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Monday, December 23, 2013

Nexus 5 Review Day 3: WiFi Charging

WiFi charging is one of the feature I want to try on my Nexus 5 as it already come with the capability to accept WiFi charging without any other add on except of course the WiFi charger.

With my limited budget, I got a WiFi Charger to try it out.

This WiFi charger was stated to be compliance with Qi standard

There were discussion if WiFi charging is an efficient charging as the power turn to WiFi and WiFi back to current to charge the internal battery. My base question would be how long does it charge my Nexus 5.

So I did an experiment with my timer of 10 minutes with my Nexus 5 at ON state without mobile or WiFi activation. That mean if someone call in, I still can pick it up.

After 10 minutes of charging, the battery indicate that the device has charged to 7%. That isn't too shabby.

Some pointed out the best way to charge the lithium battery was not for it to go real flat but around 20% and to charge to 80% for longer battery life. For me I charge it to 100% with my phone off with WiFi charging.

Just like any charging with cable, the device do generate heat in some way but nothing to be too concern.

WiFi charging is a great alternative if you want to reduce plugging in the cable to charge every time that may result in running the risk of the mini-USB damage point in long run.

So far I am loving WiFi charging.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Nexus 5 Review Day 2: Battery Life

I am into my first week of usage...well not really a complete week yet. I have been hearing mixed review on Nexus 5 battery consumption. Now I know everyone has their own lifestyle in usage but not much review on an individual usage on the battery duration.

So I decide to share my finding on Nexus 5 using stock 4.4.2 Kitkat started my day with a full charge overnight with power off. So when I wake up, I power up my Nexus 5. Time to start my day.

Here is my battery consumption around my lunch hour at remaining 56 percent of battery left.

You can see above in the beginning of the day I have a higher screen time as on my traveling I was browsing the web using mobile data in 3G and doing some social media stuff.  That take quite a lot of power. When in office I just check my phone once awhile. 

Four hours later, I was knocking off my work, the battery level goes to 38 percent as I did some interaction, checking email and stuff.

You can see more power being drained as I was using intensively again on my way back to home from office.

So around 8pm, my Nexus connected to WiFi is about 10 percent battery level left.

So what is the conclusion? I think the information capture to day is not far from my expectation as I did use around 5 hours of intensive usage on mobile data.

Do note that I did not charge my phone in the office on that day as I want to see how far it goes. Usually with my old Galaxy S3, I would have charge using USB from my laptop while I was working.

So it is pretty decent to me for the battery.

What do you think?

Monday, December 16, 2013

Nexus 5 Review Day 1

This is my first Google phone and I get this phone out of curiosity.

I went through  quite a length to get this phone as it is currently not selling in Singapore. Thank to a friend, I finally got hold of it.

The selling point of Nexus 5 was a budget phone with high end processor and the latest Android OS 4.4 Kitkat. For my Nexus 5, it was suppose to be selling at USD$399 for 32GB capacity. Out of America because of taxes, it was not really consider as cheap as it should be. I cannot imagine if this is selling in Singapore officially...

Well that being said, if you intend to get the US set to be used in Singapore. Do not do it as the mobile data seems to be different. Getting the Asia set would be more fool proof (India, Japan, HongKong, etc).

Getting a phone that is not selling in Singapore could be a pain as there not only does not have the warranty but getting accessories like screen protector or casing is almost impossible. Thus don't be surprise if you see I still have the original screen sticker on this review. I am waiting for the screen protector from oversea to arrive.

The hands on experience of Nexus 5 is great as it is light in weight, the feel of the back cover was good and most of all the response of the movement thru Apps and screens are so fluid.

The stock or some call it vanilla Android was something I have to get used as it is very basic and stripped down. Nonetheless it was better as I am tired of having a phone which slow down in loading and switching from Apps to Apps.

I calculated to cost for switching to this phone as most review said the camera and battery life was not ideal. It turned out that the quality of the camera although in 8 Megapixel isn't that bad after updating Kitkat 4.4.2 which came out just a few days ago.

* Yes I have not take out the sticker on the lens yet.

Why am I showing the following photo? Is to show that this phone is from LG and it is made in Korea and that would be rather reassuring to some extend right?

My first experience of Nexus 5 was not to open up the phone but to insert the micro SIM into the phone. For that you need a special tools. It reminded me of iPhone. That lead me to think is the tool are in the same way can be use on the Nexus 5. The answer is No. Although the concept is similar, the size is different. Take a look.

Now there are news that the Nexus 5 has kind of improve some parts in the newer set. One of it was the hole at the base was larger. This improvement was to improve both mic and speaker volume.

From the look of my set, it was the older one. It was told the if your serial number begin with 311 and above, it is the improved version.

