Sony Xperia Z1 Review and Waterproof Test

Sony Xperia Z1Hey guys, DUDE.SG is honored to be the first in Singapore to have Sony Mobile‘s latest waterproof creation, the Xperia Z1. This phone will only be released next month on the 4th of October in Singapore.

Here are pictures of the phone (with my DUDE.SG sticker):

Sony Xperia Z1Back

Sony Xperia Z1 (Bottom)Bottom

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 VS Sony Xperia Z1Samsung Note 2 vs Sony Xperia Z1

I’ve been using and testing the shit out of it and concluded that it is awesome! If you ever spent money replacing a water damaged phone, you’ll want to continue reading because this phone could save you that money – it is 100% waterproof. I went swimming with the phone (With open ear-phone jack and speaker holes) Yes, water went into those holes. Yes, the phone was dripping wet and yes the phone still works fine.

Very fast with no lag, it probably has the best camera in a phone to date! Being waterproof changes the game for smart phones – think of all the places you could bring your phone with peace of mind (and its camera), out in the rain, in a Jacuzzi, in the shower…

The camera app comes with a manual mode where you can adjust, exposure, white balance, image size ratio, scene selection and a whole bunch of other options.. very useful! But to my disappointment – No manual focus :( I wonder why phones cameras don’t let you manual focus. I means, just give us a slider to control the focus distance why don’t they? it shouldn’t be that hard to implement.

The Sony Xperia Z1’s camera also works like a compact camera. It auto-focuses when you touch the shutter button on screen, and takes the photo when you release. Sometimes this can be quite annoying when you want to capture “the moment”. Let me explain: the phone’s back camera does not take photos immediately when pressed, unlike its front camera, it always takes a second to auto-focus before capturing. The work around for this would be to auto-focus first, by pressing the camera half-way before going in to capture “your moment”.

Here is the full water test. (Swimming pool test)

I tried texting and answering calls while underwater but I couldn’t – the touch screen goes inactive when submerged and needs to be dried off (with a towel) before the touch screen can be “touched” again. So forget about answering calls / replying texts / updating your facebook status while underwater. You can however go into water while already talking to someone, the person on the other line can hear you scream underwater.

While under water, you can control the camera with 4 physical buttons that comes with the phone. The power, the volume up, the volume down and the camera shutter.

To quick activate the camera, press and hold both the power and the camera shutter buttons together (you have to press them at the same time!). Sony’s Superior Auto mode camera will activate. I wish they had the option to quick activate with my last manual settings where I have a different aspect ratio and fixed exposure for my pictures. The phone only remember my settings if I access the camera App normally (which I can’t do underwater because the touch screen is inactive). Maybe in the next software update? with programmable short-cuts?

The image quality is amazing. Here are some pictures I took with the phone:

Sony Xperia Z1 photo testunderwater. So clear!

Sony Xperia Z1 photo testSup.

Sony Xperia Z1 photo testMacro Test on my nephew’s toy car

Sony Xperia Z1 photo testDragonfly on my car

Sony Xperia Z1 photo testMy nephew with goggle marks after swimming

Sony Xperia Z1 photo testThey are holding hands!

Sony Xperia Z1 photo testMercedes

Sony Xperia Z1 photo testMy Nephew, Kai Kai

Sony Xperia Z1 photo testAt Chua Chu Kang Cemetery

Sony Xperia Z1 photo testPanoramic test

Thank You TimeOut Singapore

Thanks for the interview TimeOut Singapore!

Timeout Singapore Cheatsheet Eugene Soh

DUDE’S SHOW – Musings and Meditations on His Reality

My first solo show coming up guys!

Venue: OCBC Centre Branch, 65 Chulia Street, Singapore 049513
Dates: 12th – 31st August 2013

OCBC Arts Card presents a collection of photographic and video works from emerging Singaporean artist Eugene Soh. In his signature irreverent and humorous style, Soh confronts pertinent social and cultural issues with disregard for convention.

Included in this presentation is The Overview, an interactive installation based on Soh’s own “Eugene’s Cave” theory. The installation delivers an “out-of-body” experience that bids the participant re-think his or her own sense of perspective and reality.

Also on display will be the artist’s seminal parodic works, The Last Kopitiam and Venus and Grace. Firm favourites with the public, these works have garnered the 2012 Crowbar Award and 2013 Sony World Photography finalist award respectively.

Organised by Chan Hampe Galleries and supported by Asian Art Options.




Web Art .SG Movement

Web Art Movement

The WebArt Movement is a project where high valued one-worded .sg domains are purchased and distributed to artists around the world to create websites based on their chosen domain word.

The List Of Domains Purchased Are


This is internet real estate! High value internet real estate because they are short and easy to remember.

Who owns these domain? They are mine, Eugene Soh’s a.k.a. DUDE.SG, for now.

How did I get these domain? Believe it or not, they were all available! Internet savvy folk might think that one word domains are usually snapped up very fast by other internet savvy folk. I was checking the availability of one worded domains and to my surprise there were many available; so I bought the best ones and I have decided to use them for art – In this case– Web Art.

What do I plan to do with these domains? This is where the call for collaborators come in. I am looking for 35 crazy artist/web artist who would like to produce a internet piece with one of these domain addresses. If you (yes you!) are inspired by these domains and want to produce art with them for fun– feel free to leave a comment below or email me at with your top 3 domain choices.

Send in your top 3 domains you might want to work on/vandalize by 15th March. After which, an FTP username and password will be sent to you via email You will have 3 months to work on the website before the sites are printed/materialised/immortalized into a chinese scroll form, ready to be exhibited here in Singapore! It will be super interesting to see what everyone does. I will be printing your homepage however long/wide/small it is.

Chinese ScrollAn example of a Chinese Scroll! This example scrolls horizontally.

What are the expectations of each website? Here are some examples of web art projects that are good/weird, just to give a sense of what kind of work you can do. , , , ,

Anything goes!

You can create a site tumblr style, to feature random stuff you find on the internet, related to the domain name! That would be like curating your own small museum on the Internet. You’ve actually been doing this for quite a while. If you think about it, your entire facebook wall is a gallery of stuff you have curated.

Its entirely up to you, go ahead and create some ridiculously crazy website that will blow people’s minds.

When is the deadline for the completion of each website? 15th July

Hurry now, Email me at

“Usually, people think of a cool website idea before they start looking for a suitable domain name but here, we turn the traditional web production process on its head by first choosing a name that spawns creativity.”

“The inspiration for this project came when one of my collectors said to me, “Eugene, I’m very impressed by your work… but I’m even more impressed by your website [domain]–How did you get DUDE.SG? One-word domains were snapped up a long time ago–or so we might think. That night I went home to check for available one-word domains. To my surprise, plenty were available! So I bought the best ones.”

The Collected

Untitled-1collected6The Collected by Eugene Soh, 50cm by 35.3cm, print on archival paper, 2013

The Collected: portraits of collectors aligned and overlaid into one — a collection of collectors.

The Collected by DUDE.SG is a project where the artist, Eugene Soh, photographs and collects the portraits of international collectors who have converged here for Singapore Art Stage 2013.

Below are a few images that were generated during the creation of the final piece above.









The final piece will be an acrylic sculpture. Here is a 3D diagram.

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The Collected


Here, I’ve collected my favorite shots from this year’s batch of graduates.

Shores of Graduation
1. Graduates at the Beach
Graduates Standing at attention in the City with reflection
2. Reflection
3. Queen of the Hills
4. Road Kill Graduates
5. The Last Thesis
6. Standard Graduation Hat Toss Shot In The City
7. Playground
8. Hills