My Lazada Christmas Wishlist for Gadgets

My Lazada Christmas Wishlist for Gadgets

With the calendar flipping over to September, we are now entering the unofficial start of the Philippine Christmas season.

As diligent natives, most of us are already making mental and actual lists of things to buy for ourselves and for others.

Since I’m a big fan of online shopping ( I was even called an online shopping expert by a morning television show) and also a gadget aficionado, I’d like to share to you my recommended Lazada Christmas Wishlist /checklist for this Christmas season. Why Lazada? Well, for one, all these gadgets are available from the online shopping mall, www.Lazada.com.ph. Two, I am very satisfied with their services.

My recommendations are based on any or all of the following things:

  • First hand experience
  • Specs
  • Online reviews
  • Gut-feel

So, listed below, in no particular order, are my recommended gadget purchases for this Christmas.

Tablets

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

The power and form-factor of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is perfect for portability, reading, and sketching. Imagine all the awesome features of the original Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 compressed into an 8-inch frame, that’s what the Note 8.0 is.  God-willing, I’ll probably buy this for myself this Christmas: it’s that nice.

Haipad Zync

This tablet is simple, cheap, and good for Internet browsing, e-book reading, social networking, and music playing. And suprisingly, based on a video review posted here, it’s a very capable tablet. Just be wary of its battery life: 2800Mhz won’t last that long before you start reaching for the charger.

Samsung ATIV PC Pro

What else can you ask for?

  • It’s a tablet that runs Windows 8.
  • It converts into a notebook computer.
  • It’s powered by an Intel Core i5 processor.
  • It has a stylus pen…
  • … and has S Note.

Mobile phones

Sony Xperia Z

It’s big, powerful, it’s made by Sony and it’s dust-, and water-proof. ‘Nuff said. (Also, it’s made by Sony, their brand is their guarantee.)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is already an awesome phone. What can make it better? Why, water-proofing and dust-proofing, of course! That’s where the S4 Active comes in: it’s the S4 with added protection to fit your active lifestyle, hence it’s called Active.

Laptop

Asus VivoBook S400CA

I’ve been using the 11.6″ version of this laptop for the last three months and I highly recommend it to first time Windows 8 users. The touchscreen gives you the full Windows 8 experience, but you have to take note of the glare. It’s relatively thin and light (compared to most laptops) and the Core i5 processor is very handy for processor-intensive applications like Photoshop and AutoCAD.

External harddrive

Seagate BackupPlus 1.0Tb Portable Harddrive

Almost every aspect of your like these days is digital. The best way to keep those digital assets (photos, videos, music, files) is have a backup or several backups. Having a 1Tb portable harddrive is a practical way to save those assets. Just make sure to back up the back up. Sh!t happens, better be ready.

Cameras

Canon A2500

This small point and shoot camera from Canon is one bang-for-buck device. Don’t let its cheap price fool you, it produces good images when outdoors and acceptable image quality indoors. And for its price, it’s all worth it.

Canon Powershot G15

The G-series of Canon’s Powershot family of products has always been considered prosumer (above consumer-level, but not professional level). The G15 is no exception. It still feels and performs as solid as its predecessors. If you want a durable everyday camera that doesn’t weigh as much as a DSLR, get this one.

Samsung Galaxy Camera

We personally bought this camera just to try out if all the hype by Samsung has any basis. After using it for 5 months, we can safely say that his camera is fun to use and very handy when you want a quick (high-quality) photo to share on your social networks. Image quality is at far with most point-and-shoots, and the zoom range is very handy. Even if you’re not that good with photography technicalities, the presets on this camera will give you great results, it’s like having Adobe Photoshop inside your camera. By the way, this camera is an Android device so can basically install all the photo apps you want. Just sayin’.

So there you have it, my Lazada Christmas Wishlist for gadgets you may consider getting this Christmas. You can buy them for yourself, or you can buy them for others.

In any case, if you want to know more about the devices I recommended, use Google. 🙂

Local Online Shopping: When Buying Local is Cheaper

Local Online Shopping: When Buying Local is Cheaper

I’ve often recommended to people that before they purchase any gadget or electronics from local stores they should check out Amazon.com or Ebay.ph. Lately, I’ve been doing a bigger part of my online shopping from the local online shopping site Lazada.com.ph. This time around, buying local was much cheaper and faster and generally better than buying abroad.

