HTC One M8 – Summer review

July 10th, 2014 Keine Kommentare

Last summer I reviewed the amazing HTC One (m7).

This year I had the opportunity to get the HTC One (M8) on launch day (March 25th).

Since then the HTC One M8 got my primary smartphone.

HTC One M8 - Design

HTC One M8 – Design

I’ve been a long time HTC user and I have to tell you: This is The smartphone I’ve been most satisfied with. I actually said the same last year about the M7, but it’s true. HTC improved somethings I really looked forward to. For me, as a global traveller and geek, global network support is important.
HTC improved that by adding Quadband 3G support to the M8. Huge thumbs up!
The screen is as amazing as last year, but it’s slightly bigger (5″ vs. 4.7″) and kept its Crisp and clear picture quality.

The Ultrapixel camera from 2013 also made it to this years top model, but also added a second back camera to measure the depth. This allows the camera app to add some interesting effects, even in post-production.

The extraordinary battery life from the HTC One M7 also got improved. I still get 2 days out of the battery, while regularly syncing emails and feeds, but the gaming performance got a major step up, even in energy saving mode.

I especially like the HTC BoomSound speakers. They are crisp , loud and clear like its predecessor. They really set the standard of sound quality for the smartphone industry.

HTC put all this features into a new unibody design, which has more round edges (compare to the M7) and uses even more aluminium. They also updated their famous Android UI. HTC Sense 6 is now the base. It’s even faster and cleaner than its predecessor. BlinkFeed, the mail app and many other menus got updated and simplified.

After 3 month of using it. Do I still like it? Absolutely. It’s one of the best smartphone I’ve seen so far, it has an amazing battery life and an awesome camera.

 

HTCOne M8 - Music Player

HTCOne M8 – Music Player

 

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My HTC One – One month – Review

June 25th, 2013 Keine Kommentare

It’s been over an month since I received my HTC One.

Do I still like it? Can I recommend it? I’ve received many questions.

HTC One - Design

HTC One – Design

I think it’s time to write a small review about it.

I’ve been a long time HTC user and I have to tell you: This is The smartphone I’ve been most satisfied with.
An amazing screen, awesome camera, top reception (my first smartphone with reception in the elevator) and extraordinary battery life. I get 2 days out of the battery, while regularly syncing emails and feeds. A perfect smartphone for Ingress players 😉 I especially like the HTC BoomSound speakers. They really set the standard of sound quality for the smartphone industry. Crisp and loud sound.

Do I still like it? Absolutely. It’s the most beautiful smartphone I’ve seen so far, it has an amazing battery life and an awesome camera.

Read my “HTC One Diary” to learn more about the features and innovations HTC has put into this amazing smartphone.

 

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Hands-on with the HTC One – HTC Event

February 25th, 2013 Keine Kommentare

So, here is the brand new HTC One. Today, I’ve got the opportunity to get hands-on the latest flagship by HTC. They invited me and a bunch of press people to a special event at the BMW World museum/event area in Munich, Germany.

Body

HTC One Silver

HTC One Silver

HTC starts a new era in smartphone body design with the HTC One. HTC calls it the first full-metal smartphone with an aluminium unibody.

It has an amazing grip and feels like a premium smartphone in your hand. Only the silver version was presented tonight. HTC will also offer an black version of the HTC One.

Integrated into the body is a stunning 4.7″ inches full HD display with 468 ppi.

Camera

In this area HTC also begins a revolution. Instead following the other companies who are pushing the megapixels to 13 MP, HTC decided to reduce the camera resolution to 4 Megapixels.
“What?!” you may think. But HTC also increased the sensor size and added so-called “ultra pixels”. According to HTC the new camera captures 300% more light than the camera of their competitors.
In theory, this should result in higher image quality, more dynamic range and less image noise. The camera also has autofocus, LED flash, smile and face detection, geotagging, f/2.0 lens, optical image stabilization, ImageChip 2 for HDR and 1080p video capture @30fps with stereo sound and video stabilization. I took a few snapshots during the event, and indeed the pictures have less noise than my other smartphones.

HTC event - Munich, 25th Feb. 2013

HTC event – Munich, 25th Feb. 2013

HTC Zoe

When you see the new HTC gallery app you will think: This is like the news papers from Harry Potter. HTC added a new camera mode called “HTC Zoe” to their camera.

