Update: It seems that we have offended a few Nokia N8 enthusiasts out there with our findings. In pursuit of the truth, we want to set the record straight, and so we have a proposition for the N8 enthusiasts who’ve expressed their opinions about this post. We have a proposition for you. Is the Nokia N8 still the best camera phone out there? Let’s settle this once and for all. Head on over to after the jump for details.
We’re just one week away from the launch of the iPhone 4S in Malaysia. Aside from an uprated processor that’s now dual-core and very chatty Siri, the biggest improvement on the new iPhone is its camera.
With a Sony-sourced 8MP backlit sensor and improved optics, Apple says the new camera on its latest iPhone offers performance that rivals most dedicated point-and-shoot cameras, but is this claim founded?
Naturally, we’re curious to find out ourselves if the camera on the iPhone 4S is as good as Apple claims it to be, and so we’ve assemble some of the best 8MP smartphone shooters we could get our hands on along with the 12MP Nokia N8 for good measure and went out on a photowalk; taking pictures and videos using these devices in various situations to find out which smartphone available in the market right now has the best camera overall.
We compare the iPhone 4S with the Samsung Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II, Motorola RAZR, Sony Ericsson Xperia ray and Nokia N8. Follow us to after the jump to see the sample shots and videos as well as our verdict on which smartphone has the best camera right now.
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For the artsy people, Instagram is a popular photo sharing app which comes with variety of funky effects and filters. Unfortunately Instagram has always been exclusive to iOS devices which leaves out Android users until now.
With growing popularity, Instagram is said to be releasing an Android version and they have 2 developers working on it right now. There’s no mention of availability but its Chief Executive is excited to see its user base double once it is released. Currently Instagram has about 14-15 million users worldwide and expansion is obviously crucial for their business.
For Android users who can’t wait, there are other “Lomo” apps out such as MOLOME. How often do you use Lomo effects for social sharing pics? Are you a big fan or do you prefer sticking to the good old original shots? Drop your thoughts in the comments below.
UPDATE: Maxis official iPhone 4S plans are out. Read more.
Not to be outdone by Celcom, Maxis has opened up booking to allow subscribers and prospective buyers to book their devices to avoid launch day annoyances when the iPhone 4S launches in Malaysia next week.
Maxis is expecting a massive turn-out and have booked the KL Convention Centre to accommodate and facilitate the large number. Based from our experience, we’re expecting a very organised operation similar to what we saw last year during the iPhone 4 launch.
In an attempt to manage the impending massive crowds Maxis has divided collection of the iPhone 4S into eight sessions across three days. The collection dates and times are as follows:
- 15th December – 9PM to 12AM
- 16th December – 12AM to 3AM
- 16th December – 10AM to 2PM
- 16th December – 2PM to 6PM
- 16th December – 6PM to 9PM
- 17th December – 10AM to 2PM
- 17th December – 2PM to 6PM
- 17th December – 6PM to 9PM
To book your very own iPhone 4S, head on over the Maxis iPhone 4S booking page here.
Comparing Celcom it looks like the Maxis team has thought about on how best to make customers’ experience as pleasant as possible. Maxis’ iPhone 4S booking looks more structured as well with subscribers getting a confirmation email that includes a unique confirmation ID which means that for those who go through the booking process is ensured a unit, at least until their chosen time slot has elapsed.
But even with a booking ID you will still have to line up as there are thousands of customers with booking ID coming to collect the iPhone 4S at the same time as you. Be prepared to wait for a couple of hours — at least.
And so that’s pretty much it. As expected iPhone 4S plans and pricing from all telcos are still elusive at this moment and we don’t expect anyone to reveal anything until at least December 15. But if the previous iPhone launches are anything to go by we don’t expect the iPhone 4S plans from Celcom, Maxis and DiGi to not deviate much from the iPhone 4. iPhone 4S pricing will be roughly similar to the iPhone 4 when it was first launched in Malaysia as well.
Meanwhile, all is quiet in DiGi’s camp. While its easy to surmise that DiGi has lost the plot let’s not forget the old Malay adage — “air tenang jangan disangka tiada buaya” — so we’re not counting out the Yellow Fellow just yet. We still have one whole week till the launch of the iPhone 4S and anything can happen in the meantime.
UPDATE 2: Celcom reveals official iPhone 4S plans.
Just as teased earlier, Celcom has commenced its pre-ordering of iPhone 4S which gives Malaysians the chance to be among the first to own the device. The Celcom iPhone 4S event venue has been officially revealed as well and it is happening at: La Bogeda, Bangsar Shopping Complex on 16th December 2011. It was written that queue starts at 9.00PM while actual sales starts at 12:00AM. We believe 9.00PM referred here falls on the 15th which is the eve of the designated launch day.
However here’s the vague part, the form which they used is no different from the Registration of Interest we’ve seen from Maxis and DiGi. So how is this any different? If pre-order is deemed as actual reservations of the iPhone 4S, we wonder if Celcom actually does reserve your units on first in first out registration basis. We will only find out on 16th December 2011.
Celcom’s website also mentions that Early birds at the launch event will be entertained with activities and they are giving out prizes which includes content downloads, Apple headphones, iPod shuffles and Celcom prepaid broadband packs. Now the only thing left from them are the plans and bundling offer.
To pre-order, head over to Celcom iPhone 4S page.
We don’t really have time to play video games on tablets or smartphones but if we do, this would, beyond any doubt, be it.
Rockstar games will be releasing a special edition of its additively popular Grand Theft Auto series. The Grand Theft Auto III: 10 Year Anniversary Edition will be available for both iOS and Android devices from December 15. The best part is that the game will cost reasonable US$5 when released.
The GTA III: 10 Year Anniversary Edition will also mark Rockstar’s maiden release of the popular franchise on the Android platform. We’re pretty sure many Android gamers out there who are GTA fans as well will be happy to know this.
The devices that the game supports include:
Apple iOS Devices: iPad 1 & 2, iPhone 4 & 4S, iPod touch 4th Generation
Android Phones: LG Optimus 2x, Motorola Atrix
Android Tablets: Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, LG Optimus Pad, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1
Yes, the selection of supported Android device do look rather limited but we suspect the game should run well on the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Note as well. So should the Xperia Play and possibly Xperia arc as well.
In any case, head on over to after the jump to check out the teaser trailer GTA III: 10 Year Anniversary Edition.