How to Buy a Nexus 7 in Malaysia

 

 

Ever since Google launched the Nexus 7 in Google I/O 2012, every Malaysian has been searching high and low for a way to purchase the Nexus 7 , and for a reasonable price at that. Because of that I’ve tried my best to search through the internet and all the online stores to try and find possible ways for us to get our hands on Google’s latest and greatest.

IP-Mart

IPMart has been one of the fastest local resellers to offer the Nexus 7 , priced at RM949 for the 8GB version and RM1149 for the 16GB version. Yes , this might be RM300 more than the RRP price from the Play Store, but its the only option that ships fast and the only store locally selling it. I have gotten confirmation from Google Malaysia that they have no immediate plans to release the Nexus 7 here yet, so this may be a viable option. You have an option to pay either by Bank In, Credit Card , PayPal or even Cash On Delivery ( select States). Click here for more details.

Negri Electronics

Negri Electronics is well known for offering all the latest devices the fastest and they ship internationally – including Malaysia! The 8Gb version is RM780 and the 16GB model is RM1000 . It is slightly cheaper than IPMart, but when you take into account the shipping costs and delivery time, it comes up to the same. More info here.

Google Play Store

This is the cheapest but hardest option, as it requires you to ship to a US address, and have your friend ship it to you. You have the advantage of buying it with the RRP price of $199 / @249 but it’s quite troublesome to find a friend who is willing to go through the trouble to ship it to you. You will also have to get your friend in the US to purhase it for you, as the Play Store website isn’t accessible from Malaysia.

I hope these options certainly help you to get your hands on the much coveted Nexus 7 . We ourselves are working on purchasing one and we’ll definitely review the device when we get it. Stay tuned.

 

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What to do with your old mobile phone?

 

 

It has been estimated that in the UK the average mobile phone user replaces a phone almost every two and a half years. Anecdotally, many mobile users talk of replacing their handsets every time a contract (which typically lasts for eighteen months) runs out. Given this, it is clear that there are a lot of discarded mobile phones out there – one estimate puts the number of unused mobile phones in UK households alone at eighty million. But rather than leaving your old phone to gather dust in a drawer, what else can you do with it?

One option is to donate it to charity. There are many charities that can make good use of your old mobile phone. For example, Oxfam will either have the phones refurbished for use overseas or they will send them to a recycling company in exchange for cash. The UK based charity Refuge also refurbishes phones for use in developing countries. The Red Cross state that for every phone donated they can make up to thirty pounds, so this gives some idea of how valuable a revenue stream such donations are becoming to charities. Other charities make different uses out of old phones. For example, homeless shelters may provide refurbished phones to residents for emergency use.

Donating an old mobile phone to charity is a simple process. For popular charities the easiest way to donate might be to simply call into the store with the phone. Otherwise, most charities are more than happy to send out a stamp addressed, pre-paid jiffy bag: just pop the phone into the bag when it arrives and put it in the post.

If you donate the phone to charity you are not only helping the charity: you are also helping the environment. As the charities refurbish the donations, you are ensuring that an old phone doesn’t go straight to a landfill site and it means one less new phone is sold.

Alternatively, you can sell your old phone to a phone recycling company. Prices offered by these (mainly web-based) companies vary. The websites will state the price offered for a particular make and model of phone. If you accept, you can give your address via a form on the site and the company will usually post you out a pre-paid envelope. Send the phone on to the company when the bag arrives and they pay on receipt of the phone. While this option may be less altruistic than donating a phone, it is good for the environment – the phone will not end up in a landfill site just yet!

 

 

 

Nexus 7 Tablet : Specs, Price and Availability in Malaysia

Google’s day one conference at I/O was arguably the best conference from the search giant. There were a ton of announcements, all giving glimpses of Android’s future and where it’s headed to. Android 4.1 , the Nexus 7 and Q , and Project Glass were highlights of the show. But what stole the show was definitely the Nexus 7. The fruit of Google’s partnership with Taiwanese manufacturer Asus was unveiled, an certainly whetted many appetites. Google was in the tablet market, and with the best slate for the job. A sub-$200 pricing and flagship specs make this purchase a no brainer. You woudn’t even consider Amazon’s Kindle Fire, with the Nexus beating the Fire in every way possible , except one – content. So what exactly is so great about the Nexus 7? When is it going to be available in Malaysia ,and for how much? Read on to find out.

