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If you fancy a tablet, now is as good a time as anytime to get one. Celcom is again running the I LOVE TABLET FAIR at GoMobile 2012. Go check it out at KL Convention Center Hall 1 & 2 (Booth 91) on 11-13th May 2012 from 11 am to 9 pm.

Here are some of the deals you’ll find there:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 from RM 1,228

With subscription to

  • Broadband Lite + Voice @ RM38
  • Broadband Basic + Voice @ RM58
  • Broadband Advance + Voice @ RM88

Save up to RM 790 and comes with free Samsung goodie bag

Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus from RM 668

With subscription to

  • Broadband Lite + Voice @ RM38
  • Broadband Basic + Voice @ RM58
  • Broadband Advance + Voice @ RM88

Save up to RM 851 and comes with free screen protector worth RM 99

samsung galaxy 10.1

Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 from RM 888

With subscription to

  • Broadband Lite + Voice @ RM38
  • Broadband Basic + Voice @ RM58
  • Broadband Advance + Voice @ RM88

Save up to RM 831 and comes with free desktop stand worth RM 119

With three different sizes of tablet, there’s definitely one that fits you snugly, but if a phone is what you’re looking for, here are some deals worth checking out too.

  • Samsung Galaxy S II from RM 978 (save up to RM 531 with free S II flip cover worth RM 99)
  • HTC One X from RM 1,358 (free Beats Audio Headphones with subscription of Celcom Exec package while stock lasts)
  • iPhone 4s from RM 558 (free 6,000 minutes and 6 GB data)
  • Xperia S from RM 1,218 (free accessories worth RM 534 & Live View worth RM 288)
  • Vodafone 555 Blue – FREE (with subscription of Celcom Exec 50 + mLite @ RM 78)

Sign up for Celcom Broadband at the fair and you’ll also get up to RM 120 rebate (RM 10 x 12 months) and free volume quota for 6 months. For music lovers, if you download and activate Musicube app on any Android devices or iPhone at GoMobile 2012, you can enjoy:

  • The chance to win a shopping spree of up to RM1,500 and shop along with Pixie Lott at Ted Baker (KL) on 27 May 2012!
  • You could also win 40 pairs of passes to the Pixie Lott showcase in KL (26 May)
  • And even get the chance to win awesome Beats audio headphones!

Visit www.celcom.com.my/smartphones for more information.

For those who aren’t in KL, I LOVE TABLET FAIR 2012 is also coming to a location near you:

  • Gurney Plaza, Penang – 17 to 20 May, 2012
  • One Borneo, Kota Kinabalu – 8 to 10 June, 2012
  • Spring Mall, Kuching – 22 to 24 June, 2012
  • KSL City Mall, Johor Bahru – 29 June to 1 July, 2012

This is the progression of mobile devices in the our pockets (or handbag/man bag) over the one decade or so. The example isn’t far fetched at all especially if you are a gadget freak.

  • digital organizer
  • digital organizer + camera
  • mobile phone + camera
  • mobile phone + mp3 players + camera
  • mobile phone + camera + mp3 players
  • camera phone with mp3 player and email
  • camera phone with mp3 player + tablet
  • and now… the ultimate all in one – Samsung Galaxy Note

purchased Samsung Galaxy Note

Just the other day when I went on facebook, the screen shot above was the status update from my little brother. He made the move and got himself a Samsung Galaxy Note.

Now it says “new phone”, this little device has a lot more to offer than just mobile phone functions, lets see some specs:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 1.4 Ghz dual-core processor
  • 800 x 1280 pixels, 5.3 inches Super AMOLED screen (that’s as high res as most laptops!)
  • 16GB/32GB storage, with 1 GB RAM
  • 8 MP camera with LED flash and autofocus, with a 2 MP front camera
  • S Pen Stylus

checked out Samsung Galaxy Note at Sungei Wang
we checked out Samsung Galaxy Note at Sungei Wang

At first I thought the 5.3″ screen might make this phone a little too big for the pocket, so when my colleague Sheng and I saw the Samsung booth displaying the phone during one of our lunch breaks, we took a little test run on the device.

It actually fits into the shirt pocket.

The features are pretty neat too, I use an Android phone right now, but the Galaxy Note has the advantage of the screen and offers features not found in other devices. The calendar function itself already looked so much more gorgeous by taking advantage of the screen size.

Galaxy Note plan with Celcom

The best part is, Samsung Galaxy Note is now available with the nation’s widest network coverage in Celcom from as low as RM 1,368. With an all-in-one gadget like that, you will surely want to take advantage of its online capability – viewing webpages in its full glory (not just limited to mobile versions), streaming videos, online games, etc.

