Thursday, September 20, 2012

Meet The HTC 8x and 8s

I love new phones, and frankly, yesterday was the icing on the cake. My favorite hardware maker, HTC, released 2 new Windows Phones to the public eye yesterday. The new HTC 8x and 8s phones will be available in November and will carry with it some amazing features and specs. Let's take a look at the 8x first and follow that with the 8s.

The 8x is rumored to be headed to all the major carriers within the US. It features a 1.5GHz processor, a full 1GB of memory and 16GB of on-board storage. It also includes a Micro SD card slot that can use up to class 10, 32GB cards. The phone will be running Microsoft Windows Phone 8.0 out of the box. Its 4.3" Super LCD 2 display is crafted from Corning Gorilla Glass 2 and carries a 1280x724 pixel count (341 ppi)  for extremely sharp images.

The front facing 2.1MP camera includes an 88 degree field of view that will allow up to 4 people to be included in the self portrait mode. The rear facing 8MP camera has a BSI (low light) sensor and records video at a full 1080p resoltuion.

The included, non-removable 1800mAh battery should provide more than enough power to last through even the toughest days at the office. The 8x is available in Yellow, Blue, Black and Red and is rumored to be available in time for the Christmas shopping season.

The 8s, or the little brother to the x series, has many of the same features as its sibling, but makes some compromises to keep the cost of this device a bit lower. Powered by a single core 1GHz processor won't cause too much of a performance loss unless you are a heavy multitasker and losing the 4.3" Super LCD 2 display in favor of the lower cost 4" Super LCD will make the device have a much lower production cost. Dropping the RAM from 1GB to 512MB is the next. This is followed by the decrease in device storage from 16GB down to 4GB. It still includes the Micro SD slot for expansion so storage concerns should be minimal.

The front facing camera disappears from the device and the rear falls to 5MP with 720p video as a maximum resolution. The S also drops the compass from the directional controls and lowering the battery from the 1800mAh down to 1700mAh will also save a few bucks of the manufacturing costs. Though, we think the latter is a space move rather than a cost saver for the smaller device.

Overall, HTC has put out two top notch Windows Phones for two completely different markets. The X is aimed at the tech savvy individual that needs the latest and greatest device on the market and wants the top end specs. The S is aimed at someone that wants the best smartphone for the buck and isn't looking for all the extras. We expect to see the 8x hit the market at the $200 on-contract/$550 non-contract price and hope to see the 8s come in at $50 on-contract/$450 non-contract.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Data Saver: Nokia Music

There is something magical about an App that streams music, yet uses no data. It is that kind of App that earns our "Data Saver" award. Our Data Savers are Apps that are fully functional Apps that require minimal onboard storage while allowing a maximum entertainment experience. 

In our time with the Nokia 900, we've been lucky enough to test drive the amazing Nokia Music App. Available in the US for the Nokia 800 and 900 series devices, Nokia Music allows users with unlimited plans can stream music by artist, genre or the extremely well programmed presets. As an added bonus, this free software also has some tricks up its sleeves.

By long pressing on any station, you can select the offline play option that will download the entire station to the device memory for a non-data using music experience. The offline music option includes hours of tracks that are relevant to the genre or artists you select and also includes the album artwork as well. A quick tap of the skip button moves you on to the tracks that you want, without having to survive the tracks you don't.

The Nokia Music Player also accesses all the tracks in your device memory that have been loader via the Zune software on your PC. It will also allow direct purchases of any of the tracks you listen to and store them in your Nokia account.

Once again, Nokia has floored us with an amazing software package that is free to those with one of their premium handsets. The Lumia series hardware is still one of the most superior designs in the industry and the desire to own one is only made stronger by their amazing additions to the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Quick Press: HTC Connection App Goes Missing

Rumored to have an update due in August, the unpopular HTC Connection Setup App has disappeared from the Windows Marketplace this evening. While it isn't clear if an update is imminent or of there was just a glitch, hopeful users will be watching to see if HTC is finally bringing some MVNO love to their App.

UPDATE 9/20: The app is back in the Marketplace, but no noticable changes or updates have taken affect? Perhaps a rejection from MS or was it just a simple glitch in the system?

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Bank Of America App Comes To WP

Bank of America customers have new reason to celebrate their Focus S, Lumia series or other Windows Phone, with the release of the new BOA App for Windows Phone. The App allows for balance checking and transfers, online bill paying, photo check deposit and quite a few other handy features.

You can download the App via the Windows Phone Marketplace -

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Monday, September 3, 2012

Nokia Continues Exclusive Software

Nokia continues to step up their Windows Phone game with their new "Welcome Home To Windows Phone" software package. This PC based software will scan your iPhone, Android device or BlackBerry for contacts, calendars, pictures, songs and videos . Once it's done, it will also scan the Apps that are loaded on your device and recommend new ones for your Windows Phone.

While not everything is perfect on with the system, the fact that in a matter of an hour, everything on your old phone is backed up and moved to your new Lumia makes this a great addition to the Nokia lineup. It's almost made Nokia the only Windows Phone partner worth looking at until the Windows Phone 8 devices come to market.

From Nokia