Nexus 5

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My company, migme (previously mig33), surprised us by giving each of us a Nexus 5 (16GB) to reward us for the hard-work we all put in for the rebranding from mig33 to migme over the past 3 months.

I always wanted a Nexus 5 because it is the best Android phone I have ever used! The stock Android is fast because there is no bloat and updates come in as soon as Google releases it. The camera is awesome and there is wireless charging built-in.

The Nexus 5 is not officially available in Singapore and hence there is no warranty if you get your Nexus 5 from shops in Singapore since they are all import sets. The rumours I heard from LG not bringing in the Nexus 5 to Singapore is because when they brought in the Nexus 4 the previous time, sales wasn’t too great and hence for Neuxs 5, they decided to skip it.

If you are interested in getting the Nexus 5 despite the lack of warrenty, you can checkout MobyShop. They are selling the Nexus 5 (16GB) for SGD$490 and Nexus 5 (32GB) for SGD$595.

Specifications

  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2.26GHz processor
  • GPU: Adreno 330, 450MHz
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB or 32GB
  • Screen: 4.95″ IPS 1920×1080 display (445 ppi), Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Camera: 1.3MP front facing and 8MP rear facing with Optical Image Stabilization
  • Wireless: Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC (Android Beam), Bluetooth 4.0
  • Network: 2G/3G/4G LTE
  • Ports/Connections: microUSB, SlimPort enabled, 3.5mm stereo audio jack, Dual microphones, Ceramic power and volume buttons
  • Sensors: GPS, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Compass, Proximity/Ambient Light, Pressure, Hall
  • Wireless Charging: Built-in
  • Battery: 2300 mAh
  • Dimensions: 69.17 x 137.84 x 8.59 mm
  • Weight: 130g

Rumours has it that Nexus 5 will be the last Nexus phone and it will be replaced by premium Android Silver handsets. Just two more weeks to Google I/O 2014 and you will find out!

Nexus 5 - Box Front
Nexus 5 – Box Front

Nexus 5 - Box Back
Nexus 5 – Box Back

Nexus 5 - Box
Nexus 5 – Box

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Nexus 5 – Box Open

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Logitech Big Bang Rugged Case for iPad Air

Announced last month, the Logitech Big Bang is a rugged case for the iPad Air and iPad mini. Three colours will be available, Super Fluro, Magma Red and Forged Graphite.

Logitech Big Bang Rugged Case for iPad Air will be retailing for SGD$139 and the Logitech Big Bang Rugged Case for iPad Mini will be retailing for SGD$119.

The Logitech Big Bang rugged case will protect your iPad from accidental drops, screen impact, bumps, scratches and spills thanks to its Essential Protection System (E.P.S).

The iPad holder and folio cover are reinforced with shock-absorbent material that helps dissipate the shock minimising the impact force and thus protecting iPad from drops and screen impact. The durable materials used helps to keep your iPad safe from accidental bumps and scratches. And the liquid repellent case makes spills easily wipeable.

The case exceeds Military Drop Standard (MIL STD 810 G) which specifies the height of the drop at 1.22m. The Logitech Big Bang has been drop tested up to 1.4m.

What is MIL-STD 810G?
MIL-STD 810G is a US Military test method standard that establishes environmental and engineering testing parameters to validate the durability and worthiness of a product. MIL-STD 810G allows for tailoring of test protocols to the expected condition of use of a product.

Specifications

  • Dimensions (L x W x D): 247.3mm x 180mm x 15.86mm
  • Weight: 429g
  • Auto-wake/auto-sleep feature. Big Bang wakes iPad when you open the cover and puts it to sleep when you close it.
  • Available in one colour: Forged Graphite
  • Case material: Polyurethane, shock-absorbent material, glass fiber
  • iPad holder material: shock-absorbent material, Thermoplastic Polyurethane, Poly Carbonate

The Logitech Big Bang itself weigh about 430g which is somewhat heavy considering the Moshi VersaKeyboard for iPad Air weighs 380g and the Apple iPad Air Smart Case weights 140g.

The only common use-case I can think of for using the Logitech Big Bang is when parents lend their kids their iPad and their kids tend to drop it or throw it around. In this situation, the Logitech Big Bang will be very useful. In fact, I think all parents that has an iPad should get this to protect it from their kids!

