Tuesday, 28 April 2015

LG G4

The LG G4 was launched today. Take a look at Phandroid looking at camera and it's software.

Take a look at @Phandroid's Tweet: https://twitter.com/Phandroid/status/593122330894807040?s=09

Monday, 27 April 2015

Saturday, 25 April 2015

HTC 4G reception better than Samsung

Many are knocking the M9 for its camera. But it's ability to keep locked to a local 4G is so much better than Samsung. My Samsung has lost its 4G access whilst the M9 has still got it. My Samsung is a flagship. Wonder if Samsung can fix its radio reception.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Android Central review of the HTC One M9

HTC One M9: A second opinion http://www.androidcentral.com/htc-one-m9-second-opinion Sent via BlinkFeed

Hubble 25 years old

Hubble turns 25: The past, present and future http://www.engadget.com/2015/04/24/hubble-turns-25/ via Engadget Android

HTC camera fix

HTC is pushing out to the carriers in the USA a software update to improve camera performance. When will we in Europe get the update?

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Wrong Google Play Services? Fix from experience

I did not know how to update Google Play Services. I installed the wrong version. You must go to the Application manager and see what version you need. For example my Note 4, needs a .430 version. My HTC needs a .448 version. So whatever version is the update has to be 7.3.26, with your version number at the end.

See www.apkmirror.com
If you have installed the wrong version and no Google app will open you need to go back to the Application Manager and find Google Play Services and pick Uninstall Updates. You will find it will all function again.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

HTC One M9 temporary camera fix

Until HTC pushes out a software update to correct the poor camera quality it is best to set the resolution to 10:7. That way the camera has good performance.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Yesterday's flagship, today's flagship

Today in 20 countries we had 2 launched flagships; the HTC One M9 and the Samsung s6 and s6 Edge.

The appeal is never to the possibility of our pockets nor the wait to save. We need the latest, the fastest, the most good looking smartphone that makes all heads turn and eyes roll with envy.

It is human nature to better what we possess. And we don't mind how we pay for it.

For some the possibility of going for the latest is not an option. So how does the S5 fare against it's new sibling? For a objective opinion not well. The old Touchwiz and well worn software and the lack of regular updates leaves one wondering what the term flagship really means. What saves the s5 is the camera.

On the HTC front fares better with the M8. Still a good phone yet the camera fares badly in certain scenarios. One director today confirms the upcoming update to the M8 to Sense 7. Same skin as the M9. I am sure by then the M9 will be updated further.

Sometimes we cannot always have what we want. We have to decide if the s5 serves us well. It is mostly soft plastic and waterproof. It has many qualities and now the s6 has been released it is certain that prices for the s5 will be even more accessible.

If we remember the reviews of the s5 there was a sense that Samsung played it safe. In the current iteration has nothing to do than congratulate themselves for such a good smartphone. The Note 4 is still a main player as is the Alpha. Samsung has learned that build needs to be good inside and out.

So if you can stretch the possibilities go for the present. But it is certain that 12 months down the road the flagship will be replaced.

Are we creating an expensive recycling of technology? It would seem so.

What is exciting is the pace of technology, the creativity of design and daily interaction. We are transitioning from mere social media entry to the media stream of social media and news from several feeds. We are reading news and making news in many different realms.

However we look at it the flagship is in our mind and in our desires. We determine trends and demands. It is up to us if we submit to a fashion of leasing phones for 2 years to then iterate our tastes.

The flagship is what we make it...

Galaxy s6 and S6 Edge do not work with Kies

http://www.androidauthority.com/galaxy-s6-kies-smart-switch-599994/

Thursday, 9 April 2015

HTC M9 software update to correct camera quality problem, article from Gottatobemobile.com

HTC One M9 Release Date Update Fixes Big Problem

The impressive new HTC One M9 release date is officially set for tomorrow, April 10th, and after months of waiting the smartphone will finally be available for prospective buyers. So far reviews have been mixed overall, and today HTC announced a release day bug fixing update will be rolling out aimed at curbing a few big issues on the new smartphone.
On March 1st the HTC One M9 smartphone was finally announced and revealed after months of leaks, rumors and speculation. Along with a neat new two-tone color design and the latest version of Android, the biggest and most exciting addition was the new 20.7 megapixel rear camera.
Tomorrow the HTC One M9 will be available from AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, and today we’re learning an update will be ready and waiting for almost all buyers. The Verizon HTC One M9 already has the latest software, Sprint will get an OTA update tomorrow, and T-Mobile and AT&T owners can expect it to arrive sometime next week. So what’s this update about? Read on for more details.
One-M9-camera
HTC’s new smartphone is an excellent device. It offers a beautiful two-tone all aluminum design, the latest version of Android, dual front facing speakers, a powerful new theme engine to change the look and more. However, the biggest change was the new 20.7 megapixel camera. Replacing the Duo cameras from the One M8 last year.
Multiple reviews around the web, including our own linked to above, mention that while the phone is excellent overall the camera is still lacking. We concluded that along with a near identical design to the One M8 last year, the camera was one of the biggest and only flaws of the new HTC One M9. The weakest link, so to speak. A problem that HTC had with the One M8 in 2014 as well.

