The Best Smart Phones for Gaming in 2019 that Won’t Break the Bank
Nowadays phones are expensive, and doubly so if you want special specs that are good for gaming. But if you want to separate your business or personal phone with one specifically made for gaming, you can cut down on the price.
Using mobile phones to game is not new. It has been a thing phone companies have considered since the Nokia 3310s, which we now call “the brick.” If you remember this model, you may recall playing Snake for hours.
Now games are more advanced but phone companies have kept gaming in mind for their newer models as well. Phones have increasingly become an enticing method for gaming. There are now phones specifically dedicated to it, with specialized hardware and clip on controllers—and you can find one for fairly cheap.
Black Shark 2
The Black Shark 2 is the second generation gaming phone from Xiaomi, a Chinese company with a gaming sector. It has a few quirks, but they have created one of the best gaming phones for players on a budget. Building on their processor, the phone also has a better screen and a great camera. With improved gaming credentials, the Black Shark 2 rivals the more expensive gaming models. Since the phone is popular with gamers, it is difficult to find. Especially in countries like the US, where it is unavailable.
According to the site MoneyPug, which is used to compare cheap mobile phones, for under £300 you can get the Honor Play phone. While this model is no match for pricier gaming phones like the Razer and the Asus ROG, the Honor Play offers high performance at a fair price. Much lower than the others, it is another great gaming phone for a budget. The specs on the phone are almost the same as the more expensive Honor 10 and the Huawei P20, making it enticing for non-gamers as well. Decent performance at a fraction of the price, the only thing that turns off buyers is its camera features, which are nothing to get excited about.
Red Magic Mars
Another affordable gaming option is the Red Magic Mars. It doesn’t have the latest specs but it does provide a great mobile gaming experience. For the price, the display is bright and crisp. It has a powerful processor running the same as the PUBG Mobile on Ultra settings with no lag. The built-in trigger buttons are customizable, which excites gamers looking to modify. Its camera also leaves something to be desired and the software isn’t perfect, but it is a tempting option at half the price of leading gaming phones.
If you’re a serious gamer and want the perfect phone for it, the Razer is probably your best option. It is more expensive than the Black Shark or the Red Magic Mars, but it offers that much more. It has a stunning 120Hz display, which gamers love. Put the phone on stereo Dolby speakers and you will be able to tweak the performance of games using certain apps. A common theme with gaming phones, the camera isn’t the best. Because it is specifically made for gamers, other functions lose out. But if you are serious about mobile gaming, this may be the phone for you.
The OnePlus 6T if for those who want serious gaming power without the price. It is a great option for those looking for a mid-level option. It has a Snapdragon 845 chipset, which powers some of the most capable smart phones. It will likely be one of the most desirable gaming phones for a while.
With a large 6.41-inch OLED display, it has a resolution of 1080 x 2340. This isn’t as high as some of the competition, but it has an easier time driving internals. It also has a 3,700mAh battery, giving you the battery life you need to game for hours without worrying about charging. The OnePlus 6T also comes with new specs that don’t have to do with gaming, including an in-screen fingerprint scanner.
Whatever you are looking for in a gaming phone, you can find an affordable mobile option. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on an iPhone or an Android. In fact, phones that are made specifically for gaming are a better bet. If you are looking to go all in on a phone made for gaming, it doesn’t have to break the bank. Separating your personal device from a gaming device is another helpful option to make sure you have the speed and screen to make mobile gaming all you want it to be.
The Marvelous Marilyn Maye Received Twelve Standing Ovations At The New York Pops
Karen Akers, Jim Caruso, Tony Danza, Jamie deRoy, Max von Essen, Melissa Errico, Bob Mackie, Susie Mosher, Sidney Myer, Josh Prince, Lee Roy Reams, Rex Reed, Randy Roberts, Mo Rocca , Mark Sendroff, Lee Roy Reams, Brenda Vaccaro and David Zippel were there to see and honor Cabaret legend and Grammy nominee Marilyn Maye. Maye who turns 95 April 10th, made her at Carnegie Hall solo debut last night with The New York Pops, led by Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke.
Maye is a highly praised singer, actress, director, arranger, educator, Grammy nominated recording artist and a musical treasure. Her entire life has been committed to the art of song and performance and it showed with the 12 standing ovations she received.
