Verizon HTC One review (Spoiler alert. It’s awesome.)

October 8th, 2013 Comments off

Spoiler alert: The HTC One is amazing and you should buy it.

This and the Galaxy Note 2, are now tied for phones which have made the best first impressions and continued to impress as i used it day to day.

First impressions:

It feels good in the hand.

The weight of the phone (5.04 oz) is perfect in my opinion, the build quality is great i never felt as if it was going to fall out of my hand. Compared to the my wife’s Galaxy S4 ( 4.59 oz ) it just feels like a more well put together phone.



Also for comparison, here’s the HTC One and the iPhone 5


However, compared to my wife’s phone i find the HTC UI to be a little less intuitive than the Samsung Galaxy UI.


The hardware Design is great. The slightly rounded back makes it fit into the hand nicely


however i would not continue to use the phone without purchasing a protective case for it. I didn’t feel comfortable with one handed use for many tasks other than taking pictures.

And speaking of pictures, the camera is very good, and the speed that it takes pictures is just remarkable. Here are some photos taken with the HTC One and iPhone 4s for comparison. One thing you’ll notice right away is that the field of view is much wider on the HTC One.
It did cause slight distortion around the edges of some photos (particularly noticeable when there was a person around the edge of the photo, the face was slightly, albeit clearly distorted.) Some people might not like that, but from my perspective at least you are capturing that edge of the photo which wouldn’t be seen at all on the iphone.


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Here are some shots just taken with the HTC One.



Here is what was shown in a full sized photo from the HTC one, and a 600 pixel cropped section at 100%. You’ll notice that it is slightly grainy, but keep in mind i was just holding the phone in my hand, and stopped quickly to take a photo. if i had time to brace against something i think the graininess would have been less noticeable.

Click for full sized photo (2688 x 1520)


The video camera on this is also unbelievable.

HTC one – video example from that jon jackson on Vimeo.

While I know it’s not a unique to this phone feature, the  photo-while-taking-a-video option is a feature that i really like as well.

Here is a photo that was taken while the video was recording



The only reason I wouldn’t say the camera is excellent is that it is not very good in lower light situations (as is true with most mobile phones, so to me that’s not a deal breaker)

Other hardware elements:

• the front facing speakers make watching media or movies on the phone a pleasure.


One unimportant feature that i liked quite a bit is the hidden LED indicator

The one major hardware design feature that i didn’t like – and was quite hard to get used to was the lack of a third button for menu. on the bottom by home and back. – I don’t know why they couldn’t have made the HTC logo a home button and add a menu button as many android phones do.

The powerbutton on the top left of the phone i found a little strange as it is a completely flush button that looks more like an infrared sensor than a button – it took me about 10 seconds of looking at buttons on first picking it up to realized that was the power. After using it for a day or so it was not an issue.

another thing i found hard to adjust to was the custom HTC UI. I’m most familiar with the nexus 7, and samsung galaxy UIs for android and found this one to be a pretty significant departure from the usual Android experience.



One major issue i had with the phone on two occasions. (I had a video of this happening, but forgot to back it up before i reset the phone)

In a low service coverage area the phone just began ringing – not as loud as a phone ring, but loud and every 3 seconds or so. The first time it happened was in church when all was quiet. (It displayed no notification that anything was happening. and turning the volume down did not help. The ringing continued all the way through powering down the phone, and did not stop until the power was completely off.

Even after it was powered down it periodically still made noises, and once the phone was powered back on the ringing came back immediately. – Since the battery is inaccessible i couldn’t remove that either. after some reasearch i found out that the only way to stop it was to place or receive a phone call. For some reason that resets that issue. I only discovered this after doing a full factory reset of the phone (which also solved the ringing issue for about a day).

I used the wifi hotspot feature extensively while on vacation and as always the Verizon network did not disappoint. I had amazing coverage absolutely everywhere except for my final destination. – Which is very far out in the country.
I was able to get the coverage by taking the phone outside and setting it on the satellite dish under some tin foil.


My largest gripe with the whole experience is that as Verizon no longer offers unlimited data plans, when you use 4g LTE speeds they will be REALLY FAST, however that means that you will use your very limited data plan quickly and then either not have anything left, or be charged a ton!

In my opinion, limiting data plans is like owning a Ferrari that you can only drive in your neighborhood. Sure it’s nice, but what’s the point?

Verdict? Buy this phone. It’s amazing.

Verizon, bring back unlimited data plans. It’s essential.

