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.
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…)
It seems like an eternity since the OnePlus One was released, but the mythical smartphone has finally begun to make it into the hands of buyers worldwide. That is to say, people lucky enough to get their hands on a coveted invite. If you are one among the thousands of other less fortunate, there is another way to obtain a One, but it will cost you. (more…)
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…)
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…)
Last week when Verizon announced that its carrier version of the One (M7) was receiving the update to Sense 6.0, one of our readers commented, “Your move, AT&T.” While we cannot confirm or deny that today’s news is a direct cause of that comment, AT&T’s update is rolling out to devices across the country. (more…)
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.
As we reported on yesterday, the update to Verizon’s HTC One (M7) is rolling out to devices starting today and over the next few days. This brings the device up to Software Version 4.10.605.3 and includes Sense 6.0 along with some other bug fixes and improvements. (more…)