A How-to Guide on Picking out Your First Smartphone

Why does choosing a smartphone these days seem so overwhelming? That’s because you’re drowning in a sea of information and devices and out of so many different products out there today – you only need to catch one fish.

There are a few important things to keep in mind before diving into getting your first smartphone. These three fail-safe  tips will help you swim and navigate through the mobile market and lead you to your first smartphone:

Step 1: Identify what you need

Figure out why you need a smartphone in the first place. These gadgets exist to serve specific audiences for specific purposes. Know your needs because they will help you weigh your options. Do you want to use it for browsing the Internet? For checking emails or to access social media sites?

Ideally, people buy a smartphone so that they can do more on-the-go. Some use it for business. Some simply like to take selfies and stay connected with friends. Others use it for entertainment – watch videos, play games, and listen to music.

Remember, be specific.

You can’t just say you want a smartphone that does everything. You need to narrow things down and focus. You may want a smartphone for watching videos. You may want to play games. By doing so, you can identify the specs for your needs.

For watching videos, a wide screen smartphone fits the bill. A 4.5-inch screen such as the Lenovo A516 provides a good movie experience with its 178-degree wide viewing angle. This smartphone has up to 23 hours of non-stop talking time. Half of your problem is solved.

The other half is to find one that will allow you to play graphics-intensive games like 3D racing or zombie survival action games. This means you need a smartphone that runs a heavy-duty CPU. A movie junkie/game addict will love the Lenovo A859. It sports a 5.5 inch screen display and runs on 1.3GHz quad core CPU with 4GB internal memory.

How does being specific help you? Eliminated from your list are all smartphones without the specs that you need. By now, you should have shortlisted your options.

Step 2:  Set a Budget

You want a smartphone that has more bang for the buck. Why? Because that’s your hard earned money. Now that you know the features you need, it is easier know your budget.

Don’t overspend. But don’t buy an entry-level device that you’ll regret later. Research and find out the price range of each smartphone on your list. You can do this over the Internet. Get the average price to have a rough estimate.

Set a budget that is reasonable for you.

More expensive doesn’t automatically mean more quality. There are affordable smartphones that don’t cut corners.

For instance, the Lenovo A269i gives you the basic functionalities of a smartphone but doesn’t break the bank. At PHP2,999, you get a dual-SIM smartphone powered by 1GHz dual core of CPU that runs Android Gingerbread, 256MB of RAM, 2 megapixel rear camera and 512 MB and 512 MB internal storage. There are a lot of affordable smartphones out there. You simply need to know where to look.

Now you have a budget for a smartphone with the desired specs. With this amount in mind, you have to eliminate candidates from your list that go way above your budget. Again, your choices will be cut down into few.

Step 3:  Get Acquainted with the Units

Now you are just a step away from your first smartphone. The deciding factor will all depend on your experience when you get acquainted with the units. Don’t neglect this part of the buying process. Go to a mobile store and check out the phones on your list. Make sure to play around with them. Know your future smartphone.

Take your time.

Figure out the physical features of the smartphone that you prefer. Does the phone comfortably fit your hand? If your hand is small, a smartphone that has 4-inch screen display may be more appealing to you. Are the keys and touch panels responsive? Perhaps the Lenovo A369i warrants your attention. Its 1.3GHz dual core processor will let you enjoy a speedy, smooth gaming and multi-tasking.

Do you like the overall look of the phone? See how it feels in your hand, in your pocket and in your purse. Find the right size for you. Check the ergonomics. Can your thumb or index finger reach the power button? Can you press the important buttons (if any)? Test these units. They will more or less give you an idea of its performance.

With these three steps to follow, picking your first smartphone should be simple and practical like the Lenovo A Series. It will give you “value for money” without compromising the quality. It will be your most valued accessory.

Good luck on your hunt!

 

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Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$34 billion personal technology company – the largest PC maker worldwide and an emerging PC Plus leader – serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution.  Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the Company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo, a global Fortune 500 company, has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina.  For more information see www.lenovo.com.

Lenovo continues to strengthen its retail presence in the Philippines

Opens back-to-back Lenovo Mobile Exclusive Store (LES) for smartphones and tablets in Manila

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – December 04, 2013: Lenovo today announced the opening of the company’s first two Lenovo Mobile Exclusive Store for smartphones and tablets in Metro Manila.The back-to-back opening of Lenovo’s concept stores in SM Mall of Asia and SM BF Paranaque is part of the company’s Attack strategy to seize the growth opportunity offered by the vibrant Philippine smartphone and tablet markets.

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According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the Philippines is one of the fastest growing smartphone markets with a market size of 2.6 million last year and is expected to reach 3.6 million this year. Also according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, tablet shipments to the Philippines grew 54.4% in Q2 this year.

Lenovo Country General Manager Michael Ngan shares, “Lenovo is determined to win in the PC Plus world and strengthening our retail presence across the country with the opening of our first two concept stores in Metro Manila is a strategic move for us. Both malls are located in areas that are major trade and business centers in the Philippines.” He adds, “We expect to open two more concept stores before the year ends to help us further strengthen our retail footprint nationwide.”

