system, Enhanced damage and weather effects, and much more. It will also feature new songs and DJ mixes. PS4 and Xbox One will have the GTA V first on November 18, 2014 while the PC gamers will have to wait until January 27, 2015 before they can get their copy of GTA V. Check out the new trailer below.




Source: Take-Two
Last night, Cherry Mobile has also unveiled their newest tablets -- Cherry Mobile Alpha Play and Cherry Mobile Alpha Morph. The first one is an 8" Windows 8.1 device with a much lower specs while the latter features a much powerful specifications and bigger memory.


Cherry Mobile Alpha Morph Specifications
  • 1.33GHz Intel Z3735D quad-core processor with Intel HD Gen 7 GPU 
  • 10-inch HD IPS display
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB of storage expandable via miroSD up to 64GB
  • 2 Megapixel rear camera with BSI sensor
  • 2 Megapixel front camera
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • USB OTG
  • 8,000mAh battery
  • Windows 8.1 OS

Cherry Mobile Alpha Play Specifications
  • 1.33GHz quad-core Intel Z3735D quad-core processor with Intel HD Gen 7 GPU
  • 8-inch HD IPS display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD up to 64GB
  • 5 megapixel BSI Rear camera
  • 2 megapixel Front camera
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • 3500mAh battery
  • Windows 8.1 OS
These devices will be available soon. Cherry Mobile Alpha Morph will be available for P11,999 while the Cherry Mobile Alpha Play will be available for P7,999. I'm actually interested on getting the Cherry Mobile Alpha Play because of its looks and design. The metal back feels very solid and the bezels aren't that thick.
Cherry Mobile has unveiled their newest devices today and yes, they're Windows devices! Cherry Mobile has revealed two Windows Phones and one of them is the Cherry Mobile Luxe. This smartphone is their mid-range Windows Phone offering and for its price, the specifications is quite good.



Cherry Mobile Luxe Specifications
  • 1.2GHz Snapdragon Quad-core processor with Adreno 305 GPU
  • 5-inch IPS HD display with Dragontrail Glass
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB Internal storage, expandable via microSD
  • 8 megapixel rear camera
  • 2 megapixel front camera
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • Dual-SIM
  • 2000mAh Battery
  • Windows Phone 8.1
Cherry Mobile Luxe will be available soon for P4,999. For its price, the specifications is quite good and it can match up its Android counterparts. Actually, Cherry Mobile Alpha Luxe is one of my favorite smartphones today.
Cherry Mobile announced their newest Windows Phone, Cherry Mobile Alpha Style. It's not just a normal Windows Phone because the Cherry Mobile Alpha Style is the most affordable Windows Phone in the world at P2,999 ($69)



Cherry Mobile Alpha Style
  • Qualcomm 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor with Adreno 305 GPU
  • 4-inch IPS WVGA display
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB of storage, expandable via microSD
  • 5 megapixel rear camera
  • VGA front camera
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • Windows Phone 8.1 OS
  • Dual SIM
Cherry Mobile Alpha Style will be available soon for P2,999. Damn, this is very affordable. I didn't expect Cherry Mobile could release a Windows Phone at this price. 
Cherry Mobile has recently unveiled two new devices and these devices aren't a phone or a tablet but a Android box and a mobile hotspot. Yep, Cherry Mobile has started to invade these devices too.



Cherry Mobile Ultra On The Go
  • 2G/3G
  • 4G FDD-LTE B1/B3
  • 1-inch LCD Screen
  • Single Mini SIM card slot
  • MicroSD card slot up to 32GB
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 2 Antenna ports
  • 2800mAh
Just like the Cherry Mobile Ultra smartphone, this mobile hotspot has LTE. It will be openline so you don't have to worry which network you'll choose. There's a small LCD screen to which will provide information about your connection.



Cherry Mobile TV Box
  • 1GHz Allwinner Quad-Core CPU
  • WiFi
  • LAN
  • Miracast Airplay Receiver
  • HDMI
  • 2 USB ports
  • SD card slot
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean
This is an unexpected device from Cherry Mobile. The Cherry Mobile TV Box is a Android TV box powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It's powered by an Allwinner Quad-Core Processor and this device can also be use as a Miracast and Airplay receiver.



The availability of these devices aren't clear but I expect that they'll announce that on September 9. The Cherry Mobile TV Box and Ultra On The Go will be available soon for P3,999 each.
Do you love playing piano tiles? Well, here's your time to shine!  Gionee Philippines is having a Piano Tiles challenge at SM Marikina and SM Masinag that will be held from September 6-10 on 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Piano Tiles is a simple game but fun to play, all you need to do is to tap the correct black piano key and avoid the white keys.



Every participant have 3 trials per day and the highest score of those 3 trials will be the recorded score and official entry. The individual who'll get the highest score of the day will win a Gionee L206! So what are you waiting for? better download and practice Piano tiles on your device now and join Gionee Philippines' Piano Tiles challenge!