Al-Ghanim Entertainment, which is a new film financing and production company based in Los Angeles and Kuwait plans to make 2 to 4 movies a year with a budget that goes up to $15 million per movie. That is both huge and impressive, they’ve already started casting their first movie. I really hope it doesn’t end up like the other typical Kuwaiti movies, cheesy story, nothing but drama and non-stop relationship violence.[Source]
I posted about XCite launching their accidental warranty service a few months back, passed by Eureka and they too have one but with a catch. You can add the warranty to any electronic device Eureka sells, so it doesn’t have to be a phone. The catch is you pay 8% upfront of the total cost of the item.
Then when it comes to fixing it you have to pay 20% of the cost if I’m not mistaken. From what I understood XCite only has a fee for having an accidental warranty. Both companies will only fix the damaged device once. This type of warranty is a savior to those that always end up with a broken screen.
Got invited to X-Cite’s 2 year anniversary with Huawei. I don’t go to events as often as I use to anymore, maybe I should but I have other priorities unrelated to the blog most of the time. Well, that and there were like 4 other events at the same time running during this event, but I’m glad I came. Met a few friends and there was a cool show.
They asked everyone to keep their phones in their pocket so no lights with disrupts the show. It was a Tron-like LED show where guys out of nowhere would appear then disappear again. I posted a few seconds of the show on my instagram which can be seen [here].
They also had the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 on display which was released worldwide just last month. It comes with a couple of cool features that I liked. The smart processor was one of them, the phone enables the low battery processor (quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7) when the phone is being used for simple tasks like browsing, watching a video or texting.
If you go gaming however or something that requires a lot of power it switches to another quad-core processor (Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15) that consumes more battery for better performance. The phone is pretty slim and comes with a fingerprint sensor on its back. Although it’s running on Android 4.4, it will be receiving an Android 5.0 update soon.
More detailed specs on the phone can be seen [here].
You’d think after being a loyal customer for over 5 years they’d treat you decently. I’ve always complimented them to friends and defended them when someone told me they were pretty bad but they totally hit the fan on this one. My car has been in their garage for 2 weeks and they haven’t even touched it yet nor offered me a temporary car.
Two weeks ago I went to Audi because a battery warning sign popped up in my car. After spending over 3 hours waiting for them to replace the battery for an overpriced amount. They then found out the dynamo is actually what was damaged and not the battery. I had to leave with a taxi and leave my car at their garage.
They told me the dynamo piece for my car wasn’t available and had to be ordered from Dubai, it would take a week at max. I waited a week, with no car replacement and I called twice to check on my car. Both times they would tell me they’d call back in ~15 minutes and never call back which got on my nerves. How can you just tell a customer we’ll call you back and just ignore them? How much disrespect can you possibly have for a customer?
The third time I called and explained how I’ve been ignored by terrible customer service, the guy on the phone said the same exact thing, I’ll call you back later. He did eventually call back hours later, telling me the order got delayed by another week. I love how he mentioned the problem was from the Dubai branch and not their branch, like that would make me feel much better and totally okay with waiting another week with no car.
At this stage they could have at least offered me a temporary car because of all the faults and issues they made me go through but no, they’re contempt with how things are. The dynamo piece finally arrives and I think there’s an issue with the piece, I have to wait even more until they get another one.
You’d think they would treat a customer of 5 years with at least some decency. I really like Audi but after this customer service experience I will likely be looking elsewhere. My car hasn’t been touched yet, sitting there for 2 weeks in the service garage and I’m sure after they’re done I’ll be charged a ridiculous amount of money.
Update: I got my car back, read how it went [here].
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.
After Mutawa Alkazi got stripped from Honda franchise which was given to Alghanim they recently bought a new car brand. The SUV above at Mutawa Alkazi showroom was manufactured by GAC, they’re a Chinese automaker that also manufactures vehicle parts for Fiat, Honda, Isuzu, Mitsubishi, and Toyota. Might grab one to review soon.
Since XCite’s website wasn’t optimized for mobile devices (theme isn’t responsive) it was a good idea to launch a shopping dedicated app on Google Play and App Store. It’s pretty much like having Amazon app except this one is from XCite. As you can see it’s pretty vibrant with a Windows metro looking theme to it.
The two features I like are the ability to see the daily deals and the store locator. What’s handy is you can always open the app wherever you are and see what’s the closest showroom from where you are. I had to no idea they had this many showrooms to begin with, the biggest one being at Safat Alghanim.
Something I didn’t like on their website is also on their app, the faulty search results. They’re sometimes super inaccurate and I have no idea how their algorithm functions. I was searching from Jawbone’s fitness wrist sensor called UP and all I got were a bunch of HP laser mice.
I ended up getting something I’ve been wanting to get for a while now, the Bose QuietComfort noise-cancelling headphones. I’ve been hearing so much positive feedback on them. I’ll likely review the headphone and discuss whether it really is noise-cancelling. They’re great for when you just want some silence.
I passed by Alghanim’s event a few days back for a ghabga and an introduction the new Chevrolet Impala 2014. First thing I liked was the logo, some might confuse the car model as a caprice upgrade, they’re two pretty different cars. The place was packed and it unexpectedly started with a sand art show.
There was a Spanish sand artist that did some pretty cool designs, including Kuwait towers and the impala. The sand painting kinda looked like they were showcasing the history of Chevrolet, where they were and where they stand now.
The Cheverolete Impala 2014 price ranges from KD 7,500 – KD 10,000 depending on the options you pick. For details on the specs of the car click [here]. You can request a test drive by clicking [here]. I like the looks and the front grill but I don’t know if it has enough horse power to satisfy everyone.