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Monday, July 28, 2014

Meet My New Replacement

In my previous post, I did mention that I am going to tell you guys more on my new toy that I recently got! It has been about two weeks since I started using LG G3 and I am starting to love it. I got hooked to it, literally.


I immediately downloaded Kim Kardashian Hollywood game on my phone and ever since that day, I can't put my phone aside. Even when I HAVE to go to bed as it's always past midnight and I have work tomorrow, I just can't seem to stop fiddling with my phone, always finding something to do with it. Sometimes I feel like I am a little too addicted to the phone. Or maybe, it's just a new phone that's why I behave that way? Can't tell. Too excited. 

As stated in my previous post, I listed a few phones that I have used before which includes iPhone and Samsung. This is probably my first time trying LG phone because it isn't that huge in the market compared to the well-known iPhone.  I try to get out of that and decided to try LG with my very own eyes. 


I really can't keep tab of how technology has changed over the years until I got this LG phone. There is actually a whole lot more to explore than just a normal phone with 3G and internet. I found out that there are many other things that could make up an amazing phone. I was quite surprise actually. Maybe because I am so used to iPhone, the small size, the interface, and the camera quality, which might explain why I didn't bother much about trying out what other phones can offer in the past. 

Here are some of the things I LOVE about this specific LG G3 phone compared to the previous phones that I used. I mean, you can't expect me to compare to the previous LG G2 because I have yet to try that personally. This is just my personal reviews!


Metallic shell


The sleek metallic shell somewhat contributed to my liking towards the phone. It gives that very simple yet edgy kind of look, which doesn't seem too over in terms of phone design. The South Korean brand has a 'metallic skin' that supposedly looks and feels premium, but also offers a light weight, making it seems easier for user to carry around. When I say it's light, it is really light. It doesn't feel like there is even a battery pack inside.



It comes in three colours which is gold, silver and black. I am satisfied with the colour I got which is gold because it looks very expensive and classy.



Laser Auto Focus



Next would be the laser auto focus functions! It is designed to make it the fastest focusing smartphone in the market using the in-build 13MP camera. A split second does make a big difference. The front 2.1MP camera (which people commonly used to take selfies) gives you a wider angle when taking photos. 

If it's hard for you to press the "snap" button while taking a picture of yourself, you can actually hold out your hand in front of the camera and make a fist and it will start the self-portrait timer. Cool right? Of course, it was hard for me when I first try it because I was unsure if I did the right thing. Hahaha!! 

Another cool feature would be the front-facing flash although it is not from an LED light. Instead, some part of the screen will turn white, which helps to give you the while balanced feature that could correct your skin tone and imperfections. These are some things that girls should think about? :')


Knock Code




Then comes the cool part. Honestly, it was my first time hearing the term, "Knock Code". I was like, "WHAT IS THIS? You mean I have to punch my phone to unlock it? So cool??" But it wasn't what I thought. It's just mainly using your finger to knock the phone in order to unlock which I find pretty special. 

I have only seen those key in your password and the sliding your finger on the screen to unlock your phone. Never have I ever come across the term KNOCK CODE before. Hahaha... I find it quite brilliant because I always have this problem of putting my phone in my pocket or in my bag and it will just automatically type in the password (due to whatever reason, maybe friction) and it will end up having error. It gets annoying overtime. Whoever came up with knock code, you are a genius.


Camera Filter




This is another feature that most girls would be interested in. The camera itself has filters! Hahaha! I am actually not a fan of filters because it tends to be blurry once the photo is taken BUT during days when I have a break out or bad skin day, this will come in handy. No one wants to look bad in photos right... You can adjust the level of filter while taking a photo of yourself.


Sharpness



This is one of the things that I will look out for when buying a phone; the sharpness. I have seen Samsung ones before as well as iPhone. Compare both phones; it's obvious that iPhone has clearer and sharper view. Since LG is an Android phone, you would also think that they don't offer the same quality as the iPhone. YOU ARE WRONG! 

It is so crystal clear! You can watch YouTube videos or movies clearly! Perfect!!!


