With Nokia Connects at Mobile World Congress 2014 – Part 2

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Monday, 24th February 2014
Woke up at 6am because we have to be at the venue by 7.30am to get good seats. The press conference starts at 8am.

MWC 2014 Entrance
MWC 2014 Entrance

With Jay Montano (MyNokiaBlog.com) & Jason Goh (smashpop.net)
With Jay Montano (MyNokiaBlog.com) & Jason Goh (smashpop.net)

Nokia only announce 5 new devices for MWC 2014 and these devices are catered the lower end market, Nokia X, Nokia X+, Nokia XL, Nokia 220 & Nokia Asha 230.

Nokia booth is pretty nicely designed and they got the best facilities (free food, free drinks, wired Internet, wireless Internet and power) that are opened to all visitors (regardless whether or not you are from the media).

Nokia Booth
Nokia Booth

Nokia Booth
Nokia Booth

Nokia Booth
Nokia Booth

Space Reserved For Nokia Connect
Space Reserved For Nokia Connect

Juices at Nokia Booth
Juices at Nokia Booth

Food at Nokia Booth
Food at Nokia Booth

After the press conference, we pretty much have the whole day to walk around MWC before dinner. Most of the mobile phone companies are in Hall 3 (LG, Samsung, Sony, Lenovo) including Nokia. HTC was at Hall 8 though.

Jason and I went over to Lenovo booth for a media tour and joined them for lunch since the Lenovo PR guys are from Singapore!

Lenovo Booth
Lenovo Booth

Dinner was Spanish food at Portonovo Silvestre! Didn’t took pictures of the place as we were late due to the traffic as we are all leaving MWC at the same time!

With Nokia Connects at Mobile World Congress 2014 – Part 1

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Thanks to Nokia Connects (@Nokia_Connects) for the invite to Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014! This is my third trip to such a big event with Nokia Connects. The first was Nokia World 2011 in London and the second was Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, Spain.

Our itinerary for this year MWC was shorter by a day. Despite it being shorter by a day, I find this year trip is more relaxing! We flew in on Sunday, 23rd February 2014 and flew back on Wednesday, 26th February 2014.

Saturday, 22nd February 2014
I flew by Swiss International Airlines (LX179) from Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 (SIN). Flight is at 23:35 (GMT +8) and flight time to Zurich Airport (ZRH) is 13 hours and 35 minutes!

Sunday, 23rd February 2014
Reached Zurich Airport at 06:10 (GMT +1) for transit to Barcelona Airport Terminal 1 (BCN). Flight time from Zurich to Barcelona is about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Again I flew by Swiss International Airlines (LX2754).

Departed Zurich Airport at 07.30 (GMT +1) and reached Barcelona Airport at 09:15 (GMT +1). Despite the short layover time of only 1 hour and 20 minutes, it is more than enough as the flights are all on time and Zurich Airport isn’t that big!

After collecting my luggage and passing through customs, I went straight to collect my MWC pass! Similar to MWC 2012, the process was efficient and fast!

Mobile World Congress 2014 Pass
Mobile World Congress 2014 Pass

I stayed at Senator Hotel. The hotel location was good as it takes about 8 minutes walk to the nearest metro station, L5 – Collblanc. The L5 line takes you direct to Diagonal station which is the shopping district of Barcelona.

Senator Hotel
Senator Hotel

Collblanc Station
Collblanc Station

The hotel’s wi-fi is horrible + terrible! The free wi-fi is unusable and the premium wi-fi is just slightly better for €20 (heard from my friend that it is not worth it). Despite the horrible wi-fi, the 3G was pretty good. For my 4 days at Barcelona, I been using the SingTel’s DataRoam Saver which costs SGD$30 per day for unlimited data.

Met up with Jason Goh who arrived almost the same time as me and we headed out to the city for a walk. Similar to most European cities on a Sunday, it is like a ghost town where all the shops are closed except for restaurants and cafes.

Lunch was at McDonald’s as we don’t know what to eat and MCD seems to be the safest choice. Tried their 1955 burger which is just average.

