Price Philippines Latest Prices in Philippine Peso Wed, 09 Apr 2014 05:06:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Acer Aspire S3-391-6046 Windows 8 Ultrabook Wed, 09 Apr 2014 05:06:48 +0000 Real good manufacturers across the globe take their own yachts to sail along the ocean of consumers, with the purpose of who among them will win the bacon back home. Following the modern call for a trend, especially with the official launching of the new Windows 8, touch-capable devices are already popping off the field to cater the platform’s Metro-style UI. But if you’d be asked, would you want to use the said OS, or at least try it, with a non-touch device?

Surprisingly, Acer did it with its new model, the S3-391-6046 of Aspire series. The S3-391-6046 is an ultrabook in itself, and being a 13.3-incher, is also a netbook in form. Priced a bit lower at around $640, the S3-391-6046 of Acer is sold mainly for users who do not want to enjoy touch-capable displays but still want the new Windows. In short, I don’t think this device will last since for sure a lot of users will find out that not using the fingers to swipe the Metro tiles is a day-ender.

However, the Acer Aspire S3-391-6046 still purifies itself along the way with a bunch of looks-and-specs ratio. With the design itself, the S3-391-6046 looked like any other modern ultrabooks of today, and is surprisingly thin enough in its weight at only 3lbs. The body measured at 8.52×12.59×0.68inches, making it something at least to carry along when going to the office. The sheer metallic design also gives the S3-391-6046 an enterprise or premium feel over its weight, and thankfully, there’s not really anything to bother its overall aesthetics. With the keyboard and the touchpad, they are neatly and minimally styled, though I’d wish the arrow keys got themselves bigger room for accessibility.

The display, like any other average 13-inchers, is only with a native resolution of 1366×768. The said resolution does not really fit in to the leaders’ 1080p display, but is at least well enough to display the proper content quality (except for full HD movies). Expectedly, playing games on this device should still be fun, but not that much because with the integrated Intel 3000 graphics, you cannot just update the system to accommodate Direct X 11. This is totally a press-no button but serious gamers despite the display quality, and it just means also that playing movies are the most enough of what you can do.

Other than the said GPU, the Acer Aspire S3-391-6046 is also a bit short with performing muscles. The S3-391-6046 uses a 2nd-generation Intel Core i3 processor plus 4GB of RAM. The said processor is distinctly not in par with the latest versions, but is still acceptable enough when compared to Intel’s Atom, Celeron, and even some AMD processors. Thankfully, the netbook’s price justifies itself a bit with the inclusion of a 20-GB SSD for caching and speeding up boot times and other data handling tasks. Other than these, thanks to Acer also for bringing up two USB 3.0s to at least calm the raging users, plus a full-sized HDMI and one of the best features so far, having a dual-band Wi-Fi for a sweeter wireless data experience on hotspots.

For the same price also, you get the Acer Aspire S3-391-6046 with a relatively average battery life of more or less 5 hours depending on what’s taking place. As for my verdict, the S3-391-6046 of Acer stands average among any other budget netbooks despite the ironic inclusion of the new Windows 8 without the touch experience. By the end of this year, I think Acer must find another way to put its audience in awe again with their good list of ultrabooks.

Acer Aspire S3-391-6046 Windows 8 Ultrabook Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 28,000.00

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Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows 8 Smartphone / Tablet Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:51:57 +0000 Nokia never stops in making another doorway to how people experience and use smartphones. I still remember the last two years when the company started shifting their cellphones into smartphones, particularly how they look and feel. But Nokia gained more strength when they started catering Windows phones to the masses. Of course, there are many others who’ve tried offering WP8 to the masses, but only Nokia did it that much. All of these efforts are but evident in the company’s new flagship under the phablet category, the Lumia 1520.

The Nokia Lumia 1520 is very much predictable especially if you’ve witnessed how the Lumia series started and grew. However, despite some predictability, the 1520 sets a big margin today with its big 6-inch screen now at full HD resolution. Back it up with a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and the latest updates (update 3) from Windows, the 1520 is a strong contender albeit the shorter 20MP camera (compared to the whopping 41MP on Lumia 1020). At a regular contract rate of $200 or around $650 in retail, the 1520 is nevertheless something that serves as a very powerful option to smartphone users looking for an extraordinary upgrade.

Like other Lumia models of Nokia, the 1520 still has that polycarbonate material, look and feel. Almost all of the available colors come in a matte finish except the red one which has a glossy look. In 1520’s case, the grip honestly is a bit slippery, more because the change in shape and contour especially on the edges gave this kind of anxiety. The 1520 has now sharper edges and corners, making it a bit harsh to be used with one hand and even when slipping it onto tight jeans pockets. Unless you’re really to go straight and consistent with two-hand operations for this phablet, you’re really not going to enjoy this Lumia.

However, despite the sharp edges and corners, the Nokia Lumia 1520 is at least thin and modern-looking on its own. It measures only 8.7mm in depth, making it thinner than the flagship of HTC. However, if you compare it to the Note 3 of Samsung, you’d really notice a huge difference in almost all aspects—no joking. But that shouldn’t bother you at all. Thankfully, the slot for the nano SIM card is also available together now with the SD card slot, but you have to be careful when inserting it on the tray or else you’ll lose your SIM.

