We would like to thank everyone who was involved in our Virtual Reality 4 Charity fundraising event! We raised over $100 and strangely one screwdriver, to help sick children in Perth through the charity Telethon7. Your efforts and donations were very much appreciated!
For a gold coin donation our customer’s were able to check out the newest technology: Virtual Reality with an Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR in-store.
If you didn’t make it to our event the good news is that you can still donate through our Telethon page
The entire Phone Ninja team would like to thank everyone for supporting us and sick children across Western Australia.
- Ditching the lightning charger port, and moving to the standard USB port so we don’t need to bring our charging cables to our friend’s houses!
- Water proofing because being able to take selfies whilst on water slides is a must have feature!
- Wireless charging! Plain and simple…
- a new iPhone 7 SE model for those of us don’t have giant-like hands.
- a new iPhone 7 + for those us who DO have giant-like hands.
- More storage! A Micro-SD memory slot & the death of the 16GB models. Seriously! 16GB is not enough in this day and age!
- A slimmer, sleeker, lighter, all glass design
Rumours so far state that the iPhone 7 will launch in September, 2016 with IOS 10. Now let’s wait and see what Apple can come up with!
It’s all the craze! Virtual reality technology in your home that can take you places you have never been or experience things that may never exist in the real world. Here at Phone Ninja we have gotten our hands on the Gear VR and a Samsung Galaxy S7 to put the VR experience to the test. Stay tuned as we delve deep into the virtual world of one of the virtual flagship devices on sale currently.
First things first, this is not our first experience with the technology. Last year one of our employees got his hands on an Oculus Rift DK2 and we have been having fun with that ever since.
The major difference I noticed is that since everything is housed within the goggles on the Gear there are no pesky cords attached to the headset. This is a big thing as it adds to the immersion of the VR experience. Opposed to the Rift where you have cables going along the head strap and connecting to the computer. Since the rift has those cables, it takes away from the experience as a whole.
The suite of experiences on offer for the Gear is impressive and there is a host of free titles that you can download. The main issue with the Gear is since it is entirely managed by the phone that is attached, anything you download is stored on the phone memory. Some of these demos, games and videos can be more than 5gb in size which means it can quickly eat up the internal storage space in your phone. Having a phone that has removable storage is a must since the S7 only has 32gb internal storage.
Surprisingly the Galaxy S7’s screen specs are higher than both the Rift DK2 and the Rift CV1, this means that it’s harder to see each pixel on the screen because each pixel is smaller. This is an important feature since we are talking about viewing these screens with your eyes almost right against the screen. I love the fact that the Gear has a light and proximity sensor on it so it can sense when you put on the headset and takes you straight into the VR store. The fact that the store is a floating menu in an environment that I can only describe as “My dream apartment in the sky” is also very cool. From time to time I will be navigating the store menu and look around just because it’s fun.
Most of the programs that we tried on the Gear were well optimized for use on a mobile device however the touchpad on the headset although functional is very limited. You would be better off getting a Bluetooth gamepad if you wanted to use it as a gaming device. Bluetooth headphones are also a good idea, paired with the headset you can actually watch your favourite movie files or even ones that you have recorded yourself in a cinema style setting.
I played a game that had me inside a human body racing against a virus along a nerve string using just my head to lean left and right to steer, this was a cool concept for a game and developers have to be smart about how they choose to implement input for controls in their games.
Gear VR Review Conclusion
Ultimately I was very impressed with the Gear VR. If you already have a compatible device to use with it (Galaxy S6 or later Samsung device), it is an absolute steal! We got ours for $159au and we consider it money well spent. If you want a cheap, entry level device to try this VR stuff we highly recommend you get the Gear VR. A great device at a great price!
Nintendo, The future of mobile gaming? Or simply a remnant of the past?
Mobile gaming is a multi-billion dollar industry that only seems to be growing. With the ever growing number of smart phones in homes all around the world now it seems to be the time to get into the industry if you haven’t already. So the question is has Nintendo left it too late? With so many great developers with thousands of great games already out has Nintendo missed the bandwagon?
With over 25 billion dollars in sales in 2015, existing game developers such as EA and Activision seem to be doing exceptionally well. With predictions of mobile gaming over taking traditional gaming as soon as late 2016, it would be likely that the addition of some of Nintendo’s exclusive catalogue of classic games such as Mario, Donkey Kong and Zelda could boost sales even higher.
Nintendo have been reluctant to lose control over the hardware that their games run on, but with the way things seem to be heading they really had no choice but to release mobile games. The first game to be released is Miitomo, in Japan alone it has been downloaded over 1 million times in three days.
Miitomo is set to release in most major markets over the next month and is more of a social networking application that allows you to make avatars based on your photo, and play simple games with your friends. It is likely this app has been released to get new members to sign up to the new Nintendo Club for smart phones.
With some more traditional games due out by the end of the year, it will be exciting to see what the future will hold for Nintendo. Perhaps a Nintendo smart phone would not be out of the question… Who knows, only time will tell.
Happy Easter Everyone…
Hope your Easter Hunt this year is as bountiful as these lil’ guys.
Easter Public Holiday Hours
Thurs 24th Mar — 9am – 9pm NORMAL HOURS
Fri 25th Mar— Good Friday – Closed
Sat 26th Mar — 9am – 5pm NORMAL HOURS
Sun 27th Mar — Easter Sunday – Closed
Mon 28th Mar — Easter Monday – Closed
Tues 29th Mar – 9am – 6pm – Normal Hours Resume
Apple are heading back to their roots announcing the iPhone SE, a 4-inch alternative to the iPhone 6S with the same power and at a cheaper price, a move that will win supporters from those who believe the iPhone has become hideously oversized!
Apple also announced the iPad Pro 9.7 which is looking more likely now to end the Ipad Air. Sadly, with the announcement of the Apple Watch price drop it look’s like we can expect the Apple Watch 2 soon too… *shudder*
Phone Ninja is proud to announce that we are now accepting donations for Camp Quality. Camp Quality’s focus is to provide a better life for Australian kids living with cancer. Camp Quality organizes and runs programs to build resilience and optimistic behaviors for children living with cancer.
If you would like to help these kids out, please come down to our store and donate or alternatively donate online with Camp Quality.