Six (6) Android Games You Should Play Now not Tomorrow

Got a new device? You need to get some new games. Here are some quick recommendations for great Android games. Some are familiar from other platforms. Some are free. Some are paid, and some have specific hardware requirements. All are listed here.
1.  Minecraft Pocket Edition
Why it is great: Minecraft is an entertaining block-building and survival game. You can play either in creative mode where you build and invent things in your own randomly generated world or you can play in survival mode where you use your wits and resources to survive against the creepers who come out at night.
Note – this does not connect with your main Minecraft account if you play the computer version of the game.
Play for yourself or keep it around to entertain kids. (Turn off in-app purchases if you do this.)
Minecraft is a paid app ($6.99) but you can find occasional sales, in-app purchases run from $0.50 to $1.99.   More »
2.  Lara Croft Go
Based on the popular Tomb Raider series and developed by Square Enix, Lara Craft Go is a relatively simple but very addictive puzzle game you can take with you. The puzzles are designed for short bursts of play, so pull it out in the doctor’s office waiting room or while riding the bus home.
Lara Croft Go sells for $4.99 but is occasionally on sale for $0.99. It allows in-app purchases. If you like this game, you can also check out Hitman Go, which is also from Square Enix.  More »
3.  Buttons and Scissors
This is a free puzzle game where you try to cut matching color buttons off of a square of denim. Mechanically this feels similar to Bejeweled, but not completely the same. The logic puzzles offer great challenges for players of all ages.
The other big advantage to this game is that it does not require any connectivity. You can play this game on devices that aren’t connected to Wi-Fi or in that signal dead spot.
Buttons and Scissors is a free download but allows in-app purchases.  More »
 Did you want to try out the new trend in adult coloring books, but you don’t want to carry around coloring pencil and a coloringb book? Try out this app instead. It’s appropriate for kids or adults, and while it’s not the same as coloring in an actual coloring book, it is still very satisfying.
Mandala Coloring Pages is free (with ads) but also allows in-app purchases.  More »
Yes. You can play an Android version of Portal. This is a real console game. As such, it requires a real console. This version will only work on the Nvidia Shield version of Android TV.  The Nvidia Shield starts at around $199 but allows you to stream movies and play Android games on your TV.
Portal starts at $1.99 but this is “introductory pricing.”  More »
If you have a phone with a fast processor and terrific screen display, you can take it for a ride with this virtual reality game. This is a first-person shooter where you aim at balloons. You’ll need Google Cardboard. This is an inexpensive accessory that you can either make or buy for around $15 and will turn your phone into a virtual reality device. Obviously not a game you can play while waiting in a doctor’s office (unless your doctor is awesome) but a fun novelty game to play by yourself or after having one of your friends try on the headset.
VR Cardboard Shooter 3D is a free download.  More »

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Water Resistant Android Phones You Must Know Now!!!


Waterproof (Water Resistant) Androids

Some Android phones are water resistant right out of the box. It has become a luxury feature for Android phones starting in 2013. Every year, it seems like consumer electronic and mobile trade shows are full of companies displaying their phones in an aquarium full of water. However, not every phone can take water, including some surprising high-end phones. The Nexus 6P, for example, is not water resistant.

Note that water resistant is not water-proof, even if people (who are not phone manufacturers or their lawyers) commonly refer to phones as being waterproof. So if your phone ends up in the toilet or the pool, you should probably treat it as if your phone were not water resistant and go through wet phone precautions. Even if your phone is marketed as an underwater camera, you should probably avoid lengthy soaks in the pool.

IP Ratings

The greater the water depth and the longer the exposure, the more chance that your phone will be damaged. Most of these phones could survive 30 minutes in a few feet of water.

In order to evaluate exactly how waterproof a phone is, most phone manufacturers go with an industry standard rating system called the Ingress Protection or IP rating. The rating is for both dust and water. IP ratings give two numbers, the first for dust (or solids), the second for water (liquids). The scale for dust is from 0-6, and the scale for water is from 0-8. Note that they don’t test submersion for depths greater than 1 meter, so after a rating of 8, the manufacturer has to tell you what it can withstand.

An IP42 would be pretty lousy and mean that the phone was protected from some dust and mild water spray but not submersion while an IP68 phone would be dust-proof and survive a small bath the shallow end of a swimming pool.

You can look up an IP rating and see exactly what it specifies.


1.  Sony

Sony Xperia: Sony started making high-end, water resistant phones in 2013. Waterproof Xperia phones include the Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia Z5, and Xperia Z5 Compact. Sony even brags that the Xperia ZR can be used to shoot full HD video underwater and is “compliant with IP55 and IP58.” You can be pretty confident that these phones will survive a dunk in the pool.


2.  Samsung

Samsung water resistent phones include the Galaxy S5 (and S5 Active) and the Galaxy S6 Active (but not the regular Galaxy S6, sadly).  The rating is IP67.

The Galaxy XCover is also water resistant and is marketed as an extra durable phone (a status some of these reviewers question, so your mileage may vary).

3.  Kyocera

The Kyocera Brigadier, Hydro Life, and Hydro Elite are all marketed as water resistant.

4.  HTC

The HTC Desire Eye is water resistant. This phone comes with a dust and water resistent case, which is surprising considering that it is also a reasonably priced model.


The HTC M8 has much weaker water protection, but it might survive some splashing or a very brief dunk in the pool.

Waterproof Coating

Companies like Liquipel can coat phones that would normally not be water resistant. You send them your phone, and they coat it and return it to you.

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