Posts tagged with: Sense 5.0
  • 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 | July 2, 2013 3:34 PM

    In this industry, it's an inevitability: sooner or later (and all too often, sooner) a manufacturer throws in the towel for an aging handset, deciding to no longer devote resources towards bringing it updates packed with the newest software. The latest casualty comes from HTC's 2012 lineup, as the company confirms that the One S will not receive future Android nor Sense updates. This tale got started over on HTC France's Facebook page, but it's since been confirmed as the official company line: no more One S updates. Back in February, HTC specifically named the One S as one of the Androids ...

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  • by | May 9, 2013 8:01 AM

    About this time last year, we shot a video called How To Take Great Photos with the Samsung Galaxy S III. It's very much an artifact of yesteryear, with a fifty-second intro, hazy interlacing, and one the worst haircuts in my personal history, but people seemed to enjoy it. So much so that when the Galaxy S III's successor dropped just a few weeks back, we followed up our full review with a similar tutorial on its 13-MP camera titled Galaxy S 4 Camera: Everything You Need To Know. The comments on the latter video convinced us that, even though we're now quite a few weeks past its review ...

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  • by | April 23, 2013 3:21 PM

    HTC's One X has had a good run. The phone launched at last year's MWC, and we saw it come to North America right around this time in 2012. Since then, we've witnessed the phone make the journey to Jelly Bean, and more recently HTC has been talking about its plans to bring Sense 5.0 – debuting with the HTC One – to the One X in a future update. We recommend taking the time to enjoy that one when it arrives, because if the latest rumor is any indication, it could very well be the smartphone's last major update. LlabTooFeR, who's posted HTC predictions before, claims via Twitter that the ...

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  • by | April 9, 2013 3:22 PM

    Photos are good. Videos are even better. Zoes are ... weird, but also awesome. But without a nice way to present and share it, it’s just a big ugly pile of media, right? That’s HTC’s position, and the company has done something about it with the Sense 5 skin on its new One smartphone. It's built a custom movie-maker, similar to that found on last year's One X, but much more powerful. Additionally, rather than just leaving the gallery as-is, or sprinkling some chrome on the stock Android version, the company has crafted a portal to new and exciting ways to share media taken on the ...

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  • by | April 5, 2013 9:53 AM

    Yes, Sprint is the next lucky carrier to get the HTC One on pre-order as of today. If you're either on Sprint or considering moving towards their unlimited data, there's actually a deal for new customers that make this proposition a lot more enticing. Existing customers can get the HTC One for the usual $199 plus a two-year contract for the 32GB model, and no, there's no 64GB model in Sprint sadly. Now, if you're a new customer, there's a $100 discount on the HTC One with their new "bring your number" deal. You end-up paying only $99 for the handset, after you sign the contract of course. ...

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  • by | March 27, 2013 3:02 PM

    I’ve learned that there are two things about being a smartphone-and-tablet reviewer. The first thing: you get to handle awesome gadgetry days or weeks ahead of its official release date, and you’re not just allowed to use the heck out of it; you need to, in order to do your job. That’s the awesome thing. The other, less-awesome thing: you eventually have to give it 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. ___ Normally, I have a bit longer to say my goodbyes. The device-of-the-month and I usually ...

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  • by | March 13, 2013 5:15 PM

    The HTC One, as we mentioned in yesterday's unboxing and hardware tour, is a crucial device for the Taiwanese smartphone maker. The company's brand has suffered a steady decline since its heyday of the last decade, and HTC is -for the second year in a row- banking on a device titled the "One" to save it from the increasing pressure of the competition. The One of 2013 is similar to last year's One X in several respects, not least of which is the focus HTC has chosen to put on its camera. Last year, the company's marketing materials drilled home the message that the One X included an ...

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  • by | March 13, 2013 1:00 PM

    Sometimes ya ain't got time for dilly-dallyin', spit-swappin', or tall-tale-tellin'. Sometimes even dropping in a few time codes is too much to ask. Because sometimes the meat just needs to get out to the masses. This is one of those special times, and the meat we're putting on the market is our jawing. Our opinions. Our stories. And the subject this week is the two biggest Android smartphone launches of the year, coming from the two biggest sworn enemies of the entire Android landscape. That's right: this is the episode where we talk HTC One vs Galaxy S IV. We've had the One for just a ...

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  • by | March 12, 2013 4:27 PM

    Sometimes, the word "unboxing" alone just doesn't fit. It's too cursory, too flippant. De-boxing videos used to be a novelty, but now everyone does them for products ranging from dumbphones to screen protectors. And while all unboxings are fun in their own peculiar way, some devices call for more. A high-end smartphone, after all, deserves a high-end unboxing - doesn't it? Introducing a new kind of package-shedding video: a "premium" unboxing. We weren't in a rush for this one, as literally thousands of sweaty fingers all over the internet have already tapped and grazed the chamfered bezel ...

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  • by | February 19, 2013 8:00 AM

    We knew it was coming sooner or later and with HTC's New York (and London) event, it is happening today. The Taiwanese phone-maker is one more key player that decided to move away from trade shows making Mobile World Congress just a tiny little bit unexciting and poor. The HTC M7/One has been rumored for quite some time and we're finally getting an announcement at 10:00 AM EST. The 2013 Android flagship made in Taiwan will be unveiled and we're giving you our first impressions about the phone, in real-time, as it happens. Check out our live hangout to be on top of news and hear our ...

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  • by | January 23, 2013 7:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the new reports of more iOS domination in the United States. Then we do a little Siri talk, as it seems that Verizon was originally the company after buying the service before Apple did. A leaked Samsung roadmap is next and it's all about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 that's rumored for the next coming weeks. Nokia later takes the spotlight with some unconfirmed rumors of EOS Windows Phone devices coming with better camera technology. We end today's show talking about HTC Sense 5.0 and some recent leaks we came upon. All this and more after ...

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