Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Possible Alan Wake movie?

Why not? But for now let's content ourselves with this...

No that's not a trailer for a movie...neither is it fan made. It's the OFFICIAL MTV from the Poets of the Fall song 'War' which was also featured in the Alan Wake videogame. You only get to hear the song in the game through a radio but its a very nice song! The interesting thing about the MTV is that it shows the scenes from the game as a live action movie! I love the way the scenes were cut and the direction of the MTV.

Poets of the Fall also played the songs from the 'Old Gods of Asgard', the guys in the game. The moment 'Children of the Elder God' plays is in the game perhaps the best part of the game for me!

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Dawn of the Android China MIDs

This is my obsession for the week...MIDs! So how in the world did I get started with this? It's rather simple, I was reviewing for an exam, reading eBooks and tons of websites. Of course this meant I had to review using my laptop and after an hour or two you do get a crick on your neck. At the back of my mind, I was thinking, wouldn't it be great to have an iPad for occasions like this? Sure it would but I certainly won't shell out around PHP 20-40K for something like that. Finally news about the Chinese iPad knockoffs caught my attention.

From what I've seen most of these iPad knockoffs or rather MIDs have a similar trait:

  • Cheap looking plastic casings
  • Most are underpowered with around 600-800 Mghz processor speed
  • RAM falls short normally around 128 MB
  • ROM is expandable using SD cards
  • They are mostly using Google's Android with some units running Windows CE
    or Windows 7

Let me get one thing straight, this is still a luxury device. Despite the cheap price it is something you can definitely do without...just like the iPad. But the price does make it accessible to people who read a lot of stuff using their laptops or PCs. Sure it can play video and music too which is an added bonus.

But the one thing that surprised me is how Google's Android is becoming a technology enabler. I'm loving Android more and more. I can't wait to develop for it!

Newer iPad knockoffs coming from China will have an Intel Atom and around 1GB of RAM! That's practically the standard for most netbooks these days! Of course that version would have a higher price tag (around $200) but still cheaper than the iPad and some netbooks!

Since this is supposed to be a gaming blog, let me relate the Android MIDs to gaming. Nintendo, as much as they want to deny it, is beginning to see Apple as a threat. More and more smaller developers are making games for the iPhone & iPad . These are casual games and not niche heavy games like the ones running on the PC, 360 and the PS3. Nintendo is a casual game company but they manufacture and distribute proprietary hardware. Apple also has proprietary hardware but their reach is wider because their hardware is not merely a gaming device but is multipurpose. Technically, the market for casual games is larger on devices such as Apple's and MIDs.

Now with the introduction of Google's Android, the flourishing Chinese manufacturers and the MID product introduction of known companies such as Asus...the market for casual games running on a MID will expand tremendously. Both Nintendo and Apple will face tough competition on the casual gaming front. Yes I know about the Apple store which is seen as the 'best' one for that market...but in the future there will be more of these stores cropping up and the choice will not be limited to the Apple store only. The future looks bright for these devices!

Before I go, here is a YouTube product review video of one of the China MIDs. This device is called the EKEN M001 which normally retails for around $50-100 USD in China.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

iPed? Apad? Spec Sheet Galore!

When Former Senator Richard ‘Dick’ Gordon ran for the recent Philippine Presidential Elections, I clearly remember him flashing an Amazon Kindle during one of his speeches. His idea of having an ebook reader for public schools to address the lack of books was quite appealing. Although at that time, knowing that the Kindle had a hefty price tag, the idea seemed improbable. Apple soon followed suit and developed the iPad but being Apple, you pay for the name more than the actual product, the price was just as hefty as the Amazon Kindle.

But Apple started a trend, which seems like they may face a losing battle when it comes to price. As Apple announced that the iPad will soon go global, China finally steps up to the plate and began releasing its ‘fake’ iPads. Sure the Apple fans have began dismissing the product as a cheap knock-off…but hold on for a minute…

If you are going to use only certain features to surf the internet, read eBooks, watch an occasional movie or two…the iPed can definitely do all that at a cheaper price. Of course the sacrifice comes in the from of the screen size and resolution wherein the iPad is definitely superior to the iPed but for anything else…the price is certainly a great bargain.

And this is just the start. Soon more manufacturers from China, Taiwan and Korea will jump in the bandwagon and the tablet PCs will get cheaper and cheaper. And hopefully when it does, Dick Gordon’s dream might become a reality. Call it cheap. Call it unappealing. Call it uncool. Call it jejemon (or whatever). But at the end of the day, if the device does work as promised, then its well worth it and definitely a great bargain compared to the overpriced ‘originals’. For me the only thing I want to do is to be able to read ebooks, fanfics, manga, comics while lying down with my head on the pillow.

Did I mention that the iPed has a USB port?!?! GASP!!! The only thing I want to see now is how this device actually displays PDF files and work on some sites that I normally read. If its all ok then it's definitely a go for me.

For those interested, below are the specs of the iPed which is said to retail around 100-150 USD.


Software: Google Android 1.6
Screen: 8 inch LCD, multi-touch display with IPS technology, 800*480 px (Screen size should fall approximately 7 inches)
Built in E-book Reader: iReader software, support TXT, UMD, CHM, HTML, PDB etc. Enjoy the E-book format comics freely!
Language: Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Turkish, Chinese
Memory:87.95M, support TF card up to 16GB extended
Multimedia codes: Support MP3, MP4, AVI, Word, Excel, Mail, Ebook, video online
Network support: Ethernet 10/100M, WiFi: 802.11B/G

High-fidelity stereo speaker output
3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
Dock connector port
USB slot
Built in Camera: No
You Tube: Support

Other functions: WiFi, Alarm, Calendar, Contacts, Documents to go, Email, iReader, Maps, Browser, Voice recorder, Gravity Sensor

Size: 221*180*15mm
Net Weight: 593g
Color: White, silver

Battery: 2100MAh

Videos of the iPed:

The video below is for the iRobot which is similar to the iPed. Or is it the same? With China you'll never know!