Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Sony Ericsson J220i Review

Upcoming model: Sony Ericsson J220i

Review by Delon Teoh

Phone type: Dualband

Networks: GSM 900, GSM 1800

Connectivity options: GPRS, WAP

Ringtone options: 32-chord polyphony

Calling Features: Speakerphone

Phonebook capacity: 500 entries

Physical design

Form factor: Candy bar

Dimensions (W x D x H): 102 x 44 x 18 mm

Weight w/battery: 82.5 g

Primary display type: STN

Interchangeable covers: Yes

Available colours: Smooth black; Sky blue


LCD display size: 128 x 128 pixels

Color LCD: Yes

Primary Display Color: 16 bit


Max. talktime (in hours): 6 hours

Max. standby time (in hours): 280 hours

Other Features

Additional functions: Single icon user interface and icon desktop

MMS: Yes

Predictive text input: Yes

Polyphonic: Yes

Built-in vibrate alert: Yes

Built-in digital camera: No

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Apple iPod mini Silver Second Gen. (6 GB - M9801LL/A) MP3 Player

By James Wong

Great sound, size, and the menu is very friendly and easy to read.

Battery is not easily replaced. Price is slighty higher than it's competition.


Audio Format: MP3 • WAV • AAC • MP3 VBR • AIFF
On Screen Display: ID3 Tag Info • Battery Level • Playlist / Table of Contents
Additional Features: Sleep Timer • Adjustable Playback Speed

Weighing in at just 3.6 ounces and showing off in three new shades, iPod mini fits your lifestyle and your bag, whether it be cocktail purse or messenger duffle. The chic, matte anodized aluminum case resists stains and scratches, all the while protecting your iPod mini from, say, the jostle of overzealous paparazzi.

Recessed in the case to keep its surface pristine, the 1.67-inch (diagonal) backlit screen displays full song and album titles, artists names and more. And iPod mini lasts up to 18 hours on a single charge(1): enough for a transatlantic flight, the limo ride to your hotel and a few solid hours of boutique shopping. Of course, iPod mini works just as well for your everyday pursuits. With up to 25 minutes of skip protection, you can even walk the dog in style.

The player itself is pretty slick, mine is silver. The sound is great to me, and totally satisfied with it. The top of the player offers a jack for the headset, a hole that I wasn’t sure of, but the manual said it’s an iPod remote.

A sliding switch is used to disable the buttons so you don’t hit them by accident. The front of the player offers an LCD that looks to be three by two inches. And below are two buttons, one smaller one in the middle, and a larger button. The bottom offers a connector used for data and recharging. The back will read iPod and the hard drive size.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Setting up of a facility in Cyberjaya by Astro

From left to right: Astro All Asia Networks plc chief operating officer David Butorac, Public Bank Bhd PC Card service general manager Chong You Lin and Visa International (Asia Pacific) Ltd Country Manager Malaysia Jeffrey Perera during the launch of Astro's new channel service.

ASTRO All Asia Networks plc has committed some RM300mil over the next five years to bring in new locally produced channels to the market as part of its continuous plans to expand its services.

Chief operating officer David Butorac said these channels, which would include in-house productions, would cover various genres from entertainment to education.

The satellite television provider was not threatened by competition from other players including the free-to-air television operators, as it concentrated on growing its own business, he said.

Last year, Astro's investment for locally produced channels was about RM100mil.

“We're still seeing strong growth in both our subscriber numbers and revenue and we expect that to continue,” he told reporters after the launch of a new channel service for Astro interactive in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Astro is the process of finalising the setting up of a facility in Cyberjaya, which will give it the capacity to launch these new services.

Over the past nine years, it has invested some RM5bil, of which RM2bil was used to subsidise the cost of in-home equipment or set-top boxes for its 5.5 million subscribers.

On its new channel service, Butorac said it would allow Public Bank Visa cardholders to download exclusive offers or TV coupons onto the card via Astro's interactive channel.

“Cardholders can download the coupons, known as Astro Interactive TV-Coupons, from the current 10 merchants, through the unutilised smart card reader of the Astro decoder by tuning to Channel 800 and following the simple instructions,” he said,

The card has a special smart card application to store the coupon information in its chip and is protected by its security functions.

The cardholder can then take his card and visit participating outlets to redeem the vouchers, which include discount vouchers for products, hotel stays and other offers.

Astro expects the service, which is the first in Malaysia, to boost its current TV advertising revenue of 7%.

Public Bank Bhd card services general manager Chong You Lin said currently there were 500,000 PB Visa cardholders and the number was expected to rise to 550,000 by the year-end.

Presently, this new channel service is only available to PB Visa cardholders.

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