Nokia Lumia 900 Review

· · · Mobile Phone, Review

Let me start off this review by saying that the Nokia Lumia 900 is what the Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone 7.5 should have been. The Nokia Lumia 800 felt like a rush job and Nokia Lumia 900 felt just right. Unfortunately, Microsoft just killed all the current Windows Phones out in the market with the announcement of Windows Phone 8 by saying that all current Windows Phone will not be upgradable to Windows Phone 8 and that includes the Nokia Lumia series.

If you are still interested in getting a Nokia Lumia 900, it is currently retailing for S$849 (including taxes & without contract) at all 3 operators (SingTel, M1, StarHub) in Singapore. I do hope that Nokia have some sort of attractive trade-in offers for current Lumia owners to upgrade to a new Lumia with Windows Phone 8 that will be announced at Nokia World 2012 (wild guess).

Nokia Lumia 900 - Box
Nokia Lumia 900 – Box

Apple Singapore App Store Now In Singapore Dollars (S$)

· · · Software

Finally! Prices in both the iOS App Store and Mac App Store in Singapore are now displayed in Singapore Dollars (S$ or S$) instead of United Stats Dollars (US$). This means that the price of an app will not fluctuate because of the horrible currency exchange rate between Singapore and United States given by banks.

Last month, when I bought a US$0.99 app, my credit card bill will reflect S$1.30, but now the app just cost S$1.28. Apple uses very reasonable exchange rates, according to Google the exchange rate today (13:45 on Friday, 22nd June 2012) is:

iOS App Store Now In Singapore Dollars (S$) - iPhone
iOS App Store Now In Singapore Dollars (S$) – iPhone

SingTel & Samsung Pledge Support For Team Singapore For London 2012 Olympics

Both SingTel and Samsung has pledge supports for Team Singapore for the London 2012 Olympics. Samsung will sponsor 60 Samsung Galaxy SIII (White) while SingTel will provide complimentary airtime and data subscriptions to allow them to keep in touch with their family back in Singapore.

For those who wants more details, the press releases from the 2 company are pasted below.

Team Singapore Olympians and Paralympians and Samsung Group Shot
Team Singapore Olympians and Paralympians and Samsung Group Shot

Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8

· · · Software

Earlier this morning, Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8 at the Windows Phone Developer Summit. Before I start, existing Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) users will not be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 8 due to hardware differences and hence they will be getting a minor update dub Windows Phone 7.8 in a few weeks time that bring some changes to the start screen for existing users.

My summary of Windows Phone 8 from the summit:
Hardware

Windows 8 Start Screen
Windows 8 Start Screen

Microsoft Surface Tablet

· · · Tablet

Looks like Microsoft has jumped on the tablet bandwagon with Microsoft Surface. I have no idea whether the official name is Microsoft Surface or Microsoft Surface Tablet, because when I think of Microsoft Surface, I would think of the huge touchscreen “device”.

It seems that Microsoft had renamed the old surface to Microsoft PixelSense and I am assuming that Microsoft Surface and Microsoft Surface Tablet means the same thing.

Microsoft Surface Tablet
Microsoft Surface Tablet

Samsung Series 5 32″ Slim LED Smart TV (UA32ES5500M)

My 4+ years old Hitachi 32″ LCD Television (L32A01A) bought on 30th December 2007 for S$1,099 decided to gave up on me. I think either the back-light bulb was blown or the panel is spoilt. There is sound coming out but no image is being displayed.

Decided to get a new TV instead of repairing it as the repair cost might not be worth it and I got the Samsung Series 5 32″ Slim LED Television (UA32ES5500M) for S$899 at Best Denki VivoCity on 15th June 2012.

UA32ES5500M - Box
UA32ES5500M – Box

Apple USB SuperDrive

I also ordered the Apple USB SuperDrive for S$98 together with the Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter.

The only reason why I got it is because my brother and Li Xiang are getting their MacBook Air/MacBook Pro with Retina Display soon and I thought I might as well get the drive so that I can share it with them (and also blog about it). My brother would probably need it to install the Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design and Web Premium, and Li Xiang would probably need it to burn her artwork for printing shops or for her clients.

Apple USB SuperDrive - Box Front
Apple USB SuperDrive – Box Front

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) 3G & (10.1) 3G Availability In Singapore

· · · Tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) 3G
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) 3G will be available in Singapore from, 16th June 2012 for S$798 (without contract and including 7% GST).

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) 3G
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) 3G will be available in Singapore from, 30th June 2012 for S$598 (without contract and including 7% GST).

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)

Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

· · · Cable

Ordered the Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter for S$38 on the day it was announced at WWDC 2012 and it was delivered to me the following day!

Looks like they already have ready stock in Singapore. I went to Funan’s Multimedia Integrated and could not find it, apparently they have not distributed it to the resellers yet. I really wish Apple would open a store here in Singapore, like what they did in Hong Kong.

Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter - Box Front
Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter – Box Front

Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design And Web Premium (Student Edition)

· · · Software

Did you know that if you are a student, educator, academic or non-academic staff from Ministry of Education in Singapore, you can purchase original Microsoft and Adobe products from mine.com.sg at a discounted price. Software such as Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 and Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design and Web Premium.

My brother is currently studying in National University of Singapore (NUS) and he bought the Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design and Web Premium for only S$139 (normal price is S$2,868).

Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design and Web Premium (Student Edition) - Box Front
Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design and Web Premium (Student Edition) – Box Front