It really doesn’t matter what anyone thinks about Pokemon Go because no initiative from anyone, whether it be a game, campaign or event, has started a movement in Brunei that Pokemon Go has.
When the game was launched, I was skeptical that people would actually be walking and hunting in the hot sun, or into wee hours of the night, on foot, around Bandar, near the mosque, Jubilee Park, the Billionth Barrel monument, and our national stadium.
Yet, I find myself joining hordes of people, trying to catch all the Pokemons at Pokestops around Brunei.
People are actually walking, running and jumping around albeit with their smartphones (better than nothing right?) and our town is livelier, the stadium is overrun by Pokemon trainers whilst people are actually trying to exercise.
I ran for 5km so I could hatch my 10km egg around the stadium, and one colleague of mine, who never walks or jogs, walked from Sg Hanching to Rimba to hatch his.
I don’t know how long this craze will last, but I hope it will last for the next few months to come, because businesses are enjoying more traffic, people are sweating more, whilst getting fresh air.
For the record, players who are playing whilst driving are being absolutely reckless and unfortunately, these people are the ones who ruin the game for everyone, and bring a negative impact. Hopefully, our men in blue will be on the look out for such irresponsible people, and they should immediately be slapped with a summon and some demerit points.
So, you get the point now, Pokemon is huge, and this being a tech column, we now look at the best smartphones possible to enhance your Pokemon Go experience. To be clear, you can play Pokemon Go on any smartphone with an internet connection, and the ones I’ve listed out are just recommendations to enhance your playing time.
Battery issue is the biggest challenge for Pokemon Go players. Since I started playing, I have been charging my phone four times a day, and as often as two-hour intervals at night.
The LG G5 is on top of the list because of its modular capabilities. Hot swapping a battery in when your battery is empty, keeps the phone’s temperature down, and thus making it last longer. You’ll notice that a heated up phone will drain battery even faster.
Being able to go from zero per cent back to 100 per cent battery is still better than being plugged in to a battery bank whilst playing. It’s lighter, it’s more efficient, and you’re just carrying one smartphone and a spare battery.
If you are extra hardcore, then you could invest in three sets of LG G5 batteries, to hot swap them whenever possible! The battery size on the LG G5 is a 2,800 mAh unit, so having multiple spares will definitely last you through the day.
Samsung S7 and S7 Edge
The Samsung S7 and S7 Edge flagships have huge 3,000 mAh and 3,600 mAh bat- teries built into them. With a detailed 2560×1440 resolution screen, everything will be clear and crisp.
More importantly, the latest gen processors from Samsung will make sure that you experience little to no lag in your hunting experiences. That way, you don’t miss out on those rare Pokemons that pop up only for a short time.
Motorola Moto G4
The latest budget entry G4 from Motorola is a good device for anything, Pokemon Go included. The Moto G4 features GPS with GLONASS for super accurate location tracking, so you’re bound not to miss anything whilst walking through town.
Best of all, this device will easily cost you less than $300 (online price), and gets you 3,000 mAh worth of battery with “TurboPower” charging, which can give you six hours of use with just a 15-minute charge.
This comes with a 5.5-inch screen and Google’s latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow software.
Sony Z5 Compact
The Sony Xperia Z5 compact is IP68 certified waterproof and dustproof, which means that you can be catching Pokemons almost anywhere. Its smaller 4.6-inch screen makes it easier to throw your Poke Balls, as there is less room for error with lesser distance travelled when throwing Poke Balls! It’ll also be easier to operate with one hand when you’re trying to jog and spin Pokestops at the same time.
With a smaller screen needing to be powered, the 2,700 mAh battery is also a nice addition, where you also get a fantastic 23-megapixel camera on the rear.