All New HTC One with AT&T branding appears in leaked image

The first time we saw the All New HTC One in a leaked render, it was hiding much of its body in a protective case. The second and third times, though, the unannounced handset shed its shell to expose its gray and golden duds. Today we’re getting another peek at HTC’s upcoming flagship smartphone, and this particular model appears to have gone ahead and gotten itself a tattoo.

A new image posted by @evleaks claims to show an AT&T version of the All New HTC One, complete with AT&T branding in the status bar and its lower backside, just like the original One. As with the previously-leaked All New One models, this silver version sports rounded corners, dual rear cameras and HTC Sense 6 with on-screen navigation buttons.

The original HTC One was made available on all four major U.S. carriers, and AT&T even had an exclusive on the Stealth Black version of the device, and so it’s no surprise to learn that the All New HTC One will be available on Big Blue’s network as well. Still, I’m not one to turn down a peek at an upcoming flagship phone. 

HTC is holding an event on March 25 at which it’s expected that the company will officially unveil its successor to 2013’s One. There’s not much about the device that’s been officially confirmed yet, but HTC did recently start to build hype for its new phone with a BoomSound-focused video teaser. Expect to see more teasers like that in the coming weeks.

Via @evleaks

3 Things I Like About LG’s G Flex

I’m sure you’ve been in the same boat. You’ve picked up a new phone, one that you’ve never touched before, and you immediately start noticing things you’d change. It’s stemmed from a lot of different things, like preference and past devices, but there’s always something you’d change. Be it software or hardware, something could use a few tweaks, or maybe a larger change overall. Whatever the case or specifics, we haven’t reached the point where a perfect device exists quite yet (but I’m sure one’s been pretty close, though).

That’s why I don’t feel all that bad that I started my challenge with the LG G Flex wanting to change some things. I made a quick list, the five things I’d change, but I made a point to suggest that maybe, with more time, I’d change my own mind about those things.

I think the only thing I’ve loosened up on is the software version. The G Flex may not be running Android 4.4 KitKat, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The phone is super quick, hasn’t lagged on me yet, and the features therein are still worthy of usage. No, it’s not the latest software, but that shouldn’t lessen the overall quality of the phone. Especially since the current software doesn’t degrade the experience in any way.

I thought it was about time to talk about some things I actually like about the G Flex.

Yes. There are some things I like.

The phone’s comfortable

I’ve been pretty straightforward when it comes to phones with six-inch displays. I can understand the appeal of them. I know why some folks out there might like their smartphone to be this big. I get it. I do. I just don’t like it. That hasn’t changed with the G Flex, at least not in a way that I expected. I still don’t like using the phone as my primary device due to the screen size, but I can say that it’s a surprisingly comfortable handset to hold. Unlike every other six-inch (or bigger) smartphone I’ve used in the past, the G Flex is actually quite comfortable in the grip. It’s a combination of the lightweight design, but also the thinness, I believe. It’s still too big for my personal tastes, but at least it isn’t uncomfortable like so many other huge phones.

The camera isn’t terrible

The camera is the most important feature on a smartphone for me these days, thanks to my daughters. The camera on the G Flex hasn’t necessarily been one of the strongest sell points for the device, but that’s more to due with the curved display stealing all the limelight. The 13-megapixel shooter on the back of the device is perfectly capable of taking quick photos when you need to, even if the low-light shooting isn’t fantastic. The camera’s interface isn’t the worst on the market, either. 

The G Flex is ridiculously fast

Out of the box, especially in this day-and-age with quad-core processors clocked to ridiculous levels, the experience of a phone is generally pretty snappy. Transitions fade in and out quickly, and you’re given access to apps and games with ease. The same can be said for LG’s G Flex, but here’s the thing: it all seems to happen even faster than it does on other phones. What’s more, this experience has stayed the same over a week later, and with heavy usage. With apps installed, used, and pictures taken. Plus whatever else one may do to slow down a phone over time. Memory taken up. Whatever I’ve thrown at the device, so far it’s handled it exceptionally well. Much like the G2, LG’s managed to make their phones ridiculously speedy.

