1 Jan 2016

Seiko SNKN01K1 watch unboxing

Wishing all visitors to my blog a very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2016. 2015 was a busy and eventful year for me and I did not even have time to update the blog regularly. As the year came to a close, I decided to reward myself with a watch. If you are a regular to our blog, you are probably aware that I mostly blog about awesome yet affordable watches and I put myself a very low budget of around RM1000 (approx. US$232 / £158 at the current exchange rate).

The condition was that it had to be a mechanical/ automatic watch. I went to Lazada, my favourite shopping portal here in Malaysia and pulled up all the watches I had put on my watch list. All the Swiss brands were beyond my budget and I narrowed my choice down to two - a dressy Orient Bambino CER2400/ CER24005W/ ER24005W (at a discounted RM599 with free delivery) and the retro inspired Seiko Recraft SNKN01K1 (RM539). I already have a Tissot which I usually wear to formal occasions and I did not really need another dress watch.

Orient Bambino

So I finally decided to go for the SNKN01 - a watch I could wear everyday. The delivery was very fast - I bought it on the 26th and it was delivered on the 30th.

The SNKN01 is powered by a self-winding movement (7S26 movement with 21 Jewels, runs at 21,600 vibrations per hour) housed in the retro style stainless steel case with calf leather strap.


It has a screwdown see-through caseback. The watch is water resistant to 50M.


The sunburst dial with clear hour markers was what really attracted me to the watch with the day/date window at the hour 3 marker.

Though I love the new watch and I have been wearing it continuously for nearly a week now, it could have been better. First of all, the watch is not lumed - not the hour markers nor the hands, which means that I cannot read it in the dark. Further more it cannot be wound up and it does not hack (i.e., the second hand does not stop when you adjust the time). Seiko has other movements and I wonder why they used the 7S26 instead of say the 4R36 which does hack and can be hand wound. I answer would be that it would not cost only RM539 anymore.

Some of you may be wondering why having these features are important but for a lot of watch collectors, these are absolutely essential when they look for an automatic watch. I am not that concerned. The 7S26 reportedly has a power reserve of 40 hours when fully wound and I guess I will have to shake it a bit eveyday even when I am not wearing it. Or maybe I could get a watch winder.

Here is the unboxing video:

28 Dec 2015

Lenovo Vibe P1m unboxing and a rant

Warning: Rant ahead.
My wife is a huge Lenovo fan and when her Lenovo P70 screen got cracked recently, she went out and bought herself the same model from the nearby Digital Mall in Section 14, PJ. She also decided to get new Vibe P1m for me and her dad.


Of course I was delighted as I was sick of my old Samsung Note whose battery always let me down when I most needed it.

The sticker price on the Vibe P1m was RM749 but the store gave it to her for RM675 for each phone. Sounds like a great bargain, doesn't it? Unfortunately it isn't. You can get the same phone on the popular online store Lazada for only RM585. Imagine my anger when I read on the Lenovo Facebook page that customers were supposed to get a free gift for each phone as well. They gave my wife a lousy power bank. Well I left a comment on their Facebook post and also sent them a message as well:

"Just want to report: My wife bought 2 Vibe P1m and 1 P70 (3 mobile phones in total) today from Digital mall in PJ. Much costlier than on Lazada (only as opposed to the RM675 she paid for each phone) and received only one gift - a power bank. Quite unhappy."

No reply so far. I went to their Facebook page and discovered that they had deleted my comment as well.

Great phones, lousy customer service.

Anyway, the Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery is as advertised. I love the battery life on the phone - it lasts me at least for 2 days even with the wifi left on all the time and with me on social media constantly and charges extremely fast as well. Another great feature is the active noise cancellation mic which allows my voice to be heard clearly even in noisy places. Apparently it has a splash proof nano coating which is good news as my Xiaomi was ruined after my son gave it a bath. However, I am not in a hurry to test out the Lenovo claims.

The only feature that is disappointing is the camera - the pictures leaves a lot to be desired and my Xiaomi mi4i gave better results. The photographs taken by the main 8 MP camera is OK for bright sunshine but quite bad in low lighting conditions.

