Monday, 15 November 2010

The Final Samsung Mission

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Bumper Game Review for the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S

So everyone, as you know I’m a Samsung Mobiler, and my latest mission has been to review a game for the Galaxy Tab, however in this blog I’m going to be reviewing not 1 game…but 3! One game for the Galaxy Tab, one for the Galaxy S and another Game that can be downloaded from the Android Marketplace and played on either device! :) Anyway I’ll end the suspense, I’ll be reviewing Nova HD on the Galaxy Tab, Avatar on the Galaxy S and Angry Birds :) I’ll also be including a video which gives my thoughts on each game :)

First up! Nova HD!


From the image you can see that this game was first released in 2009 and it has been a popular choice ever since on all platforms. The latest edition is a HD version and it works beautifully on the Galaxy Tabs 7inch HD screen, polygons have been smoothed out and the whole experience of playing the game has become smoother!

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On the left is a picture of the start screen, here you can continue your mission or dip into multiplayer :) As for the multiplayer the action never slows down, even when different players are popping in and out of the game and the Galaxy Tab’s processor is more than a match for the 3D visuals.

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Not only is the game a ‘point and shoot’ game, but there are also different puzzle aspects to the game, such as ‘hacking’ crates that contain ammo. This is achieved by reflecting light using mirrors onto the green light sensors as is seen on the picture above (left). There are also different touches that are applied in the game such as using your fingers to activate the elevator by moving the arrow to whichever floor you need to be on as seen in the picture on the right. Also added in the HD version of the game is gyroscopic controls, these are awesome and I shall demonstrate them in the video!

Finally the story mode is pretty good, and there is mostly good voice acting…as you can see the story is pretty similar to another infamous FPS…begins with a H ends in O :P But still this game is good for killing a few hours on a long train journey and for the price its well worth the download! Play a mobile classic…Play NOVA HD!

Right! Next game ANGRY Birds

This game can be played on either the Galaxy Tab or the Galaxy S, this is a really simple..but totally ADDICTIVE game! The basic premise is that the naughty green piggies have been stealing the birds eggs…and so they decide to get revenge by catapulting themselves at the piggies…while they barracade themselves behind bits of wood and stone and other bits and bobs. There is a free version on the Android Marketplace and this contains around 78 levels! More than a few hours of mindless fun I would say!

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Finally the last game I shall be discussing is Avatar HD for the Galaxy S!


If anyone has watched Avatar the movie you’ll know what the basic story is, if not here’s a super quick rundown…basically humans have gone to a planet where there are a tribe of aliens are living over natural resources that they want to mine…sooo they clone some aliens of their own and by controlling them with humans use them to infiltrate the tribe, except all does not go to plan. That's all I’m going to say :P  Anyway, onto the game itself this one is a third person effort where you control your character on screen using the v-pad, there are also buttons to jump, drop and use your weapon. The graphics are brilliant 3D and once again the Galaxy S processor makes light work of the game…i haven’t experienced any lag with it at all! Anyway check out the video below for a bit more info on each game and i’ll be demonstrating them too! Any feedback is welcome! Thanks for reading!!!

Monday, 1 November 2010

Mission 4–Playing with the Galaxy Tab!

As promised on my earlier video I’ll post a quick picture that I took on my Galaxy S while playing Nova on the Galaxy Tab…

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CRIKEY!!!! Look at the graphics on that! BTW I love this game! Shoot’em ups are my favourite! It’s very halo-esque!


Now that I'm done gushing about that game though onto the important stuff! SPECIFICATION TIME!!!!

Size – it fit pretty comfy in my hand!
190.1 x 120.5 x 12 mm

Weight – not as heavy as I expected it to be!
380 g

TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size – a pretty perfect size for being mobile but surfing the net!
600 x 1024 pixels, 7.0 inches

- TouchWiz UI
- Multi-touch input method
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
- Three-axis gyro sensor
- Touch-sensitive controls
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Swype text input – my favourite…..i probably couldn’t text using normal input now!

16/32 GB storage, 512 MB RAM – It is possible to expand the memory with a further 32GB, good one Samsung including a MicroSD slot

HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

v3.0 with A2DP

Rear - 3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels, autofocus, LED flash – more than capable of taking good photos!

Front – 1.3MP – awesome for video calling and conferencing!

Yes, 720x480@30fps

Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo) – Amazingly smooth and responsive…hopefully there will be a few tab specific apps on the marketplace soon!

ARM Cortex A8 processor, 1 GHz ‘Hummingbird’ processor; PowerVR SGX540 graphics – FAST and SMOOTH showcasing 90 million triangles! perfect for playing games!

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS

HTML – and FLASH 10.1, yes thats right! you can now watch videos in the browser!

Yes – 3 Gameloft games preloaded! They look awesome on the tab!

Yes, with A-GPS support – Unfortunately the carphone warehouse wouldnt let me run outside to check the GPS out Smile with tongue out

Other amazing stuff

- Social networking integration
- Digital compass
- Full HD video playback
- Up to 7h movie playback
- TV-out
- MP4/DivX/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
- Organizer
- Image/video editor
- Thinkfree Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration
- Readers/Media/Music Hub
- Adobe Flash 10.1 support
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- T9

Probably about the same as a smartphone if it isn’t completely caned….other than that I've heard its around the 7hour mark…great for train journeys where you don’t want to carry a heavy laptop around!