Posts Tagged ‘HTC’
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.
Monday, June 23rd, 2014
Late last week we covered the enCharge battery case for the Xperia Z2, and now we’re back with the same dealio for the HTC One M8. The enCharge Battery Case provides an additional 4500 mAh of battery power for the One M8, allowing you to stretch your battery life to three or four days at a time. The One M8 has a smaller 2600 mAh battery than the Z2′s 3200 mAh unit, so you’ll find the 4500 mAh provided by the enCharge case makes even more of a difference. If you’re finding it hard to get to the end of the day with your current workload, then it’s a lot easier to just add more battery power than it is to go through your phone, turning off all the services and features that make it an interesting and useful smartphone in the first place.
Of course, this One M8 case doesn’t just provide battery power. It also adds a considerable amount of protection to the device. The vulnerable rear of the phone will be protected by the bulk of the battery, allowing it to shrug off small falls and harsh knocks with aplomb. It also goes without saying that the scratch protection provided is impressive too, with full coverage of the back and sides to prevent unsightly marks that’ll lower your One M8′s resale value. The enCharge case also includes a kickstand on its back side, ideal for watching movies and playing games in landscape orientation.
The enCharge battery case is also quite impressive in that it doesn’t actually add that much bulk – you do get a fair bit more than you’d see from a standard slim case, but the overall effect is less than you’d imagine. Your One M8 will remain pocketable, and will still fit in some generously sized One M8 accessories too. Of course, removing the battery case is easy enough as well if anything doesn’t fit.
The enCharge Battery Case for the One M8 is coming soon to Mobile Fun. Place your pre-order via the link below, and let us know what you think of it in the comments. Thanks for reading the article and have a good one!
Friday, June 6th, 2014
We added a trio of HTC sim-free phones to Mobile Fun this week: the low-end HTC Desire 310, the mid-range Desire 610 and the high-end Desire 816. Let’s take a good look at these cool new phones from HTC!
SIM Free HTC Desire 310 – Blue
The Desire 310 challenges the Moto G and other low-end phones, with a simple yet beautiful design, reasonable hardware and HTC’s Sense customisations atop Android Jelly Bean. The 310 includes a 4.5″ 480p screen, a quad-core 1.3 GHz processor and a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera. That makes for a fluid and capable phone, and 4 GB of on-board storage space is ably augmented via microSD cards. The Desire 310 is available right now from Mobile Fun in blue.
SIM Free HTC Desire 610 – Blue
The Desire 610 is our mid-range option, offering a larger 4.7″ qHD (540 x 960) display and improved internals. These include a faster Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, 8 GB of internal storage plus microSD and an 8 megapixel rear camera. These specs are equivalent to flagship phones from early 2012, so performance is quite good. The Desire 610 is coming soon to Mobile Fun, again in blue.
SIM Free HTC Desire 816 – Black
The Desire 816 is our upper mid-range option, with a phablet-sized 5.5″ 720p screen that looks gorgeous. Inside, there’s a Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage plus microSD card slot that provides good enough performance. A 13 megapixel rear-facing camera equals that of the recently announced One E8, and Android 4.4.2 on-board is the latest version of Android. All in all, the Desire 816 looks like a strong budget phablet.
Thanks for taking a look at these new HTC phones! The HTC Desire 310 is in stock now, while the Desire 610 and 816 will be available in the coming weeks. Stay tuned and use the links above to see live pricing and availability information!
Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
The HTC One M8 is a brilliant phone, but comes at the very top of the market thanks to its high-end hardware, latest software and beautifully crafted metal chassis. Now, HTC are offering the same bleeding edge hardware and software in a much cheaper package, in the HTC One E8. The phone swaps metal for plastic, making for a lighter and cheaper phone. In fact, some initial reports have the plastic-clad phone retailing for around £270 – nearly half the price of its metal-bound brother.
As well as the change in materials, you’ll see three other notable changes moving from the One M8 to the One E8: a different camera, relocated buttons and a second SIM slot.
So the innovative Ultrapixel DuoCamera system has been replaced with a conventional 13 megapixel rear shooter. That means low-light performance will be a bit worse, but well lit scenes should come out much better thanks to the higher megapixel sensor. Next, the power button has moved to the top-centre; with the change in position comes a loss of the built-in IR blaster that found some fans on the M8. Finally, you’ll get a second SIM slot in the One E8, allowing you to mix-and-match for the best deals on minutes and data, take both work and personal calls, or travel abroad without needing to swap out SIMs.
Otherwise, somewhat remarkably, the One E8 retains all the best components of the M8. The quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset is present and accounted for, as is 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage and a microSD slot. The highly praised 5-inch 1080p is present and correct. The internal sensor hub, including pedometer, barometer and accelerometer, are also kept. In terms of software, you’re looking at an identical build of Android 4.4.2 with Sense 6.
This definitely marks the One E8 as analogous to the iPhone 5C, rather than the current rash of ‘Mini’ Android phones, which typically share only a name and looks with their higher-powered older brothers. The One E8 remains a flagship phone, with similar materials to the Galaxy S5 and LG G3 at a fraction of the price.
The HTC One E8 is available in a wide range of colours, all of which will be coming to Mobile Fun. You’ll have the choice of Misty Grey, Polar White, Electric Crimson and Maldives Blue.
The phone’s UK price has not yet been finalised, nor has its release date, at the time of writing. For our latest live information, please visit the product pages linked below:
We’ll have a full range of accessories for the phone – have a look at our One E8 accessories page for more!
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