Filipino mobile brand Starmobile is pushing the boundaries of their mobile imaging with their flagship Starmobile Knight Spectra. It’s a 13MP + 2MP rear Dual-camera phone designed to entice photography enthusiast. I recently had the chance to do a field test of the Starmobile Knight Spectra in my recent travels to see how this flagship spec 5.5” screen dual-camera smartphone performs in the real world. In this review, my focus is on the phone’s imaging capabilities as well as sampling out-of-the-camera images.
There is a demand for enduring battery life for our mobile devices particularly smartphones. As a traveler who’s usually on the go, there isn’t always a chance to charge our smartphones especially in transit. Asus Philippines gave us a chance to try out their latest battery power behemoth, the Asus Zenfone Max ZC550KL. The Asus Zenfone Max boast a 5,000mAh lithium-polymer battery boasting a 38-day standby time. While I haven’t full tested its standby time, I had the Asus Zenfone Max gone through the demands of travel on a festival weekend in Cebu.
Whether you are aware of it or not, we are bombarded everyday by harmful radiation coming especially from our mobile devices. Imagine being inside a microwave and slowly being cooked alive without us knowing. While effects of radiation exposure (like Glioma, lower sperm count for males, pregnancy risk, memory loss, headache, fatigue and increase risk for Alzheimer disease to mention a few) are still heavily debated. There is no denying the studies supporting these effects are piling up. The growing concern of consumer product manufacturers are evident on the increasing number of Anti-Radiation products like Vest Tech. On the recent Digits Trading presentation of Cool Summer Tech Accessories, the Vest Tech items got my attention. I got a chance to try their Vest Anti-Radiation Air Tube Headset. The hallow tube construction of the headset are designed to cut radiation by 98% and still promises to deliver excellent sound quality.
There are planned trips and there are spontaneous ones. There are even times when something went wrong with our hotel booking or we are not pleased with the hotel when we got. That’s where the HotelQuickly app comes in. It’s a last-minute hotel booking app that’s designed to let you find available hotels in the area and book it instantly at discounted rates. I recently got to try this app in my trip to the Cordilleras at the start of the year and find out for my self the conveniences and quirks the application had.
The streets were filled with energy of excitement. Of people with painted faces eager to experience the revelry going through the mid-day. A group of performers in their shimmering blue attire dances to the beat under the bearing sun. “Viva Pit Señor!!!” they shout as they raise their hands to the sky. Their festival queen dances gracefully, arching her back incredibly far and deep while raising the Sto Niño to the sky. How she retains her smile through this is a wonder as I try to capture this moment. My DSLR takes a back seat. From my pocket, I pull out the Asus Zenfone Zoom. I like the feel of the leather at the phone’s back cover which also helps with the traction on my hands.
A smartphone’s camera is no longer just an added feature but a necessity in this age of Instagram and Facebook social statuses. High-quality cameraphones tend to come with a steep price tag though. But here comes Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE500KL, a mid-range priced shooter boasting a class-leading Laser Autofocus that can lock into focus in 0.3 second. We put this camera into real-world use in my recent trips and see how it performs as a smartphone and cameraphone.