So do find out more about Samsung Galaxy Note at  http://www.celcom.com.my/smartphones.

Tempting, very tempting!

In today’s world of computing, devices are definitely embracing better and better mobility. A decade ago laptop was your best portable gadget, a few years ago it was netbook, but now, it is definitely the era of tablets.

Unlike pure content consumption with a limited screen space a smart phone provides, and the still limited portability a netbook offers, tablet strikes a very good middle ground that gives us the best of both worlds, and the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a perfect specimen of this evolution.

here's the white & black samsung galaxy tab 10.1
here’s the white & black samsung galaxy tab 10.1

I was invited to a blogger’s only preview of the device that was organized with Celcom and Samsung a couple weeks before the launch, and the good people from Samsung even let us get a hold of the tab for a few days to play with it (check out the short video here).

The tab comes in either white or black (photo above has Cheesie holding the white, and myself holding the black tab… but you can’t tell can you?) colored black plate, for the benefit of the geeks, lets look at the specifications first, shall we?

specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

The graphic above illustrates the dimension of this beautiful gadget. There’s an On/Off button, a set of volume up/down buttons, front (2MP) & back cameras (3MP), a standard 3.5mm jack for headsets, and a SIM card slot. The whole thing is only 8.5mm thick, making the Galaxy Tab 10.1 the thinnest tablet yet, and at 565 grams, one of the lightest too.

The screen is also the brightest I’ve seen, with a 16:10 aspect ration (1280 x 800 pixels) spread across the 10.1″ LCD real estate when measured diagonally, yes, this is where the name comes from too. The screen is simply stunning, you gotta see it for yourself.

look at how thin this tablet is, only 8.6 mm
look at how thin this tablet is, only 8.6 mm

Under the hood there’s the 1 GHz dual-core NvidiaTegra 2 processor with 1 GB RAM and 16 GB ROM.

Of course, for a tablet, connectivity is very important:

  • HSPA +21 850/900/1900/2100
  • EDGE/GPRS850/900/1800/1900
  • Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n dual band support (2.4, 5Ghz)
  • Bluetooh 3.0
  • Wifi-direct

Which basically means, almost every single wireless data technology except for the old infrared that you grandfather might still be using.

Samsung put in a 7000 mAh battery in the tab, and this is good for some 9 hours of movies or up to 72 hours of music. When I was reviewing it, 3-4 hours of playing and online activities uses close to half the juice, so the claim should be pretty accurate.

note: full specs here.

stunning youtube application, 3D google map, and ... this blog :D
stunning youtube application, 3D google map, and … this blog on Galaxy Tab 10.1

This gadget of course, runs the latest Android honeycomb that is built specifically for tablets. This comes with, for example, the latest Google Map application that has 3D maps for certain locations (and hopefully Malaysia soon), Picasa web album synchronizations, and an updated YouTube application too.

The Picasa web album is pretty neat, after signing in with my Google account, the photos I took with my Android phone magically appears on the tab too. This would be very handy especially for blogging & digital manipulation on the tab before sharing to the public. I love this feature.

There are also now a host of new HD applications built specifically for Android Honeycomb too, and just like the phones, you can sign into Android Market place on PC or tab itself, click download on the chosen apps, and they will be downloaded to the tab wirelessly. I think I wasted over 10 hours on a HD tower defense game….

Then there’s the accessories. There are at least two types of keyboards for the tab (look at the photo above), the docked version make it act like a netbook, good for content creation, and there is also a bluetooth version that comes with a casing to hold the tab too.

Celcom broadband plan with Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Celcom broadband plan with Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

However, to me, the best accessories has got to be the SD & USB card adapters. With these you can copy photos from your camera’s SD card directly onto the tablet, by passing any computer usage altogether, and the USB adapter means that you can back up files, play movies, and basically extend the storage of the tab without limit.

Everyone has been asking for USB connectivity, and finally we have a device that can do exactly that.

Next question is fo course, how much does this cost?

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (3G + wifi & 16 GB) is currently only available via Celcom broadband, RRP at RM 1,899, but with a Celcom broadband contract, you can have it as low as RM 1,468. Check out Celcom Samsung Galaxy Tab page here.

and Lainey won a Galaxy Tab at the launching event for media, grr
and Lainey won a Galaxy Tab at the launching event for media, grr

I went for the media launching event last Friday too, and guess what? Lainey was one of the 2 lucky winners to walk away with a Galaxy Tab 10.1. You can see I wasn’t so thrilled on the photo above, I want one too!

Now let me budget budget abit. :D

Got my hands on a copy of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and here’s a brief hands on review. Check out the video yo!

The slate is set to be launched with Celcom Broadband very soon, stay tuned. :D