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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is coming to the Philippines thanks to our friends at Widget City! Samsung Galaxy Note Edge was announced last September along with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. This device is very similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 but this one has a curve display at one of its sides. That curve display can be use to display notifications, shortcuts and display anything from 3rd party apps. If you’re interested, you can now order the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge at Widget City for PhP44,990. Check them out here.


LG G3 is one of my favorite phones this year. Actually, I was pretty impressed with the LG G3 when I reviewed the device last month. It is the first smartphone to sport a laser auto-focus and now, they're the first non-nexus device to upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop. The new Android sports a material design, and many eye candies. One of things that I like in Android 5.0 Lollipop is the improved notifications on the lock screen. The Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the LG G3 will make its way in the Philippines on early December.

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Another flare smartphone has been revealed today and it’s the Cherry Mobile Flare Lite. The specifications of the smartphone is very similar to the first generation Cherry Mobile Flare but this one now rocks a more affordable price. The Cherry Mobile Flare Lite is now running on Android 4.4 Kitkat and it now sports a 1 GHz Dual-Core processor with a Mali400 GPU, 4GB internalstorage and there’s a 5-Megapixel camera. 

 

Cherry Mobile Flare Lite Specs

  • 1GHz MT6572 Dual core processor
  • 4” Capacitive display
  • 4GB Internal storage expandable up to 64GB
  • 5-Megapixel Rear Camera
  • 2-Megapixel Front Camera
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dual SIM

 

Cherry Mobile Flare lite is currently the most affordable flare smartphone and it is also available in red, pink, blue, black, yellow, white, & green. Cherry Mobile Flare lite is now available for P2,699.

 

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Gionee Philippines has announced a few weeks ago that the Gionee CTRL V4S is now available in the Philippines. It’s a mid-range smartphone that packs a Quad-Core processor and a 4.5” display with a resolution of 854x480. The Gionee CTRL V4S will be also running on Android 4.4 Kitkat out of the box and with some customizations by Gionee. I’m pretty sure that the UI will be similar to the one in the Gionee Gpad G5.

Gionee CTRL V4s Specs 

  • 4.5-inch 854*480 IPS display
  • Quad-core 1.3GHz Processor
  • 8GB Internal Storage
  • 1GB RAM
  • Dual SIM
  • 8-Megapixel Rear camera
  • 2-Megapixel front camera
  • Android 4. 4 KitKat OS
  • 1800 mAh battery
The Gionee CTRL V4s is now available for PhP6,999. 

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

A few months ago, Samsung has launched their smartphone with a main focus on camera. This isn’t their first smartphone to have a camera like this. If you could still remember, their first try was the Samsung Galaxy Camera and then there’s the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and then here's the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom.

Construction

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom thickness

The first thing that you’ll notice is that the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is very thick. If you think the Nokia Lumia 1020 is thick, this one is thicker. It is already expected since this smartphone needs a lot of space for the camera. Samsung Galaxy K Zoom borrowed some elements from the Samsung Galaxy S5 like the perforated back and its flat design and UI. Don’t worry about its thick design because ergonomics is still good because of its curved back.

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom comparison

Since this is a camera smartphone, there’s a dedicated shutter button so you can easily access the camera app from sleep by pressing the volume up and shutter button simultaneously. Unlike the Galaxy S5, this smartphone doesn’t have a heart rate sensor.

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There’s an 8GB of internal storage inside but you can expand it via MicroSD. I strongly recommend you guys to use a MicroSD card since you can’t fully use that 8GB internal storage since you have to install apps on that which will left a half of that. OTG is supported on this device, so yeah, you won’t have too much problems if you want to watch movies that are stored in your flash drive.

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom back



The speaker grill of the Samsung Galaxy K zoom is placed at the top back and the quality was okay but I was expecting that this device would have a louder and better audio quality since it has a thick design. Thankfully, there’s LTE on the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom but there’s no NFC on this one.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom has a 4.8” HD Super AMOLED display. The display isn’t on par with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy K Zoom’s display feels more like the display of Samsung Galaxy S3. But hey, most point and shoots can’t match the Galaxy K Zoom’s display. The outdoor visibility is good and the touch is very responsive on this smartphone.

