Malaysia iPad Air and iPad mini 2 Coming from Celcom, DiGi, Maxis

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iPad Air and iPad mini 2

Malaysia main telcos – Celcom, DiGi, Maxis – updated their websites to add iPad Air and iPad mini with retina display (iPad mini 2) to their list of mobile devices. Pre-registration open now, except Maxis.

Celcom (iPad air, iPad mini 2) and DiGi are now accepting register of interest for both two latest tablets from Apple. Maxis does not have pre-registeration, only says on the website “Plans & pricing coming soon”.

While none of the telcos unveil the iPad Air and iPad mini 2 price and release date, sources say that Celcom will unveil iPad Air plans on December 9th, 2013. It is safe to assume other telcos will follow the same iPad release date.

The rule of thumb is that “you can always buy new iPad before Christmas of the year.” Hohoho! :)

About iPad Air and iPad mini 2

iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display (iPad mini 2) are two new iPad models in 2013 that had been released on November 1st and November 12th in the 1st batch countries.

iPad Air is lighter, slimmer and more powerful (A7 chip) than iPad 4th generation. Price in US starts from $499.

iPad mini 2 is the 2nd generation of the smaller iPad, now with 7.9-inch retina display and powered by the same A7 chip with M7 motion coprocessor found in iPad Air. Price starts from $399 in US.

Do you buy iPad Air or iPad mini 2? Why? Please tell us in the comment.

Win iPad Mini by Taking Picture Together with P1 Promoters

P1 snap post win photo
P1 Snap Post Win banner
P1 Snap Post Win banner

P1 “Snap, Post & Win” is a Facebook photo “likes” contest running from July 8 to September 15, 2013. P1 will giveaway 2 iPad mini a week for over 10 weeks.

“This contest is just something extra to thank patrons of our more than two hundred stores and sales points nationwide. We also wanted to celebrate the Internet and mobile lifestyle which brought about the sharp increase in smart phone and tablet adoption in recent years. People just want to be informed, entertained and sociable while on the go. The iPad Mini will go very well with P1’s 4G wireless Internet services.” said P1 CEO, CC Puan.

How to win P1 iPad mini?

First of all, P1 make it easy to enter the contest. No purchase required. You do not need to be a P1 customer.

  1. Simply visit any P1 sales point (locate here) to snap a photo together with a P1 promoter (handsome or beauty, as you wish!).
  2. Visit P1 Buddy facebook page to upload your photo and fill in the contest form.
  3. Ask all your family, relatives, friends, and strangers to “like” your photo.
  4. Two highest votes (likes) photos each week will win iPad mini each.
  5. Good luck!

You can only submit your entry once. Your uploaded photo must contain P1 promoters in uniform in their respective P1 Sales Points. Also, only photos receive at least 50 likes will be qualified for winning.

Here are some submitted photos:

Visit P1 Snap, Post & Win for more information.

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard mini for iPad mini

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover mini
Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover mini
Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover mini

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard mini is a slim protective keyboard cover for iPad mini with 7-inch traditional typing layout and double as iPad mini stand.

“Think of it as the other half of your iPad mini. Its clever seven-inch design fits perfectly with the iPad mini while offering full-size keys for easy typing, saving your screen space for content.”, said Prasenjit Sarkar, Regional Director for Southeast Asia at Logitech.

Features

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Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover mini closed

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard mini uses aluminum cover to protect your iPad mini. It has integrated magnets to “click” with your iPad mini. It wakes and sleeps your iPad mini on open and close.

Detach it to reveal its built-in Bluetooth EasyType 7-inch keyboard with traditional typing layout, plus iOS function keys, such as copy and paste. Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard mini also double as iPad stand (vertical or horizontal). Did I mention that the keyboard cover works wirelessly? It means you don’t necessary have to attach iPad mini on it.

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard mini side
Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard mini side

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard mini provides 3-month battery life for 2 hours usage per day. You charge the build-in rechargeable battery via microUSB port.

Price and Availability

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard mini is available in Malaysia in May 2013, the suggested retail price is RM259 or USD99 on Amazon.com.

