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3 years ago

HTC One Max review

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Does the world n​​eed a 5.9-inch HTC One?

We like the HTC One. Twice this year we’ve said it was the best Android phone you can buy, and there’s a strong argument for saying that’s still the case today. When it arrived back in March, the HTC One bucked some of the major high-end smartphone trends of the time. A metal shell, not plastic. A quirky two-button setup. A 4-megapixel camera that focused on pixel size, not megapixel count. And a screen no larger than its predecessor, at 4.7-inches, in a world of rapidly ballooning display sizes.

Nevertheless, big phones are, and look set to remain, a thing. The success of the Samsung Galaxy Note series has inspired competitors to have a crack at their own unashamedly large smartphones. This year we’ve seen the Optimus G Pro from LG, the Xperia Z Ultra from Sony and even the Ascend Mate from Huawei. It was only a matter of time before HTC arrived — fashionably late, of course — at the oversized smartphone party.

It’s easy to look at the One Max and assume you’re just dealing with a bigger HTC One. That’s not untrue, but there’s more going on than a mere expansion of an existing phone into a new form factor — and that’s both good and bad. The Max delivers some subtle differences in design and build, a fingerprint sensor around the back, expandable storage and an array of new software tricks thanks to HTC’s new Sense 5.5.

But does the world need a 5.9-inch HTC One? And what of the competition from the likes of Samsung, which has just launched its Galaxy Note 3 amid much fanfare. Let’s find out after the break, as we take an in-depth look at the new HTC One Max.

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3 years ago

US Cellular makes shared data plans official - and expensive

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Personal plans can be shared by 10 users, business plans up to 25

US Cellular has made their shared data plans official. Much like AT&T and Verizon, users opting-in to the new plans will be able to purchase one large (relatively speaking) bucket of data and split it amongst users on the same account. The new plans are available to both standard consumer accounts as well as small-business accounts, and for some folks they probably make a lot of sense — especially on the small-business side.

The plans themselves are pretty pricey on the lower tiers, though. Starting at $40 for 300MB worth of shared data, and running the spectrum the whole way to $560 per month for 75GB, the plans will also require per device charges of $40 per smartphone, $30 for a "basic" phone, $20 for a modem or hotspot, and $10 for a tablet. These all give unlimited calls and messages. In addition, they are offering data-only plans for modems and tablets starting at a much more reasonable $10 for 1GB of data. There was no mention of forcing existing customers to switch to the new plans.

The full press release is after the break, and you can always visit US Cellular's site for all the dirty details.

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3 years ago

We're answering your HTC One Max questions on the Android Central forums!

Got questions? Head to the forums!

The HTC One Max has been officially announced this morning, and we've had the chance to use the device for the past few days. So now that everything official we're answering your questions on the device over on the Android Central forums. Maybe you want to know about that enormous 5.9-inch1080p display. Or perhaps the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, or any of the new HTC Sense 5.5 software features — like Google+ and RSS support in BlinkFeed. Whatever burning questions you have, hit the forum link below 

Stay tuned for our full HTC One Max review in the near future!

More: HTC One Max Q&A on the Android Central forums

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3 years ago

In pictures: The HTC One Max

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An extensive photo gallery of HTC's next big thing

The HTC One Max is official, and we've got our hands on HTC's latest 5.9-inch handset. While we finish up our full review, you'll want to check out our extensive hands-on photo gallery after the break. Enjoy!

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3 years ago

HTC One Max carriers and availability

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'Max' coming to Europe first, with UK launch this week; Verizon and Sprint getting it by year's end

A little earlier than we were anticipating, the HTC One Max is official. So just when will you be able to get your hands on HTC's latest super-sized handset? Well, the good news for folks in the UK is that the Max will be launching there later this week. Vodafone UK will be the first launch partner (though no exclusive deal is in place, HTC says), with the rest of Europe following soon afterwards.

Stateside, the HTC One Max will be coming to Verizon Wireless and Sprint in time for the holidays. We don't have any pricing information for the device just yet, but we'll keep you posted as details emerge.

More: HTC One Max forums; HTC One Max specs

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3 years ago

HTC One Max specs

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Complete hardware specifications for the new HTC One Max

After many months of leakage and speculation, the HTC One Max is finally official, and we've got our hands on the 5.9-inch handset, which packs familiar internal hardware.

