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Tech Review: HTC One X

AT&T and HTC launched their latest smartphone, the HTC One X, last weekend to eager customers who wanted to see if it would live up to its buzz as the newest Android device and a real competitor against the iPhone. After spending some time with the HTC One X, I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up this device if you’re an Android enthusiast.

While its large 4.7-inch screen initially made me question my feelings for the smartphone, I found its unibody polycarbonate design, similar to that of the Nokia Lumia 900, made it sleek and quite easy to handle without it feeling like a drag to carry around. If you’re concerned with bulkiness as I found with the One X’s cousins, the Titan and Titan II, don’t worry. The One X weighs in at just 4.6 ounces and is easy to carry around. However, because of the unibody design, there is no way to change the battery. If there are battery or battery charge issues down the road, there’s little the user can do.

The large LED screen of the One X makes it easy to read messages, browse the web and watch videos. If screen quality is important to you, the One X may be for you. As someone who encounters many smartphones, it had been awhile since a device’s screen really caught my attention. The resolution and sharpness of the One X is worth checking out.

The HTC One X runs the latest Android software, Ice Cream Sandwich. With some devices still coming out with the old Android Software, it’s good to see HTC avoid the hassle of developing an update and releasing the phone with newest software from the get-go. I found it easy to run multiple applications, stream video and browse the web with the combination of Ice Cream Sandwich and the dual core processor.

Photo enthusiasts should seriously consider the One X. While the 8-megapixel camera is common in the smartphone market, the application allows users to shutter photos, which helps users find the best photo in a series. Mobile users partial to the trendy nostalgia look – thanks Instagram – will be happy to know the One X comes with a slew of similar features.

The HTC One X has been available for pre-order through AT&T the past few weeks and is expected in retail outlets in the next few weeks for $200 with a two-year contract. With a bunch of smartphones and other Android devices available for less, there’s a question whether or not this device is worth it. If you’re looking for the probably the best all-around Android device, I’d say $200 is worth it.

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Tech Review: HTC Titan II

When I encountered the original HTC Titan last fall, I was completely overwhelmed by the sheer size of what I thought was a mini tablet. While I was impressed by the screen quality and resolution, I felt like I was handling a smartphone that could also double as a brick or a paperweight. So when I heard HTC would be creating a Titan II, I had to see what the next generation had in store.

If you’re a fan of the HTC Titan and its mega size, there’s a good chance you will like the Titan II. Although the Titan II has a 4.7-inch screen just like the original, the design feels sleeker. Or perhaps I’m getting used to seeing the mega sized smartphones on the market? Regardless, its screen size makes it easy to browse web pages without constantly zooming in and out as well as watching video without having to squint at a small screen.

HTC Titan II

The Titan II offers nearly the same user experience as using the original;  the Titan II runs a Windows OS just like the Titan. However, the Titan II is 4G LTE, making the phone significantly faster than its predecessor. The fast speed of the Titan II is pretty great, but the biggest upgrade comes from the camera, an impressive 16-megapixel camera. In comparison to the original Titan’s camera or the iPhone 4s, both of which have 8-megapixel cameras, the Titan II is a significant upgrade.  If you rely on your mobile to snap pictures while you’re out and about, the Titan II is a better choice.

The improvements to the Titan II don’t make it strikingly different than its predecessor, yet it’s a worthy contender in the smartphone market, especially if you consider yourself an amateur photographer. You can pick the HTC Titan II for $200 with a two year contract from AT&T.

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Tech Review: HTC 7 Pro

We may be green with envy over some of the products at the International Consumer Electronics Show 2012, but luckily we were able to get ahold of the HTC 7 Pro from US Cellular to keep us occupied. The HTC 7 Pro is currently the only phone offered by US Cellular with a Windows platform. Overall, the device is a good fit someone looking for a sturdier phone and a full QWERTY keyboard without giving up the appeal of the touch screen.

HTC 7 Pro

As you know from previous posts, it’s no secret I’m a fan of the Windows mobile platform. The layout has a great aesthetic to it without making the screen look cluttered, with smooth transitions from one page to the next. I’ve got my fingers crossed US Cellular will carry more Windows platform phones in the future.

For mobile users who aren’t ready to make the full jump to the touch screen keyboard, the HTC 7 Pro has a full sliding QWERTY keyboard alongside its touch screen capabilities, allowing users to pick which method they’re most comfortable using for messaging. The mobile is on the heavier side, weighing in at 6.5 ounces, but understandable given the 3.6-inch touch screen and keyboard. But if you’re looking for both qualities in a mobile, you’ll probably be able to look past its bulkiness.

The main issue I had with this phone was alternating the display between vertical and horizontal. Unless the keyboard was out, you could only view the display vertically. I found if you wanted to send an email or text message using the touch screen you could slide the keyboard out, then back in, then type your message holding your phone horizontally using the touch screen. Most smartphones on the market easily transition from vertical to horizontal and the other way around; I don’t really understand why this one doesn’t.

Aside from some display limitations, there’s a lot to like about the HTC 7 Pro. The Windows platform, QWERTY keyboard and a nice camera are all reasons to check out this phone. You can currently pick one up from US Cellular for $129 after a $100 mail in rebate and a 2-year contract.

