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HTC One review: first look

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

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HTC hasn’t made a ground-breaking handset in a few years, but first impressions suggest the HTC One is a welcome return to form.

We’ve been hands-on with the new phone, and the One makes a superb first impression. Its body is constructed entirely from aluminium, with two diamond-cut bands that contain the aerials. The good looks are matched with excellent build quality – the 143g device feels as sturdy as anything Apple or Samsung can muster. (more…)

ZTE Grand X review: first look

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

ZTE Grand XZTE isn’t well known on these shores, as the only handsets we’ve seen from the Chinese firm have been budget efforts like the Skate or Orange-branded devices such as the San Diego. ZTE hopes that’ll change with its Grand X.

First things first: this isn’t a phone to put the Samsung Galaxy S III in its place. For starters, the chipset isn’t anything as powerful as Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 but the weaker, dual-core Tegra 2. There’s also no sign of the hand-stretching panels that now appear in high-end handsets – ZTE has made do with a 4.3in, 540 x 960 screen that’s typically favoured by more modest phones such as the HTC One S and Sony Xperia P. We certainly spotted some pixels, but the screen is bright, vivid and usable. (more…)

Could you swap broadband for a smartphone?

Monday, March 5th, 2012

I’ve recently moved into a new place, and amid the excitement of unpacking, assembling flat-pack furniture incorrectly, buying an ironing board and putting furniture together the right way round, I’ve not yet signed up with a broadband provider.
I know, sounds awful. But here’s the thing: in the short-term, at least, I’ve barely noticed.
It’s a revelation that shocked news editor Nicole Kobie, but I’ve got by using my smartphone tethered to my PC along with 3’s The One Plan, which famously offers unlimited data.
The connection isn’t remotely as quick as proper broadband, of course, but it’s fine for most things: browsing, IM, tweeting, even streaming music over Spotify and YouTube, as long as I let videos pre-load.
I’ve not needed to download any large files, although I don’t think I’d want to download an 8GB game on Steam for fear of 3 ringing me up and asking what on earth I’d been doing. High-quality streams, such as BBC’s iPlayer, are also out of the question, and I can’t update my PS3, although that’s not yet stopped me playing any games.
Steam, streaming media and large file downloads are the reasons I’ll be setting up my proper broadband as soon as possible, but many people never do any of these things with their PC – indeed, plenty of people probably do little more than browse and check their email.
It sounds odd, but many users almost certainly need little more than a smartphone’s web connection to use the internet on their PCs – and that means they could sign up to a contract and forego a broadband provider altogether. Take a look at the phones available on The One Plan for less than £30 a month right now: the HTC Desire S, Samsung Galaxy Ace and Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc immediately stand out, and would instantly eliminate home broadband costs entirely.
The eventual arrival of 4G will bring better speed to mobiles, even if 3 wants to trick its customers into thinking slightly quicker 3G is deserving of the new nomenclature, and who knows – by the time that rolls around the streaming video and downloading that’s currently out of reach of a smartphone might be as easy as browsing is right now.
The home phone has already fallen by the wayside for many people – could the router be next, too?

Sony Ericsson Xperia ArcI’ve recently moved into a new place, and amid the excitement of unpacking, assembling flat-pack furniture incorrectly, buying an ironing board and putting furniture together the right way round, I’ve not yet signed up with a broadband provider.

I know, sounds awful. But here’s the thing: in the short-term, at least, I’ve barely noticed.

It’s a revelation that shocked news editor Nicole Kobie, but I’ve got by using my smartphone tethered to my PC along with 3’s The One Plan, which famously offers unlimited data. (more…)

HTC one X review: first look

Monday, February 27th, 2012

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HTC has been producing some solid phones of late, but they haven’t been all that sleek or sexy. That all looks to be changing, though, with the latest range of phones – the HTC one series – launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The range is headed by the HTC one X, a smartphone that borrows more than one design cue from the Nokia Lumia 800. It’s built from a single, sleek chunk of polycarbonate (the same stuff used in ice hockey helmets according to one HTC spokesman). It has ‘micro-drilled’ speaker perforations and its 4.7in Gorilla Glass screen is even turned over at the edges like the Lumia’s.

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Apple vs Google: the clash of the cowards

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

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Google’s motto may be “don’t be evil” — but when it comes to confronting Apple, it seems “see no evil” is the rule.

For while Apple has been unleashing a patent war against manufacturers of Android devices such as HTC and Samsung, Google has – publicly at least – turned a blind eye, appearing less keen to rock the boat than the captain of the QE2.

Apple has hardly qualified for the George Cross either, picking its fights with licensees rather than Google itself, even though many of the disputed patents appear to relate directly to Android.

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HTC Radar review: first look

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

HTC RadarHTC used a swanky London event to unleash its second generation of Windows Phone 7 devices and, while it was the Titan taking most of the plaudits on the night, the Radar could prove to be just as enticing.

The firm’s European product director, Phil Blair, said the Radar was “designed around a social and mobile lifestyle”, and our hands-on time with the device certainly suggested that it’s got enough oomph to make Windows Phone 7’s Mango update feel slick, with no hint of slowdown or juddering as we navigated the various menus and applications. (more…)

HTC Titan review: first look

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

titan1HTC has given its phones some odd names over the years, but there’s no denying that Titan is a step in the right direction (even if it is the second time HTC has released a Windows phone of that name). It’s certainly an  accurate description: with a 4.7in touchscreen taking centre stage in HTC’s new Windows Phone 7 flagship, it’s one of the biggest smartphones we’ve ever seen – and the largest to be loaded with Microsoft’s mobile OS.

Truth be told, the sheer size of the Titan made it feel a little awkward in our hands, but HTC has worked its familiar magic on the hardware.

The device feels rock-solid, it comes with the familiar matte rear and glossy bezel around the screen, and it’s also been made from one machined piece of aluminium. Impressively, it’s also only 9.9mm thick at its widest point. (more…)

Is HTC losing its magic touch?

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

HTC SensationAndroid had an inauspicious start in life but, when Google’s open source OS began to gather steam, HTC was first onto the bandwagon with a series of superb phones.

Handsets like the Magic and the Hero – which was my first smartphone – were followed up by phones like the Desire and the Legend, with the former providing the slickest Android experience we’d yet seen and the latter boasting some of HTC’s most experimental design.

However, HTC’s firm grip on the Android scene has been shaken by an influx of eager competitors as Android itself has risen to prominence. Samsung has led the charge with its Galaxy S and Galaxy S II handsets, but other manufacturers have also made waves: we’re fans of Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Arc and Play, and the LG Optimus 2XMotorola’s Atrix is also garnering plenty of attention.

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HTC Wildfire S review: first look

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

HTC Wildfire S

In the last of our HTC first looks at Mobile World Congress (HTC’s Facebook phones – the Chacha and the Salsa, alas, weren’t available for us to glad-hand), we’ll be taking a look at the cheap and cheerful HTC Wildfire S, the successor to the popular HTC Wildfire.

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HTC Incredible S review: first look

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

HTC Incredible S

If there’s one negative thing you can say about the design of HTC phones over the past couple of years, it’s that — aside from the odd blip — they’ve become stuck in a bit of an aesthetic rut. The Incredible S, however, could be the phone to jolt HTC out of its stupor and get it headed off in another direction.

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