Nokia E7 is now available in the Philippines at 32k SRP

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Nokia PH brings Nokia E7 to Philippines. Beginning March 31, 2011, filipinos can buy the much awaited Nokia E7 on any Nokia stores and Authorized retailers nationwide.

For a suggested retail price of P32,000.00 , you'll get

• Easy access to private and business email
• Create, edit and share office documents and view PDF files with Adobe Reader
Fast, secure intranet access with the built-in VPN
• High-resolution photos and HD video with the 8 megapixel camera and dual LED flash
• HDMI connectivity to project files, videos and images onto large screens
• 16 gigabytes of on-board flash memory
• USB-On-The-Go, enabling easy file sharing by connecting a USB stick to the smartphone

Nokia E7 is the perfect off-duty companion with its built-in entertainment and social services.

View the press release below

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7" Price, Pictures, Video Demo, Package contents, Size Comparison and First hand experience

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Price
A friend of mine bought his Galaxy Tab yesterday for only P22,000.00 from Power Telecom. The original price of Galaxy Tab 7" here in the Philippines is around 31k-35k and now its already down to as low as P19,000.00 on several stores already.

Bundle
The 22k price also comes with a free bluetooth headset ( i forgot to ask if its a bluetooth headphone or a headset) and is yet to be claimed once a stock arrives.


Package Contents
The retail package here in the Philippines includes a warranty card, quick start guide, wired earphones, charger, 2 mini cds (1 is the installer of samsung kies - software updater, I forgot the other one) and of course the Galaxy Tab itself .

Cherry Mobile T8 (touch) and Q2 (qwerty) Festival promo on April 1 - 3, 2011

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Cherry mobile is bringing down the retail price of it's T8 from P3,499 to P2,499 and Q2 from P1,999 to P1,599 for 2 days only.

T8 Features
Mobile TV
2.6" TFT touchscreen LCD
2mp camera
Dual SIM
Wireless FM radio with recording
MMS/WAP/GPRS
Java and built in games
Bluetooth
Gyroscope
Expandable memory, up to 8gb

Q2 Features
QWERTY keypad
Camera
Dual SIM
MP3 player, sound recorder
FM Radio
EMS, MMS , WAP, GPRS
Expandable memory, up to 2gb

Nokia discloses plan for Symbian (S^3)

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Finns are planning to continue releasing new smartphones running on Symbian^3 as well as regular updates for the OS itself

  • New devices should bring 1GHz+ CPUs and faster GPUs to Symbian^3
  • Company will make full use of its expertise in location-based services and imaging to make its new Symbian^3 smartphones more attractive
  • There are several updates that should dramatically improve user experience in the pipeline
  • First one is pretty major, delivering a brand new home screen, new flexible widgets, new icons (pictured left), a faster browser, new Navbar and a fresh look and feel to Ovi Store and Ovi Maps, including integration of social media services in Ovi Maps
  • That first update should come some time in the summer


From GSM Arena

Turn iPod Touch 4g into a mobile phone (iPhone) with Cpeel T168

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Slip on cases such as this Cpeel T168 to turn your iPod Touch 4g into a mobile phone. This case adds phone exclusive capabilities such as text messaging and calling to your iPod Touches. Cpeel T168 has two colors as of the moment, black and white, and can be yours for only $119 or around P 5,500.00.


Features
Hole for the Camera of the iPod Touch 4G
Network: GSM850/900/1800/1900MHz
Size: 127.0 x 66.0 x 16.5 mm
Battery: 750mAh
Standby time: 200 hours
Talk time: 8 hours
Supported Languages: Chinese, English
Weight: 49g
Compatible: Ipod Touch 4G
Supported languages: English, Chinese
Integrated microphone for speech
Integrated speaker for hearing recipient on call
Integrated vibration motor
Integrated FM Radio
Fashion Slide design ensures long-lasting quality
Charging port
Hanging rope
3.5mm Audio Jack

iPad 2 camera color glitch issue

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image from cultofmac.com

Several iPad 2's have been reported to have a color glitch problem (similar to what is shown above) with their cameras (both front and rear camera). According to the report, this doesn't happen all the time, and if it does, it usually takes a split second or two. It shouldn't be a problem for most people and hopefully its just a software issue , to be easier to fix on the next software update.

