Thursday, June 27, 2013

Kata T2: 8-inch HD Tablet at A Low Price

A lot of Android tablets have sprouted all over. At lower prices with seemingly good specs, you might get interested in grabbing one. 

The Kata T2 took my attention so I had to check it out.

The Kata T2 is and 8-inch tablet with a decent IPS display which primarily caught my attention. It has a good resolution of 768x976 and with good viewing angles all round. The screen is very responsive which is at par with similar products of the Big brands. It doesn't look and feel cheap at all.

Going further on its specs, it is running on Android 4.1.1 Jellybean with a 1.6 GHz dual-core processor and an independent Quad-core GPU (Mali-400MP) which gave it some plus points. It scored 10,000+ on Antutu Benchmark with ease.

 Performance wise, the feel was very fluid and responsive. The WiFi is strong as well as its Bluetooth function. Yes, it has Bluetooth unlike most tabs in the market. It is also OTG ready, so you can plug in your USB Broadband stick and your USB Flashdrives and maximize your tablet's functions. With regard to gaming, its quad-core GPU enables it to run most 3D games as well as HD games without any problem.This also goes for video playback, it can handle even HD movies and videos.

 Going on the outside, it has a textured back, with its 5-megapixel camera on the upper part and the two speakers on the back (left and right.) It has nothing special with the sound of the speakers, I find it a bit on the downside. Furthermore, on its left side you can locate the power and volume buttons. The power button has an LED light indicator which lights up red when it is plugged in and turns green when it is fully charged. I find it inconvenient having the power button on the left side though. At the bottom you can find the 3.5mm audio slot, AC slot (for the charger), the micro-USB slot, micro-SD slot and the HDMI port. In charging the unit, you can use either its AC-USB cable or its USB data cable.

 It has a 5MP rear camera but don't expect much about it. Still, tablets are not meant for taking high quality photos but its good enough for casual use. Here are sample shots taken indoors under room lighting conditions.

 As for the battery life, it can go 20-25 hours of moderate usage and 4-6 hours of movies and gaming. It varies on how you use it, still it is good with its 4100mAH Li-Ion battery.

Overall, the Kata T2 is very good if you are looking for a tablet not too small and not too big and packed with great graphics, specs and display. It just has some downsides on its internal memory, sound quality, and camera. It is only available with wifi, and no-3G for version for this unit.

Kata T2 Specs:

8" Full-Touch Display
1.6GHz Dual Core
Quad Core GPU
Internal: 8GB (RAM: 1GB DDR3)
External: Support microSD card, up to 32GB
5.0 Mega-pixel Camera
2.0 Mega-pixel Front Camera
Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Li-Ion 4,100mAh battery

Price: P 7,999 (On sale @ P 6,999)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Get to know the stars!!

A great app from google. Google Sky Map, an app similar to Stellarium which shows stars, planets, and moons in the celestial sphere.

You can know the star's name in the sky by just pointing your Android phone in the same place in the sky as where the star is. It will display on the screen the exact same stars in front of you. It makes star identification very easy. You can also activate constellation markers to identify the different constellations in the sky.

It also has a search function that will show you the exact location of a star in the sky by just following the arrow pointing in the screen.

The Google Sky Map is available free in the Android Market. :)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

How to make your Android phone detect Ad Hoc Networks

This works for Froyo, I don't know about the other versions.

You will need ADB, to know what it is, follow this LINK.

You will also need this file.

Once you have ADB and have downloaded the file above, connect your phone in USB debugging mode to your computer and run ADB in the windows command prompt.

Enter these:

adb shell mount -o rw,remount /dev/stl12 /system
adb shell mv /system/bin/wpa_supplicant /system/bin/wpa_supplicant_original

adb push wpa_supplicant_adhoc /system/bin/

adb shell chmod 755 /system/bin/wpa_supplicant_adhoc

adb shell busybox ln -s /system/bin/wpa_supplicant_adhoc /system/bin/wpa_supplicant


You can also share your internet connection through your ad hoc network by enabling network sharing when you set-up your ad hoc. :)

Turn your computer/laptop to a wireless hotspot compatible with Android

Itching to share your internet connection to your Android phone but you don't have a wireless router? Don't want to go through the process of modifying the wpa_supplicant file on the Android's system files and using an ad hoc network? Turn your laptop to a wifi hotspot! Do this by using Virtual Router, a software that creates a virtual wifi connection using your computer's wireless adapter, but requires Windows 7.

Get it here.
Install and run the software on your laptop.
Create a network.
Connect your Android phone!


Friday, June 10, 2011

Featured Android Firmware Modding Site: MADTeam

If you are using a Samsung Galaxy 5 GT-i5500/i5503, and looking for customized FroYo firmware, Motafoca Android Dev Team is the place to go!

The make Custom firmware to be better than the stock firmware (especially if you are still using Eclair). So visit them now @

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

What is rooting?

Rooting an Android phone is similar to "jailbreaking" an iPhone. If your Android phone is "rooted" you can access and modify Android's root files. These are the files inside its system which is basically hidden. Rooting is used in many ways such as customizing the Android phone's framework/theme, changing boot images, and more.

How to root?
You can use apps dedicated to root an android phone such as Universal AndRoot, and Z4Root. These apps are found in the Android Market. You can also Google them.

Disadvantages? You'll just loose warranty if they find that the phone rooted. XD

Theme make over!!

You want to change your android's theme so badly? This site is best and easy to use. :)
Ultimate Online Theme Kitchen

Its called a kitchen because this is where you choose the "ingredients" of your theme and
after choosing, it will "cook" it. The finished product is downloadable.

There is a guide on the site on how to make, and install the theme on your android phone.

Enjoy! :)