20 October, 2011

Smart Netphone 701 Review : No Frills Commentary, Verdict, More In The Flesh Photos!

Posted: 20 Oct 2011 05:37 AM PDT
TechPinas Gadget Reviews:
Smart Netphone 701 (full specifications via the link)

Type: Midrange Android Full-Touchscreen Smartphone
Price in the Philippines: Php 9,900

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Overall Impression: Probably the Android smartphone with the best technical specifications in its price class. Paired with sulit SmartNet promo services, it's the phone to beat.

Strong Points:
1. High resolution display at 480 x 800 pixels, 16 Million colors (vs. 240 x 320 pixels, 256K in other handsets in its price category)
2. Bundled SmartNet services - Free Facebook, Twitter, SmartNet and Yahoo Chat until December 31, 2011. After that you can get the same services for as low as Php 20 a day.
3. Durable, fingerprint-resistant matte casing.
4. Landmark smartphone - First to introduce Smart's SafeBrowse technology, making it possible to isolate services, effectively cutting data overuse costs.
5 SmartNet Global Directory makes it easy to connect with other SmartNet users around the globe and send them messages via SmartNet widget.
6. Social Hub shows a timeline of status updates from your friends in Facebook, Twitter and Smart Network. Also allows users to easily update status in said social networking sites.
7. Smart Center, easily accessible via SmartNet widget, shows load balance and subscription status in special promos and services by Smart.

Points for Improvement:
1. Just like most other Android smartphones in its price class, it suffers from short battery life. But you can always tweak the phone settings - display, background data - to augment uptime.
2. The 3.2 MegaPixel camera autofocus camera doesn't come with LED flash. Then again, most similarly priced Android phones also don't have that.

TP Verdict: Consider getting it for 2 reasons --
1. It has the best technical specs in its price category.
2. Bundled SmartNet services are free until December 31, 2011 and they'll be 'sulit' once you have to pay for them.

TP Star Point: 9 out of 10.

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Posted: 20 Oct 2011 03:12 AM PDT
Whatever you do, don't fall as prey to the Jammers.

Caught this on GMA News TV yesterday.

Targeting practically anyone (often those who are 'rakista' looking) they see holding gadgets on the streets, Jammers are a group of 3-5 (or even more) criminals who bully their way to their victim's gizmos.

The hideous modus operandi goes like this:

1. Jammers spot their target holding a gadget.

2. Jammers approach the target as a group.

3. Jammers accuse the target of hurting someone they know.

4. Target pleads innocence.

5. Jammers take the target to a desolate location.

6. Jammers start bullying - even physically hurting - the target.

7. Jammers tell the target to give them his or her gadget.

What to do to avoid Jammers?

1. Avoid walking alone in scary places.

2. Be aware of the things happening around you.

3. Avoid entering streets with a lot of suspicious looking people.

4. Don't flaunt your gadgets in public places.

5. Don't be too trusting of strangers.

There. Let your friends know.

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Posted: 20 Oct 2011 12:23 AM PDT
"At DevCon today, we're giving developers the tools they need to build richer applications and we're providing direction on how to best develop their smartphone and tablet apps as the BlackBerry and QNX platforms converge into our next generation BBX platform," shared Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at RIM, during BlackBerry DevCon Americas 2011 held in San Francisco, California last October 18, 2011.

BlackBerry BBX, which follows BlackBerry 7, will be the next generation platform for Research in Motion's smartphones and tablets. It combines the best of BlackBerry and the best of QNX, BlackBerry PlayBook's current operating system, and is designed to enable powerful real-time mobile experiences that distinguish BlackBerry services and products from all others.

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Future BlackBerry smartphones will have an operating system and user interface similar to BlackBerry PlayBook's QNX OS! So if you want to be familiar with the platform as early as this year, why not get yourself a BlackBerry PlayBook this Yuletide?!

BBX will also include the new BlackBerry Cascades UI Framework for advanced graphics, BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps - which will allow BB users to play some Android applications on their device, BB Social Platform, deep integration between apps, always-on Push services and a lot more!

I guess 2012 should be exciting for BB fans as well.

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