Hands On Arc…

24 04 2011

After a loong time on the Galaxy S. It was time for another upgrade. Sony coming up with a entire line up of android phones, it was worth a wait. So Andriod Arc it was. The phone is sleek and gorgeous. With an amazing display and the Bravia engine powering it up for even better display the phone is worth it.

The phone is much faster than its predecessor the Xperia X10. Sony has made sure the timescape doesn’t hog much of the memory as before. Also the 8Mp camera gives good pic quality along with the bravia engine. The pics are vivid and crispy. Although with all these feature the Arc juice drains pretty fast. The battery last no more than a day on a average use. Need to disable most of it features it you need to make the battery last for more than a day. Totally defies the point of having all those features in the first place. Hope Sony comes up with some fix for this.


A try on Mobile Game Programming

5 04 2010

The assignments get interesting day by day. And this time it was out of the animation and into mobile game development.  This was part of the course project for Mobile game development course. It was a last minute decision to get into the course and i shall be happy i did.

As the other assignment had it , this also came up as a team project and teamed up with some geeks to make my work easy 😉 . This time it was actually a team of four. Myself , Viv , Ship and Keer  Programming in JME was way more complex than i had first imagined. Expected the JME programming to be exact copy of normal hava programming with jus specifying the screen size to make it work on mobile . Sadly when I was introduced to JME in the first class it reminded me more of the assembly level programming that we did in my bachelors than the java programming.  Still no thrill in trying to work on something we already know 🙂 . With a totally crazy team to work with this was a fun assignment.

The problem is always the start. With no idea on where to start the example codes came to the rescue. Next was the plan on what our game is gonna be. Starting from blood and gore to baloons flying around. It was atlast decided to be a maze game , as we had more samples to refer on those. The coding was kinda tuff . As every part of the coding has more error than the number of lines coded 😀 .

After hours of brainstorming , and loads of creative debugging from team. It was done. The Buzz Home started to take shape. After adding some extra stuff to make it look good. As music ,  other stuff. It was time to test the game.  Then came the next big challenge. The game fails to run on the mobile, which is what its actually intended to work on. Man what a disaster! Again the team came to rescue and it was few clever dynamic initializations that made it working.

Ah well now for the formalities. I would like to thank my team for helping me out soo much with the project and also having the patience for my nagging :D. thnx all


And the game can be downloaded here

Game Details:

Resolution : 320 x 240

Controls : joystick

Levels: 6 (Working on more)

Game works on most mobiles which supports jar, Part of the splash screen usually gets cropped in mobile with smaler screen.

Tested on w995, n73 , c501, n79.

Comments welcome…..  🙂

Evolution of mobile phones

26 11 2008

Evolution of mobiles from 1985 to today…..

W960i A Bug Box

7 10 2008

After a post praising my phone for its sleek look. Now its time to find the true nature of its working.  I am always obessed with latest gadgets in the market. When this phone had been put up in the site ,  starting thiking of plans to kill ma K750 :P.

Main reason i opted for this phone was its sony, as sony always had better battery life and better stability. next is the 8GB memory , would save me a mp3 player(atleast tat how i convince ma dad). Next would be the other bunch of features starting from 3G , wifi , touchscreen etc..

Enjoyed this phone for first few weeks. when the problem started to crop up. Phone seem realy unstable and few application crashed , also phone was very slow when multiple applications were running in the background. This usually happens for me in the new phone. and ignored it expecting these to get solved on a firmware upgrade.

Then finished with a firmware upgrade , the phone was faster than before. not much lag even when multiple applications here opened, also this firmware boasts of new 3D game. which seem to be a compromise for all the bugs in the OS. Expected the bugs to disappear, but this upgrade jus included new game. other bugs remained the same. many applications crashes. Even the resident application Storage Wizard crashes every time . A baisc test of the phone would have shown this bug, not sure why this bugs have not been fixed till now.

Then the Second firmware upgrade, Expected a phone tat much more freindly to use , the Storage Wizard problem still continue to the second firmware upgrade. seem tats a part of phone customisation. Now the touch screen is all messed up, touch a icon to activate its neighbouring icon and there is no way u could do those operation by keys. Only can dream on wat the next firmware upgrade is gonna have.

This phone is a not worth  its cost  on its  features and bugs.

W960i its cool a mini review

16 02 2008

Got a W960 atlast, after my k750 bcame unrepairable.  The packing is nice. with a disc shape embedded in the box top

The box

The pack contains 3 boxes packed neatly inside. one contains the phone itself. other the documents and the CDs, the last 1 all the accessories

The pack opened

The boxes opened

used the phone to take these pics. so its missing over thr 😀

actually the phone is very slim compared to k750. but a bit heavier.

The beauty

The first thing tat i noticed about the phone is tat it lacked the 5 way navigation scroll of the p900. The scroll has been minimised to 3 way navigation. not sure y SE made this change. I also miss the navigation key on the front panel , hav to use the side scroll or the  stylus, which makes it little hard be a single handed use phone.the front of the phone is glossy while the back of the phone is opposite with a little rough texture , so tat it does not slip while holding .

The accessories Package includes

  • inear earphone
  • extra stylus
  • charger
  • extra earbuds
  • a pouch
  • data cable

the earphones are good. nice sound reproduction, charge has slot to attach earphones. so  it cud be used even while charging. good move by SE. this was a major disadvantage of SE phones till now. The pouch provided with the phone is a velvet pouch. perfect fit for the phone. but cant be carried in pocket with the pouch on.

The front panel easily gets fingerprints. have to keep cleaning it . no cloth is provided by SE for this job. 😀

There are two menu in w960. one is the main menu. with the standard 9 options screen. other is the menu called “expand” which contains 15 options which can also be customized to  user requirment.

Key pad requires little practices to type. as its easy to mistype.

Saving photos are quite faster than k750.  also the quality of photos are also much better

The walkman interface has been totally revamped. nice layout , good use of the scroll  key. good sound out put . and interface is also good

The data transfer is also fast. din get time to chk the exact time for the data transfer. but it sure is fast . w960 support 2 modes to connect to computer. one is the normal mode. which allows to use all the options of the PC suite. other is the fast transfer mode, which limits the  options of pcsuite to 3.  but the fast file transfer mode brings the removable disc icon in my computer. easy to transfer data.

The media mangaer can be used to transfer music to phone. it transfers 520 mb of music files in less than 15 mins

w960 battery last for more than 24 hrs on heavy  mp3 and camera usage.. normal usage it will last for min of 3 days , no problem

more smiley has been added to the sms section. Handwriting recognition is not tat good. one must have loads of patience to write on this phone. better to opt for the on screen keyboard r the keypad .

will update more soon..

RIP ma K750

15 02 2008

Tried to update the software of ma k750. resulting in total failure of phone. I had already flashed ma phone to w800 .  Absent mindedly i gav a Sony erricson Update for K750. it updated ma phone succesfully. all the process was completed. and my phone wont switch on after tat. tried to giv to a service center. They too say the same. unable to reboot the firmware. now started using a nokia 1100..  😦