From Cult of Mac

wi-tribe and Skype partnered, giving away 30 mins skype voucher for free to subscribers

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wi-tribe and Skype are now global partners! Skype is a communications platform provider that connects 571 million people in 170 countries via voice and video calls, instant messaging and even sharing of files and photos. Together with wi-tribe’s cutting edge 4G broadband technology here in the Philippines, this partnership will usher in a new and meaningful way for Filipinos to connect with loved ones here and abroad.

In celebration of the partnership with Skype, wi-tribe is giving away a Skype voucher with a credit of up to 30 mins. worth of calls to any landline or mobile number in the world. Skype international tariffs and terms and conditions apply. Between March 1 and 31, wi-tribe subscribers will receive and email on how to get their Skype vouchers.

How do I activate the credit voucher?
1. Create an account in Skype or if you already have a Skype account, just Sign In.
2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Redeem.
3. Enter your voucher number (found on your email) on the field.

Hurry and claim your vouchers, this promo is until March 31, 2011 only.

From wi-tribe

Sun Broadband Lite Plan 350 @ 350 pesos per month 45 hours internet

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Broadband internet service from Sun now becomes even more affordable and convenient. Sun Cellular introduces Sun Broadband Lite Plan 350.

More affordable
For P350 pesos per moth and a 1 time fee of P888 (for the broadband stick), you'll get free 45 hours of internet per month with speed up to 2mbps.

More Convenient
No lock-in periods.You will only need a valid ID with address and complete the application form. And of course pay the 1 time fee of P888 for the broadband stick.

Get a chance to watch Bruno Mars for free if you buy Globe Tattoo prepaid sticks

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Remember the 3 + 1 globe tattoo promo we have posted before? Looks like their is another freebie involve.
Want an awesome barkada experience?

Then get Tattoo’s 3+1 barkada promo and get a chance to win tickets to Bruno Mars! Buy 3 Tattoo prepaid sticks and get one absolutely free – that’s like owning a Tattoo stick for only P933.75 instead of the usual price of P1245. Plus get a raffle ticket for a chance to be one of twelve barkadas who get to see Bruno Mars live!
Promo is until April 3, 2011 only.

Nokia N8 vs Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc video camera test , which one is better

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This is a great comparison since SE's Xperia Arc is the latest and promising phone when it comes photography and video recording.

Arc has larger f/2.4 aperture than most camera phones
Shutter speed is also quick
Arc also uses the new Exmor R back-illuminated sensor
Arc maybe a good contender to Nokia N8's proven imaging capabilities so lets see the performance of each device side to side.

View the video comparison below

Funny Pic: Nokia 5110 with camera

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I found this image on my pc and forgot where if got it ( i can't site any source) but anyway, i'm sharing this hilarious pic.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 video demo and pictures, sample pictures taken from camera

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Watch Full HD movies, take 8MP photos, and play games or surf Flash websites on the large 10.1” display and dual surround sound speakers
Everything runs smoother, faster and better with the powerful 1GHz Dual Core Processor and Android 3.0, Honeycomb platform.
Incredibly lightweight at just 599g and yet still fully loaded with features, Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 is your consummate entertrainer and it’s always ready to perform.
Watch the video below

Apple iPad 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 8.9 - specs battle

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GSM arena provided a head-to-head-to-head comparison between Apple's iPad 2 and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9.

