Saturday, May 23, 2015

Camera Shoot-out: Meizu M1 Note vs Alcatel Flash Plus

Can't decide between the Meizu M1 Note and Alcatel Flash Plus? We pitted both phones for a camera shoot-out to help you decide which one to get. 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Instapost: Alcatel One Touch Flash Plus Dual-LTE

Alcatel OneTouch Flash Plus Official Specs

  • 5.5-Inch HD IPS Display with OGS (720 x 1280 Pixels, 267 ppi)
  • Scratch Resistant DragonTrail Glass
  • Android 4.4.4 Kitkat OS with Lollipop Update
  • MediaTek MT6752M Chipset
  • 1.5GHz Octa Core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 CPU
  • Mali-T760 MP2 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 13.0 Megapixel Autofocus Main Camera with Sony IMX214 Sensor and LED Flash
  • 8.0 Megapixel Wide-Angle Front Camera
  • 16GB Internal Storage
  • Expandable Up to 32GB via MicroSD
  • Dual SIM / Dual 4G
  • 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, 2G EDGE and GPRS Networks
  • Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • USB OTG Support
  • Micro USB 2.0
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Compass
  • G-Sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • 152.3 x 76.4 x 7.95 mm @ 147 g
  • 3,500mAh Li-ion Battery
  • Official Price in the Philippines: ₱6,490.00 

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Instapost: Meizu M1 Note LTE

Meizu M1 Note Specs

  • 1.7GHz 64-bit MediaTek MT6752 octa-core processor
  • Mali T760 MP2 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 5.5-inch Full HD display, Gorilla Glass 3 protection, 1920 x 1080
  • 16GB/32GB internal storage
  • 13-megapixel Samsung rear camera, flash, F/2.2 aperture
  • 5-megapixel front camera, F/2.0 aperture
  • Dual-SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
  • Android 4.4 KitKat, Flyme 4
  • 3,140mAh battery
  • 150.7 x 75.2 x 8.9mm
  • Official Price in the Philippines: ₱7,990.00 ₱8,599.00

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Smart introduces "refreshed" Postpaid plans

Image courtesy of Smart Communications Inc

Disclaimer: The article below are my views on the new plans based on the infomation I know (experienced) and information I see in their website.

Smart followed Globe's footsteps a few months after it changed their Postpaid offerings, lowered its phone subsidy, and implemented a data cap across all data plans.  ,

Smart All-In Plans is almost the same as the old "All-In Plans", but note that its flexibundles does not offer unlimited data anymore. You may want to check-out the list of flexibundles here http://smart.com.ph/Postpaid/plans/flexibundles/flexibundle-list

Smart Data Plans 999, 1500, 2000, and 3000 are nowhere to be found now, and are replaced by Surf Plus Plans which puts a data cap (or allowance) to any of the plans, but allows users to subscribe even with smaller data allowance. I noticed that SurfPlus Plan 999 now gives 30 minutes of calls to all networks, 100 texts to all networks, and an Value Added service interchangeable every month, while the old (err. grandfathered) Data Plan 999 only gives 9 minutes of calls to all networks and 99 texts to all networks. See more details here: http://smart.com.ph/Postpaid/plans/surf-plus-plan 


Plan 399Plan 599Plan 799Plan 999Plan 1499Plan 1999
Data Allowance100 MB200 MB1.5 GB5 GB7 GB9 GB
Calls-Unli calls to Smart and TNTUnli calls to Smart and TNT30 minutes of calls to all networks60 minutes of calls to all networks150 minutes of calls to all networks
TextsUnli texts to Smart, TNT and SunUnli texts to Smart, TNT and SunUnli texts to Smart, TNT and Sun100 texts to all networks120 texts to all networks200 texts to all networks
Gadget Shield1 month1 month1 month1 month1 month1 month
VAS Content1 Free, interchangeable monthly1 Free, interchangeable monthly1 Free, interchangeable monthly1 Free, interchangeable monthly1 Free, interchangeable monthly1 Free, interchangeable monthly
Choosing the best postpaid plan and network is entirely up to you. It is influenced mainly by your contact list, and the quality of service you get where you live and work. So choose wisely, because choosing the wrong one will end-up in 2 years of "misery".

Monday, March 30, 2015

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge Live Photos


I went to Eastwood yesterday morning after my usual workout routine, and to my surprise, a live demo unit is already available at Smart Center Eastwood Citywalk. I was the first "customer" at the store, so I got a chance to play with it and view it from every angle for quite some time.

I have to say that both phones look gorgeous and premium. The camera is really good, I think one of the best in Android phones. The speakers are way louder than the iPhone 6 Plus. 

I read on early reviews online that the Samsung Galaxy S6 looks like an iPhone. It looks like an iPhone 6 only if you look at its aluminum side, other than that, it doesn't. I also noticed that the S6 demo unit is a dual SIM variant, while the S6 edge demo unit is a single SIM variant.

Later in the afternoon, I went to SM Megamall, and saw more demo units at the Globe Store, and Samsung Store in Cyberzone Bldg. B

If you are planning to get one, and not from a postpaid plan, prices are as follows:
  • Galaxy S6 (32GB) SRP P35,990
  • Galaxy S6 (64GB) SRP P41,990
  • Galaxy S6 edge (64GB) SRP P47,990
  • Galaxy S6 edge (32GB) SRP P41,990
The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge really took my heart. I love it's "edgy" look and feel. I think Samsung finally got the design right this time, to win both Android and non-Android users.

Here are a couple of photos I took from Smart Eastwood Citywalk, and I hope you enjoy it.

Samsung Galaxy S6






Samsung Galaxy S6 edge







All photos posted are my property.Copyright is applicable.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge Postpaid Plan Price Comparison

Globe and Smart finally released the postpaid plan cash-out prices for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Both devices will be available on April 10. If you pre-order now, both networks offers free wireless charging port on your new phone. Are you having a hard time thinking which plan offers less cash-out? See the table below.



You may also want to consider which plan will give you the best value out of your monthly service fee before signing-up. Some plans offers a data plan, a lot of free calls, but less SMS. Some plans offer a data plan and unlimited same network calls and text.

In my opinion, Smart wins this round. I personally do not like Globe's myLifestyle Plan. You can also read the same sentiment in online forums when they changed their myBest Ever Superplan to myLifestyle Plan. Globe subscribers will have to wait for a year or two before they change it again. 

Please note that this post is not a paid advertisement from neither networks.

Bookmark this page to be updated when Smart releases their cash-out for Data Plan 1500.