Wednesday, October 16, 2013

I'm back

You haven't seen any new articles on this blog for a long time and I deeply apologize for this. I have just been so busy last months. I'm thrilled to get back to it and start writing again. Expect to see a new article in the near future! Hope to see you soon!

Simon
HowAboutTech

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

HTC One


2 Days ago, I posted an article on what to expect of the HTC One that was rumored for a long time. Today it was finally unveiled at 2 special press conferences in New York and London. Rumors were quite right actually.

HTC has been making new high-end smartphones non-stop. Last year they released 2 new flagship devices: The HTC One X and the One S. Later that year, HTC released a new flagship device, one that should even be beter than the One X: the One X+.

Now HTC has just revealed it’s latest flagship device , the HTC One!

Design


The HTC One has an all-alluminum unibody design avaiable in black and silver.  Because of this all-alluminum design and only weighing 143g, this phone should  feel great in your hand! The phone has a 1080p 4,7” screen. The LCD screen uses SoLux technology which should improve the picture quality and generate 468 pixels per inch (ppi). This high ppi is because of the device being one  of the smallest Full-HD smartphones.
Another cool thing about this device is it’s audio quality. It has 2 big speakers on the front, an on-board amplifier and Beats technology as we are used to with HTC.
 HTC One

Processors and Memory


The HTC One is the first offcial device to have a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU so this is the first chance for all of you dying to test this new Qualcomm chip.
Each core is clocked at 1,7 Ghz and an Adreno 320 GPU takes care of the graphics.

The HTC One is avaiable in a 32 GB non-expandable version and a 64 GB non-expandable version. Each with 2 GB RAM.

This will certainly provide you of enough memory and process power!

The power source isn’t great, it has a 2300 mAh battery which is pretty low just like the HTC Droid DNA. This one has a 2020 mAh battery and that should provide you of enough juice for about 8 hours.
As long as the HTC One is capable of working a whole day, it’s fine for me. You’ll just have to charge it overnight.






Camera and multimedia


The HTC One has a 4 MP rear camera but don’t think it’s a bad camera!
The pixels in this lens are a lot bigger compared to any other lens. Because of the size of these pixels, there isn’t enough space for more pixels but because of this, the lens catches 300% more light! You just have to try the camera before thinking it is a bad one!
The device has a 2.1 MP front-facing camera and both the rear-facing and front-facing camera can shoot videos in 1080p.

This phone has some cool features such as Zoe, this is a mode where you can take 3 second videos and a burst of 20 photo with just one click!

Another cool feature is that you can use this device as a remote for your television.
Using an app, you can see what’s on your tv live and a guide.
When you spot a show that is playing and you want to watch it, you can just select it thanks to an infrared sensor on the lock button on the top!


HTC Sense 5


All HTC Android devices are running on HTC Sense on top of Android. For this occasion, HTC has made a new version of this layer.

The HTC One X and One S were running on Sense 4 and HTC made some little changes to it for the One X+. This version was called Sense 4+.
The newest version of Sense is called HTC Sense 5 (what a surprise).
This layer uses tiles, just like Windows Phone and is really made for displaying all of your social content and news on the home-screen.  Except for this home-screen that doesn’t look much like Android 4.1 Jellybean, the rest of the UI has stayed pretty much the same. You can also use a the more familiar home-screen with widgets.

An update to Android 4.2 is coming soon!



This device looks really nice, both the design on the specs. I can't wait to try it, certainly the camera!  I am really considering of saving to buy this!


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Monday, February 18, 2013

Ubuntu on tablets?!

It isn't long ago since Canonical launched the Ubuntu smartphone OS.  It isn't an OS that is going to compete with Windows Phone 8, Android or IOS but Linux lover immediately loved the idea of Ubuntu on a smartphone.

On Ubuntu's site, we can now find a countdown clock, counting down to what is believed to be a press conference where Canonical is going to announce the Ubuntu tablet OS.

A countdown clock seems to be very popular these days...  I will keep you up to date with the latest news of this OS!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

HTC M7/One rumor roundup

We're just 2 days away  from the big HTC event in New York and London where the HTC M7 or HTC One will probably be announced. There are a lot rumors about this phone and since everyone is so excited about this phone I thought it would be nice to give you a rumor roundup. On HTC's official website, you can find a countdown clock to the event!


  • At first, people thought it would be a 5" screen but now a 4,7" 1080p screen with 468 ppi is expected.
  • Qualcomm APQ8064 quad-core at 1,7 Ghz per core.
  • 13,1 MP camera with a Canon lens capable of shooting 1080p videos such as the 2 MP front-facing camera.
  • HTC Sense 5 on top of Android 4.1 Jellybean which looks a lot like Windows Phone 8.
  • A design very similar to the Iphone 5.
  • Beats audio.
  • A non-removable 2300 mAh battery.
  • 32 GB internal memory version and a 64 GB version.
  • 2 GB RAM
  • AT&T,Verizon,T-Mobile and sprint carrier support.


