Mon, 12 Mar 2012 03:57:20 +0000
Is the Sony Ericsson Experia PLAY worth buying for the gaming experience?
Sun, 03 Apr 2011 15:49:06 +0000
Early reviews of the Sony Ericsson Experia PLAY make it clear that the Xperia PLAY is a pretty decent Android mobile. It runs Android 2.3, has a 1ghz processor and looks and feels great. The thing is though, there are many great Android phones out there for substantially less as the Xperia PLAY comes with a price tag of at least £30 a month. The one thing that Sony Ericsson is promoting with this phone is an ultimate gaming experience that has never been seen before on a mobile. Is the gaming experience a good enough reason to buy the Xperia Play? Lets find out.
1. Gamepad – The Xperia PLAY has a slide out game controller that has the classic playstation circle, square, cross and triangle controls and directional arrows . While the touch screen and accelerometer work well for casual games such as Angry Birds and Doodle Jump, a proper game controller will work very well for games such as first person shooters. Reviews of the Xperia Play almost unanimously agree that the game controller feels good and works very well.
2. PlayStation One games – Many PlayStation One games are available in the PlayStation Pocket store and more are set to come.
Now the hypes gone. Should you use the Amazon appstore?
Sun, 27 Mar 2011 14:41:11 +0000
Now the hypes gone. Should you use the Amazon appstore?
There has been so much hype surrounding the Amazon Android appstore launch that I
expected some amazing alternative to the Android marketplace that will blow it out of the water so when I first visited the Amazon App store I was a little disappointed. However, it doesn’t mean that the Amazon app store doesn’t have its advantages.
In this article I will go through every pro and con I and others in the Android community can think of. This should help you decide if you should use the Amazon app store or not.
1. Deals – The Amazon app store is giving away a paid app for free every day. This means that you could potentially get some really good quality apps for free but it depends on what apps are on offer.
The ability to reply to comments – This may seem like a minor pro but I have seen many comments on the Android Marketplace in the past that were false or misinformed. This could be a user not being able to setup an app and then writing a review that the app is terrible even though it was there fault. I would have loved to reply to those comments and now with the Amazon Appstore, I can.
3. Quality apps – The Amazon App store not only but also shares a similar application process. This means that only the best quality apps are accepted into the Amazon App Store so you wont find that you have to sift through hundreds of rubbish apps.
5. Safer – As the Amazon App Store has a strict application process it is far more unlikely that rogue apps will find themselves on the App Store.
6. Amazon giftcard – I have always thought that it would be nice to give someone the gift of Android apps. The Android Marketplace does not allow you to buy apps for someone else nor does it allow you to buy a gift card. As the App Store is from Amazon, you can buy an Amazon giftcard and use it to buy apps.
7. Competition – It is great that there is finally a viable competitor to the Android Marketplace. At the end of the day more competition means that the consumer will get a better deal. You never know, we may even get the amount of time we have to refund increased after it was decreased a couple of months ago.
8. Test drive – You can test drive applications that have the feature enabled. Test drive is an Android emulator that lets you test the app out right in your browser. A great feature that almost makes up for the lack of no refund policy.
2. More complicated installation – The Android Marketplace is more native than the Amazon App Store so the installation process of the Amazon App Store, the apps and the updates will be slightly more clumsier.
3. Small selection of apps – The Amazon App Store currently has a small selection of apps and it will be a long time until the Android Market has a competitive amount of apps, if it ever does.
4. No return policy – The Android Market gives you 15 minutes to refund a purchase while the Amazon App Store does not allow any refunds.
5. No in app purchasing – The Android Market will soon include in app purchases. This will mean that users will be able to buy addons for apps within the app. This may be used to enable extra features, buy a magazine etc. The Amazon App Store will never be able to support this.
6. DRM – Not all apps sold on the Amazon App Store have DRM as developers can choose if they want it or not. However, if they have chosen to include DRM then you will need to have the Amazon App Store installed on your mobile and be signed into your Amazon account.
7. Not available on AT&T or outside USA – If you live outside of the USA or use AT&T, then you won’t be able to access the Amazon App Store. For me, this is a deal breaker! I might be a little bias because I live in the UK and not the USA but this must leave out so many Android users.
The Amazon App Store does have its benefits such as the ability to reply to comments and the quality of apps. However, in my opinion the disadvantages equal or possibly outweigh the advantages to the Android App Store. Amazon have obviously realised this as they have a very good deal where you get a free paid app every day which bring lots of promotion from blogs and users.
Even though I will still use the Android Marketplace for the most part, I do think that the Amazon App Store is good for Android. I personally prefer a more open application store but I know there will be many Android users will benefit from a more closed but cleaner and safer experience. Also, we might find that we get better deals now there is competition.
How to and why root your Android phone
Thu, 17 Feb 2011 19:26:19 +0000
Every android device has its own rooting process. Visit the Unlockr website , choose your android phone and select the “How to Root…” guide. Follow the guide and then follow the guide on how to install a Rom.
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if you have a Htc Desire, Htc Hero or Samsung Galaxy S. If you have another mobile then search for (your mobile name here) Roms.
Most of you will know that Android is open source so the software can be freely changed and distributed.
Rooting your device is safe if you read the instructions carefully before you start. However, if you do manage to break your device then you may have voided your warranty so do proceed with caution.
I have had a rooted Android device for over a year now and have enjoyed the latest android updates and improved speed and new features. If you are comfortable with rooting your device and its potential risks then I would highly recommend that you root your device!
If you are still confused about anything leave your question in the comments and I will get back to you ASAP.