We downloaded the free app on three different devices: an iPad and an Android-based Google Nexus 7 and Galaxy Note smartphone. It's important to note that performance was generally the same across all of the devices. In a pleasant surprise, the app supported both landscape and portrait mode without a blink. So, what information will you find in the app?
First, there is a guide that will serve up information about pretty much everything in the game. The weapons menu will be a popular destination for those who need to research possible future loadouts. Next you'll find a stats page that will allow you to see how deadly players can be. It will show you kills and scores and will allow you to look up a specific profile. If you want to look up your own character, there's the "my profile" button that will link you to all of your characters. The character sheet shows class, vehicles and weapon certifications as well as planet status. Once you click on the planet you want to see, you'll see a "near real-time" updated map that indicates who is in control of what. There's even a voice chat button that will allow a player to see how his teammates are doing.
The community tab is packed with information. From official news and announcements to actual recorded livestreams to official Tweets from the PlanetSide 2
team, the app provides tons of information that is normally found in several different sources. Sure, a player can open a browser and Twitter client to access all of the same information, but it works and works well
within the app, so there's no excuse to leave it. It's actually surprising how much they packed into the app without the whole thing crashing. The forums are smooth and there are even wallpapers to be downloaded from within the app.
Each device was nearly lag-free with the exception of the map functionality on the weaker Samsung Note phone. You have to download each of the three planet maps before you can access them, but the download is small.
If you find yourself sneaking a glance at the official PlanetSide 2
Twitter feed or website while at work, you can save time and hassle by downloading the PS2
app instead. To download it, search the Google Play store
or the Apple store
. Just try to keep up with those TPS reports
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