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GoMobile Expo: A Quick Try of Samsung Galaxy Tab

Earlier today, I dropped by the goMobile expo for a while inside the KL Convention Centre.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab felt good in the hand, but it was not that responsive. Try flipping the calendar from one week to another. Not very smooth.

I have plenty of respect for Samsung but I know they could do better than that.

Samsung: your screens are thinner than most, isn’t that so?


Unpacking Samsung UA40C6200 LED TV

Time to unpack the long awaited flat screen LED TV. I’ve done enough scouting and analysis to find the best options and finally settled with this one. It’s going to be a great new viewing experience. Samsung UA40C6200 LED TV. Here goes….

The box is quite “portable”. Nicely designed handle on the sides.

What’s inside the box? Well, other than the flat screen and stand, the rest are (clockwise from top left): power cables, connectors and other peripherals, remote control unit, manual, and the mount.

This is what the stand looks like. I prefer the four-legged-goat-grip better than the small-square-single-foot stand.

The mount fits the back of the flat screen like this.

And that mount extends above the stand like this. So first, hook up the mount and the stand together.

Then, with the screen lying flat on the floor, screw the mount onto the back of the screen.

Voila. The TV’s first stance…


I turned it on and went through a couple of setup screens. Language and so on.

Plug & play, that’s great. You can plug in HDMI-connected HD sources or USB drives and they just work. Auto detection with minimal to zero configuration needed.

It’s not the flat look that makes the difference. Nor was the LED nor the size.

But the refresh rate of 400Hz – now that’s a game changer. It makes every movement so fluid. Bravo new technology.

High Speed Tuesday

Easily the busiest Tuesday of the month. Every minute counted. Literally. I took half a day off to do these:

1 – First fetch my brother CB at Banting Matriculation.

2 – Then rushed home to receive my brand-spanking-new Samsung LED TV (scheduled delivery) – there’s a separate post for this.

3 – Rushed to PJ to have the Nissan go through major maintenance (160k 160,000 mileage). It’s only at about 150 plus, but the chain-like sound worried me (must be some lose brackets or something). Traveled back by public transportation.

I bumped into Zahrin in the ERL train and hitched his ride to the hospital. Thanks, Zahrin. It was good to catch up.

My PIKOM PC Fair Comments

Early in the morning, I sent my wife to work. Then roamed the PC fair for a bit with Ashbi.

Huge crowd! Here’s my list of so-called “tweets” during the event:

Intel Booth
– covering PC fair… this netbook is not better at anything at all… rm1299? yuck:…
– the touch-screen all-in-one iMac wannabe is helpless…

Anti-virus Booth
– kaspersky 2011 for Mac for RM150? money flushing down the toilet…

Visual Tech Booths
– 40″ edge LED Phillips for rm3,999. evrybody is showing transformers…
– panasonic… sold out. promoter not helping, can’t tell between LCD and LED TV. bad labelling

Macs & Lenovo Booths
– epicentre… too expensive (help! Apple store!)
– lenovo, 12.1″ core i5 for rm5,399? too small of screen. I can get 15″ mbp at that price…

Storage Booths
– freeagent 1.0TB seagate for rm259? interesting… that’s a lot cheaper than when I bought it last year…
‎- 8GB thumbdrive still at about 40 plus. last time rm49, now rm45. 8GB SDHC card for rm49? grab one. normally 60plus… now I can operate my digital camcorder

Sound System Booths
– 1Avira, 1malaysia 1antivirus solution. free movie passes with it. oh. marketing
– sonicgear, altec lansing, edifier, e-view, eacan, divoom. only altec lansing is worthy. but of course it doesn’t beat Bose.

PC Booths
– vaio is over-rated. rm5,999 for 13.1″ unit. again, mbp is the way forward: boots both mac os x and windows, best of both worlds.
– htc… aria, smart, legend, desire, dual, tattoo. which one? quietly confusing, not brilliant.
– asus i5 at rm3,899? that’s the better deal. shame on hp
– toshiba qosmio i7, rm4999. harman kardon speakers. nice, but it runs windows. and it’s super thick.
– dell, uh, wow. I’m not gonna even start to compare. not worth it.
– acer has a better deal, corei7, rm4,699. dolby speakers. 15.4″. but it only runs windows. oops.
– fujitsu is waay too expensive. core i7 laptop starts at rm6,c (Rm6,988. It was too expensive, I accidentally hit sent before I finish typing)

Bottom Floor Booths
– sandisk selling 8GB SDHC at rm55. so my purchase was justified.
– msi core i7 at rm6,599. all these pc-manufacturers are making apple inc look competitive. heheh.
– Western digital element is competing, 1TB at rm249. and samsung G3 at rm245.
– Nikon’s D90 for rm3,339? nice deal! save rm700…
– blackberry bold 9700 digi for rm1,199. rm200 better than the last deal they offered…
– foot soldiers in colors! yellow digi, green maxis, purple P1, orange TM. and celcom in blue.
– no Samsung, LG monitors participation. oh no. not even TV.

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