Looking Back 2013

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Looking Back 2012, I wanted to travel to several countries which I sort of did!

For my 2013 resolution/wish, I want to travel more. Maybe to Australia, Japan, Korea, London or even New York if possible.

I am now in New York posting this! Been to Washington DC, Boston and then New York. Will be flying back to Singapore on the 4th January 2014.

I also booked my tickets to Sydney, Australia from 16th March 2014 to 22nd March 2014 during one of the Scoot‘s promotion. It cost me SGD$615 (return) for 2 persons!

For my 2014 resolution/wish, I think is time to save some money because of all the travelling! And to contradict my previous statement, maybe for the 2014 year end holidays, I hope to maybe travel to Tokyo, Japan.

With regards to gadgets in 2014, I hope to get my hands on Google Glass which I think chances are slim. I hope Apple’s iPhone 6 would have a bigger screen and I might get a Nexus 6 to replace my HTC One!

I would like to wish all my readers, visitors and supporters a very Happy New Year 2014! Hope 2014 will be even a better year for all of us! Stay healthy, stay lucky!

Looking Back 2013

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Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Headphones

I bought the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones (with Coiled Cable) from one of Amazon‘s Black Friday’s lightning deals as well. Got it for USD$99.99 (SGD$126) including shipping because it also qualifies for AmazonGlobal Saver.

In Singapore, the ATH-M50 is retailing for SGD$238, so you just saved SGD$112!

Specifications

  • Type: Closed-back dynamic
  • Driver Diameter: 45mm
  • Magnet: Neodymium
  • Voice Coil: CCAW (Copper-clad aluminum wire)
  • Frequency Response:15 – 28,000 Hz
  • Maximum Input Power: 1,600 mW at 1 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 99dB
  • Impedance: 38ohms
  • Weight: 284g without cable and connector
  • Cable: 1.2 – 3.0 m Coiled, OFC litz wire
  • Connector: Gold-plated stereo 1/8″ (3.5 mm) connector with strain relief and professional screw-on 1/4″ (6.3 mm) adapter
  • Accessories: Protective pouch

From a non-audiophile point of view, the ATH-M50 sounds much better with a stronger bass, but it is a little bulky to be brought around when compared to the Bose AE2i.

In terms of comfort, the Bose AE2i wins hands down. After wearing the ATH-M50 for a few hours, your ears will start to get warm, you will start to feel the weight of the ATH-M50 and you can feel the pressure of the ATH-M50′s clamp around your ears.

Despite both the AE2i and ATH-M50 are not noise cancelling headphones, both of them managed to block out most of the noises.

I am currently using the Bose AE2i Audio Headphones in the office, I think I will be swapping it with the ATH-M50 thought it is not as comfortable but I like the sound quality!

I wonder is it me or the included carrying pouch seems to be a little small and does not fit the ATH-M50 well. Maybe it is really not meant to be carried around!

ATH-M50 - Box Front
ATH-M50 – Box Front

ATH-M50 - Box Side
ATH-M50 – Box Side

ATH-M50 - Box Back
ATH-M50 – Box Back

ATH-M50 - Box Side
ATH-M50 – Box Side

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Klipsch Image S4i II

Bought for Li Xiang the Klipsch Image S4i II because she lost hers and she love the S4i! The Klipsch Image S4i II was Amazon deal of the day during the Amazon’s Black Friday week.

Got it for USD$39.99 (SGD$50) (looks like Amazon is still selling it for the same price). In Singapore, it is retailing for more than three times the price at SGD$169!

Of course, it also qualifies for AmazonGlobal Saver.

The most obvious difference between the Klipsch Image S4i and Klipsch Image S4i II will be the flat, tangle resistant cable. Other than that, I am not too sure what else has changed.

