The classic Karateka side-scrolling game is now available on your smart phone. This is the game the game that started it all before Prince of Persia. To give it a more retro feel, the loading of the game even includes the sound of a loading old school 5 1/4″ floppy disk. Just like the original, you can’t save the game midway and the only way to end the game is by killing it in the recent apps on Android.
For those who didn’t know, there’s an alternative ending of the Karateka game. Watch it after the break.
Samsung is not letting Sony having all the fun in the water and here we have is the purported Samsung Galaxy S4 Active with water and dust resistance. Seen as a direct competitor of Sony’s Xperia Z, the S4 Active comes with top notch specs such as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Quad-Core 1.9GHz processor with a 5″ Full HD display like the current flagship device.
Over at the front, it comes with 3 physical buttons which makes it usable in any tough situations while the opposite side sports a metal looking back secured with bolts. If the rest of the specs are similar as the S4, it should also pack a 13MP shooter as well.
Apart from the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, more S4 variants such as the Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy S4 Mega are expected to be released as well. This was unofficially confirmed in the description of Samsung’s WatchON app which has been changed at time of posting.
Head after the break for another shot of the S4 Active.
Currently the Q10 is available from Celcom and Maxis from as low as RM1,388 and RM1,178 respectively. Outright the Q10 is priced at RM2,388. Pricing details for the BlackBerry Q10 from DiGi has not yet been revealed.
While the BlackBerry Q10 supports 4G LTE, there’s still no indication on when DiGi will announce its commercial 4G LTE service. We can only hope that by the time they launch, their 4G LTE coverage would cover most populated areas nationwide.
Couple of weeks back, we did a camera comparison of the latest flagship devices such as the HTC One, BlackBerry Z10, Nokia Lumia 920, iPhone 5 and Sony Xperia Z. With the Samsung Galaxy S4 being launched recently, it’s time for another round of camera shootout. This time we’ve thrown the Galaxy Note II in the mix as well.
Topping the megapixel count in this comparison are the 13MP shooters – Galaxy S4 and Xperia Z while the Lumia 920 8.7MP shooter shoots at 7.9MP. The iPhone 5, Galaxy Note II and the BlackBerry Z10 comes with the usual 8MP count. Of course not forgetting is the HTC One’s Ultrapixel camera which shoots an effective 4MP.
Without further ado, head after the break for the comparison. Let us know which you think is better?
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Acer has quietly revealed its new Iconia W3 Tablet which comes in a more portable 8″ form factor. Considering most Microsoft based tablets are 10-inchers, this would be the smallest Windows 8 tablet currently. While it is small in size, surprisingly it runs on a full fledged Microsoft Windows 8 Pro and not the scaled down Windows RT version. Being a productivity tool, the Iconia W3 comes with a accompanying keyboard which connects via Bluetooth. From the product pics, the tablet can be attached to the back of the keyboard.
In terms of specs, it runs on Intel Atom Z2760 processor with 2GB of RAM and there’s a choice of 32GB and 64GB storage option. The front 8.1″ display does a WXGA resolution capable of 1280×768. It also comes with a 2MP camera, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, micro HDMI and micro USB port. Battery life is rated at 8 hours.
No pricing details yet but the Iconia W3 is expected to be introduced in early June. Head after the break for more images of the device.
The HTC One currently runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean which is a notch lower than the latest Android 4.2. As comparison, the Galaxy S4 already runs on Android 4.2.2 out of the box. If you’re itching for the latest, now word has it that HTC will be rolling out Android 4.2.2 update for the HTC One in 2-3 weeks time.
For older HTC devices such as HTC Butterfly, HTC One X, One S and One X+, a software update is expected to come soon which will bring HTC One’s BlinkFeed and Zoe as well. Software updates is a critical factor for smart phone ownership and it is good to see manufacturers giving existing loyal users the latest features.
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The Samsung Galaxy S4 16GB model which comes with just 8.8GB of available storage leaves much to be desired. Although there’s an expandable microSD memory slot, getting just half usable space from its advertised capacity would leave users feeling a little shortchanged. Technically it is not cheating as the on-board memory really is a 16GB capacity but usable storage is totally a different matter.
