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This probably isn’t the best time to review this phone, as I’ve just had another problem with it. That said, I think I can be objective about it, it’s given me a lot of good to go with the bad. I should be watching World War Z with the family as I write this, but I’m just not feeling all that good, so I’m currently in alone, writing this. What is wrong with me? Rhetorical question, here’s my review. That’s an awful segue, I’m really struggling here. Here’s a line to break it up.

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Much better. Alright, I first got a Windows phone because of my (at the time) unhealthy addiction with getting Xbox Achievements, a phone where I could do that seemed like a perfect fit. I’d heard negative things about them before, but I liked the look of them, the OS, and of course, Achievements (capitalise Achievements? Not sure, I’ll stick with it.)

When I got it, I thought the phone was beautiful. It’s thin, but not flimsy, and I like something that doesn’t insist on having curved edges, it looks special. The square sides go with the tiled operating system, which has thankfully been updated to 7.8. Windows 8 is obviously an improvement, but resizing tiles was something I really wanted, thankfully, after my first phone repair (more on that later), it was there!

The games were a big selling point, and while I enjoy many of them, there’s nothing I’d say is must play. There’s a larger selection on all the other major operating systems, and I would only really recommend it as a gaming phone to those who want to boost their Gamerscore or something. That isn’t me anymore, so, y’know, not much to say there.

One thing I do particularly like is the way contacts link; phone numbers, Facebook, Twitter, email, it’s all easy to link together and it all looks clean. I like that a lot, although it’s not a big feature, it’s the little things that please me.

What else can I say? I didn’t think I’d run out of ideas this fast. Umm, you can phone people. Text them too. That’s always useful for a phone. I like the Bing search, as they have a cool background each day. I’d recommend this app that can save these, as they’re always awesome. I think the app is called Bing Wallpaper, check that out. The browser is quick. Very quick. The speaker is good quality too, although I don’t really use it all that much. The camera is pretty good too, nothing to complain about there. I like pretty much all of it. I thought I could go really in depth, but when you read about a phone, what is there to say really? Yes, it’s a good phone.

Of course, there are negative points to the phone too. I’m angry enough that I’m not going to give my usual entirely positive review, and tell you some things I don’t like. The battery life just isn’t enough for starters. True, I do use some of the more high-powered functions, such as games, on the phone, but it needs to be charged very regularly. This seems to be common among most modern phones though, not just Nokias.

I’ve also had to have the phone repaired once, and about to be a second time, because the charger port is so flimsy, it snapped off the first time. This time however, it hasn’t snapped, but for some unknown reason, fails to charge once again. I’ve tried a multitude of actions to fix it, but nothing has worked so far, so I’m left without a decent phone once again.

A final thing that sometimes bugs me is the lack of apps. I’d assume this to be largely down to the comparative age of the system, but it’s missing some of the largest apps, and you would have thought they would have caught up by now. Still, it’s not really bothering me all that much, it’s just something that has to be pointed out. What is on there works for the most part, so I’m not going to complain about that.

Although there are these letdowns, for the most part, the actual experience of the phone has been near-perfect. It rarely slows down, performing very well on most tasks. This is a compliment to Microsoft’s OS, which I’m a big fan of. People seem to judge it before using it, and most criticisms I have seen have been unwarranted. Still, I can’t judge. All I can do, if you want something different, is recommend a Windows phone. If you’re into gaming, then a Nokia is preferable, due to all the timed exclusives, but that’s whatever, you’ll get it eventually. I have noticed that this has turned into a WP7 review more than anything else, but that’s alright. I hope. Yeah, so anyway, have you got a Windows phone? Let me know what you think of them. Until next time!

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A new category for you. That’s exciting isn’t it? No? Well, it’s happening regardless. As the Xbox 360 comes to the end, well, not to the end, but comes close to being outdated, I thought this was a good time to take a look back at, in my opinion, the defining console of this past generation.

I was a PS2 guy the generation before, and never thought I’d go near a Microsoft console. It’s just a case of you prefer what you have though, isn’t it? When all my friends got a 360, I wanted one too. As much as I wanted a PS3, no one else did, so I just went for it eventually. I didn’t regret it.

I think I got it on the NXE dashboard, I loved the original blades design, and was upset that I never got to use it, but hey, I got over it. When people go on about the past too much, it gets me down, so I feel it’s always best to just deal with it, especially in unimportant matters such as this. That was a mood-dampening tangent, I apologise for that! I always got excited when there was a dashboard update, despite everyone on the internet complaining about having to pay for Gold and then getting adverts anyway, it never really bothered me. It can be annoying, but it’s always more acceptable when you get an avatar reward for watching. Take note, Xbox One advert designers.

When I first got it, it was for the achievements. I had played it around a friend’s house and got some, from then I was hooked. I love having something that binds everything you do together. I still love them now. But yeah, I got the console with Mass Effect, Forza 2 and Halo 3. I’ll be honest, I didn’t really enjoy any of them. Now, I would go back to ME, as I’ve enjoyed the rest of the series, but at the time I didn’t appreciate it. I liked Forza most of those three, and played it a fair bit, but I’m not that big on driving games. Halo. Halo…Halo, to me, is probably the most overrated franchise of all time. Not bad, but nowhere near the best FPS I’ve ever played as I had assumed it would be prior.

Most of the games I have enjoyed have been multi-platform, but have contributed so much to my enjoyment of the console, it still counts as points as to why I love it. Games such as L.A. Noire, Borderlands and Red Dead Redemption, have all been classics of this generation. I could reel off many games I enjoyed, but I’m not really in the mood for that, just check out my True Achievements page for more information, if you’re interested.

Multiplayer has been an aspect which became much more important to me this generation. While I enjoy playing with others, especially friends over Live, I find the fact that couch co-op is less common upsetting. It’s always nice to play with people in the same room, and it’s unfortunate, but seems to be the way the industry is going.

I enjoyed the Kinect to be honest. As much as I don’t have enough room to use it properly, I do think it’s a good device. I’m not looking forward to it being a necessity next generation, but hey, if that’s the way they’re going, then there’s no point fighting it. Still, it’s a laugh, if you can get it to work, it’s a fun little time killer. Not at parties, as people advertise it. Party games? Really? Maybe for children, but when people say “this is great at parties”, you’re not going to be able to say “hey everyone, out the way, we’re going to play Fruit Ninja Kinect!” at a house party. Someone will probably vomit on you. This is going nowhere, I’ll wrap this bit up.

So, the inspiration for this was, as previously stated, the upcoming Xbox One. For all the jokes people made about the always online and second-hand prevention measures being put in place, now they have been reneged, and Microsoft are back on the same level as Sony. It never put me off to be honest, but I’m much happier now. As of now, I’m definitely going to be a Microsoft boy next generation. The sharing stuff of the PS3 has done nothing to impress me, and being a 360 owner, all of the focus on other media (than games) is nothing new to me. It really doesn’t bother me, as long as it plays game, it pays to focus on other markets too.

So yeah, there’s my brief look at my experience with the 360. It’s obviously been positive, as it has been enough to ensure I’m sticking with them next generation. Thank you Microsoft, see you in the winter! Well, that’s not true. I’m sure I’ll be using many Microsoft-manufactured products before the winter. Oh, and before I forget, the next review up with be another product from the same family, my most recent phone, the Nokia Lumia 720. Until then, have a nice day!