HTC One mini 2 video review

May 26, 2014

After spending 10 days with the HTC One mini 2, I almost prefer it over the HTC One (M8). This is an excellent compact phone that feels great in hand and provides solid performance and battery life. It fixes most of the shortcomings of last year’s model (like NFC) and even beats the M8 in some areas (camera resolution). Here’s my video review.

Update: Here are camera samples, as promised.

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HTC One (M8) video review

April 27, 2014

I’ve already discussed the new HTC One (M8) at length in my hands-on video and most recent podcast, but here’s my video review. The verdict? It’s one of the finest phones on the market today.

After you’re finished watching the video, check out some camera samples.

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tnkgrl Mobile podcast – #103

April 17, 2014

I’m reunited with the legendary Vlad Savov for episode #103 (1 hour 7 min) of my podcast! The conversation centers around the HTC One (M8) with a few diversions, for good measure — including the Samsung Galaxy S5, natch…

- Audio version
- Video version

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HTC One for 2014: hands-on with the new “M8″

March 25, 2014

Last week I briefly got the chance to handle HTC’s new “M8” flagship — the HTC One for 2014. My takeaway? This is a beautiful handset, but very much an evolution of last year’s “M7” design. Most updates (5-inch display, Snapdragon 801 processor) are to be expected, and some are welcome (microSD expansion).

The phone features a trick new dual-lens “Duo” camera, pairing a 4MP UltraPixel lens with a 2MP module for depth perception — expect my thoughts (and full review) in the next several days. The new HTC One is available today from multiple carriers ($200-250) along with a Google Play edition ($700).

Here’s my hands-on video, along with some pictures and notes after the break.

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HTC Butterfly S review: the tale of a lost flagship

December 31, 2013

It’s hard not to argue that for one hot minute last winter, HTC’s Butterfly — known as the Droid DNA in the US — eclipsed the One X/X+ as the company’s flagship. The combination of a brilliant 5-inch Full HD display and zippy quad-core S4 Pro chip set a new benchmark for all superphones. HTC’s follow-up — the One — hit the tech world like a ton of bricks. It raised the bar even further thanks to its superb design, Snapdragon 600 processor, UltraPixel camera and BoomSound speakers. Which brings me to the Butterfly S, an updated Butterfly that incorporates many of the One’s features and packs a massive 3200mAh battery without being supersized like the One max. It isn’t coming to the US this time around, but I got a review unit anyway. So, how does the Butterfly S differ from its predecessor? Is it a better phone than the HTC One? Hit the break to find out.

Here’s my unboxing video, captured #throughglass:

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HTC One max video review

October 14, 2013

I just spent five days in London using the HTC One max. Here’s my video review.


CTIA recap

April 24, 2011

Last month I covered CTIA for Engadget in Orlando. It was a lot of work with little sleep, but it was also great fun!

Check out my pictures above (slide show – including Shamu), and hit the break to see the news I reported…

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Unboxing the HTC Arrive

April 23, 2011

A few weeks ago, I received an HTC Arrive review unit from the PR people at Sprint.

It’s the first CDMA Windows Phone 7 device, and it’s the only phone to ship with NoDo (the update that adds copy/paste) – my HTC Surround is jealous :)

Take a look at my unboxing video, and follow up by reading this excellent review for more tasty info.


Unboxing the HTC Thunderbolt

April 23, 2011

About a month ago, I got my dirty little hands on the HTC Thunderbolt, thanks to the lovely folks at Verizon…

It’s basically an HTC EVO 4G with LTE instead of WiMAX plus a few other improvements, and it’s the first LTE smartphone available in the US.

Check out my unboxing video, and be sure to read this great review for all the juicy details!


MWC recap

February 20, 2011

Last week I was in Barcelona, covering MWC for Engadget. I worked a lot and slept very little, but it was fun!

Above are some pictures (slide show), and below is the news I reported, with more after the break…

My MWC posts for Engadget:
- Huawei IDEOS S7 Slim
- ViewSonic V350
- ViewSonic ViewPad 4
- Huawei IDEOS X3
- Alien Dalvik
- HTC Incredible S

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