11 April, 2012



PBB Teen Edition 4 Housemates Complete List with Photos - Boys and Girls, #PBBTeens4 Hot on Twitter and Facebook!

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 07:30 AM PDT

I don't know if you'll agree with me on this but these days, popularity in social media sites could well be considered a true indicator of a product or program's success.

Pinoy Big Brother, one of ABS-CBN's most successful primetime programs, has just opened its doors again for a new batch of Teen Housemates. And as expected, putting those controversial photos from last Holy Week in another category, PBB Teen Edition 4 is now the hottest thing on popular social networking sites.

Last night, while the first official episode of the show was airing, the hashtag related to the program, #PBBTeens4, achieved top trending status on Twitter;

Pinoy Tweeps are so interested in the show that even derivative hashtags like #PBBBekiEdition likewise trended;

As earlier disclosed on TechPinas, it appears that a keyword or a hashtag becomes Twitter Trending Topic when it gets a considerable volume of related tweets while also being mentioned by top users on the site. Trending Topics vary from one territory to another but those with incredibly large volume of related tweets from various territories achieve Worldwide trending status.

On Facebook, 'likers' of the official page of PBB Teen Edition 4 are growing by the minute. When I first visited the account, it had 26,501 fans --

30 minutes after, the number jumped to 26,639. That's a difference of 138 likers --

Not bad!

Anyway. Without further ado, meet the boys and girls of Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition 4 (Photos courtesy of ABS-CBN);

Alec - Tsino Gwapito ng Laguna, 18

Kit - Kid Tangkad ng Pampanga, 15

Roy - Boy Sipag ng Naga, 18

Ryan - Pilyong Binatilyo ng Angeles, 16

Tom - Bukid Prince ng Davao, 16

Vincent - Bunso'y Tisoy ng Rizal, 16

Yves - Masunuring Son ng Tarlac, 18

Nika - Ala Anghel ng Batangas, 15

Claire - CindeRebel ng Makati, 16

Clodet - Prangkang Chicka Teen ng Davao, 14

Joj - 1/2 Double Diva ng Bacolod, 17

Jai - 1/2 Double Diva ng Bacolod, 17

Karen - Hagik Chick ng Mindoro, 16

Mariz - Inday Husay ng Cebu, 17

Myrtle - Ang Cosplayer ng IloIlo, 18

So who's your bet? Off hand, Myrtle and Yves have the most fans on Facebook.

HTC One X Price Php 34,000, In The Flesh Photos and Video, First Impressions, Complete Specifications, Release Date is Today!

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 03:17 AM PDT

TechPinas Exclusive!

HTC One X, the Taiwanese company's 2012 Android flagship smartphone, is now officially available in the Philippines via Digital Walker for only Php 34,000! And TechPinas is one of the first tech blogs in the country to see it in the flesh and play with the handset.

HTC One X runs the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS with its Quad Core CPU featuring NVIDIA's Tegra 3 chipset and has 1GB of RAM for fast and seamless multitasking. Other key specifications include a 4.7-inch SLCD2 display with 720p resolution, contoured scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass touchscreen, 32 GB of non-expandable internal storage, an 8 MegaPixel camera with autofocus and LED flash at the back, Full HD 1080p video recorder, and a variety of connectivity options including Wifi, Bluetooth and 3G.

Let me just share with you my first impressions of the handset.

1. HTC One X is one of the most gorgeous HTC smartphones I've seen. It's wrapped in a bullet-proof matte polycarbonate shell that's not only very sleek but also incredibly durable. Sir Kiko Torno, HTC Philippines' Marketing Communications Manager, gave me an exclusive 'toughness' demo of the phone by dropping it on concrete floor. Of course, the phone survived with no dents, bumps or even scratches.

Here's how the phone looks in the flesh --

HTC One X is very thin, measuring only 9.3 millimeters at its thickest point.

2. The phone flaunts a 4.7-inch SLCD2 display, which is simply a joy to look at. Colors look vibrant, details appear clear and crisp -- and HTC promises that they'll remain that way even when you're using the phone outdoors, under direct sunlight.