Today the company revealed a big bug fixing update is rolling out to fix exactly that. After some internal testing, further refinements, and feedback from the media they’ve made some important changes to the software and are delivering a release date update aimed at improving the experience for owners.
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Our own HTC One M9 look pretty great photos, but often didn’t have the best lighting, was slow to focus, and even had a hard time figuring out what to actually focus on in the photo. Items further away seemed to confuse the focus, often resulting in poor photos. The 20.7 megapixel camera was a welcomed edition and something many were excited about, but the sub-par performance was a bit of a let down. It’s a capable camera, and we even mentioned that hopefully it could be improved over time with software updates.
Those with the Verizon HTC One M9 should have HTC software ending in .33 along with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, which is the latest release with the camera improvements. However, all other units bought from other carriers won’t have it. Owners are suggested to head into settings > about phone > and check for updates to make sure they’re on the latest .33 software release

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Top 5 facts from our mobile: by ColdFusTion

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Apple IOS update review via Pocketnow

Apple launches iOS 8.3 with a long list of improvements http://pocketnow.com/2015/04/08/apple-launches-ios-8-3 Sent via BlinkFeed

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Engage the Companies

We can review. We can comment. But we can do this describing the product.

But we need to shape the technology and engage to innovate.

For example we need to engage the giants to listen to the customer.

For example Samsung need to learn from HTC about Sense and learn the lessons.  Not copy, but take notice of the way it is light over Android. Android is fast!! But Touchwiz makes it lag.

HTC need to learn that Samsung knows how to capture customers with Amoled rich colour screens.

Also Apple needs to open IOS to customization.

I say "companies learn from each other, do not copy, innovate to the max."

We as reviewers must engage the Companies that way we can make a difference.

Not just about describing but we need to become designing as well. Our opinions mean nothing unless we too can engage the players in healthy dialogue.

As it is the technology is massive.  But the journey must continue.

We must engage to innovate!!!

Russell A Durose a.k.a Gadgets are my Passion.

Full review of the HTC One M9

There has been a few days since I was handed a review unit of the HTC flagship the One M9.

The phone is a little smaller to the huge Note 4 screen I am used to.  Yet I am seeing why the M9 will be the best phone of 2015.

Hardware
Attractive is the metallic body with gold trim. The whole feel is based on solidity. Must say I would solely go with the M9 over the Note 4 but there are features and looks that appeal to me in Samsung. The Qualcomm 810 chip, 3GB of Ram and camera at 20 mega pixels is impressive specs indeed. 

Software
One major fall for Samsung is the dependence on Touchwiz which does cause the Android system to lag and not be as quick as Sense 7 from HTC. Whilst my Note 4 has software features appealing to me, as well as the QHD screen the M9 has me impressed at the way it is so fluid. Beyond Android 5.0.2 it seems that Sense was built for Android and Android built for Sense.  It is a skin which enhances not entrenched the system in system lag. It seems that Android is the hand whilst Sense 7 is the glove.
The apps launch rapidly and do not cause lag when they are left in memory. Well done HTC!

Camera
The 20 Mega pixel camera should beat Samsung. But it does miserably in comparison. We have researched this with other testers who conclude it is not a hardware issue.  Rather the firmware for it is way below standard. I have personally written to HTC about this so that they start to understand the urgency for a firmware update. Please do the same.

Themes
The number one functionality which will win over IPhone 6 and S6 will be the ability to theme the interface. You can change wallpapers. Change icons. Wonderful approach to customization.

Some suggestions
I believe that if HTC update the camera and the system to 5.1 with performance enhancements it will win top spot with tech minded people.  In comparison the native email is poor in comparison with Samsung's version. It needs a feature rich update with a option to format your emails.

Once these are done you are going to see HTC be the phone of 2015!!!

Monday, 6 April 2015

Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge review by ColdFusTion

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Galaxy Note 4 excellent review from ColdFusTion

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Saturday, 4 April 2015

Friday, 3 April 2015

HTC One M9 camera summary

When you make a flagship you aim to have excellence in all the fields of operation of a smartphone. Samsung and Apple seem to have got this right in their flagship S6 and Iphone 6. However the HTC One M9 the camera is the "achilles heel" of the flagship. It has been tested by the reviewers and has been established that the camera physically has the capacity to bring good photos, however the software has a lot to be desired. It is hoped and we called upon HTC to bring out a firmware update to better the camera experience. It reminds me of a camera problem recently on a Samsung phone which had to be updated and solved a problem. We believe that if HTC can rapidly correct this issue then the HTC One M9 can be the flagship of 2015.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

HTC One M9 initial impression

The HTC One M9 is quite compact on first impressions than what I am accustomed to. The first setup was simple enough. The apps I have on my Note 4 were placed on the One M9. The software update is long winded. I am doing it as I speak.

Am impressed with it so far. One warning.  No charger was included.  A phone without a charger is strange.

HTC Unboxing

Arrived today is the HTC One M9. Gold trim and silver body.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

HTC One M9 review from PocketNow.

Here is Michael Fisher with a preliminary review of the HTC One M9.



Test post

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HTC ONE M9 TEST

Tomorrow a company will send me a HTC ONE M9 to test. I hope it is as good as other reviewers have said.