Monthly Archives: October 2011

iPhone 4S Launch Day in Singapore [Video]

Tech65 team have done a great job to cover the launch day of iPhone 4S in Singapore! They went to all 3 carriers’ location to check out what are M1, Starhub and SingTel doing for their iPhone 4S Launch.

Great planning from SingTel

From the video, it seems that SingTel have done a better overall job, not only ensure that all the customers that came will receive their iPhone 4S, and none of the customers have to queue. All of the customers for SingTel are allocated a time slot, like 12am-2am, 2am-4am. So on where they can come and hang around at the launch area at Suntec.

iPhone 4 Launch

I was there in MBS for SingTel iPhone 4 launch, and they had the same approach, I have to say I enjoyed it alot, especially when you know M1 and Starhub customers are queuing in such a warm singapore weather. Although SingTel have the best planning, their iPhone 4S price and plan are the most expensive compared to M1 and Starhub

Check out Tech65’s iPhone 4S video Coverage:


M1 vs Starhub vs SingTel Apple iPhone 4S Price Plan Comparison Chart

28th October iPhone 4S Launch in Singapore

Singapore will be launching iPhone 4S on 28th October 2011, and all of our carriers in Singapore have already release their price plan and invited customers to pre-order them.

For those who are still considering which carrier to go to and how much iPhone 4S will cost and how much will you be paying in the total 24 months contract. You can check out the charts that I have created to comparison between price plans among the Telecos.

Entry Level Price Plan for M1, Starhub and SingTel:

Please note that Blue is the Most Expensive Plan and Yellow is the cheapest you can pay for iPhone 4S and 24months contract.

For the Entry Level Price Plan, you can get iPhone 4S for all models cheapest and SingTel is the most expensive one. You will be paying around $100 in total, but of course for SingTel you will be getting 50 SMS more per month. Although I don’t think people use as much SMS nowadays due to apps like Whatsapp and iMessage from Apple.

Mid-Range Price Plan:

Once again, M1 is still the cheapest and SingTel is still most expensive.  In the mid-range plan, both M1 and Starhub will be giving their customers 300 minutes of outgoing calls, whereas SingTel is giving only 200 minutes.

High Range Price Plan:

For High Range Plan, M1 is still the cheapest and SingTel is still the most expensive 24 months contract plus iPhone 4S. In the high range plan, both M1 and Starhub are giving customers 700 minutes of outgoing calls, whereas SingTel is only giving 500 minutes.

Extreme Range Price Plan:

 

In the Extreme Plan, once again, M1 is still the cheapest where as Starhub is most expensive. In this range of plans, M1 is giving Unlimited outgoing calls to their customers, whereas SingTel and Starhub will be giving 2000 minutes. Unlimited data usage for both M1 and Starhub, and SingTel gives their customers 30GB of data usage.

Conclusion

M1 is really one of the cheapest and most generous in Talktime and Data usage, whereas Starhub is somewhere in the middle and SingTel is the most expensive in overall 24 months contract plus iPhone 4S. This comparsion chart did not include some value added services which different teleco provides, and also the reliability of the network.

Hope this comparisons will help you guys to decide which Teleco to go to and which Plan to select!

 


Starhub release Apple’s iPhone 4S Price Plan

Starhub finally release their iPhone 4S Price Plan

Following up after M1 and SingTel releasing their Price Plan, Starhub finally announced their Price Plan for iPhone 4S. From a first glance, it seems like SingTel’s iPhone 4S will be the most expensive whereas Starhub and M1 are kind of on par.

Let’s check out Starhub’s Price Plan:

SmartSurf iPhone 100 at S$38/mth, you will get 100mins of outgoing calls, 500 free SMS, 12 GB of data:

iPhone 4S 16GB: S$498

iPhone 4S 32GB: S$678

iPhone 4S 64GB: S$818

iPhone 4 8GB: S$400

SmartSurf iPhone 300 at $58/mth, 300mins of outgoing calls, 500 free SMS, 12GB of data:

iPhone 4S 16GB: S$248

iPhone 4S 32GB: S$378

iPhone 4S 64GB: S$558

iPhone 4 8GB: S$130

SmartSurf iPhone 700 at $98/mth, 700mins of outgoing calls, 500 free SMS, 12 GB of data:

iPhone 4S 16GB: S$0

iPhone 4S 32GB: S$108

iPhone 4S 64GB: S$228

iPhone 4 8GB: S$0

SmartSurf iPhone Unlimited at $205/mth, 2000mins of outgoing calls, 2000 free SMS, unlimited data usage:

iPhone 4S 16GB: S$0

iPhone 4S 32GB: S$0

iPhone 4S 64GB: S128

iPhone 4 8GB: $0

iPhone 4S for Singapore

All 3 carriers in Singapore have released their Price Plans and iPhone 4S prices. Which carrier will you go to or will you still remain in your current provider? Let us know.

