Last Month we showed you the House of Marley, Conquerer Mist Ear Buds, quite possibly the best ear buds I’ve ever listened to music with. Since then, I’ve been trying out the House of Marley “Stir It Up” over the ear headphones.
As I said in my last review, the House of Marley products aren’t just some licensing agreement with another company, they are designed, distributed, and marketed by Bob Marley’s family, spear headed by Marley’s son Rohan Marley.
Rohan Marley isn’t trying to make a quick buck off of his fathers name by plastering their family name on audio products. The House of Marley is actually a movement that brings attention to social causes around the world. The Marley family and the House of Marley volunteers use the proceeds from their audio lines to fund their outreach missions. You can also bet with the Marley’s musical background playing real instruments that the sound that comes out of the House of Marley line is exceptional.
Late last year when HTC announced a partnership with Beats Audio, it quickly got the Android world talking. Beats by Dre have risen to be one of the most popular lines of consumer headphones ever. HTC has teamed up with beats audio to bring some of the best aspects of Beats by Dre headphones to the smartphone.
When HTC’s CEO Peter Chou announced that Beats Audio would be available on any HTC Sense 4.0 phone he confirmed what many had thought. That was, that Beats Audio has nothing to do with the hardware, it’s all in the software.
Sunday was one helluva day for HTC at Mobile World Congress. They announced their HTC One line of Android phones including the HTC One X headed to AT&T and the HTC One S headed to T-Mobile. HTC announced that their new flagship line of phones was headed out to 140 carriers globally, Verizon and Sprint are not among them.
If you’ve recently received a new HTC Android device, say in the past couple of months, and you’re sad that you aren’t going to be able to partake in the One series line up, this news may cheer you up.
When Dr. Dre started off his musical career his first big group was the World Class Wrecking Crew. After that he joined hands with the Easy E and Ren and Ice Cube with NWA. After a very public break up of NWA, Dr. Dre joined forces with Snoop Doggy Dogg and most recently in the rap game, Eminem.
With all of these break ups and new marriages in his rap career the folks at Monster should have known their marriage wouldn’t last past the first five years they were bound to by contract. That’s what’s happening now.
There was noticeably less hum in the Monster booth at CES about Beats by Dre. Since there was no (and isn’t usually any) HTC Booth at CES there was no place to officially promote Beats Audio, the Beats headphones and the Beats integration with some of the HTC devices.
The HTC Rezound is launching tomorrow on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Priced at $299 on a 2 year contract. I have not been able to post my unboxing video (due to the rigors of testing devices). I am going to quickly go over some of the key features that I like about the Rezound and hopefully tomorrow I will have my full review.
QUICK LOOK HARDWARE: The Rezound has a 4.3″ 720p HD display with a resolution of 720×1280 (345 pixels per inch – exceeding even the iPhone’s Retina Display). Side by side with my Thunderbolt the difference is pretty impressive, with the naked eye it is very difficult to distinguish the difference in the resolution of the Sensation 4G and the Rezound. Once I looked at the Rezound screen through a magnifying glass I was amazed. It is extremely difficult to distinguish any pixels, even when zooming in on text files.
Camera: The camera on this device is impressive. It has rather impressive low-light capabilities. I had a chance to take some test shots last night and will take some more this evening. I also decided to take a very quick video for the 1080p video recording.
HTC had their big event yesterday in London and announced the HTC Sensation XL. This was the device that was originally rumored as the Runnymede and then as the HTC Bass.
The Sensation XL is sporting a 1.5ghz single core processor, and a huge 4.7 inch 480×800 Super LCD touchscreen. The camera is a whopper. It’s 8 mega pixels with a wide angle lens, back side illumination, dual LED flash and 720p HD video recording. On the front is a 1.3 mega pixel camera for video chatting on the go.
The phone runs Android 2.3 with Sense 3.5 on top. It also has a special integrated Beats by Dre sound profile and at some point later it will be packaged with Beats Solo headphones.
UK wireless dealer Clove has it going on sale on October 24th in the UK. It looks like it will cost £405. It’s unclear as to whether or not this phone is headed stateside.
While most of the mobile world is going to be salivating over the next carnation of the iPhone, HTC is throwing a soiree of their own to release a phone that will trump some of the new iPhones features.
Invites have gone out to both press and the public to an HTC event in London October 6th. Press received the invite in their email boxes while the public was invited via HTC’s UK Facbeook page.
