Technofreak’s HTC One: music, weather, browsers

, posted: 3-Jun-2013 16:42

I’ve had the HTC One for just over four weeks now. Last week I got a chance to put the music player to use while I was flying to a meeting. It works very well and my Blackbox C20 noise cancelling ear buds did an excellent job of removing the background drone. I put the Beats Audio feature to the test but in the end I found the music sounded better with Beats Audio switched off.

Loading the music onto the phone as very straight forward, it’s just a matter of connecting the phone to your PC via a USB cable and opening up the file manager, locate the HTC Internal storage and copy the music files across. The music can also be copied using HTC Sync Manager except that won’t run on my laptop for some reason. Please note I’m not suggesting copying music you don’t own the original copy of.

You can choose songs by artist, album, genre etc. The music player app automatically sorts the genre for you and also finds the album art for each album. One cool feature is being able to follow the lyrics on the screen (using the Grace Note Media database - data connection required) along with a “screen saver” pulsing away to the music. The words are not displayed for all songs so I guess they’re not all in the database. The screensaver and words only display in landscape mode. As you might expect the screen stays live for the duration you have this feature active and there is a high battery drain as a result.



Above is a screen shot from the music player showing the words to a song, with each line highlighted as these words are sung.

The sound that comes from the stereo speakers is very good and certainly better than any other phone I’ve used, the next best being the Nokia 5800XM which was sold as a media phone and also has stereo speakers too.

Looking at the calendar now, the standard calendar app lacks some of the features I’ve become used to. The main one being the agenda preview pane in month or week view. There is an agenda view, but you have to open it for each day and if you want to see what’s happening on another day you have go back and select either week or month view to select the day then go back to agenda. You can swipe across the screen (left to right to go forward, right to left to go back) to select the next month, week, day or agenda view, which is fine to get to an agenda view for a day or two either way from the day you’re on otherwise it’s a bit cumbersome. Having a preview pane would be much better.

One major problem I’ve had is being able to sync directly with Outlook on my PC. With the issues I’ve had with HTC Sync Manager I’ve gone to using Exchange Active sync and Outlook.com. This has had pluses and minuses. The major minus is there is no syncing of Outlook Notes, something I use quite a bit. However the up side is the virtually real time syncing of all the calendars on my various devices which is really nice, there being no need to actively carry out a sync as the sync happens automatically. However I suspect I’ll go back to syncing directly with Outlook on my PC as soon as I am able so I can keep Outlook Notes synced.

Weather

The OEM weather app, AccuWeather, works well using the GPS to provide the weather forecast for you current location and integrates well with the various widgets. The best widget supplied with the phone is the weather clock.



However the version of AccuWeather on the HTC One lacks the features and panache of other OEM versions of AccuWeather. One thing I’m noticing with the HTC One is that you get the base version of an app and if you want anything more you need to purchase the upgraded version or buy another app to get the experience you get as standard on other devices. I don’t know if this is just an HTC thing or a Google thing.

 

Above is an example comparing the HTC One (left) with the N9 (right). For the daily view the HTC only gives temperature and cloud/sun info on a black and white screen whereas the N9 also gives wind direction and strength and rainfall, and dragging thre orange dot across the screen displays all the data at the chosen time of day. The dial with the red pointer shows wind direction. Also there is a weather radar screen on the N9 AccuWeather app which isn’t present on the HTC One version. Overall the HTC version is pretty basic in comparison.

Web Browsers

I’ve tried out various browsers on the HTC One. Surprisingly to me at least, with the HTC One being an Android device, Chrome is not the default browser. I have almost never used the default browser on any device I have owned, and while default browser on the HTC One does a pretty good job, I promptly installed Opera Mobile since it and its predecessors have been my browser of choice for many years now. Since installing Opera Mobile a new version of for Android has been put on the Play Store, it just called Opera. It incorporates all of the features of Opera Mobile. I’m impressed so far with the new version though it had a few syncing problems for the first few days after release last week.

The main reason why I have used Opera Mobile for so long, and now Opera on the HTC One, is that you have always been able to sync your bookmarks and favourites with your Opera account. This was the first or one of the first browsers offering this feature. This means every time you get a new device or do a factory reset it’s very simple to get all of you favourites onto the device.

A couple of other features I like with Opera is the data compression function that you can enable to save 3G data, it’s called “Off-Road mode” in the new version, it used to be called Opera Turbo. One other feature I use a lot is saving a page onto the device for viewing off line later. Also Opera provides the option of text wrapping something that not all other browsers do. For me at least it is a well featured browser which provides fast rendition of web pages.

The other browsers I’ve tried are;
  • Default HTC browser – as I’ve already said it does a pretty good job but lacks some features of Opera, certainly good enough as a stock standard browser. It reminds me as bit of Chrome, but at least it does allow text wrapping.
  • Chrome – It is nice to use and has good features but there is no test wrapping which for my eyes is a must as I do need to zoom the text on many web pages.
  • Dolphin Beta - I found it to be very jerky and not nice to use at all, I certainly wouldn’t recommend it
  • Boat Browser- I found to be a very good browser though I haven’t used it extensively. My impressions of it though it is a well featured browser and I would certainly consider it as my first choice browser if I wasn’t using Opera. Needless to say it supports text wrapping.
The next blog post will be my wrap up giving a summary of my experience with the HTC One over the past few weeks.

About the author

My name is Alan. I’ve been a Geekzone member for almost eight years (as Technofreak) and have enjoyed contributing and helping people on the site and have also gained a lot of help here myself at the same time. My involvement with technology goes back to another life when I was a Technician for NZPO/Telecom. I still remember the first cellphone I used, a Panasonic, which was the size of a handbag. I was an avid user of Palm handhelds for many years, having owned a 515, a T5 and a TX, all fantastic devices, I only recently pensioned off the TX.  These days I find smartphones extremely useful devices for keeping me in touch, especially being out and about with my job. The HTC One is the first real foray into the world of Android for me, it going to be an interesting and learning experience.



Technofreak’s HTC One: my thoughts (photos)

, posted: 28-May-2013 13:46

There is no doubt about it: the HTC One is one very smart looking phone. It grabs attention where ever I go. There's also no doubting how solid it is, the aluminium back is quite cold to the touch this time of year when you first pick it up in the morning. It has that nice solid reassuring feel as well, however it is also the phone I've felt that I am most likely to drop due to its size.

I've been giving the camera and the maps a closer look. These are two areas in my opinion which have become important features on a smartphone. The cameras fitted to phones have come a long way and now rival and even surpass dedicated cameras. The mapping functions on phones have become integral with the device and in my opinion make stand alone devices like the NavMan and Tom Tom redundant.

The maps and navigation on the HTC One are easy to use and have some nice touches. There are some wrinkles too, the major one being the voice turn by turn directions are not heard when the phone is connected to a Bluetooth car handsfree device unless you are on a phone call, and then it’s not particularly helpful as you’re trying to hear the person you’re conversing with. One other big drawback is the maps will only work if you are online unless you have downloaded the area you want to use previously and this will use large chunks of data so any downloading really needs to be done on WiFi before you leave home.

Driving in an area with no mobile service coverage, and there are plenty of roads in New Zealand where coverage is poor to non existent, causes the Maps/Navigation app on the HTC One to struggle and you eventually drive out of the range of the maps area already on the phone (unless you’ve downloaded prior to your journey).

The navigation app lacks the ability to display the speed limit for the stretch of road you are on, plus there doesn’t appear to be any verbal/audible warning when you are exceeding the limit. There’s no place to set at which speed you wish to be warned. Also the voice instructions are not as timely nor as complete as other navigation apps, namely Nokia Drive.

When doing a side by side comparison the HTC lost the GPS signal twice within a short time whereas the other phone continued to provide navigation. Having said that the Maps/Navigation is generally very quick to obtain a fix when first turned on.

There are some really nice touches, one being the ability to use a Google search to find a business/cafe and then get the address to navigate to. One other very clever thing (again a Google thing) is a street view of your destination as you arrive there. It certainly helps when you’re not so sure which is the exact place you're looking for.

Overall though in my opinion the Navigation App as installed on the HTC One has a way to go to match the likes of Nokia Drive.

The camera doesn't come with high specs on paper… However I've been very impressed with results. It's one of the better phone cameras I've used. It’s very user friendly. HTC have used their Ultrapixel technology which seems to work very well. The results especially in low light have been very good. The auto focus works very well and almost without exception all the photos are nicely in focus.

Even though there’s a zoom bar, zooming for the camera can be done by pinching and zooming on the screen, which is a nice feature. Like many other phone cameras today the point of focus can be selected by pressing that point on the screen, with the focusing square turning green when the picture is in focus. With a lot of other cameras you need to use manual settings to get good results in some conditions, yet the HTC One when left to it's own devices does an excellent job in auto.

HTC have also equipped the HTC One with Zoe. ZOE is effectively HTC’s version of Nokia’s “Smart Shoot” app. When I first saw the Zoe option I wondered what it was and dismissed it as a point of difference gimmick. To some extent it is, but having said that I can see where Zoe can be used to good effect. Zoe is a feature where instead of just one photo being taken a series of shots are taken, in fact it's almost a short video clip.

One way HTC suggest Zoe could be used is to remove an unwanted object in the shot, like when you have the perfect shot lined up and as you press the shutter someone walks into the shot. With Zoe you can use the other shots taken at that time to effectively remove that person. Also I can see it being useful when taking a group shot and there's that one person with their eyes closed or looking the wrong way when the shot is taken, with the other shots that persons face can be replaced with a better one from another image.

One thing you do need to be careful with when using Zoe is there is about 20 shots taken each time you take a photo with Zoe enabled, this means if you are in the habit of syncing you photos to the cloud you can chew through quite a bit of data unless you control when you upload and use WiFi as the default connection.

I am posting some photo comparisons. I have used my Nokia N9 and Sony A57 DSLR for comparison. I was wondering how I was going to get the HTC photos onto my computer without too much hassle, as HTC Sync Manager doesn’t work well with my PC. I paired the phone via Bluetooth and was easily able to share the photos via Bluetooth to my laptop, a simple transfer. In fact I did the transfers this way several times without hiccup. (The reason for several transfers being that I stuffed up with the white balance setting on the HTC One and needed to re shoot the photos.)

Below are pictures taken inside with low light conditions

  

In order: HTC One Auto No Flash, Nokia N9 No Flash, Sony A57 DSLR No Flash

 

In order: HTC One Flash, Nokia N9 Auto Flash

You will see the HTC does a very good job with no flash, a much better result than the N9. Also the HTC One when the flash is used creates a sharper picture compared to the one without the flash. I didn’t take a flash picture with the Sony. The N9 when left in auto mode defaulted to using the flash where as the HTC One didn’t need the flash. There’s not much in it with the photos using the flash, the HTC shows the colours to be a bit more vibrant than in real life.

The next group of shots were taken outside:

  

In order: HTC One, Nokia N9, Sony A57 DSLR

  

In order: HTC One, Nokia N9, Sony A57 DSLR

  

In order: HTC One, Nokia N9, Sony A57 DSLR

Other than resizing the photos to fit on the page and for email they are exactly as taken. With the two lots of tree shots, I’ve taken one facing into the sun, (the top set of photos) and the other with the sun to the side, to see how the camera works in differing outside light situations.

Once again the HTC One seems to add a little bit of vibrancy to the colours but aside from that does a very good job. For the top row of tree shots both camera phones get saturated with the light from the sky compared to the Sony. The Sony shows a blue sky whereas the phones show the sky being almost white.

In the top set of tree photos you will notice at bit of “flaring” around the top edges of the trees on the phone pictures… More about that later.

I also got some macro shots, with the HTC One providing a sharper image when using the macro feature:

 

HTC One (left), Nokia N9 (right)

The camera in the HTC One produces very good pictures, it’s easy to use with great focusing ability and good low light results. The low light ability is good because in many situations you don’t really want the shadows and contrast that are caused with a flash. Overall it’s a pretty good result for a 4 megapixel camera, and many will tell you it’s not all about the megapixels it’s also to do with the sensor size and in this case the HTC One proves that I think.

Back to the ‘flaring’ I mentioned earlier. The photo below on the left was taken by the HTC One when I originally shot the photos shown above. You will agree it’s not the best of photos. I was a bit perplexed to start with as all the other photos were OK. Then it dawned on on me, the lens had a smudge on it. I was standing at right angles to the sun and as a result the sun was shining right across the face of the lens thus causing the flare. I cleaned the lens and then took photo on the right.

 

Later on when I was preparing the photos for the blog I noticed the slight flaring in the two photos taken into the sun with both the N9 and the HTC One. After my experience with the HTC One I went and cleaned the lens on the N9 and that flaring disappeared as well. The moral of the story is if you want the best shots your phone can take, make sure the lens is cleaned first. The smudges won’t be obvious by just looking at the lenses. Unfortunately the design of most phones means it is inevitable that the lenses will get smudges on them.

My next blog will cover the calendar and the browsers I’ve used on the HTC One and a bit about the music player plus some general comments and a wrap up of my impressions. I know I promised to do the calendar this time but have run out of time for this blog.

About the author

My name is Alan. I’ve been a Geekzone member for almost eight years (as Technofreak) and have enjoyed contributing and helping people on the site and have also gained a lot of help here myself at the same time. My involvement with technology goes back to another life when I was a Technician for NZPO/Telecom. I still remember the first cellphone I used, a Panasonic, which was the size of a handbag. I was an avid user of Palm handhelds for many years, having owned a 515, a T5 and a TX, all fantastic devices, I only recently pensioned off the TX.  These days I find smartphones extremely useful devices for keeping me in touch, especially being out and about with my job. The HTC One is the first real foray into the world of Android for me, it going to be an interesting and learning experience.



HTC One owner’s discussion on Geekzone

, posted: 21-May-2013 12:59

While we wait for the next couple of blog posts about the HTC One, check the ongoing HTC One owner’s discussion on Geekzone to find out more about the experience of having an HTC One, tips and tricks and talks about the accessories that go with this smartphone.



Brad’s HTC One Reviews Part Two

, posted: 17-May-2013 10:38

I started my series of posts on the HTC One with a brief post with my initial impressions. I’m following that up with a more in depth look at the various aspects of the device.

Design

The HTC One is gorgeous. It has a premium look and feel that is matched by very few other smartphones. Of course comparisons with the Samsung Galaxy S4 are prevalent but that phone’s plastic body cannot compare in looks and styling to the One, with its aesthetically far superior aluminium chassis. The very stylish looking Sony Xperia Z with its excessive amounts of glass also can’t compete with simplicity of the One. The Apple iPhone 5 would come the closest, but its design is beginning to get somewhat dated now.

I’ve had many people see me using the phone while out and about and come up to me ask if it was in fact the new HTC One. Most also commented on how much better it looked than the Galaxy S3/S4 or iPhone, an excellent reflection on the hard work HTC have done in making this a truly great looking phone.

The one drawback to the design is that it doesn’t allow for a replaceable battery but both HTC and Qualcomm have taken steps to ensure maximum battery longevity.

The HTC One has weight of 143g and surprisingly, considering its aluminium body, it does not feel too heavy and sits very nicely in the hand. It is also very well balanced and doesn’t feel like it could slip easily from your grasp.

There is also the widely reported manufacturing issue where the speaker grills on the top front of the phone aren’t flush with the top which then throws out the placement of the screen glass and the bottom speaker grill. This has been fixed with the most recent production runs according to HTC, but if you are buying one of these phones, make sure to inspect the unit before handing over your money just in case.

Android and Sense

The One ships with the Sense 5 skin for Android which is a dramatic improvement over previous versions and I have to say that it is really the first OEM Android skin I like. It looks great and nowhere is this more apparent than navigating through the various settings menus.

HTC have toned down the excessive gradients and garish icons from previous versions and settled for something a little more refined. There is a lot more colour than stock Android which in my opinion is too black and too plain. This strikes a happy medium.

There are a few little bugs, like popup dialogs having the stock Android look and some of them don’t look right since HTC haven’t used the stock fonts and sizes. Hopefully this is something that will be addressed in the upcoming 4.2.2 update.

I touched on Blinkfeed in my previous post. It is a very nice aggregator of many of the services I use. It is no longer my default homescreen but I find myself checking it many times throughout the day, saving me the time of reading through multiple apps. There are plenty of customisation options and 100’s of sources to pick from but I would like to see the ability to add your own choice of RSS feeds to it.

Blinkfeed is what Facebook Home should have been.

With Sense 5 HTC have reduced the number of widgets on the default home screen. Other than the Blinkfeed screen, by default there is only a single home screen with the sole widget on that screen being a Google search box. You can add all the widgets you want, but this is a departure from HTC’s strategy in the past and it is a lot cleaner.

I was disappointed that the One only shipped with Android 4.1.2 and not 4.2.2 given that 4.2 has been available since November, making at this point 4.1 nearly a year old. However HTC sources have said a 4.2 update should be available by the end of May.

The one thing lacking from previous HTC devices and as a former Samsung owner is toggles in the notification drawer. These can be replaced by various apps or the homescreen widgets but it can by a bit annoying to have to leave your app to adjust settings. This will be fixed when we see the 4.2 update with its quick settings panel.

Also one other thing that needs repeating from my previous is the menu softkey that appears in apps that have no menu overflow button (looking at you Facebook). This an annoyance but knowing that HTC have planned a fix for it with the 4.2 update makes it much easier to deal with.

Overall I am very happy and pleasantly surprised with Sense 5, seeing that after previous versions I did not have high hopes. HTC have put in a lot of work and come out with an excellent product which has enhanced the Android experience and taken nothing away from it. For the first time since acquiring an Android device I have no desire to look into an AOSP based ROM as I feel I would lose out on the many refinements and useful features Sense provides. If I had to give the user experience a rating it would score 8.5/10.

Specs and Performance

The HTC One is one of the highest spec’d devices to date and shows it in everyday tasks.
  • Network: GSM/WCDMA/LTE (to be enabled by Telecom New Zealand in a future update)
  • OS:Android 4.1 with Sense
  • CPU:1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600
  • Screen:4.7-inch 1920x1080 Super LCD 3 (468PPI)
  • RAM:2GB
  • Storage:32GB
  • Camera:4MP rear ("UltraPixel")/ 2.1MP front
  • Battery: 2300 mAh Li-Ion
Thanks to the fast Snapdragon 600 SoC, the UI frame rate is incredibly smooth. I have never seen the system lag or hang on anything and moving through homescreens loaded with widgets is smooth. The overall experience is very polished and very fast which is more than can be said for the One’s rival the Galaxy S4.

I am not a huge mobile gamer, having a high end PC and PS3 for that, but I did install a few games like Temple Run 2 to try out. Again there was no stuttering or lag in any of the games, the One took everything I threw at it and didn’t skip a beat. If you’re a mobile gamer then there will be no cause for disappointment here. In fact the HTC One has come out ahead of the Galaxy S4 in gaming benchmarks.

The One has been criticised for its lack of removable storage but I have found the 32GB to be more than ample. HTC have also integrated cloud support (Dropbox and Flickr) very well. Obviously this is an area where everyone will have a different opinion due to their specific needs for storage. But for myself I find those 32GB to be plenty for music and photos.

Battery Life

Given the large screen and quad-core processor and the relatively average battery size, I was not overly optimistic about battery life. After two weeks of some fairly heavy usage I have been thoroughly impressed.

My daily usage can vary but I frequently send and receive a large number of emails, read and post to forums, stream music and I’m also heavy Viber user.

On average I have been seeing battery life of between 24 hours (6 hours screen time) and 30 hours (4 hours screen time). Compared to previous devices I’ve owned (mostly Galaxy’s) this is far ahead of what I would have expected and is more than satisfactory.

After a little over two weeks with the HTC One, I am more firmly convinced that it is the best smartphone we’ve ever seen. It is not without its small issues but none of those cannot be fixed with a software update.

My next post will look at the excellent camera and HTC Zoe.

About the author

My name is Brad and I’ve been a member of the Geekzone community for nearly nine years including three as a moderator. I was a long time Windows Mobile (yes Windows Mobile, not Windows Phone) user before deciding to try out Android a couple of years ago. I quickly fell in love with the openness and freedom that Android provides and have built and customised my own ROMs from source. I am a web developer, gamer and all round gadget junkie. I hope that my TelecomTech posts will be informative for potential HTC One owners.



Technofreak’s HTC One: my thoughts (second part)

, posted: 14-May-2013 10:20

The more I use the HTC One the more I realise various mobile OS have much in common. They all have the same basic job to do and in many cases there's only so any ways to to do certain functions. It's very often in the small details where the differences are and even then I'm sure each OS could be configured to do a particular job the same way.

To illustrate this point the HTC One has features that replicate the exact same features in Symbian and Meego. Both the Nokia E7 and the HTC One have a notification blind. Both the Nokia N9 and the HTC One uses a similar swiping action to close apps. The music player on the HTC has a familiar appearance to the music players on both the E7 and N9 and in the case of the N9 some very similar features

Where am I going with this? To me it would seem that most of the differences between various OS is as much to do with what features/actions the design team decided incorporate rather than what the OS can or cannot do or some of the hardware like the camera or in the case of the HTC One the excellent stereo speakers. With this in mind many of my comments in these blogs are not so much a reflection on the OS and more as to how it has been used.

Back to the HTC One. There is no doubt this is one very very nice looking phone. I like the screen size. I had thought that a 4 inch screen was about the biggest practical screen for a phone. However with design improvements allowing the screen to extend almost to the edge of the phone has meant screen sizes increase without a major change in form size. The reduced thickness has also meant a net decrease in bulk meaning it still fits well into my shirt pocket without a problem.

However while bigger is better so far as the screen size goes there are some downsides. The power/lock/unlock button is a stretch to reach especially one handed. Perhaps it would have been better placed on the side. Also I find the phone gets uncomfortable to hold on longer phone calls. It's a fraction too wide for my hands which I'd say are normal size. Also due to the width of the phone I find I have to be careful where I position the phone against my ear otherwise the proximity sensor doesn't work and my ear triggers the screen.

I often use the phone with it lying on a desk. The very nicely curved back does not lend itself well to using a phone in this manner and the phone rocks about as you tap away on the screen. One other drawback of such a clean design is the way some apps work, e.g. there is no dedicated camera button. Also the flash light app which I use a bit but not enough to warrant putting on the quick launch tray requires the phone to be unlocked with demands two actions: the power button then the unlock swipe. The N9 suffers the same problem, you pay the price for a nice clean design.

There has been a lot of comments around forums about a “gap” between the back and the plastic body on some phones. There is no gap on my HTC One. The finish is very good and exudes a quality befitting a flagship phone. The only comment I can make about the finish on mine is there is a small ridge on the top and bottom edges of the phone where the metal plates above and below the screen mate against the plastic body. It’s as if the screen is about 2 thicknesses of paper lower than the plastic body, hardly something most people would notice. If this is all people are complaining about then I think they are being a little bit too fussy.

Looking at the OS and apps now, I find the back function inconsistent. There's often two back buttons but not always. One on the lower left of the screen and depending on the app in use another back button at the top left. One back button would be much better in my opinion. To add to this the “Home” and “Back” button on the lower part of the screen (actually below the actual screen but still on the glass) are not always lit making it difficult to see where to tap the screen for these functions. It appears they only light up in darker conditions however there are plenty of occasions where they need to be lit when there’s plenty of light.

As I mentioned in my last blog I tried using HTC Sync Manager to synchronise with Outlook on my computer. I have given up trying to get Sync Manager to work, while others report it works well for them. It appears that it doesn’t work well on Windows 7 64 bit. My solution so far has been to use Exchange Active Sync with my Windows Live account and use this calendar on my laptop. It’s working pretty well but doesn’t sync my Outlook Notes which is a bit of a pain. It’s a pity HTC don’t provide a reliable syncing software.

Battery life seems OK. Some days I’m just getting through one day, which to me for the battery size isn’t all that much. I guess you have to pay somewhere for the fast smooth OS that the HTC One has. Though to be honest I think the screen rather than the OS is a big hog of power. As can be seen in the screenshot there are two places where the battery level drops sharply when I used the Maps/Navigation. I’ll cover more on the Maps next time.



Let’s talk about the Clock app. There are two things I miss with the Clock. First is not having an analogue option. And second is not being able to display the time when the screen is in standby mode. I’ve got used to using the phone as a clock and I’ve looked to see it there’s an app but cannot find one that does it. I have the phone on the bedside cabinet as my alarm clock and it’s even more of a nuisance having to wake up the phone at night to see the time.

Speaking of the alarm function, the alarm isn’t as refined as what I’ve been used to with my other phones where the alarm tone starts off quietly and slowly increases in volume. The HTC One starts off at full volume which is a bit of a rude wake up call.

Otherwise the built-in Clock app is very good. As well as a clock with alarm there is a World Clock, a Stopwatch and a Timer. It’s a well thought out app that is very functional and easy to use. The alarm time is easy to set, plus there is a list of previous alarm times giving you the option to choose a time without the need to go through the whole process of setting the alarm again. You do have to be careful though that you also choose what days of the week you wish to use a particular alarm. It would be easy to choose a previously set alarm and not have it go off because you haven’t chosen that day for the alarm to be used.



As I was writing this blog the phone died. I went to unlock it to try something and no response. Eventually the vol down + power button brought up a screen that gave me a reboot option so all was good again. I’ve had phones lock up and die before, but only when I’ve been doing something that precipitated it, never while the phone was sitting idle. Let’s hope it was a one off event.

Next time I will blog about the Maps/Navigation, the Calendar and the Camera.

About the author

My name is Alan. I’ve been a Geekzone member for almost eight years (as Technofreak) and have enjoyed contributing and helping people on the site and have also gained a lot of help here myself at the same time. My involvement with technology goes back to another life when I was a Technician for NZPO/Telecom. I still remember the first cellphone I used, a Panasonic, which was the size of a handbag. I was an avid user of Palm handhelds for many years, having owned a 515, a T5 and a TX, all fantastic devices, I only recently pensioned off the TX.  These days I find smartphones extremely useful devices for keeping me in touch, especially being out and about with my job. The HTC One is the first real foray into the world of Android for me, it going to be an interesting and learning experience.



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