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Updated: 2018-03-06T04:41:17.034+08:00

 



Samsung Curved TV (65H8000) Review - Week 6 - My Final Week

2014-12-12T13:15:11.026+08:00

Times flies when you enjoying. This is pretty true with my time and Samsung Curved TV. It has been 6 weeks since the beauty came into my life and living room.

I have to say my impression of the Curved TV did changed for the better. I used to think that Curved TV is just a gimmick to make a TV set more attractive. However, other than the appearance, it does overall enhance the TV viewing experience.

Firstly, the TV was designed to be visually appealing with a “3D” effect to “pop up” out of the living room. The Curved TV was designed to follow the natural curvature of a human eye which is able to lead to less fatigue of the eyes, at the same time to reduce light reflection and interference.

Secondly, it is able to provide a 3D impact without the use of 3D glasses, enhancing the viewing experience. Samsung uses Auto Depth Enhancer technology to provide life-like, multi-dimensional images. It is able to apply different levels of contrast enhancement on different content areas, hence giving a greater feeling of depth.

Thirdly, The TV is SMART. With a wide array of content (applications), it is able to work like a smartphone with applications. Using a SAMSUNG mobile phone, you are able to do screen mirroring and at the same time control the TV as a remote control. There is a multi-link screen where you are able to multi task surfing the internet while watching TV programs. There is even a soccer mode to enhance watching a soccer match, bringing you to stadium-like feel!

For the past 6 weeks, our family and friends had enjoyed the TV. One of my neighbor went to buy a Samsung Curved TV last week after testing the TV. I think for my next TV purchase, I will definitely look at a Curved TV instead of a normal flat screen TV!

Thank you Samsung for providing this TV viewing changing experience!

A "Going to miss the TV" Polarbear

This post is made as part of the Samsung Curved TV Opinion Leader Facebook Contest. Please note that all opinions expressed here are of the writer's and do not represent Samsung.



Samsung Curved TV (65H8000) Review - Week 5

2014-12-04T14:44:29.295+08:00

This is my 5th week with the Samsung Curved TV! So after using the TV for 5 weeks, did it change the way how I used to view a TV? Yes it did! The Curved TV set does not only act as a normal TV but it does much more than that only.

With the Curved TV, when I have a group of friends coming over for a visit, now all can be seated around the TV, and still be able to watch the TV program clearly, as compared to a normal flat TV. This is good when doing a private movie screening or a karaoke session with friends. We used to share our holiday photos using a laptop or a phone, however with the TV, we can link it with our phone and display the photos on the TV screen for everyone to see.

My wife and I used to watch our online shows using tablet or phone. Now with SMART TV, we make use of the Internet feature, we would watch online show on the big screen together. This would enable us to spend some together time in front of the TV.

With the SMART remote control, controlling the TV is simple. My 7 year old nephew is able to turn on the TV and move around the different features of the TV after I showed him how to do it once. Just point, wave and click! It is that easy!

I have to say, I will sorely miss the TV when I have to return it. I will miss the big curved screen sitting on top of my TV console being the center of attention in my living room. Till now, everyone will first see the TV when they step into my living room. I will miss how the TV is able to connect all other devices together and able to control using the same SMART remote control. I will miss how I am able to have a clear view of the TV wherever I sit on my sofa.

Guess that now my wife is convinced that my living room is able to hold a 65” Curved TV but then my next step is I have to win this TV. May luck be on my side. Hee….


This post is made as part of the Samsung Curved TV Opinion Leader Facebook Contest. Please note that all opinions expressed here are of the writer's and do not represent Samsung.



Samsung Curved TV (65H8000) Review - Week 4 - 3D Feature

2014-11-25T14:50:16.714+08:00


This is my 4th week with Samsung curved TV and so far loving every single moment of it. Ever heard of seeing a 3D impact without the use of 3D glasses? Seems like the curved TV is able to so.

The curved screen is able to provide a panoramic view that wraps around the viewer and draws the viewer into the picture. Samsung uses an Auto Depth Enhancer technology that brings the image alive! It gives a greater feeling of depth by applying different levels of contrast enhancement on different content areas.

How does the Auto Depth Enhancer technology works? It splits each frame into multiple areas by analyzing the similarity of brightness and color histogram, and automatically optimizes and contrasts to add greater depth to the images.

There are also 3D function, with the use of 3D glasses and this is best experienced via Blu-ray DVD film and HD film. Personally, I enjoyed the 3D effect on animation movies. It literally made the characters to pop out of the screen!

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Samsung Stylish 3D Glasses

However, 1 thing I find it disappointing is the 3D glasses are not passive, hence they need to be powered by batteries and there is a switch to connect the glasses with the TV before use. Hence I still preferred those cinema 3D glasses which is just wear and use.

Come to think of it, I do not use 3D glasses at home as I do not watch programs in 3D. How many of you do you actually uses the 3D function at home?

A "Thinking of ways to use the 3D glasses" Polarbear


This post is made as part of the Samsung Curved TV Opinion Leader Facebook Contest. Please note that all opinions expressed here are of the writer's and do not represent Samsung.



