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WHAT’S INSIDE VOLUME 1  ISSUE 4  2009 EDITOR IN CHIEF Kevin Leonce

NEWS

PREVIEWS

GAMING EDITOR

Sco Tierney Le 4 Dead 2 6 HTC HD2 starts shipping in Europe and Asia 8 Nokia Foundaon Awards 2009 CONTRIBUTORS Vodafone unwraps great value handsets for Christmas 9 Rob Hobson 12 Sony Ericsson launches XPERIA X10 Ian Duncan Samsung Genio Touch 13 Motorola DEXT available exclusively on Orange Paul Park Sony Ericsson Aino Charles Thompson 14 Orange Wednesdays App comes to iPhone Nokia 5530 15 Orange launches electronic goods recycle program CREATIVE SERVICES &Uncharted DESIGN2: Among Thieves 29 Balloon Boy on Twier Sco Tierney Grand The Auto 4: The Ballad of Gay Tony www.sco-30 erney.com Golden Joyscks 2009 Pro Evoluon Soccer 2010 32 Eurogamer 2009 Forza Motorsport 3 36 Blitz Arcade releases Encleverment Experiment EDITORIAL Sonic and Mario at the Olympic Winter Games editorial@phonicamagazine.co.uk Tekken 6

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FEATURES

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ENQUIRIES Cursed Mountain 16 PHONESMARTS: THE DEATH OF SYMBIAN? info@phonicamagazine.co.uk Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Republic Heroes Is this OS nearing the end of its shelf life…. Borderlands or is Nokia holding out on the good stuff?

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EDITOR’S LETTER TIS THE SEASON… TO BE WHAT? As we edge closer to the epicenter of the holiday season I’m sure you’re thinking about what treats you’d be buying/geng this Christmas. Already we see the high streets have begun their priming, with the likes of Vodafone and the Carphone Warehouse encing customers with some sleek touch screen phones at a bargain. So many phones, so many deals….sll some me. Yes!! I’m sll not sure what my Christmas games collecon is going to be. With companies looking for the much needed boost in sales this is one season that’s sure to leave you smiling. From this point onwards brace yourself to be bombarded with specials, deals and giveaways. Before you get all excited tho, maybe best to start preparing that wish list; the PSP Go that you so greatly crave, the relief you could stay on Vodafone and finally get the iPhone, and that top game that’s about to be released. Whatever it may be, make a list…..check it twice…. then let the shopping begin! I have my eyes on a HTC phone. Although I am tempted by other handsets something about their design (HTC) always catches my aenon (aer my BlackBerry that is). So let’s get cracking on those wish lists. Feel free to surprise me with an HTC phone this holiday season! And for those who are not quite sure what you’d like to buy, get your issue of Phonica and see what’s the must have’s for the season. You can even email me, but please….. no ‘Dear Santa’! Enjoy reading. Your Editor in Chief

Kevin Leonce kevin@phonicamagazine.co.uk

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THE GUIDE

PHONICA’S 20 RECOMMENDED RACERS WIPEOUT

GRAND PRIX 4

BURNOUT PARADISE

F ZERO GX

MICRO MACHINES 2: TURBO TOURNAMENT

(PS1, Sega Saturn, PC)

(PC)

(PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

(GameCube)

(Megadrive)

“I suspect most games would be improved by a Lefield soundtrack and an ultra-cool design job. The HD update for PS3 was prey brilliant too.”

“The ulmate F1 simulator; packed to the seams with detail and realism. ”

“Fast, franc and totally stupid. The replay feature is exceponal also; nothing beats watching your car disintegrate before your eyes!”

“So fast it will actually make your eyes invert. The ulmate racing experience, boosted with supreme visuals and glamour.”

“One of the finest mulplayer games ever made, and here’s lile bit of trivia; it was the first game to receive a 100% playability score from Gamesmaster.”

FORZA MOTORSPORT 3

COLIN MCRAE RALLY 2.0

SSX

WAVE RACER 64

GRAN TURISMO

(Xbox 360)

(PC, PS1)

(PS2)

(N64)

(PS1)

“The best looking (and maybe even ‘the best’) track racing game on the market. Fast, precise and totally joyous.”

“When played with a racing wheel, the sense of control and involvement was startling. Sll a terrific tle, and possibly the best in the McRae series.”

“Excellent level design and ludicrously improbably tricks. Christ, but Rahzel’s v/o got old quickly though.”

“Skim the ripples and smash through the waves. Jet skies have never been so much fun!”

“The most important racing game of all me, and the first game to take racing seriously. An absolute legend of the genre.”

