The journey of being a Singtel customer often make up of a bi-yearly event of buying a new mobile with contract extension. This year, Singtel actually gave me an option of contract extension a $30 dollars Nokia voucher or a monthly $4 dollars rebate off my current bill.

That is rather kind of them, since they don’t normally give me such options. I remember having vouchers of tens of dollars usually. Unless of course, you call up and threaten to cut the line.

So much for being a 10 year old customer with Singtel.

Anyway, choosing the $4 dollar rebate is a much better choice, because the terms are that I will be getting the monthly rebate for my bill up till a point in the future where by I chose to buy a phone from Singtel at the contract price. Then the rebate crease and I can still buy a new phone at subsidied price. I also get more time to choose a new phone for myself.

And my daily visit to the begins.

And their consistent spamming of SMS continues…

Fact: Blackberry is no longer just a brand for Business users.

IMO, Blackberry’s new direction is to target the mass market. The consumers’ working life is so integrated into their leisure lifestyle. Clearly, with other manufacturers coming up with phones that can be use in both the working and leisure lifestyle, Blackberry cannot remain to be a manufacturer that makes dull corporate messenger phones.

Bold 9000 has been a great device in the correct device. It looks cool and work even better. I have to say its keypad is probably best in the QWERTY phone market. The Blackberry web browser is not too bad either, its fast but the screen size is probably still going to limit the browsing experience compared to the iPhone.

Significant differences:

  • Size: (Link) – Blackberry Bold 9700 is smaller than Blackberry Bold 9000
  • Track ball in 9000 is replaced by optical pad in 9700
  • 2MP camera in 9000 compared to 3.2 MP camera in 9700
  • Blackberry OS 4.0 in 9000 and 5.0 in 9700
  • Document reader in 9000 and editor in 9700 ???? (I am not too sure but seems to be the case!)

Not much differences? It depends on whether you are already a Bold owner. If you have a Bold 9000, there aren’t much reasons why you should swap for a 9700.

Singtel is taking pre-order now… (Link)

It’s been quite awhile and I am back from exams and everything else. I shall mark my return with a video that I have produced months ago and have totally forgotten about it.

And Here is the link to the review that I have written while we got the review set. (Link)

And for the record, you can make your notebook a tablet simply by getting the Siso Tablo from (So far I have not seen it on sale in a physical store or other online store.)

Examinations are making its twice a year visit to my life again. Hence the lack of entries.

Meanwhile enjoy this cool video where someone actually made animation of the unboxing for the Omnia phone.

Source - Engadget

(Link) – To play the game

Closing: 22 November 2009

A big hello to all the readers of The Singapore Gadget Talk Show. My name is Alan and this is my 1st post on this blog. In this post, I will take you through a thorough review of one of the gadget that I use everyday-Belkin USB 2.0 7-Port Hub.

The part number of the device is F5U237-APL-S and it is silver in color. Let me start by giving you a rundown of the specifications of the device.

· 7 USB 2.0 ports capable of up to 480Mbps transfer
· 2 top loading USB ports, 5 USB ports at back of USB hub
· Backward compatible with USB 1.1 (Up to 12Mbps transfer)
· Plug-and-Play
· Stackable design
· Support hot-swapping of USB devices
· LED lights to monitor USB port and power status
· Overcurrent detection and safety
· Lifetime Warranty

Power supply: 5V, 2.8A

System Requirements:
· PC: Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port available and Windows 98 SE/2000/ME/XP/Vista/7
· Mac: Full-Speed USB port available with Mac OS 9.2 and above or Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port available with Mac OS X 10.2.8 and above

Package contents:
· USB 2.0 7-Port USB Hub
· Power Adapter
· USB Device Cable (Mini to standard plug)
· User Manual

· Hi-Speed USB 2.0 specification
· Open Host Controller Interface (OHCI)
· FCC for home and office
· CE emmissions and immunity standards
· C-Tick
· USB Implementers Forum
· Windows Hardware Quality Labs

Review performed on: MACBOOK (White) 1st generation 1.83Ghz Intel Core Duo Processor with Windows 7 Ultimate RTM booted from internal Hard Disk and MAC OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.1 booted from USB Hard Disk

This device is listed on Belkin’s website as a desktop USB hub. (I think it is due to the size of the power brick.) I am using it with my MACBOOK (I am a laptop person. Desktop is not my thing.) at home as my MACBOOK only has 2 USB ports. Whenever I am home, I will just grab my MACBOOK out, plug in the USB port of the USB hub to 1 of my USB port on the MACBOOK and power up the USB hub. On the USB hub, I left my Genius pen tablet, external Samsung DVD writer and HP Deskjet F2235 All-In-One connected. So whenever I need to use the devices, I will just need to switch on the power for the devices and they are good to go.

1 feature that I really like about the USB hub is the LED lights on the front of the USB hub. The LED lights give the user a good view of the status of each of the USB port on the USB Hub.

From left to right: Power LED light, 2 LED lights for the 2 top loading USB ports, 5 LED lights for the 5 USB ports at the back of the USB hub

If a device is powered and connected to any USB port on the USB hub, the corresponding LED light will light up in green and the device should be detected by the PC. If the LED light does not come on after a device is powered and connected to a USB port on the USB hub, something is wrong somewhere. This makes device troubleshooting a lot more easier and ensure that Plug-and-Play do not become Plug-and-Pray.

