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Announced a few hours ago in Blackberry Live that the famous BBM Messenger is gonna be across platform app which means that iPhone & Android users gonna be able to simply download BBM from their App Store.
It’s a bold move from Blackberry to gain more users back on BBM but My initial thought that they are slowly killing themselves coz other than security Blackberry had this unique feature which now can be available on iOS & Android.
How do you usually pay your mobile bills & Network’s provider subscribtions ?
Do you waste your time going through different websites just to find a certain product & compare each one ?
Do you own a small business & couldn’t find an online payment method suitable for your customers ?
Im glad to announce that a new era for mobile payment has arrived. A new way to get away from all the annoyance mentioned above. We live in a mobile world where more than 35% of our time (according to some study) is spent using our mobiles & PCs and one of the most annoying things to do is sell & buy stuff online mainly because most of the local services don’t provide online payment through their websites, or if the do some are not user or mobile friendly, well thats all gonna change with TAP.
Last week we had a chance to meet Ali Abu-Alhasan One of the master minds behind Tap, to get a preview of this new service that I believe gonna be a big hit in Kuwait. Aziz & I burned Ali with our questions and concerns & he answered all our question professionally & honesty. We are really proud of those awesome Kuwaiti developers behind Tap.
Tap is a web app that enables you to buy, pay your bills and sell your products/services online without the need to go to the official website of the seller. Whats really interesting about Tap is the ability to create your business/personal profile and start selling your products within minutes without the need to worry about security, all small businesses gonna benefit from this service and you the cunsumer are the beneficiary, paying your bills, subscriptions, buying stuff and browsing through various products while enjoying your coffee or being in your comfort zone.
Check the demo above and be amazed.
Tap is basically a web app which is much better in my personal opinion than a mobile app, you just log into it from you browser no matter what mobile you are using (iphone, Android, Blackberry) and thats the main advantage of a web app, just open your browser and you are browsing through an app-like interface. Tap will official launch on May 6th but the site is live now for you to preview.
For more information on Tap, visit gotapnow.com or visit the following social media channels:
Its been a while now since Blackberry10 got released and I’ve been using it since the launch date on Jan 30. Many have been waiting for the review but I had to take my time with the device using it as my daily driver to know how much usage it can take before starting to freeze and run out of memory space and now I can honestly publish my review.
As I mentioned many times before and we all know that its a totally new Blackberry device (Hardware & software wise) unlike the old generation and in my opinion it finally puts Blackberry back into the competition, so lets start with specs and Im not gonna go into all the specs but if you want to check the full Z10 specs click HERE. The Z10 is powered by a dual core Snap Dragon S4 & 2 GB of RAM which from a hardware prescriptive is a performance BEAST and I can vow for it. Multi-Tasking is incredibly fast no hang ups or slowness what so ever thanks to the S4 & the 2 GB of RAM.
I remember when I arrived from Dubai after attending the Blackberry10 Launch event and my friend came to pick me up from the airport, the first thing he said to Come on show it to me I wanna see it & as he held the Z10 in his hands he got so amazed by the form factor and how it felt in the hands. Personally I had the same feeling when I first got it, usually htc & Apple rulled the market for the best build quality but the Z10 really now on par with the iPhone & the htc One X build quality, it felt good in the hand with the right amount of weight not too heavy nor too light.
The Z10 comes with a 4.2″ screen and since I upgraded almost a year ago to the htc One X I really liked the 4.7″ screen rather than the 3.5″ iPhone 4 but sometimes it felt too big in my jeans especially coz i carry 2 phones now i came to realize that between the 2.8″ Bold, 3.5″ iPhone, 4.7″ htc One X & 4.8″ Galaxy S3 the 4.2″ is the best for a day to day use not too small nor too big to hold and easy on the eyes for viewing videos & reading. The screen has 1280×720 and a pixel density of 356 which leads to a higher resolution than the iPhone retina display.
