Hi there! So I wanted to start a new blog post series where I showcase my phones! I have been collecting phones since 2011. Starting with the Samsung Galaxy S2 that I bought for my own money. I want to go over my massive stack of phones and show them to you over here. First one I wanna start with will be the BlackBerry Priv! I will just randomly select a phone from time to time and just talk about it a little bit. Hopefully you will enjoy. It will be an unique series here on my website. Something than nobody else ever has done before.
This phone is having a large 5.4″ display with screen resolution of 1440×2560. A high 540 pixel density. Gorilla Glass 4 protection and a slight curved edge screen. The operating system is Android which is interesting because usually blackberry is using their own BlackBerry OS. But this phone with Android works with all the standard Android apps. It comes with Snapdragon 808 chipset and a Hexa-core 4×1.4GHz Cortex-A53 and 2×1.8GHz Cortex-A57 processor. The GPU is Adreno 418.
Here are some photos on my BlackBerry Priv!
It also has option for microSD card slot of 256GB. And internal storage of 32GB with 3GB of RAM. The primary camera is 18MP f/2.2 and secondary is 2MP, 720p. The battery is 3410mAh battery.
The phone also has a full qwerty keyboard that you can see when you slide up the screen. So you can decide if you want to use the physical keyboard or the Android on-screen keyboard. The phone comes with a matte plastic back feel. The only main disadvantage is that it doesn’t have a removable battery option. But most high end phones 2017 doesn’t have a removable battery.
Some have also complained that the plastic back on this phone makes it feel cheap for being a BlackBerry phone. I have to say that I don’t agree. I think it still feels very premium and also that plastic is a better material to use on the back than for example Samsung Galaxy S8’s glass back. And the new iPhone 8 that also will use glass back. Even LG have started to use glass back with LG G6. The problem with glass is it breaks easily and it creates ugly fingerprint marks on the back. And if it breaks it will be expensive to replace. Plastic usually won’t break. It’s made with more thinking about durability.
This phone has a bit of that business feel to it that BlackBerry phones usually have. It will surely stand out even in 2017 because most phones aren’t qwerty sliders these days. But I think it looks extremely look and people who want a niche phone to stand out 2017 this is the one still. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 might be another good niche phone because it’s the only high end device with good stylus support.
Today I want to review the game Final Fantasy 3 by Square Enix. This game was one of the first I bought for my Nintendo DS Lite in 2007. And now they have made it into an Android game you can download from the Google Play Store!
This game starts off with you being a character falling down into a cave in fantasy world. You instantly get attacked by various monsters and learn you need to fight to gain experience and to survive.
This game has great music already from the beginning. In the first cave you both find chests and secret rocks. You tap on items to activate them. In one chest at the beginning it contained a longsword. Sometimes chest’s contains other things like potion that you can use to heal your character. You use a virtual joystick to move around the character with ease.
The battles against monsters will attack automatic inside the cave when you are walking around. In battle you have 3 options. Attack, Magic and Guard. You can also run away from the battle!
In the right bottom corner you see your health bar. The goblin monsters you will attack at the beginning of the game are fairly easy to win over. When you win you gain Gil & EXP. And sometimes your job level increase!
Up in the top right corner of the screen you have your main menu. In here you can see different menus: Item, Magic, Equipment, Status, Formation, Job, Config, Quicksave, Save. The amount of Gil you have. And your full party. Which can include 3 others so 4 in total. Your starting job is Freelancer and on Level 1. HP and MP you can also see. Which is for health and magic powers.
In the items page you can see how powerful each item is in various categories like Defence and Attack. You can go in and equip your player with new items you find. You can carry a tool in right hand and left hand for attack. For Defence you can have protection items on head, body and arms.
The status page is good when you wanna see how much EXP it takes to level up to the next level. Also it only seems to show when you will level up your player and that the job level it levels up kind of random.
Outside of Attack and Defence you have deeper modes as Magic Defence. And Strength, Agility, Vitality, Intellect and Mind that you can level up!
I like the graphics in this game. How they move the camera when it’s in battle time from a top view to a closer behind the player view. It makes the game feel modern even when it’s older. I also like how there is no in-app purchase options. You can also save the game to the cloud.
