Scosche MagicMount Surface

Scosche MagicMount has similar concept to the Logitech + trip Universal Air Vent Mount iS45.

MagicMount is a new magnetic mounting system for conveniently mounting your smartphone, tablet and more. Just hover your device near the cell phone holder’s magnetic surface and it instantly locks securely in place.

There are many variants of Scosche MagicMount:

  • Scosche MagicMount Original – US$19.99 (S$28)
  • Scosche MagicMount Surface – US$14.99 (S$21)
  • Scosche MagicMount Window – US$24.99 (S$34)
  • Scosche MagicMount Power – US$34.99 (S$48)
  • Scosche MagicMount Dash/Window – US$24.99 (S$34)
  • Scosche MagicMount Vent – US$24.99 (S$34)
  • Scosche MagicMount Dash-GPS – US$24.99 (S$34)
  • Scosche MagicMount Mat – US$39.99 (S$55)

The Scosche MagicMount Vent will be the equivalent to Logitech + trip Universal Air Vent Mount.

My Hong Kong cousin bought me the Scosche MagicMount Surface from China as well so that I can mount my devices on the wall.

The Scosche MagicMount Surface is retailing for US$14.99 (S$21) and you get get it directly from Scosche.com because they do ship to Singapore.

The packaging content of the Scosche MagicMount Surface is similar to the Logitech + trip Universal Air Vent Mount. It contains the MagicMount, two MagicPlates and an additional alcohol wipe.

You have to stick the MagicMount to the surface (like a wall) that you want to mount your device on and the MagicPlate to the back of your device itself.

The strong magnet of the MagicMount will be able to secure your device to the surface.

For me, I am using Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover 2-in-1 case which already has magnetic properties and hence, I do not need to stick the MagicPlate on my phone.

*UPDATE* 20th April 2015 I saw the Scosche MagicMount being sold at Challenger (VivoCity). The Scosche MagicMount Original is retailing for S$39 (member’s price is S$25), the Scosche MagicMount Surface is retailing for S$39 (member’s price is S$29) and the Scosche MagicMount Window is retailing to S$49 (member’s price is S$44.10).

Scosche MagicMount Surface- Packaging Front
Scosche MagicMount Surface- Packaging Front

Scosche MagicMount Surface- Packaging Back
Scosche MagicMount Surface- Packaging Back

Scosche MagicMount Surface- Packaging Contents
Scosche MagicMount Surface- Packaging Contents

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Logitech + trip Universal Air Vent Mount iS45

The Logitech + trip Universal Air Vent Mount is only available for sale in China, Canada and US.

My Hong Kong cousin bought it for me in China. In China, it is retailing for CN¥179 and in the US and Canada they are retailing for US$29.99 and CA$29.99 respectively. The price average out to be about S$40. If you are interested in getting this in Singapore, you can get it from Amazon for US$29.99 and they do ship to Singapore directly

The Logitech + trip Universal Air Vent Mount is a very simple product which only consist of three items, the magnetic air vent mount and two metal plates for you to stick it at the back of your phone (you just need to stick one).

After clipping the front of the air vent mount to your car’s air vent, the very strong magnet (yes it is really strong) on the mount will be able to attract the metal plate that you have sticked at the back of your phone.

For me, I am using Krusell Malmö Wallet+Cover 2-in-1 case which already has magnetic properties and hence, I do not need to stick the metal plate on my phone.

Logitech + trip Universal Air Vent Mount - Packaging Front
Logitech + trip Universal Air Vent Mount – Packaging Front

Logitech + trip Universal Air Vent Mount - Packaging Back
Logitech + trip Universal Air Vent Mount – Packaging Back

Logitech + trip Universal Air Vent Mount - Packaging Contents
Logitech + trip Universal Air Vent Mount – Packaging Contents

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YotaPhone 2 Review

Many people come to know YotaPhone 2 as the phone with two screens. It is the world’s third phone with two screens as far as I know. The first is YotaPhone 1 which didn’t make it to Singapore and the second is NEC Medias W N-05e which is also not available in Singapore.

The YotaPhone 2 is retailing in Singapore for S$1,048 and you can buy it online via YotaPhone.com or Expansys. Note that the price S$979 on these two websites are before the 7% GST.

