Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Myphone QW28 Duo Review - Features and Price

The Myphone QW28 Duo is another qwerty model from the Myphone products. It is currently one of the pricey units from Myphone. What makes it more expensive compared to their relatively budget array of mobile phones is that it's equipped with good attractions. Sold at the current price of about 6000 pesos (more or less $136), still pretty affordable, here is a summary of its features

  • Qwerty Keypad
  • Dual Sim card
  • 2.4-inch display
  • 115 X 64.5 X 12.2 mm dimension and about 103 grams
  • 3.2 mega pixel rear camera
  • WIFI connectivity! Bluethooth, USB
  • about 7 hrs battery life (talk time)
  • MP3, MP4, FM Player
  • micro SD
  • on screen shortcuts to Facebook, Twitter etc.
I like how its qwerty keypad fits elegantly on the board. You will also find enough space for your fingers when typing in its keypad. Same with Duo Myphone units, the dual sim card capability works best if you need to use more than one contact number at the same time without the hassle of having another mobile phone. The unit also comes with built buttons in the keypad to access each sim card.

Myphone QW28 Duo

On the other hand, im not quite convinced with the quality of images its 3.2 mega pixel camera delivers as compared to other brands with more or less the same resolution. A flash could have made the picture quality sounder.

So here is the main attraction- WIFI! Yes this pretty affordable mobile phone is equipped with WIFI connectivity. You will not need to worry on somewhat overpriced GPRS and 3G anymore as free WIFI connection is everywhere these days – perfect for on the go Tweeting and updating your Facebook status. Also for those who are into instant messaging you’ll find it useful. It has pre-installed Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, Skype and other instant applications. 

The cellphone also boasts its 7-hour battery life (talk time). Standby time, on the other hand, lasts for about 250 hrs! The 7 hours of talk time is pretty long for most users, so you might find the long battery life useful for internet browsing or using some of its built in apps. 

The My phone qw28 is a multi media player too. It can play the standard multi media files – MP4, MP3 etc. I’m just a bit disappointed with its lack of good loud speakers. Nevertheless, you can plug in 3.5mm-jack earphones. Also, with its expandable micrSD slot, storing media files is not a problem. 

Overall, this cellphone is a good trade for your money – relatively low price mobile phone with some attractive features.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Battle for Tablet PC: Ipad v.s Samsung Galaxy Tab

The Apple ipad has been around for quite sometime now. It easily gained popularity especially among Apple fans from the time it was unveiled. Clearly, the ipad has a good share among tablet pc in the market.
Recently, Samsung announced its new tablet PC named Samsung Galaxy Tab. Many deemed this tablet pc from Samsung to be the ipad’s top competitor and best iPad alternative.

So let us compare what the two have in common and the advantage of each over the other. Here I listed a summary of their features that can be matched:


ipad
  • Dimension (height x width x depth): (242.8) x (189.7) x (13.4) mm
  • Weight: 730 g
  • Display: 9.7-inch diagonal 
  • Operating System:  iOS 4
  • Processor: 1.0 Ghz
  • Battery Life (surfing, video and music playing): Up to 10 hours
  • Camera:   N/A
  • Memory:  16/32 GB + flash drive up to 64 GB 
  • SMS and Voice Call: N/A


Samsung Galaxy Tab
  • Dimension (height x width x depth): (190.09) x (120.45) x (11.98) mm
  • Weight: 380 g
  • Display: 7-inch diagonal
  • Operating System: Android 2.2 Froyo
  • Processor: 1.0 Ghz
  • Battery Life (surfing, video and music playing): Up to 7 hours
  • Camera: 3.0 Megapixel with Led Flash (rear)1.3 Megapixel (front)
  • Memory:   16/32 GB plus Micro SD up to 32 GB
  • SMS and Voice Call:  Capable



Ipad has noticeably bigger dimension compared to the Galaxy Tab. With 9.7-inch screen, browsing the internet, watching videos and even reading e-books will give a good viewing experience. The touch screen also works perfectly for the bigger screen.

On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Tab has relatively smaller dimension and almost only half the weight of the ipad. The 7-inch screen, anyway, will be good enough for more personal viewing i.e. as an handheld device. The size of this tablet PC proves its advantage when it comes to portability – it is compact and can be fitted in a pouch or small bag.

When it comes to the operating system, the ipad runs on iOS 4, which is specifically designed for this device. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Tab runs on Google Android Froyo. Both have 1.0 Ghz processor, each with different technology involved. The ipad has the Apple A4 custom-designed while the Samsung Galaxy Tab runs on processor with PowerVR SGX540

The battery life is another point for comparison. The 10 hour battery life of ipad clearly outruns the 7 hour capability of the Galaxy Tab. If you need more than 7 hours stretch of using a tablet pc, you might consider the 10 hour battery life of ipad.

