T-Mobile HTC Amaze 4G Review

Intro

The Amaze 4G from T-Mobile aka the “Ruby” has landed and is a wonderful follow up to its little brother, the Sensation 4G. However, this HTC experience is a little more geared to the “point and shoot” crowd wanting to capture photos and videos  in an instant.  If you haven’t checked out the unboxing and quick hands-on yet, you can do so here.  The device focuses more on being quick on the draw for capturing moments that matter most by placing dedicated camera and video recording buttons on the device, offering you the ability to be in those applications regardless of the state the phone is currently in.  By simply pressing down for about a second, you’re instantly thrusted into camera or video mode.  In addition, HTC has added the ability to offer point and shoot pics with near zero shutter lag for taking rapid shots when needed.  But we’ll discuss that more in the camera portion of the review.  The device offers a 4.3” qHD Super LCD display which renders beautifully indoors and out.  Further specs include an 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, 1080p video capture , a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU (S3), Gingerbread 2.3.4, NFC and T-Mobile’s HSPA+ connectivity at 42 mp/s.  This is one of two phones currently on the network capable of capturing such theoretical speeds.  The other being the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II.  
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HTC Rhyme review, Is it just for females?

HTC seems to be releasing a lot of phones lately in the hopes of trying to please everone. Earlier in the year they received feedback from bloggers at BlogHer which eventually led to the Rhyme, formally known as the Bliss. The Rhyme is geared towards the female audience, but aside from the charm indicator, it’s a solid mid-level phone that can satisfy both genders.


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Quick Review of N.O.V.A 2 HD from Gameloft (Video)

Even though N.O.V.A. 2 HD  has been out for awhile, I don’t believe there has been a decent review of it. Come with me as I help break it down.

You are Kal Wardin of the Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance, the only problem is you were retired and enjoying life. As we all know, soldiers never get to enjoy there time off, and Kal is no exception to this. War is breaking out (again) and you have been pulled back into the fray. Living among colonists of the desert planet Scorpius, Kal is forced to take up arms and save the universe once again.

Enough with the back story, lets get down to the meat of things. N.O.V.A. 2 HD is made by Gameloft. The same people that made Lets Golf 3 HD. They totally hit this one out of the park by utilizing the Tegra 2 processor. The game will only run on HD devices. I have mine on the Tab 10.1 and it looks amazing.

The controls are some of the best I have seen on any game. Most games allow you to customize the controls to your liking with limitations. However Gameloft made it to where you can put the buttons anywhere on the screen. Giving you total control of your gaming experience. Also it offers gyroscope control so if you move the device left, you look left and vice versa. If this feature isn’t to your liking don’t worry you can turn it off. (As a hint for any of you that wants to use the gyroscope control, one of our authors Jim Farmer suggested sitting in a swivel chair while playing.)  
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HTC Rhyme Lands On O2 UK

Remember when our own Robert Nazarian shared that the HTC Rhyme would be carried by O2 by October? Well friends, the time has come for the midrange phone to arrive in the UK. O2 is now offering the Rhyme that is specifically targeted to the female demographic.

For those who have forgotten, this attractive Plum-colored device features:

  • 1Ghz processor
  • 768MB of RAM
  • 5MP camera as well as a VGA front-facing camera
  • Gingerbread 2.3
  • Sense UI 3.5
  • Sports arm band
  • Bluetooth headset
  • Plugless charging dock

Also noteworthy is the charm notification. This clever feature which lights up purple and should help with never missing that important call or message. Head to O2 UK for more pricing details about the HTC Rhyme.

[via O2 UK]

HTC EVO 3D Security Update Rolling Out

We knew the security fix was coming. While the details are scarce, the new 2.08.651.3 update will include security improvements for the EVO 3D. What the exact security improvements are is anyone’s guess, but it’s nice to see that HTC & Sprint are being proactive with the security of its customers. Hopefully the update will give us piece of mind for our Sense-powered handsets. If you can’t wait, you can get the software update manually now by forcing a software update. The rest of the EVO 3D owners should receive the update OTA within the next few days.