We will be coming out with a comparison on all 3 carriers’ price plan and price for iPhone 4S

 


SingTel’s Apple iPhone 4S Price Plan

SingTel iPhone 4S Price Plan

Singapore’s Telecommunication Carrier SingTel finally launched their Apple iPhone 4S Price Plan. SingTel is the second carrier in Singapore to release their price plan after M1.

For iFlexi Lite, at $39.90/mth you will get 100mins of outgoing calls, 550 free SMS, 12 GB of Data and some value added service:

iPhone 4S 16GB: S$498

iPhone 4S 32GB: S$668

iPhone 4S 64GB: S$798

iFlexi Value at $59.90/mth, you will get 200mins outgoing calls, 650 free SMS, 12GB of data and some added value service:

iPhone 4S 16GB: S$248

iPhone 4S 32GB: S$368

iPhone 4S 64GB: S$538

iFlexi Plus at $99.90/mth, 500mins outgoing calls, 700 free SMS, 12 GB data and some value added services:

iPhone 4S 16GB: S$0

iPhone 4S 32GB: S$98

iPhone 4S 64GB: S$208

iFlexi Premium at $205/mth, 2000mins outgoing calls, 2000 Free SMS, 30GB of data and some value added services:

iPhone 4S 16GB: S$0

iPhone 4S 32GB: S$0

iPhone 4S 64GB: S$108

The iPhone 4S will arrive at SingTel on Friday, 28 October 2011.
Appointment booking for the launch event will be open exclusively to customers who have registered their interest.
The registration of interest site will close tonight at 11.59pm.
It seems like SingTel customers might be able to get iPhone 4S at Friday 28 October 2011 midnight at the midnight launch, let’s wait for SingTel to confirm on that.

 


How well does iPhone 4S Siri works with Asian Accent? [Video]

Beta Siri

Siri as mentioned by Apple is still a beta software, I think the reason it is still in Beta is because of a few reasons.

Firstly, Siri is almost a ground-breaking Technology, the ability to understand real-life English usage, when you don’t have to speak in a weird way in order for Siri to understand.

Secondly, Siri is only available in a few language, and is mainly US and UK English. For Apple, they are targeting people around the world, thus I’m sure Chinese, Japanese, French and many other language are in their road map. Thus they won’t deem it as a complete product before people from around the world can use.

Siri vs Asian

So what will happen now if people in Asia uses iPhone 4S now? The Siri results may vary depending on people to people, but I would think that the result won’t be as good as people in the US, as our English in asia have our own Asian Accent.

So let’s see how will Siri fair against, Asian Accent like Malay, Indian and Singaporean?


M1’s Price Plan for Apple iPhone 4S

M1 first to release their Price Plan for iPhone 4S

M1 has just launch their price plan for Apple’s new iPhone 4S and they will be available for sale on 28th October 2011. In Singapore all 3 carriers, M1, SingTel and Starhub can sell iPhone 4S and they are all unlocked set unlike those in US.

So how much is M1 going to charge you for iPhone 4S and how is their plans?

For the entry level plan for $36 per month, you will get 100 mins of talk time, 500 SMS, 12 GB of data:

iPhone 4S 16GB: S$505

iPhone 4S 32GB: S$630

iPhone 4S 64GB: S$770

For iPhone Lite plan for $56 per month, 300 mins of talk time, 500 SMS and 12 GB of data:

iPhone 4S 16GB: S$235

iPhone 4S 32GB: S$370

iPhone 4S 64GB: S$510

For iPhone Extreme plan, $98 per month, 700mins of talk time, 500 SMS and Unlimited data:

iPhone 4S 16GB: S$0

iPhone 4S 32GB: S$70

iPhone 4S 64GB: S$210

For iPhone Max plan for $198 per month, Unlimited talk time, 2000 SMS and Unlimited Data:

iPhone 4S 16GB: $0

iPhone 4S 32GB: $0

iPhone 4S 64GB: $115

How to get iPhone 4S from M1?

There is a few ways:

M1 Shop Paragon:

Be the first to own iPhone 4S at our midnight launch event at M1 Shop Paragon on 28 October 2011.

Selected M1 Shops & Exclusive Distributor:

These M1 Shops and Exclusive Distributors will open on 28 October at 7am. Click here forthe list.

Also available at all M1 Shops & selected Exclusive Distributors at 11am.

M1shop.com.sg

Or order online from the comfort of your home at m1shop.com.sg from midnight on 28 October 2011. You’ll enjoy free delivery to your doorstep from 30 October 2011.

For more information, you can go to M1’s website.

