HTC’s Spring Surprise was Nothing More Than a Sapphire Version of the U Ultra

When HTC Taiwan teased a Spring surprise for March 20, press couldn’t help themselves but jump to the wild idea that HTC was going to unveil an HTC 11. Seriously, look at this. Forget the fact that we don’t even fully know that an HTC 11 will ever show up because the U line is supposed to be the company’s new, new going forward, but that’s just absurd. The U Ultra just went on sale all of a week ago, yet HTC is going to unveil another flagship? Just, stop.  (more…)

HTC U Ultra Review

When HTC showed up in January with the HTC U Ultra, we were skeptical about the entire schtick. While the phone has a solid set of specs and is quite the looker, the unlocked sales pitch that included a 2-month pre-order period was odd. We actually called it an HTC Kickstarter project. Yikes. So here we are two months later and the phone is now available. We’ve had one in house for a little over a week and have a whole bunch to say about it in this lengthy HTC U Ultra review.  (more…)

HTC Sense Companion App Now Available

When HTC first introduced the U Ultra, then talked a lot about the phone’s AI smarts. The U Ultra was supposed to include an assistant of sorts, called HTC Sense Companion, that could help you throughout a day and potentially learn from you the more you use your phone.

We poked quite a bit of fun at it that day, because HTC was all sorts of excited about a not-yet-ready “AI” app they had built that basically did things Google Now had been doing for years. I’m not kidding either, HTC Sense Companion is just an app that isn’t baked into the phone and doesn’t appear to be all that advanced. I say that because the app is now available to HTC customers and sure looks like a quarter-baked assistant application.  (more…)

HTC U Ultra: First 10 Things to Do

The HTC U Ultra is going to be a tough sell, I fully understand that. The phone is expensive, it’s not sold through a single US carrier, and HTC already told us to expect another upgraded phone in the near future with a Snapdragon 835. Still, we know that some of you will go through with buying a U Ultra (hopefully at a discounted price) and we’re here to help you out.

After unboxing the device earlier in the week, we’re now diving into the good stuff – the stuff where we help you get the most out of your new phone. With pre-orders of US models supposedly shipping, some of you may have devices on doorsteps within a matter of hours. For you, let’s dive into the first 10 things to do with your HTC U Ultra.  (more…)