[via Sprint Community]

HTC Rezound (aka Vigor) could be unveiled November 3rd

HTC is sending invites for an event next Thursday, November 3, in New York City. We are expecting to finally see the Rezound which was known as the Vigor, the DROID Incredible HD, and the Thunderbolt 2. Of course we will cover all the details as it happens. We are hoping for a launch on November 10.

This baby, along with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and the Motorola DROID RAZR, will give us some really nice choices this holiday season from Verizon Wireless. What are you guys leaning towards buying?

HTC Thunderbolt Gingerbread update (2.11.605.5) is back and ready to go

HTC Thunderbolt owners have been teased, but not pleased with the promised Gingerbread update. It was finally released a month ago only to be dropped for issues. Trust me, that was a good thing. I am sure a lot of you thought you might not even see it in 2011, but it looks like HTC has come through as the support docs are up. This update will bring you to build 2.11.605.5 and baseband 1.48.00.0906w_1, 0.01.78.0906w_2.

It’s too bad Thunderbolt owners weren’t able to enjoy some Gingerbread loving before the SDK for Ice Cream Sandwich was released, but as the saying goes, “It’s never too late.” Lets hope this update goes a tad smoother.

Full changelog after the break:


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HTC and Dropbox Team up to Bring 5GB of Online Storage to New HTC Devices

Looks like us little people are going to reap even more benefits from HTC’s recent partnership with the online storage giant, Dropbox. This is a take-off from their September announcement that gave out 3GB of additional storage to owners of HTC devices running Sense 3.5.

This new deal includes a Dropbox app that will come pre installed on all HTC Android phones and new owners will get 5GB of free online cloud storage, versus the standard 2GB normally given to standard accounts.

It was just yesterday that the anouncement was made, and was done through HTC’s official Facebook page. As you can see, quite a few people are digging the new partnership and most likely the free upgraded storage space even more.

This isn’t the first time Dropbox has teamed up with handset manufactures, they previously joined forces with Sony Ericsson and included the Dropbox app on Experia phones but without the additional storage bonus.

No word yet on which HTC devices will take advantage of the deal but we will let you know as soon as we find out.

[via facebook]

Why Verizon Shouldn’t Be Locking Some Bootloaders And What You Can Do To Help

Did you know that when Verizon locks the bootloader on certain devices, it’s breaking the law?  Hot on the heels of news regarding Motorola not unlocking the bootloader for its popular and upcoming Droid RAZR comes this surprising but much welcomed tidbit regarding FCC policies and procedures.  It seems the carrier has forgotten a few things and we aim to send some reminders.   But before we do so, we’ll need to reiterate why it’s illegal.  Ever heard of “Block C frequencies”?  Yeah, not many have.  Andrew Krug of Android Activist offers an explanation:

C block? No I am not referring to what that one guy always does when you go out drinking on the weekend. The C block is a swath of 700MHz bandwidth also known these days as 4G LTE that was up for auction several years ago by the FCC.

And azrienoch from XDA adds:

Verizon has the largest 4G network because they bought it in 2008.  At the time, the 700 MHz radio frequencies brought you your favorite broadcast television shows.  When television switched from analog to digital, they became your 4G networks.


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Get Beats by Dre on your HTC Sense powered phone [Courtesy of XDA]

If you haven’t noticed, the latest in the HTC line-up are all rocking Beats by Dre. Perhaps you wish you could had Beats on your HTC phone, or maybe you just want to know what all the fuss is about. Well, if you have Sense, you can probably have Beats; thanks to smokin1337 of XDA. While the package was made with the Evo 3D in mind, apparently it can be flashed to any Sense ROM. Though any Sense Rom is eligible, it is more than likely if you aren’t running Sense 3.0 or 3.5 it simply won’t take. The developer strongly suggests that if you want to try flashing this to anything else that you should perform a nandroid backup first. In my opinion, you should do that in any case, just in case. Flash it in recovery as usual, and don’t worry, the first boot afterward should take longer than normal.

[via XDA]