Sony Bloggie 3D vs LG Optimus 3D vs HTC EVO 3D

Anyone that knows me appreciates that I am an all round geek, and have had an interest in 3d cameras, devices and paraphernalia for more time than I care to mention.  So I was especially excited to get my hands on these devices, albeit only for a short period of time.  It will come as no surprise that my interest in these devices was in their potential as a 24/7 ‘back pocket’ device for taking 3D video and photographs.

So I don’t intend doing a particularly scientific test, nor reproducing technical specs (which are available elsewhere) but I thought it might be useful to compare some real world video and images taken at the same location, at the same time, using each devices’ default HD settings (with apologies for the rather overcast weather).

Video Quality

Sony Bloggie 3D

NB The Bloggie is the only camera to support full 1080p 3D video.

For 3d viewing options watch in YouTube.


For 3d viewing options watch in YouTube.

LG Optimus 3D

For 3d viewing options watch in YouTube.


Having has some chance to play with all 3 devices here is my general conclusion.

If all you want is a tidy and petite 3D Video and stills camera to carry about for everyday use then the Bloggie, with it’s superior 1080p resolution and dedicated/simplistic functionality wins out.

If you need a combined 3d camera and phone my personal preference is the LG Optimus 3D though in all honesty there is little to choose between the two devices (In fact I would be tempted to go for whichever gave me the best price on the day)

(This post is a work in progress)

Rotating the Screen on a DELL Inspiron Duo under Windows 8

NB At the time of writing there is no accelerometer driver for the DUO under Win 8.

Until we get that fixed it is possible to add the ‘Windows Mobility Center’ applet as a shortcut on the Metro Desktop (which in turn has an option to rotate the screen)

Here are the steps to take:


From the Metro Screen begin to type the following until you see the screen as above:

“Windows Mobility Center”


Select the icon by either:

1. Swiping upwards on the icon itself
2. Right Mouse and select properties.

Now touch the Pin icon:


You now have an icon on the right most side of the Metro desktop – simply drag it to your desired destination.


Touch the icon to go into the applet:

Now Click on “Rotate Screen” …

Web Based App Installs for Windows Phone

Stumbled upon a cool way of installing apps over the air.  Here are the steps I took:

First fire up the web based marketplace:

NB The above link shows all my own apps currently in the marketplace – you can click on the ‘Marketplace’ link to view all apps!


Select an App from the App Store.


install (or reinstall) the app.


Select which phone you want to install to.


Click Reinstall.


Now check your phone!



Windows App Certification Kit Walk Through

While it isn’t yet possible to submit apps to the store you can ensure that your App will pass the ingestion process.  this is a walkthrough of one of the sample apps (Weather).

Noting that it fails the test tells us that things are very much still at an early stage with the preview build and the apps that ship alongside it.


I have selected the Metro Style App option (above) which presents a list of Metro Apps from which to make a choice:


I chose Microsoft Weather App and hit next and the kit goes to work:


The process takes a few minutes and creates an XML data file of results that you are invited to save:



Clicking on the results opens the report:


Tip: in Jason Olson’s talk from BUILD he briefly touches on the following tool – which is the same that MS runs on your submitted Apps before they make it into the store:


I haven’t tried this myself yet but will either update this post or write another one once I get the chance to do so.