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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Gadget Chic

I am not a techie. I usually take my brother's advice when it comes to buying gizmos like laptops and external hard drives, and I choose mobile phones based on the features I need (and want!) as well as the design. But based on what I've seen, heard about and experienced, there are some electronic devices that I think you might find quite nifty.

photo credit: Alcatel

Take the ONE TOUCH GLAM 810D by Alcatel 810--it's a smartphone that looks like a pretty little powder compact--perfect for discreetly keeping your hair and makeup in check in between classes or meetings. At only 3,599PhP, it's a steal with its dual SIM functionality, easy-to-use QWERTY keypad and other features like an audio recorder, music player, FM radio, 2MP camera, and video camera. Click here for the full list of features

The ONE TOUCH GLAM 810D is available at all Alcatel OneTouch kiosks and mobile phone stores nationwide.

photo credit: BlackBerry/

The BlackBerry Dakota (9900) has been in the market for over a year but since I got hold of it, I just couldn't stop raving about how perfect it is for my needs. My full-time job and magazine work require me to do a lot of research and writing, and this phone allows me to go online and use Microsoft Word with incredible ease. The touchscreen feature combined with the QWERTY keypad make typing, cutting/copying and pasting a breeze. Plus, downloading files from websites or my email is incredibly fast. It allows you to open multiple tabs while surfing the net, has MS PowerPoint and MS Excel, and boasts of a 5MP camera, HD video camera, voice recorder, music and video player, and a very convenient search function, among others. Fore more details, check out the Blackberry Philippines website.

The only downside is the battery life, which is a fraction of the incredibly long battery power of my old trusty Nokia E72 (that took me years to let go of!) but we have portable chargers to take care of that.

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Belkin is one reliable brand that offers portable "power packs" like the Power Pack 2000which is very handy for charging phones (and even tablets) on the go. Just make sure your gadget has a microUSB port, as their power packs only come with microUSB-to-USB cables.


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When purchasing USB flash drives, I always go for PQI just because I've never experienced problems with the Taiwanese brand. Plus, they have the sleekest packaging! I think I've amassed about ten PQI flash drives through the years, all of which were purchased from CD-R King.

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