Meanwhile, Motorola launches world’s first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet XOOM in Malaysia


Amidst the excitement over the release of the iPad 2 in Malaysia, Maxis has announced the availability of the eagerly anticipated Motorola XOOM tablet, the world’s first device to run on Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb, from 6th May 2011 onwards, albeit only the Wi-Fi version for now.

The XOOM features a 1GHz dual-core processor, 32 GB of memory and 1GB of RAM, front-facing and rear-facing cameras, true multi-tasking functionality, and the latest Google Mobile services on a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display.

At an exclusive launch at the Ciao Ristorante in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, T. Kugan, Vice-President of Product, Device and Innovation at Maxis said, “Maxis customers will be the first to enjoy the coveted Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi in Malaysia. User experience will definitely be enhanced by the fact that Maxis today has the widest and fastest 3G broadband footprint in Malaysia, enabling them to enjoy the features of the smart device on seamless high-speed mobile data networks.”

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Google Nexus S – The Gulfstream 6 of Android smartphones

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So what do I think about the Samsung Google Nexus S after two weeks fling?

To quote Depeche Mode, I just can’t get enough. Why? See here, here, here and here and also, here.

Sure, it may be lacking in some departments (which features may be available on its distant cousin, the Samsung Galaxy S). The fact that it runs on an unadulterated version of Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread and that it contains enough technological advancements (such as NFC) to provide its user with a sensual experience makes it more attractive than other available smartphones.

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The Diary of an Android Virgin: Google Nexus S absolute power entertains absolutely


Previously in The Diary of an Android Virgin – Google Nexus S a well endowed communication device.

The Google Nexus S benefits from a powerful 1Ghz processor and the intuitive Android 2.3 operating system to make it an excellent gaming and multimedia device. For all your gaming/app needs, there is only one place to look: the Android Market.

A Market for all your needs

Apple has the App Store on the iPhone, Google has the Android Market on the Android. And just like Apple, Google has made the market accessible both on the phone as well as the desktop. One advantage the desktop version of the Android Market has over the iTunes Store is that any app/game you choose will be synced up with your phone wirelessly, i.e. just choose which device you’d like to download your new app to (it retains a list of all Android devices your account has been set up on), it will just automatically begin downloading onto it. Less clicks to get your new app up and running compared to Apple’s.

It should be noted that a Google Account is required to access the Android Market. If you already have one synced to your Android phone, just log in and you’re set.

The Android Market has a great selection of apps for your every need, from audio players to news widgets to converters to religious references. It also has a growing number of games to choose from. And yes, Angry Birds is available on the Android Market and best of all, it’s free! And Angry Birds on the Google Nexus S’ 4” Super AMOLED screen is simply breathtaking.

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The Diary of an Android Virgin: Google Nexus S a well endowed communications device

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Previously in The Diary of an Android Virgin – Pure, Unadulterated Google caress of the Nexus S.

As pointed out in the previous parts of our review, we have discovered that the Google Nexus S is well endowed both in its looks as well as under the hood. The presence of Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread powering its user interface is also something that makes the Google Nexus S an over all attractive choice in the ever expanding smartphone market. But how does it perform as a communications device?

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The Diary of an Android Virgin: Pure, Unadulterated Google caress of the Nexus S


Previously in The Diary of an Android Virgin – A beauty on the outside, a beast on the inside.

Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread: Purely Google

Most Android phones in the market feature a customized version of the operating system, with additional software layers to suit the respective phone manufacturers and carriers offering the phones.

Not the Google Nexus S.

This is Android as it should be, as it is meant to be used. There is no custom skin or custom user interface here; it’s the true blue Android. The default Android interface makes it easier to navigate and makes for a more enjoyable user experience, less all the clutter. This is what the search engine giant likes to term as a “pure Google” experience.

The Nexus S, co-developed by Google and Samsung, is the world’s first device powered by the latest (and fastest) version of the Android, aka Gingerbread . It was recently launched in Malaysia by Maxis, a leading mobile communications provider in Malaysia.