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Tech Review: HTC Vivid

Last month, we wrote about an unexpected connection between HTC’s new mobile Vivid and Vivid Entertainment, an adult entertainment company. Though it’s a little surprising HTC has not changed the name of the mobile as Vivid Entertainment requested, we were nonetheless excited to see what the Vivid from AT&T was all about.

The HTC Vivid is an Android platform running mobile with a large 4.5- inch touch screen. The screen’s size, combined with its crisp resolution, made web browsing on a mobile easy. Utilizing the 4G LTE network, loading or switching to multiple apps and web pages is painless on the Vivid. If you want to watch your favorite TV show on the go or need catch up on some reading, the Vivid is installed with HTC Watch and Amazon Kindle.

HTC Vivid

The large screen made texting easy as well. I love a touch screen keyboard as much as the next techie, but I’ve found texting to be a pain on smaller screens (some of my texts could earn a spot on Damn You Auto Correct!). There’s a sense of relief to be able to send a text to Mom without the screen double check.

The major downside to the Vivid is how heavy it is. At 6.2 ounces, the Vivid weighs more than the mammoth HTC Titan I recently reviewed, which weighed in at 5.6 ounces. The Vivid could double as a nice paperweight. If you don’t mind that the Vivid isn’t exactly pocket- friendly, this could be a match for you.

Overall I really like the HTC Vivid. This is a great mobile if you want a smart phone with a larger than average screen looking to utilize all the 4G network has to offer.  Though not the most portable mobile, the Vivid is definitely worth looking into if you’re in the market for a new smartphone.

If you’re interested in the HTC Vivid, Decide.com suggests buying now. You can pick one up from AT&T for $99 with a 2 year contract.

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Tech Blog Review: HTC Titan

We were excited to get our hands on the newly released HTC Titan running on a Windows Platform from AT&T. For consumers not interested in the iPhone 4s, the HTC with its 4.7-inch touch screen could be a good alternative.

 

With such a large LCD screen, it allows you to view a lot at once without having to zoom in and out as you would with other smartphones, not to mention the quality of the picture is great. I was a little turned off by how big the phone felt in my hand, but it could be something I grew into. For users who want a larger screen rather than a phone that’s easy to handle, this could be a good fit.

With the Windows platform, the phone allows you to run Microsoft Office, making it easy to work on the fly. On your down time, you can watch TV by connecting to U-Verse, play games on X-Box Live or download some 10,000 apps. With all the capabilities on this phone, I’m a little intimidated by it and not sure if I need a phone where I can play Call of Duty on the go. For a techie who spends a lot of time out of the office or is bored with the iPhone, this could be a great phone for you. But, for a smartphone novice or someone using it for more casual use, I’d stick with the iPhone 4s.

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Tech Review: HTC Flyer

We recently got our hands on the HTC Flyer from US Cellular. The younger sister to the HTC Jetstream from AT&T (read our review), its 7-inch screen fits easily in one and is similar in size to your average e-reader. Though small, the HTC still has email, social networking applications and an internet browsing capabilities just like the bigger tablets on the market.

After using the HTC Flyer for some time, I believe the biggest draw to the Flyer is also its biggest setback. The size of the HTC Flyer allows it to be easily tucked away in a small bag or carry on, making it a perfect choice for someone on the go a lot. But after using it for awhile, zooming in and out of web pages on the small screen got tiring. If you’re looking for a tablet for more casual use, my suggestion would be to invest in one with a bigger screen such as the HTC Jetstream or the iPad. I was also disappointed when the internet browser wouldn’t allow me to stream Pandora in one window and continue browsing in another.

I did enjoy the Flyer’s dual front and back camera that made it easy to snap photos. The Flyer’s small size works to its advantage again as it could be easily taken to a family get together or party. The HTC Flyer also allows you to edit and crop your photos before you post them to your favorite social networking site or email them to a friend.

The HTC Flyer is available at US Cellular stores for $399 after a $100 rebate. Though we think the HTC Flyer would be a good choice for someone on the go, we would be to make the extra investment in a bigger tablet like the HTC Jetstream or the iPad.

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The New Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS

Microsoft, Samsung and HTC have released the first three smartphones with the new Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) OS.

What sets the new Windows 7.5 Mango OS apart? While this operating system keeps the signature Windows phone look, its conventional icons have been replaced by Live Tiles, which constantly update from the Web regarding news, appointments or friends’ status. The new ‘Group’ title allows users to organize their friends, making it efficient to text, email or instant message people with a single tap. Mango users also have access to Windows Live SkyDrive, which provides 25GB cloud storage.

HTC Radar 4G –The HTC Radar 4G is the only phone offered through T-Mobile with the Windows Phone 7.5 operating system. The HTC Radar features back and front facing camera capabilities, 10-hour battery life and aluminum back panel.  Unlike other T-Mobile smartphones, the Radar does not allow WI-FI calling. The HTC Radar 4G is available for $99.

Samsung Focus S –With a 4.27” super AMOLED plus display, the Samsung Focus S is a good choice for those who use their phones for surfing the Web or watching videos. The Focus Flash has a 1.5GHz processor making one of the fastest Windows Phone 7.5. The Focus S is now available at AT&T starting at $199.

Samsung Focus Flash-Slimmer than the Focus S, the Focus Flash has a 3.7” super AMOLED display. Even though it offers a smaller display than the Samsung Focus S, it has a 1.4GHz processor, a close rival in speed to the Focus S. Offered through AT&T, the Samsung Focus Flash is available for $49.

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