[NEW GADGET] Probably the best known gadgets in the world. Now with price drop across all models. And a white iPhone mysteriously appearing tomorrow for the same prices as their brother in black.

iPad 2 WiFi model

  • 16GB - S$668
  • 32GB - S$798
  • 64GB - S$928

iPad 2 WiFi + 3G model

  • 16GB - S$848
  • 32GB - S$978
  • 64GB - S$1,108

Link – imerlion.com 
Link – Apple iPad 2 Review from Engadget
Picture Source – www.thefatlossauthority.com

[NEW GADGET] Elections are probably the hottest event in Singapore now, but the tablets’ competition is not far behind! On the April 29th, the iPad 2 will be officially on sale in Singapore and in May, comes HTC Flyer, the latest 7” Android tablet from the Taiwanese manufacturers. There are lot’s of difference between HTC Flyer and their recent competitors.

First off, the display; the only other 7” tablet in the market is Samsung Galaxy Tab. Next, HTC Flyer comes with a stylus for writing, but it customize to be used within certain apps such as Evernote for noting taking.

Third, HTC Flyer does not come with the latest line of dual-core processor. You get a single core 1.5GHz processor instead. Slower performance, maybe but specifications aren’t everything. The last major difference comes from the OS. HTC Flyer ships with v2.3 instead of v3.0 like Motorola Xoom or Acer ICONIA Tab.

And oh! HTC Flyer ships with HTC Sense, it’s user interface over the default Android interface. Gotta say, I like HTC Sense (also on other HTC phones) a lot and is looking forward to see it on a larger display.

HTC Flyer will be available through mobile operators and authorized retailers at a suggested retail price of S$1068 from May 2011 onwards.


  • 7” display, 1024 X 600 resolution
  • 1.5 GHz processor
  • Android Gingerbread with HTC Sense, upgradable to Honeycomb
  • 1GB ram with 32GB of internal storage
  • MicroSD Slot
  • WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS
  • 195.4mm x 122mm x 13.2mm / 420g
  • HTC Scribe Technology

Link – Techielobang at HTC Flyer Launch Event in Singapore
Link – HTC Sense Page

[NEW GADGET] This is probably the most boring gadget to cover, but wait flip the coin around and you see a new perspective. How about a really decent price (consider this brand, Logitech) and standard features you expect from a wireless keyboard? You got a wireless keyboard suitable for almost anyone looking to upgrade!

The Logitech Wireless Keyboard K270 is now available for a suggested retail price of S$32.


  • 2.4GHz Wireless Connectivity (10m distance)
  • 24 months of battery life
  • Tiny Logitech Unifying receiver



New Logitech Wireless Keyboard Offers Reliable Wireless Wherever You Use Your Keyboard

Logitech Wireless Keyboard K270 Features Logitech Advanced 2.4 GHz Wireless Connectivity, Up to Two Years Battery Life

SINGAPORE — April 26, 2011— Today Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) introduces the Logitech® Wireless Keyboard K270, a sleek keyboard that delivers Logitech® Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity and up to 2 years of battery life — giving you the convenience of wireless with the reliability of a cord wherever you use your keyboard.

“The Logitech Wireless Keyboard K270 combines some of our most requested features, with the comfort and familiarity of a full size layout,” said Prasenjit Sarkar, South Asia Director, Logitech.  “From our tiny Unifying receiver to the convenient media keys, the Logitech Wireless Keyboard K270 is a great choice.”

With Logitech Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity, you’ll enjoy virtually no signal loss from up to 10 meters away (wireless range may vary due to environmental and computing conditions.) And to virtually eliminate the hassle of changing batteries, the Logitech Wireless Keyboard K270 delivers up to 24 months of battery life as well as auto-standby, which helps you save energy when you’re not using the keyboard.

The Logitech Wireless Keyboard K270 also features the tiny Logitech Unifying receiver, which is small enough to stay in your laptop. Plus, you can easily add another compatible mouse or keyboard — without the hassle of multiple USB receivers.

The sleek, compact keyboard saves you space without sacrificing comfort thanks to full-size keys and a wide-curved space bar. And Logitech’s newest keyboard offers hot keys that give you instant access to your favorite websites, e-mail, play/pause, volume and more.

