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  • Expansys Asia
  • Editorial Team

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!

講到 12 月的一個重頭戲,除了在 12 月 12 日開賣的紅米之外,就是大家期待的平價四核手機 Motorola Moto G 了吧!因為發佈時講到香港成為首發地區,所以不少 Moto 的粉絲都相當興奮,版主睇過外國的 Hands-on 試玩都覺得好吸引,而今日終於可以在香港買到了!想知道入手方法同埋睇跑分、機身就即刻 Click 入黎睇睇啦!

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
 

Espansys 引入英國水貨 ! 有全球保養賣 $1,699!

今日可以在香港玩到 Google 和 Motorola 合作推出的 Moto G,可以說是 12 月的一個驚喜。因為版主知道代理方面要 12 月至尾先正式引入這部機,而版主玩到的是購物網站 Expansys 從英國引入的水貨。話雖如此,版主留意到說明書入面有全球保養的條款,而 Expansys 都保證買貨後 14 日包換,算是可以放心入手的一個途徑。

價錢方面 Espansys 的網站 8GB 版本定價 $1,699 就比起美國接近 $1,388 的定價貴 $300 ,與英國方面的價錢接近,比較可惜的就是沒有引入 16GB 版本了。因為 Moto G 是不支援外置插卡的,所以 8GB 的容量對於用家來說是有點緊張,等埋等埋行貨出現就自己諗了。

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲現時在網上已經有得賣 Motorola Moto G ,但只有 8GB 版本,定價在 $1,699

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲ Moto G 有著全球保養,當然是不包人為損壞(所以是 Limited Warranty)
 

Motorola Moto G 開箱上手試!平價但不廉價

有真機到港版主當然先來一個開箱吧,之前對於 Motorola Moto G 的外國評測其實也不少,先跟網友們複習一次它的規格吧!以一部賣價低於 $2,000 的機種來說,有著 4.5 吋的 720p 屏幕和 Qualcomm S400 四核心 1.2GHz 處理器+ 1GB RAM 是它的亮點,而 500 萬像素主鏡頭和 130 萬像素前鏡頭算是比較入門的規格,看在價錢上也不能要求太多,而 2070mAh 電池和中階機種差不多大,配合原生 Android 系統的表現還是值得期待的。

一開箱, Moto G 的包裝很簡單,就是手機、說明書和 USB 連接線,跟 Nexus 5 同樣是沒有耳機的,算是便宜下的小小代價吧。初次拿上手的感覺比想像中好,雖說是入門級價錢的手機,在造工、質感方面都沒有一種廉價的感覺。可能是習慣使用大屏幕的手機吧,版主覺得 Moto G 的 4.5 吋屏幕相當好拿,是單手可以操作的大小,重量在 143g 也是合適的程度,就是沒有超窄邊框的有型設計了。要說不好的地方,就是機身略為厚了一點,和機背太易沾指紋了吧!icon

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲ Moto G 的包裝相當簡約,用上了白色和淺綠的配色,不算搶眼。

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲ Moto G 裡面的配件不多,就是 USB 連接線和手機,還有說明書+保養書了

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲開機了!是 Motorola 的開機畫面,和發佈會時的那個地球一樣,動畫美感十足!

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲Moto G 機身還算小巧,版主 Eddie 手是比較小的,也可以輕鬆單手操控,就是機身厚了一點

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲把玩了一下, Moto G 的機背相當易沾指紋的,也不容易抹去,這是磨沙機背的缺點啊icon(還好可以換機殼)

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分! 抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲ Moto G 採用可拆殼式設計,可惜電池是內置式,所以不可以換電,也沒有 Micro SD 插卡槽

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分! 抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲ USB 連接埠在機底,而音量和解鎖鍵都在機身右側, 3.5mm 就在機頂

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲720p 解像度在 4.5 吋屏幕上面有著 326 PPI ,屏幕無論是亮度和顏色都很不錯
 