Logitech Big Bang - Packaging Front
Logitech Big Bang – Packaging Front

Logitech Big Bang - Packaging Back
Logitech Big Bang – Packaging Back

Logitech Big Bang - Packaging
Logitech Big Bang – Packaging

Logitech Big Bang - Front
Logitech Big Bang – Front

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Logitech Big Bang – Back

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Mactrix Dual 5200 Portable Battery

A lesser known brand of portable batteries, Mactrix, is a product of Singapore by Mactrix Creations.

Mactrix Creations is a young innovative company focused on providing revolutionary power solutions for the tech-savvy. We offer a vast variety of mobile power that is suitable for most mobile devices in the market. With range of power output encased in trendy designs and luxurious metallic finishes, available in a spectrum colors.
Our products aim to delivery a sense of perfect companionship for everyone constantly on the move, whether to work, school or traveling around the world. Our products create a sense of fashionable and luxurious lifestyle with the use of colorful, trendy and high quality materials.

When I mention that it is a product of Singapore, it means it is designed in Singapore but assembled in China (Apple always used designed in California but made in China). Rest assured that the battery inside are original Samsung cells from Korea and it has overheating protection.

The Mactrix Dual is a new range of portable batteries offering two USB output ports (1.0A and 2.1A). There are two different capacity right now in the Mactrix Dual range, the Mactrix Dual 5200 and the Mactrix Dual 9000. The 5,200 mAh capacity is available in four colours: red, blue, black and champagne gold for SGD$69.

You can get it at the usual authorized Apple Stores like Epicentre, Nubox or istudio. It is also available in Robinsons and Isetan as well as smaller stores like X Gear, Audio Ace Electronics, Sim Guan Electronics and Mobile8.

The Mactrix Dual portable batteries are made up of lightweight aluminum which feels solid when you hold it. However, the plastic at the top where the ports are looks very cheaply made. I hope that can be improved in the next iteration.

In case you have not notice, there is a digital LCD indicator in front that shows the input/output voltage and battery capacity left which is pretty useful. There is also an LED torch light which can be switched on by pressing the power button twice.

Specifications

  • Battery Type: Lithium ion (Original Samsung Cells)
  • Capacity: 5,200mAh
  • No. of USB Output Ports: 2 (1.0A and 2.1A)
  • Input Voltage: DC 5.0-6.0V
  • Output Voltage: DC 5.3±0.3V
  • Input Current: Max 800mA
  • Output Current: Max 2.1A
  • Charging Time: Approximately 5-6 hours
  • Life Cycle: More than 500 times
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 95 x 50 x 20mm
  • Weight: 140g
  • Colors Available: Red, Blue, Black and Champagne Gold
  • Packaging Contents: USB Cable, Carry Pouch and User Manual

Mactrix Dual 5200 Portable Battery - Packaging Front
Mactrix Dual 5200 Portable Battery – Packaging Front

Mactrix Dual 5200 Portable Battery - Packaging Back
Mactrix Dual 5200 Portable Battery – Packaging Back

Mactrix Dual 5200 Portable Battery - Packaging
Mactrix Dual 5200 Portable Battery – Packaging

Mactrix Dual 5200 Portable Battery - Packaging Contents
Mactrix Dual 5200 Portable Battery – Packaging Contents

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SingTel Launches Customized Postpaid Mobile Plans

So SingTel launches Easy Mobile, the first postpaid mobile service in Asia to allow users to customise their tariff plans every month to suit their lifestyle needs and budget.

This is something that I always wanted because I don’t use so much voice or SMS and I am willing to trade that for more data!

Easy Mobile
Easy Mobile

How It Works
Signing up is easy and can be completed within minutes via the Easy Mobile website. With a few clicks, users can customise their plan, choose a handset, mobile number and optional service features, as well as arrange for free home delivery.

In addition, there is a range of self-help tools which enables customers to monitor their real time usage and compare it against their chosen allocations. Customers can also retrieve their monthly bill at any time and receive online support if they encounter difficulties with their mobile device or service.

