Chipolo – Bluetooth Item Finder for iPhone and Android

· · · Gadget

Chipolo is a Bluetooth item finder for iPhone and Android which started on Kickstarter. I backed the project on 8th November 2013 and it got successfully funded on the 16th November 2013 after raising USD$293,014 out of the initial goal of only USD$15,000.

My pledge level is USD$99 (SGD$127) and shipping is free. I received the item on the 29th January 2014 via DHL Express!

4 ITEMS NEVER LOST – 4 named Chipolos: Pre-order and receive four Chipolos in colors of your choice and four different name tags.

Features

  • Android (Google Play Link) and iOS (App Store Link) compatible. Windows Phone 8 app coming soon.
  • Range up to 60 meters within line of sight.
  • Chipolo is secure. Once connected to your Chipolo, you will be the only one able to use it. Nobody else can access the data.
  • Integrated Bluetooth 4.0 (Bluetooth Low Energy)
  • User replaceable standard battery (CR2025) that can last up to 6 months.
  • 35mm in diameter and 4.6mm in thickness
  • Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Black and White colours available
  • Built-in temperature sensor allows you to determine whether you left your belongings indoor or outdoors

Been using the Chipolo for about a week and I have been getting a lot of connection issues between my phone and the Chipolo. Despite my phone and the Chipolo are in my pants but in different pockets, it would get disconnected and then connected again. This became so frequent that I have to disable Chipolo’s in and out of range local push notifications to my phone because it is kinda irritating.

Sometimes, once it is out of range and got disconnected, it will never connect back to the phone. Restarting your phone helps to get it reconnected but sometime it doesn’t. I am going to change the battery (CR2025) and see how it goes.

*UPDATE* I tried changing to a new battery and it still refuses to pair. I even tried to remove the Chipolo from the app but now I could not pair it back anymore (I even tried my wife’s iPhone 5s and my HTC One).

I hope Chipolo will iron out these bugs as soon as possible because it kinda defeats the purpose of a Bluetooth item finder if it gets disconnected so frequently and have problems reconnecting back.

Chipolo -  Box Front
Chipolo – Box Front

Chipolo -  Box Back
Chipolo – Box Back

Chipolo -  Box
Chipolo – Box

Chipolo -  Box Contents
Chipolo – Box Contents

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SingTel Prestige

· · · Blog, SingTel

SingTel rewards program used to be called Red Rewards and Red Prestige before they decided to drop the “Red” word last year to just SingTel Rewards and SingTel Prestige.

I was a SingTel Red Prestige member till 31st March 2012 because my monthly SingTel bill averages above SGD$250 for 6 consecutive months (I have 4 lines under my name). But after March 2012, my bill was less than SGD$250 per month and I no longer qualify for the SingTel Red Prestige.

Fast forward till today, I am back on the SingTel Prestige program because for the past 6 months my family and I have been taking turns to travel at least once a month and we do use SingTel’s DataRoam Saver, so the monthly bill easily exceeds SGD$250.

One of my favourite perk of being a SingTel Prestige member is the priority queue at SingTel Retail Shops! It really does save a lot of time!

If your monthly SingTel bill is more than SGD$250 for consecutive 12 months, you will also receive a SingTel Prestige handset voucher of up to SGD$550. Unfortunately, I don’t think I can reach that.

If you are interested in knowing more about SingTel Prestige, Do check out the SingTel Prestige FAQ, SingTel Prestige Priority Services and SingTel Prestige Exclusives.

SingTel Prestige - Letter
SingTel Prestige – Letter

SingTel Prestige - Package
SingTel Prestige – Package

SingTel Prestige - Contents
SingTel Prestige – Contents

SingTel Prestige - Brochure Front
SingTel Prestige – Brochure Front

SingTel Prestige - Brochure Back
SingTel Prestige – Brochure Back

SingTel Prestige - Card Front
SingTel Prestige – Card Front

SingTel Prestige - Card Back
SingTel Prestige – Card Back

Fitbit Flex Review

Fitbit Flex is currently retailing for SGD$129. It was launched in Singapore last year on the 29th May 2013.

Fitbit Flex is a wireless activity tracker that tracks steps, distance, and calories burned. It is also able to track your sleep quality (how long/well you sleep, how many times you wake up). It also has a silent wake alarm that gently vibrates to wake you at your desired time.

The Fitbit Flex is the third fitness band that I owned. I have the Jawbone UP (SGD$189.90) and Nike FuelBand (USD$149 = SGD$190) as well.

Among the 3 fitness bands, the Fitbit Flex is very similar to Jawbone UP in terms of features and the lack of a display and hence I have switched to using my Fitbit Flex instead of the Jawbone UP. I thought of wearing 3 fitness bands, but it looks way too weird.