You will sometimes meet bosses which will be harder to defeat. One of the first bosses you will meet is a giant turtle. If you lose the game and no save then there is complete game over and you have to restart again.
It will take some time to level up in this game. And a lot of same training. But that’s what makes you appreciate it more. That you have to work hard for progress. And the cloud saving works great on Android.
Your goal in the game is to spread light in the world. The Crystal came to you and told you was the chosen one. And the elders from the city says you are the chosen one too. The Crystal doesn’t want the world to fully become just darkness. You have to seek out other light people to help you on your journey.
The challenges in this game reminds me about life’s real world challenges. With constant training in this game. It’s kind of like real life. Everyday there are new struggles and challenges we have to overcome. Quite inspiring to be honest.
Outside of the cave when you win against the turtle you are back up on land. Where you can find ton’s of worlds and people to explore. And cities with stores where you can buy various items for protection and attack. For example I noticed you can’t use a bow and longsword at the same time. But two longswords are fine.
In the forrest out in the world you will encounter a ton of new monsters. Each time your job level goes up your attacks seems to become stronger. What makes the game fun is sometimes you have to figure out stuff yourself. By hearing clues from the people you talk to. You slowly get guided into the right direction. Sometimes you miss something and have to go back and try to solve it. It’s fun.
You quickly gain the option to expand the party with 2 more people and you need to find a mysterious ring to heal a lot of people that has turned sick. You will be using a flying ship and go on travels in harder caves where you need to train with your party to level them up. Meeting harder monsters.
This is a highly fun game with amazing music and storymode.But it will take a lot of time and energy to really go deep in this and make progress.And the game can be frustrating if you want to do fast progress. Because level up will take a lot of effort inside this game.
Gameplay performance is great on Samsung Galaxy S8, just some minor slow downs but nothing too serious. There are a bunch of other Square Enix Final Fantasy game’s available in the Google Play store as well as the iTunes App store for iPhones and iPads. Many with high quality ratings.
The menus in the game are super easy to understand what they do. Many new games are very confusing in the game system. Not this. And it’s pretty easy to know sort of where you should go in the game. But it at the same time keeps up a nice story mode and gives you many surprises that draws you into the game and want to keep playing.
Today I want to write a review on an Android app called Earth HD Deluxe Edition. It will display the earth on your Android phone! Either on the lock screen of the device or just as a wallpaper. Depending on what phone you have.
When you swipe across the Home screen or Up/Down the Earth will start to spin around and move.
Inside the settings you can tweak many things. For example you can change the camera mode to Linear, Orbit, Fixed or Free.
With Orbit it only goes to the side not Up and Down.
With Fixed the earth still spins but it doesn’t move around more when you swipe your fingers on the screen.
You can also rotate the camera and have it slowly rotate around the earth. And you can select the speed on that option. You can also position the earth at the center if you want or any other custom position. They have added some cool theme’s you can switch between. Classic, Realistic, Future, Post-apocalyptic and Frozen earth!
To be honest I loved the classic the most. And then the Frozen Earth. Post-apocalyptic looked depressing. Realistic is a bit warmer in colors but reminds about classic. But I enjoy the classic more for it’s lighter softer colors. The texture I wish it could be a little bit higher graphics when you have camera distance normal or closer. A “little further” mode looks great. But would be amazing if higher textures was available for the closeups. Maybe in a few years with the Samsung Galaxy S9!
You can also switch the earth’s rotation speed. I think that with slow speed here it looks more realistic and makes you calm and peaceful when looking at. Here is the most amazing part with this app! It allows you to focus on satellites and still have the beautiful earth in the background! So you have two options here. Either Satellite Space Station V or Space Station V-II.
Both are super beautiful but I like the first one the most. It is a little bit smaller! And has cool rings! You can also add a realistic earth position. That will line it up depending on the current date. And you also have the option to add the moon!
If you feel the need to save battery life then you can change the FPS speed of this live wallpaper. FPS limit options are: 5 FPS, 15 FPS, 30 FPS, 60 FPS and Maximum!