Video: Logitech Ultrathin Keybaord mini

Thoughts

If you want to do a lot of typing on an iPad mini, Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard mini is worth considering. Though it is not a full-size keyboard but it can protect your iPad mini (display side only) and double as iPad mini stand, which makes it a good companion for iPad mini on-the-go.

Visit Logitech Malaysia for more information.

Maxis 4G LTE: Everything You Need to Know (Coverage, SpeedTest, iPhone, 4G Phones)

Maxis 4G LTE coverage area
Maxis 4G LTE
Maxis 4G LTE

In this article, you will learn everything about Maxis 4G LTE network, include the coverage area, speedtest, supported 4G phones, iPhone setup, and more. 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) is a new generation of mobile network, successor of the third generation (3G) standards, offer up to 10 times after speed than 3G connection.

How to activate Maxis 4G LTE?

Maxis 4G LTE network works seamlessly with its existing 3G networks. To enjoy the blasting 4G speed, you need to fulfill the following requirements:

  1. A 4G device (phone, tablet, modem) support Maxis 4G LTE band (1800Mhz and 2600Mhz) and use Micro/Nano SIM card. (may need to update carrier settings)
  2. You are a Maxis postpaid customer with 1GB data plan or above.
  3. You are in the Maxis 4G LTE network coverage.

Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPad mini) can update Maxis carrier settings by goto Settings > General > About, you will get a prompt for Carrier Settings Update.

No extra charge for Maxis 4G LTE

No extra charges for Maxis 4G LTE. AS long as you fulfill the above requirements, you can ride on the super fast wireless broadband without additional fee. Just like you don’t pay more to use 3G network.

Maxis 4G LTE phones and modem

Today, the official Maxis 4G devices (with plans) are:

  • iPhone 5
  • Nokia Lumia 920
  • HTC One XL
  • iPad mini (WiFi + Cellular)
  • iPad 4 (WiFi + Cellular)
  • 4G LTE USB modem

Actually, any 4G devices support 1800MHz or 2600MHz bands would also works on Maxis 4G LTE.

Maxis 4G LTE network coverage area

Maxis 4G LTE coverage area
Maxis 4G LTE coverage area

Maxis has expanded 4G LTE network coverage since the launch on 1 January 2013. The following is the current Maxis 4G LTE coverage areas:

  • Bangsar, Mont Kiara, Desa Park, Damansara Heights
  • Cyberjaya
  • Damansara Utama
  • Puchong (Wawasan Puchong, Bandar Kinrara 1, Bandar Kinrara 3, Bandar Kinrara 4, Bandar Puteri)
  • Seapark, Dataran Prima, Tropicana
  • Petaling Jaya Section 13, 14, 17, 19, SS2
  • Sunway, Kampung Tunku, SS2, SS3
  • Taman Desa, Pantai Dalam, Old Klang Road
  • Taman Gembira, Desa Petaling
  • Taman Kinrara 2, Taman Kinrara 3, Taman Kinrara 4
  • Taman Megah (SS23, SS24, SS26), Kelana Jaya
  • Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI), Bandar Utama, Mutiara Damansara
  • USJ 3, USJ 4, USJ 5, USJ 9, USJ 11, USJ 12, USJ 13

Maxis expects to expand further in Klang Valley, Penang and Johor by 3rd quarter of 2013. You can check the latest 4G coverage area here.

If you are out of Maxis 4G LTE coverage, your 4G device will seamlessly switch to 3G network (or EDGE or GPRS).

Maxis 4G LTE SpeedTest result

Maxis 4G LTE offers speed up to 75Mbps but we know that the theory speed will never happens. Maxis says the average speed will be 10–30Mbps.

Maxis 4G LTE speedtest
Maxis 4G LTE speedtest (Image credit: (left to right) Melvin Tong (fb), Vernon Chan (fb))

Some early Maxis 4G LTE SpeedTest results show that the download speed are above 20Mbps and upload speed up around 15Mbps. That’s impressive! (My home broadband is 4Mbps)

For more information, visit Maxis Centres at KCLL or Taman Tun Dr. Ismail or goto www.maxis.com.my/4GLTE. 

Anything you would like to know about Maxis 4G LTE? Please ask in comment below.