3. HTC Sense 4.0, in my humble opinion, remains to be the Android skin and experience to beat. The best new feature is HTC ImageSense's Video Pic, which allows users to shoot HD video while taking high-resolution photos at the same time! Amazing feature really. There's also zero shutter lag and continuous shooting ensuring that you'll never miss a moment. ImageSense also lets you capture better photos in low light conditions - thanks to HTC's new enhanced HDR imaging technology.

4. One of the coolest multimedia features of the phone is Beats All-The-Time, which gives highly-improved surround sound experience even when you're just watching Youtube or Videos you captured using the phone.

5. HTC Philippines reps mentioned during the event that HTC One X actually has 5 cores instead of just four! I'm not sure why HTC left this feature out on paper but HTC One X's Tegra 3 processor features a 4-PLUS-1 quad-core architecture with a fifth battery saver core. What 4-PLUS-1 does is that it offloads any minor tasks from quad-core down to the companion core to save battery life. After all, simple tasks like viewing photos or browsing the web will only need that single core. NVIDIA Tegra 3 will know that and shut down the quad-core architecture and just use the fifth extra core. This is perhaps the greatest feature of the NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset.

That's it for now, TP Friends! Stay tuned for more TP features and articles on this amazing handset. In the meantime, you might want to watch this quick hands-on and demo video of HTC One X:

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name HTC One X
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category High-End (Flagship Level)
Dimensions134.4 x 69.9 x 9.3 mm
Weight 130 grams
Available Colors Black
Operating System Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Display 4.7 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (720p) resolution, S-LCD (to be confirmed) capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9 ULP GeForce GPU (to be confirmed) NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset
Camera 8 MegaPixels, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus and LED flash, 1.3 MegaPixels front camera
Video Capture Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second
Audio and Video Playback DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV/ - MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100
Internal Storage 32 GB, non-expandable
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Gyro, Proximity
Battery Li-Po 1800 mAh
Uptime TBD
Value-Added Features Flagship Release, Quad Core Processor, SNS integration, Google Services Suite, HTC Beats Software and Earphones, HTC Sense 4.0 UI
Announcement Worldwide: February 2012
Availability Philippines: April 2012
Price Official SRP: Php 34,000

Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 Philippines Review : Price, Complete Specs, Design, Features, Best Postpaid Plan Bundles, Verdict

Posted: 08 Apr 2012 08:54 AM PDT

TechPinas Reviews Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000
by Mark of TP

In a few words: "The first time I saw Samsung Galaxy Note in the flesh last November, I got overwhelmed by its size; I honestly thought it was just way too big for a smartphone. But having used it as my main phone for a few months now, I've completely fallen in love with its large high resolution display and the sizable virtual keyboard. Heck, I now think all smartphones should be this big. For me, SGNote is the best smartphone Samsung has released so far; I mean, it's just a megastar of a handset, a true eye-catcher."

Overview: Smartphone-tablet hybrid Samsung Galaxy Note was designed based on how consumers generate ideas. People usually take cues from their environment, formulate ideas, and capture them through pictures, designs, and so on. With SGNote's S Pen input technology, massive 5.3-inch HD SuperAMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, 8-megapixel camera, 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, and HSPA+ Internet speeds support, these 'Eureka!' moments will always be easily captured and shared from anywhere and at anytime.

Samsung Galaxy Note is now available nationwide for only Php 21,600 (amortized) via Smart Data Plan 1000 Special Edition and for Php 35,990 via authorized Samsung retail outlets.

1. Large 5.3-inch 800 x 1280 pixels resolution display
2. Powerful innards
3. 8 MegaPixel autofocus camera with flash
4. Full HD video recorder
5. Attractive design
6. Tens of thousands of downloadable applications
7. Highly-customizable UI
8. Stylus support with complementary software

Points for Improvement:
1. Hardware is a tad too 'plasticky'
2. Camera flash is blinding in dim settings
3. Mediocre battery life
4. Not so powerful speakers

Design and Ports:

SGNote's face flaunts its unusually large (almost shocking) 5.3-inch 800 x 1280 pixels HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display. Above the screen, we'll find the earpiece, the secondary 2 MegaPixel front facing camera, and a pair of sensors (most likely for proximity and ambient light). Below the display, we'll see the hardware home button and the touch sensitive Menu and Back buttons on either sides.

