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Techie confessions of the ‘Kikay Barkada’

Their voices flood the airwaves every morning. Monster Radio’s The Morning Rush, which began in 2002, is hosted by Chico Garcia, Delamar Arias and Gino Quillamor.

The DJs, who are popularly known as the Kikay Barkada, take on specific topics every day while their followers, who are known as the Rushers, share their own thoughts. The hosts then pick the top 10 best entries and at the end of the program and share their personal views on the matter.

DJs Delamar Arias, Chico Garcia, and Gino
Quillamor use their tablet computers for
different purposes.
But what makes Chico, Delamar and Gino’s daily activities easier is their Lenovo Yoga tablet. Mobile gadgets are essential for them to communicate, store and share information.

“The level of clinginess I have with my smartphones and tablets is directly proportional to the level of activities I have on my social media accounts. The more active I am in posting stuff, the more crucial it becomes for me to have my gadgets to monitor the responses. I mean, who hasn’t posted on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram without having to check in on the post every five minutes just to see if your crush has Liked your post yet?” said Chico.

Chico also wants a device he can use for surfing, playing games, watch videos and reading books.

“The Lenovo Yoga tablet met all my demands. It’s a good companion to bring to work, when traveling or even on a daily basis,” he said.

“Holding the Yoga tablet for the first time, I noticed how easy and comfortable it feels,” said Delamar, confessing that she is not techie at all. She stressed the importance of portable gadgets because it is something she and her son use for educational and entertainment purposes.

“The handle on the side really makes it easy to bring with you anywhere. Whether it’s for personal or professional stuff, the fact that it’s not cumbersome to use and hold makes all the other things I need to do for work or for Cooper easier,” she said.

Delamar’s son Cooper loves to watch videos. The tablet keeps her little one occupied.

“Cooper wanted to watch his Little Einstein videos. I gave him my phone but he said, ‘No, Mama. I want the Yoga tablet, please,’” she said.

The tablet incorporates a battery cylinder and kickstand on the side, shifting the center of gravity and opening up multiple usage modes.

“When you’re lying down, sitting down, or whatever it is you’re doing, you can have different modes for it,” said Gino.

In hold mode, its weight falls into your palm rather than on your fingers, making it more comfortable for reading and browsing. In tilt mode, you have a perfect viewing angle for typing or gaming. You can also just flick the kickstand and rest it upright to watch videos.

Because of its size and weight it is easy to use particularly while on the air throughout their morning radio segment.

Chico monitors the show’s Twitter account.

“I was pleasantly surprised to find out how light it was in my hands. It more than lives up to expectations,” he said.

During the 1990s, listeners sent their top 10 entries via text but today most are sent through Twitter which Gino said is an advantage.

"We get to track the amount of entries we get, and people can access all the entries that don’t make it on-air."

Gino is the techie in the group, with two phones, the Yoga tablet and a laptop which he brings with him all the time.

“I’m kind of ashamed to say I’m one of those who are always on Instagram, or that I’m always tweeting something while having dinner at the table. I’d like to think that I know when to put my gadgets down,” he said.

Gino has three game consoles, a desktop computer, fitness gadgets such as a GPS watch and a monitor for his bike and even music players that work underwater.

He was looking for something to read books in since he likes using actual computers for everything else.

Gino discovered how the Yoga tablet delivered more functions than he expected.

“I watch videos on it, do research, play games, and listen to music. I use it as a power bank, too. And I love that it runs on Android, and with all the games available in the Android market.

The Yoga tablet provides many options to keep the user connected, including integrated Bluetooth, 802.11 b/g/n protocol, Wi-Fi, and GPS. It has battery that can last up to 18 hours with a unique cylinder-shaped side chamber allowing more room for battery storage, thus allowing more usage time between charges.

The 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 display delivers high-definition visuals and this have certainly made a strong impression on Chico.

“Once I saw how crisp the video was, I was sold. I really love how crisp and clear the picture is, so alive and vibrant, the way I want to see my videos. It has the best resolution I have personally seen on any tablet,” he said.

The device has front-facing speakers perfect for watching videos or listening to music which all three DJs are fond of doing. Unlike other tablets in the market which have speakers at the side or bottom of the equipment. The Yoga tablet’s Dolby Digital Plus enhancement also gives it a rich, immersive sound experience.

Delamar also pointed out the Yoga tablet’s minimalistic and clean design.

“I haven’t put anything on it, not even a casing, because I love how sleek it looks. It looks beautiful to me,” she said.

Chico and Gino agree. Chico said he has not seen anything shaped like it. The device tapers to a mere 3 mm at the edge and has a laser-etched back housing to prevent scratches. The chrome-painted trim completes its stylish design.

“I like the metallic finish, too,” said Gino.

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