Dance to Facebook with HTC ChaCha – Exclusively through Singtel

On 14 June 2011, SingTel and HTC Corporation announced that SingTel customer will be the first in Asia to experience the HTC ChaCha, the first smartphone to feature a dedicated Facebook button for one-touch access to the key functions of Facebook.

HTC ChaCha at a glance:

Processor

800 MHz

Operating System

Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) with HTC Sense

Memory

ROM: 512 MB ; RAM 512 MB

Dimensions

114.4mm x 64.6 mm x 10.7 mm (L x W x T)

Weight

124 g (with battery)

Display

2.6 inch touch screen with 480 x 320 resolution

Camera

5.0 MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash

VGA front camera

Expansion Slot

microSD that supports up to 32 GB

 

Deep integration with Facebook:

The dedicated Facebook button on bottom right of the HTC ChaCha will allow users to update their status, upload photos, share websites etc with a single press. Facebook messages and conversations are integrated within the phone and appear within text messages and email inbox alongside regular conversations. When a phone call is made, the dialer screen displays friends’ latest statuses and photos, and even indicates if their birthday is approaching soon. The same updates are also displayed when calls are received from Facebook friends.

Physical features:

HTC ChaCha feels very sturdy and yet is wonderfully light. HTC ChaCha’s has a slightly curved profile which makes it rest well in the user’s palm. The physical QWERTY keyboard has keys that are well-spaced such that it is easy and comfortable to type. Furthermore, the responsive touch screen gives additional functionality so that users can fully enjoy Android (yes, you can play Angry Birds on HTC ChaCha).

Availability:

The HTC ChaCha is available in Modern White, Phantom Black and Amethyst Purple exclusively from Singtel for $0 with 3G Flexi AMPed plans and selected iPlans. Customers will be able to order the HTC ChaCha from 14 June onwards via www.singtelshop.com/htcchacha and collect it from 18 June onwards.

 

Find out more about the HTC ChaCha on Facebook and HTC ChaCha’s product page.

HP Everybody On

I am very honour to be invited to HP Everybody On! event at Grand Hyatt Hotel. As part of HP’s “ A New HP World” campaign, Everybody On celebrates how people around the world are using HP technology to connect to their world and achieve their personal and professional passions, and features passionate individuals such as 12- time Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys and singer, song-writer and composer JJ Lin. Below is a short clip on JJ’s sharing of his music passion

There are 8 attributes where HP is going to focus on for their new lines of products

1. Coolsense Technology
2. Simple Pass
3. USB3.0
4. Protect Smart
5. GDDR5
6. DLNA Certification
7. Intel Widi
8.Power Audio Experience

HP dv6

 

The HP Pavilion dv6 starts from S$1799 and will be available from March 2011 in Singapore.

 

 

 

 

 

HP Touch Smart

 

 

The HP TouchSmart610 Consumer PC starts from S$1899 and will be available from March 2011 in Singapore.

Sonos ZonePlayer S5 – Wireless Sound System

Last Tuesday, when we were invited to EpiCentre at Marina Bay Sands, we had a chance to experience this really cool wireless sound system called Sonos ZonePlayer S5. The Sonos ZonePlayer S5 is an audio player that comes with five built-in speakers powered by five dedicated digital amplifiers, two tweeters, two midrange drivers and a subwoofer.

DSC_0811To set up, you simply have to connect the S5 to the router and and have a laptop or desktop connected to that same router. Once the set up is done, you can access the music that’s stored on your computer. When you are connected to the internet, you can also tune in to more than 25,000 internet radio stations, shows and podcasts. Also, it works with popular music services including Napster, Pandora and Rhapsody.

With the S5, you can play different music in different rooms. Your iPod Touch or iPhone can serve as a controller and you can select the music and adjust the volume in the different rooms all at once or room by room. All you have to do is to download a free app. There’s no need to dock your iPhone and you can continue to make calls or sms while listening to the music.

DSC_0846Sonos is solely distributed by Tat Chuan Acoustic Pte Ltd. The S5 can be purchased directly from the showroom located at The Adelphi #01-17 as well as at EpiCentre outlets at ION Orchard, Wheelock Place and Marina Bay Sands.

You don’t need to get a phone. You need a phone that gets you.

 

HTC Corporation, a global smartphone designer, has unveiled on Thursday a global advertising campaign that is based on HTC’s new Quietly Brilliant brand positioning at Butter Factory @ One Fullerton. As HTC’s first global advertising campaign, the YOU campaign is being rolled out across 20 countries in the coming weeks and features the tagline, ‘You don’t need to get a phone. You need a phone that gets you.’  This represents HTC’s commitment to focus on people, their needs and how they work and live to ensure that HTC devices suit them.

 

 

On the same day, HTC also announced the launch of HTC Tattoo, an Android-based phone that brings broad personalisation to the masses in Singapore.  With its distinct design and ability to personalise all aspects of the phone, from its hardware to its applications and content, people are able to express themselves and create their own individual mobile experience.

 

IMG_8564HTC Tattoo is the second phone to embody HTC Sense, a mobile experience focused on putting people at the centre by making your phone work in a more simple and natural way. Designed by listening and observing how people live  and communicate. Inline with their YOU campaign, HTC Sense revolves around three fundamental principles – Make it Mine, Stay Close and Discover the Unexpected.

 

With HTC Tattoo, you stay close to the important people in your life by integrating your communications and applications including voice calls, emails, texts, photos and status updates into one consolidated view, providing innovative and fun phone experiences.

 

HTC Tattoo integrates Google’s innovative mobile services including: Google Maps, search, Google Mail, and Android Market where users can download thousands of popular applications and games. It also comes complete with a broad variety of hardware features including a 3.2 mega pixel camera, 3.5mm stereo headset jack and expandable microSD memory.

