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Another Look at the Retina Display on the New iPad

Repost from PASM Workshop

Duncan Davidson posted this awesome post on his blog demonstrating how powerful the retina display is.  Hop over via the link to check out his demo.  The display is capable of showing all the finite details in such high resolution that takes one breath away.  However, be warned that Safari will downsample all pics to 1024 x 768 the most for most JPEG files 9apart from progressive JPEGs).  PNG files were told to be ok. For more info on how Safari down samples pics, check out this article, Safari Downsamples Your Images, No HD, from Andrew Ku and Alan Dang over at Tom’s Hardware.

Another great thing about the retina display is that when you load up an iPhone app on your new iPad even in double size due to the higher resolution.  Check out this short video below on more details.

Source – Duncan Davidson, Tom’s Hardware, PocketNow

March 28, 2012 Posted by | Apple, iPad, Retina Display, Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment

First Look – Samsung i900 Omnia

Pic from GSMArena

Wow, it’s been a busy week or two with the launch of HTC Touch Diamond and the announcement of the 3G iPhone. The latest addition to the new wave of “Touch” phones is the i900 Omnia, which was unveiled this week by Samsung and probably gonna be showcased as the coming CommunicAsia expo held in Singapore from June 17 to 20 according to GSMArena.

The i900 (GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 850/1900/2100) will be  based on the Windows Mobile Pro 6.1,  and will feature the following –

  • 624MHz Marvell PXA312 processor;
  • a 3.2″ 400 x 240 resolution display;
  • TouchWiz user interface;
  • a 5-megapixel camera (with smile detection and geotagging);
  • support for microSD (TransFlash);
  • 128 MB RAM, 256 MB ROM;
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g;
  • Bluetooth with A2DP;
  • built-in GPS receiver;
  • FM radio and TV out;
  • 1440 mAh Li-Ion battery; and
  • two versions with 8GB/16GB internal memory respectively.

The phone will be available shortly after the CommunicAsia Expo and some sites been reporting as early as July. Check out the following video for now.

Source – GSMArena, Megawhat.tv

June 12, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, PocketPC, Uncategorized | , , , | 3 Comments

First Look – HTC Touch Pro aka HTC Raphael

Pic from Engadget

Okay, so much for the HTC Touch Diamond for now.  Engadget reported on the all new HTC Touch Pro, also known as the HTC Raphael, to replace the TyTN II as the flagship Windows Mobile phone with a full QWERTY keypad.  Initial specs on the HTC Touch Pro according to Engadget and Gizmodo, “WiFi, HSPA with a solid 7.2Mbps on the downstream, Bluetooth, 2.8-inch VGA display, Windows Mobile 6.1 featuring HTC’s TouchFLO 3D interface, a 3.2 megapixel camera, a half gig of ROM, and 288MB of RAM, microSD slot, GPS, video calling and a 1350 mAh battery that gives 8 hours of talk time.”

Phone expected out by this summer.

Source – Engadget, Gizmodo

June 4, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobile Phone, PocketPC | , , , , | 7 Comments

Video Review – HTC Touch Diamond

Thanks David Ciccone from Mobility Today on his comment regarding my HTC Touch Diamond post. Below is the video review of the phone done by David, very thorough indeed, enjoy.

Source – Mobility Today

June 4, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobile Phone, PocketPC, Review, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – Day 2 with my new HTC Touch Diamond


My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “A few things I noticed in regarding my new HTC Touch Diamond”. Click here for the read.

June 3, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET, Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobile Phone, My Gears, Review | , , , , | Leave a comment

HTC Touch Diamond is in DA House

Just got hold of my HTC Touch Diamond (English Version).  Will run a quick review shortly after dinner, so stay tuned.  Initial thoughts…. can’t wait to throw my HTC Touch Cruise out of the door, this phone is just sweet.

June 1, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobile Phone, My Gears, PocketPC | , , | 7 Comments

HTC Touch Diamond is Here

This just in from Frankie my buddy who owns a telecom shop in Sintat, the English OS version of the HTC Touch Diamond is out, price tag on it is HK$5,680.

June 1, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobile Phone, PocketPC | , , | Leave a comment

More Xperia X1 Specs Revealed

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1’s White paper is finally out and we now have pretty much the final specifications. To download the White paper, go to the following link, http://developer.sonyericsson.com/site/global/docstools/phonespecs/p_phonespecs.jsp.

Features include:
•3-inch Wide-VGA (800×480) TFT 65K color LCD
•XPERIA™ panel concept
•Unified Media Experience
•3.2-megapixel camera with Touch auto focus
•Video capture and playback up to 30 fps
•Integrated WiFi and A-GPS
•Mobile broadband
•Handsfree headset with a 3.5 mm audio jack, USB charger, USB cable provided in the kit
•Internet Explorer Mobile browser
•HSDPA 7.2Mbps, HSUPA 2Mbps
•Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
•YouTube support (3GPP playback)
•FM radio, streaming audio/video
•Video telephony
•Bluetooth™ 2.0
•HW 3D Graphics
•Supports microSD™ High Capacity memory card
•Exchange /IMAP4/POP3 e-mail
•Quad-band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
•Tri-band HSPA X1a:(850/1900/2100 MHz) X1i:(900/1900/2100 MHz) )

What also interesting is the following technical data on the memory.

