Friday, January 16, 2009

My LG X110 review

Ok, I know this is a mobile blog, and so far, I've limited myself to the (already vast) world of mobiles, but every so often, I do get asked to review the occasional gadget. Usually I'd decline, but for this one, I didn't refuse. Why? First, let me introduce to you, the LG X110 Netbook.

SimpurGadgets has nicely done a short write up on this here. I've also spent some time with it myself and it has to be said, I thoroughly enjoyed using the X110. I don't use alot of Netbooks, but I will say also, the X110 is very decent for its price.

On the physical aspects side of things, the build quality is truly impressive and as my review unit came in glossy white, the thing that struck me most was how compact it felt. Opening the lid reveals a white keyboard which is surrounded by a silver case around the keyboard and the screen. With my large hands, I did not have any problems using it at all.

On the display and hardware front, the X110 sports a 10-inch screen with 1024 x 600 pixels and weighs just a little over 1kg; 1.19kg to be exact. This is small enough to carry easily in any bag without knowing its even there. LG has thrown in Windows XP Home as standard and is coupled with a 160GB hard drive. There are also 3 USB ports, a VGA out port, Ethernet connector, flash card reader for SD and Memory Stick formats, and headphones and microphone connectors. For those who like to see who they are chatting with, the X110 also comes with a 1.3 megapixel webcam for video calling.

On the sound quality, the speakers simply blew me away. It is extremely loud for something this small. I compared it with my MacBook and it was quite obvious which was the winner here. But then, I realised, with the location of the speakers being on the underside of the casing, LG might have anticipated for this.

Ok, so what makes this Netbook stand out then?

It is the inclusion of a SIM card slot for your broadband surfing needs. Simply insert your 3G enabled SIM (you have to open up the battery cover first), and you're good to go, anytime and any place, without the need to rely too much on Wifi spots. (However, make sure that you subscribe to a broadband package to enjoy the benefits). I tested out the speeds on my 3G surfing compared with the built in Wifi, the results were unnoticable. Both were extremely fast and half the time, I had to check whether I was still on 3G or not. Bluetooth does comes as standard. Surfing with the broadband lasted me about 3 hours, which I think is quite reasonable for its battery life.

On the downside, there is a lack of an optical drive which might be a deal breaker for some.

Overall, I was really impressed with the size mostly of the X110. It is small. So small. I even managed to stuff it into my DSLR camera bag too. So, if anyone asks me about the X110, I'd recommend it instantly.

The LG X110 is available at Incomm at the Gadong Branch. It retails at a very reasonable price of BND1,099. Don't forget to use your DST privilege card for further discounts.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

A busy new year, and then, there's the new Palm Pre...

Since the new year has kicked in, its almost hard to believe its already the 8th of Jan! Its been somewhat of a busy start for me, workwise... but thats a good thing isn't it?

Close to a year and a bit now of running my blog, I have to say its been amazing. So many opportunities have arisen from it, and all I can say is, its going to be a great year of mobiles, mobiles and more mobiles..... oh yeah, more reviews too for Thanks to all my readers and friends for always "dropping by". Its really just my simple blog about Everything mobile.

What I have been looking forward to since the start has been the CES event in Las Vegas on 09Jan09. Its meant to be one of THE tech events to watch out for on a calendar. And boy did this year's launch prove to be worth the wait! Its no secret that the longest ever mobile that I've used so far is the Palm Treo 680. Love the Palm OS, always have, always will. But their OS has been showing signs of ageing lately, with the likes of iPhone taking the world by storm (and now, everyone else seems to have followed their footsteps). Treos didn't even have wifi or 3G! So sadly, it was time to move on...

Until now...

The newly announced PALM PRE. I've been watching hands-on videos on it all over the web. It looks very very intriguing. Of course, patience is the key as the time it will take to reach this side of the world would be around 6-8 months. That already feels like forever... Anyway, here are some teaser pictures and specs:
  • High speed wireless (HSDPA)
  • Wifi
  • 3.1 inch 24 bit colour 480 x 320 display
  • slide out portrait QWERTY keyboard
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • 3 mp camera with LED flash and extended depth of field
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 8Gb of internal memory
  • Palm trademark - Ringer mute switch
Just look at that! Ladies and Gentlemen, Palm is back in the building....
(now, the wait...)