Nothing on the right side but the power button, which you can also use to turn on or turn off the display. Oh and if you notice, despite having a massive display, SGNote is very thin -- with depth of only 9.7 millimeters.

You'll find the volume rocker on the left side...

and the microUSB port at the rear.

At the back, we'll find the 8 MegaPixel camera with LED flash, a microphone pinhole, the speaker grill and the stylus neatly tucked in its slot. Underneath the battery cover, we'll see the 2500 mAh Li-Ion battery, the microSD card slot for expanding storage and the SIM card slot.

Finally, the top panel has the 3.5 mm audio jack and another microphone pinhole.

TP Design Verdict: Obviously, the most eye-catching feature of SGNote is its size. In fact, whenever my friends would see me holding it, they'd always tell me, "That's a big-a*s phone!" and ask if it's heavy. I'd then hand it to them and let them play with it.

Like what I said, SGNote is a megastar of a handset that effortlessly grabs attention. I think it's such an eye-catcher that if the owner's personality ain't big enough, the phone could well eclipse his or her presence, which is horrible. It sounds funny but it's true. So if you own one, make sure your character is bigger than your phone, lest you want to be described simply as "The guy who owns a ginormous Samsung Galaxy Note."

But seriously, its size aside, what I like about SGNote is how thin it is. I can appreciate the fact that Samsung's handset design team managed to keep the phone's depth at only 9.7mm in spite of its large screen and its powerful innards and multimedia features. Quite a feat, really. Also, I think that by making the phone that thin, Samsung was able to highlight SGNote's unbelievable display size even more. What made me say that? Well, I recently bought a Mugen extended battery pack for my SGNote which came with its own battery cover and it made my phone twice as thick. What I noticed is that the added depth made the big display less impressive.

Overall, I think Samsung Galaxy Note with its all-glass face, thin frame and metallic edging has an elegant design that any owner will be proud to flaunt. My only gripe is that the build is just too plasticky. Having used aluminum-clad Nokia N8, HTC Legend, HTC Desire HD, HTC Desire Z and HTC Sensation as main phones, I guess I just miss all that metal.

TP Quick Commentary on SGNote's Key Strengths

Massive High-Resolution Display: For me, what makes this smartphone's display truly impressive isn't so much its unusually large size but rather, its 800 x 1280 pixels resolution - which I believe is the highest on any smartphone out in the market as of writing.

You'll appreciate this feature most when browsing websites using the phone. Using the default browser, you'll get a full web experience while

Top-notch Benchmarks, Stylus Support, Still and Video Camera, 'Everything is Bigger and Better'


TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen) with Stylus Support, Smartphone-Tablet Hybrid
Price Category High-End
Dimensions146.9 x 83 x 9.7 mm
Weight 178 grams
Available Colors Black
Operating System Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread, will eventually be upgradeable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Display 5.3-inch, 800 x 1280 pixels, HD Super AMOLED, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Dual-core 1.4GHz ARM Cortex-A9 proccessor, Mali-400MP GPU, Exynos chipset
Camera Main: 8 MegaPixels, 3264x2448 pixels, with autofocus and LED flash, Secondary: 2 MegaPixel front facing camera
Video Capture 1080p 30 frames per second
Audio and Video Playback MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
Ports microUSB 2.0 MHL, 3.5 mm audio jack, USB On the Go
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA Bluetooth v3.0+HS, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
Network 2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 3G Network: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
Memory 16GB/32GB storage, 1 GB RAM, expandable via microSD, supports up to 32GB, ships with 2GB card
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity, Barometer
Battery 2500 mAh
Uptime TP Experience: 5 Hours of Browsing, 3 Days of Standby
Value-Added Features Stylus (S Pen) Support, Barometer Sensor, Optional NFC Support, TV Out, SNS Integration, Samsung ChatON, TouchWiz 4.0
Announcement September 2011
Availability November 2011
Price Upon Release: Php 35,990