Software and Performance

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is powered by Android 4.4.2 and the UI is very similar to the Samsung Galaxy S5. The wallpapers, icons and the features are very similar but sad to say, there’s no multi-window and fingerprint sensor on this Galaxy smartphone. Those are the biggest feature on Galaxy smartphones but hey, at least there’s ultra power saving mode on this device.

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom antutu

Unlike other smartphones that packs an Octa-Core or Quad-Core processor, Samsung Galaxy K Zoom uses a Hexa-Core Exynos processor with a 2GB of RAM. When it comes to gaming, it can do pretty well and the performance is better than the Snapdragon 600 but not better than Snapdragon 800. I got an Antutu score of 37504 which is pretty good. I didn’t expect the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom would have that score.

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Battery Life

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When you used the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom, it performs pretty well but when you used the camera more often along with the xenon flash, you’ll have to bring a powerbank or your charger. At average use, it can last up a day but if you’re using it as a camera don’t expect that it can last up to half a day.

Camera


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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom camera


Samsung Galaxy K Zoom managed to combined a point and shoot camera and a smartphone. Samsung Galaxy K Zoom has a 20.7 Megapixel with a 1/2.3-inch sensor, which is common on most point and shoot cameras. This camera smartphone can also manage up to 10x zooming, which is good for shooting faraway objects.

There’s OIS and Xenon flash but there’s no LED flash on this one. There are a lot of scene modes available in the camera app and you can even do manual control on the settings to suffice you with your shot. You could do a lot including automatically adding a watermark on a photo.

Overall, Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is one of the best in the Android smartphone market. It can’t replace most point and shoot cameras and SLRs but it can definitely give you the best photos on a smartphone. Check out the photos that I took at Flickr.


Verdict

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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is a camera centric smartphone. If you’re looking for a smartphone that can take photos similar to the quality of point-and-shoot then better get this one. This smartphone is actually handy if you don’t want to bring your camera on parties & events because despite its size, this one already fits in your pocket.

If you don’t want a thick device, there’s the Samsung Galaxy S5 that can take good photos too (However, not on par with the Galaxy K Zoom) and if you want a much bigger Android device, there’s the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Again, if you want an android smartphone that can take good photos, get the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom.





Smart has announced that they’re now accepting registration for the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 starting today. The iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 were announced last month and both devices now supports Touch ID. The iPad Mini 3 is basically the same with the iPad Mini 2 and the only new features that we’ve seen on that tablet were the gold color and Touch ID while the iPad Air 2 has upgraded its camera, display and processor. The iPad Air 3 is currently the thinnest iPad that we can get right now.


Unfortunately, Smart didn’t announced the availability of these tablets but It seems that we’re getting the new iPads before the year ends. If you’re planning on getting the iPad Mini 3 from Smart then head over to this link but if you want the iPad Air 2, head to this link.

Christmas is all about giving and loving each other. Most of us wants to express our love and gratitude to someone by giving them gifts and that someone might be your brother, sister, dad or mom. Taiwan Excellence is helping us Filipinos to express our love and appreciation to our loved ones by letting Filipinos choose high-quality gifts from Taiwan in where ten lucky people will win a chosen Taiwan Excellence product and one lucky individual from those 10 winners will have a gift delivered from Taiwan Excellence Celebrity Endorser, Iya Villania-Arellano to the selected recipient.

If you want to be part of the Taiwan Excellence promo, all you have to do is to register at http://www.MadeToEnjoyTheLife.ph and just select a Taiwan Excellence gift for your loved ones. You have to upload your photo and why you want to give your gift to the selected recipient. And no, you don’t need to purchase any Taiwan products to join. The Made to Enjoy Christmas Contest runs from September 28, 2014 until November 23, 2014.