運行原生 Andorid ! Qualcomm S400 四核測試

開機試玩了一會,版主認為原生 Android 系統在 Moto G 上面運行得實在相當順暢,對於那麼「乾淨」的一部機來說其實不用太快的處理器也有很不錯的流暢度了,可惜的它不是運行最新的 Android 4.4 KitKat ,要等到明年一月才有更新,玩不到「 Ok Google」 的功能。內置比較特別的功能就是一個叫 Motorola Assist 的 App ,只是一個簡單的場景模式,不太佔空間也不食 RAM ,算是一個輕量的客制化。

版主今次試到的是 8GB 版本,機身入面有著接近 5GB 的空間,對於重度用家來說未必夠用,相片/影片也實在不能夠放太多,能否接受就看個人使用習慣了。而機身上面採用著的 Qualcomm S400 四核心 1.2GHz 四核心配合 1GB RAM 的效能如何?即刻比大家睇睇跑分:

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲內置的Motorola Assist ,說穿了就是場景模式,不算太特別的功能,其餘就是運行原生 Android 了

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分! 抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲在安兔兔的跑分 Motorola Moto G 有著 17552 分,比起採用 Qualcomm APQ8064 的 Nexus 4 還要快,亦比起很多 MTK 四核機種快上不少,證明 Qualcomm S400 四核心運作上的速度還不錯

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分! 抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲Quadrant Standard 的分數有著 8400 分,雖然及不上 Qualcomm S600 機款過萬的分數,但已經比上一代的 Qualcomm APQ8064 系列快了,大家可以留意到處理器的型號是 Qualcomm MSM 8226

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分! 抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲ Vellamo 在 HTML 5 的跑分接近 2,000 分,證明這部機運行起大型網頁的時侯表現不會輸給 Qualcomm S600 機種如 HTC One  等,不過硬件上面就只有 517 分的成績,跟 Nexus 4 等舊一代機核機種差不多;大家亦可以留意內置容量大約 5.52GB 左右,扣除應用程式大約只有 5GB 空間可以用

抵港開賣 $1,700!Motorola Moto G 開箱試跑分!
▲Moto G 在 Nenamark 2 達不到 60fps 的滿分,在 3D 圖像處理方面還是及不上新一代的四核機款,如果不是用來運行大型遊戲的話其實也夠用。
 

網友留言分享

網友們,睇完版主對 Motorola Moto G 的開箱你地又會唔會考慮入手番一部呢?定係會等埋行貨版本先決定?你地又覺得 $1,700 買到呢部機的話性價比如何?係討論串或者 Facebook 留言分享一下睇法吧!

Motorola MOTO G 在文章刊登時,行貨推出日期及行貨賣價尚未公佈。水貨 8GB ROM 版本,由Expansys Hong Kong 引入,賣價為 HK$1,699,提供十四日包換。按這裡有更詳細 MOTO G 規格及最新賣價

Motorola Moto G 由 Expansys Hong Kong 借出
網站:
http://www.expansys.com.hk/

  • Expansys Asia
  • Editorial Team

Upgrading to Apple's 5th Generation iPad Air - A LIGHTER CHOICE

The new Apple iPad Air released in Asia around early November 2013 and is much lighter than the previous versions.


Currently Apple is not so vocal about the release compared to the iPad 2, iPad 3 and  iPad 4 but from the looks of the tablet it is much lighter and incorporates the latest  Apple iOS 7 with Siri.


Dimension wise it stands at  height of 23.88 cm X  width 16.76 cm and thinness of merely 0.73 cm


One of the main factors for choosing an iPad Air is the lightness compared to the iPad 4 and earlier versions. The iPad Air weighs in at only 469 grams (less than half a Kilogram) compared to the iPad 4 which weighs 662 grams, thats a 30% decrease in weight.


As for the pixel resolution size you will not be disappointed if you are wanting a bigger screen because the size remains at 9.7 inches with a display resolution remaining at 2048 x 1536 with 264 pixels per inch.


In addition the memory remains at 1024 or 1GB RAM.  


4 Extra giveaways of the iPad Air

 

  1. Faster processor - by far the fastest for an Apple tablet with the new A7 serious (64bit, with M7 motion coprocessor at 1.4GHZ)

  2. Better graphics - The iPad Air has a Multi-core Power VR G6430 Graphics Processing Unit giving a great look and feel together with the latest iOS 7 user interface.