Samsung Curved TV (65H8000) Review - Week 3 - SMART TV Features

2014-11-18T16:12:59.796+08:00

Samsung Curved TV is not only a TV but a SMART TV.  In my third week, I decided to explore what else the TV can do other than showing TV programs. Using the SMART Control (The unique egg shaped remote control), I easily navigate through contents and features, using the motion recognition technology and enhanced sensitivity on the touchpad.  After browsing through, I must say I am really impressed with the SMART features! These are my personal TOP 5 SMART features:1. Multi-Link ScreenDid it ever happen to you that you are watching TV and surfing on your iPad watching You Tube at the same time or someone wanted to watch another program at the same time? Samsung now got the perfect solution to this! Multi-Link Screen. Now I can watch my program and google something that I have just watched or watch a trailer on You Tube. You can also show 2 programs at the same time and use Bluetooth headset to listen to your own program.2. Universal Remote Set UpHow many remote controls do you have lying around the TV now? I have at least three remote controls, one for TV, one for Set Up Box and one for Sound Bar. It tends to get very troublesome when I need to reach each of the control for specific action. With Samsung Universal Remote Set Up, you can link all the remote control into the Samsung SMART remote control. Just like Lord of The Rings, 1 remote control to rule them all! I loved this! Not the mention that the set-up is automated!3. Wide Array Of ContentBefore this trial, I am using another brand of TV and I am disappointed with the SMART content they are providing. Not with Samsung, they have a wide range of both popular applications (eg You Tube) and local content applications (eg Toggle, 4D, TOTO). The Samsung TV can be also connected via VPN to watch overseas streaming shows (eg NetFlix).4. Screen MirroringIf you are using Samsung Galaxy phone, you can connect the phone with the TV via Screen Mirroring. This allows you to show whatever you are showing on your phone. This is useful when you are sharing your travel photos with your friends in a gathering!5. Remote ManagementThis is the first time I heard of using remote management for troubleshooting of TV and I hope I do not need to use this! Touch wood! From my understanding, Samsung Customer Support is able to remotely access the TV to check on the issues if required, provided the TV is also connected to internet. How cool is that?So which is the SMART feature that impressed you the most?A "Too many SMART Features to use" PolarbearThis post is made as part of the Samsung Curved TV Opinion Leader Facebook Contest. Please note that all opinions expressed here are of the writer's and do not represent Samsung.[...]



Samsung Curved TV (65H8000) Review - Week 2 - Why Curved is Better?

2014-11-14T10:51:45.929+08:00

I used to think that a flat screen TV and a curved screen TV would make no difference in a small living room. After all, the only place I know to have curved screens are cinema screens.

Samsung curved screen actually follows natural curvature with the eyes, hence the TV will have the same viewing angle throughout the whole screen and thus bringing less fatigue to the eyes.

The special figure calculated for the TV screen optimal curvature is 4200R (radius). Why 4200R? This was calculated based on a distance of 3 to 4m watching distance, 4200 radius can deliver the best immersion to the viewer. So is this true? My sofa is 3m away from the TV and I do not find the screen or the picture too overwhelming to watch. Even my wife does agree with me on this!

However after using the Samsung Curved TV for a week, I have to say that the curved screen had elevated my viewing experience to another new level. It drew me into the program that I was watching because it provided a panoramic view which wrapped me in. The curvature actually minimizes the distortion that occurs from the difference of the viewing angle between the viewer’s eyes and the flat screen TV.


Top to Bottom: Left view, Centre View, Right View
See any difference?

So now I am one more step closer to getting my wife to agree why 65” Samsung Curved TV is the right TV for our living room! Another 4 more weeks to fully convince her!

A "Curved is Better" Polarbear

This post is made as part of the Samsung Curved TV Opinion Leader Facebook Contest. Please note that all opinions expressed here are of the writer's and do not represent Samsung.



Samsung Curved TV (65H8000) Review - Week 1

2014-11-07T11:26:51.837+08:00

I was excited when I found out that I was selected for the Samsung Curved TV Leader Facebook Contest. It is not any normal TV but Samsung Curved TV (UA65H8000AK). My main aim is to convince my wife that we can fit a 65” TV comfortably in our living room, at the same time, enhance our viewing pleasure.The excitement starts when the TV was delivered! Look what difference does it made to my living room once installed! My 55” TV instantly turns into a miniature TV with the 65” TV placed in front. It is really love at first sight! Even my wife admitted that 65” TV sits nicely on our TV console. In short, she agrees that the 65” TV fits in the living room!Look! Even the TV is asking if I am ready!The installation of the TV, by the delivery guys, is simple. The TV was removed from the box, screwed the Aero stand to the bottom of TV, hook the TV up to the set-up box, power on the TV and BOOM! The set-up is done. So what is so special about the Aero stand? It is a strategic T-shaped stand attached to the back panel of the TV which helps to maintain the simple form of the TV and provided a lightweight feel.My first impression of the Samsung curved TV is WOW! The Aero Curved design of the TV is simply visually stunning. It gives a three dimensional effect (due to the curve) that is aesthetically beautiful at any angle. When not in use, the TV is like a stylish art piece in my living room. I can just look at it all day long! Even the remote control is designed in a form of a curved ward, different from those normal long remote control.After using the TV for the past few days, I am getting used to the new TV, with all the new functions to explore. My family members and neighbours are all impressed with the Samsung 65” as well! Looking forward to spending more time with the new TV in the coming weeks!This post is made as part of the Samsung Curved TV Opinion Leader Facebook Contest. Please note that all opinions expressed here are of the writer's and do not represent Samsung.A "New Curved TV to watch" Polarbear[...]



