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Gadget Review: Jabra BT320s Stereo Bluetooth Headset

 

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Pros:

  1. Weather proof! But I honestly have not tried to have it wet
  2. Can make calls
  3. You can have the headphones replaced

Cons:

Now for people looking for a good Bluetooth headset, this is one gadget that you MUST STAY AWAY FROM!

I have been using this for almost a year mainly on my Macbook when watching movies, here are a couple of reasons on why I did not pair it with my Jabra A125s (BT Adaptor for iPod).

  1. Music Skips, it’s like listening to a cheap/old Discman. It’s having problems to obtain a stable connection.
  2. Battery life is very bad, less than 5 hours.

There are some other complains I have like it has a three color indicator, it is red when battery is low and when turning off. Blue when paired via BT to accept calls and Purple when paired as headphones (A2DP).

When using it with my PDA (Asus P525) and iPod, all controls will work. Even with its small size, it has a button for the following:

  1. Play/Pause
  2. Next Song/Previous Song
  3. Answer/End (Call)
  4. Volume Control

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Another draw back to this gadget is that the stereo headphones that comes with it sounds bad, not even at par with the original iPod headphones. You can use the original iPod headphones with this device but you need to use a cable organizer.

The last thing I hate with this gadget is that it uses a different charger! I bought this device a year ago together with the Jabra A125s and I was surprised to see that they cannot share chargers, this is a big hassle if you will travel with this headset as you will need to carry a dedicated charger for it.

As I said, I have been using it for a year before I actually wrote a review, the reason for this is that I am seeing a lot of stores carrying this model here in Singapore and I think the buying public needs a different perspective before investing in this item.

I have no complains when using it as a headset for my laptop but I will think twice before I use it for my iPod.

If there’s any consolation, you can use your x-mini speakers on it.

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Things You Should Know Before Going to… Sim Lim Square

To those not familiar with Sim Lim, here’s a page from wikipedia.

 

Sim Lim Square on wikipedia

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim_Lim_Square

 

Sim Lim Square has a wide range of gadgets but there are a couple of things you must know when buying items there.

 

It is a tourist trap! They don’t even care if you’re a permanent resident of Singapore, if you do not have their native tongue and if you are not a Singaporean, they give you a higher price.

 

  • Try to canvass the price and freebies of the items you want to buy from other malls, I suggest that you choose the exact model of the gadget you need (example, the Nikon D40). Then visit the other malls (I suggest that you visit Vivo City, Funan and Mustafa) and write down their prices before going to Sim Lim.
  • Prices do not include GST, when they give you the price of a certain item, ask the seller if GST is inclusive.
  • It is always cheaper if you visit or buy with a local (Singaporean)
  • Ask the store to issue a GST refund receipt (for tourists), bring you ticket and passport as there is a GST refund booth in Sim Lim.

 

It is not always cheaper to buy your gadgets from Sim Lim!

 

  • If there is a “SALE” in another mall, normally the prices will reach the price range in Sim Lim’s stores. If the sale is an Electronics Fair (sometimes in Suntec or Expo) go to the last day in the afternoon. In some cases, prices will be lower then Sim Lim.

 

They will try to sell you the units they have on display.

 

  • Test the product, and if you have doubts, ask for another stock if they have it, normally they will allow exchanges if you suddenly felt that the product is not for you but they will normally overcharge you for the replacement.

 

Don’t hop from one store to the other.

 

  • Stores hate it if they notice that you have been hopping from one shop to the other asking about the price of the same item.

 

They charge higher for “rare” stuff.

 

  • They normally charge more for a 512MB Memory card than a 1GIG Memory card, because (according to some sellers) they know that older cameras/devices cannot read the 1GIG Memory Card.

 

It doesn’t hurt to be extra careful when buying new stuff, especially in a foreign land. If you have any experiences that you can share please feel free to comment.

Two Minutes with the LG KS-20

I just got my wife a LG KS-20 pocket PC and I must say that LG did a great job on this one.

