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Nate Adcock is a system and integration engineer with experience managing and administering a variety of computing environments. He has worked extensively with mobile gadgets of all shapes and sizes for many years. He is also a former military weather forecaster. Nate is a regular contributor for the iphonelife.com and smartphonemag.com blogs and helps manage both websites. Read more from Nate at natestera.drupalgardens.com or e-mail him at nate@iphonelife.com.

Galactic Phantasy Prelude - Space saga on the iPad!

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I have regaled the iPhoneLife readers with tales of Galaxy on Fire 2, which is my personal favorite Space shooter RPG on iPad (and frankly stunning on my mini), but looks like there is a relatively new space game in town also with some pretty sweet-looking space combat visuals! I'll be posting up a review soon, but you can check out the animated eye-candy in the embedded vid above. The title is Galactic Phantasy Prelude, is currently 99 cents and you can get it here. I've already checked out some of the online comments, noting that upgrades rely heavily on IAPs, which will turn me off, but I'll leave the jury out until I review it.



What I read this week - The Island on iPad mini!

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The new iPad mini is so perfect for reading, don't even want to talk about it...but I will, anyway. It sounds ridiculous and pampered to say, but I can't understand how we tolerated a full-sized iPad for hours and hours of reading. Ah, the sacrifices one must make... The mini screen is so amazingly sharp, the text practically reads itself! That's an exaggeration, of course, but it seems that way to me (new device glow, it's called). I haven't done many "what I read this week" posts admittedly, but this eBook was too good to not do a quick one anyway. I like to push the free iTunes reads (especially the good ones) on our blog and magazine every chance I get. Good free/low-cost fiction, especially recent stuff is, well...as rare as nasty flying imps with sharp teeth! If you like Sci-Fi/Horror, you have to grab this series of free chapters in iBooks from Michael Stark called The Island. Anyway, you can get 3 excellent chapters free, and 2 more installments are only 99 cents each to complete the story. You grab this astonishingly-descriptive and frightening work, and you will not want to put the iPad mini down. By the end of chapter 3, you might consider keeping mini close at hand as a weapon for what you think might be lurking in the closet! iPad mini is small, but quite sturdy after all...



What I Played this Week - Green Rage and Battle Fleet!

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It has been many weeks since a WIPTW post up, due to work, and really Trigger Fist; because I can't stop playing it! I did manage to pull myself away long enough to check out two also very cool indie games that are featured this week, both of which played nicely on the new iPad mini (review of that coming as well). When I started this review, I was listening to hurricane Sandy pound the crap out of my house while watching endless spiral bands of rain rolling in from the Atlantic on radar. My windows were leaking water, but the lights were still on (though flickering ominously), so it felt like I was on one of those old WW2 battleships riding the Pacific high seas...kind of like the game I was playing at the time! A game called...er, Battle Fleet (lame segue, but hey I tried). The other awesome game featured this week is a totally original platform game called Green Rage. Think alien adventure shoot-em-up and you as the alien. Both of these games are keepers, but Green Rage for iPad/iPhone only plays well on newer iOS devices/versions (iPad2/3/mini, iPhone 4S/5, and iPod 5), so wanted to point that out before diving in. UPDATE 11/6/2012...Green Rage is being pulled from the App store by the vendor (to fix a few things), but will return soon, so I pulled the links above... Learn more in the review below. Battle Fleet is available for 99 cents tomorrow (11/07/12) thanks to a special promotion from One Dollar Wednesday...



iPad mini 16GB Wi-Fi Review - Unboxing and Setup!

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Finally have exactly the iPad that I want. The mini... I need something small and light, but with a decent screen for games, ebooks, email and web. I don't carry a lot of pix or music around (except maybe to the gym and have a nano for that). I likely won't use the rear camera that much, though that might come in handy for quick product shots or quick videos in a review or something (though have a much better P-n-S camera for that). So, if you have similar requirements, you should consider getting one. The technical specs are not great compared to other tablets this size. Slower CPU, less RAM, no GPS... So why spend the considerable price then? Hopefully I will answer that question in one of what will be several review posts on the new mini in the coming weeks. But first let's put that aside, and simply enjoy the unboxing and basic configuration of this trim new iPad! Love it or hate it, you have to admit it looks pretty cool, and why not? It is after all an iPad...



