De0/VHDL Game console

De0/VHDL Game console

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on the blog. One of the many reasons for this is the project above which I’ve been working on for the past two weeks. That and several other university projects, tests, assignments etc. have kept me so busy I couldn’t post anything. I’m almost done for this semester so you should start to see more and more posts shortly.

News

So, the Samsung i8910 has been doing the rounds quite a bit. SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 for Symbian S60 v5 has been launched. It’s not quite like version 5.0 which I posted on a few months back but it’s really good. I’m using the 15-day trail version which you can get free from the link above. I’ll try make a video review soon but here are my points on it so far:

  • It’s the best “shell” out there for Symbian phones(the only one?)
  • It’s really fast, accessing applications is even faster than the default UI
  • The shell integration is not very deep. That’s probably why they call it a shell
  • It has a bunch of cool animations and effects – it offers a richer experience than the dull default Symbian one
  • Highly customizable
  • Worth $US29? Ouch.

It offers a cool alternative to the default UI but for that price I wouldn’t say it’s worth it. Maybe that’s because I’m used to iPad/iPhone app pricing on the AppStore. A $29 App would fly you to the moon. I think I’ll wait for version 5.0 on this one. $29 is the deal breaker for an otherwise cool app.

The Samsung i8910 running Windows Phone 7 series popped up again. In the video below, the Samsung logo is covered for some unknown reason. You can also see that the screen on this device is significantly shorter than the one we have on our device. That’s a blow below the ribs, the fact that the hardware is different, a fact we already knew, confirms that the software isn’t coming to current i8910 devices. Video after the break.

Still on Samsung, I read an article about how Samsung Behold II owners were promised an upgrade to Android 2.0. The story goes that Samsung had a video on YouTube in which they said an upgrade was on the way. Unfortunately, that didn’t pan out…as usual. The disgruntled Behold II owners have started a petition and they are even threatening legal action. That sounds awfully familiar. Maybe they’ll write a report next, who knows?

HyperX has released HX V5 Turbo to the world. The latest iteration of his custom ROMs appears to be the best he’s done so far, they keep getting better and better. I’ve downloaded the ROM but I haven’t flashed it to my phone yet. I’m hoping to back-up my stuff and flash away soon and I’ll give you my thoughts on it. There’s a video on his site showing the new effects, threaded messages, landscape menus etc. It’s also really, really fast as the name implies. Can’t wait to try it out myself.

I’m also going to be posting some stuff about the iPad. After using it for over a month now I’m in a position to give better opinion.

  • The Apps are awesome, they’re apps that I can’t wait to show. The apps make it a very powerful device
  • It’s fast and the battery lasts at least 10 hours as advertised – even on fairly heavy use.
  • The limitations suck (no usb, camera etc) but you get used to doing things the hard way
  • Can’t wait for iPhone OS 4.0,the fact that it’s jailbroken is keeping me sane though 😉

I’ll keep you posted as much as I can with any new insight. Cheers.

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