Archive for June 2010

First Look: HTC EVO 4G

I had the chance to play with the HTC EVO 4G for a short while thanks to Vishnu. He got the HTC EVO free when he attended the Google IO. Wow, Google is really treating the developers well by seeding them all the good device so that they can try out their new Android applications.

The HTC EVO 4G is perhaps the most advance phone currently in the market. It has a WiMAX chip which we couldn’t test out in Singapore since there is no WiMax service (except at the Singapore Strait) If I’m not wrong, this is the first 4th Generation phone in the market.

My first impression when I got the phone is that it is huge and bulky. It has a 4.3 inch screen just like the HTC HD2. It is 12.19 x 6.6 x 1.27 cm and weighs 170.1g. Strangely, the size is about the same as HD2, but it feels more bulky. Maybe because it is 20g heavier.

The HTC EVO runs on Android 2.1. Like all HTC Android phone, it comes with the popular HTC Sense UI. There are some talks online about being able to turn off Sense UI. I didn’t try that and I don’t know why would anyone want to do that. Oh well, personal preferences I guess.

The HTC EVO comes with a impressive 8 megapixel camera. It also has a 1.3 megapixel secondary camera which means you can do video conferencing. There is a MicroUSB port and a HDMI port. Yeap, you heard me right, HDMI port. Power right? Did I mention that there is a kickstand too? Great for watching video.

The problem with HTC EVO is that this phone is perhaps too ahead of it time. Sprint’s 4G network is limited at the moment. And they are charging US$10 for premium 4G data.

And by the way, the HTC EVO is using CDMA. Which means that you can’t use it in Singapore. Let’s wait for HTC to release a GSM version.

Sex And The City 2….. the other City

Took part in the Sex And The City 2 contest and won myself a pair of tickets to the Sex And The City 2 gala premiere. Get to watch SATC2 on 25th May, before the movie is release on 27th. And you can feel the increase in security patrolling the theater during the show. I guess they are worried someone might bring a video camera in.

I’m not a SATC fan. My exposure to SATC was 2 years ago when I watch the first movie. And I must say SATC1 is a very good movie. If you haven’t watched it (shame on you), go grab the DVD. I guess the girls are mostly interested in the fashion in Sex And The City. To me, I’m more interested in the well written script. And maybe to see if there is any unreleased HP products that sneaked int SATC2 movie. Sadly, there isn’t any.

I’m not sure about you, but I don’t enjoy SATC2 as much as SATC1. Perhaps because this time round, it’s in another city. It’s Sex And Abu Dhabi, not New York anymore. No more glamourous fashion show and restaurant. It just doesn’t feel right to me. Or perhaps because there isn’t a big issue this time round unlike SATC1 where the big issue is Carrie and Mr Big breaking up. There wasn’t this emotion roller coaster ride which I was hoping for. OK, maybe just a small roller coaster ride towards the end. A very small one which is somewhat expected.

But then, I’m not a good movie critic and I certainly didn’t watch enough Sex And The City to comment much. I’m pretty sure the SATC fans will still watch the movie. Maybe not for the story but for the fashion. But some SATC fans were telling me that the fashion isn’t that fantastic too. I don’t know.

I took part in a non-dancing flashmob

I took part in a flashmob last Saturday. It’s not just any flashmob. It’s a non-dancing flashmob. It’s The Great Audio Experience flashmob by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) to celebrate a tobacco-free lifestyle. It is something like the MP3 Experiment in US.

But instead of listening to MP3, all participants tuned their radio to 987FM and listened to the instructions. Not bad for a first try although personally, I feel there are many areas where it can be improved. But hey, there is a great turnout and we had lots of fun. According to CNA, more than 1200 people took part in the flashmob. We broke the Singapore Records book for the Largest-ever radio-led flash mob.

Although I think we also broke the record for the largest non-dancing flashmob. That should be easy since all the flashmob by companies and PR agencies are dancing type. Seriously people, I hate to be a nag but we really need to stop doing dancing type flashmob and do something more interesting type. HBP took the lead and show us that flashmob doesn’t need to be dancing.

If you are a company or PR agency planning a dancing type flashmob, please don’t. Seriously, dancing flashmob has been over done. Just remember this: Every time a company does a dancing flashmob, a penguin dies.

You don’t want to kill those cute little penguins right?