West Coast design meets Far East influence on the Air Jordan 4 “Samurai” Custom. El Cappy brings the Japanese warrior influence to one of the greatest sneakers to come from the Air Jordan line. This Air Jordan 4 is decorated with Japanese designs across the midsole and upper panel. One of the most notable decorations is the bushido mask on the back of the sneaker. (SOURCE)
Mobile World Congress may be the launchpad for the global version of the LG Optimus G Pro, but it feels like we already know it intimately. Though there were a lot of new LG devices on display, we couldn’t help but spend most of our time with the G Pro.
At the risk of stating the obvious, the Optimus G Pro is big, and every bit of its 5.5-inch screen is felt when you pick it up. It feels solid in the hand, and amazingly shaves about 20 grams off the weight of competing devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and even the Nokia Lumia 920’s overall weight. The back has the same spangly finish as the Nexus 4, and looked great against the white chassis. There was no flex to worry about, although the buttons on the side are made of plastic and have an unpleasant, cheap click to them, not unlike most Samsung products.
LG may have skimped a little with the buttons and building materials, but it certainly hasn’t done so with the screen, as its 1080p resolution looks fabulous. The demo videos were beautifully crisp and the 400ppi pixel density produces such detail and sharpness, it makes us want a similarly high-res display on every other mobile device we own.
LG’s new features are a mixed bag
Android 4.1.2 is installed along with LG’s own user interface, although there isn’t much to separate it and Samsung’s TouchWiz, with the pair sharing similar icons, transitions, and animations. They’re not twins, but would certainly be considered close relatives. Like Samsung, LG uses custom apps baked into the OS to differentiate itself from others, some of which look useful and others bizarre.
On the helpful side we’ve got QMemo, which turns the screen into a notepad and you use your finger to trace out notes. The handwriting recognition is good, but it needs some concentration to “write” neatly, as jotting anything at speed results in massive, scrawled letters on the screen. QMemo can be accessed through the notification center, but it’s at its best when assigned to the QButton on the side of the device. This shortcut key means QMemo is a single, simple click away when on a call, a time when you’d you’re likely to need it most.
So, QMemo (and the QButton) are additions we could see ourselves using. (The Q button can be used as a shutter button, as well.) Dual Recording on the other hand, isn’t. It records a video using both front and rear cameras at the same time, with the forward-facing cam’s picture (containing your face) appearing in a little picture-in-picture box. Even LG struggled to give a good reason for its existence, saying it would be helpful in business meetings, but not elaborating any further. During playback, the extra window is distracting and detracts from what’s presumably the focus of the video – recorded using the rear camera – making Dual Recording feel like a feature produced purely because it could be done, rather than fulfilling a need.
The list of LG’s custom apps continues in a similar vein. A collaboration tool for sharing screens and content, the option to display three apps at the same time, and the now obligatory universal remote (named, you’ve guessed it, QRemote) are among the best ideas shown.
Huge phone, gorgeous screen
Like all tablet/smartphone hybrid hardware, the overriding impression of the Optimus G Pro is it’s size. LG has made a few concessions in the OS to compensate, such as the ability to shift the keyboard and dialer over by a centimeter or so to make one-handed use a more viable prospect; but the fact remains any mobile device with a screen this big won’t be for everyone. The daintily-handed could find it awkward (although this is hardly unique to the Optimus G Pro), and should try before buying. For all those already convinced this is the form-factor for them, the few missteps here aren’t enough to eclipse the gorgeous screen and LG’s mostly value-adding apps. (SOURCE)
In a year that will surely see its fair share of celebration from McLaren thanks in part to 2013 marking its 50th Anniversary as highlighted here, the English carmaker rejoices in the release of official production photos for its highly anticipated P1 sportscar. Having first covered the coupe which was followed by an in action video that released just last month, McLaren provides imagery to what will be expected to hit showrooms later this year. Besides the new color, this P1 offers added carbon fiber air-vents on both corners of the front bumper, road tires and a tighter mesh for the rear end vent. McLaren has further announced that this model’s hybrid powertrain combines a mid-mounted 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 and an electric motor producing a system output of 903HP (916PS) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque, with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox sending power to the rear wheels.
In Spring Breakers, Brit (Ashley Benson), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), Cotty (Rachel Korine) and Faith (Selena Gomez) have been best friends since grade school. They live together in a boring college dorm and are hungry for adventure. All they have to do is save enough money for spring break to get their shot at having some real fun. A serendipitous encounter with rapper “Alien” promises to provide the girls with all the thrill and excitement they could hope for. Harmony Korine (of low key indie films like Trash Humpers and Mister Lonely) wrote and directed Spring Breakers, which premiered at TIFF 2012 and the Venice Film Festival. A24 Pictures will be releasing Korine’s Spring Breakers limited in NY and LA starting March 22nd this year.
Hues earthy and herbal pop up on the Vans CA “Brushed Twill” Collection. The classic Era takes on the themed finish in two-tone fashion, while the lace-less Prison Issue relies on tonal color blocking. The “Brushed Twill” collection is available now at select Vans CA accounts.
Givenchy‘s accessory range this season includes a printed backpack with a stylized airplane print and black detailing. For this item Tisci explores aviation related themes that are new to him at Givenchy’s helm, while incorporating signature stars across the back of the bag as a familiar addition. Gunmetal tone hardware alongside a black leather base are included, alongside numerical and chevron prints on each side of the backpack. Crafted in Italy, you can pick up this item for $1,135 USD from SSENSE. (SOURCE)
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