Overall I really love this app a great developer with tons of other amazing apps. I checked out their Solar System HD Deluxe Live Wallpaper. Which is a mind-blowing app as well. Especially if you want more planets and Starfields to see and choose from!
Let me know in the comment section down below if you want me to check out another cool app that you know about!
Other apps from same developer are Into the Void, Zombie City Defense, Deep Galaxies HD, Snow HD Deluxe. I’m sure that I am going to check out many of them in the future. Because of the quality put into the apps.
While using this app on Samsung Galaxy S8 you may want to disable Bixby that’s available on home screen if you scroll a lot to the left side. Because that can get annoying. To disable Bixby hold in on an empty area of your home screen and go to the left and in the corner you can turn off the Bixby page.
Something that also is super cool with this app is how the earth is 50% dark so very realistic when you spin it around. If you spin to the dark side then you will be able to see the sun from far away. With it’s amazing sunlight it looks very realistic.
You can also see on the dark side of the earth some places where there is still light going on. As you know with large cities they have lots of lamps so you can see it from space! How magical effect it creates!
If you have the earth enabled to move when you swipe up then it will move when you enter the app drawer on the S8 which has the shortcut of swiping up on the home screen. It’s interesting because even inside the app drawer if you swipe the earth will still move. If you swipe on the lock screen then it doesn’t seem to move.
With the Solar System live wallpaper app from same developer that app was using your gyroscope to move things around while moving the phone. This app does not have that gyroscope support.
How could this app be improved if we play with that idea? Well first I think in it’s themes I see ton’s of potential over there. With adding maybe 30 cool themes in various colors and effects it would be extremely interesting. Because people truly love special premium themes that nobody else is using. Also to be able to maybe have more satellites would be extremely interesting.
Maybe be able to see an Elon Musk Mars spaceship, That would be so epic! Or see astronauts in space working on a space platform! There are many ideas and things you can do here. But I also believe that the live wallpaper is a bit limited by Android OS in what you can do more in depth.
But I am impressed with the latest versions of Android it’s premium speed. When the first iPhone came out in 2007 it was truly amazing and Android was a joke. Android was still a joke 2010 but with dual-core processors by 2011 thing’s started to shift and Android became interesting.
And finally these days to be able to use live wallpapers like this is perfect! Something that Apple gadgets cannot use if they don’t jailbreak.
It becomes clear to me that in the future we will be able to do even more amazing customize options with our phones. To make them truly stand out. This is the power of Android.
So there is a new game out which cost around €3-5 euro. It’s called Nexomon! It kind of reminds about a Pokemon game. You are this character running around and captures different Nexomon animals. You follow a story mode sort of like Final Fantasy. You fight in battles to capture new nexomons. And then you can heal your nexomons using items.
You have to be into journey games to play this because there are many menus of storytelling you can’t skip. You have something they call the Nexopad with a collection of 300 nexomons you can capture and find inside the game. The nexomons at the beginning of the game are usually hiding in the grass. You can see it moving!
The game has very nice cartoon graphics and audio. When you win a battle against another nexomon you gain experience and coins. With this you level up your own nexomons.
As a new player you are being called a tamer and get told it’s dangerous to walk outside town. You can talk with various people on your journey around the game. Sometimes you get rewards from these people like 300 coins. Sometimes they even challenge you to a nexomon battle.
When you are in battle you will loose health and stamina when you get attacked. But you can fill it up again with items in your bag. Like potions and ether. You have 4 different skills you can attack with. When you are new in the game only 3 is available and sometimes 2.
Sometimes when you attack certain nexomons you will *miss*. Because that nexomon has protection against that attack, you will have to use another. And sometimes when you win versus one nexomon they might have another one show up! Because in a battle you can use multiple nexomons if you have. You usually gain more experience the more you win. And coins.
And when you level up your HP, Stamina, Attack, Defence and Speed goes up! Sometimes you will see dramatic scenes in the game like a house damaged. And dramatic story music. Which shows that it’s a quality game trying to make the storyline more engaging.