You must agree that a camera is one of the indispensable features of a mobile device these days, right?. Even if you rarely do video conferencing, what abut those particular moments when you need to take photos or take a video of special scene while you are on the go? The designers of ipad should have considered placing a camera on the device. The Galaxy Tab comes not just with a rear camera but also equipped with a front camera – perfect for video conferencing. The Galaxy Tab surely poses an advantage for having cameras and proving to be a more compact device.

Speaking of being a compact device, the Samsung Galaxy puts another treath to the ipad rival by having an SMS and voice call capabilities. Yes, you can turn this tablet PC into a mobile phone. It comes with a SIM card slot for a mobile phone. The Apple ipad also has sim card slot but only for the sole purpose of its 3G connectivity.

When it comes to the price, the ipad 16 GB wifi + 3G is normally sold at $723 while the Samsung Galaxy Tab 16 GB counter part is at $791. Prices may vary from regions or countries but one thing is unvarying, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is sold at a bit higher price.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Meet My|Phone Model Q19i Duo - Review Specs Features and Price of My Phone Q19i

I was roaming around the mall yesterday for my Saturday off. I decided to check for the latest Samsung Galaxy tablet PC. I am planning to get one as Christmas present for my self :) Oh yeah i prefer one over the ipad as I don't want to get locked with Apple products.

Then I stumbled upon the mobile phones displayed on one stall. The price of one item caught my attention so i decided to check the features. It's a My phone Q19i Duo with price of 1950 pesos or about $US 43.00 and i believe it is the cheapest among myphone phones.

Here are the features of this unit:
- the ever famous Myphone dual simcard capability
- qwerty keypad
- a 2 Megapixel rear camera
- an FM and mp3 player
- built in Facebook, Twitter and Friendster support (they are actually in the main menu)
- some games and apps
- dimension of 111 x 61 x 13 millimeters and about 76 grams


I decided to give it a try as I badly need a qwerty phone. Besides the price is relatively cheap. Also, I can make use of my spare Simcard - perfect for greeting my contacts from other network provider this holiday season.
Ok my quest for the day, to look for the Samsung Galaxy, was superceded by a bit of excitement of having a qwerty phone again - Myphone Q19i Duo.

Here i took some pictures.
Myphone Q19i Duo




Well, I was bit skeptical at first as I am not quite fulfilled with my previous Myphone QTV22 Duo. I had its charger slot broken in span of few months. 

So here's my review for this model:

• The dual simcard functionality works perfectly- as always. I had my other simcard active now. yey! The keypad also presents 2 keys for each simcard so you don't have to dig on the menu. I give this 4.5 out 5 -nearly perfect
• The qwerty keypad also boasts the same. Pretty good keypads considering the price. A 4 out of 5

• The 2-Megapixel camera? Oh wait is it really a 2-megapixel? Maybe i need to check again the specs on the box. But I think it's not even a 1 Megapixel in resolution. Also, i can't find a way to zoom in or zoom out the focus of a shot though there's an option in the screen to do so. Am I just missing something or that option simply doesn't work? 1 out 5

• The Facebook, Twiter and Friendster shortcuts really helps for quick access as they are on the main menu, but the WIFI incapability of this unit won't make use of them for me. Not bad if you are using GPRS. 3 out of 5

• Mp3 and FM player - the lack of good loudspeaker makes this unit a bit unsatisfying. Just plug in your earphone if you are into music. 3 out of 5 also.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Myphone Duo Phones - Reviews and Prices

Myphone is one of the new comers among the giant players in the mobile phone industry. These mobile phones are made in the Philippines. Myphone is one of the pioneers and popular brand made locally and has goal for international market. .

The following are the main attractions:

  • Dual active sim card - this is probably the most notable trademark of Myphone products. Their model names come with the tag "Duo" that signifies its dual sim card capability. Both simcards can be active at the same time, which is like having two phones on one unit. This can be a cure among those people who have contacts on 2 different network providers.

  • Filipino contents -other models come up with built in Filipino contents making it a more localized product. 

  • TV Phones - some models are television capable. You can watch from VHF and UHF channels clearly outdoors. But if you're in a nearly closed room you might end up finding a spot to get a clear signal. Just consider why you need to place an antenna on pole for your ordinary television - you need to get a clear reception.

  • Budget Phones - they have relatively low prices for a quite number of latest features they are equipped. I think is it because they are made locally so you don't have to cover the customs taxes, shipping costs etc.

