Tag Archive: HTC

Oct 28 2014

Technology: HTC One M8 Pink At Carphone Warehouse

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Way back when, one my first ever mobile phones was pink, it was of the flip variety, and I loved it, then came crazy phone covers, who could forget my love of Hello Kitty, and now it seems that smartphone companies are incorporating a little personality into the handsets themselves by offering them in various colours.

The latest to be added to my collection is the HTC One M8, which has been given a feminine makeover with a dusky pink matte shell that is exclusive to Carphone Warehouse. Everything else about the phone is the same as the original HTC One M8, a spruced update to the HTC One that I absolutely loved.

I have only been using this pretty pink phone for a few days but I am already impressed with its large screen, not quite as big as the Samsung Note 3 but still impressive, excellent resolution, as well as a super fast quad-core processor. But as always what always makes a great HTC device, other than the sharp, sleek, all-metal design, has to be the camera, which has a unique duo Camera that lets you create 3D-like photos, and the addition of its UltraPixel technology means you can capture your photos in nearly any light, which I love.

I have to be honest not much seems to have change, it just looks more glossy and put together, it still has HTC Zoe to create cool mini movies, still utilises the very best of the Android system, puts all your social media and news in one place thanks to the HTC BlinkFeed, and it has the best speakers of any mobile I have owned with its HTC BoomSound. But hey if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it!!!

I don’t have any negatives about the colour, I do love the matte finish, and I think no girl can have too much pink, my only downside about the HTC One M8 has to be the weight, its sleek all-metal design comes at a cost that you instantly feel it weighs more than your previous smartphone.

What do you think of the pink version of the HTC One M8 – would you buy it over the standard silver?

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**I was gifted the HTC One M8 Pink by Carphone Warehouse, but as always my opinion is my own**

Sep 11 2013

HTC One: Gothic Couture Captured With HTC Zoe

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Basically, instead of just taking a still image, HTC Zoe records 3 seconds of HD video while at the same time capturing 20 photos, plus like magic the video also starts recording before you actually press the shutter – so you will never miss that perfect shot.

Granted each ‘Zoe’ is only 3 seconds compared to 15 in an Instagram video – but you can group a whole host of ‘Zoe’ content to make a highlight reel. Plus once you are happy with the content there are 12 filters with accompanying music to apply to make your video complete.

To test out my new ‘Zoe’ skills the guys over at HTC put on an amazing fashion shoot, styled by Minna Attala and directed by photographer Miss Aniela in the incredible setting at MC Motors studios. So with only my HTC One handset I played photographer on an editorial-style shoot to capture the best shot – working with the light, taking in the setting, playing with angles and getting some detailed shots of that incredible Bibian Blue gown and Topshop jewellery.

Miss Aniela, who runs fashion shoot experience days, gave me some tips for capturing moving images during the shoot to help me get the best shots possible, which I will certainly be using this fashion week.

Photography Tips:

  • Light – Look for the light, but be creative with it – it’s not just about the sun, explore the effects of street-lamps or different colour lights too – also move your handset around to seek the best auto-exposure.
  • Detail – Look for detail and focus in on it – ruffles on fabric, the lines of buttons on a jacket, the incredible print. Capturing the movement of fashion accessories down the runway will make great contextual shots for your highlight reel.
  • Angles - Play with a variety of angles over the course of your video in order to show all the interesting views of the outfits, but also add a sense of drama – shooting from a low angle is great for adding the illusion of height.
  • Context – Think carefully about your backdrop and how it works with the looks you’re shooting – treat your environment as a feature of your shoot. For fashion week – why not capture the atmosphere inside the tent before the show, snap the fashion crowds queuing to get in, and the sight of the photographer’s pit.

Here is my Gothic Couture highlight reel using the Islandia filter and a few of my favourite snaps:

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[Pics: all pics/video taken on my HTC One]

Aug 11 2013

In Pictures: My HTC Mini Break

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The phone itself is very similar to my HTC One, the only real difference is the size of the handset, there are more differences obviously as it is a lower priced phone but nothing that is really  that noticeable. The HTC Mini still has all the great camera functionality of its big brother, you can still capture cool slow-motion videos, get Zoe to compile a highlight reel and it takes excellent pictures in low light, which was pretty much needed as the night of the event was less summery and more wintry, but thankfully it didn’t rain.

The event played with perspectives, with very over-sized deck chairs, giant sticks of rock, and ice cream cones set into the distance to capture as though you were picking it up, as well as tiny food served in mini deck chairs and beer served in tiny buckets. There were lots of photo ops around the rooftop, which were made even more entertaining with swing dancers, actors dressed as crazy American tourists and a giant bubble blowing artist, which was hilarious until I got soaked by a bubble exploding!!!

It was such a fun night, lounging in giant deck chairs, being mesmerised by the giant bubbles, launching hysterically at the so-called American tourists, and devouring the tiny food – I couldn’t get enough of the tiny jacket potatoes, and drinking gin from bone china tea cups.

