HTC One M9 Review

For the last three years, we found ourselves skipping past the mess of CES and setting our sights on Mobile World Congress, hoping that both HTC and Samsung had something special in-store to show us. Over those three years, some of their new products have blown our minds and others seem like minor upgrades from one to the next. If we look specifically at this year, one could argue that Samsung gave us that “something special,” while HTC played it much safer with the One M9.

The HTC One M9 looks almost identical to last year’s One M8, except that the Duo Camera setup on the back is gone and there is a sharp ridge running around the side of the phone. It’s almost as if HTC slapped on a metal casing that was too big and said, “F*ck it, design!” Oh, they also added this feature that turns adjusting the volume or turning the phone on or off into a game, thanks to a 3-button setup on the side of the phone. Every time I go to press one, I can’t help but quote the great Rob Schneider in Demolition Man, who said “He doesn’t know how to use the three seashells!”

HTC did change a few things, though. The camera on the back is a traditional sensor and the internals have all been upgraded. Oh, and Sense 7.0 is here (spoiler: it looks a lot like Sense 6.0).

We know that it’s difficult for companies to go back to the drawing board each year. Look, even Apple doesn’t do that. But this year feels safer than ever for a company who is still trying to figure out how to claw its way back into the game.

With all that said, our HTC One M8 M9 review is ready. This wasn’t a difficult one, as you might have guessed.  (more…)

Motorola’s Selfie Stick Isn’t Real, But Their 1-Day $140 Off Moto X Deal Is

Motorola went super silly last night with their custom Selfie Sticks, an obvious April Fools’ joke that is worth a chuckle or two. But buried inside that custom made debauchery, they are also hosting a 1-day deal on the Moto X that will save you $140. Now, I know that the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 will be here next week, so this may be a difficult sell. Still, you are looking at under $400 for a phone that was the best of 2014.

Motorola Deal Link | Selfie Stick Link  (more…)

Our April Fools’ Day 2015 Round-Up – Google, Samsung, and More

First of all, today is April Fools’ Day. Don’t believe anything that happens in the next 24 hours, especially anything that appears on the internet. Today is both entertaining as hell, and also the most annoying day on Earth every single year. Companies like Google started in on the jokes yesterday and haven’t stopped yet this morning. Some are good – others, not so much. But hey, it’s all in good fun (until we can’t take it anymore and want it to be April 2).

Second, we have a rolling post of some of the better April Fools’ pranks over here. We started it yesterday and will continue to add to it throughout as more good ones arrive.

Finally, if you can’t take a bit of sarcasm and fun and lightheartedness, and find yourself just criticizing April Fools’ Day like a crusty old blogger, just go back to bed and wake up tomorrow.  (more…)

Reminder: Last Chance to Win a Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Through the DL Deals Store

Your chance to win a brand new Galaxy Tab S 8.4 through the DL Deals Store is coming to a close. In fact, you have one more day. Featuring a 8.4″ Super AMOLED WQXGA (2560 x 1600) display, Samsung’s S 8.4 tablet also includes an Exynos 5 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 8MP rear-facing camera, 4,900mAh battery, fingerprint reader, and a whole lot more. All this can be yours for the price of free(more…)

MTV, TED, Pac-12 and Qello Concerts Apps Gain Chromecast Support

A few more apps gained Chromecast support today, being MTV, Qello Concerts, TED, and Pac-12. Each app has content which is streamable to your HDTV via the Chromecast dongle.

Specifically, the MTV app allows you to bring shows like Catfish and Finding Carter to your TV, while the Pac-12 app brings the sports, including football, basketball, soccer, baseball, gymnastics and more.  (more…)

Verizon Pre-Orders for the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 Start at 3AM ET

Just a quick heads-up, but if you were planning to pre-order the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, or HTC One M9 from Verizon tomorrow (April 1), know that the listings will go live at 3AM ET (12:00AM PDT). In other words, east coasters, you won’t be able to buy these phones right at midnight, you will instead have to wait a couple of hours. As for you west coasters, well, you do get to click “buy” at midnight. (more…)