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18
Nov
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HTC offering 50% off accessories in latest Hot Deals promotion


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Need to stock up on some accessories for your HTC smartphone or tablet? You’re in luck!  HTC is offering 50% off accessories through its website today as part of its weekly Hot Deals promotion.

If you’re considering grabbing any of these you’ll want to act fast. The first two promotions went over like crazy and HTC was quick to sell through the allotted product. These, too, are limited to a set quantity but we don’t know how many are available. But, this is the real deal from HTC and not a third party knockoff.

Some of these would even make great stocking stuffers, regardless of which smartphone your friend or family member owns!

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17
Nov
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HTC Desire Eye review: The selfie lover dream phone


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There is no question that we live in a self-indulged generation that is in love with capturing pictures of themselves and sharing them online. We have seen a number of manufacturers try to capitalize on that trend this year, but HTC’s Desire Eye might be the best attempt. By offering a 13 megapixel front-facing camera with dual LED flash, it has to be a selfie lover’s dream. It’s not all about selfies however. Even the most narcissistic person has to do something else with their phone at some point right? In other words, is the Desire Eye good for only one thing or is it that perfect all around phone that selfie lovers have been craving?

Design

The Desire series is generally earmarked for low to mid-range devices, so you can’t expect flagship materials such as metal. However, even before HTC was using metal, they always had great quality with their plastics. The One X from 2012 was one of the finest devices at its time, and there was no metal on it. The Desire Eye reminds me a lot of that phone. It’s all plastic, but it fees very solid and far from cheap. I know that’s a cliche, but it’s true.

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By adding a two tone look with the sides being red or blue, it adds a fashionable look to it. Ever since the One X, HTC has been making phones that cause people to say, “What phone is that?” The Desire Eye doesn’t scream Rolex like the One (M7) and One (M8) do, but it’s bold and has a classy look.

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BoomSound also gets a change in that the speakers are finally lower profile and don’t take up as much space. The speakers are barely noticeable, sitting at the top and bottom of the display. Because of this, the lower bezel is much smaller than the One (M8), but unfortunately that didn’t translate into the top bezel, which is actually larger than the One (M8). I presume it has to do with the higher quality camera and LED dual flash.

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Another nice touch is the dedicated shutter button for the camera. You can still use the on screen display, but the shutter button does give you the feeling you are using a real point and shoot.

My only complaint is the phone is a little slippery, which is a big pet peeve of mine. It’s not so overly slippery that I couldn’t live with it, but it’s noticeable. Also slightly different is the placement of the power button. They chose to place it on the side, as opposed to the top on their One (M7) and One (M8) flagships. Not a big deal, but it’s below the volume rocker, which generally isn’t the norm. I find myself tapping on the volume button a lot when trying to turn it on. However, you can always double knock the display to wake the phone, but I just can’t get into the habit of doing that.

Hardware

The Desire Eye features a 5.2-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) IPS LCD display at 424 ppi, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for an extra 128 GB of additional storage, 13 MP BSI rear camera with aperture of f/2.0, 28 mm lens, and dual LED flash, 13 MP front-facing camera with aperture of f/2.2, 22 mm lens and dual LED flash, BoomSound stereo speakers, IPX7 certified (dust proof and water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes), nano SIM, and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n dual band.

Radios

2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – all versions

3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – Asia, HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 – AT&T, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 – EMEA, TD-SCDMA 1900 / 2100 – Asia

4G Network LTE 700 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 (Bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 28), TD-LTE 1900 / 2300 / 2500 / 2600 (Bands 38, 39, 40, 41), LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100, (Bands 2, 4, 5, 17, 29) – AT&T, LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2600, (Bands 3, 7, 8, 20) – EMEA

Performance

It’s hard to believe that packing a Snapdragon 801 and 2 GB of RAM is considered mid-range these days, but the Desire Eye doesn’t feel mid-range. It’s pretty smooth out of the box and if the upcoming Lollipop update is everything it’s cracked up to be, this is more than enough phone for most people.

