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Why I've Given Up On The OnePlus One

OnePlus OneThe OnePlus One looks a fantastic phone – high specifications and a low price, both beating the Google Nexus 5. But I’m not going to buy one now, even though I was very, very interested.

For those unaware, OnePlus is a new Chinese phone company (but another one, named Oppo, is behind it) but one that doesn’t want to compromise – hence the high specifications. The phone is quite a monster too with a 5.5″ screen (getting perilously close to being a “phablet”) with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. A fast quad processor is on board along with 3GB of memory. It runs the CyanogenMod version of Android and comes in various colours, and both 16GB and 64GB models. You can pick up the 16GB model for £239 or the 64GB version at £269.

There’s no SD card expansion, though, and the phone isn’t water proof, unlike most being released at the moment (so not quite the “no compromise” that is promised).

Since releasing details of the phone they’ve whipped up quite some hype and have done so by doing something that more and more companies are doing these days – slow releases via invitations. In this case they’re regularly running competitions to “win” a handful of invites (with many, many thousands of people entering). One, quite controversial one, made people smash their existing phone (and only if you had one from an exclusive list – all recent phones and all worth more than the OnePlus One) for an invite.

These invites simply give you 24 hours to purchase one – the option to buy is all you actually win. The thing is, they’ve been doing this for months now. The full release should have occurred already but, for whatever reason, hasn’t happened. And still more competitions.

And I’m tired of it now – there’s only so much you can lead your customers on. And I’m not alone – their forum is full of people feeling the same. OnePlus has found that this kind of promotion can only work for so long and they’ve pushed those boundaries too far. So I’ve given up waiting and I’ll look forward to the next Nexus phone release later in the year.

PlayStation Now Beta will be available to PS4 owners from July 31st

Sony’s game streaming service, PlayStation Now, is to be launched next month. Starting July 31st, all gamers in the US and Canada (excluding Hawaii and Alaska) will be able to join a full public Beta of PS Now, assuming they have a PS4. PlayStation 3, Vita and “select” Sony TV owners 1 will also be getting access shortly thereafter.

There will be over 100 PS3 titles available, all for rent at prices between $2.99 and $19.99 available for varying periods of time. Subscription-style access is currently not available.

We can only hope that top Battlefield games, such as Bad Company 2, will be included.

  1. you need the right TV model and a DualShock 3 controller to pair with it[]

YouTube Due on PlayStation 4 'later this year'

At E3 last night, Sony Computer Entertainment’s new head, Shawn Layden, confirmed that YouTube is on its way to the PlayStation 4 this autumn.

A dedicated YouTube app will allow for easy video uploads with a click of the Share button. You will also be able to use the app, as with the PS3, for general YouTube perusing and watching.

Layden also announced that PS4 gamers would be able to join a friend’s broadcast session with new interactive abilities being added soon.

Using USB Flash Memory with the PlayStation 4

Since Sony recently added the ability to download files to USB devices, I’ve been using it regularly to copy recorded videos for later editing. I’ve been using a WD My Passport Edge – it holds 500GB of data and is USB 3. However, I do my video editing during my lunch at work and throwing (although not quite literally) a physical drive into a bag for transport is not my preference – it’s relatively bulky and, naturally, is prone to failure due to the movement.

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ADATA DashDrive Elite S102 Pro USB Flash Drive

ADATA twinI’d hardly heard of ADATA before and certainly weren’t aware of them producing consumer flash drives. However, when I found myself after a large capacity USB 3 flash drive this came recommended.

The ADATA is quite compact, measuring just 6 x 2 x 1 cms, and that’s with the cap on. The cap, made of sturdy black plastic, will sit on the opposite end of the stick when not in use, reducing the chance of it getting lost. The main body of the memory stick is made of metal and is a gun-metal colour. There are deep ridges down all 4 sides. The end has a loop hole, for if you wish to attach it to anything. There is no activity light, something that you will either be pleased about or it may put you off.

The device, as said before is USB 3.0 and, boy, does it fly.

CrystalDiskMark benchmarks showed an average speed of 106 MB/s with sequential reads, 87.29 MB/s with 512K reads and 5.89 MB/s 4k reads. Write speeds were equally impressive – 80 MB/s sequential, 47.27 MB/s 512K and 0.882 MB/s 4k. This makes it the fastest drive (no matter the type or connection) I’ve tested, bar a Kingston HyperX SSD. What’s even more impressive is that if connected to a USB 2 port it’s THE fastest USB 2 device I’ve tried.

ADATA in packagingThe packaging for the drive is quite simple – cardboard with the drive inside a plastic blister. Nothing else. A QR code on the back will lead you to a site where you register for a warranty and download free software – OStoGO (allows you install Windows 7 via USB Flash Drive) and UFDtoGO (portable applications).

The drive comes with a lifetime warranty.

Failure

Less than two weeks after purchase the memory stick failed (i.e. stopped working entirely). It had only ad-hoc use during this time but, as with everything, can happen. Amazon were happy to refund or replace it.

Summary

64GB of blistering USB 3 solid state pen drive for £26? It’s very, very impressive and a must-buy for anybody needing quick data transfers in a portable, and robust, form.

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