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With all my bagging on Korean devices, I am surprised at how much the EXS X10 rocks my socks off. EXS are one of the world’s largest OEM headphone companies and are based in Korea. Actually, there is a lot more to go ‘wow’ about than just sound. This ~55$ earphone performs well and should handle bumps better than a lot of mid-tier upgrade earphones. While I won’t ask you to go out and abuse an EXS, I will suggest that if you are on a budget and looking for a great earphone, the X10 is pretty darn good. Feel free to discuss the EXS X10 review in our forums.
The development community have wrapped 140 000 apps under their collective belt; Apple have seen 3 billion apps downloaded from the App store; and the hitherto iconic iPod is fading into Apple’s focal background even as it surpasses an impressive number of its own: 250 million units sold. Steve Jobs and Apple haven’t made any promises – the iPad isn’t even at market yet. But it has pulled at myriad heartstrings: it has grabbed the spotlight. But why is it important and is it worthwhile to buy, and if so, who will benefit from it?
Dime a dozen, iPhone app sites have popped up all over the place. If a couple of years ago, the trend was to one-off an app for the App Store, now it is to start-up an iPhone website. Amidst this chaos is AppBank, a fun, reckless website headed up by former fine arts major, Yasuaki Miyashita. The same 28 year old lad was told that he would never kick it in a normal company – a fact which I’m not discerning enough to deny relishing. Had he gone off to some large Japanese corporation, my daily dose of Japanese グラビア (gravure) would suffer a much smaller stipend and tonight’s Indian curry would have been a lonely affair. If you can get around the Japanese language, AppBank is a fun website which I wholeheartedly recommend. They have also outed a cute self-titled app which helps iPhone users get around their site and loads of new apps. So, throw caution to the wind and enjoy a truly great cultural experience: the melding of Japanese business sense with ample opportunities afforded by Apple. AppBank are in no way related to the book-loving Korean company by the same name. Cheers.
You needn’t have lived under a rock for the last year to be ignorant of Inotia’s creator, Com2uS – you just need to have been removed to Antarctica about 10 years ago. Of course, Com2uS have more under their bonnets than just the excellent RPG series. They have quite a few celebrated App Store hits: Baseball Slugger 3D, Sniper VS Sniper, Baseball Superstars – to name but a few. Well, just before Inotia: A Wanderer of Luone’s debut, I visited the Com2uS headquarters in Seoul, South Korea’s Silicon Valley and met with two fine gentlemen: Joony Koo and Andrew Park, who are are bigger gamers in one day than I am in a month of Sundays.
This ain’t gonna be no normal event. There will be a concert on the 28th for 1000 VIPs who will be able to activate and use their new iPhones that day – otherwise, owners must wait till 1 December. And, strangely, that very same group will be able to check out live iPhones on display (in case they don’t care to use their own phones). And, according to iPhoneInKorea, there is a “rich benefit” to top it all off. If I was you and I was in Korea (and I am), I would be excited. A bloody concert!
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In light of recent news, my faithless and incessant ripping of the Korean mobile phone marketplace looks distasteful and trite, but hindsight doesn’t sober as much as the exciting/perplexing KT iPhone launch. After numerous delays, Jesus will be delivered to the hands of the pre-order faithful this Saturday, 28 November. If you are in Seoul, you can march down to the Jamsil Gymnasium, attend launch festivities, and get away with a shiny 3G or 3GS. According to The Korea Times, this event is for pre-order customers only, but have no fear, KT’s iPhone can still be ordered online through KT’s ‘handler’.
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While unofficially dubbed ‘next months’s phone’ here in Korea, the iPhone may actually debut next month. Everyone has their doubts as to whether KT will be able to pull their pants up and sell the phone before this year rolls to an end, but according to the JoongAng Daily, the ‘last’ hurdle has been cleared for the coming of our Lord: the Korea Communication Commission have officially approved Apple’s iconic (there is a pun in there too) for sale here.
As I mentioned before, neither LG nor Samsung have a clue how to design mobile phones, but the ever fickle SKT are harbouring thoughts of cranking out Android products from either company rather than selling Apple’s iPhone. On the one hand, Android is a very good platform which I respect; it would make little sense for SKT to pass up the business opportunity afforded by the clever OS. But on the other hand, in serving an LG or Samsung Android, the telecom mogul will only further entrench itself in the quagmire of a stodgy Korean-only oligarchy.
Believe it or not, the iPhone isn’t yet international, at least not as quantified by the boundaries of 3G networks. Even in Canada –and for a variety of reasons including Bell’s CDMA network– the iPhone has been stuck with Robbers Rogers and garnered an unfair evaluation as expensive. Well, 5 November, things changed with Bell’s launch, if only a little. Not only has the tyranny of one been dropped from Canada (and ostensibly soon in the States) with the entry of a Bell-Telus partnership, but the next iPhone (don’t we love to hear about it?) may carry a multilingual Qualcomm 3G chip which will allow the spread of Jesus to all corners of the globe.
TMA has been following iPhone developments in Korea for a number of reasons: most notably because the tallest member of staff lives here, but also because this market is fiercely closed, monopolistic, and undoubtedly, xenophobic. Well, for the poor louts whose iPhone has been castrated and left to sing the high notes of a glorified iPod touch, there is hope, though typcially expensive. iPhone in Korea, a blog dedicated to just that, recently covered the ins and outs of how to register, and use your iPhone on cellular networks in Korea. It isn’t easy, and as with all things foreign, certainly ain’t cheap, but at least it can be done. Again, this news rides on the cusp of the 2-year feinting publicity stunt which Korea’s carriers get off on: the launch of the iPhone.