The Note

My husband is a notepad collector. He has like 20 palm-sized notepads and it seemed like it’s still not enough. Pantang pergi bookstore, mesti akan beli satu.

You see, my husband likes to carry around a notepad in his pocket when he’s out and about. Sometimes when he’s at the mall temankan I shopping or at the restaurant while waiting for our food to arrive or even when he’s in the middle of talking/doing something, he would suddenly take out his notepad and jot something down. It’s like he suddenly have this idea bubbling up in his head that he needs to write it down no matter what.
 

He started doing this way before we were even married and I find that so cute! Macam budak sekolah yang rajin. Heheh. I asked him, why don’t he just list down his ideas (or whatever it is) in his phone and save it there because it would be easier, but he said it feels different and more satisfying when you actually write it downwith a pen. Right.
 

One time when we were at a restaurant and he left his notepad in the car, he took a piece of tissue that was on the table and wrote down some notes on it! That’s how much he needs his notes!

 

But the thing about writing in notepads or papers is that, you tend to misplace them and it’s kinda hard to organize. The pockets of my husband’s jeans are filled with folded notes and crumpled papers that looked like rubbish. I cannot imagine the content of his handbag would look like if men were to wear handbags like women do!

 

This is so like my husband.
He has an iPhone, iPad, MacBook, but he still carries a notepad!

 

When I heard of Galaxy Note, immediately my mind thought of my husband. For someone who can’t live without a notepad, I think the Galaxy Note would be perfect! It comes with a stylus, known as the S Pen and apparently, it is the most advanced pen input technology that features an array of functions including pressure sensitivity, preciseness, speed and more.

 

 

 

It has S-Memo that lets you record all forms of ideas instantly and freely including handwritten text, typed text, drawings, pictures and even voice recordings. It’s like writing/drawing on a paper without a paper. How cool is that?

 

 

This picture is hand drawn on the Galaxy Note, using the S Pen.
It looks like it’s drawn using a real pen, isn’t it? Amazing.

 

There’s also S Planner which lets you manage your complicated schedules in an easy and intuitive way. You can write your schedules instead of typing it just like a traditional organizer, but it’s way better because existing appointments and whatnot can be easily shifted around using the S Pen.

Here’s the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Note:
Network

  • HSPA+ up to 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
  • 4G LTE
  • EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
Processor
  • 1.4 GHz Dual Core Processor
Display
  • 5.3″ WXGA (1280 x 800) screen
  • HD Super AMOLED












Platform
  • Android 2.3(Gingerbread)
Camera
  • Main(Rear): 8 MP with LED Flash/Front: 2 MP
  • Action Shot, Beauty, Panorama Shot, Smile Shot
Video
  • 1080p Full HD video recording & playback
  • Recording: 1080p@24~30fps/Playback: 1080p@30fps
  • Codec: MPEG4/ H.263/ H.264/ DivX, Xvid, WMV, VC-1
Audio
  • Codec: MP3, AAc, AMR, WMA, WAV, FLAC, OGG
  • Music player with SoundAlive
  • 3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS
Multi Input
  • Full touch + S Pen (Advanced smart pen)

 

Connectivity
  • Bluetooth technology v 3.0 + HS
  • USB 2.0 HOST
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
Sensor
  • Accelerometer, Digital compass, Proximity, Barometer, Light
Memory
  • 16GB Internal memory + microSD (up to 32GB)
Size
  • 146.85 x 82.95 x 9.65 mm, 178g

Battery
  • Standard battery, Li-on 2,500 mAh
The Samsung Galaxy Note is priced at RM2,299 but you can get it at a cheaper price when you purchase with a contract plan from one of the telcos.

 

I heard the white version will be coming to Malaysia soon! *looks at my husband with hopeful eyes*

 



It’s a phone. It’s a tablet. It’s Galaxy Note!

I used to have a PDA. It was O2 XDA II, given by my dad for my 21st birthday. It was the coolest gadget I’ve ever had at that time. One of the things I loved most was that, it came with a stylus. I thought it was cool to jot down notes on a gadget instead of a notepad.

I don’t think I have ever seen any smartphone or tablet with stylus nowadays. That is, until I came across Samsung Galaxy Note.

The Galaxy Note is like all-in-one device – it’s got smartphone’s 24/7 portability, tablet’s large display (5.3″ HD super AMOLED), note pad’s free idea capturing and other mobile device’s core benefits like camera and games. It’s a pretty neat device and it’s created to minimize the need to switch to other devices while on the go.
I must say, the highlight of the Galaxy Note is the stylus, or as Samsung calls it, the S pen. You can easily sketch drawings and write notes in the Digital Memo and the text recognition software recognizes your handwriting to redigitize into regular text format which can save you the trouble of rein-putting!

With 1.4 GHz dual core processor, the Galaxy Note is great for multitasking. You can download a movie, read emails and run apps in the background and yet your phone is still responsive. Awesome!
The size is just nice for reading or watching a video and it is more portable than a tablet. It’s so slim and sleek, it could easily fit in your pocket!
I found a few unboxing videos of the Galaxy Note. This one is in English:




And this is the BM version:



There’s nothing quite like the thrill of unboxing a new piece of gadget, even if you’re not really a gadget freak! You can view more unboxing videos here, here and here too.