Sometimes you will be rewarded a NexoBox. In those you will find a rare nexomon. After you open it you can add the nexomon to your party. And it will join you in future battles. You have different houses where you have nexobox storages. In here you can deposit nexomons or withdraw them. You also have nexostores in many cities where you can by nexoproducts. Things as nexotrap, potion, ether, elixir, anti burn, anti poison, anti freeze, anti paralyze, anti bind, anti sleep & anti confusion. You use the coins to buy, coins you gain from winning battles against nexomons.
Sometimes you get to hear secrets or tricks from talking to random people. Like the coolest nexomon is in the eastern cave!
One of the first story modes is you have to go to a bodybuilder called Ivan to find more information about a nexolord. The most powerful tamer of nexomons. You get to learn about champions after you beat Ivan. Which are the inner circle of a nexolord. Ivan was just an overseer.
You have different environments you play this game in sometimes you explore a cave and harder enemies. Then you have to go back and level up your nexomons by going into easier battles to win easier experience and coins. It seems like you can have up to 6 nexomons in your party.
And yes the game has premium shop for in-app purchase but it doesn’t feel as spammy as for example’s EA’s games. First you can buy for real money Diamond currency, NexoTraps, Avatars, Pets & Other Items. You can also open up golden nexobox or standard for diamonds to receive super rare nexomon.
In the nexopad profile you can see your tamer name, play time, coins, diamonds, nexomonds found, support code. You can also see your avatar and change it’s design.
The 3 games this reminds me about is Pokemon GO, Final Fantasy 3 and Lego Rock Raiders. I can see myself play it for long hours. The nice graphics and smooth gameplay on iPhone 7 makes it interesting. The fast talking menu’s are also very enjoyable.
One thing that can be a little bit annoying in a game like this is too many battles and leveling up. It can become very repetitive. And if you are stuck in a cave and need to get out you can have annoying enemies popup in your path.
The game also has some special features like iCloud support for backup data on all devices to play both iPhone, iPod and iPad support! You can get exclusive nexomon iMessage stickers. 8 legendary nexomons. 9 different colorful and vibrant regions. 100% animated monsters for enjoying battles. High quality gaming experience!
The overseers in the game guard cities and various places. They have tamers below them that wanna engage in quick battles. To one time themselves maybe become an overseer.
What happens when your party loses and all your nexomons have a health of zero is it becomes game over. From this menu you can either load checkpoint or load game. While you play the game you have the option to go in and save/load.
Be sure that you level up your nexomons a lot in easy battles first before you go into a dangerous cave or on an adventure. So you are ready for the higher level battles. If not then you might have to restart from far away back in the game. So remember to save and plan your trips for optimal gaming experience.
In harder areas of the game you usually become attacked or meet challenges just by walking on the standard path. But in the more safer area you only get attacked while you are in the grass. And the easier place have mostly one nexomon in battle. So you only have to defeat 1 to win! But in harder areas there can be up to 6 nexomons in one battle!
Whenever you want to capture a new nexomon in battle you click on the red and grey nexotrap at the bottom center of the screen! You have to buy these from the nexostore. If you weaken the enemy a bit first I’m sure it will be easier to capture him and add him into your collection. A quick look at your opponent right side of the screen will display under his health bar if he is a common nexomon or a rare nexomon!
Overall I really enjoy this game. This is a story game where you get so much value. So even when it’s a paid app with some in-app purchase options it’s highly enjoyable and worth it. Let me know if you find out about any other quality games you want me to check out!
So how does it stack up versus the Samsung Galaxy S8? So I’ve been using the Galaxy S8 for quite some time now as my main phone so I have a pretty good idea how it overall is.
So firstly the Apple iPhone 8 is rumored to come with a borderless Display. A display that might even go full up to the top and bottom of the phone! So Samsung already have a bezel less display when it comes to the sides. But the Galaxy S8 still doesn’t have a full bezel less display on the front. The AMOLED display doesn’t go fully up all the way to the top or bottom. The iPhone 8 might then have less bezel than Galaxy S8.
Second thing is how it’s rumored that iPhone 8 will switch to an OLED display away from LCD they been using on previous iPhones. As we know Samsung has been using an amazing AMOLED display for many years! Displays that offers way more vibrant exciting colors especially for looking at photos or video. It’s not that the current iPhone 7 display is super bad. But I really believe Apple will be able to compete better against Samsung with an OLED display. Attracting some Samsung customers maybe even.
