11street Malaysia: Korean Online Shopping in Malaysia

11street Malaysia press conference

11street online marketplace was launched in April 2015 as the latest e-mall in Malaysia.

11street Malaysia press conference
11street Malaysia press conference

Established in South Korea in 2008, 11street has grown and become on of the top global e-commerce marketplaces with 400,000 sellers worldwide. 11street is known as n11 in Turkey and elevenia in Indonesia.

11street Malaysia is operated by Celcom Planet Sdn. Bhd which was established in November 2014 – a joint venture between Celcom Axiata Bhd. and SK Planet Ltd. Celcom is Malaysia’s one of the top mobile telecommunications groups, while SK Planet is the owner of Korea’s best e-commerce site, 11st.co.kr.

11street Malaysia offer a variety choices of products in 8 categories, namely Fashion, Electronics, Groceries, Health & Beauty, Kids & Baby, Leisure & Sports, Home & Living, Books & Services including e-vouchers.

“We are committed to bring on board the latest and the most popular products from the overseas markets, especially Korea and other Western countries, to enrich the local consumers’ shopping experience at competitive prices.”, said Hoseok Kim, CEO, 11street

11street is the first online marketplace in Malaysia offering lowest price guarantee. If you purchased a “SHOCKING DEALS” product but found it selling cheaper from other online marketplaces, then you will get 110% back on the difference in credit. “Other online marketplaces” includes only Lazada, Zalora, Rakuten, Groupon and Ensogo.

The online marketplace also includes additional “product verification layers” to ensure all products authentication. However, the website does not show more information.

Lee Min Ho and Emily Chan as 11street brand ambassadors

11street Malaysia official ambassadors: Lee Min Ho, a well-known
11street Malaysia official ambassadors: Lee Min Ho, a well-known

11street grand launch event was held at NU Sentral, Kuala Lumpur. The shopping mall was packed with fans and audience eagerly want to meet the 11street brand ambassadors – Lee Min Ho, a well-known South Korean actor and Emily Chan, a local film actress. 11street contest winners received Lee Min Ho autograph, 11street coupons and a chance to take photo with the famous star.

Visit: www.11street.my

Google Maps Street View for Malaysia: Benefits and Privacy Issues

Google Street View car
Google Street View car
Google Street View car

After being on Malaysian roads for the past year, Google has published imagery of approximately 90 percent of the scenery found along peninsular Malaysia’s public roads, including major highways and tolled roads, state roads, urban centres and neighbourhoods. Malaysia’s off road sites, were captured the Street View Trekker, a wearable backpack mounted camera system.

Street View Trekker
Street View Trekker

Many of us who have used Google Maps may not notice the orange “Pegman” icon on the right-hand side of the Google Map. In areas where Street View is available, street level imagery can be accessed by dragging the “Pegman” icon onto a blue highlighted street.

What is Street View?

Street View is a 360-degree panoramic imagery taken at street level. This imagery provides an immersive browsing experience in Google Maps as users can virtually walk the streets of a city and preview destinations like restaurants and hotels before arriving. It was first launched in May 2007 in the US and has since launched in over 50 countries.

Today, Street View also covers over 50 landmarks and World Heritage sites, including iconic places in Malaysia such as Batu Caves, Taman Negara, Langkawi, Penang Hill, Malacca City and Presint 1, Putrajaya.

What are the benefits?

Beyond day-to-day directions, Street View has many fun and practical uses for consumers. One of the main benefits is that provides virtual tourism around the world. It’s great for planning holidays as you are able to see how a place really looks like before deciding to go.

For those of you who have a mummy-brain like me or are just forgetful, it will help you to find a favorite store that you can’t remember by name. For new home owners, you can virtually walk through a neighborhood before you rent or buy a property. It can even help you to locate parking spots before you visit a place.

What about privacy issues?

By now, many of you would be wondering if thieves are also using Street View to mark their next victim. Fret not, as Google takes user’s privacy seriously and has developed state of the art face blurring and number plate blurring to protect people’s identities.

Street View product abides by the local laws and cultural norms of the country images are taken in. It only features imagery taken on public property and is also not real time, so it is really no different from what any person can readily capture or see walking down the street.

While the Street View feature enables people to easily find, discover, and plan activities relevant to a location, Google respects the fact that people may not want certain types of images featured. They have provided easily accessible tools for flagging inappropriate or sensitive imagery for review and removal.