Should I upgrade from Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to Note 4?

2014-11-03T22:33:10.795+08:00

I have been using Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for the past year and I am very happy with the phone. Hence when Samsung Galaxy Note 4 came out, I asked myself: “Should I upgrade from Note 3 to Note 4?”. Hmm….After testing the phone for a week, below are my five reasons why I should upgrade to Note 4.1. The Display Screen - Both uses Super AMOLED touchscreen (16M colors). However Note 4 has approximate 515 ppi pixel density which is higher than Note 3 approximate 386 ppi pixel density. When both are placed side by side, to me, Note 4 does display the small details better compared to Note 3. I am always a fan of the Super AMOLED touchscreen. It just makes the picture comes alive and looks as if it is popping out of the phone!Note 4’s screen has a curved glass designed as compared to Note 3’s flat screen design. With the curved glass display, it does elevate its appearance overall and makes it looks classier as well. The minor issue here is there is a small gap around the edge of the display and dirt might get trapped there easily.2. The Camera - Note 4’s camera comes with an upgrade from 13MP to 16MP and it comes with optical image stabilisation so say bye bye to blur pictures.The front camera also was upgraded from 2MP to 3.7MP. For selfie lovers, it allows you to take up to a 120 degree selfie photo! This is fantastic for a group photo at arm length, if you do not have a selfie stick at hand. There is a new way to take a selfie as well! Remember how difficult it would be to try to reach for the capture button while doing a selfie. Now you can just place your finger over the heart monitor, below the main camera, and release it when you are ready for the selfie! Wala, your selfie will be automatically taken once your finger is off the heart rate monitor.3. Larger Battery, Longer Battery Life - In Note 4, the battery is upgraded to from 3200mAh to 3220mAh. The initial thought is how the new battery going to sustain with the upgraded new display screen. I was surprised that the phone still managed to last at least for 2 days for normal usage. Seems like the new battery is powerful enough to power the new chipset and the new display screen.4. The Fingerprint Sensor - This is a new feature added in, maybe to match with Apple Touch ID. There are 4 features that the fingerprint can be used: Fingerprint lock, Web sign-in, Verify Samsung Account and Pay with Paypal. I tried using the Fingerprint lock. During registration  it would require 10 scan of fingerprint of different area of the finger as well. Hence it makes the fingerprint to be recognised easier when different areas of the finger is used for scanning.5. The Redesigned S Pen - For Note 3, I tried to use the S Pen to take notes on the phone, but the smooth surface and slim body prevented me to have a good grip of the pen. Samsung have redesigned the S Pen for Note 4. They added ridges on the body of the pen and this makes the pen easier to grip for writing and other task.Of course, there are other new additional functions and enhancement like heart rate monitor (below the main camera), new notification appearance (easier to navigate) etc.No phone is prefect though. For me, Note 4 does have 2 points to improve on.1. Use of micro USB 2.0 instead of micro USB 3.0 used in Note 3 – Why? I also do not understand the change, after all micro USB 3.0 does have a faster transfer speed right?2. Lack of IP67 certified (dust and water resistant) – If this is included, this phone would be prefect. Maybe this is will be included in Note 5 instead.After all this, I have decided to still go ahead and make the upgrade from Note 3 to Note 4. I have made a reservation on Note 4 already. So would you have made the change from Note 3 to note 4?[...]



My Experience with Windows Phone (Nokia Lumia 930) and Tablet (Lenovo ThinkPad 8)

2014-08-20T14:56:37.030+08:00

Recently I have my first experience with Windows phone and tablet. All along, I have been a user of iOS and Android phones. So I think to myself, how difficult was it to use a Windows phone or tablet?Nokia Lumia 930I started with Nokia Lumia 930. The first impression of the phone is it looks bulky. A quick check on the weight of the phone it is in fact 1 gram lighter than the Samsung Note 3 that I am currently using. However, the Nokia phone does feel heavier. A quick comparison on the specifications, it is slightly lower the other popular phones out in the market. For the detailed specifications of the phone, you can click here. After using the phone for 1 week, the 3 things that I like about the phone is1. 20 MP camera with dual LED flash – The top photo taken with Nokia Lumia 930 and bottom photo was taken with Samsung Note 3 under the same lighting conditions. I do find the photo taken with the Nokia Lumia phone turns out with brighter color and the small details are captured clearer as compared to the other picture. With such a powerful back camera, how come the secondary (Front) camera is only equipped with a 1.2 MP camera?2. The 5” display – It is not too big (as compared to 5.5”) but not too small (as compared to 4.7”). To me, a 5” display is just right.3. Wireless Charging – Even though, I did not manage to test this out (the test set did not come with the charge plate), but I find that able to charge without using USB cables is a must.However, the phone did not really match up with the current smartphones in the market as compared to the battery life , processor and not to mention the 1.2 MP front camera. Personally, I think Nokia still have a lot of catch up to do in the smartphone department.      Lenovo ThinkPad 8I also tested Lenovo ThinkPad 8 during the same week. For tablet, I am currently using is an iPad and I am happy with one with no intention to replace it anytime.            Upon holding the tablet in my hand, I am surprised to see how I can hold the tablet comfortably using on hand. Once powered on, the set up was pretty much like the Nokia phone since it is Windows based. How good the tablet is pretty much depends on Windows 8.1 which I will touch on it later.       For full specifications of the tablet, please click here.             To me, the tablet is not a laptop replacement but it is good enough for someone who likes to use a tablet to watch shows and clear emails.  I will stick to my iPad for the moment,      Windows 8 Experience      I upgraded to Windows 8 from Window XP and I was in for a shock! Microsoft have changed almost everything. I felt like a fish out of water when I first used Windows 8 software.             Like iOS or Android, I would need to create a Microsoft account and this will sync with all Windows devices that I am using. Then I started exploring around and it does bring me back to the time that I first used a Windows computer. Where is the Start button for a start? How do I go to the Desktop? So many questions to be answered. However, it is like cycling, even you just got on a bicycle after a very long break, you will get to cycle like how you used to in no time.      The Windows App store is still as not as popular as iTunes or Play Store but I am able to find all the common and more popular apps in the Windows App Store so not much of an issue for me.         In short, I do not like the direction that Windows 8 is going and hope that the next upgrade or "Window 9" (Rumour that they are bringing back the Start Button).      So what is your take on Windows based devices and software?       Fo[...]



