Posts Tagged ‘HTC’
Monday, April 20th, 2015
Are you looking for a top-notch car pack for your new Android flagship phone? We’ve got the Olixar DriveTime In-Car Pack in stock now for the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and the HTC One M9. Let’s take a look at what’s on offer in this innovative car pack!
A slim and stylish car holder
The heart of this pack is the dock & go car holder, which provides a steady and secure platform for your smartphone. It works in landscape mode or portrait mode and is fully adjustable with a ball mount, so you can choose the position and orientation that’s most comfortable for you. The holder is durably built too, so it should last for the life of your phone.
A powerful car charger
Many car chargers on the market and in stores don’t tell you how much power they provide – and usually that’s because they provide the bare minimum, only 500mA or 0.5A. The DriveTime car charger is different; we provide a full 2000mA (2A) of power, allowing you to charge your One M9, Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge at its fastest speed. That means less time spent charging, more time at 100%. The charger is also quite compact, able to fit even into cramped cigarette lighters and staying out of the way.
That extra cable that makes it easy
You might expect to just get the in-car charger and the car holder, and then you’d need to use your only micro USB cable to actually get your phone plugged in. But we figure that’s a bit of a bother, so we’re throwing in a full-length 1M micro USB cable, so you can keep it in your car and not have to worry about swapping it back and forth all the time.
Thanks for checking out our article on the Olixar DriveTime for the One M9, Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. We also have DriveTime car packs available for a number of other phones, so have a look at our site for more. Finally, there are a wide range of car holders available for these three phones, so feel free to see if there’s an alternative you prefer!
Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
There are two big Android phones as the frontrunners on the market right now – the HTC One M9 and the Samsung Galaxy S6. HTC and Samsung have diehard fans on either side that’ll no doubt get their latest phones, but what if you just want to get the best phone on the market? That’s where we come in.
Let’s see how the two phones stack up in a few key areas, then we’ll take a more detailed look at the phones’ design, hardware, camera and software. Only then can we decide – HTC One M9 or Samsung Galaxy S6?
||HTC One M9
||Samsung Galaxy S6
||5-inch 1080p IPS
||5.1-inch 1440p AMOLED
||21 MP / 4 MP
||16 MP / 5 MP
||Snapdragon 810 Octa
||Exynos 7420 Octa
||32GB + micro SD
||32 / 64 / 128GB
||2840 mAh (62 hr endurance)
||2550 mAh (73 hr endurance)
||5.0 Lollipop + Sense
||5.0 Lollipop + TouchWiz
Gunmetal, gold on silver, gold
|Aluminium frame + glass back
White, black, gold, blue
The One M9 continues the legacy of the One M8 and One M7, with its handsome aluminium unibody design and dual front-facing speakers. That makes for a rather tall phone, but it does feel solid in the hand and looks great. The only issue is that all the changes from One M7 to One M9 are incremental; to a casual observer the phones look and feel identical. That won’t bother HTC diehards, but for those looking for the new hotness it’s a definite drawback.
Meanwhile, Samsung have shaped up considerably between the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6. New materials – glass for the back and aluminium for the frame – make for a dramatically better-looking and better-feeling phone. Combined with Samsung’s traditionally slim design, it’s an impressive effect – and that goes double for the curved-screen S6 Edge variant. It’s still a little ways off from the engineering excellence of HTC’s effort, but it is brand new for this year, and that definitely counts for something… even if the glass picks up fingerprints like no other.
Design verdict: Draw
When it comes to hardware, both phones have a reasonable claim to fame. The Galaxy S6 comes with a super-dense 5.1-inch 2560 x 1440 display and Samsung’s latest octa-core processor, which has topped benchmark leaderboards since its introduction. That’s backed with faster flash storage and the option for more capacious internal storage than the One M9. A 2550 mAh battery is the lone regression, down 50 mAh from the Galaxy S5.
On HTC’s side of the court, we have a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 display and Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor. The One M9 only comes with 32GB of built-in storage, but also includes a micro SD card slot to add up to 128GB of storage very cheaply. Finally, the One M9 has a larger 2840 mAh battery.
While the One M9 does eclipse the vast majority of Android phones on the market, it’s Samsung’s Galaxy S6 that surpasses it in almost every area: Processor, display, storage speed, even battery life despite the smaller capacity. Where so many Android phone makers are using Qualcomm’s latest chips, Samsung has carved out an advantage by using its own chipsets and paying attentions to details like faster flash storage and faster RAM. Despite the loss of micro SD storage, that gives Samsung the edge.
