Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge will change how we use mobile devices?

This phone (phablet if you like) offers essentially the same features as the Galaxy Note 4, but distinguishes itself with an extra curved strip of touchscreen on the side.

With this 160 pixel of 'edge' screen, you can customise buttons to make it the notification centre when you are doing something else on the main 5.6-inch display. Samsung said the phone will change how users interact with mobile devices and applications. This, in my opinion, is left to be seen.

The phablet looks big in the hands of most of us. Image: Computerworld Malaysia

The new phone is retailed at RM2,999 which is a bit expensive for a transitional mobile device.

Would you grab one? Or, do you prefer your current Galaxy S5, Note 4, or iPhone6?

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. Your cup of tea?

Galaxy Note Edge: Specifications

  • 2.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB / 54GB storage + up to 64GB microSD
  • 5.6-inch display: Super AMOLED, 2560 x 1440 resolution (with additional display of 160 pixel)
  • 16MP rear camera (Auto focus, Optical Image Stabilization)
  • 3.7MP front camera (f1.9)
  • Supports WiFi 802.11ac, GPS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, IR LED, 4G LTE Cat 4 + 4G LTE Cat 6
  • Dimension: 151.3 x 82.4 x 8.3mm
  • Weight: 174g
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 3000 mAh battery (adaptive fast charging)

Other features: Air Command, S Note, Snap Note, Direct Pen input, Multi Window, Ultra Power Saving Mode, Voice Recorder, Heart rate sensor, Finger print scanner, UV sensor

What you can do with it differently:

  • access apps with full, split or pop-up screens, 
  • change apps size and position with one easy swipe,
  • skip music, pause videos and control other apps using the Curved Edge display,
  • keep your notifications and alerts neatly organised on the curved side,
  • 'supposedly' incoming calls, texts and emails no longer get in the way,
  • design your own Edge Screen and express yourself by using your favourite images and phrases,
  • arrange your main app icons aligned to the side so you can leave the rest of your home screen clutter free.

Availability & Price

Available now in 'Charcoal Black' and 'Frost White' at all Samsung Experience Stores and Samsung authorised retailers.

Retail price: RM2,999 (US$825).

TheGreenMechanics: Doesn't look like a phone that fits my bills, but others may find this interesting and one that suits their need. Verdict: The price is too prohibitive.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Karambunai Lagoon Park - perfect for large group outing.

The Lagoon Park is located at Mengkabong river front, on the edge of Karambunai Peninsula and is just 5 minutes away from Karambunai Nexus Resort & Spa. It is owned and managed by the resort.

For Nexus resort guests, entrance is free. For non-guest, fees are RM10 (adult) and RM5 (child) are applicable which is fair and pretty affordable.

As mentioned in the title, the park occupies a large usable area and is suitable for family day, group outing ans seminar as is can accommodate 500 visitors easily.

Depending on weather condition, you can enjoy all of the recreational activities offered, such as:

Motorised -
  • parasailing
  • banana boat ride
  • wake boarding
  • water skiing
  • jet skiing
  • knee boarding
  • boat ride
  • fun fishing trip
  • sunset/firefly cruise

Non-motorised -
  • kayak
  • volley ball
  • pottery painting
  • batik painting
  • archery
  • etc.
Of course, you can bring your own props and tools once you get permission from the resort.

Open-type multi purpose hall.

Play chess with your friend, on a huge 'battleground'

Not bad a location for landscape photography session.

'Frame your shot...and, fire away'

Take the jet ski for that adrenaline-filled ride...

...or take a dip and play water polo (I'll call this wet volleyball)

Need some instructions while stretching? Not to worry, they have plenty.

On the other side of the lagoon you can see some excess gas burning (not part of the park).

The popular Kokol hill (your gateway to Kasih Sayang Resort) is on the background. Note the prominent tele-com antenna overlooking Menggatal and Kota Kinabalu.

Forget about all the activities, you can just sit back, relax, enjoy your favourite drink, and watch sunset here.