• Monday, May 20, 2013

      NBA 2k13 on Cherry Mobile Fusion Ice and Fusion Bolt (how to install for free)

      NBA 2K game is the most popular sporting game on the planet, an ever present entity on every gamer’s wish list, that of course includes tablet gamers, NBA 2K13 in particular is the latest in the NBA 2K franchise and the demands for it is ever growing resulting into a never ending questions of device compatibility.

      One popular question in the local tablet gaming community lingers on top, transferring from one mouth to another and is in need of some serious answering --- Will NBA 2K13 work on cheap tablets like the cherry mobile fusion ice and fusion bolt? The answer is YES it will work on both device --- in this article I’ll be more than happy to share with you bits of information on where to download and how to install NBA 2K13 on both the fusion ice and fusion bolt for free.

      I’ll be using a cracked version of NBA 2K13 “pirated” is a more universal term ---sshh! Don’t tell my mom! Surprised that’s why it’s free. Some cracked games will not work on a particular android device unless it has been rooted, that includes the cracked version of NBA 2k13, lucky for you, I won’t go on elaborating the complex world of android rooting, saves us both from the messy part of nose bleeding. The magic comes from the fusion ice and fusion bolt itself; both are stock rooted meaning they’ve been rooted since day 1, though I’m still not sure whose part had played a role in the stock rooting process. Ainol is the original manufacturer of both devices, it could be possible that they’ve deliberately released a stock rooted tablet, but then, I doubt it --- it’s most likely that cherry mobile is responsible for such act, or a blessing of sort.

      All cherry mobile devices are re-branded products coming from a wide array of OEMs, like Konka and Ainol. CM had then created a habit of tweaking their entire product line to give it a convincing cherry mobile looks and feel, most evidently, on their android devices. Some software alterations on an android device may require root access in order to perform such tweaks, i.e. start up animation, UI tweaks, tethering, embedded built in app, and USB 3G dongle brand compatibility. All of these modifications are prominent in most cherry mobile android devices spearheaded by their tablet line, so I’m pretty sure that the stock rooting stuff was done in the part of cherry mobile itself. ----- without further a do let's get down to business.........

      --------- DOWNLOAD PROCEDURES --------

      Download the NBA 2k13 apk + data file, the download link is provided in my DOWNLOADS AND EXTRAS, click the link to redirect you to the download site, (refer to the image below).

      First download the apk file, just click the "free download" icon (refer to the image below) the file is approximately 49600kb

      Now it's time to download the data file, scroll down to the lower part of the web page until you see the highlighted "click here to download the data packet" (refer to the image below) click it to download the data file (rar), file size is approximately 827 mb, it may take some time to download so be patient ---- after a successful download, extract the rar file using winrar or any extracting tool you have on your PC after extracting, folder android will appear, open it until you get the folder "com.t2ksports.nba2k13android.

      -------- INSTALLATION PROCEDURE ---------

      * Copy the apk file in the root folder of your SD card, or internal memory (for users without SD cards).
      * Copy the data folder "com.t2ksports.nba2k13android" to your SD card/android/obb, or internal memory/android/obb, (for users without SD cards).
      * Install the apk file then run the game......ENJOY!

      "something to bear in mind for Fusion Ice owners, when playing NBA2k13"

      * never use live wallpapers.
      * kill all task using ES task killer or any other task killer app.
      * kill all recent apps running in the background.
      * deactivate your anti virus (optional)

      Sunday, May 5, 2013

      LG Optimus L3 E400 Review and Specs.

      LG may not be as charismatic as Samsung, though it's fair to say that it is one of the most recognizable electronic brands in the market today. The Optimus L3 is LG’s attempt to enter the budget android market with style and functionality but does it have what it takes to spar with other budget android phones that have flooded the market lately?

      At first release it has already out-sold most of its competitions, you may wonder why? Well, as an owner of the optimus L3 it’s the design that caught my eye and I’ll stick to my words that the L3 is the best looking budget android phone out there, as always design play a great role in the success of a product.

      A hefty part of the optimus L3 is made of plastic but LG did a great job in the design of their L style series and the Optimus L3 is a member of that product line, it may be plasticky but it is well crafted, it has a simplistic design with a touch of class and the well lit icon (touch button) below is a marvel to look at.

      The optimus L3 looks good on the inside as well as the outside, during use, there’s an easy to navigate UI, LG didn’t stray away from the stock android too much, the L3 uses optimus UI 2.0 lite on top of gingerbread and have ignored to add bloatware and needless apps which I think should be the norm for android phones, every person’s needs varies from their lifestyles, so it’s just fair to let the users decide what’s best for them, it is also crucially vital for most entry level android phones, for they natively lack the ability to store that many apps.

