Sunday, December 04, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
After what seems to be an eternity, the Xperia Pro has finally landed in Singapore. Currently selling at $598 (without contract), it belongs to a rare breed of QWERTY Android handphones.
I need to try out the keyboard before I can decide on whether this handphone is a suitable replacement for my aging X10 Mini Pro.
This is further complicated by a desire for a QWERTY candybar form factor (aka HTC ChaCha), and a super camera phone (Nokia N8).
I already have 2 mobile devices (X10 Mini Pro & Galaxy Tab), so adding another device just sounds extravagant and wasteful.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Trying out the Xperia pro — Sony Ericsson Product Blog
After almost one year of delays, we finally see the Xperia Pro becoming available.
With an ample screen, QWERTY keyboard, and a potentially good camera, perhaps the only stumbling block is the form factor.
A horizontal slider means plenty of switching between portrait and landscape formats. Also, the fact that I had to replace the connector between the 2 sliding pieces on my X10 Mini Pro means question marks regarding reliability.
I suppose I'm still tempted by the HTC ChaCha, even it has quite a few bugs.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Tested several websites with the browser, and found most functions working (e.g. Flash, Java, etc). The browser was generally snappy, and easy to use.
As most of my work is done online, this is an interesting option that I may use quite regularly in the future.
Saturday, August 06, 2011
Panasonic Toughbook U1 gets new sunlight-viewable screen, still solid to its Atom core -- Engadget
The price is expensive (US$2,799), but it has the right combination of features
- Windows (full desktop experience)
- hardware QWERTY keyboard (needed for extended text entry)
- touchscreen (important feature on a portable device)
- reasonable battery life
Friday, August 05, 2011
- a bigger screen (from 2.5-inch to 3-inch)
- faster processor (from 600MHz to 1Ghz); this also means Adobe Flash is supported
- OS upgrade (from Android 2.1 to 2.3)
- front-facing camera (Skype just announced expanded video-calling capability for its Android app)
- hardware QWERTY keyboard has more keys, including 4-way arrow keys and shortcut keys
Sunday, July 31, 2011
- Weight - a DSLR + notebook adds up to a considerable weight, which would be heavy to carry on 1 shoulder
- Strap interference - on the same day, I purchased a Blackrapid strap which is worn across the body. Using a messenger bag would interfere with the usage of the strap
- Kata 3N1-22
- Vanguard Up-rise 46
- Lowepro Compuday 250
Friday, July 22, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
- screen is glossy, but not too much reflections
- still getting used to the screen brightness; full brightness a little too bright, one step down a little too much
- high CPU usage; really need to find out which are the bloatware, and to uninstall them. lots of HP software installed by default
- removed Norton Anti-virus; replaced with Microsoft Security Essentials
- Keyboard is large, but keystroke a little shallow, compared to the Asus A42JV that my brother and I are sharing
- the sloping design is good for wrists; won't have carpal tunnel syndrome
- build quality a little iffy; panel gaps not consistent, speaker grill a little off already
- seems the singapore version comes with a 500GB 5400rpm hard disk :(
Saturday, June 25, 2011
User manual on Lenovo China website (PDF)
- It seems the X121E mousepad has adopted the button-less design, first seen on the X220
- The battery placement has moved slightly to a DM1-like design, with the battery taking up space below the screen. Consequently, the keyboard is moved slightly downwards
- The screen hinge position also changes, to accommodate the change above. This results in no space for the VGA port and power supply port, which move to the sides
- There is also an addition of a fingerprint reader
Monday, June 13, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
- Asus 1215B (cheap, has page up/page down keys)
- Dell M102z (9-cell battery option, but expensive)
- HP DM1 (pretty, good battery life, big chicklet keyboard, but no page up/page down keys, and no dedicated trackpad keys)
- Lenovo X120e (matte screen, page up/page down keys, but not sold in retail shops)
- MSI U270 (similar to 1215B, haven't seen it in person)
- Sony YB-series (expensive)
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
This is the kind of story that exposes the "boliao"ness of Facebook.
The content of the story is close to my heart though...
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Great detailed analysis on the rather confusing rule changes for MotoGP in 2012. Part 2 found here.
Saturday, April 02, 2011
...On February 15 it will be available in North America, China and other emerging market countries (such as Eastern Europe, Indonesia, Korea). Unfortunately at this time there are no plans to launch X120e in Latin America, Japan, Australia or Western Europe (including Germany and Norway).
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Large screen size is great, but a little slippery to hold. 2 handed grip is more comfortable, but typing on landscape keyboard is a stretch for thumbs.
A simple operation of copying text from a PDF to an Excel file turned out to be a stern test for the device.
Thinkfree Office, which came free with the Galaxy Tab, didn't support text selection in it's PDF reader.
Downloaded Adobe Reader from Android Market, but that also didn't allow copying of text inside a PDF. Eventually resolved it by downloading the paid version of Documents To Go.
But the device hung and I had to restart it. Not a great start.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
The sample shots here look fantastic...
