Gears of War 3: Trailer (World Premiere)

Gamers all around the world. Mark down September 20th, 2011 on your calendars immediately.

Here is the world premiere trailer of the highly anticipated Gears of War 3, set to be released later on this year. Dust off your GoW 1 & 2 copies (you know you want to), because three months is just enough time for hardcore fans to brush up on their gaming skills!

My HTC HD7 Review – Codenamed “Beast”

HTC is known for making a plethora of devices, which are spread among the Android platform, and most recently, with Windows Phone 7.

Having experienced the Windows Phone 7 operating system on the HTC Surround 7 (which, in my opinion, was a terrible piece of hardware), I decided to give the totally revamped OS another shot.  This time, however, was in the form of the ‘beast’ known as the HTC HD 7.  Let’s take a look at the massive specs before we get started, shall we?

– 1Ghz Snapdragon QSD8250 processor
– 576MB RAM, 512MB ROM
– 5MP Camera with dual LED flash (and dedicated camera button)
– 720p video capture
– 16GB internal storage
– 4.3” 480×800 pixel capacitive TFT LCD display
– WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth
– 4.80” x 2.68” x 0.44” (122 x 68 x 11.2 mm)
– 5.71 oz (162 g)

Now you can see why I nicknamed this phone the ‘beast’.  Taking cues from its brother in the United States, the HTC EVO 4G, this is one massive slab of beautiful technology.  The asthetics are breathtaking, especially for a smartphone: the metal-like bezel, the speakers at both the top and bottom half of the phone, the matte finish on the back of the device.  Everything about this phone screams beauty.  Some might love it.  Some might hate it.  I personally fell in love with this device since the first time I laid eyes on it during the press release.

The Windows Phone 7 Operating System

When Windows updated their platform to Windows Mobile 6.5, it left an extremely bitter and foul-tasting mouths of users.  It was just not good enough at all, in comparison to its competitors offerings.  In fact, it was quite a disaster, and they were losing marketshare faster than you can say iPhone.

Let me tell you:  when Windows were in talks of building their new OS from scratch, they were dead serious.  And the final result, while still far from perfect, is pretty damn impressive.  I’ve used every single mobile operating system imaginable (minus the Nokia Symbian platform, which has been absorbed by noneother than Microsoft).  Blackberry, iOS, Android, and webOS.  Between all of those OS’s, I would have to say webOS and Windows Phone 7 are the clear winners, and are actually neck and neck when it comes to the most fluid, intuitive, and user-friendly graphical user interfaces.  And the fact that the Windows Phone 7 update in the near future is going to implement cut & paste, but the multitasking which is extremely similar to the ‘cards’ feature of webOS is a tech junkie’s dream!

The only gripe I have regarding the HTC HD 7 is the pitiful 1230mAh battery.  I’m a heavy user of Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail, so if I can get through a full day of heavy usage on this underwhelming battery, I’ll consider myself lucky.  Don’t know why they skimped out on the battery, especially since it’s supporting a monster 4.3″ LCD screen, and the primary colours used in the OS are white.  Strange choice on HTC’s end.

Overall, I’ve been extremely happy us Canadians are being exposed to the supersized phones of the US of A.  We finally get the EVO 4G’s equivalent in the form of the HD 7 and the Desire HD (its Android counterpart).  Let’s just see how long my battery lasts!

Oprah’s Favourite Things 2010 (SNL Parody)

I know most of you have heard about Oprah’s Favourite Things, which is a huge annual event in which the Big O showers her audience with lavish gifts.  iPads.  Cars.  HDTV’s.  It’s pretty cool.

The audience always goes insane when Oprah announces that it’s her Favourite Things show (I guess it’s a surprise), and their reactions are hysterical.  Saturday Night Live recently made a parody of it, and I was in tears from laughter.  It was unbelievable.  Check it out by clicking here!

[Thanks Arev!]

Halo Movie: Just Make It Already, Dammit

Here we have another endless update on whether or not the Halo movie is going to ever see the day of light.  Microsoft’s Halo franchise development director, Frank O’ Connor, said that they don’t need to make a Halo movie, but that there will be a Halo movie.  Huh??  I wouldn’t take whatever this guy says seriously, because honestly, from the amount of times Peter Jackson has been attached and re-attached to this project, it seems highly doubtful that we’ll ever see this movie.

But guess what?  Remember that little movie called “District 9” that was directed by Neill Blomkamp last year?  Well, he made a Halo short film about a year ago, and it is awesome.  Forget Peter Jackson – someone call this guy and tell him to create the Halo movie.

[Thanks IGN]

Rumor: Gears of War Coming to Kinect – Xbox360 News at IGN

Holy moly.  For all the PS3 fanboys that have been saying that the Kinect doesn’t have any solid titles currently, this should shut them up easily (if the rumour pans out).

Gears of War is easily one of Microsoft’s best exclusive franchises, and a Kinect-only version would definitely be one of 360’s best selling games.  Just another reason to own a 360 and Kinect.

UPDATE: There will in fact be Kinect based Gears of War content coming out soon, but GOW3 will not be integrated with Kinect.

Rumor: Gears of War Coming to Kinect – Xbox360 News at IGN.

HTC Surround 7: Initial Impressions

I finally got rid of the BlackBerry Torch today.  Although I enjoyed it the first couple of days, after using it for more than a month, it felt like more of a chore to use rather than an enjoyable experience…especially when RIM’s slogan is “LOVE what you do” (barf).

The BlackBerry Torch is a fitting name, considering how fast the battery life diminished on medium use (10% battery by 4pm – let’s see how well the Surround does).  BlackBerry Messenger (the only reason why I got the Torch), because extremely annoying extremely fast, and quite frankly, is a useless feature.  I rarely used it (even though I had almost 65 contacts), and the whole thing about messages being ‘delivered’ and ‘read’ was more of a hindrance rather than a benefit.  If I read a message and didn’t respond right away, the other person thought something was wrong or I was just ignoring them.  How about “I was busy.”  Can’t people wait 10-15 minutes to receive a message?  Yeesh.

And don’t even get me started on the battery pulls.  My God.

Enough of that.  After getting the bad taste of RIM out of my mouth, I perused Best Buy Mobile in search of my next phone.  Windows Phone 7 was getting a lot of media attention among the tech junkie bloggers, and I could now see why.  It’s a fresh and totally revamped platform (similar to Palm’s brilliant webOS) that ditched almost everything about the terrible Windows Mobile 6.5, and it’s actually usable.  And it works pretty darn well too.

The model I got the was the HTC Surround 7, and it’s probably one of the better Windows Phones that were recently launched.  The screen is a solid 3.8-inch LCD with a 480 X 800 resolution, a 1GHZ Snapdragon processor, and 16 GB of internal memory.  But the real selling point of the phone is the slider-esque speaker bar, which is touted as having ‘SRS WOW Surround Sound’.  Let me tell you one thing: it is LOUD.  And not the shitty kind of loud; it’s actually surprisingly decent once you compare it to the Torch or iPhone 4.

The Apps and the ‘Live’ Tiles are brilliant.  Everything is rendered beautifully and take advantage of the gorgeous 3.8″ display; everything pops to life.  For instance, take the Facebook app.  It has everything that you would get if you use the actual website, sans the Chat, and it looks wonderful, and is really fun and enjoyable to do (compared to the ancient and troublesome BlackBerry Facebook app).

There are just so many other things that I’ve yet to discover with Windows Phone 7.  One other awesome feature is the Zune integration and how tight of a media player it is.  Very intuitive to use.  More pluses and minuses to come once I discover them!