Here is the unboxing video:



23 Nov 2015

OXY SmartWatch

This year, we have seen a slew of smart watches entering the market. However, there are a number of consumers who still prefer the look of a traditional watch. Now,. it is possible to get the best of both Worlds. OXY Technologies has launched the OXY SmartWatch which really looks and feels like a traditional watch. I guess the feature that makes it unique is fact that it can connect to virtually every modern smartphone - whether it is running on Android, iOS or Windows 10. Furthermore, OXY is an open source project and they are already working with hundreds of incredibly smart developers from all over the world to make OXY the perfect SmartWatch.

Oxy

Regarding the watch, it is made of extra durable CNC finished 316L Stainless Steel, water resistant and equipped with a brilliant AMOLED display, protected by strong Corning Gorilla Glass. The OXY SmartWatch is powered by the MIPS M200 and comes with 1GB of RAM.

They have launched an Indiegogo campaign (See link to their campaign here: http://igg.me/at/oxy)

29 Oct 2015

Upgraded Knitted Touchscreen Gloves from Mujjo

Now that winter is almost here, it is time to think about to remain connected with your smart phones in the cold. Mujjo has introduced single layered and double layered touchscreen Gloves.

They feature an updated design including a leather wrist strap, leather cuff boards and a magnetic snap closure ensuring strong holding power while reducing tension on the strap during opening / closing. The material has also been upgraded for increased durability and maximized grip.


Read the news release here.

11 Sep 2015

Apple TV: Everything You Need to Know

Guest post by Maria Ramos

Apple TV, released in 2007, has hitherto been a minor player in Apple's product lineup, accounting for less than five percent of the cellphone and computer maker's sales. An update to Apple TV was announced on September 9th in San Francisco, perhaps signaling a new emphasis on the product by Apple. This is the first change in three years for Apple's attempt to conquer the living room. The new model is expected to go on sale in late October.

Perhaps the most important upgrade is the remote control that ships with the television. The previous version used a design with two buttons and a four-way directional pad, but the new Apple TV remote comes with a touch-screen surface and voice recognition capabilities. The user can speak into the built-in microphone to search for programming, rewind the action and request other information. The Apple TV now incorporates Siri, the virtual assistant that has been standard for a while on iPhones, so it will be easy for users to operate the television using natural language commands.

Apple TV. From the Apple Website. Available for $69.


Apps are a new area of emphasis for AppleTV. CEO Tim Cook has even stated, “We believe the future of television is apps. In fact this transition has already begun - we are spending more time watching TV on our iPhones and iPads via apps.” The old version of the hardware had apps too, but these were pre-selected pieces of software that shipped already installed with the TV. There's now a new app store specifically for Apple TV users, which will enable them to customize the performance of their units according to personal preference.

There are indications that Apple will release what it calls “universal apps”: applications that will interoperate across iPads, iPhones and Apple TVs. This will allow consumers to access their favorite apps seamlessly from whatever interface they want without having to download, install and sync several different instances of the same app. In order to spur on development of apps for Apple TV, there's a new operating system, tvOS, which will have development tools in line with what has been released for other Apple devices.

While Cupertino is trying to push game development for its new television solution, there's a distinct lack of new gaming features. The games that were demonstrated by Apple personnel included Guitar Hero and Crossy Road, but there's no game controller either standard with the TV or available as an add-on. Players can use their remotes to play games, or they can use third-party controller units.

While the recent improvements come as a welcome enhancement to a product that has been languishing for a few years, there's still more work to be done. Apple TV still lacks apps for Amazon Instant Video, Spotify and other popular streaming services. What makes this omission all the more notable is the fact that such apps are readily available on Apple's mobile platforms. Apple's planned streaming TV service seems like it would be a no-brainer addition to the Apple TV, but alas it isn't quite ready for prime-time yet.

One little-discussed area in which the Apple TV may be very useful is as a central hub for home automation devices. Current smarthome solutions mostly employ a dedicated control unit, often pricey and only compatible with a narrow selection of devices. Through the Apple HomeKit interface, users of the TV will be able to manage a wider range of automated home systems, such as lights, security systems, and thermostats, right from the comfort of their living room couches.

While the new AppleTV undoubtedly offers greater ease-of-use and functionality than the previous model, there are still a few key features missing. The price has jumped from $69 to $149 for a unit with 32GB of storage and $199 for 64GB. It's likely that customers will balk at these higher prices until the new apps store and other features are able to deliver on their potential.

About the author:

Maria is a freelance writer currently living in Chicago. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a minor in Communication. She blogs about environmentally friendly tips, technological advancements, and healthy active lifestyles. You can follow her in Twitter @MariaRamos1889

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