ENDLESS ENTERTAINMENTS VIA THE 1OTT SOCIAL TV BOX

Gone are the days when streaming movies through the internet were painstaking with the requirement of total patience for the slow downloads. With the advancement of fiber optics internet connections being provided by so many Internet Service Providers (ISPs), you can practically get connected anywhere and anytime at your convenience. Thus, you have now the birth of 1OTT Social TV, the latest hype in providing over-the-top audio and visual contents via the internet. It’s the brainchild of Crowd Media Sdn. Bhd. under the umbrella of Syabas Technology, the company behind many award-winning digital entertainments such Popcorn Hour™ and more. Thanks to Vidcrowd Media Sdn. Bhd., the sole distributor for 1OTT products in Malaysia and marketing arm for ASEAN countries, Malaysians as well as many IPTV enthusiasts overseas would now be able to be pampered with various entertainments with just a few clicks via the remote control.

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With our hectic lifestyle in chasing our dreams in providing better living standards for ourselves as well as our family members, we tend to forget that we are not robots and would need to spend some time to recuperate and reenergize our bodies for better performances. Other than having the required exercises to keep our body healthy, we would also need a relaxed state of mind to be more analytical in decision makings. Therefore, there’s always the need for some sort of entertainments, may it for our own self or together with your family members. That’s the reason you would need to own the 1OTT Social TV Box for the utmost entertainment experiences of your life time. It’s as easy as Plug-Connect Network-Play.

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You may ask how the “1OTT Social TV Box” could be of benefit to you. Well, it’s the state-of-the-art device that would enable you to easily stream thousands of your favorite movies, shows, news and more through their public apps as well as viewing other third party public apps. All you need is a minimum of 2Mbps internet connection for most contents or a minimum of 4Mbps for Live TV and you will be on the way to experience your sought after relaxation on your big screen. It’s as simple as that!

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You are in luck now as the appointed reseller, Ban Hin Bee (BHB) group, an established electrical & electronics retail chain stores in Penang, together with its affiliate companies, Sincere Zone (M) Sdn. Bhd. in Selangor, are having an introductory offer that would be too great to resist. Each unit of the 1OTT is now retailed with a “ONE TIME PAYMENT” of RM479 (inclusive 6% GST) at all BHB and its affiliate outlets (excluding Kitchentech outlets). In addition to the overall warranty, a “90 days 1-for-1 exchange warranty” and a “free remote control upgrade to V8 back-lit and long range remote control worth RM30 (while stocks last)” are provided EXCLUSIVELY through all these outlets (excluding Kitchentech outlets). Please check the address and contact information as per link.

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On top of that, you can also use the code provided here (CL8001) or just mention my name, Criz Lai, and you would be able to claim an additional Sarowin HDMI Cable worth RM68 for FREE. This offer is until 31 December 2015 while stocks last. So, hurry up to get your unit today.

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Here are the specifications as well as items which would come with each set of the 1OTT Social TV package:

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ALTERNATIVE CONNECTIONS

Though it’s highly recommended for those owning HDTV to purchase the 1OTT player for clarity, it does not mean that you can’t watch using other mode of display. For those still owning the older box type of TV, you can still use the product by purchasing the HDMI-Composite Breakout Cable. As for those without any TV but with PC monitor or laptop, you can still use the player if the unit is of higher range with a DVI-D (dual link) slot or HDMI slot with the purchase of a HDMI-DVI/HDMI-HDMI Cable. If you are using the DVI-HDMI cable for visual, then you’ll need to plug in the external speakers into the composite slot on the player for audio. However, you would still need to have a minimum of 2Mbps internet connection to view most of the Video-On-Demand (VOD). In case you are unsure of how those slots will look like, I have attached a photo below.

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HANDS-ON EXPERIENCES

Let me share with you my experiences on some of the channels I’ve gained access to during my review on the product. Wow! I’m impressed with the quality and quantity of online entertainments which I can stream at ease with this product. On top of that, there are so many series and movies that I had missed out in the recent months and I could just watch them all at my convenience through their ever updated and comprehensive listing. The best part is that I can use the Resume Playback, Fast Forward & Rewind features without missing the action parts of the show, unlike viewing through certain paid channels.

