It’s my usual siesta time…whenever I get a chance. Which is rarely…which is usual. So how does it become my “usual” siesta time? Does more than once constitute it as “Usual?”
So, what am I (“was”, since I am reporting this hours after) doing at my usual siesta time? For one, Malaysia has public holidays aplenty. Great breaks for those who work really hard. Tough for those guys who look forward to going to work to get a break from all the holidays.
Anyway, in the wee hours of Sunday morning (after 10.00am); we (Jeannie my wife, and I) were looking for a joint we have not been to before for our coffee fix. Over the last two weeks; we were sipping coffee, having lunch and eating cake at cafes that were leafy green decorated – surrounded by plants and such (an article on this topic is on my ideaSketchpad).
Our plan was to chill, while our time away and do almost nothing. This is near impossible for either of us. I would whip out my Fold 3 and get on with writing something…anything…or working on any of the topics on my ideaSketchpad. Jeannie would be on her usual, “Business development market survey”.
I said, “We have two main choices: one was to look for a cafe we have not been to, which could be in a shoplot on its own, where we could sit and relax for a few hours…drinking coffee and eating cake or pastries.
The other choice was to have coffee in a cafe located in a shopping mall. We could drink coffee, eat cake and pastries. Then, walk around all the stores and shop…..then, to another cafe…drink more coffee, eat more cake and more pastries. Generally, we still do keep watch on our calorie and sugar intake. Which means, working off the extra calories on my daily 15 kilometer walks.
Of course, we all know the outcome of this. Though I love my coffee fix, I am not one who can sit for hours in one place, then get up and go home. This is so (so? Like, like so not “English” English?) not me. Ok ok. Throw the brickbats, coffee, mugs, kitchen sink, an S22 Ultra 18gb ram with 1 Terrorbite of storage, all your boxes of unopened chocolate (just had some milk chocolate from Germany. It was sssooooo ss-mmm-ooo-th and divine) at me. As for the chocolate, I like the ones with hazel or mixed nuts, better (hint, hint).
Oh yeah… the outcome was: we went to a shopping mall – Mid-Valley shopping mall. We drove to the carpark and parked our car; finding an empty space fairly easily without having to loop the carpark several times. Ours is not one of those self-drive, electric vehicles. From the looks of things, the upcoming new models may be able to “twit” as well.
When we got in the shopping area, it hit us like the “matrix”. There were like (like?) a kezillion people. It was crowded. It was like this on all the shopping floor levels. I did not see people carrying their portable printing presses to print cash if they ran short. I suppose now is the day of plastic. But that’s on its way out, too. It is pay by scan.
Jeannie and I headed to KFC for a quick bite as I had not had lunch yet. The meal was good. Then, we braved our way through the crowds again. This was not what we had envisioned for a nice Sunday afternoon… coffee, cake, pastries, relaxation, shopping, coffee, cake, pastries. When I say, “relaxation”; I’m with my fold 3, in my ideaSketchpad💡; “writing” / tapping / swiping / keying – working on my articles.
We spent about an hour window-shopping. Jeannie went to her favourite – “Zara” store. She spent a bit of time at Metrojaya, too. I popped in to the various IT shops – TMT, Logitech and Samsung. Samsung’s premium store does not promote many of their accessories like watchbands for the Watch 4 & 4Classic, cases for the Fold 3, etc. It would be good if they do as they will be able to reach out to a broader base of customers.
I went to Skechers, too. Skechers is Jeannie’s and my favourite brand of footwear. They are the most comfortable to wear, especially for long periods of time. We find their “air-cooled, Goga Mat” inner soles the most comfortable. The soft outer soles completes the comfort. I was looking for a casual, sort-of-formal pair – dark tan leather top, with a white or off-white outer sole. They did not have such a pair.
We left within an hour to an hour and a half after arriving at the mall because the crowds did not make it comfortable for us to shop. I had a couple of rough “bump-offs” by two oversized (and I mean oversized) people who may believe they are God’s gift to mankind, because they did not even apologise.
So, making our way back home was a capital idea. When we got home, I made a “Super” Rich 3-in-1 kopi ice. Very nice. Not too sweet, not too weak, either. This is my new “try-out”. After a cup of this coffee, I go back to my usual all-black coffee, strictly plain and rather “kau”, too.
