20 posts • joined Friday 4th May 2007 09:38 GMT
Not the Singapore units...
Over here they are completely unlocked, as per regulations. I've plugged in SIM cards from 6 different countries and it works fine. This seems to be specifically Clove locking down the phones.
I have a feeling the local sets will have a very high resale value. :P
What's so special?
I've had video calls on my "dumb" phones for many many years now... Same cost as a normal call too. Or is this just some weird american thing where they're 10 years behind the rest of the world?
This really reminds me of Bump, which is a handy piece of software. And Hawaii 5-0 (the new series) where they would just flick images from their phones/tablet PCs onto the big screens in the office.
iPad shortages due to grey market?
The so-called US shortage may be because of the large amount of smuggling. In a single (non-IT0 mall here in Singapore, I counted over 600 iPads on sale. In the main IT hub, that number is exponentially greater. And that's just here in 2 malls (out of, ooooh, 100 or so), and not counting Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, etc.
SE are doing the same...
SonyEricsson are doing the same in Singapore. They'll give you 650 SGD (about 400 USD) off an X10 if you trade in an iPhone 3GS 16GB. Lower model iPhones get less discounts.
I'd rather have the X10 than the HD2. :)
@ Michelle Knight
So, that means that Hasselblads, with ISO400 as the maximum, can't take decent pictures? What makes you think that High ISO is needed to take decent pictures. I primarily shoot available light portraits and landscapes. I've used many cameras before, and charted my ISO usage - 92% of my shots were ISO 400 or below. The rest were 800 and 1600.
I used the A900 for a week on loan, and traveled using the CZ 16-35 and took some portraits with the CZ 135mm lens. In all cases, including 2 test portrait shots at 800 and 1600 ISO, the detail was astounding, and very very very faaaar from "unusable". In fact, the noise profile seems better to me than the 1DsMkIII, and has higher detail too.
16-105 lest is APS-C
The DT moniker makes it APS-C. Which means you were only shooting at 11MP. Also, the 16-105 is a nice walkabout lens, but it's far from a great lens.
I think you guys would be astounded by the detail you would get if you actually uses a 24-70 on there, or any actual full-frame lens (such as the many minoltas available everywhere).
Paris H for using an APS-C lens to review a full-frame body.
RFID visa cards
These have been in use here in Singapore for ages already. But, much like londoners with the Oyster card, we're very very used to RFID systems and paying with RFID systems so it's no big deal here.
What's so innovative?
What's so innovative about this? How are they on the "forefront of technology"? A system like this has been in place in Singapore for years now, and they even have Visa Credit Cards with an RFID chip built into the card so you can swipe or tap at many shopping outlets, post offices, coffee shops and mcdonald's. The card (which usually stays in your wallet) is tapped to the reader to use on all public transport.
They're even starting cardless payment now using biometrics (fingerprint reader).
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