Specifications

  • OS: Android 4.4, KitKat (Android 5.0 Lollipop coming soon)
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.2 GHz quad-core
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB eMMC
  • Form Factor: Monoblock with full touch capacitive screens on the front and back
  • Screen (Front): Color Screen, 5″ AMOLED Full HD (1920×1080) (442ppi) with Corning Gorilla glass 3
  • Screen (Back): Always-on Screen, 4.7″ 16-level gray scale Electronic Paper Display (960×540) (235ppi) with Corning Gorilla glass 3
  • SIM Type: Nano-SIM
  • Dimensions: 144.9 x 69.4 x 8.95 (mm)
  • Weight: 145g
  • Camera (Main): 8MP AF, LED Flash
  • Camera (Front): 2.1MP
  • Network
    • GSM/EGPRS 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
    • WCDMA, DC HSDPA (rel. 8, cat. 24)
    • HSUPA (rel. 7, cat 7) bands 1 (diversity), 2, 5 and 8
    • LTE (rel. 9, cat 4) bands 3, 7 and 20, VoLTE
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, proximity sensor, amibient light sensor
  • Connecitivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (VHT20, MSC 8), MicroUSB 2.0 (SlimPort), Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, A-GPS + GLONASS
  • Battery: 2,500mAh
  • Wireless charging: Yes
  • Battery Life
    • Stand-by time (2G, mobile data off): up to 16.5 days (397 hours)
    • Stand-by time (3G, mobile data off): up to 17 days (406 hours)
    • Stand-by time (LTE, mobile data off): up to 16 days (387 hours)
    • Talk time (audio call, 2G): up to 41.8 hours
    • Talk time (audio call, 3G): up to 26.0 hours
    • Talk time (audio call over Skype, LTE): up to 13.7 hours
    • Talk time (video call over Skype, LTE): up to 1.8 hours
    • Reading with Yota Reader (3G): up to 109.3 hours
    • Video streaming playback time (LTE): up to 5.5 hours
    • Video streaming playback time (Wi-Fi): up to 5.8 hours
    • Local video playback time: up to 9.5 hours
    • Audio streaming time (LTE): up to 5.4 hours
    • Audio streaming time (3G). up to 17.8 hours
    • Audio playback time, local, headset: up to 92.0 hours
    • Audio playback time, local, speaker: up to 62.4 hours
    • Web browsing (LTE): up to 4.5 hours
    • Web browsing (Wi-Fi): up to 4.4 hours
  • Audio
    • 3.5mm AV connector, FM radio
    • Audio formats/codecs: AAC LC, HE-AACv1 (AAC+), HE-AACv2 (enhanced AAC+), AAC ELD, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, FLAC, MP3, MIDI, Vorbis, PCM/WAVE.
    • Supported files types/container formats: 3GPP (.3gp), MPEG-4 (.mp4, .m4a), ADTS raw AAC (.aac), MPEG-TS (.ts), 3GPP (.3gp), FLAC (.flac), MP3 (.mp3), MIDI Type 0 and 1 (.mid, .xmf, .mxmf), RTTTL/RTX (.rtttl, .rtx), OTA (.ota), iMelody (.imy), Ogg (.ogg), Matroska (.mka), WAVE (.wav)
  • Video
    • Full HD 1080p
    • 30fps
    • Video formats/codecs: H.263, H.264 AVC, MPEG-4 SP, VP8.
    • Supported file types/container formats: 3GPP (.3gp), MPEG-4 (.mp4), MPEG-TS (.ts), WebM (.webm), Matroska (.mkv).

Packaging
I kinda like the packaging of the YotaPhone 2. It looks nice but because of that, it adds bulk and weight to the overall packaging. It has been a while since I saw such a nice packaging for mobile phones. Normally, mobile phones packaging are always minimalistic.

YotaPhone 2 - Box
YotaPhone 2 – Box

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Singtel Samsung Galaxy S6 4G+ and Galaxy S6 edge 4G+ Price Plans

The Samsung Galaxy S6 4G+ and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 4G+ will be officially available in Singapore from this Saturday, 11th April 2015.

For the Samsung Galaxy S6 4G+, it will come in three sizes, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. Three colors will be available at launch, White Pearl, Black Sapphire and Gold Platinum. The 4th color, Blue Topaz will be available at a later date.

Samsung Galaxy S6 4G+ - White Pearl
Samsung Galaxy S6 4G+ – White Pearl

Samsung Galaxy S6 4G+ - Black Sapphire
Samsung Galaxy S6 4G+ – Black Sapphire

Samsung Galaxy S6 4G+ - Gold Platinum
Samsung Galaxy S6 4G+ – Gold Platinum

Samsung Galaxy S6 4G+ - Blue Topaz
Samsung Galaxy S6 4G+ – Blue Topaz

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 4G+ (32GB) – S$998
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 4G+ (64GB) – S$1,148
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 4G+ (128GB) – S$1,288

For the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 4G+, it will also come in three sizes, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. Three colors will be available at launch, White Pearl, Black Sapphire and Gold Platinum. The 4th color, Green Emerald will be available at a later date.

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Winners of Acronis True Image 2015 Giveaway

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Announcing the three winners of the Acronis True Image 2015 Giveaway which I held back on 31st March 2015.

They are:

  • SK Kiat with this winning comment:
    I once had a hard disk which failed and i try many ways to make it work. There was a ticking sound for the disk. I tried to position the disk in different ways, and finally after hours of trying , i found a position where i can finally boot. lol then faster get all my data.

  • moldavite87 with this winning comment:
    Here goes my story: Couple of years back, I have been relying on an old external hdd (brand shall not be revealed) to backup my mac for a couple of years. Suddenly one day of attempting to backup via time machine, the hdd cannot be recognised by my mac, i was shocked and horrified! All 1TB of data cannot be retrieved nor read! I asked around how much will data recovery costs and I have to say: ITS EXPENSIVE. Fast forward today, i rely on NAS to do my synching backups and so far (touch wood); my data are all safe. I have never tried cloud storage (AWS S3/Box.net/Dropbox) as I have huge data files and the upload will take days to do so ..

  • Valentine C with this winning comment:
    How I lost my data before: hard disk crashed and I had no RAID setup or backups. SSD crashed and I didn’t backup *all* my data in time! And I DD’ed a blank disk onto one with data once …

Congratulations SK Kiat, moldavite87 and Valentine C. All three of you have won a copy of Acronis True Image 2015 for PC and Mac (1 computer) with Unlimited Cloud Subscription for a year worth US$99.99 (S$140).

I have already sent you the redemption code via email. If you have not received the email, do drop me an email (lesterchan AT gmail DOT com) instead.

The winners are pick at random using SELECT * FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_post_ID = 3151 ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 3; as shown in the screenshot below.

Winners of Acronis True Image 2015 Giveaway
Winners of Acronis True Image 2015 Giveaway