The Nokia Lumia 1520 comes with a full HD display powered with the reputed ClearBlack technology. The screen still is that fancy Gorilla-glassed display that naturally gets rid of glares and reflections. The screen is enjoyably very bright and more responsive to ambient light, making it very complementary to the phone’s powerful camera features especially when being maximized during outdoors. The bigger screen also gave way to an extra column of tiles found on the main interface of the OS. Lastly, the sensitive buttons found below the screen are now more amply spaced for easier input and controls.

There’ve been a lot of changes occurred on the last few updates from Microsoft for their line of WP8 phones, but the Update 3 coined ‘Black update’ paved more improvements and possibilities to slates and phablets like the 1520 with higher screen resolutions and sizes. But the real fun in using the 1520 as a Windows phone comes in really obvious when you start navigating on the larger screen. Texting is a lot more fun also because of the bigger, more accessible keys. The mentioned extra column of tiles means you can see more without the trouble of scrolling up and down. And last of the notable inclusions in the update is the integration of PureView and the Nokia Smart Camera, summing up to a name called “Nokia Camera.”

And talking about camera, the 1520 may seem like it’s downgrading in hardware and features. There’s not a Xenon flash anymore but a pair of flash to back the camera up. The resolution has now gone down to 20MP. Nevertheless, however, there’s not really a big concern here, more because people are generally not always going to opt for poster-size photos after all. Image quality is still superb and sharp, though the color temperature on many of the images taken look a bit off the natural state (some are warmer, some are cooler). Controls are now also easier and more intuitive, and most of the advanced settings can be toggled in a few taps.

Other specs you’d love to know for the Nokia Lumia 1520 are: IPS display at 369 ppi with extra-sensitive capacitive features, front-facing 1.2MP camera, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage expandable up to an extra 64GB, a 3400mAh battery life good for more than a day of talk time, NFC, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, 4-port microphone system, and support for wireless charging.

Is the Nokia Lumia 1520 a very good choice? It is, and is in fact the best Windows phone we’ve come across so far. If you’d prefer a stronger camera, you can opt for the 1020 of Lumia. However, if you are looking for a steady yet powerful Windows phone with all the expected features on board plus a stellar display, the 1520 is already at its best.

Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows 8 Smartphone / Tablet Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 34,000.00

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Apple Mac Pro (2013) Desktop Computer Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:50:59 +0000 Apple has been an icon of technological innovation for more than a decade now, and their introduction to a lot of incredible devices and appliances did really help people derive better and more powerful ideas. One big problem with Apple though in relation to their fans or users is that, they are too innovative that buying the latest showcase will give you the anxiety that something better will come out at least a few months after. This has been the big case when Apple finally released the new Mac Pro before the end of 2013.

Unlike the latest Apple iMac that became a total standout with real innovative design, the Mac Pro is more like a powerhouse alone—or in PC-equivalent, a CPU tower. But at first it can be really harsh to accept particularly because of its looks: it doesn’t look like a computer, or any of its input or output devices. It looks like some sort of kitchen appliance, an advanced coffee maker, a digital bin for Wacom styluses, or a metallic flower vase with self-regenerating nutritive elements. All that I’m saying is that, it is cylindrical, and that’s it.

Adding to that iconic shape is that it is not anymore colored like any other Apple Mac products, i.e, silver or light grey; the Mac Pro is now in a very futuristic, Darth Vader-ish glossy black color. Adding to that, the case of the Mac Pro is made out of aluminum, and like any other computing powerhouse, you can remove the shell to expose its nerves and parts. The Mac Pro of Apple measures at an incredible size of 9.9inches in height and 6.6inches in diameter, and weighs only 11lbs.

As what Apple has always been doing, the Mac Pro is also very minimalistic that you won’t see anything except a few trademark notes, brand name, and the powerful line “assembled in the USA.” At the back—or at the side, or front—of the Mac Pro you can get access to a lot of I/O ports that you don’t easily expect for a powerhouse this size. What you get here are: 4 USB 3.0 ports, 6 Thunderbolt 2 ports, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, an HDMI 1.4 UltraHD port, the power button, the power port, and two holes for speakers or headphones. Ports are lit and iconically labelled in an astonishing white color, and this is toggled whenever you try to move the Mac Pro around.

Much of those being said, you can already expect that being futuristic in approach, Apple is indirectly saying that you should stop using discs—yes, even Blu-rays, that’s why we don’t get that here. If you want to connect a mouse or a keyboard and any other paraphernalia, you might also want to connect them wirelessly using the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi feature or Bluetooth 4.0. The logic is quite simply but persuasive: you don’t want to spoil the design while still enjoying full functionality. And hey, do you know that there’s even a built-in speaker here?

