Back in the day…

Kids these days have it good – mobile dvd players, notebooks, portable media players, portable game consoles. My son, for instance (who’s only 6) has never seen a VHS or Betamax tape, let alone Laser Discs, vinyl disks, 8-track tapes, casette tapes and whole lot of other classic tech. Here’s one ad that never aired in the Philippines (I think), but does remind me of the time when my father had to lug around a lunch box-sized mobile phone with very attrocious signal coverage.

Disgracefulandsexy via Mobilecrunch


Bargain Samsung Omnia

Originally released in August 2008 at a price of around Php34,000, Janjanman of is now selling a new Samsung Omnia for just Php19,500, and is also selling it at Php19,400 (both with 8GB internal memory). Talk about a price drop! This one’s very highly rated over at GSMArena and is actually on my list of phone options, finances permitting. Much compared to the iPhone for its own touch-screen user interface, the Omnia has a 5MP camera, an accelerometer, HSDPA, BT, Wifi, GPS, runs off WinMo 6.1 Pro and has an SD card slot for expansion. Now that’s gotta be a better deal than an iPhone!

Omnia - image from Samsung Philippines

Omnia - image from Samsung Philippines

Another phone that’s been on my list is the Samsung i780. Although introduced in 2007, the price of the i780 early this year was still around Php17,000. Janjanman is now selling this for only Php11,500, while it’s even cheaper at at Php10,900. Much like the earlier i600 (which was the subject of an earlier post), the i780 has a QWERTY keypad, cameras front and back, HSDPA, BT and Wifi, but in an upgrade to the i600’s features, the i780 now features a touchscreen, runs off WinMo 6.0 Pro (probably upgradeable to 6.1) and has GPS. It’s also highly rated at GSMArena


i780 - image from Samsung Philippines

i780 - image from Samsung Philippines

 Between the two, it’s obvious that the Omnia is the better deal. But I wouldn’t mind having an i780 in place of my current no-frills Nokia!

Samsung i600

Although released in 2007, the Samsung i600 is still a pretty nice smartphone with many bells and whistles – wifi, hsdpa, BT, 2.5 inch screen, QWERTY keypad and cameras front and back. Ebuystore is now selling this for only Php8,900. I’m trying to find out if the WinMo 5 that the i600 comes with can still be upgraded to WinMo 6 – seems the free upgrade sponsored by Samsung ended last October 2008. Still, the i600 received good reviews, including those from GSMArena. Would this be a better buy than the Nokia E63?


From Samsung Philippines

From Samsung Philippines

Price drop on Nokia 5800

Php17,200 at ; Php16,400 at


The Nokia E63 is now going for Php11,500 at

Cheapest Cellphones

A couple of years ago, Mrs. ‘toy and I wondered if we could afford giving cellphones to our househelp as the family’s Christmas gift – we usually give them Php1,000-worth of stuff (bags, watches, etc), something they wouldn’t normally get for themselves seeing as they usually send a big chunk of their salary and bonus back to family in the province. At that time, Iread in one of the local tech magazines that there was a cellphone model that would retail for only Php900+, right within budget. Alas, a hunt through the malls of Makati yielded nothing. 

Seeing as it is the season again, I thought I’d compile a list of the cheapest cellphones out there just to see if Santa can still afford to give these away. The prices indicated herein are from the oneline store but most of these units are also available from sellers on

1. Samsung B130 – Php1,600

2. Alcatel S210 – Php1,600

3. Motorola W156 – Php1,200

4. Sony Ericsson J110 – Php1,650

5. Nokia 1208 – Php1,650

6. Nokia 1200 – Php1,500

Take note that only the Motorola W156 and Nokia 1200 have monochrome screens, the rest have 65k color screens. Of course, none of these have cameras, but that’s to be expected from a budget phone.  Since there’s not much in the way of features, the choice for most will probably come down to looks.

My personal choice? The Sony Ericsson J100.

Nokia 5800 ExpressMusic Tube

Technograph reports that the Nokia 5800 Expressmusic Tube is now available for pre-launch orders for the price of Php20k. The launch date is set for late January 2009. However, seller janjanman120 is already selling one for Php21,600. I want too!

Nokia E63 for Php12.4k

A seller on is selling the Nokia E63 for only Php12,400. I want!

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