 

From the website (http://www.lge.com/products/model/detail/lg-ks20.jhtml) of LG and other gadget sites you will know that this phone has 3G and wi-fi (something the HTC Touch should have!)

 

The camera of this device is good (for a PPC), it can actually be compared to the camera of my Asus P525, and it also has auto focus and is capable of Macro shots. Since it has two cameras, you can switch to use the front camera with just a tap of the screen (note that the front camera does not have the focus capabilities of the main camera). The only problem I had with its camera is that when the memory in use is the memory card, it does not save the pictures in the My Documents nor the My Pictures folder.

 

LG also made its own UI on this device to make it “finger friendly” however; it could have been more fun if it came with the HTC Touch’s UI.

 

Here are pictures of the phones Today Screen:

 

KS-20 UI 1

 

 

KS-20 UI2 

 

If you tap start then programs, you will then realize that this is still the same Windows PPC.

 

Programs 

 

Playing with this device and comparing it with my Asus P525, you will only notice that it does not have a SIM Manager for everything else, it does the job done.

 

As expected, this phone not only looks good, even the packaging and the leather case (no belt clip) looks good with it. You can say that LG really made this device to look and feel good to use. The only problem you may have is that it attracts a lot of finger prints but you know that we are now able to live with that thanks to our Atom (XDA) experience.

 

For a guy like me, I’m going to stick with my P525 for now, but my wife really loves this new device from LG, she has been using a PPC for quite sometime (XDA mini then the Dopod 838 ) but she suddenly lost interest as she also needed something that not only works great but looks great as well. This new phone from LG really made an impact on her the first time she saw it.

 

For its price, when I bought my P525, I thought my phone was cheap for a PPC but when I saw the price of the KS20… I was thinking of getting one myself!

 

The only negative things I can say about this phone is that it uses a different USB cable, one from LG and the package came with only one stylus.

 

*****I have tried installing PocketCM Keyboard on this device and it worked perfectly well, I also installed some of ytsejam’s skins (http://www.airfagev.com/forum_view.asp?msg_id=187499).

 

*****UPDATE AS OF 22 MAY 2008*****

 

I forgot to tell you how good this new toy is for LEFT HANDED people as the stylus is located at the bottom left side.

 

Being able to spend more than 5 minutes with the unit, I will have to say that its quite slow and the screen is not responsive if you use a screen protector (had it removed already)

 

If you ask me now if I would want to use the device myself… I’m still sticking to my Asus P525… for now. Lets just hope LG comes up with a ROM upgrade for their KS-20.

 

 

10 Must Try Dishes! (in Singapore)

I have been to Singapore for more than 8 months and have eaten in Newton Food Centre (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton_Food_Centre) already but last weekend was actually my first time to see this board which has the 10 Must Try Dishes!

 

Here’s a picture taken from my cell phone’s camera.

 10 Must Try Dishes

And here’s the list in no particular order.

 

  1. Fried Carrot Cake
  2. Bak Kut Teh
  3. Hainanese Chicken Rice
  4. Rojak
  5. Roti Prata
  6. Chili Crab and Black Pepper Crab
  7. Char Kway Teow
  8. Laksa
  9. Fish Head Curry
  10. Satay

Filipino Food in Lau Pa Sat: Happy V Fried Chicken (formerly known as Jolly V)

Update: Sadly, this place is no longer open for business. (CLOSED)

 ***Jolly V is now known as Happy V***

I think all Filipinos here in Singapore have heard that there’s a Jollibee stall in Lau Pa Sat but it is not the Jollibee we all Filipinos love.

This is actually Jolly V, I have to say that it is the closest thing we can get to enjoy the Chicken Joy!

 

Jolly V Menu

 

They also have Spaghetti (Filipino Style) and Palabok.

I have not eaten from Jollibee since September of 2007 (it’s been 8 months already! Today is 09 May 2008) and I must say that eating from Jolly V will really remind you of our very own Jollibee.

Jollibee from wikipedia

 

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