Pricing and Availability

The Logitech Wireless Keyboard K270 is now available for a suggested retail price of S$32. To find out more about the Logitech Wireless Keyboard K270, please visit www.logitech.com.sg.

About Logitech

Logitech is a world leader in products that connect people to the digital experiences they care about. Spanning multiple computing, communication and entertainment platforms, Logitech’s combined hardware and software enable or enhance digital navigation, music and video entertainment, gaming, social networking, audio and video communication over the Internet, video security and home-entertainment control. Founded in 1981, Logitech International is a Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI).

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Logitech, the Logitech logo, and other Logitech marks are registered in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. For more information about Logitech and its products, visit the company’s Web site at www.logitech.com.

[NEW GADGET] April is like an Android month. Besides the release on the high profile Motorola Xoom and Acer ICONIA TAB A500, there are also HTC Incredible S, HTC Desire S and Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. ALL featuring either Android OS, v2.2 or v2.3.

Sony Ericsson Arc is the latest in the long line. And a very strong contender in the field given it’s 4.2” display which is bigger than all other Android smartphone offering currently in the market. And it’s said to be powered by the Sony Mobile BRAIVA Engine (BRAIVA is Sony’s series of LED or LCD Tvs) with enhanced contrast, richer colours and bright screen even under the sun!

Once again, specifications and technology should be proven via a real check on the handset and probably comparison with you know what else.

All stuff on the Arc is pretty standard as per a top range Android handset. It is obviously it’s eye catching exterior that is sell-factor. In my book at least, Sony Ericsson Arc has gotta be the sexiest phone money can buy now.

Sony Ericsson Arc is currently going for S$448 on SingTel Shop. Meanwhile an agent set with Mobile Square is going for S$800. (link) SE Arc comes with the black and silver version.


  • 4.2” LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 480 x 854 pixels
  • Display powered by Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor and Adreno 205 graphics
  • Android OS, v2.3
  • 8 megapixel Exmor R image sensor, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
  • 512MB of RAM, 320 MB storage
  • HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth
  • MicroSD Storage
  • HDMI Output
  • 1500mAh battery
  • 125 x 63 x 8.7 mm / 117g

Link – Engadget Sony Ericsson Arc Review 
Link – More Sony Ericsson Arc Reviews

[NEW GADGET] Didn’t expect to see this gem walking around in Takashimaya. How about making your iPhone desk bound and enjoys the luxury of phone calls with a corded phone?

This gadget from Japan costs S$49 at the Japanese shopping mall and apparently you can also get it at box-rental shops (those kind where you rent a display box within the shop to sell your stuff).

From the product page, I gather it will fit both iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4. So time to make your iPhone even better.

Link – Newlaunches.com report
Link – Product page in Korean

[NEW GADGET] The past two months saw HTC officially selling two very similar phones, mainly the specifications. Consumers get more choices or … confusion?

It is not an obvious case of a mid-range phone against a high-end one though it is suppose to be one I guess. Even the price points isn’t enough the separate the two handsets. 

HTC Desire S is retailing for S$688 / S$348 with basic 2 year plan and HTC Incredible for S$848 / S$448 with basic 2 year plan , prices quoting from M1.

Perhaps reviews will give you a better idea…

Link – HTC Desire S, Slashgear review
Link – HTC Incredible S, Slashgear review


  • Desire is installed with Android OS, v2.3 while Incredible features Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo)
  • Both feature Super LCD capacitive touchscreen with 480 x 800 resolution. Incredible comes with a 4” display compared to Desire’s 3.7”
  • Desire’s 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash vs. Incredible’s 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash
  • Desire’s 115 x 59.8 x 11.6 mm / 130g vs. Incredible’s 120 x 64 x 11.7 mm / 135.5g. Nearly identical.
  • Both support 1.1 GB of ROM internal memory and 768 MB of RAM, with supporting Micro SD cards up to 32 GB.  
  • Both phones use 1 GHz Scorpion processor based on the Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon chipset.
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and HSDPA
  • FM Radio
  • Battery, Li-Ion 1450 mAh

[GADGET DEAL] Lenovo notebooks is on some good prices from 13 April to 3 May 2011. New versions of Ideapad Y460P, Y570, U160 and U260 notebooks are all included.

The thing is several shops in Funan confirmed that relatively powerful yet economical IdeaPad Y570 is not stock up at the moment. Stocks are expected to be available at the end of the month to next month. 

