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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Nokia Lumia Icon video review

April 7, 2014

I’ve been playing with the Lumia Icon since SXSW and it’s my favorite Nokia Windows Phone yet! It’s exclusive to Verizon, but it’s unlocked (if you can live without LTE) and the Lumia 930 (its foreign twin) is coming… Here’s my video review.


Build 2014: Hands-on with the Nokia Lumia 630

April 3, 2014

Nokia launched a couple new phones at Build 2014 yesterday — the flagship Lumia 930 (basically a Lumia Icon for non-US markets) and the entry-level Lumia 630. Both run Windows Phone 8.1 (also announced at Build) which includes new features like Cortana, Action Center and Start Screen improvements. Check out my hands-on video with new 4.5-inch budget ($159) handset.


Sony Xperia Z1s video review

April 1, 2014

I spent several weeks (including MWC) with Sony’s current flagship, the Xperia Z1s. It’s been a great experience, other than the camera and the display, which just don’t live up to the hype. Here’s my video review.


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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