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Sunday, September 14

5 Reasons to buy the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus over the 4.7-inch iPhone 6

Both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus have been unwrapped in the public's attention recently. These devices are very close to what we have expected them to be, thanks to the several leaks in the blogosphere before these became official. Of course, everyone knows that both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus come with bigger screen real estate. And being released at the same time made us think which device would become successful in terms of user adoption. 

Our fearless forecast will be the iPhone 6 Plus, and we have listed down  the key reasons why we think the phablet-sized iPhone will pull ahead of its smaller brother.

1. Bigger Screen

We'll start with the most obvious reason. The 5.5-inch display offers a close-to-phablet experience than the smaller 4.7-inch of the standard iPhone 6. The previous offers more space for multimedia consumption.

Of course, purist might say that they need some distinction between a phone and a phablet. But please, we wont be clamouring about previous iPhones having small displays if we wouldn't want them to be bigger anyways.

So there, the bigger screen, the better.

2. Customized UI just for iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 Plus will have a customized UI just for the phone's large screen. Unlike the plain iPhone 6, the 6 Plus will have an iPad-like interface. It will follow the tablet's layout in presenting apps even in landscape mode.

Aside from it having an iPad language in terms of its software, the dual-pane feature in Messages and Mails are just pleasing to the eyes.

3. More Display Pixels

I should say that this is the real deal maker. Despite the fact that iPhone 6 Plus offers a bigger screen, it also boasts more pixels with its full HD 1080p resolution. Technically, the 1920 x 1080p sums up to 401ppi density -that's more than the iPhone 6's 326ppi; and it also dubbed to have 185-percent more pixels than the iPhone 5s.

4. Optical Image Stabilization

We all know that Apple still uses the same 8-megapixel sensor that the we have been accustomed to since the iPhone 4s; but the new iPhones have remodeled True Tone Flash and the new Focus Pixels technology. 

However, in terms of camera, the iPhone 6 Plus is way better than the standard iPhone 6 shooter. The Plus is the very first iPhone to have the Optical Image Stabilization which is a hardware arrangement in the camera module wherein it compesates physical shakes while taking stills and videos. The iPhone 6 only has the Digital Image Stabilization.

5. Let's talk battery

Apple made the Plus' battery big with up to a whooping 24 hours of talk time over 3G. The iPhone 5s only has 8 hours and Apple claims that the Plus' battery will outlast the iPhone 6 (14 hours) by "considerable margins."

The Wrap

The iPhone 6 Plus is only priced USD 100 higher than the iPhone 6 - that's just the same price difference between the iPhone 5s and 5c last year. But in my estimates, the difference compensates the additional features that the "Plus-sized" iPhone can offer in the table.

Saturday, September 13

Starmobile Vida offically announced: 3.5-inch KitKat phone with 3G HSPA+

Starmobile Vida is now officially the most affordable 3G-capable phone in the country that runs with Android KitKat. This latest entry from the local brand will cater the entry-level market that has been crowded with fierce competition for quite some time.

The Vida will come with Php 2,490 and will feature 3G speeds up to HSPA+. For the uninitiated, HSPA+ or Evolved HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) which could deliver up to 4G speeds. However, the standard is categorized in the 3G family because it’s just an enhancement of the previous HSPA technology.

On paper, HSPA+ is capable of delivering up to 168 mbps download speed. But in the Philippines, it has a “burstable” download speed of 21 mbps.

Going back to Starmobile Vida, you’ll have a 3.5-inch HVGA display that sums up to 164 ppi density. Its gut is powered by a MediaTek MT6572 dual-core CPU, clocked in 1-gigahertz speed. Other features include 512 MB of RAM, 4GB internal storage and 5-megapixel camera.

Starmobile Vida is a “steal buy” for those who are in the market for an affordable 3G phone running with the latest Android software.

Starmobile Vida Specs

115 x 61.5 x 11.9 mm at 108 grams
3.5-inch HVGA display with 320 x 480p at 164ppi
1-Gigahertz MediaTek MT6572 dual-core processor
Mali-400MP GPU
4GB of internal storage
up to 32GB Micro-SD card support
Dual-SIM or Dual-Standby
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
FM Radio
5-megapixel rear camera
0.3-megapixel VGA front camera
Android 4.4 Kitkat
1300mAh Li-Ion battery
Php 2,490

Friday, September 12

Cherry Mobile Alpha Morph hands-on and first impressions: More than just Tablet

Cherry Mobile has also announced Alpha Morph aside from the smaller Alpha Play this week. In line with their quest to push Windows-powered devices to the masses, the local giant has teamed up with seasoned chipmaker, Intel, and Microsoft to slew two powerful yet affordable tablets.