  3. Wifi performance - 802.11a/b/g/n) MIMO multiple antennas  also referred to multiple input and multiple output or smart antenna as its commonly known, provides a better WIFI coverage performance than its predecessors.

  4. Longer battery life - Product specifications state that it is around 11hrs (32.4Wh) compared to the Ipad 4 of 10 hrs (42.5 Wh)



The new iPad Air by Apple is currently available in Space Gray and silver at a competitive price.

  • Expansys Asia
  • Editorial Team

The third and latest handset by Blackberry – BB Z30 unlocked (sim free)

Blackberry Z30 is the third product to be released from the BlackBerry flagship. It comes ready built for 4G compatibility and a total 25 hours battery life. Price wise is not so much of a difference compared to many of the slick features it offers.

The Z30 design is a mixture of both the Z10 and Q10 which has a similar glass weave back panel, button -less keyboard and all screen design ethos of the Z10. The display screen is strongly built Super Amoled with 720p unit a much better improvement user experience of multi touch screen.

As for the icon colors they look are beautifully design with serious user experience in mind. The back panel can be removed however the battery is quite difficult.

You can see the big difference here compared to the iPhone 5.

The Blackberry Z30 contains a 1.7GHz processor with Quad Core graphics and only weighs 170 grams. As

for the resolution for a 5 inch display stands at 1280 x 720.

The smart phone camera has a 2 mega pixel front camera and a 8 mega pixel back camera allowing for a significant zoom and ability to record HD video ranging from 1080p to 720p.


Handy features

Battery Life

 

As claimed by Blackberry the Li-Ion 2880 mAh battery runs at 25 hours, 18 hours mixture of data and talktime and a total of 10 hours of talk time and for 3G up to 384 hours standby . 

 

Great speaker Quality

Many review critics claim that the quality of sound is much clearer and louder than the previous versions.

 

Blackberry 10.2 OS

 

The latest 10.2 version comes loaded with the new features of BBM ( Blackberry messaging) that allows for message notification to be displayed as a pop up on the screen when a new email, or message comes through.

 

This is quite useful if the user is accessing many applications without closing them to read those messages. A feature called priority inbox helps for messages to be sorted automatically or through user settings as a result gives a great experience for users that are always swamped with emails or notifications from other applications such as facebook.

 

Security features of Blackberry 10 using Trend Micro

For mobile users that are concerned about their data security of their smartphones, Blackberry 10 OS built in Trend Micro allows for several features that help protect from threats like password, data, web browsing, app permission settings and app screening.

 

The feature of password protection allows you to securely store all of your online passwords. Anti theft protection lets you remotely locate a device and wipe the data without having to touch the phone. In addition the mobile web feature helps stop mobile URL phishing by blocking pop ups where as the app permission feature lets users choose which data apps can be accessed on their Blackberry phones.

 

Blackberry Z30 also comes with evernote app freely installed and multilingual settings.

  • Expansys Asia
  • Editorial Team

How to cut a SIM card to use in Apple iPhone 5 nano-SIM tray

This afternoon Expansys Hong Kong received our first shipments of iPhone 5. One of our main concerns regarding the new iPhone 5 was whether regular SIMs could be cut down to work with Apple’s nano-SIM format. Although Apple has previously indicated that users would be required to purchase or trade-in their SIM cards for Apple’s new nano-SIM format, Expansys has found that this is not necessarily the case.

Before beginning to explain this process, Expansys would like to state that this process has not been tested with all SIM cards, and that users who cut down their SIM cards do so at their own risk. Expansys in no way accepts responsibility for any damage caused by this process.