As this USB hub that I am using now is a replacement to my previous Belkin USB hub that was dead, I will like to talk about another plus point of this device-Lifetime warranty. The previous Belkin USB hub that I used was exactly the same as this 1. Just that it was in black color. It went dead after 7 to 8 years of use (Quite long longevity.) as the LED lights for some of the USB ports came on even though I did not plug in any device. Even if I plug in a device into the affected USB ports, the device does not get detected. So the usual process of RMA is to call the technical support of Belkin and go through various levels of troubleshooting before they will grant the RMA. As I am dead sure that my USB hub was dead, I felt that to be an absolute waste of time. The problem with Belkin technical support is that they are outsourced. So the folks at the call center assume that the callers are noobs. (Which I am not.) So they tried to put me through all the levels of technical support but I will cut them off and force them to give me a case ID. After I got the case ID, I went straight to Ban Leong (Belkin’s distributor) and they gave me the replacement. So Belkin owners, learn this trick!

In terms of the design of the USB hub, the 2 top loading USB ports are good for easy connection of USB thumb drive or portable USB hard disks. (I call them palm drives.) The USB hub is also stackable when you connect them via daisy chain. The power supply to each of the USB port on the USB hub is also good as it can power up USB hard disks reliably.

· 2 top loading USB ports
· Stackable
· LED indicator lights
· Lifetime warranty
· Windows and MAC compatible

· Technical support

See more photos of the device here

Sony Ericsson finally release their touchscreen lineup. Touchscreen has not been Sony Ericssion forte so far hence with these phones they finally report to the local touchscreen market.

Several highlights include Sony Ericssion finally uses MicroSD slot for these phones and Symbian as the operating system.

Aino Specifications:

  • 8.1 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
  • 3” TFT Capacitive Touchscreen, Accelerometer sensor
  • MicroSD
  • HSPDA, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • FM Radio
  • Standard battery, Li-Po 1000 mAh

(Link) – GSM Areana Sony Aino Preview


Satio specifications:

  • 12 MP, 4000 x 3000 pixels, autofocus, xenon flash, video LED flash
  • 3.5” TFT 16 million colours, Accelerometer sensor
  • MicroSD Card Slot
  • HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Symbian Series 60, 5th Edition
  • ARM Cortex A8 600 MHz
  • FM Radio
  • A-GPS
  • Standard battery, Li-Po 1000 mAh

(Link) GSM Arena Sony Satio Preview

Obviously Samsung and Sony Ericsson (SE) are the few companies that are so engrossed in the megapixels war. Samsung managed to tip SE to sell the world first’s mobile phone with a 12 megapixels phone! Sony Ericsson’s version of the 12 megapixels will hit the local shore only on the 24th of October.

Pixon 12 is on Singtel for S$548 (2 year plan), m1 (S$668) and Starhub (S$698). All plans are more or less at about S$25 to S$29 bucks a month. Pixon 12 is NOT a smartphone. It runs on a Samsung developed operating system. But in any case the Pixon 12 has nearly everything you need in a phone, including Wi-Fi and a micro-SD slot. The only thing it can’t do is the luxury of applications that the likes of Android and Apple OS have.

So its rather expensive depending on how you look at it. I mean if you are really looking for a phone with great camera, Pixon 12 is probably one of the best in the market.

(Link) – GSM Arena review

There have been lots of electronics gadget out in the market over the past couple of weeks. Sony announce their new Vaios and Canon also launch their new cameras as well. Meantime, Asus has team up with Garmin to offer a really unique phone to the consumers.

G60 comes with a little history. First of all, G60 is one of the first phones made by the partnership of GPS-maker, Garmin and computer-maker, Asus. Asus has also announced that they will not be producing PDA phones solely under their brand name for now. (Link – CNET Asia)

Secondly, G60 was originally announced way back in the January of 2008. (Link - Engadget) And its finally found its way to the consumer under the brand name of Garmin-Asus. G60 is also known as the “nuvifone” though you won’t see it on the Starhub web store.

The biggest selling point is surely the full featured GPS suite (see review link) in the G60 itself. I think the car GPS holder will be bundled as well.

G60 runs on Linux OS with customised User Interface

  • 112 x 58 x 14 mm, 137g
  • 3.55” TFT Resistive Screen, 65K Colours
  • 4G internal storage
  • 128MG ram
  • microSD card slot
  • WiFi, 3.5G
  • Bluetooth
  • 3.15 Megapixels Camera, 2048x1536 pixels, autofocus
  • Document viewer

Strange factor: 2.5mm audio jack. Oh my. 

Price point: G60 is such a unique phone that if you are looking forward to a phone that is really also a GPS, you nearly have no other choices. Starhub is offering G60 at S$438 with a average 2 year plan. I couldn’t find Garmin Asus on at all while M1 only offer Garmin Asus M20. Have to say it is a little pricey but a GPS also cost around that price!

(Link) – Engadget Mobile (including a video of the GPS in action!)