There are other things you need to consider though in getting a Myphone unit

- On user friendliness

Though interface is patterned with industry standard phones, I find that they are bit lacking in the navigation aspect but users won't we alienated by their user interface in general.

- Durability and Parts Services

Overall, you can rely on their durability but the question relies on how many service centers do the company have across major cities or how many independent service technicians are knowledgeable on repairing a malfunctioned unit.


Thre are different models to choose from - Bar, Qwerty, Slide, Touchscreen and TV phones. Here is a summarry of popular models and their current prices.

Myphone Models and Prices

Q19i Duo (Qwerty) - PhP1,888.00  (about $ 42.00)
Q21 Duo (Qwerty) - PhP4,990.00 (about $ 111.00)
Q29 Duo (Qwerty) - PhP3,999.00 (about $ 89.00)
QT23 Duo (Qwerty) - PhP4,990.00 (about $ 111.00)
QT7 Duo (Qwerty) - PhP3,990.00 (about $ 87.00)
QV27 Duo "S Phone" (Qwerty) - PhP4,999.00 (about $ 111.00)
QW28 Duo -  PhP5,990.00 (about $ 133.00)

QTV20 Duo (TV and Qwerty) - PhP2,990.00 (about $ 66.00)
QTV80 Duo (TV and Qwerty) - PhP2,990.00 (about $ 66.00)


Myphone QTV22 Duo Model

Myphone QV27 Duo S Phone Review

The Myphone QV27 Duo S Phone is one of the latest from the Myphone array of qwerty mobile phones. At the current price of about 5000 pesos (nearly $US 113.00) here are the key features you will get.


  •  The Myphone trademark Dual simcard capability
  •  FM player with stereo type
  •  2.0 Megapixel camera for still images and video
  •  Bluetooth, USB port, MicroSD slot
  •  MP3 player
  •  Built in apps and games
  •  2.4 inches display screen


Pretty much common features eh? Yes the my phone qv27 has only the basic features you can get for a mobile phone these days with just the catch of having a qwerty keypad and the dual active simcard capability.

The 2.0 megapixel camera is quite low compared to competitors available these days. Well, the 2.0 megapixel camera can produce clear enough images on well lighted place but do not expect it sharp indoors with insufficient lightings. The video neither can produce quality video for same condition.

The memory card is expandable to 8 Gigabytes though, pretty enough for a handful of mp3 files making this unit a standard mp3 player. Not to mention this unit can also play other media files like mp4.

The battery life is dependable also. You will get 6 hours of talk time and can stay for some ten days in standby mode.
It has quite number of built in applications that i personally prefer. The Opera Mini browser, Gtalk and Skype are indispensable mobile apps and it is cool  this unit have them equipped.
For a 90 grams in weight and 70x70x16.3 mm dimensions, it comes handy when you have its keypad slid in.

(Here i took a picture of it)

myphone qv27 s phone


This unit has no built in WIFI connectivity, which makes it lags behind other models out in the market.

The verdict - overall, I give Myphone QV27 Duo S Phone 3.5 mark out of 5. The unit comes with standard features of a mobile phone these days with reasonable price but quite lags behind when it comes to enhanced features and attractions.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

How to place Google Analytics to your Blogger

It's been weeks now since i experience trouble on viewing my blogs statistics. I always get this message when i go to the stats tab in my blogger dashboard: "There was an error while fetching stats. Please reload page."
No matter how i reload the page the problem persists. 

So to get an overview of my blogs visitors' statistics, I decided to try to place Google Analytics. I was skeptical as I thought it was going to be complicated, as Blogger's html source is quite different from ordinary HTML document. But I just follow what i usually do to place analytics code on an html document and I was surprised it works pretty well.


So here are the simple steps on how to place Google Analytics to your Blogger blog.
1. If you haven't signed up for a Google Analytics account, sign up here: http://www.google.com/analytics/
2. You will be presented a form like the picture below. Type your blogger url and fill out the other fields.
click image to enlarge
3. Provide your complete name on the next form.
4. Agree to the terms and conditions, then proceed
5. Copy the code you will be provided. 
click image to enlarge
6. Go to your blogger dashboard and click the Design tab. Then click the Edit HTML from the lower tabs. 
7. Locate the </head> tag in the document and paste the code you copied right before the </head> tag.
8. Save changes.
9. Go back to your Analytics account and refresh the page. The effect might take few minutes before Analytics detects the changes. When everything it is updated you will see something like the figure in your analytics account.
click image to enlarge


Update:
I found what caused the problem in displaying my statistics in blogger - caused by some errors in the Firefox browser. I opened my blogger dashboard in Chrome and its working fine. 
Nevertheless, adding Google analytics to your blogger will have extra benefits - think of the google analytics features. Besides, it is pretty simple to add one in your blogger account.


best regards,
Taztech

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Wikipedia is Asking for Donations Again

Recently, I noticed that every page I view in wikipedia appears the face of the founder Jimmy Wales asking for donation "again". Yes, I encountered same appeal from him last year. He is asking again for donation this year.


