Early Christmas Presents

November 16, 2012

Being a Santa Claus     Although Christmas has a month to go, I can't wait to be a Santa Claus and begin my Christmas shopping - Asus Nexus 7 Tablet for Nicole; ManUtd souvenirs for myself. All the presents are ordered overseas - Nexus 7 @ElectronicExpress in the US and ManUtd items @MU store, UK. Nexus 7 is delivered on 12 Nov whereas ManUtd souvenirs on 16 Nov.

My New Smartphone

April 1, 2012

Galaxy Nexus     On fool day, Samsung Galaxy Nexus (first available in Nov 2011 at the price of $5,398) was on sale at all registered dealers at the discount price of $3,698. Rumour has it that the substantial reduction of retail price is to compete with the Japan-imported Nexus at a cut-throat price of below $2,900. Regardless whatever reasons, the reduced price of $3,698 is very attractive and irresistable, especially the smartphone is equipped with such a strong specification (see below specification in details). Therefore, I bought one in Broadway @Elements, with an official battery, additional battery charger, crystal clear protection film, pouch and a Melody water bottle as free gifts. To have a good protection, I bought a Mercury Jelly case in white color at $55 two days later (another one in blue color at $35 the week after for standby purpose).

To have a brief introduction, the Galaxy Nexus is the third official phone contracted by Google and the first phone to come with Android 4.0 (updated to 4.02 when purchased and 4.1 Jelly Bean to be updated in July) Ice Cream Sandwich. Specs include a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 4.65 inch 720p HD Super AMOLED display, a 5 megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording, a 1.3 megapixel camera and a lot more. The phone features NFC-based sharing with a feature called Androdid Beam, face-recognition unlocking, advanced battery and data monitoring options and a lot more that is possible with the advent of Android 4.0.

The later Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, is the fastest and smoothest version of Android yet. Jelly Bean improves on the simplicity and beauty of Android 4.0, and introduces a new Google search experience on Android.

New Tablet

January 13, 2012

Galaxy Tab 7.0+     In Dec, I have received a registered post from PCCW whereby I have 2 privileged offers - 1) $500 off to buy New Galaxy Tablet (original price: $3,998); 2) free 3G data SIM card (up to 25 Mb per month) until 6 July 2012. Considering my smartphone (Nexus One) having been used for more than 2 years with reducing speed, I decided to take the offer to buy the brand new Galaxy Tab 7.0+ despite its bigger in size, especially because the Tablet has the call function.

To have a brief introduction, the 7.0+ is powered by the 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1024x600 pixel resolution and updated Android 3.2 Honeycomb, which offers a swifter connectivity via HSPA+ 21Mps data transfer speed and Wi-Fi dual-band, making large-sized file download or watching streaming video hassle-free. Dimension(H x W x D): 193.71 x 122.35 x 9.96mm / Weight: 345g / User Memory: 16GB (RAM: 1GB) / External Memory: Support microSDHC card (up to 32GB).

Great lens

October 4, 2011

MZD45mm f/1.8     This is a new Olympus lens for Micro Four Thirds System. This single focal length portrait lens has a beautiful shallow depth of field, which enables the background blurring effects not possible with the 14-42mm kit zoom lens. The MSCmechanism is great for tracking a moving child or pet, and provides a quick and silent focus mechanism for movies and still photography.

When the lens are first available in the market, all are sold out in a short time mainly because the price is reasonable for a lens in such a good quality. What a coincidence, I went to Mongkok to shop around and I found that Lens for sale in Suning @$2,690 (less $100 retail price), which I bought without any serious consideration. I have been impressed with the fast focus and the incredibly sharp pictures it takes. Great low-light performance as well and excellent for portrait photography.

At present, my camera family is housed with E-P2 body, Viewfinder VF-2, 17mm f/2.8 wide-angle pancake, 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II R Kit lens, larger aperture 45mm f/1.8 lens, 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 telephoto zoom lens, FL-14 electronic flash and Manfrotto tripod.

Late birthday present

September 20, 2011

黑魂現身     I went to Sim City, Mongkok to shop around and I found that Olympus Pen series E-P2 is on a heavy sale (due to the launch of new E-P3) - E-P2 Kit set (with 14-42mm Kit lens or 17mm pancake) is $3,800 while E-P2黑魂別注套裝 (incl. limited black 17mm pancake with F Logo lens cap and FL-14 flash) is $4,980. Original price is $7,990, which is now at $3,000 reduction. Without much thinking, I bought this limited edition as my birthday present. It is heavier than my E-PL1 because of the metal body, but the weight is still manageable. To avoid any duplication, I have sold my original pancake (@$1,000) to sponsor my new E-P2. And I will gift the E-PL1 to Nicole and let her experience shooting from DSLR.

To strengthen the set of my new E-P2, I have bought a brand new electronic viewfinder VF-2 (in black color) for the price of $1,800 @先達廣場. Also, I have trade-in my old E-PL1 silver 14-42mm Kit lens with a latest version of 14-42mm IIR Kit lens (in black). The new Kit lens is in fact attached to E-P3, which is modified and upgraded with a fast AF. Top-up cost is $250 only, which I think it's worth. At present, I have a E-PL1 body, E-P2 (with VF-2, 17mm pancake, 14-42mm II R Kit lens, 40-150mm lens, and FL-14 flash). I am now thinking of buying another lens - MZD 45mm f/1.8 for family portrait, especially in dim environment, but the price is a bit high @ $2,790.

