Just like you (if you are), I am also one of those Pinoy Android users who have been waiting for the Pokemon Go to be officially released and to go live here in the Philippines since it first came out in Australia and New Zealand almost two weeks ago. I even downloaded and tried an apk version of the game (though I don't recommend doing it) to see what I can expect from this Pokemon Go and that made me even more excited about it. So while we wait excitely and frustratingly at the same time, let me share you some of the "Pokemon Go Starter Gear" I already prepared for this game so far. Honestly, I was really not sure what to can this post, hehehe, but here it is. Let's get started!
1. SMARTPHONE: Very obvious right? Thankfully, Pokemon Go is not really a very demanding and power-hungry mobile game. But of course, the better your phone is the more awesome the gaming experience is going to be.
According to the Pokemon Go's official Google Play page, the game is optimized for smartphones and not tablets, compatible with devices that have at least 2GB of RAM and running on Android 4.4 Kitkat or higher. However, that same webpage also says that compatibility requirements may change anytime. So for this, I will be using my Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5 S smartphone.
In case you are not aware of it yet, the new Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5 S sports 3GB of RAM, my unit is now upgraded to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (from Android 5.0 Lollipop), it is also powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, has dual-SIM slots and both support up to LTE cellular data connectivity and a big 3000mAh battery pack. You can read my review of this device here. I also have a Zenfone Max, but this Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5 S is the perfect candidate for me right now for maximum gaming experience. But I will still carry my Max since it has a much bigger 5000mAh battery inside it and most of all it can also serve as a powerbank, which is pretty helpful when I am already out there is the wild catching Pokemon after a little while running my phone's battery low.
2. POWERBANK: Speaking of battery and power, playing Pokemon Go means going outside of our house, walking around nearby places, hence the name Pokemon Go. This also means that we are not within the reach of power outlets most (if not all) of the time. So having a powerbnak with us on the go is a smart move while you we are on a Pokemon hunt spree.
In addition to my Zenfone Max, I will also be bringing with me my Asus ZenPower powerbank that has a massive 10050mAh capacity. This will ensure my smartphone to keep on running all day long with the screen and 4G LTE data connectivity turned on.
Another reason why I am choosing this Asus ZenPower as my powerbank companion is that it is very compact and pocketable, if you will. It is only as wide as a normal credit card, as you can see in my image above. This definitely will not take so much space in my pocket. One reason for you to get it in addition to what I have already said, if you don't have one yet, is that it is very afforable - just Php795 to own one. To learn more about Asus ZenPower 10050mAh powerbank, you can check out my quick review here.
3. DATA PACKAGE: Next in the list is the data package. I assume, by now you are already aware that this Pokemon Go game should be played while connected to the internet. Unfotunately, mobile internet is the best option we have out side of our offices and houses and not WiFi connections. Fortunately though, both Globe and Smart offers very affordable and great prepaid mobile data plans. If you are on postpaid plan and data is included already, I think this part should be okay with you. But for prepaid users like me, I rely on these cheap data bundles from either Smart or Globe all of the time.
Very recently, Smart just launched the GIGASURF 50 that basically offers 1GB of data for Php50 pesos and valid for three days.
On top of the 1GB data which you can definitely use on almost anything online such as for browsing, streaming, accessing apps and playing games, you also get additional free 300MB that can be used for video and music streaming on Spinnr, YouTube, Vimeo, Daily Motion and iFlix. So you if you want to add a little background music while you're catching 'em all, you can. Read more about Smart GigaSurf 50 here. To register, send GIGA50 to 9999.
For Globe users, there's also a nice prepaid data bundle for you with GoSurf 50 that also comes with 1GB of data and more. Right off the bat, GoSurf 50 is for only Php50 and good for three days, much like Smart's GigaSurf 50. It also has the same 1GB offering where 700MB of it can be used for accessing any websites, blogs, and apps, then the remaining 300MB is for accessing "free content" as per Globe Telecom's description like Facebook, Viber, SnapChat, Spotify Basic, YouTube, Clash of Clans, Clash Royale and DailyMotion. But unlike Smart GigaSurf 50, this Globe GoSurf 50 comes with unlimited all-net text package. All for 3 days for only Php50. to register simply send GS50 to 8888 or dial *143# on your mobile phone. GoSurf507D is also available for the same asking price valid for 7 days, but instead of 700MB, you get 350MB with same free content in tow.
The GigaSurf 50 and GoSurf 50 are just two of the best prepaid data bundles we can subscribe to right now, there are some others to choose from too. You can visit their respective websites and Facebook pages to learn more.
4. CAP, FOOTWEAR, and SHADES: Our get up should also be close to being a Pokemon trainer, I think. I am most likely to do it during the day, and here in Davao City it is mostly sunny day here than is is rainy and cloudy. So having a nice pair of cap and shades will definitely help me a lot more capturing those nearby Pokemons under the sun comfortably. I don't have the photos of them yet, because I am still to buy them in a day or two (any good sugegstions?), because I am feeling the Philippine release of Pokemon Go is just right around the corner. And since I am going to be walking a lot especially when hatching eggs, I am also gonna be needing my running shoes or probably a very light and durable pair of flipflops. Those are in my list too.
5. BONUS: If you own a bike, that would be a lot easier for you to travel around while looking for Pokemon. When hatching Pokemon eggs, users need to walk a certain number of miles, biking can be of help here if you don't want to walk that far to hatch your eggs. But just be careful of your speed, I read somewhere that if you go too fast, the egg won't hatch. Your speed should be close to that of walking or running I think. I will need to double check this if it's also the same case here in the Philippines.
And most of all, be mindful of your surroundings when walking around with your Pokemon Go app running on your smartphone and you looking at it. Be mindful of the manholes, other people walking, and cars passing by. Don't try to catch Pokemon while you are driving, not a good idea. Always check your surroundings every now and then and try to avoid accidents as much as possible. Safety of everybody is far more important than catching some rare and legendary Pokemons.
I think with those I mentioned above in mind, you and I are now ready for our ultimate Pokemon catching adventure. If you also have some tips and suggestions about anything related to this game before start playing Pokemon Go, please don't hesitate to use the comment section below and share your thouths and ideas.
For now... we go back to waiting mode.
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