Personally, I prefer the Fitbit Flex instead of the Jawbone UP, partly because I own the Fitbit Aria weighing scale and I want to consolidate my fitness data into a single ecosystem.

Fitbit Flex - Packaging Front
Fitbit Flex – Packaging Front

Fitbit Flex - Packaging Side
Fitbit Flex – Packaging Side

Fitbit Flex - Packaging back
Fitbit Flex – Packaging back

Fitbit Flex - Packaging Side
Fitbit Flex – Packaging Side

Fitbit Flex - Packaging
Fitbit Flex – Packaging

The default packaging includes the Flex tracker, 2 wristbands (small and large), wireless sync dongle and charging cable.

Fitbit Flex - Packaging Contents
Fitbit Flex – Packaging Contents

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OtterBox Commuter Wallet For iPhone 5/5s

The OtterBox Commuter Wallet For iPhone 5/5s is retailing for SGD$55 in Singapore. The case adds quite a bit of bulk to your iPhone because it gives your iPhone added protection against drops, bumps and shock. It also includes a slider compartment at the back that house up to 3 credit cards.

On the official website, it states that it can hold up to three cards and one bill, however when I tested it, it is not able to hold even a single note after placing 3 cards in (1x EZ-Link Card, 2x Credit Cards). I guess Singapore currency notes are bigger and thicker because of the materials it is printed on.

The OtterBox Commuter Wallet case is made up of 2 parts, the rubber cover which they called it the “Interior slip cover layer” cushions the iPhone while the exterior plastic shell protects the phone against drops. Because the case adds significant bulk to the iPhone, especially the bottom part, I am not able to use any dock with it. But luckily the 2 parts are pretty independent of each other, and I just have to remove the exterior plastic shell in order to dock my iPhone.

It is iPhone 5s compatible, I have no problem using Touch ID on the home button.

The combined weight of 3 cards in the case together with iPhone 5s is 195g. In contrast, the iPhone 5s weighs 112g by itself.

The EZ-Link card placed in the case has no problem being read by the EZ-Link readers on the bus or the MRT.

If you have a tendency to drop your phone, I think this case is suitable for you and I recommend putting a EZ-Link card, a Credit Card and perhaps a SGD$50 note (as emergency cash) in the slider compartment.

Personally, I don’t think I will use this case on a day-to-day basis because it is too bulky for my liking and I seldom drop my phone.

Features

  • Wallet drawer holds up to three cards and one bill, sliding open for quick access to the contents inside
  • Front-facing access drawer and audible click closure give you peace of mind knowing the items inside are safe, secure and for your eyes only
  • Streamlined design delivers tough protection from drops, bumps and shocks
  • All features and functions work properly through the Commuter Series Wallet for iPhone 5/5s case
  • Port covers keep dirt and debris from getting in the ports and jacks

Material

  • Interior slip cover layer cushions the iPhone 5/5s from the occasional mishaps, including bumps and drops
  • Exterior shell is sleek enough to slide in and out of pockets but is still tough enough to toss this iPhone 5/5s wallet case in your bag or purse
  • Self-adhesive screen protector guards against scratches and smudges

OtterBox Commuter Wallet - Packaging Front
OtterBox Commuter Wallet – Packaging Front

OtterBox Commuter Wallet - Packaging Back
OtterBox Commuter Wallet – Packaging Back

OtterBox Commuter Wallet - Packaging
OtterBox Commuter Wallet – Packaging

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Sanyo Eneloop Rechargeable AAA Battery Pack HR-4UTGB4TM

2 weeks ago, I was helping Li Xiang to look for eneloop rechargeable batteries for her office but to my surprise, I could not find any at all at all major electronics stores in Funan and VivoCity. I was wondering did they leave the Singapore market or their batteries sell so well that all the stores are out of stock (I was hoping the later). Many of my friends and I love eneloop batteries!

But luckily, it was just temporarily out of stock (I hope) and when I went back to Funan’s Challenger last week, there was plenty of stocks!

I have plenty of eneloop’s rechargeable AA batteries but I do not have any rechargeable AAA batteries, so I decided to get the Sanyo Eneloop Rechargeable AAA Battery Pack HR-4UTGB4TM for SGD$25.90 (member’s price: SGD$23.31).

If you know what is going on with eneloop in Singapore, do let me know in the comments section!

Eneloop Rechargeable AAA Battery Pack - Packaging Front
Eneloop Rechargeable AAA Battery Pack – Packaging Front

Eneloop Rechargeable AAA Battery Pack - Packaging Back
Eneloop Rechargeable AAA Battery Pack – Packaging Back

Eneloop Rechargeable AAA Battery Pack - Packaging
Eneloop Rechargeable AAA Battery Pack – Packaging

Eneloop Rechargeable AAA Battery Pack - 4x AAA Rechargeable Batteries
Eneloop Rechargeable AAA Battery Pack – 4x AAA Rechargeable Batteries

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