• Blog posts by Alvin Soon

Alvin Soon / Associate Features Editor

I like coffee and cameras, but not together.

You, Me & Our Sweatshop Toys

Alvin Soon

Yesterday, the New York Times published a comprehensive and damning report on the ill treatment of Chinese factory workers who make Apple products. But who's really to blame?

How to Take Great Shots at Night with Your Compact Camera

Alvin Soon

Once in a while, a friend will ask me which digital compact camera she should get. One request I often hear is for a compact camera that takes "good shots at night." It's hard to answer that question, because taking good photographs at night isn't just a matter of which camera you shoot with, but also how you shoot using the camera.

Favorite Cameras of 2011

Alvin Soon

2011 wasn't a good year for camera companies, as production was hammered by the twin disasters of the tsunami in Japan and the floods in Thailand. But even though they were beaten they were not bowed, and a few gems still managed to make their way into our hands. Time to look back, reflect and rediscover my favorite cameras of 2011.

The Case of the (Not-So) Missing WP7 Apps

Alvin Soon

After being called out on not giving Windows Phone 7 apps a fair try, I went back and lived another week with the OS, this time with apps recommended by our HardwareZone community. Have my opinions changed?

An iPhone User Switches to Windows Phone 7

Alvin Soon

The editorial team thought it'd be fun for entrenched mobile OS users to try out other OSes for the first time. As a three-year iOS veteran, I volunteered to switch to Windows Phone 7 - this is what happened.

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