But cutting you off your excitement for a while, the Mac Pro is not and will never be an ordinary CPU for your home and office computing needs. Price starts at $2,999, and you heard it right, it’s actually dedicated ‘especially’ for something: it’s only for the pros (yes, you can use it at home but it’s just not economical; it’s not practical, no?) But Apple offers an extra option here just in case you still find that unripe: a $3,999 package.

For the starting package, what you get includes: a quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz, 12GB of RAM, two AMD FirePro D300 graphics card with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM each, and expandable 256GB of PCIe-based SSDs. But reaching the extremes, that is, if you have a chest of dollars, then go for a 12-core Intel Xeon E5 processor, 64GB of RAM, two AMD FirePro D700 video cards, and 1TB of SSD. Since the Mac Pro is more likely to be used by motion graphics and special effects designers, Apple is proud to announce that the Mac Pro can connect up to three 4K displays or six Thunderbolt displays.

Now the ultimate question so far for the Mac Pro is, what can it not do? It’s pretty hard to say its limitations outside of the hardware limits it has. The Mac Pro is really a strong contender, but it speaks for itself whenever you try to consider buying it. It’s unique. It’s simple. It’s powerful. It’s Apple.

Apple Mac Pro (2013) Desktop Computer Price in the Philippines: Php 155,990.00 (Quad-Core and Dual GPU); Php 205,990.00 (6-Core and Dual GPU)

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Sony A7 Compact Digital Camera Wed, 26 Feb 2014 03:57:40 +0000 Full-frame cameras have always been expensive, and therefore making them only available to those photography purists wanting all the details expected for a 35mm-film-equivalent sensor. Moreover, the trend also goes like this: full-frame cameras with interchangeable lenses cannot go on a smaller body, more because there should be much more going to meet the price. All of these are about to get wiped with Sony’s introduction of the new A7.

The Sony A7 is actually a series, but as of now, only two models are around namely the A7 per se and the A7R. We’ll deal with the latter first so that we can build a bigger room for our main attraction. Unlike the A7, the A7R does come only with a CMOS sensor but is packed with rich pixels at a count of 36MP, ready to be used for large-scale productions and poster printing. The omission of the anti-aliasing filter is also absent, followed by the preservation of the contrast-AF system. All of these also come with its equivalent price at around $1,700, and this can be surprising because it tended to be more expensive than its full-frame equivalent.

But for our main option, the Sony A7, the price is actually much friendlier at around $1,700 without the lens (add at least $300 to get the full set with 28-70mm lens). Too cheap and too surprising for a full-frame SLR? No, technically it also isn’t an SLR; it’s a mirrorless camera just packed with a full-sized sensor. Being mirrorless, it’s already a conclusion that you shouldn’t expect any pentaprism technology; no optical viewfinders, and even worse, no built-in flash.

But beware though; the Sony A7 is bouncing heavy despite some exclusions to be a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera. The A7 is surprisingly lightweight at only 416grams body only. It comes with all other SLR-like controls such as a full-sized mode dial, dual control wheels (front and back respectively), Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities, a powerful EVF, a tilting LCD, and more, a magnesium-alloy weather-sealed body. We’re only scratching the surface yet, but as up to this point, I bet you’re already enjoying this stuff.

The Sony A7, however, doesn’t really sport a flashy and elegant look. It’s black, and you can easily get confused if it’s trying to maintain a NEX look or an Alpha look. It’s commemorative of Olympus’ OMD-EM1 for being classical or vintage in look, but going to the grip side felt more like holding an SLR. The EVF mechanism is also a bit big and chunky on sight, and the rest of the body is skinny and slippery in look. We are not trying to spoil the thing here; again, the A7 is a very powerful machine packed in a very compact but well-protected body.

Almost all of the buttons and the rest in the control layout are but typical, except for some few ‘miscalculations,’ so to say. First, the two control wheels or dials are exceptionally too visible, probably too much in height, but this may be so that it can be accessed quicker. Alongside the mode dial is another dial for the exposure compensation, which can also be confusing and can be easily mistaken as the control wheel especially on the first instances. Though the grip is good and even the thumb rest area, the video record button is awkwardly on the far right edge—an area that no finger can easily get accessed to.

Of course, it’s a matter of practice and mastery, and we are thankful that at least there they are. Moving forward, the tilting LCD may also be an issue, not because it isn’t touch-sensitive, but because it doesn’t really articulate side-by-side and it tilts only to a very limited angle. Then there’s the EVF. The EVF is actually beautiful and very functional, but when shooting indoors, the EVF seemed like it lags from time to time. I also wear eyeglass and sometimes the sensor isn’t properly detecting my eyes whenever I trigger proximity.

Moreover, despite the addition of the company’s latest Bionz X Processor, the Sony A7 can still be disappointing in some areas. One is that the A7 wakes too tardy for a shot (like a little more than one second). Shutter lag and the lag between shots (whether JPEG or RAW) are also noticeable, making it a camera not for action superstars. The burst shooting stops luckily at around 30shots, and that at least is acceptable for the 5fps speed. Lastly, the A7 introduces a hybrid AF system comprised of both contrast and phase detection, but despite the abundance of AF points, AF speed only works well in well-lit situations; a bit of a struggle is very obvious when you’re dancing under the moon.

