The LG G4 is coming on April 24 and the teaser videos and photos that LG has already released to the public are creating a lot of hype around the new flagship smartphone. The LG G4 will be a new take on the smartphone concept, if we listen to rumors, as LG is planning to make the LG G4 better than the Galaxy S6 and even the Galaxy S6 Edge. They could do a lot of things to attract attention and make the phone truly appealing to the masses, and it doesn’t even require a lot of investment on their part. But this time around, I’m not going to be talking about how the LG G4 will face the big competition that’s coming from Samsung, HTC and Apple, not to mention upcoming Microsoft Lumia smartphones, Nokia smartphones and many others. This time, I will try and demonstrate why the LG G4 can stand its ground and why an underdog like the Oppo Find 7 should be just as hyped for just as long.
I came up with the idea after writing the LG G3 vs iPhone 6 Plus display comparison piece and receiving a comment pointing out that I forgot that the Oppo Find 7 was the first QHD smartphone on the market, not the LG G3 as I had originally stated. Regardless of the fact that I knew that the Oppo Find 7 was older and had a QHD resolution display, I didn’t mention it because I completely forgot about its existence, and that’s what I’m going to try to address this time. We forget about great smartphones which are even more affordable than the mainstream flagship phones that we hype about because they’re not as famous and not as marketed in the U.S. or even Europe. But the LG G4 is definitely going to be big news, but will it be bigger than the rest of the flagships launched? It doesn’t really matter. It’s going to be hyped, because it’s from a company that has already created a good reputation for itself and has millions of fans. That’s where the Oppo Find 7 comes in.
Despite having tons of good reviews, the Oppo Find 7 is nowhere near as famous as the unreleased LG G4 is. The Oppo Find 7 is a Chinese smartphone with outstanding specs and a relatively affordable price, which tends to be forgotten by people because it didn’t get the hype it deserved when it was launched. Even though it was the first smartphone with a QHD display, the Oppo Find 7 was not as hyped as the LG G3, which is still considered by some ( who haven’t heard about Oppo and its Find 7) as the first smartphone with a QHD display, and that’s unfair and shows how companies monopolize the market, although not in the true sense of the word “monopolize”.
Because the LG G4 is marketed heavily on the internet already, it has already become a phenomena, even though we don’t know nearly anything about it just yet. LG will most likely reveal interesting LG G4 specs and features at the event on April 28, but even without the event, the phone would be hyped. Since we’re on the topic of LG G4 specs, let’s see what the rumor mill is spewing right now and look at how those specs compare to Oppo Find 7 specs, aiming to see whether the Oppo Find 7, if it were popular, could face the LG G4 with no problems.
According to LG, the LG G4 will have an improved camera, an improved display and design and an overall improved everything. Like a new flagship, nothing new there. But LG didn’t release any official information about any of the hardware that the LG G4 will be home to, so to speak. What we can assume are pretty basic things that can be deduced from the teaser videos and photos that the company has released. As such, the LG G4 display will most likely measure 5.5 inches and come with a QHD resolution display, just like the LG G3. Our sources tell us that LG will use a new technology in the display, in order to make the viewing experience better. The new tech will reportedly improve viewing angles, brightness, responsiveness and will feature a no-gap tech that will make the experience immersive, similar to what we can get from the iPhone 6 Plus, for example.
When it comes to processing power, it is unclear whether LG will go with the Snapdragon 808 or the more powerful Snapdragon 810 in the LG G4. Rumors say that the latter might have been dropped by the company due to overheating issues found by LG G Flex 2 testers and users. There’s no confirmation on that, as most people and sources are leaning towards the Snapdragon 810 being part of the new design. The processor will most likely be backed up by 3 GB RAM and up to 128 GB internal storage. Rumor has it that LG will include a microSD card reader in the phone.
There has been a lot of emphasis on the LG G4 camera and LG has already released a few LG G4 hands on videos demonstrating the features of LG UX 4.0 and its camera. They are not too shabby, but not anything to write home about either. Continuous selfie shots, quick capture and such are hardly novelties when it comes to camera functions, but that doesn’t seem to be all that the LG G4 has up its sleeves. Reportedly, the LG G4 camera will feature a 16 MP sensor on the rear, complete with laser autofocus and optical image stabilization, aiming to outdo the excellent camera performance seen on the Samsung Galaxy S6 that was launched last month. The front camera will most likely measure 5 MP and will get a few extra features in LG UX 4.0.