Step-By-Step Guide

Items Needed
1.    1 XBase nano-SIM cutter
2.    1 sheet of extra-fine sandpaper
3.    1 standard SIM card (or micro-SIM)
4.    1 Apple iPhone 5

XBase nano-SIM cutter

Cut-down nano-SIM

Begin by placing your SIM card into the slot at the base of the nano-SIM cutter, (use the included micro-SIM adapter if you aren’t using a standard SIM card). Make sure that the metal contacts align with the hole at the bottom of the cutter. Press down hard on the lever to cut the SIM card. When you remove the outer portions of your SIM card from the cutter, you will notice that part of the metal on the SIM card itself has also been cut, but this is not essential to the functioning of the card.

After cutting the SIM card, we were able to insert the SIM card into Apple’s nano-SIM tray. However, the fit was quite snug and the edges of the SIM card weren’t quite flush with the tray, and we were worried that if we pushed the SIM in all the way, it might become stuck. So instead we rubbed the back of our new nano-SIM against some fine-grained sandpaper to take that extra 0.09 mm off the top. Once we sanded it down for a minute or two, we placed the cut-down SIM back into the tray and made sure the edges were flush with the tray height. After that, we inserted the nano-SIM tray, booted up our new iPhone 5, and after a minute or so it recognized the signal and we were able to dial away!

Sanding down the nano-SIM

Ensure SIM card is flush with nano-SIM tray

Insert nano-SIM tray

Cut-down nano-SIM has a strong signal.

  • Nathan Mittelstaedt
  • Marketing Manager

The Friday Afternoon Rumour Mill

There have been a lot of juicy tidbits of news on the next pieces of technology coming out this summer, and so we thought we’d share some of the latest updates.

 

Perhaps the biggest news of the week, PhoneArena.com is reporting on a trio of new HTC phones & tablets. The first one appears to be a souped-up version of the HTC One X or perhaps a successor, codenamed PM63100 and destined for AT&T in the U.S. It will feature a quad-core Tegra 3 processor running at 1.7 Ghz. Perhaps even more interesting is a rumoured 1080p MONSTER phone/phablet/tablet, HTC6435, with an as yet unknown quad-core 1.5Ghz processor which beat the aforementioned PM63100 in GLBenchmark by a score of 13685 to 8214, and roughly doubling the performance put out by the HTC One X. Yet another HTC device, a new tablet dubbed the “Vertex”, will supposedly feature a 1,280 x 752 screen and a 1.3Ghz Tegra 3 processor.

Chinese manufacturer ZTE is also keeping busy, teasing the release of a new gaming-centric smartphone, with full details coming in another 6 days.

While we are still waiting for official press shots, the latest Xperia phone from Sony, the LT30 Mint, showed off its camera capabilities with a couple of test shots. The Mint will supposedly feature a Snapdragon S4 processor, 4.6” HD screen, 1GB RAM, 16GB of storage, and an expandable microSD card slot to go with its 13MP camera.

Rumours of a sequel to last year’s smash hit, the Samsung Galaxy Note, are continuing to grow, as Korean website MK News reported that Samsung is planning on announcing an Android 4.1, 5.5” Galaxy Note successor late August at IFA 2012. Previous rumors have indicated an October shipping date.

Also in the news is Amazon and their plans to launch a Kindle Fire successor as well as enter the smartphone arena with a direct competitor to Google & Apple’s smartphone market dominance. The new Kindle Fire is reported to feature a 1280x800 display, and could launch as early as July/August. Specs on the Kindle Smartphone remain elusive, although it will supposedly be manufactured by Foxconn. Meanwhile, the next generation Kindle e-readers may face delays due to a manufacturing issue.

Meanwhile, no rumour mill would be complete without the latest iPhone 5 & iPad Mini rumours. A consensus seems to be forming among the tech community that the new iPhone & iPad Mini will feature a new docking connector, which will be smaller than the 30 pin connector used in the vast majority of Apple devices. Also, the longer 4-inch form factor gained more credence, as a new spy shot surfaced showcasing the front casing of the new iPhone.

  • Nathan Mittelstaedt
  • Marketing Manager

New Video & Promotion On The LG Prada 3.0

This week, Expansys is cooperating with Groupon Hong Kong to bring you a special deal on the LG Prada 3.0. To prepare for this deal, we've also put together a quick youtube video highlighting some of the main functions and user interface of the LG Prada 3.0, including NFC interfacing with Hong Kong's Octopus card system.