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Once you have plugged in and gone through the selection of either WIFI or Ethernet, the main screen will pop out. The first thing to do is to enter the first code “VHTBWGC” into the “Enter Package Code” space on the top right hand corner of your screen via your remote control. After entering the code, press “OK”, then press “Agree” on the Terms & Conditions and you would be on the way to watch all the programs available on the set.

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After the first step, you would get the benefit of using the “Announcement” to check on more updates. This is where you would get more package codes shown for latest shows. Just follow the steps above to enter as per your selection. These are 1OTT Video-On-Demand (VOD) package codes where the private apps are developed by Third Party developers. The library which pulls FREE contents from 100+ websites for direct streaming, has more than 12,000 titles from US, Hong Kong, China, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Indonesia, etc. It’s updated on a daily or weekly basis.

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Firstly, let’s have a look at the LIVE TV channels such as the Malaysian 1TV. There are all together 18 channels namely TV1, TV2, Bernama and more.

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For those who love watching English movies, you are in luck to catch up with the movies that you have missed. Just click the “English Movies” icon and it would lead you into another page. This is where the fun part is. The first 5 icons are where you could watch more movies within based on their category. If you take a closer look at the top right hand corner, you would notice that there’s a counter to show you the quantity of movies available. With 100+ latest movies available, it would take me months before I could finish all. By that time, there would be more updated ones. That’s what I like about the 1OTT Social TV – endless entertainment!

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As for the “English Series”, it’s also another category with almost a hundred series to view on, not amounting to the number of titles you would get to view in each of the series. OMG! That’s another few hundreds of titles to catch on.

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For those who love to watch “Malaysian Dramas and Movies”, you are in luck too as there would be quite a number of interesting shows that you have missed. Currently, there are 24 movies and 35 dramas in these categories. I felled in love with the acting of Nur Suhada binti Jebat (commercial name Ayda Jebat), an actress cum singer. In the drama, M.A.I.D., she was so natural and comical, especially when she was in panicking situations.

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You could also watch some “Thai Movies” with over 40+ titles here, which include horror, romance, friendship and more.

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For “Japanese Anime” lovers, there are over 70+ titles with hundreds subtitles for you to explore. It’s really a heaven in here.

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There are also some channels on Health and you could learn many beneficial tips on daily healthy lifestyles to applying Traditional Chinese Medication (TCM) into your life. I quite like these titles as I’ve learned some interesting tips to boost up my immune system as well as maintaining a general wellbeing.

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1OTT Social TV player is not short of Documentaries too. It indeed had widened my knowledge on a lot of aspects in life, especially in the culture, tradition, history and science of other nationalities.

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PROS:
– It’s a portable unit that with enable the user to endless entertainments on-the-go as well as at home as long as there’s a minimum of 2Mbps WIFI/Ethernet internet connection.
– It can be set at 1080p for HD quality and has a build in detector to adjust the quality from 480p, 720p and 1080p based on your best internet connectivity.
– There are over 10,000 titles to watch each time and it’s a never ending process as the system will update the titles on a daily or weekly basis. Thus, endless streaming for the user.
– It’s a one click convenience to watch most of the shows you have missed without having to search for them online.
– The player has Resume Playback, Fast Forward & Rewind features, which you can have all the control within your own grasp.

CONS:
– It’s not a TV Decoder, thus you can’t control the language for the subtitles. What you see on the screen is what you get. Unless you understand the language spoken, you might have some issues digesting the whole show.
– Unless you have the patience to wait for the upload of the latest drama which might be 24-48 hours later, some might find it irresistible to hunt for the updates online.
– For those who are equipped with the latest HD gadgets at home, you may find the quality to be below par as not 100% of the titles are in 1080p qualities.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1) What is 1OTT?

