Sunday, November 23, 2008

GoMobile Expo 2008


After I had a peep on Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 debut, I headed to KL's PWTC for another gadget exhibition, the GoMobile Expo 2008.

Upon arrival at the hall, there were several other exhibitions going on, just to make sure I entered the right one, not the batik exhibition...


It's clearly that why SonyEricsson did not have their X1 official launch held over here, LG was the main sponsor of the expo and dominated a large area right after the entrance...


With chicks promoting the flagship phones, the LG Secret Black Label series...


Not that I was nerved with the sexy chicks, too crowded in the hall and basically there was no space and time for me to hold the camera long enough to take a steady shot...


And a long table of showing the "chat phone". This phone has been advertised on theSun paper almost everyday...


Hmmm... May be it can be an alternative to SE X1 or HTC Touch Pro. Hehe...


Found SE booth, and it was damn crowded by many people. Honestly, SE booth was among the busiest booth than other brands like LG, Lokia or Nokia and CSL...


With the same price at RM3199 for X1, the booth offered 8GB memory card, a speaker backpack (a bag with 2 built in wired speaker to plug into your SE phones) and extended 24 months warranty compared to only a mere 4GB card at 1U. The most attractive gift was the extended warranty, from SE distributor Midland directly. Installment plan at RM285 per month for 12 months was available too, paying excess of RM221 for the interest. Hmmmm...

The other crowded booth was CSL. Err... I guess this is a local brand, right? This brand was very aggressive in advertisements, you can see at least a full page ads on every issue of Mobile World magazine. They showcased their PDA phone...


Also mobile TV phone...


I wonder how often you watch TV1, 2 and 3 these days? Oh, 8TV can be received as well. And then a big giant of their 8MP camera phone with 3x optical zoom at RM988!


Price negotiable some more! My shirt was pulled by the sales representative to discuss further. He even waived the credit card surcharge, how desperate he was to secure the deal! He didn't know I am a big SE fan ;)

Not only mobile phones. Asus was there too to promote their latest netbook, the Eee PC 1000H...


The actual unit...


I didn't bring my Wind for comparison, but Eee 1000H was a little thicker and bulkier look than MSI. Performance response was good from Windows XP Home with 1GB RAM. Unlike the previous Eee, the keyboard was easy to type. From eye measurement, I gauged the keyboard size was similar to Wind.


Price at RM1799 for a longer life battery than Wind, perhaps a good deal as the cheapest Wind was RM1699 (6-cell battery) at Imbi as of last week price, running on Linux though. (Did you realize a conflict? The banner said 8 hours of battery life whereas the brochure above showed 7 hours? Hehe...)

Eee PC was not the only netbook there, Maxis was promoting their 3G broadband with Dell Mini9...


Beware of the trick by Maxis for the package. I don't want to comment any details here but read carefully the terms and conditions before you commit to Maxis. A clue here to you was Dell Mini9 is priced at RM1299 at Imbi's Dell Center, IMO, not a good netbook at its price though.

That's all about GoMobile Expo 2008!

Yeah, I was disappointed with the expo. It's sorta waste of time to me as I have came across all of the gadgets before the expo and I thought the Expo could be a little exciting and surprising with some new gadgets and phones or even netbooks. Perhaps I was having too high expectation. Price wise wasn't that attractive for most of the items. I just simply made a call to one of the big dealers in my home town to confirm the price without negotiation and I got much better deal than what I was offered in the expo. Chick wise, thumbs down too except one Motorola girl who looked like girl next door was so friendly serving me. Too bad, I could get employee purchase for Motorola items. Sorry girl.

Sighs. When talk about gadget expo, I believe Malaysia is still way way way behind other Asian countries like Singapore and Taiwan. Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC)? Cyberjaya as Asia Silicon Valley? May be in the next century, not even year 2020. How I wish one day I could get full sponsor to fly me to CEBIT or COMPUTEX.

Oh ya, not to forget some gifts I received from GoMobile organizer...


Quite useful gifts when I go mobile right? LoL.