T-Mobile’s G2, is the first ever HSPA+ mobile device that runs on Android. The folks at Android Central had caught a unit running on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ capable network. From the speed results above, the G2 is capable of hitting nearly 15Mbps. Pretty impressive for a mobile device. Although this comes from an unknown source, we’re pretty much convinced on what HSPA+ is capable of offering.
So can U Mobile offer similar experience? They did claim that they are capable of offering downloads up to 42Mbps. Let’s just see what device they have to offer and how well they perform when it comes to capacity planning.
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It’s a week into the iPhone 4 launch in Malaysia and you’re Still undecided on which telco to go to to get your iPhone 4? Well, maybe this can help you. It’s a calculator that compares both the Maxis and DiGi iPhone 4 plans based on your mobile usage.
The creators of the iPhone 4 Maxis/DiGi calculator claims that it will “help you get a clearer idea of the actual cost” of owning an iPhone 4 based on your mobile usage. All you need to do is key in your estimated monthly mobile usage and the calculator will draw up “a chart for you to analyze and compare Maxis & DiGi’s iPhone plans“.
We can’t vouch for the accuracy of this calculator but it’s fun to play around with the numbers. And if you still haven decided on which telco to go with yet, well, you’ve waited this long so might as well wait a bit longer. There will promotions coming to sustain the iPhone 4 buzz from both telcos. So if you wait for the right moment, you might be able to get a very good deal in an iPhone 4. Maybe even an outright, no contract purchase. Who knows.
Here’s a link to the calculator, oddly enough, it’s a on a pet listing website of all places.
Thanks commenter John for the tip.
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According to Gizmodo, the upcoming 7 incher Dell tablet is expected to be coming in the next few weeks. Whats new is also a larger than iPad version in the next 6 months onwards. It was also suggested that Dell is possibly be offering one with Microsoft Windows 7 OS instead of Android.
The tablet game is heating up and more manufacturers and jumping on the bandwagon. Just recently RIM releases the PlayBook as well. Lets hope this will kick off better than the rapier Tablet days in the early 2000s. Of course we don’t expect to see this in Malaysia anytime soon as the 5″ Streak tablet is not even here yet.
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TM has announced that they are waiving the installation fee for VIP20 and BIZ20 plans that offers 20Mbps. This comes right after they announced that they will be charging RM200 fee for UniFi installations beginning next month.
Since VIP20 and BIZ20 plans are quite premium at RM249/month for home and RM899/month for 20Mbps, this is the least they can do to drive adoption. As mentioned before, RM200 for installation fee isn’t that bad considering the free 802.11n router and IPTV set up box with each installation. This offer last until 31st December 2010.
After weeks and weeks of rumours and speculation, BlackBerry has finally revealed it’s debut tablet device with the unlikely moniker — the PlayBook. At least BlackBerry proved the rumour of its tablet carrying name BlackPad as completely unfounded.
RIM claims the BlackBerry PlayBook is a professional grade and comes with a 7in touch-screen which is exactly the same size as the on on the Samsung Galaxy tab, larger than the Dell Streak and smaller than the 9.7in touchscreen on the device that it is competing directly against, the Apple iPad.
On paper, the PlayBook is packed with decent hardware to ensure that it can keep up with what the competition has to offer. Processing power is provided by a dual-core 1GHz processor with a whopping 1GB of RAM. In comparison, the magical iPad packs a 1Ghz processor with a paltry 256MB of RAM. Unlike the iPad the PlayBook has two cameras. There’s a 3MP foward-facing camera that’s will be used primarily for video calls and the likes while the rearward facing camera uses a 5MP sensor. No information on whether it can record HD videos at the moment but with the HDMI-out feature, why not.
Connectivity-wise, the PlayBook boasts HDMI-out and USB connectivity along with native capability to pair with BlackBerry smartphones for what we think is for data connectivity or sharing of media. There’s WiFi and Bluetooth on board but at the moment there’s no 3G connectivity built-in though RIM has indicated that this feature might be included in future incarnations of the PlayBook. Also, the PlayBook is capable of churning out 1080p video playback.
For the PlayBook, RIM abandoned BlackBerry’s own smartphone OS — the BlackBerry 6 — for a bespoke BlackBerry Tablet OS that delivers a navigation experience that is akin to that of Palm’s WebOS platform.
To the BlackBerry fans out there, if you’re all fired up to get one of these PlayBooks you’ll have to wait as there early reveal doesn’t make for an early launch. First units of this tablet will only hit the stores early 2011 in the US with an international launch slated for Q2 2011.