 

The new HTC Tattoo will be available this weekend in Thoughtful Silver at all authorised resellers and exclusively in Sophisticated Black at M1 retail outlets at a suggested retail price of S$598*. Standard retail HTC Tattoo package will come with a 2GB microSD™ card.

World’s First 3.5G Touch Watch Phone Now Available in Singapore

Singapore, 30 October 2009 – LG Electronics (LG), a global leader and technology innovator in mobile communications, today announced that the world’s first Touch Watch Phone (Model: LG-GD910), is now available in Singapore.

With just 800 units allocated for the Singapore market, these sought-after communication timepieces will be sold by the three telco operators in Singapore—SingTel, M1 and StarHub—in one of their exclusively selected retail outlets, namely: SingTel at ION Orchard, M1 at Paragon, and StarHub at Plaza Singapura. LG’s GD910 Touch Watch Phone, with a recommended retail price of S$1,688 (without contract), makes its mark in history as the first ever 3.5G phone in the form factor of a watch to be publicly available outside of a spy movie.


Cost-Saving Printer

 

For small business owners, listen up! Brother has recently launched a new series of compact colour printers and Multi-functions Centre that promise to deliver cost-saving and high-speed printing. Price starts as low as $498/-

By utilising a newly improved LED printing technology, Brother is able to offer high speed printing at 16 pages per minute (ppm) and rich colour print quality at up to 2,400 x 600 dpi resolution, without increasing the cost of ownership. This will certainly meet the printing needs of both Small Offices Home Offices (SOHOs) and Small and Medium sized Businesses (SMBs)

Additionally, the MFCs offer print, fax, copy and scan functions in one machine with the unique scan to FTP and network features to reduce the amount of paper filing and easier document management for today’s offices. Alternatively, users can also scan to and even print directly from USB flash memory drive.

I do not have the chance to test up the printing quality but I guess this is pretty secondary.  For small business owners, what matters most is to achieve cost saving and decent print quality. The Toner Save Mode enables draft quality printouts that consumes less toner, while a separate toner and drum technology lets users maximise toner and drum usage so less is spent on replacing drums and reducing wastage.

 

To know more about the price and the specification, you may wish to download a simplified catalogue here.

LG Releases the Last 200 F1 ROCKS Tickets for Black Eyed Peas and Beyoncé!

 

You must be disappointed when you can’t get hold the tickets to the F1 ROCKS concert.

 

Wait no further! Grab the last 200 tickets for the F1 ROCKS Singapore with LG feat Beyonce and the Black Eyed Peas! First 10 in line will get their tickets free while the next 50 will receive special LG goodie bags. Tickets cost $200 in cash purchases and are available at the LG Concept Store, VivoCity from 11am, 26 Sept 2009. Tickets are limited to one ticket per person.

This piece of information is brought to you by LG.

 

VIDEO: TECH 65 Unboxed My INQ Mini 3G

 

Follow-up from my yesterday blog post: Singapore is the first to have social networking mobile phone in Asia, I have let Tech65 to do the unboxing of INQ Mini 3G (as they are more professional than me in doing unboxing).

Watch the video below. 

As you can see it from the video, the device is pretty small and it fits nicely with your hand. It weighs 90g which is pretty light for a device that connects you to the internet whenever you go.

Battery life has been pretty good. I have been facebooking with the device since early in the morning and the battery is still at the healthy level when I am back home at night. I foresee that it can last me for the entire day tomorrow.

Although it is not laggy when you switched across different application, it does take a while to refresh the facebook contents probably it is due to the slower GPRS/HSDPA network.

The uploading of photo over the internet is fast. Although the 2.0 megapixel fixed focus camera produces a lower-than-market standard picture quality, I can upload a pic to facebook account in about 5 seconds. I can share a decent photo in a shortest period of time.

Critique: We still don’t know the price of this phone in Singapore yet but based on the estimation of £59.99, I will say it is a good substitute against smart phones in the market. Given its portability, it delivers good user experience for mobile phone users to engage in social network (in the mobile way). 

PRESS RELEASE: SINGAPORE IS THE FIRST TO HAVE THE SOCIAL NETWORKING MOBILE PHONE IN ASIA

 

Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) and INQ Mobile today announced that SingTel mobile customers will soon become the first in Asia and among the first in the world to get their hands on the ultimate 3G social mobile phone, the new INQ Mini 3G.

 

I am very fortunate enough to be one of the first few Singaporean to witness the first 3G social networking mobile phone in the world. Thanks to Ivy (Singtel) for inviting me to the Blogger Launch @Supper Club, Odeon Tower.

 

The launch has given a very good demonstration on what you, as a user, can do with the INQ Mini 3G. The INQ Mini 3G is the first social mobile phone to be fully integrated with Facebook, offering ‘always on’, one-click access to this popular social networking application, as well as Twitter. It also merges contacts on the mobile phone and Facebook to create the world’s first ‘live’ address book. Customers will see the caller’s latest Facebook profile picture with every incoming call. Another impressive feature is that the main Inbox will contain separate folders for Facebook messages, pokes and requests, as well as emails and SMS, all on the same page.

 

Users can multitask easily with the user-friendly INQ Mini 3G to access popular social networking services such as Twitter, email and instant messenger using its Switcher feature. They can view updates 24/7 with the ‘always on’ feature by simply logging in just once to these applications and staying connected even when the phone is powered off.   

 

Unboxing of the INQ Mini 3G

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Pricing details will be announced on 19 September 2009 when the phone goes on sale at SingTel Shops, hello! stores and exclusive retailers island-wide.

 

For more information on phone features, click on www.singtel.com/INQ.