iPhone 5 , is this what you have been waiting for ? Or a massive letdown?

13 09 2012

So as expected,  Apple have unveiled the new iPhone but not the iPad Mini as was widely expected!

The iPhone 5 has been hyped up to its eyeballs, mostly due to the monstrous success of all of its predecessors so has pretty big boots to fill going head to head with devices like the Samsung Galaxy S III & the Nokia Lumia 920.

The new iPhone is bigger and thinner than previous models, and if you have been on the internet in recent weeks, the official design looks almost exactly like the concepts and leaked images that have been doing the rounds of the web. The larger screen has allowed it to have an additional line of apps/folders in comparison with previous models.

If you are looking for completely new groundbreaking innovation, I’d say that the iPhone 5 is slightly underwhelming. Apple have done what they do well, refining and perfecting, but there aren’t many steps outside the box in comparison with perhaps the first iPhone or features like Siri.

The new model boasts a new A6 chip , this is touted as being almost twice as fast as the previous A5 chip and provides better graphics and even better battery life, a major issue for almost all previous iPhone models with 10 hours video playback being claimed on Apples website.

One of the massive talking points of this release was of the new connector. This is different to all previous models and make far more sense being far smaller, more durable and reversible however if you want to use existing peripherals you are going to require an adapter. The adapters are shown below and are available for a price of between $30 and $40 from the good folks at Apple and in some cases this will still render your peripherals and accessories useless.

The new phone also comes with a redesigned set of ear buds , so the iconic iPod earphones have finally changed and this should supposedly stop them from falling out of ears all over the world with a redesigned shape!

The new phone will also come with a nano sim allowing the phone to be thinner than before, and will be capable of handling a 4G network. This will be big news for residents of countries with a capable 4G network, but with this in the early stages in the UK, won’t mean as much till the 4G spectrum is more widely available.

The new OS will vastly improve this as a device, whilst also keeping the rest of the iPhone family in line with updates as far back to the iPhone 4. If you are looking for more information regarding  iOS 6, We have an article previously posted regarding this massively improved OS @ https://techfilledfantasy.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/apple-ios-6-preview-nemesis-of-jelly-bean/

When the iPhone 5 is released, it will no doubt sell by the truck load! I think that also this will happen, it will be interesting to see how this device effects its market share. Many Apple fanboys have claimed instant love for the device but many have also turned their backs being entirely underwhelmed by the lack of change between the 4S and the 5. The iPhone 5 seems to be like JellyBean was to Androids Ice Cream Sandwich, this is an improved version giving better performance and functionality but doesn’t have the same amount of new features many were expecting.

Only time will tell of its success!





AOKP JellyBean Build 1 Galaxy Nexus ROM Review

26 08 2012

http://aokp.co/index.php/releases/_/jellybean-build-1-r28

Released on the 20th of August, AOKP has made available JellyBean Build 1. Now, this is confusing to most as, unknown to some, AOKP have been producing JellyBean Nightly builds for a few weeks previous to this. These were a lot more experimental than previous ‘Builds’ and the current ‘Build’ is thought to be a culmination of the best points of these Nightly’s developed over the past few weeks.

The ROM is apparently a far way away from being a stable release but has been suprisingly bugless for me since I started running it, with only a minor glitch here and there.

AOKP have planned out what they are going to do with this ROM following its jump to JellyBean and it seems to have helped a lot with all of the features it encompasses instead of throwing a lot of random non integrated features at it and hoping it sticks. Like older AOKP, it has a lot of UI customisation as well as almost 30 ‘Swag Papers’ to spruce up your homescreen andsome unique features and inbuilt performance control. One of the talked about features is the flip to vibrate or silent function, this as it suggests turns the phone to silent or vibrate when you put the phone on its back or during a call when you flip it to its back, useful in meetings, work, or just in general if you really don’t want to answer the phone to the person who is calling!

   

Im running this now and went from Paranoid Android to it and im not let down. I used to be a bit of an AOKP fanboy but was pleasantly suprised with my experience on PA, but I think this ROM has brought me back over to the dark side !

This is only the first JellyBean Build as it name suggests so expect a lot more from AOKP. They have their team and they clearly know what they are doing from running over 10 of their previous builds on Ice Cream Sandwich and with great innovation and features included its definately one to keep an eye on over the coming weeks and months !

