My HTC One – Day 1

May 21st, 2013 Keine Kommentare

So, today my HTC One, accessories and some awesome goodies arrived at the office.

Over the next coming days I will write some kind of diary about the brilliant HTC One.

Let’s start with day 1.

I spent the lunch break transferring most of my stuff from my previous phone to the HTC One. This is super easy thanks to the HTC Transfer app. You can find it in the Google Play store.

HTC One - Transfer tool

HTC One – Transfer tool

Contacts, text messages, photos and music got automatically transferred. I needed to copy some files (additional alarms, notifications and ring tones) and configure some settings (WiFi, sounds) manually.

When I got home, I finally started playing with my new gadget. I configured Blinkfeed – HTC’s brand new home screen feature. It’s just amazing. My favorite news topics (tech/travel) get blended with updates from Facebook and Flickr into a stream of information – right on your home screen.

I also played a few rounds of Ingress and some 3d games to check the gaming performance and battery life. All the games I tested run smoothly even in Power saving mode. It’s just amazing.

 

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My HTC One has arrived

May 21st, 2013 Keine Kommentare

Today has been a super exciting day for me. I received a special package delivered by UPS this morning.

I received an HTC One, accessories and some awesome goodies. Have a look:

 

Because the HTC One is such an amazing phone with some really unique features, I will post a few articles about it in the coming weeks.

 

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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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Insider-Tip: Putty private key in Android ConnectBot

April 23rd, 2012 Keine Kommentare

For business reasons I often have to access our servers via SSH – even when on the road / in the sky

There’s a pretty good SSH client for Android, known as “ConnectBot” (free). This client does not support private key files, that are created with PuttyGen.
But there’s a solution for this.

To connect ConnectBot to SSH-Server, that require private key authentification, convert the private key file to an OpenSSH Key.
PuttyGen can do this for you!

This is the way:

Puttygen

  1. Load private key file via[File] -> [Load Private Key] (*.ppk)
  2. Enter passphrase, if required
  3. Click [Conversions] -> [Export OpenSSH key] and save the file

 

Connectbot

On your Android Phone or Tablet, you have to do the following steps in ConnectBot:

  1. Open menu and select entry [Manage Pubkeys]
  2. Select menu entry [Import]
  3. Load the just created OpenSSH key file from the sd card or internal memory
  4. Click on the lock icon to unlock the key
  5. Enter your password, if required

Now you’re able to connect to SSH-servers, that require private/public key based login.

 

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Earth Hour 2011 – Join the Movement!

March 26th, 2011 Keine Kommentare

In less than 24 hours the first countries will celebrate a big global event. On March 26, 2011 at 8:30pm is Earth Hour 2011! During this global event many cities in the world will switch off their lights for one hour starting at 8:30pm.

Earth Hour was conceived by WWF in 2007, when 2.2 million residents of Sydney, Australia, participated by turning off all non-essential lights.

Every year more and more cities around the globe start to participate. This includes cities like  Munich, New York City and San Francisco.

So guys! On March 26th 2011 at 8:30pm: Switch off your lights! For one hour! tell your friends and colleages about this global event!
Join the global movement!

 

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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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Hello World!

March 14th, 2011 Keine Kommentare

Welcome to the international edition of my blog!

 

I started this international edition of “Maik’s Blog” as part of my new “global strategy”. Most of my new projects are multilingual, therefore it’s natural to make my blog even internationally.