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Pokémon Go

18 Jul

The whole world goes crazy for something almost every year. Things have always been that way for as long as I can even remember. From Teddy Ruxbin to Beanie Babies. Tamagotchi to Furbies. Tickle-me-Elmo. Cabbage Patch Kids. The list of crazes is long and grows constantly. Now with new technology crazes can come on your phone and before you know it everyone you know is becoming a fake celebrity with Kim Kardashian or trying to keep a seemingly drunk bird from crashing into the pipes from Mario Bros.

It’s hard to tell what’s going to be a fad when it comes to casual Smartphone games but Niantic seems to have stumbled into the formula with the release of Pokémon Go, the glitchy app that reignites your 10 year old desire to be a Pokémon Trainer.

On paper the idea seems ridiculous, but the more you think about it the more it makes sense. You play it like you would any other Pokémon game; starting off as a trainer with the desire to catch ‘em all, you get hired by Professor Willow to go out in the world to live your dream of being the very best while gathering scientific information on the Pokémon you catch. Unlike the previous games, instead of laying in your room with your Gameboy dangled precariously over your face, you actually have to go outside to catch these.

(Also unlike the previous games, Professor Willow makes you catch your first Pokémon instead of gifting it to you, which works as a gameplay tutorial but makes Professor Willow seem like kind of a jerk.)

The games Augmented Reality (AR) elements quickly became a meme on the internet with people sharing photos of Pokémon they’ve caught at the grocery store, in actual gyms or even in very creepy abandoned buildings. While those memes are fun, I think I’ve found my joy from the game elsewhere.

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Apparently my love of puns and hip-hop music have caused me to carve my own niche in these games. Aside from the regular game mechanics, I’m having way too much fun naming these little guys.

So if you haven’t already, go out and catch Pokémon and have fun!

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Nexus 5 Review

26 Dec

I must have looked like a weirdo during the last couple weeks of December. Thanks to one of the podcasts I do, Android Visionary, I was able to get my hands on a Nexus 5 for a few weeks to review and since I’m already glued to my cellphone, being glued to two probably got me a few odd stares. Unfortunately I wouldn’t know if I did, you kind of have to look up for that. Using the Nexus was great, and also a painful reminder of how slow my old Galaxy Nexus is.


(It boots up so much faster than my Galaxy Nexus, I really felt sorry for the old guy)

The first thing I did when I got ahold of the device was load all of my favorite apps on it. I’m constantly on Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, Pintetrest, Instagram and whatever other social media site you can think of. These sites are fun, but having all the notifications running in the background drains the hell out of my battery, on top of my constant usage. So for the first few days, I was on a rampage on twitter. On a 10 hour shift at work, with constant usage I was able to go about 8 hours before having to plug it in. Next I wanted to see how long I could leave it alone before the battery went out and it lasted for a few days, even with the notifications going in the background.

Although it’s bigger than the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 4, the Nexus 5 is extremely light. The phone with its case weighed less than my Galaxy Nexus without anything on it. 4.4 Kit Kat is amazingly smooth. It works continuously between apps without pausing, and on the 5 inch screen typing on Kit Kat is extremely easy. Apps startup quickly, and changing between apps or even turning them off in the task manager doesn’t have the half second pause that the Jellybean update did.

As a Vanilla Android phone it doesn’t have some of the cool features that the new Galaxy Note 3 or S4 have, but it’s definitely worth the purchase.