Specifications and Hardware

As you can see from the pic above, the Nexus 7 has some very eye catching features, some only available to flagship tablets like the Transformer Prime, which also costs RM1000 more. It’s a miracle how Google and Asus managed to keep costs down in spite of the specs. The Nexus 7 is a buttonless tablet has a 7″ 1280 x 800 HD display , that’s strengthened by Gorilla Glass. It runs on a quad – core Tegra 3 CPU , clocked at 1.2Ghz but it can upscale to 1.3Ghz anytime paired with its 12 – core GPU which proved to boost this tablet’s gaming performance dramatically in the demo. There’s no back- facing camera, but there’s a front facing 1.2 MP one. The Nexus also comes with the standard slew of sensors and of course NFC. The highlight of this tablet that sets it apart from every Android device available, is that it comes with Android’s latest version, Jelly Bean. Jelly Bean brings a lot of new and much wanted features to the table. Among the new features is a new search , Google Now, new Maps features , auto resizing widgets and finally , Android is going to be silky smooth with the introduction of Project Butter. The tablet is also being branded a Google Play tablet, with all Play’s services integrated very well with the OS. Magazines, Books, Games, Apps, Music and Chrome are all readily accessible and offer robust features.

Pricing and Availabilty

After looking at the specs, you’d sure to be looking at a RM1500 – 1800 ( $400-500) pricing for the slate. Well, you were wrong. Google has set the price of the tablet at $199 ( RM 600 ) for the 8GB version and $249 ( RM 780 ) for the 16GB version. That’s incredibly cheap and more than half the price of the cheapest iPad 3 model available. Which also brings us to the availability of the tablet itself. Google is already taking pre-orders for the tablet in its own Google Play Store, and is expected to ship the Nexus sometime mid – July. It’s unfortunate that the Play Store isn’t available in Malaysia currently. However , Google have assured us that the Nexus would be sold in other stores around the world, with Google absorbing marketing costs. When that will reach Malaysia, we don’t know . But ASUS is an Asian company, and they have been quick with Transformer launches here. We have reason to believe that ASUS will push the Nexus sales in Malaysia, and expect it to arrive here around August – September. We have reached out to ASUS on the matter of availability and will let you know when we have confirmation.

Stay tuned to CrackTech for all the latest info.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean review: a look at what’s changed in Google’s mobile OS

Android 41 Jelly Bean review a look at what's changed in Google's mobile OS

Google’s next iteration of Android wasn’t quite the full-point release jump that many of you were perhaps anticipating. Rather than using Google I/O 2012 as the launching pad for Android 5.0, we’re being formally introduced to v4.1 — a mere 0.1 ahead of where Ice Cream Sandwich placed us around six months ago. Aside from grabbing a name change, the minor numerical bump also provides Jelly Bean the opportunity to usher in a few new features for Nexus owners to enjoy.

If you missed yesterday’s keynote, Google revealed that Android 4.1 would arrive on Nexus devices in “mid-July,” but there’s no clear word on when partner companies will begin pushing it to their products. Moreover, pundits are quick to point out the legions of Android products that still haven’t made the leapto 4.0, leaving us to wonder if those Froyo and Gingerbread laggards will simply take the fast track to 4.1 now that it’s (almost) available. Care to see if the latest and greatest will live up to your expectations once it lands in a few weeks? Head on past the break as we discuss some of the larger changes that Jelly Bean has to offer.

By and large, Jelly Bean is Ice Cream Sandwich. Just … nicer. And smoother. And with a few additions that make it worth yearning for. Here at I/O, we were provided with a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, preloaded with v4.1. Outside of the new Android build, it’s the same phone we first saw in Hong Kong last October. As these things tend to go, the actual UI changes only tell a portion of the story. It’s tough to talk about Jelly Bean’s significance without first talking about Project Butter. Continuing Google’s long obsession with cuisine, the whimsically named initiative is an appreciated one. Effectively, Google has retooled Android to be even more responsive, so that it ramps up whatever power lies within the moment a finger touches the screen. The goal here is to achieve 60 frames per second across the board on modern hardware; that could mean bad news for older devices that may or may not get the update, but phones like the Galaxy Nexus seem to gain horsepower simply due to coding improvements.

In our testing, an already zippy phone simply felt perfectly smooth. Buttery, even. Chrome loaded in an instant. Toggling voice search didn’t result in a single pause. Swiping between photos was shockingly brisk. We could go on, but it’s really simple: Android is finally at a place where it feels completely buttoned-up from a silkiness standpoint. In the past, you needed cutting-edge hardware to overcome some irregularities and inefficiencies in the code. With v4.1, you’re actually getting more features, without feeling there’s a speed hit on the other end. In fact, you’re gaining features and perceived speed. And really, who wouldn’t be into that?

Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the more significant changes introduced in Jelly Bean. Click on after the break to check out the full rundown .

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Google I/O 2012 : What to expect?