HTC is expected to release the phone that’s been code-named Runnymede. There were rumored reports earlier this month saying the device will be called the HTC Bass while newer reports are suggesting it will be called the HTC Sensation XE. Whatever they call it the event definitely has to do with HTC’s new partnership with Beats by Dre.
The rumored device is supposed to have a 4.7 inch screen 8 megapixel camera and HTC Sense 3.5
If you were just thinking that HTC is on a roll than you’re probably right. Last week in New York City they officially announced the HTC Rhyme, which was originally code-named the Bliss. There’s also substantiated rumors about the HTC Vigor headed to Verizon and the HTC Runnymede which will reportedly get a name change to the HTC Bass before release.
When you think about all the toys growing up that were labeled “Made in Taiwan” it’s hard to believe that a company that was once thought of as a smaller OEM is Taiwan’s top international brand. HTC is currently the world’s 5th largest smartphone maker and has a brand value of $3.6 billion dollars, which is double what it was in 2010.
Following HTC was Acer who’s brand value was $1.94 billion this year. Asustek who’s Eee Pad Android tablets are taking the world by storm, came in third place at $1.64 billion.
Earlier in the week some big news came out of the Intel Developer’s Forum in San Francisco, CA. When Andy Rubin delivered his address to attendees he said that new Android phones would incorporate Intel chip sets and furthermore Intel powered Android handsets would be optimized for Intel throughout the entire device. The new Intel Android devices would be utilizing the Medfield chip.
An unsourced news piece on a website called Bright Side of News is suggesting that the rumors at IDF were that HTC would be the developer for the new Intel device. Although the device shown by Rubin and Intel at the conference was a reference build with no manufacturer associated with it, a few folks we talked to who attended IDF said that the form factor and design looked like it was made by HTC. Rumor has it that the Intel powered HTC Android device will be ready by CES.
At the end of August we started hearing rumors about the HTC Runnymede a new HTC Android phone with a big picture and a big sound. Rumor has it that the HTC Runnymede will rock a 4.7″ screen making it larger than the Samsung Galaxy S II. On top of that, it’s expected that the HTC Runnymede will be the first HTC phone to be packaged with Beats By Dre sound technology.
According to a listing on Handtec’s website ( a British retailer) the device also sports a 1.5ghz single core processor. This retailer is reporting the phone with the same specs as the rumored Runnymede, is now called the HTC Bass, which as the flagship phone for Beats By Dre, makes good sense.
HTC has made Beats by Dre a household name for us Android folk. Then, last week we announced that Ludacris had paired with Soul Headphones for his own brand of headphone. Now we’ve come to find, this past week, that David Guetta is also doing his own line of headphones with Beats By Dre.
The new Beats Mixr headset was designed from the top down by a world class DJ for other dj’s. The headphones can fold out and away from the ear so that the dj spinning can hear the live mix in one ear via the PA System. This is a key feature in other professional grade headphones for djs. According to Beats by Dre, the Beats Mixr has a lot of the same specs as other Beats by Dre headphones but takes into consideration the fact that users of the Beats Mixr are going to be in noisy environments.
Hip Hop Icon Ludacris has been busy at work with the people from Soul Electronics to develop his own line of headphones called “Soul By Ludacris”. Just like Beats by Dre, “Soul by Ludacris” headphones come in a variety of sizes, spec configurations and in ear and over ear designs.
On the low end a pair of Soul By Ludacris in-ear headphones will cost you $69.99. This is a precision in-ear headphone model complete with a microphone and 3 button remote. They are configured to work with your playback functions on both iOS and Android devices. For $69.99 you’re supposed to get great frequency response and a good listening feel as well.
Now, after the shocking announcement that the Samsung Galaxy S II wasn’t coming to Verizon Wireless, we must put a question mark in any headline revolving around a phone coming to a carrier, right? (yeah sure).
The HTC Vigor has received it’s BlueTooth 3.0 certification. This is rumored to be a big phone with big specs. Big enough to replace Verizon Wireless’ flagship 4G/LTE device the HTC Thunderbolt. The rumored specs for the HTC Vigor include a 1.5ghz dual core processor, Android 2.3.4, HTC Sense 3.5, 8 mega pixel camera, 4.3 qHD display at 1280×720 and Beats by Dre sound technology.
Although this phone is still very much in the “rumored” category there have been a lot of rumors centering around an October 6th launch date.