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Happy April Fool’s Day

Samsung April Fools PrankThe tech pranks are flying fast and furious. First up, Samsung with the epic Fingers, the wearable smartphone using curved display glass, 4GB RAM, and 16 megapixel camera. Techsnoop’s favorite feature is solar charging by raising your hand to the sun. (“Wave your hands in the air…”). This feature leaves you permanently acting like you’re at a concert.

Style Options

Because Samsung knows there are different needs for smartphone users, they offer the Fingers, Fingers Tough and Fingers Class variants to meet every style need.

HTC Terminator Gluuv

HTC also offers up a wearable version of the smartphone for today’s festivities called the Gluuv. The Gluuv offers the holo-call technology everyone wants integrating with the new One M8 and brings visions of fighting futuristic robots. This massive accessory has an 87.2 megapixel camera that can be activated by a fist bump. Another gesture control is the “thumbs up” feature. When you thumb up a spot you’re in, you give it a “Like” on Facebook.

The Gluuv also utilizes their exciting Boom-Bass sound technology with an actual boom box. Yep, it’s the 80’s again. There are no variants available as HTC states it is still “in beta”. The intro tag line is “Hello day after today. Imagine the power of complete smartphone creative freedom. Now imagine that freedom in the shape of a glove.”

HTC April Fools Prank

Now, if enough consumers like these features and the concept of wearable smartphones, the joke may be on HTC and Samsung. The race will be on to make this product work in the real world. Would you want a wearable phone that responds to your hand movements? Let Techsnoop know in the comments.

HTC One Max

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The One Max is HTC’s answer to phablet lovers in the big screen wars. Like its sibling the HTC One, this is a beautiful phone with metal casing and great speakers. In a wink at Apple, it includes a fingerprint scanner.

Packed with serious specs, this is a solid offering into the giant phone market. But to truly take on this market HTC will have to address weight, processor power and camera quality.

Winning specs are; a 5.9-inch (vs. 5.7 Note 3) 1080p display, metallic body,strong battery life, SD card slot, crisp giant display with true-life colors and the new HTC Sense 5.5 which allows you to turn off Blinkfeed (cheers and whistles).

Losing specs, 1.7GHz quad-core processor and 4 megapixel ‘Ultrapixel’ camera, weight(7.76 ounces).

The fingerprint scanner is located on the back under the camera and can be used to open specific apps in addition to unlocking the phone. This makes it more useful than just a way to unlock the phone. It can instantly give access to the camera, navigation or other functions to save time.

Performance

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Credit: CNET

The HTC One Max handles 3D games like Asphalt 8 smoothly and with excellent color and clarity. Full on HD streaming also gets the thumbs up.

Only the 1.7GHz processor gives pause. While sufficient for current games and movies, it doesn’t leave much room for upgrades. This is reminicent of the original EVO which was an excellent phone that couldn’t be upgraded to new specs after the first year. This is an area HTC will have to address to stay in the smartphone game.

Battery life is on par with the HTC One, a day or more with normal use or a boost for super users who game and stream heavily. Super streamers and gamers should not be surprised that any phone will need recharging during the day. In fact, all superusers should just keep a charger handy.

 

Pictures

htc one max camera

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Techsnoop is not a fan of the Ultrapixel technology. Side by side testing usually shows it to be OK, but in real-time use, extra megapixels capture light and movement a bit better. That said, the photos taken with the 4 megapixel, Ultrapixel HTC One Max look decent (see sample right).  HTC, go back to more megapixels, Samsung is killing with 13 megapixels and no small amount of Ultrapixels is going to convince customers.

 

 

Wrap Up

The One Max is a great phone, but unfortunately, it was released after the Samsung Note 3. With a snappier processor and lighter weight, many will opt for the Note 3. A small 1.83 ounce weight difference from the Note 3 doesn’t sound like much, but may be just enough to tip a sale.  With hand-held tech, hand and wrist fatigue are real considerations. HTC must stop responding to other phone makers and go back to innovating.

The One Max should be available at Sprint and Verizon in November. Let us know in the comments which phablet is for you, or do you lean toward smaller screens.

This year big business taught us several lessons.  Did you miss them?  Techsnoop has rounded them up for you.

HTC

Think big, act bold.

HTC OneAfter learning the hard way not to develop timidly, HTC has jumped out with bold devices and marketing.  Using Robert Downey, Jr. in their “Here’s To Change” campaign is a great and unexpected  move for them.  The HTC One line up is proving popular and useful, reminiscent of the initial EVO launches.

But they still have a way to go.  Allowing Samsung to take their best features on smartphones and improve on them may prove a costly misstep.  Personally, Techsnoop is rooting for them as a long time HTC fan.

Take a base of popular features and innovate like HTC did with the 4 inch screen and 8MP camera into being standard features.