Last year, his message was they are in need of funds to pay for their web servers and other technical stuff. This year's appeal is not more particular where the collected donations would go, rather he says money would make wikipedia ads free as it is.


I wonder how much funds it generated from last year's appeal considering the millions of visitors it has all over the globe. Millions of dollars for sure! These can certainly power wikipedia's web servers for decades. So why ask for donation again this year?



People will eventually get used to this and eventually will just ignore the appeal (or some might get annoyed) if each year wikipedia asks for donations. I think wikipedia should look into other source of funds other than asking for donations each year.



I wonder if Twitter and other high Alexa ranking websites, which do not display ads, will make same appeal. And i guess the answer is no because there are certainly other source of funds other than asking donations from visitors.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

How to keep your Yahoo Mail clean from Facebook Notifications

Are you missing those important messages in your yahoo mail because they were covered by enormous notifications from Facebook?

Of course you cannot turn off the facebook notification as sometimes there are also important notifications that you need. So what you need is to filter the incoming messages in your yahoo mail such that all messages coming from Facebook will automatically delivered to a certain folder.

Here are is a simple guide on how to do that.

1. Create a new folder in yahoo mail and name it facebook.


2. Go to yahoo mail options then filter on the left menu. Then click Add Filter found in the upper middle portion of the page.

3. Enter a name for the filter. You can name it Fcebook or whatever you see fit. Then in the sender field, choose "contains" in the drop down menu. Then in the textbox type "facebook". That's all we have to change. Click save changes in the menu and were done.

All incoming messages now from facebook will automatically go to the facebook folder you created earlier.

Now your main inbox is free from 'unimportant' messages from facebook.

Hope that helps

Edit:
By the way, the screen shots were taken from Yahoo Mail Classic Theme. I prefer the classic theme as it loads relatively faster comapred to the 2 new versions. Nevertheless, the you will find the above steps similar if you are using the recent versions of yahoo mail. You just need to locate where the "Mail Option" is.

Recent Facebook Updates

Here are couple of Facebook updates I recently noticed.

First are the new Facebook Groups. The most noticeable feature of these groups is the group chat. Every member of the group can participate in chat now. Its pretty much like a conference on yahoo messenger, live, or skype. Membership requires no invitation unlike the old groups. Existing members can add new members without waiting for confirmation of the invitee.
Pros:
-They are more personalized compared to the old facebook groups.
-They are for people who have close connections.
-Group chat is a powerful tool

Cons:
-they do not represent a particular category unlike the old groups where they are categorized
-the chat feature is quite annoing as it pops up everytime there are members chatting

Second of the updates I noticed is the new font in the news feed. The font is slightly reduced though i think its still using the lucida grande, tahoma, arial family (if you are aware about that). I find this benificial to me as i have a quite big screen. But people who have small screen might squint their eyes looking in the news feed.

Facebook is quite unpredictable when it comes to putting updates. You'll just be surprised one time that everything is different without even getting notice.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Old but Goodie Nokia 6233

It was way back in 2006 when I bought my Nokia 6233 mobile phone. It was during this time the hype of 3G technology. Everyone was going for 3G phone so I did.

I picked this unit because its the most affordable 3G phone around considering its features. It has 2 megapixels digital camera, capable of both still images and video, bluetooth, infrared, micro SD and the fact that its a bar. Flip and slide phones are not for me.

Of all the features , what astounded me is its high quality stereo speakers couple with its equalizer you'll get high quality sound. Also it supports most music media type like mp3, wma, midi, aac etc.

After four years i still have this phone and surprisingly it still has its main qualities though i experience very slow startup whenever i reboot it. Well bad me I don't erase messages in the inbox. It has about 4k messages I have no time to scan each unimportant message to delete. (Coz I keep old messages, esp those that are special and of important to me).

I took some photos of my old Nokia 6233 that is still in shape after the long four years though it got some few scratches.

 
My Old Nokia 6233 still in shape
Got some few scratches after 4 years of use

Its box and toolkit inside
These days, everyone is going for an android phone. I wonder what android phone should I get that would stand the test of time like my Nokia 6233 - an Oldie but Goodie!