12 Ways to Christmas in July With Artificial Christmas Trees

July 25th, 2013 Comments off

Christmas celebrations don’t have to end in December. With Tree Classics’ Christmas in July guide, you can now enjoy the holiday season all summer long. Be the envy of your friends and family as you deck your yard with boughs of holly and host the best party of the summer. With cookie snowballs, Grandma’s cool summer eggnog, and a beautifully lit tree, you have the perfect recipe for a family night of joy and laughter.

12 Ways to Christmas in July

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A Guide to a Outdoor Wedding

June 10th, 2013 Comments off

Who doesn’t love a gorgeous outdoor wedding? So we put together this fabulous little guide to help you choose what decor to use, what to serve on your menu and some quick tips to make your outdoor wedding a success!
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The Perfect Data Storm [Infographic]

May 21st, 2013 Comments off

There is a data storm heading our way, and it’s because of all the visually heavy photos and videos we are sharing. We are consuming more meaty and diverse content on mobile which could cause network slow-downs and higher costs for subscribers.

Between 2012 and 2017, mobile video data will increase 16-fold, accounting for two-thirds of the world’s mobile data traffic. Check out the infographic below presented by to learn more about this data storm and how we can weather it.

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College Prep Tips for Perfecting Your High School Resume

April 28th, 2013 Comments off

Going to graduate from high school soon and need some help sprucing up your application/resume? Here is a great and simple graphic that gives you great tips to help with your resume to further your education at a university.

Via: Experience GLA


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Georgia Dome College Basketball Tournament Clean Up

April 20th, 2013 Comments off

Can you imagine cleaning the Georgia Dorm after a tournament? Wow, that would just suck. This interactive graphic just shows how much work you will have to put in to cleanup this dome.

Please Click thru for the Interactive Guide —> Sports Invasion

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Why Do We Love Cats So Much? [Infographic]

April 15th, 2013 Comments off

Cats seem to be taking over the internet, but why? Why do we seem to love cats so much? Is it because they are cute and cuddly? Or because they seem to have a dangerous side to them that draws us in?

Whatever the case may be, this infographic presented by takes a look at why we love cats so much. Check it out below to learn more.

Why Do We Love Cats So Much?
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The Lottery’s Biggest Winning Losers [Infographic]

April 15th, 2013 Comments off

Can you imagine winning the lottery? What would you do with your winnings? Many of us swear up and down that we would save as much as possible or invest it, but that rarely happens once winners actually have the money in their bank accounts.

Around 44 percent of lottery winners spend their entire winnings within just 5 years! The infographic below presented by takes a look at some lottery winners that lost it all and others that were smart with their winnings. Check it out below to learn more.

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Leveraging Behemoths [Infographic]

March 18th, 2013 Comments off

How does good old fashioned standard web retargeting stand up to the mighty Facebook Exchange? The hottest thing to hit the proverbial online advertising shelves in 2012, Facebook Exchange (FBX) took targeted advertising to a whole new level. Allowing marketers to retarget users while they are are logged into facebook, generating growth to an already huge network of people.

This leads us to the question of which is better? These two retargeting behemoths each bring something to the table and there are differences in performance that lead to different results. While FBX has size and character limitations, they’re always visible as opposed to web retargeting that has many choices for sizes but isn’t always viewable.

FBX performed better than standard web retargeting on CPMs and CPCs being lower at -82% and -70% respectively. However, FBX was found lacking when it was shown that web retargeting required less ad frequency to drive clicks and reaches a wider audience for less.

These conflicting strenths seem to leave us at a stalemate over which is best. This leads us to the simple conclusion that when they work together they generate the best turnout and return on investment. Take a look at the infographic below to learn more.

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The Online Revolution [Infographic]

February 27th, 2013 Comments off

Oh, the mighty Internet. Where would we be without it? Well, we wouldn’t have as many viral cat videos, that’s for sure. The internet has changed our world since it’s inception, and continues to do so.

This infographic presented by takes a look at the online revolution and how the Internet has changed the world we live in.

How the Internet Changed the World
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The Post-PC Revolution [Infographic]

February 14th, 2013 Comments off

Google estimates by 2013 more people will use mobile phones than desktop PCs to go online. It’s not surprise actually, everything is going mobile these days.

Smartphones are a big reason for the move to mobile. In the last 16 years one billion smartphones have been sold. And the next one billion will be sold in just the next two years.

Check out the infographic below presented by Moovweb to learn more about the post-PC revolution.

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The Evolution of Web Content Consumption [Infographic]

February 7th, 2013 Comments off

The way we consume content on the internet has changed quite a bit over the past 10 years or so. It used to take almost 15 minutes to download one song back in the day, now it can take mere seconds to download some tunes.

Check out the infographic below presented by Torchbrowser to learn more about how web content consumption has changed over the years.

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