Here is a summary of the comparison

  • Galaxy Tab 8.9 has least display size from the three tablets.
  • iPad 2 has the smallest resolution at only 1024 x 768px compared to 1280 x 800 reso of the 2 other tablets
  • Galaxy Tab 8.9 is the smallest
  • Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 is thiner than iPad 2
  • iPad 2 , being already lightweight, is still the heaviest from the three tablets, followed by Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the lightest Galaxy Tab 8.9
  • All uses the same 1ghz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor
  • All has 16gb, 32gb and 64gb variant
  • Only iPad 2 doesnt support expandable memory
  • iPad 2 has lesser quality front and rear camera
  • iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 has same pricing scheme, while Galaxy Tab 8.9 is cheaper by $30

For details, log on to GSM Arena

Check dead pixels on Windows Phone 7 devices with Pixel Checkup

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This application comes in handy when you are planning to buy a Windows Phone 7 handset and you want to make sure that your phone's display is problem free.

Pixel Checkup is a utility for Windows Phone 7 that helps you find and track dead pixels and other minor screen damage on your phone. It fills the screen with either red, green, blue, white, black, or alternating colors. This makes it easier to notice certain types of damage which may only be visible when a certain color is displayed.
In addition, you can touch the screen to place markers when you find a dead pixel. The marker is saved, so you can go back and check if the damage has spread to other adjacent pixels, or to show the damage to your local service station.

Indoor navigation with Nokia NAVTEQ's Destination Maps

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NAVTEQ-Nokia has done a great job with outdoor positioning and navigation with Ovi Maps. Geolocation and is the next big thing and they didn't stop innovating by introducing the indoor navigation "Destination Maps" showcased during Nokia World 2010.

The Destination Maps provides a new way for software to understand internal structures of buildings, including various combinations of stairs and escalators, and different floor levels known as Z-levels. Along with this they are providing meta data on events and promotions for each location.
Now just imagine how awesome this would be used on malls when partnered with Augmented Reality software.

Nokia E7 vs HTC Desire Z, the better QWERTY smartphone

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All about symbian compiled a list of  smartphone features and made Nokia E7 and HTC Desire Z go head to head to see which one is a better smartphone.

PR 1.2 firmware update for Nokia N8 , C7 and C6-01, PR 1.1 for E7 released

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Notable Changes from this update

1. Address a Mail for Exchange synchronization issue. 
2. New version of Ovi Store
3. New version of Ovi Maps (SR6)

We have released a voluntary software update for Nokia Symbian^3 smartphones primarily to address a synchronization issue identified in a limited number of Nokia smartphones using Mail for Exchange on Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Service Pack 1.

We listen to people’s feedback and continue to constantly improve the user experience of our smartphones with software updates. While we are working to make available the next software version, which will provide a renewed user experience, including new browser, refreshed widgets and home screen as well as many other performance enhancements, we released this software to quickly resolve a potential issue affecting our business users.

The software update will be available through the on-the-device Software Update or using Ovi Suite. The roll-out schedule will be determined operator by operator, market by market

New Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11 for download

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Open your mobile phone's native browser and go to http://m.opera.com to download the version for your device.

Expect the following changes
Faster ... panning and zooming
No checkerboard, ever
Text stays sharp during zooming
Improved text-wrap on zoom
Buttons for jumping to the top/bottom of the page
Haptic feedback (if supported in hardware)
Share URL on social networks, email etc
Improved Geolocation support
Session restore
- from Gizmodo

Opera Mobile is for smartphones while Opera Mini browser is for slower java enabled phones.

Blackberry Playbook up for pre-order at best buy, starts at $499

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Research in Motion's new tablet the Blackberry Playbook is now available for pre-order. Only 3 models are for pre-order right now and it is the 16gb, 32gb and 64gb , all wifi only.

Pricing starts at $499 (approx P 24,000.00) for 16gb wifi only, similar to ipad 16gb wifi only version. $599 for the 32gb and $699 for the 64gb version.

Playbook's official sale date will be on April 19, 2011.


Free 1 Globe Tattoo prepaid stick if you buy 3

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Normally at P1,245.00 per piece, Tattoo Stick prepaid kit is offered on a discounted price of P933.75 if you buy 4 pieces of broadband stick.

