EVA Protective Case for DJI Osmo Mobile

This item has been on my wishlist for months!

It was originally priced at S$40 so when the price dropped (after the Osmo Mobile 2 was announced) I knew I had to buy it.

I love my DJI Mobile, but I hate the case that came with it.

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So when priced correctly, I did not think twice and bought this from Lazada

Item arrived as scheduled.

Only issue I have against it is the size!

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I somehow feel like the space inside can be utilized better…

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I guess that will be a project for me in the coming months!

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Oreo on Asus Zenfone 3 (ZE520K)

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I must admit.

I was surprised to receive Android 8!

The phone was released in 2016 with Marshmallow, received Nougat and now it’s running Oreo!

I must say… I was impressed with Asus’ update.

My sister’s Zenfone 5 did not receive Marshmallow, my other sister’s Zenfone Selfie did not receive Nougat… Now Asus just update my Zenfone 3 to Oreo!

Right now, it’s not perfect.

Some app icons are round, while Asus’ apps icons are still unchanged.

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App shortcuts (press and hold) is a big plus.

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Honestly, my Zenfone is due for a replacement around 4th quarter of this year. I was thinking of getting either a mid-range Android One device or Samsung’s “A” series (2019). But receiving Oreo on my Zenfone made me reconsider and maybe I should just replace it with another Zenfone.

It’s February tomorrow, so I still have a couple of months to think about it…

Receiving Android P will make my decision easier!

The Replacements: Google Wifi

5 years ago… Only PCs and 2 iPhones connected to my Airport Extreme.

It was a gift from my wife and since my home internet was only 2mbps, I felt like my router can last forever.

5 years later, my internet is now 200X faster and 7 devices at home are continuously connected to my router (more than 10 devices if we use our iMac and Laptops).

Videos, Apps and sites needed an extra time to load.

My router which once felt invincible started showing its age…

Google Wifi

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I know, there are cheaper routers in the market.

S$200 should be enough to buy me a router which looked like an evil spider.

But why did I choose Google Wifi? I basically wanted to use my phone to set-up and secure my network.

Buying a S$100 router will require me to do my settings using a PC.

(In Singapore) Google Wifi is exclusively distributed by Starhub. But a quick Google Search will show you that you can also buy it from 3rd party shops. I bought mine from Lazada which arrived in less than a week (even with free shipping).

Package included the router, adapter, and LAN cable.

You will also need to install the Google Wifi App to set-up the device. (Play Store | App Store)

Like my Airport Extreme… Google Wifi looks good

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LAN Ports and USB-C (for power) are at the bottom, so you’ll only see 2 cables outside the device (3 if you have a PC connected to it through LAN)

Starhub sells the pack of 3… For our 2 bedroom flat, we only needed 1 point.

The Google Wifi app has a function to test your internet speed and test the strenght of your connection.

The app also shows you how many devices are connected to it, and if you want to allocate more bandwidth to a specific device.

I’ve been using the Google Wifi over the weekend, heavy Full HD streaming of movies to my TV (Chromecast). 4K video viewing on our mobile devices. The router handled them smoothly.

I never thought changing my router will make such a noticeable upgrade on how my devices performed.

I guess we can no longer take our routers for granted.

The Google Wifi is not perfect, I would have preferred a black or gray color. Would have wanted an additional LAN port (it only has 1) and would want to have a control on the internet speed of the guest account.

But for the extra $$$ you’re spending on this device, you get simple set up and a router that looks good.

In The Wild: Camcorder

There was a time when you needed a separate device to capture life’s moments in video…

That device was called a camcorder.

So yes, you can still buy a camcorder, but have you actually seen anyone use it in 2017?

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Yup… That guy finished the 2017 Singapore Marathon (from the color of his bib, he ran the full marathon) and someone was there to capture the moment in a camcorder!

Hey Google!

My Zenfone 3 received an update this morning…

I wasn’t expecting too much… Until I saw that I can now use Hey Google (instead of OK Google) to call Assistant!

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Xiaomi Mi Sports Bluetooth Earphones

Just purchased Xiaomi’s Mi Sports Bluetooth Earphones…

I find it strange that this is only my 2nd Xiaomi purchase. The first one was a Mi Band 2.

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I am not an expert on audio quality, I’ll have to leave that to experts…

As expected from Xiaomi, the item’s packaging looks familiar. It does not have the firm/compact feel of Apple, but it looks good.

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Inside the box, there’s a very sort charging cable, different sized ear tips and a manual.

It would be nice if Xiaomi updates the charging port to a Type-C cable, but since most of the powerbanks in the market still use a Micro USB, it’s not that big of a hassle.

I was not able to test it with an Android device, but I was surprised to see it’s battery level when connected to an iPhone.

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Pros

  • Comfortable fit
  • Can sync 2 devices at the same time
  • White subtle LED (turns red when shutting down)
  • *it will dictate the phone number of the incoming caller

Cons

  • Volume controls are the top of the earbuds (can be difficult to reach)
  • No next/previous song button
  • *it dictates the number of the caller… Not the name, even if the contact is saved in your device.

 

 

It was love at first sight for my daughter so I had to get her Skullcandy Smokin’ Buds 2 Wireless while she uses the Mi Sports…

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Battery life is so far so good…

My wife told me that sould quality is not as good as her Bose (she has the Apple Version)… But the Xiaomi costs less than half, and it’s wireless!

LG V30+… Coming to Singapore this December!

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Teased in August 2017…

LG needed 4 months to release their flagship to Singapore…

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Nothing against the phone… I like what I saw in reviews.

But the Note 8, Pixel 2 XL and iPhone X are officially in the market…

I can’t even say that the local release is “a little” too late… It’s late!

We should be looking forward to the S9 now.