…use your iPad like this in the LRT? We got to admit, it’s pretty smart but the case leaves the iPad prone to snatch theft if you’re not careful.
We’ve once again reached that time of the year where we look back at the past eleven months to see what a year it has been. For us at SoyaCincau.com, 2011 has been a year filled with amazing gadgets and innovation. The mobile scene has progressed so much in such a short time span that you can’t believe how much the game has moved on since a year ago.
In Malaysia, we see more interest from prominent brands like Samsung, Sony Ericsson, HTC, Nokia and BlackBerry as they identify Malaysia as a key market. As a result we see more devices being launched in Malaysia much earlier than – or at the very least at the same time as – other countries. We see this trend continuing for 2012 as Android gains traction and makes inroads in the minds and hearts of Malaysian consumers outside of urban areas and the demand for smartphones increases and prices drop.
Microsoft’s Windows Phone has got to be, in our opinion, one of the biggest lost opportunities for 2011. As a mobile platform, Windows Phone has loads of potential but the lack of a concerted and synchronised market awareness effort from Microsoft and manufacturers has resulted in the platform being an unknown in the country. As a result of that, retailers have seen very little interest in Windows Phone devices.
Having said that, Nokia is set to launch its range of Lumia devices that run on Windows Phone in Malaysia sometime before the first quarter of next year. With a strong brand presence in the country, Nokia could just be what Windows Phone need to gain some mind share in Malaysia. But make no mistake, the Nokia Lumia devices are not magic bullets and Microsoft can’t depend on Nokia alone to solve the lack of awareness for its mobile platform. More needs to be done on Microsoft’s side to educate and drive conversation on the strengths and advantages of Windows Phone.
Speaking of which, TIME magazine has released its top ten lists of everything for the year. Naturally, the list of Top 10 gadgets for 2011 is something we are all very interested to see.
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With many new tablets coming up, there’s nothing comes close to this type of ads.
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The iPad with its glorious front glass may look sleek but careless mistakes such as dropping it can mess that precious gadget of yours in an instant. For maximum protection, there’s the G-Form extreme case which they have demonstrated an iPad surviving the impact of a dropping bowling bowl.
To take things to the next level, G-Form took it for a drop test at 1,300 feet with help of some skydivers. Watch it to believe. That’s one crazy protection sleeve. Head after the break for another test where they toss it out from a moving vehicle at 180KM/h.
China is a funny place. When the WiFi version of the iPad 2 was launched, teenagers sold off their vital organs just to raise enough money to get one. At launch day, crazed Apple fans (as well as scalpers) took frenzied buying to a whole new level over there when they beat each other up just to get the iPad 2.
Just recently, the 3G version of the iPad 2 was launched in China and judging from what happened during the WiFi version launch its pretty safe to assume that the masses will come back for another session of frenzied buying. Well as it turns out, this time around, on one in China gave a damn about the 3G version of the iPad 2.
Apple flagship stores in Shanghai and Beijing geared up with long line barricades and ramped-up in-store security expecting even more people to stand in line for the iPad 2 3G. This was not the case. In fact, no one came to buy a 3G iPad 2.
It was quite frankly one of the worst product launches we’ve ever seen. The main reason for this catastrophic failure is because the 3G iPad 2 is already on sale in neighboring Hong Kong and other Asian countries. And because of the rampant smuggling of Apple products into China, those who wanted the device would have already gotten it from unofficial sources. On top of that the 3G version is ridiculously expensive at US$721 for a 16GB version and it is apparently un-Jailbreakable at the moment.
China is a funny place, ain’t it?
Hit up the source link for a full recap on what went down in China during the iPad 2 3G launch. More surreal pictures of empty Apple Store fronts after the jump.
While Windows 8 will be Microsoft’s next PC operating system, the platform will also play an important role in mobile devices and Microsoft’s determination to capture the mobile market. PCs will run Windows 8 but tablets and smartphones will be where the war is to be won and Microsoft knows it.
