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#1 Edited by deerokus (568 posts) -

For podcasts I recommend an app called Pocket Casts. Excellent UI, has all the featires you could possibly need including cloud syncing (and no bloat). No need to mess around with syncing to your PC etc. It is on Android and iOS and you can sync your 'cast subs across platforms.

For music - you could just copy your stuff on to your android device and then use PowerAmp (one of the best music players on there) to play it. But that's messy. I quite like Amazon's MP3 cloud locker service as an itunes replacement Google's is also good. Amazon's MP3 app allows you to download to the device and play the files with PowerAmp, Google's doesn't. I also found Amazon's PC software for uploading/matching your library to their cloud to be far superiour to Google's, which seems insane.

I have unlimited data though*, so I just got out of the habit of managing an 'offline' library, instead I just upload my stuff and stream it or download it if I will be without data for a while. It's a lot less elegant to upload to Google/Amazon on your wifi and then download again.

*Complete aside: I live in the UK, we seem to have much more competition in the mobile network market so plans are significantly cheaper here than they are in the US, including very affordable unlimited data. I have an HTC One which cost me about $40 up front, and I get (genuinely) unlimited data (including free LTE when it reaches my city) and loads of texts and minutes for $50 a month on Three. I just ran through their site and a similar deal in the US (with Sprint) costs in total around $250 up front and $110 a month, and as far as I can tell makes heavy use of throttling. So erm, basically you should all move over here.

#2 Edited by deerokus (568 posts) -

There are some real good mobile games, but there has yet to be one which is really great enough to justify owning the platform (whichever platform it is) solely for the games, in my view. I have owned devices on all three platforms and gaming on those devices is and always has been something I do as a very occasional aside, not as a main activity, despite trying and trying to get into it more. If you're really sure that you will play games enough to justify it then go for the iPhone but I don't think it should be a key criteria.

When it comes to Android or iPhone (or Windows) at this point it just comes down to whose services you prefer and if there is an individual phone with design or features that you really desire. Windows Phone has the best camera, Android the best screens and so on. I think iOS is still slightly more intuitive than stock Android but it's not a huge difference, and I prefer the greater flexibility of Android*. I have an HTC One and love it more than any device I have ever owned - HTC Sense is probably the only manufacturer variant of Android which actually improves it significantly (it incorporates quite a few features which are similar to the best things about Windows Phone). The screen is utterly awesome and the camera isn't amazing but is really quite good in low light (and as I live in Scotland half the year is 'low light' haha). Just don't get a bloody Samsung, crap phones.

*For example, you can plug a 360 controller into some Android devices and it just works. In practice, of course, I NEVER DO THIS because that is insane.

#3 Edited by deerokus (568 posts) -

Screen protectors are worse than pointless. They're softer than the screens they're used to 'protect'. Anything which would damage the screen will damage it with or without the protector, but with a protector on you'll get marks and scratches on the protector which wouldn't have appeared on the screen.

#4 Posted by deerokus (568 posts) -

It's the opposite, they probably have very good ears. There are certain frequencies which only young people can hear :(.

#5 Edited by deerokus (568 posts) -

On consoles, yes. Not on PC.

#6 Edited by deerokus (568 posts) -

You have to remember that country, nation and state are three different things, especially on an island which was invaded and occupied multiple times. Wales was never a single, unified independent state as England and Scotland were until 300 years ago (and Scotland hopefully shall be again), but there were petty Kingdoms within the territory before it was finally annexed by England around 450 years ago, and it is a distinct nation. Its culture and peoples were and are different from the others on the islands, and are effectively the last remnants of the Brittonic people (and that's why Welsh seems so crazy, it's a different language group altogether from English).

But that's a rabbit hole too far for this discussion. You could think of the Brittonic people as being analogous to the First Men in Game of Thrones perhaps.

Americans would have a terrible time pronouncing Welsh.

#7 Edited by deerokus (568 posts) -

I once saw a woman called 'Tara' mispronounce 'Lara'! Just inexplicable. It's two rhyming syllables that are pronounced as they look, I have no idea how Americans get it wrong.

It isn't even that odd a name, surely?

As well as Craig, the other name Americans can't do is Graeme/Graham. You guys seem to say some variant of Gram or Grem. I think that guy in 24 who was Jack's brother had four different pronunciations, and it wasn't even spelt properly. Horrid.

#8 Edited by deerokus (568 posts) -

No professional reviews, but it has a 0.2 user rating on metacritic. This will be glorious.

#9 Posted by deerokus (568 posts) -

Wait, how come we're getting Bravely Default in the UK at the same time as Japan, but the US doesn't until Feb?

#10 Posted by deerokus (568 posts) -

Fish probably needs some medical advice, he strikes me as having some kind of mental illness that isn't being treated. As someone who has gone through that... it's still hard to sympathise with him. He boasts about his life and his relative wealth, belittles people who aren't as well known as he is, then complains about people being nasty to him.