Saturday, March 2, 2013

Cheapest 7 inch tablet in the Philippine market?

I was attracted by this advertisement in based on a posting in Facebook.

or this:

Here are the specs:

Screen size;Resolution 7" screen, 800 x 480 Resolution
Operating systemAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Memory 4GB (internal memory), up to 32GB micro SD/TF support
ChipBOXCHIP A13/ Cortex-A8 1~1.5GHz
WifiWi-Fi 802.11b/g
eg3G Module supports USB external
OTGUSB OTG functions
Camera 1.3MP
Warranty1 Year, Authenticity guaranteed
Before ₱ 4,989.00, Now ₱ 2,999.00

The price is unbelievable and it may be possible that all students should be able to buy this device for educational purposes! Now if they can lower the price to P1,000.00 we can standardized on this as an educational tool from elementary to highschool to college!

April 6, 2013: The price at Lozada when you order has been bumped to P3,489.00. they should stop advertising the P2999.00 in Facebook.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Would you buy the latest IPad3 because of its astounding Retina display?

Only Apple knows how to interest the technical blogging world and news media about its upcoming Ipad3. Click on

The new iPad3 boasts a stunning 2048 x 1536 hyperresolution Retina display. Most viewers of the device are made speechless after first seeing the display, but are you going to buy it? There are a few reasons I wont be buying soon an iPad3:

1. I have the first original iPad with wifi and mobile carrier features. It is relatively heavy but it is my niece favorite.

2. I have my hands on the iPad2 obtained from my sister with wifi only.

3. I dont have money now to buy Apple's crazy to get iPad3.

4. I still have not found applications which can completely replace my laptops! For example, Python programming, cheap Office applications, multiuser/multitasking mobile Linux, etc.

But I can get insane too. I was about to buy the original Samsung Tab but my friend convinced me to buy the original Ipad. I dont use it much, perhaps I am brainwashed by Android more varied softwares. And I havent written a lot of posts for the iPad on this blog you are reading now. But that may change, in the near future. Not a promise though.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Cables with sdcard, video outputs from CDRking

From our favorite people's gadget store comes this

Here is the feature set from the CDRKing page:

  1. Easy to transfer Images and Videos
  2. Connect to iPad Directly, No installation needed
  3. Supports SD card and Micro SD card for Data Transfer to your iPad
  4. Can sync data and charge using the USB or USB mini ports
  5. Compatible with USB Camera connection for Picture transfer
  6. Supports Mini USB 2.0
  7. 3.5mm AV output for TV viewing  

This set, labeled TMIPA02, 5-IN-1 IPAD CAMERA CONNECTION KIT, will set you back for P1380 pesos! But we believe this is worth the price.

My computers are Linux powered and I dont have an Mac computer. This accesory kit comes handy!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Guess who first registered the iPad trademark?

It is not Apple but Proview of Taiwan.

Click on for full details.

In short:

You would have thought that Apple would be the first with the iPad trademark, but Proview in China beat Apple to it.The important part of the report is that
between the years 200 and 2004, Proview registered the trademark in EU, China South Korea, and other countries. But in 3006, Proview sold to apple the "global trademark" for the iPad label, and the two companies are at logerheads whether that deal should include China, now a profitable consumer base.

Proview currently focuses on effient LED lighting products if it owns the site, a screenshot is provided below:

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Samsung and Apple: enemies and lovers

Flash! Samsung wins in Australian courts! Australian courts refused a request of Apple to ban Samsung products (the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets) in Australia.

Korea Times

Yet in spite of these legal battles, Apple has renewed renewed a supply contract for Samsung to supply parts for Apple highly esteemed products.

Apple perhaps recognized that it has to share the limelight in innovative products with Samsung!

The legal landscape is fast changing and full of twists and turns! Here is the latest news:

Business week, Dec. 1: Apple wins extension on samsung tablet ban in Australia.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fast pad from CDR-king boasts some respectable specifications

From the catalog of CDR-King, our favorite gadgets store, we have this Fastpad tablet available for only "P8, 800.00"
It features WIFI capabilities, supports 3G(??!!! to be verified, sorry), is HDMI capable, with 4gb internal storage, expandable to 32gb with ports for HDMI video, USB 2.0and Audio and it weighs in only at 0.39 kg.

