Friday, October 23, 2015

Kurio Smart - first thoughts

The 2-in-1 tablet/laptop hybrid finally arrived, via comgateway. Collected from a Cheers store.

First thoughts
  1. 19.5GB free of 23.3GB out of the box
  2. magnetic locking mechanism quite sturdy; 
  3. mousepad sensitivity ok; Windows 8 gestures working without issues
  4. keyboard travel ok, not too mushy
  5. switched display to 150% magnification 
  6. device runs ok on Chrome with 5-6 tabs
At the end of Day 1...
  1. speakers surprisingly not bad; front facing layout helps; headphone out ok also
  2. installed KeyTweak; converted
    1. Right Shift into Page Up
    2. Right Alt into Page Down
    3. Windows key into Search
    4. made using the device even more efficient
  3. as expected, IE runs smoother than resource-intensive Chrome

Thursday, December 25, 2014

HTC Re camera - 1st day

Finally arrived after a long delay, let's jump right in.

Pairing with the android app was easy. One quirk though; when the Re camera is connected to my phone (Redmi Note 4G), the phone's connection to my home wifi is disconnected.

Photo quality is so-so, test shots were taken at night though.
Aperture: F3.0, Shutter Speed: 1/15, Sensitivity: ISO1600

Aperture: F3.0, Shutter Speed: 1/15, Sensitivity: ISO2500

Need to test further, but initial impressions are not too promising for street photography, as shutter speeds are too slow, which may lead to blurry photos :(

Saturday, September 27, 2014

BlackBerry Passport review – after 30 minutes hands-on

Background: currently use a BlackBerry Q5 (phone), Nokia 808 (camera), and Samsung Galaxy Tab (tablet) on a daily basis. I also lug around a Asus Vivotab Note 8.

The new hybrid keyboard is softly sprung (yeah, less stiff than Q5), good amount of travel (more than Q10); but as expected, the bottom row of keys is difficult to reach with your thumb, as it is too close to the bottom edge of the device.

The Passport is so wide that one-handed typing is difficult; this is compounded by the usual security attachment behind handphones when placed as demo units inside a telco shop.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

VivoTab Note 8, and a new journey

Just purchased the Asus VivoTab Note 8, 64GB version (8 Aug 2014); was on offer for S$399 [free VersaSleeve, Wedge keyboard].

To be honest, it's not been a bed of roses.

It's my first experience of Windows 8, and it seems the curse of alternating good and bad Windows OS continues.
  • Windows XP [good]
  • Windows Vista [bad]
  • Windows 7 [good]
  • Windows 8 [bad]
Anyway, back to the VivoTab first; some of the issues I had to deal with; hopefully this is helpful for those considering a VivoTab Note 8.

Monday, July 16, 2012

New kid on the block

Dynamism - Tainell U-Touch 500
UMPCs have been virtually extinct ever since Apple's iPad appeared.

As usual, I was moaning about this on UMPC Portal. One comment recently pointed out a new UMPC.

Haven't heard of Tainell before, but the specs look respectable. Price is quite expensive though. The highest spec version is selling at US$1,199.

Didn't manage to find a review online.

Friday, June 08, 2012

Pomodoro (Italian for tomatoes) Technique

Been using this tool recently. Working quite well for me, although I am still refining my workflow to incorporate this process.

More info at the official website below.