1OTT is an Internet Connected TV Box that enables direct streaming of Audio & Video Contents to your big screen TV. This product is the brainchild of Cloud Media, a company pioneering in Connected Entertainment Market, responsible for powering the World’s First Internet Connected TV – the HP MediaSmart and developer of the Award-Winning Popcorn Hour™ Networked Media.

2) How many channels are currently available on 1OTT?

Currently 1OTT delivers more than 140 Live Channels and VOD (Video On Demand) contents comprising of Recipe & Cooking Shows; Health, Wellness & Exercise Programs; Education on Demand & Documentaries; Lifestyle & Travel Channels and many more. In addition, you can also access to THOUSANDS of TV Shows & Dramas, Variety Shows and Movies through 3rd party/external apps.

3) What is the monthly / yearly subscription fee for 1OTT?

NO Subscription Fee is required. 1OTT is currently retailed at BHB outlets with ONE TIME PAYMENT of RM479 (inclusive 6% GST).

4) Is 1OTT HD (High Definition) enabled?

1OTT have both SD (Standard Definition) Channels and HD (High Definition) Channels. Availability of 1080 HD video is subject to provider and Internet broadband connection speed.

5) What is the Internet speed required for streaming video?

A minimum of 2MB is required for most contents, while 4MB is needed for better Live TV streaming and experiences.

6) Will the contents be updated in 1OTT? If yes how frequent?

We have a dedicated team to maintain and update the contents from time to time. Contents are updated on both daily & monthly basis subject to online availability.

7) Does 1OTT have ASTRO channels?

No. 1OTT is not a TV Decoder for paid channel. We do not host any contents whatsoever. 1OTT merely aggregates Public Contents and acts as an Open Platform for third-party developers to share their Private Contents.

8) Is 1OTT sold in other countries?

In Malaysia, 1OTT is SIRIM Certified and is sold in many countries including USA, Australia, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, etc.

9) What are the differences between 1OTT and other similar devices in the market? (e.g. Android box etc.)

1OTT runs on Linux platform not Android. We constantly thrive to deliver the BEST Media Streaming Experience by offering Easy Browsing of content titles via Remote Control, Convenient & Speed of Direct Streaming without Downloading and Technical & Content Support. Furthermore, you can browse content using your smart phone simply by downloading our Remote Control App to iOS or Android devices.

DOWNLOADABLE 1OTT REMOTE CONTROL FOR SMARTPHONE:

Android Play Store: Popcorn Hour Remote Control by Cloud Media Sdn. Bhd. (http://bit.ly/1OsaNh4)

iPhone App Store: MobileRC by Syabas Technology Inc. (http://apple.co/1JmWHWE)

10) What is the warranty?

Each unit will have a 1 year Limited Warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. All other new accessories (remote and cables) are entitled to a 90 days Limited Warranty

ONLINE SUPPORT

For any enquiries regarding your 1OTT Social TV, you can always private message them at their 1OTT Facebook Page. You are assured of a response within 24 hours.

INTERNATIONAL RESELLER OPPORTUNITY

VidCrowd is always interested in expanding their international reseller network. If you are interested in marketing 1OTT products or other range of media players in your country, we would be interested in hearing more about your current operations and your proposed plans for our products at leslie@vidcrowdmedia.com

Thanks to Vidcrowd Media Sdn. Bhd., each of us was presented a WIFI based version of FreeOTT for our personal usage. The unit is a premium giveaway by the company and would not be available for sale. It’s as good as the 1OTT Social TV with the exact features and quality streaming.

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DISCLAIMER

The reviewer or any other related business entity or website (hereinafter “Company”) associated with the manufacturing and/or distribution of the 1OTT product (hereinafter “Product”) is not responsible for any miscommunication that may occur regarding channel and content listings and availability. You agree to understand that the channels and content are provided via 3rd party app developers (hereinafter “external apps”) and is streamed over the internet via these external apps. You agree to understand that the Product is merely a device that allows you to connect through your own internet provider and stream any content that is available via these external apps that are available through the Product.

