Friday, May 17, 2013

So You Think Samsung Is The Best? Think Again.

Before iPhone came to Singapore, I watched how Steve Jobs launched the iPhone back then in 2007. The first iPhone was a hit, and many people bought it and unlocked it to be used in Singapore. Since then, the world of mobile has changed. You could see how iPhone has changed the entire mobile industry. iPhone was at its prime at iPhone 4 & 4S, where there were a bunch of people, who claimed that iPhone was the best, but didn't know how to entirely utilize the phone. These same bunch of people recently left for another device, Samsung Galaxy S IV and calling it the best - again not knowing how to fully utilize the phone.

First of all, I'm glad these followers found something else to rave about. These people are the ones that makes the value of products drop. I'm so glad they have left. Next, while Galaxy S4 has better specs than iPhone 5, benchmarks of iPhone 5 are way better than GS4. The camera of iPhone 5 records clearer videos and takes better pictures. Even though there are "features" with GS4's camera, what is the point of that if you don't have a good camera to start with? Videos taken on GS4 are jittery and very amateurish. Next is the battery life. I'm actually quite appalled by this. Because people complain about iPhone's battery life, but the GS4's battery life is much worse. iPhone 5's battery life lasts an hour longer than GS4. Sure, you might boast it's clunky big screen, which makes people who hold it look like idiots and that thing jutting out of the pocket is just so unsightly. Plus, with MEDIOCRE REVIEWS, tell me, how is GS4 "THE BEST"? Samsung has absolutely NO TASTE. They just throw in things to compete. Plus, they don't even have an operating system. They just build on top of Google's Android. If you followed the trial of Apple VS Samsung, you would know that Samsung LOVES to compare themselves with Apple. Why? Because Apple has set the BENCHMARK, and Samsung wants to be that, or even better. You could read about that here.

While I do claim that I'm a Mac Snob, I have never claimed to be an Apple fanboy. In fact, I'm more of a Steve Jobs fanboy than an Apple fanboy. My love for Apple products is based on its simplicity and outrageously simple user experience. Just give me the great experience, and I care not what you put inside. Samsung boast that their GS4 is with Snapdragon processor, but the truth is that iPhone's performance is much better. Even for photos, I have said this before MANY TIMES: I don't care how much MegaPixels cameras have these days because it's at least 5MP - which is GOOD ENOUGH if your camera is good. So having a 13MP camera DOES NOT equate to a better camera overall. I tried the camera on GS4 and I was not impressed with the slow shutter and response. The other thing that bugged me was its bloatware. Comes with "Samsung stuff" that you don't need (and can't delete) and takes up space that you could utilize better.

While Samsung might still be the best selling android phone or smart phone, sorry I'm not a follower. HOWEVER, I'm starting to like the change I see in Google who finally understand that design plays a huge part. Their GMail redesign, together with Google+ and their apps. You do finally see some aesthetics coming into place for them. I applaude them for that. Make no mistake when I say that I'm ALWAYS ready to give Android a try if they get better. I actually encourage the challenge between Apple iOS and Google Android (even though Android was a ripoff) because it is stuff like that, which pushes the companies to do better and go further. When they first started. it was so raw and pale in comparison with the then iPhone OS. Look at the NEXUS, it just looks so tasty now. In fact, I wouldn't mind trying a GS4 with stock Android with none of the bloatware shit. Even my best friend who's not tech savvy rooted his GS4. Smart move.

So if you bought a GS4, you paid for a cheap plastic and for Samsung's $401 million advertising campaign in US alone. However, while the GS4 doesn't appeal to me, I kinda like the design for NEXUS 4 that is made by LG, Samsung's rival company in S.Korea. I don't blindly follow things. Nope, I didn't buy the iPhone 5 because I didn't really like the design. I loved iPhone 4 and 4S design though, they are aesthetically pleasing and really nice to use. And it still serves me well till today. I like how competition between tech companies brings the best out of them, but I also hate it when it gets to exhausting for a company that they give it up. I had high hopes for Hewlett Packard's webOS because I thought that it had a lot of potential, but they killed it. If Google ever made their own hardware for their Nexus phones, I'd probably be damn excited about it. It's good to challenge each other in the industry, but don't self-proclaim that you're the best. Samsung is a great hardware company, buy they are a company with no morals. And they really need to keep track of their ethics.

Samsung flew bloggers halfway around the world, then threatened to leave them there.

Samsung Used Photographer’s Nikon Photo in Advertisement on Facebook.

Samsung busted for paying people to write bad reviews of HTC phones. This was because the GS4 was getting mediocre reviews and many were pointing to HTC One as the better choice for an Android smartphone.

Samsung Abuses Workers at Its China Plants.

Like what Mic Wright said - "You’re welcome to love Android and hate Apple. Just don’t be fooled into thinking Samsung are the good guys."

