Hong Kong Tech Phooey

a tech junkie from Hong Kong

My iPad is in DA HOUSE

Just a quick post.  Finally can’t stand the heat and grabbed one on Friday off the Wanchai Computer Center, HK$6,500 for 32GB, fairly steep price.

Been playing around for two days and have noted that there are still a few questions amongst the users out there, see if I can clear out some of those.

  1. USB charging.  Noted a lot of people been posting the question regarding charging the iPad via USB, or problems should I say as for most of the non-Mac machines, the screen shows “Not Charging” when plugged into a PC.   I tested this extensively on three PCs and noted that since the iPad needs / requires 10W to charge up, it would show “Not Charging” on the screen, however, the iPad IS being charged under the hood, just a lot slower.  Reason behind this is that most PC’s USB doesn’t produce 10W power.  So fear not. Example, say if you have 50% left on your iPad and you plug it into your PC’s USB slot, wait half an hour or so and you will notice that the battery has gone up.  Another way to check it is just install the free app, “Pad Info”, once launched, you’ll noticed that it would state whether the battery is currently under charged.
  2. Do one really need a US iTunes account to get iPad apps? the answer is no.  Say for Hong Kong’s iTunes Store, although under Apps it would not show the iPad-specific apps, you can still search for them and they will show up, allowing you to buy it right on the spot, tnly thing that doesn’t show are the comments from US users.
  3. How to get / open a iTunes US account in Hong Kong? The easiest way is to get hold of an iTunes Gift Card, best to get it from a reputable outlet, say like Mactivity, but the rate of course is a lot higher (HK$188 for US$15 face value) than on eBay or Taobao.

Well, so much for now, gonna go watch some hoops playoff games.  Will update more along the way.

April 19, 2010 - Posted by | Apple, Blogroll, iPad, My Gears | , , ,


  1. Not sure about “just a lot slower” but I can say for sure that when I plug my iPad into my old powered USB hub and the screen is on it says “not charging” and when the screen is off it charges just fine.

    Got my iPad keyboard/dock today, sweet.

    Comment by Spike | April 19, 2010 | Reply

  2. Which shop did you buy from?
    I’m in HK right now and am considering to buy a 16GB.
    Any idea how much it is?

    Comment by Den Lim | April 20, 2010 | Reply

  3. OK. I saw on PCM magazine that they’re selling it for HK$5180 at a shop somewhere. I wonder where that shop is. Also, can you recommend a shop in the wanchai computer center? thanks

    Comment by Den Lim | April 20, 2010 | Reply

  4. […] You need a US iTunes account, you can open one with iTunes Gift Card (that is if you can get hold of some either on eBay or other auction sites). For those in Hong Kong, please refer to my earlier post, My iPad is in DA House. […]

    Pingback by How to Tackle iPad’s Cannot Connect to App Store Problem « Hong Kong Tech Phooey | April 26, 2010 | Reply

  5. i just got the 64gb one from wanchai as well for 7400. Itchy fingers.. i love the kindle application.

    Comment by digitalsuj | April 29, 2010 | Reply

  6. How about the MicroSim issue? Will 3 or Smartone launch these soon? Or can I find these at Wanchai Computer Centre too? Thanks.

    Comment by John | May 9, 2010 | Reply

    • PCCW is coming out with them soon. Believed the others will follow suit as well. Meanwhile, there’s shops cutting up the SIM card for you at Sincere Podium (Sintat). Hope this helps.

      Comment by hongkongphooey | May 10, 2010 | Reply

      • Thanks!

        Comment by John | May 10, 2010

  7. Update: went to the 3 shop in CWB tonight and got a microsim and a 12mo contract for HK$188/month unlimited. Haven’t put anything in my APN settings and don’t know what to put there but it doesn’t seem to affect it. When I’m away from wifi it switches to 3G. Although there is sometimes a slight delay. Hope this helps others.

    Comment by John | May 10, 2010 | Reply

  8. Hi Victor, greetings from Malaysia!

    Was just wondering – do these shops in the various computer centres and mobilephone centres accept credit card for payment, and do they levy a “surchage” for using them? It’s a bit dangerous to be walking around with so much cash isn’t it?


    Comment by hktoh | May 12, 2010 | Reply

    • Most do carry a surcharge, that is, if they accept credit cards. Cash is still the way to go, especially for discounted items.

      Comment by hongkongphooey | May 12, 2010 | Reply

  9. Hi…
    I just bought ipad from singapore and it’s good.
    But, until now, i cant access the itunes.

    Any idea?

    Comment by Awi | May 18, 2010 | Reply

    • Which iTune store are you having problem accessing? the S’pore or US?

      Comment by hongkongphooey | May 18, 2010 | Reply

  10. Hi

    just checking on the 3G version. It seems like the iPad 3G works on HK cell networks, but just want to make sure that no jailbreaking tools are required, so we don’t have to worry about any problems when updating software. Any comments from the users are greatly appreciated. Another thing is iTunes Store, since we are Honkies, we can access to Hong Kong iTunes Store. Anything I need to be aware for greymarket iPad 3G.

    Comment by 10fps | May 25, 2010 | Reply

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