The display sports the same 1080p resolution as the One (M8), but it’s also a little bigger, 5.2-inches vs 5-inches. However, it doesn’t appear that it’s using the same Super LCD 3 display found on the One (M8). An obvious move to keep costs down. I found it to be adequate with decent colors and viewing angles.

As I mentioned earlier, the BoomSound speakers are barely noticeable. So much that I remember people at the launch event saying, “No BoomSound?” You may not realize they are there by looking at the device, but trust me, you will when you your start playing music or a video. In case you’re aren’t familiar with BoomSound, it’s HTC’s marketing term for their front-facing stereo speakers. HTC was ahead of the curve when they added them a couple of years ago, and we love this newer lower profile implementation. The sound is simply stunning.

Battery

Although a bigger phone, the Desire Eye’s battery is a little smaller than the One (M8)’s, 2400 mAh vs 2600 mAh. Powering a larger display could make a dramatic difference, but my results didn’t show that. In my video rundown test in which I loop continuous video while the display is set to 2/3′s brightness and the phone is connected to 4G LTE, I was able to get 10 hours and 54 minutes. The One (M8) yielded 11 hours and 40 minutes in the same exact test. So as you can see, it’s not that far off. Now you won’t be running video all the time, so how about a typical day? With moderate use, you should have no problem getting through the entire day without having to charge it. If you’re a heavy user, you might find it a little more difficult.

Software

The majority of the software is the same as what is on the One (M8) so I won’t go into too much detail. What you essentially have is Sense 6 on top of Android 4.4. Sense is probably my favorite version of the Android skins, but it’s still far from stock Android.

What is different is the Eye Experience software, which is now available on all One (M8) devices and coming to the One (M7). That means the Desire Eye doesn’t offer anything unique in terms of software when compared to the One (M8). If anything, it’s lacking in that it doesn’t offer Zoe, well at least the original version of Zoe that debuted on the One (M7). Zoe always referred to the ability to capture up to 20 burst images and video at the same time, but now Zoe just refers to Video Highlights, which takes all your pictures and videos and puts them together into a short movie. It’s just another example of HTC confusing consumers here. I’m not sure if the original Zoe will still exist in the future, but the Desire Eye cannot capture 20 images and a few seconds of video at the same time like the One (M7) and One (M8) can. Since the Eye has the same processor as the One (M8), it’s obviously more than capable of handling it, so I am thinking they might be dropping the feature since they didn’t include it here.

The Eye Experience does offer a few cool things like the ability to make a Photo Booth collage with your selfies, but unfortunately it’s not available to the rear camera. There’s also the ability to share your screen during Skype or Hangouts video calls. It even tracks your face. The rest of the Eye Experience seems more gimmicky than anything else. For example, you can now capture audio and video utilizing both the front and rear camera, but Samsung has been offering that for a couple of years now. The fact that the Desire Eye front-facer is 13 MP makes it a little better since both lenses can grab 1080p video, but still. Crop Me in is interesting in that you can grab a live image of yourself from the front camera and place it anywhere on the background that the rear camera is shooting. Basically, adding a nice background scene. For whatever reason, HTC hasn’t rolled this feature out yet so I couldn’t test it. If you can add it to existing photos, it makes sense. If not, why not just turn around and take a selfie? Face Fusion is the ability to “fuse” two faces together. I’m not sure why anyone would want to do that. Supposedly it will help couples figure out what their child will look like. Seriously? Leave that stuff to third party apps if people want them.

Camera

HTC_Desire_Eye_Back_Rear_Camera_Dual_LED_Flash_TAHTC_Desire_Eye_Front_Facing_Camera_Dual_LED_Flash_Closer_TANow we get to heart of the Desire Eye. The camera, or shall I say cameras? It seems as through HTC has abandoned UltraPixel since it never proved to offer all that much of an improvement while sacrificing megapixels. The rear camera sports a 13 megapixel BSI sensor with a 28 mm lens and an aperture of f/2.0. The front facer also sports a 13 megapixel BSI sensor, but it gets a 22 mm lens along with an aperture of f/2.2. Both lenses are wide angle and can record at 1080p. Unfortunately HTC chose not to include optical image stabilization (OIS), which is a big red flag.

