Imagining how this might go down for a ‘normal’ buyer
Sometimes my mind runs wild with imaginary scenarios. The name “the all-new HTC One” stuck out at me as potential for trouble. And it’s not the first time HTC’s gone down this rabbit hole. So… this happened in my head:
Chad walked into the AT&T store. He’d never felt comfortable in it, even after the most recent remodel with its lounge area full of curved couches and big-screen TVs. The walls of phones and accessories and tablets were overwhelming, and half the time it seemed like any employee he talked to was utterly clueless. The other half were pushing technical jargon he didn’t understand. One of his coworkers had mentioned having a fairly similar experience at a Sprint store, though it apparently was awash in yellow tones, whereas this AT&T location was drenched in blues and oranges.
A female store employee, wearing khaki pants, a blue shirt emblazoned with the AT&T logo, and a lanyard with her name badge on it, walked up to Chad, smiling. “Hi, welcome to AT&T. I’m Lisa. Is there anything I can help you with today?” She held her arms out to the sides just a bit, as if she were ready to physically embrace him.
Chad focused his attention on her, blocking out the colorful cacophony of the rest of the store. “Yes, uh, I’d like to buy the new one.”
Dropbox is giving you 30-days to opt-out of arbitration
Popular online storage app Dropbox has updated their terms of service (ToS) and that includes a new clause that would have any disputes setlled by an arbiter of their choosing. That means, if your privacy is ever violated, your data ever damaged, or anything goes wrong in any way at any point in time, you won’t be able to sue either directly or as part of a class action. And that may not be a good thing.
It’s the all new HTC One in silver with an AT&T logo
So far the all new HTC One (brand new for 2014!) has leaked out in gold, black, and gray. We’ve seen that it’s going to have two cameras, a refined HTC Sense 6, and even HTC has implied that we should expect even better speakers when it’s announced on March 25th.
Add one more color to the mix: silver with white trim. So far all the other leaks have had a black trim, but the latest render leaked by @evleaks shows the HTC One in a lighter silver-and-white scheme. It’s the same coloring as the original HTC One, though with broader curves and what looks like a full wrap-around unibody instead of the injected polycarbonate sides of the original.
Since the HTC One launched on all four major carriers in the US, the assumption has been that the HTC M8 would do the same. We’ve already seen the all new HTC One with AT&T network support pass through the FCC and today we are getting a first-look at what …
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When the HTC One phone first came out, HTC released two official cases called the HTC Double Dip Flip and the HTC Double Dip Hard Shell. I reviewed the HTC Double Dip Flip earlier in the year but have not had an opportunity to review the HTC One Double Dip …
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When you do a thing poorly, nobody benefits
I’ve had a few days to digest the Nokia X product line announcement from early Monday morning. I’ve tossed things around in my head, trying to get a handle on what Nokia was trying to accomplish with the new products, what it means for both the Windows Phone and Android ecosystems. I’ve seen the horrible reaction from potential users on various social networks, and I’ve read some compleeing arguments that suggest it will be a good thing overall from our own Dan and Chris.
But I’m still not convinced.
I don’t see anything here but a play from Microsoft and Nokia to stop users from using Google’s services. And it’s wrapped up in what appears to be pretty poor packaging. I’ve decided that my mind is made up, and it’s time to let it flow from brain to fingers to keyboard.
We’ve returned from Barcelona and Mobile World Congress and are still digesting everything we saw this week — it was quite the mouthful.
But right now it’s time to hear from you fine folks. What’s your favorite thing that came out of MWC this week? Something from Sony? Samsung? LG? Nokia? (Nokia?!?!)
Hit up the poll after the break and let us know. Have a dark horse? Toss it in the comments!
Sony Bluetooth speaker and new noise-cancelling earbuds bundled to sweeten the deal
Sony’s newly announced Xperia Z2 isn’t scheduled to go on sale for a little while yet, but one UK retailer is already offering a pretty sweet audio bundle with pre-orders. Clove Technology has put the Xperia Z2 up for pre-order at £550 inclusive of VAT, and for that you also get a Sony Bluetooth speaker and a pair of its new noise cancelling earbuds.
We managed to take a quick look – although no listen – at the earbuds during a Mobile World Congress briefing in Barcelona, and Sony seems pretty happy with them. Regardless, the bundle is worth a reported £120, so if you’re looking at picking up an Xperia Z2 then it might be the way to go.
New Sony phones being bundled with another item aren’t uncommon. Previous releases have seen the Smartwatch 2 thrown in as well, and as pre-orders open up elsewhere it’ll be interesting to see what else we can pick up. Clove has all three colors in stock, and is slating April 7 as the current availability date. This will be subject to change, but gives us something to go on at this point.
The vicious cycle of rumors, upgrades and lofty expectations.
We have a problem. By we, I mean all of us. The media, the carriers, the manufacturers, and the customers. That problem is expectations, how we pump them up, and how we react when they aren’t met.
The rumor cycle leading up to recent device launches has been particularly vicious. I can’t tell you how many times I saw “bigger” thrown out there in anticipation of the iPhone 5s launch, or how insane the rumors were of a 2K display for the Samsung Galaxy S5 (I had a 1500-word editorial in the waiting just for the occasion).
We were spoiled by the first few generations of the modern smartphone. After years of iterative developments at the hands of Nokia, Palm, and BlackBerry, Apple shocked us all with a great leap forward in the iPhone. Google soon followed with Android and partners like HTC, LG, and Samsung.
ASUS today announced that’s it’s preparing an Android 4.4 KitKat update for a number of its devices. They include:
- All PadFone 2 models (by the end of the second quarter)
- PadFone Infinity (in Asia and Russia by end of Q2).
- PadFone A80 (in Europe by end of Q2).
- And new PadFone Infinity models (sometime in Q3).
ASUS also will update the devices to the latest version of its ZenUI.