Click the link below to see the full picture.

Link – www.Singapore-Promotions.com poster

[HANDS-ON] Pop by Harvey Norman today and saw the Acer ICONIA Tab A500! Check out my first post on Acer ICONIA Tab for more information and specifications (link).

My overall 5 mins experience is really good, surprisingly good in fact. Even my friend whom was with burped “slick” when he saw this very new product from Acer. I guess the fine build quality, a conventional design and a bright, sharp and wide viewing angle display screen should please most people on the first sight.

It wasn’t heavy too. Especially when I consider the weight of the 1st generation iPad which I pick up almost everyday. But it does feels thicker and rounder. My thought revolve along the line of the Acer ICONIA Tab less like a regular ebook reader than the iPad.

But the highlight for me is Honeycomb, Android 3.0. It is fast, responsive and modern. Makes the Android 2.X versions’ interface look like beta product. It remains to be tested if the words “fast” and “responsive” holds in the long run though.

On a last note, Acer ICONIA Tab looks extremely capable and solid. A definite alternative to iPad base on my 5 minutes with it.  But will it sell? A S$799 price tag do put this question in doubt.

Bumper: When I tried to play the game “Super Jump 2”. It just dawns on me that like iPhone and iPad, not all the apps in the Android Marketplace are scaled for the screen size of smartphones (less than or about 4”) and tablets (more than 7”)

[NEW GADGET] Motorola has chosen Singapore as the first country in Southeast Asia to launch the Motorola Xoom WiFi. And this latest gadget from Motorola will feature specifications that are similar to the rest of it’s Android tablets competitors; namely NVIDIA’s Tegra dual core processor and Android 3.0. But for anyone who prefers a native 3G connection on the tablet itself, will be disappointed.

Meanwhile check our post on the Acer ICONIA Tab for a video introducing Android Honeycomb as a OS designed specifically for tablets. (Link)

Honestly, there is very little to choose between the Xoom or ICONIA in terms of specifications. Show me the hands-on experience!  

Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi will be available at Challenger, Courts, Newstead, Best Denki, Harvey Norman and Mustafa from April 22, 2011 at a recommended retail price of S$888.00.


  • NVIDIA’s Tegra 1Ghz dual-core processor
  • 1GB of DDR2 RAM and 32GB of integrated storage
  • Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
  • 249.1mm x 167.8mm x 12.9mm
  • 10.1” 1280x800 resolution WXGA panel
  • WiFi b/g/n
  • 5MP rear-facing camera with dual LED flash/2MP front-facing camera
  • HDMI Connectivity

Link – Slashgear’s review



Motorola Mobility Brings Motorola XOOM™ Wi-Fi to Singapore

SINGAPORE – April 20, 2011 – Motorola Mobility today announced that the highly-anticipated Motorola XOOM™ Wi-Fi will launch in Singapore on April 22, 2011.  Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi runs on the Android™ 3.0 (Honeycomb) platform designed specifically for tablets. Singapore becomes the first market in Southeast Asia to launch the tablet.

Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi features a 1GHz dual-core processor, 32 GB of memory and 1GB of RAM, front-facing and rear-facing cameras, true multi-tasking functionality, and the latest Google™ Mobile services on a10.1-inch widescreen HD display.

“Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi re-defines what the tablet experience should be,” saidSpiros Nikolakopoulos, vice president and general manager, International Distribution Markets, Motorola Mobility. “Designed from the ground up with the user in mind, it provides more ways to have fun, connect with friends and stay productive while on the go. Whether surfing the Web, watching the latest hit movie as it was intended or video-chatting with friends, Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi will delight customers with its ease of use, speed and vivid graphics, as well as its Motorola Smart Accessories.”

Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi features – a new mobile experience

Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi delivers exceptionally fast performance with its 1 GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. The tablet showcases the innovations of the Honeycomb user experience – including widgets, true multi-tasking, tabbed browsing, notifications and customization – on a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display with 1280X800 resolution enabling video content that’s richer and clearer than ever before. Support for HDMI enables viewing of videos and movies on larger screens, such as HD televisions. A 5 MP rear-facing camera captures HD video, and a 2 MP front-facing camera enables clear video chats using Google Talk™.

