It’s a sad sad SAD for gaming today as Game Group PLC have filed for administration and have been forced to close over 200+ stores and lay off 2000 staff. Larger stores such as Oxford Street, London, Westfield White City & Westfield Stratford City are still trading but Gamestation’s flagship store in Birmingham New Street and Irish and Northern Irish stores are closed.
Click here to download a full list of stores which are closed
R.I.P. Game & Gamestation. Many thanks to the years of service.
Happy Friday everyone!
With the new iPhone just around the corner, there has been alot of talk about the negative talk about the handset ad when my dear cousin Spinder said she’s pre-ordered one, it made me write a huge e-mail review on how she should opt against it.
Here’s what I wrote:
“Just wish it could have been a lot better; though the one thing I’m glad they went with was to incorporate the processor from the iPad 2 because on paper it’s a good processor and it will keep up with the speed of the Galaxy S2. One other feature I’m glad Apple has addressed is the signal problem. I know plenty of people who have had problems with calls being dropped off randomly even when they have adequate signal, so on it’s definitely fault they have addressed and hopefully resolved.
However features such as an 8MP camera isn’t something to brag about because phones a year ago had it – are Apple playing catch up? It was a 5 mega pixel camera previously which was an upgrade from its predecessor but again I had a 5MP on my N95 in 2007. I know plenty of phones brag about having an 8 or a 12 megapixel camera but when it’s Apple, you probably expect a little but more. For example if there was a phone which allowed you to view the camera on the front of an airplane would be seen as cool but with an Apple handset, you want to be able to control the plane from your handset. I know it’s a WAY far off the mark but when customers are expected to pay such a large sum of money upfront to have the handset, you expect it to do bigger and better things.
Another feature which gets me is the Voice Control. The feature was first incorporated in the Motorola Timeport in the late 90’s and the way Apple have incorporated it into the Siri application is cool but there was a Google application with the same feature a few years ago. The main disadvantage of the phone will be it’s battery life but let’s face it, no phone today will last longer than a day should you use it all day every day. (Only if the 6310i would be reinvented with a colour screen, a camera and a Symbian web browser without losing the 2 week battery life…we can dream!)
Finally the biggest downfall of the 4GS is that it’s not known as the iPhone 5. There’s been constant talk about Apple releasing ‘the next generation of iPhones’ but by calling it the 4GS, is that enough for current and potential customers to opt for the ‘new and improved handset’?
All in all the handset will be a success because of the Apple brand but again, I think we all expected something a lot more.”
Lemme know what do you think.
Hope you all have an awesome weekend and talk to you all next week.
Yesterday marked a sad day in the world of technology as one of the major brains behind the uprising of Apple’s greatness over the past 15+ years sadly passed away.
Steve Jobs elevated Apple into a global brand when he became CEO in 1997 releasing innovative devices from the various iMac computers to the iPad and iPhone.
Steve Jobs known for his attire of a black sweater, jeans and trainers when presenting new products opened the world to a range of new ideas of what’s possible in the technological world. Without his vision, mind and knowledge would we have a phone which defines convergance? a computer which has a cool backlit colour monitor? or a laptop which is so thin that you can fit it in an A4 envelope?
I’m not an Apple fan (many of you who know me will agree) but I’m deeply saddened by this tragic news like many of you will miss the man who made the impossible, possible.
Rest In Peace or Rest In Bytes!
Picture Curtosy of: Inkquisitive
Thank god it’s the weekend and to make it that much better, I found an awesome Apple iPad alternative.
As some of you not know, I’m not Apple’s biggest fan. Don’t get me wrong some of their products are awesome (the iPad being one) but I feel the amount you spend on them, you can buy something at a fraction of the price AND just as good; and my latest finding is just that.
I was shopping in Uxbridge Town Centre on Wednesday and after grabbing my Oreo milkshake I went to Maplin and came across a small 7 inch tablet which caught my eye – The Viewsonic Viewpad 7. The device does everything the Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and the HTC Flyer can do – it plays all music and video files, ability to check your e-mail on the go, dual cameras, has access to the Android marketplace and the best part of it all is that you can use it as a phone!
Here’s the full spec from the Viewsonic website:
• Operates with Android 2.2 OS, 802.11b/g networking, Bluetooth and is 3G ready (Quad-band GSM)
• Supports Android Google Mobile Service Apps (GMS) for the easy access to Gmail, YouTube, Voice Search & more
• Direct access to Google Marketplace for more than 100,000 apps and games
• High-resolution 800×480 screen with a high-quality capacitive multi-touch panel
• Dual auto focus facing cameras for video chatting and capture the important moment in action
• Expandable memory option with Micro SD slot (up to 32GB)
• Features built-in G-sensor, accelerometer, and ambient light sensor
• Enhanced productivity with the Document-to-Go app to review and edit documents on the go
• GPS/AGPS and E-Compass and let Google Maps shows you nearby points of interests and places to go (requires WiFi or 3G)
• Enjoy eBooks, videos, photos, games and apps for full entertainment on the go
• Slim, ergonomic and lightweight design, weighing in at 0.8 lbs. and measuring 0.45 inches thick
The only downside about the device is the screen – it’s not the crisp finish like the other tablets because it’s a VGA screen rather than an AMOLED screen but to be honest I really couldn’t care. For the money you pay for this product you get your tablet needs for such a reasonable price.
Looking at the price of the product, I feel the main competitor is the soon to be release Amazon Fire – both devices will more or less be the same; though the main differences between the products will be that Amazon will be running their own Android OS, the Fire is a lot smaller and has a better processor; but again looking at both specs as well as their prices, I’d still go for the underdog, Viewsonic Viewpad 7.
Another interesting bit of information I found about the Amazon Fire is that the device will be able to track your movements across the web which, in hindsight, really does not surprise me because if you have ever used the Amazon website, they track what you view so they can recommend other products to you. It’s another method for them to up-sell and generate more revenue which, in today’s world, can be seen anywhere. Some people may find that they are being monitored a problem but let’s face it, it’s happening everywhere.
Going back to the Viewsonic Viewpad 7, I’m not saying it’s better than the iPad or the Galaxy Tab but I can assure you, you will not be disappointed.
Here’s a video which was taken at the 2010 IFA event which shows the features of the tablet.
I’m off to Maplin to buy mine and make sure you check back in a month when I’ll provide a full overview of my first month with the Viewsonic Viewpad 7.
Have an awesome weekend!