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HTC One A9 looks like another miss for HTC!

My first 3 “Smartphones” were made by HTC.

The Tanager, XDA II mini and the Dopod 838.

I loved them so much, my wife replaced her Nokia 6610 with a XDA II mini and later an i-mate K-Jam.

Sadly, the Wizard was the last HTC device for both of us.

I later used an Asus P525 and my wife needed something she can use in the US… The Razr.

HTC makes unbelievably great phone hardware.

I remember recommending the HTC One (M7) to my friends and colleagues, but they all decided to get the Galaxy S4 from Samsung!

Why not HTC? Accordingly to them, their Hero, ChaCha and Salsa were really bad phones.

I gave them the funny look and told them it’s not fair to judge the HTC One based on their experience with entry level phones.

Sadly, people they knew who used devices from Samsung (like the Galaxy Ace and Y) did not have the same issues they encountered…

So here’s my point… HTC lost the trust of a generation (I was mostly talking to early to mid-20’s who were on their first jobs). Older guys think their ok, but the younger ones prefer (Android) devices from Samsung and Xiaomi (and lately LG).

For HTC to revive it’s glory days, it needs a device that’s inexpensive. And that device is definitely not the A9!

According to The Verge, the A9 will cost $399.99 that version will have 3GB of RAM and 32GB Storage. However, in the UK, the device will cost £429.99 ($665) for a device that will only have 2GB RAM and 16GB storage.

I wonder how much will the Asian version cost and what configuration will it have…

HTC US also promised Android updates, but again no one is sure if they’re talking about US devices only.

At $399.99, the A9 will be competing against the Moto X Pure Edition, the Nexus 5X and the iPhone 5S.

It’s 2015! You want your device on the hands of rappers/artists and athletes! Since HTC may have budget issues to do that, they can tap another market… High school kids! Last time I checked, they were either using an iPhone (5 and newer), Samsung Galaxy (A5/S4/Note 2 and newer) and Xiaomi!

I would forgive HTC if they made a 5C replica… Like Xiaomi’s Mi4i and sold it for $200.00… An Android One device from HTC will make the world go crazy…

The A9? How the mighty has fallen with no parachute!

Like what I mentioned earlier on my BlackBerry Venice post…

HTC (like BlackBerry) needs to put devices on as many hands as possible, and we’re not talking about a useless slab of glass and plastic! The device needs to be reliable and good…

A mobile phone at less than $200.00 is impulse buy territory and some parents will buy it for their children.

If people realize that the brand is ok, they will start to spend more and consider the mid-range and flagship devices later.

It’s what the Chinese OEMs are doing and maybe, HTC should try to take a peek on that strategy.

I got myself an iPhone!

I have been a Windows Mobile user for a very long time…
My first Windows Mobile Phone was the Smart Amazing Phone (also known as the HTC Tanager), then I bought an I-Mate Jam (also known as the HTC Magician), then I used a Dopod 838 (also known as the HTC Wizard) and lastly the Asus P525.
I used a Nokia E63 for more than a year after the Asus P525 as I was still undecided on which phone to get next.
I wanted to wait for a new WebOS device from HP but the waiting seemed to take forever.
RIM’s Blackberry is really not for me, Windows Mobile 7 just didn’t have the apps and features I need now and I find Android too risky for me.
Let me explain on what I mean about Android’s risks.
You see, I love upgrades… My Smart Amazing Phone ran on Imate’s ROM (instead of the original ROM from Smart). I was happy with the Imate Jam’s ROM so I just changed my wife’s O2 XDA mini’s ROM to run Imate too. And my Dopod 838 also ran an Imate ROM.
Although these ROMs were not official, they were available with the risk of only voiding your warranty.
For Android, un-official upgrades are also available, this would be my choice of Mobile OS 5 years ago but since I am now very busy with work and other family stuff, I can no longer research and gamble on installing a new Mobile OS.
Not all Android phones are guaranteed to have an official update to the latest Android version, just look at Sony Ericsson’s X10 mini, they presently run on Éclair (2.1) even if Froyo (2.2) has been available for a while and Gingerbread (2.3) is officially released.
If you use Android devices, you’ll know that performance from Éclair to Froyo is a big upgrade and next year, Android will have Honeycomb.
This is just a very big issue for me for Android devices as I will not be happy getting stuck at Éclair knowing that Froyo and above is much better.
For Apple devices, (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad) an update is almost assured for at least the next 4 years (updates for the original iPhone and iPod Touch are no longer available).
Updates are easy to install since you only need to sync your device to iTunes and we all know that there’s almost an app for everything…
All my favorite apps and games are available on the iPhone and Android but the iPhone version just works better.
I can list a lot of reasons why I decided to get an iPhone but basically the biggest factor is that WebOS is just taking too long to release a new phone, Android upgrades are not guaranteed and Windows Mobile 7 does not have the complete features I need.
Hopefully, other manufacturers come up with better tablets before I decide to get an iPad next year…

Motorola HT820

This is one of the things I actually use everyday!

It actually felt weird writing something about it just now.

Anyway, as things are better late than never, I am a proud owner of a Motorola HT820 Stereo Bluetooth Headset. How proud? Well, I guess the fact that I use it everyday is enough proof.

I had this way earlier than my Jabra BT320s Stereo Bluetooth Headset. The experience of comparing the two is definitely miles apart, especially with the fact that the Motorola did not have any wires.

The Motorola is bigger, way bigger than the Stereo Headsets available today, the newer Motorola S9 is smaller but since it’s an in-ear type, it really does not fit well for people like me with small ears.

Sound quality if good, a bit leaned towards the bass side of the equalizer. Controls are also available for Volume, Stop, Play, Next/Previous Song and Answer (if connected to a mobile phone).

