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Wednesday, 18 April 2012

My Accidental Reunion With iPhone.

As promised, an explanation as to my temporary phone whilst the Galaxy is out of action. But first, a bit of my phone history so we get some background knowledge. I of course started with a few regular phones (LG, Walkman, Nokia, etc etc) but at age 13 I proudly turned on my first smart phone device. 

I remember taking the new white iPhone 3G 16GB out of it's box for the first time, exciting days. So my relationship with Apple has developed with age since then, I initially loved my iPhone, faultless. But, my usage became ever more demanding and the 412 MHz CPU could not keep up, so after a little bit of Google'ing I discovered the Jailbreak. 

A jailbreak allows a user to 'extend' their capabilities, a long with a whole host of other things. Soon enough, my device looked like a whole new phone. I did it because I was bored of my device looking like anyone elses, with a jailbreak I could change that and so my love for the iPhone started again.

But in the years to come, the mobile device OS market would change dramatically, R.I.M would make way for the might of Google. It became apparent that iPhone's would soon be outdated, sure they would still be excellent phones with an outstanding quality of build, but never the less, they would be outplayed. Android released a plethora of fantastic devices in an attempt to out do Apple, and personally, I think they achieved their goal.

The tipping point (as such) for me, came in March 2010. After 
the new iPhone 4 had been announced Samsung bit back with the revolutionary Galaxy S. This phone changed things for Apple, it heralded the most respected range of phones in Android's armory only to be succeeded by the creatively named Galaxy SII. These phones (for me) blew Apple out of the water, they worked so well, looked great and best of all they weren't restricted by Apple's hard to break loose iOS platform!

So after that brief history of my mobile past, I did invest in Android as you know, and I don't regret it at all. The point is for 1 week (O2 claim) I'm back on iOS while my Android is fixed.

So far, I miss my phone. I still have the same problems with iOS but having said that I still enjoy the same reliable user experience merged with practical little features and neat transitions every so often. But I can't seem to shake loose the annoyance or restriction. No SD card support, no themes, no launchers, it looks like every other iPhone - again.

So I'll keep you guys updated on my experience with iOS and let you know of any changes in heart.


My Broken Android Phone. (Service Review - O2)

It seems that the strains of everyday life on my phone have (partially) rendered it broken! My phone (International Samsung  Galaxy S2) is no longer recognizable to Kies (Samsung's mobile device software), as well as a faulty battery component. Now this article is uninteresting to anyone without my phone, although they probably aren't too interested in my problems either. So, I'm not writing this article to explain that phone's aren't indestructible. It's more of a O2 warranty test for all you other O2 users out there.

I took my busted device into my O2 on Sunday where I was warmly greeted and inquired about. The salesperson asked what my problem was and quickly prepared my device for repair. They offered me a temporary handset free of charge, but I rejected as I happen to have a spare iPhone (the subject of the next article). Since then, O2 are in contact with me via text message informing me exactly what stage my phone is at. So far, so good.

I'll update the blog each time I hear from O2 so you guys get a good idea of the type of service they provide us with. Thus far I have been tremendously happy with the free of charge repair O2 have offered me. They have sent it to their repair factory as they said they were more efficient than Samsung, and so far I can't fault that.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

App Review: Speedx 3D

So we all enjoy showing off our mobile devices whilst killing time by playing games right? But to what extent does one actually enjoy what they play? I have thought that we play them because they are all that are available to us so we embrace them whole heartedly, but the truth is is that there are very few games that are actually very good on the market! However, the game I'm going to review for your guys is most definitely an exception.

Speedx 3D is a simple enough concept with graphics similar to the vast franchise game series WipeOut. You make full use of your phone's accelerometer with gyroscopic navigational controls (tilt to turn). The game runs fluidly on my phone with no lag at all, the levels are engaging and amusing. And too answer our previous dilemma it really does entertain me! The levels are versatile and fun with changing texture's and tracks all animated with neat transition affects. I thoroughly enjoy Speedx 3D and would recommend it to anyone who plays games on their phone (Android). 

Under the settings menu there is a unique feature that allows the user to actually enhance the 3D graphics with Stereo 3D performance. Grab a pair of red-cyan or green-magenta 3D glasses and your experience becomes even more immersive and enjoyable! Such a fantastic unique feature.  

Do any of you have this game? Do you like it as much as we do? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Monday, 30 January 2012

App Review: Super Stickman Golf

I'm sure that I am not the only smartphone user who enjoys neat little games on their device, and with offerings such as Angry Birds and Doodle Jump there is a benchmark. Super Stickman Golf fulfills that for me. It is a part of feint gaming so you can log on and compare scores with your friends. The premise is simple enough, if you like golf but aren't 'technically able' like me then this should feed your thirst. 

There are beginner, intermediate and advanced courses on offer all with a plethora of levels available for play so you will not run out of gameplay any time soon. And if you do finally manage to complete all of those levels, multiplayer local online is available with up to 4 players! There is both an iOS version as well as an Android version, however the online multiplayer is currently only available to the paid iOS version. The paid version for iOS is currently on sale at $0.99 so grab it while you can! 

All in all I am very happy with Super Stickman Golf, it has never crashed, the gameplay is smooth and structured and you don't have to be a pro to have fun.



Friday, 27 January 2012

App Review: Pimp Your Lockscreen

As I have said before, iPhone's are terrible for customisation. There are many apps that have tried to change this, and failed. Personally, I have tried many of these apps. I came across 'Pimp your Lockscreen' about 3 weeks ago. I thought it would be different from the others, but yet I was once again let down. I found the app to simply contain wallpapers for the home-screen.As this is a paid app, I thought it would be much better. There weren't that many options, yet there were many wallpapers. Nothing stood out to prove that it would 'Pimp' my iPhone. I was left majorly dissapointed, knowing that my iPhone would look no different.



App Review: Lingual (Jailbreak Required)

I'm sure you are all more than aware of the exceptionally functional Siri function on the iPhone 4S. Now we all know that it will successfully respond to your questions and inquiries without issue but what if you could ask it to translate some dialogue into a foreign language? If the competence of Siri was as astounding on an app like that it would be amazing surely? Well as luck would have it a developer who calls them self CodeThemed has done exactly that.

CodeThemed has named this app Lingual (inventive I know). Lingual manipulates your Siri commands and translates them into the stipulated language. Lingual claims to translate into over 30 languages at the press of your home button. With promises of further updates to the already extensive list of lingual support surely this deserves your time?

Lingual currently supports these languages with more to come:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese (simplified + traditional)
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • German
  • Estonian
  • Finnish
  • French
  • Dutch
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Haitian
  • Hungarian
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Lithuanian
  • Latvian
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Spanish
  • Russian
  • Slovak
  • Slovene
  • Swedish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese 

So that's about all I have to say until I can try it for myself guys. From what I have seen the app seems to function flawlessly and seems to be an excellent add-on to any 4S user experience. And finally, for those who have ported Siri to their previous iDevices it is still functional on those aswell. Thanks for reading folks, leave me any comments on your thoughts below.