Most likely, the LG G4 battery life will be improved with a bigger battery, which will most likely measure more than 3500 mAh, but that’s just a guess. LG fans don’t seem to be bothered by larger footprints and were pretty delighted with the plastic chassis of the LG G3, so we see it likely that the company would compromise and keep the phone affordable. We hope so anyway. In any case, the LG G4 is shaping up to be a player, and we hope it does meet the high expectations of the fans all around the world. But how does the Oppo Find 7 play into this?
First off, it might be better to compare the Oppo Find 7 to the LG G3, but for the sake of being flashy, I’ve chosen to pit it against the already hyped LG G4, just for that reason. I was wondering why the Oppo Find 7 didn’t get the hype that the LG G4 is already getting without even being officially released? It’s a rather high-end smartphone with excellent features, and aside from a faint blue glow to the QHD display, the Oppo Find 7 looks just as good as the LG G4 does in leaked and teaser images from across the internet.
To get a better idea of why I’m saying that the Oppo Find 7 deserves just as much hype as the LG G4 and LG G3, let’s see what specs and features it actually comes with. First off, it gets a 5.5 inch IPS LCD display with a 1440*2560 resolution that adds up to 534 ppi pixel density, which will be the same on the LG G4 if rumors are correct. It comes with an inferior Snapdragon 801 CPU, which is why it would be more appropriate comparing its performance with that of the LG G3. It’s backed up by 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage, with a microSD card slot available in case you need more. It gets a very ( I mean very) good 13 MP sensor on the rear and a 5 MP sensor on the front, and let me just say they are excellent sensors, even better than those on the LG G3 in my opinion.
The Oppo Find 7 gets a pretty beefy 3000 mAh battery which comes with fast battery charging and it has some neat LEDs on the bottom of the phone. These LEDs can’t rival with the effects on the Galaxy S6 Edge screen, but it does offer a similar experience. Performance and design-wise, the Oppo Find 7 is underrated, as it is very similar to the LG G3 in construction and features, not to mention specs. So why didn’t get the attention that other phones did? Because it’s a Chinese smartphone that is not sold by carriers, which shows how much carrier subsidized purchases mean in the smartphone industry. So what is there to take away from this? Carriers should accept more international company releases, because it could be a win win situation for everyone involved.
The fact that underdogs like Oppo, OnePlus, Huawei, Meizu, Xiaomi and no doubt others are not getting the press coverage and hype that LG, Samsung, HTC, Apple, Motorola and others are getting contributes to their underdog status a lot. If people would see these companies more in physical stores and on TV, in movies and on Youtube, I’m sure that phones like the Oppo Find 7 would not be considered underdogs. The coverage that Oppo is getting has improved in the past year, but the fact that the LG G4 is currently a hundred times more popular than Oppo’s rotating camera smartphones and its upcoming bezelless Oppo R7 does point out a tendency of people to follow the stream. In this comparison, you can clearly see that while the LG G4 will definitely be superior to the Oppo Find 7, the Oppo Fnd 8, if there were to be such a thing, would most likely compare to it as the Oppo Find 7 does to the LG G3.
By the way, the Oppo Find 7 is still on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which also demonstrates the lack of support that the phone actually has right now. I don’t know if or when the handset will get an update to at least Android 4.4 Kitkat, but people aren’t really interested in that, as ColorOS offers a pretty good experience on the phone. Nonetheless, Google and Oppo should think about pushing some software updates towards this phone, because it still remains an affordable flagship and a future-proof one, an alternative to the LG G4 even. The current price of the Oppo Find 7 is set at around $650, which is still rather steep and that factors in to the lack of popularity that this phone has had over the past year. It could be made more affordable and thus gain more fans, in the spirit of the OnePlus One strategy.
4 Most Interesting Crossovers in Gaming
Gaming crossovers are a great way to bring in new people and drive up interest in a title. With that being said, crossovers aren’t as rare as they once were. More and more gaming companies are now embracing crossovers, to the point that some may say that it has lost its appeal. And while this is true to some degree, there are still crossovers that are really effective when it comes to adding a whole new dimension to a game. To prove our point, we’ve put together a list of five of the most interesting crossovers.
Forza Horizon 4: Halo
Forza Horizon 4 is the eleventh installment in the Forza series. The Forza series is known for its ability to emulate realistic racing conditions and offer accurate representations of real-world cars. And while they’ve partnered with car manufacturers before, Forza Horizon 4 features one of the most interesting collaborations in the entire series.
For a series that prides itself on realistic racing, Forza also knows when to cut loose and have a little fun. Nothing exemplifies this more than the Halo crossover that features Master Chief and the iconic Warthog.