The actual camera software is just like the One (M8) in that it’s straightforward for the average user that just wants to point and shoot, but it also offers a tremendous amount of customization with the settings. You can also save these settings, making it easier to revert back to them at anytime. The only feature that the Desire Eye is lacking is the Zoe Camera feature, which I already mentioned in the software section.

As far as the quality of photos goes, the Desire Eye performs well in bright light and in action shots, but the lack of optical image stabilization shows in lower light situations. The results are actually quite similar to the DROID Turbo in that color representation on the photos is pretty good, but there is too much noise. The front facer suffers the same issues, but those who take selfies often will love the fact that they can be captured with higher resolution. It’s pretty remarkable when you think that the Desire Eye front-facing camera can capture more megapixels than the One (M8) rear camera. All in all, I think moving away from UltraPixel was the right decision, but not including optical image stabilization alienates those that regard camera quality high on their list. On one hand, HTC offers two very nice cameras with dual LED flash, but then strips it with an important feature in OIS. It doesn’t make sense to me, but I am not the manufacturer.

Here are some examples from both the front facer and rear facer in a variety of situations.

Selfie – Outdoors

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Selfie – Low Light

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Outdoors

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Action

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Low Light

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Closing

The Desire Eye offers a really nice design and something you won’t find on other smartphones, a 13 MP front-facing camera with dual LED flash. The rest of the device offers nothing more than most other smartphones. If selfies are your thing, you probably won’t find a better phone, but I guess you have to ask yourself if you really need the pixels? I happened to take a family selfie on my vacation with the One  (M8) that came out beautiful. I never wished it had more megapixels. Since selfies are more than likely going to be closeup shots, you generally don’t need the extra megapixels to crop. However, I will say that the Desire Eye has inspired my selfie creativity, which I am not sure is a good thing. Plus, it does offer dual LED flash for those that like to use it.

The bottom line is that the Desire Eye is a solid phone for $149. It’s obviously not the best phone on the market, but it’s not trying to be. Yes it caters to the selfie-centric crowd, but you don’t need to be in that crowd to enjoy the benefits.

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16
Nov
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HTC Google Play Edition phones getting Android Lollipop ‘next week’



HTC Google Play Edition phones getting Android LollipopNow that the Nexus devices have started receiving their update to Android Lollipop, the focus has no shifted to their stock Android brethren, the Google Play Edition (GPE) devices. Although these devices have to be updated by their respective manufacturers, the GPE devices still get their updates quite soon after the Nexus devices. And sure enough, we already have a pretty good idea of when the HTC GPE devices are getting Android Lollipop, after the HTC VP of Product Management, Mo Versi, pretty explicitly confirmed in a series of tweets that HTC is aiming to update its two GPE, the HTC One M8 and M7, by next week.

That’s a pretty quick turnaround for HTC, who is no doubt also rushing to get Android Lollipop onto the One M8 running Sense 6.0. And despite the fact we haven’t heard word about the other GPE devices, we think it’s a pretty safe bet to expect the other devices to update in about the same timeframe. All the same, we’ll just have to see what happens next week, though we have a feeling some HTC GPE device owners will be pretty happy by the end of it.

What do you think about the HTC Google Play Edition phones getting Android Lollipop? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Twitter (1), (2) via Phone Arena


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16
Nov
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Amazon offering ‘lightning’ deal selling the Nexus 9 for $50 off!


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The Nexus 9, Google’s high-end tablet of 2014 is now available on Amazon to purchase for just $349.99 ($50 off the normal price of $399.99). The offer is only available to customers in the United States and on the 16 GB indigo black. 

