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and for the umpteenth time...
 
Saturday, December 29, 2007  
almost towards the end of my well-earned christmas holiday, it came at the right time, just when I needed it the most. gonna be at a tough block in the coming 2 months, 7am every morning, imagine that.

gained back half of the lost 5 pounds, it's a lot of food of course, eating and cooking is what chinese are very good at doing after all.

coming up would be an article comparing nokia n82 and ku990, actually I also had the se k850 with me, but the results were too embarassing that I decided to remove it myself, the k850 is simply not worth mentioning.

so both the viewty and n82 were good phones, but I would defintiely fall for the n82, despite its suboptimal keypad (how bad is it? it's as bad as the k850, if not worse because it is literally quote painful unquote to use). the touchscreen on the viewty was a lot better than expected (well improved from the Prada phone). the only problem with the viewty would be it's relatively weak flash (yet overshooting in ALL macros), poor auto whitebalance indoor and unreliable autofocus. the video mode was simply amazing, and could squeeze some extra pixel comparing to the n82.

i was not particularly impressed with then GPS on n82, i doubt the practicality of the so called urban-guide which is heavily marketed. you simply cannot get a wide enough projection angle (120') in the middle of nathan road (where else do you need it? in a mall with directory? hiking? driving? you would have bought a real map because the battery is crap)

nonetheless the n82 managed to fix a lot of weaknesses of the n73. the system is indeed a lot faster and stabler, the night shot purple fog is gone, ringtones are less squeaky (but softer), video ringtone is added, 3.5mm earphone jack WiFi GPS are added, microSDHC supported... but, the event LED is still nowhere to be found. so I'm really having second thought whether to pick one up myself.

speaking of event LED, that's exactly what makes the toshiba 911T shine on top of all sliders. it does feel amazing in hand, the keypad is very comfortable to use and the screen is awesome. the menu is only scaled from wqvga cuz the system wasn't ready back in spring (my theory is that some people are withholding something to make money out of an older model, but that somebody is not me because I personally do not possess the super power to unlock such phones). anyway, i'm seriously considering getting a silver or white 911t myself, (or a super cheap white 903sh), I really don't know... or should I save up for a minor-upgraded-N82 too? (whoops I did not just say that)
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I was at the gym tonight, and guess what that girl using the treadmill was playing? Namie amuro! not just the CD, but a live DVD. I still think she's amazing. ayumi, kodakumi simply cannot match up. you have to see how amuro moves, she doesn't have to dress like a slut, or change her image for every single album. she's just her, wearing the same miniskirt and long boots, something that the Japanese are stll crazy about after 17+ years, because of her.

this is her last performance before she left to get married in 1997, and the song was about getting married, so it was quite emotional for her, to put down everything that she has worked for. she was at the top of her career at that time, the whole Japan was really REALLY crazy about her, more so than Ayumi at any time. I'm not saying that she's really pretty, neither am I saying that she can sing really well (I used to think she's really crap, until she went downhill LOL), but she's a huge part of the Japanese phenomena, in between the 100% materialistic ebichan + keitai generation and the rich-but-I-can-still-cook generation; or simply, the transition between normal to hyper-rejuvenilized-super-cutie gals in japan.

ah well, I'm getting old.

trapped in the maze of time..6:27 AM


 
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