This is actually no surprise. The HTC One was awarded the EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) award for “Best European Advanced Smartphone 2013-2014″.
Distinguished for its robust aluminium body, Full HD 4.7-inch Super LCD screen and advanced imaging performance, the HTC One is one of the best smartphone in the market now even though it has been launched 6 months ago.
Praised as the “smartphone that everyone else will aim to beat in the future”, the EISA Award judges recognised the HTC One for its Sense experience which “offers a unique user experience, including ‘BlinkFeed’ which fills the home screen with a personalized stream of news feeds, updates from social networks, photos and videos.” The EISA jury was also impressed by the quality of the HTC One camera features commenting, “The main 4-megapixel camera offers an image sensor called UltraPixel with vastly improved light sensitivity. Optical Image Stabilization, Macro and HDR support; a vast number of photo apps is also pre-installed, like Zoe that records up to 20 photos plus a 3-second video in one go, creating live galleries of your favourite moments. The front firing stereo speakers are treated by nothing less than Dr. Dre’s ‘Beats Audio’ providing an unparalleled listening experience. This HTC smartphone is truly One of a kind!”
The HTC One has been the recipient of several industry awards since its launch in February 2013, including the GSMA’s “Best Mobile Handset, Device, or Tablet” at MWC 2013, Computex Taipei’s Gold Medal award for Design & Innovation, as well as receiving a host of five star reviews and editorial awards around the world. This award also comes off the back of the HTC One S winning last year’s EISA award for the best social media phone.
By the way, did I mention that besides Glacier Silver and Stealth Black, the HTC One is also available in Glamour Red now?
A group of young entrepreneurs living in San Francisco have started an Indiegogo campaign to raise fund to build a Steve Jobs statue.
And they are not asking for a lot of money. Just $50,000 for a a life-sized statue of Steve Jobs. The group claims that they have identified world-class sculptors to build the statue and they quoted this price. The size of the statue will be directly proportional (positive correlation) to the amount raised. The group said that they aim for statue as big as Statue of Liberty and Colossus of Rhodes. Well, that’s a difficult target to reach.
I’m not sure whether we should be building a statue of Steve Jobs. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of Steve and I’m writing this blog entry on a product made by the company that he founded. But something makes me feel that there are far more important people out there that deserved a statue. And besides, who are these young entrepreneurs? Why didn’t they reveal their name? How are they related to Steve Jobs?
And most importantly, did they talk to Steve Jobs’ family before starting this crowdsource funding campaign?
If you are interested, visit the Indiegogo campaign page to pledge your support. The campaign ends on 14 October 2013. Strange, why didn’t they end it on his 2nd death anniversary on 6 October?
Whenever someone ask me to recommend a good compact camera, I always recommend them the Sony Cyber-shot RX100. It is, in my opinion, one of the best compact camera that money can buy. It has a small form factor and a 1 inch CMOS sensor. This allows the RX100 to produce beautiful image.
Which is why I was pretty excited when I heard that Sony is releasing a successor to this great camera, the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II. Basically, the RX100 II fixed all the shortcomings of the RX100 and added a few cool features. The biggest complaint that I had for the RX100 is that there is no hot shoe mount. Well, I’m glad that the RX100 II comes with a Multi Interface Shoe and Multi Terminal. This allows you to attach additional accessories like external flash, electronic viewfinder or even a stereo microphone.
The RX100 II comes with a new 20.2 megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R 1.0-type COMOS sensor. The 1 inch sensor together with the high quality f1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens produce excellent pictures even in low light conditions. We took the RX100 II out for a walk at night and I fell in love with it. Check out this low light picture.
The RX100 II also produced some lovely Bokeh for those who loves Bokehlicious photos.
The RX100 II also come with some interesting new feature. The camera comes with WIFI which allows you to transfer photos wirelessly to your smartphones or tablets easily. You can also use the WIFI to see what the camera is seeing on your smartphone and remotely trigger the shutter release. The RX100 II also comes with NFC which makes pairing and transferring photos to another NFC smartphone or tablet a breeze.
Another feature that some users will love is the new 3 inch White Magic LCD that can tilt up and down. Great for shooting thing above a crowd or getting down low to capture photos from another perspective.
In short, the RX100 II is a worthy successor to the fantastic RX100. It is great for those who wants a compact camera that can produce high quality images and DSLR owners who needs a secondary camera. It may cost almost around the price of an entry level DSLR, but you most likely won’t find another camera that can produce such good images at this compact size.
The new Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II will retail for S$999 in Singapore. Sony also announced that the price for the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 has been reduced from S$999 to S$849.