“Malaysia is a diverse and constantly growing country, and by providing users and businesses with more useful map information, Street View can also help create lasting economic impact. We are pleased to be able to share these new panoramic imagery of Malaysia on Google Maps and we hope people around the world will find them useful and enjoyable too,” says Sajith Sivanandan, Managing Director, Google Malaysia.

Google Maps Street View Malaysia
L-R: Sajith Sivanandan, Managing Director of Google Malaysia and Nhazlisham Hamdan, Operations Lead Google Street View posing with Pegman the Street View icon, at the launch of the Street View imagery in Malaysia.

[box type=”note”]This article is written by Geek Mommy, who tries to makes sense of the tech world for the less techie while managing a household, a part-time job & keeping a toddler busy. [/box]

#MYCyberSALE in Malaysia, the First Govenment-led Online Sale in the World

MYCyberSALE Malaysia
MYCyberSALE Malaysia
MYCyberSALE Malaysia

#MYCyberSALE starts today! The first government-led online sale in the World runs from September 29, 2014 to October 1, 2014.

It is also the biggest online sale event in Malaysia with a total of 250 e-Marketplaces including local and foreign online retailers. They are offering up to 90% discounts for online deals.

This online sale is endorsed and governed by the Ministry and regulators such as the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism (MDTCC) which oversees the overall e-commerce Act, regulation and buyer protection; the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), which oversees regulations around communication and multimedia; SMECorp which governs the participation of Malaysian SMEs; and CyberSecurity Malaysia which oversees the e-commerce and cyberspace security, code of conduct and trust.

I would say almost every Malaysia e-commerce site is participating in the #MYCyberSALE event, including popular online retailers like LeLong, LAZADA, ZALORA, RAKUTEN, GROUPON, IPMART. Even my brother’s small baby clothes online store — BabyLand.my — joins the online sale event, too!

The online sale website has 5 big categories: Fashion, Electrical & Electronics, Travel, Lifestyle & Entertainment, Flowers & Fooed & Gift, and Services. Online shops are listed using their custom #MYCyberSALE banner with a link to their online store.

I also notice that many online retailers do not create a custom landing page for the big event. They are missing the opportunity to generate more targeted sales and build up mailing list!

#MYCyberSALE is a 3-day online sale event starts from today till October 1, 2014. Spend some time to browse through the online deals, shop & save now!

You will stand a chance to win #MYCyberSALE lucky draw to win prizes like Apple MacBook Air, Dell Inspiron II 3000 series laptop, Huawei Honor 6 smartphone, and more!

P.S. Please share some great #MYCyberSALE deals you found with us!

KINGSOFT “Geo Pet Saga” Mobile RPG Game Launched in Malaysia

Cosplayers at Geo Pet Saga launch event
Cosplayers at Geo Pet Saga launch event
Cosplayers at Geo Pet Saga launch event

KINGSOFT (M) Sdn. Bhd. launched Geo Pet Saga (GPS), a mobile role-playing game (RPG) in Malaysia on 18 September 2014.

KINGSOFT Malaysia gave away a total of 50 units of Xiaomi and Lenovo smartphones as door gift to media members. And lucky draws to give away Xiaomi products, including 2 units of Mi pad (64GB).

Geo Pet Saga demo by model
Geo Pet Saga demo by model
Geo Pet Saga launch event models
Geo Pet Saga launch event models

Geo Pet Saga mobile RPG

Geo Pet Saga mobile RPG game screenshot

Geo Pet Saga (GPS) is a mobile RPG with social twist that lets you make friends and foes. Your story begins with your abrupt transportation to Rivia, a mystical world of magic and talking animal.

GPS uses a “30 minutes design” to help beginners to get start with the game — guides to start your first quest and battle, navigate around in the game, and so on.

Your character has 3 magic skill trees consists of Attack, Sumon, and Support. You are battling with your pet companions

Geo Pet Saga mobile RPG game screenshot

60 pets are categorized in 3 bloodline (Holy, Abyss, Chaos) and 3 class (Guardian, Lancer, Mage). Each pet has a star rating from 1 star to highest rating 5 stars. One or more pets could rebirth into higher class pet. As a rule of thumb, get 5 star pets and upgrade them to highest level.

