Xiaomi has just announced their newest flagship smartphone today. Xiaomi Mi 4 is the newest flagship that has been announced with a Snapdragon 801 2.5 GHz Quad-core processor and a 3GB of RAM and unfortunately, the screen size is still at 5-inch with a Full HD display but don't worry! The Xiaomi Mi 4 is more powerful than the Xiaomi Mi 3 :). Here's the specifications of the phone

Xiaomi Mi 4 Specifications
  • 5" 1080p Sharp/JDI OGS full lamination display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad-Core 2.5 GHz processor
  • 3GB LP-DDR3 RAM 
  • 16/64GB eMMC 5.0 storage
  • 13MP Rear Camera
  • 8MP Front Sony Stacked CMOS Camera
  • LTE (TBA)
  • Infrared
  • 3080mAh Battery
The price of the Xiaomi Mi 4 is expected to be at $320 or at around PhP14,000

Oh look! Is this the next version of Windows? We think so! These are the fresh leaked screenshots of what seems to be Windows 9 or codename ‘Threshold’. If you are using Windows 8 on a desktop without touchscreen, probably, you’re annoyed with the start screen tile but it looks like they’ve found a remedy in Windows 9! Just look at the start menu boys and girls, looks like the next version of Windows will be friendly to those who rely on keyboard and mouse again. Another screenshot also points out that the next version of Windows would have Metro apps that could be windowed or full screen Windows codename ‘Threshold’ or just Windows 9 is expected to arrive in our devices on Early 2015. Let’s hope that Windows 9 will not disappoint. Yes, I’m looking at you Satya Nadella.


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Do you want to catch the latest episode of your favorite US TV show but you’re stuck in traffic? Or you’re stuck in place where there’s no TV and cable? Well, thankfully, there’s a cloud-based NimbleTV that can stream live cable TV.  With NimbleTV, you could watch anywhere in the world across your devices.



Once you’ve created your account, NimbleTV can give you access to over 140 US channels like HBO, Showtime, ABC and ESPN however, NimbleTV is still exploring the Philippines and would love to hear customer feedback about their service. Another interesting thing that you could on NimbleTV is that you could record multiple shows and movies at once. Yep, NimbleTV has a build in HD-DVR.

NimbleTV works on almost any devices. It supports PCs, smartphones, tablets and TVs as long as you have a minimum connection speed of 0.54 mbps. If you’re on iOS, you must be on iOS5 and above. It is compatible with the latest web browsers such as Google, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer (9+) and Opera.


If you’re interested, you set up a free account and avail of a free trial by going to bit.ly/nimbletvPH . But if you have a U.S. address, you can immediately sign up for the complete NimbleTV package. Check them out at www.facebook.com/NimbleTV and Twitter @NimbleTV
Cherry Mobile recently became serious with LTE devices with the announcement of Cherry Mobile Ultra & Superion Scope LTE a few months ago. The Cherry Mobile Superion Scope LTE is their first tablet to sport LTE but it isn't out in the market yet while the Cherry Mobile Ultra isn't their first LTE phone but this phone is actually my favorite Cherry Mobile smartphone They already have phablets and Octa-Core phones but even if you'll give any one of those, I would rather choose the Cherry Mobile Ultra rather than those phones.

Design and Construction

At first glimpse, you'll never think that it is from a local brand. Most people that saw the Cherry Mobile Ultra for the first time thought it was from an intenational brand. The Cherry Mobile Ultra is purely made up of plastic but the curves of the phone were perfect. It looks elegant and the build of the phone was very solid. Yes, there are no openings, squeaks or gaps in its body and I really like the Ultra's minimalistic design. This smartphone was also taller than I expected thus, making it less wider and more comfortable to use in one hand.



At the back, it looks very simple and minimalistic. The curves of the phone is beautiful and the placement of the camera, LED flash and the speaker grill looks neat. I also like the logo of Ultra at the back, it's very minimalistic and neat just like the smartphone. Unfortunately, this phone doesn't support Dual-Sim since Cherry Mobile Ultra has LTE which can only support a single SIM card. Not a deal-breaker for me since the Cherry Mobile Ultra is aimed to focus on the LTE market and not on the dual sim market.



There's a plenty of storage on this phone, there's an 8GB storage inside and you can install applications and games on the MicroSD card but if you're not a serious mobile gamer like me, I bet the 8 GB internal storage would be enough for you (But of course, it is less than 8 GB). 



