This is actually a dream come true!
Last July, I opened a new domain on wordpress to give space to my much awaiting comics, which is The Zero Calorie Adventures of Milk and Coffee. It’s a bunch of Filipino (Tagalog) comic strips that focuses on the friendship of the characters Milk and Coffee and friends.
The story line came out of no where, when I kept on wearing my weird shades and I started drawing my mini me. That’s explain why ‘Coffee’ had this bug-eye/heart-shaped shades. While the other characters are based on people I encounter and some friends.
The comics is in Tagalog, so sorry for the English-speaking fellas who are following me. It’s actually a risk because I don’t have an idea how it will go since I’m never familiar with the local SEO and how the new site’s Google ranking will climb up. Plus the fact that it’ll be composed of mostly images, I think it will be a great challenge for me.
But anyway, to my Filipino friends here, please support The Zero Calorie Adventures of Milk and Coffee. I’d appreciate it if you will follow and like our posts both on blogs and Facebook.
Just kindly go to these link and hit like:
Thank you so much!
This blog will never close, by the way. I have plenty of poems to share to you, so please, please stay tuned!
I could not imagine myself holding a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 this 2014. Thanks to my friend who became very supportive to me to complete my goal last 2013, and now I own my dream phone. As much as I don’t want to let go of my Samsung Galaxy S III, I have to give it to someone who dreamed of having it — I apologize to my Mom, someone wished for it first (IIRC). Haha!
This device is more than what I’ve expected. The fluidity of the screen, the built-in storage, RAM capacity, plus the new features of the S-Pen got me really impressed even though I’ve seen it a lot from different reviews in the world wide web. I could say that you really need to get hold of it before you could say that it’s really a fantastic smartphone from Samsung.
The design was very sophisticated because of its faux leather (plastic) back cover design. It’s very light, and very handy as well, even though this device is really big. It has 5.7 inches (with 1080 x 1920 pixels) display that’s protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, and Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, which is perfectly good for viewing experience. S-pen is still located at the lower right, back corner of the smartphone. It’s quite hard to pull from from its space, and the reason behind, I think, is that Samsung has designed it to anticipate the chances of losing the stylus. Loud speaker is already located at the bottom part of the device as well, which made the speaker sound more efficient, so you won’t need a mount or external speakers anymore. As for the USB slot for charging and transferring files, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is now using micro USB 3.0. It enables the device to speed up the file transfer and charging. Don’t worry though as it could still use the microUSB 2.0 cable. Moreover, Remote IR is located on top of the device, right near the 3.5mm headphone jack slot. Sensors and the front-facing camera are all at the right side of the call speaker (unlike with Galaxy S4, on both sides of the speaker), but it still functions well in recognizing air gestures.
Feautures & Built-in Apps
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is running Android Jellybean 4.3 with the latest version of TouchWiz. It can run with fantastic fluidity because of the Quad-core 2.3 GHz and Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors and chipset and 2.38gb of RAM — actually, 3gb RAM in total — the rest of the RAM is used when the phone is idle. Because of that, I enjoy more on maximizing the multi-window features and other high-graphic games and sketching apps. I just hope it would be as stable as this in the future. It’s capable of finding LTE connection, date plan users — I believe you can ask your network to provide you the LTE set-up if you’re jumping from a non-LTE device and sim card to maximize your internet speed experience.
The lockscreen is now more efficient to use. You can now do some activities without unlocking your phone. You can either choose your list ‘Fave App’ or ‘Camera App’. You may also activate your ‘S note’ for immediate use. And the awesome part here is that once your music player is on, it can show you your playlist and choose a song directly from it.
By the way, you can also add a ‘Personal Message’ in the lockscreen as well.
Most of the features are quite similar to the Samsung Galaxy S4 features particularly the Camera, Menus and Navigation. But one of the things that make the Galaxy Note 3 standout is the new S-Pen features that would captivate your Note 3 experience. By clicking the S-Pen button, the Air Command will give you access to 5 menus — the Action Memo, Scrapbooker, Screen Write, S Finder and Pen Window.
- Action Memo – pops a notepad up and then allows you to put notes on it and do cool features with it, like saving, calling, texting or emailing a contact; directly searching to the internet, finding a place.
- Scrapbooker – allows you to save pictures or screen shot. It could be perfect if you love taking screenshots and putting note on it. Simply select the Scrapbooker, draw a square and it captures the target object. It’s not an ordinary screenshot, though. It provides information like the link where you got it.
- Screen Write – it’s almost the same as the Scrapbooker the only difference here is that you can write or draw directly from the screenshot. It’s good for highlighting things in the images.
- S Finder – Find everything in your phone by using it. Apps, photos, files — Everything. In the picture below, I tried to look for the “Sketch”.
