It's been nearly a year since HTC revealed the One M8. HTC will be announcing its next great design at the start of MWC.
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The HTC One (M8) ticks most of our boxes: design, build and performance are all excellent, there's no app overload, and HTC Sense is improving with every iteration. Battery life could be better and some of the camera tools may seem unnecessary, but overall it's a winner.
HTC is showing off a couple of mid-range Android devices with their compelling design features. They also talked about a new initiative and a study as they attempt to reach beyond simple design initiatives.
HTC revealed the rumored large One Max device that stretches the HTC One Mini beyond the flagship HTC One. A removable back teases you with microSD, but the battery stays put.
T-Mobile USA is giving away the HTC Car Kit with an HTC One purchase, and after spending a couple weeks with it, I find it to be an essential accessory. It works well and is priced right, at just $60.
HTC is trying to change the discussion on cameras from megapixels to the full experience. They offer a new ultrapixel camera design with some slick software innovations that set the HTC One apart from everyone.
HTC is proving over and over that they can design gorgeous, desirable smartphones and fell hard in 2012 after a very successful 2011. Hopefully they can take their design leadership and translate that into sales in 2013.
HTC just announced the 5 inch Droid DNA and so far it is fabulous. HTC knows how to design a device and it may soon earn a place in my collection.
Microsoft's new Windows Phone 8 OS is launching on a couple of HTC devices and the first one I tested is the HTC Windows Phone 8X. The design is awesome, Beats Audio rocks, and it is a very pocketable and boldly attractive device.
The Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE is an interesting device with some nice design elements for a high speed data network that isn't yet around. It is a nice EVO device, but with the Samsung Galaxy S III around the corner I am not sure that is enough any more.
The question is whether HTC can continue to work the design and carrier support angle vs. rivals. Keep in mind that Apple isn't the only concern for HTC.
HTC announced the Rhyme Android smartphone with a sleek design and several accessories, but last generation specs and no LTE. Is there a market for such targeted phones?
Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC says it's using design as its primary tool to connect with consumers. But as the mobile landscape shifts, is it enough?
HTC product chief says more Facebook-targeted products to come and underscores company's support for both Android and Windows Phone.
One of the developments I'll be watching during 2011 is the extent to which solar technology can break out of its design mold -- that of dozens of bulky panels arrayed across a roof, parking lot or field -- and morph into other formats that are integrated directly into buildings.Here's just one leading indicator: this week, Soladigm of Milpitas, Calif.
With very few exceptions, I'm very pleased with the hardware design of the HTC HD2 I'm currently using. It would have been nice if HTC had integrated two better quality speakers rather than the single, rather low quality speaker.
In the past, I merely favored non-Apple platforms. With Apple's recent decision to sue HTC over patent violations, mere preference for other products has turned into an active dislike of a company with a clear flair for hardware design.
A new HTC patent application points to a novel way of combining capacitive touchscreens with stylus use — putting a magnetic head on the stylus.The system, described in US Patent Application 20090167727, attempts to tackle the same problem that RIM addressed with its hybrid resistive/capacitive touchscreen design — that a resistive screen with a stylus allows for handwriting and the selection of tiny icons, but a capacitive screen is faster and more sensitive and allows for multitouch.
Ulf Waschbusch, a former Google Mobile Product Manager and current MySpace mobile employee, says, in so many words, that the HTC-made, Google Android-powered T-Mobile G1 is far from an iPhone killer -- in fact, it's just downright disappointing:The reason many people see the G1 as ugly and old-fashioned is simply… because it IS! It’s a design unchanged for a while (it’s now available in Zune-brown along with white and black).
One of my absolute favorite Windows Mobile Professional devices was the HTC Touch Dual with the excellent TouchFLO interface, very compact form factor, and wonderful keypad design. The only thing that kept me from using it more was the lack of 3G support in the U.S. Today, HTC announced that the HTC Touch Dual will be coming to the U.S. this quarter with support for U.S. HSDPA (AT&T) wireless data networks. The HTC Touch Dual will be sold as a SIM-unlocked device through Best Buy. No pricing information is yet available. It will also include Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional.
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