This year’s already been filled with exciting announcements and much awaited events. Apple’s WWDC conference just ended, arguably the biggest event of the year, and the most anticipated so far. Google ‘s I/O conference is Google’s version of it , and has certainly been gaining traction over the years. This year is gearing up to be the most exciting I/O conference yet, with tons of rumours pouring in from as early as March. The conference kick – starts at June 28 , 12.30 AM Malaysian Time ( GMT + 8) . That’s June 27 , 5.30PM for all you UK readers. So , what should you be expecting from the conference? Read on to see our breakdown of the rumours .

Google and Asus Nexus 7 Tablet

Ah, the Nexus 7. People started speculating about from the days of the Motorola Xoom and original iPad announcement. At the time, Android was never tablet ready, and its app offering wasn’t either. Meanwhile, the iPad stole the show for 3 years with its polished iOS and 100,000 exclusive apps. Of course, Google hasn’t been keeping quiet. Honeycomb launched specifically for tablets, and Ice Cream Sandwich followed last year , bridging the gap between smartphone and tablet . Finally, Android tablets actually made people consider them , with their budget pricing and big spec sheets.

This year, Google is about to bring its renowned Nexus branding to a tablet, and that tablet is going to be manufactured by Asus. It only seems fit, as Asus has been doing a spectacular job with its Transformer series, especially the Prime. Great specs and build quality paired with excellent battery life and docking functionality, all it needed was a lower price. Google might actually pull it off. With the Nexus 7 certainly running a vanilla version of Android , most probably a new version , Android 4.1 Jelly Bean , which also might make a cameo today. The Nexus 7 also pleases in the specs front, with a Tegra 3 CPU reportedly keeping this thing going, paired with a front facing camera and 1GB RAM, as well as a 7 – inch 1280 x 720 display.  There’s no mention of a rear-facing camera, which would make sense considering its RIDICULOUSLY CHEAP purported pricing of $199 for the 8GB version and $299 for the 16GB version. Most people dont actually use the rear – camera on their tablets anyway. The front camera is of course usefull for Skype and Face Unlock.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Jelly Bean is Google’s latest offering of its open source Android OS, and is set to be an incremental update,like Gingerbread over Froyo,  rather than a large overhaul like Ice Cream Sandwich was over Gingerbread. Not much is actually known about what new features Google might bring to the table. The only thing actually confirmed is the name and its unveiling today, as Google have already erected its trademark statue of Jelly Beans outside its HQ. Google has done this for every new iteration of the OS, from the early days of Cupcake to the Jelly Bean of today. The screenshots above were released by Google to show off its Google I/O app. Sharped eyed readers of course picked out the differnce between the search bar above and the search bar in existing ICS builds. Could this be a cameo of Jelly Bean from Google themselves? Cheeky aren’t they.

Once again , everything will be revealed in their conference , kicking off today. Stay tuned for all the updates at CrackTech.

 

HTC Sense 3.6 vs Sense 4.0: What’s the difference?

HTC Sense 3.6 vs Sense 4.0: What's the difference?. Phones, Mobile phones, HTC, HTC One X, HTC Sensation XE, Ice Cream Sandwich, Android, HTC Sense, Features 0

HTC Sense 4.0 is the latest version of HTC’s user interface, layered over the top of Android 4. It lands on the HTC One series, as seen the HTC One X reviewed here by Pocket-Lint.

Sense 3.6, on the other hand, is something of a halfway house between “old Sense” and the newer cleaner Sense. If you’re interested in HTC Sense 3.6, we gave it a thorough reviewing here when it landed on the HTC Sensation XE.

HTC Sense 4.0 will be present on devices moving forward (until HTC moves on again) with Sense 3.6 landing on devices as they are updated to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. We’ve asked HTC whether it will be bringing Sense 4.0 to older devices and that doesn’t seem to have been determined yet; we suspect not.

So, if you have an existing HTC Android smartphone due for upgrade to Android 4.0, it’s almost certain you’ll receive Sense 3.6. Here we’ll walk you through the main differences between the two versions, so you can see what you’re missing out on, or not.

Sense does differ from device to device: here we are reviewing Sense 4.0 on the HTC One X and Sense 3.6 on the Sensation XE. In the sections below when we’re comparing images side by side the Sense 4.0 version is on the left. Renowned tech blog Pocket-lint have done an excellent side-by-side comparison of the two. Read on to see what exactly separates the different Senses .

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[EXCLUSIVE]Windows Phone 8 release date and latest details

Windows Phone 8 release date and latest details

Microsoft has officially announced the first details of Windows Phone 8 (which you may know better as Apollo) and confirming many of the rumours about the new operating system at the Windows Phone Summit.

However, don’t get too excited – this is a ‘sneak peek’ rather than the full details of the new version and there’s still a lot of information that we don’t know.

Click on to view the complete rundown.

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