Specifications

  • Design: Dynamic Moving Coil Micro Speaker
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz-19kHz
  • Sensitivity: 110dB SPL/mW
  • Impedance: 18ohms
  • Drive Components: Full range KG 25
  • Noise Isolation: -16
  • Input Connections: 3.5mm
  • Weight: 11.9 grams
  • Special Features: Flat, tangle resistant cable
  • Accessories: 3 different-sized ear tips, carrying case, clothing clip

Klipsch Image S4i II - Box Front
Klipsch Image S4i II – Box Front

Klipsch Image S4i II - Box Open
Klipsch Image S4i II – Box Open

Klipsch Image S4i II - Box Open
Klipsch Image S4i II – Box Open

Klipsch Image S4i II - Box Back
Klipsch Image S4i II – Box Back

Klipsch Image S4i II - Box
Klipsch Image S4i II – Box

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Clasy Screen Protector for Nexus 7

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The only screen protector for Nexus 7 that MobyShop carries, is the Clasy Screen Protector. Clasy is a Korean brand and the screen protector itself is Made in Korea. It is pretty cheap, I only paid SGD$12 for it!

The packaging is extremely simple, it contains just the screen protector and the microfiber cloth!

SGP do have screen protector for Nexus 7, but unfortunately MobyShop doesn’t carry it. I am guessing maybe the distributor of SGP products in Singapore doesn’t distribute them in the first place.

For the price of SGD$12, I think the Clasy Screen Protector is pretty good! After few week of use, I have no complains yet!

Clasy Screen Protector - Front
Clasy Screen Protector – Front

Clasy Screen Protector - Back
Clasy Screen Protector – Back

Clasy Screen Protector on Nexus 7 (2013)
Clasy Screen Protector on Nexus 7 (2013)

Clasy Screen Protector on Nexus 7 (2013)
Clasy Screen Protector on Nexus 7 (2013)

Nexus 7 (2013)

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Bought the 16GB Nexus 7 (2013) from Amazon for only USD$199 during the Black Friday deals week! The 32GB was also on discount, going for USD$239!

The item is eligible for FREE AmazonGlobal Saver which means it ships for free to Singapore! So you just have to pay USD$199 which is about SGD$250. Do note that Asus Singapore is selling the exact same Nexus 7 (2013) in Singapore for SGD$379. The only difference is that it comes with 1 year warranty. For SGD$130 cheaper, I can forgo the warranty!

I placed the order on the 21st November 2013 and it got shipped by UPS on the 23rd November 2013. I received my item about 2 weeks later on the 7th December 2013.

For SGD$250, the specifications of the Nexus 7 (2013) is actually very good, it beats the crap out of my existing Nook HD+!

Specifications

  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 1.5GHz
  • GPU: Adreno 320, 400MHz
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB or 32GB
  • Display: 7.02″ 1920×1200 IPS HD display (323 ppi)
  • Screen: Scratch resistant Corning glass
  • Camera: 1.2MP front facing, fixed focus, 5MP rear facing, auto focus
  • Battery: 3950 mAh (up to 9 hours active use)
  • Wireless Charging: Yes (built-in, Qi compatible)
  • Wireless: Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC (Android Beam), Bluetooth 4.0
  • Ports: microUSB (SlimPort enabled), 3.5mm audio, Microphone, Power and Volume buttons
  • Sensors: GPS, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Compass, Ambient Light
  • Audio: Stereo speakers, Surround sound, powered by Fraunhofer
  • Dimensions: 114 x 200 x 8.65 mm
  • Weight: 290g

By the way, in case you are thinking of getting the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE model from Amazon, don’t bother because US’s LTE band will not work in Singapore. You are better off getting it from Asus Singapore. They are selling the 32GB Nexus 7 (2013) LTE model for SGD$529.

Nexus 7 (2013) - Box Front
Nexus 7 (2013) – Box Front

Nexus 7 (2013) - Box Back
Nexus 7 (2013) – Box Back

Nexus 7 (2013) - Box
Nexus 7 (2013) – Box

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