The link to the sale page can be viewed here.

Via: GSM Arena


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Nov
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Google Nexus 9 Review


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Google has taken both their tablets, the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, and combined them into a single powerhouse. The Nexus 9, which Google debuted on October 15th alongside the Nexus 6 and Android 5.0 Lollipop, is a top of the line device due to its killer hardware and build quality. The Nexus 9 doesn’t have all the extra features, but it does come with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, the 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, and 2 GB of RAM to power it all. Let’s jump right into the Google Nexus 9 review.

 

Design

The Nexus 9 has three color options available: indigo black, lunar white,and sand. It also has two storage options: 16 or 32 GB. There is an LTE version available, but it is only available in indigo black with 32 GB of storage. The device I have is the 16 GB indigo black version.

This Google tablet is constructed by HTC, who is well-known for their premium design quality on their One series. With a first glance at this device, you can tell that it is made by HTC, but it still has the familiarity of a Nexus device. The Nexus 9 comes with an 8.9 inch display in a 4:3 ratio, that I think makes the tablet easier and more enjoyable to hold.

 

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The Nexus 9 is a very solidly built device, and that is due to the surrounding chassis that is constructed of metal. It is squared off, yet slightly angled towards the display away from the back of the device. Coming in at 7.8 mm thick, it gives enough real-estate to rest your fingers on comfortably without touching the bezels and accidentally touching the display.

 

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On the right side of the frame are both the power button and volume rockers. HTC did a great job of hiding the buttons, and it makes the edge look seamless. This is both good and bad. While it makes the device look as sleek as ever, it also is a chore to find which button to press. Since the buttons are near flush with the chassis of the device, it tough to know if you are on the volume rockers or power button until you press them.

The back of the device has the classic Nexus soft-touch feel that can be seen on previous Google devices. While it is a fingerprint magnet, it is definitely worth it. The soft-touch back makes the device very easy to hold without the fear of dropping it.

 

 

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Display

Google has stepped up their display quality in 2014. The Nexus 9 packs an 8.9 inch IPS display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536. The ppi for this device comes in at 281, which is higher than Apple’s iPad Air 2 at 264 ppi

 

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The display which is a 4:3 ratio, looks its best when it is showing dark content, especially while watching movies. Since the device doesn’t have a 16:9 ratio, videos will naturally have black bars on the top and bottom of the video to compensate for the extra space. Darker games and movies look amazing on the Nexus 9, but once content has brighter and flashier graphics, the display doesn’t pop as well.

Aside from content, Android 5.0 Lollipop takes full advantage of the display and everything Google branded looks great and very crisp. You can tell that the Google-based apps are optimized for the 4:3 ratio.

While the Nexus 9 excels at displaying darker content and its own operating system, it also is very good at displaying text. The IPS display isn’t very bright or saturated, so it makes it easier on the eyes while reading.

 

Sound

This category is just for this device, since the Nexus 9 is HTC made. The Nexus 9 features HTC’s own BoomSound speakers on the front panel of the device, one on the bottom and one on the top to create a stereo effect. Front-facing speakers have been one of the more popular features to come on devices since HTC made it popular, and for good reason.

 

Speaker

 

Front-facing speakers is a feature I think all devices, especially tablets need to have. I am glad Google included this, and they are loud. The sound is very crisp, even at loud volumes. Mids and highs come through very well, and low-end/bass is better than average. When bass gets too low, it drones out, but that is expected from such small speakers.

My only complaint about the speakers on the Nexus 9 is that they are sunk down into the front of the device. As you can see in the picture, it leads to dust being caught in the speaker grill.

 

Performance

This tablet sports top-notch specifications that render the device ‘future proof’. Google went with the 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 dual-core processor that is clocked at 2.3 GHz. It’s supported by 2 GB of RAM and the all-new Android 5.0 Lollipop.

