Posts by Stephen Schenck

Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!

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    We're coming up on two months now from the launch of the HTC One M8 for Windows, an overdue flagship-level WP handset from someone other than the Nokia/Microsoft juggernaut. And while we were very excited to see an Android phone we loved get the Windows Phone treatment, the release of the device left a bit to be desired, hitting the US as a carrier exclusive, bound to Verizon. But even with that restriction we had cause to be optimistic, as it became clear that Verizon's exclusivity was a temporary launch thing, and that other carriers would pick up the phone for themselves in time: ...

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    Over the course of the past several weeks, the notion of HTC delivering Google's next Nexus tablet has been looking more and more likely, culminating earlier this week in reported confirmation from an HTC executive. But beyond that, we had FCC docs, leaked renders, and rumor after rumor suggesting this guy was coming. While Google has yet to share any launch plans, a couple dates next week have been suggested as particularly strong possibilities, meaning we could be just days away from the model's debut. But for all the answers about this hardware that seem to have been coming our way, one ...

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    It sure looks like Google's got two upcoming Nexus devices in the works, a Motorola-made phone, and an HTC-made tablet. This week, HTC sure seemed to confirm the latter, and rumors have suggested that this Nexus 9 could launch in just about one week, on October 15 or 16. But what about the phone? The presumptive Nexus 6 also seems very much real, having been spotted out in the wild. But when might it arrive? We're coming up on one year from the Nexus 5's launch – could the Nexus 6 also be on the menu for next week's rumored launch announcement? That's a question we find ourselves asking ...

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    The Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro isn't the only new tablet Lenovo's got to announce today, though with that integrated pico projector, it's quite the spotlight-grabber. The rest of the manufacturer’s new tablet offerings may not include such unusual features, but still manages to offer a nice selection of sizes and OS options: let's take a look at the multiple new Yoga Tablet 2 models. There are four primary configurations for the Yoga Tablet 2, combining either eight or ten-inch screen sizes with your choice of Android or Windows for the OS. All four are powered by quad-core Intel Atom ...

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    The idea of putting a built-in projector into mobile devices sounds like such a good one: an instant big screen ready to share content, all at the touch of a button. But the reality has been less than sunny, with the few phones we've seen equipped with pico projectors ending up awkwardly sized and delivering underpowered projector performance. Is there any way to make this work, or is the technology just not there to do the idea justice? Lenovo thinks it's worth another stab, only instead of a phone, this time it's bringing a projector to the tablet form factor, as it introduces the Yoga ...

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    Just about a month ago, we got word that a new Motorola smartphone had surfaced over at the FCC, showing off its certification paperwork. The details within identified the model as Motorola's codename Quark for Verizon, the phone we expect to publicly launch as the Droid Turbo. With new leaks suggesting that the Turbo is nearly ready to launch, we should soon have the full story on this Android, but until then, we have to keep piecing its story together for ourselves. Today, it looks like one more detail is falling into place, as information about the phone's battery arrives – and it's a ...

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    Last month, we saw Sony schedule a press event for today in New York City. Coming so shortly after IFA, we weren't expecting word of any new hardware already, but this sounded like it could be a prime opportunity for Sony to share details about how some of those IFA launches might find themselves going up for sale in the US, especially the flagship Xperia Z3. With Sony's event now underway, we're finally learning just how the Z3 will arrive in the States, as the manufacturer reveals the special carrier-variant Xperia Z3v for Verizon. The Z3v comes to Verizon later this month, with sales ...

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    Oppo's upcoming N3 lies at an interesting crossroads between fact and rumor. For a formally unlaunched device, the manufacturer has been positively eager to talk about the N3, delivering teasers on social media going back a month by this point. Those have brought us confirmation of several major N3 design elements, like how the handset will arrive in a choice of metal constructions. But for all that official stuff, much about the N3 is still unknown, and rumors have left us unsure what to think about other substantial parts of the phone's assembly, including what Oppo might be thinking so ...

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    Yesterday saw HTC launch its Desire EYE, but if you've been following the rumors as closely as we have, you'll know that there were two “Eye” models we've been hearing about: the Desire model we got, but also something called the One M8 Eye, which would supposedly be a One M8 that swapped its 4MP UltraPixel sensor for a regular 13MP one. HTC even seemed to be teasing the launch of a new M8-series handset, but yesterday brought us no news of the M8 Eye. Now all of a sudden the phone has seemingly gone official, popping up on HTC's Chinese website. Just as expected, this One M8 Eye ...

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    Nobody wants a broken smartphone, but accidents happen, hardware fails, and all it takes is some bad luck to leave us high and dry without a functional handset. In order to protect themselves against such disaster, plenty of phone users pick up insurance, replacement plans, extended warranties – any sort of service that helps cushion the blow of repair or replacements costs and gets a working phone back in their hands as soon as possible. Apple's got its AppleCare+, and today we learn of a similar service coming from Samsung, as the manufacturer begins selling its Protection Plus Mobile ...

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    It's not often that we find ourselves really excited about new Droid models – the combination of Verizon exclusivity and existence of other compelling Motorola phones (like the new Moto X and G) without such carrier restrictions has cost the Droid name some of its acclaim in recent years. But this year we've been following rumors of a Droid Turbo that, while they started off without much of a bang, have been snowballing into a more and more interesting story. We've been looking forward to a possible launch sometime this month, and today a new leak arrives to shed maybe more light than ...

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    You've heard about HTC's new hardware, you've heard about the EYE Experience software, and now we've got one more bit of HTC news to share from today's “double exposure” event, as the company takes its Zoe software out of beta and launches Zoe 1.0. The heavy social focus on sharing and remixing content with your friends continues, and the introduction of a new content engine is designed to create impressive Zoe compilations even with only a sparse collection of source material. When you do have more to work with, options for Zoes of varying length give the user more control over how ...

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    The day has arrived for HTC's latest launch event, an announcement it's been teasing under the “double exposure” banner. We've been looking forward to news of hardware with camera performance among its main features, including both a new camera accessory and a smartphone with exceptional selfie capabilities. This afternoon, HTC has announced both such model; let's get started by checking out what the company calls its “remarkable little camera,” the HTC RE. The design is just what we've seen in previous leaks, something you might mistake for an asthma inhaler. That layout is ...

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    The “double” in today's HTC “double exposure” event means that the new RE camera isn't arriving alone, and alongside that new cross-platform camera accessory, the manufacturer brought a new smartphone to share with the world, confirming weeks of rumors about a handset with unparalleled front-facing camera performance: the HTC Desire EYE. The leaked renders we've seen were right on the money, and sure enough, the EYE has one of the biggest front-facers we've ever observed on a smartphone, including not just a 13MP auto-focus camera, but also a dual-LED flash. You'll find a similar ...

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    HTC's new hardware, the RE camera and Desire EYE, are only part of what the company had to share with us at its “double exposure” event today. Beyond those two models, we also got word of some new software offerings from the company, with a similar interest in giving users the best imaging experience they could hope for from their mobile devices. Sharing a name with that new phone, HTC has also taken the wraps off its HTC EYE Experience software, arriving soon for existing HTC Androids. The EYE Experience is all about making the cameras on your phone more useful through the ...

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