Engadget reported that it is the microphone cable that could potentially be cooked, leading to the voluntary recall. And only seems to affect those made before 15th September.

Acer Singapore said they will replace the parts.

(Link) – Check if your Acer is implicated
(Link) – Engadget report 
(Link) – The Straits Times

Today I finally visited the Audio House at Liang Court. I have been to the one at Sims Drive. Not too impressive. However, I heard the Liang Court outlet is different, really spacious and have lots of product on display. And it certainly is from I saw today.

The concept is really to classify everything and place them at in order which really makes the store looks organized.

I walked around and my attention was drawn to this Blu-ray player, the Philips BDP-3000. The Philips promotion is to trade in your old DVD player to get this at S$299 (Usual price is S$399).

But Audio House is selling it straight at S$299 without trade-in! I am pretty sure most of the other place is sticking to the Philips promotion.

Anyhow, it is one Blu-ray player that does nearly everything. It reads VCD. It rips CDs onto USB Thumbdrive (I was surprised, its a really nice function). It plays some formats of video on thumbdrive.

  • Picture enhancement: High Def (720p, 1080i, 1080p), Progressive Scan, Video upscaling
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9, 4:3
  • Playback media: BD Video, BD-R/RE 2.0, DVD, DVD-Video, DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW, Video CD, DivX, CD-R/CD-RW, CD
  • Compression formats: H.264, VC-1, MPEG2, WMV, DivX Ultra, XviD
  • Connections: HDMI output, Component Video output, Digital coaxial out, Composite video (CVBS) output, Analogue audio Left/Right out, Ethernet, USB: firmware upgrade and BD-Live

While I see no point getting a Blu-ray player since Blu-ray movies are so highly priced, BDP3000 is probably a nice upgrade from your probably really old player (i know, its laptops for everything now, but its good to stay away from laptops after work).

If you still think its expensive, a certain game console plays Blu-ray movies as well as the latest games at about S$400+.

(Link) – Specifications
(Link) – This site has this promotion up days ago.


The Acer Aspire 7735Z has a whopping 17.3” display! And it is stated that this monster has a LED screen. Cool stuff here. Maybe it is a typo?

I was always amuse by laptops with super big display. I mean it is ironic that laptop is suppose to so called “portable”; 17.3” is only technically portable. It is, in my opinion not practically portable.

Anyhow, the brochure has 2 pages. The first page is something about spending S$120 and you will get to spin something.

Check it out. (Link)


Looks like Singtel is really getting some great scoop thesedays.. They have the retail rights to the top prize, iPhone. They also have plenty of HTC (including HTC Touch 2 on pre-order now). And now, pre-ordering for Acer’s latest Windows Mobile 6.5 equipped phones!

Speaking on Windows Mobile 6.5, it finally made its appearance this week. However, even before its launch in Singapore, those guys at Engadget have their review of the new operating system up already! (Link) This will definitely give you a better idea of the capabilities of the beTouch and neoTouch (really weird names I have to say, if beTouch is “To be touch”, which I can understand, what is neoTouch?)

Anyways, preorder at I check out the site and I could not find the pricing anywhere! Wow, Singtel is anticipating consumer to pre-order without knowing the price? I mailed the coordinating unit and will return to update this post once I get a reply.

For now, check out the looks and the specifications:

beTouch E101

beTouch is interesting because it is a Windows Mobile 6.5 phone without Wi-Fi and it features a scroll wheel! Oh my, no Wi-Fi is a strange decision. Anyway beTouch is a different choice to the neoTouch since its probably targeting the young crowd with less features, meaning a lower price point.

  • 3.2” TFT Resistive Touchscreen with 65,000 colours
  • 113 x 56 x 12.8mm, 118g
  • Scroll Wheel
  • 256 RAM and 512 ROM with Qualcomm MSM 7225 528 MHz processor
  • Changeable battery cover with white as default (lime green, red or pink)
  • 3.5G, with Bluetooth (A2DP) and MiniUSB
  • 2 megapixels camera
  • A-GPS
  • Pocket Office


neoTouch has Wi-Fi instead and a bigger screen. But no scroll wheel. But the obvious trump card here is the 1GHz processor! Looking forward to see the performance with this one, new processor, new operating system.

  • 3.8” TFT Resistive Touchscreen with 65,000 colours
  • 118.6 x 56 x 12.8mm, 130g
  • Wi-FI
  • 256 RAM and 512 ROM with Qualcomm MSM 7225 1Ghz processor
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 3.5G, with Bluetooth (A2DP) and MiniUSB
  • 5 MP, 2560х1920 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
  • A-GPS
  • Pocket Office

And finally, additional reasons to buy ACER; out of the press release that was mailed to us:

Customers who purchase any of the two phones will enjoy the following:

· Sign up for MobileM@il Exchange 1GB at $9.95/ month* (50 percent discount off normal subscription of $19.90/month). The data plan comes with 1GB of bundled data, allowing customers to surf the Internet and access their emails on-the-go affordably. MobileM@il Exchange customers will also enjoy free access to PHONESafe service, a mobile phone security solution that allows customers to lock their handsets and backup important data remotely.