The short version is the One Max is, on the inside, essentially an HTC One. It's powered by a Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM and a 1080p display. But it's also got removable storage in addition to its 16GB of onboard flash, and there's a fingerprint scanner underneath that 4-megapixel "Ultrapixel" camera. It's also the first HTC phone to launch with Android 4.3 and the new Sense 5.5 UI.

You'll find the long version after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC officially unveils the One Max

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5.9-inch screen, Snapdragon 600, HTC Sense 5.5, fingerprint scanner

HTC has just officially announced the One Max, its latest Android smartphone with a whopping 5.9-inch 1080p display. Styled similarly to the rest of its One series with an aluminum chassis, the One Max runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and the new Sense 5.5 UI, and debuts as HTC's largest smartphone to date.

On the inside, the Max is powered by a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM. Around the back is HTC's familiar UltraPixel camera, along with a new fingerprint scanner, which can be used for security or mapped to quick-start certain apps. Internal storage comes in 16 and 32 gigabyte helpings, and there's also a microSD slot behind the removable back panel, along with a non-removable 3300mAh battery. HTC will also offer a special flip cover with a built-in 1200mAh battery to augment the Max's battery life — the case connects to the phone through pogo pins on the back cover.

HTC's BoomSound front-facing speakers have made it across too, though following the end of the HTC/Beats partnership, the Max doesn't feature Beats Audio software enhancements.

HTC's Sense 5.5 software adds new features to BlinkFeed, including full Google+ support, RSS integration and searching — as well as the ability to turn off BlinkFeed if you want. The Gallery app has been expanded with more control over video highlights, as well as a new side-scrolling layout.

The HTC One Max is due to launch first in the UK later this week, followed by a wider international launch. In the U.S. it'll launch on Verizon and Sprint for the holidays.

More HTC One Max coverage:

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3 years ago

LG 'G Flex' pictured with curved 6-inch display

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Curvy smartphone could launch next month, according to reports

With Samsung's Galaxy Round now officially a thing, it's only a matter of time before LG responds with its own curved-screen handset, as has been extensively rumored. Today we're seeing a handful of renders of the "G Flex" leak out online, showing a top-to-bottom curve on a device that bears close resemblance to the LG G2. (An image of the phone lying flat even hints at the presence of back-mounted buttons, in the style of LG's latest flagship handset.)

Engadget reports that the device will sport a 6-inch display, as previously rumored, while an article on The Verge suggests that a November launch is on the cards, following the launch of the LG-made Nexus 5. Whether the "G Flex," or Samsung's competing Galaxy Round, will ever see a widespread international launch remains to be seen, however.  

Source: Engadget, The Verge

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3 years ago

Enter the 'Show Your Doodle' contest to win some great prizes

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Art is meant to be shared, and so are prizes!

A new Galaxy Note (or two) means an increase in the number of people fiddling around and drawing on their Androids. Some of you are real artists, and regularly create wonderful things on your phones and tablets, but a lot of us just like to doodle.

I'm in the latter group. While playing (yes, it's fun so it's really play) with the Note 3 and sharing some of my rudimentary "sketches" some folks decided we needed to fire up another doodle contest in the forums.

Look at the forum contest thread to read the rules and enter. And you might want to enter because the prizes are pretty darned cool. Three entries will win a box with the following inside:

Drawing is something anyone can do on any Android — see the forum post for apps that will help — and it's a lot of fun. Now you can win something awesome while you do it.

Android Central's Show Your Doodle contest

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3 years ago

So long, Big Android BBQ 2013

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A great weekend with the biggest Android fans around

For three days in sunny (and then rainy) Dallas, a group of several hundred Android enthusiasts came together to share some words, some experiences and some food. The Big Android BBQ 2013 wrapped up last night with a fantastic party full of great people and money raised for charity, but the two days prior were just as action packed.

Android fans, journalists, sponsors and event volunteers came from all over the country (and the world) to talk about our favorite mobile OS and share some like-minded discussions. The Big Android BBQ gave everyone a chance to learn a thing or two about devices of all kinds, hear some great speakers and meet with representatives from well-known companies as well.

I have to say that the BBQ was an absolute blast, and most of all I'm glad I had the opportunity to meet so many Android Central readers and fans over the past couple of days.

So to all of the great people who attended this year, thanks for making this weekend one to remember. Have a safe trip home and we'll hopefully see you again next year at another great Big Android BBQ.

