HTC’s smartphone shopping guide for Christmas 2012

HTC’s not getting a lot of buzz lately. Blame it on lack of marketing push maybe but HTC still makes beautiful and solid phones and if you’re looking for a new premium phone for Christmas that doesn’t have the fruit logo involved, HTC should be on top of your list. Here’s a brief recap on the current lineup of HTC phones you can choose this year for you or your family. HTC Desire C – Php9,290 Make it easy for your kid to connect and plug into fun. HTC Desire C is great as a first smartphone. It runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with HTC Sense 4, which makes calling, messaging, shooting and sharing effortless and seamless. It features Beats Audio technology for easy access to all his music libraries, favorite audio apps and Internet radio simultaneously from one convenient location. With an eye-catching design done in durable metal frame, hyper-viewing angle display and a 5MP camera, it also packs a powerful battery and offers access to thousands of apps and games—available through Google Play—so your kid will always be connected and entertained whether in school, home or on the move. HTC Desire V – Php14,790 A smart mobile choice for your multitasking mom, the HTC Desire V will enable her to easily manage her professional and personal life and share the moments that shape them. That’s because HTC Desire V has dual SIM capability that’s perfect for busy users who need to keep track of their work and personal lives on a single mobile companion. With a brilliant 4-inch WVGA screen that is easy on the eyes, a neat, smart design and a sure grip finish on a durable metal frame, this beauty is built to perform. It also comes with Beats Audio for rich authentic sounds, so she can enjoy her music as the artist intended. HTC One X – Php25,600 (16GB) | Php29,680 (32GB) For your audiophile and photo buff brother, get this unit that boasts of clear graphics,...

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HTC Desire V is the most gorgeous dual-SIM Android phone in the market

When you think of dual-SIM Android phones, you’ll often see those that are small, under-powered and have that cheap plasticky body. It’s because of that reason why a lot of people who needs a dual-SIM phone just opt for a cheap secondary phone, there’s none worthy of being a primary phone. HTC just changed that concept of dual-SIM phones with their HTC Desire V, which is arguably the most good-looking dual-SIM smartphone in the market. It’s not only beautiful but has specs that can prove to be a decent primary phone, if you’re not into those high-end ones. The HTC Desire V has a 4-inch display with  an average 800 x 480 screen resolution. Powering it is an old but still reliable Qualcomm Snapdragon (S1) 1GHz processor (same with the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus and LG Optimus L7) and 512MB RAM. It runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a layer of HTC Sense 4.0 UI. It comes with a built-in 4GB internal storage with support for up to 32GB microSD. You’ll also get a 5-megapixel rear camera but no front-facing one. Like previous phones from HTC, this one also has Beats Audio inside. Only the primary SIM supports 3G so make sure you put your SIM for mobile browsing on that first slot. Haven’t really played with its dual-SIM dual-standby capability but there’s a SIM manager built-in on the Settings app should you run into some questions. Being in the family of the HTC Desire, it resembles the look of the HTC Desire S, only a bit larger. The back has this rounded patch on the camera lens that’s just part of the design. I initially thought it served a purpose but it’s just a design element. Still, the overall look and the feel of it makes the HTC Desire V the most desirable dual-SIM Android phone we’ve seen so far. The HTC Desire V should already be making their way in stores with an SRP of Php16, 990 in either black...

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HTC Desire S Review, more than just an upgrade

Jun 27, 11 HTC Desire S Review, more than just an upgrade

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The HTC Desire S is the successor to HTC’s first highly successful Android phone, the HTC Desire, which also won our Phone of the Year for 2010. I’ve been using this phone for a few weeks now and I’ve learned how much improvement you can do over the HTC Desire to transform it into something that you would still want to look into even with dual-core phones with bigger screens already out in the market. On paper, there’s not much has changed from the HTC Desire to the HTC Desire S but when you start to use it, you’ll feel you’re having a better smartphone experience with the Desire S. Design Comparing it to the HTC Desire, the Desire S is a tad bit more compact. The bezel is thinner and it sports a slight chin that we first saw on the HTC Legend. It still has the same 3.7-inch Gorilla Glass display but this phone now has a front-facing camera for voice chat or for the handy Mirror app. Beside the front-facing camera is the speaker and below it is a LED indicator for notifications. Gone are the physical buttons as well as the optical trackpoint in front but instead, they are replaced with dedicated touch panels for Home, Menu, Back and Search. Left side you will find the volume rocker and the microUSB port for data and charging. Top side is the 3.5mm audio jack beside the Power/Sleep button. Nothing on the right side so you will be taking photos using the onscreen shutter button. The back panel is made up of a single piece of aluminum that seems to be impervious to your everyday scratch. I tried scratching a key into it and I just rubbed off the transfer it got from the key. There’s a 5 megapixel lens with flash located at the back beside a speaker slit. The top and lower portion at the back is made of a somewhat rubbery material making it hard to accidentally slide off...

