Alvin Wong

Based in Singapore, Alvin is an applied drama and psychology student who loves caffeine, cycling, photography and working with stories, and is obsessed with mobile technology, often spending many of his waking hours thinking, talking and writing about it. He has also developed an irrational love for his Nokia N9.
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Number of Entries : 309

HTC Desire 616 Review

HTC first got into the game of making dual-SIM phones with last year's dual-SIM HTC One (M7), which was followed by the dual-SIM HTC One Max and HTC One (M8). However, the company has understood that dual-SIM phones become much more attractive when they are pitched at lower price points, and that understanding has led to the dual-SIM HTC Desire 616 which promises the utility of dual SIM card slots, octa-cor ...

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Nokia Lumia 930 launched in Singapore for S$789

At a press event in Singapore yesterday, Microsoft Devices announced that the Nokia Lumia 930, the flagship Lumia smartphone announced back at Microsoft's BUILD conference in April, will go on sale at all Nokia Stores and Nokia Solution Partners this Saturday, July 12th, for a recommended (sim-free) retail price of S$789 in all 4 colour variants (black, white, green and orange). In addition, all three local ...

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HTC Desire 616 Unboxing [Video]

This week I've got a pretty interesting device from HTC, the Desire 616. This is the company's entry-level dual-SIM smartphone that is available for an attractively low price, but it does have the distinction of being the first octa-core smartphone to arrive from HTC. Its specifications are strictly on the low end of the midrange - it's powered by an 8-core Mediatek MT6592 chipset clocked at 1.4GHz, it has ...

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Nokia Lumia 635 Quick Review

I had great expectations for the Lumia 635, the LTE variant of the Lumia 630. After coming to the conclusion that Nokia had taken a misstep last year with the Lumia 625 in terms of achieving the perfect price-to-features ratio that had been done with the Lumia 620, I really wanted the Lumia 635 to be Nokia's Moto G - a phone that I would be able to confidently recommend to anyone seeking a smartphone on a b ...

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HTC Desire 616 launched in Singapore for S$298

HTC has launched the Desire 616, a new entry-level dual-SIM smartphone from the Taiwanese phone maker, in Singapore for a SIM-free price of S$298 in both black and white. In terms of specifications, it basically slots in at the low end of the smartphone market with a 5-inch 720p display, unspecified 1.4GHz octa-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, dual SIM card slots (regular SIM + microSIM, ...

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Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Unboxing [Video]

The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra is a decidedly mid-range 6-inch smartphone from Sony, aimed at bringing the Z Ultra's form factor to a lower price point. In fact, it shares the same sort of relationship with the Z Ultra as Nokia's Lumia 1320 shares with the higher-end 1520; it even packs in many of the same hardware specifications as the Lumia 1320. A quad-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU powers this device ...

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Nokia Lumia 635 Unboxing [Video]

The Nokia Lumia 635 is the single-SIM LTE-capable variant of the Lumia 630, and this week I've got it in for review. As Nokia's new entry-level 4G smartphone, it directly succeeds the Lumia 625 while undercutting what the Lumia 625 cost at launch; otherwise, it is more or less similar to the Lumia 630 in every aspect other than the fact that it only has one SIM card slot and it supports LTE in addition to t ...

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Nokia XL now available in Singapore for S$239

The Nokia XL, Nokia's 5-inch budget smartphone based on the Android platform, is now available from all Nokia Stores, Nokia Solutions Partners and can also be bought online. In case you need a refresher on its specifications, it has a 5-inch 480x800 display, dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU, 768MB of RAM, 4GB internal storage, dual SIM card slots and a 5-megapixel autofocus camera on the back. It c ...

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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Review

I fondly remember that day in the year of 2011 when I splashed out on my very first Android smartphone, the dinky little Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro. It had a 3-inch 320x480 display and it packed all the power of the then-flagship Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc into a tiny and cute side-slider with a wonderfully spacious, clicky keyboard. The fact that it distilled everything that was great about the Xperia Arc ...

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Nokia Lumia 635 now available in Singapore for S$239

The Nokia Lumia 635, the single-SIM LTE variant of the Lumia 630 that we reviewed here on UnleashThePhones, is now available in Singapore for S$239 without any contractual agreements from Nokia Stores and Nokia Solution Partners, as well as from all three local operators for a subsidized rate on a 2-year contract. The Lumia 635 runs Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box with a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdrago ...

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Nokia XL Review

The Nokia XL needs little introduction for anyone who has been following Nokia's actions in recent months. Nokia had shocked the entire tech community at MWC this year for introducing not one, not two but three Android devices. Coming from a company that had staunchly supported a smartphone strategy that saw them only building Windows Phone devices and whose devices unit would soon be acquired by Microsoft, ...

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Sony SmartBand Review

Sony has been no stranger to wearable devices; in fact, it was one of the pioneers in the field with the LiveView smartwatch which existed even before the term "smartwatch" was coined. However, the company has not quite found mass market success with their wearables even though they have continued to release entrants in the space year after year. Can the SmartBand turn the tide with its focus and simplicity ...

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