HTC One And Galaxy S 4 Play Edition Hands-On: It’s Just Amazing

DSC00754The two best Android smartphones have finally shed their “software customizations” and joined the nearly holy crop of stock Android devices. They’re beautiful as it is, but to see them with Android 4.2.2 aligned in such a way to compliment the hardware, well, it’s just too much happiness to take in at once.

Now it’s time to move onward with initial impressions and testing notes, including hands-on video, after the break. Also, it is worth noting that while both devices are in their purest forms, a few software changes had to be made it make the experience actually work.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active Review: Takes Abuse Kindly

Galaxy S4 ActivePerhaps it is impossible to stop reviewing Galaxy S 4 models. Whatever the case may be, here’s another version of the S4 this time, the Active. Aimed for those who live life a little closer to the edge, the S4 Active is everything the original device is, except it sports IP67 certified dust and water protection, which lets it be completely submerged in three feet of water for 30 minutes.

Add to that the 1.9GHz quad-core processor and 2,600mAh battery, nestled behind a 5-inch 1080p LCD TFT screen with exclusive availability on AT&T’s 4G LTE network in the Untied States, and you have a pretty nice device.

But how much does it like getting dirty?

HTC Made Only A $41.6 Million Profit In Q2 2013

THE HTC ONEIt’s been an unfortunate few business quarters for HTC, and it’s only getting slightly better. Profits were at $41.6 million from a mere $2.8 million last quarter, based on unaudited figures. While it sounds like a great improvement, even with revenue also jumping to $2.4 billion, that’s a poor show considering it’s a 20 percent drop relative to the same quarter, last year. It looks like HTC’s success is closely being tied to the old adage, “it has to get worse before it gets better”.

Via: Reuters

Upcoming Moto X Phone Can Be Customized And Engraved, Comes From U.S. Factory

motoxSince this is the first Motorola smartphone to ever be created under Google’s watchful eye, the Moto X has plenty of consumers everywhere to impress, and so far, so good. First off, it will be the first smartphone of its class to be produced in the United States, out of a new factory in Texas. Customized models will be available, which include custom wallpapers for the customer who orders online through the Google Play Store, engravings, storage sizes, and even colors for the back and trim. Since the units are produced in Texas, they’ll ship to users in a few days, not weeks.

While there hasn’t been much else revealed about the Moto X’s specs besides ABC calling it a “mid-range phone”, there are its functions: it’ll know when you’re driving and as a result, automatically switch to speakerphone, or flipping the phone causing it to launch  the camera app, for instance. A formal launch is expected in the coming weeks.

ViaABC News

Apple Snatches Former Yves Saint Laurent CEO As A VP For ‘Special Projects’

Paul_DeneveUnbeknownst to all of the technology crowd until today, Apple has hired the former French fashion house CEO of Yves Saint Laurent as a vice president who will report directly to Tim Cook and superiors on “special projects”. Paul Deneve, while a master of fashion, is not the first person that comes to mind alongside Sir Jony Ive, responsible for design at Apple, but hopefully this is all geared towards something great.

After all, a little French sensible style never hurts, right?

ViaBloomberg

Sony XPERIA ZL Review: The Goldilocks Principle

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This is Sony’s XPERIA ZL smartphone. While this may only be an unlocked international model not capable of 4G LTE data connectivity (but the American T-Mobile version will), it still is completely reflective of the upcoming American model. When it comes to consumer electronics goods, Sony almost always comes to mind, but ever since the Xperia smartphones from a few years back — the X10 and Play that I had both reviewed — no one really looked forward to Sony smartphone devices.

Until now, there haven’t been very many innovations by Sony in the mobile phone space, but the Xperia ZL has started that mission, of acting as a vanguard.

With that in mind, let’s see how it stands.

HTC Condemns The One S: No More Updates

IMGP5689Just 15 months after releasing it and give or take our review of it, HTC will stop sending out Android updates to the One S, which was a very well-executed T-Mobile Android smartphone in many eyes. Its update cycle will be halted at Android 4.1.1 jelly Bean, despite a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and a full 1GB RAM — no doubt is this a disappointing decision on HTC’s part, no matter how fancy their official statement of it was:

We can confirm that the HTC One S will not receive further Android OS updates and will remain on the current version of Android and HTC Sense. We realize this news will be met with disappointment by some, but our customers should feel confident that we have designed the HTC One S to be optimized with our amazing camera and audio experiences.

It’s a shame.

Harry’s Truman Shaving Set Review: It Really Is That Nice

truman-set-orangeFine, let’s get this out the way: I may not get more than 3-inches of mustache and chin hair at the tender age of sixteen, but I can still shave. And it’s totally cool to be using German engineered razors sold in the United Sates, right? Of course it is, you wholly mammoth. Now, quit moping and go shave — don’t worry, your mustache will come back.

It takes some dedication to shave: a job, being Harvery Specter, or maybe just freshening up for your delightful lady-friend, but that doesn’t mean it has to be entirely menial, tedious work. For example, a great company called Harry’s exists; their goal is to give every able man a great shave, at a really inexpensive price. Truly, a glorious mission…and then some.