My new toy

September 11, 2011

Watch out, coffee/ choco lovers!!     The machine looks like a penguin. Although it is small in size, it is so powerful in making delicious coffee drinks - both hot and cold, strong and mild. It comes with 5 flavours in Hong Kong, Cappucino, Latte Macchiato, Caffe Lungo, Chococino (I like this flavour very much) and Mocha. An additional flavour, Espresso (1 capsule only) is offered as free gift. With its 15-bar pressure, the coffee quality is not compromised.

As Sarina's bought me 3 boxes of Chococino and 1 box of Mocha as birthday presents, both Nicole and myself can enjoy the delicious chocolate without going to Starbucks. In fact, a box of drink contains 8 capsules of the specific flavour and 8 capsules of milk (except Lungo without milk). At a cost of $65 a box, a cup of coffee/ chocolate is $8, which is affordable. Imagine the quality of life when enjoying a cup of hot chocolate in winter time, so wonderful!!

In US, a variety of flavours are available e.g. Cappuccino Ice, Caramel Latte, Caffe Americano, Peach Iced Tea, Vanilla Latte, Chai Tea Latte etc. I think these flavours will be available in Hong Kong at a later stage. If I have chance to come over US, I will definitely buy different flavours both to serve friends, relatives and myself.

My toy

August 11, 2010

My birthday present    By the time I travelled Perth, I bought a 16GB Wi-Fi iPad myself as my birthday gift. It costs A$629 with tax refund (A$57.1), i.e. net A$571.9 (around HK$3,650). However, when I was back to HK on 16 Jul, iPad is available for sale in 2 weeks at the price of HK$3,888. Anyway, it is still cheaper than buying in HK. Haha.

The iPad is brilliant like a bigger iPhone. It has a 9.7-inch, high-resolution LED-backlit IPS display and incredible Multi-Touch capability. Yet it is thin and light enough to take anywhere. I did try to experience the web, email, photos, and video, and I found it very convenient and easy to control with just the touch of a finger. Most importantly, I can read ebooks, both epub and pdf format, on iPad like reading a real book. I hold my iPad like a book, flip the pages like a book, and do everything with my hands.

I have downloaded a lot of apps on the App Store. I treat it as my new toy because it brings me a lot of fun, entertainment, amusement and excitment. In order to protect my new toy, I bought a cover - Tunefolio in orange color. It is a synthetic leather case which folds closed like a notebook or opens to be positioned as a stand at any viewing angle.

Olympus Lens Bundle

May 7, 2010

ED 40-150mm len and MMF-2 Mount    I ordered Olympus PEN MMF-2 Adapter and ED 40-150mm Lens Kit Bundle on 29 April at Adorama, US @US$199 + US$41.6 (shipping), which is very attractive as compared to the price in HK whereby the lens kit alone costs HK$1,8xx and the MMF-2 mount HK$1,280.

In fact, the ED 40-150mm len is used for 4/3 DSLR Camera and that's why I need to buy the MMF-2 mount to bridge the len into my micro 4/3 camera. The bundle set is delivered today in early morning. It is due to out of stock that takes a little bit more time to come over HK. Anyway, I think 8 calendar days to get the lens set are aceptable and the quality of len is good, especially AF is not slow. I will definitely try the len in the weeks to come.

The 40-150mm len has 1-yr worldwide warranty. You may see below some photos showing the bundle and the len installed in my E-PL1. I would think the black len does fit and match with the champagne camera body. THUMB UP!!

Olympus PEN E-PL1

April 1, 2010

My 2009 bonus reward    I buy Olympus PEN E-PL1 (in Champagne Gold color) today at Fortress Sheung Wan store. It is a Micro 4/3 interchangeable lens system camera with a new Live Guide interface, which comes with a M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 (Silver) len. It is the 3rd PEN series of Olympus Micro 4/3 camera following the E-P1 and E-P2, but with built-in flash.

New features include a dedicated Movie mode button that enables 720p HD movie recording, and i-ENHANCE Picture mode, which delivers images with exceptional clarity. Six Art Filters are also offered, including Pop Art, Soft Focus, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama and a new Gentle Sepia filter.

The price of E-PL1 is $5,390. Besides the Olympus PEN E-PL1 Lens Kit, free gifts of 8Gb SDHC (Class 4) Card, screen protection film, tripod, camera case, standby rechargeable Li-ion battery, Leather Shoulder Strap, Card Reader and Cleaning Kit are offered (from Fortress).

New Google Phone - Nexus One

February 22, 2010

NeXus One I have ordered on-line the NeXus One (with phone engraved) on 17 Feb and got the phone in the morning of 22 Feb, i.e. 5 days to delivered. When receiving the phone, the impression is nice especially the weight is not heavy and outlook is good. Function and interface is a bit like iPhone. The screen resolution is very good and clear. In fact, I've bought a protection case and glossy film for the phone on last Saturday and they are 100% fit. :D

Although it is now almost a week tome when using the NeXus One, I am still getting use to it - just completing the phone book and home menus setting. I've downloaded a lot free application and games in Android market. Also, I can install some application/ games from other developers (not in Android market) in the phone which is not the case for iPhone. Moreover, I can pair my bluetooth iTech handfree with the NeXus One. In general, I am totally satisfied with the new phone at the moment and will let you all know of any updates after I've got used to the phone.

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