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It's a little known fact Technical Markus has now beaten both his Transformers addiction AND his Mass Effect addiction, by replacing both with an equally obsessive addiction to XCOM: Enemy Unknown and buying Humble Bundles for his Android phone.
At the moment, he's pondering the actual usefulness of smartwatches and smart glasses, even if the nerd in him is shouting for joy at how sci-fi they are.
He spends his spare time being whinged at to figure out what's wrong with other people's mobile phones, and drinking unimaginable quantities of tea. With milk. And three sweeteners, thanks for asking. Oh, and he's got an HTC One X, but he reckons his next phone might be a Sony, the turncoat...
Hmm, y’know, it occurs to me that I’ve not actually spoken about this particular phone before, and I’m not entirely sure why. Perhaps it’s because it’s not the same kind of phone as over the top, stupidly powerful top-enders like the Sony Xperia Z1. Perhaps it’s because a mid-ranger like this particular phone needs to be really special, to even stand a chance of catching my eye.
That phone is the Moto G, and the question now is this: have I been missing out by completely failing to notice it? Has there been a stunning little phone under my nose all this time? Is the Moto G, in fact, any good?
[WARNING: This blog post WILL contain spoilers for Assassin's Creed III, so if you've not played it yet, be advised.]
Fun fact: I have something of a love-hate relationship with the Assassin’s Creed series. F’r'instance, I utterly adored Assassin’s Creed II, a game I bought for my sister, and never intended to actually play myself, but I just couldn’t get into the first Assassin’s Creed, because it was so chuffing clunky, compared to the sequel. Also f’r'instance, I loved the present day Desmond story arc (lost civilisations and global apocalypses are kinda my thing), while utterly loathing the way they ended that story in Assassin’s Creed III.
We’re now up to Assassin’s Creed IV (the sixth game in the series… yes, I know), and there’s a mobile game to go along with it. Say hello to Assassin’s Creed: Pirates… Read the rest of this entry »
This might sound odd, given that my phone is a T-Mobile phone (they had a deal running when I was ready to buy my phone, so there), but I reckon Three is easily one of the best networks in the UK, and there’s a very simple reason for that, quite apart from the fact that I still have fond memories of their really weird TV advert, the one with the singing cherry (I suspect you had to be there).
The reason is that they keep on doing awesome things, that properly benefit us consumers, and now, they’ve an awesome thing even, er, awesomer; basically, according to IntoMobile, they’ve expanded their ‘Feel At Home’ service, effectively scrapping international roaming fees in even more countries… Read the rest of this entry »
[The opinions expressed in the blog post are entirely those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Mobileshop.com.]
Hmm, you know what? It’s time for a rant! It’s been nearly a month since I had a good rant, and I reckon it’s high time I had another, so it’s really rather fortuitous that today’s little annoyance has left me a tiny little bit on the ragingly furious side.
So, anyway, today’s rant is about Facebook. Specifically, today’s rant is about the Facebook app that’s available through Google Play. I know I’ve spoken about it before, because I had a good old rant about how I really don’t like the permissions the updated version of the Facebook app was asking for, and as a result, I refused to update it. Simple as that, really.
Well folks, I did a post about Sailfish OS (and the first phone to use it, the Jolla phone) last week, so this week, I reckon it’s about time I did another post about Firefox OS. Y’know, because in spite of it not having landed in the UK yet, I really love what I’ve seen of it so far. However, having said that, I’ve also made it really clear that my favourite smartphone platform is Android. Oh, how I wish there was a phone that dual-booted between the two platforms!
What’s that? IntoMobile is reporting that the Geeksphone Revolution is on its way, and that it will dual-boot between Android and Firefox OS? Thanks, invisible blog presence, who I just made up to make that joke work! Read the rest of this entry »
Back before I got my current HTC phone, I used an HTC HD2, and I set back then that it was the single greatest phone ever made. It may have been surpassed in terms of power by modern phones (like the epically awesome Sony Xperia Z1), but unbelievably, the HD2 is still going strong. It’s going so strong, in fact, that the clever, clever people at XDADevelopers (in this case, the user chautruongthinh) have now got Android KitKat running on it…
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: the HTC Hd2 is the single most versatile phone that has ever existed. You tell me one other phone that can run as many different smartphone operating systems as this beastie can. So, what’s it like to run KitKat on the HD2…? Read the rest of this entry »
Right then, let’s talk about Sailfish OS. It’s been a while since I’ve spoken about it (the last post centred around Sailfish was way back in May), so I reckon it’s high time I spoke about it again, not least because it seems that the Jolla phone, the first phone to officially run Sailfish as its core OS, has finally been released. Or it’s about to be released, anyway.
Whatever the case, the point is that Engadget has done a review of the Jolla phone, and, er, it’s not that positive. Yes, apparently, the world’s first Sailfish phone is a bit underwhelming, with Engadget classing it as a very obvious “first effort”.
I’ve written about the Snapdragon 800 processor before, and you may well remember that every time I speak about it, I tend to gush. That processor is also a big part of why I reckon the Sony Xperia Z1 and the LG G2 are so nice, because it means that they’re the most powerful smartphones on the market.
Well, for now, at least.
Y’see, it’s one of the cast-iron truths of the tech world; technology never stops evolving. What’s awesome today will be surpassed in future. According to PocketNow, that’ll soon happen to the Snapdragon 800 processor, because the Snapdragon 805 is on the way… Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve made no secret of the fact that i rather like the idea of the Asha phones made by Nokia. They’re classed as (and sold as) feature phones, with a price to match, but what they really are, right, is cheap smartphones. Essentially, they’re smartphones that aren’t billed as smartphones, but that can do most of the things that actual smartphones can do, for the price of a feature phone.
And that’s awesome.
Anyway, the point is that a couple more have leaked online, thanks to the always-worth-watching @evleaks on Twitter, and once again, we’re looking at full touchscreen devices. So, what should we be expecting from these little blighters? Read the rest of this entry »
At the start of October, I finally got round to playing Grand Theft Auto V, and I loved it to bits. I might not have enjoyed it as much as Saints Row 4 (largely because nothing is as fun as Saints Row 4), but GTA V is, without any doubt, one of the absolute high watermarks of this console generation.
However, it’s not the first game set in Los Santos, itself located in the fictional state of San Andreas. no, for that, we have to travel back through time to the first decade of this third millennium, and the sprawling behemoth that was GTA: San Andreas. Well now, the game that I said was too big to ever appear on smartphones is, in fact (according to a press release from Rockstar), coming to smartphones… Read the rest of this entry »