Nexus 6

· · · Mobile Phone

Bought my Nexus 6 from MobyShop for SGD$870 and traded in my Nexus 5 (16GB) for SGD$200. Ended up paying SGD$670 for the phone.

When I first held the Nexus 6, it gives me a a sense of premium feeling because the phone frame is made of aluminum. For once, the Nexus phone series doesn’t look and feel cheap. Maybe that is why the Nexus 6 is so much more expensive than the Nexus 5.

Note that there are two models for Nexus 6. One is Model XT1103 for use in America and the other is Model XT1100 for the rest of the world (International). Hence, Singapore’s version of Nexus 6 is the Model XT1100.

The Nexus 6 has been available in Singapore since last Saturday, 28th February 2015.

Enjoy the unboxing pictures.

Nexus 6 - Box Front
Nexus 6 – Box Front

Nexus 6 - Box Back
Nexus 6 – Box Back

Nexus 6 - Box
Nexus 6 – Box

Nexus 6 - Box Open
Nexus 6 – Box Open

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Nexus 6 Now Available in Singapore

· · · Mobile Phone

4 months after the launch of Nexus 6, Nexus 6 is now officially available in Singapore for a recommended retail price of SGD$998.

Only the 32GB variant will be available and in both colors, the Midnight Blue and Cloud White. Since the Nexus 6 will only be retailing exclusively though open channel (retail stores), it will not be available at Telcos like Singtel, Starhub or M1.

If you are interesting in getting the Nexus 6, checkout MobyShop. They are selling the Nexus 6 for SGD$870 and offering a trade-in for Nexus 5 (16GB) for SGD$200 and Nexus 5 (32GB) for SGD$250.

Nexus 6
Nexus 6

Specifications

  • OS: Android 5.0
  • Screen: 5.96″ 2560×1440 QHD AMOLED display (493 ppi), 16:9 aspect ratio, Gorilla Glass 3
  • CPU: Quad core Krait 450 CPU 2.7GHz (Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SOC)
  • GPU: Adreno 420
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Memory: 32GB
  • Rear Camera: 13MP with optical image stabilization, Dual LED ring flash, f/2.0 aperture, 4K video capture at 30fps
  • Front Camera: 2MP, HD Video Conferencing
  • Audio Output: Dual front-facing speakers
  • Wireless: 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO), Bluetooth 4.1, NFC
  • Ports: Micro USB 2.0, Nano SIM, 3.5mm audio
  • Sensors: GPS, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Ambient light sensor, Barometer
  • Size: 82.98mm x 159.26mm x 10.06mm
  • Weight: 184g
  • Color: Midnight Blue, Cloud White
  • Battery: 3220mAh with built-in wireless charging and support for turbo charging
  • Network:
    • Rest of World (International):

      • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
      • CDMA: not supported
      • WCDMA Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/9/19
      • LTE Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/9/19/20/28/41
      • CA DL: B3-B5, B3-B8

Dell UltraSharp U3415W 34″ Curved Monitor Review

· · · Monitor, Review

The Dell UltraSharp U3415W 34″ Curved Monitor has been available in Singapore since mid-December 2014 (I didn’t realised that) for SGD$1,499.

Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Monitor (U3415W)
Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Monitor (U3415W)

Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Monitor (U3415W) - Working Desk
Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Monitor (U3415W) – Working Desk

I personally think that the price is pretty reasonable since Dell’s high-end monitors are always about that range. In fact the U3415W is the cheapest of the high end Dell monitors. The Dell UltraSharp UP2715K 27″ Ultra HD 5K Monitor cost SGD$2,699 and the next in line is the Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q 32″ Monitor which cost SGD$2,259 and followed by the Dell UltraSharp U3014 30″ Monitor which will set you back SGD$1,749.

As mentioned in my previous Dell UltraSharp U3011 30″ Monitor Review, all Dell’s UltraSharp monitor comes with Dell’s Premium Panel Guarantee, which means you will receive a panel exchange even if there is only one bright defective pixel on your monitor during the limited hardware warranty period which is 3 years.

