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Playstation Classic Announced! My 20 Games Wishlist

Thursday, 20th September, 2018

PlayStation Classic Games Wishlist

Yesterday morning I went on to Twitter and saw PlayStation was trending, and it was something which I didn’t expect, Sony announced a new retro console, the PlayStation Classic!

It will come with 20 games, the list has not been released, only a few of the games have been officially announced – They will be Ridge Racer 4, Final Fantasy 7, Jumping Flash, Tekken 3 and Wild Arms.

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iPhone XS, XS Max And XR Announced By Apple

Wednesday, 12th September, 2018

iPhone XS

Earlier today Apple announced their latest lineup of next generation smart phones; the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. As with all things Apple, it’s drawn a lot of comments, criticism, and hype around the 2018 range of iPhones.

To get straight to the point: You can get your hands on one of these phones as soon as 21st September, with pre-orders taking place on 13th September, starting at £999; The XR is a cheaper model at £749, but you’ll have to wait until October for these.

Now for some more details…

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The New Motorola P30 Looks Like An iPhone X

Monday, 20th August, 2018

iPhone X vs Motorola P30

Is it a bird, is it a plane, is it an iPhone X? No, it’s none of those, it’s the latest smartphone from Motorola, the Motorola P30, which looks like an iPhone.

If you like the iPhone devices but can’t afford them, or you just prefer Android, Motorola has came up with a novel solution, their new P30. It looks incredibly similar to the iPhone X, which features an edge to edge screen, almost bezel-less, dual camera set up on the back, and that infamous notch design to the top of the screen.

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FMdB Football Scout App By Football Manager Review

Sunday, 17th June, 2018

FMdB - Football Manager Database App Review

The Football Manager team is bringing real life football and FM another step closer with the release of FMdB Football Scout – The biggest football database which you can now have in your pocket, with access at the touch of a button.

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I Bought Far Cry 5 – Here’s What I Think

Thursday, 17th May, 2018

Far Cry 5 Review

I do like playing computer games, but for the most part they’re football based. So that’s either FIFA or Football Manager, with one being action and the other being strategy. I am not a hardcore gamer, I’d call myself a casual gamer. I was in the mood to get a new First Person Shooter game for either PC or XBOX One, so decided to go the XBOX One route. There was 2 on my list of possibilities, Call Of Duty or Far Cry 5. I chose Far Cry 5.

I’ve never played any Far Cry game, so didn’t know what to expect, and only played a couple of Call Of Duty games. I read a little bit online and watched a few YouTube videos, and as far as I can tell, Far Cry 5 is more of an open world whereas COD is more structured with missions.

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Huawei P20 Pro: A Good Looking Mobile Phone With Three Cameras

Wednesday, 18th April, 2018

Huawei P20 Pro - Serious competition for the iPhone X and Samsung S9

There’s a new phone on the block which is putting iPhone, Samsung and the rest to shame when it comes to the cameras on their phones; The brand new P20 Pro from Huawei.

Huawei has been making inroads into the smart phone market over the past couple of years. The Chinese company has made a couple of pretty good phones in the past year on paper at least, but the latest offerings, the P20 and P20 Pro could be considered serious contenders for those looking to make a bold switch, especially if you like taking photos. It’s the party piece of the P20 Pro, it has not one, not two but three cameras on the back, as well as the front side camera too.

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I Got A New Monitor! An LG Infinity IPS Display

Friday, 29th December, 2017

LG Infinity Monitor

I got a new monitor! So the story goes like this…

I have needed a new monitor for around a year. You’ve probably seen my set up, and I run 2 monitors side by side which I’ve done for years, and now can’t live without. Last year one of my monitors kind of broke; It still worked but it took a lifetime to ‘warm up’, actually around 15 minutes, and it was pretty unusable until it did. But since it wasn’t completely broken, I just painfully lived with it for the past year, knowing I wanted to get a new one, but not knowing which one I wanted.