Relive #BABBQ13 on Google+ | Twitter

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3 years ago

The ZOMM Wireless leash is the best Moto X or new Droid accessory ever

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This tiny Bluetooth puck works as a trusted device and works with Touchless Control

I "rediscovered" a little gadget the other day that works great with my Moto X. Like a lot of tech enthusiasts — as in a whole freaking lot — I hit sites like http://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=http%3A%2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.com%2Ffs-bin%2Fclick%3Fid%3DJAF5WzpxbKM%26subid%3D%26offerid%3D437846.1%26type%3D10%26tmpid%3D20609%26u1%3Ddac%26RD_PARM1%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.woot.com%252F%26ourl%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.woot.com%252F&token=p-6k_4K5 every night to see what little toys and gizmos are on the cheap. Yes, I end up buying a bunch of crap that I never use, and have a drawer (or two) filled with things my wife says I need to throw away, but sometimes you find a little golden nugget.

Like the ZOMM Wireless leash.

I admit, I forgot that Phil had already looked at these, but the lure of $17 off the normal price was too much to resist and I bought a couple. As a Moto X user lover aficionado, I'm really glad I did.

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3 years ago

Hale Dreamer dock with SmartSilence for Android review

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Sleep in peace knowing that the Hale Dreamer with SmartSilence will intelligently screen your calls to make your snooze as uninterrupted as possible.

If you've kept an eye on the blog the last few weeks, then we're sure you saw our entry on the Hale Dreamer dock for Android with the SmartSilence application and how the developers were looking for backers on kickstarter. Well, for those of you who showed interest, you'll be glad to know that we are back this week with a review on the pre-release hardware and software.

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3 years ago

Talk Mobile You Week: The best things you said!

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Mobile You. The last of ten weeks of Talk Mobile 2013, and it was all-too-appropriately all about you. From how to find the right smartphone for you to how to customize that phone to how to manage your family of mobile devices and mobile device users, week ten was about the mobile you.

The modern smartphone is a beast that has changed the way that we live and communicate. It's uniquely personal and yet is our gateway to the furthest reaches of the globe. Unsurprisingly, you had a lot to say about that.

3 years ago

Hands-on with the 7-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

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The delivery man was working on a Saturday and delivered our 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX this afternoon, and we wanted to make sure you fine folks had a chance to see a quick peek of it.

The new 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX is extremely thin and light (9mm and 303g, respectively) and has an incredible 323ppi 1900 x 1200 pixel screen. Under the hood is a quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU clocked at 2.2GHz, and paired with 2GB of RAM the new Mojito UI absolutely flies. 

A few quick first impressions left us feeling good about what we are seeing here. The package is very well built and assembled, with a mostly soft-touch backing (it almost feels rubberized) and the few buttons are solid and functional. The screen is excellent, as are the dual stereo speakers and Dolby audio system. Of course, we'll know more about things like battery life and wireless performance after a bit of use.

I'm an unapologetic Kindle Fire user. I've found that when it comes to consuming the content I want to consume, Amazon and their hardware deliver it better than anyone else out there, and it's the tablet that sits on my nightstand and puts me to bed every night. Having said that — and yes, I realize it's likely an unpopular opinion — I'm the perfect person to review the latest and greatest Amazon has to offer.

I'll be doing just that, and I've already filled our 16GB unit with some books from my library, signed into my Amazon cloud and migrated my Amazon apps and settings from my older Kindle to the newer one. Look for further thoughts throughout the week, with a full review soon. 

In the meantime, there's a short video and some pictures after the break.

Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch at Amazon

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3 years ago

Nexus 5 appears in clearest leak yet, gets the full hands on

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It sure looks like the next Nexus in this 7 minute hands on video 

Looks like we've all got a little weekend treat here. What this is, apparently, is a full 7 minute hands on video with the LG Nexus 5. We've been seeing and hearing things for the past few weeks, but this is the clearest view yet at what we're expecting to be Google's next Nexus phone. The video is plastered with smartphones.sfr.fr whom it appears we have to thank. 

We've not had chance to digest it all yet, but jump in and take a look for yourselves in the video up top. Early thoughts are that it shows the phone to be running Key Lime Pie, so it's likely an older build of the software and doesn't show us anything new. Also, on the hardware front, the large Nexus logo we've seen repeatedly in previous leaks on the rear of the phone seems to be missing, So maybe this is an earlier prototype of the hardware too. That, plus the "not for sale" sign on the back would indicate this probably isn't a retail unit we're looking at. What do you think of it all? 

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