But the 24.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor with OLPF does not disappoint in image quality as expected. One thing so notable about the image quality is that, there’re a lot of details preserved even on those dark shadows and intense highlights, making RAW files easily mastered during post-processing. The dynamic range is also incredible that you can hardly find it in common DSLRs. Operating with higher sensitivities of up to ISO 3200 is operational even when in 100% crop; at ISO 6400 noise is already there, but the following stops will already consume the details.

Lastly, I am also quite disappointed with this ‘excited’ release of the Sony A7; the availability of lenses are but too limited to start with, making this camera overall not a really impressive upgrade in today’s date. Though Sony promises at least 10 more options of lenses for full-frame cameras at least by the end of this year, opting for lenses dedicated for APS-C sensors can be frustrating because of the cropping factor. All in all, if you can wait for more lenses and for the price to cut off a bit down in some few months more, I’d say you’re making a good investment with Sony.

Sony A7 Compact Digital Camera Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 76,500.00

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Asus Transformer Book T100 Convertible Ultrabook Fri, 21 Feb 2014 07:21:14 +0000 The battle for the greatest ultrabooks seemed like it’s never going to end, more because there are always fresher ideas to welcome especially the new Windows 8.1 operating system in full blast. There’re also a lot of devices already claiming to be ‘hybrids,’ i.e., a combination of both a tablet and an ultrabook. The question now is, how about a ‘netbook’ and a tablet? This is what is going to be fully manifested in Asus’ new entry for the Transformer series: the T100.

The Asus Transformer Book T100, at first so as to entice you to read along, is a very budget-friendly hybrid-system Windows 8 device. You get a 10.1-inch slate with a keyboard dock already inside the box. You get gorgeous battery hours for both surfing the web and even draining them with video playback. You get a full-sized USB 3.0 port. You get wireless capabilities. You get an IPS display. You get the latest Atom processor of Intel. All of these you can get for more or less $350, and if you compare it with luxury tablets or netbooks, the price should really make you smile.

But first, for the price, you also get some compromises. At first with build quality, the Asus Transformer Book T100 is mainly plastic, from top to bottom. You get that expected amount of flex when you press any surface. But don’t worry about this case, though, Asus knows its best ways to implement plastic materials on board. Next, the plastic material can be glossy and authentically felt cheap at hand, but thankfully, we are not facing a flood of smudges here. The seemingly linear patterns will surely distract you from counting one print from the other.

The Asus Transformer Book T100 as a tablet measures 263x171x10.5mm alone, and add the dock which measures 263x171x13.1, you get a real bulky piece of an ultrabook. Compared also to other models of the Transformer series, this T100 doesn’t really look fashionable at all; actually there’s nothing to brag about the design except that you can remove the slate off the keyboard dock. But nevertheless, when you combine the two-piece appliance, you get a lightweight device that you can enjoy at only around 1.1 kgs. Moreover, since there’s no kickstand to worry about, you can adjust the viewing tilt of the slate, and luckily, it sits properly and steadily on your lap without the usual worries.

Aside from the usual ports, I also mentioned that you also enjoy a full-sized USB 3.0 port here. Unfortunately though, if you want to fully maximize this added feature (actually, it’s expected), you have to bring the dock along because it is where it is found. We’re sad, though, that the dock does not extend the slate’s battery life as we’d seen in other competing hybrids; this also means that you cannot charge the slate using the stored energy on the dock. Then there’s the keyboard. Asus is proud to announce a 19mm-travel distance of each key, and typing on it is seemingly plausible. The keys may look and feel cramped and hence may take some time getting used to, but we’re still happy there is one. And oh, of course, a touchpad is available, but its size is almost saying in itself that you should get a wired or wireless mouse instead.

The slate’s display is gorgeous that it has a wide viewing angle courtesy of the IPS technology within. However, if you are looking for quality displays, the T100’s isn’t really your candidate. The resolution at 1366×768 may seem enough, but in today’s age and for a 10.1-inch size, that just doesn’t seem right anymore, though yes, that’s still better than 720p displays. At the back of the slate are two stereo speakers which are unbelievably loud, but the Sonic Master technology within may disappoint you because of the obvious buzzing and distortion when you set the volume up to the top level.

The Asus Transformer Book T100 is good enough and may even be better in performance because of the latest Intel Bay Trail-T Quad Core Z3740 1.33 GHz processor. Add it with 2GB of RAM, you can actually do almost everything you’d expect for a PC that is more than a simple tablet. Though I won’t be confident playing Battlefield 2 here and using Photoshop, at least doing Office (oh yes, a student edition of Office is included upon purchase!) is a breeze together with enjoying other apps especially on the tiled Windows 8 interface. You won’t get much trouble here, but if you want to maximize the 9-11 hour battery life, you better get a little conservative.

