Time for me once again to revive the good ol’ blog. Maybe to share about some interesting games and aspects as well.
I was thinking of reviving the blog. I guess this time around maybe to talk about gaming , general stuff that is happening in Malaysia or just about my daily activities.
Few months ago , I bought a Chromecast. It was a nice little device that allowed me to cast stuff from my mobile to my TV. I bought it for my Bedroom TV as I already have an Apple TV for the living room. The main reason why I bought it was to stream Twitch from my mobile phone to the TV. However I wanted Chromecast just to do more in Malaysia. For example with my Apple TV , I am able to watch hulu and netflix , thanks to unotelly. I just want to replicate the same steps , so I changed my DNS to Unotelly DNS in my router. This simple step should work , because all of my computers in the network would automatically use Unotelly DNS – except for Chromecast
I am quite sure that most of you have heard of WeChat. Its a popular messaging program , something like WhatsApp. The beauty of WeChat is that they have presence in the local market , in this case Malaysia which pretty much takes things to the next level.
Let’s take a closer look at WeChat Speed All Star Race , which I think can take social gaming to the next level
Cars in Malaysia are very common. It is essential to have a car if you live in the Klang Valley and a lot of us do commute from Work to Home using a car. (That’s the reason why the roads/highways in Klang Valley gets clogged up easily). Cars and Malaysians go hand-in-hand. Its ying and yang
Finally got my site together and this time transfered to a better hosting provider – HostGator that is. So far i’ve managed to get my site up and running.
In the coming article , I will share on how easily you could backup and restore your WordPress . This is what i exactly did , I quickly managed to move host without any hiccups or so !
Happy Holidays by the way
Few days ago , I wrote an article stating my thoughts on RM 200 smartphone rebate which was offered by the government of Malaysia. I have just discovered that my blog article was featured in MalaysiaKini (alternatively read here for free) which is great and a good thing for my humble blog. Anyhow , it seems that MCMC has released a list of RM 500 smartphones , and I’ve managed to get the list via Amanz.my (Malaysian Tech Blog in Malay language). Here are is the list and my quick response on you should get the phone or not. If you want to know the reasons behind it , feel free to read whereby I explain what are the drawbacks/benefits of each phone
- Alcatel One Touch Inspire 2 (NOT RECOMMENDED)
- The Buzz Phone (NOT RECOMMENDED)
- HTC Wildfire (NOT RECOMMENDED)
- Huawei Ideos X3 (NOT RECOMMENDED)
- LG Optimus L3 (UNKNOWN/CAN’T RATE/BENEFIT OF DOUBT)
- Ninetology Black Pearl II (UNKNOWN/CAN’T RATE/BENEFIT OF DOUBT)
- Ninetology Palette (UNKNOWN/CAN’T RATE/BENEFIT OF DOUBT)
- Nokia 2730 (GREY ZONE)
- Nokia 7230 (GREY ZONE)
- Nokia Asha 305 (RECOMMENDED)
- Nokia Asha 308 (RECOMMENDED)
- Nokia C2-03 (GREY ZONE)
- Nokia Lumia 610 (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)
- Samsung Galaxy Chat (RECOMMENDED)
- Samsung Galaxy Mini (NOT RECOMMENDED)
- Samsung Galaxy Pocket (NOT RECOMMENDED)
- Samsung Galaxy Y (NOT RECOMMENDED)
- Sony Xperia Tipo (RECOMMENDED)
- ZTE Acqua (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)
Thinking of getting any of the smartphone – fear not. I have done my research and even had the opportunity to review one of the smartphones. This would be brief and simple and it would give you an idea of what kind of smartphone that you are expecting and my recommendation which is either a yes or no. Before that I would once again recommend you to read this article which says why Cheap Android smartphones are bad
Alcatel One Touch Inspire 2 – Never heard of this brand before. But after digging up in the Internet , i have stumbled across to this page. Looks like a Basic Android Smartphone with cheap stuff inside and running an out-dated version of Android. Stay Clear . DO NOT GET THIS PHONE/NOT RECOMMENDED
The Buzz Phone (aka Yes 4G Buzz) – I have reviewed Yes 4G stuff over the past and in fact it helped me when I was in Australia to make calls and things like that. It is great to have a Voice Over IP. However having a basic smartphone is not really worth it. Firstly , you are running on their own system (limits the apps you can have) , secondly it only works in Yes 4G areas (so if you move out of Yes 4G coverage area you phone is dead) . It is not really worth it , it may be worth it if it came along with Android or something else. DO NOT GET THIS PHONE/NOT RECOMMENDED
