Posts Tagged ‘HTC’
Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
The HTC One M8 introduced the Dot View case to the world; a unique flip cover with a grid of holes that let the screen beneath shine through. As well as looking awesome, the case shows the time and notifications – like incoming calls, weather, battery alerts and alarms. The case proved popular, and so HTC have made Dot View cases for many of their recent phones. The latest phone to get a Dot View case is the Desire 510.
If you haven’t heard of the phone that isn’t much of a surprise; it’s an as-of-yet unannounced handset that should be the first to launch with a 64-bit processor. That processor is the Snapdragon 410, the latest from Qualcomm. It’s not clear what advantages it’ll hold over the current Snapdragon 400 mid-range option, but presumably there’ll be some performance differential.
Other specifications for the Desire 510 have been listed by the Twitter account @upleaks, which has reported a 4.7″ 854 x 480 display, a 5-megapixel camera and Android 4.4.2 on board (with a hearty helping of HTC Sense 6).
We’ll have more Desire 510 accessories in the coming weeks, as the phone is officially announced and third-party companies make their own announcements. The phone is likely to be revealed at the IFA 2014 conference in Berlin, which should also play host to new smartphones from Sony, Samsung, LG and many others.
Above: Dot View cases for the HTC One M8.
For more information and to place your pre-order for these cases, please visit the product pages linked below. These include live pricing and availability information for the cases, which are of the time of writing just 1-2 weeks away from arriving in our warehouse.
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Thursday, August 21st, 2014
The HTC One E8 is a cut-price plastic version of the highly regarded One M8, offering the same powerful specifications in a less expensive package. The phone is expected to be released in Europe later this year, and we’re already preparing accessories. Today we’re announcing two official cases will be available at Mobile Fun, so let’s take a look.
Official One E8 Dot View Case
The first case is the Dot View Case that captured so much critical and public attention upon the debut of the One M8 earlier this year. The case’s key feature is its front cover, which is ventilated with dozens of tiny dots. The screen can shine through these, showing the time and notifications like incoming calls, alarms and low battery warnings.
It’s makes for a beautiful retro-style effect, and it’s practical as well as it removes the need to open your case every time you get a notification. The One E8 Dot View cases will be available in four colours to start for the One E8: orange popsicle, grey, imperial blue and baton rouge.
Official One E8 Flip Cover
If you’re not fussed about getting your notifications on your cover or you’d prefer a more affordable cover, then you can opt for the official flip cover. This is made from a nice synthetic material, with a flip cover that protects the screen from damage. As with the Dot View Case, you’ll find there are four colours available: white, grey, pink and red.
So there you have it. We’ll have many more One E8 cases and One E8 accessories in the future, so stay tuned!
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Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
Today we’re going to have a look at some of the best cases and covers available for the HTC One Mini 2. I’m sure you all know how this works by now, so let’s get right into the recommendations!
Our first case is also one of the most protective on the list: the ArmourDillo Hybrid Case. The case has a two-tone design, with two TPU pieces locking together to form an impressive barrier against scratches and drops. The case’s rigid exoskeleton is singularly effective against damage, and includes space for a built-in media stand. The Armourdillo is a good looking case, available in plenty of colours and at a fair price.
The FlexiShield is one of the most often recommended cases on the site, and that’s true once again for the One Mini 2. The case has a simple gel design that covers each side and the back of the phone, while a lip around the screen prevents scratches and other damage. The case is available in many colours as well, so you should be able to find something that matches your style. The gel material used to construct the case adds significant grip, while remaining flexible enough to make installation an easy process.
HTC have done well to craft excellent cases for their smartphones, like this official Flip Case for the One Mini 2. The case has a simple form factor with few surprises, boasting a good fit and slim signature. The Flip Case does that vital job of protecting the screen, allowing your phone to survive in good condition for a long time. This is also one of the most stylish cases available for the One Mini 2.
If you like the style of the HTC Flip Case but you’d prefer a natural material to a synthetic, then this leather case from Noreve might be just the ticket. The case has a slightly thicker design that offers additional protection, and of course includes the look and feel of real leather. The case is slightly more expensive than its peers, but you certainly get what you pay for.
This official case is hard to find in all of its colour variations, but the most common grey and red version (shown to the left) is quite brilliant. The case clips together, with caps on the top and bottom joining onto the middle section. This provides an exceedingly tight fit, allowing the case to add minimal bulk while maintaining a perfect appearance. The case adds good scratch and moderate impact protection, and the additional colours really make the One Mini 2 look great. The Double Dip Hard Shell is a fitting winner of our roundup today.
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Thursday, July 10th, 2014
Today we’re going to look at some of the best cases for the HTC One Mini 2. Let’s get right into the recommendations!