Mine was 310 so should be the older batch.

I have no complain on both the mic and speaker as I did a couple of phone call and play some music from the speaker. No issue so far.

As for battery life, I am still observing the usage to conclude. What I can share was the following Day 1 of my usage since it was a new phone, I never let it to be it's own. Here is the battery usage for you to judge yourself.

I have to be fair that maybe the battery was still new and not fully charge or optimize.

I will share more in the days to come as I just the phone more.

So far I am quite please with this phone. Let's see how it is in days to come.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Danboard 6000mAh Powerbank

If you a person on the Go and surfing the net as you go, it is essential for you to get a Power bank just in case you run low on battery. There are many shape and sizes of power bank in the market and here is one which I think will be popular.

Introducing Danboard Power bank from Cheero Power Plus.

You may have seen Danboard character before as he has followers on it model kits and toys.

The power back is 6000 mah which equate to be able to charge a iPhone 2.5 times of power cycle. The package will come with power bank, exclusive bag for the power bank and micro USB charging cable.

The power bank will come with it's own cardboard box like the following picture.

It has a micro USB charging outlet for 1A or 2.1A.

One feature is that there are power indicator by the color of the Danboard eyes. With the color LED indicator, you will know how much power you still have it.

You may find this gadget on sale in Japan Amazon ranging from 3250 to 4980 Yen.

If you want a power bank, why not get one with style and fun?

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Wireless Charging

Many talk has been going on for Wireless charging. First impression when I heard about this, it was fascinating to me as I was thinking I can continue to use my phone while it is charging from wireless energy from the air. Little do I know how far I missed from the current technology limitation.

In order to have wireless charging to happen, you need a transmitter and a receiver. The receiver mostly are referring to the phone if they have the wireless reciever built into the battery compartment. In cases it does not have, you may source around if there are such adapter for your phone model.

Do note that there are different specs in the Wireless Receiver. You may need to match the voltage and current to match your charging.

If you are trying to get a Wireless charger, please check if it is according to the Qi standard.They comes with different shape and sizes. Just find one that suit for your phone.

Wireless charging you need to place the device at the correct position for optimum charging. If in between the layering is thick, it would take longer to charge the device. So if you have an additional chasing on your mobile phone, it may obstruct some of the charging power.

What happen will be the Charger will transmit Wireless energy and the wireless receiver will received the energy and convert it as charging power to the battery unit of the mobile phone.

While some after this understanding of how wireless charging works, they may turn away to go back to cable charging as it is more straight forward. However one has to consider that cable charging may affect the cable connection for a long run as you have to plug in and out. Most of the failing rate has to do with that cable connector.

Although Wireless charging has it limit as it is a new technology, it would be beneficial to give it some time for this technology to mature and hopefully in the near future charging can be easier as most may want to be charge over the air with no limits.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Do Not Call Registry Start Today in Singapore

Remember those unwanted telemarketing call and SMS? Well today it "Should" come to an end as you can register your number to request for a "NO" to the following
  • No Voice Call Register
  • No Text Message Register
  • No Fax Message Register
Do note that messages like pure market and research survey, promote charitable or religious causes, personal messages sent by individuals and other government agencies or political messages are exception. That mean it is not perfect but it surely done away Agencies asking you to buy insurance, sign up credit card for free and other investment out which is very regularly.

Also note that if an organizations that have obtained your consent to send marketing messages to your even if you have registered with the DNC Registry. So please be mindful on what you sign up online or offline.

On the other hand that mean less telemarketing job for some people.

See more Here

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Nokia Connecting People?

Back in the  late 1990s, there were 3 major mobile phone brands and there are Motorola, Ericsson and Nokia. Nokia was leading in term of consumer preference. Back then a mobile phone is good for SMS and phone call.

My first Mobile phone was a Nokia and it was handed down from my brother. It was a deluxe model 8810 a pretty old model by then in the early 2000.

I was so pleased with Nokia that I got my own mobile phone Nokia 6210 while returning the 8810 back to my brother. It was still in good working condition after close to 2 years of usage from my end. There wasn't much progression as affordable internet infrastructure was not really set up and the only way to assess internet you need to use WEP for simple text and small size 1 bit graphic.

My business with Nokia was rather short lived as less than a year later, the blooming of color screen and camera function from SonyEricsson kick in.Yes Sony has pair up with Ericsson and for the next few years, they were the leaders in mobile phone. With Sony experience in walkman (dawning of MP3 not to mention Napster) and technology of digital camera, it really create lot of love for people to start taking photos and listen to music.

Although Nokia was still a reliable brand, there was nothing really to shout about to me. All their design was similar with their iconic look and although they started to have color screen, the effect and camera function just cannot pair with SonyEricsson.