When shooting in Zoe mode the camera will not only take one photo, but a series of photos and a video at the same time. Your phone will use this photos to make your gallery come alive. You can also edit these automatically created video clips before sharing them on Facebook or with HTC zoe share.

BlinkFeed

Even the home screen gets an amazing upgrade. HTC blinkFeed aggregates all your scial network, calendar evens and news sources right on your homescreen. When you unlock your HTC One, it automaticlly updates you with the latest news, social media updates and upcoming appointments from your calendar. HTC has partnered with more than 1500 content providers so far.

Sense TV

Thanks to HTC Sense TV you’ll only need one device for all your home entertainment equipment. Sense TV allows you to control all devices thanks to the integrated IR sender. A touch on the movie cover of the integrated EPG and your TV and home theater system will turn on and switch to the right channel.

Connectivity / Travellers

As a traveller, it is important to me, that my smartphone works globally. The good news is the European variant has WCDMA/HSPA (3G) support for 900, 1900, 2100 Mhz. This means, 3G works in Europe, Asia and Australia. Also the HTC One supports LTE bands 800, 1800 and 2600 Mhz. This means the HTC One (EU edition) works on LTE networks in Europe, Australia and parts of Asia.

The following networks should be supported specs-wise by the European version of the HTC One.

Australia:

  • Optus – 3G (900/2100)
  • Vodafone – 3G (900/2100)

New Zealand:

  • Vodafone – 3G (2100/900)

Singapore:

  • Singtel – 3G/LTE (2100/1800/2600)
  • M1 – 3G/LTE (2100/1800/2600)
  • StarHub – 3G (2100/1800)

Click here for more details and countries (look for 800/1800/2600)

Verdict

HTC’s latest flagship has it all. Okay, mostly. It has a huge 4.7″ full HD display with 468ppi, an amazing UltraPixels camera, Quad-core processor, 32 GB internal storage, tri band HSPA, tri-band LTE and an amazing aluminium unibody. What else can you ask for? I will do a more detailed review of the camera as soon I receive the package from Amazon.

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ASUS Eee PC 1016p Go – Review – part two

March 20th, 2011 Keine Kommentare

Let’s continue! This is second part of my review of the Asus Eee PC 1016p Go.

Case

The noble-looking, black case is a mix of, I think, some kind of solid plastic and brushed aluminum.
Asus has really made ​​an effort to design a netbook in business-style.

The back of the display, thus the “cover”, is completely covered with brushed aluminum, as are the edges around the screen.
The keyboard is also “surrounded” by brushed aluminum. Only the area beside the trackpad is not brushed aluminum. This area only decorated with brushed aluminium on the 1018p. The underside was given a slightly rough pattern that ensures a good grip when carrying. Also on the bottom: two fan openings, and the flap for the main memory (RAM), which makes it easier to upgrade.

Ports:

The Asus Eee PC 1016p Go has:

  • 3x USB (2x right side, 1x left side)
  • 1x VGA (D-SUB) output to connect an external screen or beamer
  • 1x Ethernet (right side)
  • 1x mic-in und 1x headphone jack (2x 3,5mm Jacks, right side)
  • SD(HC) Cardreader (right side)
  • 1x Kensington Lock (right side)
  • Connector for DC power supplier (left side)
  • 1 SIM card slot (hidden behind te battery)

Gimmicks

The Asus Eee PC 1016P Go has a small built-in webcam with a resolution of 0.3 megapixels. This has, in my opinion, a worse quality than the Eee PC 901. A nice feature of the 1016P is that the webcam can be covered with a manual lock. The SIM card slot is hidden behind the battery. You have to remove the battery to insert the SIM card.

Eee PC 1016p - Accessories

Eee PC 1016p - Accessories

Accessories

In addition to the switching power supply (110V to 240V), a support DVD, coupons for online stores of Deutsche Telekom (Softwareload, Gamesload, Musicload) and a warranty card, there’s a short instruction manual in the box.

Other than my Eee PC 901, there’s no bag included!

 

The conclusion

I am very satisfied with my Asus Eee PC 1016P Go. This netbook features long battery life, built-in quad-band HSPA mobile broadband, wireless, and a good display. All this packaged in a handsome, rugged housing – some of brushed aluminum. It is very crisp and still looks very elegant. However, I would have wished,  that at least a bag is included. That should be standard now! I fully recommend the Asus Eee PC 1016P Go.

 

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ASUS Eee PC 1016p Go – Review – part one

March 20th, 2011 Keine Kommentare

A short review of the ASUS Eee PC 1016p Go Netbook. I took this “travel companion” with me during my first tour through Australia in January this year.

