One Phablet to rule them all!

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HTC One MaxIntroducing the HTC One Max, the big brother to the HTC One. As one of the biggest phablets on the market, it’s measures up at 5.9 inches diagonally (just beating out the 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 3). The HTC One Max is the first tablet in the HTC lineup and they have decided to keep the nuances of the original HTC One in tact while adding a handful of new features like expandable storage and a fingerprint scanner for security.

HTC One MaxSo let’s  take a look at this beast:

The One Max has a 1.7GHz quad-core CPU and 2GB of RAM, which together makes for a processing powerhouse. Although there are other competitors to this device with larger specs, I have found that the One Max responds with virtually no lag and plays graphic-intensive games and movies with pristine clarity and timing. The device also comes with 16GB of on-board storage, but if you want more, its microSD slot (not present on the original HTC ONE) is expandable up to 64GB.

The HTC One Max has an impressive 3,300 mAh battery. According to HTC,  you can get up to 25 hours of continuous talk time and get a stand-by time of just over 24 days. I tried to use this device as I would with any other to see what I got out of the battery as a “device power user”. I was truly surprised that I was easily able to get a full day out of this even though I used it for a ton of Pandora, Hulu, and general data usage!

HTC One MaxAnother great piece of hardware to look at is the screen itself. The HTC One Max will always get attention, just due to its sheer goliath size. The One Max has a 5.9-inch 1080p LCD display, with great contrast and vibrant colors, plus with LCD it’s easier to see in sunlight. You’ll have a hard time putting this down when you have started watching video on the One Max, simply because it’s like holding a home theater in your hand!

Overall:

Without a doubt, the HTC One Max is a great smartphone. The One Max has an amazing display, superior front facing speakers, and a size that rivals 99% of the market. If you are a consumer that just LOVES a giant screen, and still wants the performance to go along with it, the HTC One Max is the ticket. The One Max is currently $299.99 on a 2 year contract, and $599.99 full retail with Verizon Wireless

Disclosure: I received the HTC One Max to review by Verizon Wireless and received no additional compensation for this post. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

Good Things Come In Small Packages!

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So when you think of big sound with clarity you don’t often think of think of things in small packaging. It’s time to reprogram your brain, introducing the Bose Soundlink Mini!

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It’s become a large and diverse market for bluetooth speakers but Bose has found a way to still stand out amongst the crowd. Bose doesn’t go after that celebrity angle, boast about being the biggest or smallest, but instead promotes a solid experience with a polished sound.

 miniWeighing in at only 1.5 pounds, the SoundLink Mini is the perfect weight and size to grab and go at any time. The SoundLink Mini speaker has an  aluminum housing and a gripping rubber bottom that allows it to be used and sat almost anywhere.
The Soundlink Mini currently retails for $199, which means it’s not exactly the cheapest bluetooth speaker on the market. One thing to think about when it comes to Bose is that Bose has long placed itself as the premium product in its industry. And, being Bose, when you buy a speaker of theirs they make sure the price tag goes along with the brand reputation and experience you expect.

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What you get with the Soundlink Mini

Besides the speaker and included AC adapter. you also get a cool charging cradle. So if you are one of those users that like to drop-and-go, the charging cradle is your new best friend. The one thing to look out for is that the Soundlink Mini does have a micro-USB port, but it’s not for charging. Bose has said this is for future firmware updates only. That being said, don’t forget to bring the AC adapter if you are planning on taking it on an extended trip.

Overall I love this compact wonder! There are only a few things to bare in mind when considering this device. The Soundlink Mini doesn’t have a built in microphone, so if you planned on using it to make conference calls you may need to look at a different option. Also this speaker, unlike several on the market, doesn’t feature NFC. If conference calls and NFC capability aren’t a concern to you, then you can’t beat this compact power house!
Disclaimer: I was able to review the Soundlink Mini  from Verizon Wireless at no charge. I was not compensated additionally for this post. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

Apple releases iOS 7.0.4

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iOS 7.0.4 is here…

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Apple has just released its iOS 7.0.4 update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch lineups. The new software version is now available to all users with an iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPad Air, iPad (third and fourth generations), iPad 2, iPad mini or fifth-generation iPod touch. The release is a minor update with bug fixes including a fix for a FaceTime issue that impacted all devices. It follows iOS 7.0.3, which was pushed out in late October with a number of updates, not the least of which was the ability to disable the zooming transition animations that were making some users sick.

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A Mobile Sound Experience With Bose Soundlink II!

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boseSo you are looking for a bluetooth speaker and you want the cream of the crop without breaking the bank? Introducing the Bose Soundlink II! This new bluetooth speaker includes new neodymium transducers and an updated digital signal processing algorithm that gives the ultimate mobile sound experience. This system allows up to six devices to pair with it, comes with an protective cover/stand, and delivers a mobile quality I have yet to see on the market.

So let’s take a look at the design and the speaker itself. 

The Bose Soundlink features a very compact shape and design with clean and functional style, including a bi-fold magnetic protective cover and stand that automatically turns the speaker off when closed and additional stability when open.

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Although it showcases a compact design, you can tell it packs a solid punch when you pick up it’s almost 3 pounds of sound production magic. It measures up at 5″ x 9.5″ inches wide and just under 2″ thick, so it’s easy to underestimate it’s ability at such a narrow depth. The speaker has a built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery that’s rated for 3 to 4 hours of use between charges at higher volumes and double that at mid level volumes. The wireless range specs state an average of around 30 feet but I have been able to use it up 45 feet in open spaces. On the back of the speaker you’ll find a standard 3.5mm audio input for connecting any audio device via the included cable without needing or having to connect via bluetooth.

Overall I have found this to be an amazing high end speaker for mobile use, especially at only $299.99. I believe there are very few reasons you would look to choose a different option for comparable speakers. One of those reasons would be the fact that the Soundlink doesn’t come with an internal microphone. If you are interested in making a speaker of this quality into a conference call capable speaker, you are going to have to look into other equipment. The other reason to look for other equipment if if you really need more than say 6 -8 hours of speaker time without a recharge. I  can’t imagine I would ever need that much time of constant music without being near an outlet, but it’s something to keep in mind.

With all this in mind, when are you getting yours?

Disclaimer: I was given this unit to review at no cost from Verizon Wireless. I received no additional compensation for this post and all opinions are my own.

Here’s The First Official Trailer for Disney’s Dark Thriller Maleficent

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A mere 24 hours after revealing the first official promo poster for Maleficent, Disney has unleashed the first official teaser trailer for the highly anticipated dark fantasy film.

Billed as both a prequel and remake of 1959’s Sleeping Beauty, the live-action adaptation stars Angelina Jolie in the title role as the most villainous Disney villain of all time!

Are you excited?