The Asus Transformer Book T100 is not a piece of beauty, but it works very well and is usable in a real lot of ways. The cheap material and the lack of other useful features may be some signs you may not buy it, but when you need a full Window 8 device that ‘works’ in the fullest sense, the T100 is a must-buy and is very timely nowadays.

Asus Transformer Book T100 Convertible Ultrabook Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 23,000.00

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Microsoft Xbox One Game Console Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:42:39 +0000 It can be easily said that Microsoft is getting more and more ambitious when it comes to gaming, but particularly to their gaming consoles. After a few years since we knew Xbox 360, the new Xbox One is about to steal at least a large portion of gamers around the globe. At first, I can quickly say that Microsoft is only trying to keep up with the pace because of Sony’s hard-hitting announcement of the PS4. But with a real bunch of improvements and additions for the new Xbox, should the One really be the ‘one?’

At first, let’s try to check the price. The Xbox One, compared to the latest Sony PS4, is actually $100 more expensive, but Microsoft is obviously trying to tame the listeners. Part of the big and surprising price hike is the notion that the Xbox will be the only one entertainment system everyone’s going to need for a typical living room. It can play Blu-rays. It connects directly to your cable for live TV sessions; it comes with online video streaming. Skyping. A much updated Windows operating system and environment. And now it includes the once-optional Kinect (2nd generation), a compartment where most of the ‘physics’ take place. However, one thing to note a head though, you also need at least $60 more for a premium account per year to enjoy all of these services.

The Microsoft Xbox One also doesn’t look modern, and hardly does it look like it’s really for gamers as well. Cracking up the Xbox One reveals some seemingly-unsurprising hardware specs like an eight-core CPU, 8GB of DDR RAM, 500GB of fixed storage, a mediocre GPU, and some wireless capabilities except Bluetooth. All in all, the Xbox One is one piece of a bulky game console that it weighs 8lbs. for a 13.5×10.4×3.2 inches body. Then there’s the Kinect 2.0 body, which you should also intelligently place just around your Xbox One. It’s not necessary, but you don’t want to waste your money only leaving the set inside the box.

Now, when it comes to gaming, the big price you have paid will soon be very evident because of the dramatic improvement especially in processing capabilities and graphics performance. Games such as the ones offered by EA are all taking advantage of the improved hardware, with more details, less distracting hiccups, and of course, some minor additions like opening multiple apps or games at once without overcrowding the system. Unfortunately though, the improvement in the system did not really bring that much game titles to take full advantage of them. There are many, of course, but only a few are notable that you’d love to try immediately.

The controller also has a more comfortable grip and a more tactile feel especially for the thumbsticks. Though I would still ask for some solid feel whenever I lift up a controller, I am actually amazed to the One’s new feature that keys you instantly as a player with the help of the new Kinect. I still do not love the plasticky feel of the d-pad, but all in all, the controller is at least seriously refined.

Microsoft has also pushed a lot of improvements to the interface, especially when they wanted to take more advantage of the new Kinect. However, I still think that the interface is boring despite being smooth. Motion sensing and voice recognitions were actually almost perfectly responsive and accurate, but you cannot actually do much than simple gestures, after all (not unless you’re willing to commit into memory the 30 new commands). Moreover, talking to the Kinect still felt like talking to a machine, and I think their promise of improving the ‘selective listening’ feature from the Kinect isn’t really something that you can already be proud of… at least for now.

There’s still a lot more to talk about the new Xbox One of Microsoft. However, to make my early conclusions, I’d say that the new game console is at least comparable and is competing hand-in-hand with its rival, the PS4. The ambitious additions in the Xbox One such as the live TV integration do work fine, but they’re not without flaws, and obviously, they still have a long way to go. The forceful inclusion of the Kinect, on the other hand, can be seen both as a waste and as a complement. But all in all, Xbox One is all about how you’re going to use it, and to what extent you’d want it to rule over your living room.

Microsoft Xbox One Game Console Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 28,500.00

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Motorola Moto G Android Smartphone Fri, 14 Feb 2014 02:29:43 +0000 If Google partners with Samsung or HP for a Chromebook, they do also love making something out with the help of other brands such as Motorola, which they bought (oh, I must not miss that Lenovo has already bought the brand lately). Before there was the Motorola X: a budget smartphone with outstanding features while enjoying the richness of untainted Android OS. But all those beautiful additions and features seemed to be costly to the low-budgeted ones. Until the arrival of the Moto G.

We do not really know what the ‘G’ stands for, but the Moto G is very comparative to the pricier competitor. The Moto G now is priced at only $179.99, and you get almost the same experience, i.e., if you are not essentially asking for more for the lower price. Expected for such a low price, you can only get the Moto G as a phone that you can use, not ‘the phone’ that you would always want to use. No, I don’t mean the Moto G to be a disposable one that you can easily replace, but if you have a tablet, a PC, or an ultrabook, and you just want a phone that will back you up and help you make calls, then this is a good piece to look at.