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Want to see the bubble-blower in action? Check out this slow-motion video I captured on the HTC Mini:

[Pics/video: all taken on the HTC One Mini]

 

May 01 2013

My Style: The Swans Travel To France

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So you might have noticed that my blog was a little quiet last week, I was in France visiting family and I forgot to put an out-of-blog on, to be honest I did plan to blog while I was away but I just decided to relax and take a mini break from my laptop.

Much like the weather here is was sunny and bright while we were away, well for the most of it, so I thought it was a great chance to wear my gorgeous Tory Burch swan printed wedges. These beauties have been in my shoe collection since last year when I got them in The Outnet sale and I have been praying for the sunshine so I could wear them, and it was worth nearly making my luggage over the allowed 10kg allowance on Ryan Air!!!my style swans in france 13 My Style: The Swans Travel To France %tag

As we were just pottering around the garden, checking out neighbouring villages and getting very jealous over the gorgeous châteauxs **she below my dream house/castle**, I decided to team the swans with my Hudson crop jeans, which have become my new favourite and a slouchy tee from New Look, oh and lots of cute jewellery pieces.

As well as giving my new wedges a run out I also decided to try out how to work a tuck, well I have seen numerous celebs and some of my fav style bloggers so I though I would give it ago, also I was inspired by a piece in People Style that I read on the plane over.

I went for the loose front tuck, a kind of relaxed look where you loosely tuck in the front and let the sides and back hang out. I am not sure I fully mastered it – but hey I gave it a go – and I liked it.

**Coming soon – the side tuck, the full tuck and the smart front tuck – only joking, well sort of!!!**

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My Style: Swan-print wedges, Tory Burch via The Outnet // Hudson Jeans Bacara in Vancouver, Jeanography (c/o) // Red t-shirt, New Look // Panda watch, New Look // Evil eye friendship bracelet, Astley Clarke // Wisdom skinny bracelet, Astley Clarke (c/o) // Beaded bracelets, Accessorize // Silver wrap ring, New Look (c/o) // Heart ring, designed by me with Stephen Einhorn & HTC (c/o) // PDS ring, stole for the day off my boyfriend // Glasses, Retro54 //

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Apr 02 2013

Jewellery Masterclass With Stephen Einhorn And HTC

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Last week I designed, chiselled, sanded, sawed and buffed my very own ring with the help of jewellery designer Stephen Einhorn in the name of the new HTC One, which FYI is incredible!!!

As always HTC have a unique ability when it comes to creating fabulous events to show off their new handsets – previously I have attended a walk around East London to snap piccies with the HTC One S, I’ve interviewed interesting people on New York’s Skyline in the name of the HTC Rhyme, I even attended a showbiz party with Cheryl Cole and Will.i.am for the launch of HTC Beats and now because the new HTC One boosts an aluminium unibody I was treated along with a small group of online peeps to a jewellery masterclass to design and create my own aluminium ring.

Presented with a bright blue wax block, an empty workbook and a pencil I sketched out what I wanted – a fluttering love heart, which was hard to draw, even harder to explain, but basically I wanted an off-centred heart that looked like it was fluttering like a butterfly – easy, right!!!

Well not quite, having the idea was great but sawing the wax to size, then carving it from square to round, and then drawing and carving the hearts was a lot harder than I thought it would be. But with the help of Stephen and Marco, one of Stephen’s assistants, I finally ended up with a ring that not only looked amazing but fitted perfectly and I can’t wait to see it made in aluminium.

What I loved other the fact it was fun getting creative and hands-on was the fact that we all went for something completely different. Abi engraved lyrics from her favourite song, Kate made the cutest thumb ring, and Emily from Styloko went for a bold statement ring. I really can’t wait to see what they all come out like.

As well as having a fun night making jewellery, visiting Stephen’s shop and studio, sipping tea from adorable bone china cups, and munching on pizza I also got to take away the new HTC One to review.

All I can say is wow, this mobile is incredible, and just from a couple hours of using I can already say that it has a better camera, quicker system, and sleeker finish. A more detailed look at the phone and review to come, but I decided to put my Olympus camera away on the night and all the piccies here were taken and edited on the new HTC One.

If you could design your own ring – what would it look like?

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**Thanks to HTC, Fever PR and Stephen Einhorn for an amazing night** 

Mar 26 2013

Technology: HTC Windows 8X Review

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I have been a HTC lover for the past couple of years – starting with the slightly bulky HTC 3D, that took really cool 3D snaps that no one other than me could appreciate, then came the HTC One series where I found it hard to choose between the One X and the One S, basically the only difference I could tell was the size, and now I am testing out the HTC Windows 8X.

Whereas all the others had the Android platform in common, which I must disclaim now I adore, this cute mobile that seems to be perfectly sculptured to sit in my hand, features Microsoft’s latest software Windows 8 that I have to be honest I found a little hard to get my head around at first.