McDonald's 1955 Burger
McDonald’s 1955 Burger

We had coffee at Cafe Emma based on foursquare recommendations. In Barcelona, they do not understand Cafe Latte, instead they call it Cafe con leche.

Cafe Emma
Cafe Emma

On our way back to the hotel, we passed by NATA Lisboa, which is a shop selling Portuguese egg tarts. It was just average.

NATA Lisboa
NATA Lisboa

Dinner was with fellow bloggers/influencer and Nokia Connects at the Hotel cafe.

With Katie (Nokia Connects) & Jay Montano (MyNokiaBlog.com)
With Katie (Nokia Connects) & Jay Montano (MyNokiaBlog.com)

That sums up Sunday!

Moshi VersaCover Origami Case for iPad Air

The Moshi VersaCover Origami Case for iPad Air was released back in December 2013 for SGD$89. There are four colors available, Denim Blue, Velvet Gray, Sakura Pink or Aloe Green.

In term of weight, it weighs about 150g which is 10g heavier than Apple iPad Air Smart Case.

The case cover is made up of soft microfiber while the back is made up of polycarbonate shell.

What makes this origami case special is it provide you with three viewing angles, 40°, 50° and 60° for different use cases, which personally I think is much better than Apple iPad Air Smart Case.

The 60° angle (landscape mode) is good for watching videos, the 50° angle (portrait mode) is good for reading ebook/articles and the 40° (landscape mode) is good for casual Internet surfing and quick productivity.

Moshi added a small magnet to the back polycarbonate shell. This ensures that the cover will stick to the case when you flip it to the back instead of being left to tangle.

Features

  • Unique origami folding cover doubles as a stand.
  • Three viewing angles support video, web, and typing modes.
  • Complete front and backside iPad protection in a sleek, minimalist form factor.
  • Supports iPad’s auto-wake/sleep function.
  • Easy access to all iPad buttons and cameras.

Where To Buy
You can get the Moshi VersaCover Origami Case for iPad Air from physical stores such as Challenger, EpiCentre, Infinite (Apple Shops at Best Denki), Nimbus @ Wheelock or Polaris Apple store. Alternatively you can get it online from Ban Leong’s eStore.

Moshi VersaCover - Box Front
Moshi VersaCover – Box Front

Moshi VersaCover - Box Back
Moshi VersaCover – Box Back

Moshi VersaCover - Box
Moshi VersaCover – Box

Moshi VersaCover - Front
Moshi VersaCover – Front

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WD My Cloud

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The WD My Cloud allows you to store your files and media on your own personal cloud instead of relying on third party services like Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive.

The 2TB version is retailing for SGD$239, the 3TB version for SGD$289 and the 4TB version for SGD$399. In comparison the normal WD My Book 4TB retails for SGD$309.

I know some users are reluctant to store files on third party services because it might contain sensitive information and also the storage space on those services will never match your own hard drive.

So this is where WD My Cloud comes into play.

My Cloud is a complete solution for users to organize, centralize and secure the digital content from all of their computers and mobile devices and access those files from any device, from anywhere in the world. By simply connecting a My Cloud personal cloud drive to the Internet, consumers get the anywhere, any-device access they can get from the public cloud, without having to pay monthly fees or giving up control of their personal.

WD My Cloud - Box
WD My Cloud – Box

WD My Cloud - Box Front
WD My Cloud – Box Front

WD My Cloud - Box Back
WD My Cloud – Box Back

WD My Cloud - Side
WD My Cloud – Side

WD My Cloud - Box Side
WD My Cloud – Box Side

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Nokia 220 & Nokia Asha 230

Apart from the three Nokia Android phones, Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL, being announced, Nokia also announced the Nokia 220 and the Nokia Asha 230.

Nokia 220 Announcement
Nokia 220 Announcement

Nokia Asha 230 Announcement
Nokia Asha 230 Announcement

Both the Nokia 220 and Nokia Asha 230 will be available in single or dual SIM version.

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