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After having the HTC One (M8) in-hand for just about two weeks, I have to say that it's quite an amazing phone. Performance it great, design is impeccable and battery life has improved dramatically over last year's model. 

With all these positives, we then get to the Duo Camera on the new One. Many people who have reviewed the phone have written off its features as gimmicky and I would tend to agree, but there's just something special about using HTC's phone as a camera. Maybe it's the software or the fact that you can blur out the background of nearly any image in less than 5 seconds. 

The results aren't perfect and HTC could probably tweak things with a future software update, but most "common" people who have seen the pictures edited with the One (M8)'s UFocus feature have been stunned and amazed. 

Those of us who review tech devices for a living need to be ultra-critical since we're trying to expose all the positive and negative aspects of every feature of the phone. But most consumer's simply don't care. They don't expect to take DSLR grade images with the smartphone. They simply want to capture a moment and instantly share it to Instagram, Twitter of Facebook. The new HTC one does that flawlessly and if you want to add some extra flare, tap the edit button on your image, select UFocus and the phone will magically add a little more drama to your shot. 

If you have not tried it yet, I definitely encourage checking out the UFocus image editing feature on the HTC One (M8). You may be surprised by the results. 
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I'm due an upgrade, and have always waved the HTC flag from upgrade to upgrade, but last phone has been atrocious. I have the HTC One X, and must have had about 8 replacements over 2 years. Antenna problems, screen issues, cracked glass on the protruding camera lens. And now the new iteration looks good, but really long with a lot of negative space. Just feel like they could have got rid of the negative space and had a smaller phone and still kept the 5inch screen. I'm almost persuaded to save on the premium cost of the new model and go for the Nexus 5, or maybe go to the darkside and go for the Samsung GS5. My wife has the Samsung GS2, only had 1 replacement in 2 years and wouldn't go for anything else. Hmm. Help, I want to rebuild my faith in HTC. Advice?
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Pan 360 sample from the HTC One (M8)
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Thats pretty impressive how well it did the whole sphere. The stock photosphere couldn't do that
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Mariah thinks the world needs to hear her sing Let It Go. Enjoy!
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Is she that good that it got blocked ;-) 
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LEGOgrapher-The Adventure Of A Lego Photographer

“LEGOgrapher” or the worldwide adventures of a LEGO photographer minifig… An excellent project by British photographer Andrew Whyte, who has fun to document the life of a miniature LEGO figurine turned into a photographer in this  365 days project.Just so funny cool!

http://www.longexposures.co.uk/

#lego   #photography   #creativity   #funny   #geeky  
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We're back with another episode of the Android and Me podcast tonight at 9:30pm EST. Tonight's show will cover all the biggest news out of Mobile World Congress - that includes the Samsung Galaxy S5, the company's new smartwatch lineup and Sony's Xperia Z2. 

Also, our good friend +Scott Webster from +AndroidGuys will be joining us as well to help make sense of all of this week's news. 
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Here's my take on HTC Sense 6 from the HTC One (M8)
We all love Android because of its power and flexibility. Unfortunately, the flexibility aspect of Google's mobile operating system has been contorted and misused, giving phone and tablet owners a ...
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HTC first introduced the feature to add custom feeds into HTC BlinkFeed with the HTC One (M7) of 2013 when HTC Sense jumped from version 5 to version 5.5. We know the HTC One (M8) is all the rage t...
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Have you checked to see if your phone is compatible? http://www.metropcs.com/images/opentext/BYOD/index.html Yeah, it's totally possible that they block specific models from using their network. Same thing Verizon and Sprint have done for years.
 
Google+, I need some help. Let's say I buy an unlocked phone and it works on T-Mobile. But when I try to use it on MetroPCS they say the IMEI is blocked. Is that even possible?
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I'm glad to see I don't have the only daughter who sings this stuff. She sings it all day every day. The songs are brilliant, in her defense.
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We're back with another episode of the Android and Me podcast tonight at 9:30pm EST. Tonight's show will cover all the biggest news out of Mobile World Congress - that includes the Samsung Galaxy S5, the company's new smartwatch lineup and Sony's Xperia Z2. 

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Best Chinese in Minneapolis. Come back every time I'm in the neighborhood. C19 is incredible!
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