Waiting For The Samsung Galaxy S II

8 May 2011  8 Comments

I placed an order for the Samsung Galaxy S II last week and it shipped last Tuesday. It reached Kuwait last Thursday morning and its still held in customs.

So I guess one more day?

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play: Hands-On

6 Apr 2011  11 Comments

SE Xperia Play

Yesterday, I got my hands on the new Xperia Play(thanks to my brother) and managed to play around with it for a little while. The build quality of the is great, it feels really solid and the sliding mechanism is great . The 4” screen looks wonderful and bright. Also the 1ghz processor was ran smoothly and handled the games and SonyEricsson’s custom UI without a hitch.

The device came loaded with 5 games The Sims 3, Star Battalion Tetris, FIFA 2010, Crash Bandicoot and Bruce Lee Dragon Warriors.

The ability to use buttons is a godsend to  every gamer.I just hope that Sony plays this right by releasing more games and getting more publishers.

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Xperia Play Fifa 10

Xperia Play Fifa Controls

Xperia Play Crash Bandicoot

Xperia Play Home Screen

Now I’m really thinking of getting me an Xperia Play instead of waiting for Samsung’s Galaxy S II.

HyperMac Mini

20 Dec 2010  1 Comment

Aramex finally delivered my shipment after it stayed in their warehouse for 3 days. In that shipment was a HaperMac Mini external battery. just because I carry around a plethora of devices and if I find myself away from a wall socket and in desperate need of a charge. I would be safe IF i remember to keep this baby charged and ready to go.

A list of features from their website:

- Aluminum housing

- Attractive non-battery look

- 7200mAh lithium ion battery

- Extend iPad battery life by up to 10 extra hours

- Fully recharge the iPhone up to 6 times – Extend talk time by up to 72 hours, standby time by up to 1800 hours, Internet use by up to 54 hours

- Extend video playback by up to 60 hours and audio playback by up to 180 hours

- 10W (5V/2.1A max) power via USB port- Recharge via standard (5V/500mAh) or high power 10W (5V/2.1A max) USB

- Supports pass through charging, charge both battery and iPad/iPhone/iPod at the same time- Military grade lithium ion cells, rechargeable up to 1,000 times

- Built-in short circuit, overcharging and temperature protection

- 1 year limited warranty

HyperMac Mini

How To Update Your Nexus One To 2.2 (Froyo)

23 May 2010  1 Comment

  • Download the update from here.

The rest of the steps I posted before here. But just incase you are lazy, here you go:

  • Rename the file to update.zip.
  • Copy the update.zip file onto your microSD card.
  • With your Nexus One off, hold down the trackball and press the power button.You’ll be booted into a white screen with three Android robots on skateboards.
  • Select “Bootloader.”
  • On the next screen, select “Recovery.”
  • Your phone will reboot, giving you a picture of the Android robot and an exclamation point inside a triangle.
  • Now press the power button and volume up button at the same time. It could take a couple of tries.
  • Now (using the trackball this time) choose “Apply sdcard:update.zip”

After the installation is complete, you will still have to download and install Flash 10.1 to get things going, just click on any “get latest flash” link in the browser and you are set. or just search for it in the market place.

Enjoy

Android Froyo 2.2: Flash and First Signs of Arabic Support

23 May 2010  12 Comments


I just managed to download and install Froyo on my Nexus One today. I have been playing with it for a few hours at it is definitely a great upgrade.

The device feels snappier all around especially in the browser. The inclusion of Flash is awesome, it make mobile browsing much more tolerable. Also the battery life seemed to have improved, I played around with the device for a while a definitely notice a better battery life……. I think. will let you know after a full day use.

Another great feature is the WiFi hotspot. you can transfer your device into a wireless hotspot (think MiFi). this is a great feature indeed making me carry one less device, or maybe just an extra battery.

Also I have notice the first glimpse of Arabic support, I see separated Arabic letters instead of the usual block in both the browser and in the messages. This means that the next major update 3.0 perhaps will include full Arabic support.

Vic Gundorta Taking A Swipe At Apple Every CHance He Gets

21 May 2010  3 Comments

Yesterday, Google had its developers event and it showed-off a ton of new stuff (Google TV). But what I was waiting for was the 2.2 version of Android AKA Froyo.

It has a lot of great new features and new API’s. But what was amusing was watching the video and seeing Google’s Vice president of engineering taking a swipe at Apple every chance he gets. He even used Apple’s 1984 Campaign against them (3 minute mark first video)

The Keynote has a lot of info and demos and I recommend watching it if you have an Android device, planing to get one or you just want to see Steve Jobs have a taste of his own medicine.

5 part video.

Windows Phone 7 Series

16 Feb 2010  1 Comment

 

Microsoft showed the world their new Mobile OS yesterday in Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress. Dubbed “Windows Phone 7 Series” the OS looks awesome from the hands-on and the demo videos that we have seen so far. They show off everything yet as it is still in development (will be released by the end of the year) but from what I’ve seen so far I’m definitely onboard.

With Windows Phone 7 Series Microsoft started from scratch that’s why every thing looks new, amazing and fresh. Windows Mobile 6.5 elements are nowhere to be seen, which is a blessing. The new OS blends The ZUNE HD’s UI with the Android OS’s functionality and integration.

 

Not to forget also that the ZUNE Service integration is there and works perfectly. and that was the only reason I didn’t buy a ZUNE HD, I wanted the service implemented in a phone and didn’t want to carry a dedicated MP3 player with me, even though the ZUNE HD is an amazing device. It is also integrated with XBOX LIVE, that should be fun.

They really are reminding us that they are still a major player in the smartphone business.

Info Connect 2010

1 Feb 2010  4 Comments

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Yesterday we passed by Info Connect at the International Fair Ground to see what’s new. We weren’t expecting much from there except for some new DSL prices but we still had to wonder around checking stuff out before ManU/Arsenal – Egypt/Ghana games.

To our amazement we found a cleaning solution in an Tech/IT expo.

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we ended up buying 3 of this AMAZING Kleaner :/

Also when walking around we noticed an unreleased Android mobile device on display in a protected glass case.

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Yes it is the SonyEricsson’s upcoming X10. it will be the company’s first android device that should be available as early as next month.

Zidaneoo was also looking for a new laptop. So, we had a quick look around and saw an i7 and an i5 HP laptops that had a very good price. cant remember the exact pricing and specs. but I should have the up soon.

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We took our time there wich made us miss both game’s kick-off. and when we got to Showtime’s booth i saw this.

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Of course they were watching the Egypt game.

And when it was time to leave, it was raining and we were greeted with a lightnings show.

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So, not much to say about the Expo. With the exception of semi-good ADSL prices.

Slide Screen – The Ultimate Home Screen

27 Jan 2010  No Comments

Slide Screen

I’ve been waiting for this app for a while now it it just got released recently. It can replace your current Android home screen with over flow of information making the Android’s home screen much more informative than it already is (using the notification bar).

This app is highly recommended and its free (ad supported) and only available for Android OS.

Link

Nokia Offering Turn-by-Turn Navigation For Free

21 Jan 2010  No Comments

Nokia Ovi Maps

Nokia just announced today that most of Nokia owner can download the new map/nav application for free on their devices.

So that puts it on par with android devices. Except we don’t have good Google maps coverage here in the middle east. Hope Nokia’s offering is much better.

Link

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