- Pen Window – it’s almost like the Multi-Window feature. It gives power to your phone to open small windows of apps, like YouTube, Contacts, Calculator, Browser and more.
Speaking of securing your S-Pen, there are few options in the ‘Settings’ that would keep your S-Pen in mind so you won’t lose it.
S Note & Evernote
To get your writing experience on the top level, this device is also empowered with the note-taking apps. It’s either you use your S-Pen or tap on your touchscreen keyboard, it’s fine.
Sketchbook for Galaxy
Most fantastic built-in app for me is the Sketchbook! I love to draw that’s why. I’ve tried this app on my friend’s Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and it was a great experience. But the smoothness of the of the Note 3 adds awesomeness in the app. I was able to get some training in this app. I will post some of my works here on blog after this blog.
My overall experience so far is awesome, I’m getting what I need from this phone. One thing I’ve noticed, but this is not a major issue of this device (it could be the app), is that the My Magazine app doesn’t totally close even if you keep on hitting back. It keeps running in your RAM. It could be helpful for your battery if you clear your RAM often.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was the most amazing phone I’ve ever seen so far in my entire life, but to tell you honestly, I was pretty much disappointed because it’s not the flexible phone I was expecting. But rumours came out and said that leading smartphone companies are going to launch something closer to my expectation. Thus, they invented the Flexible smartphones.
Samsung has created Samsung Galaxy Round. Here’s some of the things it does…
On the other hand, LG is joining the future trend, since it has invented the LG G-Flex, and I was amazed. I actually fell in love to its Wolverine (X-men) characteristics. Check it out:
Between the two, I would choose the one with Wolverine effect, the LG G-flex, unless if Samsung has a new feature to release. But all in all, both are perfect, especially for the people who always put their mobile phones or bags where it could damage. These smartphones are sure win.
Hope to see more of this in the coming years.
Smartphone users are all dealing with the same problem everyday: Battery life. Sometimes, I always wish there were AC outlets or usb ports everywhere so I can charge my phone right away, when I need it.
I experience this everyday of my life, even when I sleep. I never turn-off my 3G since I have always to be online for my job and whenever I’m downloading. I sometimes sleep with 90% of battery and wake up with 30% — and sometimes, even lower than that, otherwise it’s dead. I needed to recharge my phone as I take a bath going before I go to the office or somewhere else.
Because of that experience I thought of collecting the best tips I found in the world wide web on how to get your battery always “on”, which is I’m trying to implement now in my daily activities with my phone. Fortunately, there are plenty of them, so let’s start with…
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Truthfully, mixed emotions is what I felt on this release — I’m happy because I will now get to experience BBM since I haven’t touched a Blackberry smartphone before, and sad because, well, we know the falling story of Blackberry and that’s why they ended up making their supposedly exclusive app available to every mobile phones. And despite of the trending release of other messaging apps (i.e. Line, Kakao Talk, Viber and Wechat), BBM reportedly have been download 5 million times in just 8 hours, enough to say that many have really waited for this.
As first time user of BBM, I needed to line-up on a queue of an unknown number, I’ve submitted my email for registration, and I was able to “Create a Blackberry ID” and got my very own BBM Pin after a couple of days.
For those, who have BBM already, no longer have to wait that long. Just hit the “Sign In” button and you’re up.
(By the way, that’s my BBM PIN — add me)
It’s faster versus the messaging apps I’ve mentioned. I think it’s because it requires few 3G MB to run.
For the first time user like me, few things I’ve discovered:
1. Ping – just like YM, it has Buzz to alert your chatmates if you’re online or just want to caught their attention. It alerts you with the usual BBM or assigned tone; not with a loud awkward buzzer.
2. Light (LED) indicator – choose colours that will differentiate your BBM alert to the rest of your message app. The colours are white, yellow, green, cyan, blue and purple; or none. For me, I chose white since none of my app is using that colour.
3. Tabs – 2 purposes. #1 to check if your active chats, groups, invites or updates on the activity, and #2 to configure the settings and access help.
4. Ads – so far, so good. I ain’t seeing any ads at the moment since week 1. But for sure there’s a reason behind with all these release. Later on we will find out.
5. R, D and check – You’ll be able to see this while chatting. It normally stands for Read, Delivered and Sent. These identify whether your message has reached the receiver.
6. Emoticon – What messaging can stand without this feature? None, of course. But these are none moving ones, just enough to say what you feel in a fraction of a symbol.
7. Group chat – I don’t know the number of volume of people you can invite to join a group conversation, but as far as I know it can accommodate as many as you want.