As always, we will try to get you the latest updates on the PlayBook as and when it happens, so keep it locked on to SoyaCincau.com
In the meantime, head on over to after the jump for official promo video of the BlackBerry Playbook and an official press release from RIM
U Mobile is taking on the bigger 3G boys by offering the first ever commercial HSPA+ coverage in Malaysia. This HSPA+ coverage boast a blazing 42Mbps but it is contained only within Berjaya Times Square.
According to its latest CEO Dr Kaizad Heerjee, users will be able to enjoy better mobile broadband with its upcoming USB devices that support HSPA+ soon. So far Berjaya Times Square is the only location and they are expected to roll out to more places in the Klang Valley in the coming weeks.
HSPA+ is the next revolution of HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) which some say is 4G speeds with enhanced 3G technology. We have yet to see any HSPA+ device in the market but looks like U Mobile will be bundling them soon.
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There’s iPad cases and then there’s this iPad case.
This ladies and gents, could possibly be the best ipad case we’ve ever seen. A genuine licensed product made in conjunction of the 50th anniversary of Etch A Sketch, the Etch A Sketch case is made of impact resistant plastic, with rubber feet and a felt backing that’s design to protect your iPad while making it look as cool as ever!
The Etch A Sketch case also has all the necessary ports and windows allowing you to use your iPad just as you would without the cool casing. There’s also retractable kick stands to allow you to either lay your iPad flat, or angle it for easy use of the iPad keyboard.
The Etch A Sketch iPad case retails for US$39 or RM120, very reasonable if you’ve seen the many overpriced iPad cases that’s being sold here in Malaysia. Problem is we’re not sure if the sellers ship the cool casing here.
We don’t know about you but Sony Ericsson’s Android offering have been disappointing to say the least. A flagship offering that’s running an archaic version of Android (1.6 versus the current 2.1 and 2.2 running on various other devices) is not going to get hearts racing.
To be fair, when we first got wind of that Sony Ericsson’s Xperia line of smartphones will be running Android, we were very excited and was looking forward to what the once leading manufacturer can do with the open source platform. Turns out, nothing much. Yes, the Xperia experience has been disappointing in our opinion
Anyways, Sony Ericsson has put out a series of videos to showcase some of the features of the Xperia X10. Take a look for yourself, it’s funny and interesting to watch but seriously, we can’t say the same about the device itself *sigh*.
Full series of the funny Xperia X10 videos after the jump.
RIM is trying very hard to make BlackBerry hip, although the platform is struggling to keep up with its peers (namely iPhone, Android and even Symbian), BlackBerry offer features that are unique to its platform and a lot of people like that.
So there are people that choose to use BlackBerry devices over an iPhone, an Adroid device and even Nokia’s Symbian offerings, what makes BlackBerrys appealing to these people are who are these people?
This new series of commercials gives us a glimpse of who uses BlackBerry and what they use it for — at that’s what RIM want you to believe.
Do use a BlackBerry? What do you use it mainly for?
Head on over to after the jump for the full series of the just released BlackBerry commercials for the Torch 9800.
When we first had a look at the Looxcie, we thought — “what a cool gadget!” — and indeed it is.
What is a Looxcie exactly you ask? Well, it’s a wearable video camera that’s also a Bluetooth headset. You wear the Looxcie on your ear (left or right ear, both is fine), you adjust it so that the camera is aligned at the same level as your eyes, switch it on and the device will start recording everything that you see.
The tiny camera has storage to record up 4 hours with enough juice to power the device through up to 4 hours of video recording or over 6 hours of talk time (when video recording in disabled, though you can use both functions at the same time).
It records in HVGA videos and stores it in MP4 format. The Looxcie would’ve been perfect if it was able to record in 720p. When activated, Looxcie continuous records everything you see. When you see something you want to share or keep in permanent storage, with a press of a button, the last 30 seconds of that moment is stored as a permanent clip on the device. Looxcie can upload that clip to YouTube for instant sharing as well.
To unlock the full capabilities of the Looxcie, Android users can download the Looxcie application that turns your Android phone into a viewfinder, remote control and editing tool for creating clips up to 30 minutes in length.
There’s no app for the iPhone or Nokia devices yet but the makers of Looxcie says, these will be coming soon. On top of that the Looxcie is a Bluetooth headset with active noise cancellation and digital signal processing.
For more details about Looxcie, head on over to hwww.looxcie.com. If you’re interested, the Looxcie retails for US$199 or about RM615 excluding shipping and handling.