The latest Google Mobile services include Google Maps 5.0™ with 3D interaction and access to more than 150,000 apps from Android Market™. Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi also supports a beta version of Adobe® Flash® Player 10.2 downloadable from Android Market, enabling the delivery of rich Flash-based web content including videos, games and rich Internet applications. The tablet also features a built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and adaptive lighting. It supports up to 10 hours of video playback, and charges in half the time of competitive tablets on the market.

Motorola Smart Accessories

· A Standard Dock for watching video content or listening to music through external speakers as the device charges

· A Speaker HD Dock for sending HD content directly to a TV or clearly listening to music through two built-in speakers without attaching external speakers

· A custom Bluetooth® wireless keyboard with special Android shortcut keys.


Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi will be available at Challenger, Courts, Newstead, Best Denki, Harvey Norman and Mustafa from April 22, 2011 at a recommended retail price of S$888.00.

About Motorola Mobility

Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people's lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.

[NEW GADGET] The biggest selling point of Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is it’s ability to play Sony Playstation One’s title. This is the first time Sony Playstation’s titles are played on anywhere else apart from their console.

One of the latest Android phones (with OS version 2.3), but Xperia Play’s gaming ability is unveiled in the era of casual gaming, dominated by the iPhone. Therefore, it’s impressiveness is probably not so positive. More so when the Playstation titles involved are really made like 10 years ago. 

But on the other hand, the Playstation fans might just disagree…   

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is going for S$548 with a two year SingTel plan.


  • 1GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon
  • 119 x 62 x 16mm / 175g
  • 4” LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 480 x 854 pixels
  • Internal memory 400 MB, 512 MB RAM
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
  • Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • SNS integration
  • Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh

Link – Engadget’s Xperia Play Review

[HAPPENING] It’s surprising that it took this long. But it happened nevertheless. A price cut for Windows Phone 7’s phones in Singapore.

I am not sure how long since it happened but I was browsing the SingTel online store today when I saw the prices of HTC HD7, LG Optimus 7 and Samsung Omina 7 lowered to the range of S$98 to S$198 with a two year contract.

This range of phones are previously priced at around S$398 and above.

Just like the global trend, the newest phone OS from Microsoft are behind iOS and Android in the popularity contest, and thus lowering the prices is a bid to sell more sets.

Do Windows Phone 7 stands a chance? I am not sure but I am sure it needs to get What’s Apps on it ASAP. And if you haven’t seen it’s interface, time to.

[NEW GADGET] Not the first Android tablet in Singapore but I think it’s the first “Honeycomb” one, Android 3.0 has arrived! The famous Android tablet in Singapore is the Samsung Galaxy Tab but Acer ICONIA Tab and possibly the future Android tablets will be a different preposition.

Because Acer ICONIA Tab (what a name) is associated two tablet-related buzzword; Honeycomb and dual core processor. Android 3.0, known as Honeycomb, is built for tablets and has a improved modern interface, browser and makes better use of the screen estate.

And then the dual core processor promises to see less lag in the whole Android experience.

Acer ICONIA Tab is on sale for S$799 now. And more tablets set to follow, Apple iPad 2, Blackberry Playbook… wo la la…


  • dual-core NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2
  • 1GB RAM, 32GB eMMC
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GPU with Flash 10.1 support
  • 10.1” WXGA capacitive multi-touch
  • Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” 
  • HDMI port, 1080p Output
  • MicroSD Slot
  • WiFi, Bluetooth
  • 13.3mm thick
  • 5MP rear-facing camera with auto focus plus 2MP front-facing camera

Link – Acer Iconia Tab A500 Page
Link – Poster at www.Singapore-Promotions.com

Update 20 April 2011: The current model doesn’t seem to include 3G sim card slot capability. Just to be clear since it’s not mentioned anywhere in the post.

Update 21 April 2011: Play with the ICONIA Tab A500 for a while at Harvey Norman. The salesman confirm that this version does not come with 3G sim card capability, he said “next version is probable though”. Check out my HANDS-ON post (link)!

[HAPPENING] HP insisted to give consumers more options to print. Not content with just allowing you to send a print job to a printer via email, now you can print directly within Gmail for Mobile, Google Docs for Mobile and Chrome OS. Yes, print directly from within the app. No need for connection to printer. Some setup is required of course for your app to identify the printer.

You have a HP ePrint-enabled printer? Try it!



