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I can’t draw.

Pretty much everyone is aware the hot new iOS game is Draw Something, a turn-based drawing game much like Pictionary. Some people create incredible drawings. I do not have the ability to do so, but the great thing is that it isn’t necessary to be good at the game.

Here is one of my drawings. Nothing fancy but gets the job done.

It does help if your friend can read the word correctly when he draws.

Michelle is pretty good at the game. I’m surprised she attempts to draw people, because I barely keep up with entertainment.

 

I ever got this one! It’s hard to see behind the guess, but I think she’s peeing on the ground.

Sometimes you have to know who your parter is and draw accordingly. There’s no way I could have guessed JLo any other way than the South Park reference.

Then there are just some drawings you wish you could take back.

Draw Something is a pretty fun game. If you want to play me, my username is the same as my Twitter handle. Let’s play and soon you too can have phallic fungi drawings sent to you!

 

My iPhone Review Thus Far

I converted over from and Android phone to the latest iPhone, and these are my thoughts in the week and a half that I’ve had the phone. Please bear in mind that my use of the iPhone is still very limited, and there may be ways to tweak the experience that I haven’t discovered yet. I’m definitely open to suggestions.

The camera is incredibly responsive and takes clean shots, one after another. That’s something I could never get the camera on my Droid to do. However, the lack of any zoom and weak flash make the iPhone camera still just a phone camera. The arguments made about point-and-shoot cameras becoming obsolete is still a ways away. It has no ability to compete with a point-and-shoot unless everything you take a picture of is within a ten foot radius and in decent lighting.

Inside each iPhone app I’ve used the experience is great because it’s uniform. In some Android apps, there doesn’t seem the be the same uniformity of user interface.

Outside the individual apps, however, there isn’t enough integration. When I am sent a Facebook link, the Facebook app should open. A Google Maps link should open my maps program. There doesn’t seem to be a way to do this. That’s disappointing.

The screen is smaller than the screen I had on my Droid. Where this becomes most apparent is the keyboard. It’s got a smaller area to display, and it makes the keys smaller. Not only are the keys smaller, but there is a lack of punctuation characters available on the first keyboard screen set. It’s odd to me that something so common as the period or question mark is placed on a second screen.

GPS navigation is sorely lacking on the iPhone. I was spoiled by Google Maps on Android. It was incredible. The search results were accurate. The turn-by-turn navigation was solid as well, and you can’t beat a free price tag. The free navigation apps are not very good on the iPhone, either missing some key features of navigation or trying to make me drive the wrong direction on a one-way street. I ended up settling on MotionX-GPS Drive, an app that costs only $.99. Thus far it’s been good on navigation but the interface is quite confusing. I’m still getting used to that.

I dislike very much that the only really easy method of pushing files to the phone is via iTunes. I really don’t use iTunes for anything except playing my music catalog. Instead of using iTunes to push my songs to my iPhone, I’m currently pushing my library up to Google Music. I’ve also sync’d up some of my files using Dropbox.

The iPhone really excels when it comes to battery life. I am getting 60% more life out of my iPhone than I was getting out of my Droid, even when it was new. All the things I dislike about iOS are probably contributing to the longer battery life.

Overall I’m very happy with my iPhone. I would have been pretty happy with a new Android phone too I’m sure. Still if I have to suggest a phone for someone to get, the answer would probably be an iPhone. I know there are other good phones out there, but if you don’t want to do the research, you know the iPhone will be solid. Plus, I won’t have to pay for my text messages if you have iMessage.

My one wish for the iPhone right now is better Google integration. Come on, Goople! Appoogle? Whatever. Make friends and make apps.

This is why Android > iPhone OS

Google just announced some official features that will be released on their next version of Android. Versions 2.2 will have, among many other cool features, the ability to turn your phone into a wireless hotspot and Flash support. While all the cool features are impressive, individual features aren’t what make Android better. What makes it better is the development speed. Every software that comes out leapfrogs another piece of software in becoming the leader, but with the Android developing so quickly, there’s little chance for other platforms to keep up. Plus it helps that I don’t have to have Safari and iTunes to use the damn thing.

The iPad? Well that’s a whole other ballgame. We will see what Chrome OS has to offer.

Things I Learned This Week

I can’t get an iPhone. I borrowed an iPhone just to use Twitter in a place where I had no reception. I had to go to three screens just to type my password because of the combination of letters, numbers, and special characters.

Asking, “Do you still want to get married some day?” and getting a yes response does not constitute an easy, no-ring marriage proposal.

Every time Los Angeles wins a sports championship, there will be riots. We do not have the fortune to shuttle our minorities out of the city via bridge like San Francisco or by tunnel like New  York.

I’m Thankful for Short Work Weeks

It’s Friday! Actually, it’s better than Friday. It’s a day that ushers in the long weekend. Even though we’re alloted two extra weekend days, you should start the weekend even earlier. Since a lot of your are facing slow days with people already taking off for vacation, let’s have some fun playing games.

No matter how state of the art your gaming system may be at home, nothing beats the addictiveness of Flash games. Plus they can be played on just about any computer. Whiteboard Tower Defense is a game that has consumed probably more than a full day of my life in total. It was inspired by the original Desktop Tower Defense, a brilliant concept that has inspired many different games. For a different style of game, check out Bubble Tanks. It’s a fun game, but I haven’t played long enough to see where the game goes, only long enough to realize I was wasting my life away and not even on company time.

For those of you not sitting at a computer at work, hopefully you have an iPhone at least. Check out iKick. It’s probably one of the simplest concepts you can have in a game application for the iPhone, but it’s more addictive than Brick Breaker on the Blackberry.

I need some new games to play. What else do you guys play while on the clock?