Jony Ive may be a genius at designing computers, phones and tablets but the guru of Swiss watch design says the Apple Watch looks like it was designed by students and that it’s no different from smartwatches that are already in the market.
Jean-Claude Biver, the big cheese Hublot and Tag Heuer (among others) and the one who has been widely credited to the successful rejuvenation of the Omega brand, says that Apple had made “some fundamental mistakes” designing the Apple Watch as reported by UK’s The Telegraph.
“This watch has no sex appeal. It’s too feminine and looks too much like the smartwatches already on the market,” Biver said in an interview with German daily Die Welt. “To be totally honest, it looks like it was designed by a student in their first trimester,” he added. In addition, Biver says the smartwatch looks “too feminine” and its design will not stand the test of time.
Being able to stand the test of time is an important trait that differentiates a watch from a timepiece: “Luxury always has something timeless, it’s rare and conveys prestige,” Biver said and he doesn’t think that the Apple Watch posses any of these endearing traits.
The Apple Watch marks Apple’s first true new product segment since the iPad was introduced, it is also the first since Steve Jobs died. Retailing for US$349 (about RM1,115), Apple is banking on design as a big pull factor for the Apple Watch, it will be interesting to see if the device will dominate the wearable market in the months to come.
After introducing its Find 7 flagship, Oppo has been rather quiet but that doesn’t mean they are not working on their upcoming smart phone. Oppo Malaysia has just posted a teaser that “it is time to turn things around” next month.
According to GizChina, this is likely to be the Oppo N3 which will replace its unique photo-centric Oppo N1. The Oppo N1 stood out with its rotatable 13MP camera, a back mounted O-touch track pad and auto beautification features. You can consider this as one of the first Selfie smart phones in the market.
However with a 1.7GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 600 processor and the lacking of 4G LTE connectivity, replacement for the N1 is definitely due. Just recently they had introduced the Oppo N1 mini, which is a smaller version with mid-spec internals and it comes with 4G LTE. So far the specs of the Oppo N3 is still a well kept secret. Hopefully we’ll get a peek through some leaks in the next couple of weeks.
Motorola has been keeping up with demands. With their current Moto series that caters to low-price high spec needs, another new model has surfaced to be added among its ranks. The new Moto G with the model number XT1068 recently popped up on the SIRIM website, suggesting that local distributors have gotten their hands on it, with the intention to sell here locally in Malaysia.
It was reported that 5 million Gmail Account passwords have been leaked and it raised concerns if our online accounts have been compromised. The reality is there’s no breach on Google’s part and according to them only 2% of the combinations worked. However that doesn’t mean there’s no reason to panic.
The list of email addresses and passwords were reported to be obtained from 3rd party websites but without naming the exact source. If you use a different set of passwords other than your Google account, you should be fine. However knowing that there are people that use the same passwords across all sites, it is best to change them especially crucial accounts including Banking, Email and Social Networking.
Samsung is at it again and they have released a series of videos mocking the latest products announced by Apple recently. Looks like they are not holding back as they poked fun at Apple’s failed live stream, its larger screen of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and even its new Watch.
The South Korean maker has been throwing pot shots at Apple even before the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 was officially announced. It is no secret that Apple’s move to bigger screens contradicts with their refusal of making a bigger smart phone, which is now an interesting point for its competitors to harp on.
Watch them all after the break.
The latest Nokia duo – the Lumia 730 Dual-SIM and the Lumia 830 are on its way to Malaysian shores. Both devices which carries the model number RM-1035 and RM-984 have been spotted in our own SIRIM Malaysia database.
The Lumia 730 Dual Sim claims to be the “perfect phone for selfies and skype calls” with it’s Full-HD 5 Megapixel wide angle front facing camera along with a 6.7 Megapixel rear camera. It will come in 4 colours – Orange, Green, Blue and White and will run on the latest Lumia Denim (Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1).
This 4.7 inch device takes on a form factor of monoblock touch, and will be powered by a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM with a display resolution of 1280×720 with 316 ppi density. Standard Connectivity options include Dual Standby SIMs with 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, NFC. As of memory, it comes equipped with 8 GB of internal storage capacity and microSD card support for expansion up to 128 GB.
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Chances are most of you would have been asleep while Tim Cook and team announced the iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay. Well, now you can watch the presentation at your convenience right here. It’s 2 hour long but unlike watching it live, you can skip all the boring stuff and go straight to the juicy bits.
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If you’re using an iPhone 5S or an older model, don’t chuck your phone away because of the iPhone 6. The biggest change ever for the iOS platform is coming next week as Apple is rolling out its iOS 8 update.
iPhone and iPad users have long been deprived of having customised keyboards for quicker input. With the latest iOS 8 that’s available on 17th September, users can now switch to better keyboards such as SwiftKey.
If you love taking selfies, the Sony Xperia C3 is finally available in Malaysia with the retail price tag of RM999. This is their mid-tier 5.5″ smart phone that supports 4G LTE that’s also remarkably thin at 7.6mm.
Claiming to the best selfie smart phone, the Xperia C3 gets a front facing 5MP camera that has a wide angle 25mm lens and it even comes with a front mounted soft LED flash light. If you don’t want to take their word for it, there’s an independent study on front facing smart phone cameras in the market which rated the Xperia C3 as the best smart phone for taking selfies. Like most smart phones today, it packs a photo retouch feature called Portrait retouch v.2 that applies make-up” in real-time.
Qualcomm powers a a wide spectrum of devices and they have just announced its new Snapdragon 210 processor that brings 4G LTE to the masses. This is a new member of the Snapdragon 200 family which currently powers the affordable Moto E and Nokia Lumia 530 smart phones.
With the Snapdragon 210, it offers high-end features including 4G LTE connectivity even dual-SIM standby on LTE. It even supports recording and playback of Full HD 1080p video content, while the main display supports up to 720p resolution. For imaging, it boast better capabilities with support up to 8MP cameras with features including HDR and zero shutter lag. Although smart phones in this category come with smaller capacity batteries, Qualcomm still includes QuickCharge 2.0 that allows you to juice up, up to 75% quicker than standard times.
The Snapdragon 210 solution uses quad-core ARM Cortex A7 which can be clocked up to 1.1GHz and it is mated with a Adreno 304 GPU. Availability wise, it is expected to be rolled out commercially in early 2015. With this, we probably can expect 4G LTE to be supported as standard on most popular entry level devices by 2015.
For more information, visit Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 210 product page.