· Customers who purchase the phones with any of SingTel’s Youth plans will enjoy free IM on Mobile for 12 months, PHONESafe for 6 months and 50 per cent discount for BroadBand on Mobile Plus (1GB) (normal subscription is $19.90/month). This is on top of the youth perks of Free Unlimited SMS (to any service provider) and Free Camp / Campus Calls.


Update 18/10/2009: Singtel’s price for beTouch, S$138 (2 year plan) and neoTouch, S$398 (2 year plan)

The biggest selling point about M15x is really the processor and graphics card. The following specifications are the possible options only, since this Alienware series are customizable to your preferences.

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 920XM 2.0Ghz
  • Graphics Card: 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M
  • Ram: Dual-channel 1333MHz DDR3
  • Storage: Solid State Drive
  • Optical Drive: Blu-ray drive
  • Display: 15.6 " Full HD (1080p) WLED (1920 x 1080) Display with TrueLife(TM )

Repeating myself, these specifications are really top of the line and you can check out our graphics here. So if the internal is so good, what about the external?

The first impression of M15x is more a ‘zeng’ laptop. It is REALLY a gaming laptop. LEDs at the speakers, logo, keyboard and trackpad. I think that the Alienware team made sure that the M15x is shipped in a bold red shade for good measure as well. Surely that there is no second thoughts about it, it is REALLY a GAMING laptop. Coupled with the Alienware’s Alien head-shaped logo, its a complete gaming package on the outside.

I also tried out the trackpad and illuminated keyboard. The former is brilliant, it has got a leather-like material on it while the latter has a nice feel as well but the keys are kind of small I feel. VT thought I cannot see well in the dark (the room is pretty dark, but I am confident about my eyes!)

The screen is good, contrast and sharpness is there. And the speakers? I couldn’t try them at all as the environment does not allow me to.

I also notice that this machine does not come with HDMI output, instead it has a DisplayPort. AND, it is not a light machine, it is about 4KG +. But I think if you are getting a gaming notebook, that means you are gaming on the move and does not priorities weight and you are not going to have a external monitor/TV near you.

In short, if you are looking to buy a gaming notebook that packs style and power, the Alienware M15x is definitely one of your choices. But you might want to test the speakers out (there is no mention of Sub-woofer capabilities).

As for Area-51, it is BIG. VT cannot stop commenting that its big and I have to agree. This even bigger than the Cooler Master Centurion and the Acer Lamborghini Desktop (or about same size). I thought its really big. Aparting from being BIG, Area-51 is very stylish as well. However, its strength lies in what is inside, which is again customizable and below are the possible options.

  • Processor: Overclocked Intel Core i7 3.6Ghz Quad Core (8mb Cache)
  • Graphic Card: Dual 1.8GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 – SLI enabled
  • Ram: DDR3 1333Mhz (Triple Channel)
  • Storage: 10,000 RPM or Solid State Drives with RAID
  • Optical Drive: 6x Blu-ray Burner
  • Display: 21.5” / 2ms / 80,000:1 (Alienware Series)

The build of this machine however is not as solid as it looks. Not that it is bad but it is probably a little too plastic for my liking. As for the keyboard, it looks really cool and nothing much you can complain about it.

Well I guess most PC gamers buy and build their own machines from SLS. But I do know some which does not know how to build a solid one. So in the end, time and effort wasted and yet cannot enjoy a good gaming experience.

If you happened to be in this category, Alienware Area-51 is then a great choice.

All-in-all, its really about GAMING with Alienware and I think DELL is probably heading the right way by acquiring Alienware 3 years ago. However, hardware specifications has a rapid refresh rate and its really up to Dell to keep up with it.

And as a final note, these machines currently shipped with Windows Vista (yes I know its a turn-off), but they are eligible for a FREE Windows 7 upgrade when the new Operating System ships later this month. Check with the DELL guys for more information!

You can get an Alienware (cannot find desktop link!): M-Series notebook: (Link)

Finally a small clip of the graphics that I recorded that day.

VT and I attended the launch event for Alienware M15x Gaming Laptop and Area-51 Desktops. Dell took over Alienware 3 years ago and really took their time in producing new products. 3 years later, Singapore finally see Alienware officially retailing locally.

For those whom haven’t really got to know Alienware, basically, they have a few reputations:

  1. Raw processing power: Simply the latest and most powerful hardware
  2. Superb build quality
  3. Customise-To-Order: You can mix and match the hardware parts

These reputations are again evident in the NEW M15x and Area-51. The hardware specifications are really, really the top of the line in Singapore.

Alienware M15x

Alienware Area-51

The theme of the launch event is really trying underline these reputations. First of all, Dell (yes, its Dell’s Alienware!) has invited a team of Pro (or semi-pro) to demonstrate the immense processing power of Alienware M15x and Area-51 by battling it out in a game of BlackShot (yes, some of them are on M15x, a laptop). The graphics and speed of on the action on the monitor was outstanding. It is really strange to see a laptop dishing out such pretty graphics though.

Then a 6 men media team was invited to challenge 2 men gamers’ team. Again on the same game and I think the media guys are impressed by those hardware given that they beat the gamers’ team in this unfair challenge. And the top shooter actually won a Dell Mini 9!