Green Rage live on the App Store!

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Am working on a full review of this quirky and unique new platformer from Paralline just released called Green Rage. If you have experienced the platform genre in the past, and think you have seen it all, you haven't and will want to grab this one ($1.99)! You mostly scurry along through twisted and varied obstacles, jump and evade baddies, and shoot stuff! Have to warn that it's version 1.0, and I had some issues with my older devices. The dev is working on those, but if you have a newer iPhone/iPad device running iOS 5.0 or later, shouldn't be a problem. Get it at the link above for iPad or here for iPhone...



Hey Apple, thanks and sorry about the whining!

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Well, I posted up this bit of foolishness grousing about my undelivered iPad mini, and probably by pure coincidence get the email shown above just a few hours later from the Apple Store, of course... Sheesh! Now I have to eat a big hearty helping of crow, and send Apple an apology. I said I would, and so I am. Thanks Apple Store, and I am sincerely sorry I doubted your original delivery estimate (Nov 2, 2012), and cast any dispersions on your distribution methods during what is probably a challenging new product delivery period. If all goes as planned, I should be receiving my unit tomorrow, so crow suitably and dutifully eaten! Not bad, actually...kind of like chicken, but a bit on the gamey side... ;)



Hey Apple, where's my new iPad mini!!

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...mini cover wook wonewy...

This is probably the first Apple device since the iPod touch that I wanted to buy right away. Usually I wait until the hype dies down, someone else wants to trade up, and/or demand wanes. No waiting in any long lines, no standing in the rain or cold. Mostly, I am not an early adopter and selective about the Apple products I want. No iPhone, ever (never owned one)... Shocked? I have my reasons, but mainly didn't need it, partly because I could simply borrow my son's. I'm an iPod guy (love em, end of story). When the first iPad came out, didn't get one of those until another writer traded his in for a newer model. It was kind of a novelty to be honest, though I have certainly learned to appreciate it. I figured Apple would eventually come out with the product I really wanted. A bigger version of the iPod touch! I finally got what I wanted, except not yet... went online and purchased it the first day available; black 16GB WiFi only version. So far, the only thing to make it is the silly cover (got it today)...so I want to know where is my mini? Yo Apple, where is my bigger iPod touch?? Sure would like to hear from other would-be mini owners wondering the same thing... Read on for more tech-whining about my non-arriving mini...



Get mophie juice pack powerstation in White from the Apple store!

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The geeked-out Apple product connoisseur wants the whole world to be one clean, white, round-cornered and gleaming world! He or she especially wants a phone like that, a tablet like that, and a device accessory like that--even better if it all comes from the mothership. Some part of us simply demands that we have, yes, even a battery pack that completes the smooth, eye-pleasing ensemble, am I right? Ok, that's laying it on a bit thick, but you can't argue it's an attractive look, even if I am being cheeky... You can now grab your mophie juice pack powerstation in the Apple store here (powerstation), here (dual charging duo) or here (cheaper mini) in Zen-like white that matches all those other cool iThings you have!



GoSmart Stylus released in 27 European countries via Amazon U.K.!

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One of my fav iPad accessories, and one I use on a daily basis is now released in several EU countries, and also available here in the U.S for $24.95. See my full GoSmart review here, or read on for the full PR scoop on this elegantly designed stylus... This is a perfect stocking stuffer for the artsy or geeky iPad user in your life...



Battle Fleet at $1.99!

Looking for a naval strategy game that gives you granular control of the individual weapons on a fleet of battleships? Today is your lucky day! Battle Fleet, formerly at $4.99 and highly rated in the iTunes store, has been reduced to $1.99 for a limited time. Features include multiple gameplay modes, awesome weapon upgrades, vintage battles and much more... Check it out in the App store, but don't wait. The sale is only good for this weekend.



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