 





Dinosaur War IOS Android Free App Review !

23 07 2012

Dinosaur War is free on Android and IOS

This game involves building up a Village, a Dinosaur army, and using each of these for domination!

I play a lot of these kind of games ! Usually I get a lot of game play out of them before getting the gaps between levels getting too lengthy, becoming bored and losing interest.

Usually the basis of all these games are the same, build a village and troops, whilst using up resources and having to wait a set amount of time for troops and builds to be completed (unless using premium paid for items such as crystals to eliminate the wait)

There are a few differences in this game that have kept me involved for a lot longer than the usual ones. Usually during the wait for resources to recupperate, or to be able to battle again there is little to do in these sorts of games.. effectively most close them down and re-open in 30mins/ an hour/ etc. In Dinosaur War there are a few additional options such as Card games and ‘wheel of fortune’ type activities that can keep you amused during this wait to make it pass a little quicker, which although are fairly small things, they make a massive difference and keep you coming back.

All of these games, as mentioned usually involve premium add ons, either removing the wait for buildings to complete or to buy special items usable in the game. This is the reason a lot of these games are free, with rumoured that the Ouya will probably adopt the same approach with a lot of its games, its obvious to see why this is popular with these premium crystals starting at $1.99 and ranging up to $29.99 . This isn’t as steep as some games with these sorts of items reaching over $100 in some instances.

There are a lot of games similar to this one, possibly not having Dinosaurs as there focal point, but using something else ! This is one of the better ones i’ve played and its been keeping me going for over a week now, definately give it a go if this is your thing, after all.. its free !





AOKP Build 40 ROM Review

6 07 2012

http://aokp.co

AOKP started in November 2011 with ROM’s for the Galaxy Nexus, but now supports numerous devices from different manufacturers and currently has over 50,000 Devices running a build of AOKP.

There are 2 kind of releases that AOKP offer, Builds (nightly) and Milestone (stable). As the name suggest, Stable versions are more stable and released less freqeuntly. The Nightly builds aren’t released every night but are released a lot more frequently in comparison to the Stable builds, these are purely experimental builds which may still have some bugs. Users have the opportunity to report these bugs so that the next build or stable can avoid experiencing similar issues.

AOKP Build 40 can be found here http://aokp.co/index.php/releases/_/build-40-r26
This link takes you to a page full of devices, after choosing your device you will be provided with a download link.

This build is the last expected Experimental Ice Cream Sandwich Build(Android 4.0.4), with a final Stable Milestone due to be released shortly, before the team turn their attention to Jelly Bean (Android 4.1)

In comparison with Stock Android 4.0.4 the differences are almost too much to comprehend in a single review. The build includes Nova Launcher, this can be downloaded by any device but can change the look and speed of the stock launcher dramatically, with different screen animations included.

                            

Build 40 also incorporates the Theme Chooser, this is an easier way of applying a theme to the device and different variants can be downloaded from the App Store, or forums such as http://forum.xda-developers.com A few different Home Screens taken from my device running build 40 are shown above, both of these are using the Achromatic Theme included in this Build.

The device contains an additional tab to the settings menu called “Rom Control” this is effectively what makes the ROM. This gives options to change General UI, Lockscreens, Performance, Battery Indicator styles as well as many other points like Toggles and clock styles.

Within the Performance Section, the device can be UnderClocked or OverClocked and many more settings can be changed, this can make the device faster, which uses more battery life or the opposite. I’ve found that by UnderClocking the device slightly, the battery gains are massive with a barely noticable drop in performance.

To see all the ROM has to offer it takes a few days of playing about with, this is something i recommend you do. If you have or havent Flashed a ROM before this is a good place to start. This is incredibly stable, especially for an experimental build and has more UI customisations than you could imagine.

Do it, you know you want to !





Jelly Bean ! Android 4.1, first thoughts !

30 06 2012

Owning a rooted Galaxy Nexus has its benefits.

After Google dished out some devices at I/O preloaded with Android 4.1, the developing community has went crazy and successfully extracted this OS for download.

A quick look at RootzWiki or XDA Developers and you will find endless posts filled with download links for Jelly Bean.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1737849  This is the link i used.

Jelly Bean still has the potential to be altered slightly prior to release but this leaked version will probably encompass most of what the new software has to offer.