The iPhone 8 looks like it will finally get facial recognition! They may call it Face ID. I use this feature already on my S8 and love it. It works almost every time in standard light. But in darkness many times it doesn’t work. But. There is a big bad thing with the iPhone 8.
And that is it may remove the fingerprint sensor that they call Touch ID. Which is a bad thing! I wouldn’t wanna live with a phone that doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor. Because it’s one of the better ways to unlock a phone safe and always works with the right finger.
The face unlock may not work sometimes for me on Galaxy S8 so then I quickly use the fingerprint sensor. But if the iPhone 8 won’t have that then you will have to type the password using the keyboard when Face ID doesn’t work! How annoying.
Samsung’s camera’s are Awesome!
We also have some rumors that the iPhone 8 camera will be able to record in 4K 60fps maybe on both rear and front camera! Which is insane. It will sure take up lots of space in your phone. I have always found the iPhone cameras inferior to Samsung’s main cameras. At least since the Galaxy S3. Samsung seems to know what they are doing in that area.
My iPhone 7 camera has horrible field of view and blurry photos while zoom in vs. Samsung’s high quality camera sensor. Maybe it’s just me. But I don’t think so. Samsung does a really good job on hardware area! More less good on software optimisation…
We also have rumor about iPhone 8 that it will support wireless charging. Which of course is interesting for Apple fans. But the charger will probably cost €149 if I know Apple correct..
Now Samsung has been having wireless charging for years. But I don’t think it’s in widespread use. Because wireless charging usually charges slower. So it sort of becomes no point doing it for most. Some wireless chargers takes hours to charge your device! Which is boring.
Traffic Light iPhone!
The iPhone 8 is also probably going to feature a traffic light camera! It looks really stupid to be honest. And it will add weird weight on one side of the phone. They should remove the camera bump all together!
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 has a camera but it doesn’t stick out! So why does Apple’s have to do it? I think Apple has become a bit lazy after Steve Jobs passed away. Steve Jobs had so amazing visions but when the founder goes away usually it becomes more about the money and less about doing creative amazing solutions. This traffic light is just an annoying design!
Seems like Apple will go back to an all glass design. Which is bad. We already know about the broken glass on iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. And Samsung is also using glass back mine got smashed fast. It’s annoying. But I’m sure the companies do it just for the money. That they want your device to get broken. Because with glass what happens is you have to replace the whole back.
We are expecting to see three new iPhone 8 variants. One with OLED display the other two with standard LCD display. Galaxy S8 variants is available in S8 and S8+ variant and both feature same AMOLED display. The bad part here is the OLED iPhone 8 will probably be super expensive. So many will go with the standard editions.
Water Resistant (Hopefully Improvement over iPhone 7!)
I really hope the iPhone 8 has IP68 water resistant certification the IP-rating the iPhone 7 had was bad. I got two of them and they became unusable after Coca-Cola and water tests. They really must do a better job with the iPhone 8. The interesting part is how the new iPhone seems like it will be around same size as 4.7″ iPhone 7 but with a display of 5.5″ iPhone 7! Which is amazing. Because the iPhone 7 5.5″ really is too big. Feels like an elephant!
In processor we are going to get a brand new A11 chipset. Which I’m sure will perform well against Samsung’s Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895 setup. Samsung also has amazing performance but the problem with Android is game and app optimisation usually is worse than Apple’s locked iOS system. Usually Apple optimise stuff better with using better software and optimising it.
Expensive oh no!
The iPhone 8 OLED variant is rumored to be costing around $1,000 which is laughable and so expensive. But then again people gonna pay…
From what I have seen on mockup photos of the new glass iPhone 8 it does remind me about the iPhone 3GS but less rounded. Which is funny. Feels like we are going back in time. Hopefully the device will be a bit slimmer but don’t hope for a major change compared to iPhone 7! I hope the iPhone 8 can be as thin and same width or smaller as the standard Galaxy S8. Because then it will feel a bit premium.
We are going to have to wait and see. Apple is expected to announce the 3 new iPhone models at a September event. So stay tuned for that.