Friday, May 31, 2013

Samsung announce Galaxy S4 Mini

So, the mini version of S4 is here. Well not so mini actually with the 4.3 inch screen...

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Key Specification :

  • 4.3” Super AMOLED with qHD resolution
  • 1.7 GHz Dual-Core Processor snapdragon 400
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • 8GB Internal memory with expandable microSD
  • 8MP back facing camera
  • 1.9MP front camera
  • LTE
  • 1,900mAh
  • Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini will be shown off at the June 20 event. It's probably then when we'll also learn more about its pricing and availability.

My Opinion : A total strip down everything from the original S4. There are still people who prefer smaller size phone but it is still sad to see manufacture refuse to release high spec for small screen phone. Nevertheless, like the elder brother, S4 mini come with all the air gesture function and also camera mode as well which is good enough for user who are not hardcore. Other than that, nothing surprising.


Sunday, May 19, 2013

HTC One Hands On and First Impression


Finally HTC One stock massively hits Malaysia. I just grab myself a unit. Yes it is my own unit since I wasn't exclusive enough to get review set. I really hope Dygadget get more support from everyone. Nevertheless, I been using HTC One for few days and I think it is not the time yet to give full review. There are alot stuff yet I test especially the camera. Hopefully I can get Sony Xperia Z and Samsung Galaxy S4 together to do shootout ;)

Nevertheless, Here the video I did for unboxing and quick preview of HTC One.

Never regret to get black for myself though it is finger oil magnet. Too many people use silver and I don't feel standout. Pardon me, it is just me who love to be difference.

Before I continue, here the spec for HTC One as I mentioned in the video

  • 4.7-inch Super LCD 3 with 1080p resolution (469ppi)
  • 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600
  • Adreno 320
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32/64 GB internal memory
  • 4MP back facing camera with 1080p@30fps video recording (with HDR)
  • 2.1MP front facing camera
  • NFC
  • 2300 mAh
  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

The body is really gorgeous! Though I love Xperia Z glass body more, but HTC One do really feel premium. The solidness on hand is priceless. The weight is just right, not too heavy nor too light like Samsung Galaxy S4. Not to mention I have a small hand, but still manage to grab it with my full palm and my thumb able to reach another end. The width are almost identical to my previous phone, ASUS Padfone (1st Gen).

Nevertheless, here are my first impression of the phone

LIKE : -

1) Camera very fast responding and shoot! Sometime it shoot before I know it.
2) HTC Zoe work as it advertise. Well not completely perfect depending situation.
3) Photo are sharp enuf for my liking of course if you think not sharp enough for you feel free to increase the sharpness.
4) Screen are definitely gorgeous.
5) Solid body and weight. Not too thin either.
6) Boomsound is loud. Definitely the best for smartphone.
7) Sense 5 less animation, smoother UI!

Dislike : -

1) Not so friendly UI on camera. My friendly UI as in referring more button for quick setup (etc a shortkey button to change mode instead of tap the 3 dot button then change there).
2) I love to activate touch screen capture but it is too sensitive sometime. Accidentally touch also can capture a pic already.
3) WB decided to give warm color on lowlight. Will test more to double confirm it.
4) Nothing to shout on Blinkfeed.
5) Limitation in HTC Zoe is customize the video.
6) Facebook friends pictures appear in Gallery.
7) My unit LCD Panel made by Samsung and not Sharp (LOL).
8) Fingeroil magnet on black unit. I have yet try out Silver.

Next mission : -

1) Test daylight photo.
2) Test indoor photo (restaurant, cafe, more foods maybe? ).
3) Test HDR in both indoor and outdoor.
4) Play more with Zoe to justify it's reliability.

Yeap, that's all my first impression of HTC One. I will provide full review after I use it for few more days and prepare for some shootout between Xperia Z and also Galaxy S4. No, no drop test since it is my own unit. Unless HTC are kind enough to lend me a unit to do so :P

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sony announces Xperia ZR

Sony just announces Xperia ZR, a little brother for both Z and ZL. The Xperia ZR includes many of the Z's features in a smaller, more compact design.

Sony Xperia ZR Key Specification :

  • 4.55-inch TFT display with 1280 x 720 resolution with BRAVIA Engine 2 and OptiContrast panel
  • 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064
  • Adreno 320 graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8GB internal memory with microSD card slot
  • 13MP Exmor RS sensor back camera
  • NFC
  • Water & Dust resistant (IP55/IP58)
  • 2300mAh
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

To easily take pictures or videos under water, the Xperia ZR also has a dedicated camera button, something that was missed on the Xperia Z as well as last year’s Xperia V. Pricing and availability still unknown. Xperia ZR will come with black, white, pink and mint color.