8. Attach – You can attach a note and picture and send it via chat.
9. Status – You are also allowed to share what your currently feeling in this feature. You can tell people if you’re busy or not really. You can, by the way, tell people your activities.
10. Invite – You may choose among Barcode Scan, PIN, Email, SMS and NFC to invite people to add you or join you on BBM.
11. Profile Picture – Aside from your status, you can also set your favorite picture as your DP.
MY POINT OF VIEW
Well, it is a great app so far – a must-try. I invited some of my friends to try it as well, so we can experience how fast it is compare to other messaging app.
I just hope for the best for the Blackberry about this. That’s it!
Like other people, if I found the phone of my dreams I never stop checking the official site, different carriers’ sites, youtube for reviews, and phonedog.com to see the dogfight and 30-day challenge of the device. I see to it that I knew everything about my dream smartphone before it land falls onto my hands, because I want to maximize all features to my daily activities like gaming, writing, reading, taking selfies, browsing, watching movies and listening to FM and MP3’s. Never I had a phone which made me look like dumb not knowing what’s stored in the box.
Running in my head are 4 phones: iPhone 5S, Samsung Galaxy Mega, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Leading: Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
I don’t know why I considered iPhone 5S on my list, perhaps the gold color captured my eyes that are attracted to sophistication plus it’s running the latest iOS7, which, they say, never far from the Android interface. If you’re also a fan of “Forensic Science”, it’s a good catch because it has finger print recognition feature. It’s expected to be out in the Philippine Market on December. While Samsung Galaxy Mega is very huge — enough for my gigantic hands, though — with the screen size of 6.3 inches, it’s very useful for my four-eyed face. Yeah, I love big screen nowadays. It’s empowered to capture LTE signal, Dual-core and Qualcomm Snapdragon 400. Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy S4 has been lingering in my thoughts due to it’s awesome speed, features and light-weight design. The only thing that place it in my second choice is that it looks very similar to my current smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S3. But its air gesture, dual camera functionality and other “life companion” features, that make it simpler than the Galaxy note 3, make it a better choice. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, takes the tech-nerd-
sh*t out me because of its newly added stylus features and enhanced capacity (See features here) plus it’s running Android 4.3. While other gadgets have already been released in the Philippine market, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is expected to arrive in stores on September 25th, so I still have few days to mourn for my savings before it goes bye-bye.
I don’t like to consider iPhone 5c since I’ve already had an encounter with Iphone 5. Aside from the new featured colors and the cheaper material that it’s made of, everything is just the same — don’t get fooled. HTC One? Well, it was a great phone as well, however, its features are quite mediocre for me compare to the smartphones in my list.
But even though Samsung Galaxy Note 3 got the weight among all my choices, my mind might still change and switch to what I think is the best.
What about you? What smartphone you’re eyeing these days?
I thought Samsung Galaxy S4 was the only latest brand in the family of Samsung Galaxy, until I saw two more releases – The Active and Zoom — which will join the S4 in PH. Many got curious about the differences of the specs and looks of these varieties from the original Galaxy S4; so let’s find out what entails with Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and Zoom, and know their advantages and disadvantages.
Obviously, you’d notice the designs are quite far from what we usually see from the Samsung Galaxy S4. Active’s option & back capacitive touch were replaced by buttons and placed in both sides of the home key button . The very fine spaces of the volume rocker/power button from the casing shows that it can’t be penetrated by dust or water. There are some videos on Youtube that show the vulnerability of the device when dropped on water. Although it’s slightly thicker, wider and taller, it’s designed to endure more nature’s hazards to lessen your worries when you go outside for camping, hiking, kayaking or any other hobbies that include dust, mud and water. Its specification quite changed as well. It has 5-inch full HD 1080p display in an LCD panel, and not super AMOLED, so expect a little narrow in some views and washed out colors when showering under direct sunlight though it seems bright indoors. Similar to its predecesor, Samsung Galaxy S3, back-facing camera has 8mp but with slightly higher front-facing camera of 2mp. Active still lives with Quadcore processor and LTE signal, plus the same features like the air gesture, dual-camera shot and many others are still in the box. (Click here for the complete specs)
On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, for me, has a beautiful back camera which made it look more like a digital camera and more buffed. The down part of this unit is that some of its specs has downgraded, for example, it only has 4.5-inch full HD display and chipset of Dual-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9. More than that, it’s bulking for some people, especially those people who love putting their mobile phones in their pockets and likes putting back protection or fashionable cases. Moving forward to the bright side, it has super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen and it’s protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. But the highlight of this device, and the reason why it’s called zoom, is the 16mp back-camera, the BSI CMOS Sensor with 10X optical zoom and its Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) — perfect for instagraming and mobilephone photography. (Click here for the complete specs)