OnePlus Cancels StyleSwap Covers for the One

OnePlus One owners, I hope you weren’t still waiting for StyleSwap covers to arrive, like the Bamboo cover pictured above that OnePlus unveiled back in July. The company announced this afternoon through its forums that they are officially calling off the StyleSwap project. Due to “technical difficulties” in mass producing the Bamboo cover, along with a terribly designed back cover removal process that puts your phone at risk of damage, StyleSwap covers are no more.  (more…)

HTC Hosting “Double Exposure” Event on October 8

HTC just invited press to a special event titled “Double Exposure” that is taking place on October 8 in New York City. Dirty details of the topic at hand were not included, so we are left to speculate.

The press invite shows two women holding an HTC One (M8), potentially taking a selfie, along with a couple of green boxes. Of course, that phone has been out for months and is unlikely to be featured again. Are we getting a new phone or the new HTC Nexus 9 that NVIDIA confirmed in legal documents? Tough to tell, but it is about time for HTC to give us something for the holidays.

Thoughts?

Contest: Win a 64GB Sandstone Black OnePlus One From Droid Life! (Winner Picked)

Not only are we giving away $300 in Google Play gift cards this week to the wonderful DL community, but we also have a spare OnePlus One in Sandstone Black to hand out. This is the 64GB model that most are interested in, and the same one that I had a chance to review a month or so ago.

We decided to give one away since OnePlus is ridiculously behind on their availability estimates. In fact, you still can’t buy a OnePlus One without an invite, even though OnePlus had initially expected to make them widely available by the end of June. In case you weren’t keeping track, we are now in September. It’s a mess, to say the least.

Aside from all of the drama that this company can’t seem to avoid, the phone is still one of the best of 2014. As of today, I would put it up there with the LG G3 as the best of the year, ahead of both the HTC One (M8) and Galaxy S5. It’s combination of high-end specs, build quality, and incredibly low price make for one hell of a desirable smartphone.

Who wants it?  (more…)

OnePlus “Summer Shots” Contest Now Live, 10,000 Invites Up for Grabs

Another day, another way to score a OnePlus One invite. Thankfully for the population of the Internet, there should be no way for this contest to get out of control like the last one, as this time, OnePlus only wants you to share a picture of your summertime happiness.

To enter, folks are submitting pictures on Instagram of their summer activities, followed by a couple of hashtags. OnePlus is giving out 10,000 invites to purchase the One, so if you hurry, there is a really good chance you can land an invite.  (more…)