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HTC One Max Vs HTC One Comparison Review

The HTC One Max has been officially unveiled and you would be forgiven for thinking that it is a carbon copy of  the HTC One but despite being a super-sized version of the Taiwanese manufacturer’s 2013 flagship phone it does come with a few extra features that its younger brother lacked and in fact shares a lot in common with the HTC One Mini in terms of design and build quality.

HTC’s first Phablet we take a look at how these two models compare.

HTC One Vs HTC One Max Overview

Comparison of the HTC One Vs the HTC One Max
HTC One Max Vs HTC One Spec Comparison

The Android powered ‘Phablet’ may be powered by the same super-fast 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processing chip with 2 GB of RAM that delivers great performance but the battery pack has been replaced with an even larger and longer lasting 3,300 mAh Li-Po battery. Despite the removable back panel though the battery is still non-removable.

The all aluminium shell HTC One Max has also been fitted with a microSD card slot, so in addition to the 16 or 32 GB internal memory capacity, users can now boost that by up to a further 64 GB of storage, an option the HTC One sorely lacked.

For those that love big screens the HTC One Max has that, offering up a 5.9 inch Full HD super LCD3 display in comparison to the HTC One’s smaller 4.7,” albeit the pixel density is somewhat lower at 373 ppi vs 469 ppi.

Running on Android v4.3 Jelly Bean the linux-based operating system is not the only updated software on board with the One Max utilising HTC’s latest user interface HTC Sense v5.5 with a BlinkFeed homescreen that can now be turned off and which offers better personalisation when it comes to recommendations.

As for imaging capabilities, the One Max uses a 4 mega pixel ‘UltraPixel’ camera with some impressive imaging tools but sadly lacks the OIS technology adorned by the HTC One.  On the other hand the new Dual capture mode which allows for simultaneous images to be captured with both the front and rear facing camera’s is a welcomed introduction and a feature that it has in common with the Samsung Galaxy S4.

With the introduction of the HTC Scribble function which lets you scribble on photos and improvements to HTC Zoe meaning that you can now post images straight from your camera to any of your favourite social media sites, users should be equally delighted with the ability to create GIFs as well as being able to add your own music soundtrack to your video clips.

The dual front facing speakers with HTC BoomSound and improved audio technology means that the audio experience on the HTC One Max is a huge plus point.

But the most significant aspect of the HTC One Max based on that of the original HTC One spec sheet has to be the inclusion of a new fingerprint sensor on the back, simply swipe your finger to lock & unlock your phone and away you go.  It can also be set up to automatically launch apps of your choosing.

Larger than your average smart phone the HTC One Max comes in at 217 g measuring 164.5 x 82.5 x 10.3 mm, which is big, really big, even by comparison to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which measures 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm and weighs 168g.

Initial Verdict

Is the HTC One Max just too big?  If you love the idea of a big screen HTC experience and the thought of fingerprint security, then the HTC One Max fits the bill otherwise the HTC One is still a popular choice.

Have you been won over by the new HTC One Max or is it still all about the HTC One?

Morphy – The Flexible Concept Android Smartphone

Imagine a Samsung Galaxy S 2 that conforms to the contours of your behind when placed in your back pocket. Imagine a Motorola Atrix that bends like rubber without chipping or breaking. Imagine an LG Optimus 2X that goes back to its original shape when exposed to minimal heat. This may sound impossible, but it’s not. This concept is the Android smartphone Morphy.

These days, mobile phones are better designed to fit in your pocket with their ergonomic and slim designs. However, regardless of how sleekly designed these smartphones may be, they are still uncomfortable to carry around especially if you like wearing those rock star pants. They may be slim, but they are in no way malleable. The result is still feeling the uncomfortable edges regardless of how curved the edges may be. Morphy offers a solution.

According to the industrial designer, Kirk Schneider, this technology is readily available. Furthermore, it will not take years for manufacturers to develop smartphones related to this concept. It will only take 8 months to create a working handset.

The concept smartphone revolves around the use of flexible circuit boards, touch screens, and “Memory” plastic. This plastic will return to its original form once exposed to the proper temperature. It will also mold itself to the shape of your behind when placed in your back pocket, given the right body heat. These materials are durable and flexible at the same time. Imagine those flexible keyboards you can roll up and place in your bag. Add in a flexible touch screen and few more flexible components and you have a flexible smartphone just like Morphy.

If flexible touch screens are not plausible, a number of hard miniature touch screens can be put together to make a flexible touch screen display. There are just so many options to make use of to make this concept phone a real working prototype. Who knows? We might see one in the next 18 months. Although doable, there might be one thing that is stopping this concept from production. Someone might get sued for patent infringement.

Source: Recombu

Google Android Nexus One – Google Phone Video

The phone that’s got everybody talking over the last few weeks more than any other model has to be the forthcoming Google phone, now we know the T-Mobile G1 was originally referred to as the Google phone but the new Nexus One is a real Google phone in every sense of the word.

The Nexus One is manufactured by HTC as was the G1 but the Google Nexus One runs the latest Android 2.1 OS which features new 3D elements to the app tray, as well as an extended amount of homescreens. There has now been a video released of the phone’s ‘boot-up’, enjoy!