If you have Windows 8 on your laptop, are lucky enough to have one of the Microsoft Surface tablets or have had a windows-based phone before then this mobile will make so much sense, will complement your other devices perfectly and will be a dream I am sure, however, if like me you are still on an old version of Windows how this mobile functions might seem a little alien.

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But trust me it is actually easy to navigate around once you have customised the ‘live tiles’ on the homescreen that represent the apps. As well as having a colourful interface that can be changed to a number of different themes, I preferred the default HTC blue, you can also change the size of the ‘live tiles’ so the more important apps can be bigger. For instance I gave my e-mail the largest tile, and my social media apps the middle one, and the others such as the Windows/HTC store, music, text messages etc they were made into little squares. Once customised this systems makes a whole lot more sense.

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One of the major pitfalls for me with this mobile though is the apps, even though the store has lots to offer from games to practical apps, the ones I love as a social media hungry blogger – Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest just aren’t as good as on Android or Apple, and then there are some that aren’t even available to Windows users such as Pose and Instagram, which I am addicted to, and I find it crazy that there still isn’t a Windows app. Also sadly there isn’t Dropbox either, which connects basically all my life together from my mobile to laptop to main desktop computer, even my iPad and external hard-drive connect to it – Windows has its own SkyDrive but that would mean a full change over.

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I felt bad not liking it because it doesn’t have Instagram so I did hunt down a few alternatives, the first is Eyeem, a photo-sharing app that is not only on Windows but Android and iPhone, like Instagram it has the filters, I actually like this set up and the fact that images don’t have to be just square, however out of the 1,000 Twitter people I follow only one was on the social media network and none of my Facebook pals, which means it is a lonely picture site!

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Then there is Lomogram, a photo editing app that has more than 40 filters, tons of lightening effects and some cool borders. To be honest I actually like this more than Instagram with regards to the filters and you can easily share to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr – but Instagram is more than just filters.

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The other high-points were the one-touch auto focus on the camera, handy for snapping piccies on the move, and the ultra-wide-angle front camera lens, which makes for great piccies with friends. However, the camera isn’t quite up to the standards of the HTC One X it doesn’t do the 30 shots per second burst mode or panorama feature that I like.

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If you have had a Windows-based mobile before and loved it, you will find the HTC Windows 8X super, visually pleasing, and jam-packed full of technology that HTC does well. However, if you are part of the Android/iPhone gang then I am not sure whether the Windows 8X has enough to tempt you away. I really do feel this phone comes down to which system you feel comfortable using and sadly I am not ready to give up on my HTC One X, Android and Instagram!!! However, I might change my tune if I ever convert to the Windows Surface tablet!!!

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Nov 24 2012

My Style: The Apartment x Dulux Collective Passion

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I am an avid fan of The Apartment set up by my friend Abi, London Fashion Week was revived for me with the blogger sanctuary, and now Abi has adapted the initiative to work all year round by teaming up with brands to create unique blogger events.

I have shared with you the amazing nails from The Apartment x Dulux Collective Passion event, well here are the behind-the-scene snaps and my moments in front of the camera, which showcased my outfits that translated the Dulux Collective Passion spring 2013 colours – basically a group of bloggers were asked to raid their wardrobes.

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What was cool about this event, other than finding outfits that I forgot I had, which sadly weren’t in Dulux’s spring colours, was the fact that a global paint giant like Dulux would want to appeal to fashion bloggers – in such a fun way.

So with an amazing Apartment just off Old Street, the spring colours painted on different walls, a make-up artist on hand to make me presentable, pieces of jewellery to style-up my look, and my Dulux-inspired nails I was ready to shoot against the colourful backgrounds in the style of Destiny’s Child ‘Say My Name’ video – which was so much fun.

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I brought along three looks, I tried to go for all block colours and dresses, not sure why but I generally don’t do one-colour looks that aren’t dresses First up was my orange Dorothy Perkins shift dress that is one of my favourite dresses in my wardrobe, which worked perfectly with Dulux’s Orange Fizz shade, and I loved the contrast with my Dulux Sapphire Spring and Rock Candy shaded nails.

For my second look I went for my Jaeger Boutique dress that was nearly spot-on for Dulux’s Sapphire Spring, one of my favourite colours from the spring trend palette. What I love about this look has to be the contrast against the Citron Sunrise wall.

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It was such a fun event to be part of, and a great example of how non-fashion brands can get their products seen by a fashion audience and I loved every second of it. Plus what I also loved is that I got to hang out with my friends – don’t we all amazing!!!

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My Style: Orange Dorothy Perkins dress; Black Dorothy Perkins Belt; Blue Jaeger Boutique Dress; Black Topshop Boots; and Karen Millen glasses.

[Pics: Fashionista Barbie and The Apartment]
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