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FEATURE THE PHONEBOX

10 FREE ANDROID APPS 10 OF THE MOST USEFUL, ENTERTAINING OR JUST PLAIN AMAZING APPS ON ANDROID. ALL FOR FREE!

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FEATURE SHAZAM A ulity with which all music lovers should be inmately familiar. This bemusing system has been wowing the mobile community long before apps were anything like the wonderfully simple technology they are today. Years ago the system was operated through a phone call, today the Shazam app sits cosily on Android (and iPhone) home-screens just begging for your DAB to pump out a sound you don’t recognise. If the music is at a comfortable listening level, Shazam will provide users with the song tle, album, label and arst name along with a convenient link to both YouTube videos and Amazon mp3 (a slightly redundant opon if you decide to “reference” the song from my next app).

iMUSIC A cheekily named app which allows the user to search for and download mp3s direct to the phone’s memory card from all over the net by providing links to downloads from its own fairly usable interface. Aempng to waver the slightly dubious nature of its legality with a user agreement which refers to the usage of the mp3’s as “for reference only”, be aware that this is not an app the music industry will thank you for downloading. Phonica cannot endorse the use of this app, its inclusion in this list is purely to highlight the disncon between an app store which monitors and sancons its content and one which is much more open and inclusive.

SHOPSAVVY The best of several barcode-reading applicaons available on Android Market. This app ulises the phone’s camera to read barcodes and performs a search of local shops and online stores for the cheapest availability of the product. Frighteningly accurate and annoyingly useful, the more frugal among you might find yourselves scanning the back of a packet of crisps before you realise there is a limit to its money saving usefulness – that is aer you’ve scanned everything you already own to grang effect.

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FEATURE chompSMS

beebPLAYER

An SMS and MMS client which transforms the slightly dull Messaging applicaon bundled with the phone. Along with unfathomable visual customisability, this applicaon allows you to change several noficaon opons which would ordinarily be impossible to alter and generally glosses up the SMS experience to a standard even the iPhone’s IM inspired messaging client can’t hope to emulate. If bundled with the free SMS Popup app, the experience of messaging on the Android becomes a great pleasure.

An unofficial BBC iPlayer mimic. Comes with all the usability of the official iPhone app (if not all the gloss) and sees almost monthly upgrades to the service by the developer, something he deserves great credit for as it’s a massively popular app and yet connues to improve. The slightly smaller screen of the Android phones means a slight depreciaon of the video quality when compared with the iPhone’s alternave but this may change with the Droid’s giant high resoluon screen. Watching Kidulthood on the bus is a rewarding if not slightly daunng experience.

METAL DETECTOR A bit like Ronseal, it does exactly what is says on the screen. Not necessarily the most useful app, it’s certainly not overcomplicated by any distracng aesthecs, however when you tell your friends your phone has a metal detector it’s a bit like telling them it makes sandwiches. Not the most excing thing it could do but confusingly intriguing all the same.

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FEATURE FACEBOOK

GOOGLE SKY MAP

The eventual arrival of the official Facebook app was met with mixed responses, but despite the confusingly foreign interface (and it must be said inferior performance and usability when compared with the iPhone’s version) the Facebook app does have a few nice lile tricks up its sleeve. The widget is a slap in the face for iPhone users, allowing seamless status posng from the homescreen, and the Facebook phonebook handily provides a few friends’ numbers you misplaced along with a fair few you deliberately lost. If you’re a Facebook fiend you won’t be happy unl you have this.

Almost excessively geeky but sll interesng. If the locaon of heavenly bodies concerns you then this star, planet and satellite mapper will use your GPS and compass to point you in the right direcon. Also useful for tricking unsuspecng girls that you’re actually NASA smart.

“GET OUT THERE AND GET LOOKING FOR MORE DRIBBLE INDUCING APPS.”

PHONALYZR Apart from a Z in its name, this app holds absolutely nothing even slightly excing. However, you’d be surprised how interesng your telephone stascs can be. This app tracks all calls and provides informaon which makes for oen surprising reading such as: top callers by minutes, top callers by calls, outbound vs. inbound calls and other stats which sound dull but might shock you when you realise you’ve been calling that a certain young lady more than anyone else.

LAYAR The best of the current crop of augmented reality apps. Having your own 3D mapping of local sights and sounds is very useful and the recent addion of the tweep layer is strangely fascinang. The camera allows an HUD-like overlay to be placed on top of live images producing an effect akin to being in an FPS (although hopefully not the same maniacal bloodlust). The tweep layer maps the locaon and content of twier posts along with their twier idenes on screen, very interesng when not evoking a feeling a lile like being 1984’s Big Brother. Other layers map anything from homes for sale to halal food stores. A very cool app and one with a massive variety of possible funcons in the future. There are thousands of apps on Android Market and this list is by no means exhausve. There are bound to be a fair few killer apps I’ve missed out and there’ll be thousands added in the next few months to take advantage of increased market exposure. If you’ve already tried out these awesome addions to your handset, get out there and get looking for more dribble inducing apps. Charles Thompson

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