Do you want a Android Flip Phone?

Let’s face it, the phone you are using is getting bigger each year.

At 2011, Samsung introduced Samsung Galaxy Note, its 5.3″ screen is consider as gigantic and was deemed as potential flop where everyone thinks it’s just too large for a proper usage. However, it did went on to be successful and right now we are at the 6th Generation with Galaxy Note7.

In contrast, at 2016, ZTE just announced their latest Axon 7 Mini. The word ‘Mini’ would be misleading as the screen size is at 5.2″, which is just 0.1″ smaller comparing to 2011 giant Galaxy Note. While we can argue that with the improvement of design (especially with smaller screen bezel), it is easier to handle these phablet, but it’s still beyond comfortable one hand usage.

With a sole touchscreen design getting more common each year, the only way to make significant difference is to go beyond the norm and introduce a unique phone design. Blackberry does it with the sliding keyboard on the Priv, however the average specification that can’t justify the expensive price tag is unable to bring Blackberry back to their previous glory.

Here’s where Asia market came into picture, taking Japan as an example, 2016 will be the first time where Smartphone overtaking feature phone in the total mobile phone market share. In the past, as Japan are often advanced in their IT technologies, they have already been using cashless payment with their feature phone. Hence most of the population doesn’t feel the need to get a smartphone since their feature phone can get most of the task done.

However as the younger generation started to use Android/iOS smartphone, feature phone without the ability to install application (such as Line, Whatsapp) created a communication gap. To close up the gap, Japan phone maker such as Sharp introduced a flip phone running on Android, hoping to attract both older & younger generation at the same time.

On the other hand Korea phone maker, Samsung and LG brought smart-flip phone to Korea and China market.
LG Introduced LG Wine/Gentle/Ice Cream Smart which based on same design and specification of Snapdragon 400.

Samsung went further by tackling both lower & flagship market. Samsung introduced a Samsung Galaxy Golden in 2013 that feature dual touchscreen and continue to introduce a follow up with last year W2016 – technically known as a Galaxy S6 in Flip phone form. W2016 can only be purchased in China and costed more than SGD$1500 even in today’s market where S7/Note7 are widely available now.

Thankfully for people who are on budget, Samsung doesn’t neglected lower end market by introducing Galaxy Folder last year and continue with Galaxy Folder 2 as follow up.

According to leaked image and detail. Samsung Galaxy Folder 2 pack a 3.8″ WVGA display, running on the Snapdragon 425 along with 2GB RAM. Its expected pricing is around USD$285, a sweet spot for unique flip phone experience. Unfortunately, it is unlikely to be introduce in Singapore market given that almost no Android flip phone has been officially available in Singapore before. Would you like to get your hand on one of these unique phone? I would definitely like to experience it all over again given that my last flip phone is the Panasonic GD88 which is introduced in 2002.

Galaxy S7 or the S7 Edge?

The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge is revitalizing Samsung’s bottom line and is shaping up to be the best smartphone 2016. Well, fact is the competitors are all playing catch up. The HTC 10 might be an interesting option but thanks to the early lead and gargantuan marketing efforts, the S7 and S7 edge would easily sell more.

In fact, by offering the S7 and S7 edge concurrently, buyers might just choose between the two models, instead of comparing it versus other brand offerings. So what’s so good about the S7 or S7 edge? In fact, which is better?

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LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7 – Quick Thoughts

After both flagship announcements, I am definitely more intrigued by the modular capabilities of the LG G5, so let’s start with the G5.

Two modules have been announced. The LG G5 CAM Plus module and the LG G5 B&O Hi-Fi audio module. Interesting, but, that being said, the price of the accessories, and usefulness of them, remains as questions to be answered. The CAM Plus module sound rather gimmicky, since it only adds a battery pack and some physical controls. Quality of the image remains the same. There’s also the LG Rolling Bot, which hey, resembles TFA BB-8. It has a lens, IR Blaster, speaker, for an awesomely cool surveillance toy that runs around your home.
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