Originally, my set-up is that my Motorola HT820 is paired with my Jabra A125s then at the same time connected to my ASUS P525 this is perfect since I can answer my calls easily with a touch of a button. However, after switching to the Nokia E63,  I can’t seem to pair it properly. Must be a part of the E63’s manual which I haven’t read yet.

Here are some additional things that you should know about the Motorola HT820.

Size, here’s a photo of the headphones.

Controls on the right are for Next/Previous Song, the Motorola Logo lights up in Blue which also serves as a button for Play and Pause.

Volume controls are on the left. The Motorola Logo also lights up and serves as an answer button (for calls).

Motorola also provided a jack in case you want to use this as a wired headset. None of the controls work (even volume) when the wire is used.

The only complain I have about this headset is that Motorola did not sell replacement foams (check the picture).

I had to improvise my own pads since it’s not comfortable if I have them removed.

I once read that Motorola devices are knows for being sturdy. Having used the Motorola HT820 everyday without any problems is a proof of this. It may not look as good as its competitors but for something that I have been using for more than two (2) years, this is one gadget I have I do not intend to replace anytime soon.

Nokia E63

This feels really odd writing (and at times, talking) something about a device running on Symbian 60.

From my post about the Asus P525, you’ll know that I have been a Windows Mobile user for the longest time. However, if I had to write the main reasons why I bought a Symbian 60 phone instead of getting a new Windows Mobile device, my list will be focused on the negative sides of Windows Mobile.

1. Windows Mobile’s built in web browser is really bad! I know, I can always install Opera, Skyfire and other pocket web browsers available but Microsoft should start upgrading their own web browser since not all of us have the time to purchase, install and tweak our phones. I can easily forgive this issue a couple of years back. The iPhone’s Safari is great, I have not tried the Android and the Palm Pre’s web browser but the Symbian 60’s web browser has got to be one of the best.

2. I got tired of waiting for a Windows Mobile device with a Capacitive Screen. I know the E63 is not even a touch screen device but I rather use it than use a device with a resistive screen!

3. Normally, Windows Mobile Devices come in Black, Silver and White… I wanted something different! I have a red E63!

Getting the E63 over an iPhone or an HTC Dream… simple, I am a Starhub subscriber.

Now, getting the E63 over the E71 is another story, I chose the E63 because I did not want to pay extra for the E71’s HSDPA, GPS and heavier Metal Body.

Now, focusing on my new Nokia E63, I did not install anything yet except for Fring, it’s really handy to have a good web browser, e-mail and instant messenger installed to your device.

One thing that irritated me with the E63 is that you’ll have to configure your internet connection separately for the web browser, sending and receiving e-mails. For a basic user, that’s already three (3) times. Using Fring will mean a fourth (4th) setting!

Second complain will have to be the ear piece’s volume is never enough, with my line of work, I receive a lot of calls from satellite phones and sometimes their signal is not that clear. Now, the satellite phones unclear signal plus the E63’s weak ear piece will almost be equal to a complete disaster for me.

Third and last complain is the weak vibration alert, it just too weak.

Now to the positives, since camera does not have auto focus, it’s fast! It uses 3.5mm headphones, very convenient! It has a built in flashlight which you can use even if the phone is locked.

In a world where nothing’s perfect, the Nokia E63 works just fine for my needs, I’m really happy with it and I can see a couple of years with this phone in my pocket.

I know, that after reading this article you’ll notice that I gave the negatives a longer part than the positives. I think the most important part is that I’m presently using the device right now. Its not perfect but for me, it has everything that I need.

Here are photos taken using the Nokia E63’s camera.


I have written a couple of articles about various gadgets in this blog but I have never written anything about my “primary phone”. Yes, to people who have two or more phones in the bag, there is always 1 phone which does all the heavy lifting.

In my case, I use the Asus P525. Not one of the prettiest devices if you see it. I even use it with a leather case which makes it even bulkier.

This phone has been with me for the longest time; it has been with me for more than 2 years and for a time, I have built a small accessory list around it.

This includes a Bluetooth Headset,

a Stereo Bluetooth Headset

and a Bluetooth Keyboard.

The Bluetooth Keyboard was one of the hardest things to find, I once used an IR Keyboard but it’s not as reliable as the Bluetooth version.

Now back to the Asus P525. Once upon a time, this was the most reliable Windows Mobile Device available in the market! While other devices froze or had screen alignment problems, the Asus P525 just kept working. One Major complain about this device is the positioning of the joystick. Some people got used to it but there will always be people like me with fat fingers who can’t seem to get the hang of using its phone pad.

The Asus P525 was also the first Windows Mobile Device with a usable camera that has Auto Focus! When this phone went out, everyone was surprised with the photos its camera can produce. Today, no one will be happy with its 1.3 mega pixel camera, but for small chores, it is more than enough for me.

Here are the most useful apps installed on my phone (not including games):

Don’t Sleep Wifi – This prevents the phone from “sleeping” when using wifi or Bluetooth

Lextionary – Dictionary

Novi Remote – Universal IR Remote

Peek Pocket – Scans available wifi hotspots

Pocket CM Image Viewer

Pocket CM Keyboard – On-screen virtual keyboard

SyncMate – Enables me to Sync my phone with my Mac. It also allows me to organize songs using iTunes

TCPMP – AVI player

Although the Asus P525 is in no way able to compete with the new Windows Mobile devices coming out, I will have to say that this might be the last Windows Mobile Device for me, not unless a manufacturer finally decides to release a Windows Mobile device with a capacitive touch screen.

Reliability wise, it has got to be the best phone I have ever used. It never fails! Definitely one of the best gadget purchases I have made!

For the Asus P525’s specifications, please click here.

Here are additional pictures of my Asus P525.

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