Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV Will Be Available In Singapore From July 2015

· · · Camera

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV will be available in Singapore from 16th July 2015 for S$1,399. It is the successor to the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III which was released last year in June 2014.

Despite it being a successor, the megapixel count and optical zoom range remains the same: 20.1MP and 2.9x respectively.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV features the world’s first 1.0 type stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor with advanced signal processing and an attached DRAM memory chip. The high speed signal processing and DRAM memory chip work together to enable more than five times the readout rate of image data and are responsible for a variety of standout features that have previously only been available in selected professional-level video cameras. These impressive capabilities include 40x super slow motion video capture at up to 960fps, an ultra-fast Anti-Distortion Shutter with a maximum speed of 1/32000 second, high-resolution 4K movie shooting and more.

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Spigen Apple Watch Stand S330

The Spigen Apple Watch Stand S330 is retailing for S$49 in Nubox. It is one of the few Apple Watch Stand available in Singapore.

I was deciding between this and the Griffin WatchStand, both retailing for the same price.

The Griffin WatchStand is tall and made of plastic. Because it is tall, you might tip off the stand accidentally even though there are reviews saying the base is quite heavy. The cable management of the Griffin WatchStand is neater because it allows you to coil the magnetic charging cable within the stand. It also allows you to place your iPhone sideways at the base. If you are using closed loop straps like the Leather Loop, Milanese Loop or Link Bracelet, you might have difficulty docking your watch on the stand.

In the end I chose Spigen Apple Watch Stand because it is made of Aluminium and it allows for both closed and open loop Apple Watch straps to be docked.

After opening the packaging of Spigen Apple Watch Stand, I am disappointed with the build quality of the stand. It is lightweight making it slightly flimsy and the build quality is not as solid as I expected it to be. The edges of the aluminium are rough and sharp as well.

Luckily, I also ordered the mophie’s watch dock which is much better looking than the Spigen Apple Watch Stand, but it is currently out of stock. It will be retailing for S$79 when the stocks are back.

Spigen Apple Watch Stand S330 - Box Front
Spigen Apple Watch Stand S330 – Box Front

Spigen Apple Watch Stand S330 - Box Back
Spigen Apple Watch Stand S330 – Box Back

Spigen Apple Watch Stand S330 - Box
Spigen Apple Watch Stand S330 – Box

Spigen Apple Watch Stand S330 - Box Contents
Spigen Apple Watch Stand S330 – Box Contents

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Apple Watch 42mm Black Sport Band

Bought the Apple Watch 42mm Black Sport Band together with the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable when I was on holidays in the UK.

The 42mm Sport Band is retailing for £39 (S$83) in the UK before tax refund. In Singapore, it is retailing for S$78.

Note there are two different variants to the Black Sport Band, one with space grey stainless steel pin and one with the normal stainless steel pin. The one I chose is the one with the space grey stainless steel pin as shown in the images below.

Most probably, I will be using the Sport Band on a daily basis because it is more rugged. For the Link Bracelet, I will probably change to it for special occasions.

Changing the Apple Watch band is pretty easy, just refer to the official guide first.

Here are the prices for the different Apple Watch bands. The price is the same for both 38mm/42mm Apple Watch.

Watch Strap (38mm/42mm) Price (S$)
Sport Band S$78
Milanese Loop S$218
Classic Buckle S$218
Leather Loop S$218
Modern Buckle S$368
Link Bracelet S$668

Apple Watch 42mm Black Sport Band - Box Front
Apple Watch 42mm Black Sport Band – Box Front

Apple Watch 42mm Black Sport Band - Box Back
Apple Watch 42mm Black Sport Band – Box Back

Apple Watch 42mm Black Sport Band - Box Contents
Apple Watch 42mm Black Sport Band – Box Contents

Apple Watch 42mm Black Sport Band - Box Contents Open
Apple Watch 42mm Black Sport Band – Box Contents Open

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Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable

· · · Apple, Cable

Bought the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable when I was in UK for holiday. It cost £25 (S$53) excluding tax refund. I can’t really remember how much the tax refund was, but it is probably the same price in Singapore after deducting the tax refund.

The cable is available in two length, 1m and 2m. The 1m Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable is retailing for S$48 while the 2m Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable is retailing for S$58.

In case you are not aware, the charging cable that comes with Apple Watch Sports is made of plastic whereas for this cable, it is metallic. This is the same charging cable that comes with Apple Watch.

Length wise, the default Apple Watch packaging comes with the 2m charging cable which is a little too long for my liking. I find 1m in length is just nice.

Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable (1m) - Box Front
Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable (1m) – Box Front

Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable (1m) - Box Back
Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable (1m) – Box Back

Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable (1m) - Box
Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable (1m) – Box

Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable (1m) - Box Contents
Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable (1m) – Box Contents

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Apple Watch 42mm Stainless Steel Case with Link Bracelet

Buying The Apple Watch
I was supposed to go to the media launch of the Apple Watch at nubox (Raffles City) if they can reserve a set for me. Because if I went for the event, I would not be able to queue if the queue is short. Unfortunately, they didn’t get back to me till I was in the queue, so I ended up forgoing the media event and joined the queue because it was rather short (I was 36th in line at 8.15am; launch is at 9am). I was intending to buy it online anyway if the queue is long.

The queue was deceiving, it takes about 90 minutes after the official launch timing (9am) to clear 36 people in the queue (I went in about 10.30am). The queue was moving way too slow because they only allowed 2 people into the store at a time (maybe because of Apple’s policy?).

There are four stations: choosing your watch, trying your watch, payment and setting up your watch. Only when the trying station is available then they will allow a person into the store, and hence that is the bottleneck station. In the stores, the staff to customer ratio was probably 2:1.

Apple Watch 42mm Stainless Steel Case with Link Bracelet - Box Front
Apple Watch 42mm Stainless Steel Case with Link Bracelet – Box Front

Apple Watch 42mm Stainless Steel Case with Link Bracelet - Box Side
Apple Watch 42mm Stainless Steel Case with Link Bracelet – Box Side

I wanted to get the 42mm Stainless Steel Case with Milanese Loop (S$1,018), but it was out of stock. I was pretty surprised since there were a total of 300 units available and each person in the queue is allowed to buy one only. So I think there was less than 10 units of 42mm Stainless Steel Case with Milanese Loop available.

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