There are helpful instructions on the back of the packet, for you to follow to make this coffee. That’s if you can read them. It’s in 0.0001pt font size.
The thing about being back home is I have all my creature comforts, big screen monitor, laptops, tablets and phones and I am back working.
Dec 29th 2021. I just moved my Logitech K-380 key board 1 inch to the right→, again. A few minutes ago, I moved it a couple of inches to the left, slightly away from me↸. A few minutes before that, I moved it to the right→. Trying to fit it spot on 🏆 with the framework of my screen and the angle I am sitting in.
At the corner of my eye (literally) my left eye, that is; the yellow Christmas tree lights on the Christmas tree are blinking in varied intervals, creating patterns. Beyond that, pass the glass sliding door, the diamond shaped light-blue grill-gate, stretching further, pass the garden and drive-way, the front gate, across the road, pass the front gate of Aunty Vimala’s house and her drive-way; the yellow lights hanging from her porch ceiling are also blinking.
Dec 30th 2021. Just after lunch. Thought I would go out for my 15.6km walk now. But my Samsung Watch 4 Classic is, of all times; low on juice and needs to be charged. Hope to start my walk by 3.00pm. The sky is grey with rainclouds hanging around. Nice time for a walk. While looking out the glass sliding door; I had flashback memories of when I was 11 or 12 years old. It was like me looking at this scene and at the same time, though my eyes when I was at that age – another day-dreamer episode? It was a scene of me lying on the floor near the collapsible gate (this acted or was the grill for the front door), looking out at the bright, sunny sky; with the formation of various cloud shapes.
I was also playing with several diecast car models – they could have been Dinky, Corgi or Matchbox brands – I am not too clear, as they were Malcolm’s car collection, not mine. I followed after dad’s interest in building Revell and Airfix aeroplane model kits. I remember someone gave dad a container ship model which had a motor that came with it. Dad was working in the port in Port Klang, so this was a replica model given by a shipping company of one of its ships. I think the company was OOCL, I could be mistaken. After all, it was a long time ago. Anyway, I built (assembled) the ship.
3.09pm. My Samsung Watch 4 Classic is at 91% charge – more than enough to see me through the 15.6km distance. The weather seems to be holding up.
10.57pm. Did my 15.6km walk, showered, had dinner and rested for a bit. Jeannie is out for dinner with some of her close friends. So, that leaves me here with you, the reader.
After I hit my target of 100 articles; I just sort of took a step back from writing for a few days. A break. OKaaayyy… my Christmas holidays. Though I was not writing, I was not really doing nothing. I was kind of restless – as you can imagine from the paragraphs above where my mind wonders off.
I started off with the first few lines of my book. Seems sort of jibberish. Not too sure how to go about this book. I have thought of the title, though I don’t think it’s gonna stick. I know it has to be 130,000 words, so that accounts to something, I guess. I was thinking fiction, reality-to-fiction; or fiction-to-reality. Decisions, decisions.
I’ve been asked by many readers of my works, and people who have yet to read my essays but hold me to the 2021 new year’s resolutions I made at the end of 2020; whether I will continue to write articles since I will be focusing on my book. The answer is “Yes”, I will continue to write articles. People from over 30 countries are reading these articles. These articles are available for the rest of the world to access them.
I have received personal messages from people telling me how my stories have impacted their lives and brought them fond memories in one way or another in their own lives, too.
Many of my articles published; have pushed me to research and gather information. Chen Cuifen, and The Brick, to name a couple; are amongst those with some research done.
2022 is about to grace itself on us in less than seven hours. It is “that time“…. New Year’s Resolutions. Happy for many, there will be those with good intentions by making resolutions, others will jump on the bandwagon in making resolutions to be with the “with it” crowd; then there will be those who will do nothing.
I… I look forward to making resolutions as I find it difficult to live in a haphazard life, not knowing whether I am coming or going. I have many more things that I want to do and achieve before I retire at 105 (that now seems to be the earliest age set). OK, I will start first:
My 2022 New Year’s resolutions are:
To write and publish a book of at least 130,000 words. My secondary goal is that it will become a bestseller for a movie.
To continue with the goal I set out in 2020, i.e. to be completely debt free. The last two years has brought remarkable results.