Key features of the LG Prada 3.0

  • 1.0GHz Dual-Core handles apps and software with high requirement
  • 4.3 Inch NOVA Display brings superior performance in bright sunlight conditions
  • PRADA's signature Saffiano pattern with LG's innovative technology
  • Convenient NFC function supports most smartcards like Octopus card
  • 8MP camera allows you to be a great photographer taking breath-taking pictures
  • 8GB of built-in storage for carting along your favorite games, movies, music, and pictures

Our GroupOn offer includes the LG Prada 3.0 for HK$2588, and can be purchased here.

 

  • Nathan Mittelstaedt
  • Marketing Manager

Using HTC One X together with HTC Media Link DG H100

HTC One X + Media Link

A few customers have been inquiring as to how they can get their Media Link working with the HTC One X. Here is a quick fix that should work:

http://www.htc.com/uk/help/htc-desire-hd/#download

 

The steps there are a little backwards, though, and won't work if you follow HTC's instructions exactly. Try using these instructions instead:

1. Download the HTC Media Link ROM Update for HTC Desire HD (1.11.0.0)
2. Hold the power button on the Media Link and then plug it into your PC using the included USB cable. After 2-3 seconds, it should start flashing orange and green.
3. Open the Media Link ROM Update executable file.
4. Follow the instructions on the screen until the Media Link has been updated to ROM version 1.11.0.0
5. Plug in Media Link to TV and use as normal.

  • Nathan Mittelstaedt
  • Marketing Manager

New Product Video: JCB Pro-Smart

Here's a video we shot of the new JCB Pro-Smart, which shows that it can handle both a dunk in the water as well as a full box of seaweed crackers.

Full specs on the JCB Pro Smart, as well as reviews, and our latest prices, can be found here.

  • Nathan Mittelstaedt
  • Marketing Manager

This Week In Technology

 

Nokia Lumia 800 Product Photo 

As you can probably tell from looking at our past posts, it has been some time since had a new post for our HK blog. As such, we thought we'd start over again with a brief overview of some of the latest gadget and tech news reported by the Hong Kong and global blogging communities.

Although HP has reported that they will continue to support WebOS, users of the HP Touchpad will soon have another option to their native O/S, as a team of modders have managed to successfully port Google's Android 4.0 Operating System to to the Touchpad using CyanogenMod7. While the port is still far from stable, it has given us all yet another reason to be jealous of anyone lucky enough to get ahold of one of those $99 Touchpads.

The Nokia Lumia 800 was released with much fanfare, which in London included using a skyscraper as a giant projection screen. Here in Hong Kong, the festivities were a bit more tame in nature, with a road show being staged in Mong Kok featuring people dressed in digital bow-ties and vests.

Also, it was announced that Meizu, the Chinese company probably best known for ripping off the iPhone, will release its latest project on January 1st, 2012, in China. The Meizu MX will feature a 4 inch Sharp ASV TFT with a 960x640 resulution, Exynos 4210 1.4Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and will be running Google's Android 2.3.5 Operating System. 

 

  • Clement Yiu
  • Clement Yiu
  • Managing Director, eXpansys Hong Kong

7" Raon Everun Note 是Netbook和UMPC的混合体

 

Raon上一款产品Everun是一台奇怪而又坚实的手持式电脑。 最新推出的续集,称为Everun Note是一部 集简洁外观及强劲功能于一身的典范! 又一个人机合一的学习事例如备有一最小而可实用的键盘。

 

零售定价约900美金, 规格为AMD Turion CPU2GB RAM ,只有1.6磅。 内置Windows XP,它不是Netbook。 它是一台Netbook UMPC 的混合体,意味着, 价廉, 小机身含高强性能(例如,显示器只是7英寸)

 

留心观察机身, 它有一个uSIM槽孔,表示有3G WWAN。另外没有ExpressCard抗充槽孔,只得两个USB2.0插口是让您能加上一个光驱但仍然有足够抗充接口的最好手段。为什么? 可能是因为它可以工作超过2个小时的电池存量。