Tuesday, 16 August 2011

New phone

I recently picked up a Samsung Galaxy S2 and I have to say so far I'm impressed. Although I prefer HTC's sense UI Samsung have definitely done something right with the S2 and touchwiz. Its speed and smoothness makes it simply a joy to use, no fumbling around with missclicks or annoying waiting while it loads. From what I've read it's the best Android phone on the market and I certainly wouldn't argue with that.

The 1.2 GHz processor realy shows through with everything you do. From streaming movies to web browsing everything is just so darn fast. The AMOLED screen is crystal clear even outside and the battery life is more than acceptable for me - I found the battery to be lasting around 2 days with moderate use.

You might be wondering why I chose Android over the increasingly popular iOS on the iPhone 4. The reason is that, as far as I'm aware, you cannot develop apps for the appstore unless you have a Mac, whereas Android apps are Java based and allow me to develop for the platform on my Windows computer. This, along with the slightly-larger-than-most 4.3" screen, is what made up my mind.

Now I haven't owned an Android based phone before so don't have many apps yet. Does anybody know any must-have apps that I should be getting? It seems like it's got everything I could possibly need already installed, but I'm sure it will have double that installed on it by the end of the week!

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Counter Strike: Global Offensive announced

The rumours about the next game in the Counter Strike series have been confirmed by Valve. The game will be entitled Counter Strike: Global Offensive and will be on PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and PS3.

"CS: GO promises to expand on CS' award-winning gameplay and deliver it to gamers on the PC as well as the next gen consoles and the Mac" says Valve's Doug Lombardi.

Little is currently known about the game but it will be multiplayer focused and we will be seeing some remakes of classic maps; 'de_dust' has been confirmed for the game. I am certainly excited about this news but the fact that it will be appearing on the Playstation Store and  Xbox Live Arcade (typically the home of smaller releases) might mean that it won't be competing with the heavyweight shooters, on console at least.

I'm back!

Hi all, after a long rest due to uni exams and my holiday I am now back and ready to roll out some fresh content! I will be trying to post daily with news, reviews and opinions on all things related to gaming and technology.

I've started playing Starcraft 2 again and have gotten pretty hooked. Got placed in diamond 1v1 this season and slowly making progress on my quest for masters. My plan is to play a lot of custom games to get back into shape then go on a mass laddering spree when I'm in tip top form.

My current progress:

I'll be putting up my thoughts on Starcrat 2 soon. See you in master league!