The specs look pretty good but don't seem to be that much of an upgrade compared to the Droid DNA. I'm not sure whether I like this new Sense 5 UI, it does look a lot like Windows Phone 8.

I will let you know what happened at the event as soon as possible!
  

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Google's own retail stores!

According to 9to5google, Google will open it's own stores in the major metropolitan areas for the holidays. Apple stores have proven that a store is more than just a place where you can buy your products but also to test those products,to learn about them,... Such a store is seen as a face for the company, a way to connect to their customers.

Google has made a lot hardware in the previous months and they feel that they have to give people the chance to try their products before buying. That's something that isn't possible now in the Google Play Store where you can buy Google's Nexus devices.

Google has a lot of Chrome Store-within-a-store models in hundreds of Best Buys in the U.S.
Employees in those stores don't have sale targets, they have to educate people about Google's products.

Google would  have made the decision to open retail stores after deciding to bring the Google Glass to the public. That futuristic product made by Google would cost $500 to $1,000 dollar.
People wouldn't spent that amount of money without even trying a product like this.




I think such a store would be amazing, I'd love to visit it and maybe even buy products there. I hope they're not only going to sell Google hardware but also Android hardware that isn't made by Google.
This would make such a store the perfect place to find everything Google has to offer!

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Monday, February 4, 2013

First BlackBerry OS 10 devices


Just a couple of years ago, Blackbery was leading the smartphone market. Every bussinesman had a Blackberry, everybody loved both the OS and the hardware.
This radically changed when Apple announced the Iphone. Bussinesmen all over the world started to use the Iphone as their smartphone.
Something had to change if Blackberry wanted to keep competing with the Iphone and so many other smartphones and OS. They got the message and recently announced a new OS and 2 new smartphones.

OS 10


The new OS by Blackberry is called OS 10.
OS 10 is a very good-looking OS that is excellent for multitasking according to Blackberry. They say, it has never been easier to multitask.
OS 10 has some very nice features such as the Blackberry hub where all the information from your social media sites,email and messages are shown.
This is something we see a lot in other OS,  people don’t like to check everything separataly.
Another thing I like and haven’t seen on any other OS yet is the ability to unlock the phone without touching the on/off buton. Just swipe your finger from the button to the top of the screen and the phone is unlocked.

Blackberry Z10


The BlackBerry Z10 is the first of the 2 new devices BlackBerry announced.
The Z10 has a  4.2” touch display which is something that we haven’t seen a lot from BlackBerry. Some people may be affraid because the physical keyboard is something they love about BlackBerry, but BlackBerry says the on-screen keyboard feels amazing and is great to type. The display has 768x1280 pixels, which is good but not amazing.
The Z10 has a 1.5 Ghz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor and a Adreno 225 GPU. The 8 MP rear-facing is capable of shooting 1080p videos at 3O fps and the 2 MP front-facing camera can shoot 720p videos at 30 fps as well.
There is 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage expandable with Micro SDcards up to 64 GB. The 1800 mAh battery should provide you off enough juice for 312h standby-time and 10h talk-time. The phone  also support NFC,WIFI and 4G and it has a Micro HDMI output!

This device looks a lot like the Iphone 5 and I like the design of it. The specs look good but it’s a shame that they didn’t give it a quad-core processor and a higher pixel density, those things are actually expected from a flagship these days.

BlackBerry Q10


The Q10 is a lot like the Z10 except for a physical keyboard and some other little differences. The Q10 has 3.1” super AMOLED 720x720 display which is pretty big for a device with a physical keyboard. It has a 1.5 Ghz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor so not a processor from Qualcomm. The device has the same rear-facing camera but there isn’t a lot known of the front-facing camera yet.

These 2 devices look very good and may save BlackBerry, I do think it’s a shame that the Z10 does not have a quad-core processor and a higher pixel density but that will maybe come on another BlackBerry device soon! Let’s hope so!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

ZTE Grand Memo


ZTE presented a new phablet with a 5,8” ,720p display on a special event in Hong Kong.

This phone called the ZTE Grand Memo is meant to compete with the Huawei Ascend Mate and the Samsung Note 2.
It has a 1,7 Ghz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, an amazing 13 MP camera which is the new standard for high-end phone such as a quad-core processor.
The Grand Memo runs on ZTE’s own skin on top of Android 4.1 Jellybean. 
There is nothing known of internal memory but it will most likely have a MicroSD card-slot.
This device isn’t announced official yet, it will probably be announced at the Mobile World Congress in february.
The design of the ZTE Grand Memo may change a little bit but it is probably going to stay 8mm-thick.

I look forward to the Mobile World Congress and we already heard a lot of rumors.
I will keep you up-to-date with al Mobile World Congress announcements!ZTE Grand Memo