UPDATE:

30/04/10 – Nexus One on Vodafone Released

Nexus One Deals

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Black Magic – The HTC Magic in Black Released – Google G2 Phone

Most of the pictures across the internet show a picture of the HTC Magic in its white colour variant as seen on Vodafone’s website, however it is the Black edition of this new Android phone also known as the Google G2 phone that has been released by retailers in the UK.

The Black HTC Magic offers the exact same features, technology and design as the white edition Google phone but houses the power of the Android in a silky black finished casing, this amazing new touch screen mobile phone has now been made available on Vodafone pay monthly contract deals in the UK from free at just £25 per month line rental!

 

Black HTC Magic
Black HTC Magic

The HTC Magic is an evolution of the HTC Dream and its design suggests a more conscious effort by the manufacturer to take on its two big touchscreen rivals, the Blackberry Storm and the Apple iPhone 3G.

 

The HTC Magic is a Vodafone exclusive release in the UK and around Europe and will again be co-branded by Google. The G1 was a brave design, with its unorthodox chin and oddly satisfying keyboard slide mechanism, but the HTC Magic sticks to far more conventional design philosophy and in doing so, has reduced weight and increased attractiveness. The lozenge-shaped phone weighs 118 grams, is a reasonable 13mm thick and the 3.2” screen displays at a resolution of 320×480.

But it’s what the screen displays that makes the Magic one of the most anticipated and desirable handsets of 2009 – Google’s Android OS. As the Magic doesn’t have a physical keyboard, this version of the operating system will be carrying the Cupcake firmware update which amongst other things, incorporates a virtual keyboard. Although Cupcake is expected to be spread to existing Android users, it’s looking increasingly likely it’ll be seen here first. Android is a smooth little thing too, with the capacitive touchscreen only needing the slightest touch to slide screens or enter features. We also love the drop down panel which contains all updates and new events in one place.

 

HTC Magic Black
HTC Magic Black

So, the design is a good one, the trackball and touchscreen top-notch and the OS one of the best out there, how do the features compare? Connectivity plays a big part in the Magic’s feature list as it’s a 3.5G handset with HSDPA, Wi-Fi, GPRS and EDGE plus Bluetooth support for your wireless headset. Although there is only 192MB of RAM onboard, the black HTC Magic has a MicroSD card slot ready for cards up to 16GB in size, however we would have preferred a larger amount of internal storage in addition to this.

Flip the Magic over and above the Google script you’ll see the lens for the 3.2 megapixel camera. It’s equipped with an LED flash and autofocus as one would expect and in a blow to the iPhone, it has video capture enabled too. Inside the phone is a GPS receiver which uses Google Maps to guide you to your destination, along with a digital compass. The Android suite also has direct access to Google’s Mail, Docs and Seach, plus a competent MP3 player and a battery tipped to provide 430 hours of standby and over 7 hours of talktime!

 

Black Edition HTC Magic on Vodafone
Black Edition HTC Magic on Vodafone

Key Features:

* It uses Google’s Android as its operating system.

* The 3G phone has HSDPA support at 7.2Mbps and a Wi-Fi connection.

* The camera is 3.2 megapixels.

* Built-in GPS and a digital compass.

* Easy access to Google’s online application suite such as Mail, Docs, Maps and Search.

 

Quick Overview:

Anyone seriously looking at the HTC Magic Black has a wealth of alternative choices to consider, from the iPhone and the Storm to the Samsung i8910 HD, LG Arena and even the Nokia 5800. For the Magic to emerge victorious, it needs to have something over and above its competition and it does, Android. Even with the launch of the Android Marketplace and the Cupcake update, Android still has plenty more to come.

Black HTC Magic Deals

HTC Magic

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G1 Google Phone Gets 3 New T-Mobile Tariffs

After the launch of the new G1 phone on T-Mobile last week some independent retailers have now added the phone to their own portfolios, T-Mobile direct only offer the G1 Google phone on two of their tariffs but these established online retailers from the CPW group have added another three new tariffs into the mix giving consumers some further options.

 

G1 Phone in Black
G1 Phone in Black

 

 

The T-Mobile G1 can now be connected to:

T-Mobile Combi 25 + WebnWalk

 

 

Free Inclusive Minutes 300 Anytime Free Text Messages 300 Monthly Line Rental  £30.00 Contract Length 18 Months

 

 

 

T-Mobile Combi 30 + WebnWalk

 

 

Free Inclusive Minutes 700 Anytime Free Text Messages Unlimited Monthly Line Rental  £35.00 Contract Length 18 Months

 

 

 

T-Mobile Combi 40 + WebnWalk

 

 

  Free Inclusive Minutes 1000 Anytime Free Text Messages Unlimited Monthly Line Rental £45.00 Contract Length 18 Months

The T-Mobile G1 is the first mobile phone to support the Google Android operating system. The G1, nicknamed the Google phone, is a touchscreen device which slides to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. The G1 has full support for Google online services such as Gmail (with push support), YouTube, Google Maps with Street View and Google’s own Android Market which offers third-party applications over-the-air.

 

 

 

The G1 also features a 3.2 Megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and HSDPA connectivity, a built in GPS receiver and Bluetooth as well as expandable memory.

G1 Phone

G1 White

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