HTC’s Jason Mackenzie Calls Samsung’s Galaxy S5 a “Product Built Out of Cheap Plastic”

In wake of the launch of HTC’s 2014 flagship, the One (M8), a lot of Android talk has turned to “One (M8) vs. Galaxy S5,” with executives from both companies not shying away from the subject. We have already seen a friendly Twitter rivalry between HTC’s Jeff Gordon and Samsung’s Phillip Berne, but now the attention has shifted over to to Jason Mackenzie, President of HTC America. (more…)

Video: HTC One (M8) vs. HTC One (M7)

You have seen the unboxing and tour of the new HTC One (M8), so it’s now time to talk about how it compares to last year’s model, the One (M7). HTC will hope that you believe it has reinvented something with the 2014 model, that the design is strikingly different, and that there are all sorts of new features to differentiate the two. After all, they need not only Galaxy and iPhone owners to buy the new One (M8), they need current One owners as well. If the comeback is to happen, HTC needs to win big with everyone.

So in this video, we take you on a tour of each from both hardware and software standpoints. Where are the real differences in the design? How much bigger is the new One versus the old One? What does Sense 6.0 look like when compared side-by-side with Sense 5.5? Are the cameras different? Specs different?

All of that is answered below.  (more…)

“VERIZON30″ Coupon Code Will Get You Two New HTC One (M8)s for $140

Verizon is currently running a BOGO (buy one, get one free) offer for the all new HTC One (M8) that is certainly something to consider, though you’ll have to sign a 2-year contract to get in on the deal. If contracts do not scare you, then to save some extra cash, there are a couple of coupon codes that could save you up to 30% on the $199 2-year contract price.  (more…)

Android 4.4 KitKat Update Begins Rolling Out to HTC One Mini on AT&T

HTC may have just launched a high-profile smartphone, but that doesn’t mean that company is neglecting purchasers of older devices. As HTC executive Mo Versi promised earlier this week, an update to 4.4.2 and Sense 5.5 is now available for HTC One mini owners on AT&T.

The updated firmware weighs in at 658MB and comes with a long list of improvements, including requisite Android 4.4 KitKat features and a tweaked BlinkFeed app.  (more…)

Rapid Fire Thoughts on the New HTC One (M8)

Both Tim and I have had the HTC One (M8) in our possession for 24 hours now. We have taken the phone through an unboxing and quick tour, showed off the Dot View Flip Cover, and are deep diving into preparations for a full review. But before we get there, all sorts of initial thoughts have run through my mind about this 2014 flagship from the Taiwanese manufacturer that I wanted to share. Some good, some bad.

Below, since this is by no means a full assessment of the phone, I’ve put together a bunch of quick hitters that touch on things like the randomness of HTC using “(M8)” in the name, how much I love on-screen buttons, and how confusing it is that HTC and Google want you to pay $699 for the Google Play Edition.

We’ll have more later, but here are some initial thoughts.  (more…)

Thank You, HTC, for Finally Figuring Out That Changing Wallpapers Shouldn’t be the Most Painful Process on Earth

I almost can’t believe it, but my eyes do not deceive me. HTC, in Sense 6 on the new One (M8), has finally realized that changing the wallpaper on your phone, shouldn’t make you want to stab your eye out. I know this probably seems like such a non-story to many, but if you have ever used an HTC product for more than a couple of minutes at a time, you’ll know what I mean.  (more…)