Sunday, May 22, 2016

BlackBerry Priv initial thoughts

Hot. Big. Lag. But thoughtful.

Just around 24 hours with the Priv, so hopefully some issues will have workarounds or solutions.

The Priv runs quite hot at times , reaching beyond 45C. My set is a AT&T device, bought via Currently on Lollipop , hopefully Marshmallow will help in this regard.

The device is quite big, especially coming from a 5-inch device (HTC Butterfly 2). Sliding up the screen to use the physical keyboard needs getting used to.

Priv lags, even though it runs on a Snapdragon 808, and 3gb of ram. Again, a software update may help in this area. 

Keyboard is ok. Not as good as the Q5, but am getting the hang of swiping up to choose word predictions.

Being able to scroll up & down a webpage or app using the touch sensitive physical keyboard is great.

Positioning the volume up key directly opposite the power key, not a great idea. Tends to press both by mistake. Have to learn to reposition fingers.

The software keyboard swiping up to complete words is really useful.

The BlackBerry Launcher has many useful features. For example, typing on the home screen immediately starts a device search, for apps, files, settings, etc.

Tried the android version of the Blackberry Hub, and disabled it after a few tries. Not as integrated as the original BlackBerry Hub in BlackBerry 10 OS.

More thoughts to follow. P.S. this was typed entirely on the Priv physical keyboard, using the Blogger android app. Photo uploaded later via desktop browser, as photo upload within Blogger app caused blog post upload to fail.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Samsung Galaxy S7 - initial thoughts on camera

Test shots from Samsung Galaxy S7; initial thoughts on camera
  1. fast camera startup [double-press home button]
  2. fast auto-focus
  3. zero shutter lag
  4. motion photo feature is useful [shoots 3 seconds of video before you press shutter]
  5. high default shutter speed in auto mode [a good thing, as it results in less blurry shots]
  6. manual behaviour in Pro mode a little strange [doesn't seem to allow shutter speed adjustment only; once i start adjusting shutter speed, sensitivity becomes ISO50 and exposure compensation kicks in]

Auto mode, HDR off, f/1.7, ISO100, 1/100s

Auto mode, HDR off, f/1.7, ISO80, 1/100s

Auto mode, HDR off, f/1.7, ISO125, 1/100s

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.