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#16 ThePitt

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 16:00

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ten years processor still kicking ass :laugh:

wake me up when they do something better, like at least 2Gflops

nice review, tho


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Posted 27 April 2012 - 17:12

You can't compare desktop processors to mobile processors though :p

You will be sleeping for a very long time till that happens :p :D


Thanks :)


A couple of photos that I took earlier on there, which I thought were pretty good:

http://i.imgur.com/6NzdT.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/AOfuh.jpg

And a slow motion video of my cat playing with his blue ball:



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Posted 06 May 2012 - 19:19

MHL adapter arrived yesterday, £7.28 including delivery (£4.58 just for the adapter), which isn't badly priced :)

Has gone up a tiny bit since I purchased it though:

http://www.expansys....r-black-221378/

Couple of photos below, as you can see, we have a HDMI port (I just used my Xbox 360 HDMI cable and it worked fine) and the micro USB port (just use the USB cable that comes with the S) for charging the device at the same time as when you're streaming to the TV at 1080P it can drain the battery pretty quickly especially when watching a 1080P HD film or playing a few games. You can either plug the USB into a socket near by or into one of the TV's USB ports (if available) to charge the mobile. The adapter is very tiny and obviously very light weighted, you could easily carry it around with you in your pocket.

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When connected to the TV (Panasonic TX-P42G20B) the video mode of the TV switches to "1080P, 24Hz and 16.9 aspect ratio". I haven't looked at any of the settings on my TV to see if I can increase the refresh rate yet but everything seemed very smooth either way, 1080P films played flawlessly using BS player lite and looked perfect, the games also worked great but looked very jaggy as they are stretched to 1080P, this is down to the apps.

Here is the info. for the film trailers that were played:

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And lastly a quick video demonstrating this. Sorry for the quality and jerkiness of this video, it was recorded using a desire on stock 2.2, the UI and actions etc. are smoother than what it looks in the video.



Yes I know my gaming skills are atrocious particularly for Goldeneye :( It isn't very easy using the on screen controls! :p

One thing, which should be noted is that the sound is very low! (hence why you can barely hear the audio of the films and games in the video) When watching standard TV, we have the volume bar at about 3/10, where as with the mobile connected and playing content, I had to turn the volume up to about 6/10 just to be able to hear it clearly. Not sure why this is and I don't know if a different, more expensive MHL adapter would be better for sound level......

To sum up; I can't complain about the adapter at all given the price, does what you expect of it and the only downside (which might not even be due to the adapter) is that the volume is very low and has to be turned up a fair bit to compensate for this.

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 14:02

The official HTC one S screen protector arrived today, £3.74 including delivery (£1.79 just for the protector, the delivery cost more than the item itself :o), which isn't badly priced and I got two screen protectors, I was only expecting one.

So for £1.79, I wasn't expecting good things with this screen protector especially after reading some reviews, but I was pleasantly surprised in the end.

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Unfortunately you can't really judge screen protectors in photos, these are the sort of things that have to be seen in person.

The best way to apply screen protectors is after you or someone else has had a nice long hot shower and kept the door closed as the steam works wonders with dust :D


On my first application, the protector applied effortlessly, there were quite a few air bubbles in the middle and I was worried about this but thankfully I was able to push them out by just using my nail, only two air bubbles remained, which are on the top left as you can see in the photos below, and two tiny pieces of dust on the "home" button and right side on the edge (the other bits of dust that are visible in some photos is just "on top" of the protector), however, these are only noticeable at certain angles and under certain lighting conditions. I could reapply the protector to try and get rid of them but I will probably end up making it even worse! :p

Despite some user reviews saying that the protector wasn't the right size, mine seemed like a perfect fit pretty much.

With some screen protectors, the touch screen sensitivity and colours are impacted, however, with this protector, that isn't the case IMO, I couldn't tell the difference at all personally, the one thing, which is noticeable is the feel, it is more of a plastic "feel" now instead of glass, obviously :p

If it weren't for the tiny cut out on the top for the light sensor and the two air bubbles, you wouldn't even know that there is a screen protector on.

Unfortunately the screen protector shows grubby marks/fingerprints more easily now. But this is easily solved by giving the screen a quick wipe every now and then.

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Needless to say I am very happy with the outcome and will be cancelling the Martin Fields screen protector (£12 :o) now.

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 12:02

Bit of an update now!

Firstly for people that are still looking for a new phone and trying to get a bargain and by any chance are looking at the one S as an option, look no further!

http://www.carphonew...NE-S-KM003-FCON

24 month contract
200 minutes Anytime Any network
500 texts
unlimited data (no tethering)
Handset Price - Free
£16 per month
talkmobile network (pretty much vodafone)

AND

You get £35.25 cashback with topcashback to


There really is no beating this deal!

