All posts by Juan Carlos Bagnell

Juan has been obsessed with consumer electronics since before computers had GUI’s. Out of college he worked on a JIT computing contract which supported DOE facilities in New Mexico. He’s been featured on numerous podcasts and radio shows lending his tech insights. You can also find him in LA directing voice over actors and producing spoken word recording.

A Letter to HTC: The HTC One Mini isn’t THAT mini…

Dear HTC,

I like the One Mini a lot. I think you’ve largely succeeded in bringing a nicer experience to the mid range Android ecosystem. The fit and finish are outstanding, and in many ways it out shines its bigger brother One. There are a few things I’m going to be critical about when I wrap up my review, but honestly there aren’t any severe deal breakers here. It’s a great little phone.

You know what is bothering me about the HTC One Mini however? Your advertising for the phone.

You remember two sentences ago, when I said it was “…a great little phone”? The problem is, it’s not THAT little. In fact it’s ever so slightly bigger than the Moto X. This wouldn’t be a problem by itself. The phone IS smaller than the original One, so you have every right to call it the “Mini”. I guess I’m just a little disappointed to continue seeing press pictures of the Mini like this on your official HTC site:

htc one mini ad size comparison somegadgetguy

Nice! That makes the Mini look like it’s a tiny wunder-phone. A Mighty Mouse here to save the day from all of these gargantuan mini-tablets! Huzzah!

Unfortunately reality look more like this:

htc one mini size comparison somegadgetguy

Yeah… See that’s not what you showed us it would be. That’s actually pretty close in size to the original One. This is the problem with forced perspective and Photoshop. Moving the Mini in front of the One would actually make the One appear to be smaller as it would be slightly farther away from the “camera”. To recreate the size difference you showcase I actually had to move the One closer to the camera:

htc one mini size comparison faked somegadgetguy

I know, I know a LOT of tech has to be crammed in there like a 4.3″ 720p screen and those terrific Boomsound speakers. I get it. But you didn’t have to lie to us.

Ahem, I mean, you didn’t have to exaggerate the differences in size for dramatic effect.

Love,

SomeGadgetGuy

P.S.

Click here to watch my video first impressions of the HTC One Mini.

1st Impressions: Hands on Review of Motorola’s Moto X on AT&T

somegadgetguy moto x review hands on video motorolaMotorola is on an interesting track, attempting to make specs less important than experience. It’s a difficult sell in AndroidLand, where phones are marketed by numbers on pieces of paper. Through a clever combination of design and optimization, they might just be able to convince people they’re right however.

Let’s take the Moto X for a spin, and see if it has the goods!

NVIDIA Unveiling Sneak Peek of ‘Batman: Arkham Origins’ at PAX

batman-arkham-origins-global-landing-pageNVIDIA has been working closely with Warner Bros. Interactive to make sure Arkham Origins takes advantage of all the cutting edge hardware built into their GPU’s. Now fans of both NVIDIA hardware and the Caped Crusader will get a nice little surprise. Those who purchase a qualifying graphics card between now and Jan 31 2014 will receive a free copy of B:AO. Pretty much anything from a GTX 660 or higher should snag you the deal.

The game will be released October 25th, but if you just can’t wait that long to see Batman in action, NVIDIA will be premiering a sneak preview of the game at this year’s PAX in Seattle. Help scratch that itch until you can get your hands on the game proper.

For a full list of participating bundle partners, visit: www.geforce.com/freebatman.

Full PR after the jump.

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(Video) Synthetic Benchmarks: Motorola Moto X

Much has been made of Motorola putting a slightly older dual core into their new phone. In a world of premier quad core handsets, Moto X has an up hill climb communicating its message of software optimization. I spent a little time playing with X, and ran it through some synthetic benchmarks just to see how it compares to other phones on the market.

Waterproof Kyocera Hydro Elite now available on Verizon Wireless

kyocera hydro elite verizon wireless waterproof somegadgetguyI like waterproof. I like rugged. I REALLY like new audio technology.

The Kyocera Hydro Elite is now available on Verizon Wireless. The Hydro Elite features a 4.3 inch 720p display powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. You’ll find 1.5GB of RAM, which is an odd amount. There’s 16GB of storage to play with, and the ability to bump that up with a MicroSD card. An 8MP rear camera is included which can shoot 1080p video.

These are all nice upper mid-range specs for a “work” phone, but that’s not really what makes a Kyocera “cool”. They make rugged waterproof devices which can used in challenging environments. The Hydro Elite can be fully submerged in a meter of water for up to thirty minutes. Also exciting is their tissue conduction audio technology called Smart Sonic Receiver. There is no ear piece speaker, the entire display vibrates tissue in your head to send audio info directly to your brain. It’s kind of incredible, and it means you’ll be able to hear calls in loud environments, even with ear plugs in.

It’s nice seeing more devices like this to shake up Verizon’s phone line up. Hit the jump for the full press release.

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Review: RAVPower 10,400 mAh External Battery Charger

somegadgetguy ravpower battery external charger review videoMOAR RUN TIME!
I’ve spent a couple weeks using the RAVPower to recharge my phones and gadgets while on the go. How does a $35 battery charger hold up out in the wild? Let’s take a look.

RAVPower on Amazon.

Video 1st Impressions: The HTC One Mini on AT&T

SomeGadgetGuy Htc one mini review hands on comparison video

They say good things come in small packages…

It’s time to play with the HTC One Mini! The original One is one of my all time favorite phones, so how will I like its shrunk down little brother? Can HTC bring a premier fit and finish to a mid-range device?

Watch on my friends.

(Video) Ask Juan: Can Chromecast screen share with a tablet or PC?

Got a great question from a subscriber on my Chromecast review video. http://youtu.be/v2IV8ilxcUo

From DimitrisByDesign: “What if you want to mirror your tablet i.e. show a presentation, document, etc. onto a monitor, can it be done or is this strictly for videos. Thanks.”

Let’s take a closer look at Chromecast!


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