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 Sunday, February 10, 2013

Asus Padfone 2

I managed to get my hands on the review set of the ASUS PadFone 2. The first PadFone had a great concept. But ASUS refined it with the new PadFone 2. It's remarkably easy to slot the phone into the tablet. Upon docking into the tablet, there's a vibration to signal the the phone has been docked carefully. It's something very subtle, but still essentially helpful. The content would then be transferred from the phone to the tablet. While theoretically sounds good. Only a few in-built apps come with this ability. However, do take note that while the Google Chrome app doesn't get transferred to the tablet, you can launch the app on the tablet and continue browsing where you left off.

I was unsure about the Phone not having a secure clutch or something. But shaking the tablet with the phone attached vigorously wouldn't even cause the phone to budge. Unless, if you're careless, I suppose the phone is pretty secure on the tablet.

I usually have problems with Android Phones and tablets being laggy and unresponsive. The Galaxy TAB 7.7 that I have was laggy from the start - pretty much. I believe the ASUS Padfone itself is much better with the new Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait as well as the new Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The screen for both the phone and the tablet isn't scratch proof though it's made from Corning Gorilla Glass so I would advice one to get a screen protector or keep it away from your keys and coins in your pocket or bags. The display is Super IPS+ LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.7 inches (about 312 ppi pixel density)

The speakers on the tablet were impressive and beyond what I expected. I played the Man Of Steel trailers, both #1 & #2, and the speech was extremely clear.

Battery life was good. It came to me charged to about 90% but it lasted me through 2 weeks - Both phone and tablet together. When your phone is low on battery, the great thing about the new PadFone is that it'll allow you to charge directly from the tablet itself; saving you from missing important calls and text messages. Any calls that you have, you could just plug it out to answer.

The price for 32GB PadFone 2 is S$848 while the 64GB PadFone 2 is S$988.
The price for the docking station (tablet) is: S$328.
The price for both PadFone 2 + Docking Station is S$1099(32GB) and S$1239(64GB)

Since you need the PadFone 2 to use the docking station, it would make sense to buy it together.

My Verdict: ★★★★☆
It certainly did impress me with its concept and how ASUS have taken it further with their second model. They are probably some things that might need a little fine tuning. The display pixel density wasn't enough for me. The deal breaker for me is that while viewing webpages on the tablet vertically was good, I couldn't hold it longer than 10 seconds viewing it horizontally without my eyes feeling like they are taking a beating. The PadFone 2 is 4G LTE, which pretty common in most mobile phones now. Other than the screen and apps issues, I guess the PadFone 2 itself is a pretty good phone.

So there you have it. The PadFone 2 - Good, not Great. But definitely worth your consideration.

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 Monday, December 31, 2012

End Of The World 2012

2012 hasn't been a smooth sailing year, but nevertheless, a fulfilling one. I have had one of the greatest opportunities to learn and grow together with my clients, friends, mentors, as well as my loved ones.

A lot of people think hard work is not needed at where I am. They have no idea. I get a lot of comments saying "You're the boss, so you can just don't bother and leave it to someone else." Damn wrong. Let me set this straight. I work more hours than any of you who take a 9-6 job. I work through into the hours of the night to be sure that everything is alright, that the company is running fine.

People often ask me to tell of my success stories, which bothers me a lot. What would one define success as? What is success? People talk about success all the time but it is constantly varied with a wide variety of explanations. Some people think success is about making lots of money. Some people say it's living life to the fullest (again, that phrase also has a lot of varied explanations). To me, I believe that success is a perceived point of view of an individual who measures it with where they stand in society.

For example, a banker who earns $10,000 a month in Singapore would be pretty happy with his salary. A lot of things would be easier for him to get than most people. And a lot of people (generally in Singapore) would compare it in their current state with their jobs and the money they bring in - and would most likely call him a successful person. But what would a billionaire like Warren Buffet think of him? Would he be seen as successful? Or would he be someone seen as mediocre - just living a normal life like the others?

With that in mind, it doesn't mean the more you have, the more successful you are. It's basically how people perceive these people as. They think, "Wow, this person is really successful." But do they know how much hard work they put in to get there? How much morals they compromised just to get to where they are? It's a state of mind where people convince themselves that they could be in the same condition as the person they look up to. They want to be able to enjoy the "power" they see from what the person exudes. To which, they conclude that the person is "successful".

To these people, I say, "My hard work has got me to where I am today. And I am contented. Always. Because life is about learning. It's the journey, not the destination. If I were to lose everything today, yes, I'd be devastated. Because it's 4 years of hard work. But, I will be glad to be given the opportunity to start all over again with the knowledge I've garnered through the years. We fall so that we can learn to pick ourselves up."

Personally, I don't like listening to success stories. I prefer listening to a person's failure and his or her assessment of their failed projects/ventures. I have more respect for these people. Because they learnt a lot more about things through their failures. Of course, I'm not saying you should fail to learn things. But through the course of failure, your vision gets clearer.

So back to topic. It's 2012. And the World didn't end this year as predicted by some numbnuts (the Mayans didn't predict it please). Well this year, I've had the opportunity to be a part of a new startup that I never thought I'd be a part of. And of course, the brand of this startup has been doing pretty well.