Hardware verdict: Advantage Samsung
The camera battle is one of the most interesting parts of this rivalry. The One M9 has a massive 20.7-megapixel sensor, behind a f/2.2 aperture, while the Galaxy S6 has a smaller 16-megapixel sensor but wider f/1.9 aperture. The S6 has optical image stabilisation, but the One M9 has a dual-LED dual-tone flash.
When it comes to the front-facing selfie cam, we also have differences. HTC’s phone uses the 4-megapixel Ultrapixel sensor that was on the back of last year’s model, while the Galaxy S6 uses a 5-megapixel model.
It looks like Samsung comes out ahead on the rear camera stakes. That’s down to better image processing for Samsung, which captures a wider dynamic range and more detail. Things are a bit closer in low-light situations, particularly with flash, but on average you’ll get better photos more often with the Galaxy S6.
It’s reversed for the front-facing camera, where HTC impresses with better contrast and a more convenient 16:9 aspect ratio.
Most people will take more photos with the rear-facing camera than they will with the front, so we’ll call this a strong win for Samsung.
Camera verdict: Advantage Samsung
Software & features
The software battle is as close as it’s ever been. Both companies have reigned in their customisations over the past couple of years, with the latest iterations of TouchWiz and Sense much closer to Google’s stock version of Android. Both interfaces can now be modified with themes, letting you get a radically different look right out of the box.
HTC’s Sense UI 7 on left, Samsung’s TouchWiz on right
While interface customisations are a matter of taste, it’s Samsung that seem to have the edge when it comes to features. Two big wins for Samsung are the fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button that offers more convenient security, and the multi-window feature that makes multitasking easier on the large screen.
Software and features verdict: Advantage Samsung
So there we have it – two very evenly matched phones, but it’s the Samsung Galaxy S6 that wins all but one category of our head-to-head (and the popular vote thus far!).
Which is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below! You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun!
Friday, March 27th, 2015
The HTC One M9 is coming out in exactly one week, and we’ve already prepared a wide range of cases and covers for the phone. In this article, we’ll recommend six of our favourites to check out – and all are due in stock by the time the One M9 ships!
6. Case-Mate Barely There - Clear, Black
The Barely There is one of the most popular cases by veterans Case-Mate, and for good reason. It protects your phone without making it too big and bulky; as the name says it’s barely there, barely noticeable. The case is made from a single slim impact-resistant plastic shell, which covers the back and sides to prevent damage. The case looks good too, particularly in its clear variant. This lets you see the nice aluminium design of the One M9 through the case, instead of it being hidden by plastic.
5. Encase Leather-Style Wallet Case - Brown, Black
The Encase Leather-Style Wallet Case is a good choice if you’re looking for a classy and practical cover for your One M9. The leather-style synthetic material used is durable and looks great, and it’s much cheaper than the real deal. The wallet case comes with pockets for your cash and cards, and even works as a media stand. All in all, a strong choice if you don’t mind the extra bulk of the wallet form factor.
If you’re looking to protect your One M9 but you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a case, then the FlexiShield might be just what you’re after. These cases are made from a durable gel material, allowing decent drop and scratch protection with full coverage of the back and sides. The cases are available in four different colours, which can be purchased separately or together at a discount.
3. Spigen Wallet S Case - Black
Our second wallet of the list is the Spigen Wallet S. This case is made from a high-quality synthetic material rendered in the classic black colour. The case is more protective than the average flip case, thanks to an integrated polycarbonate hard frame around the phone. Spigen have really paid attention to the details of this case too. A magnetic clasp secures the cover closed; four slots provide storage for cash and cards; a fold allows the case to be used as a media stand; and the front cover even includes a speaker hole, allowing you to carry out conversations with the cover closed. It’s a great-looking, practical case, and it’s a perfect choice for a phone like the One M9.
2. UAG Maverick Protective Case - Clear, Black
Our runner-up today is the case that provides the most protection out of all the cases on our list: the UAG Maverick. This case meets military standards for drop protection, able to survive a two metre drop onto a concrete floor. That’s thanks to the innovative design, which melds a strong TPU chassis with a rugged metal insert. In combination with heavy duty TPU buttons and a high-definition screen protector, you’re assured comprehensive protection for your One M9. And thanks to the option of a clear body, you can even show off your One M9′s excellent metal design.