      Obviously, there are compromises from its 4,890 peso price tag, one is the low res LCD, top up with bad viewing angles and there are times when small letters appear jagged and blurry, however the 3.2 inch screen with LG’s L style design, somehow have managed to cope up with the poor resolution, you get more room for your fingers to move around and the screen appears wider, which give users better visuals, not bad at all.

      The Optimus UI 2.0 glides smooth on the L3 especially on the homescreen, touch response is ace thanks to its 800 mhz processor with Adreno 200 GPU, though, opening and closing apps is somewhat in the mediocre level but I do noticed occasional lags on the text messaging app especially when currently engaged on other tasks like music and Liveview, as a frequent user of entry level android phones, I've noticed that such performance has become a culture, regardless of the brand, but for as long as I’m below my irritating threshold such lags are acceptable for a budget phone.

      You’ll be surprised to see that facebook and twitter produced fast results, which made this phone a good choice for social networking fanatics, who’s sole purpose is to have fun without spending too much, and thanks to its fast processor mobile internet browsing is like second nature on the optimus L3, most importantly, you may not have the need to install alternative browsing tool like opera mini, because the stock browser itself can cater pretty much everything you need.

      The optimus L3 features a 3 megapixel camera which produces average results and has limited shooting modes but snapping is surprisingly fast it only takes 2 seconds to ready your next shot, though some might ask for a better and higher resolution but in my opinion a 3 megapixel camera is an acceptable sacrifice for owning a 4,890 peso smartphone.

      The battery is the star feature of the Optimus L3 it lasted for almost two days of intense use with wifi on, the low resolution screen and low power processor help in conserving battery consumption, while the 1500 mAh battery still keep the phone lightweight at 110g.

      BOTTOM LINE: LG has successfully converge high end design and affordability on the Optimus L3, a cheap yet a good phone to own which you won’t feel embarrassed to reveal in public.

      PROS: affordable high-end design, social networking ace, long battery life.

      CONS: low resolution screen.


      OS: Android 2.3 gingerbread (optimus UI 2.0 lite)

      DISPLAY: 3.2 inch, 8.1 cm QVGA, 240 x 320 resolution, capacitive.

      CPU: 800 Mhz with Adreno 200 GPU.

      RAM: 512 MB, 384 MB usable.

      STORAGE: 1 GB internal, expandable 32 GB micro SD.

      CAMERA: 3.0 MP (back)

      BATTERY: 1500mAh

      Thursday, May 2, 2013

      Cherry Mobile Fusion Bolt Quad-core Tablet Review and Specs.

      I admire Cherry Mobile for their continuous effort to offer and serve cheap but quality products to our plates, and they’re on it again with their latest offering the Fusion Bolt, just to give you a glimpse on the specs it is a quad-core tablet with 1gig ram and on board is android’s latest iteration “jellybean” if that wasn’t enough, then hear this because the best is yet to come, amazingly! CM gave it a staggering price of just only 3,999 pesos, sounds impossible but CM stands their ground and strongly pushing their campaign for the fusion bolt as a true and legit quad-core device.

      The fusion bolt is cheap in deed, however the idea of it producing quad-core processing results may seem far fetched, and if you truly believe that a 3,999 peso device can live up to its claims, well I guess this review will knock some of your senses back.

      The Fusion Bolt is powered by Jellybean and on board is Project Butter, for all I know project butter is some kind of OS optimization software that makes the UI run faster on any device regardless of hardware specifications, the fusion bolt, being a jellybean device makes use of it, sadly you’ll still experience slight lags and occasional hiccups, bear in mind that the fusion bolt is a 3,999 peso tablet, so I advice not to expect too much on its quad-core processing abilities, as to all cheap device we should always learn to accept the issues that goes with it, or otherwise settle for the more expensive ones.

      The fusion bolt may be sub par in comparison to other quad-core device like the Nexus 7, however, at 3,999 pesos, it definitely has all the advantages of a stable device, it’s so obvious that the price is the fusion bolt’s greatest ally.

      At first glance you’ll be impress by its well built design, slightly resembling the Nexus7, the back is tattered with what seemed to be a snake skin covering, which personally I consider useful and ergonomically designed, for one, it wards off fingerprints and smudges, and it’s comfortable to hold even on long period, at the right side you’ll see all the basic ports of a traditional tablet including the HDMI out, an extra feature in which as far as my test concerns, works well on flat screen TVs, at the top right you’ll see the power button and the volume rocker which somehow I find it awkwardly placed, the buttons are deeply planted making it harder for users to touch-locate and press, though it does not appeal to me as a major setback. All in all the fusion bolt is a handsome and solid beast, except for the warped indentations on the sides of the screen.