This is a stock-Android device, so there is no bloatware, just pre-installed Google apps. There is nothing this device can’t handle. On all my previous Android devices, I always tend to modify the animations speed in the developer options and set it at .5x, but this is the only device I decided against it.With the updated Android OS, navigation is as smooth as ever and transitions are always at a high frame rate.

I found myself using the multitasking button more than ever due to how smooth Android 5.0 Lollipop is on the Nexus 9. It is quick and painless switching between apps, and like I stated earlier, the animations and transitions make it everything more enjoyable.

The device does take a little longer to open and close heavier apps/games such as games like Leo’s Fortune. When more screen-intensive apps are open, expect the processor to get warm. It isn’t anything too outrageous.

 

Battery

The Nexus 9 sports a modest 6700 mAh battery that can travel the distance, but it also can be underwhelming. The battery life will definitely be determined on how you use this device, which can be said for all devices.

One thing the device has going for it in the battery department is the excellent standby time. While I consistently use my tablet, it is left to idle the majority of the time during my busy schedule (working, sleeping, and going to school). I will lose around 1-2% over a 8-10 hour period, which is very good.

While the standby time is great, I expected more optimization due to the new ART run-time and the latest 5.0 update. I will give Google a beak on the Nexus 9, due to the fact that Lollipop just got released, and more updates will ensue. Not only did battery life not live up to my expectations, the charging time is the worst part. It regularly takes hours to charge the device, especially if you are down on the 10-15% range.

I can expect around 4-6 hours of screen on time with normal to heavier usage on one charge. Once I start pushing the Tegra K1, there is a steep drop in battery life. Below are some battery statistics screenshots from my device.

 

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Conclusion

Overall, this tablet is one of the best Android tablets I’ve seen, and is the only one to offer a pure Android experience. If you are an Android-enthusiast there is no question; this is the device you want. Between the awesome Tegra K1 processor and prompt updates, you can’t go wrong.

There is not an area that the device falls behind the competition, and the majority of things that are wrong with it are very fixable via software updates. Android 5.0 Lollipop brings the ultimate Android experience with some bugs, but it is still fairly new. I expect the performance of the Nexus 9 only to improve. Google has brought me back into the tablet world with how well this device performs and I would definitely recommend the Nexus 9 to anyone.

If you are in the market for a tablet, this one won’t come at the cheapest price. The 16 GB version is $399.99, the 32 GB version is $479.99, and the LTE version is $599.99.


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15
Nov
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HTC One M8 For $299 Unlocked Via HTC Hot Deals


Well HTC is back with their new deal for the week. After the excitement (and disappointment) from the last deal in which they sold the HTC Nexus 9 for 50% in a matter of minutes we hope this week the deals will flow smoothly. So what does HTC have in store this week. The HTC One M8 of course. For this HTC Hot Deal of the week HTC will offer the One M8 on any carrier or unlocked for $299. That means you can get a brand new HTC One M8 off contract for $299 which is one hell of a deal. You will save $350 off the regular price.

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Sadly you will have to be quick with the F5 button for this one as HTC has only set 200 units aside at this price. After the 200 units sell out the next 300 individuals will get the HTC One M8 for $399. That still gives you a savings of $250 but who are we kidding we all want that $299 price. So hit up the link down below and try to snag one of the 200 $299 HTC One M8’s. Good luck!

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15
Nov
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Android 5.0 Lollipop Targeted for HTC One M7 and M8 GPE Devices Next Week



HTC has been working pretty furiously to provide timely updates to their devices to the latest Android OS builds available. With Android 5.0 Lollipop HTC stated that they would have updates starting within 90 days of the publicly available OS from Google. It has only been a week and a number of manufacturers have already started to push updates out. Motorola being one and NVIDIA with the Shield Tablet on the 18th being another. Lastnight a target timeline was tweeted out by HTC’s vice president of product management, Mo Versi.

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He makes note that the GPE HTC devices are targeted to get their hands on Android 5.0 Lollipop updates early next week. It is just a target timeline, so things could go south and not be ready though. It shouldn’t be all that surprising since Google Play Edition devices are more or less stock Google OS versions of flagship devices. It is still good to see them getting into the mix so quickly regardless.