Testing Sony Xperia Z2 in water!

2014-06-22T16:10:33.791+08:00

I brought Sony Xperia Z2 for a swim today since it is supposed to be waterproof and able to be submerged in water up to 1.5m deep.


This is my first time using a Sony phone and I am surprised that it is quite a good phone with a lot features much better than other phones in the market now.

To test if the phone can withstand water, I decided to test it in 2 different scenarios.

Warning: Before the phone is ready to have any contact with water, you have to ensure that all slots are covered up, as stated in the manual.

First Scenario: Running tap test.

When the water is splashing on the screen, I find myself unable to unlock the screen. It seems like the phone is also able to defect the running water as "touch". After removing it from the running water, wipe it dry, the phone is as good as new. So the phone is confirmed waterproof! Hee...

Second Scenario: Swimming pool test

Below is a video that I took while I was in testing the phone in the pool.

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I have to say I am really impressed by it. The video taken was very clear, taken with 4K mode.

The only thing I found irritating was I was unable to unlock the phone and select camera or video mode when the phone was in the water. I need to surface and select the camera / video mode before I dive in again. Even then, it seems that the touchscreen is able to sense the water and lock the phone up. The phone has to enter the water very smoothly (slowly) and use the camera button to take pictures or video.

I did not have the time to bring this phone to the beach and try if the phone is able to withstand salt water.

Overall, I am impressed with this phone, especially the waterproof feature,I think it will be of great help to those careless people who accidentally like dropped their phone into water. Hee....

Thanks to Starhub Community for the loan phone set.



SmartSupport - StarHub's Latest Value-Added Service

2014-01-21T11:52:05.754+08:00

StarHub recently launched their latest value-added service called Smart Support.So what is SmartSupport all about?SmartSupport provides the following:1. Technical Support2. Data Protection3. Device ReplacementYou can read more information from this link.After using the service for a month, so what I love about it?1. Easy to use - No set up is required. Just need to download the Smart Support App, available from both Apple App Store or Android Play Store. Start the app, set up an account and the app will start the rest on its own.2. The Auto Back-Up Function of the phone's contacts, photos and videos. The back-up is saved in a secure cloud which can be easily retrieved from the Smart Support Website. Who still sync and does back up of their phone to their PC in these days? Please note that only the phone's information is back up, not those information saved in the SD card.3. There is a Locate function, for this who always misplaces their phone. Once logged into the Smart Support, you can see the last location of the phone, or you can activate an alarm from the phone. The alarm can be sound even the phone is set on silent mode. If there is not access to internet, you can call the Technical Support hot-line to activate the alarm.4. Device replacement for lost phone within a certain time frame. This is good for those who always seems to lose their phone. The service allows up to 2 phone replacement in a year. However there is a fee for the phone replacement.So what do I find this service not attractive?1. The monthly subscription can be confusing. There is SmartSupport Plus and SmartSupport Basic and it is price differently depending on the phone model. You can only subscribe to this service at the point of purchase. Once you walk out of the shop with the new phone, you will not be allowed to subscribe to this service.2. With free apps providing anti-virus protection and back up services, this might not appeal to experienced users, especially those who do not lose their phones.I think SmartSupport value-added service can be offered as a trial or time-limited free service to new subscribers and those who reconstruct their phone lines. So they can try the value-added service on their own, and determine if they like to continue to use the service.So are you using the StarHub's SmartSupport service now? What are your thoughts on it?[...]



Samsung Galaxy S4 Accessories

2013-04-12T16:43:14.710+08:00

With a few more weeks to the launch of the phone, what are the accessories that Samsung came out along with the phone? Phone CoverMost of the people would get a cover for their phone, hence it is quite important to have this. Samsung came out with a range of different covers for all, from leather pouch to flip cover, some designs came in a range of colours to choose from. However, I am sure once the phone is launched, there will be a lot of different cover designs everywhere.Wireless Charging Pad / Cover It seems the latest trend to charge the battery is wireless charging. Samsung came out with a wireless changing pad. To charge the phone, just place the phone on the pad and the charging begins. For me, this is a MUST HAVE! No more messy cables! For those who are always on the go, you can always purchase an extra battery. Just remember to charge it though.Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) and Body ScaleIn the market now, Polar and other health brands came out with their own applications to work with their own HRM to monitor and record the data. Samsung now also want to have a share of this market by coming out their products and applications in the phone. This would come in quite useful for those who like to monitor their health status. For me, I would buy these accessories if the price is right.The above accessories are from the Samsung website. I am sure they will be coming out a lot more accessories to be used with the phone. So which accessories would you aiming at?A "looking forward to wireless charging" Polarbear[...]