Maye appeared 76 times on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, she was “discovered” by Steve Allen and had a RCA recording contract, seven albums and 34 singles.
The evening started out with the superlative New York Pops Overture of Mame, which Maye had played the title role.
Next a Cole Porter Medley with “Looking at You,” Concentrate On You,” “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” It’s Alright With Me,””Just One of Those Things,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” and “All of You”. This was Marilyn’s second standing ovation. The first was when she stood on that stage for the first time and the audience was rapturous.
A terrific “It’s Today” from Mame with high flying kicks was the third ovation and wow can that woman kick.
A rainbow medley included “Look To The Rainbow” from Finnian’s Rainbow, the iconic “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” the jazzy “Make Me Rainbows” and of course “The Rainbow Connection.” And with that another standing ovation.
“Put On A Happy Face” from Bye Bye Birdie.
Frank Loesser’s Joey, Joey, Joey brought on a fifth standing ovation. This song was a masterclass in acting and vocal nuance. For that matter every song that comes out of Ms. Maye’s mouth is perfection. Part of the brilliance of this night is her musical director, arranger, and pianist Ted Firth. That man is a genius.
Lerner and Loewe’s “On The Street Where You Live” from My Fair Lady ended the first act with a sixth standing ovation.
The overture from Hello Dolly! and then Cabaret shows Marilyn Maye also starred in opened the second act. The New York Pops sounded phenomenal as always.
“Your Gonna Hear From Me” from “Inside Daisy Clover was an appropriate starter for this next round as the audience got to its feet.
Maye’s most requested song “Guess Who I Saw Today” from New Faces of 1952 was followed by a show stopping “Fifty Percent” from Ballroom and of course another standing ovation.
Her next song was chosen by the Smithsonian Institute to be included in its permanent collection of recordings from the 20th century. Her recording of “Too Late Now” is considered by the Smithsonian to be one of the 110 Best American Compositions of the Twentieth Century and Ms. Maye showed us why and again another standing ovation.
A proclamation from The City of New York read by Steven Reineke to Marilyn Maye made this day Marilyn Maye Day. This treasure cried with joy as she sang Stephen Sondheim’s “I’m Still Here.” Though she forgot some of the lyric, Ms. Maye proved performing is all on the intent and connecting to the audience. Two more standing ovations were added here.
For encores, I was thrilled to hear James Taylor’s “Circle of Life” and “Here’s To Life,” which is my personal favorite, finally going back into “It’s Today” with those high kicks and a twelfth standing ovation. Bravo Ms. Maye!
If you are a singer and do not catch Ms. Maye live, you really do not care about your craft. Last night Ms. Maye made it clear why she’s been celebrated as one of America’s greatest jazz singers for more than 50 years and this was a night I will always remember. Thank-you New York Pops.
Don’t miss the Pop’s 40th Birthday Gala: This One’s For You: The Music Of Barry Manilow on Monday, May 1st. The gala will star Sean Bell, Erich Bergen, Betty Buckley, Charo, Deborah Cox, Danny Kornfeld, Norm Lewis, Melissa Manchester, Zal Owen, Eric Peters, Blake Roman, Billy Stritch, Steven Telsey, Max von Essen, Dionne Warwick, and more to be announced. This will be yet another New York Pop’s Night not to miss.
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The Olivier Awards Return
Celebrate the very best in British theatre in a star-studded evening as the Olivier Awards return to the Royal Albert Hall on April 2nd.
Three-time Olivier Award nominee & Primetime Emmy winner, Hannah Waddingham will be hosting the awards for the first time.
The event will feature performances from all of the Best New Musical nominees, including The Band’s Visit, Standing At The Sky’s Edge, Sylvia and Tammy Faye. Also performing will be Oklahoma! and Sister Act, both nominated for the Best Musical Revival award, as well as Disney’s Newsies, which has been nominated for Matt Cole’s choreography.
The multi-Olivier Award winner The Book of Mormon, will be performing to mark its ten-year anniversary in the West End. Additionally, special award winner Arlene Philips will be honored with a tribute from the cast of Grease.
The ceremony will be broadcast live on Magic Radio from 6pm with Ruthie Henshall and Alice Arnold hosting.
The highlights program will also be aired on ITV1 and ITVX at 10:15 pm in the UK and via Official London Theatre’s YouTube channel elsewhere.
And the nominees are:
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