May 28, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, PocketPC, SONY | , , | Leave a comment

Windows Mobile 6.1 Upgrade for HTC TyTN II Released

This just in from msmobiles, HTC TyTN II WM6.1 available on HTC.com site as of 5/23/2008.

Summary of features:

* Messaging now comes with an auto-complete feature for message recipients.

* Direct Push version 2 reduces bandwidth usage by up to 60% and improves battery life by an average of 33%.

* Threaded SMS lets you see exchanged messages (similar to a chat program) with a contact on the screen.

* Internet Explorer Mobile – Zoom Level has replaced Text Size in the View menu. Navigating large-sized Web pages is easy by using the Page Overview feature.

* Windows Mobile 6.1 supports the Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) for Bluetooth that allows for the transfer of phone book information between Bluetooth devices.

* Windows Mobile 6.1 supports System Center Mobile Device Manager. System Center Mobile Device Manager is a server-side solution that provides a more secure and efficient management of Windows Mobile-powered devices.

To get this upgrade please log-in to HTC eClub.

Source – msmobiles.com

May 26, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobile Phone, PocketPC | , , , | 2 Comments

More Info on HTC Touch Diamond

Tons of new videos released courtesy of PhoneDaily. The new videos covered the overview; the 3D TouchFLO demo; the phone and SMS demo; end call demo; picture browser and YouTube demo; and the pen and keypad input demo.

The list price as reported by PhoneDaily is HK$5,680 (US$728). Chain stores such as Broadway and Fortress will be getting the phones shortly after the initial release by CSL.

For now, check out the following vids and enjoy.


Demonstration on TouchFLO 3D

Continue reading

May 15, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobile Phone, PocketPC, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

HTC Touch Diamond Announced

[Updated: 14 May]

This from the HTC’s press release at today’s roadshow –

HTC is also extremely pleased to announce that Hong Kong’s leading mobile company, Hong Kong CSL Limited has been appointed the exclusive Hong Kong distributor and operator partner of the HTC Touch Diamond™….

With the introduction of the Touch Diamond™, HTC delivers an entirely new mobile Internet experience that utilizes broadband-like speeds with HSDPA wireless connectivity of up to 7.2 Mbps. Committed to improving Web browsing, HTC provides a new customized mobile Web browser that enables easy viewing and effortless navigation of Websites in the way they were designed. As part of this browsing experience users can zoom and pan Websites with one-hand and automatically view optimized content that has been specially created to fit the display. Turning the device sideways automatically rotates the web page view from a portrait to landscape view.

In addition to Web browsing, the Touch Diamond™ includes a customized new, HTC-developed, YouTube application for watching a variety of user generated video content….

The HTC Touch Diamond™ will be available in Hong Kong in June. A special connection price will be available from 1O1O and One2Free*. For more information, call hotline 2988 1010 and 29722 123 or check out www.1010.com.hk and www.one2free.com.”

Click here for the full press release and the full specification for the HTC Touch Diamond that is going to be release here (note the 4GB internal memory and like the iPhone, it doesn’t cater to any form of external storage).

[6 May]

HTC Touch Diamond overview

HTC Launch Event

And tons more on HTC’s YouTube website.

Source – HTC

May 14, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, HTC, Mobile Phone, PocketPC, Video | , , | 1 Comment

HP iPAQ 612 Smart Touch Demo

Take a look at this, apart from the video lagging, the smart touch interface do look pretty fast and it’s all done with the keypad, sweet.

List price: HK$3,980 (US$510)

Source – phonedaily

April 23, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, PocketPC, Video | , , , | 1 Comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – Follow-up to Killer Applications for Windows Mobile PocketPC Phones


My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “Follow-up to Killer Applications for Windows Mobile PocketPC Phones”. Click here for the read.

March 16, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET, Mobile Phone, Mobility, PocketPC, Software | , , , , | Leave a comment

Unboxed Video – Samsung i780 (Blackjack2)

Tracy and Matt’s Blog posted the unboxed video of the all new Samsung i780, which now starts appearing in Sintat Centre down in Mongkok. No info on the pricing though rumours from local forums indicated that the English version goes for HK$3,880.

Key features

  • Unique dual mode touchpad navigation
  • Built-in GPS with A-GPS support
  • Large 2.55″ 320×320 pixels TFT touchscreen display
  • Good preloaded content
  • Innovative home screen plug-in
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth with A2DP
  • HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps
  • Fast Marvell PXA3xx processor
  • 256MB ROM and 128MB RAM (~ 150MB is user available)
  • Full QWERTY keyboard
  • 2 megapixel camera

For a more detail review, check out GSM Arena, link to their review here.

Vodpod videos no longer available. from www.tracyandmatt.co. posted with vodpod

March 10, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, PocketPC, Review, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment