tnkgrl Mobile podcast – #114

April 15, 2016

Welcome to episode #114 of my podcast (1 hour 9 min), featuring the coolest man in mobile himself, Mr. Joshua Vergara! Join us as we dive into all the phones of CES and MWC 2016…

This includes Huawei’s Honor 5X and Mate 8, the NextBit Robin, the LG G5, and Samsung’s latest and greatest, the Galaxy S7. And that “secret” handset we mention? That’s the HTC 10, of course :)

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tnkgrl Mobile podcast – #112

November 12, 2015

Here — at last — is episode #112 of my podcast (1 hour 22 min) featuring the incredibly awesome Andrew Martonik, wherein we recall this summer’s phone hits and misses!

This includes the Galaxy Note 5, LG V10, OnePlus 2, Moto G and X Pure (2015), iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Nextbit Robin, Nexus 5X and 6P, and HTC’s latest and greatest, the absolutely phenomenal One A9

You don’t want to miss this one :)

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tnkgrl Mobile podcast – #110

April 16, 2015

The wonderful Dan Seifert joins me on episode #110 of my podcast (1 hour 1 min), in which we rant and rave about the HTC One (M9), the Samsung Galaxy S6, the Apple Watch, and more… We also share our excitement for the upcoming LG G4 and Microsoft apps — yes Microsoft!

Note: I’m well aware that the video version of this podcast ends suddenly after just 27 mins. Something must have happened during the Hangout on Air. I’ve reached out to Google for support and hopefully the full video will be restored.

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HTC One (M9) video review

March 22, 2015

I’ve been testing HTC’s latest and greatest — the new One (M9) flagship — for a few days now, and here’s my 3-part video review:

Part 1 covers the design and specs
Part 2 covers the camera and software
Part 3 covers the comparisons with other phones
Part 4 is a bonus, my preview for Before You Buy

Yes, 3 parts with a 4th, just like musketeers :)

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HTC Butterfly 2 video review

December 2, 2014

What’s almost identical to the HTC One (M8) but features a plastic shell and a 13MP camera? The Butterfly 2, natch :) After using this phone on and off for a few weeks, I came away suitably impressed. Sure, it’s not quite as sexy as the Desire 816, but it’s super light weight and packed with goodness. As for that 13MP camera, while it’s not as impressive in low light as its Ultrapixels sibling, it’s more versatile overall. The only missing ingredient is OIS — are you listening, HTC? Check out my video review.


HTC Desire 816 video review

November 30, 2014

While HTC missed the mark with last year’s One max, it redeemed itself with the Desire 816 (and its followup, the Desire 820). I spent several weeks enjoying this large mid-range handset and came away very satisfied. The Desire 816 looks fantastic and performs well all around. It’s definitely one of my favorite HTC phones this year, despite the lack of NFC or manual camera controls. Here’s my video review.


Nexus 9 video review

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…