Starting with the look, the Motorola Moto G is plastic as expected, with a non-gloss matte (slightly rubbery) finish on it. What makes the Moto G a little different to most smartphones in its class is that it has a curved back surface, making it wobble and dance a little when you place it on top of a desk. The Moto G measures 6mm at its thinnest point down to 11.6mm, which makes it really isn’t thin at all. It also has a weight, which is average at 143grams. You can, however, mistaken the Motorola Moto G to be smaller because it has a big screen which makes the bezels and other areas of the phone going unnoticed when being used.

The Moto G comes with a 4.5-inch, 1280x720p display at 329ppi. Surely, for its big size at a relatively small body, that screen is actually sharp and friendly already for making calls, sending SMS, playing games, and even surfing the web. However, if you want ‘good’ technology for such a display, that of Moto G is just an ordinary one. Viewing angles suffer quickly in just a tilt, and the screen reflects much of the environment. Colors are largely considered to be pale by many, but for those who have tried the oversaturation of many OLED technology, they’d sure prefer the display of the Moto G.

We’ve got two cameras thankfully for such a price, that aside from the front-facing 1.3 MP camera, a 5MP camera with flash is at the back. Unfortunately, upon my first impressions, the camera is more like useless. Yes, you can enjoy some shots, but the laggishness, the lack of sharpness and details, and the shortage of a reliable focusing system makes the 5MP look more like a blasted VGA camera. At least, though, the speakers on the Motorola Moto G is quite loud for its size, and this should do good for watching movies with friends, i.e., if they’re willing to take the agony of watching from a pale angle. And talking about movies, by the way, you won’t get to store much because you only got 8GB of internal storage without memory expansion; you’re lucky if you got the rare 16GB version.

The Motorola Moto G runs on a very good Android 4.3 OS, plus a guaranteed update to the latest KitKat version of Android. You get to enjoy the stock apps and features on this Moto G, and hardly you can notice any changes at all. Considering the quad-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM in this model, you are really not expected to do some serious multi-tasking as you’d expect for high-end device. You can open one or even up to three apps at once, but expect to observe some hiccups already. Without overly using it, the Moto G is nevertheless very usable and functional for most of the purpose you’d put it into. The all-day battery life claimed by the company is almost getting to be perfectly true, but that is if you can maintain some key conservations such as tuning down the display brightness and turning off the haptic feedback, and only turning on the Wi-Fi when you really need it.

Lastly, what makes the Motorola Moto G a little more interesting are the ‘Motorola Shells’, which are cases of multiple colors at $14.99 each. But all in all, the Moto G is an updated Android device with mediocre performance and budget build quality. You can always use it, rely on it for basic cellular operations, but that’s just it.

Motorola Moto G Android Smartphone Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 10,000.00

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Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera Wed, 12 Feb 2014 05:37:54 +0000 Following Pentax’s powerful K-5 II/IIs is the company’s new top-of-the-line model in the name of the K-3. To introduce at once, the K-3 is highly comparable and is almost a twin-but-competing rival to Nikon’s trusted D7100. It is still much of an argument if the K-3 of Pentax is now ready to be considered a real professional piece, but for the features set we can safely give it that name. The K-3 is not cheap at around $1,500-$1,650, but with all that it has to offer such as a more powerful sensor, a weather-resistant body, a new AF and metering system, and other powerful features to outmatch Nikon’s equivalent, I’d say you don’t want to miss learning about this camera.

Starting with the build and looks, the Pentax K-3 is likely to be similar in approach and impact as that of the mentioned predecessor, albeit the smaller footprint 3.9×5.2×3.1inches and at 1.8lbs. Moreover, looking plainly at the K-3 is like looking at a mid-range SLR, more because the buttons seem to be very intuitive without overcrowding and hence destroying the look of the camera itself. The contours and the shapes of the camera sections are also somewhat brawny, and adding it with the weather-sealed body, the K-3 is more like a camera for all occasions, but especially for outdoor photography.

There’re also some few notable additions and changes to the layout of the controls. Looking on the front side of the camera, aside from the lens, we have an IR blast receiver (there’s also one at the back) that should be really helpful for remote, wireless shutter control. On the top, circling around the shutter release button are stops for power (on and off), plus a stop for checking out the depth-of-field settings. A front-seated rolling wheel is also situation a little beneath this shutter section, and can be easily accessed using the index finger when holding the grip. There’re also quick buttons for checking and adjusting exposure compensation and ISO settings. There’s the monochrome display for displaying the recent settings, a hotshoe, a pop-up flash, and a mode dial which you can now lock to avoid accidental switches (if locked, you have to press and hold the middle button before you switch).

On the opposite side of the grip, we have some quick controls again, though I’d say this is the area where the Pentax K-3 did not really excel well. However, the quick controls for setting up focus and AF modes are available, together with a RAW/FX button, which you can customize for some quick settings. On both sides of the camera we have envelopes flapping in some ports like a very rare USB 3.0 port, HDMI, DC-in, dual memory card slots, a remote control port, a mic-in port, and a multimedia-empowering headphone port (audio-out). No, like most cameras in its class, the K-3 still doesn’t have GPS and wireless features, though you can buy third-party wireless memory cards such as the FLU card.

