Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Mobile Phones. I go Q, look at Palm Pre's


I can't tweet from this location, so I'll blab here.

I tired quickly of my Samsung SCH-i760. Apparently, my negative experience with the T-Mobile MDA (aka HTC Wizard I believe) didn't teach me. The days of PDA'ing are over (at least for me).

Using a stylus just seems to slow me down, and these PDA phones were not made for non-stylus use. Without a long fingernail, it's far to easy to go to the wrong place. Beyond that, a stylus seems to warrant that menus should be more complicated and awkward with extra levels and checkboxes.

Other options seemed to be directed to either Blackberries or iPhones. Both of which are quite proprietary if you ask me. BB's require a special service and software, and seem way too text-based for my tastes...leaving a feeling of inelegance. iPhones seem to me to be for those who are more interested in flashy gadgetry than functionality and compatibility. I need something straight to the point that helps me organize my day and gets the job done.

My original Moto Q and the T-Mobile dash were the best mix for me so far. The old Q only had WM5, which just hasn't stayed with the times. Work forced me onto the feature-stripping jail of Verizon, so my almost-perfect-for-me Dash with WM6 wasn't going to happen.

I picked up a Moto Q9c with WM6.1 and I've been quite happy. WM6.1 adds the "sliding panel" option to the homescreen (picture above), which is a big jump in accessibility and functionality. The prior reliance on "start" has been reduced to a bare minimum it seems, as most of the common needs are covered at home screen. The new IM-style text message system is a big leap as well. With the redesigned keyboard, everything seems to fall into place.

The bad parts? No built in WiFi...a special SD card is needed. Locking the device takes more than one keypress. The device is a little bigger than the competition. It's compatibility with MyMobiler isn't perfect. I only hope it works well with my RedFly!

Looking forward:

The iPhone's touch-screen keyboard is a giant turn off to me. While the flicking between windows is cute and all, it really doesn't seem necessary. Palm, which I've never really been a fan of, seems to be doing something right with the PRE. Tactile keyboard hasn't been replaced yet, crackheads at Apple!

Neither seems to be with Verizon, so I'll probably get stuck with a shameful BB.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Sony tries to use FFXIV as PRO, MMORPG status CONS it

Sony tried to show off its Ferarri at E3, only to reveal that it is a Toyota MR2 with body kit.

FFXIV is coming folks, but you RPG hopefuls will need to join the ranks of MMORPG'ers. What a way to suck the life out of a Final Fantasy title. Now I'm not saying no one will be interested in it, but the unsaid preference seems to be with a Massively single-player Role Playing Game.

I remember trying to demo FFXI...I couldn't even get logged on to the server. Errors ahoy, and Square is STILL sending emails even though I never played got a chance to get into the game. Based on word-of-friends and online reviews, I didn't miss much. But then again, MMO's aren't my thing.

Maybe they should have focused on their exclusivity of FFXIII Versus.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Guitar Hero Smash Hits Demo out....huck the PS2


I want to get my GH1-songs rockin' on! My fatty PS2 has been lingering around along with some PS2 wireless guitars in the off-chance I wanted to play GH1. Smash Hits will rectify this problem, and for that, I'm glad like bags.

The download is just under the 500MB mark, so it may take a while to grab for those on third-world network connections and it may be an issue for those fighting for HDD space.