HTC Wildfire – I was reading the reviews , some of them say it is alright and others say it is a bad phone. The problem is with HTC and I am not a big fan of HTC and plus you are stucked with Android 2.1 . Unless you are willing to void the warranty by flashing to third party firmwares , then it is possible. I have seen ROMs for Anrdoid 4.0 on this device but it requires you to root and install third party Android system. Not worth the hassle and plus HTC does not even provide any official system updates. DO NOT GET THIS PHONE/NOT RECOMMENDED
Huawei Ideos X3 – I was fortunate enough to test out this phone at CrazyJohns (an awesome place in Australia where you can find the best phone deals , best phone with best plans). It was going for $89 AUD with OPTUS or Virgin (I can’t recall) and now it is going for FREE . This phone is very old and it runs on Android 2.x . Best part it can’t even run any graphics intense games , running Angry Birds causes a huge lag. DO NOT GET THIS PHONE/NOT RECOMMENDED
LG Optimus L3 – No idea , CNET review says it is bad. But I am giving benefit of the doubt , but keep in mind that it is still a low end smartphone but I am not sure how it behaves , one thing for sure it kind of looks sexy and slim and a second phone. Will it be an awesome phone ? Probably not. But again untill we get our hands on this phone and test it out. I can’t say much about it. BENEFIT OF DOUBT/TBA
Ninetology Black Pearl II/Ninetology Palette – Not much review about this product as it is because it is made in Malaysia. I have seen the specification , it sort of looks good. It looks alright although Palette looks much like Huawei Ideos X3 and other low-end smartphone. However the Black Pearl II looks pretty neat. I have not seen one of those so I can’t comment how they work or how they perform. BENEFIT OF DOUBT/TBA
Nokia 2730/7230/C2-03 – Ah yes Classic Nokia phones. They work alright , but they aren’t your typical Android smartphone. I mean Symbian is dead , unless you do not mind using this phone because of long battery life an durable. This is the phone for you. It may not appeal a lot of people because you can’t install and play games on it and do lots more. It is in the grey zone, it is recommended to get it , if you like basic and simple to use smartphone. GREY ZONE
Nokia Asha 305/308 – What more do you want – Nokia Asha offers you dual SIM , that itself is a huge advantage. I believe the Nokia Asha 308 comes with pre-loaded EA Games such as FIFA and all , so you do not have to spend any money on Google Play Store or something in buying these games. Plus I have seen these games running on the phone. It is smooth. It does all the basic stuff you want , Twitter/Facebook/WhatsApp and even Angry Birds too . I recommend this phone on people who are planning to have two numbers and want in one phone. RECOMMENDED
Nokia Lumia 610 – Compared to getting crappy Android phones , this seems much of a better choice. You sort of get a premium-like phone at unbeatable price. Windows Phone does provide a good experience , however keep it in mind that it would serve your daily needs such as light gaming , tweeting , whatsapp , taking photos and checking out Facebook. However the storage is limited to 8GB and you cannot expand the storage at all . It may not be a music lovers phone because you would take up space easily when you start storing all your music. However despite that , it comes with a huge screen , decent camera and a good operating system. To be honest , I think that this phone is much more worth compared to the rest – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Samsung Galaxy Chat – It is much like a Blackberry except it is made by SAMSUNG. The beauty of is that you get a QWERTY keyboard. As the name suggests it is meant for Chat. People who love to spend their time on Twitter , Facebook Chat , WhatsApp and even SMS would love this phone. You get Android 4.0 (which is great) , a QWERTY keyboard and a decent camera. However keep it in mind that this phone is not meant for gamers or people who like to load up their phone with games. The screen resolution is too weak meaning that games would ugly or may not even work. I would recommend this for social-media junkies and plus with Android 4.0 which is great – RECOMMENDED
Samsung Galaxy Mini – Do not be fooled by the name. It is not the awesome galaxy in a small variant. It is pretty much an utter crap. That’s about it. It runs on a low-resolution screen , old android version and nothing else. It is much like Ideos X3, One Touch Inspire 2 – a crap Andorid phone. In fact do not buy it at all , it just ruins your smartphone experience – NOT RECOMMENDED
