Saturday, July 18, 2009

I spy : Nokia 5530 XpressMusic

Okay, I didn't actually spy. Went to a Nokia 5800XpressMusic gathering at Sunway Pyramid earlier today. Basically a bunch of us from Lowyat.net met up with the people of Nokia Malaysia. It was a session where we shared information and prompted feedback to Nokia Malaysia.

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The people from Nokia were very receptive of our views and feedback on the Nokia 5800XpressMusic. To show their gratitude, they even brought out the smaller sibling, the Nokia 5530 XpressMusic which is scheduled to be released in Q3 of 2009.

We were a lucky bunch to try out the new phone and this is my impressions. Firstly, the screen. It is a wee bit smaller than the 5800, but features a higher density screen instead, meaning that it is sharper. The screen is noticebly brighter and the colors were much more vivid. Also, the home screen has improved, you can now put contacts as well as a shortcut list; compared to the 5800 which you can only put either one.

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The 5530 was a wee bit smaller as well, and features a chrome/stainless steel finish to the faceplate. The black is now completely plastic as opposed to the rubberish feel on the 5800. I prefered the latter as it would make it less scratch prone. Also note that the camera is not as recessed as the 5800, which meant it would be easily scratched.

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Next the interface. As you would have probably seen on youtube, it has kinetic scrolling. It was a joy fiddling with the kinetic scrolling, and we had already feedback to the Nokia Malaysia crew that we would like this feature on our 5800 as well. Lets hope we will see it in the near future.

The 5530 retains almost everything from the 5800, with exception of 2 features. 3G and A-GPS support has been removed in order to keep the costs low. Which mean we would be expecting a lower-end Xpressmusic phone with touch screen capabilities. They didn't tell us the pricing and the amount of storage they would bundle together with the 5530 (gsmarena.com quotes 8gb microsdhc), but I suppose they will be officially announcing it soon.

Thanks to David,Ernie and Glen of Nokia Malaysia as well as the others (didn't catch your name properly, sorry) for inviting us over and for the lunch as well :D

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Cheap Japanese Bento @ Ume-tei Bento House, SS15 Subang Jaya

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After finishing up my final year presentation at college, my friends and I decided to go for lunch. A friend introduced this place, Ume-tei, located in the busy streets of SS15 Subang Jaya. He described it as economical japanese food and tastes decent too. There aren't many economical japanese food around town(not in Subang Jaya at least), especially bento sets, which usually go for at least RM20 onwards. Without hesitating, we carpooled our way down to ss15.

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Ume-tei is located just beside Peppercorn Cafe. Fairly easy to spot if you are a regular at ss15. It is on the same row as Salmon Steak House and the back of the wet market.

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Inside was a little quiet, especially during lunch hours. Interior decorations were fairly simple, japanese potraits, wooden chairs and glass table. I must say, the selection of food choices here isn't great, but it is more than enough (most places have menus as thick as a magazine, here is just a sheet of laminated paper). I mean, it makes life easy to decide on what to order.

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We ordered Unagi Don(rm18), Chawan Mushi(rm3.50), Chicken Teriyaki Bento(rm11), Shake Bahayaki Bento(rm12), Sliced Beef Steak Bento(rm12), Macaroni Salad(rm2). They have a choice between garlic fried rice, or just plain white rice. I had garlic fried rice to go with my bento. I have to say, it is quite nice. I had sliced beef bento. The beef wasn't overcooked, which resulted it in not being too dry, which was good. Serving portions were not bad as well; quite large for this kind of pricing.

I would definitely recommend this place if you are looking for cheap japanese food. Although if you are looking for sushi, you would have to go somewhere else as they only serve bento and various noodles. They also pack their bentos so you could call them to order and go there to pick it up.

Ume-tei Bento House
No. 19, Grd Floor, Jalan SS15/4,
47500 Subang Jaya,
Selangor.
Tel: 03-56367895