Archive for October 19, 2020

Review: Snap Ships

Posted in Products with tags on October 19, 2020 by itnerd

Today I am presenting a review of a toy called Snap Ships.

Designed for kids ages 8 and up, Snap Ships has eleven ships at a suggested retail price of $9.99–$39.99. To tell the epic story of the Snap Ships universe, the company behind Snap Ships which is PlayMonster has joined forces with award-winning content studio Wind Sun Sky to produce a fast-paced and edgy animated series. Season one of the series, Snap Ships Dawn of Battle launched this past Friday on YouTube with new episodes airing every Friday. But there’s more to this toy. Snap Ships is supported by an AR app which allows users to explore the vibrant world of Snap Ships. Highly detailed digital versions of the constructible toys come to life in the app and can be summoned into via Augmented Reality.

All of this sounds great. But I’m not a kid so I can’t speak to how engaging Snap Ships would be for a kid. Thus I had to enlist someone much younger than I. Enter Zavier who is 12 years old and as you will read, he can do product reviews after he’s finished his homework. For the record, everything was written by Zavier and he did the screen shots as well.:

After getting myself familiar with the Snap Ships I can say it’s a great product. The Snap Ships are fun and straightforward to put together with simple, clear instructions. The interlocking cubes snap together well, however they are quite hard to take apart by yourself. Thankfully each kit comes with a separate tool that comes in very handy. All snap ships are fairly unique and considering the highly affordable price, gives a huge incentive to buy more than one kit. In short, the kits themselves are spectacular. 

Now onto the App itself. When you first enter the app you’re presented with a very easy to navigate user interface. It gets its job done and isn’t too overwhelming. 

The dogfights, sectors are fun at first but can get very repetitive. Just a couple of different variations on the standard gameplay can improve the game a whole lot. Sometimes when playing the game it feels like the game is playing for you. There should be an option whether you want the autopilot or manual controls. A crosshair would also be a neat addition so that you’re able to tell where you’re shooting.

The main attraction, augmented reality is immersive and amazingly rendered. It’s really fun to just play around with and other kids will love it. Sometimes though, the ships can get a little glitchy and confusing.

Overall Snap Ships are a great product and I would recommend it to all my friends. Since every piece can snap together it invites a lot of creativity, you make your own ships. It’s very reminiscent of things like Lego in that way. With a few updates and a bit more availability the app could take off (no pun intended).

That’s a very detailed review from Zavier and I appreciate his perspective on Snap Ships. Since he recommends Snap Ships, I will recommend it given the price and the entertainment value that it provides.

Nikon Mirrorless Cameras Help People Create & Connect

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 19, 2020 by itnerd

Today I would like to share to share Nikon’s Z series mirrorless camera lineup.

As families are more focused on each other and spending time in their bubbles, the gift of a camera can help capture memories being made. From video calls with family and friends, to catching special moments during this year’s unique holiday season, Nikon’s Z series has something for everyone on your list.

For those more focused on creating, or who find themselves on-camera more often, the precision optics of a Nikon camera not only help make better videos, but can also bring Nikon’s beautiful imagery to video calls. Nikon Z cameras can work as webcams with a free app. They also transfer photos and videos to other devices in the background over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so your phone always has your latest shots — making them easy to post and quickly share with others. 

Another benefit of the Z series is its wide lens mount, which lets in more light for faster photography and more detail. And, with an optional adapter, Nikon Z cameras can be used with hundreds of Nikon DSLR lenses. 

The Nikon Z 50 is an affordable camera for creators who need gear that’s light, easy to use and captures superior videos and images for TikTok, Instagram and YouTube. The flip-down screen is perfect for selfies or vlogging.  

  • Available now. MSRP starting at $1,099.00 

The Nikon Z 6II has expert-level multimedia features, and more processing speed than its predecessor. Dual memory card slots help photographers keep shooting, whether it’s a wedding, basketball game or nature walk. 

  • Available in November 2020. MSRP starting at $2,799.95