Sunday, July 31, 2011

Best free Android Games – Other than Angry Birds :-)

Hi all Androidians, When I first started using an Android Phone, I found it difficult to find top free android games. But after spending lot of time (and money in Data Plans Smile), I found lot of good games. Here I would like to share them with all.

Note : This list is from my personal experience, It might not suite all, but I hope the most. Also this list is not in any order.

Diversion diversion

  • Diversion is a 3D platformer with many levels and lot of rewards to unlock and collect.
  • Good 3D graphics
  • Challenging gameplay
  • 3rd Person View

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Blast MonkeysBlastMonkey

  • Moki is a hungry monkey, and only one thing can fill his rumbling belly, Bananas!.
  • Help the poor monkey to solve puzzle and collect bananas.
  • Challenging as you proceed and to collect all bananas in each level.

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Penguin TossPenguinToss

  • Try to toss the penguin as high as possible.
  • Right angle and power is the key.
  • You will try and try and try, to get the NEW TOP.
  • You might also enjoy other Penguin games from the same dev.

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Labyrinth LiteLabyrinth

  • The classic game where you control a steel ball by tilting a wooden labyrinth.
  • Lite version contains only 10 levels
  • Good graphics and good response to motion.

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Frozen Bubble PlusFrozenBubble

  • Good old bubble shooting game.
  • Very small download size, just 400kb
  • Good graphics and sound effects for such a small game.

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Slice ItSliceIt!

  • Slice a given shape into equal size pieces. Sounds easy? No, it is really challenging.
  • Very good animations, kids will love it.
  • Often asks you to buy other stuffs and rate it.

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Mouse Trapmousetrap

  • Toughest game in this list, requires logic, skill, and patience.
  • The goal is to help a trapped mouse find the exit of a given maze.
  • They say there are 1900 levels !!! (I haven't tried it)

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Pinball Deluxepinball

  • As they say, it is is an arcade in your pocket.
  • Gorgeous graphics
  • Has all the elements you expect from a pinball game.
  • Runs only on Android 2.1 and above.

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Pool Master ProPoolMaster

  • Game list without a Pool game? Here it is.
  • 8 Ball and 9 Ball Pool Game.
  • Controls are very good and simple.
  • Very good animation.

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Speedx 3D Full and FreeSpeedx 3d

  • Accelerometer-controlled tunnel racer with amazing 3D graphics.
  • Test your reflex in this high speed challenge.
  • They say, Speedx is the only game on Market that supports 3D glasses. But I have not tried it.

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Space Buster 3Dspace buster

  • Good fast paced brick breaker.
  • 100+ free levels.
  • Very unstable, crashes often. You need to bare with this to enjoy the game. Hope this will be fixed soon.

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Please comment, if you find other good free Android games.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Best PC Configuration for Rs.20,000–Low End Config–Aug 2011

Note : This is a old post, Please check the latest config here
Low budget PC configuration 2013
Type Details Price (Rs)
Processor AMD Athlon II X3 440 3000
Motherboard Asus M4A78LT-M LE 2600
Memory Transcend 2 x 2GB DDR3 1600
Hard Disk Seagate 500 GB 1990
Keyboard & Mouse Logitech Keyboard + Mouse SET 700

Creative SBS 2.1 A235

Optical Drive Samsung DVD Writer 850
Graphics Card - -
Power Supply Zebronics 500W 1850
UPS Numeric 600 VA 1500

DELL LCD 18.5" - IN 1920

Cabinet Zebronics Bijili/Butterfly 1000
Total   21,040

Prices are as of August 2011 in Chennai, India.

Other PC and Laptop configurations :

24-July-2011 – Initial Draft

Saturday, July 23, 2011

My Samsung Galaxy S2 Review– Personal Experience

Last month, I bought the newly released Samsung Galaxy S2. After using it for a month, here is my short review

NOTE : I am reviewing my phone, after some hands on experience on similar smartphones like Sony Ericsson Arc and LG Optimus 2X

What’s Good :

  • Super AMOLED display is crystal clear. Pictures are ultra sharp and clear. You will love just to see the screen.
  • Gorilla Glass – Put it in your pocket, scratch it, place it on floor, whatever you do, the screen is clean without a single scratch.
  • Ultra fast – 1.2 GHz Dual Core processor on a phone . Previously I didn’t switch to an android phone, because of its performance issue in phones with lower processors <800 MHz. But this is stunningly fast.

    1) Scroll a folder with 200 pictures in it – It is fast and shows all thumbnails
    2) Scroll with 250+ contacts – It is fast
    3) Play any 3D game – It is fast and doesn’t lag.
  • 16 GB built in memory and 1GB RAM (Normally you don’t need a separate SD card)
  • 2 MP front camera which is very good for self shot and video calls
  • 1080p video recording is very good.
  • As Light as feather – Just 116 grams, when you first hold the phone you will say ‘Hey it is very light weight’
  • Touch is very good, touch is very response, accurate and smooth. It feels like liquid.
  • Some good features in Samsung’s Touch Wiz 4.0.
    1) Shortcut to disable data network
    2) Lock screen wallpaper
    3) Customizable home screen and app screen.

What’s Not So Good : (I have not mentioned BAD, intentionally)

  • Battery Life :
    1) If you use it heavily it stands only for 1 Day. 
    2) But on moderate use it stands for 2 Days (Good for a smart phone)
    3) If you use it just for few calls, it will come even for 4 Days.
  • Head Phone :
    1) Headphone quality is not bad, but for a smart phone of this price it doesn’t match.
    2) Also it doesn’t fit properly in my ears.
  • Picture Quality : 8 MP Camera quality is good, but not great.
  • No Camera Key : As we have used a separate camera key in many phones. It looks odd.
  • You need a really big pocket to put this phone – 4.3 inch phone is very difficult to manage, if you travel a lot.
  • Some firmware issues, rarely doesn’t connect to Internet and doesn’t charge up and heats up – But all are fixed just by a restart. Hope Samsung will release a firmware update.

Verdict : Best android phone yet or simply the best smart phone yet. To the envy of iPhone.

Some Tips :

  • Don’t charge often, Do a full charge when the battery goes down fully. This will improve the battery’s performance

Sample pictures (Click to enlarge) :

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Sample Video :

Sample Galaxy S2 Video

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Vengai Movie Review

Here is my very short review of the Movie Vengai

Positives :

  • Hari's racy screenplay right from first scene
  • Hari's dialogue
  • Some intelligent scenes
  • Dhanush : Looks more matured than his previous films


  • Resembles some Hari's previous films

Verdict : If u like racy action movies, u can enjoy Vengai. Else, not your kind of movie.