Wednesday, June 27, 2012

My latest cute toy from Sun

As I said, I love gadgets and they can be super high tech or just very simple, functional and cute.

At a recent Sun Cellular event, we were given this little guy as a token.

You must have guessed by now what it is.

Yup! That's a cute USB hub busy at work with a flash drive, my Apple mouse and a USB charger for my MiLi power pack all plugged in.

Loving my new little toy...

Friday, June 22, 2012

Convergence made possible by Samsung

Merriam Webster Dictionary defines convergence as "...the coming together of two or more things at the same point".

In the realm of information technology (IT), convergence has long fascinated me. I've always been a fan of gadgets that work together seamlessly. I always hoped for the day when my TV, computer monitor and printer became more than just standalone appliances. And at the Samsung Convergence event, I was seeing it happen.

First reason I got excited about the event was the fact that I now own two Samsung phones (totally unplanned, mind you). I wanted to see how Samsung had designed their convergence line to make it easier and more convenient for a Samsung mobile phone owner like me.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

S Beam: Transferring files in a jiffy with the Samsung Galaxy S III

Friends and I have been playing around with some features of the Samsung Galaxy S III. Let me tell you about one neat feature that I found so helpful for my blogging and social media work - the S Beam.

Remember the old days when mobile phones had infrared? It was so popular for transferring files then but you had to place two phones so that the infrared windows were almost touching. A slight jar or separation of the phones and the connection was cut.

Then, bluetooth came along. At around 100kb/sec, it became widely used for exchanging pictures and maybe small files. But large videos would take several minutes at this speed.

 S Beam now uses NFC technology with Wi-Fi Direct so that file transfer becomes very fast, practically instantaneous for files that are about several hundred KB in size.

File transfer is as easy as a back-to-back bump

Noemi and Vince tried it out during the Tatt Awards Night but for some reason, we could not get it to work then. Afterwards though, while my girl, Noemi and I were comfortably waiting for dinner, we tried S Beam again. Imagine, if we got it to work, it would help a lot because in our social media work, Noemi and I use our cameras on the phone and take lots of pictures we often want to share. It was such a pain for us to email pictures to each other.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S III: Philippine Postpaid Plans

By now, the Samsung Galaxy S III has launched in the Philippines and is available from both Smart and Globe.

This lightweight marble white beauty weighs in at only 133 grams (body only), runs on Android's Ice Cream Sandwich, sports a quad-core processor, a 4.8-inch super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, an 8MP rear camera and a 1.9 front-facing camera, full HD 1080p video recording, 16GB internal storage, 1G RAM, and can be expanded up to 64GB additional storage space using a micro SD card.

You can read my unboxing and setup post HERE.

The unlocked version of the S III is going for around PhP 32,990 based on what I have been seeing on tech sites.

If you're wondering what the postpaid plans are like in the Philippines, here's what we know for now:


The S III comes FREE when you subscribe to Smart's Unlimited Data Plan 2000. This plan is perfect for the user who is mobile most of the time and has to rely on 3G connection on the road in order to conduct business or surf the internet. Just be sure to ask Smart how long is the lock-in period.

I am still waiting for other possible postpaid plan iterations that Smart may design and will update this post as needed.


Globe meanwhile boasts that it has the lowest postpaid plan that offers the Galaxy S III at PhP 1,699/month. This is the Globe Unli Surf Combo 999 with PhP 700 monthly cashout*. This data plan comes with unlimited mobile browsing plus 1 freebie which can include free calls and texts to Globe/TM, free calls and texts to other networks, free international calls and texts, or free unlimited call and text to 1 Globe/TM number.

The other postpaid plans are:

Globe Unli Surf Combo 1799 with PhP 200* monthly cashout - At PhP 1,999 monthly, you get PhP 800 worth of monthly consumable amount for calls and texts to any network plus 3 freebies that can be changed monthly.

Globe Plan 2499 - the Galaxy S III is FREE with PhP 1,500 consumable amount and 5 freebies.

Globe Plan 3799 - the Galaxy S III is FREE with PhP 2,800 consumable amount and 7 freebies.

* Cashout amount payable at 0% interest in 24 months for Citibank and BPI cardholders. Other major credit cards offered at 12 mos. installment.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S III: The Unboxing and Set-up

It's here now. The Samsung Galaxy S III, running on Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), recently launched in the Philippines, ahead of countries like the United States.

At the press launches of both Smart and Globe last June 1, 2012 I got a glimpse of the phone that everyone has been excited to see up close.

I've had a Galaxy Note for months already and I love it because everything I could do on the ipad which I used to lug everywhere with me, I could do on the Note. The iOS versus Android experience is something else, maybe good for another post. But the Galaxy S III was a beauty to behold. At Smart's Jump Experience Center, I walked up to one of the units on display and held it, checking a few of the apps and specs.

Marble white Galaxy S III (a friend was excited thinking it was pink, hehe)

Smart raffled off some units of the Samsung Galaxy S III and it was an exciting moment when one of the winners turned out to be my friend Noemi.

What happened afterwards was a funny quirk of fate.