APPvisor

2013-04-09T09:11:00.220+08:00

Recently, I just got my first Android phone. As I moved from an OS to another, I was totally unfamiliar with the new Android OS. I got no clue where to start from with the new OS.Lucky for me, I found out that Starhub had created a series of Andriod Applications to assist newbies like me to set up my new phone with ease.The first application (app) that I started off is APPvisor. What is APPvisor? From this app, it is similar to the Andriod Play Store but the contents are localised. It is a good way to start downloading the applications with local content. The starting page of the app had different categories which will lead you to the common and popular apps under that specific category.If you got no idea what app to look for, you can try Discoverio. Just tap on the gears in the brain, it will random generate some topics which will lead to the applications related to the topic.In Appvisor, there is a faster way to locate all the popular apps. There are 3 “top” list, Top 25 Paid, Top 25 Free and Starhub Apps. This will be a good starting place to start downloading apps, especially from Top 25 Free list. So if you are a Starhub and Andriod phone user, I would recommend that you can try downloading this app first as your first app! Below is a list of Starhub created apps that you can download as well.A "where to start for Android newbie" Polarbear[...]



Samsung Galaxy S4 - Software features

2013-04-08T11:42:10.389+08:00

I am very impressed with the software features of Samsung Galaxy S4. I think Samsung really go all way out to win some new fans with this new phone. For me, the software will be the main pull factor for me to lay my hands on one when it is released.Samsung believed in creating a richer, simpler and fuller life and hence the tagline for Samsung Galaxy S4 is Life Companion. So how are they going to do this? Simple, they created the phone based on 4 statements below, which makes the phone to be useful in your daily life.1. Daily life is more convenient - Making your life easy and hassle freea) Air View: Preview videos by hovering your finger above the screen, instant preview and speed dial your contactsb) Samsung Smart Pause: Recognizes when to pause and play your videoc) Samsung WatchON: Making your living room experience more enjoyable with your smartphoned) Optical Reader: Recognize informatione) Touch and use with gloves2. Life becomes more fun - Making life’s everyday moments fun and memorablea) Group Play: Share music: Use multiple phones as speakersb) Group Play: Play Games: Play Games with your friends in real timec) Sound and Shot: Give life to your photos by adding audiod) Cinema Photo: Animate photos to make them fun and interestinge) Dual shot: Double the joy with a front and rear camera that can be used simultaneouslyf) Dual recording: Create a more personal and dynamic video3. Relationships grow closer - True connections bringing people closer togethera) ChatON: Dual Video Chat: Simultaneously show surroundings during a video call using both front and rear camerasb) ChatON: Share screen: Share your screen with friends and familyc) S Translator: Communicate globally anytime, anywhere4. Wellbeing is cared for - Taking care of your health and quality of lifea) Samsung Adapt Display: View more comfortably with a display optimized for your eyesb) S Health: Monitor your health, reach goals and share with friendsAfter previewing what the phone’s capabilities during the launch, most of the features appeal to me, the ones that appeals to me most are as follows:Camera functions – Gives a new definition of taking group photo or videoAir view – Gives a quick previewSmart Pause – No need to press pause any more, eye ball tracking technology.S Translator – A great help when travelling, provided if able to use offline.The feature that are the least appealing to me is S Health as there are currently a lot of apps which are available and has the same functions. There is a need to buy external devices in order to have full use of the feature. I am sure that this function would use up a lot of battery life like using a pedometer to track the number of steps taken. Can the app track while the phone in sleep mode? I do not think so. Hmm… This needs further testing when I have the phone.So which is your favorite feature of the phone? Do you think Samsung created a Life Companion phone? I think they did manage to do it and set a pretty high bar for other phones to catch up.For the full functions of the phone, you can just click on the link here.A "so many functions in a phone" Polarbear[...]



Samsung Galaxy S4 - Hardware features

2013-04-08T11:38:21.240+08:00

Samsung Galaxy 4 is finally unveiled and I believed you have read a lot of reviews or discussions about the phone.Below are some of my favorite hardware features of the phone:The screen got larger. From 4.8” to 5”, as compared to S3, yet the size of phone still stayed the same.It got a slimmer body with premium finish. Its back cover is still made from plastic though, available in 2 colors.It has a Full HD Super AMOLED display to provide an immersive experience. With 1080 x 1920 pixels (441 ppi pixel density), it provides one of the brightest and clearest screen, bringing the vibrant colours alive.The cameras got upgraded. The rear camera is a 13-megapixel camera, with flash and high shutter mode. The front camera is a 2-megapixel camera which can be used to control the phone as well. Both cameras will be able to capture video at 1080p@30fps.In order to enable the phone to operate seamlessly, the phone is equipped with either Exynos 5 Octa 5410 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset. Which processor you will be getting, will depend on where you live in the world. The eight core unique design is actually a Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7. The more powerful Cortex-A15 cores will be used to handle the more hungry powered tasked where Cortex-A7 will be used to take care of the simpler task, thus extending the battery life.The phone will comes with a Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery, 500 mAh bigger than the battery used in S3. This will come in handy with all the upgrades of the phone. As usual, the battery is removable, so you can always carry a spare battery around if you are unable to charge your phone.In terms of hardware wise, it is comparable to S3 with a few upgrades. In fact, it does look like a S3 with a bigger sceen. So what you think of the hardware specifications for S4?For the full specifications of the phone, you can just click on the link here.A "want to lay my hands on this phone" Polarbear [...]