Surely you are curious about the Alienware M15x and Area-51? Stay tune for the next post with some pictures of the laptops.

Thanks to Sadaf from XPR for the invite to the event!

For more information, you can visit BumpTop.

You can probably find wireless networks in Singapore as easy as you find trees locally. In my room, I have a wireless network at home. In school, I think NTU has a very good coverage of wireless network (they are quite “good” actually, I can’t get a signal when I am at the bus stop, the parameter of the school). In office, I wouldn’t need one, I can get a LAN connection.

BUT, if you got a iPod Touch/iPhone, wireless network can be rather precious at times. Especially when iPod Touch does not have a USB storage connection and if you have got your device out of jail (I mean jailbreak!). OR if there is only one LAN connection and two computers require the connection.

So time to create a guide on this one.


  1. Computer (Laptop/Desktop)
  2. Wireless LAN Connection
  3. LAN Connection (Connected to Internet already)

Step 1: Go to “Control Panel”

Step 2: Then “Network and Sharing Center”

Step 3: Then on the left hand column, “Manage network connections”

Step 4: Check that your wireless connection is not connected. (You can’t connect it to a wireless network and assign it to be a access point at the same time.)

Step 5: Go back to “Network and Sharing Center”

Step 6: Then on the left hand column, “Set up a connection or network”

Step 7: Choose “Setup a wireless ad-hoc (computer-to-computer) network”

Step 8: Click “Next”

Step 9: Fill the fields according these:

For “Network Name”, you can type anything you want.

For “Security Type”, choose “WEP” (It is not the safest, but most devices are compatible)

For “Security Key”, any 5 digit/letters password.

Step 10: Up till this point, the wireless network has been setup successfully, but in order for the devices on this newly setup network to connect to the Internet, there is one more step.

Step 11: Go back to “Manage network connections” (Read Step 1 to 3 again)

Step 12: You should see that the wireless connection has been connected and the LAN connection is connected as well. Highlight both of them.

Step 13: Right-click on any one icon, then click “Bridge” and vola! Your computer is now a makeshift “router”.

When you are done using the network, to disconnect, right click on both icons (this time individually) and click “Remove from bridge”.

There you go!

Click on image to go to the store.


As I have covered the review LG GM730 Joy (Link) (It was called ‘Eigen previously, I got the name off Singtel Shop! But now it’s called ‘Joy’), I will be reviewing the LG Application Store, one of the major talking point of Joy. But first off, it is worthy to mention that not all applications in the LG Store is exclusive to LG phones!

All applications in the LG application store are Windows Mobile compatible, not just LG phones. Why? Because Windows Mobile is the OS of the phone and since the application has to run on it.

Windows Mobile applications have long been in the Internet even before Apple has got theirs. Veteran users of smartphones would certainly be familiar. But since this is a amateur blog, I would leave no stone uncovered.

So since LG store is not exclusive, can LG customers download applications from else where? Indeed. And in fact there is a wider range of selection. So then why would anyone want to restrict themselves to a smaller pool of selection?

Simply because Microsoft did not develop a marketplace for the windows mobile OS (but it is coming soon on Windows Mobile 6.5). As a result, developers sell on their own, and resellers sell and they are selling applications for several versions of windows mobile. In fact there have been 4 or 5 of them.

Software developers therefore did not have a one size fit all solution and hence less IT savvy users have difficulties ensuring that the software is compatible with their smartphones.

This is in my opinion, the selling point of the LG application store. You can get applications that are definitely going to work for your phone (As far as hard logic goes).

What’s in the store?

Like a online store that sells tangible items, the LG Store’s home page largely displays the applications available for sales, except that there are FREE applications! You will have to sign up an account to download applications (even the free ones). There are also two small boxes on the right hand side that display applications you have bought and applications you have browsed respectively.

There are 12 categories of applications including Games and Productivity. Because the LG store is relatively new, the range of applications are quite limited. LG has also got its own Developer’s Network, so there is a likelihood that there maybe more applications to come.

Furthermore, it appears the prices are probably a little expensive. For me, its paying the price to ensure that the application will turn out compatible with your mobile phone.

Like it's fruit name rival, there is two options, to download via the phone or the computer. BUT not all applications have both options. Some applications is only available via computer download. In the screenshot above, its an application that can be downloaded via computer and phone. And of course, those stars represent the user's rating.

With the background covered. Let's download applications! The first step is to create an account, which is a breeze in the LG store. However, there is a need to provide your phone number and network provider which in my opinion is unnecessary since downloading of applications have nothing to do with the network provider.

Via computer

For a start, I tried to download a FREE game called Draw Poker. It is the most download free game in the store.

To my surprise, when I click on the download button, there is no automation to download and install the game for me. I had to download the file to my desktop and transfer it to my phone for installation.

While there is a read me guide, it's a potential turn off for those who are unfamiliar with Windows Mobile because after the transfer, you would need to find the file via the file explored on the phone. Normally that file is a .cab file.

Installation on the phone is pretty easy after you find the installation file. Double click on the file, the rest is handled by the installation, apart from a few "do you want to continue".