Front View





This is something cool that I found out a few days ago. I was searching for a phone cover for my new LG G3 phone and since it was released recently, it was hard for me to find one. Luckily, I was lost around Sim Lim Square and I ended up in this ulu place. I tried my luck going in to this phone shop and they told me they have the original cover for my phone! OF COURSE I WAS HAPPY. I don't have to worry about breaking my phone in less than a week without giving it protection. It cost me about $35 for the cover itself and $10 for the screen protector. I wanted the best for my new phone. 

The person told me that only original LG G3 phone can do the above (photos). When you close your phone, it will show you the time inside that small circle. You can also change the theme that enables it to show you the weather of the day and the location you are at. Sometimes, I like to play with it by flipping the cover up and down to see the changes. Hahaha!!! 

I think there are still other things that I have yet to explore by myself and I hope to discover more interesting features! 

But you don’t have to worry about that because I STRONGLY recommend for you guys to renew your contract/plan at http://singtelshop.com/asyihaams  because it will seriously save you a lot of money with that additional 2GB on top of the 1GB that SingTel is already offering!  





Monday, July 21, 2014

Dash It!

Have you guys ever experienced times when you are happily shopping for clothes and shoes in a retail store and realize that you don’t have enough cash with you, or you forgot to bring your credit/debit card? 

URGHHHHHHHHHHH. 

I KNOW THAT FEELING. 

You’ve already got what you exactly wanted after going rounds to find the perfect outfits, and at the end of the day, you have to dump it aside because you didn’t bring enough cash with you. BUT Lucky you! I am happy to tell you an alternative where you guys can still pay for your purchases without having to face such a situation EVER again!



What is Dash exactly?

 
Good question! 

It's an app created by SingTel and Standard Chartered, where you can download your cash straight into your phone, just like how you've been downloading your movies and favourite songs, and pay for your purchaes! Still don't quite get it? 

So it’s basically your very own portable ATM machine that you can carry around, and use it as and when you need to make payments, without the long ATM queuing time! With this, it means you don't have to go to an ATM machine to withdraw your cash anymore! 

With Dash, you will have a bank account with Standard Chartered, where you can transfer cash into your Dash account called, mCash, so that you can use the cash on the go! 





With this app, you can:


Pay your friends with a swipe from mobile to mobile or choose from your contacts



Transfer money from your savings account for instant use



Pay utility or credit card bills on the go




It's that simple!

Dash consists of three different mobile solutions which is:


Dash Easy

A savings account offered by Standard Chartered Bank, which can be linked to a mobile cash (mCash) account offered by SingtelYou get both a Dash Easy Savings Account and a Dash mCash Account in one easy sign up from your mobile phone, or online. 

After signing up, you can login immediately to the Dash App to find a free $10 in your Dash mCash Account from us for you to save or pay a friend or business. 
How you can get a free $10 instantly? Sign up here!!! FREE $10 OKAY!!!


Dash Advance

It's a way for you to apply for a loan. In 15 mins, you can apply online or via the Dash App, which even lets you upload your income documents by taking a photo and get approval-in-principle within 60 seconds. You can borrow up to 4x your monthly income (subject to a maximum of $200,000*) and get great sign-up gifts too.


Dash Abroad

It is to “create-your-own" travel insurance product, underwritten by ACE Insurance Limited (ACE), which allows you to build from the basics, up to your needs.

There are so many outlets that you can pay using Dash such as Adidas, Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins and a lot more

Recently, I went shopping and bought $550 worth of Topshop clothes and make up products from Watsons! Hahahaha! Basically, it was a much more fun experience as I got to use Dash while shopping. You know how easy it is to just swipe and swipe and swipe to pay at the counter instead of taking out your cash or card and feel the PAIN that you have spent so much. 

Here are some of my amazing loots that I brought home! I am such a happy girl! (#00td in August. It #needsanupdate)



You must be wondering, HOW TO SIGN UP?

First, you can sign up via online. This page will appear:


Simply key in your mobile phone and fill in the application for the next few steps.


How to use?

1) Download the Dash app and sign in to your account (once you have already sign up)
2) Select who you would like to pay (your friends or business)
3) If business, you can select the counter code that will be given by the business
4) Key in the amount you have to pay and you are done!







NOW ALL OF US CAN START SHOPPING WITH DASH!