Promo is until April 30, 2011 only

More info from Globe Tattoo
Via Globe Tattoo Facebook page

Share songs, pictures and video to windows media player via DLNA from HTC Desire Z and Desire HD

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Both the HTC Desire HD and Desire Z models feature DLNA certification, meaning that it is possible to share media files (pictures, videos, music) wirelessly to any other DLNA-compliant device connected to the same network.
Windows Media Player 11 is also DLNA-capable, meaning that media files can be shared between your Android device and your PC at the touch of a button.

From Brightpoint UK

iPad 2 performance benchmark vs iPad 1 and iPhone 4 - great on CPU , not on graphics

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I'm quite dissapointed with the results of the testing made by phone arena. I was really expecting a larger margin on the 3D and Graphics benchmark, based on Apple's claims on the new iPad's performance improvements.

2x Faster CPU ? It's looks true.
9x Faster Graphics? Nah.

iPad 2 blended

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iPad 2 blended to pieces by no one else but Blendtec.

Samsung Wave II scratch test (gorilla glass)

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Samsung S8530 Wave II display is bigger (3.7") than the first generation Wave (3.3"). Using Samsung's SuperAmoled display technology, the screen definitely is top of the notch when it comes to viewing quality. The display is protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass - a scratch resistant glass, with oleo-phobic coating making it oil-dirt resistant as well.

View the Demo below

Unlimited text to all networks from Globe's MySuperTextAll promo

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Enjoy unlimited texts to ALL Networks – Sun, Smart, Talk 'n Text, Red, Globe & TM.
Text MYSUPERTXTALL ON to 8888.
Only P599/30 days which translates to P20 per day.

Available only through Globe Postpaid.


From Globe PH's facebook page

HTC HD7 pros ,cons and price in the philippines

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Technical Specifications
4.3" multitouch capacitive touchscreen display
1ghz snapdragon processor
576mb memory
8gb or 16gb storage
Proximity, light sensor, accelerometer, compass, A-GPS
5mp dual LED flash camera (with HD recording)
Bluetooth 2.1, Wifi, USB, 3.5mm headphone jack
Windows Phone 7 operating system

Mobile internet settings for globe , sun cellular and smart

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This post will only list down the settings for each mobile internet service provider.
User must know how to create access points on their mobile phones. Instruction on how to create access points can be found on your phone's user manual.
update: Added a tutorial on how to add access point for Nokia/Symbian/S^3 phones
Leave the settings to default unless value is specified on this post.

Asus Eee PC Lamborghini VX6 price and availability

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The Asus Eee PC Lamborghini VX6 is one of the most stylish, impressive and expensive 12" "netbooks" to date. Its been available on the market for quite some time but its just today that i tried searching online if it can be bought now here in the Philippines.



Pros
Build quality is impressive, solidly built
Stylish
Firm and usable keyboards
Graphical performance greater that most netbooks today

Cons
Expensive
Heavier than most netbooks
Shorter battery life

iPhone 5 leaked picture of a larger display

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This image from fast company is suggesting that the iPhone 5 rumor of having a very large screen going through side by side the device is true. Screen size is speculated at 4".

The phone's physical size is very similar to iPhone 4 but the they manage to include a larger screen by minimizing the bezel and making use of the wasted space near the menu button and the ear piece.

From Fast Company

Buy Nokia X2-01 for P 4,290 and get P4,950 worth of calls, texts and mobile internet from Smart Buddy

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Nokia together with Smart Buddy offers you the latest QWERTY phone X2-01.

2.4" QVGA display (240x320px)
QWERTY keyboard
3.5mm headphone jack
16gb expandable microsd slot
Bluetooth
USB
VGA, 640x480 pixels main camera,  QVGA 240x320px front facing camera
FM Radio

Suggested retail price of X2-01 is 4,290 but if you get the phone from Smart, you will have a P 4,950 worth of call/text/mobile internet.