The things I've learnt this year, though harsh, but made me come out as a stronger and better person. Of course, I have been able to have some chill and relax time. I caught up with some old pals even though the year has been busy. I don't have any New Year resolutions though, but as always, I have goals that I plan to reach. Hopefully, better things would happen this coming New Year. With that I wish everyone a Happy New Year!

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 Sunday, October 21, 2012

Minor Updates on the Blog

The design of this blog hasn't changed since 2010. The fact is I love the design of this current look. Which is why I never made any amendments to the design or structure. However, you might have seen a little updates here and there. First, the logo has changed - nothing much, just refined little. My side bar introduction also has been updated. The biggest update so far... this profile of mine. Click on "ABOUT" on the navigation bar and you'll see this new modal box with a rather simple design. Removed some stuff that cluttered the space, like my Adobe Certifications. Since it's already on the main page, I thought I'd just put a generic badge for that. Updated to pic where I don't look like a kid.

That's about it actually. May update again from time to time but oh well... I'll see if time permits. Adios.

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 Friday, February 17, 2012

Hear The Roar from the Mountain? Apple Unveils OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

Apple Unveils OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion with tonnes of features that iOS users are familiar with. As iOS was made from OS X, the integration is now getting more obvious in the new operating system. Messages will replace iChat, and other apps that are seen on iOS, like Notes, Reminders and Game Center will be on 10.8.

We'll also see a better integration of twitter and iCloud with this upcoming release. The developer preview also includes Gatekeeper, which helps keep users safe from malicious software by giving control over what applications are installed on a Mac. Mountain Lion also features enhanced support for Chinese users, including the option to select Baidu search in Safari. It also sports "significant enhancements" to the Chinese input method, Apple said, along with connectivity for Contacts, Mail and Calendar through top e-mail service providers QQ, 126 and 163, and Share Sheets connectivity with Youku and Toudou.

What’s really promising about Game Center in Mountain Lion is that it’s not just about Mac-to-Mac gaming, it will enabled Mac-to-iPhone, Mac-to-iPad, and Mac-to-iPod touch gaming as well.You can probably expect a rush of iOS games being ported to the Mac by this summer.

Pricing on Mountain Lion has not yet been announced, but the new operating system will only be available via the Mac App Store around late summer.

You can download the beta of Messages here. You'll need to be running at least 10.7.3.
You can see more here.

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 Thursday, October 06, 2011

Goodbye Steve Jobs, the greatest inspiring brilliant mind of our time

Today's a sad day for us all. For we've lost an inspiring individual who's made a great impact in my life. I never thought I could be so sad about the loss of someone I never met, though meeting him was always something I've always wanted to do. He lived his life to the greatest, doing things he loved and I have the utmost respect for this man. The last time I felt this way was for Christopher Reeve, who also made an impact in my life. I'm still speechless. Though I know you'd have to leave us physically someday, you'll live in our hearts and through the visionary products you invented.

Here's to the most inspiring brilliant mind of our time.
The man who made computers personal.
The man who revolutionized the music player and smartphone.
The man who loved what he did - Steve Jobs.

"...the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do" --Steve Jobs

"Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life." -- Steve Jobs

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 Monday, August 01, 2011

GradShow, Miss Singapore & Mac OS X Lion

A lot of things have happened recently and I'm just glad that things are still good on my side here. You see, not many things would go the way you want, but I always have the notion of making the best of what you got. Recently the graduation show for the 9th Batch of BDCD of SIM-RMIT has been raking in positive remarks. Not the best I'd say, but a lot of effort had been put in by many.

Carlsche Media was one of the first sponsors to reach out to the Graduation Showcase, but due to the incompetent marketing leader, a lot of things were not delivered professionally. It's not something what a sponsor would want to see. I was there every day during the course of 4 days and walked people through the exhibition to allow them to understand better what was the message we were trying to bring across.

And while I was busy packing up the Grad Show, my music soulmate won her title as Miss Singapore Universe!! Congratulations to her for that epic win! =)

Well, for the past month or so I've been putting this back to where it is, dealing with renovations and other stuff. Thankfully, there's my iPad to make things a little easier to handle. As of today, I've installed Mac OS X Lion for a week or 2 now, and I've got to say that Apple just keep refining the Operating System. I never like how iPhoto handled my pictures, but after the full screen thingy kicked in, I started using it again. Viewing pictures in full-screen is just beautiful.

If you haven't get it, it's just US$29.99, which is like $36.05 due to the exchange rate of USD1 : SGD1.202. As people might know me, I got it the very day it was out. Kiasu max. But I've been lovin' it ever since. Now it's just a matter of time before the release of the new iPhone. I'm waiting....... =)

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 Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Last Day In SIM-RMIT

Today's the last day of class and I sit here for the last time writing this entry. A year has passed really quickly and our graduation show is to be done soon in July, and the Graduation Ceremony after. As I get back to the working life, things will be different, and I'll miss the little things, the great people I've gotten to know through this course, and the great times we've had together in class and in Melbourne.

As I look forward to doing more awesome stuff with the team in the future, this part of my life serves as a time where I got to further my knowledge and learn from everyone, and the time to be young. I'll have this stashed in my memory pocket for the rest of my life. =)

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