Two Happiest Places

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Aya, Elok and Rafif in front of Disneyland Castle

Yesterday we spent our day in Tokyo visiting two happiest place: Disneyland, “the happiest place in the world”, and Yodobashi-Akiba, “the happiest store for me and Rafif”. LOL.

Disneyland first. Well, Disneyland is Disneyland. You feel happy right after you enter the park. The place, the theme song, the ambience, it is just nice. This is the third Disneyland I visited. The first one was Los Angeles, second was Hong Kong, and here I am, in Tokyo.

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Watching Disney Parade

The weather was freezing yesterday, made us reluctant to stay too long in queue. And there was still lot of visitors in the park yesterday, hence the long queue. So we only took few rides and watched the Disney parade, which was nice, as always. And it was fine, as apparently we have taken those rides in our previous visits to Disneyland, and apparently my children have grown up. They might not be as excited as they were before going to Disneyland, as Minnie Mouse and Buzz Lightyear’s position as their favorite characters have been replaced by K-Pop and Gundam 🙂

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Lunch with family at Disneyland, a personal plea I made eversince my first visit to Disneyland 🙂

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Should I Get an iPad 2?

iPad 2 and Smart Covers
iPad 2 and Smart Covers

With iPad 2 already launched in US and will be released in Asian countries within these few weeks, you’re probably wondering whether you should get yourself an iPad 2. Or if you already have the original iPad (from now on referred as iPad 1 for ease reference), you may think for an upgrade.

Here is a bit of guidance whether you should get the latest hot products from Cupertino folks:

You should get iPad 2 if:

1. You don’t have iPad before, and can’t wait to join the bandwagon, whatever it takes.

2. You have iPad 1, but you’re collecting all Apple products and you like to be ‘early adopters’ (so you will buy it anyway even at outrageous price. IDR 12-14million, or 40%-45% more than normal price at the time of this writing).

3. You either have or don’t have iPad 1 and have concerns of the following features of iPad 1:

  • iPad 1 is too heavy for you (iPad 2 is 15% lighter)
  • iPad 1 is too bulky for your taste (iPad 2 is 33% thinner)
  • iPad 1 don’t have camera (iPad 2 has two, front and back)
  • iPad 1 performance is too slow (I like to know what you use iPad for if this is the case. But anyway, yes, iPad 2 houses faster processor than iPad1)

4. You just can’t resist the lure of “Smart Cover” and its choice of colours!

5. Your favorite color is white, and your gadgets have to be in white.

6. You want to envy your colleagues by picking up the hottest gadget in town.

If you can’t find yourself on the above criteria, and if you don’t have iPad yet, I would strongly encourage you to pick iPad 1 now, as the price in the market (especially the second hand) has came down quite significantly, and iPad 1 is not much different to iPad 2 for average users, so it becomes a good value to buy.

But if you’re adamant to get yourself the newest iPad, I would recommend you to wait for 2-3 months, as by that time the price will be more or less “normal”.

In the end, I leave it up to you depending on your preferences and budget. But whatever you do, you can’t do wrong buying this revolutionary device.

Palm Pre Hands-On Review

I have been using Palm Pre for the last two months. Here is my hands-on review of the phone which made headlines during the CES show 2009, and was voted as the “best product” during that annual fair last year.

User Interface
Palm Pre did not win the “best product” award at CES 2009 without reason. And when you power up the phone, you immediately see the reason. The webOS user interface appears to be very modern, elegant, artistic and functional. You immediately feels your Blackberry OS is a thing from the past. It may only be bested by iPhone OS, or Android, in term of appearance.
The best feature of this webOS is it’s multi-tasking ability, something that iPhone is not capable of doing.  When you run an application, it appears as one “card” in your webOS desktop, and while it’s still running, you can easily run another application (which open up another card besides your current card). One of the best experiences I had with this was when I look for a restaurant in Jakarta. Once I opened Google Maps application, and while I waited for the map and routes to be downloaded, I opened the Internet browser app to find more information about the restaurant. Have found the information, I switched back to the Google Map and it had provided me with the routing to the restaurant. Cool!
All other UI for the pre-installed application is nothing sort of first class. It oozes elegance and function. However having experienced iPhone OS through the iPod touch, the Palm Pre multi-touch interface is not as  snappy as iPhone. Continue reading

Palm Pre and Palm webOS: Palm’s Stunning Move

Palm Pre
Palm Pre

In a move that is very unexpected by gadgets and mobile technology enthusiasts, Palm announced its latest effort to keep survive in highly competitive mobile phone world. In the world which is dominated by iPhone and Blackberry for the past 2 years, Palm’s last effort: Palm Pre in and the new operating system called Palm webOS, may not only survive them in the competition. It may bring them back to be one of the major players aside of Apple’s popular iPhone, current “ponsel sejuta umat” Blackberry and the giant-yet no-longer-gigantic Windows Mobile.

From the first look and demo, the phone and the new OS  are very promising. The specs and features are on par with most high-end smartphones. The interface reminds us a lot of iPhone’s elegant interface. It looks “zen-esque” simple, beautiful and user friendly. It is designed a lot with finger touch in play (iPhone effect), but it is better, because… it comes with QWERTY tactile keyboard!

Announced in the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, the phone itself has not yet launched in US. Palm indicated the 1st half of 2009 as their target date. It may appears on US stores by May or June. But it is likely to be sold under Sprint CDMA network. No news yet for the unlocked GSM release date. So we can only hope to get them in hand here by second half of 2009.

Well, my Samsung i780 is not too old either (it’s still 6 months old). One year may be a good timing to swap. Back to Palm! Yay!

Witness its beauty and elegance here in the revamped palm.com website, or take a look at the pictures gallery at the bottom of this post. Honestly, I’m stunned. It’s like God listens to our wish for all of this time, and send this one from heaven. 🙂

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