Anyone out there sporting a GPE One M8 or HTC One M7 ready to see the official update?

Source: Twitter Via Phandroid


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Nov
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Sprint Buyer’s Guide for Android (November 2014)


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In the hunt for a new smartphone from Sprint? Regardless of whether you’re buying your first Android or upgrading for the fourth time there’s something for everyone. And, as you might suspect, Ma Bell has plenty to choose from. In fact, counting variations, there are roughly two dozen models to choose from today.

As the last of the big four carriers to adopt Android, Sprint is doing a bang-up job in supporting the platform. It seems we’re constantly hearing about an exclusive model or head start on the competition.

Defining high-end

Today’s top Androids feature big, gorgeous displays, fantastic high-resolution cameras, and lots of memory. Toss in some quad-core and octa-core processors and some killer high capacity batteries and you’ve got mobile devices that would rival your computer from just a few years back.nexus6_chargerAs 2014 draws to a close and we look at the hardware from late model Androids it’s not uncommon to find screens hovering at 5-inches or larger. Thanks to ever-shrinking bezels we have phones with massive displays that also happen to fit comfortably in our hand. And, they’re not only big, but they’re sharp, too. Resolutions across the the top models are 1080p and higher. For what it’s worth, we’re starting to get our first glimpses of 2K and Ultra HD screens. It can be argued that average users cannot discern much beyond 720p/1080p on such a small device.

If you’re not coming to the table with at least a quad-core processor and 2GB RAM then you’re not going to sit at the big boy’s table. Most of the bleeding edge stuff you’ll find today comes with 3GB memory and chipsets of around 2.3GHz – 2.7GHz.

Storage capacities, for the most part, haven’t moved forward quite as quickly as other areas. You’ll still routinely find 16GB and 32GB models in most models though some are creeping into the 64GB space. Given that many handsets offer external storage via microSD cards it should matter little where you start out – especially if cost is a factor.

Another important factor in determining a smartphone purchase is the version of Android. Typically, it’s a simple case of “the newer the phone, the newer the operating system”. Today’s most recent phones are powered by Android 4.4.4 KitKat but anything running at least 4.4 should suffice for the average person. You will still find an occasional straggler, though, running something older.

Flagships & Exclusives

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Launched in October, this is Samsung’s annual plus-sized experience. Thanks to the release time-frame, these are typically a step-up from the Galaxy S series of smartphones. Standout specs include 32GB storage, a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, 3GB RAM, an S Pen stylus, and a 3220mAh battery. Sprint | Best Buy
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: The first device of its kind, Samsung’s plus-sized smartphone is the best of the Note series with some extra ticker-width screen on the side. Sprint | Best Buy
  • Samsung Galaxy S5: Released in spring 2014, it’s the most popular series of Android models to date. Hardware includes a 5.1-inch display, 16-megapixel camera, 16GB storage, and a 2800mAh battery. Sprint | Best Buy
  • LG G3: LG’s increasingly popular family of phones, this one is unique in that it features rear button configuration under the camera. Sprint | Best Buy
  • Google Nexus 6: Motorola’s take on the annual Google flagship experience, the 6-inch handset runs the latest version of Android (5.0) and offers users plenty of battery and top-notch power. Sprint | Amazon
  • HTC One M8: Perhaps the oldest model in this list, HTC’s flagship handset received very high marks for its build quality and toned-down custom UI. Often cheaper than others in the group, it’s still plenty of bang for the buck.  Sprint | Best Buy
  • HTC One M8 Harman/Kardon edition: A beefed up audio experience with Clari-Fi technology and LiveStage enhancing your listening enjoyment. Sprint | Best Buy
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport: A variation of the flagship with pre-installed apps based around the more active user. Dirt and water resistant, it comes in a pair of alternate colors. Sprint | Best Buy

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Mid-range

While not always the case, the mid-range Android is typically made up of last year’s top models. This is not to suggest, however, that there’s not a one-off model or variation that sneaks in every once in a while. Specs, as you can imagine, are often a step below. Processors, cameras, and batteries are sometimes the key difference though many of them also feature a screen resolution of 720p or 1080p. What follows what could be considered some of Sprint middle-of-the-pack handsets.