When I needed to replace my 2 year old Aqua Sphere Kayenne Goggle With Smoke Lens, I decided to check Lazada.com.ph for possible replacements. I saw one made by Zoggs, the Zoggs Phantom Tinted Soft Seal Clear Black Goggles that sold for Php 532.00. I know Zoggs was a good enough brand after reading several reviews of their products.

zoggs

I went to Amazon.com (where I bought my Aqua Sphere Kayenne Goggle With Smoke Lens) to compare the price and found that they were selling the same model I found in Lazada.com.ph at a much more expensive price of USD 29.40 or roughly Php 1,274.00. I was a bit surprised because my previous goggles were cheaper in Amazon than those sold in retail stores locally.

zoggs-amazon

So I ordered the Zoggs along with a digital weighing scale (for my fitness challenge) from Lazada Online Shopping Mall and had them paid on delivery (or COD). The items arrived the next day, similar to my last purchase from Lazada.com.ph.

So far, the Zoggs goggles are working great, and I’ve logged more than 20 kilometers of swimming with them.

zoggs-pool

I’ll do a formal review of the goggles on my other blog, Life.Change.Challenge. But for now, to compare it with my Aqua Sphere Kayenne Goggle With Smoke Lens‘, the fit and comfort of the Zoggs Phantom is not at far with the Aqua Sphere Kayenne. But it terms of lens clarity, the Zoggs is clearly the winner. 🙂

Cash On Delivery with Lazada Online Shopping Mall

Cash On Delivery with Lazada Online Shopping Mall

When I needed to replace the mirror in our bathroom and also our coffee maker, I was hesitant to go out and buy from the malls. I knew it would be scorching hot outside and the malls would be jam-packed. I decided to just shop online and have it delivered to my doorstep.

As most people know, I’m a creature of comfort, so I decided to just order it from Lazada Online Shopping Mall since I already had some experience with them. (more…)

My First Experience With Lazada.com.ph

My First Experience With Lazada.com.ph

Note: This review is a retelling of my personal experience with Lazada.com.ph or Lazada Online Shopping Mall. This is not a paid review and does not reflect the sentiments of any of my associates or my employees and businesses. All opinions stated in the following paragraphs are all mine.

I’ve been curious about the Lazada Online Shopping Mall for a while now, especially after seeing their TV commercials and Facebook Ads. So to satiate my curiousity, I ordered a small product from their online store.
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Johnny Air Cargo Retail Padala: the quick and affordable shipping from US to Philippines

Johnny Air Cargo Retail Padala: the quick and affordable shipping from US to Philippines

UPDATE – 19 April 2011 – I received an email from Johnny Air Cargo that taxes are included in their shipping fees. Nice, even with the taxes included they’re still cheaper that the big name couriers!

I’m a practical gadget and electronics enthusiast (technology junky). I get excited about consumer electronics easily and it frustrates me when those gadgets are only available from abroad, specifically, in the US. If I buy from the US, I’m forced to pay an unbelievable shipping cost because of international shipping. I’ve been shopping online for a decade already and I’ve written a short, but helpful guide on how to shop online and buy items abroad here.

In this article, I want to give some much earned attention to my favorite shipping service from the US: Johnny Air Cargo Retail Padala.

To get some information about the history of Johnny Air Cargo (JAC), visit there About page here. Johnny Air Cargo Retail Padala is their service for shipping items from the United States to the Philippines. Well, it’s not as simple as that. They offer more. They do the following for you: (more…)

Things to Know about Buying Stuff Abroad When You’re in the Philippines

Things to Know about Buying Stuff Abroad When You’re in the Philippines

A lot of people would agree with me when I say that one of the best things that came out from the Internet is online shopping. Online shopping is convenient, exciting, and ADDICTIVE. Unfortunately, online shopping isn’t instant gratification: you still have to wait for items to arrive. For some, the waiting adds to the excitement of buying online. To some, the waiting is the most annoying part of online shopping.

I’ve been shopping online since 2002. My first purchase was for a 2nd laptop from an Ebay seller in the U.S. I got hooked after the first bid. After 8 years, I’ve learned enough lessons on doing international online shopping that now I’m listing these lessons  in the following section. I hope they help you with your exploration into international online shopping. (more…)