Now going to the main control interface, the very first beautiful thing here is the 3.2-inch, 1.04k-dot display that is just bright and clear even under direct sunlight. The gapless design also makes the display more popping without overly saturating image quality as shot. We are also thankful for the 100% coverage and 0.95x magnification found on the solid pentaprism optical viewfinder. On the left of the OVF we have the playback button and a special button for metering settings. On the right of the same OVF we have a red button that is both a switch for Live View (when you’re in still mode) or a direct video-record button (when you’re in video mode; toggle modes using the lever below the green button). There’s another control wheel for extra settings, which you can also use for zooming in and out during playback, and an AF button. The four-way buttons are typical, except the right button that is used for switching between color modes. The directional buttons also possess an additional snap: pressing the bevelled edges will allow you to quickly navigate to focus-points diagonally.

The Pentax K-3 may not wake up fast before its first shot, but the preceding shots are all but sweet and swift. The 8.1fps at full 24MP is actually a madness already, more because you can take up to a number of RAW and JPEGS for up three seconds (in Nikon’s D7100, the camera will lag down even just after a second of shots). During Live View, the K-3 may not really focus that fast, but at least it excels on low-lit situations. Adding to this is the exceptional ISO capabilities that range from ISO 100 to ISO 51200. Focus speed, generally, is a breeze, and thanks to the 27 AF points of which 25 of them are cross-type, focusing is more likely done like a pro.

Image quality is as good as you’d expect for an APS-C sensor, with rich details and just fair-enough color saturation (while I personally have bias for Nikon’s way of producing colors). But adding to the image quality is the K-3’s unique feature of simulating an anti-aliasing filter (it technically has none, but by tweaking into the in-body stabilization system, you have now the option to slightly blur some very fine details to avoid moiré effects). Noise is very much suppressed and is almost visibly none even on ISO 3200. At ISO 6400 the details are still preserved and even until ISO 12800. You’d still love to use ISO 25,600 for black-and-white shots to simulate some grainy effects, but so far, the K-3 really does a good job in poorly-lit scenes.

Lastly, videos can be up to full HD resolution at 24p or 30p, or you can choose 60i just in case, or 60p but at 720p resolution. Videos recorded are beautiful as expected, and focusing is a breeze though you must get used to triggering the AF time after time because it’s not continuous. We’re not happy the built-in microphone is only mono, but the addition of a microphone port says that the K-3 is getting serious also with videos. While recording videos, you can also choose between different modes such as aperture or sensitivity priority, and quickly adjust levels in between.

The Pentax K-3 is a powerful machine that rivals perfectly to Nikon D7100. It’s optional anti-aliasing filter, a more powerful burst engine, multiple ports and hardware additions, and exceptional low-light performance outweighs many competing cameras in its class. While the K-3 is still not perfect, people are sure to find its price to be highly reasonable and appealing.

Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 68,000.00

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Toshiba Satellite U925T-S2120 Ultrabook Computer Fri, 07 Feb 2014 02:02:51 +0000 Convertibles or hybrid PC systems are now getting on air faster than expected, and this may be majorly affected by the people’s need for a perfect Windows 8 experience with the convenience of a touch. We’ve seen a lot of models featuring these states already, but only a few offers the most viable solution of bringing the tablet/display and the keyboard/docking station into the most versatile design or construct. With this regard, Toshiba puts another attempt to make Windows 8 more PC-like in experience by bringing back the slider-mechanism hinge for the display in its new model, the Satellite U925T-S2120: what you get is a tablet with a keyboard on it wherever you go, and you only need to slide the tablet out to have the seemingly perfect ultrabook experience.

The Toshiba Satellite U925T-S2120, or simply U925T, sports the said slider design wherein users can gain complete control on the keyboard without bringing a separate dock as the usual hybrid systems do. The sliding option can be a convenience to many of course, more because you are confident you always have a keyboard and a click pad to use wherever you go. However, for the U925T’s case, the model’s slider design may require additional space for the mechanism to totally work; to do so, you have to pull the ‘tablet’ out to a stop before you can actually lift the display for a desirable angle. To slide back, you need to flat the display first before actually sliding it.

More with the special mechanism, one drawback is that when you put the display up, the back surface of it actually reveals a ‘dirty’ surface full of parts for the slider, which destroys its appeal. Another thing is that, you can only opt for that same slide experience every time, and this means you always get the display exposed with no option to keep the display surface on the inside. Nevertheless, Toshiba at least copes up and makes the slider design different by making the viewing angle adjustable. Having an IPS also adds to the overall versatility of the display of the U925T.

On the other hand, the keyboard dock is exceptionally thin with keys well distanced and hence not cramped-looking at all. I actually appreciate Toshiba’s effort to force a click into the same plane, and though the click pad can be smaller than expected, gestures are at least responsive enough for an enhanced notebook-like experience. More with the support of the keyboard station on-board is a pair of full-sized USB 3.0 ports, one of which has an always-on feature for charging other devices like handsets. There’s also a full-sized HDMI port that compensates to the U925T’s lack of absolute display connectivity. An audio port is available as always, and there’s also an SD card reader for an extra bulk of storage.