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MAKEOVER CHOICES AT JEFFERSON AND JS FASHION SQUARE AT PRANGIN MALL PENANG

For those who had frequent Penang’s Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak (KOMTAR) in the late 80’s (1987), you would have come across a humble little shop by the name of Jefferson Fashion Design. The shop was the in-trend during that era where endless streams of customers from the young as well as companies would seek them for their great cuts and quality custom-tailoring. I was also one of their patrons during that time, seeking the best customized formal wears during that period of time. Today, after almost 3 decades, the name JEFFERSON still stays strong amongst the old and the young in the fashion industry. Ever since the conversion from custom-tailoring to ready-to-wear concept since 2006, the brand JEFFERSON had expanded to 11 outlets nationwide (West & East Malaysia) and a subsidiary for women wear at JS Fashion Square, Prangin Mall, Penang. Not only will the men would be pampered with latest choice of apparels and accessories, the women too would almost get to have their own makeovers with the availability of state-of-the-art apparels ranging from casual, formal, sporty and evening wears. Of course, they won’t be shot of accessories for both the masculine and feminine sides of each individual.

So, what can you get from each of the JEFFERSON outlets? Nevertheless, each outlet is the one-stop makeover venue for the guys, with items ranging from formal shirt, slacks, dinner jackets, coats, bermudas, polo-T, jeans, T-shirts, refined bags, belts, head gears, and various other accessories to complete the masterpiece in you. Don’t be a bore with your usual fashion style and get a fashion makeover with the abundance choice of apparels available at JEFFERSON.

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Here are some of the photos of some of the choices you may consider to make your friends ponder, “Is that really you? You looked so different from how I have seen you before. Those new fashion apparels really made you look superb and stylish.”

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On the other hand, the sole women subsidiary company of Jefferson, named JS FASHION SQUARE, also do make women look more elegant, sophisticated and stylish in their own nature. The choices available are real affordable for all women who would love to expand their wardrobe.

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Here are some of the ladies whom had found their new fashion makeovers with JS FASHION SQUARE.

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If you are into fashion makeovers, do check out the branches available within your vicinity. You sure won’t regret ever visited the outlets as their high quality avant-garde products would make your fashion lifestyle never the same again.

JEFFERSON & JS FASHION SQUARE (PRANGIN MALL BRANCH)
Unit 6 & 7, Lot4.10, 4th Floor, Prangin Mall,
No. 33, Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong, 10100 Penang.
Contact: 013-482 6113
Business Hours: 11.00am-10.00pm
Website: http://www.jefferson.com.my/main.php
Jefferson FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/jeffersonurbanwear
JS Fashion Square FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/jsfashionsq

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MOVING ABOUT IN STYLE

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With the advancement of technology, more and more consumers have acquired more gadgets into their daily life. What used to be just a simple paper notebook, a pen and a mobile phone had now turned into an electronic notebook, a stylus pen and smart phones. On top of that, digital cameras have evolved into something smaller than its predecessor with features almost similar to a bulky DSLR camera. Thus, most people would have at least one with them at all times to capture those perfect memories in higher resolutions.

With all the gadgets in hand, you’ll need to get something presentable to hold them in. What would be greater than having a designer bag which is stylish, classy and yet affordable within anyone’s budget. It’s always great to stay fashionable at all times.

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THE OPENING OF THE SECOND CSL 3S CARE CENTER AND NORTHERN HUB IN MEGAMALL PENANG