Samsung

Curate the best of tech and give it to your customers.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3Samsung took many hits for the perceived cheapness of their plastic casings and low quality cameras on their smartphones and tablets.  Apparently, they listen to their customers.

Somehow, without exactly copying, the best features and styling from other brands have been rolled into Samsung products and improved upon.  The Gear watch is a great example. Instead of attempting to make a standalone watch-phone, the natural use would be as an accessory to the mega-screen phones of today. Samsung beat everyone else to this.

Take notes, using the best of existing technology within your own brand is a savvy idea every business can use to leap ahead.

Apple

Don’t treat your customers like babies.

iPhone 5S-5CAfter years of implementing miniscule “upgrades” to the iPhone, Apple finally offered a “large” 4 inch screen on the iPhone 5C and 5S. The audience and tech world are completely underwhelmed. Apple is attempting to sell this iteration of the iPhone solely on looks. Yes it is pretty, but Techsnoop and the rest of the professional world are happy with 5 inch screens we can actually use.  In comparison to the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy 4, the iPhone 5 screens look cramped with too many icons and not enough breathing room.  If your fingertips are not tiny, how do you select apps?

Clearly Apple is targeting a giggling teen market.  What with colors no business man would be caught dead with and the tiny screen, this is not a business class phone.

So, if your emerging market is young hipsters, follow Apple’s example and treat your customers with condension.

Multi-ScreenWhen it comes to technology, the budget can quickly get out of hand.  Between buying the tech itself and content and subscriptions to make it useful, a trickle of money can soon grow into a river.

Techsnoop is here to help with tips on what to buy and not buy.  As a card-carrying geek, Techsnoop has trouble deciding what to buy and what to skip in the gadget world.  But one thing is a deal-breaker for tech Techsnoop buys.  Freedom.

This means that software, content and apps are the choice of Techsnoop, not the manufacturer.  Techsnoop is a control freak and cannot be held hostage to specific sites or fixed prices for content and tools.  For example, the HTC EVO 4G LTE smartphone allows you to install apps from Google Play, Amazon app store and even copy books from a computer to the phone all while offering superior phone service.

To Stream or Not to Stream

For streaming, decide what content you view most frequently, then review the offerings of each service.  Don’t buy separate streaming boxes unless you ditch your cable box.  The cable box and wireless router allow you to stream directly from each site so no extra device is needed.  Generally Netflix offers movies and older TV episodes, Hulu focuses on newer TV.  Each comes with a trial period to test out the offerings.  Due to the full Star Trek content and new Disney deal, Techsnoop is a Netflix junkie.

Mobile devices on the Android platform have many free options.  For instance, Amazon offers one free app a day on the App Store and many free books from new and established authors.  Visit the App Store each day to get the free app.  Google Play also offers free books, apps, music and more.  Sign up to receive email notifications of specials.

Multi-Tasking Monster

Whenever possible, purchase items that are multi-functional.  Don’t walk around with a Bat-belt or people will take pictures of you and post them on social media.

If you need a tablet mostly for reading, email and low powered game apps, consider a large screen smartphone and great bluetooth headphones.  A good set of headphones coupled with voice service allows you to make and receive calls hands-free as well as listen to music while reading or checking email.  Spending an extra $50 to $100 on a phone can save you the whole “which tablet” question.  Check out some great deals and options here.

For more high-end computing, try one of the newer tablets.  Some are heavier than a regular tablet, but lighter than a laptop.  The Microsoft Surface Pro comes with full Windows 8 and has lots of power for updating and collaborating on the go.  Samsung has just released a slew of new tablets that justify a look over.  From serious gaming to business applications, the new tablets may have you leaving your laptop at home.

CNET’s video on the top 5 money sucking tech should help you decide which services to keep and which to ditch.  Let us know in the comments what you tossed overboard.

 

 

 

The HTC One X has been generating a lot of buzz, for great reasons.  Great screen, lots of enhanced features and a sleek look.  If you are considering this as an upgrade option, here it is;

HTC One XIf you follow Techsnoop, you know how I’ve been whining about the lack of upgrade to the HTC EVO. The EVO was a phone that brought Android into head-to-head competition with the iPhone.  Size and features combined to create a great tech tool.  Lately Samsung has been swamping the market with great smartphones.  Well, HTC has apparently not been taking this sitting down.  Enter the HTC One X (working name).

I love large screen phones and great cameras.  If this is you, then check out the new HTC One X/Jet coming to Sprint (around June, 2012).  It has a 4.7-inch screen, 1280-by-720 Super LCD 2 screen, 1080p HD video, and the most important for me, an 8 megapixel camera.  Sorry, 5 megapixels doesn’t do it for me anymore.  For you musicphiles, the One X sports Beats Audio.  Other goodies; 16/32 GB storage, 1 GB RAM and a blazing fast dual core processor which has been compared favorably to current quad core processors.