Also if you are considering the One S, you may want to hurry as it looks like HTC are going to be replacing the S4 chip with old gen tech, the snapdragon S3, however, possibly giving a 720P SAMOLED (pentile matrix as well) screen as well. In some ways this is good and bad if true, as obviously you get a lovely 720P screen, however, the S3 won't be in the same league as the S4 chip and the performance will be affected as well as battery life, even more so due to the higher res, not a good combination in the end.


A few more battery readings below now, it is still pretty much the same as my first two charges:

Usage: few texts, few phone calls, a lot of web browsing, installing/uninstalling apps, about 10-15 min of youtube videos, about 5 photos taken, about 10-15 min of games, about 15 minutes of TV catchup, a bit of GPS, mostly wifi connection and H/3G connection for a bit, snowstorm syncing every 2 hours and sense weather refreshing every 6 hours, general messing around in apps etc. some whatsapp use, gmail push and automatic brightness etc.

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Usage: few texts, few phone calls, a lot of web browsing, installing/uninstalling apps, about 10-15 min of youtube videos, about 10-15 photos taken, about 10-15 min of games, about 15 minutes of TV catchup, a lot of speed tests (both wifi and 3G/H), mostly wifi connection and H/3G connection for a bit, snowstorm syncing every 2 hours and sense weather refreshing every 6 hours, general messing around in apps, gmail push and automatic brightness etc.

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Have now installed qbright for manual control of the brightness, so I should hopefully get more on screen time if I adjust the screen when necessary for the appropriate lighting conditions :p

Also after the first software update for my device, WIFI related tasks seems to be much quicker now and loading web pages is even quicker as well! :o Feels like I am using my desktop PC for browsing now :p

Some speed tests and I never got near these dll speeds before the update, not even my PC gets over 29MB dll, 2.9MB ul and the wireless adapter that I have is pretty good (think it is related to the virgin superhub, but don't get why my mobile is getting better speeds and my PC isn't and my brothers PC gets exactly the same speeds as my PC.......)

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Some photos that I took when I was away and I am pretty impressed with the quality considering the conditions for some shots!

Only a few photos, settings were left as auto/default.

Rome obviously :p However, these were taken when inside a bus and on a very dark cloudy day, poured that day :(

http://i.imgur.com/c7sIe.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/5NkPJ.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/i2EAP.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/sNIjO.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/HPEte.jpg

Obviously the below photo was not taken from inside a bus :p

http://i.imgur.com/P10RT.jpg

Livorno:

http://i.imgur.com/jhBds.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/s73JU.jpg

Corsica:

http://i.imgur.com/ShoXE.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/Ox28K.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/UnzhN.jpg

Malaga, shot taken from inside a bus:

http://i.imgur.com/yxphv.jpg


Apparently the MAO chipping issue has been properly addressed now:

slightly less sharp edge and a beveled USB port...


http://i.imgur.com/HyUu3.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/m7AQc.jpg


A quick thermal comparison test between the One S, Razr(A) and the SGS2(B):




Great news for the big gamers now! Sony and HTC are partnering to bring Playstation certification to HTC One Devices, this means that you will be able to play the Playstation classics on your One S/X/V when you're on the go! :D

http://www.androidpo...to-htc-devices/


Lastly, Nillkin are sending out this case for me to review, so hopefully I will have it sometime next week and the review will be posted up here :)

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 19:13

Here are some comparisons (same photos posted before) of standard photos and the same photos but with the auto enhanced effect applied via the stock sense gallery:

Standard photo first followed by the auto-enhanced one:

http://i.imgur.com/oMwDh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/kSeT3.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/6NzdT.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/VcIt3.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/AOfuh.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/XSqkI.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/UA9QY.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/rcjYl.jpg

Pretty good IMO and you have loads more effects to choose from, doesn't take like 5 minutes or anything to apply/process the effect, simply choose the effect you want and it is instantly applied and then save or cancel the new photo with the applied effect instantly.

