Posts tagged with: htc sense
  • by | August 2, 2013 3:58 AM

    HTC and Samsung are directly competing in the high-end/flagship segment with the One and the Galaxy S 4. However, the battle is ongoing in the mid-range sector too, with the HTC One Mini, which we're currently reviewing, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. As we like to put it, the HTC One Mini is for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini what the HTC One is for the Samsung Galaxy S 4: fierce competition. But there's more to the raison d'être of the One Mini than to simply compete with the S4 Mini. It is there to address a specific segment of the market; it is a niche product. It is for all those who ...

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  • by | July 9, 2013 1:30 PM

    The skin/no-skin debate is the Coke vs. Pepsi divide of the smartphone space - if the cola war were an 80-20 split in favor of Pepsi, that is. Studies outlining user attitudes toward UI overlays are hard to come by, but there's no real question about the prevalent feeling in the tech press: when it comes to Android skins, you can smell the disdain a mile away. If you ask me, the almost-automatic hatred of skins is a tired, destructive artifact of a jaded tech media. It's a holdover from the days when Samsung's TouchWiz and HTC's Sense were overwrought monstrosities sitting atop Android, ...

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  • by | November 20, 2012 3:14 PM

    We've poked and prodded it in unboxings and hands-ons, compared it to the LG Optimus G and Galaxy Note II, and we've given it the full review treatment. Since the Droid DNA's unveiling in New York City last week, we've been all over every inch of the new 1080p Android superphone from HTC and Verizon. From benchmarks to speed tests to camera samples taken out on the cold streets of Boston, it's all been done. So you can forgive Michael Fisher for being so tired he looks like a corpse in this latest video. So tired he now apparently refers to himself in the third person. But today, on the ...

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  • by | November 20, 2012 6:59 AM

    If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it. -W.C. Fields Like all corporations, Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has seen its share of ups and downs; this year, it's mostly faced the latter. The company's financials continue to tumble as it struggles to recover from a rough 2011, when it pushed out a bevy of mediocre smartphones instead of honing its focus on one flagship line. HTC executed something of a reboot earlier this year, pushing out the One X to generally favorable reviews, but then found itself almost immediately steamrolled by ...

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  • by | July 26, 2012 7:32 PM

    The latest little Droid Incredible is here. It sounds like a kids' cartoon show about a heroic but diminutive robot, but it's not. It's a smartphone. Actually, it's more than just a smartphone, or an HTC phone, or even an Android phone. This device is a "Droid." The brand that catapulted Android into relevance in the United States. To most Americans, any Android phone is a "Droid;" the terms are interchangeable to the common person. But that's not how Verizon sees it. Though the carrier offers many Android-based smartphones, it reserves the "Droid" moniker for the devices it plans on ...

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  • by | June 8, 2012 1:59 PM

    For as long as manufacturers have put skins on Android, tech geeks have argued over their usefulness. Custom UI layers on top of older OSes like Windows Mobile -and even earlier versions of Android- enjoyed a less-criticized existence. Often, their interface and usability tweaks were seen as enhancements, filling gaps in functionality that the underlying OS had left open. I remember being relieved to discover, in the summer of 2010, that my next Android phone -the then-new HTC Evo 4G- was shipping with HTC Sense. To my eye, Sense looked and worked better than stock Froyo, and I still had ...

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  • by | May 17, 2012 4:54 PM

    I've recently learned that there are two things about being a mobile-phone reviewer. The first thing: you get to handle awesome pieces of gadgetry days or weeks ahead of their official release date, and you're not just allowed to use the heck out of them; you need to, in order to do your job. That's the awesome thing. The other, less-awesome thing: you eventually have to give them all back. "Empty Nest" is a recurring column discussing what I miss -and what I don't- about the devices I've had to return. I put the AT&T HTC One X review unit in the mail earlier this week, sending it ...

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  • by | May 4, 2012 11:00 AM

    All right everyone, we've still got a few weeks until the Galaxy S III drops, so let's just settle down and keep talking about what's available today. There's still work to be done, 'na mean? One of our contenders is Google's venerable mainstay of America's "most reliable," number-one, most-red-and-black wireless network; the other is a hot young upstart looking to steal the spotlight in the name of Big-Blue-number-two. One bears a proud South Korean heritage, while the other is Taiwan's newest crown jewel! One built of plastic, one of different plastic polycarbonate! Who will claim the ...

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