Sunday, August 4, 2013

(05-08-2013) Talking Moto X, Nvidia Shield, and Rymdkapsel on Geekout 17 [ G4dG33t ]

Talking Moto X, Nvidia Shield, and Rymdkapsel on Geekout 17 Aug 4th 2013, 23:58

Android By Russell Holly Aug. 2, 2013 5:55 pm

Geekout

This week we've gone hands-on with the phone that was made for everyone and the portable gaming rig made for the geekiest among us. We've played indie strategy space games in real-time and braved the frontiers of Kingdom Rush. It's time to Geekout.

Motorola's press meetings have come and gone, and the Moto X has officially arrived. While I work on a proper review of this new phone, it seemed right to take a few minutes to talk about some of the things we liked and didn't like about the phone. One thing is for sure: Motorola has done something interesting here. While it may not be the very best phone on the market today, the Moto X is every bit as big a deal as the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. Hard to believe? Check out Ryan and I as we compare the new Moto flagship to the latest from Samsung and HTC, in those those links.

Would you buy a $ 299 Nvidia Shield? That's going to be the big question for a little while, it seems. This bulky little game system is an impressive feat of manufacturing and performance, but it is not exactly pocketable. The big impressive feature, being able to stream games from your PC to the Shield, is still in beta testing phases. That doesn't mean that you cant have some fun with Android games that are controller friendly, but if you play a game that forces you to use the touch screen you had better be ready to violate everything you have ever been told about holding a laptop by the screen in order to play the game. Since most of the weight for the Shield is in the controller, it's a little awkward to feel the weight imbalance by picking it up from the screen.

If you're looking for something new to do this weekend, you may consider checking out a super-minimal RTS called Rymdkapsel. It's available on iOS, Android, and PS Vita. We've got a few tips for success if you get stuck somewhere along the way.

If you'd like to join us on our weekly Geekouts, or if you've got a topic you'd like us to talk about on next week's broadcast, leave us a message here or on our Google+ page.

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