Brawl features in GPS scans for players near you so that you can battle them. In upcoming patch, Brawl will be enhanced with World bosses and a territorial system.

Geo Pet Saga mobile RPG game screenshot

The game features with 800+ quests and 16 zones, you battle across Rivia while seeking for Artifacts to unlock your path home. GPS has 16 original high quality sound tracks and 175+ sound effects.

GPS is an online mobile game requires your mobile device to have Internet connection to play. But the game only consume low data bandwidth, only 400KB for 30 minutes game play time.

GPS game features:

  • 800+ quests
  • 16 zones
  • Brawl: Find other nearby players and do battle.
  • Interactive events on world map
  • Upgrade, evolve and rebirth pet companions
  • Daily reward system (Merit system)
  • Achievements system
  • Endless tower
  • Titles system
  • Arena system

Geo Pet Saga RPG screenshots

Free download

Geo Pet Saga mobile RPG game is a free game with in-app purchases options. It is available free for both Android and iOS platforms. The game download size is around 100MB.

iOS version is pending for Apple App Store approval at the launch date, it is expected to be available in a couple weeks.

About KINGSOFT

KINGSOFT is one of the earliest software developments enterprise in China. Its subsidiary company including Seasun Studio, Cheetah Mobile Inc. and WPS Office.

Geo Pet Saga is the flagship mobile game developed by Seasun Studio, which Xiaomi Inc. has invested in.

KINGSOFT is expanding towards the mobile Internet industry. The company is planning to launch at least 2 games annually in coming years.

For more information, visit Geo Pet Saga facebook page.

[Disclosure: I received an Android smartphone as door gift for attending the launch event.]

Huawei Ascend P7 Review in Malaysia

Huawei Ascend P7 review by LIEWCF
Huawei Ascend P7 review by LIEWCF
Huawei Ascend P7 review by LIEWCF

Huawei Ascend P7, launched in Malaysia in June 2014, is the company’s flagship smartphone in 2014. The world’s slimmest 4G LTE Android smartphone has unique 8MP front-facing camera, dual antenna, and some other interesting features.

Read on for my Ascend P7 review below to know more about the phone’s features, performance and camera photo samples.

What’s in the box?

Huawei Ascend P7 package
Huawei Ascend P7 package

In the Huawei Ascend P7 white package box, you will find the smartphone, a charger, micro USB cable, headsets and two NFC stickers.

The NFC stickers allows you to quickly change phone settings with a tap. Example: turn on WiFi when you are home; silent phone when you are ready to bed.

Design

Huawei Ascend P7
Huawei Ascend P7

Huawei claims that Ascend P7 is the world’s slimmest 4G smartphone with 6.5mm thin. It is indeed slim and lightweight in hand.

Huawei Ascend P7 has square look with metal bumper and glass cover at the front and back. Glass covers may pick up oily smudges but easily wipe off with a cloth (hint: your shirt/pants). I prefer this than cheap plastic phone cover.

The phone has flat edges on every side, except the “waterdrop curve” bottom. The flat edges may not look less comfortable but actually not. Instead, the flat sides increase your grip to give a sense of secure, despite of the slim phone body.

I do not notice any benefit of using curved bottom. Maybe Huawei simply want to differentiate Ascend P7 from other similar shape smartphones, like Sony Xperia Z series?

Ascend P7 has no physical button on front, you only see a Huawei logo at the bottom. The front-facing 8MP camera has higher resolution than other smartphones, yet it looks the same with other smartphones’ front-facing cameras.

While the phone’s left side is blank, the opposite side is crowded by volume buttons, power button, MicroSD card slot and MicroSIM card slot.

Huawei Ascend P7 volume rocker, power button, microSD slot, SIM
Huawei Ascend P7 volume rocker, power button, microSD slot, SIM

Power button is in the middle of right side for ease of access, but it is too close with the volume button. I happened to press the wrong button couple times.

At the top is headphone jack and mic, another mic is next to middle microUSB port at the bottom. Dual mic is used to reduce background noise for clearer phone calls.

Ascend P7 back glass, according to Huawei, is made with “7-layer surface treatment using ‘spin effect’ micro-pattern design”. Frankly, I do not see anything significantly different than other smartphone with glass back cover. One thing for sure is that the back glass is tough because I dropped (accidentally, I swear!) it couple times but no crack or scratch.