No news from SingTel and Starhub yet, thus I will only do price comparison once they release their price plan.


iPhone 4S Camera Review by DigitalRev [Video]

iPhone 4S Camera Review

One of the biggest upgrade from iPhone 4 to iPhone 4S is the camera. Apple really focus on making the camera in their new iPhone better and better. iPhone 4’s camera is already one of the best camera in smartphone market, it is almost as good as some low end point and shoot camera.

So what’s new in iPhone 4S’s Camera?

  • 8-megapixel Camera
  • Face Detection in Still images
  • Better low light performance
  • Focus Lock
  • HD Video Recording 1080p up to 30 Frames per second with audio
  • Video Stabilization

Why iPhone is killing Point and Shoot Camera?

The improvements in iPhone 4S camera really makes it able to match with mid range Point-and-Shoot Cameras, with Video Stabilization, it makes the Video taken much smoother. But what makes iPhone 4 and the new iPhone 4S camera best is the simple to use interface and the connectivity to the world.
With iPhone, you can upload and share the photo you just took to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,Flickr and even your blog. This is the killer feature of iPhone as no PnS or DSLR camera can really do it yet.
Question: What is the best Camera you can get? 

Answer: The one that is always with you.

Yup, if the above, if you are using iPhone, this also means that you have a relatively good camera in your pocket which is always with you! So many moments are capture on iPhone Camera because it is always with you.
Let’s Check out DigitalRev’s review of Apple’s iPhone 4S:


Pre-Order iPhone 4S now from Singapore’s Apple Store!

You can now pre-order your Apple iPhone 4S from Singapore’s Apple Store

Apple Store in Apple have open up their pre-order site for iPhone 4S, so you can now order it with pricing starting from $948 without any contracts.

iPhone 4S Price without Contract:

16GB Black/White: $948

32GB Black/White: $1088

64GB Black/White: $1238

Shipping dates is current 1 to 2 weeks, which I think they will be shipping on 28th October 2011 as announced during iPhone Event few weeks ago.

iPhone 4S is more expensive than iPhone 4

This is weird, normally Apple will keep their price point the same, but this year iPhone 4S’s 16GB model cost $948, but iPhone 4 16GB only cost $888 last year. I’m not too sure what is the reason of the price increase, and I hope iPhone 4S with contracts will not go up too.

Updated: @ryuworks mentioned that iPhone 4S price increase is due to the spike of US dollar to Singapore dollar exchange rate during the launch period. Too bad for us, we have to stick to this price point.

If you would like to get iPhone 4S without contract, proceed the to Apple Store Singapore here. Of course, all iPhone sold in Singapore are all unlocked set, so you can put in SingTel, M1 or Starhub SIM Card without any issue.

If you don’t want Siri and a upgrade to iPhone’s Camera, iPhone 4 8GB is still available for purchase for $788 without contract.

 

 


iPhone 4S Siri is much better than Google’s voice recognition

Siri beat Android’s Voice Recognition hands down!

Rory Cellan-Jones from BBC did a quick test to see which smartphone is better in Voice Recognition, iPhone 4S’s Siri or Android’s Google Voice Recognition.

He did the test by speaking the same text into Siri in iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy Tab and compared the transcribed results from both of them.

Orignal text he read:

It’s a challenge that has occupied scientists for decades and promised huge fortunes to anyone who could solve it. I’m talking about speech recognition, back in the news because it is one of the most significant features of Apple’s latest phone. Will it remain an amusing party-trick – or become the key way in which we communicate with computers?

Siri transcribed it as:

It’s a challenge that has occupied scientists the decade and promised huge fortunes to anyone who could solve it stop I’m talking about speech recognition back in the news because it is one of the most significant features of Apples latest phone STOCK will it remain unamusing party trick or become McKee way in which we communicate with COMPUTERS?

Galaxy Tab’s transcription:

If I started the decade and poets 14th avenue and hope It stops on Interstate recognItIon back In the news because It’s 1 of the most signIant pIctures of apples latest phone got the wIll remaIn In the musIc of the trIck or become a keyway computers.

From the above results, it seems like iPhone 4S’s reply is so much better than Samsung’s GalaxyTab’s. Although Apple’s Siri is release close to 1 year later than Google’s but it has already beat his competitor hands down. Congrats to Apple!


If you have not seen Siri works, Check out this nice demo [Video]

Siri is very cool!

Siri is iPhone 4S’s special feature, it not only brings voice to text capability to iPhone, it also brought a smart voice assistant along. Siri is almost like your personal assistant who you can ask to set your appointment, alarm clock for tomorrow, read you your latest text message, check the nearest italian restaurant or even entertain you!

Check out this real life demo of Siri, I feel it is very well done and he demo-ed most of the important features and function of Siri:


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