The camera of the Z10 is an 8 MP with flash & a time shift feature which helps you catch the right moment before someone blinks. Its really useful in a group photo coz there is always someone not smiling or blinking when everyone else is not :p . Comparing the Camera to previous Blackberrys its more than great but compared to the iPhone 5, htc One X or Galaxy S3 its good but not great.
One of the things I really fell in love since I started using the Z10 is the Active frame feature, it keeps your 8 latest apps open so you may switch easily between them. Its true multi tasking unlike Android & iOS where you waste a couple of seconds waiting for the app to open. I found myself switching so often between my latest apps it truly made me feel that Im spending less time getting things done.
My next favorite thing in BB10 is the Blackberry Hub or some may call it a unified inbox for Emails, Twitter, Calls, Messages & BBM. Whats really cool about the Hub is the ability to check all your messages, emails, tweets & BBM and reply or compose without the need of opening another app, it really adds to the productivity factor. I often find myself replying to emails, tweets & BBMs much much faster than I used to do on other platforms, think of it for a second you are gonna loose some seconds opening your email app to check that important email then closing it to go to twitter to reply on a mention & the cycle goes on and on opening and closing while on the BB Hub you are just a swipe away from checking your message and replying without the need of going into another app.
Things that you need to know about BB10 and many have been asking about, you dont need a special Blackberry subscription plan from your mobile provider in-order to use BBM and any feature on the device unless you are using an enterprise email & I think no one uses in Kuwait. The other main point many have been asking about is Whatsapp & according to Whatsapp Developer Team they are committed to release their famous app soon on BB10 also Skype & Instagram. You may side load Android apps on your Z10 but not all of them may work, Whatsapp Android version is working & about Instagram I have published a temporary solution for those Instagram addicts out there and you may check it ————–> HERE.
The main disadvantage that the Z10 suffers from is the lack of Apps in their store although it may contain more than 70,000 Apps which by the way is an impressive number for a new OS. We have reach a point in our mobile life where apps play an essential role in our day to day use and we keep downloading an app or 2 everyday. Keep in mind its a new OS and I remember the days when I first started using Android in its early days and more and more apps kept developing till we reached a point now where Android and iOS has the largest number of apps. I dont really wanna call it a disadvantage but for the time being it is but with developers support I really have high hopes and believe Blackberry can gain a huge market share again.
Finally a small feature that I always find important is the speaker location most mobile like the S3 have their speakers on the back side which muffles the sound only the iPhone had its speakers on the bottom side and now the Z10′s speakers are on the bottom side. This simple feature can be negligible by some but I think its the perfect position to have a clear sound.
Continuing my Best Of series, here is my best mobile’s list for 2012. My phone’s list will go through best screen, best battery,best phone for hacks, best camera, best highend smart phone with a friendly budget and best luxury phone but before I start just a simple reminder that all the phones mentioned are my personal choice and not based on any other list made from any tech sites, all the mobile phones are available in Kuwait and Ive tried them personally.
Best Phone’s Display
Its really easy to determine which phone has the best display in 2012 , it hosts the same specs as the famous Samsung Galaxy S3 but unfortunately havent had the huge media spotlight or mania as Samsung had. The phone Im talking about is the htc One X beautiful android with a solid build, if compare its 4.7″ display to the Galaxy S3 or the iPhone 5 its like comparing a 2 year old displays to a true HD display its truly AMAZING.
No matter what smart phone you have in your hand and how pleased you are with it at the end of the day it comes to how much battery you still have to make those urgent calls or check those important emails. I actually didnt buy this phone but I’ve used it during my business trip to Istanbul, I accidentally forgot my Blackberry back home and I was planning to use it with a Turkish sim so a friend of mine offered me his motorola Razr Maxx to use it during my trip. He is also an iPhone user and when I asked him why he is not using the Motorola he simply replied its my travel phone, and I came to realize what he meant when I kept using it excessively. Im always connected to the internet checking my work emails, twitter, whatsapp, Google+ you name it plus phone calls of course and at the end of the day I return to my hotel with a 40 % charge. All day long heavy usage and a 40% remaining now thats a BEAST. It also felt so durable in the hands with its kevlar back. The camera is not that great but the battery in this beast is phenomenal a 3300 mAh.
