Watch The HTC Windows Phone Event

Earlier in the week, HTC announced a number of new smartphones running on the Windows Phone 8 operating system, instead of their usual Android choice. Nokia weren’t very happy about this, but we sure were. HTC always make brilliantly designed phones, which fits in well with the innovative style of Windows Phone. The phone you see above, the ‘8X‘, is the main ‘flagship’ phone announced this week by HTC, but there were some other good ones to, each with their own unique features to stand out against the crowd. Watch the announcement video below!

HTC Desire S on Jelly Bean, Download Now!

Jelly Bean on HTC Desire S

Android 4.1 was announced a few weeks back but in the usual Google fashion, it looks set for a pretty slow release across all devices. This means that as always, we rely on the XDA community to provide us with the goodies before we should get them.

As an owner of a HTC Desire S, I’ve been keeping my eye on an XDA thread porting CynanogenMod 10 to my trusty phone. Thing is, I didn’t expect a reliable port for at least a week, but I was wrong.

Available to download now from the link below is an ‘experimental’ build of CM10. Despite it being a very early version of the port, it works surprisingly well. Wi-Fi, Calls, Google Now and Project Butter are all working absolutely fine.

The only problems I am facing at the moment is that the ROM doesn’t appear to have a camera. I don’t personally use the camera all that often so this isn’t a huge problem for me. The default SMS application is also broken, but a free application from the Play Store can easily fix this.

Other than a couple of minor problems here and there, this is as close as you can get to having Jelly Bean on the Desire S. The ROM is blazing fast thanks to Project Butter.

To download, visit the link below. I’ve linked to the latest version however it may (probably will) be outdated by now, so keep an eye on the thread to download the latest one.

Download: XDA Developers

If you don’t know how to flash ROMS or Backup your device, steer clear of this for now. Despite working fine once it’s up and running, there have been several problems installing it.

HTC One X – The Good, Bad & Ugly

The HTC One X was released in the UK on April 6th and will be coming out in the US on May 6th. There is some good, some bad, and some just plain ugly to be seen from this phone.

The Good

The HTC One X is very fast. With 1GB of Ram and a quad-core 1.5GHz CPU it is nearly twice as fast as the IPhone.

It has an 8MP rear facing camera capable of 1080p video recording, and an LED flash bright enough to take great pictures on the darkest of nights. The 4.7” 720p laminated Gorilla Glass display will allow you to see photos, videos, and games with great clarity, even at a 90 degree angle.

With Beats Audio and stereo sound, even though the speakers, the sound is absolutely amazing.

The Android Ice Cream Sandwich v4.0 OS runs smoothly and is extremely user friendly.

My favorite thing about this phone is that it has a gently curved shell which sits very comfortably in your hand.

The Bad

There is very little about the HTC One X that can be seen in a negative light. My biggest peeve with this phone is that it only comes with 32GB of memory. To be honest, that isn’t really enough in a smart phone, especially considering that it is essentially running two OS’s.
4.7” may sound great, but it’s a little oversized. It won’t be able to easily fit in a pocket. For those with small hands it will be difficult to keep a good grip on.

With the battery being non-removable, those who are heavy users will need to carry a phone charger around with them, which is quite annoying.

The trend in phones of being able to take higher quality video than the display can handle is quite annoying to me, as well. I mean, what’s the point?

The Ugly

There is one thing about this phone that I really dislike. The camera lens protrudes from the back. If stuck in a pocket with change, the lens will get scratched, thus ruining one of the biggest selling points of the phone.

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