The 13MP camera with metal ring is located at the top left corner of the back, with LED flash under it. At the bottom corner, you will see a small speaker grille.

Huawei Ascend P7 looks simple, clean and classy. I like the smartphone design.

Huawei Ascend P7 photo gallery

Display and Sound

Huawei Ascend P7, like other flagship smartphones in 2014, has Full HD 1920×1080 pixels fit in 5-inch display. The high DPI mobile display is crisp, bright, rich colours. The screen viewing angle is good too.

Though Ascend P7 equipped with large camera sensors (13MP & 8MP) but it has only a small speaker at the bottom back. Surprisingly, the small speaker has loud output volume. The sound quality is better than most smartphones’ mono speaker. No significant distortions at the max volume but a bit muddy.

Huawei Ascend P7 speaker
Huawei Ascend P7 speaker

Due to the flat glass back design, the speaker output is blocked when you place it on a flat surface like a table. It is fine when you are holding it, as the sound wave will bounce toward you after hitting your palm.

Huawei Emotion UI and Apps

Ascend P7 is running Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) with Huawei’s Emotion UI 2.3. It features rounded corner app icons with shadow, you can arrange apps into folders.

Emotion UI does not have app drawer, all installed apps are sitting on home screen pages. It may looks familiar for iOS users but existing Android users would prefer cleaner home screen pages.

It has a time saving feature that you can shake the phone to automatically align app icons on home screen pages.

Emotion UI supports themes. It has 9 official themes for you but do not have theme store (yet?). The default “Balance” theme will automatically rotates a collection of beautiful wallpapers on lock screen.

On lock screen, you get 4 handy app shortcuts: calendar, calculator, torch, and mirror.

Mirror app is interesting and I think girls will like it. It is a simple app make use of Ascend P7’s 8MP high resolution front camera to mimic a mirror. You can pause the screen, switch to close-up shot with one touch. Perfect for checking pimples and blackheads on your cheeks.

Swype is the pre-installed keyboard input method. It is a good input method supporting multiple languages but Huawei does not include Chinese language for the keyboard. I also did not find Chinese language in the list of downloadable languages. This is weird because Huawei is a China company and the phone is also made in China.

Huawei Emotion UI Simple home screen style
Huawei Emotion UI Simple home screen style

For elderly users, the many app icons on home screen could be confusing. Ascend P7 supports Standard and Simple home screen style. The latter has a simple layout and large icons.

Huawei Ascend P7 Phone Manager screenshots
Huawei Ascend P7 Phone Manager screenshots

Phone Manager is powered by DU Speed Booster (Google Play link), a popular Android optimizer and cleaner app. It optimizes your phone by closing apps and cleaning junk files to free up memory and storage space. In manual optimisation, you can close apps that keep running after the screen is turned off to save power.

Suspend button is a on-screen virtual button stick to the screen edge. Tap it to open quick menu: back, home, small apps (music, message, note, calculator, calendar), lock screen, clean up memory.

Huawei Ascend P7 suspend button and calculator mini app
Huawei Ascend P7 suspend button and calculator mini app

Camera

Standing out among other smartphones, Huawei Ascend P7 equipped with a 13MP F2.0 main camera and a 8MP front camera. 8MP is the highest resolution for smartphone’s front camera I ever try.

You can take a quick snapshot while phone screen is still off by double pressing the lower volume button. The fastest time is 1.2 second, or less than 2 seconds. You will see the camera launch time after taking the snapshot.

Quickly launch Camera app and capture first photo in less than 2 seconds may sounds useful but the result photo is often blurry and out of focus. I only use the camera shortcut to take a quick picture of parking lot number to remember where I park my car.

List of Ascend P7 camera modes
List of Ascend P7 camera modes

The Camera app is simple to use, it does not have scene modes but camera filters. It can take pictures automatically using Audio Control when it detects a voice reaches preset decibel level. Meaning, you can shout any word to fire the shutter. This wikipedia ‘say cheese’ page will gives you some ideas.

Watermark mode allows you to add 1 out of 10 predefined watermark images to your photo. You can customise watermark text and location. Too bad, you cannot add your own image (company logo) as watermark.

The Camera app has a Beauty mode with 10 level auto-facial enhancements for you to take more beautiful photos of persons. Don’t overuse it. Level 10 will result very fake portrait photo. I think Level 3 is good enough.