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ARQ Dock 2.0

ARQ Dock by 2040 Design Studio is an aluminum modular nesting dock for smartphones or tablets with or without cases on. It’s unique feature allows you to group several ARQ Docks together so that it looks neater. Looks can sometimes be deceiving because the cables from the group of ARQ docks is pretty messy as well.

The default packaging comes with a micro USB cable. It supports official and third party Apple 30pin cables, Apple Lightning cables, micro USB cables and Samsung USB 3.0 cables.

ARQ Dock 2.0 as the name sounds is the second generation of the ARQ Dock. Both versions of the ARQ Docks are crowded funded on Kickstarter. I didn’t manage to back the ARQ Dock 1.0 but I did back the ARQ Dock 2.0.

ARQ Dock 2.0 was successfully funded on Kickstarter on the 19th November 2014 after raising USD$24,575 out of their initial goal of USD$12,000 from 512 backers.

I backed four ARQ Dock 2.0 on 22nd October 2014 and each of them cost USD$25. Shipping is a flat fee of USD$15. In total, I paid USD$115 (SGD$157).

This is so far the only Kickstarter’s project that I backed that was on time. Under the rewards, they mentioned they will ship in December 2014. They did keep to their promise and they finished shipping on 16th December 2014.

But for some reason, they left out my order. Nevertheless, they rectified it the next day and it was shipped out to me on 1st February 2015 and I got it 2 weeks later on 16th February 2015.

ARQ Dock 2.0 - Box
ARQ Dock 2.0 – Box

ARQ Dock 2.0 - Box Contents
ARQ Dock 2.0 – Box Contents

Each ARQ Dock 2.0 package comes with one Arq Dock, two support Arq pins with protective silicone caps, two connector inserts, one Arq key (L wrench) with 2 screws (already screwed in) and one micro USB cable.

ARQ Dock 2.0 - Free Capta Stand
ARQ Dock 2.0 – Free Capta Stand

I was surprised 2040 Design Studio included two Capta in the package. I am guessing for every two ARQ Dock 2.0 you bought, you get one Capta. Capta is a hybrid accessory that combines the features of a tripod mount, a phone stand, and a cable management system.

ARQ Dock 2.0 - Red
ARQ Dock 2.0 – Red

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Aukey 10-Port USB 3.0 Hub

My third and final product from Aukey is the Aukey 10-Port USB 3.0 Hub. It is retailing for USD$49.99 (SGD$68) on Amazon.

The Aukey 10-Port USB 3.0 Hub is a USB 3.0 hub that is made up of aluminum to match the design of your Mac. It measures 183mm x 66mm x 34mm and weighs 180g. Because it is USB 3.0, it supports data transfer rate of up to 5Gbps. It comes with a 12V/3A power adapter and a 1m USB 3.0 cable (Standard-A to Standard-A).

Personally, I think 3A maybe too little to a 10-Port USB 3.0 Hub. From the USB 3.0 specifications, 900mA is the maximum amount of current that can be output from a USB 3.0 port. When a device is attached to a USB 3.0 port, a device will reserve about 500-600mA for data transfer (even when not in use) and leave the rest for charging (300-400mA). So don’t expect to use this hub as a charger. Maybe that is why my current Anker USB 3.0 9-Port USB 3.0 Hub has an additional 10th port that does only charging at 2.1A.

Beside the 10-Port USB 3.0 Hub, Aukey also has a 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub and a 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub of the same design. Only the 4-Port USSB 3.0 Hub doesn’t come with an external power adapter.

The 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub is retailing on Amazon for USD$16.99 (SGD$23) while the 7-Port USB 3.0 Hub is retailing on Amazon for USD$39.99 (SGD$55).

Aukey 10-Port USB 3.0 Hub - Box Front
Aukey 10-Port USB 3.0 Hub – Box Front

Aukey 10-Port USB 3.0 Hub - Box Contents
Aukey 10-Port USB 3.0 Hub – Box Contents

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