It’s like getting this affordable messaging phone for free with a package that includes: Free Smart Buddy SIM and Free Calls, Texts and Mobile Internet for 5 days, which include Unlimited Smart-to-Smart texts; 100 texts to all networks; and 100 minutes of Smart-to-Smart calls or Mobile Internet.

Nokia Critters - a digital pet game for Nokia X2-01 and C3

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Nokia’s Message Critters - a cool app that features cute digital creatures that you can dress and accessorize according to your preference - gives a new fun twist on your Nokia X2 and C3 smartphones.

Basically, this application is like a tamagotchi game for nokia phones, but instead of having a dinosaur, a cat, a dog or some other kind of creatures, nokia critters is in humanoid form that you can customize the looks by changing clothes and accessories. Basic actions for virtual pets also applies such as feeding, taking a bath, medicine etc.

You can play the mini games included on the app
1. Card Chaos - Rearrange the cards in the grid so that their number values sum up to 15 on all sides. If you finish the grid before the time runs out, you will earn Critter points. The fewer swaps you make, the more Critter points you earn!
2. Jewel Juggle - Create as many vertical or horizontal matches of 3 or more objects as you can before the time runs out. The more objects you match, the more Critter Points for you.
3. Word Winder - Rearrange the jumbled letters to form one word. Form as many words as you can within the given time limit to earn more Critter Points

You will only able to earn points by sending text messages using the application, points earned can be used to buy clothes and accessories for your pet.
I'm not sure though if the text messages should come from the application (which is a bad thing for pinoys who are very frugal in spending prepaid/postpaid credits) or any text messages sent to any of your contacts (this is a great thing since you also get something from using your phone's text messaging functionality) to earn points.

Only for Nokia X2-01 and C3

Check out the press release below

Shadow Cities - location based iPhone game. no 1 in Finland

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Shadow Cities is a location based multiplayer game for iPhone. Become a Mage and take over your streets and neighborhoods by casting spells and undertaking missions.
Basically , the goal of this game is to become the ruler of your neighborhood or any place you visit by battling other mages on the area using Shadow Cities application.

What's exciting about this game is since it is location based, you have to move around in order to finish some quest or tasks in a form of campaign or mission and on the process you earn achievements.

The game is not yet available in the Philippines but if you want to be notified when it gets activated, enter your email address on the Enlist field on http://www.shadowcities.com

note: Shadow Cities is currently the number 1 game on Finland toppling angry birds from the spot.

Watch the trailer below

LG Optimus 2X P990 promotional video - Escape the cube with the Power of Two

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- World's first dual core smartphone (powered by Nvidia Tegra 2)
- Open Apps and webpages faster
- Lag free multi-tasking, switch between apps smoothly
- HDMI Mirroring, show your phone's screen on larger display in HD
- Play and Record video in full HD , 1080p
- DLNA smart share
- 8mp camera with LED flash

watch the video below

Promo: Blackberry Curve 9300 free at plan 999 - exclusive to facebook fans

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Globe's blackberry love deals is over but they're bringing back another way for us to obtain a BlackBerry Curve 9300 for free again at Plan 999

This promo is "exclusive only to facebook fans" (not that really exclusive since its fairly easy to become a facebook fan haha).

Get your phone with these easy steps

1. Completely fill out application form at http://site.globe.com.ph/web/19543/postpaidpromos/order_form
2. Scan application form, Proof of ID & Billing (e.g. valid Driver’s license), Proof of Financial Capacity (e.g. valid credit card)
3. Send the supporting documents to salessupport@globetel.com.ph
4. A Globe representative will email and/or call you within 2-3 days.

Current Globe Postpaid subscribers need only a Valid ID/Credit Card. Non-Globe subscribers without a credit card need an ID, Proof of Billing, and Financial Docs.

This promo is for 30 months lock up period.

Promo until March 15, 2011 only

Opera Mobile 10 beta 3 now supports flash videos

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Latest release of Opera Mobile beta 3 now supports flash lite 3.1. This enables users to watch flash based videos or animation that is previously not available to opera mobile users. Still at its early stage, dont expect it to be released for download soon.