To bring down my weight to 70.5kg and be disciplined at maintaining it at that level, from the current 71.8kg – 75.3kg.
While the temptation by many will be to start working at these New Year’s resolutions on January 3rd since January 1st and 2nd is the weekend; I have already started by mapping out my plans. I cannot let 2 days slip by me. I find the challenge exhilarating!
I will also be introducing an idea and promoting it to a group of people. It looks like the idea is an uphill task but this project will promote safety and help prevent possible catastrophes.
I would like to wish everyone the world over, Happy New Year : “HOPE”. With it comes Peace and Joy!
It has been nearly 5 years since I last owned one of Dr Leonard H. “Bones” McCoy type machines. Called the “tricorder”, it was a diagnostic tool (tablet) used on Star Trek by Bones. Fictional, the tricorder was way ahead of its time. So, was the dialog inter-active & responsive, onboard computer of the Starship, “Enterprise”.
The last tablet I owned was the Samsung Tab S10.5. Before that, it was the Samsung Tab S8.4, which I had for just about two weeks. Then I upped the ante by going in for the S10.5 All that was aeons ago.
The smartphones moved into the “phablet” era with the introduction of The Samsung Galaxy Note 1 smartphone.
As the phablets grew bigger in size with the release of each new model, the use of the tablets were becoming less of a necessity. Not long before the phablet era; it looked like the tablet was challenging the territory of laptop computers. They were smaller, lighter, easier to operate, seemingly faster than laptops and they were much cheaper than the average laptop computer. The laptop computer was in danger of going extinct.
Then, the unexpected happened. The phablets provided more firepower in terms of technology, and the prices kept coming down. The laptop prices kept coming down, too. But the tablet prices started climbing. Today, many have ridiculous, abusive(?), price tags attached to them. Apple’s and Samsung’s largest tablets have prices that make several medium-to-high range laptop computers blush with their “average” prices.
So, why did I get back to using a tablet similar to the one the “Ten Commandments” were inscribed on? Good question? I could have bought a decently speced (short for ‘specification’ in past tense) notebook for the same price or less.
I think I can best describe the reason as “Flip open and start working away”. The notebook or laptop computers have several steps to go before I can work. Funny how, in all those movies; the people just flip up their laptop screen and work immediately. Does this mean their computers are on 24×7?
I treat my notebook computer as a mainframe computer, a powerhouse with all sorts of stuff on it. So, I don’t like to dislodge it from its current position. Haha 😂.
I picked up a Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 11″ 128gb. I thought to myself that this should fit my needs for some time to come. These tablet screen sizes and weights keep increasing as we write / speak. Samsung is said to have an 18.4 inch tablet. I can’t imagine lugging this flat screen “tv set” around.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Wifi is powered by a Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+) CPU processor with 128GB, 6GB RAM. The device also has a 11-inch LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen (1600 x 2560 pixels, 274 ppi) display. It has a Dual: 13 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, AF + 5MP rear camera and supports Wifi. It packs in a Li-Po 8000 mAh, non-removable battery at 6.3mm device thickness and weight 498g, running on Android 10, One UI 2.5.
The latest Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Wifi price in Malaysia market starts from RM1739 (a huge drop from what I paid for 2 months ago to make way of the new S8 which will be launched erly 2022). It is available in Mystic Black, Mystic Bronze, Mystic Silver colours.
Now that the specs are out of the way, lets talk about the other good stuff. This is an Android OS machine, so you are spoilt for choice on apps, etc.
Flipping between several screens on the laptop may disrupt my train of thought. So, instead of doing that, the S7 is the screen alternative. (1) The S7 acts as my research unit while I work on my laptop. It does an excellent job at it. The S-Pen makes it all the more enjoyable.
When I’m away from my workstation, the S7 becomes my laptop, my sketchpad of ideas. The Office 365 works great on it, too.
The screen, though not Amoled; is still super bright and clear. The 120hz refresh rate makes screen lag a thing of the past.
The cool feature of the S7 is the S-pen. It is a great help for me, using it to scroll pages up and down, especially when the scrolling seems endless. When I want to put the S-Pen down for a while, I just put n the top edge of the S7. You’ve guessed it. It fastens on by magnet.
