For only PHP 2,860.00, you can own the new Nokia Asha 205. That gives you a dual SIM feature-phone that puts social first by allowing you to easily share your media to other friends using the exclusive ‘Slam’ software developed by Nokia. Essentially, this app is a Bluetooth file sharer, allowing you to send photos, video and other media to friends in the vicinity of Bluetooth (that’s about a 20 feet vicinity). If you’re not up for that feature, you still get a great battery-rich phone and borrows the dedicated Facebook hardware button, a feature originally seen in the HTC ChaCha.
Nokia unveils the Lumia 620, most affordable Windows 8 smartphone; estimated to release below PHP 10,000Posted by Jayvee Fernandez at December 10th, 2012
Everyone wants to give Windows 8 a chance and the best way to do this is to make these metro-inspired devices more affordable for everyone. And that’s precisely what’s so great about the Nokia Lumia 620. If you’ve tried Windows Phone before, you’ll be amazed at how efficient the software works with the hardware. Unlike some Android devices where there are inconsistencies with how both the OS and hardware work together (it gets mighty laggy!), this breed of mobile OS works amazingly well across the board regardless of device.
The Nokia Lumia 620 comes with a dual core Snapdragon processor, dual cameras with support for future NFC implementation.
Sub PHP 10,000 is our guess.
OS: Windows Phone 8
• Display: 3.8” TFT WVGA 800×480, ClearBlack
• Memory: 512MB RAM (8GB internal memory, Micro SD support up to 64GB), 7GB SkyDrive cloud storage
• Camera: 5Mpix autofocus, LED flash
• Front Camera: VGA
• Video capture: HD 720p@30fps
• Connectivity: NFC, WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4Ghz +5Ghz, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS/A-GPS, Glonass, micro-USB, 3.5mm audio connector (AHJ + WP Controls)
• Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 processor with 1 Ghz dual-core CPUs
With all this talk about high end smartphones, Nokia is plowing the entry-level mass market with its Internet-enabled affordable feature phones. Today, Nokia seems to be focusing on this market by churning out touch-screen feature phones that go below the PHP 4,100.00 (USD $99.00) mark. The Nokia Asha 309 is evidence to this.
The Nokia Asha 309 is primarily a WiFi phone (for mobile data it comes with 2G browsing only which in this day and age is obsolete) that comes with 32GB microSD card support. It comes with smartphone-like features such as the 3.0″ touch screen, multiple home screens similar to Android and yes — RADIO. It comes with a Twitter and Facebook client as well as a dedicated YouTube client. This is for the netizen who wants the bare essentials on a feature phone.
On another note, it has to be said that Nokia also updated their Nokia Xpress Browser which is now a lot faster and allegedly at par with the smartphone browsing experience. Also, Nokia seems to have a long term partnership with EA as their phones are stocked with mobile games. In this case, 40 of them.
When smartphones were not yet that “smart” Kris Aquino had already been using a Nokia (circa N95 days), which she would place on the coffee table during her talk shows. Back then, she wasn’t a real endorser but Nokia did take notice of this and voila, she’s now the new Nokia Lumia endorser!
The story above comes from Nikka Abes of Nokia Philippines.
Although the ad only shows the Lumia 610, 710 and 800, she is also the endorser of the flagship Lumia 900 which will be officially launched next week.
So my question to you is .. how do you feel about Kris Aquino being their new endorser?
To a number of IT folks, the idea may be unsettling as she’s obviously not tech-oriented but given Nokia and Microsoft’s strategy to push Windows Phone and the Lumia as devices for the highly untapped feature-phone oriented consumers, then the endorsement is spot on. If you’re already a heavy iOS user, you definitely won’t make the switch. Windows Phone is aimed towards non-smartphone users, so the advertorial is apt.
Last week I asked Nokia if I could have a look at their drool-worthy Lumia 900. As a former Windows Phone user (I had not yet upgraded to the latest Mango 7.5), I was curious to know why the 900 series had won so many industry awards and, after finally getting to hold one in my hands I knew what all the praise was all about. In a nutshell, the Nokia Lumia 900 is the best Windows Phone to date. Not only is it top of its class, it readily competes with the top tier smartphones running Android and iOS in terms of speed and power.
There’s something utterly creepy about reading flash fiction horror entries past midnight. Especially the entries that say “I’m going to take the X3 away from you while you sleep.” HAHA! Anyway, here goes.
First of all, I’d like to give special mention to “Jerry” who submitted a horror entry that made me LOL:
ano ang nasa dako pa roon?…
Sorry though, it didn’t win but you sure made me laugh! Also, props to Noypi with this entry that I found to be rather funny: “For sale: si Ate, mainit pa.” I also want to give a special shout out to John who made a special tool to count characters for judging entries! Thanks sir!
OK here goes! Thanks to everyone who participated. Looking through all the entries, I narrowed the whole thing to two. One from TheGreatMorinda which goes:
Time in: 9:59 am. Time of death: 9:13am.
and the other from Messie:
The river is steadily rising. There was no rain… only people jumping.
Both entries made me stop and think a bit trying to picture the scenarios in my head (one of the tricks to doing horror is the Clive Barker / H.P. Lovecraft formula where you leave most of it to the imagination). Between the two, I found Messie’s entry to be the more disturbing, hence I gladly award the Nokia X3 to MESSIE! We will send an email with instructions on how to claim your phone from the Nokia PH office.
There are still 2 more mini-contests coming up! I’ll put them up in a separate post so it will be easier to segregate.