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  • LG G2: One of LG’s breakout devices over the last few years, the smartphone was the first to employ the rear button setup. Killer hardware and a refined UI make this one hard to resist even a year later. Sprint | Best Buy
  • LG G Flex: The first smartphone from LG to offer the curved display; six inch screen and a 3500mAh battery make it big and long-lasting. Sprint | Best Buy
  • HTC One (M7): The flagship model that kicked off HTCs current signature look, the phone offers plenty of bang for not much buck. And, thanks to a promised Android 5.0 update, it’s a great bargain with longer term appeal.  Sprint | Best Buy
  • HTC One Max: The plus-sized approach to the 2013 flagship HTC handset line, it comes with a 5.9-inch screen and 32GB internal storage. Sprint | Best Buy
  • Sharp AQUOS Crystal: With an edgeless 5-inch HD display and a quad-core CPU, the Sharp is quite a bit more power for the money than what you’ll find from other brands. The 1.5GB RAM and 2040mAh battery are par for the course in today’s mid-range. Sprint | Best Buy
  • Samsung Galaxy S4: One of the most popular smartphones of all time, this one is offered in a variety of colors.  Features include a 5-inch display, 16GB storage, and a quad-core CPU. Sprint | Best Buy
  • HTC One E8: What happens when you take the flagship One M8 and tap it with a polycarbonate body? You end up with a lower-cost version with very respectable internal hardware. Sprint | Best Buy
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3: As the plus-sized Samsung flagship from 2013, its quad-core CPU and camera make it a moderately strong device one year later. Sprint | Best Buy

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HTC to roll out Eye Experience update to Canadian One (M8) tomorrow


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Mo Versi, HTC’s Vice President of Product Management, has today announced via Twitter that the Taiwanese company will start rolling out the much-anticipated Android 4.4.4 Eye Experience update to all Rogers, TELUS and Bell-branded variants of its flagship smartphone, the One M8, located in Canada, starting tomorrow, November 11.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

System Improvements:

  • Radio stability improvement
  • Transition improvements

Eye Experience Implementation:

  • Split Capture
  • Crop-Me-In
  • Photo Booth
  • Auto Selfie
  • Voice Selfie
  • Swipe-To-Switch
  • Video Face Tracking
  • Live Makeup
  • Video Screen Sharing

Application Improvements:

  • Camera stability
  • Video highlight stability
  • Zoe 1.0

At 9:00am (PST) tomorrow, you should be able to initiate the upgrade manually. To do this, make sure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network. Then, from the home screen, press the Menu key, followed by Settings. Scroll to the bottom and tap ‘About Device’, followed by ‘Software Update and ‘Update Now’.

Source: Twitter

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HTC One (M9) to be unveiled at MWC next year with some stellar specs


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According to a report published by the International Business Times earlier today, HTC is expected to unveil the successor to its current flagship smartphone, the One (M8), at next year’s Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, Spain.

The handset, dubbed the One (M9), is rumored to feature some pretty impressive specifications, including a 5.2-inch 2K AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels, a Snapdragon 805 CPU, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage (expendable up to 128GB via microSD) and IP67 certification.

Similar to all of HTC’s recent flagships, the device will consist of an aluminium unibody design and the revolutionary BoomSound speakers we’ve grown to love. Out of the box it will run the latest build of Android 5.0 Lollipop skinned with the Taiwanese company’s Sense 7 user interface, and support for 64-bit computing.

Are you excited to see what HTC has up its sleeve for its next flagship smartphone? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments section down below.

Source: IBT

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