You can do most anything with it that others can do and even more. Not only can you write and draw with the pen, you can also perform Air actions, such as remotely taking a photo! However, you’ll need to pair and charge the S Pen before you can use it to its full potential. Don’t worry, it’s simple, and the S Pen snaps to the back of the tablet for extra convenience.
The back cover has a similar kick-stand like the Mircosoft Surface but it does not seem sturdy enough. The Surface’s kick stand is metal but the S7 feels like its made of hard cardboard. Maybe it is.
The back cover and the keyboard cover fastens on to the S7 by magnets.
I have not tried the cameras out, yet. I don’t see myself actually using them. There are 2 cameras on the back and 1 in front.
This is a quad-speaker set up by AKG. Sound quality is good and loud. You don’t have to put the S7 to your ear to try to hear something. You may think it funny but I have seen some people do that. More common of course is putting their smartphone speaker near their ears. Looks funny when they walk around doing that, probably to get better reception (signal).
The keyboard cover snaps on to the bottom of the S7 by of course, magnets. There are contact pins in the centre that would connect to the S7. This keyboard tends to shift quite easily and thus disconnect the keyboard pins from the S7. This can be quite annoying because then the keyboard will not work. So, if you are typing something urgent or an idea flashed across your mind that you want to get it jotted down before you forget it…ggrrr!
My pet peeve has to be trying to open the keyboard cover when it is close. It closes flush with the S7. For someone who has short fingernails like me; it can be fiddly. The cover closes with magnets…why of course. It tends to slide slightly, so…. A little tab that sticks, or even a red-label Levi’s tab cloth tab would be great, too. No… it’s got to be a “Samsung” tab unless Samsung work’s with Levi’s to come out with a jeans version keyboard.
Super slim, with its Space Shuttle riding on its back. The cockpit is on the right. Notice the slight hump? (Space Shuttle is the S-Pen. The cockpit is the camera bump).
In this essay, I tried to stay away from the specifications (as usual) as I believe, only a very small percentage of users are specs savvy and may go googoo gaga over them. The larger percentage of people are just interested in how it is going to make their everyday lives somewhat easier. They can connect to their family and friends on social media, leatherpotato, send and receive emails, take pictures of good quality, watch netflix, youtube, etc. Office 365 or similar applications work well on it. You can multitask by having three apps up on the screen at the same time.
Who should get this? Just about anyone – young and older. Price is now half of what I paid for 2 months ago. For those who are not too tech savvy; this is a great tool. Just turn on and dive into whatever you like.
Battery life is pretty good so you don’t have to worry about running out of juice too quickly. But you will run out of juice, so you will still have to charge it when the battery is low. Average use should see you through two days use.
Or you can wait for the S8 launch, but it’s not going to be cheap.
’til then, the Enterprise continues to journey and explore new frontiers where no man has been, and “Beam me up, Scotty” is closer than we think.
Yes, it should be “alternative screen”, obvious, isn’t it? But I try to do anything but the obvious.
All credit goes to Star Trek for great movie and tv entertainment.
As I start penning, more like tapping on my Logitec K- 380 keyboard; I look out the glass door of our living room. The time is 2.35 in the afternoon.
I love to daydream. I still remember my place in class in La Salle Primary School, Petaling Jaya; when I was in Standard 3 (1). Facing the blackboard, my desk was right up front, next to the window on the left. I used to spend whatever time I had when teachers were not looking or paying attention to me; looking out this window; dreaming of what I wanted to be when I grow up. I was only nine years old at that time.
In those days, it was blackboard; white(most popularly used), yellow, blue, green, purple, red chalk and a blackboard duster. Standard 3B’s classroom was just above the tuck shop (2). Standard 3 classes were in the afternoon session.
Coming back to looking outside the glass door of our living room…not able to see the sky from where I am but it looks like a shadowy overcast, the blocking of direct sunlight by what may seem to be rain clouds forming. I think I will go for my 15,000 step walk now.
15,000 steps is about 11.9 kilometers, a cutback from my usual 15 kilometer walk which is my daily routine without fail. I find that it does not make that much of a difference in calorie burn and health improvement if I shorten my daily walks. I make up for this loss by alternating daily, a short plank session or 20 sit-ups.
I acquired Samsung’s latest smartwatch – the 46mm Galaxy Watch 4 classic. This is to replace the Watch 3 that I have. I recently wrote an article on the Watch 4. I will leave a link down below if you like to read up on it (3).