Fortnite: Travis Scott
Fortnite is no stranger to crossovers. But if we had to pick one as the most interesting it would have to be the Travis Scott concert. Not only did this crossover include custom skins and emotes but it also paved the way for one of the most unique digital experiences of 2020.
The Verge’s article on the Travis Scott crossover details that the crossover included an interactive digital concert that turned the Fortnite island into a music stage. What’s great about this crossover is that it hints towards a future wherein music and video games will be working hand in hand to deliver immersive musical experiences to millions of people from all over the world.
Merge Dragons: Rick and Morty
When you think of the popular TV show Rick and Morty, a fantasy puzzle game isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. This is what makes this Rick and Morty crossover so interesting. The sheer absurdity of this crossover shows what gaming collaborations can achieve when one thinks outside the box. The game features original dialogue spoken by the characters that matches their characteristics from the show. It is a fun addition to the puzzle game.
However, this crossover shouldn’t be too surprising as Rick and Morty have appeared in other games, demonstrating how they have become pop culture icons. The comic nature of the duo makes them perfect for every type of genre, including slot games. Foxy Bingo’s pop cultured-themed slots include an official Rick and Morty game that features the iconic imagery and characters from the show. The show has also produced its own game in the form of the Pokémon-clone Pocket Mortys. One thing that all of these games have in common is that they maintain the show’s penchant for fun and wacky adventures. This is seen in Merge Dragons with the exclusive cow-dragon hybrid featured in the crossover event.
Mortal Kombat 11: Rambo
While crossovers in fighting games aren’t exactly new, Mortal Kombat has always had a knack for creating interesting crossovers for their iconic fighting game. One way that they’ve done this is with the inclusion of popular film characters. The franchise has had everyone from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Jason of the Friday the 13th franchise appear in their games.
However, the latest iteration of the game may have topped all of the previous crossovers. This is because Mortal Kombat 11 features John Rambo of the legendary Rambo franchise as one of its available fighters. To add to this, CNet’s article on Mortal Kombat 11 details that Sylvester Stallone voiced the digital John Rambo. This is certainly a treat for fans of the popular action film franchise, as they can finally play as one of the most influential action heroes of all time.
Loot Crate vs. The Curiosity Box: A Beginner’s Guide to Subscription Mystery Boxes
With all the loot box shenanigans we’ve witnessed this year, you might have, while searching for more information, accidentally stumbled across something by the name of Loot Crate. Unlike the reviled loot boxes, Loot Crate isn’t a digital gambling scam. Instead, Loot Crate is a physical, subscription-based mystery box you receive in the mail that contains a bevy of geek-related material. Moreover, Loot Crate isn’t the only available service. Alongside the vanilla Loot Crate Classic, the Loot Crate company supplies geeks with anime-themed items with Loot Anime, gaming swag with Loot Gaming (Loot Crate also sells Halo, Minecraft, Fallout, Call of Duty, and Destiny 2 themed boxes), and film/TV merchandise with Harry Potter, Firefly, Marvel, and Star Trek themed boxes. Loot Crate also has a rival in the form of Geek Fuel, which is more expensive than Loot Crate Classic but contains more (and more expensive) merchandise. While I don’t have a Geek Fuel box to compare to a Loot Crate, I received a different subscription box for Christmas, The Curiosity Box. This mystery box is a joint venture between the company behind Geek Fuel and the YouTube Channel VSauce, which is admittedly cool. So, without further ado, let’s get into what sets apart a Loot Crate from a Curiosity Box and determine which is right for you.
WHAT’S THE SAME
On the surface, Loot Crate and The Curiosity Box seem similar. They arrive in big cardboard boxes and contain random items. Well, not precisely random; each box focuses on a different theme, and the items provided center around that theme. While a lot of geeks subscribe to these boxes for various bits of swag, perhaps the biggest draw is the exclusives. The companies behind these subscription services make deals with other firms to create unique pieces of merchandise that are literally impossible to find anywhere else, aftermarket/marked up eBay sales notwithstanding. Some of these exclusives are just color variants of readily available products, such as a glow in the dark Funko POP Groot figure and orange Quantum Mechanix Tribble.
Most exclusives, however, aren’t available elsewhere in any other form and include items like the The Walking Dead art print, the Yeti temporary tattoo, the tower of magnetic rings, and “collectible” pins.
Furthermore, while most exclusives are decorative, some are practical items, such as a pen shaped like the Sledge Saw from Dead Rising 3 and light-up beverage coasters with periodic symbols.
