Sunday, August 18, 2013

Nokia Lumia 925 launches in the Philippines

The successor to the popular, high-end Nokia Lumia 920 is now here - the Nokia Lumia 925.

At a previous Nokia launch of Lumia models, I got to hold the 920 and was quite impressed with some of its advanced features -- motion stabilizer, wireless charging, and low light shooting capability.

The Lumia 925 takes all the great features of the 920 and takes it a level up.

My friend Noemi owns a Lumia 920 (which she loves) and I had the chance to do a quick check of both phones.

One difference is that the Lumia 925 is lighter and thinner than the 920. It's only 8.55mm thin and weighs a mere 139 grams. That's because the Nokia's signature polycarbonate body is now encased in aluminium, allowing it to be lighter and more sleek looking.

Here are some features of the Nokia Lumia 925 that I like.

Low Light Capability. I love my smartphone but every time I need to take a photo in low light, I spend more time fiddling with the exposure settings. I also noticed that even with the exposure level at max, I still get grainy and shaky pictures many times as a result of the shutter being left open longer to allow more light in. Amazingly, the Lumia 925 took pictures in low light very well. Check photos of us taken by the Lumia 925 (I used my smartphone to take a picture of what the Lumia 925 took. No editing involved!)

Optical Image Stabilization. I already saw this in the Lumia 920 at one event. I rode a stationary bike while taking a video with the HD+ technology and the video was steady!

PureView Camera. The 8.7MP camera, which sports Zeiss optics, now has 6 physical lenses for higher level precision, sharper and more vivid images even in low light conditions, and captures up to 10 images at once with Nokia Smart Camera so that you can edit photos with options like Cinemagraph, Action Shot and Change Faces.

Just like the Lumia 920, the Lumia 925 has cool features like being able to edit out photo bombers, Here Maps and Livesight for augmented reality navigation, and wireless charging (needs a snap-on cover which can be paired with a wireless charging stand or plate).

The Nokia Lumia 925 will retail at PhP 23,500 at Nokia Stores and Nokia Solutions Partners. It will also be available exclusively to Smart subscribers. It will come FREE with a fully customizable Smart All-In Plan 1800 with a 30-month lock-in period.

Colors available for Nokia Lumia 925 will be white, grey and black. It will be out starting Aug. 19, 2013.

Complete specs can be found below.

Product information and availability
Nokia Lumia 925
Operating system
Windows Phone 8
HERE location and mapping services
Free global HERE Maps and HERE Drive+
4.5” AMOLED WXGA (1280x768), 2.25 D sculpted Gorilla 2 Glass, ClearBlack, High Brightness Mode, Sunlight Readability, Super Sensitive Touch for glove and nail usage
2000 mAh battery, Wireless Charging supported via an accessory cover
1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon
Main camera
PureView 8.7 MP with Optical Image Stabilization, Autofocus, short pulse high power dual LED flash, most advanced lens technology, 1080p HD video at 30fps with Optical Image Stabilization. Includes Nokia Smart Camera mode.
Front facing camera
1.2 MP wide angle

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Samsung Unpacked Episode 2 Presents the Note 3, the Galaxy Gear, and the Note 10.1 2014 Edition

Last night, we stayed up till the wee hours of the morning watching the Berlin Samsung Unpacked 2013, Episode 2. The launch of 3 devices was witnessed by a throng of people at Times Square in New York who gathered to watch the livestream together with the rest of the world.

I was with a bunch of tech bloggers and avid Samsung users at a Makati hotel gathered around a wide screen Samsung TV. Over coffee (to keep us awake) and some midnight snacks, we talked about different Samsung mobile phones and their features while all the while trying to guess what new features would come out.

The launch began just past 1AM Manila time.

Mr. JK Shin, President and CEO and Head of IT and Mobile Communication Division of Samsung, announced the 3 devices that would be introduced: the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the Samsung Galaxy Gear, and the Samsung Note 10.1, 2014 edition.

Initial Features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Compared to Note 2

Physical dimensions of the Note 3

The battery life is supposedly even better than the Note 2 - a very important factor for me. Colors will come in Jet Black, Classic White, Blush Pink.

The newest color in the Note line - Blush Pink

Here are the specs as we know:

Dimensions: 151.2mmx79.2mmx8.3mm
Display: 5.7" SuperAMOLED 1080 display, 368 ppi pixel density
Processor: 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor or 1.9GHz Exynos Octacore (depending on the region)
Operating System: Jellybean 4.3
Camera: 13MP rear with Smart Stabilization with UHD resolution at 30fps, full HD at 60fps; 2MP front facing
Memory: 3GB RAM
Storage: 32 or 64 GB
Expansion: MicroSDXC card
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11ac, LTE Category 4, Multiple Bands
Battery: 3200 mAh removable
Others: IR LED

Samsung Galaxy Gear