Let me give you an idea as to how I have used all these smartwatches over the last few years. The only time they come of my wrist is when I have to recharge the battery in these watches and when I shower. That’s it. From the first time I started wearing these smartwatches, I have stopped wearing all the other types of watches, including those that were intended to display the time only.
One of the main reasons I picked up the Watch 4 Classic is because it comes with the Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) that measures body composition. I am one of those people that like to know how I am doing physically. So, this is an added function besides the already available heart rate, stress, Oxygen level, number of steps done, distance, etc; which the watch 3 already had.
The Watch 4 runs on Google’s Wear OS3, where else the Watch 3 runs on Samsung’s Tizen OS. Samsung has decided to discontinue the Tizen OS.. According to Youtuber AllStarSpace in one of his most recent videos; Samsung struck a deal with Google that it (Samsung) will be the first smartwatch maker on the Android OS to use the WearOS3 version. All other smartwatch makers on Android OS2 will not get the OS3 upgrade till next year. I personally think, it is no big deal.
AllStarSpace is passionate with all things Samsung. He produces great, fun videos. He is usually the first with the latest and greatest about Samsung. You should check out his YouTube channel. (4)
I decided to find out whether these watches, running on different Operating Systems (OS) provided the same information and results. I wore both these watches, one on each hand and would put them through their paces over a 10km walk. I wore the Watch 4 on my left hand and the Watch 3 on my right hand.
My focus of this shoot out was not on the battery performance, steps count or heart rate, etc. I was just keeping track on distance, time taken and at the 15,000 step mark; how many steps did both these watches record.
I walked my usual route – around the USJ 4/4 Subang Jaya route. It has a slight gradient climb and on the reverse, an equally angled down-the-slope descent. I like it for this reason, instead of a level route all the way.
My 1st stop was at the 1km mark. I hit the pause buttons for both these watches. Both clocked 10min 45 sec. The watch 4 was 40 meters or 0.04km slower than the watch 3. I removed both the wrists, placed them on the ground by the roadside and used an Apple iPhone 11 Pro to take the shots. Then, I put the watches back on, and continued with my walk. When I continued on my walk, I pressed the button on the Watch 4 first to continue recording, then the Watch 3.
At the 3.0km distance mark reached by the watch 3, I stopped to take readings. Time wise, the watch3 showed 41 seconds faster and it was ahead by 0.08km.
The watch3 continued to race ahead and lead in time and distance at the 5km mark. It was already 54 seconds in time and 0.14km ahead in distance.
At the 8km mark, the time and distance widened between the two smartwatches. the Watch 3 was now ahead by 1min 2sec in time and 0.18km in distance. Note, the time itself, remained consistent on both watches.
At the 10km finish line, the watch 3 recorded 10.01km, yet it recorded 8 steps less than the watch 4. It was 1min 23sec faster in timing. Both recorded same time of day. This means the watch 3 does not have a faster time mechanism.
What was interesting to note was the step count was slightly higher on the watch 4. It recorded a shorted distance of 0.25km and the duration time recorded was 1min 25sec slower.
In conclusion, both watches, even though with different operating systems (OS) provided the same information, give and take a slight variation in recorded information.
I did not benchmark these watches against any professional measuring systems for accuracy in their recordings. So, I can’t tell for sure which watch is accurately displaying km distance and pace time.
If you have a Watch 3 or ActiveSports 2, should you “upgrade” to the Watch 4 or Classic? I think you should save your money and just stick with what you have right now.
Design-wise, they are about the same.
If you are worried about not getting OS support for the Tizen models; I think they are still good to go for at least another couple of years or so.
Unless, you must have the ultimate latest, then go ahead with either the Watch 4 or Classic, with prices ranging from RM899 to RM1,399. These prices are for the non-LTE model version. The LTE models are not available in Malaysia. I don’t think they will make their way here as the take up rate will be low.
What is known as Year 3 in today’s terms.
Tuck shop – a shop, typically one on school premises, that sells confectionery, snacks and soft drinks. “The tasty crisps have proved popular with school tuck shops”. Definition from Oxford languages. The term “tuck shop” was more popular in the ’60s to the ’90s. The phrase ‘tuck in” is an invitation to start eating and enjoy the meal.