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HTC Desire won’t be getting Gingerbread update

UPDATE: HTC just announced that they will indeed be bringing Gingerbread to the HTC Desire. Yay! Sad news to HTC Desire users out there. HTC engineers over at UK cannot bring the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update to our beloved 2010 Phone of the Year.  Due to the Desire’s limited internal memory, they cannot bring the Gingerbread update without affecting user experience on their HTC Sense. Over at HTC UK’s Facebook page: Our engineering teams have been working hard for the past few months to find a way to bring Gingerbread to the HTC Desire without compromising the HTC Sense experience you’ve come to expect from our phones. However, we’re sorry to announce that we’ve been forced to accept there isn’t enough memory to allow us both to bring Gingerbread and keep the HTC Sense experience on the HTC Desire. We’re sincerely sorry for the disappointment that this news may bring to some of you. One of the HTC Desire’s drawback is its limited 576 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM and this is what’s hindering the Gingerbread update. What’s odd here is that the new HTC Wildfire S has 512 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM, yet it comes with Android 2.3 already despite the 600MHz processor. So what gives? Is it really the internal memory? Anyway whatever the reason is, HTC Desire S users should probably feel good about their purchase since the upgrade from the original HTC Desire turned out to be more significant than initially thought. With this news,, the only way HTC Desire owners can now get Gingerbread on their phone is to root it but they’ll have to say goodbye to HTC Sense. Related posts: HTC Desire and HTC Wildfire gets a hardware refresh HTC Desire S, Wildfire S and ChaCha set to arrive real soon HTC launched Desire S with a Php27,000 price tag HTC launched Desire HD and Desire Z here in the Philippines HTC Desire HD (Ace), 4.3-inch Android phone is coming soon PTB’s Top 5 Mobile...

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HTC launched Desire S with a Php27,000 price tag

In a media gathering last week just before April ended, HTC Philippines launched their first new Android phone for the year, the HTC Desire S. Banking on the popularity of their HTC Desire (which also won our Phone of the Year for 2010), the Desire S is a slightly upgraded version of the Desire. Why tinker with something that is not broken right? The HTC Desire S features the same size as that of the HTC Desire but with a different shell. It is carved from a single aluminum block taking a design cue from the HTC Legend. It even has a slight raised chin for a better grip. Also gone are the physical buttons and optical trackpoint of the original Desire. Instead they are replaced with dedicated capacitive touch buttons. Under the hood, it is now powered with a Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon 1GHz processor which is a teeny bit powerful than the Desire’s Qualcomm QSD8250 1GHz. It also features Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and has a 1GB internal storage that you can work with. Same 5-megapixel camera can be found here but you can now record 720p HD videos with it. What’s missing? HTCSense.com integration found on the Desire Z and Desire HD. Oh and an HDMI out. The HTC Desire S is still a viable choice if you’re looking for a premium mid-high-end phone. But with an SRP of Php27,000, would you rather get the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc? New Smart postpaid subscribers on Plan 2000 can get the Desire S for free! HTC Desire S Specs: 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon Android 2.3 Gingerbread 3.7-inch capacitive SLCD Gorilla Glass display (480 x 800) HTC Sense UI 1.1 GB ROM, 768 MB RAM, microSD up to 32GB HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps Bluetooth 2.1 Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash, VGA front cam Video recording at 720p @ 30fps GPS + AGPS 115 x 59.8 x 11.6 mm 130 g SRP: Php27,000 Related posts: HTC launched...

