Blu Neo 4.5 (from Bmobile) Unboxing and First Impressions

The trackpad on my 5 year old Blackberry 9700 broke. My mom had been using it for the past year and more. We decided to replace it with the cheapest smartphone we could find. I taught her how to use Facebook on the Blackberry so she wanted back her WIFI and Facebook access. We found out that Bmobile had a special on the Blu Neo 4.5. It was now TT$299 prepaid from being more than TT$600. This was perfect.

As a tech blogger I am happy to unbox anything and write about it. You get a charger, screen protector, plastic casing, battery and instruction manual in the box. The phone works with the older and normal sized SIM so we didn't have to cut the SIM card. I think that the specs are good for the price. 4.5" IPS display, 1.3 GHz dual core processor and 3.2 MP camera that does 720p at 30 fps video. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. The phone was released in May 2014. It's a budget phone so you get what you pay for. Call quality is normal and UI performance is average.

It comes with a 1 year warranty which is good. If this phone lasts for a year I would be very pleased. Would I buy this phone for myself? If I had a small budget, I would definitely buy this phone for myself. The next step for me is to review day to day performance and durability after extended usage. I am also tasked with teaching my mom how to use the touch screen and Android. High-spec flagships usually get most of the attention but today a budget smartphone is being featured and gets my thumbs up in this unboxing and initial impressions blog post.

I would also like to mention and note the great service we received from the staff at Cell Serve Ltd in Trincity Mall.

Samsung Note 5 Rumours

It's a cycle that never stops. Rumours and speculation abound in the tech space in anticipation of new stuff. I'll try to list out the rumours that I have come across for the Note 5.

  • Launch date should be around IFA in September but some are suggesting an August date
  • Similar design style and form factor (but bigger) as the S6
  • A 4K display
  • 4GB RAM
  • Exynos or Snapdragon 815 chip
  • Latest Android Lollipop (No Android M)
  • 20 MP shooter
  • Greater than 4000 mAh battery
  • USB type-C port
  • Magnetic controlled S-Pen ejection

As for TouchWiz I don't expect any major changes there. I don't expect much features either. I would like to see stereo front facing speakers and bring back the radio chip and add a TV chip. What do you want to see? What rumours have you read about? Share them in the comments below.

Retrieve Your WIFI Password on Windows

You can retrieve the password for the WIFI that you are connected to in Windows from the UI as follows. I am using Windows 10 but it should be similar in previous versions.

Open Network and Sharing Center

  1. Click on your Wi-Fi connection
  2. Select Wireless Properties
  3. Select the Security tab
  4. Check 'Show charcaters'

Another way of getting the password is to use the command line. This is good because you don't have to be connected. This also works for any saved connection with remember password selected.

netsh wlan show profile name=[YOUR WIFI NETWORK NAME] key=clear

Samsung Gear VR Demo at Digicel IMAX (Trinidad)

Samsung held an event at the Digicel IMAX to introduce us to the Gear VR. The IMAX venue was chosen because like IMAX, the Gear VR aims to create an immersive and compelling viewing experience. Among guests at the event was representatives from TDC. TDC is interested in creating virtual experiences to promote our tourism.

The Gear VR headset is ergonomic and works with the S6. It provides a 96 degree viewing angle. Great for movies and games. I was able to try it out myself. You navigate and select menu options using a touch pad on the right side. Focus is controlled by a dial at the top. Combine it with your favorite headphones to enhance your experience.

The demo left me wanting to experience more. The Gear VR would be available at the Samsung Experience stores to try out. Here are my photos from the event.

One Woodbrook Place

Welcoming ambiance

Guests get to try out the Gear VR

Selfie while I wait

Close-up of the Gear VR

An enjoyable immersive experience

Guests mingle and converse

Media get their photographs

Digicel IMAX signage at night