Well, while the procedures aren't too complex, it's a far cry from the applications over at the Apple's. Too troublesome and could be too much to deal with for a average consumer without following the guide.

Via phone

The screenshot above are taken from the LG GM730 Joy that LG has loaned us for trial. I have to say the loading on the phone is even faster than accessing it from a computer. I was also impressed how the layout of the store turns out on the small screen. It is neat and incredibly easy to navigate.

I tried to buy and download a game called Ferrari GT Evolution HD. It will cost me S$8.75 as you can see in the screenshot. Payment is very much like other online payment, just provide the credit card details.

The game will stay in your account for future download as well. For each application purchase, there will also be an order confirmation sent to your email. Also, the download link only last for a week hence, if you loses the installation file, you will not be able to install it again. There is no limit to how many time you can install the game though.

The whole process of getting the application off the store is similar to via the computer. Save the installation file and run it. That is it. And it is certainly much easier to do it via the phone since user does not have to move the file to the phone and locate it.


If you are a LG phone user, the LG Application Store is a MUST visit place for you. I do feel that many smartphone users are not tapping on the potential of the smartphone and its applications. A store that could allow you to do away with the worry that the applications aren’t compatible with your phone is most welcome.

I do feel that LG has put in a decent effort to make the process of buying and installing as user friendly as possible. But I do think the installation has to be automatic because it could be a tab to troublesome for most.

The range of the applications have to increase and the developers supporting the store must increase as well. Judging from glances at the applications available, I have to say that most of them are already available elsewhere on the Net although as mentioned, downloading from the LG Store means you phone is compatible with it.

On a broader front, LG Store will improve the whole package of a LG Smartphone (not all LG phones support the application installation!). However, it is going to be a killer feature that consumers will dead for? I am not sure.

The success of the store will be dependent on LG coming up with a phone that is really innovative and capable of making full use of the applications store, probably something that is LG exclusive.

I have not own a LG before and would hesitate to recommend one in the past but it could probably change with the improvement the LG is beginning to show.

From time to time, we get emails from the manufacturers on their latest promotion, contests and products launches. And last week, the “My Buddy, the VAIO W” competition arrives in our mailbox. Refer to our post if you want a little history on the Sony Netbook. (Link)
I am not sure if VAIO W is ever going to be your buddy, but the fact is most people I spoke to want to lay their hands on the one and only model of Sony Netbook. So I reckon if you are creative and loads of free time on your hand, this competition is for you!
Today is the 14th of September, so you got 10 days to do this. Good luck!
The following are words copied and pasted from the mailer. Lazy blogger I am.

Just visit any Sony store listed below and grab a life-sized VAIO W brochure or download it from the VAIO W microsite: (

Once you’ve got your hands on the cool brochure, get your creative juices flowing on how the VAIO W will complement and enhance your lifestyle.
Take a creative photograph of how the VAIO W (represented by the brochure) will be your best buddy wherever you are and whenever – even when you’re bungee jumping, strutting down Orchard road in your fashionista best or lying in bed watching your favourite movies!

The most creative fan photo submission as determined by Sony will walk away with the coveted VAIO W! Check out the album: My Buddy the VAIO W to be inspired!

Contest ends 24 September, 2359hours.
Visit to learn more about the VAIO W!