The Galaxy Note is now available in Malaysia and it is launching at Pavilion (near Esprit) on the 11th November 2011, which is today! The first 100 buyers will get a Galaxy Note cover with Swarovski crystals so if you love to accessorize your gadget, you might not want to miss this! You can also ask for a complimentary Galaxy Note Leather Flip Cover with your purchase at any Samsung Elite Partner Stores, Celcom and Digi outlets (only for the first 9,999 customers).



Samsung Galaxy S II

Most touchscreen smartphones look somewhat the same at a glance – large screen with only one (or two) button. So when I saw my brother-in-law’s phone for the first time, I thought he was using an iPhone just like the rest of us. I looked again and noticed the screen. It’s slightly larger than mine. Turns out, he’s actually using Samsung Galaxy S. I took it, belek-belek a little and thought, “Not bad”.

And then he began talking about the newer version: Samsung Galaxy S II.


Apparently, it has a larger screen than the previous one – 4.3″ Super Amoled Plus (whatever that is, but that is so large)! Although it is larger, the new technology uses less space and consumes 18% less energy than the previous display, and it’s one of the thinnest, longest lasting smartphone to date. The large screen would be easier to play games or watch videos or even for reading, like this guy here, who uses it to read his lecture notes.



There’s also Photo Editor too (not sure whether it’s an app that you have to download or if it’s included in the camera feature or something). You can crop, add special effects, adjust the brightness, contrast, etc of your photo, just like Photoshop. For someone who likes to take photos and share it with others on Twitter, Facebook, blog, etc, this would be useful.
My favorite feature has got to be the Voice Solution. It’s like iPhone 4S’ Siri and it enables you to actually talk and command your phone to do major functions like calling, messaging, scheduling and launching apps without you having to do it manually. It’s like having a personal assistant! SO cool!


I wonder if it could shop for me.
“Search asos.com. Buy Bow Blouse With Spot Print, size UK10”.
That would be even more cool! Ngeh ngeh ;p
How would you use the Voice Solution feature?
Check out http://www.samsung.com/my/lovegalaxysll to see other features, shared by Samsung Galaxy S II users.


BlackBerry Torch 9860 for only RM88?

You know, before using iPhone, I was actually eyeing for a BlackBerry. BlackBerry Bold, to be precise. My dad and my sister were using it and I thought it looked pro – like a businessman or something. If it wasn’t for my husband, I think I would have been a BlackBerry user!
Anyways, I was surprised to find out that the new BlackBerry Torch 9860 comes with a touch screen. Atau memang before this dah ada BlackBerry with touch screen; aku jer yang tak tahu? ;p

FYI, Celcom will be the FIRST AND ONLY telco in Malaysia to introduce the new BlackBerry Torch 9860. So BlackBerry lovers, listen up!

There will be a launching event where you can purchase the new BlackBerry Torch 9860 at only RM688 (retail price: RM1,588) when you subscribe for any CE50/P48 voice + BlackBerry plan with 12 months contract from RM88 a month!
That’s not all.
20 of you lucky customers at the launching event will be selected to get the BlackBerry Torch 9860 for only RM88!!! Murah gilaaa weh! I want one too la like that!
Oh, and you can also get a special BlackBerry combo at the event – BlackBerry Bold 9900 + BlackBerry PlayBook at only RM2,188 (limited to the 1st 100 customers and valid with new 12-month subscription to CE50).
Details of the event are as follows:
Date: 15 September 2011
Time: 10am onwards
Venue: Red Carpet Avenue, The Strand, Kota Damansara
(there will also be performances by Aizat, Bunkface and many more).
Here are Celcom postpaid plans for the BlackBerry Torch 9860 for your reference:-
Celcom Exec:
Celcom Biz:
For more info, visit www.celcom.com.my/smartphones.
These amazing offers will ONLY be available at the launching event so if you don’t wanna miss it, you gotta attend it!
For those who didn’t know, Blackberry Bold 9900 was just launched a few weeks ago and it’s available from as low as RM1,288 with Celcom postpaid plans.
It’s the thinnest BlackBerry yet!
Celcom Exec:
Celcom Biz:



Good things come to those who wait

My iPhone (3G), the one that I had been using for more than 2 years, suddenly died yesterday.
I thought that was the end of it.

But this morning, I woke up and it springs back to life. It won’t charge properly tho – I mean, sekejap charge, sekejap tak. It was driving me nuts.

I NEED MY iPHONE.

I sms-ed my husband but he said maybe I should wait for awhile for it to “be back to normal”.
I just sighed and said ok. Isteri yang baik kena dengar cakap suami kan? ;p

An hour later, I tried to sms my husband again but there was no service. Weird. But I was like “whatever”. I put the iPhone away and played rocking horse with my girls.

At around noon, my husband came back home with a Maxis iPhone 4 paper bag and a huge smile plastered across his face. I was stunned.

Did he…
Could that be…

“OMG is that white iPhone 4??”, I finally said.

Of course it is.

My husband can be so full of surprises sometimes. I love!