The ASUS Eee PC 1016p Go is a special version of the “standard” ASUS Eee PC 1016p. The “Go” means it has a built-in Quadband-GSM/Quadband-UMTS (HSPA) data modem aka 3G-enabled.

I own the “T-Mobile Germany” (aka “Telekom”)  branded version of the ASUS Eee PC 1016p Go.

The specs:

  • 10.1″ LED Backlight WSVGA Screen (1024×600)
  • Intel Atom 455 – 1,6 GHz CPU (Single core + Hyperthreading)
  • 1 GB DDR2-Ram
  • 160 GB hard drive
  • Huawei EM770W
  • integrated web cam with manual closure
  • Windows 7 Starter
  • 6-cell 48Wh Li-ion Battery Pack (battery lasts “up to 10 hours”)
  • black case, partly styled with brushed aluminium
Asus Eee PC 1016p Go - Packaging

Asus Eee PC 1016p Go - Packaging

Packaging

Other than most ASUS Eee products, the Eee PC 1016p Go comes with a very basic packaging. I believe it’s because of their focus on business customers.

 

Screen

The ASUS Eee PC 1016p Go has a 10,1″ non-glare LCD screen with LED back light. It’s native resolution is 1024×600 pixels. You can change the resolution to 1024×768 pixels, but then the picture starts looking a little bit blurry. The screen content can be seen in almost direct sunlight (I love the australian sun ;-)), after increasing the LCD brightness to a higher level.

 

Eee PC 1016p - Keyboard

Eee PC 1016p - Keyboard

Keyboard

ASUS integrated a “Chiclet” keyboard, as in many of the newer models. Personally, I like the keyboard. The size of the keys is excellent, I can reach any key without touching other by mistake. That’s a big advantage compared to the keyboard of my ASUS Eee PC 901.

Mobile Internet/Mobile Broadband – Europe

In Europe, 2100 MHz is the primary frequency band used for UMTS/HSPA, 900 MHz in some parts of France too. According to Huawei the integrated “embedded data modem” supports both in Europe commercially used frequency bands. I used a Vodafone SIM card go to online during my ride on ICE high speed train from Munich to Frankfurt and at the Frankfurt International Airport (Terminal 2). Vodafone Germany uses the 2100 MHz frequency band. I reached 4 Mbit of the technically possible 7.2 Mbit at Frankfurt International Airport (Terminal 2) (during downloads). A pretty good value for such a “hot spot” (many devices connected to one cell tower).

Mobile Internet/Mobile Broadband – Australia

In Australia, I chose Telstra as mobile network provider and the free third-party connection software “MWconn”. Telstra has the reputation of providing the best mobile coverage in Australia, also partially in the outback. Telstra uses UMTS band 850 MHz in most regions. This is a HSPA+ network with up to 21.6 Mbps. The Eee PC 1016P Go does support the UMTS 850 MHz frequency band, but not HSPA +. This means that you can still reach a theoretical maximum of 7.2 Mbps downstream. I had consistently fast connections in Sydney, on the bus, in Surfers Paradise and in Cairns. I could upload 20 photos to Facebook in less than 8 minutes, even at speeds of 90 kmh on the bus. This indicates a good UMTS modem and a good mobile data network. I stayed for a night on a farm near Rockhampton. This farm was many miles away from the next village. Telstra had, according to the T-Mobile connection software, 1-2 of 5 bars. The connection was a bit slower, but I could easily upload photos to Facebook. A scan with MWconn for other mobile networks had shown that no other wireless carrier has a network there.

Software

Windows 7 Starter as operating system and some additional software products are preinstalled. The “T-Mobile Internet Manager” is a restyled version of the Huawei Mobile Connect software. Profiles for any T-Mobile network in the world have been already created. In addition, Office 2010 is preinstalled. However, you need to purchase a license key for full functionality.

Battery life

To shorten the time of the bus ride, I regularly took my Eee PC 1016P Go and connected it to the Telstra wireless network. I turned off wireless and set screen brightness to 40%. After 2 x 2 hours usage per day, the battery indicator displayed 50% remaining battery charge and a remaining battery time of around 3 hours. I have not managed to empty the battery within 4 hours. Taking the average of all measurements, then you can expect an average battery life of 6-7 hours (with switched on mobile broadband). A very good value, I think!

 

Go to the second part of my review to read the conclusion.

 

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