A couple of years later it was the dawning of smart phone which connect to internet and coming to age of social media. It was the time to go Android or iPhone. Sony started to move to Android and today they have their own Android phone and later as of now, Motorola having to release their own Android phone too.

It seems Nokia do not like Android and moved on with Windows 8 exclusively to them hoping Microsoft will pick up. We all know what happen in the market share.

I am not surprised Nokia sold itself to Microsoft as it was the only choice they have now. I do not forsee Microsoft will do more with that brand. In fact we may not be seeing the name Nokia in a year or two. But at least Nokia get some some money back and if the whole thing doesn't pick up, it is really on the hands on others and not them.

To me Nokia and blackberry are very similar. They do not like to try new things or at least follow the thread. If they would make earlier move to go to Android, maybe it would not be that bad.

The demand of mobile phone has change into ta lifestyle and personal product and now they are one intimate gadget. Now mobile phone is not only limit to business function but more on a personal usage to check email, communicate in messages, playing games, watching videos and searching for information.

It's funny I look at the tagline of Nokia at his Connecting People. To me, they have stop connecting people to what people wanted with their lifestyle demand. Maybe Nokia do not feel that way but I am certainly many of the consumer does and when consumer feel that way, you have a hard time to get them back to understand what you have in mind.

PS: Above articles are just purely from a consumer stand point.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Annual wage supplement

In Singapore we get pay by monthly and often depending on jobs, you will have this AWS.

What is AWS? It stands for Annual Wage Supplements but some may call it as 13th Month bonus.

But is this really a Bonus as it out of good will from the company? We will get to that in a while.

In some countries, workers are paid by weekly.

Assuming we have a same job which get the same pay, but one is paid by weekly and one is paid by monthly. You may observed that those who paid by weekly will get more pay. Now let's do some math.

1 Year = 52 weeks
1 Month in general there should be 4 whole weeks

so 4 x 12 Months ( 1 year ideally)  = 48 Weeks

However we all know in a full calender year there are 52 weeks!

So we get 52 - 48 = 4 weeks seems to be missing?!

4 Weeks = 1 Month

By now you may know those who paid by weekly would have get much more. That is where this AWS comes in. As the 13th month.

Thus this AWS should not be a bonus but an entitlement in a way as generally a worker work more number of days like around 20 days a month.

That being said, depend on your country and law, this calculation may vary as end of the day when you accept a job, you agree with the amount of pay you are getting but I hope when it comes to this AWS, you would have a better understanding where it came from.

The last thing to remember, this is not suppose to be call a BONUS.

Monday, November 18, 2013

My Sony Walkman

Here is my trustful Walkman which accompany me when I was a teen and it is one of the gadget I kept for sentimental reason even till today.

This is my first Sony Walkman which not only can Auto Reverse but having FM/AM radio with Analog adjustment.

Now you maybe wondering what is Auto Reverse and what is that for? Well back then music are play no on CD but cassette tape.Back then if you want to listen to Music, you can either turn on the radio or play an album which is in cassette form.

A cassette has both side which we called Side A or Side B. If you do not have the Auto Reserves feature, when the cassette play finish side A, you have to open the cassette compartment and switch manually the cassette tape to the other side.So having Auto reverse is a super feature.

This walkman only need one AA battery to operate and it will play a decent hours at least 4 hours of music.

As for the AM/FM radio, you need to manually adjust the nob to get the frequency of the radio wave.  Digital search and adjustment only comes later in the CD player era.

If you are just listening to radio, one AA battery can last you a very long time like a day non stop.

Some of the basic button on the Walkman are Open which also know as Eject button, Play button to start playing the cassette, Stop  and forward and reverse winding. 

As the cassette are run on analogue, in order for you to listen to the next song before the next, you have to use the fast forward features. Such forward or rewind are done by estimation unless your walkman comes with a counter. Then you just need to forward or rewind till the reading of the next song and it should be alright.

The volume is controlled by the turning of a rolling disc and this version of Sony comes with Mega Bass which offer you three mode between Normal, Mid and Max. Depending on songs, I will switch the bass from one to another.

You have to flip a switch to choose between Cassette Tape mode or Radio.

This walkman offer a record button provided your cassette are set to write to record voices or songs.

There are few basic manual maintance one have to do with Cassette player beside changing battery. That is to have regular cleaning of the magnetic head. Often the magnetic head are hard to reach even with a swap as the area have little allowance. This Sony Walkman however ofter a wide open area that you can easily reached to apply some strength to clean the magnetic head.

There was also a special cassette tape which demagnetize the magnetic head to ensure better sound quality.