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HTC Desire and HTC Wildfire gets a hardware refresh

At the Mobile World Congress 2011, HTC announced a hardware update on their popular high-end HTC Desire and low-end HTC Wildfire. The two handsets get an “S” added to their name. Feel free to hazard a guess on what “S” means because HTC didn’t say anything about it. HTC Desire S The HTC Desire S is still the same 3.7-inch screen size and Super LCD display as that of the original Desire. Probably the major difference is its aluminum unibody shell like what the HTC Legend used. Gone are the physical buttons and the optical trackpoint, and they added a front-facing camera for video calls. The processor also gets a tiny bit of an upgrade having the same Snapdragon MSM8255 as that of the Desire HD. The RAM too gets a small boost from 576MB to 768MB and the battery from being a 1400mAh to 1450 mAh. Aside from these, everything’s pretty much the same. We expected a dual-core processor or more RAM and bigger storage for this upgrade. It’s unclear if it will be recognized by HTC Sense.com like the Desire HD and Desire Z but I hope that it would. HTC Wildfire S The HTC Wildfire S also got the buttonless treatment on its front panel. It also received the much-needed resolution upgrade from QVGA to HVGA. The processor also got an upgrade from 528MHz to 600MHz and RAM jumped from 384MB to 512MB. It’s odd though that the battery got jacked down to 1230mAh from 1300mAh. The HTC WildFire S will come with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) but everything else stays basically the same. At least they came up with the purple color. So what do you think? Pretty underwhelming right? When others are releasing dual-core mobile devices and 3D, HTC stuck with last year’s devices with some slight design revisions. I don’t mind these updates at all but I wished they unveiled their “superphone” for the year if they have one. I guess the hottest phones that we’ll anticipate this year...

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PTB’s Top 5 Mobile Phones of 2010

Dec 31, 10 PTB’s Top 5 Mobile Phones of 2010

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The year has almost ended and we’ve seen a lot of really good gadgets pass by our hands. A lot of good phones especially and what we’ll do here is give a rundown on the top 5 phones of 2010 specifically leaning towards the smartphones. Our top 5 phones are not just driven by price nor by worldwide popularity but what we’ll do here is base our countdown on how the phones adapted to the Philippine market and our frugal mentality, as well as from our experience of course. So enough chatter, let’s see the top 5 phones for 2010. 5. BlackBerry Curve 3G (9300) Two new phones arrived this year from BlackBerry and it came in late. The BlackBerry Curve 9300 is a slight upgrade of the very popular Curve 8520 which was a good choice for those who want to try their hands on a BlackBerry phone. With just a small price difference from the 8520, the Curve 9300 is now the de facto beginner’s BlackBerry. You would get a faster processor, 3G connectivity and most importantly, support for BlackBerry OS 6. 4. Nokia N8 Despite the influx of smartphones left and right, Filipinos still have a place in their heart for Nokia phones. The Nokia N8 is probably one of the best multimedia phones around in 2010. Its 12-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics takes gorgeous photos and HD videos. Despite some speed issues with its 680 MHz processor and Symbian^3 OS, it is still a popular choice among Filipinos. 3. Samsung Galaxy S (I900) If you’ve read my review on the Samsung Galaxy S you would know how high I am with this Android phone. What’s not to love with its gorgeous Super AMOLED display, 1 GHz processor, very decent optics, Swype input method and Froyo OS? If you’re concerned with how a phone looks, the Galaxy S won’t catch much attention unless it’s turned on. Unfortunately, its design is not working for us as compared to our top 2....

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How tough is the glass on the HTC Desire Z?

Dec 20, 10 How tough is the glass on the HTC Desire Z?

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When it comes to high-end phones, HTC is still on top of my list with the way they manufacture their handsets. Using premium quality materials always make their devices not look or feel cheap. The first thing people do when they get an expensive device with a screen is to get a screen protector for it. But do you really need one on an HTC phone? I had my HTC HD Mini for quite a long time now and its glass still looks pristine (smudges aside). I kinda thought it would be the same to their other smartphones, like the HTC Desire Z that I recently reviewed. So here’s what happened. I attended this party that involves karting right? It was my first time to kart and I was wearing my office clothes. The HTC Desire Z (with no protection whatsoever, not even a pouch) was in my pants pocket the whole time. Uh-oh. First and second round of karting, nothing happened, phone was intact on my pocket. But in the final round when competition became fierce, I didn’t notice that it fell off my pocket after all those bumping, crashing and a very jittery ride. Thank goodness it didn’t fell off to the track, just on my seat. Still it took a lot of abuse rubbing and grinding against the rough, hard plastic seat I was on. And the damage? The hard rubbery surface of the back panel got scratched pretty badly. How about the front? Well you could see some minor scratches on the the frame but surprisingly, the glass in didn’t get any damage. No scratches or even hairlines on the screen. It was dirty when I looked at it but after rubbing it on my shirt it was as good as new. Now we’re not saying that you go ahead and rub your HTC phone to any surface. It just shows how tough the glass on the HTC Desire Z is. It can survive your typical keys and coins without...

