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HTC One Mini 2 Review

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HTCOneMini2 (4)Facing a steady drop in revenue in the wake of massive competition from the Samsung juggernaut, HTC went on the attack in 2013 with their new and improved HTC One. Not to be confused with the previous array of One phones from 2012; the One made a striking impression with its beautiful form and beefy internals, as well as some great additional features, including a beefed-up loudspeaker. Now that the second revision of the One -the M8- is here, it’s time to find out whether the One Mini 2 offers all the beastly features of its bigger brother at a reasonable size. Read on to find out.


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HTC Desire 300 Quick Review

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IMG_0003 copyThe HTC One might have grabbed headlines as a classy flagship of HTC’s 2014 lineup, but there’s still plenty of space at the opposite end of the spectrum, where cheap Nokia Windows Phones and Motorola Es and Gs are doing incredibly well here in the UK. HTC’s latest affordable handset is the Desire 300, and it’s got all the specs you’d expect if you didn’t want to get the incredibly good value Moto G. Does the Desire 300 compete? Let’s take a closer look.


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HTC BoomBass Speaker Review

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IMG_0036 copyIn the words of The Fresh Prince, backed by DJ Jazzy Jeff, “Boom! shake-shake-shake the room, Tic-tic-tic-tic Boom!” And with that, I present to you an unusual smartphone accessory in the form of the HTC BoomBass.  It’s a Bluetooth speaker cube that pairs via NFC, and has a rather novel sliding base on which you can rest your smartphone. The curious part? It’s not a normal speaker. So if you own one of HTC’s One smartphones, keep reading…


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HTC One Max Review

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IMG_0042 copyHTC’s 2013 One family was finished off with the announcement of the highly rumoured “phablet” (urgggh) in October last year – The HTC One Max.  Rocking a humongous 5.9″ display, this gadget really earns it’s name. It might not be equipped with a Stylus, and it’s not quite the Aluminium unibody of the original One, but if you’re Goliath-handed or are looking for a device to meet halfway between a phone and a tablet, then read on.


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HTC Desire 500 Review

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IMG_0032 copy So HTC, we meet again. Now though, it is time to adjust focus from their flagship ‘One’ lineup and take a look further down the pecking order at the reprisal of their Desire branding in the form of the Desire 500. With styling reminiscent of last year’s One X, the Desire sits comfortably in the £200 budget ballpark, but does it stand out against metallic might and strong competition? Read on to find out for yourself.

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Lots of Stuff.tv

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I’ve been away from TechNow and in the real world this week, enjoying the fantastic company of the ladies and gents over at Haymarket for Stuff.TV (Stuff Magazine’s online arm).   I’ve been rather productive and would love for you to take a click or two.

 

Hopefully there’ll be more from me, with them, soon. For now, here’s a run-down of the news and features I’ve worked on…

 

Microsoft Surface 2 vs Apple iPad Air: The big fight

 

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 vs Google Nexus 7 (2013): The weigh-in

 

Pure aims to crack America with Connect music streaming service

 

Nokia No More? Microsoft could drop the Nokia name, says Stephen Elop

 

HTC plans a “disruptive” tablet and an Android smartwatch

 

Stuff’s Lucy Hedges ponders the latest tech with BBC Radio 6 Music

 

Lamborghini’s Veneno Roadster costs £2.8m and doesn’t have a roof

 

More Coming Soon!

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HTC One Mini

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IMG_4200So far this year the HTC One has so far been the phone to pull the Taiwanese manufacturer back from the brink of certain failure. It was received to critical acclaim as well as my own high praise and even now 5 months after launch it’s still amongst the top handsets around and is my daily driver of choice.  It was therefore not hugely surprising that HTC would use the One as a base for a range of handsets as other manufacturers have done, by first introducing the One Mini.  The Mini is slightly smaller than its brother but keeps almost all of the features that made the One great.  So if you like the design of the One, but prefer a smaller device, then read on to find out what I made of it.