Yesterday marked another great journey for CSL as it launched its second 3S Care Center and Northern Hub (First one was at Plaza Low Yat, Kuala Lumpur) in Megamall, Seberang Prai, Penang. The launching was in line with the company’s mission to have a flagship service center cum branch office to cater to the needs of its customer for the Northern region, ie, Perlis, Kedah, Penang and Perak. The 3S represents After Sales Services, Technical Support and Mobility Solutions – in short SERVICE, SUPPORT and SOLUTIONS. The opening ceremony was graced by Dato’ Dr Eric Chuah (CSL Group Managing Director), Mr Edwin Gan (CSL Country Manager) and 17 Master Key Distributors from all over Malaysia. Based on Dato’ Dr Eric Chuah’s opening speech, it was known that CSL has been advising Malaysians to go through the Switching Era together by converting their Mobile to Mobile Internet, Single SIM to Dual SIM and also change their perception of Unaffordable Mobile to Affordable Mobile. After all, CSL is the pioneer mobile manufacturer in Malaysia, thus we should always support our local products. Even prior to the launching, hundreds of potential buyers have been queuing up to take advantage of the great discounts of RM100 to RM400 for the smart phones and switch series.

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During the launching, we were introduced to the special edition of the CSL Swarovski series, a series of mobile meant for the ladies which had Swarovski Zirconia studded crystals. The main attraction was the BMI Calculator and Menstrual Calendar functions. The models included the Blueberry PRINCESS 9200 (RRP RM299), Blueberry SHE 9300 (RRM RM399), SOPHIE G16 (RM399) and EMMA DS900 (RM299).

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GENERAL FEATURES OF THE SWAROVSKI SERIES:
• Dual SIM
• CSL Fun Club
• Sound Cube
• BB Messenger
• S. Push Mail
• Opera Mini
• Facebook / Twitter / Tagged / Skype
• Google Apps / Yahoo Apps / MSN Apps
• BMI Calculator / Menstrual Calendar
• 2.0 Megapixels Camera
• MP3 / MP4 Player / FM Radio
• Video & Sound Recorder
• MicroSD Card Expansion

SPECIFICATIONS:
• GSM 900 / 1800Mhz
• GPRS / WAP / MMS / EDGE
• Color: White

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Blueberry PRINCESS 9200:
• Display: 2.4” TFT QVGA
• Size: 115 x 59.5 x 11.5 mm
• Weight: 94g
• Standby: up to 188 hours
• Talk Time: up to 454 min

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Blueberry SHE 9300:
• Display: 2.4” TFT QVGA
• Size: 70 x 70 x 16.3 mm
• Weight: 110g
• Standby: up to 264 hours
• Talk Time: up to 353 min

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SOPHIE G16:
• Display: 2.8” TFT QVGA (capacitive screen)
• Size: 102 x 55.5 x 13 mm
• Weight: 97g
• Standby: up to 145 hours
• Talk Time: up to 421 min

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EMMA DS900:
• Display: 2.2” TFT QVGA
• Size: 114 x 48 x 12 mm
• Weight: 82g
• Standby: up to 248 hours
• Talk Time: up to 496 min

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The other model of Dual SIM card mobile which we were briefed was the CSL Dual SIM MI350 also known as the SWITCH Dual (RM699).

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• Size
114.8 x 62.8 x 14.7mm
• CPU
Qualcomm MSM7227-1 with DSDS BSP
• Network
GSM Quad bands: 850/900/1800/1900
• Data
SMS, MMS, Email
• Display
3.5“ HVGA(480 x 320)
• Memory
512MB NAND Flash/512MB DDR
• Camera
CMOS 5MP
• Battery
Li-ion 1500 mAH
• Expansion Slot
Micro SD
• Features
GPS/AGPS
Bluetooth, FM

The MI350 might not be the best smart phone in the market, but it certainly has a great responsive touch screen with great preloaded apps. At RM699, it definitely cheap and would just fulfill the basic needs of a new Android smart phone user. Compared to the MI410 (RM799) with has a larger touch screen (4.1” HVGA TFT LCD Capacitive Touch Screen Display) and running on Qualcomm 1Ghz Snapdragon, I still prefer the MI350 as it has dual SIM slots and more fine in design. You can read more of the MI350 review at my earlier post. For more information and future developments, you can check out CSL Malaysia’s official website for more updates.

We also had some social hours to mingle with the rest of the bloggers, researched on the functions of the top 5 models, video interviews with some of bloggers on their feedback on the phones and at the same time savor some of dishes from one of the prominent café s in Megamall – Life 1 Café.

