Monthly Archives: May 2016

Alcatel Flash 2 Buyers Guide

One of Lazada’s top hits is the Alcatel Flash which initially sells at 6190 pesos but not ypu can purchase this mid range phone at 4990.

I bought one two weeks ago and. I’m happy on its performance since this was planned as a replacement of my old Xperia Z phone.

On this review, I’m aiming to let you understand without going on the technicals. So you don’t have to be a genius to know if you’re gonna buy it or not.

Out of the Box

When the item came, it’s still have its plastic on, meaning it’s brand new, unlike the other items that I’ve bought on lazada, like the colonial mod vape and the eleaf istick 40w.

It includes an LTE smart SIM card that I haven’t tested yet. The Flash,  charger, a separate leather back cover with flip  and a mediocre headset (which can be compared to those 20 pesos headset that you can buy on the streets).

Likes

-Viewing angles are good, I’ve now used this phone as my movie center since I only do watch movies at 720p.

– Storage is at 16GB and it can support my 64GB sd card.

-Knock to wake up screen is responsive and you can also put in gestures on the phone. ( I use it often so tgat I don’t need to extend my fingers)

-You can also assign functions on the physical keys on these phone. I’m currently using the volume rocker down as the back since the back capacitive buttom is a bit too far for my reach when im using it on one hand which I prefer.

-No bloatwares!!! More space!!! It’s like youre running on stock android!

-Speaker is one of a kind. It produces loud volumes and when I use spotify, I opt out from using speakers anymore.

Two things that I loved most about this phone is the camera and the battery.

Camera may not have that quick auto focus feature on it but it produces quality images for me. I’ve got three updates on these phone and all of those was for the enhancement of the camera.
This phone also have a dedicated camera buttom and a two tone flash which you’ll love, most hugh end phones offer two tone flash nowadays.
The front camera also have a flash on ut which you can also adjust the brightness when you’re taking your selfies.
Whem focusing, it also blurs out object at the back of the subject which makes you feel like a pro(lakas makafeeling)
They said you can also buy dedicated lenses on alcatel stores when you’ll shoot macro and they also have the fiah eye lens. But I haven’t search for one. Lazada offers flash with free lenses on it though where you don’t need too clip it anymore.

Battery is amazing. Ive been using it since 10AM today, and it’s already 6 now and it is still at 30%. I’ve been watching movies on Facebook using free data and I’ve also downloaded games in the playstore, stacks, and played it for an hour but the battery level is at 30%. Imagine. It has been almost 8 hours of me using this phone and the it is still alive. (don’t judge me if I doing nothing).

But hell yeah, it can last a day and it can take good photos, that’s all that we need.
I will try to download NBA 2k16 later and I’ll update this post if it can run the game smoothly at full graphics if you’re also into gaming but if you’re just into CoC or clash royale. You want have any problems playing them.

Hate

Yes, I put it that way, since I really hate this annoying this on this phone.You might want to consider this things before you buy this phone.

Back button is not working now. After using the phone for two days, the back button is not working anymore, that’s also the reason that I’ve used tge volume rocker as the back. There was one time that it worked after it being fully charged but when the battery goes down, it ain’t working again. Then after a few days, it really stopped working regardless of what’s its battery level. Aside from it being to hard to reach it ain’t working anymore.

Cheap headset. I really don’t use the word cheap, I usually used inexpensive,  but on this case the headset is cheap. It’s cheap. Got no other words on how to describe it.

Headphone jack is unsteady. There was an instance where I don’t here any sound at all. It recognizes that I’ve plugged in headphone but It doesn’t make any sound even at full volume, tried a different one but it srill is the same.
Hell yeah, the song is playing when I plugged it out. 
I’ve tried it again and it currently working now. Who knows until when it’ll work.

-And lastly, I hate this phone because it is already broken. Given that it is brand new. Though I’m cover with Lazada’s money back guarantee for 14 days, I can return it and get a full refund, I don’t want to get that hassle of bringing this in an LBC store.