Compare different Beauty Mode levels
Compare different Beauty Mode levels (click to enlarge)

Want to take group selfie? Ascend P7 is the first smartphone to enable you take a panorama selfie (“grouphie”, “wefie”) with 8MP front-facing camera. It will take and merge 3 photos into a single 1952×1274 (2.5MP) photo. The panorama selfie has a fisheye effect where center objects will look larger. Make sure you are not standing in the center, should you mind about your head size in the photo.

Huawei Ascend P7 Panorama Selfie (grouphie) sample photo
Huawei Ascend P7 Panorama Selfie (grouphie) sample photo

Both 13MP and 8MP cameras take good photos in good lighting but have some issues under low light environment. Photos I took using front-facing camera in room with curtain down (low light) are reddish. Indoor photos taken by rear camera have high noise level.

Huawei Ascend P7 photo samples

Here are some photos taken by Huawei Ascend P7 front- and back-facing cameras, click thumbnail image for original big file size.

Performance

Unlike other smartphones which powered by 3rd party mobile processor, Huawei Ascend P7 uses their own in-house 1.8GHz HiSilicon Kirin 910 quad-core CPU, paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory, support microSD memory card up to 64GB.

Ascend P7 performance is above average but not the top line. It is good enough to be my primary phone for everyday usage. Opening and switching apps have small delay, which you may not notice until you used a top performance Android phone.

Huawei Ascend P7 benchmark results (AnTuTu & Quadrant)

Huawei Ascend P7 benchmark results (AnTuTu & Quadrant)

Based on the benchmark results, Huawei Ascend P7 performance is above Samsung Galaxy S3 but lower than S4.

  • AnTuTu Benchmark: 25397
  • Quadrant: 6988
  • Vellamo Metal: 911
  • Vellamo Multicore (beta): 1314
  • Vellamo Browser (Chrome): 1861
  • Futuremark 3DMark (Ice Storm Unlimited): 7650
  • Futuremark 3DMark (Ice Storm Extreme): 5094

Dual Antennas

Huawei claims that Ascend P7’s dual antenna design can improve signal receptions and stabilized connection even during weak signal reception to minimize battery drain.

In my unscientific tests, Ascend P7’s WiFi connection performance is better and mobile network speed on highway is faster, when comparing with other smartphones.

But, I noticed that Ascend P7 will switch to offline mode (no mobile network connection) when mobile signal is weak and unstable. Perhaps it helps to save battery juice by not searching for network during weak signal reception.

Personally, I prefer my phone to stay connected all the time even only weak signal is available. I don’t mind to charge it with a power bank later.

Battery life

Huawei Ascend P7 uses a 2,500 mAh lithium polymer battery and supports advanced power-saving mode. It last for 13 hours for my normal usage. Glad that it is another smartphone last for a whole day.

In my battery drain test, playing 1 hour full screen video will drained 20% of the phone’s battery. Meaning, a fully charged Ascend P7 can play video continuously up to 5 hours.

(left) Ascend P7 power saving plans. (right) Ultra power saving mode
(left) Ascend P7 power saving plans. (right) Ultra power saving mode

Ultra power saving plan can almost double battery life (35 mins to 60 mins) but only basic call and message functions available.

Huawei Ascend P7 specs

  • 5.0 inch touch screen, Full HD 1920×1080 resolution
  • 1.8GHz HiSilicon Kirin 910 quad-core CPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory (support microSD 64GB)
  • Android 4.4.2 (Huawei emotion UI 2.3)
  • 13MP F2.0 rear camera with flash, 8MP front camera
  • 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11b/g/n
  • 124g weight
  • 2500 mAh battery
  • Price: RM 1,499

Conclusion

Many girls would love the camera features designed for them, such as beauty mode, group selfie, mirror app. Even if taking photos is not your thing, Huawei Ascend P7 is still a good smartphone choice.

The design is nice, battery life is good, and phone management for advance users. The phone switching to offline mode on poor signal is a bit annoying. The CPU performance is a bit lacking but I am willing to use it everyday.

I would like to thank Huawei Malaysia for the opportunity to review Huawei Ascend P7. This is a free product review with honest write-up. Interesting to submit your products for review? Get in touch with me.