A mention to Ms Thanalaxmi of USJ 4/4. Earlier last morning on my daily walk, I passed by her house and she asked what I was writing on. I said, “The Walk”. My apologies. “The Walk” is coming up after this. I have some ideas on my sketchpad of what I am going to write about. I am thinking, “Tudor”. What say you?
Background of pictures in the 10km walk: USJ 4/4 road and pavement 😁
Many of today’s watches are not the same as the ones of thirty years ago. Today’s watches are called “smartwatches”. These watches can do almost anything with the exception of maybe cook, do the laundry, exercise for you and recharge its batteries by itself. Hold that thought for a moment… recharge its batteries on the go, without us having to worry when it is going to run out on us. That technology, though in its infancy; is available. A variation of it is being made available by one of the “hip” Chinese tech brands.
There are many brands of watches, including premium watches like Tag Heuer and Fossil that have a range of dress smartwatches; and Fitbit and Garmin that are fitness smartwatches.
Two brands that are in the forefront of smartwatches, technology-wise, are Samsung and Apple. While Apple’s iWatch is in it’s 6th generation; one would be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the different generations.
Samsung on the other hand, has come out with different models, shapes, sizes, etc… well until recently with their launch of the Samsung Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic. The Watch 4 is similar to the model its replacing, their Active2; and the Watch 4 Classic is near identical to the Watch 3 its replacing.
I have always been a Samsung watch-user person. My daily timepiece on my wrist is the Samsung Watch 3. My previous watch before the Watch 3 was the Frontier model, which is similar to the Watch 3. Both these watches look fairly identical, except that my Frontier was the silver color version. Initially, when Samsung announced the Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic release, I thought I was going to stick with my Watch 3 as it is almost identical to the new release.
My Watch 3 is running on Samsung’s Tizen Operating System (OS) whereas the Watch 4 is running on Android’s Wear OS. Blah! Blah! Blah! No one is going to say, “Oh really? Wow! You are so cool! Can we wefie a pic of me with you wearing this ever-so-awesome “Android Wear OS?” This info will interest tech-interested guys like me, but not to the extent of nerd mentality.
Samsung’s announcement that they would ditch their Tizen OS and not offer support for it in the future made me decide to get the Watch 4 Classic or Watch 4. So, which watch to get?
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 & Watch 4 Classic specs
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic
44mm: 1.36-inch Super AMOLED 450 x 450 resolution 330ppi Corning Gorilla Glass with DX+
40mm: 1.19-inch Super AMOLED 396 x 396 resolution 330ppi Corning Gorilla Glass with DX+
46mm: 1.36-inch Super AMOLED 450 x 450 resolution 330ppi Corning Gorilla Glass with DX
42mm: 1.19-inch Super AMOLED 396 x 396 resolution 330ppi Corning Gorilla Glass with DX
Dimensions and weight
44mm: 44.4 x 43.3 x 9.8mm 30.3g
40mm: 40.4 x 39.3 x 9.8mm 25.9g
Compatible with 20mm straps
46mm: 45.5 x 45.5 x 11mm 52g
42mm: 41.5 x 41.5 x 11.2mm 46.5g
Compatible with 20mm straps
Colors and materials
Aluminum case Black, Silver, Green (44mm only), Pink Gold (40mm only)
Stainless steel case Black, Silver
44mm: 361mAh 40mm: 247mAh
WPC-based wireless charging
46mm: 361mAh 42mm: 247mAh
WPC-based wireless charging
5nm Samsung Exynos W920 Dual-core 1.18GHz
5nm Samsung Exynos W920 Dual-core 1.18GHz
LTE (available in select models) Bluetooth 5.0 Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz NFC GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, Galileo
LTE (available in select models) Bluetooth 5.0 Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz NFC GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, Galileo
Looking at the specs sheet above, all specs are the same except that the 40mm and 44mm are aluminum cases and the 42mm and 44mm are steel cases with the physical rotating bezel. The Watch 4 has a touch screen bezel which is the black band bordering the face.
I was thinking of opting for the green 44mm Watch 4 – a different look from the Classic-type which I have had over the last two seasons (models). The aluminum case is so light that you won’t realize the watch is on your hand. But the black band… The black “halo” ring or band around the face is ok if the watch faces are black. In Fig. 3, the green Watch 4 sports a black face which makes the overall watch look nice. Other than black, the black band does not look too great.
The Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) was the other main reason that I decided to go for the Watch 4 Classic. All Watch 4 models has this function. I do like to keep track of my health, especially when I go for 15km daily brisk walks. I keep track of my pace time per kilometer, heart rate, number of steps, Oxygen level in blood. Now, the BIA is added on to give me an idea of my body mass composition, which changes daily.
Finally, I decided on the Classic 46mm Silver, a change from having the black Watch 3 and Frontier models. I don’t think it looks too big on my wrist. The strap lugs coming out of the body are rather straight instead of curving towards the shape of the wrist. I guess it is ok, though, as it does not seem to leave empty gaps between the watch and wrist.
I am not exactly thrilled with the cheapish, sort of flimsy, rubbery silicone straps/band. I can’t use the leather straps which I acquired for my Watch 3 because they won’t fit the Watch 4 Classic, for that matter; any of the Watch 4 models because some wise guy at Samsung’s design studios fancied a change in strap band pin width would be dandy. The Watch 4 comes with 20mm pin width as opposed to the 22mm pin width of the Watch 3 and Frontier.
After thought. Just in case some of you may be wondering, I am not paid by Samsung to write this article, though it would be nice 😁 . Neither am I for one brand against the other. It is a matter of preference. In my opinion, The iWatch is limited in its screen creativity. The add-ons like straps, bracelets and case protectors – one is definitely spoilt for choice.
Brrr-ring, brrr-ring. A call notification is coming in on my Watch 4. Gotta go. Maxwell Smart is calling. I hope he’s got one of these “smart” (pun intended) watches. The last time he called, he was using his old, analog outdated shoe phone.
Note: Fig 1, 2, 3; Sarah Tew, Scott Stein; The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Comes in two looks and lots of Colors, Aug 11th, 2021; Drew Evan, CNET
Was it just recently, i.e. a few years ago; that we were using bank books roughly the size of 12 centimeters (cm) x 5 cm to keep track of our deposits and withdrawals in our savings account?
Then, there was the famous little pocket “Three 5s”, no, not the cigarette brand. In Malaysia, mostly everyone from the yester era of the 1970s or 1980s (I have to put “19” before 70 and 80 as it is fast coming one full circle of 100 years 🙂 ) remembers this as the “Buku Tiga(3) Lima(5) book.
This little roughly 10cm x 7.5cm book had it’s cover in light blue, yellow, green or pink. It had about 48 lined pages.
This book was / is famously used as the “I.O.U.” book. All purchases were recorded in these little books as I.O.U. with the agreement to pay at the end of the week or month. These books were used by small business traders. The traders would write your name on the book – your account, but they keep your book. Those recordings of purchases would be crossed out when payment is made. Famously used by the “sayur man” (vegetable seller), meat sellers and the “roti man” (bread sellers).
In 1972 – 1975, I had the opportunity to utilize one of these books because I was granted credit. I was still in school at that time. I used to love reading aeroplane and car magazines but could hardly afford them as they cost about $4 or $5 (no RM Ringgit those days) each and they came out on a weekly basis. So, I had an “account” with our neighbourhood newspaper and magazine shop in Palm Grove, Klang.
The shop owner would stop the supply of these magazines until I settle at least 75% of what was outstanding each time the total amount owing reached a certain amount. This was to ensure that I had the money to pay him. Anyway, he knew my parents and would have gone to them if I did not pay up. Haha! Lucky I was a good paymaster. Phew!
If you lived in Palm Grove or nearby at that time, this newspaper vendor’s shop was next to the barber shop in that row of single-storey shops. I think that was the only row of convenience shops in the whole of Palm Grove and its surroundings.
Did I go off tangent by rambling along (a line from the film “Mrs. Doubtfire”?) with a “blast from the past?” One thing led to another and more nice memories came to mind. Back to the present: Samsung just launched their latest and their greatest in smartphones and watches.
In March of this year, I decided that I was going to buy myself the Samsung Galaxy Fold 3. Though it’s price was expected to be hefty at RM8,000 or US$1,925; I was planning on using the Fold 3 to help improve my productivity especially in writing my articles whenever I am away from my workstation. I thought it a minimalist way of doing things – everything could be done with one device.