Some may argue that Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a 3100 mAh battery plus great specs and awesome display but in my opinion the motorola may claim this category because its much smaller in general, cheaper 90 KD and The Note 2 is a Phablet not a smart phone.
Best Luxury Phone
Hands down it is the BlackBerry Porsche Design P9981, check out my review on the P9981 Here. The design is extraordinary as if it came out of a sci-fi movie.
Best Phone for Hacks
Its so obvious its gonna be the Nexus 4, a pure android experience and a device loved by developers. Usually Nexus phones has a massive number of ROMs that can be installed on it but since its not available in Kuwait yet and the Galaxy Nexus is pretty old now Im gonna choose the htc One X again coz I know its loved by developers and I’ve tried so many ROMs on it.
Although i didnt use it but its the only phablet available in Kuwait till now of course it the Galaxy Note 2.
Best Camera Phone
It cant be a phone list without having the iPhone 5 in it, some may claim it to be the best phone of the year but actually I wont specify a certain best overall phone especially coz we had some great phone in 2012. Back to the iPhone 5, although its just an 8 MP camera but we all know its not always about the number of pixels the camera optics and software play a huge role in picture quality.
Best High End SmartPhone & Budget Friendly
The Samsung Galaxy S3, its the best selling smart phone for 2012 and a great overall phone. Quad core, 4.8″ display, 8 MP camera and it retails for only 160 KD. It hosts almost the same specs as the htc One X & performance wise its a beast. For only 160 KD & 6 colors compared to the iPhone’s starting price of 200 KD or htc’s 190 KD Samsung wins this category. Its not a cheap phone but a high end smart phone with a reasonable price.
It’s simply never ends. Everyone is talking, posting, tweeting and wishing for the iphone 5. First thing I have to mention that I’m not an Anti-Apple & I’m only discussing so logics, although I’m totally disappointed with the iPhone 5 not because I’m an Android Fan boy but simple coz Apple didn’t do anything revolutionary with iphone 5 only simple and expected upgrades any other manufacturer could have done the same thing with their previous model. Apple’s philosophy is all about revolutionizing current products coz they are Apple & that’s why we buy their products.
Let’s talk simple facts either if you own an iphone 4 or 4S. Maps, LTE connectivity, Siri can now tell you sports results and of course Facebook integration just a bunch of useless features. Don’t waste your money especially if you already own an iPhone 4S. As of screen real estate its nothing worth paying 300+ KD for it.
Of course 300+ KD is only in Kuwait which is basically a damn rip off. People plz think for a minute or even 5 minutes if you are slow thinkers you can order it or wait for your mobile provider to get it for a maximum of 240 KD (16GB) that’s the price you could end up paying if you order it from UK.
I’ve mentioned it over & over again and I’ll say it again coz stupidity is a common disease here in K-town DONT SPEND 300 KD ON IT so you can be the first guy/girl among your friends & family to carry it. its not worth it to buy an iphone or a Galaxy S3 if your only using it for Whatsapp, Twitter & instagram.
If you really enjoy using an iPhone and you at least upgrading from an iPhone 4 and your not paying the 300 KD then go for it otherwise don’t be like the guy above.
Ever since Apple became famous to some due to their iphone people have been taking sides and claiming they chose the best mobile available in the market.
People plz stop fighting and wasting your time on an endless war. A simple fact that we
all should acknowledge both iOS & Android have their Pros & Cons and whatever suits your needs will be the best thing for you.
Many are carrying an iPhone & just using it for Whatsapp, twitter & of course phone calls while infact they could be very happy holding any other mobile device.
Same thing goes for Android, many were just racing to get their hands on the Galaxy S3 and they are not even using 1/4 of its potentials. Some even don’t know that it’s an Android.
To all the Fan boys out there plz before you start arguing that whatever brand is the best take a few days and use the counter product before you start bashing it.