The HTC one series/sense V4 really are/is featured packed when it comes to multimedia especially concerning the camera area, they have thought of everything! :p

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 11:16

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ten years processor still kicking ass :laugh:

wake me up when they do something better, like at least 2Gflops

nice review, tho


Given that, for example an i7-2700k can do around 120 gigaflops when overclocked (peaks at around 100 at stock speed) those numbers aren't as impressive as you think. (Screenshot was taken of my 2700k which is running at 4.8 GHZ)

Besides, the amount of gigaflops that a CPU can pull are only a measure of their raw number crunching power, floating point operations are not on their own an overly good measure of how powerful a CPU is. It's also worth nothing that mobile CPU's are never going to even touch desktop CPU's in terms of power nor are they really designed to so it's not really a particularly good point on which to form a comparison. 200 megaflops is actually a significant amount of raw power for a mobile phone.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 20:41



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Posted 14 June 2012 - 21:15

Haha :D

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 13:53

Firstly, still no sign of the Nillkin Super Shield case :( Going to send Nillkin an email on Monday if there is still no sign, to see what is happening.


So, I decided to buy another case in the meantime till the Nillkin cases arrives, if at all :p

Ordered a transparent black TPU gel case for £2.95 (including the delivery price) on Thursday and it arrived today and first impressions are, not bad considering the price.

The reason I am changing from the Tough case is due to the thickness it adds (more noticeable in the pockets), increase in weight and completely ruining/hiding the sleek & minimal design/look of the One S and the gel case seemed to be the best alternative to the Tough case in order to keep all sides protected but at the same time not increasing the size and weight by a considerable amount. Also, the silicone part of the Tough case gathered a lot of dust around the front edges of the screen area.


Now onto the mini review of the TPU gel case.

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There are cut-outs for the bottom & top mic, the 3.5mm audio jack, the speaker, the camera and the USB port.

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The case is very easy to fit on, a nice fit, not too tight and not loose at all once fitted. The case is relatively flexible, not as flexible as the silicone part of the Tough Case. It isn't as easy of a task to remove the case though, but still quicker and easier than removing the Tough case.

The colour suits the black MAO One S very well, was going to order the pitch black one but then thought that it would be too glossy and look a bit out of the place with my S, as the black model isn't completely black, it has more of a charcoal colour to it. With the transparent black case on, the back of the device looks pretty much the same regarding the colour in all different types of lighting conditions and you can still make out certain things i.e. the beats audio logo and the engraved HTC logo on the back (unfortunately the photos don't really reflect the true colour and doesn't capture the partially see through look :().

The case does look rather cheap overall, especially for the sides, you can see some form of stitching (you will see what I mean in some of the photos) and the glossy/shiny look doesn't help at all.

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But the minimal/sleek design for the front of the S still remains in some ways. Very little bulk is added, maybe just over 1mm to the back of the S, which means that the camera lens is also below the surface now, this is the main reason I want a case as well, as the camera sticks out from the rest of the back by just less than a mm or so, thus more prone to getting scratches on the lens.

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The gel case covers the edges on the front and adds a very tiny amount on to the front so that there is a a raised edge for when the mobile is placed flat down on a surface to stop the screen touching the desk surface.

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The power/lock button is very easy to push, a very light push is all that is required, this isn't really a good thing IMO though, as it means that when the mobile is in your pockets (tight trousers etc.) it could very easily keep turning the screen off and on or/and even the mobile off, as for the volume buttons, they are harder to press with the gel case on. It isn't very easy to tell where the buttons are (when not looking at them e.g. in the dark :p) as they aren't raised above the rest of the case, the lock/power button has a tiny indentation around the button and both button areas feel different to the rest of the gel case, more of a "hard" plastic feel.

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I may have to do a little modding to these parts sometime soon :p :D


It is more comfortable to hold the S with the gel case on, however, it does feel a lot cheaper and not as nice to touch as the ceramic back and the Tough case felt better to touch as well whilst not feeling cheap. Finger prints are shown, however, they are only noticeable when you look at the case from certain angles in very bright light. The case also provides more grip.

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As for protection/durability, I would say that the case would do a good job protecting the mobile from normal drops and the standard scratches etc. however, a drop onto solid concrete etc. from a good height could damage the mobile i.e. crack the screen as their isn't enough thickness to the case like there is with the Tough case and there would be no shock absorption either. But for daily use, I would say it is perfectly fine.

Hard to say how this will last in the long run regarding wear & tear, if you're careful enough with it and put it in a pocket with nothing else, it should be just fine for a good while I would imagine. Saying that though, the case only costs about £3, so you won't really be breaking the bank buying a new one every couple of months :p


Apart from the cheap looks (largely due to the stitching look on the sides and the glossy finish) and the power/lock button being too easy to activate and lastly the volume buttons being too hard to activate, there isn't really much wrong with this case at all, it does the job for £3 :)

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 17:27

HTC one S Cover-mate desktop cradle review below :)

http://www.neowin.ne...desktop-cradle/

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 13:15

Diztronic Matte TPU case mini review for One S posted here :)



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