At a recent big Samsung world launch event on August 11th; Samsung unveiled the not so secret Samsung Galaxy Fold 3, Z Flip 3 and the Watch 4.
The Fold 3, probably the most awaited for; top-end, premium flagship phone of this year, did not fail to impress. It is on par with the other two Samsung flagships, namely the S21 and the Note series in terms of build quality and looks. Being able to fold the nearly 8 inch screen into two so that it fits in most pants pockets, is in itself an interesting attraction.
The decision that hinged (the folding hinge) on whether I should pick up this phone or not (Malaysian decision making: can or not), was initially based on Samsung’s pre-launch video which highlighted and underscored the impracticality of holding the phone in one hand and using the S-pen in the other. It also focused on the difficulty of holding the Fold folded at a 90 degree angle and using the S-pen. Based on this video, I decided that I was not going to get it.
But then again, I waited eagerly since March to get this device of the year. At this point, I was still compelled on getting it. Talk about being fickle-minded.
This edition, Samsung’s third, impresses and will continue to impress for a long time to come. It’s closest competitor, the other brand which is from China; seems to have withered away without so much as a whimper.
I managed to get my hands on a display unit at Harvey Norman in Mid-Valley Megamall, not once but on two occasions. On the first occasion, I managed to do the video above. I was itchy-fied (1) to make the pre-order straight away. But I was a bit hesitant and wanted to check it out further.
On the second hands on limited review, I found the phone to be top notch build quality, screen was good. The front panel screen was Samsung’s usual Dynamic Amoled. It had hardly any competition or no real competition. Another thing I noticed about the front screen panel – it looks like a slab of glass was attached to it, with its edges above the body of the phone as it does not seem to be recessed in the body.
Unfolding (opening) the phone, needs a two-hand operation. It is stiff. I don’t know if it will remain stiff or firm throughout its lifespan or get into a loose, dangly mode after using it for sometime. The screen may seem really big, but in reality; it is almost 3/4 inch bigger than Samsung’s S21 Ultra or Note 20 Ultra only.
Oh, by this time of my second hands on of the Fold 3, I picked up the Samsung S21 Ultra 5G 512gb storage 16gb ram with the optional S-Pen. I bought the silicone cover case for the S21 because it could house the S-Pen in it. (I may do a user’s review of my Samsung S21 Ultra 5G 512gb storage 16gb ram – a mouthful, isn’t it?)
And I was still thinking of the Fold 3. It was like being lured into an entrapment with no way out. And this time round, the S-Pen was available for testing. This was what made things look complicating to me, from here the Fold 3 was downhill all the way.
The S-Pen for the S21 Ultra does not work on the Fold 3. The Fold 3 S-Pen does not work with the S21 Ultra. The Fold 3 S-Pen pro does not work on any of the other Samsung S-pen enabled devices. The Master S-Pen Pro sells for RM499 or US$120. Not cheap. Using an S-Pen other that that designed for the Fold-3 could damage it’s main screen though the claim is the screen is much stronger than the previous Fold 2.
After watching JerryRigEverything’s You Tube video review (2) on how he put this phone through the various forms of damage tests to gauge its durability, I decided to give the Samsung Galaxy Fold 3 a miss for sure. It still seems a very delicate phone.
At the events unfolded (pun intended) further, I finally decided against getting the Samsung Fold 3 5G. There were just too many caveats that deterred me from getting this otherwise marvelous smartphone.
i. I have not attempted to give a full, detailed preview of the Samsung Galaxy Fold 3. Therefore, I have not provided the full specs, etc, of this smartphone. I am attempting to bring you into the aura of me awaiting for the arrival of this folding marvel, and then giving it a miss as it did not quite meet my expectations. I may not seem forgiving but this is too expensive to close an eye on its shortcomings.
ii. Having said that, this article is in no means meant to discourage you from buying this smartphone. Those of you without high or much expectations placed on this Fold 3; are going to enjoy this device for sure.
iii. Let me know your thoughts and views in the comment section.
I, an amateur, did these video-recordings. They were done on a spur of the moment, not planned for. No pre-written script. My voice was very muffled due to me having two face-masks and a face shield, on.
1. itchy-fied” – Can’t keep ones hands to him/herself. The word is famously used within the Atkinson – Gomes family.