Fans of the Force, you can now pimp your iPhones in the most awesome Star Wars swag this side of the galaxy far, far away. These cases are as authentic as phone cases can be — the C3PO case is every bit just as shiny as the droid it mimics and the Chewbacca case has fur!
If you’re interested in getting one — or all — the cases are available on Amazon and is available for the iPhones 4, 4S, and 5, in used and new condition, from over 30 vendors. We tried ordering a Chewbacca case from the seller “Amazon.com”, and found that on top of the USD 27 for the case, the 2-to-4-day shipping charge to Malaysia was USD 31, bringing the total to about RM175. Not bad and probably worth it considering how easily scratched the iPhone 5 can be.
Just in “case” you’re thinking of buying one of these, remember to check that you order the right size!
UPDATED: Added Nokia & BlackBerry into Malaysian launch dates comparison.
Everyone wants to get their hands on their latest models right after it is being announced. With strong demand, manufacturers would want to get their devices into market before the competition comes out with a better model. So how long have we waited for the latest smart phone in Malaysia? We have compared global announcement and local availability dates of various iPhone and Android smart phone models to give an illustrations on our wait times.
Historically Apple has been reducing the roll out waiting time for Malaysia with the exception for iPhone 3GS which took a rather short 53 days. After that, the iPhone 4 took slightly more than 100 days which is then shorten to 72 days for the 4S.
For those still waiting for the illusive availability of the iPhone 5, so far we have waited about 59 days to-date. If Apple wants to beat the iPhone 4S in terms of waiting time, they have 13 more days to go which can be indicated if the telcos start their Registration of Interest by next week.
Apple isn’t the only one doing this as the other smart phone contenders too have been busy shortening its roll out wait times. As seen above, the Galaxy S II had taken more than 4 months for it to reach Malaysia but has shorten it to as little as 27 days for the Malaysian launch of the Galaxy S III. Other players too have strive to bring down the wait time under 2 months. The fastest roll out we’ve seen for Malaysia is the Motorola RAZR which took just 3 weeks to reach our shores.
Nokia and RIM in the other hand have taken more than 100 days to make their current models available after its initial announcement. Hopefully they can do better with their upcoming line up.
Overall we have been getting our latest gadgets quicker than before. Now it all depends on manufacturers if they can supply as quickly as possible while demand is still strong. Otherwise, it is their own loss if consumers are spending their money with something newer in the market.
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UPDATE: SurfMore bundling of Galaxy Note II compared with other telco offerings.
After introducing its voice-centric TalkMore plans, Maxis now introduces new SurfMore 50 and SurfMore 75 which offers a rather generous mobile internet at affordable rates. SurfMore 50 offers 2GB of data quota for just RM50/month while SurfMore 75 offers a huge 5GB quota for RM75/month. Just like its rival DG Smart Plan, the month subscription is only for mobile internet, with calls and SMS charged separately.
The new plans are actually a replacement of the earlier introduced Internet Value 50 & 75 plans and Maxis has given extra 33-43% extra data boost for the same subscription fee. The pay as you use rates for calls/sms remains the same with voice calls being charged at 12sen/min within Maxis and 20sen/min to other networks. For SMS, it is 5sen/SMS within Maxis and 15sen/SMS to others. Maxis also gives discounts on the monthly subscription fee for those that uses a lot with 25% off for usage above RM150 and 100% off if you use more than RM250.
Head after the break for the full details.
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Most phone cases are just that, cases. Aside from protecting your device from scuffs and dings, the run-of-the-mill phone case doesn’t really do much else.
Well…that’s before the ReadyCase.
The ReadyCase is only 3mm thick but it packs more goodies than any other smartphone case out there. It has a rear panel that houses an interchangeable camera lens ring so you can attach various lenses made for the iPhone, a holder for an accompanying 8 or 16GB thumb drive (the thumbdrive doubles as an adjustable kickstand both in portrait and landscape mode). There are slots for you to store your headphones and cables, and there’s even an integrated multi-tool that can be two types of knives, a screwdriver and a bottle opener.
The people behind the ReadyCase say that the case will be made out of “aerospace grade composite materials” and is asking for US$40 from you to fund the development of the case with a goal of $15,000 by late October. If they do get enough funds the case is expected to ship early next year.
Head over to after the jump to check out what the ReadyCase can do.
iOS 6 will be available for Malaysians to download from September 20 (September 19 in the US). The latest Apple mobile OS will support the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 4, the new iPad and iPad 2 but as with previous versions of iOS, not all supported iDevices will get all the over 200 new features the latest version has to offer.