Below are a couple of the subtle differences in the software. As you can see the Notification Bar is different with a lot more neat approach, also including a settings toggle. The icon on the right also acts as a “dismiss all” sort of function, removing any notifications.

You can also see the lock screen is slightly different with an added shortcut for “Google Now” at the top position, and a new animation.

As well as a new search bar along the top the homescreens look very much the same, the image on the left shows what happens when you swipe up from the shortcut keys, this again gives a shortcut to “Google Now”.

A lot of the Google based apps have also had UI (user interface) overhauls. The most noticable for me was that of Youtube, this app looks completely different and has taken a step in the right direction as far as im concerned.

Google Now is one of the main differences for this new update. This would take a post in itself to give it the attention it deserves, its effectively the competitor for Siri. The video below gives a good starting idea to its capabilities

Putting aside the visual changes of the OS, the performance changes are what sets it apart. The “buttery smooth” like feel that google promised feels like it has been achieved with multi tasking, typing and even the stock launcher feeling far smoother and faster. Other articles have benchmarked the update to see what the numbers look like but dont look to have got much benefit from it, this is something that is incredibly easy to see on the every day use of the device.

To summarise, the quicker the full Jelly Bean OTA update is released the better.
The improvements that have been made have built on the solid foundations that were achieved on the release of Ice Cream Sandwich





Samsung Galaxy Nexus

29 06 2012

With newer phones coming on to the market every couple of months its almost impossible to have a currently up to date phone. With the Galaxy Nexus being released in November of 2011, this post will pose the question as to whether it is still a wise alternative to the Samsung Galaxy SIII, HTC One X or even the Apple Iphone 4s.

The Nexus is a programming geeks dream,  In running the stock version of Android 4.0 as standard it gives the user an opportunity to edit its Ice Cream Sandwich operating software in more ways than are imaginable. Without the Sense overlay or other manufactured additions to the software the system is more easily manipulated.

With the Nexus being the first announced phone to receive the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update this also means that Nexus users will be the first to play with the new operating software with the Nexus 7 tablet also running this as stock. This is claimed to be “buttery smooth” and will hopefully enhance the experience further.

Now for the numbers !

Design

  • Dimension(H x W x D): 135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94mm
  • Weight: 135g
  • Color: Titanium Silver or White

Platform

  • Android v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Soon will come standard with Android v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Display

  • Technology: 16M Color HD SUPER AMOLED Full Touch Display
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 pixel
  • Size: 4.65″

Processor

  • 1.2GHz Dual Core Processor

Memory

  • User Memory:16GB (RAM: 1GB)

Camera

  • Camera Resolution: 5.0 Mega-pixel (Zero Shutter Lag) Front Camera: 1.3 Mega-pixel Front Camera
  • White Balance: Incandescent, Daylight, Fluorescent and Cloudy
  • Scene Mode: Action, Night, Sports, Sunset, Party
  • Photo Gallery with photo editing functions such as adding effect and photo cropping etc)

Video

  • Support format: H.263 / H.264 / MPEG4 1920 x 1080 pixels (30fps)
  • Video Recording & Playback: Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels (30fps)

The Nexus has its positives in barrel loads with its modern design, large screen and incredibly versatile operating system but the main downfall of the Nexus is the lack of expandable memory. It doesnt have an SD Card slot so the 16gb storage capacity is all you get, much like the Iphone range. This may be a major problem for some but for the occasional user this may not prevent much of a problem. With the ease of backing up to the computer via your USB charging cable, this may help to relieve some of the burden of space as well as the ever growing popularity of Cloud storage with Apps like Google Drive and Dropbox.

Compared with the Camera functionality of its competitors the Nexus does fall down quite a bit, its cameras perform well but just dont have the crispness you would expect from an Iphone or the highly acclaimed camera on the One X.

The Nexus is incredibly fast and smooth and whilst it only has a dual core 1.2GHZ processor which is lesser than that of the One X, this wouldnt be noticable to the normal user with the Nexus providing an extremely fluent smooth response and rapid multi tasking.

Having been released for over 6 months, it still makes a lot of sense to purchase a Nexus. Even if you aren’t a complete Android geek or are completely Mobile phone illiterate its ease of use and wide range of functionality make it a great phone, and with Google recently announcing a price reduction in an Unlocked Sim Free model, it makes even more sense !








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