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Me New Nokia X3-02

 


This is me new mobile phone. I was tired of carrying my Nokia E71 and it was also going bonkers on me.

Armed with some cash, I went around shopping for a replacement. All I wanted was a small and light mobile phone that will be able to call and text. It must be light enough that I don’t feel it jingling in my pocket.

I was looking at a few models until I came across the Nokia X3. It seems like it suited my requirements and it is also a touch screen model. Instead of buying on impulse, I decided to head home and do a little research.

Back home, I read a lot of reviews on this phone and to my astonishment, the reviews were very negative. There were a lot of complains about the X3-02, such as; freezing, not touch sensitive, poor battery life, does not sync well with Microsoft Outlook, auto reboot and et cetera.

Now, I sat there dumbfounded after reading the reviews. No mobile phone could be that bad that Nokia will push it to market. This would only kill its reputation and consumer confidence.

Not sure if it’s bravery or stupidity, I made up my mind to purchase this phone. Purchased this phone I did and I am pleasantly happy plus satisfied with it. In my opinion, battery life was good, syncs like a charm and ease of use was there. My only grouse: No GPS. Oh, I do miss my Garmin apps on my E71.

Bottom line: Awesome lightweight mobile phone for calls and texts.

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International iPad2 Sale Date – March 25th 2011

Sigh… Only 25 countries can look forward to the international sale date for iPad2. On 25th of March 2011, the following countries will get to enjoy the latest awesome tablet by Apple; Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

Once again, Asian countries will have to wait. Nearest to our shore is Singapore and the expected date is in April 2011. I take it that it will be sometime before Malaysians will be able to buy from Epi Centres, Machines or Harvey Norman outlets — by then, iPad3 might have made it to the market.

Well, every cloud have a silver lining. Perhaps this is an opportunity to save some money and buy the BlackBerry PlayBook instead. ;)

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Microsoft Arc Mouse Review

I chose my Microsoft Arc Mouse red.  Red represents vigor, strength and for Chinese, good fortune.  When I looked at it initially, it was the shape of the mouse that captivated my eyes.  If you look from the top, the Arc Mouse looks like a mantis shrimp or a small lobster.

Microsoft Arc Mouse

After a quick unwrapping of the mouse, I got it to work on my laptop.  Here’s what I like about it:

  1. It’s lightweight
  2. Comes with 2 ‘AAA’ batteries and a nice velvet pouch
  3. Saves battery by folding the ‘tail’ to deactivate the mouse
  4. Small transceiver that is not obstructive when plugged into USB port
  5. Transceiver is magnetically attached to the bottom of the mouse when not in use
  6. Mouse is workable at distancesof 20 feet (yes, I tried this and Microsoft claims up to 30 feet)
  7. Sensitive and works better than optical mouse

Having used this mouse for a 2 weeks period, I dislike the fact that the below the arc, it is empty space.  My 4th and 5th (ring and pinky) fingers have no support at the ‘sides’ of the mouse; a feeling that I am accustomed after years of using ‘normal’ mice. Other than this minor discomfort, I do not have any dislikes for this mouse.

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