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The Diary of an Android Virgin: Google Nexus S a beauty on the outside, a beast on the inside

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Previously in The Diary of an Android Virgin – Touched for the very first time.

Sexy Beauty – Design and form factor

The latest Samsung Google Nexus S is definitely a looker. It’s got a slate form factor but it also sports a Contour Display that gives it a bit of a curve compared to say an Iphone 4 or the Samsung Galaxy S. Overall the look is very clean, but the choice of material – all plastic construction – does give it a less premium feel and less striking look compared to the iPhone 4, with its glassy surface and brushed metal sides. The all plastic construction also makes it a fingerprint and smudge magnet as well as prone to scratches. The plus side about the choice of material though is that the Google Nexus S is lighter than its competition, weighing in at 129 grams.

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The Diary of an Android Virgin: Touched for the very first time

Android 2.3

I have to confess, I’ve never been with an Android before. I’ve heard so much about it, though. And everyone who’s had experience with an Android say that they had (and are still having) the time of their life.

The Google Nexus S was officially launched by Maxis in Malaysia on Friday, 18th March 2011 and the people at Maxis were nice enough to loan a unit to GreyReview for the purpose of this exclusive review.

So this will be my first time with an Android. I hope it will be gentle with me just as I will (try to) be gentle with it.

First Base: Undress… errr… Unboxing

For those not familiar with this amazing gadget, the Google Nexus S is a phone built and designed by the folks at Samsung. It is the second Android phone that Google has assisted with a manufacturer to produce, with the first device being the HTC Nexus One.

It is the first device to offer users a taste of Google Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread, it is also the first device to support NFC (Near Field Communication) in its hardware and software. Indeed, this smartphone is literally packed to the brim with features.

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Papa’s got a brand new bag…

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Yep, a Maxis bag.

But it’s what’s inside it that’s got us giddy like schoolboys.

The Google Nexus S.

The successor of Nexus One, Nexus S is Google’s second exclusive phone that is developed by Samsung. In addition, it is the first mobile device that is running on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). It has a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen with 480 x 800 resolution and a contour display with curved glass screen. Other features of the Nexus S include a 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, a 16GB internal storage, a 5-megapixel camera and supports Near Field Communication (NFC).

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Apple iPad Makes Delayed Landing in Malaysia

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Seven months after it was released in the US, the iPad finally (officially) arrives in Malaysia. Better late than never right? After all, we’re only getting it four months after it was officially launched in our neighbor Singapore.

The good news is that now Malaysians are finally able to buy an IPad that is covered by full official support and warranty, as opposed to those covered by shop warranty and support if you were to buy them from, say, Lowyat Plaza.

Below is a list of prices of the various iPads which will be made available through Mac stores and Apple shops in the Klang Valley and Penang:

iPad WiFi

  • 16GB: RM1,549
  • 32GB: RM1,849
  • 64GB: RM2,149

iPad 3G

  • 16GB: RM1,999
  • 32GB: RM2,299
  • 64GB: RM2,599
  • On the data plan front, there’s Maxis who is offering three plans:

    • Entry 3.5GB – RM70 per month (available for postpaid and prepaid)
    • Super 6.0GB – RM90 per month (available for postpaid only)
    • Premium 15.0GB – RM200 per month (available for postpaid only)
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    Maxis Unveils Its Platform Play

    Maxis, leading cellular provider and exclusive iPhone distributor in Malaysia, just launched its mobile applications marketplace, 1Store Developer Sentral. The 1Store (the name most likely aspired by 1Malaysia) will feature Java/Symbian-based mobile applications. Developers (individuals and companies) can now register at here. And the applications are available to over 11.4 million Maxis and Hotlink subscribers. Maxis is using its existing billing infrastructure to charge subscribers for downloading applications from 1Store. It is opening up its billing APIs to both purchases and in-app micropayments. Developers will then get paid via funds transfer (for local developers) and TT (for foreign developers).

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