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Goondu review: LG Optimus 4X HD

13 Aug

When it first turned up earlier this year at trade events, LG’s Optimus 4X HD was likened by some pundits as a close replica of fellow Korean electronics maker Samsung’s Galaxy devices.

That may be a slight to the folks at LG, but if you consider how well Samsung has been doing with its Galaxy phones, the comparison is not such a bad thing.

Indeed, after using the LG phone for close to a week now, I have to say it’s a nice addition to the range of Android phones that now spoil smartphone users when it comes to choice.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Android 4.0, LG, Optimus 4X HD, price and availability, review, Singapore,  

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity the new “big” Android tablet to have?

30 Jul

Everyone’s talking about Google’s ultra-smooth and very cheap Nexus 7 tablet now, but the same folks who are making that 7-inch tablet also have something slightly more high-end – a packed-to-the-brim 10.1-inch Asus Transformer Pad Infinity. 

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, google, Software, Tablet, Android 4.0, asus, Transformer Pad Infinity,  

Goondu DIY: Installing CyanogenMod 9 on Samsung Galaxy S II

1 Jul


One of the best things about owning an Android phone is that you can customise your gizmo to no end with open source software that is available and well-made by a committed community of enthusiasts.

Yes, I’m talking about custom ROMs that replace the operating system that comes with your phone. In particular, the popular CyanogenMod 9 (CM9) version of Android 4.0 that is now very mature and have reached “release candidate” status – in other words, it is very stable for many phones out there.

A couple of days ago, I finally decided I’ve had enough of Samsung’s version of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.3) on my Galaxy S II and flashed it with CM9. Since then, I’ve never been happier with my phone.

The interface is understated and cleaner than Samsung’s rather cartoony Touchwiz interface which it layers on top of its Android operating system. Better yet, CM9 doesn’t come with a lot of the useless stuff that the phone maker deems it necessary to include. Without that bloat, the performance is very zippy.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, google, Software, Android 4.0, CM9, CyanogenMod, diy, Galaxy S II, how to, Ice Cream Sandwich, installation, samsung,  

More budget Android 4.0 phones in Sony’s Xperia miro and tipo

14 Jun
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Users looking for budget Android phones running the latest version of the operating system have two more options in Sony’s upcoming Xperia miro and tipo, when they ship in the third quarter of this year.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Android 4.0, Sony, tipodual, Xperia miro, Xperia tipo,  

LG sticks with 3D, as Optimus Max reaches Singapore

4 Jun

Despite lukewarm response to the first smartphones with 3D features last year, LG has stuck to its guns by coming up with the Optimus Max which shows off 3D images without requiring a set of special glasses.

The new phone will sport a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch screen protected by Gorilla glass, as well as two 5-meg cameras. Yet, despite its name, this is not the Korean phone maker’s top-end phone. That honour belongs to the Optimus 4x, which has a quad-core CPU and a 4.7-inch screen.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Singapore, 3D, Android 4.0, glass free, LG, Optimus Max,  

Sony Tablet S and P get Ice Cream Sandwich update in Singapore

3 Jun
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Sony has been accused of being a little slow in the past when it comes to updating their phones, but it seems to have wasted little time moving its recently available tablets onto the latest Android operating system in Singapore.

Users of the Tablet S and Tablet P started getting their Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) or Android 4.0 updates over the air on Thursday, as the Japanese electronics giant moved to keep pace with rivals such as Samsung and Asus.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Singapore, Tablet, Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, Sony, Tablet P, Tablet S, update,  

Hands on: Samsung Galaxy S III stars as new flagship phone

11 May

Almost like with an iPhone, details on Samsung’s Galaxy S III were rumoured, leaked, exposed and went through the entire online hype cycle before it was finally unveiled last week.

Just how well does the flagship model from the new number one manufacturer of phones do in the face of increased competition? Not so bad, I have to say, after a hands-on session with the Galaxy S III a couple of days ago.

With a typically bright screen, slim body and new quad-core processor that provides zippy Android 4.0 performance, it holds its own against the best. To be clear, there’s nothing dramatically different here from the previous Galaxy Nexus, Note or S II, but the Korean phone maker knows it already has winners and doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, google, Software, Android 4.0, Galaxy S III, samsung, Singapore,  

Huawei MediaPad gets a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich

5 May
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Guess which Chinese company is back in the news with a pleasant surprise?

After being the first company in the world to roll out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update to the Honor, Huawei said on Friday that an update is now also available for the MediaPad Android tablet as well.

Unveiled last year at CommunicAsia, it has been running Android 3.2. Besides the expected feature and performance boost that comes with Android 4.0, the software update will also let the MediaPad send SMSes and make voice calls. 

Tagged in: android, Tablet, Android 4.0, Huawei, Huawei MediaPad, Ice Cream Sandwich, MediaPad,  

Goondu review: HTC One V feels premium at budget prices

15 Apr

A couple of weeks ago, we got our hands on the HTC One X, the Taiwanese phone maker’s best effort in a while and probably the Android phone to beat right now.

We can now say that the One V, a low-cost model launched together with the flagship One X, is also highly impressive. Indeed, with a solid build, useful Sense 4.0 interface and a very fast camera, the One V feels like a premium phone belying its entry-level price tag.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, google, Singapore, Software, Android 4.0, HTC, One V, review, SingTel,  

Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

15 Mar

At this time last year, Samsung was agonising over how slim its Galaxy Tab 10.1 was going to be to challenge Apple’s iPad 2.

Just like Apple this time, its updated Galaxy Tab 2 tablets, unveiled recently at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, seem more poised and you could say, possibly more confident of the response from potential buyers.

Besides having Google’s Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich operating system out of the box, no big changes exist in the two versions of the Galaxy Tab 2, either in their 7-inch or 10.1-inch versions.

Tagged in: google, Software, Tablet, 10.1, 7.0, Android 4.0, Galaxy Tab 2, Ice Cream Sandwich, review, samsung,