Our first recommendation for the One Mini 2 is ideal for anyone that wants to protect their phone without spending a lot on a fancy case. The FlexiShield is a simple gel case, covering the body of the phone to prevent scratches and adding a thin barrier against drops and knocks. The FlexiShield is available in multiple colours too, so you should be able to find something that fits your fancy.
Our next case is another great budget option, but offers a lot more protection. The Armourdillo takes inspiration from its namesake animal, with a tough carapace that protects your phone from even heavier drops and falls. A lip around the screen prevents damage there, while the dual-layer design channels impacts around and away from the phone. The Armourdillo is thicker than many of its peers, but if you’re looking for protection at a good price you’ll find the trade-off worthwhile.
Encase are quickly impressing with their line of folio cases. The Wallet Case is their latest effort, a simple but practical arrangement that includes credit card pockets and a built in media stand. The wallet case looks nice too, with a faux-leather material providing a classical look that feels great in the hand.
Case-Mate have always been one of my favourite case-makers, and their recent upgrade of their Tough Case into the thinner Slim Tough only compounds that favoured position. The Slim Tough Case seems to have it all, adding a good amount of protection and minimal bulk. The case isn’t particularly eye-catching in its black colourway, but otherwise it’s a solid choice.
Our recommended case this time around for the HTC One Mini 2 is this official option, the Double Dip Hard Shell. The case has a unique construction, with the back plate held in place by caps on the top and bottom. Each cap is a different colour, giving your phone a unique look. Thanks to the three piece design, you’ll get a much slimmer rigid case than is otherwise possible, saving space in your pocket without sacrificing protection.
I hope you’ve found these recommendations helpful! Please check out our site for more HTC One Mini 2 accessories and have a great week. If you have any questions or comments, please share them in the comments below or talk to us on Twitter @mobilefun.
Friday, June 27th, 2014
Today we are going to compare two mid-range HTC phones: The One Mini and its successor, the One Mini 2. Let’s get started.
The One Mini 2 has a curvier design than its predecessor, much the same as the One M8 is curvier than the earlier One M7. Both designs feature front-facing stereo speakers, but the One Mini 2 uses on-screen buttons instead of the capacitive buttons of the original One Mini.
Side by side, you’ll see that there’s a difference here. The One Mini 2 has a 4.5-inch display, while the One Mini has a 4.3-inch display. Both displays have a resolution of 1280 by 720 and are called Super LCD 2 by HTC.
The One Mini 2 comes with a Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor at 1.4 GHz, backed with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. The One Mini has the same core specifications, including the same processor, RAM and internal storage.
As the two phones share a chipset, connectivity is identical as well – both phones can connect to the same LTE bands, and both support Bluetooth 4.0 and dual-band WiFi N.
Where the two models differ is that the One Mini 2 can expand its storage by up to 128 GB via microSD, something that isn’t possible for the original One Mini.
The One Mini 2 also has a larger battery, rated at 2110 mAh compared to the 1800 mAh of the original Mini. Talk time for the One Mini 2 is 16 hours and 10 minutes, compared to the 13 hours and 20 minutes of the original One Mini.
The original One Mini comes with the 4-megapixel Ultrapixel camera that debuted in the One M7, and returned in the One M8. In contrast, the One Mini 2 has a more standard 13-megapixel rear shooter.
The One Mini 2 has more pixels in its camera sensor, while the One Mini has larger pixels. That means that the One Mini 2 will be more adept in well-lit scenarios, while the original One Mini will be better in low light.
The front-facing cameras also differ. The One Mini 2 has a 5-megapixel front facer, while the One Mini has only a 1.6-megapixel unit. The One Mini 2′s improved camera is also capable of recording 1080p videos, while the One Mini’s front camera is only able to record in 720p.
The One Mini 2 was released with Android 4.4.2 (KitKat), while the One Mini came with Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean). However, the One Mini has since been updated to KitKat, making this an effective tie.
Having been out for longer, there are a wider range of HTC One Mini accessories than there are One Mini 2 accessories. This is particularly prevalent for HTC One Mini cases, which include models from Otterbox, Incipio, Rock and Otterbox. In contrast, there are fewer One Mini 2 cases, including examples from Case-Mate and FlexiShield. This situation will improve in time, but for now the One Mini holds the accessory ecosystem advantage.
The One Mini and One Mini 2 are very similar phones, but the Mini 2 does include some small upgrades over its predecessor. The microSD card slot, larger screen, larger battery and higher megapixel camera are the most substantive changes. If you had a choice of either phone at the same price, then the One Mini 2 is the obvious choice.
However, the two phones also differ in price – the One Mini 2 costs around £360 sim-free, while the One Mini is only £250. For that reason, I’d choose the earlier model, as the differences between the two aren’t enough to justify the extra expense.