SIGN UP HERE TO GET $10 INTO YOUR mCASH ACCOUNT IMMEDIATELY: http://bit.ly/1qIChkL



For more information:

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Singtel New Youth Plan

I don't know about you guys but I was 14 years old when I had my first mobile phone. I still remember I pasted a photo of my 'dream' phone in my diary, wishing that I will have it for my birthday. It looks like this:



Sony Ericsson was my first handphone and I fell in love with it instantly. During that time, it was all over the magazines, newspapers and even, on the internet. I thought it was cool to have one for myself as well. You know how as a kid, you feel so left out amongst your friends just because you don't have a phone and everyone else is flipping theirs, busy texting and you are just there like "Hmm... what should i do now?" 

After two years, it was time for me to re-contract but my mum wouldn't let me. She told me, "If you pass your N-level results with good grades, then I will present you an iPhone 4." Of course, with that promising statement that kept lingering at the back of my head, I never failed to feel motivated to study hard for my major examinations. True enough, I managed to pass with flying colours and that was when I had an iPhone 4 as my second phone. 

Then comes the major problem.  

Two years after that, as usual, it was time for me to re-contract. I was already eye-ing on the latest Samsung model which was the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The screen was huge and wide, and I thought to myself maybe it's time for a change. I guess I liked what I was looking for. I enjoy watching movies when I am on my way to a certain location to kill time and with the big screen that they are offering, it was definitely a big tick for me. I didn't even look at the other qualities the phone has.  

Unfortunately, it didn't last me more than two months of using that phone. Something unexpected happen. I was visiting the doctor one day and while waiting for my turn, I was scrolling through my Twitter timeline and all of a sudden, it blacked out on me. I was baffled and confused because I remembered charging my phone before I left home. I got so restless and impatient to rush home and charge my phone just to see if the battery was the problem. To no avail, it didn't work. My phone completely died on me. I feel so frustrated because I tried so hard to maintain the condition of my phone and it just had to be because of the system. Furthermore, it was still brand new.  

Shops after shops, and none of them could find a way to switch my phone back on unless I have to send for a complete repair that could cost me as good as a brand new phone and just like that, I was phone-less. I had to wait for another two years in order for me to get a new phone due to the re-contract system. Luckily, I still had my iPhone 4 with me and so, I sticked to it (but I was still mad and angry at how my Samsung died on me just-like-that!) 
It has been four years since I used an iPhone and it didn't last that long either but that, I could understand because it had went through a lot of ups and downs with me. From cracked screen, to chipped sides, to missing SIM card tray, to faulty home AND lock button,  to missing audio, to a major horrible state whereby the front glass crack and you can see through what's inside the phone, and after all that, it managed to survive till about four months ago, it died, peacefully (haha) 




I am very, very, very happy that I finally have a new phone that is only a few days old and I just can't seem to leave it alone. More details about it in the upcoming posts!  

There are definitely thousands and others of reasons why some consumers might not be satisfied with their phones and one of the popular problems would be the slow internet connection. I feel your pain. 

I experienced the exact same thing as what others would. I know how annoying it gets especially when you are in the train tunnel and you are halfway watching YouTube and it suddenly hangs or when you are talking on the phone and the connection cuts you off. I do get impatient some times. 

I have been using SingTel since I first had a phone and yes, I still do experience bad connection because the SingTel Youth Plan 6 years ago didn't offer me that much. It was still in 3G (not 4G) and the local data has adjusted to 2GB. That's the reason why my bills kept piling and piling due to excess data usage. Can't be blame because I didn't have sufficient local data and I didn't want to pay for extra GB because it could cost me quite a lot even if it's monthly (because it's wasn't included in the Youth Plan, that's the reason why the charges varies). 

Since my contract is ending soon (Ahhh! Finally, the time has come) in a few months’ time, I can finally re-contract to the latest Youth Plan which offers SO MANY GREAT THINGS COMPARED TO WHAT I WAS OFFERED SIX YEARS AGO!  

For some of you who are planning to buy a new phone or re-contract, this new Youth Plan would be something you might want to look at. Before deciding on which phone you want to purchase, you would want to look at which telcos offer you the best plan. Here is a chart that I sum up for you guys so that you can see a better picture for yourself.





SingTel has an exclusive benefit for the NEW sign ups (meaning it's your first time signing up for this plan) it is givng you a 10% off Lite and Value subscription + additional 1GB and free 2 months AMPed premium!  