The Cherry Mobile Ultra doesn't have the best audio quality unlike other smartphones but I'm already happy and satisfied with its quality. The LTE connectivity? That's one of the things that you'll probably love on the Cherry Mobile Ultra. Its biggest feature is LTE and yes, the LTE of the Cherry Mobile Ultra doesn't disappoint. Most of the time, the signal was pretty strong, the internet is fast and there were no disconnections. The GPS was pretty good too, my location locks up pretty fast on the Cherry Mobile Ultra.

Display

There's a 5" HD (1280x720) IPS display on the Cherry Mobile Ultra and it was taller than I expected which makes the phone easier to use in one hand. It's a Dragontrail display, which will protect your display, but unfortunately, I got a deep scratch on my Cherry Mobile Ultra's 5” display. The display is also bluer than I expected but don't worry guys, it isn't that noticeable.



There’s Android 4.3 inside the Cherry Mobile Ultra and there’s no word if it will be upgraded to Android 4.4 Kitkat. The launcher inside it is not vanilla and it was tweaked a little bit and it is very similar to the Cherry Mobile Cosmos Z2’s interface. The icons are nice to the eyes and the colors are very similar to Android L. But of course, I would rather have an Android L inside rather than a skinned Android 4.3 that looks like Android L. LOL

Since Qualcomm Snapdragon powers this device, there’s battery guru on the phone, which will help your device save some juices but I barely notice how this app help the battery life of my smartphone. Speaking of battery life, the Cherry Mobile Ultra was able to last up to a day of heavy use. At LTE, It was able to last up to 7 hours. The battery life of the phone was quite good




Performance

Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 powers the Cherry Mobile Ultra and there’s an enough 1GB of RAM inside. The hardware inside Cherry Mobile Ultra is placed at the mid-range category and it performs just well for the mid-range category. The smartphone powered by Snapdragon 400 was able to get a score of 17483 at Antutu, which is just right for a Snapdragon 400 smartphone.



The games? I was able to play a lot of games without problems however not all of them are smooth. I was able to try heavy games like Edge of Tomorrow & Modern Combat 4 and yes, it was playable but unfortunately, it wasn’t that smooth. However, some games like Real Boxing, NBA 2k14 and Dead Trigger 2 are playable and smooth.


Camera


There’s a 13 Megapixel Camera with LED flash at the back of the phone while there’s a 5 Megapixel front camera. The camera of the Cherry Mobile Ultra is not one of its strongest points. The camera took some time before it can shoot a photo. The images that I took were kinda bluish too. Check out the photos that I took below:






Despite its imperfections, I still think that Cherry Mobile Ultra is very nice device. Despite having a plastic build, I still love this phone. The curves and its design were great for me but of course, there are still room for improvements. For now, this is my favorite Cherry Mobile device. I’ve been using it everyday especially when I need LTE. The Cherry Mobile Ultra is now available for P8,999.


Some people might be asking, what are those numbers, what the hell does that mean? how does Jam Ancheta review? Well, here’s the post to answer your questions regarding how I rate and review smartphones.


Every person has its own style in reviewing a gadget. I always base my review in my real-life experience with the product so don’t expect that we’ll have same opinions on the same product that I’m reviewing. Again, we have different views and perspective whenever we review a product.

If you’ve seen my smartphone and tablet reviews, you’ve probably seen the ratings at the bottom of the post. There are criteria and they are rated each.  Probably, you are wondering how I get those numbers. Well, here’s a guide on how I view those digits.
  1. Garbage. Just Garbage
  2. At least it is better than garbage
  3. Better than better than garbage? (still not likeable)
  4. Has issues but still bad
  5. K.
  6. Average. There are issues :(
  7. Good although there still some issues :(
  8. Nice!
  9. Wow, it's almost perfect
  10. Da best
How do I get the total score? It's easy. It's the average of those subscores.


You want a taste of Vanilla Android but you don't want the Google Nexus 5? I think you better get the Google Play Edition smartphones instead. So what are these Google Play edition smartphones? These are the smartphones that has no tweaks from manufacturers and they're just fresh Android with no bloatwares or apps from manufacturers that's why it is smoother and it has more storage. Oh and another thing! If your device is a Google Play Edition, you could get Android updates faster than the others. If you want to experience a seamless and smooth Android experience then you better get these devices. And yes! Widget City is selling Google Play Edition devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG G Pad 16 GB. Head over to Widget City Facebook page to know more about it.

If you want to spend your money for a nice mirror-less camera and you want that DSLR look, then maybe you might want to look at this camera. The Samsung NX30 is a mirror-less camera that sports a 20.3 MP APS-C sensor, an AMOLED touch screen display, Wi-Fi and top plate dials that are customizable and as complex as a DSLR.