My Opinion : On the first glance and thought, what is Sony strategy and plan? Why announcing same phone with Z and ZL? Then again, I guess Sony is listening to people wish. Sony Xperia ZR is the answer for people who want small and compact phone but with high spec. Shame that ZR doesn't come with 1080p display but I guess that will make sense if ZR gonna be cheaper than Z and ZL by at least 40%. Glad to see physical shutter button is back and also removable back casing at Xperia ZR. People, this is for you if you're looking for small and high performance phone :)


Monday, May 13, 2013

Olympus PEN E-P5 Touch & Try User Event, Malaysia

Hi Ysquare here. It's been a while since my last post. I am back for good because I have a very excited news to share. Courtesy to Olympus Malaysia for invited us (or more accurate, we self invite) to the exclusive OLYMPUS NEW premium PEN Touch & Try User Event in Malaysia.

On the first glance, the EP5 has no major changer from it's predecessor; EP3. Any m4/3 muggle will complain that every single PEN looks the same, but I bet differ. The major physical changes would be the double dial button that act as shutter speed and aperture or ISO and white balance combination. For complete specification, please visit:

During the launch, I has chance to test the noise performance on high ISO. On the left is PEN E-P3 while the right is PEN E-P5, both shoot on ISO 25k. I wish I can extract the photo and do side by side comparison but Olympus staff wouldn't allow us to do so.

We have 2 demonstration of the New Olympus PEN E-P5 highlighted feature: WiFi and Time Lapse; recorded during the touch and try event.

The unit is now available for pre-order at
Every pre-order purchase is entitle to Olympus free gift and merchadise, such as Olympus Miniature Camera (1/3 scale), 1+2 Years Extended Warranty, Lens Cash Back Voucher, Body Cap Lens BCL-1580 (worth RM199), Genuine Leather Body Jacket CS-40B Black for PEN E-P5 (worth RM190) and Sandisk Extreme SD 32GB (up to 45MB/sec) [all except the last 3 item, choose 2 out of 3 item]

The Olympus Miniature Camera is really cute <3. I got a EP-3 and 12mm, both in silver. Also another camera soft pouch on lucky draw.

Again, thanks to Olympus Malaysia for having us in such a great morning.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Olympus Malaysia launches PEN E-P5

Finally after more than a year, Olympus refresh it's premium PEN line up, E-P5. We are lucky to get invited into exclusive preview and hands on session as well.

Olympus E-P5 Key Specification :

  • 16.1 megapixels
  • Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) CMOS Sensor
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 35 Number of focus points
  • 3″ Tilting LCD screen
  • 9 fps burst mode
  • 1920 x 1080 (30p) video recording
  • Built-In Wireless

Other than that, Olympus E-P5 is the first mirrorless camera that offered 1/8000 maximum shutter speed. It also featured the further improved 5-Axis stabilization compare with OM-D E-M5. The E-P5 is the first Olympus camera to include built-in Wi-Fi. Setup is involves quickly scanning the QR code displayed on the camera's LCD with your Smart device to synch it with the Wi-Fi network created by the camera via Olympus Image Share application (Available in both iOS and Android).

Another features added on the E-P5 are photo story and also time lapse. Photo Story enables you to capture a scene from multiple viewpoints and then combine them into a single image to create unique collages inside the camera. Time lapse setting is easy too where youc an set 1-99 photos and also interval time between 1 sec to 24 hours.

Olympus also launched a new electronic viewfinder, VF-4.

Olympus VF-4 Key Specification :

  • 2,360k-Pixel LCD Resolution
  • 1.48x Magnification & 100% Field of View
  • Automatic Eye-Sensor
  • Built-In Diopter Adjustment
  • Brightness and Contrast Adjustment
  • Tilts Up 90ยบ for Low Angle Shooting
  • Offers Stable Composition
  • Ideal for Shooting in Bright Sunlight
  • For Select Olympus PEN Digital Cameras
  • Dedicated Compatible with E-P5

Of course, we have been told it will compatible with any Olympus mirrorless camera even XZ-2 and also E-M5 (yes you can have 2 viewfinder and make it an awesome binocular). Sadly it doesn't support the older X-Z1 and of course, E-P1 that doesn't offer a hotshoe.

Olympus E-P5 is available for preorder now in Malaysia from 10 May to 18 June 2013. Pricing are RM3,499 for body only, RM4,499 for body with M.ZUIKO 17mm f1.8 and finally the VF-4 cost RM990. Olympus E-P5 will available in black, silver and white. You can preorder at