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05.07.2013

No, Your HTC One is Not Bulletproof.

The internet is filled with people doing tear downs and drop tests of new technology. Smartphones and laptops are subjected to these tests more than any other. If that's not enough for you, like, say, you were wondering if your new HTC One is bulletproof.... How does one end that sentence? Shockingly, the HTC One cannot defend itself against any kind of artillery, and that includes the .50 caliber sniper rifle used in this video. Wait, does that mean that the One could possibly defend itself from a lesser firearm? No, but it's fun to keep the dream alive. Via: Droid Life

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05.07.2013

Metal or Plastic? Does it Actually Matter?

Just taking a glance at the recent HTC One reviews reveals that many feel that the smartphone has a premium feel to it. On the other hand, the even more recently released Galaxy S4 is made from plastic and the comparisons have not been too kind. Regardless of how well the S4 actually performs, it will be judged as a lesser device because it seemingly feels like one. This is unfortunate, but it's also true, especially for those that are fond of making snap judgments. There is, however, actually a trick of sorts being played here. Because the One is smoother and has slightly more heft to it, we favor it as the premium device. The HTC One is made from aluminum, which is actually one of the softest metals. The body of the One is therefore more pron to damage. It's something of a trade-off. Damage will be shown more prominently on the HTC One than on the Galaxy S4. Not too long ago a rumor was floating around that Samsung was going to alter the construction of their future devices based on the reception to the One. Now, even if that didn't turn out to be true (the jury is still out,) it's important because that's where the market is headed. We're at a point now where people aren't going to be comfortable going forward dishing out $200 for plastic, even if that means buying a more fragile device. The Galaxy S4 is a fine device, but it doesn't feel like you think it should. This is arguably more important than the specs because it's how many people are going to form their first impression. We're talking general public here, not heavy tech users that will "know better." The difference between the two phones is startling, but of course there is no accounting for personal taste. How influenced are you by looks and feel? Possibly more than you're willing to admit.

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05.06.2013

HTC Knows You Want a Verizon HTC One

HTC did a Q&A with Yahoo this morning which led to a beautiful non-answer on the topic of a Verizon HTC One. HTC's Director of Public Relations, Tom Harlin, reiterated that they haven't announced anything and that there is nothing to currently announce. He is, however, very aware of the persistent internet rumors and had this to say about that: "When we announce our next product for Verizon, we'll make a big deal about it so you're all aware." You don't have to try very hard to read that as "enough already!" but that's beside the point. If there is anything that it does confirm, it's that Verizon's next HTC device won't be something to scoff it; it will be something deserving of an announcement. Whether it will be the HTC One or not is anyone's guess. Once again, we're left playing the waiting game. Via: Droid-Life Source: Yahoo

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05.06.2013

HTC Sees Healthy Growth in April

Even though HTC reported dismal earnings for their Q1 profits, all is still not lost. April earnings were up by about 26% due to the success of the HTC One. HTC has been slowly on the upswing, but their situation is still delicate at best. The One is currently able to do most of the legwork for them and hopefully it will be enough to facilitate a full recovery. For those keeping track, HTC sales are now 71% ahead of what they were in February. If they can keep up their current momentum hopefully by the Fall we'll stop hearing about HTC and their "road to recovery." Via: Unwired View

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05.02.2013

HTC Offers Great Weekend Promo: "One Phone, One Weekend, One Premium Upgrade."

In addition to the extension of their $100 buyback promotion, HTC have launched a Premium Weekend Special starting today and ending the 5th. HTC will offer increased payouts for certain phone models, with the iPhone 5 starting at $300. The promotion functions the same as the other one; you purchase the One and go to their site to sign up for. This time, however, you'll need to input the promo code HTC100. Check out the promotion here. Via: Droid Life Source: HTC

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05.02.2013

HTC Extends Buyback Promotion

Pre-HTC One release, HTC announced a program in which you could send them your old phone and proof of purchase of the One for $100. Although the official cut-off date was in April, they've gone ahead and extended the promotion until May 19th. Users who purchase an HTC One by May 19th have a month to send in their proof of purchase and old phone to be eligible. HTC released their Q1 report earlier today, and as was expected there was a pretty monstrous drop in profits. However, their outlook for Q2 is much better. This would also follow what various financial firms have been saying recently as well. The extension of this promotion will hopefully galvanize others to pick up the One sooner rather than later. Via: Phone Arena Source: HTC

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05.02.2013

HDR Mic for HTC One Gone from Spec List

HTC have officially deleted the HDR microphone from the HTC One spec sheet. Nokia was granted a temporary injunction against HTC using the microphones for one year. It won't be long until HTC updates the list to include the new microphones and their supplier. HTC will be allowed to run through their supply of mics that they have already purchased. Via: Engadget

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05.02.2013

HTC M4 Will Be a Cheaper One

Those rumors that cropped up earlier about the M4 being a mini version of the One look like they're going to be on the money. The M4 is rumored to share s design similar to the One and will be a step-down in specs; the M4 will carry a dual-core processor and 16GB of storage. Anyone miffed that that the 16GB HTC One is a Taiwan exclusive now has an answer. Well, as long as they're willing to accept the lower specs, of course. The M4 is will also have an Ultrapixel camera and will supposedly launch near the end of the second quarter. Oh, right, and it will be loaded with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, something which the One currently does not offer. Does a lower-priced mini HTC One tickle your fancy? It's certainly a great way to expand the One brand and give everyone a taste of HTC's newest flagship. Source: Phone Arena

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05.01.2013

HTC Takes You Behind the HTC One

HTC have released a short behind the scenes video of the HTC One. The short clip focuses on the design of the One rather than any of the tech inside. The One has been praised for its uni-body aluminum design. Of course, this is just an extra bit of marketing, but it's nice to see some of the details of what goes into creating something like this. You'll notice that the clip ends with "everything your phone isn't," which appears to be the new tag-line that they're running with. You can check out the clip right here.

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05.01.2013

Feature: HTC One Home and Blinkfeed

Bilnkfeed is one of the HTC One's touted features. It is arguably the most prominent feature of the One as it's the first thing you technically see once reaching the home screen. Blinkfeed is a news streaming service and is easily customizable. Blinkfeed appears in the form of Windows 8-like tiles that constantly update from your chosen sources. To customize your home screen you'll need to click on settings Under the personalize setting you have various options. These include customizing the lock screen and wallpaper. From here you want to customize the home screen From here you can see a mock-up of your home screen. You can customize the main screen as well as and other panels. Once you have everything the way you want it you can go back to the home panel and click on the Blinkfeed box. And now you'll have all of the available sources for Blinkfeed. These are easily customizable and sources can be added or deleted. One of the joys of owning a smartphone like the HTC One is the ability to really make it yours. Blinkfeed is a quick and easy way to get the news that you care about most, and it's worth taking the few seconds to fiddle with it.

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