Samsung UNPACKED 2013 Launch Event

2013-04-05T15:32:13.908+08:00

The long awaited event finally happened on 14 Mar 2013 (Singapore time 15 Apr 13, 7am)! I watched the live streaming over You Tube, anticipating for the unveiling of the latest member of the Galaxy family, Galaxy S4.Instead of talking of the phone here, I am going about the launch event itself first.The event was hosted in New York, Radio City Music Hall. Prior to the event, Samsung had billboards all over New York Time Square to hype up the launch.The event was carried out in a very Hollywood awards ceremony style. It looks more like an award ceremony than an event to launch a new phone.The event started where the 2 Samsung teasers advertisement left off.  Jeremy Maxwell “the messager” walking onto the stage with the “Unpacked” box. The host, Will Chase, did a short introduction and introduced J.K Shin, President and Head IT and Mobile Communication Division, who introduced and unveiled the new Samsung Galaxy S4.From left to right: Will Chase and “Jeremy Maxwell”, J.K Shin and Ryan BidanAfter the phone was unveiled, Shin handed the reins over to Ryan Bidan, Director Of Product Marketing to show what Samsung S4 can do. At this time, the presentation turns into a Broadway show and via singing and acting, it showed what the phone can do.I will be talking the functions of the phone on a later posting.Through four very different acts, it did managed to highlight the functions of the phone and how the normal users (like us) to use the phone on a daily basis.After big fanfare, the show wrapped up and the front of the stage was turned into a big exhibition area for audience to view and play with the phone.I liked the launch event. From the ad teaser leading the way to the actual launch event, it shows how much effort Samsung put into this launch. It was just not a boring presentation with 1 person talking away about how good the phone was but it showed the functions via an interesting way of song and dance.After all, they went all the way to New York to do the launch rather than to do it in South Korea instead. I wonder why. Hmm…So if you missed and want to watch the launch, you can always watch it on You Tube.Please comment if you like the launch event.Coming up next, I will be talking about the phone and what are my favorite functions of the phone.Please note that the pictures are screen captures from the live streaming of the show.A "excited to see the phone" Polarbear[...]



Be Ready 4 The Next Galaxy

2013-04-05T15:31:52.692+08:00

Today is a BIG day for all Samsung fans as they are ready to welcome the latest member of the Galaxy family.  I think all Samsung fans would do anything to get a ticket to the event in New York, so that they can be the first in the world to see, touch and play with the new product. I know I would!

This time round, Samsung is going all way out for this product launch with a BANG, based on the hype created and discussion everywhere about the event. To shed some light on this event, Samsung had created 2 advertisements to “explain” what the event would be about.

The story is based on a young boy named Jeremy Maxwell, who is the secret messenger of SAMSUNG UNPACKED 2013, collected a SPECIAL package from Samsung. Is he going to leak out what is in the box? Watch to find out!



So would you be watching the live streaming of the event at 7am, Singapore time? I know I am! Be sure to log into either Samsung Mobile’s official YouTube channel or Samsung’s official Facebook Live streaming to watch the event.

A "excited about Samsung S4" Polarbear



My short but wonderful experience with HTC One X+

2012-12-20T12:01:58.825+08:00

All thanks to Starhub and HTC, me and 49 people have the chance to try HTC One X+ for 2 weeks.For me, I had never been a HTC or Android user. I had been always a BIG fan of the other brand and OS. I think that is enough information to let you guess which phone I am using now. Hee....In a matter of days, I am convinced to use HTC One X+ as my primary phone!I am not going to state all the specifications / details / reviews of this phone. You can click on the links below to read it yourself.1. HTC One X+ Page2. CNET Review on HTC One X and HTC One X+I will give my own review of the phone and how come I would to love to own this phone so much!When I first received the phone, I found the packaging interesting. The box is like an egg carton and the phone is set inside the box like a precious egg. The packaging, like the phone, neat and clean cut.First look on the screen, I loved the big LCD display. The casing is clean cut. The battery in a internal one. However, the rear camera len is protruding out of the back casing, I would prefer it to flush level with the back casing instead.Upon switching it on for the first time, I was impressed with the bright screen and the ability to bring out the colours to its true form. It feels like watching HD TV. It is good for watching HD videos on you tube now. Below is a screen capture when I was watching the new Superman trailer.The setting up of the phone was simple and easy for all ages of people to follow. You can read it here.The first function I tested for HTC One X+ was the camera. With such a good camera, it really took amazing pictures, similar to point and shoot or DSLR cameras. It is able to bring out the details and colours of the picture. With the available camera functions like HDR, Touch Screen to Capture and many more, there are no reason for you to take lousy pictures again. Below are some of the pictures that I took with the camera and the pictures are in their original form. No worries about the phone running out space to keep all your pictures. With 64 GB internal memory and 25GB of drop box space, there is more than enough for everything that you want to keep in the phone. The purpose of taking all these photos is so that I can share it online with all my friends via social media like FB and Twitter. Using all these apps at the same time is smooth going, all thanks to the super fast Quad processor, there is no lag in the phone speed when I am multi-tasking.   I always use the phone as my music player, with inbuilt BEATS Audio Amplifier, listening to music is never the same for me again. It just makes me feels like the singer is singing in front of me live!  Now, with so much things going on with the phone, I would tend to worry for the battery life. Usually I would get a portable battery charger whenever I go. With HTC One X+, I can say that the battery is able to last me for at least 1.5 to 2 days for my normal usage of the phone! This is really a bonus. Of course no product is perfect. I do have a few grouses about this phone. 1. The screen is quite reflective especially when using outdoors, making it quite hard to see what is on the screen. 2. The battery tend to heat up rather quickly and hot when I am multi-tasking. 3. The BEATS Audio does not work when on speaker mode and no BEATS earphones as well to enjoy the full spectrum of music. 4. The local version does not come with LTE (4G).Still, I totally loved this phone and what it is able to do! All my friends were also impressed when I showed them the phone and [...]