Visitors can now experience the features of Lenovo mobile products such as the Lenovo P780, Lenovo K900 and the most recently launched A-series A269i, A369i, A516 and A850 and tablets such as the Lenovo A1000 and A3000 and find out which smartphone or tablet best suits their needs and lifestyles. It will also display and sell Lenovo accessories.

The two concept stores will be managed and operated by Bluelit Gadgets, Lenovo’s retail partner through its exclusive distributor for smartphones, Open Communications. It is the 2nd Lenovo concept store at SM Mall of Asia and the 1st concept store at the newly opened SM BF Paranaque.

Lenovo opened its first Lenovo Mobile Exclusive Store (LMES) in Gaisano Mall Davao in October. To date, the company has three concept stores dedicated to smartphones and tablet and 20 concept stores dedicated to Lenovo’s PC business located in major shopping malls nationwide.

For the latest Lenovo smartphones and tablets news, subscribe to Lenovo RSS feeds or follow Lenovo Mobile on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/LenovoMobilePH) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/lenovomobileph).

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Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$34 billion personal technology company – the largest PC maker in the world and an emerging PC Plus leader – serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the Company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo, a global Fortune 500 company, has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com.

Local Chevron companies donate P3.14 Million to Typhoon Yolanda Relief Efforts while Chevron US gives $1.5 million

Chevron employee networks muster P661,000 in separate relief operation

Caltex gives P250,000 of Star Cash to supply fuels for Red Cross vehicles

MAKATI, Philippines, Nov. 18, 2013 –Chevron companies in the Philippines, as well as Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) in the US, have a contributed P3.14 million and $1.5 million, respectively, for disaster relief assistance to communities affected by super typhoon Yolanda.

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Chevron Malampaya LLC (a joint-venture partner of the Malampaya natural gas consortium), Chevron Holdings Inc. (CHI, a shared services center),  Philippine Geothermal Production Company (PGPC, an affiliate company in the geothermal business), and Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI, marketer of Caltex fuels and lubricants), turned over to Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Secretary-General Gwendolyn Pang the checks representing the companies’ donation of P3.14 million to the typhoon Yolanda relief operations.

Chevron Corporation, meanwhile, also contributed US$1.5million through the American Red Cross for the Philippine relief operations. Chevron regional office in Singapore also pitched in more than P1 million. In total, donations from Chevron for typhoon victims add up to P69.5 million.

Aside from Chevron corporate donations, more than P661,000 were raised by employees from contributions  and cooperatives. Chevron networks employees from across the globe are also mobilizing and accepting personal donations for the victims.

CPI also forwarded P250,000 worth of Star Cash which can be used to purchase Caltex fuels for Red Cross trucks doing relief operations.

“On behalf of PRC and the many beneficiaries that we serve on the ground, we are very grateful to partners like Chevron who are helping us in the relief efforts not only in Tacloban but in the other affected areas as well. The long partnership between PRC and Chevron has reached such mature levels that we no longer have to knock on Chevron’s; instead you call us long before we send out our letters of donation.” Pang shares.

“Chevron is committed to helping the people of the region begin to recover in the aftermath of this tragic event,” said Steve Green, Chevron vice president of Policy, Government and Public Affairs.” While super typhoon Yolanda has inflicted great damage to many local communities, we are certain that it will not break the spirit or resolve of the Philippine people.”

Morris adds, “We are mobilizing all our networks to gather resources to be able to help as much as we can. As a matter of fact, shipments of fuel supply will be coming in starting today. We are working as fast as we could to make our stations operational and provide fuel to help out in the relief. CPI will be a partner in their efforts of rebuilding Tacloban and the other cities affected by the super typhoon.”

Chevron is one of the largest investors in the Philippines and has done business in the country for more than 90 years. The company currently employs more than 1,600 employees and has operations in geothermal, gas to power, shared services, and a fuels and lubricants business in the Philippines.

About Chevron Philippines Inc.

Chevron Philippines Inc. has been operating in the country for more than 90 years under its retail brand, Caltex™, offering high quality products and services. There are close to 750 service stations strategically scattered throughout the Philippine archipelago and employees working in several areas of business such as Marketing, Lubricants and Terminal operations. The Chevron products that are available in the Philippines include Caltex with Techron® fuel and Caltex Diesel with Techron®D, Havoline® and Delo® oils. More information on Chevron Philippines Inc. is available at www.caltex.com/ph.