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Pioneer XW-SMA4-K Wireless Speaker

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IMG_4043 copyWelcome one and all to yet another full-featured speaker-dock review here at TechNow where we are looking at something else from Pioneer, but this one’s a bit of a beast. As you may know, we love having choice, and this dock is slathered with ways to connect your tech to it. The SMA4 is going to have to do a lot more than be handy with WiFi to have me sold. I am going to delve deep into the sound and see what makes it tick.. tick.. BOOM. Ahem.


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Nokia Lumia 925

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For Nokia it’s either back to the glory days, or certain failure.  If you’d asked me 2 or 3 years ago what Nokia would do to save themselves from missing the smartphone train, I’d have likely said they’d have to switch to Android.  Of course, they chose to partner with Windows Phone instead, a huge improvement over Symbian but a decision that has yet to be vindicated. Their true saviour however lies in attempting to out-do the photographic credentials of every other smartphone on the market with their PureView camera tech. Can a good snapper make the Lumia 925 a great smartphone? Read on for my view.


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The Sony Xperia Z

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IMG_3733 copyThe Xperia T was the last top-end phone we tested from Sony and although it was great in many respects, it was an absolute dust magnet. With their newest handset the Xperia Z, they’ve made it comply with IP57 certification, making it water and dust-resistant meaning even if it does get dusty or mucky you can just wash it off under a tap. Though this feature is a great idea, how does the rest of the phone hold up? Let’s find out.


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The Samsung Galaxy S4

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IMG_3620 copyWatching Samsung unveil their latest flagship smartphone – the Galaxy S4 to the eager crowd at Radio City Hall in New York gained Samsung a lot of attention, but not necessarily for the right reasons.  As I watched the live stream on a late night here in the UK, it took me a few attempts to remind myself I wasn’t inebriated in any way.  What I was watching was one of the most bizarre launches I’ve seen yet.  Lots of glitz, glamour, glee and the occasional sexist poke.  It felt like Samsung had taken a surreal step backward in launching what is clearly a feature packed phone in such a completely out of touch fashion.  I’m not here to talk your ear off about that atrocity, and instead am taking a look at the phone itself, and whether it lives up to the huge amount of hype that proceeded it.


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The HTC 8S

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IMG_3506 copyIn my review of the 8X I found it to be a real success of a Windows powered device in many regards – as long as you aren’t put off by the lacking selection of apps.  The phone to the left is not this, but its smaller brother the 8S, which is very similar in many regards but lacks the HD screen and is a less powerful device.  After being absolutely spoiled by devices bristling with features and juicy specs, the middle-range 8S would be an alternative to something like the similarly sized Nokia Lumia 720 or iPhone 4 but can be had for less than a couple of hundred pounds if you shop around. Let’s see how it does.


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HTC One

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IMG_0252 copyFor me, it’s that time of year that so many of us look forward to – phone upgrade time.  I had pondered my options and whether I should wait to see what Google would offer in the next Nexus handset as I have always liked Motorola hardware and have enjoyed the stock Android experience on my Huawei Ascend P1.  Fortunately my decision was made for me by a lovely chap in the upgrade department when he offered me a choice – Sony Xperia Z or HTC One.  The HTC One wasn’t even supposed to be available but from the early previews I had been totally sold on the design and specs.  Let’s see if it’s lived up to my expectations shall we?


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The HTC 8X

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IMG_3110 copyHTC started in a fairly low-key fashion with their first generation of Windows Phones. The Titan & Radar didn’t do a great job of selling the design strengths of Microsoft’s latest OS.  Fast-forward two years and HTC has finally released devices that do justice to the elegant simplicity of Windows 8.  Its flagship is the 8X, a handset that I’ve been looking forward to. Let’s see if it can finally win me over to Windows on a mobile.

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HTC 8X – Unboxing

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Well of course usually you’ll find me writing reviews on the latest phones, but before I get down to the details on the HTC 8X I thought I’d give you something to take a look at in the form of an unboxing video – my first ever… Enjoy!

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