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Which Android phone should you choose for your own usage?

Which Android phone should you choose for your own usage?

Different brands of Android phones try to differentiate themselves by their physical product design mostly (e.g. screen size, buttons’ placement and camera placement). Some will try to sell their Android themes’ ease of use. Others try to sell the camera and security features.

Basic things to check

While the above may be things that people really want, the underlying tech specs are the most basic things that we need to check are (which many people tend to ignore because of their bad technical understanding) :

  1. If you do not install new applications often and will usually use the phone as it is being packaged, you will probably need the following:
    – Up to 4GB of RAM
    – 64GB of memory space
    – 3100 mAh of battery capacity
  2. If you install new applications from time to time, you will probably need the following configuration:
    – 6GB of RAM and above
    – 128GB of memory space and above
    – 4000 mAh of battery capacity

 

Advanced things to check

Other optional things that you may wish to check are as follows:

  1. Sensors 
    – Fingerprint
    – accelerometer
    – gyro
    – compass
  2. Communications
    – GPS
    – Bluetooth
    – WiFi
    – NFC
  3.  Android version
    Are you using the latest version of Android on your phone?
  4. SIM card
    Do you need to use 1 or 2 sim cards in your phone?  Most people tend to say that they need 1 sim card only.  However for those who travel overseas often, the second sim card is useful for using pre-paid sim cards mainly for cheaper mobile internet usage, and it is hassle-free to switch between the two sim cards.
  5. Camera
    Many people tend to compare by the number of megapixels the phone can have.  But in actual fact, you only need the following for a good 300pixels/inch printing resolution:
    – 3.2 megapixels for 5R photo (5×7 inches of print size)
    – 16.2 megapixels for 12R photo (12×15 inches of print size)
    – 19.5 megapixels for 512R photo (12×18 inches of print size)The idea here is that we simply want the best of the best, but that will also be compromising our memory space while we cannot utilise its full potential on the screen as well as on the photo printouts.

    What we should really be worried about is the following:
    – 1 camera in front, and another 1 camera at the back.
    – Capability to take good night photos.
    – Capability to take vibrant looking photos (a combination of lens and software capability)
    – Capability of saving RAW formats if you wish.
    – Capability of configuring ISO, aperture and others.

  6. Sound
    – Do you need your 3.5mm jack for your earphones?
    – Speaker quality
    – Bluetooth capability for earphones
    – Does your earphone have a mic for answering phone calls?
  7. Screen
    Do you need a large screen?  In terms of your touch screen, do you need to use a stylus pen other than just hand touching?
Making yourself heard in the right channel

Making yourself heard in the right channel

Looking from a big perspective, making yourself heard on the social media is due to the positive/negative motivation on anything in this world such as products, people, events, places and thoughts.

Unfortunately, negative information tends to reign in social media (citizen journalism), news sites and blogs as it captures a lot of attention (which is the desired end results)…

Those who don’t wish to get attention are the ones who don’t have Facebook account, or keeping their account private. (that’s not social media, more of private media)

From the personal basis, you may want to think twice before you post something which can harm/shame someone.  It is almost as good as getting rough with someone whom you are angry with. Especially when you may even get backfired for making an overlooked statement.  If you think about the original usage of social media, it’s supposed to keep in touch with your friends and relatives whom you don’t have time with.  That’s where we share our family moments, industry opinions, hobbies, product reviews and life experiences.

Give feedback to the specific company or someone

If you have a point to make to a specific company or someone, you don’t have to do it online conveniently. Instead, here’s some suggestions on what you could do:

  • Directly (or if you wish to get instant feedback), you should be approaching the company or someone privately for an appointment, and discuss face-to-face about it.
  • Indirectly, you may want to send an email / write a letter / send a private message to inform the person or company about your point that you want to express.  But when it comes to technological method, try not to turn yourself into a keyboard warrior to fight against the recipient’s answers. It will be better to have a face-to-face clarification or at least a phone call.

Social media usage

Social media is a place often misunderstood and also misused.  When you get angry over a matter, you may take in on social media to spread your side of the story.  More often than not, the commentators tend to side with the broadcaster if he makes a very good stand in the story (in various formats i.e. video, audio and article).  But the stand may change when they start seeing the other side of the story.  For those who are wronged, they are having social media pressure to make a public notice on their side of the story.

Most of the times, it may not be necessary to shout out loud about something that you are unhappy about.  You could write them on a private diary first (or post it privately for your own view), and you may be glad that you could just tear it off to forget about it as time passed. That’s because time heals most of the time.

Keeping a private journal

It’s a good practice to have a private journal (digitally or on a book) of your thoughts. It keeps you sane because you are basically pouring your innermost thoughts out to somewhere, and it doesn’t hurt anybody.  As you look back at your own journal, you may even think how silly you had been at that time.  It helps you to mature in your thoughts and become a better person even!

Private media usage

Sometimes, you really need to be heard so as to keep yourself sane.  But at the same time, you would like to keep it really secret with someone.  That’s where you could turn to WhatsApp / Line Chat / Telegram / WeChat / FB Messenger and chat with someone you can turn to.

Chill out

Other times, it feels good to go out and chill with someone and tell him or her about your thoughts / frustrations / story.

Do let me know in the comments below for any other alternative ways to make yourself heard privately instead of using the social media.

Why credit card companies may be out of business soon?

Why credit card companies may be out of business soon?

Is mobile payment always meant to be credit card payment?

