November 3, 2014
I just spent a few days traveling with HTC’s brand new Nexus 9. It’s definitely the best Android tablet I’ve ever used, and Lollipop is absolutely wonderful. Here’s my video review!
The 8.9-inch IPS display looks gorgeous, and the stereo BoomSound speakers are terrific. NVIDIA’s 64-bit Tegra K1 is super fast, and battery life appears to be holding up so far.
Still, there’s room for improvement. Both the power/lock key and volume rocker are difficult to locate by feel and provide little tactile feedback. The 8MP rear camera lacks HDR. It’s also a bit too heavy for my taste.
Finally, there’s the matter of price. $399 buys you last year’s iPad Air or today’s iPad mini (now with Touch ID), which offer a significantly better tablet-optimized app ecosystem…
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.
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.
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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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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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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October 14, 2013
I just spent five days in London using the HTC One max. Here’s my video review.