1: HTC Dot View 2 Case - Grey, Red, Blue
We’d be remiss to discuss the best cases for the One M9 without mentioning HTC’s own effort, the Dot View 2. This case has a unique feature; a grid of dots which show a pixellated view of the screen review. This has practical purposes – you can see notifications, the time and incoming calls without opening the cover – and it also just looks really cool. The original Dot View debuted with the One M8, and the sequel includes much more complex animations that really catch the eye. It’s a good protective case too, thanks to full front and rear protection. All in all, a worthy choice that deserves to stand alongside the UAG Maverick.
The HTC One M9 is a beautiful, practical phone, and it deserves a beautiful, practical case. I hope you’ve found at least one today!
If you have any questions or feedback, please write to us in the comments below. You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun!
Thursday, March 26th, 2015
The One M9 launches at the end of the month, but HTC is already preparing a follow-up. Called the One M9 Plus, the phone has been leaked in photos posted to Weibo (China’s Twitter) and alluded to in event invites sent to Taiwanese media. The One M9 Plus is expected to be a better and slightly larger version of the One M9, with a 5.2-inch 2560 x 1440 display and a dual-lens camera. Otherwise, specifications match that of the One M9, including a 64-bit octa-core processor (made by either Qualcomm or MediaTek), 3GB of RAM and a 20-megapixel rear camera sensor.
We’ve recently acquired some cases of the One M9 Plus. In the photos below, you can see how the phone measures up to the One M9. As expected, it is very slightly larger, adding credence to that 5.2-inch screen size. There’s also a very large cutout, which would fit the large sensor shown in the event invite. In terms of ports, there seem to be no obvious differences to the One M9.
What do you think of the idea of the One M9 Plus? Is it a good idea for HTC to release an upgraded phone so soon after the One M9? Let us know in the comments below!
Monday, March 23rd, 2015
Today we’re going to take a look at some of the official One M9 cases and accessories that HTC have prepared for the launch of their newest flagship. If you’re planning to pick up the phone when it’s released next month, you should take a look!
HTC Active Waterproof Tough Case - Yellow
HTC are most well-known for their flip cover cases, but they can also turn their hand to heavy-duty protective cases. This HTC Active case is their most impressive yet, offering protection from a wide range of hazards including drops, scratches and even water. The case is highly rated, holding the MIL-STD 810G protection rating and the IPX8 waterproof rating. That means it can withstand being immersed at depths of up to 2 metres for a full hour, as well as being dropped onto concrete from two metres. Not too shabby!
This HTC case for the One M9 takes a different tack, offering a slimline design that minimises added bulk. Nonetheless, the full coverage means impressive scratch protection and reasonable drop protection too.
The HTC DecoStand Case is a new case from the company, designed with interchangeable Deco covers. These covers can be stuck on the back, where they offer increased protection, or swung out to serve as media stands. You’ll get the grey frame, plus three Deco plates in pink, green and yellow. That makes it easy to change up the look of your phone to match your mood or outfit, and it’s just kinda cool.
HTC Dot View 2 Case - Blue, Grey, Red
We conclude our rundown of HTC’s official One M9 cases with a favourite from the One M8: the Dot View case! The Dot View cases provides a retro-looking glance at the time and your notifications, even allowing you to respond to calls by stroking the flip cover. This time around though, we’re looking at Dot View 2, which can provide cleaner and more detailed animations. The effects are quite stunning, and will make your One M9 a very eye-catching phone indeed. The case is available in a wide range of colours too, letting you choose your own look for the One M9.
If you’d prefer some different colours and a more protection for the rear of your One M9, you can also pick up the Dot View 2 Ice. This is a full-protection case, covering the back with a transparent cover, versus the bumper-style fitting of the standard Dot View 2. Both versions are the same price, so choose according to your preference.
HTC Screen Protector - One Pack
We conclude with our only non-case accessory for the One M9: a screen protector. This is made by HTC themselves, so you can be assured that it’ll fit the phone’s 5-inch 1080p display perfectly. The screen protector comes in a pack of one, but thanks to its durable construction it should last for a long time. If you’d prefer a cheaper One M9 screen protector, an MFX version is also available.
Thanks for checking out our article on the latest official One M9 accessories! Stay tuned to the Mobile Fun blog for more accessory articles, helpful guides and news. If you have questions or comments about anything you’ve read today, please let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @mobilefun!