The hardware is nothing to sneeze at: Samsung S5PV210 ARM Cortex-A8 CPU operating at 1GHz. It is equipped with
DDR2 512MB memory and and 4GB storage TF Card with a maximum capacity of up to 32GB optional.

The screen is a 7” TFT display, 16:9 aspect ratio and 800x480 resolution. This tablet incredibly has a capacitive touch screen. Its communications and networking hardware features an internal Wif: Internal Wifi module, IEEE 802.11b/g wireless and is even equipped with a G-sensor for playing 3-D games.
It has a 3.0 megapixel camera at the back.

For sound play back, it has 2 x 1W stereo speakers, and has a standard earphone jack.Of course it has an internal microphone. The battery is rated at 2200mAh and the tablet comes with a power jack/adapter rated at 9B/1.5 A. We dont know its rated battery life until it needs a recharge (some buyers reported 4-6 hours at Tipid).

The operating system is Android (Linux based!) but at the earlier version of 2.2. It comes with standard applications
SW online, QQ, MSN, Skype, Ebook reader for reading UMD, TXT, PDF formats, Google Market Online and it supports
Quick Office.

Unlike the Ipad, it comes with Flash Adobe Flash 10.1! Here is a side view of the ports area.

Images and bare specifications are from the online catalog of CDRKing.

Here are the capabilities of the Fastpad:

  • WIFI capabilities
  • HDMI capable 4gb internal storage, expandable to 32gb HDMI, USB and Audio ports 0.39kg, lightweight
  • Software:
  • OS: Android 2.2 Dynamic desktop SW online: QQ, MSN, Skype Ebook: UMD, TXT, PDF Google Market Online Quick Office: supported Video: 1080p HD Video, HW decode MPEG4/ H.264/ H.263/ VC1/ RMVB/ RM/ 3GP/ AVI/ MKV/ MOV Audio: MP3/WMA/WAV/AAC/AAC+ Image Viewer: JPEG/PNG/BMP/GIF Flash: Adobe Flash 10.1 Language: Multilateral
  • Hardware
  • CPU:Samsung S5PV210 ARM Cortex-A8 process 1GHz system clock Memory: DDR2 512MB Storage: 4GB TF Card, Maximum support up to 32GB (optional) LCD: 7” TFT, 16:9, 800x480 Touch: Capacitive Touch Wifi: Internal Wifi module, IEEE 802.11b/g wireless G-Sensor: Rotator screen, 3D games Camera: 3.0 megapixel HDMI: HD video output USB: USB Host 2.0, USB Device 2.0 Dimension: 7.6” x 4.9” 0.50” (H x L x W)
  • Audio:
  • 2 x 1W stereo speaker Earphone jack Internal Mic Key: Power on/off, Home, Menu, Esc Battery: 2200mAh Power Jack: 9V/1.5A power adapter(100-240v input)
  • Package Content
  • 1x Tablet 1x DC 9V Power Adapter 1x 3.5 Audio Jack 1 USB 5 Pin Female Connector 1x USB 5 Pin Connector
You should first compare this with the Samsung Galaxy Pad without the 3G model which sets you back by 17-18 K pesos! So this Fastpad looks like a bargain.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Its Official! iPad2 is out for sale March 11.

Just browsed the news today. Steve Jobs lead in the unveiling of the new iPad2 at an Apple event in San Francisco March 12. According to the sources, the iPad pricing remains the same starting at US 499$. Basically the new iPad has

1. front and back camera.
2. has faster dual core A5 processor with lower power consumption.
3. has an hdmi connector to connect to a flat TV.
4. offers new colored cases with magnets and which put the iPad2 to sleep when not in use.
5. Two new softwares were introduced, the Garage band and new iMovie video software.
6. the iPad2 comes in two colors, Black or white.
7. Adding to the iPad2 requires a computer connection and syncing through iTunes.

We would have preferred that iPad introduces new usb slots. The new features will not make us run to buy the new iPad2. I hope that the original Samsung Galaxy tablet will still be available with a much much lower price thatn the 28,000 pesos it currently commands at some stores.

We hope that other manufacturers can lower their prices. We are keeping an eye on the Motorola Xoom!

The iPad2 is not revolutionary as when the first iPad came out.This is more of a gradual evolutionary improvement.

Click on any of the following links to view photos of the new iPad2.

USA Today