Samsung Galaxy Pocket – Much like mini , the screen is smaller and specifications are bad enough. You can’t even whatsapp decently or even watch porn on the screen at all. This phone is only great if you plan to use your smartphones in receving or placing calls. But if you want to do that , Nokia 3310 does a far better job compared to this – NOT RECOMMENDED
Samsung Galaxy Y – I am not sure if SAMSUNG is pushing out every single phone out there. They should just stay with their flagship models (some may disagree). Much like the other two aka Samsung Galaxy Mini/Pocket it is yet another crappy phone. There is nothing much you could do on this as well – NOT RECOMMENDED
Sony Xperia Tipo – It seems to me that is it worth it. At least you get Android 4.0 , the specifications are somewhat decent and it looks alright. I have read reviews and people do say that it looks to be a pretty good phone with a decent battery life. Sure the camera and few other things may not be great. But hey it is a SONY , with ICS and phone that looks pretty decent and runs current Android System ! – RECOMMENDED
ZTE Acqua – I am surprised to see. Anyhow I have reviewed this phone myself and I have to say that this phone is much more of an entertainment phone compared – you get a huge screen , 1Ghz Processor (which is speedy) and ICS Vanilla which is all great. The only one major disadvantage is the camera , for some reason camera quality is very poor and it takes ages to load the camera. However if you are looking for a great entertainment phone with loud speakers and clear screen – this is the phone to get – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
So there you go people. I have compiled my list , hopefully it would help you out in making your decision. I just hope that they lift the RM 500 restriction and allow us to get any smartphone that wish. I am quite sure that some of us are saving up for a Galaxy Note/Nexus 4/Galaxy S3/iPhone 5
Back in September, the government announced a RM 200 rebate for Youths who are between the age of 21-30 with a monthly income of RM 3,000 and below. A good move which I have applauded in my review of ZTE Acqua. Today , Amanz.my released the news stating that there are some strings attached to the Pakej Komunikasi Belia (Youth Communication Package).
- Warganegara Malaysia berumur 21 tahun hingga 30 tahun. (Check , you must be between 21-30 years old)
- Berpendapatan bulanan RM3000 ke bawah (Seems reasonable)
- Model telefon pintar 3G yang diluluskan dengan harga maksimum RM500 (Ouch !)
- Pelanggan jalur-lebar mudah-alih sedia ada atau pakej baharu. (Ouch !)
- Hanya satu telefon pintar untuk satu belia. (Again this is resonable and to prevent abuses)
Clause 3 and 4 states that that only smartphones which are priced RM 500 and below are applicable for Rebate. Furthermore you’ll have to be existing subscriber or register for a new broadband plan with any of the telco that participated in the program. The list can be found in this web-site from MCMC. It is in Malay
Well that is for the news. Now what are you going to read in the next few sections are my personal thoughts which I have written and that I would like to share with my readers
Raise The Limit To RM 1,000
We all know that RM 500 phones are pretty much weak and cheap phones. Generally , they either run old and outdated versions of Android and the touch-screens aren’t great. In fact you can’t do much about this , an example of this would be Samsung Galaxy Y. Yes it is marketed as Samsung Galaxy but you sort of get a half-baked phone. The problem of buy old and outdated phones such as Galaxy Y is that you would not get support from SAMSUNG or even upgrades to latest version of Android. That is alright for some people as mainly they would use to WhatsApp,SMS and do light surfing. But for most of the youths out there it sort of limits the experience you get with Smartphone. There is an article in ExtremeTech on why you should not buy cheap Android phones.
So that leaves option with either going with BlackBerry or Nokia which I would think would be a better option compared to Android offering. But then it is too early to say on how telcos are going to play their part. They may able to subsidize some decent smartphone into RM 500 range. All I can say now is we’ll probably have to wait
Plans ? Rates ? Billing ?
I am sure telcos would love to bound you for a 2 year contract or 1 year contract. The question is how they are going to implement it. Malaysia is a Prepaid nation. An article from MalaysianWireless shows this. Just take a look at the number of prepaid users out there. The question is will these youth be willing to be tied down to postpaid. Most of the youth prefer prepaid because you are able to control your usage. Suppose if you have ran out of talk time , you could still use the phone and still not be overcharged. In postpaid there is not a proper way to say “halt” , I do not want to spend more.