SINGAPORE, April 1, 2011 – HP today announced that Google Cloud
Print users can print directly to any HP ePrint-enabled printer from any
Google Cloud Print supported app on any computer or smart phone. HP’s
portfolio of web-connected and cloud-aware printers for home and
business are the first to support Google Cloud Print out of the box. 

The combination of Google Cloud Print and HP ePrint printers makes
printing from any web, mobile, or desktop app that supports Google
Cloud Print more intuitive, accessible and useful by eliminating the need
for a print driver or PC connection to the printer. Apps supported by
Google Cloud print currently include Gmail for Mobile, Google Docs for
Mobile and Chrome OS, and will expand to include third-party apps.  

“Making it easy for our customers to print where and how they want is a
top priority for HP,” said Stephen Nigro, senior vice president, Imaging
and Printing Group, HP. “With HP ePrint and cloud-aware printers, you
get the best experience printing via Google Cloud Print.”
Users simply add the unique email address of their HP ePrint-enabled
Photosmart, Officejet or LaserJet Pro to their Google account, which
provides the ability to print easily and securely from Google apps to the
selected HP printer.

“Users are rapidly migrating to web and mobile apps, and Google
Cloud Print brings full-featured printing capabilities to these apps,” said
Mike Jazayeri, Product Management Director, Google. “We are excited
that HP has brought the first generation of cloud-ready printers to market. 
While cloud printing is possible with any printer that is connected to a
PC, users can achieve a more streamlined, intuitive experience by
printing directly to a cloud-ready printer.”

[Android App] As per the routine, Android gets another app that is originally made available on the iOS store. It’s hard to visualise a Singapore with as many Android users as iOS but it is really no harm having more local Android apps. Especially one made by a local bank and incredibly essential to OCBC Securities’ customers.

And you get to a $10 rebate on every contract executed through the app from 28 March to 27 May 2011 (Terms and conditions apply of course!)

Link – Android Market
Link – iOCBC.com

Name: iOCBC TradeMobile

Requires: Android 2.2 and above

Price: Free

  • Trade in up to 14 local and foreign exchanges 
  • Single ID and password access across multiple platforms
  • Monitor your favourite stocks in your own watchlists
  • Access the Top 20 stocks in volume, gainers and losers
  • Access Sectorial Indices & Market Summary
  • Access the latest price quotes
  • Check the latest status of your orders
  • View your past orders up to 6 days
  • Single ID and Password to access multiple trading accounts
  • Advanced Stock Search function to enable you locate the stock that you want
Made by: OCBC Securities Pte Ltd

[HAPPENING] Adopt green habits! Be a man, do the right thing! And have fun doing it through Panasonic Asia’s social media campaign to promote green lifestyle. Panasonic Asia’s Facebook page has more information.

Link: www.facebook.com/panasonicasia 




23 March 2011, Singapore – Panasonic Asia Pacific (“Panasonic”) recently announced the launch of a new eco campaign, ‘Channel E’ on its Facebook community page at www.facebook.com/panasonicasia.

The new eco campaign articulates Panasonic’s vision that people should inculcate green habits and lead a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle. The campaign aims to raise awareness of environmental issues while incorporating ASEAN fans’ eco-friendly messages.

“The Channel E campaign allows fans to educate each other on current environmental issues through submission of pictures and videos onto the Channel E site,” said Evelyn Wee, Marketing Communications Manager. “This underscores Panasonic’s ‘eco ideas’ declaration in Asia Pacific to utilise social media platforms to generate eco awareness and inculcate eco habits.”

The social media driven campaign has already captured over 80,000 fans and this fanbase is steadily growing. The site is forecasted to reach out to over 10 million Facebook users in Asia[1]. The Channel E campaign follows the success of the ‘Make A Change’ and ‘3D Explorer’ campaigns which, in turn made Panasonic the fastest growing and largest social media community globally.

The three-month Channel E campaign which runs from March to June 2011 is supported by MTV VJ Holly Grabarek who provides advice on how to be an Environmental Journalist (EJ) and Photo Journalist (PJ) based on her experience as a MTV VJ.

The campaign empowers fans to take active steps in raising awareness of environmental issues and drives the message further by providing educational values to the Panasonic Asia social media community which in turn, impacts Asians to make eco-friendly choices.

The Channel E campaign is being executed by local creative agency @ccomplice and digital public relations leader XPR.

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