To give it even more punch, HTC has added a feature that lets you stream video and other content wirelessly to your TV.  The TV dongle plug in is sold separately.  This takes couch potato multi-tasking to a whole new level.

The form factor is “candy bar” or the long, semi-square familiar shape we are accustomed to in smartphones.  The interface is touch screen with HTC Sense for improved response and of course, Ice Cream Sandwich is the OS.  Techlicious says that the camera will offer “an estimated 0.7-second shot time and a 0.2-second autofocus — and a F/2.0 lens that HTC says captures 40% more light than other smartphone cameras”.  PC Mag calls it “Android’s hero product of the year”.  And Laptop Mag has labeled it “Best Smartphone”.

The HTC One X is a worthy successor to the EVO.  Now, I have the unfortunate choice between the Samsung Note and the HTC One X, providing Sprint adds the Note to its lineup in time.  Fortunately, Samsung has added a Galaxy Note 10.1 inch tablet to its lineup, so I may just opt for both.  Gratefully accepting donations to the cause.

HTC EVOTechsnoop has been so patient.  Waiting for the EVO to get it’s dual-core upgrade.  It’s all I could think about.  I never considered switching to another brand when I upgrade.  Fortunately, I still have plenty of time before my upgrade since HTC decided for some unfathomable reason to upgrade the EVO but downgrade its camera.  Um, Hello.  HTC redefined the concept of a camera phone.  The 8mp camera in the EVO created camera envy in phones all over the world.  My EVO pics consistently outshine even 12mp digital camera pics.

So why in the world would Sprint and HTC consider offering an EVO with a 5mp camera?  Didn’t they learn from the EVO 3D?  The camera is one of the reasons this phone is not a better seller.  People tell me all the time this is a dealbreaker for them in considering the 3D.  The smartphone market is highly competitive and there are more models out than can realistically be supported.  To be profitable, companies had better begin ditching some models.

HTC, please ditch the EVO 3D and the EVO Design.  They are not worthy of your brand, and a waste of good component materials.  You created the Amaze for T-Mobile with 8mp, the Rezound for Verizon has 8mp and the Vivid for AT&T has 8mp.  Loyal HTC and Sprint customers deserve 8mp and all the features of a dual-core EVO.

Here’s hoping this was just a blip, and HTC and Sprint have a better EVO coming out for us soon.

Dear HTC,

I want a dual processor EVO.  Waaaaa.  I love the EVO and it could only be made better with a dual-core processor.  Over at Verizon they are touting the new Droid Bionic, (which by the way is a cool name and the commercial – zowie) but really, the EVO has an HDMI port and smooth interface along with being a mini-computer already.  Pump up the speed and it is still the greatest invention since the car.

Oh, and could we get an Android update to Gingerbread?

EVO Rocks!

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In addition to all the items listed, HP Touchpad is selling at remarkable prices (tip; check with Best Buy first) and HTC has the new Flyer out which is also available on the Sprint network.

And remember, just because a student wants it, doesn’t mean it’s the best purchase for their educational needs.  Any questions, please post in comments, I will be happy to answer.

As posted here previously, I love my HTC EVO.  This is arguably one of the 5 best phones ever released.  However, I am quite exhausted with the sporadic service from Sprint.

For the past two months or so, many services I use have had a high “fail out” rate. Sometimes they work fine, sometimes they work poorly, and sometimes they didn’t work at all.

I at first thought my phone might be having problems.  But after talking to some other Sprint users, I found there was a high incidence of issues from call dropping to non-working features.  So, I contacted Sprint customer service to see what could be done.  The rep was very nice and had me run some firmware updates on my phone.  She then began to explain that some of the services I was trying to use were only available for 4G.  I then told her I had been using these services on 3G just fine until recently.  She was unable to explain this and referred me to go into a repair center.

Prior to going to the repair center, I did some digging around and found out that Sprint is currently converting some cell towers in the area from 3G to 4G.  The work is causing some connectivity issues and bandwith narrowing.  It should be resolved within the month.

Now, I’m all for updating equipment, especially since it will provide me with a feature I have been paying for nearly a year without having the actual feature.  However, why couldn’t Sprint simply announced the coming changes and apologized in advance for any inconveniences?  A little upfront transparency can go a long way in customer satisfaction.

Instead, like so many companies, Sprint choose the ostrich method.  Stick your head in the sand and hope most people won’t notice the issues.

Come on, Sprint, don’t go back to your previous last place in customer satisfaction.  Your customer policies are what put you behind your competition. After all, your phones and packages are very highly rated.  Make the 4G leap of customer care and put yourself ahead of the pack.