OnePlus One (Retail) Unboxing and Hands-on

A few weeks back, Tim had a chance to go hands-on with the OnePlus One, the incredibly affordable yet high-end phone from a Chinese semi-startup. The phones he played with, along with those used in countless reviews over the last month, were pre-production models of the white 16GB variant that probably weren’t ready for prime time. The device we just received today (thanks to an invite), which is an official retail version of the 64GB Sandstone Black variant, is probably much more ready to be shown off to the world.

So, let’s unbox it!  (more…)

Yes, OnePlus One “SandStone Black” Orders are Shipping Today

I noticed that a handful of confused media outlets are reporting that shipments of the OnePlus One may have started as early as today. To end the confusion, here is the proof (below). Yes, OnePlus One orders, in Sandstone Black with 64GB of storage, have begun shipping. Well, shipping information has at least been received, so orders are indeed ready to go out as soon as OnePlus gives them to DHL.

We do not have a confirmation on arrival time, but as you can see, our order in particular is coming straight from Hong Kong, en route to Portland.

I can’t say if the white model is shipping or not, but OnePlus already told us that the black 64GB variants have been given priority and should ship first.

Any others receiving shipment notifications? Did anyone else order one at all (with an invite of course)?  (more…)

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…)

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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Verizon HTC One M7 Set to Receive Sense 6.0 Update This Week

HTC might have moved on to this year’s One (M8), and maybe even a more “Prime” device, but HTC still has promises to keep. In addition to pledging to update some of their older devices to Android 4.4 Kit Kat, it also said that Sense 6.0 was a priority as well. Today, we have gotten word that Verizon’s One (M7) should be receiving that update later on this week.  (more…)