I am quite sure that telco would find a plan out. I would predict that generally telco would ask you to pay say RM 600-800 after the rebate , which includes phone and probably a 1 year worth of data usage and sms/calls. If you want more you would have to top it up. If they do something like this it would be a win-win situation. So once you have ran out of your monthly quota , you could still top it up. But again it depends on how each telcos play their game and how it works
Malaysian-made phone ? Malaysian Content Developers ?
Frankly speaking , I would love to see a phone which is made in Malaysia. I am not talking about taking some generic Android phones from China and putting it a sticker. I am talking about actually making one. Pairing up with a manufacturer and releasing a special smartphone device just for this purpose. I would certainly purchase this phone if it is good. Now I hope that they don’t release a RM 100 Chinese Android phone and put a price tag of RM 499.
Some of you may say why a Malaysian made phone ? Well this opens up more content and application developers which is good for everyone. We can have more local tailored applications and local developers may have an option of having their application being hosted in 1Malaysia App Store (suppose if it exists)
The thing about having a special Malaysian made phone is that it must been executed perfectly and at the same time offering options for our local Application Developers. If you think our local Application developers are a joke , just take a look at few such as Teranto Tech. We clearly need a platform for these developers to publish and get advertising.
Again it is very early for me to judge. I applaud the move , however in order for this program to be successful , few things which I have mentioned would probably have to be researched. If it is done perfectly , voila it is a win-win situation for everyone , for the government , for the rakyat , for the telcos and even content/application developers as well. I just pray that this program would be a success and it would give opportunity for more people to get themselves hooked into Angry Birds and the World of Smartphone 😛
What are you thoughts about this – feel free to post a comment or hit me up in Twitter
Ho Ho Ho – Happy Holidays folks. I would like to take this opportunity to wish Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of my readers. I do pray that 2013 would be the year for us – exciting new things for us to discover and who knows 2013 could be a year that is something very special for all of us.
The reason why I am writing this blog post is that , it is time for prasys.info to change from a humble blog into something more. I always wanted my site to grow. What I started as a simple hackint0sh guide has evolved over the years . I was fortunate enough to be given a chance to review some of the coolest products and even managed to organize a giveaway . With the momentum , I would like to take my site to the next level and in order to do that I would have to do some changes. I mean if we do not embrace changes , eventually things would die out (I have learned this from Gordon’s Kitchen Nightmares) and I cannot live in the past.
I’ll be introducing a couple of changes. Firstly , the most noticeable change that you might notice is the way how I have categorized things. It is going to be a niche blog on technology except from time to time , I would be blogging about Malaysian issues or something which I think I need to share my thoughts. Please let me know what do you think of the new layout and the new way of organizing into things. If you want , I could cover additional topics such as Computer Science related matters as well. Please do post a comment
Secondly , I have introduced a Facebook Fan Page. There is a reason to this. In order for me to organize giveaways , generally sponsors require me to tell them the numbers and they care about how many likes and how popular I am. Of course I could show them my hit counter and things like that but sponsors do want more. Plus I would like to give away things to my readers and to the people actually. By having a Facebook page , I hope that I can communicate and get the numbers that these sponsors are looking for. If you have the time , all I am asking you for Christmas is a simple like in my Facebook Page . That’s about it and I promise you that I would not spam you at all
Thirdly , I plan to give back to the people as well. Many people have helped me and guided me on making this blog. For 2013 , I’ll be repaying kindness by allowing Guest Posting. What it simply means that I am not taking spammers or what-so-ever but for people who want to post quality posts and for their sites to gain exposure. Who knows – some companies may look for you to review their products ? The possibility are endless . I am still working on this and I would probably discuss with few people that I know on how to set this up and manage.
Lastly , that is about it. There would be more changes. If I ever get back into hackint0sh , I would be sure to update or post about it. Thank you once again for taking your time and reading my blog. I wish you all the best in 2013 and enjoy your holidays !
So you wanted to get a cheap and cheerful Android smartphone without robbing your local bank ? Well – that is good news as I would be reviewing ZTE Acqua
The review will be broken into several parts as like always (much like any other reviews such as my iPhone 4 and my Philips Shaver Review) . In this part , I’ll be looking into the packaging and the phone itself (i.e the looks and how it feels) and not to mention , I would take time to explain some features of the phone. Basically , we would be having a closer look
(more after the jump)