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We had Boxing Chicken (2pcs cut to 4pcs – RM6.80), Fried Fish Fillet (RM15.80), Chicken Nuggets (6pcs – RM4.80), Chicken Spaghetti Bolognese (RM11.80), Chicken Piccatta (if with rice – RM18.80) and fruit juice (Apple, Orange & Dragon Fruit – RM4.30). Somehow, the food did not impress me at all as most of the dishes were deep fried. Moreover, I was still recovering from my illness. To me, it was kind of salty for most dishes.

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THE FIRST DUAL SIM ANDROID IN MALAYSIA – CSL MI 350

I have written late last month on the soft launch of the Spice CSL MI 350, also nicknamed as SWITCH Dual. With the physical mobile phone in hand now, I would be able to describe more on its user friendliness. It’s running on Android 2.2.2 platform, with 5MP camera and came with WiFi functionality. Mobile users can simultaneously utilize 2 SIM cards, meaning one line can be use for incoming, outgoing calls and SMS/MMS while the other can be used strictly for internet browsing. Each CSL MI 350 would come in a small hard box with the mobile phone, AC adapter, mini USB data cable, Li-ion 1500 mAH battery, headset with extra ear plugs, quick start guide booklet and warranty card.

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Other than the specification given below, what else would expect from this promotional priced RM699 SWITCH Dual?

• Size
114.8 x 62.8 x 14.7mm
• CPU
Qualcomm MSM7227-1 with DSDS BSP
• Network
GSM Quad bands: 850/900/1800/1900
• Data
SMS, MMS, Email
• Display
3.5“ HVGA(480 x 320)
• Memory
512MB NAND Flash/512MB DDR
• Camera
CMOS 5MP
• Battery
Li-ion 1500 mAH
• Expansion Slot
Micro SD
• Features
GPS/AGPS
Bluetooth, FM

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The Pros:

The built is rather solid with a metallic feel and the size is just right to be fitted into my palm. It has just the right weight compared to the heavier CSL MI 300. It came with a 4GB MicroSD and a 512MB RAM. Touch screen sensitivity is real good. You can barely feel any lags at all. In fact, you might need to slow down a bit on the over sensitivity. Streaming and searching of YouTube videos was quite smooth. The device is preloaded with a number of social apps such as Blueberry Messenger, Blueberry Store, Facebook, Google Talk, etc. You can easily download more free apps at the Android Market. Browsing the internet would not be a problem even without inserting any SIM card as the unit has a built in WiFi 802.11n. It worked well in my home based WiFi without any problem at all.

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The Cons:

Although the built in camera is in 5MP with autofocus, the end result lacked the sharpness as would any other 5MP digital cameras and the colors differed a lot. This shot was taken within Dave’s Deli in Queensbay Mall with auto setting. The photo appeared in 36” x 27” in 72dpi. (Please click on the photo below for the actual size)

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The battery life span is rather short even if put on hold without much internet browsing or Facebooking. A fully (100%) charged battery would last approximately 10 hours. Thus, it would be quite inconvenient to carry around the charger plus date cable. Moreover, a car charger was not provided in the package which made matters even worst if you are always traveling around in your vehicle. With a wider touch screen of 3.5” HVGA, visual is quite good but then the virtual keyboard is still a bit of problem for big fingers people like me. Keying in alpha numerical characters would surely need lots of patience. Tilting of the screen was limited to a few angles and apps but that was not much a major problem. I had JAVA installed as well as shockwave player installed from the market but it still won’t load any flash based website. I’m sure there should be a way as playing FLV files from YouTube was not a problem.

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The Verdict:

The MI 350 might not be the best smart phone in the market, but it certainly has a great responsive touch screen with great preloaded apps. At RM699, it’s definitely cheap and would just fulfill the basic needs of a new Android smart phone user.

For more information and future developments, you can check out CSL Malaysia’s official website for more updates.

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