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Contacts:

Ning Ignacio
Chevron Philippines Inc.
Mobile: +63 918 801 0310
Office: +632 841 1000
Email: Katrina.Ignacio @chevron.com
Primary PR contact:
Eileen Bartolome
ArdentComm
Mobile : +63 917 881 3440
Office: + 63 2 8940950
Email:eileen@ardent.com.ph
Secondary PR contact:
Eman Tonogbanua
ArdentComm
Mobile: +639175767747
Office: +63 2 6310511
Email:eman@ardent.com.ph

D-Link Launches Cloud Camera Equipped with Audio Detection & Wi-Fi Repeater Functions

Philippines, September 2013 – D-Link, one of the world’s biggest suppliers of networking products today launched the new D-Link DWR-116 Wireless N router. Designed to connect a 4G LTE or 3G USB adapter for mobile broadband connectivity, users will be able to share the incoming connection via a Wireless N 300 network, allowing for a wireless network to be set up anywhere there is a 4G or 3G broadband signal.

Maximum Portability
Simply insert a compatible 4G LTE/HSPA+/HSUPA/HSDPA/UMTS USB dongle to share the high speed 4G LTE internet connection wired and wirelessly. The DWR-116 also provides enhanced range and coverage compared to its predecessor with the new in-built 5dBi
external antennas.

Auto WAN Fail-Over for Uninterrupted Internet Connection
The DWR-116 supports broadband internet connection by connecting a DSL/Cable modem to its dedicated WAN port. Users can then set the broadband connection as the primary link, while the 3G/4G connection will act as backup link, or vice versa. The auto-failover feature ensures an uninterrupted connection by automatically triggered the backup link to take over whenever primary WAN link is lost.

Advanced Security Delivers Secure Connection
The DWR-116 ensures secure WiFi connection with support of WPA/WPA2 encryption to keep the wireless network safe. Users can quickly set up a secure connection to new devices by pressing the WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) button. It also utilises dual active firewalls (SPI and NAT) to prevent potential attacks and intrusions across the Internet. The built-in QoS (Quality of Service) feature prioritizes traffic to ensure that the most important data receives optimum bandwidth.

Availability
The D-Link DWR-116 Wireless N-300 3G/4G Router will be available in Q3 2013 at authorized retailers, resellers and distribution partners.

About D-Link International Pte Ltd
D-Link is a worldwide leader and award-winning designer, developer, and manufacturer of networking, wireless, broadband, digital electronics, and voice and data communications products. These products provide the ideal solution for Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), Small to Medium Business (SMB), and Workgroup to Enterprise environments. D-Link International’s headquarters is located at No. 1 International Business Park, #03-12, The Synergy Singapore 609917. Internet: www.dlink-intl.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DLinkSingapore

Media Enquiries:

Jonathan Quek
Marketing Director
D-Link International Pte Ltd
Tel: (65) 6622 9365
Fax: (65) 6774 6322
Email: jquek@dlink.com.sgJasmin Cagsawa
Account Director
ArdentComm for D-Link
Tel: (632) 631 0738
Email: jasmin@ardent.com.ph
Jesslyn Leow
Marketing Communications Manager
D-Link International Pte Ltd
Tel: (65) 6622 9373
Fax: (65) 6774 6322
Email: jleow@dlink.com.sg

 

50th 7-Eleven in Caltex Station Opens

Pasig City, Philippines, September xx, 2013  – The 50th 7-Eleven store based in a Caltex station opened today marking a new milestone three years into the partnership between Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of the Caltex brand of fuel and lubricants, and Philippine Seven Corp. (PSC), franchise holder of the 7-Eleven convenience store chain.

The newly opened 7-Eleven is at the Caltex station located at the corner of Meralco Avenue and Julia Vargas, Pasig City. Right at the heart of Ortigas center, motorists can easily find the oldest Caltex station for a quick pit stop to refuel. Call center agents who work during the night can grab something to eat from the 7-Eleven store just a few steps from the gas station.

“Our alliance with 7-Eleven improves both our companies’ market strengths but it also gives our customers the benefit of getting 24/7 access to fuel and consumer products all in the same location” said CPI Country Chairman Peter Morris.

“The tie-up with an industry leader like Chevron has opened exciting opportunities for our business and has given our customers more value in their c-store experience.”

Combining Caltex’s quick and quality service with 7-Eleven’s fast grocery access bring more satisfaction to their customers and help retailers of the two global brands boost their way to increase their business productivity.

About Chevron Philippines Inc.
Chevron Philippines Inc. has been operating in the country for more than 85 years under its retail brand, Caltex™, offering high quality products and services. There are close to 800 service stations strategically scattered throughout the Philippine archipelago and employees working in several areas of business such as Marketing, Lubricants and Terminal operations. The Chevron products that are available in the Philippines include Caltex with Techron® fuel and Caltex Diesel with Techron®D, Havoline® and Delo® oils. More information on Chevron Philippines Inc. is available at www.caltex.com/ph.

Contacts:

Ning Ignacio
Chevron Philippines Inc.

Mobile: +63 918 801 0310
Office: +632 841 1000
Email: Katrina.Ignacio @chevron.com

Primary PR contact:
Eileen Bartolome
ArdentComm

Mobile : +63 917 881 3440
Office: + 63 2 8940950
Email: eileen@ardent.com.ph

Secondary PR contact:
Eman Tonogbanua
ArdentComm

Mobile: +639175767747
Office: +63 2 6310511
Email: eman@ardent.com.ph