Its being predicted that Apple will kill the 3.5mm jack in next version of iPhone. When this may come as a surprise to some but if you notice carefully, Apple has always ditched popular interfaces ahead of its time. People did complain initially but latter adopted it and the industry followed its trend.
Apple has always ditched popular interfaces ahead of its time. People did complain initially but latter adopted it and the industry followed its trend.
Old time Apple user must have seen that Apple was first to drop the floppy drive from its iMac G3 in 1988,Apple was also the first to kill the CD Rom drive in laptops with its MacBook Air series later in ints Macbook Pro series of laptops and the industry followed. Apple also killed USB in its most latex MacBook Air to favour USB Type C port , well most of the major players have not done that yet on laptops but you can see the trend of USB Type C on mobile devices.
Apple was first to drop the floppy drive from its iMac G3 in 1988
My take is that there will be Lightning connector only in next iPhone that will serve all data/charge/audio. Probably next ten iPhone will come with an Lightning connected headphones.
May be it will be a USB Type C connector for headphone or it might be only wireless headphones for next gen of iPhone,we never know whats in store. We all can just wait and watch what Apple comes up with if they drop the 3.5mm port for iPhone.
If you wished to buy OpenPlus2 you had to wait for an invite which is not easy to come by. But If you happen to stay in India, you can get to buy OnePlus2 this week without an invite. Thats right,people from India can buy OnePlus2 without invitation from Wednesday (November 25) to Friday (November 27).
Recently I got a chance to get my hands on the yet to be released HTC One in an event hosted by HTC. I did not get a test device to bring home so I am unable to write a full review. But I will share whatever things I could test and whatever info I could gather from the event.
HTC One is a new Android phone which will be the successor of HTC One X+ and trust me the phone looks great! (yes better than HTC One X+ )
I know some readers of my blog are impatient so I am sharing the tech specs before I write anything more about the device.
Tech specs of HTC One
137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600,quad-core 1.7 Ghz
Android 4.1.2 with HTC Sense 6.0
Total storage : 32GB/64GB, available capacity varies1
Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)
Embedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery
Capacity : 2300 mAh
Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
DC output: 5 V and 1 A
Read the tech specs ? Now see the first look of the real device.
The phone feels very premium with its brushed metal body and crystal clear display on a full 1080p screen which is both technically and visually better than the iPhone Retina Display.
The default browser is great as it score a good number in HTML5 test.
It score 430 in HTML5 Test.
HTC’s new BlinkFeed™ is a nice addition to replace your default Home Screen, it shows content from all the things you like in one place, it also allows you to view your social network feeds, you can also post updates right from the BlinkFeed without opening dedicated app of the social media. And you can customize what content it shows , it can also show your local contents. And while you are browsing through the BlinkFeed , you get a call, after you disconnect you will be in the same position in the BlinkFeed™.
The camera is superb as it can take non stop shots if you go on clicking the shutter button like there is no tomorrow, it will go on taking pictures without bothering you with message like “Capturing…” or “Saving…” like most phones do. Another nice addition to the camera features is HTC Zoe™ which automatically captures up to 20 photos and a 3-second video which makes the photos come alive.
RIP MegaPixel , Long live UltraPixel.
Some interesting features I like about the camera of HTC One is the ability to remove unwanted objects from the pic, like when you taking a photo someone walks past your view. You can now remove that person from the pic with just few touches on the screen.
Conclusion, HTC One will be the premium segment phone, its build quality is top notch and is packed with everything (including Android Jelly Beans out of box) you want from a smartphone.
The device will be available in April 2013. (Price not yet disclosed)
Today I was invited to the HTC One Meet-Up by HTC in Kolkata, Hyatt Regency. If you have been already following my live blog, or even you have not followed it, here is the full details post of the event.
The event as mentioned before was held at a hotel in Kolkata, Hyatt Regency. The Android powered phone HTC One was unveiled today to us. The phone is not yet available in the market and it felt great to be the lucky few who got chance to touch and use the device which the rest of the world could not.
First when we entered the conference room we were greeted by the Senior Manager of Online Communications, Asia Pacific, Shane Chiang. The we interacted among ourselves while hey were getting ready for the presentation. Then the presentation begin, Justin from HTC came forward and gave a wonderful presentation, going through the features and finally the demo of the phone. May be its because of the fact he previously worked in Apple he got this wonderful presentation skills from Steve Jobs’s Keynote. 🙂
Justine from HTC giving the presentation.
About mobile interface and Smartphone Evolution.
Connecting the HTC One to projector for demo.
Going through demo.
BlinkFeed in action.
BlinkFeed has local content too.
Music Player of HTC One
HTC One music player can download artist picture and album art from internet.
Music player can also show you the lyrics of the song.
Its time that we test the devices.
Shane with HTC One
The HTC One
HTC One will release on April 2013
The details review of HTC One coming up in next blog post, stay tuned. (No i have not got a review unit)
And a Big Thank You to HTC for giving me a HTC Bluetooth Stereo Headphones BH S600
What if you were born as a complete colourblind? Would you even believe that something like color existed? Well here the story of a guy named Neil Harbisson who was born with achromatopsia, a rare condition that causes complete colour blindness. In 2004, Harbisson and Adam Montandon developed the eyeborg, a device that translates colours into sounds.
In CES 2013 LaCie reveals an interesting product a 10TB and 20TB external RAID box connected via Thunderbolt.It includes 5 drives with a multiple RAD options.The cost is $2,199 in 20TB configuration, and $1,199 for the 10TB version.
LaCie also introduced the 5big NAS Pro, a gigabit ethernet equipped network storage box available in multiple capacities: 0TB (diskless) for $529, 10TB for $1,199, and 20TB for $2,199.
“Today LaCie announced the 5big NAS Pro, its latest high-performance 5-bay network-attached storage solution powered by Intel®. Thanks to hybrid cloud technology, the LaCie 5big NAS Pro lets employees collaborate easily using a single interface for both network/cloud storage and remote access. Plus, data stays secure thanks to novice-friendly SimplyRAID and client-side cloud encryption.
With transfer speeds up to 200MB/s*, the LaCie 5big NAS Pro boosts business productivity. Powered by a dual-core 2.13GHz Intel 64-bit Atom™ processor and 4GB RAM, it also features dual LAN and link aggregation for optimized network speeds. This performance-driven combination accelerates file sharing, remote access, and backups for small businesses.”
Kubxlab showed a new type of iPhone case in CES 20123, that increases the volume of iPhone by 2X. The iPhone case Ampjacket , is a silicon case that has acoustic chamber that increases the volume. Its priced at $35 for iPhone. The company says to release similar cases for iPad soon.
Nvidia shows off gaming devices with a Tegra 4 powered handheld running Android, named “Project Shield . Tegra 4 has the power to deliver 4k standard video. The device has the battery that can 10 hours of game play up to 24 hours of high definition video.
The cool think about the device is that the device runs vanila Android, that is the stock Android without any skins or third party customization. And the device does not has any propitiatory ports,it has HDMI, micro-USB, microSD slot, 3.5mm audio jack. The device has 5-inch, 720p Retinal multi-touch display with 294ppi pixel density.The device can stream games from a home PC equipped with a GeForce graphics card to the handheld device over Wi-Fi, so you can enjoy your PC game collections.