Tuesday Poll: What is Your Favorite Phone Series?

Over the years, our favorite phone manufacturers have created specific lines or brands of devices that we continue to see new iterations of. Samsung has its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines. HTC has the One series. LG has the G series. Motorola has the DROID and recently created Moto lines. Sony has its Xperia devices. And Google has Nexus. We know when new versions of each should be released each year, what they should look and perform like (for the most part), and which carriers will likely sell them. Branding and familiarity has been a big part of the smartphone game. These lines have helped define not only our coverage of the industry, but also how we all feel about phone makers.

So, we want to know which is your favorite of all time. Forget for a second the phone you are holding right now and think about which line out of them all has been your favorite over the years. Have you been a long-time fan of all things Galaxy? Is HTC doing things with the One that have caught your eye? Do you wish Sony would bring its Xperia line over to the US? Or are you a Nexus fanboy, even though carriers like Verizon refuse to support them?

Feel free to backup your response in the comments.

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FoxFi Update Brings WiFi Tethering to Verizon HTC Phones

Back at the end of April, popular WiFi tethering app, FoxFi, received an update that brought back WiFi hotspot abilities to non-rooted Samsung phones on Verizon. Today, a new update makes the same feature available to HTC phones on Verizon’s network, including the DROID DNA and HTC One. The developer didn’t specify if that includes the One (M8), but I would imagine that it does.

Keep in mind that in order to use the WiFi hotspot feature, you have to trust in FoxFi, because it opens a VPN connection and installs a certificate. To get around Verizon’s attempts to block free tethering, trickery is almost certainly involved on some level, so understand what you are getting yourself into.  (more…)

Camera Shootout: LG G3 vs. Galaxy S5 vs. One (M8) vs. Nexus 5 vs. iPhone 5s

The 13MP camera featured on the LG G3 is certainly one of its main highlights. Much like last year’s G2, the camera features optical image stabilization (OIS+), as well as a fancy new laser built right into the backside of the device to create super-fast auto focus times.

Over the weekend, we put the LG G3 through the camera paces, coming away extremely impressed. For comparison purposes, we took out five top devices, just to see if we could try to come away with something useful.

Down below in the gallery, we have shots from the LG G3, Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8), Google Nexus 5, and Apple iPhone 5s.  (more…)

HTC One (M8) Gallery Update Brings Blur Level Adjustments to UFocus Photos

If you own an HTC One (M8), be sure to cruise into Google Play today and grab the update to the HTC Gallery application. The update introduces a focus intensity slider to your UFocus photos, which means you have more control over that bokeh. The update also allows any Sense 6.0 device to view Dimension Plus and Pan 360 photos.

To use the new intensity slider, all you need to do is take a photo, view that photo in the Gallery, tap “Edit,”  then “Effects,” and then UFocus. Once there, a new slider will appear on the left side with the top being the most blur and the bottom being less blur. It works, as advertised.  (more…)

Deal: Brand New, Unlocked HTC One (M7) for $349

Looking for one hell of a deal on last year’s HTC One (M7)? Here you go. eBay is running a daily deal on the AT&T variant of the device at a price of $349. That’s the full retail price; there are no contracts involved here. This phone is also brand new and comes in the original packaging.

Sure, it may not be this year’s HTC One (M8), but the original One (M7) still has a lot going for it. The device sports 32GB of storage, a 1080p LCD display, BoomSound speakers, HTC’s Sense skin, Beats Audio (lulz), 4MP (“UltraPixel”) camera, and a 2300mAh battery. This particular model works on AT&T’s network, with support for both HSPA and LTE.

I know that Motorola is currently running a deal on their 32GB Moto X for $349, so you have some work ahead of you in making a decision. Be sure to check out our Moto X review, followed by our HTC One review to help with that.

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HTC Revenue Falters in May, Posts Year-on-year Decline of 27%

Apparently, a Hardan Karman edition of the HTC One (M8) wasn’t enough to save HTC from disappointing quarterly financials. The Taiwain-based smartphone manufacturer reports that revenues were NT21,065 ($700) million, a decline from April’s NT22,079 ($754) take. That represents a year-on-year decline of 27.37 percent. 

The drop in sales is only the latest in a long string of disappointing numbers from the company. HTC has struggled to maintain profitability for the better part of two years, selling off its stake in Beats, as well as focusing on mid-range and low-end devices for developing markets to help buoy revenues. (more…)