HTC One X+ New and Improved Front Camera

2012-12-19T09:36:39.815+08:00


For those who always use their phone to take their self portrait pictures, would be happy to know that HTC One X+ has a new and improved 1.6 mega-pixel front camera. I have to say the front camera does take pretty decent self portraits pictures.

One of the functions that I liked is when you are ready to take the picture, just press anywhere on the screen (Touch and Capture Function) . There will be a 2 second countdown before the picture is capture. This will allow for some last minute adjustment or changes before the picture is taken.

There is a portrait mode that automatically detects faces, enhances skin tones and eyes as well.

Below shows 2 pictures taken using the front camera, 1 outdoor and 1 indoor.


Personally I still prefer to use the rear camera to take pictures, as it is able to take better quality pictures.

So what you think?

A "Got a new phone to play with" Polarbear

Note: This is part of a two weeks trial for the loaned HTC One X+.



HTC One X+ LCD Display

2012-12-18T13:37:26.957+08:00


One of the first thing the attracted me to HTC One X+ is the Super Bright and Clear LCD display. It is able to bring out the brilliant colour and crisp images.I am impressed by the screen since I started using the phone.

Based on the official specifications, the screen is a 4.7 inch super LCD 2 touch screen with Gorilla® Glass. So what is so special about this Gorilla Glass? Just click on it to read more about it.

The picture below show how the screen display is like indoors. This is based on auto brightness set by the phone. What I loved is the brightness and the sharpness of the images on the screen.
 
Now for the outdoor test.
Under the sunlight, I have to say the screen is not as bright as I expected it to be at outdoors but still I am able to see the screen pretty clearly. One thing that I don't really like is the reflection on the screen. It does obstruct the screen at times. When the phones goes to sleep mode, the screen becomes a mirror.

I uses the phone to watch You Tube videos. I am pleasantly surprised to be able to watch the video full screen without borders. Below is a screen capture while watching the latest Superman movie trailer. It does feels like watching it on a TV screen!



Overall, I like the the screen display big, able to show bright colours and bring out the life in pictures and videos!

I feel that the above picture did not bring out the actual display on the screen. Why not just go and take a look at the phone and judge for yourself?

A "Got a new phone to play with" Polarbear

Note: This is part of a two weeks trial for the loaned HTC One X+.



It is easy to shoot a video and take a picture at the same time using HTC One X+

2012-12-17T13:38:33.900+08:00


Do you ever wish to capture a certain frame when you are watching a video clip, especially from those self taken videos?

Well now you can, using HTC One X+! You no longer need to select or toggle between camera or video mode! It is that simple. The picture taken can be as clear as using the camera to take the picture.

There are 2 methods that you can capture a picture from a video.

First method: Start to take a video using the phone, and press the capture button to capture a screen shot.

Second method: Play the video and press the capture button to capture a screen shot.


Below is the picture that was captured. See how clear the picture is.


Below is the video of the clip of my dog performing a trick. Just for fun!

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So can your current phone do all these? Hee....

A "Got a new phone to play with" Polarbear

Note: This is part of a two weeks trial for the loaned HTC One X+.



HTC One X+ Camera's Continuous Shooting Function

2012-12-17T10:36:16.184+08:00


Nowadays, it is common to have camera incorporated with a phone. I have to say the phone's camera is catching up with those point and shoot camera.

HTC One X+ has a 8 megapixel camera with auto focus, LED flash, and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures). It comes with F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens as well.

Almost all cameras now can take continuous shooting function (I think). However HTC One X+ has moved the notch higher by enabling the phone capable of capturing up to 99 shots continuously with 4 frames per seconds.

So how does it work? Simple. Just press and hold the capture button and let the camera take care of the rest. You will hear a series of clicks at the same time.



Above was taken as my dog is performing some tricks! Each picture was captured clearly. From the screen captures, I am able to choose the best shots. If not, I can put them in a folder, just press the next button fast, it will appears as a video-like shot!

This function is best used when you think some action will be going on and you would not want to miss a single shot, like taking a star jump photo for example.

I loved this function. Take first then decide later which pictures to keep. This way, I will never miss any magical moment.

