Posts Tagged ‘mobile phone’

Nokia 3310 3G going on-sale in Singapore

10/10/2017 Leave a comment

I was pretty excited when I read the news yesterday. Apparently, Nokia is releasing a 3G version of its remade, re-modelled 3310. I wrote a few months back that the new Nokia 3310 had been released but unfortunately, that one only had a 2G connection and as you know, 2G connections were stopped in Singapore as of early last year. So Nokia decided, apparently, a 3G version was more relevant in this day and age and how right they were!

According to Nokia’s website, these are the features of this phone:

  • Beautiful push buttons and iconic, shaped design
  • 2 MP camera with LED flash for simple snaps
  • Headphone jack for your tunes
  • 2.4” curved window with polarized layer for better readability in sunlight
  • Available as both single SIM and dual SIM variants
  • 3G connectivity for calling and texting
  • All-new customisable retro UI
  • Bluetooth® 2.1 for pairing with speakers and other phones
  • FM radio and MP3 player for music
  • 64 MB storage plus a MicroSD card slot with support for up to 32 GB

I am surprised that it is able to take a microSD card. There is 64Mb of storage, which is pretty small admittedly by today’s standards but it is heartening to know that the storage can be expanded. It even has the old SNAKE game that was available in the old 3310. I am seriously thinking of getting one of these phones. Apparently, they cost $99 here in Singapore. I suppose that it is worth it.

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Xiaomi Redmi 4A smartphone

05/02/2017 1 comment

Two days back, I bought this Xiaomi Redmi 4A for my aunt. She was using or rather is still using, as I type this, an old Nokia 2G phone. 2G services in Singapore are numbered. They are going to expire on the 1st of April 2017, which is only a couple of months away. So all have to upgrade to at least a 3G phone. And this is the phone I bought for her.

One thing I love about this phone is that it weighs only 131 grams. That is very light indeed. It is relatively inexpensive but it looks like a premium phone because  it has a smooth metal texture. It has a 64-bit processor, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 and comes with MIUI 8 OS. The OS takes some getting used to but since I already am used to it, it made navigating a lot easier.

It has 2Gb of RAM and 16Gb of memory. This phone can take two SIM cards but one of the SIM cards must be a nano SIM. It can take a memory card up to 256Gb in size but unfortunately, the second SIM card needs to be sacrificed for that. It is one of those “either or” phones….either the second SIM card or the SD-card but not both. Power-wise, it comes with a non-removable Li-Ion 3120 mAh battery. Doesn’t matter much to me nowadays to be honest.

So did I get what I paid for? I certainly did, and more. I mean, for my aunt, who is not tech-savvy in the least, this phone will help, after I set it to Lite Mode. This is something that Xiaomi excels in. Their lite mode is a boon for folks having their first phone. So all I have to do now is get her SIM card, install it in the phone and I am done.

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Nokia ACP-8U mobile phone charger

07/12/2016 Leave a comment

I have had this charger for about 10 years now…no…make it 9 years. I found it in 2007 and have been using it ever since to charge a couple of the two Nokia mobile phones that I have left. Just the other day, I wanted to find out the reason why it could not charge my phones well. I found out that age had taken its toll on this charger. It was now putting out 6 volts instead of the stipulated 5.3 volts that it was supposed to give out. Not good, I thought, as I wistfully threw it away. It has been with me for quite a while and that is why I felt that way but I cannot risk any damage to my Nokia phones, especially my Nokia 101. Luckily I still have some NOS (new old stock) Nokia chargers so I may have to use those to charge up my mobile phones.

Mobile phone base stations in remote areas

19/08/2016 Leave a comment

Most base stations are at the top of tall buildings in Singapore so that their signals can be spread far and wide. But what about places that do not have any tall buildings? This is the answer. I was at Old Jurong Road some time back, almost a year back, and while waiting for the bus, this caught my eye. This was a mobile phone base station attached to a lighting pole. I suppose that is the only thing one can do with regards to getting coverage in that area. So next time, you are in a remote area, and you are wondering why your cellphone coverage is good, chances are there is a base station like this pretty close to you

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The AEKU M5 mobile phone

01/03/2015 Leave a comment

Just the other day, while taking the elevator, I saw this guy holding this phone and checking his text messages on it. I saw that it is a very slim mobile phone, almost as thin and the same size as a credit card. Not much is known about it but from what I can see, it’s a very basic mobile phone with a built-in battery. And check this out…it only costs about US$23. Not bad for such a tiny phone!

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4-port USB charger

28/01/2015 Leave a comment

One of my colleagues at my workplace lent me this charger to charge my mobile phone the other day. There is no name on the charger…just a model number KMS-AC09. I have read a couple of reviews of this on the Internet and some say that this charger, which is a cheap-ass charger that can be picked up from any online store selling such gadgets, does not really charge that well. Well, so far I have tried it and it seems to work nicely. I had no issues charging my mobile phone at all. As a matter of fact, it charged my two mobile phones very well. I still have my sights on a premium multiple USB port charge like this one from Anker. Until I get it, I guess this one will have to suffice

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Nokia 130

07/01/2015 Leave a comment

I saw this phone some time back and I started thinking to myself that even after Microsoft bought Nokia, they still felt that for emerging markets, basic mobile phones were needed. And that is where the Nokia 130 comes in.

Apparently, With the Nokia 130, you get up to 36 days of standby time and a a very durable phone to boot. And it also comes equipped with a flashlight on the back, Bluetooth to share songs and can take an SD card up to 32Gb in capacity. Maximum music playback time is 46 hours. Pretty good for a basic phone. It seems that it can also playback videos very well. I have yet to see that but I am looking more at the long music playback duration. Specifications-wise:

  • SIM card type: Mini SIM
  • AV connectors: 3.5 mm audio connector
  • Charging connectors: Micro-USB
  • System connectors: Micro-USB-B
  • USB: USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth3: Bluetooth 3.0
  • Bluetooth profiles: Object Push profile (OPP) 1.1

Not too bad. I like the fact that it now uses a micro USB to charge. I freaking hate the old Nokia charges of old. I will definitely be getting this as I saw it for sale in Singapore for less than $40. Great one Nokia!