Gadget Watch, July 12: HTC One, Nokia Asha 501, Galaxy Tab 3


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Hi, guys! I hope you’re all having a great Friday night.

I’m Irene Enriquez! Welcome to Gadget Watch! Keeping watch on gadget prices and releases.

Before we get to all the tech talk, let me just take a quick moment to thank everyone who watched the pilot episode, most especially to those who left encouraging comments. I really appreciate it guys. And please keep them coming! 🙂

All right, on to this week’s gadget watch!

Hot Gadget

Let’s start with one of the hottest Android smartphones in the market: the HTC One. HTC one is a beautiful smartphone measuring 4.7 inches, powered by a quad core processor, and has a 4 mega pixel camera. Unlike Samsung’s plastic-made smartphones, the HTC one comes with a full metal body making it look sleek, classy, and sturdy. The phone comes with a 32 GB and 64 GB version, but it doesn’t support a Micro SD slot. If you want to own one of these babies, the price ranges from P27000-P32000 for the 32 GB version. It has a hefty price tag, but it’s one of the best smartphones that is often compared to Samsung Galaxy S4 and Xperia Z.

Recent Release

If you’re not looking for a fancy smartphone, you might be interested in one of the most recent releases from Nokia in the Philippines: the Super Pocket Asha 501. According to GadgetPilipina, the Asha 501 features “durable and detachable shell, scratch-resistant Gorilla glass, and a three-inch touchscreen.” J Anyway, the website also reports that this tiny phone has exceptional battery life which can last up to 26 days. Now, that’s something that you don’t experience nowadays!

One thing to keep in mind though is that this phone runs Nokia Asha software platform. But if you’re looking for a small phone (and I mean really small) with a great battery life, this phone might just fit the bill. It’s retailed at $99 in the U.S. In the Philippines, you can get it for around P4000- P5000. I’ve checked out a few stores in SM malls, and not all of them sell this model yet. But you can get it in Nokia outlets.


Last month, a 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 was released in the Philippines. A few months before that, Cherry Mobile released a 7-inch tablet called the Fusion Bolt. Both of these tablets are almost similar in size and runs Android JellyBean 4.1. A dual-core processor powers the Galaxy Tab 3, while a quad-core processor powers the Fusion Bolt.

So far, I wasn’t able to find detailed reviews of the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 yet. So I can’t really say which tablet performs better all in all. For now, let’s just compare the price. Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt is priced at P3999, while the Tab 3 is priced at P9200 in

Buying Tip of the Week

Last week, we talked about the new iPhone rumors. Now, if you’re set to buy an iPhone this year, you might want to take a look at the fifth generation iPod Touch first. It’s cheap and it’s practically an iPHone without the call and text features. If you want to know more reasons why you should buy the iPod Touch fifth gen instead of the iPhone 5, please check out my latest post at


Let me know which gadgets you’re interested in and I’ll research details for you like the prices, features, and similar products in the market, so I can feature them in the next episode. You can leave a comment below or hit me up on Facebook or Twitter.

That’s it for this week’s Gadget Watch. Please come back next Friday at 9 pm for a fresh episode. This is Irene Enriquez! See you next week!





Irene Chan

Irene Chan

Irene Chan loves two things: communication and technology. With this tech blog and her role as Head of Communications at Veems, she believes she has the best job in the world. 🙂 Besides those two things, she's also crazy for coffee, dogs, and zombies.Follow her on Veems to get tips and fun updates from her geeky life.
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