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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MWC 2014: hands-on with the Nokia XL

February 26, 2014

Yes, Nokia announced three handsets running Android in Barcelona this year… Madness! Check out my hands-on video with the Nokia XL.


tnkgrl Mobile interview – Sony’s Stephen Sneeden at MWC 2014

February 25, 2014

I spent a few minutes with Sony’s Stephen Sneeden at MWC yesterday to discuss the Xperia Z2 smartphone and tablet… This is my video interview!


tnkgrl Mobile interview – Nokia’s Stephen Elop at MWC 2014

February 24, 2014

Once again, I got the opportunity to chat with Nokia’s Stephen Elop at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona — this time about the strategy behind the Nokia X and Nokia XL Android-based handsets… This is my video interview!


Moto G video review

February 21, 2014

Last year’s Moto X left me cold (too pricey, too mid-range) but I’m a big fan of the Moto G (aka. the baby Nexus). Here’s my video review.


Nokia Lumia 1520 video review

February 17, 2014

The Lumia 1520 first wowed me in Abu Dhabi and my review unit arrived in late November. I’ve been using Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone ever since. Here’s my video review.


Jolla smartphone video review

January 31, 2014

I spent a month with Jolla‘s smartphone and the Sailfish OS… Here’s my (epic) video review!


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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LG G Flex video review

December 24, 2013

I got a chance to play with the LG G Flex for a couple weeks thanks to the awesome folks at Negri Electronics. Here’s my video review.


Samsung Galaxy Note 3 video review

December 24, 2013

The folks at Samsung were kind enough to lend me a Galaxy Note 3 back in mid-October and I’ve been using it ever since. Here’s my video review.


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