So I just got an S7 Edge
which came with a free GearVR
. My 5s is dying and I'm not keen on what Apple have done with the 6 series so I thought fook it, I'll give droid a spin. Its only a tenner a month more than my rolling plan was anyway though not sure I'll keep it just yet. Android always feels like a truck on fire barrelling towards disaster.
So... the phone! See that Edge thing? The single most pointless feature to anything ever. It doesnt curve enough to give you any more info if youre looking at it from the side, it warps the edges of the screen as it wraps round and its "edge menu" feature is just a side menu you get from swiping in from the side.... yeah, couldn't do that on a flat phone! Utterly pointless and Id probably immediately swap it for an S7 if it wasn't for the extra big battery in the thing. Beyond that theres not a whole lot to say really, feels well built, screen is lovely (except the fecking edges!). The camera us excellent and does have great low light results as claimed. The rest is just a well built Droid phone. With a stupid screen. Aesthetics over function. We will look back and laugh at this in several years.
I mean look at it! How dumb is that? Warp the text round the side, what morons designed that!?
Gear VR then....
I couldnt get the thing to focus at all, for ages I was twiddling with the dial and reseating the phone. Turns out theres an almost undocumented slider you have to press under the dock port to slide it back a little if youre using a different sized phone. After that little oopsy was fixed, pretty damn impressed! I was fairly impressed with cardboard but this is certainly a massive step up. Tracking is impeccable, I couldnt trip it up no matter how fast I moved and the feeling of presence is another level from cardboard. I was skeptical about the price of it being worth it but it really is if you have a compatible phone already.Eve Gunjack
. I paused a bit on the 8quid price tag for what it is but man its worth it. Just the opening sequence to the level where your chap is readying the turret is worth it and gave me a massive grin. Its simple, but effective. The gameplay is your head is a turret, shoot stuff. Its not deep but it is a lot of fun, especially seeing the different Eve ships crop up. I was thinking I should maybe be sensible and cancel my Rift preorder but this has made me want it even more. Cant wait to play Valkyrie!AltspaceVR
is frightening. No its not a horror game but a social game. I went into a room, with jpop youtube playing on a 100" telly and was tormented by a chap called Steven who looked like a vaguely humanised Cludo piece. He came up to me, right in my face and started waving his hands right into my eyes and I burst into a fit of laughter but also weird dread as he followed me around in is nonhuman way. Second life VR is going to really be a thing.Lands End
is The Witness light. It looks like it, its all about line puzzles and it feels like youre in the same world. Its not complex, but its a pretty and relaxing jaunt. Kind of a walking sim with light puzzles. Movement is handled with nodes that you look at for 3-4second and you autowalk there.
My dad spent about 45mins just wandering around VR google street, he was well impressed by just that.
PSA - dont think you can go for a walk with the passthrough camera turned on. The lag seems non-existant but its enough to send you to pukesville!
Need to get a few folk together and try Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes.
I also put a bid on an LG Watch Urbane
(well done on the pretentious naming) not expecting to win it but hay ho....
Its a very nice looking thing, certainly a whole heap more classy than my Pebble. The screen looks lovely and vivid and even with the always on face the battery lasts almost 2 days which is better than I expected. That said, the always on face, to my tastes, is too bright. In the daylight its fine and does a good job of looking like a real watch but I wish at night you could drop it to almost impossible to see levels of brightness. Its a decent bit of kit but in a lot of ways I feel its trying to do too much and in most ways I prefer my Pebble for its functional simplicity. The eink display being on without any light being emitted is also a big plus in my books. I'll use it for a few weeks but I might just sell it on.