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HTC launched Desire HD and Desire Z here in the Philippines

Yesterday, HTC launched two new high-end Android phones that would follow the popular HTC Desire, the Desire HD and the Desire Z. The original HTC Desire is going down in price and these two new phones will replace it as HTC’s flagship models. In a nutshell, the HTC Desire HD is a larger HTC Desire with its 4.3” screen and it also comes with SRS Surround audio and an 8 megapixel camera making it an ideal multimedia smartphone. The HTC Desire Z on the other hand is just like the HTC Desire but with a slideout QWERTY keyboard. Both HTC Desires come with the new HTC Sense with some new features like camera effects, Locations for on-demand mapping without incurring mobile roaming charges, and integration with an e-book store powered by Kobo. These HTC Desire HD will be available at the end of December with a suggested retail price of Php35,000 while the HTC Desire Z is already available and goes for Php32,000. We’ll get review units soon so expect to hear some more of these handsets in the coming weeks. Personally, I’d go for the Desire HD since a keyboard doesn’t really appeal to me. With its humongous screen, watching videos, browsing the net and reading e-books will be a much better experience. Read our review of the HTC Desire Z. HTC Desire HD Specs: Qualcomm QSD 8255, 1GHz processor Android 2.2 Froyo with HTC Sense ROM: 1.5GB, RAM: 768MB, microSD up to 32GB 4.3” touchscreen with 480 x 800 WVGA resolution 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and 2x LED flash 720p HD video recording SRS virtual surround sound 3G up to 14.4Mbps download WiFi 802.11 b/g/, Bluetooth 2.1 USB and WiFi tethering GPS G-sensor, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor 1230 mAh Li-Polymer battery SRP: Php35,000 HTC Desire Z Specs: Qualcomm MSM 7230, 800MHz Android 2.2 Froyo with HTC Sense ROM: 1.5GB, RAM: 512MB, microSD up to 32GB 3.7” touchscreen with 480 x 800 WVGA resolution Z-slider QWERTY keyboard 5 megapixel camera...

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HTC Wildfire, a very decent and affordable Android phone

Aug 23, 10 HTC Wildfire, a very decent and affordable Android phone

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The HTC Wildfire is HTC’s midlevel Android 2.1 smartphone that occupies the Php15k price point range which is not yet populated by other manufacturers. Sony Ericsson’s X10 Mini Pro is the only other Android phone in that price range as of this writing. I’ve been playing around with this red-hot HTC Wildfire for a week and it’s quite a nice surprise using this small but capable smartphone. Read on for the rest of the review. Looks Most would agree that the Wildfire looks like a cross between the HTC Desire and their Nexus One. Similar to other HTC phones, the wildfire is a finely-crafted, beautiful piece of device which doesn’t look or feel cheap. The 3.2” display panel is scratch resistant which I didn’t bother to try. But I’ve been using it without any casing and it’s always stowed in my pocket along with keys and coins and the screen didn’t get any scratches at all. There’s only one physical button in front which is the optical trackpad (that I hardly use). There are four dedicated-touch buttons for Home, Menu, Back and the universal Search. The speaker on top gives decently loud audio and there’s also a front-facing cam for video chat. On the left side is the typical volume rocker and the micro-USB jack. On top is the 3.5mm stereo audio jack and the lock/sleep button. At the back is the 5-megapixel camera with LED flash that also acts as the light source for the built-in handy Flashlight app. Display Perhaps the most glaring shortcoming of the HTC Wildfire is its sub-par display. With its 3.2” capacitive touchscreen display, it only has a 320 x 240 QVGA resolution. A far cry from the typical 480 x 320 resolution found in other HTC phones with the same size. Here it is side-by side with the HTC HD Mini and its 480 x 320 HVGA display. I don’t know if you can actually see any difference but the HD Mini has smoother and crispier icons...

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