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Apple Mac Or Windows PC? Which Is Best? [Bloggers Guide]

Monday, 30th October, 2017

Which is better - Windows or Mac for Bloggers

It’s a question and debate which has raged on for years, and it will probably continue to do so until the end of time. Everyone has their opinion, most have a preference, so I will be talking about which is best? Apple Mac or PC. It’s a general computing question, but it’s also one bloggers often talk about, there’s always rumblings in the blogosphere about which is better, with everyone giving their less than experienced opinion.

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Apple Event: iPhone 8 Underwhelming – iPhone X Overpriced

Tuesday, 12th September, 2017

iPhone X Announcement and UK Price

I just watched the Apple Event for the announcement of the new iPhones, that is the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and their latest creation, the iPhone X (which they were calling ‘iPhone 10’ – No idea what happened to the 9). I guess you guys watched it or have heard about it…

So what did you think?

My initial thoughts were pretty good…Then I discovered the price and configurations, and i’m already having major second thoughts. I won’t bore you with much of the details of the announcement, but here’s the key things which the iPhone X has:

  • Facial recognition to open the phone (Face ID)
  • Near Bezel-less display of 5.8″ OLED
  • “Super Retina” screen with 2436 x 1125 resolution, 458ppi and 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio
  • Animated emoji (Animoji)
  • Portrait mode on the back and front camera
  • No home button
  • Wireless Charging (As does the 8 and 8 Plus)
  • Glass on the front and back (As does the 8 and 8 Plus – More to break!)
  • Larger than the iPhone 7 and 8, but smaller than the Plus.

And for all of this… £999. Pretty expensive, but it’s what I predicted, and I would pay that, but it’s £999 for the base model, which is only 64GB. My current iPhone 6 is 128GB, so it’s already a step down in terms of storage, and although I don’t use 128GB I do use more than 64GB, which means I’d have to go for the next model. There’s no 128GB variant, the only other model is 256GB which costs a whopping £1149!

The iPhone X will be available for pre order on 27th October 2017 with a release date of 3rd November 2017.

I was set to buy this, but now having serious second thoughts. So what about the iPhone 8? Well, it’s no shining star. In fact, there’s barely any difference between the now old iPhone 7 and the iPhone 8.

The only noticeable difference I can see is the chip; the iPhone 8 has a newer A11 CPU and GPU. Maybe it has more RAM? who knows, but that’s pretty much it.

I thought that it had the portrait camera, and all those other camera goodies, but then I realised that was the 8 Plus, which is no good to me, as it’s just too big.

UK Price comparison: iPhone X vs iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7

iPhone X – £999 or £1149
iPhone 8 – £699 or £849
iPhone 7 – £549 or £649

The iPhone lower spec is no good for me, so I’d not be getting any of those. So from a 128GB iPhone 7 at £649, to a 256GB iPhone X the price difference is £500. The iPhone 8 is £200 more than the 7, and is a minor bump up in spec.

What is the choice?

I think it’s between keeping my iPhone 6 which I am happy with, upgrading to a 7 which I didn’t do originally because it’s a minor spec bump, get the 8 which is another minor spec bump, or paying the obscene £1149 for the iPhone X. Of course the spanner in the works is that the iPhone 8 is available for pre-order this Friday, and as with all things which are new, if you don’t get a pre-order asap, you may have a bit of a wait for a phone.

All the little trinkets of the iPhone X are nice, but do I want most of them? Not really. The design? I like it. The camera? Nice, I’d use and enjoy that. Will I use FaceID? no. Do I care about wireless charging? No (and especially since no wireless charging mat is provided or even available!). Aniemoji? A bit of a novelty.

What did you think of the event? What will you be doing going forward?


The Super Nintendo Classic Mini Is Announced!

Wednesday, 28th June, 2017

Super Nintendo Classic Mini Is Coming

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or you just don’t care, you’ll know that the Super Nintendo Classic Mini was announced a few days ago, and once again Nintendo has got people excited!

It has only just been officially announced by Nintendo and not released, and it’s immediately sold out. Nintendo had it up on their site which lasted a few minutes before it sold out, it sold out at Amazon, and Game has some pre orders available, and now they’re gone too.

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