This is a great idea I’ve long been waiting for. Ever since I started using wireless charging I fell in love with it, mind you iPhone users. It would be super convenient to jump in the car, put my phone next to me while it charges automatically while receiving calls via Bluetooth on the car’s speakers. Except I don’t want a Cadillac, hopefully all car brands will implement wireless charging soon.
I passed by X-Cite the other day and found out about a different kind of warranty which people has been asking for. The warranty covers liquid spills, electric surge, broken display, cracks and other accidental damages. They’ll fix it for free, but I think only once. This makes me not worry about my phone’s screen when I get a new phone.
I wrote about Pressy a year go when it was just introduced, I ordered one and was super excited to get one. Now that I finally got my hands on it, I jumped from super excited to super disappointed. Simply put, it doesn’t work at all on my LG G2. I haven’t tried all the functions but I couldn’t even get passed the tutorial.
Not only is it completely useless on my end, it also adds a significant bump to my phone. When I initially wrote about Pressy, I got the impression it’s so tiny it will barely add a curve to your phone. Pressy app which does the functions has more than 550 1/5 ratings, which is terrible. I’m sure many are facing similar issues.
It only makes sense to have the highest twitter account per capita in the world align with the highest smartphone penetration in the Middle East, according to Mideast Times. Kuwait has a whopping 212% smartphone penetration coming first place with Saudi coming second place with 188%. This means the average person in Kuwait owns two phones.
I remember a few companies tried installing charging stations before but didn’t work out for them, back in the day when Al Fanar Cinema was the hit, it had a charging station but you had to constantly check on your phone since it could get easily stolen, this charging station however is different. I’ll bullet point my thoughts:
- Locks your phone in a box, people can’t steal it but you can’t use it while it’s charging either
- Way overpriced, 10 mins of charge is 250 fils, 40 mins of charge is KD 1. A small portable pack costs KD 0 per charge and is 100% cheaper
- I guess it’s only worth if I had an emergency and no other way to charge my phone
Photo via EZ Charge Video
Just last month I wrote about how Saudi Arabia was lucky to get in the list of accepting money from apps on Google Play. Google has now announced that Kuwait and UAE can now release paid apps. I know many developers that have been waiting for this. I might release a paid app for the fun of it, get 1 download (myself).
My Chromebook arrived last week and I’ve been longing to own one, when Samsung announced pre-orders for a full HD, solid state drive and leather finishing Chromebook I had to have one. For those that don’t know what a Chromebook is, it’s a laptop that operates on Google’s operating system, Chromium.
The Chromebook is both slim and lightweight which were to main reasons why I purchased one. It’s 1.6 centimeters wide and weighs about 1.5 kilograms. Something I love about the Chromebook I purchased is the fact that it’s fanless, so you never need to worry about getting proper air circulation or over-heating.
The mousepad is huge, something a lot of Windows laptops lack. I can conveniently scroll through pages. It works similarly to a Macbook mousepad where the difference is only the bottom half of the mousepad is clickable, although you won’t feel that. Clicking with two fingers is considered a right-click and so on and so forth.
When I ordered the Chromebook I thought it came with real leather, then I read online it’s fake leather so I thought they might have meant there was an automated stitching process or something but that was far from the truth. There’s no leather involved, it’s all plastic but looks like leather. Which is something I hate about Samsung, they brag about premium finishing on their products while providing cheap and sometimes fake material.
The biggest difference you will notice on the keyboard is the CAPS lock key has been replaced with a search key. The search key lets you search the web, apps, extensions and pretty much everything else. To enable/disable CAPS lock you type (alt + search key).
You pretty much get a laptop that only has a browser in it (Google Chrome). Except you can do a lot with it, you won’t get Photoshop but there are decent web-based editing apps. Many services you’re use to using like Skype aren’t there, instead you are kind of forced to use Google’s alternative like Hangouts in this situation.
The Chromebook comes with a USB 3.0 port and an SD Card slot. You can attach a hard drive and copy/paste stuff. You can watch most videos (supported file extensions: 3gp, .avi, .mov, .mp4, .m4v, .m4a, .mp3, .mkv, .ogv, .ogm, .ogg, .oga, .webm, .wav). Plus you get a free 2 year 200 GB storage on Google Drive.
I’ll talk more about the operating system Chromium on the full review which I’ll post later, there’s a bunch of things I don’t like about it but I can’t complain because it only costs KD 100, which is a tiny fraction of what I paid to get a MacBook Retina, and it too had a lot I didn’t like.
It almost felt like their marketing team said lets add the word “Smart” next to everything and sell it. I do like some of the new features, especially the beam sensor at the back but overall, it’s not convincing enough for me to throw my LG G2 and go buy the G3.
Here’s the list of things I like and didn’t like:
- Knock Code – a knock to unlock feature (which will be on the LG G2 soon)
- Laser auto focus (the phone beams on a subject to calculate focus, something that massively helps in low light conditions)
- Wireless charging (something I miss alot)
- 540 pixel density will give a really crystal clear screen
- Even though the cover is “metallic”, it’s actually plastic. It’s not metal
- 5.5 inch screen, I don’t want an even bigger screen. The LG G2 is big enough already.
- Same battery which is disappointing because you have a bigger screen and stronger processor which both absorb more battery life yet they haven’t improved the battery life
- Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor which isn’t top notch, people were expecting Snapdragon 805
- Same camera (but with better focus as mentioned on the pros side)
What’s even worse is this whole announcement didn’t include the price or the release date of the device. I’ll still review the device if I manage to get ahold of one and might change my mind about a few things but for now, I likely won’t buy one. I’m pretty happy with the LG G2 so I’ll wait until something better steps up.