If you’re an iDevice user, you’ll want to know that Siri is still lacking local support and is only available for the iPhone 4S and new iPad. On the up side, Apple’s own Map app will have local support including turn-by-turn navigation and local search. Flyover 3D maps won’t be available in Malaysia though.
Here’s a quick rundown of which devices getting which features:
Siri: iPhone 4S, new iPad
Flyover: iPhone 4S, iPad 2, new iPad
Photo Stream: iPhone 4, 4S, iPad 2, new iPad
FaceTime Over 3G: iPhone 4S, new iPad
VIP List: iPhone 4, 4S, iPad 2, new iPad
While you wait for the download to be available, check out this video explaining the key features coming in the new version.
Before updating to iOS 6, make sure that you’ve disabled Restrictions. Without Restrictions disabled your device may not be able to transfer purchases, backup or sync with your computer. To disable Restrictions, go to Settings > General > Restrictions.
UPDATE: iPhone 5 hardware specifications updated with more smart phones including Windows Phone.
The iPhone 5 has finally been revealed and we’ve compared it with some of the current and upcoming crop of smart phones. In terms of dimensions, the iPhone 5 is the lightest and thinnest of the bunch under 8mm thick and 112grams in weight. That’s even lighter than last year’s Galaxy S II which weighs in at 116grams. In terms of thinness, arguably there are other slimmer models such as the Huawei Ascend P1 S 6.68mm and the Motorola RAZR’s 7.1mm (only at the thinnest point).
While the iPhone 5 has the smallest screen at 4.0″, it still maintains the same 326ppi Retina Display. When compared to its large screen rivals pushing 4.7″-5.5″ inches, the iPhone 5 still has one of the highest pixel density in this comparison. Of course there are those that come close and exceed such as the 4.5″ Huawei Ascend D Quad at 326ppi and the 4.3″ Sony Xperia S at 342ppi.
In terms of processor, the iPhone 5 comes with a new A6 chip with Cortex A15. Currently it isn’t clear on the number of cores and amount of RAM but we will update this later. It will be interesting to see how this goes against the current dual-core and quad-core processors from the Android camp.
A missing component from the iPhone 5 is support for NFC. NFC has just started to become a standard in high end smart phones and it is disappointing that Apple has decided not to include this in. In the imaging department, nothing much has changed in terms of pixel count but they have toughen the camera glass cover with Sapphire glass.
We will update this once the full details are in.
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Celcom is going all out this Raya season with promos after promos and here’s another one. If you’re
already a Celcom subscriber for at least 12 months, then they’ve got a deal for you – the 16GB iPhone 4S
can be yours from as low as RM268.
All you need to do is upgrade your current plan to any Celcom iPhone plans (starting from RM148/
month with 12 or 24 months contract). In addition, you can enjoy these great benefits:
Head over to after the jump for details on Celcom’s iPhone plans.
Special for this festive Raya month, Celcom offers up the iPhone 4S from as low as RM1,758 with a monthly commitment of just RM48/month inclusive of free 1.5GB data and attractive rates – 15sen/min calls, 10sen/SMS and 20sen/MMS with the option of 12 or 24 months subscription.
The special promotion runs from now all the way to September 15. In addition, when you sign up for the special iPhone 4S plan from Celcom, you’ll also enjoy free, unlimited access to Celcom’s MUSICUBE music download service.
Head over to after the jump for details on the Celcom iPhone 4S plan and MUSICUBE.
We’re staunch believer that when it comes to snapping great shots, it is not the camera but the photographer behind the camera and photojournalist Dan Chung is living proof of this.
You can check out all his pictures in his Olympics 2012 photoblog here.
This coming Hari Raya, Celcom is offering a lower commitment iPhone 4S bundling plan from as low as RM48/month. The plan comes with 1.5GB data with calls and SMS charged seperately at 15sen/min for calls and 10 sen/sms. Compared to its standard offering, this plan is more suited for low spenders that uses more data with occasional call/SMS usage.
There are 2 contract durations available – 12 months and 24 months which requires an upfront payment of RM200 and RM300 respectively. The upfront payment is rebated back to your bill across 12 months.
Bundled pricing of the iPhone 4S as follows:
iPhone 4S 16GB (12 months) – RM1,898
iPhone 4S 16GB (24 months) – RM1,758
iPhone 4S 32GB (12 months) – RM2,218
iPhone 4S 32GB (24 months) – RM2,068
iPhone 4S 64GB (12 months) – RM2,528
iPhone 4S 64GB (24 months) – RM2,388
The plan offering is valid until 15th September 2012.
For more information, head over to Celcom’s iPhone 4S promo page.
Thanks rakyatbiru for the heads up!
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