Not to good on this phone(my opinion)

-Battery takes some time to charge. 2-3 hours in my case using my charger which charge my Xperia Z in just 1 and half hour.
-The back cover is designed to feel like a volcanic stone.
-Bezel is thick. Both flash and my Xperia have the same 5″ display but the Flash seems bigger, well taller because of ots bezels and its metal-like finish on the sides and top.
-Power button is located above the volume rocker.
-Upon using this phone, I’ve deleted the pre installed Touchpal Keyboard since it has the google keyboard installed as well but there was no option in using the google keyboard so I restored the phone for the touchpal to be preinstalled again. (Not a big deal tgough, just update the google keyboard first before deleting the touchpal)

Conclusion

Though it seems like this phone is already broken, I’ve decided not to return it anymore. I’ve just used the other functionality of this to cover for the back button issue. Because for me battery and camera is all that’s important and specially my time. I’m not thinking that this phone will last a year and I beed to replace this again. But still, I’m happy with its performance. The camera may have some lags on using it but the outputs are great, just make your fingera steady or take multiple shots.

And if you have a solution to my current back button issue, please comment it below. I would really appreciate it. Thanks in advance.


Colonial Mod Clone

This post is an unbiased review of the Mechanical Mod which I bought in Lazada.Ph for 899 Pesos.  And right now, I know what you have in mind, is it worth the 899? I’ll let you answer that in a bit after you have read my review below. I’ll also be posting pictures in a bit. Hit like so I can come up with a video review. Thanks!

I’ve been using it for a month now and it deserves a review for it  since it minimize the number of cigarettes that I’ve been consuming. From a pack a day to just two stick, can’t help smoking after eating, you smokers knows how I feel. Other than that, it has 39 good reviews in lazada. For me, it is worth spending money to switch to vaping. When you start vaping, you’ll then taste cigarette like the first time you taste it. However, is it worth the money?

What’s in the box?

I would not really call it a box, cause when I received the item, it’s presented on an unprotected bubble wrap.

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It includes the tube, atomizer, battery and battery charger with LED light. The atomizer is already built, it already have a wick  and a not so good setup. How safe it is? Who knows? It’s actually one of the reason why I didn’t use it right away, it doesn’t look safe given that you’ll put this in front of your face that is why I needed to consult my best friend google. It turns out that this mod is more like a clone of “Colonial mod” by Mad Industries, I’ve searched it in google and figure out a way on how to use it, build the atomizer and vape.

Battery

Vape safe! Know your battery! Pinoy puff is the brand of the battery that is included in this package, pretty sure it is a re wrapped. I was not happy nor disappointed with it, well given that it makes me stop smoking, right? I should be thankful about it. But since this is a mech mod, it stresses me out removing the battery when not in use and charging it using the included charger.

How long does it last? Well on a full charge, I was able to use it for around 40 minutes until the smoke goes out of me. Since I don’t have a spare, I needed to go back to cigarettes until it got full again which can take 3-4 hours of charging.

Specs of the battery below:

25 A,  4000mah, 18650 type
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Atomizer

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The atomizer that is included in the package have the mad industries logo on it, it has three pillars, you can search in google the build that you like, what I use is five wraps with dual coal of .5 ohms kanthal wire. Resistance that I have is .32 ohms. Decent enough to give satisfying clouds.

The only problem with this for me is the small vent holes, which when vaping gives you a tight feeling and it leaks, a lot.  It leaks in the holes especially when there is too much juice in it. You might consider this as another disadvantage of this item.

Right now, I’m still using this atomizer on my eleaf istick 40w, which I will review soon since I also bought it in Lazada.

Mod

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I said earlier that it is more like a clone of a Colonial mod, you read it right. It is not really a clone I think. Compared to the authentic colonial mod which is composed of just the body and the top cap, here, we can see three, the tube, top cap and let’s call it the bottom cap where we can easily remove the firing pin.

This is a tube type mod that houses an 18650 battery. Looks sleek and durable. Firing pin is at the bottom, which has brass screws inside which connects to the negative side of the battery when fired.

Overall

This is not a starter kit which I learned after buying the item. You can read other reviews on mods that fits your knowledge on vaping. Other wise, if you only have 1k in your pocket, you can go and add this to your cart just make sure that before you use this, you have read on Vape Safety and Battery Safety. Vape at your own risk!!