Cloudfone has just sent a press release in where they unveiled their newest smartphones, the Cloudfone GEO 400LTE and Cloudfone GEO 400LTE+. The specifications of these smartphones aren't clear but according to Cloudfone, both smartphones would have LTE, a 4-inch display, 1.2 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon processor and a 5 Megapixel Camera. The difference between the two is that the CloudFone GEO 400LTE+ has double the RAM of the CloudFone GEO 400LTE. The prices of these smartphones wasn't announced but Cloudfone told us that the price will surely shock us and it will be coming soon.


Techmisan

 

Do you love tech? How about local tech blogs? If you love reading local tech blogs then you might probably want this app for your Android device. Techmisan is an app that helps you keep updated on the local tech industry. Techmisan is made by a Filipino developer from Zamboanga and it shows you the latest articles from different local tech blogs. The cool thing about this app is that you can easily read all the articles from different blogs from the last 24 hours and you could also see the articles that you’ve missed. If you don’t want to missed any news from the local tech industry, be sure to download Techmisan on the Play store now!


Firefox is one of the most popular browsers that we’re using but did you know that Mozilla also has a Firefox OS for smartphones? Yes, there are smartphones running on Firefox OS and the first Firefox OS smartphone to arrive in the Philippines is the Cherry Mobile Ace.

Cherry Mobile Ace Specs
  • 3.5-inch TFT Capacitive display 
  • 1 GHz Single Core processor 
  • 128MB RAM 
  • 256MB Internal storage expandable up to 32GB 
  • 2-Megapixel Rear Camera 
  • Wi-Fi 
  • Bluetooth 
  • Dual SIM 
  • 1100mAh 
  • Firefox OS
If you want to check out Firefox OS, you can already get the Cherry Mobile Ace for PhP1,499 and it will come in black, light blue, light green, light red, yellow, white and orange. Oh and before I forgot, Cherry Mobile Ace is not only the first Firefox OS smartphone in the Philippines, but it is also the first Firefox OS smartphone in Southeast Asia.

Nokia just made a big comeback yesterday when they announce their newest tablet running on Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Nokia N1. And no, the Nokia right now isn’t the Nokia before since Microsoft got most of its engineers but don’t worry, the Nokia N1 was still made by people from Nokia but this time, Nokia has partnered with Foxconn to build this device. The design of the Nokia N1 is very familiar but yeah, this tablet looks better than the iPad Mini.

Nokia N1

Nokia N1 has the same display with the iPad mini which is a 7.9-inch display with 2048x1536 resolution. There’s a 2.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Atom Z3580 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera too. The Nokia N1 is also the first Android tablet to sport a type-C USB connector, which is a reversible USB connector just like the lightning connector of Apple. Just like the iPad Mini the N1 is made up of aluminum and it will come in two colors — Natural Aluminum and Lava grey.

 

Nokia N1 specs

  • 2.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Atom Z3580 processor
  • 7.9-inch display with 2048x1536 resolution
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB Internal Storage
  • 8-megapixel rear camera
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • Android 5.0 with Nokia Z launcher
  • Type-C USB connector

Nokia N1 will be launching in China for $249 (PhP11,203) on February 19. No word regarding release in the Philippines but I hope they’ll consider that because the Nokia N1 tablet looks pretty cool and awesome. Oh and yeah, I want this device too. 

Zenfone 5 lite

ASUS Philippines has teased the ASUS Zenfone 5 Lite before at their Facebook page and now, the ASUS Zenfone 5 Lite is now official! The smartphone is very similar to the ASUS Zenfone 5 but this one has a different specifications. The ASUS Zenfone 5 Lite will sport the same 5-inch display but this one would have a qHD resolution. The RAM was also downgraded to 1GB from 2GB. You could check out the full specifications of ASUS Zenfone 5 Lite here. ASUS Zenfone 5 Lite will be avaiable next week with an SRP of PhP5,595.