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HTC One Mini Announced With 4.3-Inch Display

Friday, July 19th, 2013
Looking to cater to those users that prefer smartphones with smaller screens, Taiwanese handset maker HTC today unveiled the HTC One Mini with a smaller 4.3-inch display. The rival Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini also packs a 4.3-inch screen, while the flagship HTC One has a 4.7-inch display.

HTC One MiniOther hardware specifications for the HTC One Mini include a 1.4 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, HP 484170-001 Extended Life Battery, LTE connectivity and the infamous HTC UltraPixel camera. While these tradeoffs and the lack of NFC are present, HTC still believes it is a “no compromise” experience.

Android handset makers continue to release a myriad of smartphones with various features and price points, with the goal of targeting as many consumers as possible. Samsung has led this initiative with the Galaxy S4 and its S4 Mini, S4 Zoom, S4 Active and Google Edition running stock Android Jelly Bean.

Top 10 tips and tricks unlock Galaxy S4 new power

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is the most feature-packed smartphone on the planet. With both Android 4.2.2 and Samsung’s own extensions, this powerful, popular device can be customized in dozens of different ways. That’s one of the reasons we’ve given it a slew of Editors’ Choice awards and 4.5-star ratings across a bunch of different carriers.

10 Galaxy S4 Tips and TricksNot all of the Galaxy S4’s features are obvious. You may have heard about Group Play, Smart Stay, and WatchOn, but that’s only the beginning of the unusual powers of this super-smartphone. These 10 tips and tricks will hopefully show you something new and will give your Galaxy S4 even more wow.

Setup Tips

Switch from an iPhone or BlackBerry. Samsung’s Smart Switch PC app will transfer contacts, text messages, wallpapers, the call log, and other data over from an iTunes backup of an iPhone or a BlackBerry Desktop backup of a BlackBerry, so your new Galaxy feels more like your old phone.

Make it easy. The Galaxy S4 is so full of settings and options, I can understand how some people could get stressed out. That’s okay! Try Easy Mode instead. Go to Settings > My Device > Home screen mode > Easy mode to dramatically simplify the home screen.

Don’t go over your data cap. Do you have a limited data plan? Go to Settings > Connections > Data Usage and you can set both your monthly limit and when your device will warn you about reaching it. When you hit the limit, your cellular data will be turned off to prevent overages. To make even more of your limited data, download the Onavo Extend app from Google Play, which compresses the data you use.

Audio Tips

Customize the audio for voice calls and music. One of my favorite secret Galaxy S III features has returned on the Galaxy S4: the ability to tune in-call and music audio to your own hearing. Different people have different levels of bass and treble they can hear. Hit the Call button, then hit Menu and pick Settings. Scroll down to Personalize Call Sound, and pick Adapt Sound. Pop in some headphones and follow the prompts for your own custom EQ.

 

Get rid of that horrible bloop noise. Why do Samsung phones make a “bloop” noise every time you touch the screen? Do you hate that? I hate that. Go to Settings > My Device > Sound and turn off “Touch sounds” for a quieter life.

Display Tips

 

 

Use the phone with gloves. Go to Settings > My Device > Display > High Touch Sensitivity to turn on a touchscreen mode that works when you’re wearing gloves.

 

 

Jump to your favorite apps. Put your finger at the far upper right hand corner of the lock screen and drag left. Now you can jump into a list of favorite apps without unlocking your phone. You can customize the list, too.

 

 

Customize your shortcuts. You can customize both the “quick settings” which you see when you pull down the window shade from the top of the screen, and the shortcut icons at the top of the camera app. I like to replace the screen rotation toggle with Airplane Mode, for instance.

To pick your quick settings, go to Settings > My Device > Display > Notification panel. Press and hold on the setting you want to move into the top group, then drag it into the top row.

To customize camera shortcuts, go into the camera app and tap the gear at the top of the screen. Then press and hold on the gear icon at the top left. If you want to replace one of the shortcut icons, press and hold on the new icon you want to move into place, and drag it to the top bar.

 

 

Get all the shortcuts. Are five settings shortcuts just not enough? From any screen, swipe down with two fingers. You’ll see 19 different feature toggles.

 

 

Keep a close eye on your battery. Rather than the multicolored battery indicator, how about something a little more precise? Go to Settings > My Device > Display and pick Display hp 484170-001 battery percentage. Now you’ll be able to see exactly how much battery power you have left at all times.