17 January 2015

Working During the Holiday

Zero interest in the Papal visit, except for the fact that the government is actually telling telcos to shut down their network and the dumbasses are actually complying, I'm talking to your SMART. I think it's all just security theater anyway.

Working during the holiday. Spent most of the day yesterday working on Excel files and Blogger for my day job. Work would have been faster if SkyCable's broadband connection stayed up most of the time. It's been three (3) months and still having intermittent connection daily. I get the standard "we are sorry" but service is still poo.

Well my head is spinning and my eyes hurt from staring at the screen for majority of the day yesterday so it's time to rest.

Check out my work blog here [vdararealty.com]

16 January 2015

Review // Microsoft Lumia 535

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If you're a returning reader you know that I was heavy into PocketPC / Windows Mobile before jumping to iOS & Android.

I have been having issues with the RedMi 1S messaging app always crashing, and I have always been curious on how far Microsoft has come after they reset their mobile device program. So the prodigal user returns... 

A (few days) few weeks ago I decided to purchase a Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM. Yes, you read that correctly: Microsoft Lumia, not Nokia.

Product page: http://www.microsoft.com/en/mobile/phone/lumia535-dual-sim/

The orange color was not in stock so I went with boring black. Price ₱ 5,990.00 (US$ 133). 

The display is 5in with a resolution of qHD (960 x 540), IPS LCD, all in all it’s ok.

The finish feels plasticky and slippery. I suggest you get a case, speaking of cases, I can't find any in both Greenhills and Megamall. Goes the same for screen protectors, so I had to get stuff from eBay, which will take up to a month or more to arrive. This is to be expected for a non-popular device, still annoying. 

Removing the back cover is quite cumbersome be careful when doing this. 

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SIM1: Work number - client Calls & SMS & SIM2: Smart personal number -  Data & MicroSDHC card slot

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Out of the box, after initial setup I did a software update.

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Setting up the device is quite easy and so far I have had no issues with contacts, calendars, or email. GMail, iCloud, Outlook (work and personal) are all working fine. 

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The Software… Windows Phone is a nice operating system. I especially like the live tiles…

The software is responsive and intuitive and I have had no problems adjusting between iOS / MIUI / WindowsPhone.

I like the built in apps and the Lumia apps

Windows Store

Since this is going to be a work phone all I needed was the communication apps (Telegram, Whatsapp, Viber), also Expensify.

I did try to play Star Wars Commander on it and the graphics had some stuttering.

Get a higher spec device if you want to game.

Photos and Videos

Of course it pales in comparison to the 6+, again get a higher spec device if you want better photos.

Verdict: At this price point, this is a very capable secondary device. I really am enjoying using it as a work phone. Was impressed with Windows Phone and how smooth it is, I do hope Microsoft continues to improve on it.

If you want better photos, videos and gaming better get a higher spec device.

Here are some comparison shots:

Lumia 535 vs MI3W and vs iPhone 6+

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15 January 2015

Free // Panache Ringtone

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Nothing like beautiful trance music to uplift the spirit when someone calls your mobile :-)

Airbase - Panache [iTunes]
Free ringtone in M4R or MP3