As an avid user of my Nexus 7, I have been searching for a stylus that meets my needs and doesn’t cost an exorbitant amount of money. I have tried many “rubber” tipped versions and a few that utilize a flat plastic “guide” on the contact surface. All of these have fallen short of usability expectations.
When I came across the New Trent Arcadia mesh tipped stylus I was was intrigued. I was amazed that the product came in a two pack for such a low cost. I quickly ordered the pack and anxiously awaited delivery.
Upon arrival, I knew that I had happened onto exactly what I was looking for, a functional stylus. No more dealing with a rubber tip that grips too much or a plastic guide that doesn’t align with my grip angle.
The mesh tip of the Arcadia stylus is what really sets it apart from the pack. A metallic wire mesh with a protective coating allows for great control and a liberating gliding stroke. The mesh tip glides across the surface of your tablet/phone without scratching or getting hung up along the way if your angle is too sharp. Even if you do angle far too much, New Trent has you covered there as well, with a protective tip on the stylus shaft. New Trent seems to have thought of everything.
As a bonus, the mesh tip is retractable! I know that the tip will be protected and it won’t accumulate debris.
This stylus has allowed me to use my tablet in place of my Moleskin journal and a pen. It has allowed me to bridge this gap. It has changed the way I use my tablet for the better.
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Design and Forethought
I would highly recommend this stylus to anyone with a tablet.
I was laughing so hard that I was crying when watching this. YouTube user, absuperman is using a “speech jammer” in this review. He is quickly reduced to an incomprehensible mess. Had I skipped the intro… I would have just felt bad for him, but now I can laugh guilt free!
In the year 2034 nuclear attacks have decimated the Earth and the remaining population is infected by an unknown virus. The infected die within 7 days and soon reanimate becoming blood-thirsty zombies. No one believed it; nobody expected it and nothing can stop it! You are a survivor in Navizgane County Arizona, a rare Eden in a world of devastation. Ironically, the Apache word “Navezgane” means Killer of Monsters, and kill you will as you fight, scrap, craft, salvage and fortify your way to survive looking for the truth behind what really happened.
“7 Days to Die” is an open world, voxel-based, sandbox game blending the best elements of FPS, Survival Horror, RPG and Tower Defense style games. “7 Days to Die” looks to carve out its own space giving gamers what they really want with a unique combination of combat, crafting, exploration, and character growth. It’s not just Survival Horror anymore its “Survival Horde.”
The World is your Oyster - Explore a modern, beautiful, fully destroyable, fully buildable, fully dynamic, hand crafted, huge voxel world with cities, forests, wastelands, deserts, plains and mountains. Explore hundreds of points of interest and every building inside and out!
She’s a Brick House! – Our advanced “Dynamic Block Stability Physics System,” simulates real-time structural integrity. Build it right or watch it come crumbling down.
Relentless Enemies – Relentless enemies will stop at nothing as they claw, jump and break their way through the world in order to get to you. And watch out for the unique severely mutated.
The MacGyver in you – Mine and loot a multitude of items and ingredients to survive creating hundreds of weapons, items and traps with the intuitive and deep “Crafting System” inspired by classic adventure games but modernized. No wiki required!
Two sides to every Story – Uncover the truth as you find survivor notes that lead to better loot from the “Dynamic Story Generation System” which puts the player in charge of the story solving the “now what problem” that plague most voxel games.
Friends and Foes – Play solo, Co-op online with friends or in our unique “Zombie Nomad Mode” for a no rules experience!
Blow it up or Build it up! – Enjoy a fully destroyable voxel-based world blowing up everything in the entire game or build it up bolstering the defenses of an existing structure or building your own fort to try and keep the zombies out.
You know like Bowhunting Skills –Gain experience and upgrade your skills in melee, guns, crafting, and stealth!
Become the True Survivalist – Rummage and mine your way through the world finding food, water, loot and the resources you’ll need to survive and discover a purpose for everything in the world.
Build it and they will come – Build your own worlds and play them with your friends using the “Creative Mode Tools” featuring hundreds of block shapes and prefabs.
I am going to say that the potential for fun with friends is high with this one. If you buy now, you get access to the alpha in July and the price is $14.99 vs the full price of $29.99.
UPDATE: I bit on the offer like a zombie. I am waiting on the alpha.
Cry of Fear is psychological thriller and survival title following the protagonist, Simon, as he descends into madness. Your world will unravel before you. This is terrifying.
A mod on the Half Life 1 engine that leans on jump scares, horrific imagery, and nightmarish audio may have you asking yourself why you push forward.While this is a free mod, you may incur the cost of buying new underwear…
I don’t startle easily, but this title did it. Multiple times actually. I made it around 2 hours in before I needed to take a mental break. If you can’t get that far, you can remove yourself from some of the intensity by watching a Let’s Play with theRadBrad. I enjoyed his adlib, but if you don’t like color commentary,I’m sure there are other playthroughs.
If you find yourself getting stuck, as I did in a few spots(apartment building), slow down and think.
What happens when you give a bear… a one armed bear for that matter… a car and 5 minutes to find food before hibernation? Scream the following: ENVIRO-BEAR 2000!!!!!!!1 Stop screaming now. Watch and enjoy.
Enviro-Bear 2000 has also been ported to iOS and Android as Enviro-Bear 2010. You can also get it for Android through the Amazon store if you prefer. Works fine on Windows 7.Headphones are recommended if you are watching at work due to some choice words.
Due to a gracious friend I am able to review Evoland much quicker than anticipated. Thanks JP.
Evoland is a clever journey through RPG technology/mechanics and full of throwbacks to many inspirational titles, such as The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, and Dragon Quest.
Traveling from 8-bit graphics and 2D movement up through HD graphics and 3D environments. You will experience what each generation improved. Up to and including simulated CD load times, which you can alleviate by buying a “faster drive”. Like I said… clever.
Lasting roughly 4 hours and providing a handful of grins, I enjoyed Evoland. I was able to chuckle a little here and there. A few puzzles blocked my way but didn’t force me to run over to YouTube for a hint. It will be fun to send my young son through this title when he is ready. A sort of history lesson for the wee pup.
There are a few minor gripes, most of which I recall being gripes when that particular technology/mechanic was commonplace. Random encounters became annoying after awhile. Sometimes occurring when I only had 5 steps from point A to point B. New “skills” don’t come around until much too late. I would have liked to see this fleshed out a bit with exploring a game mechanic that was left out all together… spending skill points.
All in all… the good and the gripes… Evoland is worth $5 if you don’t care much for nostalgia and $8 if you do. This would have been a stellar choice for tablets as well.