One of the star deals at the Comex is the ASUS F83T. While it is really cheap, there is a catch to it. It HAS a single core processor that has been recently released by AMD.
For years, manufacturers have been trying to squeeze more processors like our SMRT squeeze more passengers into the train. Now they are taking a step back. Why? So that price of the notebook can be reduced.
A little of history on this particular processor is that AMD actually made it for laptops that can be classified “Ultra-Thin”. HP Pavilion dv2 is the first laptop to spot this processor. The special selling point is the low cost of the processor  and yet not restricted to the Intel’s ruling on their Intel Atom N Series processors that the form size are should not be bigger than a certain resolution meaning a LCD of about 10”. (Yes, more people are complaining that Netbooks’ LCD are too small).
ASUS F83T is it really worth the S$898 (with student pass)?
 Brochure – Bootstrike
First, AMD Neo MV-40 is a SINGLE core processor. It is slightly more powerful than Intel Atom that you find on Netbooks, but it is not restricted to a 10” LCD. If you tend to think that their performance is the same, read this. (Link)
Secondly, ASUS F83T is armed with a really decent graphics card, HD4570. A Netbook typically has an on-board card that couldn’t do movie editing or gaming with speed to save its ass. So “Ultra thin notebooks” are on a different level.
Lastly, apparently and more importantly, ASUS F83T while using the MV-40, aren’t really what you call a “Ultra-Thin” notebook. At 2.39kg and about 3 cm, its pretty heavy and thick!
Kind of not using the AMD processor the correct way and at the same time, for me spoils the package.
All-in-all, ASUS F83T is a start buy or budget buy depending on how you see it. Of course, there are others whom think that single core processors are a misfit in today’s market dominated by two cores. But then again, if video editing and gaming aren’t your activities, AMD Neo is pretty cool with you if you can tahan 2.39kg.
(Link) – Product Page
I haven’t forget Axioo as well. Ultimate budget range with great specifications. Since I haven’t try their laptops before. I am not in the position to comment if they are durable etc. But I do think that Singaporeans tend to buy with branding in mind and hence that could be a major hinder to many.
PS: By the way, I just read the review by HWZ on the Comex 2009 and I must say its one of the more comprehensive and impressive one from the guys over the last couple of shows.
(Link) – HWZ review part 1
(Link) – HWZ review part 2
Manz… Took a round at the Comex early this afternoon thinking I could walk comfortably looking at the babes and gadgets. But I was so wrong. Its b***** packed already!
Anyway, we Singaporeans are suckers for anything that looks like a promotion is going on as well as babes. Oh I think I am repeating myself.
One of the glaring problem at IT fairs continues, the very inexperienced and sales-driven sales people with no knowledge of their products or brand image.
Enough of the rambling and for the record, third straight IT show without a purchase for me.
As usual, the link to brochures. (Link) – One of the sites with the most brochures, Bootstrike
For those who are going down to the Convention Hall on the weekend, please be reminded that the Marina Square’s entrance to Suntec has been blocked off for exit only. Meaning, that door is just for people going out of the hall. (At least this is what happened to me today).
And for this last part of the post, let me refer back to the post title; Comex 2009: Where is the iPods?
Coincidentally. Apple just refreshed their line-up of iPods today (including a iPod Nano that record video but not take pictures.); the first day of Comex. Hence, very few iPods were on display and I was pretty amused to see few iPods and no big crowds at the Apple retailers booth. Only iPod Shuffle survive the refresh with a cheaper price tag, while iPod Touch has got a newer firmware and also a cheaper price.
And there is this booth, I think its nubox, packed all their iPods in a small transparent case and they are still giving out brochures with the old models and prices.
Let’s just hope they are honest enough to tell the customers that there is new line-up and new prices!
Anyway, stocks of the new iPods should be coming in before the weekend.
Update 11/09/09 1pm: My resourceful NTU senior, Alan, told me that the new iPods are undergoing checks at the IDA and most likely will not be in time at the show.
Update 11/09/09 4pm: Looks the Apple Store SG has got the stock. And also looks like Comex 2009 could have them too!


By now the marketing campaign of LG Eigen GM730 has probably past its peak. Whether is it the traditional media such as TV, national papers or the new media such as blogs, Eigen is everywhere. A much stronger effort than LG Arena, there is a lot to anticipate from this LG product.

At S$468 with a 2 year Singtel plan, it will probably belong to the upper band in terms of price. I mean Omina 2 (Link) and iPhone are higher but not by much. But LG Eigen is not directly comparable to those two. Simply because it is much smaller in terms of size (it is thicker but has a smaller surface area).

Similar touchscreen phones in terms of size include LG’s very own LG Arena, Samsung Preston, Samsung S8003 Jet and Samsung F480.

The major selling point of Eigen is its LG-developed S-Class interface. This new interface will overlay that of the Windows Mobile 6.1 and gives user a better menu navigation as well as graphics.


  • 528MHZ msm7201A from Qualcomm
  • 256ROM/128 RAM
  • Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP
  • WiFi
  • 3” QVGA Display with 65,000 colours
  • Micro SD (up till 16GB) – So that should be SDHC
  • Camera: 5 Mega pixels, 2592x1944 pixels with autofocus and video-recording
  • FM Radio
  • Pocket Office


The Eigen is glossy. Very glossy. But not to the extend of fingerprint magnet. The back plate is actually not glossy, instead it is of the plastic material.

The simplistic design includes one optical button (touch and scroll sensitive) and two touch buttons (Call and Close) on the phone itself. There are only three buttons by the side of Eigen, the volume controller, camera and keylock/On/Off switch.

The real selling point of LG, at least from my point of view, is the small form factor. Eigen is actually a very compact and relatively small compared to any other full touch screen phones in the market (as I say earlier, smaller than iPhone and Omina 2). Thus adding to its touch of elegance. Indeed, Eigen has a simplistic classy design that should attract most ladies.

However, on the flip side, it meant that guys might not like the smallness. But more importantly, I find that the screen, at 3”, might be a tab too small for usage without the stylus, which I will talk about more in the later part.

LCD Display and S-Class Interface

The new S-Class User Interface (UI) has ‘pages’ like iPod Touch/iPhone (you might find that I refer to it a lot in this post). Basically, there are five pages; Home (above), Widget, Music and Picture, Favourite Contacts and Applications shortcuts. The overall user experience is quite fine except for a few issues that could potentially make LG Eigen a much better phone.

The size of the screen is actually something to consider. LG has a very vibrant and high contrast LCD display but yet the screen size is about 3”. Not that its small, but it is relatively small compared to my iPod Touch which has a 3.5”. And it has made it less impressive when viewing video.

Looking less impressive is a small issue, but the small screen actually makes it difficult to press certain on-screen buttons.

Generally, the S-Class interface is impressive. Its not slow, but neither is it the quickest I have seen. But the overall experience is quite like that of the iPhones or iTouch, maybe not as polished. But I can find nearly everything I need within 1 or 2 layers of the menus except for settings which is not part of the S-Class interface. The icons and menus in the S-Class interface are big enough for me to land my entire thumb but the same cannot be said for those of the setting menus.