Like what I’ve said earlier, it has the DSLR look and feel, which makes it comfortable to hold but too large for a mirror-less camera. But yeah, I really like a larger grip for my cameras. However, the Samsung NX30 is lighter and a bit smaller than most DSLRs that are available in the market. The Samsung NX30 is made up of plastic that's why it is much lighter. I got no complaints with that though.



The display is one the features that you would surely love in this camera. The Samsung NX30 got a 3” AMOLED foldout display that produces vibrant and vivid colors. The display is touch-screen too that’s why it’s easier to navigate and to focus on objects. The sunlight legibility of the display was great too. The Samsung NX30 probably has the best display on a camera.



There’s an electronic viewfinder too on this camera and one small feature that I love in it is it detects when I’m looking on the EVF and it automatically switch to the EVF from the display. It’s a small feature but it’s very convenient for many people. I’m using the EVF on a camera most of the time but after I used the NX30, I always prefer the AMOLED display. If you’ve tried this camera, I’m pretty sure that you’ll love its display.


Samsung boasts connectivity via Wi-Fi to your smartphones in their Smart cameras. It is much easier to connect to your smartphone if your smartphone has NFC in it. But of course, you have to download the Samsung Smart Camera app on your phone and just tap your phone the side of the Samsung NX30 and voila! Your phone is now connected to your camera and it will automatically transfer photos and videos from your camera to your smartphone. I didn’t had any that much problems in that feature but some people might find it difficult to understand how to use it. 



The Samsung NX30’s interface was very easy to use and understand. It’s also very responsive and fast. There are a lot of modes that you could use on the camera and it’s very easy to understand for me.



I was surprise with how the Samsung NX30 performed. The 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens included in the box was great. The autofocus on the NX30 was very fast and very accurate and again, using the touchscreen display to focus was very awesome and convenient.



The Samsung NX30 has a camera sensor that can beat most of the micro four-thirds camera. The optical image stabilization on the camera was pretty darn good. You know what, check out the images that I took below.










The Samsung NX30 is the best camera Samsung has made. The Samsung NX30 is very easy to learn and use which will be great for amateurs and beginners. I like how light and comfortable the Samsung NX30 is compared to the other cameras at the same size however, I didn’t like the all-plastic body but that’s not really a big issue for me. Another thing to love in this baby are the smart features. If you’re not a pro photographer, I strongly suggest this camera and yes, I’m one of those people who fell in love with the Samsung NX30.

Cloudfone has introduce their newest affordable Quad-core device, the Cloudfone GEO 401q+. Their newest smartphone is now packing a Qualcomm MSM8212 1.2GHz Qual Core which can be found on newer mid-range devices. One of its interesting features is the back cover with an elegant monochromatic patterned design with a premium coating. It's actually inspired from a carbon-fiber look which makes it different from other smartphones. Check out the specifications below:

Cloudfone GEO 401q+ Specifications
  • Qualcomm MSM8212 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor with Adreno 302 GPU
  • 4" WVGA Capacitive display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4 GB Storage with MicroSD card slot up to 32GB
  • 5 Megapixel Rear Camera
  • 2 Megapixel Front Camera
  • HSPA+
  • 1500mAh Battery
  • Android 4.3
It's nice to see that Cloudfone has a smartphone that can match up other local brands. I like its unique and elegant patterned design at the back and I really want to see and feel it in person. The price? it's very affordable at P3,999 and
The Zenfones have finally arrived and one them rocks a very interesting price. Last night, ASUS unveiled the ASUS Zenfone 4, 5 & 6 and did you know that these smartphones sports an Intel Atom processor inside instead of the MediaTek or Qualcomm processors?. So what's so cool about these Intel Atom processors? Well, despite having a dual-core processor, these Intel Atom processors act like a quad-core processor thanks to the hyper threading technology.



All these Zenfones will have ZenUI inside which is a simple but beautiful interface made for ASUS smartphones. It has flat modern icons, vivid colors and animations that are very pleasing to the eyes. There are also some cool features built-in into it like the What’s next and Do it Later. 

One of Zenfone features that ASUS keep bragging about is their Pixelmaster camera. It’s a technology made by for their Zenfone series smartphones. Basically, it has a lot of features including the low-light mode in where it increases the camera perforamance it poor lighting conditions. The camera increases the light sensitivity by 400% and contrast by 200% which will result to clear and bright low-light shots and yes, I’ve tried it for myself and it was very effective. 