It’s not a lengthy list, at least not yet, but these things are pretty important as far as I’m concerned. The speed of a device, the camera and the comfortably of it in your hand all play a big role when you’re trying to buy any device, so it’s good that the G Flex scores top marks in these departments. Several steps in the right direction. We’ll have to wait and see what stands out to me later into my challenge, if anything at all. For now though, the G Flex is hovering somewhere in between “like and dislike,” much more than any other device in recent memory. That should be an accomplishment of its own, maybe.

Next-gen video game console buyer’s guide

Next-gen consoles
Five Points to Consider Before Buying a New Gaming Console
Have you picked up a next generation gaming console yet? The past year has included some of the greatest breakthroughs in mainstream gaming’s recent history, and the industry has never been more popular than it is today. 
I get it. You’re reading this article on PhoneDog.com and it’s not about phones or mobile devices at all. But hang with me on this one, because this topic has become important to both casual and hardcore gamers. And just like we do with the latest mobile tech, we PhoneDoggers want to share our insight and helpful tips to help make your living room experience as good as your mobile experience.
We Don’t Just Play Games Anymore
It’s no secret that we don’t buy game consoles solely for their games anymore. No sir, these aren’t your grandma’s consoles. That’s why we have to consider what we want out of our game consoles when it comes to media consumption. All three of the latest consoles offer great downloadable content and streaming capabilities, but the Xbox One stands above the rest in this category. 
The last thing I want to do is imply that the Xbox One doesn’t make gaming its priority. What it does is build upon a great gaming foundation with the most expansive set of options for media consumption. With features like the ability to switch between TV, games, movies and online content with voice-activated controls and Xbox Kinect gestures and an intuitive user interface that recognizes popular content delivered by your television provider, the Xbox One offers a unique media experience unlike any that we’ve seen before. 
Exclusive Titles Are As Important As Ever
Game selection is an obvious point to consider when deciding which console to purchase, but it’s still worth discussing. More than ever before, exclusive games are the reason to buy one system over another. There are a handful of titles that I know I will have to play once when they store shelves, and I know that some of those titles will only be offered on certain consoles. 
It can feel like your hands are tied in these situations. You want to play a game on your console, but you can’t because it’s exclusively available on another platform. It’s a troubling truth, it’s one that we have to live with, so be sure to keep your favorite titles in mind while making your buying decision.
You Don’t Have To Use a Controller To Play
Do you prefer a traditional controller or do you like to get up and move around a bit? Each of the three next-gen consoles offer ways to be more active while gaming. The Xbox One’s improved Kinect motion capture system is by far the most precise, and perhaps the most fun, hands-free controller. With classics like Kinect Sports and Dance Central, the Kinect continues to be one of the most innovative ways to enjoy gaming. 
Xbox One controller
If You Do Like Controllers, Make Sure That You Pick the Best One
The console makers have put a lot of thought into creating what they believe to be the best gaming experience for their console. With the Playstation 4 and Xbox One, both Sony and Microsoft set out to improve every nook and cranny of their two very recognizable controllers. Nintendo went so far as to completely revamp their controller, adding a tablet-esque display that creates a new and unique gameplay experience. Some of these changes are more drastic than others, but I can assure you that these new controllers not only feel better, they also offer improved response to the action that’s taking place on-screen. 
This is great for both casual and hardcore gamers. With the Playstation 4’s new DualShock 4 controller, players will have a new touchpad at their disposal. It seems that developers are using this feature in a tasteful manner and not overdoing it like they did with the DualShock 3’s Sixaxis functionality.
Get the Best Bang For Your Buck With Online Memberships
Today’s online gaming community is stronger than ever, and so discovering which console will give you the best online experience is a must. Last generation, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 could certainly be considered the online gaming winner thanks to its reliability and the overall experience offered by Xbox Live. This go-around, Sony has improved its online experience with Playstation Plus, which offers free downloadable games and is required to play online multiplayer games. 
Both Xbox Live and PlayStation Plus grant access to a huge library of games and online content. I have to give Playstation Plus a slight advantage, though, simply because of the free blockbuster games it offers. That said, many players will feel more confident in the quality of the online experience that Xbox Live has offered in the past and will continue to provide in the future.
Now I would love to hear from you. Have you picked up any of the new consoles? If so, do you regret your decision or are you happy with the console that you have chosen? Share your opinions in the comments section below!

Poll: Which MWC device are you most excited for?

As Mobile World Congress 2014 comes to a close, we’re left with quite a few devices to look forward to. In addition to the introduction of several new products, we also got some hands-on time with previously-announced and highly-anticipated hardware. Now we want to ask you: Which MWC 2014 devices are you most excited for?

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo goes on sale in India for Rs. 38990


Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 3 Neo in India last week. It went on pre-order recently for a reduced price tag. The smartphone is now available in India from the official eStore. It has a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, powered by a 1.6 GHz quad-core or a Hexa-Core processor (1.7 GHz Dual Core Cortex A15+ 1.3 GHz Quad Core Cortex A7) and runs on Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean).
It has Galaxy Note 3 features, including S Pen Stylus with all the S Pen features and a faux leather back cover.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo specifications
5.5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD Super AMOLED display
1.7 GHz Dual Core + 1.3 GHz Quad Core Exynos (5260) processor
Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
8MP camera with BSI sensor, LED flash, 1080p video recording
2MP front-facing camera with BSI sensor
3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio with RDS
Dimensions: 148.4 x 77.4 x 8.6 mm; Weight: 162.5 grams
2GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory (11 GB user memory), Upto 64GB expandable memory via microSD card
3G HSPA+, WiFi a/b/g/n/ac (HT80), Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/ GLONASS, NFC
3100 mAh Battery
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo is priced at Rs. 38990. Even though the phone comes in Black, Mint Green and White colors, only the black color is available in India currently. Check out the hands-on below.
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Samsung Gear 2 vs Galaxy Gear Hands On


Samsung unveiled the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo at the Mobile World congress in Barcelona earlier this week. We managed to do a hands-on comparison between the two. Even though the Gear 2 has the same 1.63 inch  (320 x 320 pixels) Super AMOLED display, this offers vibrant colors. This one is powered by Tizen OS, so the navigation is much faster than the Android-powered Galaxy Gear. This also has a faster 1 GHz dual-core processor, compared to the 800 MHz processor in the Galaxy Gear.
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In addition to the existing Accelerometer and Gyroscope, there is a Heart Rate sensor in the Gear 2. It also has a IrLED to use the smartwatch as a remote controls. The new UI in the Tizen OS is completely different, with a lot of apps for monitoring heart rate and exercise. The build has also been improved and the 2-megapixel camera is a lot better and is conveniently placed above the screen. It also supports 720p video recording and playback.
This also has a home button below the display, to go back to the home screen. Samsung promises about 2 to 3 days of battery life with average use, a lot better than the Android-powered …

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Samsung Gear 2 Neo Hands On


Samsung unveiled the Gear 2 Neo along with the Gear 2 at the MWC 2014. The Gear 2 Neo is a cheaper version of the Gear 2 with plastic build and also lacks the camera. It has a 1.63 inch  (320 x 320 pixels) Super AMOLED display and is powered by Tizen OS. It is 10.0 mm thick, similar to the Gear 2, but weighs 55 grams, about 13 grams lighter than the Gear 2. Check out the hands-on video below.
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It has a IrLED Sensor on top, so that you can use it as a Remote Control. It has Heart Rate sensor, Pedometer and apps to monitor your exercise, apart from the usual set of Accelerometer and Gyroscope sensors. You can use the Gear Manager to view the images and videos captured and manage your apps.
It has 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, similar to the Gear and the Gear 2. Samsung promises about 2 to 3 days of battery life with average use.
The Samsung Gear 2 comes in Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange color options and would go on sale globally starting from April, along with the Gear 2.
Srivatsan contributed to this report

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