Saturday, 26 May 2012

Logo Quiz

You may have heard of this app from the iOS version. I've played it on my Sister's iPhone and it's quite an addictive game. You basically just have to guess the brand from an image of that logo.

I don't think the iOS one has been ported to Android by the same dev team, yet, but there have been a few replicas made for Android and this one seems to be the highest rated http://goo.gl/r3BKR

The app uses levels. The earlier levels feature easier brands to guess, and the high level you achieve the harder the brands become.

It's quite a simple app, but it's a great way to pass time and it's quite fun, yet can be frustrating when you recognise the logo, but can't for the life of you think of the name.

Monday, 14 May 2012

GTA 3

Having a new dual core phone, I thought I'd purchase GTA 3 to see how it runs as a mobile game. To say the least, I am really surprised how well it does run on a mobile, and it is really easy to play. My first thought was how did an entire console/PC game manage to be fit in to a mobile app, but then I suppose the rate at which mobile phones have evolved has been quite spectacular in recent years.

The graphics are brilliant for a mobile game. They've been improved from the console version, to graphics similar to the PC version. Nothing has been scaled down or held back for this version.

The controls are all touched based buttons on the screen. There's a button to get in to a car, a button to sprint etc. They all work really well and are all really responsive for the simple actions, but it gets awkward and starts to fall apart when actions such as drive-by shooting are performed. 

I'm sure the majority of people played this back in the day (personally, this is my favourite GTA game), but I'm sure it will be a blast for everyone to play this on a mobile device. It's not so much suited for quick play sessions like most mobile games, as to save the game you have to drive to a safe house, but it's certainly a different type of game to play on mobile.

I think it's better suited to larger screens like tablets, but large mobile phone screens can handle it easily and it's not too cramped with the virtual buttons on screen.

The app is about 9MB to download off Google Play, but a further ~500MB needs to be downloaded before playing through the app itself. Android phones that support it can also have joypads connected to the device to play with one of them, too.




Monday, 7 May 2012

HTC One S Micro-Arc Oxidation problem

Sorry for another absence. Been busy with final year exams at University.

So after getting my One S (I got the black version), I noticed after a few days I had small scratches on the top of the phone. I figured these were because I kept my phone in the same pocket I had coins in at one point. I didn't think much of it at first as I was busy in London, until I got back home.

I was looking online on the XDA forums, and noticed a thread about it. Everyone in the thread were posting about how their phone has the problems and looking at photos, it was the same problem I had.

I went investigating further, and saw it was indeed a design problem with the phone. The black version's case has an oxidation finish on it. The aluminium case is blasted with 10,000 volts of electricity, and HTC advertised the phone of being able to withstand every day wear and tear, and, as the phone has gorilla glass coating the front, it didn't need a protective case on as the case was so strong.

Well my phone told a different story after just two days of use. HTC are aware of the issue, and have said handsets will be replaced and they were working on a fixed batch of phones. I went to Carphone Warehouse, which is who I got the phone through, and even though they hadn't heard of the issue in my local one, they still gave me a new handset no problem, so I was happy...

...Until yesterday when I noticed more scratches on the top of the phone, and I'd looked after this handset more carefully than my 3 year old son, and I don't even have a son.

I bought an official HTC pouch to keep the phone in while it was in my pocket. It fit the phone perfectly, so while it was in my pocket, or out on my desk it was perfectly protected. I went to bed Saturday night and woke up Sunday, took the phone out to check messages/emails and noticed the scratches in the same place.

I'm going back to Carphone Warehouse and going to ask if they have any solid information yet and wait until the fixed batch appear whenever that is. I love the phone and find it great, but don't want to keep one that's gonna have scratches all over it in a few months time.