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Globe Telecom's Pixlink Hands-on
Friday, March 20, 2009


Captain's Log Stardate -314213.76

I've been using Pixlink for more than a month now on my Nokia N70 and so far I've been satisfied with the service. Well of course there are a few hiccups since this is still in Beta.

Remember the times you have to physically remove your phone's memory card just to transfer your photos and videos? How about the time when you have to perfectly align your phone's infrared sensor to your computer's infrared? Transferring data on infrared takes ages to finish. I know. Been there. Done that. When bluetooth arrived, transferring got a little bit faster but of course, you need to have a computer to do that.

With Pixlink, you can transfer your photos and videos to Globe's servers without supervision. Pixlink allows you to backup, share, and publish photos and videos from your mobile phone, all with a single click. Just snap a photo or capture a video, and Pixlink will handle the rest.

Once a photo or video is captured, Pixlink categorizes your media automatically according to date and gives you options on whether to upload them or not on Globe's secured online server. Once uploaded, you can now share them with your friends via Pixlink's website or via popular websites such as G-Blogs, Facebook, Flickr, Youtube, Picassa and others. No need for a computer or extra peripherals.

One of Pixlink's main feature is its compression technology. No matter how big your photo is, Pixlink can compress it and retain the quality. Here's one good example, I took this picture using my Canon A470 using the camera's maximum settings:

(Click Image to Enlarge - Canon A470 2.30MB)

The original photo size is about 2.30MB. Pixlink was able to compress the photo to 24.5KB and retained the quality. Perfect for sharing to friends online.

(Click Image to Enlarge - Pixlink 24.5KB)

If you have media saved in your computers, you can also upload them via Pixlink's website. Pixlink also has a widget that can be embedded on your websites or blogs, much like Flickr's badge.

But not everything is perfect. Within the past month, I've encountered several problems PixSense might want to look into.

One of the first problems I've encountered is the inability of the application to connect to Globe Telecom's server. It turned out that I had 4 identical access points that confused the app. Multiple access points are common especially to subscribers who've installed and downloaded several applications from Globe (ex. IMEVERYWHR, UnliChat, etc.). Solution is to delete the extra Globe Access Points (thanks Richard!).

Once I got the application up and running, the app started to generated thumbnails of my 500+ photos. With my N70's 2MP photos, 500+ photos took about 10MB of free space. Each page contains 16 thumbnails so my entire media library generated about 50+ pages.

If you want to upload a photo located on the 40th page, you'll have to scroll down until you reach that page. There's no option to jump immediately to a certain page you like. Imagine the frustration just to get to that photo. Hope the guys at PixSense would check this out.

The application also runs in the background even though you disabled the service manually from its settings page. Since I'm using an older generation Nokia N70, phone speed suffers a bit especially when I open the default Gallery application of Nokia. I can't find any option on the application to completely disable it (stop autorun on bootup, remove from processes/task, etc.) to conserve memory.

I saw Pixlink run on a newer Nokia N95 during Pixlink's press launch and it's fast. Guess I need to get myself a new phone. Hey Lalaine, you reading this? :~)

My battery has also been affected the past few week. The app started to act weird and has been connecting randomly with Globe's servers as if it was trying to download or upload or sync something. At first I thought my phone has reached the end of its life until I uninstalled Pixlink. After uninstalling, my phone's battery returned to its normal 3-day charging cycle compared to the less than a day cycle when the Pixlink app started to act weird. This problem only appeared last week and I have yet to re-install the app.

Pixlink is still in its beta stages and currently free. Globe has yet to announce on when they would start charging and the charging rate originally announced are currently being revised.

If they do start charging, your photos will be kept for 45 days after your last subscription. If you don't renew a subscription package, your photos will be deleted on the Pixlink servers. Photos that have been published to Facebook, Flickr, etc. will not be deleted so no problems if you regularly publish your photos on these sites.

Overall, Pixlink is an awesome application specially for people who'd love to share pictures. Imagine the possibilities of instantly sharing and posting your photos to Facebook or other supported sites. You can register and download Pixlink at http://pixlink.globe.com.ph and start sharing your pictures online!

Disclosure: Blog owner is a forum administrator of myGlobe, a website of Globe Telecom.

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