      One thing that stands out on the Fusion Bolt is the 5 point touch 7” inch HD super IPS capacitive touch screen (1280 x 800) resolution, its High Definition for the masses a sure value for money, the screen is so sharp and crisp that even the smallest text can be read with ease, since it uses IPS technology the screen remains sharp even when viewed on different angles, who says cheap products can’t offer high-end features, oh! And did I mention that it can also play HD videos up to 2160p with great results.

      Internet browsing may be the primary reason for owning a tablet, nowadays internet users demands faster connectivity on their device in which only a quad-core tablet promises to offer, fortunately, the fusion bolt guarantees fast browsing speed, it may not be as fast as other quad-core brands but for its price I can definitely say that it is still a fast tablet. The fusion bolt is powered by a 1Ghz quad-core processor ATM7029 (Actions Semiconductor) with a Vivante GC1000+ GPU, top up with a 1gig DDR3 memory, the chipset may be the reason why the fusion bolt can’t spar with other quad-core brands, but given the reason as an entry-level device, Ainol actually did a good job, no other quad-core brand can compete in this price range. The 1 gig DDR3 RAM, however will provide users adequate memory for multitasking, and yes! It is still priced at 3,999 pesos.

      Benchmark result using Quadrant Standard: The fusion bolt got a fair score of 2,766 which earned its place on the top 3 position, as a quad-core device it should have bag in more scores but nevertheless, it's a fair catch and to see the fusion bolt beat the living daylight on some expensive well known brands is heart warming.

      The fusion bolt is equipped with two cameras, one at the back and the other on front, the primary camera is a 2megapixel shooter (back), don’t expect good results from it though, in fact even the fusion bolt’s vivid screen can’t fix the bad photos taken from its camera, nor made it look an inch better. The front VGA camera is used primarily for online features, like skype and other video calling services, you’ll be surprised that skype works well on the fusion bolt, another neat feature that you can fancy on this 3,999 peso tablet, of course it all depends on your preferences, mine just happens to fit the fusion bolt’s skype overall performance.

      Battery life: The Fusion bolt manages to squeeze-in 3 to 4 hours of non-stop use, with 2 to 3 days of stand-by time on a 60% brightness level, a bit short for a device advertised of having a 4,000Mah battery capacity, perhaps the Fusion bolt’s high definition screen has taken its toll on battery performance, it’s an acceptable trade off in my opinion.

      When you think quad-core you think gaming, the fusion bolt is no exemption, fortunately, it can handle graphic intensive games but only a few of it, some might work and some might not, or some will just simply run sluggish on the fusion bolt, I think it’s the weak GPU who’s to blame (Vivante GC1000+ GPU). Arnova tablets use these types of GPUs and they are known the world over as a bad gaming tablet, if it not for its quadcore processor the fusion bolt would have suffer the same fate, but don’t get me wrong the fusion bolt is a capable gaming device, just to show off a bit, here are the list of games I currently have on my fusion bolt; NBA 2K13, Dead Trigger, Anomaly Korea, Deadspace HD, Virtua Tennis. These games all run smooth on the fusion bolt.

      NBA 2K13 an all time favorite comes to mobile, back then it was only playable on high-end tablets but now you'll be surprised to see that most Cherry Mobile device can handle this game, the fusion bolt is by far the cheapest tablet that can handle NBA 2K13 the way expensive tablets do so.

      Anomaly Korea is a real time strategy game with PC like graphics, the game looks great on the fusion bolt's high definition screen details are excellent and there are hardly no visible frame drops during game play, a must have for fusion bolt owners.

      Bottom line: The Fusion bolt is the only quad-core tablet under 4k that does its job well (in relation to its price), it may not go head to head with the Nexus 7, but given the price, it is definitely a good tablet to hang around.

      PROS: Affordable quad-core tablet, fast browsing speed, vivid High Definition IPS screen

      CONS: Occasional hiccups, Sluggish keyboard


      OS: Android 4.1 Jellybean

      PROCESSOR: 1Ghz quad-core ATM7029 (Actions Semiconductor)

      GPU: Vivante GC1000+

      DISPLAY: 7"HD IPS, 5 point touch panel, 1280 x 800 resolution.

      RAM: 1GB DDR3

      MEMORY: 8GB internal expandable micro SD 32GB

      CAMERA: VGA front, 2MP back

      PORTS: 3.5 mm audio jack, micro USB 2.0, HDMI

      BATTERY: 4000mAH

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