There are four tariff plans to choose from: Small, Medium, Large and XLarge. Each plan comes with a set allowance of units that can be used for voice calls, SMS and data. You can decide how many units will be allocated for your voice, SMS and data bundle, and you can tweak this every month to cater to your needs. In addition, you will have the flexibility to change to another tariff plan each month, if required.

One unit is equivalent to either:

  • 50 minutes of outgoing local calls OR
  • 500 SMS/MMS OR
  • 0.5GB of local data usage
Easy Mobile tariff plan Small Medium Large XLarge
Total number of voice, SMS and data units combined 4 Units 10 Units 16 Units 26 Units
Monthly subscription SGD$33 SGD$45 SGD$65 SGD$105
  • Easy Mobile is available with a wide range of popular smartphone models
  • All plans include free incoming calls and Caller Alert feature

Examples

  • A customer chooses the Medium tariff plan which comes with 10 units of usage. He allocates 2 units to voice (100 minutes), 2 units to SMS (1000 messages) and 6 units to data (3GB).
  • In the following month, he decides that he needs more data but less voice and SMS, so he increases his data bundle to 8 units (4GB) and reduces his voice bundle to 1 unit (50 minutes) and SMS bundle to 1 unit (500 messages).
  • Two months later, to cater to anticipated heavy usage, he upgrades his tariff plan to Large, which offers a total of 16 units. He then allocates 4 units to voice (200 minutes), 2 units to SMS (1000 messages) and 10 units to data (5GB).

Note that at launch, Easy Mobile is available for new line subscriptions only. Existing SingTel mobile customers will be able to renew their contracts with Easy Mobile plans in the coming months.

My Thoughts
Currently I am on Lite plan with 100mins/800 SMS/2GB for SGD$39.90 a month and on top of that, I am paying SGD$5 for Caller-ID and SGD$16 for extra 2GB data which total to SGD$61 per month.

With the Easy Mobile “M” Plan, it will cost me just SGD$45 + SGD$5 (Caller-ID) = SGD$50! I don’t need so much talktime and SMS anyway!

  • 50mins Talktime (1 unit)
  • 500 SMS/MMS (1 unit)
  • 4GB Data (8 units)

For my current phone plan, Lite, to get the iPhone 5s (64GB) it will cost SGD$818 and with Easy Mobile “M” Plan, the phone cost the same as well.

Easy Mobile - Mine
Easy Mobile – Mine

Klipsch Reference R6i

The recently launched Klipsch Reference R6 and Klipsch Reference R6i will be replacing the much loved and popular Klipsch Image S4 II and Klipsch Image S4i II respectively.

Prices will still remain the same which means the Klipsch Reference R6 will be retailing for SGD$129 and the Klipsch Reference R6i will be retailing for SGD$169.

Both will come with a one-year warranty by Tat Chuan Acoustic. In case you are not aware, Tat Chuan Acoustic, which is located at The Adelphi (1 Coleman St #01-17 Singapore 179803), is the official distributor for Klipsch and Sonos products in Singapore.

The Klipsch Reference Series earphones are built upon the Reference sound design which can be found in Klipsch floor speakers which are also Klipsch flagship products.

The only difference between R6 and R6i is that the latter comes with a three-button remote and mic that allows for control of music and phone calls on iOS devices. The earphone you see in this post is the R6i.

Specifications

  • Style: In-Ear Monitor
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz – 19kHz
  • Sensitivity: 110dB
  • Impedance: 18 ohms
  • Driver Design: Dual Magnet, Dynamic Moving Coil Micro Speaker
  • Noise Isolation: -22
  • Input Connections: 3.5 mm
  • Driver Diameter: 6.5 mm
  • Weight: 15.2 g
  • Colours: Black, White

With regards to specifications, the R6i is pretty similar to the S4i II except for the noise isolation level (-22 on the R6i vs -16 on the S4i II) and the weight (15.2g on the R6i vs 11.9g on the S4i II).

I also notice that the R6i cable length is about 10cm shorter than the S4i II. Personally, I find it better because I prefer a shorter cable.

Klipsch Reference R6i - Box Front
Klipsch Reference R6i – Box Front

Klipsch Reference R6i - Box Back
Klipsch Reference R6i – Box Back

Klipsch Reference R6i - Box
Klipsch Reference R6i – Box

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