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Here's a distraction; instead of a convertible PC, what if I bought a notebook and a tablet separately, in this case a AMD Zacate notebook (either the Lenovo here, or a HP DM1z, or a Sony Vaio-YB), and a Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Nice to see Google offering a choice for users to tweak their search results, as content farms seem to have infiltrated the 1st page of several of my Google searches.
One example is thetechjournal dot com. First domain to be "banished" by me using this new Google Chrome extension. :)
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Finally managed to find a apk file online. This post is posted on the app. It is also a good time to say a sad farewell to the Symbian OS, as today's announcement by Nokia pretty much means the end of the road for one of the first smartphone platforms. Really sad. On the other hand, the future for Android knows no bounds.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Good news of new WebOS products, including the Pre 3 above. However, I noticed that editing of Office documents (via Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite) is still a work in progress.
Even though I don't use this function everyday, it is a feature that I require. That's just too bad, as the way WebOS handles certain functions (e.g. Just Type) is refreshing.
Regular offthebeatenpath readers will know that my favorite internet browser is Opera Mini. So I was glad that I found an easy way to use this mobile browser on a PC desktop environment.
Click on the link above and follow the steps. You do have to click on 'Accept' a few times during the installation process (slightly omitted from the instructions provided), but overall, it's really easy.
Now I can surf at a reasonable speed, even when the internet speed is slow. Using the mobile browser also means access to mobile versions of websites, which I normally prefer as I do not need to scan the content horizontally. Many websites these days can be quite cluttered, and using the mobile version is faster and easier.
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Remember to read the comments; 1st comment kicks off some of the limitations of the findings...
Sunday, February 06, 2011
Google has finally produced an official Android app for Blogger. But I can't seem to find it on Market. Found the app on the website version of Market, but wasn't able to install it, with a "This item is not available on your carrier" message shown. :(
Saturday, February 05, 2011
My K100D has been underused for quite a while, but will I shoot more with another Pentax body in my bag (that also shoots video)?
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
A big f2.4 aperture sounds impressive. With so many similar Android flagship handphones out there, one of the ways to stand out is great hardware, in this case, a good camera. With the Nokia N8 rather underwhelming in terms of its OS (but great camera), the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc could potentially provide a good compromise between a progressive OS (Android), big screen (4.2 inch) and a good camera.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Great preview by the Fuji Guys, 2 Fuji reps based in Canada. A lot of photo geeks are waiting in anticipation. The Olympus XZ-1 looks to be a good competitor in the serious compact class, but the Fujifilm X100 could start an entire new class.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Evidence that not all 'e' or 'i' initiatives are helpful...
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Caterham makes a track car, and Radical converts a track car to a street legal road car. Nice, but Radical really should put in a bit more engineering and put in a roof. While they're at it, they should remove the front splitter.
What they'll get is a mini Le Mans street legal racer. And it'll sell. To fit a roof, they'll have to figure out how to build doors into the chassis (or maybe some innovative folding roof mechanism).
Saturday, January 15, 2011
The specs look quite nice, except for one thing. Why do almost all QWERTY Android phones have specs just a little below the top of the line 1GHz processors?
Anyway, good to see the bigger space (screen now 3-inch) used for additional buttons like up and down, plus a browser shortcut button.
Sunday, January 09, 2011
The costs outweigh the benefits. Most organisations want to jump on the bandwagon and look "hip".
What costs you say? Isn't Facebook free?
Let me list some of them
- manpower needed to cross-post items and manage comments
- content on the Facebook can't be backed up
- no comment moderation options available
- content cannot be restricted to paying customers/members
Saturday, January 08, 2011
This is part 1 of 6 clips.
Friday, January 07, 2011
A powerful technique used to enable phishing...
The initial signs that something was underway came on Saturday, he said, when the secure https protocol became unavailable in Tunisia. This forced web users to use the non-secure http protocol.
Thursday, January 06, 2011
The handphone is the computer. View the video in the link above to see the handphone being used like a mobile CPU, viewing a desktop browser via a dock or a laptop, and also the ability to run full OS software via a virtualised Citrix setup. Cool...
Saturday, January 01, 2011
The best way to impose some quality control on your digital life isn't to quit Twitter, Facebook and the rest in a fit of renunciation, but to break the spell they cast. Email, social networking and blogs all resemble Pavlovian conditioning experiments on animals: we click compulsively because there might or might not be a reward – a new email, a new blog post – waiting for us. If you can schedule your email checking or web surfing to specific times of day, that uncertainty will vanish: new stuff will have accumulated, so there will almost always be a "reward" in store, and the compulsiveness should fade. Or use software such as the Firefox add-in Leechblock , which limit you to fixed-time visits to the sites you're most addicted to. Can you, as the blogger Paul Roetzer suggests, make it a habit to unplug for four hours a day? Three? Two? What matters most isn't the amount of time, but who's calling the shots: the ceaseless data stream, or you. Decide when to be connected, then decide to disconnect. Alternative metaphor: it's a one-on-one fistfight between you and Mark Zuckerberg for control of your brain. Make sure you win.