When you think about mobile payment, credit card payment may come to your mind almost instantly. However, most people don’t carry credit cards in China,  but they do use mobile payments in their everyday life via Alipay and WeChat Pay (which doesn’t require credit card details).

Credit card is convenient to use for paying online and offline.

If you think back about the innovation of credit cards, the original purpose seems to be targeting at people who want the convenience of paying things without bringing too much cash in their wallets.  And when people start to use internet more often, it becomes natural for people to use credit cards since it is impossible to pay in cash.

Credit card companies increase the Internet usage by investing in security.

When credit card companies saw the increasing usage on the Internet (and also increasing credit card fraud cases), they saw a need to provide more security for credit card payments online.  The most recent protection method of using mobile phones to verify with one-time-password helps to make more security sense.

Credit card is actually causing a lot of distress to people who mismanage their money.

But if we think back again about how credit cards are started, it is still a buy-first-pay-later mode which seems to have caused a lot of distress to people who mismanaged their money. Hence, debit cards are also invented to target a different group of people but the perks are much lesser.

Who should pay for the credit card payment usage? Merchant or customer?

Credit cards are also putting a pretty high fee on the merchants. Hence, merchants who don’t have high profit margins will not be able to provide such a service too. If they do, they may even put a charge to their customers instead which comes a barrier to deter more transactions to be made.

Is credit card really necessary today?

If we look back at the original intention of credit card, it is to have a middleman to pay for you first while you pay back later.  All for the convenience of payment when technology was not advanced enough; Most people were not holding a mobile phone back then, while carrying a wallet is a common thing to do.

In the near future, all you need to do is to be able to provide an easy way for users to pay with mobile phone from either the merchant’s or the customers’.  In fact, credit card is no longer necessary (unless you are intending to owe them money with high interest rates to pay every month).

One day, somebody is going to create a common Web Service for the world to use as their mobile payment mode,  and instantly the credit card companies may just get out of business. I believe credit card companies (such as VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) might want to start thinking about this space so as to stay relevant.

5 skills to get our blog content started

5 skills to get our blog content started

Immediately when I am trying to get my blogging routine started again, I am already feeling “bloggers block”;  I am struggling to write something on this blog.

I started to do some research on it.  Found a book titled “Born to Blog” and found that the internet is actually filled with many average bloggers.  I learnt that blogging is not an elite marketing strategy reserved for highly trained authors, journalists and creative people.  It is a communication skill that is naturally inside us which we need to practise them every day.  I just have to find out how to put them to work over in this blog.

Here are the 5 skills I learnt on getting started with blogging:

1) Dreaming
We dream during the day and night.  During the day, we may daydream about imaginative things which are either in future or from past events. And we are usually being restricted by the existing worlds to look into them further.  That’s where the bloggers have the ability to describe this dream world in their minds where they are willing to show the public their internal dramas and uncover their insights.  If we can dream, we can blog.

2) Storytelling
All our lives, we have been telling different kinds of stories to different people in the existing world.  From complicated to entertaining stories.  That’s where human beings are keen to pay attention to stories because of our love of metaphor, hidden meaning and visual imagery. That’s where the bloggers tap into their natural ability to spin a great tale.  If we can tell a story, we can blog.

3) Persuading
People deserve to hear our point of view so as to get our reasoning answered.  Not standing up for yourself is almost like doing yourself a disservice. These discussion points are ready for difficult clients, difficult colleagues, difficult family members and also difficult blog readers.  However, we have to be vigilant at being persuasive as well; We have to be able to nudge our blog readers to see from our side of an argument.  Some bloggers are focusing on their persuasion skills heavily where they write witty, sarcastic and wickedly comedic blog posts in topics such as sports, politics, marketing, religion, biking and even nutrition. If we have passions and options, we can blog.

4) Teaching
People turn to the web every day to learn and find answers to their questions. Hence, we can use our experience to help people solve their problems. It actually feels rewarding when you get feedback that you actually helped somebody! Blogging is a great way to scale our natural inclination to help others by sharing our wisdom in a public forum.  Simply be aware of those questions and using them as an opportunity to teach in our own blogs. If we can answer our potential readers’ questions, we can blog.

5) Curation
We have been assembling and organising information as part of our lives.  Our brain makes sense of the world by labelling and categorising everything.  We may have a specific interest in curating a certain object and that interest turns into a hobby.  If we can’t resist giving comments on a certain topics out there, we can blog.

Let’s see how far I can bring my blog going. I’m both excited and worried about it… 🙂

Charles will be sharing about digital marketing, digital transformation and parenting

Charles will be sharing about digital marketing, digital transformation and parenting

This blog is about Charles Lau.

So who is Charles Lau?

He has been doing digital marketing in the corporate world for more than 10 years, going through the various corporate positions from an executive to a manager today.

Yes, he is me.  I am the blogger in this website.  I have been through trying out different things about digital marketing all these years.  Ever since stepping into the corporate world, I have been blogging quite infrequently.  This recently, I thought I should start blogging all over again for various reasons.

So if I wish to blog again, what should I be sharing?  I thought of sharing digital marketing since I have been dabbling on this for the past 10 years.  In terms of digital transformation, I have been quite interested to learn more about it as well so this will be a place for me to share.  Lastly, I have been busy building up a big family with my wife, and we have a total of 4 children!  Life with the children can be quite hectic and we have to do repetitive teachings to the kids as they need them to understand and create their own lives in this world.

My target audience in this blog is mainly the multinational companies in different industries who need help in building digital presence of their brands so as to create and maximise their revenue.

Let’s explore!