The more students should purchase it as it is the cheapest amongst the three telcos in Singapore. Not forgetting, the additional local data so that means more internet surfing! You don't have to worry about receiving an increase amount of bills due to the excess local data charges. I know how painful your heart will feel to see that additional charges on the piece of paper just like how I received mine a few days back. It tallies up to $100 for the month! Not even funny :'( 

The good news doesn't end here. 

If you are a new customer to  Singtel and sign up for the Youth Plan via this link (www.singtelshop.com/asyihaams), you will receive an ADDITIONAL perks on top of whatever that was mentioned above and that includes $50 off ANY mobile phones (except for iPhone) and free 2GB additional data!!! This is so exciting ?! It feels like Christmas came in too early... Hahaha! Just by clicking the link to sign up and you can earn extra 2GB just like that??? It's definitely worth it, trust me.


Here is a slight demo on how you can go about doing it:


Step #1:
Click Start Here at the top right hand corner of the page


Step #2:
 Complete the Sign Up sheet



Step #3:
 They will send an activation pin for you to enter. Once you have successfully enter, click Continue Shopping




Step #4:
 Click Start Shopping now at the home page of the website





Step #5:
 Select the phone of your choice. There will be filter options for you to help you out.

Click View Price when you have selected your choice.




Step #6:
 Once you are happy with the choice of colour and if the phone is available, click Sign-up New Line to continue



Step #7:
 Choose your mobile number if you are signing up for a new one. Otherwise, if you are an M1/Starhub user and you are switching to Singtel, click the second option below.

Click Next once you are done



Step #8:
 Choose the plan that you want and proceed by clicking Next



Step #9:
 If there is any additional features you would like to include in your plan, you may choose the selected options. Other wise, click View Order Summary


Afterwards, there will be a few more steps for you to complete and you are done! 


You will be able to see the $50 handset voucher at the summary page and the additional 2GB will be reflected when the bill comes together w the phone!  

And in case you are wondering how to go about paying, SingTelshop.com accepts VISA, MasterCard and UOB Debit Card. 

For those who don't feel comfortable in signing up for the Youth Plan online due to some trust issues or other problems (maybe because your parents feel comfortable in purchasing it in stores), don't worry, you can email your request to contest@gushcloud.com with your Name, Contact Number and my name - Asyiha Ams (in case till now, after scrolling through my blog, you still don't know who I am) to redeem your vouchers! 

I am SO EXCITED MYSELF. I am not old. I can still sign up for the new Youth plan! 


Here are some of the FAQs for those who are unsure about how it goes. 


YOUTH PLAN FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 


Who is eligible for the Youth Plan? 

a) All students with valid local student cards 
b) Full time NS men with service status “NSF” in their 11B identity card and aged 25 years and below at the point of sign up, excluding regulars. 
Do note that only 1 student card or 11B IC is applicable per youth plan. Any customer with both a valid local student card and an 11B will not be eligible to apply to 2 youth plans under his name. 


Is there an age limit? 

If you are below 18, you require a photo of your parent/guardian guarantor’s IC when you apply online. If you go down to the SingTel shops, your parent/guardian guarantor needs to be present. If you are above 18, you can do everything yourself! 


To which Youth Plans are the perks under my link applicable to? 

Only the Lite and Value Youth Plans enjoy the perks, so do select either of these when signing up for a new line/re-contracting. 


Can I only sign up for this plan online? 

You may also sign up for this Youth Plan at any SingTel shop, but do note that there are some special perks only available to those who sign up through my unique link (www.singtel.com/asyihaams)! 


How will the phone be delivered? 

It will be delivered right to your doorstep so do provide the right address! It should take between 2-4 working days. 

So easy right? 


How does the phone trade-in work? 

If you have a phone you’d like to trade in, there is an optional segment before check-out to offset your one-time payment. Select which phone you would like to trade in, and present it to the delivery person at point of delivery. 


EXCITED YET? START SHOPPING AWAY @ 

Am so happy to finally be able to share this with you so..... 


START SPREADING THE GOOD NEWS AROUND TOO~ 

TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY ABOUT THIS NEW YOUTH PLAN AND SIGN UP FOR A NEW LINE WITH SINGTEL NOW!!!