For the setting menus, they still appear as in the Windows Mobile style making the issue of small screen is quite glaring. Fingernails have to be called into action rather than the entire finger. A common situation when using the phone is actually exiting a certain menu which requires a touch of the “cross” button on the top right hand corner (like a windows cross). But that particular “cross” is so small that I cant really hit it accurately most of the time. I usually takes about 2 or 3 tries to get it right.

I think LG has probably anticipated the problem, so it has included the optical button to operate as a trackpad (like that of the laptop), where you can bring up the cursor arrow. BUT! The cursor will only work in the window style menus. It will NOT appear in the S-Class Interface. In a way, it makes a lot of sense because is the windows style menus that is contains most of the icons that is really small.

Alternatively, if you are a stylus supporter, then this is absolutely of no issue because there one is bundled with LG Eigen (but the stylus has to be tied to the phone since there is no stylus slot).

The inconsistency of the menu is not that much of a problem in my opinion since its pretty clear when you will want to call up the cursor and when you would just press the buttons.

Speaking of the touch screen, sometimes I do find myself pressing a little harder in order for the phone to register my touch. This should be because LG used a resistive touchscreen for LG Eigen. (Unlike iPhone which uses a Projected capacitance touch). This is a matter more of a personal preference than which is better in my opinion.

The home screen shows nearly everything you want to know and you can slide the icons at the bottom to show more of the remaining icons to the right. Quite useful. The gear is actually the button to call up some of the settings, but when as you progress deeper into the menu hierarchy, you are more likely you see the Windows-style menu as i mention previously.

Lastly, there is also a multi-task page in the S-Class interface. It is also a surprise that it does not really lag too much when opening up several applications.

Other things you might want to know

The biggest complain from me is the proprietary port for charging, audio and USB storage. This is of course a common problem even though manufacturers are beginning to abandon it.

The key lock button is by the right side of the phone making it easy to key lock.

Call quality is good, no worries.

Battery life is pretty normal, I emptied it in about 2 days of usage with some calls, WiFi and videos.


The five mega-pixels camera is pretty good. But in the world where consumers (including most of my friends), is still asking the megapixel question (ie. “How many mega pixels ar?”), it is not something that is likely to impress most.

Features else, there is no flash, instead, LG has managed to include auto-focus, a feature most welcome, probably more than flash. And of course, the best way to judge a camera is surely the photos themselves.

(Link) – Shot in NTU
(Link) – Shot of my keyboard
(Link) – Night shot in Malaysia.


The other highlight of LG Eigen is the application store. Like that of the Apple store, LG Eigen can download applications via the LG Application store. (Link) But I thought that could be in another review itself since this one is getting too long!

Package Contents

Final words…

From my perspective, LG Eigen is one of the few phones that has such a strong and focus marketing campaign. While it is still has its own flaws, I think overall, it should provide a more than average user experience.

I will also see LG Eigen as a multimedia phone more than a business one. The major selling points will be its applications-compatibility and the brand new S-Class UI.

But one thing for sure, the dangling stylus is still one factor that can potentially push male customers away from it. And of course there is also the proprietary port.

And it really typifies LG Eigen. a generally stylish, good phone with several nagging issues.

Is LG Eigen GM730 the best Windows mobile touchscreen from LG. I think the answer is 99% affirmative.

Watch this space for the LG application review as well.

Thanks to Sadaf from XPR for the trial and retail sets!

I have a few friends who didn’t know that iPod Touch actually work very well with Microsoft Exchange Server, Gmail and many other email server or provider.

Its pretty easy to setup for Gmail since its really easy, just key in your email address and password and you are good to go. Its similar for Microsoft Exchange Server except that you need to know which server your account resides on.

So there you go… the configuration.

For email address I erase mine, just in case I got spammed.

For server, this is the one you probably need the most. It is actually the one you use to access NTU’s mailbox.

For domain, its ‘student’ without the ‘/’.

For Username and password, I cant help. LOL.

Description is by default, but you can change i think.

As for the SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) switch, it has to be on. Its the security for the mailbox.

And there you go, connected to NTU mailbox and receive spams from the school now!

In case you do not know, there is an auto login for NTU Wifi network. Read this post (link).

Hi guys it has been a long while since i posted anything… haha… been trying to adapt to my new work.

This week on the 25th Aug, Myself and V was invited to the Kungu launch of Kaspersky. This time they are launching their new Anti-virus 2010, Internet Security 2010 and Mobile Security 8.0.

One thing that surprise me was this.

So now jacky chan is also helping to fight virus.

One more piece of news is that those who bought Kaspersky Anti-virus 2009 products are eligible for free upgrades to the 2010 versions. Licenses will be brought over. meaning if you have 6months left in your 2009 version by installing 2010 version you can use the 2010 version for the remaining 6months. those who are interested in purchasing the anti-virus you can visit Kaspersky’s estore here.

As for the reviews of the Anti-Virus 2010 i will need some time to take an in depth look. Do stay tuned for updates.

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