Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I Jumped!


For those of you who didn't know.. I've switched from a Nikon D7000 to an Olympus OM-D EM-5 for about three months now :) I was a little sad because right after I bought it (secondhand, no I don't have the money to buy new stuffs :P) the price dropped (quite tremendously) because OM-D EM-10 was out.. Darn.  

Anyhows, the weight on my shoulders have been lifted up (literally :P) because the OM-D EM-5 is extremely light and small compared to the heavy DSLR I used to have. The truth is.. I'd be lying if I say I do not miss my Nikon simply because I'm still not very used to this camera (yet) and I'm still exploring.. However, a few things that I like about the OM-D EM-5 besides the portability, includes: the look (retro, yo) and the super fast AF speed. 

But anyhows, I bought a 17mm F1.8 lens lately and it's the main lens I'm using now coz it's a super light combo.. :D I haven't got the opportunity to really use this combo on the streets, sadly. 

Anywayyyy, I'm on my semester break nao. YAY ME. It's not for long but I think I'll enjoy every bit of it while I can now because.. I'm gonna start my internship soon *jeng jeng jeng*... as I'll be starting my Year 3 in the next semester.

Gonna grab some books and read now ;) 

Till then.



Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring


Life is like desserts. It's usually sweet and nice but when you have too much of it, you get jelak. LOL. Sorry I was trying to get philosophical.


How's my pictures lately btw? Haven't been playing with my not-so-new camera that much. Will blog about my experience with it sooooon. And probably and update about Moto G as well since I've been using it for awhile now.

Till then!



Monday, April 7, 2014

Dry Up



Sorry for the lack of updates. I'll be back soon with more updates and hopefully I can polish up my writing. Haven't been putting much thoughts into writing.

Tomorrow's the 8th of April which means it's been one month since MH370's disappearance. Not sure how I feel about it now.

Anyhow, I really cannot wait for semester break (that's what I always say isn't it?). Hey it's Week 13, I'm 14 days away from finals and I haven't even start my revision. Panic button is nowhere to be seen.. I still need to worry about one more production, two more assignments and presentations.

I've come to a point where I'm quite tired of studying. No, actually not really. I'm tired of routines and I'm not the only one. It's this Year 2 syndrome. I really cannot imagine myself working in next few years. It's not too far away. I don't think I will survive, lol. Kay.. it's not funny.

Back to assignments now.

Till then.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Alcatel Onetouch Idol X+, Idol Alpha Arrive in Malaysia

I was pleasantly surprised that I was invited to the media launch for the Alcatel Onetouch Idol X+ and Alcatel Onetouch Idol Alpha that was held last Friday. The press conference was held at Federal Hotel before we proceed to the launching ceremony at Low Yat Plaza Concourse area.

Some insights from the press conference: 
- the 32GB version for Idol X+ is possibly coming in the next quarter
- Alcatel is working on LTE products, however no timeline given
- Alcatel has partnered with JBL to tweak the equaliser so that the JBL headset that is bundled with Idol X+ will work perfectly together
- Alcatel aims to sell 50,000 units for both Idol X+ and Idol Alpha




Alcatel brand ambassadors with the representatives of Ten Ten Telecommunications Sdn Bhd and TCT Mobile Malaysia Sdn Bhd at the launching ceremony



The specs for Idol X+ is pretty impressive. A dual-SIM Android smartphone with Octa Core 2 GHz processor with 2GB RAM is pretty good considering that people labels the Idol X+ as a "midrange smartphone". Like a lot of midrange smartphone in the market now, the Idol X+ also features a 5-inch full HD IPS display. A little disappointing that there's no expandable storage and if you were to get the Idol X+ now, you can only get the 16GB version as the 32GB version is not available yet. 

For a limited time, Idol X+ is bundled with a JBL earphones and a wristband fitness tracker called BOOMBand. BOOMBand uses an LED system to pass on notifications to Idol X+ via a companion app. The tracker monitors movement and sleep, plus it will warn user if it loses contact with the phone.



Had the opportunity to have a hands-on session at the concourse area as Alcatel Onetouch was also having a roadshow. A little disappointed as many of the display units for Idol X+ and Idol Alpha were running out of battery so didn't have the chance to really play around with it. My first impression was that the Idol X+ was really light! Good size in my hands and great display. No apparent lag and was buttery smooth.



Speakers were located at the bottom. I think it's place correctly especially for viewing movies, when you place your phone horizontally.

Sadly, I did not get to test the 13.1 megapixels rear camera. :<


Let's move on to the Idol Alpha.


Specs for the Idol Alpha is not too bad either. Single-SIM Android smartphone equipped with quad core 1.2Ghz processor. Other main features include: 13.1 megapixel main camera, 7.5mm slim design with metal frame, revolutionary translucent structure with lighting, HD edge-to-edge display with floating lens.





Transparent top and bottom design for Idol Alpha. The Idol Alpha also feels super light. Again, didn't manage to test out many stuff as I would like but I was toggling around and there was no apparent lag on the Idol Alpha. I personally prefer the design for Idol X+ over the Idol Alpha. 



Idol X+ retails at RM1299 and the first 3000 customers can get a free BOOMband, JBL earphones, flip cober and screen protector.  On the other hand, Idol Alpha retails at RM1099 with a free screen protector.

Overall, I think it's a good move from Alcatel to bundle JBL earphones and a BOOMBand with the Idol X+. Considering that there is a huge trend that is moving towards tech wearables, it was a smart choice to come up with a BOOMBand (beautifully designed too). I also notice there is a trend towards healthy living so such accessories is very timely. 



Friday, March 21, 2014

Feeka-boo!


Big Breakfast at Feeka.

:( Disappointing for me. It was oily, took super long to come (it was crowded and there were under staff) and overpriced for the quality.

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It's the peak of the semester as usual. With assignments all piling up, it's hard to find time to do the things I love. Anyhow, the last one month has been rather exciting. Although this year has been rather boring competition wise. Never won anything but of course I've joined less too.. oh well. I guess this is the life cycle of contest.

Anyway, I hope I will be back soon in the next month! Finals is coming in exactly one month and I'll have a short break after that. Hope I'll be product then. Also, you can expect a post about Alcatel's newly launched phone in this blog in the next week or so. 

Till then!