Alpha Morph registers as the one that has big guns of the two. The slate comes with 10.1-inch 720p HD IPS display which is a "safe-zone" for the popular Surface tablets by Microsoft.

In its gut, the Intel Z3735D works as the main processor with the Intel HD Graphic 7 for the graphics. The 2-gigabyte of RAM is coupled with 32-gigabyte built-in memory. Camera-wise, the tablet comes with a 2-megapixel real shooter with Back-Side Illumination sensor and 2-megapixel front camera for selfie shots.

The Alpha Morph looks like a full-blown tablet due to the its keyboard dock compared to its smaller counterpart. Just like any Microsoft-designed device, it sports the iconic Windows icon which serves as a capacitive button in the front panel.

Productivity Device, more than just a Tablet

In my own opinion, the device is called Morph due to its ability to shift from a powerful productivity device that touts a keyboard (and trackpad) to a very svelte slate that offers great portability. Ports like microUSB, HDMI and microSD completes the tablet's package.

For those of you who are in the market for a chic device that offers productivity and portability at the same time, go get the Morph. Aside from the device, you’ll get a full-year of subscription to Office 365 and a whooping 1TB of cloud storage over OneDrive.

Cherry Mobile Alpha Morph Specs

10.1-inch IPS LCD display
1.33-gigahertz quad-core Intel Z3735D CPU
Intel HD Graphic Gen 7 GPU
Up to 64GB of microSD support
2-megapixel BSI Main Camera
2-megapixel front camera
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
8000 mAh battery
Windows 8.1
Php 11,999

Wednesday, September 10

Cherry Mobile Alpha Play Hands-on and First Impressions: the 8-inch worker

The Cherry Mobile Alpha series has already spawned two affordable Windows Phone 8.1 handsets. However, to further establish Microsoft’s footing in the local tech scene, Cherry Mobile, Intel and the software-maker announced the Alpha Play, a sleek 8-inch tablet running with a full version of Windows 8.1.

Cherry Mobile announces Alpha Style and Alpha Luxe Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones

Cherry Mobile launches its Alpha Windows Phone and Tablet line of devices in one of the year's biggest local tech gathering in Harbor Garden Tent, Sofitel Luxury Hotels Manila.

The WOW event dubbed as "We're On Windows" spawns two smartphones and two tablets which aims to bring Windows devices accessible to masses.

Monday, September 8

Share-a-Load scam messages are on the loose, Globe strengthens subscriber's protection

Have you receive unsolicited text messages asking you to input a certain digit and to send it in a number that starts with “2”? These messages are flagged as scam messages due to the fact that the whole scheme stated above is Globe’s Share-a-Load process.

Sunday, September 7

Motorola releases the new Moto X with 5.2-inch display and Snapdragon 801

Motorola took the stage in Chicago to announce its revamped flagship phone called, again, the Moto X. The device boasts new sets of guns and software compared to last year's model.

Saturday, September 6

Fotozino App Review: More Sociable Buying and Selling

Mobile phones had evolved from a point-to-point device into a community-based technology that allows us to interact with several persons at a time. It enables us to share several multimedia messages with the use of the internet. The fact that most of us also share our location with each other makes the web even more interesting.

Friday, September 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Specs Review: Here's everything you need to know

Samsung took stage in IFA 2014 to release two new additions to its popular Galaxy Note line – the Note Edge and the Note 4. The Galaxy Note 4 is everything that we have expected it to be - vibrant display, fast processor and fully loaded S Pen-centric software. Check out, right after the fold, all the things that you need to know about the current Android king.

Cherry Mobile to release Ultra On-the-Go LTE Pocket WiFi at Php 3,999

Aside from the TV Box, Cherry Mobile also disclose its WiFi hotspot device called Ultra On-the-Go with a small group of bloggers recently. This marks the expansion of the local company to different product line rather than only concentrating on the fiercely contested smartphone and tablet market.



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