As comparison, an iPhone 16GB has 13.5GB of available space, Sony Xperia Z with 11.73GB and BlackBerry Z10 16GB with about 10GB. The rather high out of the box storage consumption on the Galaxy S4 is mainly due to Samsung’s built-in apps and TouchWiz features that uses eye and finger tracking. Acknowledging it is concern needed to be addressed, Samsung is now looking into software optimisation to free up more space. Since most of the features are not really critical or used frequently by users, they should consider add-on features/apps to be downloaded on demand. Must be a tough spot for Samsung and it would be interesting to see how much fat they can trim in future software updates.
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If you’re looking for a Galaxy S4 without the fancy and bloaty user interfaces, you might want to check this out. At Google I/O 2013, they have announced a Galaxy S4 Google edition which runs on plain vanilla Google OS. Think of it as Galaxy S4′s version of a Nexus smart phone without TouchWiz.
The details of the Galaxy S4 Google edition isn’t fully revealed apart of having 16GB of storage with LTE support and has its bootloader unlocked. It is good to know that despite being a Google device, it still retains a microSD expansion slot.
The Galaxy S4 Google edition will be on sale in the US from 26th June from Google Play. It will carry the price tag of $649, which is just slightly below RM2,000.
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The HTC One is currently available for bundling on all telcos except for Maxis. For those curious about Maxis’s offering, we got tipped off on its plans from one of our readers who managed to get some details from one of its centres. It is offered with its usual TalkMore or SurfMore plans and those entitled for SKMM RM200 rebate, it can be yours for just RM1,249.
The full bundled pricing as follows:
Value First/Value Plus + 1GB (24 months) – RM1,849
Value First/Value Plus + 3GB (24 months) – RM1,749
TalkMore28 + 1GB (24 months) – RM1,849
TalkMore28 + 3GB (24 months) – RM1,749
TalkMore48 + 1GB (12 months) – RM1,899
TalkMore48 + 1GB (24 months) – RM1,749
TalkMore48 + 3GB (12 months) – RM1,799
TalkMore48 + 3GB (24 months) – RM1,499
TalkMore78 + 1GB (12 months) – RM1,799
TalkMore78 + 1GB (24 months) – RM1,449
TalkMore78 + 3GB (12 months) – RM1,649
TalkMore78 + 3GB (24 months) – RM1,299
SurfMore50 (12 months) – RM1,919
SurfMore50 (24 months) – RM1,749
SurfMore75 (12 months) – RM1,849
SurfMore75 (24 months) – RM1,499
SKMM Offer TalkMore78 + 1GB (24 months) – RM1,249
As usual there’s a RM250 upfront payment required if you sign for 12 months contract while those signing up for 24 months would require RM1,000 as upfront payment. At the moment, stocks are not available yet which is probably the reason why Maxis has been holding up its plan until now.
Thanks Ian Lim for the heads up via Twitter.
The BlackBerry Q10 is officially available today with Celcom offering the device as low as RM1,388 on contract. As usual, it comes bundled with its usual Celcom First postpaid and bolt-on data plans.
Full BlackBerry Q10 bundled pricing as follows:
Celcom First Prime + 1GB/3GB (12 months) – RM1,888
Celcom First Prime + 1GB/3GB (18 months) – RM1,838
Celcom First Premier + 1GB/3GB (12 months) – RM1,838
Celcom First Premier + 1GB/3GB (18 months) – RM1,788
Celcom First Elite + 1GB/3GB (12 months) – RM1,688
Celcom First Elite + 1GB/3GB (18 months) – RM1,638
Celcom First Prime + 5GB (24 months) – RM1,388
Celcom First Premier + 5GB (24 months) – RM1,388
Celcom First Elite + 5GB (24 months) – RM1,388
Celcom First Data mPro Plus (24 months) – RM1,488
An advance payment between RM250-450 is required for 12/18 months contract and RM700 is required if you’re signing up for 24 months contract. If you’ve registered your interest earlier, Celcom is giving additional rebates and Bluetooth speaker worth RM299 as an early bird offer.
The BlackBerry Q10 with its QWERTY keyboard retails at RM2,388, which is an extra RM200 over its full touch screen based BlackBerry Z10 model. In terms of connectivity, the Q10 comes with 4G LTE support which is compatible with our local networks.
For more information, head over to Celcom’s BlackBerry Q10 page.