The most formidable of opponents will be Apple with its iOS along with its iPhone and iPad. The iPad single-handedly created a new market segment and it is the tablet to beat, and so how does Windows 8 compares with the king of the tablets?
The video above pits Windows 8 with Apple’s latest iOS 5 to show the strengths and weaknesses of both. It’s worth noting that the Windows 8 build on the Samsung tablet in the featured is an early beta that’s available for the public to download but even in this early version the OS looks very polished. In fact, Windows 8 makes Apple’s latest iOS look decidedly dated. Microsoft has done some impressive work with Windows 8 to make it truly tablet friendly and we’re really excited about this.
Microsoft’s in with a potential winner here with Windows 8 but having the potential to be awesome is only half the battle one. Microsoft needs to rapidly capitalise on the interest and launch the whole ecosystem quickly. The whole gamut — platform, applications and hardware must be ready to go with a big bang no later than the first quarter of 2012 or even earlier or Microsoft will risk having its competitors catching up.
We’ll reserve our final word when we get a full-on review but even at this early stage Windows 8 is looking to be one of the biggest news in 2012.
Thinking of Jailbreaking your iPad 2 on iOS 4.3.3? Here’s an easy way to jailbreak by visiting http://www.jailbreakme.com on your iPad or other iOS device. Just hit FREE and INSTALL to start. You should see Cydia being installed on your home screen.
Before you start, it is recommended that you perform a full backup using iTunes. Still clueless, here’s a step by step guide by TipB.
Thanks @wmsyap for heads up!
DiGi today has introduced a number of broadband plans designed specifically for the iPad. While iPad uses broadband like any tablets or 3G modems, DiGi thinks there’s a good reason to market a new range of plans differently. Maxis has done the same a while back with plans between 3.5GB to 15GB.
So what’s DiGi offering? While Maxis expects high volume usage for tablets beyond the normal average, DiGi has taken a much realistic approach of smaller sized plans between 500MB and 6GB.
For the casual user, the entry level iPad Lite offers 500MB at RM30/month and if you do exceed this quota, DiGi is charging a low flat rate of 5sen/MB with a max cap of RM90. It is not clear whether the RM90 is the total maximum you pay per month or maximum for excess usage on top of your monthly RM30 commitment.
For the more demanding users, there’s the iPad Basic which offers 2GB at RM58/month and iPad Pro 6GB at RM88 a month. Both Basic and Pro offers unlimited access but speeds will be throttled to 128kbps upon reaching the cap. Throttling also applies for iPad Lite users once they reached their cap limit.
In terms of speed, they claim an average speed of 700kbps download and 200kbps upload. For more information on the plans, check out DiGi’s iPad plan page.
How does this compare with existing DiGi broadband offers? To us, DiGi is filling the gaps between its existing offering of 3GB to 16GB plans. If you’re using it primarily during the day, another cheap plan to consider is DiGi’s Discovery Day plan that offers 3GB/month but speeds are throttled at night.
There’s also a tiny note from DiGi at the bottom that customers are urged to check area of coverage before signing up. That’s a thoughful reminder as DiGi’s broadband current service leave much to be desired. Lately there has been a lot of complaints of DiGi 3G network due to connectivity issues. Last week their 3G network has down for an extended duration followed by their website unavailability for couple of days.
Apple has released another commercial entitled “Now” which shows how we do things differently right now with the iPad 2. From reading papers, books, watching movie and communicate.
It is no stranger now that Apple is focusing the features of the iPad from the usability stand point instead of specifications. Most will agree that Android tablets win all points when it comes to hardware but it is iPad’s extensive library of tablet apps that makes it more appealing for the general public.
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Both the Xoom and Galaxy Tab have screens strengthened with Gorilla Glass while the iPad is a bit of an unknown. It does have some sort of treated glass but it is not known if the glass is from Corning and by the looks of the video…well just take a look see.
WARNING: Gadget junkies, this is very painful to watch. We’re not kidding.