ASUS Zenfone 4 (A400CXG) Specifications
  • 4” TFT LCD 800x480
  • Intel Atom Z2520 1.2 GHz Dual-core processor with HyperThreading Technology
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB Internal Storage with MicroSD slot up to 64GB
  • 5 Megapixel Rear Camera
  • VGA Front Facing Camera
  • 1600mAh Battery
  • Android 4.3 (Upgradeable to Android 4.4 soon)


ASUS Zenfone 5 (A501CG) Specifications
  • 5” 1280x720 IPS+ display with Gorilla Glass 3
  • Intel Atom Z2560 1.6 GHz Dual-core processor with HyperThreading Technology
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8GB Internal Storage with MicroSD slot up to 64GB
  • 8 Megapixel Rear Camera, f2/0 aperture with LED Flash
  • 2 Megapixel Front Facing Camera
  • 2110mAh Battery
  • Android 4.3 (Upgradeable to Android 4.4 soon)


ASUS Zenfone 6 (A501CG) Specifications
  • 6” 1280x720 IPS+ display with Gorilla Glass 3
  • Intel Atom Z2560 1.6 GHz Dual-core processor with HyperThreading Technology
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Internal Storage with MicroSD slot up to 64GB
  • 13 Megapixel Rear Camera, f2/0 aperture with LED Flash
  • 2 Megapixel Front Facing Camera
  • 3200mAh Battery
  • Android 4.3 (Upgradeable to Android 4.4 soon)

The ASUS Zenphone Series has a lot of variants but these are the ones that we’re getting here in the Philippines. The SRP will be PhP3,995, PhP6,495, and PhP11,995 for the ASUS Zenfone 4, Zenfone 5 & Zenfone 6 respectively. The ASUS Zenfone 4 feels just right however the Zenfone 6 is a little bit overpriced while I’m more inclined on the ASUS Zenfone 5. Actually, I think the ASUS Zenfone 5 is the best smartphone for its budget.


Another device that made an appearance at the event was the ASUS Memo Pad 7 ME176CX. Why is it interesting? Well, because it has a 3rd generation Intel Atom processor inside specifically, the 64-bit Intel Atom Z3745 Quad-Core processor. Do you know what’s so surprising about it? This device is priced at P6,990 but the Antutu score this tablet got was around 33000. Although, I wasn’t able to test this device :(.

If you're looking for a flagship smartphone that won't make a hole in your pocket then you better check out the Xiaomi Mi 3. It's a smartphone with a flagship specifications but it only has a price tag of P10,600. Very affordable right? but a lot of people have been complaining with its availability but starting last week, you can now order a Xiaomi Mi3 anytime at Lazada.com.ph. Yes! You don't need to wait for the next batch of Xiaomi Mi 3 to arrive because they're available anytime at Lazada.com.ph! You can check out the full specifications of Xiaomi Mi 3 here.
Buying an iPad mini with Retina display? Better go the nearest Beyond the Box stores because they're having a sale right now! Yes! They're slashing off P4000 on the 128GB and 64GB Wifi Cellular models, and P3000 on the 32GB and 16GB WiFi + Cellular models! and aside from that, you could also get some freebies for every purchase of iPad mini with Retina display Wifi + Cellular model. Here are some freebies that you could get when you purchase an iPad Mini with Retina display:


All iPads are available for up to 12 months installment 0% interest to all credit card holders. Visit any Beyond the Box store from July 15-August 15, 2014.
Last Sunday, The world's slimmest smartphone, Gionee Elife S5.5 was launch at SM North EDSA Cyberzone annex. The launch was hosted by Giselle Sanchez and of course, the Gionee Elife S5.5 launch won't be complete without their newest brand ambassador, Ellen Adarna.


Gionee Elife S5.5 is the world's thinnest smartphone at 5.5mm thin but despite having that thickness, the Gionee Elife S5.5 is very durable thanks to the Gorilla Glass 3 encased on the front and the rear of the phone. I know, the phone looks very premium thanks to the combination of the glass and the metal at the sides. Actually, Ellen Adarna dropped the Gionee Elife S5.5 many times and it didn't even had a crack.



Another thing to love in this smartphone is its camera. Despite its thin body, the 13 Megapixel Camera on the Gionee Elife S5.5 performs pretty well while its front facing camera has a 95 degree ultra wide angle lens that's why doing selfies is much better on the Gionee Elife S5.5.



Gionee Elife S5.5 is now available for P21,900 at Gionee Stores nationwide. If you want to know more about the device, you could check out my hands-on and first impression of the Gionee Elife S5.5