A "Got a new phone to play with" Polarbear

Note: This is part of a two weeks trial for the loaned HTC One X+.



HTC One X+ Battery Life

2012-12-16T10:23:06.393+08:00


HTC ONe X+ has been fitted a 2100mAh rechargeable  Li-ion Polymer battery. It is supposed to last 35% longer for all day performance on a single charge as stated on their website.

Based on my current usage of HTC One X+ phone, the battery is able to last up to 2 days before I would need to charge the battery again. I am impressed by it as the current phone that I am using, I would need to charge on a daily basis!


There is a Power app in Setting where you can see the history of the battery in terms of a graph. It also shows when the power is being used when it is awake, wifi on, screen on or charging happens. You can able to see from the chart above, I am trying to use up the battery before I do a full charge again.

As the phone battery is in-built and I do not have a mobile charger for this phone, I charge it on a daily basis whenever I go to sleep. So that I will not have the phone die on my half way through the day.

I have been using the phone for the past week. Overall, I have to say that I am satisfied the battery life of HTC One X+ as it has performed beyond my expectations.

A "Got a new phone to play with" Polarbear

Note: This is part of a two weeks trial for the loaned HTC One X+.



Multitasking on HTC OneX+: How much can it handle?

2012-12-16T10:22:51.964+08:00


With the latest 1.7GHz Quad Core processor, it makes HTC One X+ one of the fastest phone around. This meaning, it is supposed to do a lot of task at the same time (multitasking) seamlessly and yet each task perform as they are supposed to be, meaning no lag or pause. So does it perform to its expectation?

So what I did was to open the usual apps that I will open during the day. Below was what apps I opened (could be more):

1. You Tube
2. Twitter
3. Music Player
4. Google Map
5. Whatapps
6. Foursquare
7. Dropbox
8. Facebook
9. Instagram
10. Play Store
11. Camera

Guess what? All the apps still functioned properly without any lag or pauses. I am able to seamlessly move from one app to another almost instantly.

I am totally impressed by the processor!

I was using a older model of HTC phone and encountered while playing Angry Birds and listening to music, the birds did get stuck halfway, pauses before moving slowing again. This is what it would happen if the processor is slow and unable to multitask at the same time.

On the downside, opening so many apps at the same time, it tends to load on the battery. The battery heats up quite a lot quickly.

I usually would close the apps when I am not using them to save the battery life so I am satisfied with the speed for my daily use!

A "Got a new phone to play with" Polarbear

Note: This is part of a two weeks trial for the loaned HTC One X+.



HTC OneX+ with Beats Audio built in

2012-12-16T10:22:35.905+08:00


With the use of smartphone, I have ditched my mp3 player aside. Why need to bring so many gadgets when I only need to bring one. I always loaded a lot of music into my phone so that I can listen to it everywhere I go.

I used to think my current phone provided one of the best music player but HTC OneX+ proved me wrong.

With built in Beats audio and dedicated built-in amplifier, I felt like I am inside a concert environment whenever I am listening to my music. It provided the best sound experience like those in cinema when watching a movie.

The music that I hear is now crisper vocals, deeper bass. If I close my eyes, I would think that the singer is singing right in front of me. It separates the music into different layers and able to hear each layer clearly.


When I tried to listen to the same song with Beats Audio activated, the songs falls back into one dimensional. I am now totally spoiled by Beats Audio. I totally understand the fuss when Beats came out with their own earphones (and why they are so expensive!) and when HTC incorperated Beats Audio into their phone!

However the Beats Audio function does not function when the music is played over the speaker phone. I wonder why that cannot be done. Hmm....

It would be best if the phone comes with the Beats Earphone! Woohoo!

A "Got a new phone to play with" Polarbear

Note: This is part of a two weeks trial for the loaned HTC One X+.



HTC One X+'s Camera: Touch-to-Capture Function

2012-12-16T10:22:19.711+08:00


One thing that I alwasy look when I am shopping for a new phone, is for the phone to come with a good camera.

After using the phone for a few days,  I think I have found one of the best phone camera inside HTC One X+. It is a 8 megapixel camera with auto focus, LED flash, BSI sensor (for better low-light captures) with F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens.

Why I say that? Just look at this picture. Guess which one is taken by HTC One X+ and which one is taken by another brand of handphone camera? Hmm.... I will let the pictures do the talking.


There is one camera function which I loved with this HTC One X+: Touch-to-Capture function. I was wondering how come the others did not thought of this earlier. I have seen people dropping their phone while trying to take pictures cos their fingers are trying to press the "Capture" button usually at the bottom or side of the screen.


Once it is activated, you just need to tap anywhere in the screen to take the picutre! No more searching for the "Capture" button. How cool is that?

Of cos, where there is good point, there is a bad point to this as well. As it is pretty sensitive to touch, I find myself taking a lot of unintentional picutres. This could be due to after taking the picture, it stays in camera mode and it will start taking pictures once the screen is touched.

Below are some of the pictures that I have taken with the phone's camera. Since I loved to eat, they are all food pictures. I loved how the picture came out clean and clear. Just a note that the picture are all unedited.


For the answer to the first two pictures, the top photo was taken with HTC One X+.

A "Got a new phone to play with" Polarbear

Note: This is part of a two weeks trial for the loaned HTC One X+.