Most Android players right now are focused on their flagship devices but what about those seeking for something in the middle? Now we have the Acer CloudMobile S500 which is a capable contender in the mid-spec range that’s priced at RM1,299. It is powered with a respectable dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 processor and 1GB of RAM. On board there’s 8GB storage but it is expandable with microSD. The biggest highlight is its 4.3″ IPS display which pushes a rather high resolution 1280×720 pixels. This gives a rather high density of 342ppi which is even higher than the iPhone 5 or the Galaxy S III.
Design wise, it feels rather compact in the hands and it does feel like a smaller 4″ device. The appearance looks different from the usual all black design and the S500 stands out with its curved upper and lower ends which is wrapped with a nice textured plastic back cover. Operating the S500 is rather smooth thanks to its plain vanilla Android without any of those heavy customised skins. However it isn’t that all bare as Acer has added some nice touches such as a customised pull down notification bar which offers quick access to setting toggles and alarm. Acer is no slouch when it comes to software updates as the S500 is currently running on a recent Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
In the photography segment, it comes with a 8MP shooter that is capable of shooting 10 frames per second while the front facing 0.7MP camera is capable of shooting 720p videos. Over at the back, the S500 also comes with NFC capability where you can beam contacts and files across seamlessly. The Achilles heel of the S500 would be the battery which is a rather small 1,460mAh that lasts about 10 hours in our heavy usage. For moderate users, you might be able to get more hours and there’s also a power saving mode to stretch that even furhter.
Watch the hands-on video above. We will be posting a full review shortly.
For the second year in a row, Sony has been the first to release its flagship device in a brand new year. It was about a year ago when Sony had announced its Xperia S, which dropped its “Ericsson” name and featured its first ever dual-core smart phone device. It was a time where Sony Xperia is playing catch up with its rivals with a unique transparent belt design and a high density 720p display which remained unchallenged for a significant duration.
Fast forward into 2013, Sony has a greater challenge to face and expectations are much more demanding than before. Build quality becomes a growing concern as plastic are being scorned upon. In the last quarter of 2012, Sony is seen experimenting with more water resistance on higher end models which previously was limited with low spec hardware.
With just a limited combination of alphabets available for its Xperia line up, Sony had decided to jump to the very end – The Xperia Z, dubbed as the best of Sony in a smart phone. Read on for the full review.
We managed to get a hands-on of the new Sony Xperia Z from its Singapore event recently. From the short period of time we have, we are overall impressed with the new device. Firstly the build quality of the Xperia Z is rather impressive and is probably one of the best we’ve seen for a phone.
In our short hands-on experience with the device, the screen refresh rate is impressive but colours and blacks tends to be washed out. It appears that there’s some issues with contrast but probably Sony would have refine these imperfections once it is commercially available. Unfortunately we didn’t manage to get any sample photos due to limited time and less than ideal lighting conditions.
In other news, Sony Malaysia has confirmed that the Xperia ZL which was left out from the initial availability announcement will be coming to Malaysia after all. So for those who are wiling to sacrifice water/dust resistance for a smaller dimensions, the Xperia ZL would be your option.
Head after the break for the Xperia Z’s sample HDR Video taken in low light condition.
Sony has started 2012 with a bang with its line up of Sony NXT series. The Sony Xperia S which was first announced in January broke new grounds with its 4.3” display that pushes a high 1280×720 resolution. That’s a massive 342 ppi (pixels per inch) which was the highest pixel density at that time. It also marks Sony’s foray into dual-core processors and its refreshed mobile brand that dropped the “Ericsson” name.
When the Xperia S was launched, its other cousin the Xperia ion which is Sony’s first LTE device was only available at selected markets. Fast forward 8 months later, the Xperia ion is finally available for Malaysia that now comes in international HSPA+ variant. Read on to find out more of this Xperia S’s bigger brother.
In an ever changing environment, hybrid devices have been appearing in all sorts of shapes and sizes. When companies tried to combine the tablet and phone, we’ve seen phones that try to mimic a tablet and tablets that come with phone functionality. There’s no standard formula of converging the 2 together but ASUS has taken a radical approach in offering phone, tablet and “notebook” form factor in a single integrated solution.
The result is the ASUS PadFone which is their next evolution following its success of the ASUS Transformer tablet series. The Eee Pad transformer tablets is probably today’s best example of a seamless tablet + keyboard form factor which started the wave of hybrid tablet designs in the market.
Now let’s get right into this unique 3-in-1 hybrid phone tablet hardware.
The newly available Samsung Galaxy Note II is by some margin, the best Android device in the market right now. Here’s a quick look at some of the interesting features of the device which is demonstrated with a hands-on video.
Retailing at RM2,299, the Galaxy Note II comes with a massive 5.5″ HD Super AMOLED display, a quad-core 1.6GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and the unit we are getting comes with 16GB of storage. While the device has gone bigger in screen size with top spec hardware, the Galaxy Note II comes with additional new features that makes the large screen and stylus combo more productive.
Among the new features include a new enhanced S-Pen with AirView, Smart Rotation and multi-view support which lets you view 2 apps side by side. It also inherited the new features from the Galaxy S III such as Smart Stay and various gesture based actions.
Do watch this space as we will be having an in-depth review soon.
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Being a middle child usually comes with its own dilemma. This is what the HTC One S faces when it was launched in Malaysia. The big brother HTC One X has being in the spotlight as the flagship product while the HTC One V is a lower entry device that rides on the popular iconic design of earlier HTC models.
Despite being a betweener device with 4.3″ display, the HTC One S still has something to shout about. It is the thinnest HTC smart phone yet at only 7.8mm. While the big brother One X uses polycarbonate plastic, it uses aluminium just like the smaller HTC One V. So does the One S stand a chance of being a recommended device from the line up? Read on to find out.
In the past 2 years, the Android smart phone players are getting obsessed with having the biggest screen, the most core processor and the thinnest dimensions. We are seeing more brands jumping onto the dual-core bandwagon with screens being upsized beyond the standard 4.3”, which was considered huge back then.
Sony which is formerly known as Sony Ericsson in particular hasn’t been keeping up with such trend with the former flagship the Xperia arc S running on a single core 1.4 Ghz processor and still having a moderate sized 4.2” display. Despite that, there’s still one thing that stands out from Sony, and it is the design of their phones.
Early this year, Sony has revealed its new Sony Xperia NXT series of handsets with the Xperia S. It was also the first Android smart phone under the new Sony Mobile branding, after Sony has acquired full ownership over Sony Ericsson. It is interesting to note that Sony retains its familiar “s & e” slimeball logo with the new brand.
Huawei doesn’t really come top of mind when it comes to Android smart phones as they have better known for its entry level models. Of course Huawei has got bigger plans and they won’t want to stay in the value segment for long. At CES, Huawei surprised the industry with its ultra slim Ascend P1 S and at MWC, they have revealed their quad core smart phone, the Ascend D Quad.
Recently we we’re given the opportunity to try out their mid-tier device, the Huawei Honor. Read on to find out how does the Huawei Honor perform and if it is any good.
Everything is going 3D these days. We have the latest movies available in 3D and TVs from most brands are having 3D on their flagship models. Now 3D comes to smart phones and they have finally arrived in Malaysia.
How does 3D work on a smart phone? Is it just a mere gimmick? We’ve given the opportunity to review the latest 3D smart phone from LG – the LG Optimus 3D. Read on to learn our findings.