Thursday, August 29, 2013

HTC One Mini Review


HTC has joined the Mini bandwagon by launching a smaller and cheaper version of the One – its flagship Android handset. As you would expect, the company has made some sacrifices to the internal specs of the phone, but as far as the design and user experience is concerned, the HTC One Mini isn’t much different as compared to its big brother. Find out more about this gorgeous Android smartphone in our in-depth review.

Looks and Build

From a design perspective, the HTC One Mini isn't much different from the company's flagship smartphone - HTC One. The only differences being the slightly smaller dimensions and the introduction of a thicker plastic rim around the edges. The majority of the exterior is built from premium aluminum which provides a solid feel and attractive appearance to the phone. Specifically, the One Mini measures 132 x 63.2 x 9.3 mm, and tips the weight scales to 122 grams, which makes it perfect for single-handed use. Considering the fact that the One Mini maintains almost the same aspects of its big brother's award winning design, it can definitely count itself among one of the most gorgeous handsets.

Screen

The HTC One Mini comes equipped with a 4.3-inch Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen display panel with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels which equals to a pixel density of 342 ppi. It offers high brightness levels, amazing contrast and extremely wide visibility angles. The image quality is not as sharp as the HTC One's 1080p display, but it is certainly quite good for premium mid-range segment phone. On top of the screen is a safely layer of Corning's toughened Gorilla Glass 2 for resistance against scrapes and scratches. As far as the sunlight legibility of the display is concerned, it falls short of expectations as the glass is fairly reflective, thereby making it slightly difficult for users to read out in bright sunlight.

Software

Powered by Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the HTC One Mini offers a host of features and apps straight out-of-the-box. However, HTC is known to add its own suite of apps and features in all its Android handsets and the same is true for the Mini as well. The phone's OS has a custom Sense 5 user interface which includes features like BlinkFeed Home screen, Zoe Gallery, Highlight Videos and much more. Additionally, there are different dedicated modes like Kid mode, Car Mode, etc. which provide flexible functionality according to your requirements.

Performance

The HTC One Mini has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor running at 1.4 GHz, Adreno 305 graphics unit and 1 GB of RAM. As far as synthetic benchmarks are concerned, the phone does quite well in all of them by clocking numbers which are similar to its rivals. The hardware performs extremely well in normal conditions, but the slightly lower amount of RAM means multi-tasking is not as smooth as on its big brother. Nonetheless, users will be able to use most functions of the phone without experiencing any nagging issues like lags or slowdowns. Unfortunately, there's no microSD card available on the handset, so you'll have to accommodate all your files on the 16 GB internal memory or any cloud storage service on the internet.

Camera

The Ultrapixel rear-facing camera is another part of the HTC One Mini which is similar to its elder sibling. It is the same 4 megapixel unit with a F/2.0 lens and 1/3" sensor, but it lacks optical image stabilization. The Mini can capture true HD video of 1080p at 30 frames per second and still images of a maximum resolution of 2688 x 1520 pixels. The camera interface is also quite impressive in terms of features as it include face detection, smile detection, burst mode, HDR mode, panorama mode and much more. The secondary 1.6 megapixel camera is present at the front side of the phone and it can be used for capturing self-shots and 720p video calls.

Battery

An important parameter to look at while choosing a smartphone these days is its battery life. Thankfully, the HTC One Mini does pretty well in this department thanks to its 1800 mAh Li-Po battery unit which offers a maximum talk time of 20.7 hours and stand-by time of 20.8 days on 2G networks. On 3G networks, it is able to offer 28 days of stand-by time and up to 13 hours of talk time. Sadly, the battery is non-removable so users don't get the option of using an extra unit in emergency situations.

Conclusion

The strong points of the HTC One Mini are its top-notch build quality, attractive styling, brilliant display, Boomsound speakers and 4G LTE support. However, it also has its fair share of negative points like the lack of microSD card slot and NFC, limited internal storage options (only 16 GB) and slightly inferior hardware compared to its rivals. Also, it isn't as compact as anyone would expect a Mini version of the One to be. Overall, the HTC One Mini seems to be a pretty good Android handset for users who want to experience the awesome features of the HTC One, but the size or price has stopped them from doing so till now.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Motorola introduces Moto X



Its official. After so much rumors and anticipation, Motorola unveiled its flagship smartphone - Moto X.
Moto X is the first smartphone launched by Motorola since the company was bought by Google.

Features

Moto X is the first device to showcase the "always ready" feature. Users can utilize Google voice search without unlocking the device.



Moto X comes with a new notification system in which the screen subtly pulses with the alerts. User can then touch & hold the screen to see the notification and that all without unlocking the device.

Motorola has also introduced "Quick-Capture" - a new way to open up the camera by shaking the device in a particular manner.



Specifications

The Moto X has a 4.7 inch AMOLED HD display (1280 X 720 pixels) with a pixel density of 312 ppi. It has a 10MP rear camera with full HD 1080p recording and a 2MP front facing camera with 1080p recording as well.

Moto X is powered by a Dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait processor with Adreno 320 GPU and runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system. It has 2 GB of RAM and 16/32GB of internal memory.

It has a 2200 mAh battery which Motorola says gives upto 24 hours of mixed usage.

Availability & Customization

Moto X will be available on contract in the U.S. later this summer. All devices are being assembled in the U.S. and will ship to the customers in four days or less.

Motorola has given its customers tons of customization options to truly make the phone theirs. Customers can choose front & back colors, accent color and even the signature. The signature will be printed on the back of the phone.

Customers can also choose memory (16GB / 32 GB), wallpaper & personal "power on" message which will be displayed when device is powered on.

Accessories like wall-charger, in-ear headphones are also available and that too in color of your choice.

Price

Moto X can be yours for $199 for 16GB and $249 for 32GB.

 
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