Finally, these subscription boxes have some of the most awesome, exclusive, geeky shirts this side of ThinkGeek or Hot Topic.
The exclusive items tend to be the best pieces of merchandise in each box and are usually worth the price of the subscription alone. Usually.
Let’s get this out of the way: the most obvious differences are the prices and subscription models. Loot Crate Classic is about $20 per box and comes once a month, while The Curiosity Box is well over $50 and arrives once every three months. More importantly, these boxes are designed for two completely different audiences. The Loot Crate (and likely by extension Geek Fuel) is aimed primarily at adults or older teenagers and provides geek-related decorations and practical items, such as the Dead Rising 3 pen, Star Wars and Deadpool fridge magnets, and a Mega Man car air freshener.
Also, Loot Crate tends to include non-exclusive products that are part of a series. Case in point, during my brief stint with Loot Crate, I received (among other things) a Kidrobot Glow in the Dark Ooze Action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle vinyl figure and a Funko ReAction Alien figure. I got Donatello and the titular Alien, respectively, but I easily could have found Leonardo or Ripley in my Loot Crate subscriptions instead. However, since The Curiosity Box is almost exclusively made up of exclusive items, there is no element of randomness and everyone receives the same merchandise.
While Loot Crate caters to the video game, movies, comics, television, and everything pop-culture side of geekdom, The Curiosity Box is more science oriented and is designed for the family. For example, parents who bought the Summer 2017 Curiosity Box got to enjoy a t-shirt, a set of periodic table beverage coasters, a magnetic ring tower, a t-shirt, and a Nikola Tesla (as a sloth) enamel pin, while children will have fun with a temporary tattoo, a unique embroidered sticker patch, a solar system wall decal and poster set, a mobile microscope, and a castle cross-sections book. Finally, the Summer 2017 Curiosity Box came with the Universe Sandbox 2 Steam game, which is fun for all ages.
Since each Loot Crate and Curiosity Box contains new themes and items, you might find the contents of one particular box more to your liking than another. For example, one Curiosity Box contained a “grow your own glow in the dark crystals” kit, while another included a plush of The Curiosity Box’s mascot, the orange octopus Inq. Meanwhile, past Loot Crates have contained a Batman mug, a Doom Marine Funko POP figure, and the One-Punch Man manga.
While I only have personal experience with Loot Crate and The Curiosity Box, they are not your only options for subscription boxes. Geek Fuel is another decent mystery box, and it has come with its fair share of good products, including a South Park: The Fractured But Whole shirt, a Loony Toons Kidrobot blind box vinyl figure, and an exclusive Legend of Zelda pixel sword power bank. While I cannot recommend the Loot Crate, Curiosity Box, or Geek Fuel (or other) subscription boxes enough, you should research each to know what you should expect from these services. Sure, you technically can’t know what to expect since each box is supposed to be a mystery, but look into each specific subscription and figure out which one is right for you. Which do you think tends to have the best exclusives? Which box caters to your interests? These questions are important and will severely impact your enjoyment. Of course, luck also plays a big role, but that’s also part of the fun.
Google Drive will Shut Down in 2018
It seems like yesterday when Google introduced Google Drive 5 years ago. Back then, people didn’t have a good grasp about what Cloud Storage did. Nowadays, there are many Cloud Storage services that it’s only a matter of preference to choose one for your file keeping needs. However, what struck me as an oddity was how Google Drive will pull their Google Drive service come 2018.
That’s right, Google Drive will completely shut down on March 12, 2018. With the software no longer being supported on December 11, 2017. People will have several warnings about this, for now, so they will have plenty of chance to switch to the new version of Drive, Backup and Sync.
This new program is basically a combination of the features between Google Drive and Photos. It’s readily available now for Windows and OSX systems and will be the new host for the Cloud storage. Alternatively, users can get a hold of Drive File Stream, which will become available on September 26, 2017.
The core differences between DFS and BaS come when you compare how they help customers. As shown in the image below:
A day without Google Drive.
It seems like users will have their first experience without Drive today though. Because as of this morning, the service was down for many users who constantly used the GSuit app. According to the independent site Downdetector, more than 7,000 users are experiencing issues with the service. This has been going on since 10:04 AM EDT, but the number of reports has been lowering afterward. You can check the stats here.
It’s a shame to see Google Drive go. To be frank, it was my preferred Cloud Storage option besides MEGA. However, it’s not a huge inconvenience considering they are not shutting down a Cloud Storage service altogether. So we at least have that.
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