Today this Walkman retire in my collection as this was a reward by my late father after my examination. I have fond memories of the songs that I listen with this Walkman. :)

Friday, November 15, 2013

More Baggage space, More GST Payment

On Friday 14th of November the news of SIA increasing free baggage allowance by 10kg on all classes.

Economy class passengers has increase from 20Kg to 30kg, Business class from 30kg to 40Kg and the first class passengers from 40kg to 50kg. It was a good news for Singaporeans which mean can buy more stuff back. All we need to worry is how to buy a bigger luggage and how to squeeze those stuff in.

Just a day later on 15th of November, another news from Singapore authorities for those returning to Singapore after their overseas trips to pay Goods and Services Tax (GST) on their overseas purchases. Which mean now if you go overseas, you have to declare. If you only away from Singapore for less than 48 hours, you have rebate of SGD $150 and if you stay away for more than 48 hours, you have a rebate of SGD$600. So far all this apply to goods that you are bring back to Singapore.

I know many ladies would be greatly sadden as they have to think twice to buy back their luxury handbags or other products. I feel your pain as even most stuff selling overseas at some countries like HongKong, Japan and even US are cheaper than getting in local. To think Singapore is a free port yet we are paying premium for many things.

I am not sure if Singapore is the only country that implement this rule for return home citizens for their own luggage goods from oversea.

For this two news that happen one followed by the other sound like a coincidence?

What do you think?

Bank Promotion SMS went Bad

Just this afternoon at my lunch hour, I received an unrequested SMS on my phone.It was one of those number that I have not subscribe from 76060.

Guess what it was a local bank promotion whom wanted their customer to update their email address via iBanking. It was said the first 300 will get a SGD$50 cash. Good deal? Sound like it but the promotion end at 30 September. Strange...I got this on 15th November?

I had a good laugh that some marketing made such mistake. It was bad that such unrequested SMS sent to me but what worst it further confirm as SPAM as sending outdated messages.

Hours later they noticed their mistake and now bracing their embarrassment to send yet another unrequested message to me.

This time it was 31 December where the promotion end.

You only have one chance to make the first impression dude. Remember that!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

PS4 Singapore release announced

The news of PS4 release for Singapore finally announced today. The big day would be 19th December 2013.

Earlier Sony confirms US and Euro release would be at the price of USD$399/€399/£349 price point. In Singapore however it would be SGD$639. Why the price so different for Singapore regardless our release date was earlier than Japan?

Some pointed out the price point was cheaper when PS3 announced years ago in Singapore that some was paying SGD$700++

Regardless about all these noises of complaints about the listed price, many will still pay that price point just to be the early adopter.

As for me, I will wait out as I do not really feel the differences between PS3 and PS4 regardless better graphic.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Interesting Candies at SOPHiSCA Singapore

I changed a upon an interesting shop in Singapore called SOPHiSCA.

Apparently the outlet at Jurong Point Singapore has something interesting concept that if you did not pay attention may pass out to be some other product that is not Candies. Here are some of them.

Need a first aid tape to bind your small cuts? Don't be deceived, this is a candy.

Need some Chinese Medication? This is a candy too.

Need some cream to comfort you by rubbing it on your chest? Wait! This is a candy too.

Need to buy some pad? These are candies too that has the Pad design...

Different packaging as different favor... I have mixed feeling for anyone trying to take this...

This may look like breast enhancer medication but it is just candy too.

From a distance this look like a box of Condom but this is too a Candy in Chocolate favor.  

There are Strawberry too just like condom...

Even the candy itself are in condom design and packaging. 

I think these shop product are interesting for Adults but for sure these candies are not for children.

Do you like these creative products?

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Mos Burger NETS Thumbdrive Review

From 4th November to 17th November if you pay more than SGD$15 using NETS, you will get a free Mos Burger Limited Edition Thumb Drive.

Like you I didn't actually know about the promotion till I pop by Mos Burger for lunch. There I saw the poster and I am sold to get one to try.
Since it is a limited edition, NETS and Mos Burger actually package it presentable with a metal can with see through panel on the top cover.

They even put in sponge form to hold the thumb drive or some called it Jump drive in place. Mos Burger logo was on top of the burger.

Out of the box, the burger look cute with the layering of the ingredients of Mos Burger.

At the bottom of the Burger. there was another printing of NETS a better way to pay.

Although on photo this Burger Thumbdrive look squeezable, there is no such feature as the drive is a complete solid mold.

Regardless of the design of the burger look cute, the design limit the user usage when inserting area of the PC or laptop. The height of the thumbdrive put many off.

The question I had in mind when I was getting this thumb drive was the total capacity of this limited edition thumb drive.

I test it out and the total space is 1.85GB. I was expecting more like 4GB.

If you want to get the same thumb drive, visit Mos Burgers and spend more than SGD$15 from now till 17th November 2013.