1take – LG G2 with 1 big mistake

LG G2 looks very nice
LG G2 looks very nice

My first take at the new LG G2. I had big hopes for the LG G2 after having a very positive experience owning the LG Optimus G Pro. Well, as expected it had top of the line 2013 specs. Nice 5.2″ display, super slim bezels, fast and being the 2nd Android phone with an OIS lens. But I and many of my friends/family were just utterly disappointed that they decided to not include Micro SD support as well as the removable battery for the international version. This instantly made the G2 a no buy device. Especially the lack of Micro SD slot made the phone far lacking than my previous 16GB G Pro with a 64GB Micro SD card inside or my friend’s S3 with 32GB card etc etc. The fact that the Korean version of the G2 comes with support for both just makes it even worse. Why not for the international version?!?! The extra 400mAh battery capacity is not worth an extra 64GB of storage space and the 32GB version pales in comparison while being more expensive! At least 5 people around me told me they are not going to buy the G2 due to lack of Micro SD support. So whoever made this decision at LG deserves an uppercut.

1take – Apple announces iPhone 5s and 5c

The latest iPhone lineup.
The latest iPhone lineup.

Quick first take as usual. Apple iPhone 5s was as expected going by all the  rumors before the announcement. Looks near identical with better internals, same display and finger print reading home button. Although it is technically a significant hardware upgrade, general consumers won’t be able to tell the difference between 5 and 5s except for higher price (at least in Australia) and the different looking home button. Being the arrogant(=stubborn) Apple that they are, I guess they probably think that is still more than enough to rake in the money. Maybe they are right. But I’m definitely not a fan.

Now for the iPhone 5c which most used to call the iPhone 5 “cheap”, we now know that it’s just a iPhone 5 “color” which is not so cheap. I can only recommend everyone to just save up a little more and get the 5s instead with a nice colorful case. Well, I personally do not recommend anyone to get the “iPhone” unless they know exactly why they are getting it. But if you still want one without knowing why, do go for the 5s so you can really enjoy the feeling of getting something the best that Apple has to offer right now and not the 5c which is so-2012.

1take – Microsoft buys Nokia for US$7.2 billion

Nokia is now Microsoft
Microsoft aquires Nokia

Just my first quick take on this news. It was bound to happen. I always expected it as Microsoft couldn’t pull it off on their own I thought. I’ll keep a close eye as always on what Microsoft does with Nokia technology. I hope they become more bold and daring and release a phone that shows them what they are capable of. PureView cameras are good but it’s not good enough to win the market. They need to make at least one flagship product that has every technology that they can jam into with no cut corners. To make it look better than the best of Samsung/LG/HTC even on paper (spec wise) is VERY important IMO. Just having a phone with an amazing camera but nothing much else special isn’t going to cut it really. Be bold Microsoft(Nokia). You need to make something that makes even the owners of the S4/5s want to switch!! Well, it might be a bit too late now so I hope they have something that will really entice the S5/iPhone6 buyers come mid-2014.

@NokiaAustralia giving away Lumia 520 every #520Friday

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I was a little late on this one but there is still 4 more Fridays to go to have a chance at winning your very own Nokia Lumia 520 smartphone so here it is!

Each Friday (until the 21st of June), Nokia Australia is holding a #520Friday competition where they are asking their @NokiaAustralia Twitter followers to share an image that shows how you are preparing for the weekend.

All you need to do is use Twitter on Friday and reply to @NokiaAustralia with your photo along with the hashtag #520Friday. At 5:20pm the competition closes and the winning image wins a Nokia Lumia 520 handset.

Terms & Conditions

1. Be residents of Australia who are 18 years old and above as of the date of participation
2. Submit a picture, that they have taken, via Twitter directly to @NokiaAustralia
3. Include the #520Friday hashtag within the entry (tweet)
4. Comply with these Terms and Conditions including the entry requirements

Full T&C - http://www.nokia.com/au-en/terms/terms/520friday/twittercompetition/

 

Big thanks to Danielle @ Fuel Communications (@Fuel_Comms) for the heads up!