The U925T of Toshiba runs on Intel Core i5 for the PC-like Windows 8 platform. Backing this up is a 4GB-RAM plus Intel’s HD Graphics for a better movie viewing and game handling, though obviously you cannot really play a hard-core PC game on this. For the storage, the U925T boasts of its 128GB SSD, which is significantly better for a speedier file access and transfer rates, and is also good for skyrocketing boot times. The U925T sadly for its price and specs does not have a good display at only 1366×768 despite having IPS and Gorilla Glass, and this flaw is not compensated by a longer battery life at only approximately four hours.

Other specs you’d love to know for this U925T of Toshiba is that it supports WiDi, Bluetooth, dual-band Wi-Fi, NFC, and some average cameras, which you can hardly see. The U925T of Toshiba is one good attempt to bring another reliable option to a more PC-like tablet experience, though I am not really sure if the slider design in this model would really be a good seller in itself.

Toshiba Satellite U925T-S2120 Ultrabook Computer Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 50,000.00

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LG G2 Android Smartphone Tue, 04 Feb 2014 01:54:26 +0000 LG, so far, is still coping up to be listed as among the best brands for the smartphones category, more because manufacturers or brands such as Apple and Samsung are always taking the lead even in just plain ideas. However, the time of the Optimus series of LG is now seeing its termination point, and we are glad to welcome a new G-series to introduce us to LG’s new faces of smartphones. Introducing the series is the very first G2, amounting to around $625 online these days.

The LG G2 is not the most popular smartphone and is not even in fact the most in-demand model. Beware though as the reason behind this introductory statement can be overstated; once people learn how powerful this G2 is, $10 will say that it can be hard to choose something else. Starting with, this relatively-reasonably-priced smartphone of LG comes with a gorgeous full HD display at a gigantic size of 5.2 inches diagonally, the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 800 processor quad-clocked at 2.2GHz, a solid 32GB of internal storage, powerful speakers, a 13MP camera with AF and OIS, and a great-performing battery life.

Starting with the design, LG is proud with the G2 for portraying a slim and elegant profile measuring only 8.9mm deep. That’s actually incredible enough, more if you learn that it weighs only 0.32 lbs. That should fit right to your jeans’ pockets, that is, if you have the right size for it. However, the inconsistency comes with the provider or store to where you’ll purchase it: some sellers offer a glossy-back surface, while others don’t. It may depend on your preference, but especially if you give more priority for your network provider, chances are you won’t get to choose what type of cover to enjoy.

The front surface also comes with a smooth surface that glides and reflects under the light, in fact too shiny or slippery for it to become a fingerprint magnet. Nevertheless, I love the edge-to-edge glass with almost no bezels at all; thanks to the dual-routing technology that enabled such beauty. Then here comes the slightly weird introductory feature: power button and the physical volume rockers found at the back rather than the usual edge locations. Upon days of trying it, I’d say it doesn’t really detract you from the usual intuitiveness you’re after. But moving forward, I’d still say both options (at the back or at the edges) have their own logic to be understood. Now it’s just a matter of preference.

However, LG G2 is bright enough to introduce additional functionality to the buttons at the back: a) holding the volume-down button will trigger the camera app; b) holding the volume-up button will open a quick-memo note app. The buttons can be hard to access from behind especially on the first instances of use, and more unfortunately, some versions have smaller or more depressed buttons than the other. Lastly, I would also like to mention that putting the buttons there right below the camera hardware will also mean that you have to constant swipe the camera lens clean after a few smudges.

Aside from the exemplary hardware mentioned including the quad-core processor and a 13MP main camera, there are also others which you’d love to notice including the 2GB RAM and a 32GB of ROM of which 22GB is only user-available. The 3000mAh battery is also said to be good for up to a month of standby, but after trying some 4G connections, making few calls, and trying some apps, how come I have to charge it an hour after lunch? Nevertheless, if you’re a conservative user, this will not bother you that much.

There are some more features also specific to this Android device of LG. Aside from the note-taking feature which you’ll have to use your finger instead of a stylus, there’s also the ‘KnockOn’ feature that allows you to put the G2 into wake or sleep mode; that should save you the effort of reaching for the power button which is now situated at the back. There’s also the ‘Slide Aside’ feature allowing you to open up to three apps simultaneously, and swiping from the side switches them one from the other. Another is the ‘clip tray’ that acts more like a more PC-like clipboard experience. Oh, and before I forget, there’s also a QSlide function allowing you to multitask by launching multiple floating windows, each is resizable and can be adjusted by opacity.

There are actually more to say with LG G2, but so far, we’ve hit the essentials. This smartphone is a powerful device to mention, and is very advanced and future-proof, at least according to my ideals. Some features may not always work right and ripe to this date, but nonetheless the rest works fine and are actually very helpful. You’ve got to get the hang of the new layout of the buttons, but with this interesting creativity, I bet LG will soon have a bigger face in the smart industry of today.

LG G2 Android Smartphone Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 22,000.00

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