Test is done using HTC Touch Pro (a windows mobile phone) but since almost all opera mobile versions for different OS are pretty much the same, expect it also on S^3, S60 v5, android, iOS and even blackberry.

Via Pocketnow

Globe All New Super Plan tv commercial

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How to upgrade iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad to iOS 4.3

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As we've mentioned on our previous posts, iOS 4.3 is still currently on beta. It is slated to be released on March 11 alongside the release of iPad 2 on the market, but if you can't wait for 6 more days and is daring enough to try this steps, continue to read on.

First look with iOS 4.3 beta

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iOS 4.3 is next iteration of updates for iPad/iPhone/iPod touch device. Currently it is still in beta version and is only available to developers and not to general public.


What to expect
Ipad
- You can now decide if the switch on the side of the iPad will act as a mute switch or a switch to disable auto-rotation of display
- Support for 4-5 finger gestures, and the ability to turn on or off these gestures
-- Swipe to side with 4-5 fingers switches to other running application
-- Pinch 4-5 fingers to close the current opened app and return to home screen
-- Swipe up with 4-5 fingers to open up the multitasking bar

iPhone
- Personal hotspot, share your 3g connection with other devices using iPhone's built it wifi
- Set frequency of message alert tone up to 10x
- Screenshot sound effect is new

Check out the video below fron CNet

Asus Eee Pad Transformer hands on review

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Features
- 10.1" 1280 x 800 glossy display
- Up to 8 hrs battery life
- Light, lighter than most netbooks
- Thin with 13mm thickness (not including the keyboard base)
- Has 1.2mp front facing camera and 5mp rear facing camera
- The keyboard base also has more ports; the Transformer gives you a microSD slot , mini HDMI and the docking port and two USB ports
- There's also a touchpad on the keyboard base
- There's a row of function keys above the number keys, to turn Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and the touchpad on and off and control volume and media playback
- Likely to cost between £379 and £399 (P 26,000.00 - 29,000.00). With probably £399 (P34,000.00) for a package including the keyboard

Nokia E7 ultimate business phone

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This video is a little bit old but since i haven't posted it yet and Nokia e7 will soon be coming to our country, might as well share it to you guys to give you some idea on what to expect from this upcoming mobile phone.
- Access Multiple home screen on a large 4" capacitive clearblack display
- pinch zoom functionality
- one of the best full QWERTY keyboard
- Microsoft office communicator
- 8mp camera , capture HD video
- HDMI output
- Social integration
- USB on the go
- Business grade security with memory encryption and safe internet access
- Ovi maps, free voice guided turn by turn navigation

MMS mail is now P1 on Smart

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Compose a regular MMS message and send to any e-mail address.
Your e-mail address will appear as mobilenumber@smart.mms.ph
Ex: 639181234567@smart.mms.ph

Your friend will receive your e-mail message as a regular e-mail.

*You can only send e-mails up to 300kb including attachments. Not all file formats maybe sent as attachments thru SMART MMSmail. Sending of attachments is handset dependent.


**This service is open to all SMART subscribers.

From Smart

iPad 2 vs iPad - size and over all comparison

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Size Comparison - iPad 2, iPad 1 and iPhone 4
iPad 2 is basically better in every physical aspect, thinner, smaller and lighter while improving performance of processor by 2x and graphics by almost 7 folds while still maintaining the 10 hour battery life.

Over all comparison - iPad 2 and iPad 1
iPad 2 is technically better on everything expect for the price since the iPad 1 is now $100 (P 4,000.00) cheaper. Being released on the same range of price of its predecessor, iPad (2) is still the most cost effective tablet in the market

Get Facebook credits using Smart mobile phones

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With MOL (Money Online), you can get MOL points using Smart mobile phones and then convert your MOL points to Facebook Credits that you can use on different participating games on facebook.


Globe is planning to open 12 new stores until summer

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Concept store in Gateway Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao