Just had a bit of a revelation. Using doublesync the other week, I inadvertently dumped 10% of my record collection onto my HTC desire. It's late. I'm not tired, kids and wife are in bed, so I decided to listen to some tunes on my Dr Dre Beats headphones. The HTC was the closest phone to hand, and seeing as it had alot of music on it, I thought, why not?
Them something odd happened. It didn't sound right. Was it me? it just sounded, 'central' and well, lacking in depth. It wasn't making the involving sounds happen that I've come to expect from these headphones, so I flicked through a few more songs, it was the same, Beatles, Foo fighters, Gerry Rafferty, all sounded, muted.
Tom Petty American girl came on, the live version, a truly legendary track. No.... I wasn't feeling it.
I pulled up the same track on the iPhone 4 and tried again...... This is more like it! I wouldn't have believed there would have been such a difference. The stereo separation is the most noticeable difference. The Htc sounds almost, mono by comparison. The depth is the next thing you notice, the clear highs and the deep bass is so much better on the iPhone. Then finally the detail; which I guess ties in with the separation. Every instrument, every detail is less, well.... mushy on the iPhone.
I know I could be called a fanboy, but..... it's not without reason. The sound produced for music fans from the ipod inspired iphone is by far superior to the musicality of the HTC offering. Sorry HTC, but it's true and I guess any audiophile would agree. It's as clear as anything, even to an old fogey like me.
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Yup, you read that right and it has to be seen to be believed. hold two fingers on a webpage, move the unit upright, and the page smoothly zooms in. Nice! Albeit pointless. If I want to look at something closer. I move it closer to my head anyway. The chances are, if I want to zoom in, I probably don't want to move my head closer to the device, so although it is cool. It's rubbish in the real world. Fortunately, pinch to zoom works too. Another 'motion' feature is the ability to move icons from page to page, simply by selecting them and moving the device left or right. It works, but again, whether this is more, or less useful that just sliding the icon to the edge of the page is debatable.
It has an fm radio, but, it is a genuine FM radio and thus, needs an aerial to work, so you have to plug the earphones in. Many radio apps now are connected via an internet link, and thus don't need an aerial. They're also better quality, although of course, they do use your data allowance. The camera is crisp and clear 8mp. The video is clear enough on its default setting, but I can see from within the menu, it goes up to 1920x1080! Wow. I take a quick clip and transfer it via bluetooth to my Mac. 7 seconds = 18 Mb! The results are impressive, even if motion is somewhat juddery. Freeze frames show the video to be of immense quality. I kidded a team mate into thinking it was the camera, Its that good. I note Kies Air is here, I guess this is sync over wifi (I have no time to test) but another one in the eye for Apple if it is. Voice commands is a new function I've not seen, powered by vlingo, so it needs an active internet connection to decipher what you've spoken. Unlike the iPhone, although in all honesty, that doesn't work. ("Play elbow" I told it, only for it to blast out Girls aloud, thus ruining any credibility I had left.) There's a photo editor, Game hub, and lots to discover. It's another nice Android handset, that continues to take Googles fight one step further (or closer) to Apple. Nice. Currently, being new, its only on top of the range contracts which means, in this time of sensible budgetting, the Desire S, or Incredible S would remain at the top of my shopping list.
at May 03, 2011
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