Friday, December 30, 2011

HTC Sense UI 3.0 Update


I just updated my HTC Desire HD and Incredible S FOTA.
This is the new home screen where you pull the ring up to unlock. Drag the shortcut into the ring to start application immediately.

Home Screen Roll Out


The new home screen appears rolling out and rolls in a 3D carousel style.

Home Screen Roulette


The home screens now roll continuously instead of stopping at last home screen on left or right.

Type Interface


The type word prediction comes with a slight twist.

Text Message Interface


The message interface has a face lift as well. This is the nested view.
This is the new message mode where it is "Whatsapp-ish" or a blatant copy of iOS message style where conversations are illustrated in shout-boxes.

Gallery Interface


A new appearance for gallery, nice but does not give a better preview at a glance compared to the older version.

Slight changes to the button layout in thumbnail mode.

Customizable Home Screen

Customize home screen to your liking with various widgets such as flying Gallery, FriendStream update, Weather, Stock Quotes or Clock.

This is the lock screen with the default mail shortcut changed to Gmail. I could switch Messages to Whatsapp too. I have chosen a flying Gallery home screen.


Other Features
  • When a call comes in sleep mode, the interface has changed to a stylish design.
  • Task Manager app is made available to allow quick task kill. But I prefer Advanced Task Killer for a more effective kill.
  • Android Market app gets a facelift to resemble that already present in Samsung Galaxy S II.
Most importantly, if you are wondering how I managed to post those screenshots?
Yes! This update allows HTC users to do Screen Shot!
To capture screenshots, simply Hold Sleep button briefly and tap Home button.
You then hear a camera sound, followed by a flash on the screen and a message.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Brunetti @ Tanglin Mall, Singapore


The Melbourne chain of cakes and coffee is here in Singapore at Tanglin Mall #01-35. Brunetti brings the bistro culture of Melbourne to Singapore along with their famed coffees and cakes.

Start with a brew at self-service counter.

Start the day at Brunetti with brunch.


The Sicilian Egg Benedict that cost me no more than S$15.

Mushroom Omelette

The highlight of the Brunetti has to be their galore of cakes and pastries.


A grand selection of gelato in dozens of flavours to win you over!

Since its almost Christmas, how about taking home a giant Panettone?

Brunetti @ Tanglin Mall


If you are looking for the best of Lygon Street, you need not fly to Melbourne anymore.

Overall, cheap and nice place to have a quick meal or dessert. Brunetti is self-service and no service charges except GST. A must visit for foodies and dessert hunting fans.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Fixing my old PSP Slim & Lite

My PSP Slim & Lite gave up on me slightly after a year warranty. The screen start to have a narrow column of white out pixels, which slowly started to spread until the whole screen eventually started to "jump".
It was almost considered unusable.
I seek out repair services locally which started at S$80! I might as well DIY!

An original LCD screen was ordered and replaced.

In less than 15 mins, the screen is back to brand new condition!
I did not even have to pay half of what was charged out there!
All that I needed was a pair of steady hands and care!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S (4GB) i9003 @S$68

Samsung Galaxy S (4GB)
i9003
 S$68
This i9003 model of Samsung Galaxy S is the basic version first generation Galaxy S which comes with a Super LCD screen instead of the more superior Super AMOLED screen.
Mum has already inherited my HTC Desire and gone Android. Dad deserves to upgrade to an Android smartphone as well!
Since Dad does not demand much, basic SGS i9003 fits the bill. I paid a very attractive price of $68 with a recontract of the most basic mobile plan.
The SGS i9003 looks very much similar to the original SGS i9000, however, they have a few distinct differences in specifications.
  • 4-inch Super LCD screen (480 x 800)
  • Gorilla Glass display
  • 1 GHz Cortex A8 CPU, PowerVR SGX530 GPU, TI OMAP 3630 chipset
  • TouchWiz 3.0 UI
  • Multi-touch input method
  • Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
  • Touch-sensitive controls
  • Proximity sensor for auto turn-off 
  • 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels with AF
  • Front VGA camera
  • 4GB internal storage, expandable with microSD card
  • Replaceable 1650mAh Li-ion battery
  • Comes with Android 2.2 Froyo, upgradable to 2.3 Gingerbread









Close-Up of SGS i9003

Mic; lever to remove the rear cover
Speaker; volume adjustment buttons; opening for lanyard
5MP camera; Standby button
Latch for microUSB port; 3.5mm input

Beneath the removable Rear Cover

Removable 1650mAh battery
microSD card slot; SIM slot

Size Comparisons

SGS i9003 and HTC Desire HD
SGS i9003 and HTC Incredible S
SGS i9003 and HTC Snap
SGS i9003 and Samsung GE1390
SGS i9003 and pocket digital camera
SGS i9003 and classic instamatic camera
SGS i9003 and Revoltech

During this period, you can score the SGS i9003 for $118 with the most basic tier mobile subscription at M1, while stocks last. Many stores and the online shop are out of stock for the model, apparantly was a hot grab compared to other similarly priced or tad expensive Android phones. The SGS i9003 may be a basic version, but it trails closely to the legacy of Samsung Galaxy S. Forget Samsung Galaxy Ace, Galaxy mini, LG Optimus One or Motorola Defy+, SGS i9003 is sure the best bang for the buck!
I managed to trade-in a free LG GC900 Viewty Smart for S$50 and knock the price down to S$68.