Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


Teenager Haz HTC 8s Windows Phone | Scoop Techlab

Scoop Techlab Blog #1 : Getting started


By Jesse Jeffries for for Scoop Techlab

Scoop Techlab's latest techlabster - Jesse Jeffries - is an almost-13 year old. She has taken on the role of reviewing the HTC 8s - a Windows Phone with a teenager sized price point. Til now this girl has been all about Apple, she has discerning tastes and is very conscious of the status of her accessories. Take it away Jesse…

First impressions

From the photos I thought it looked like a really weird shape and I wasn’t too keen on it to begin with. But after opening the box I decided that it looked cooler in real life. Now I’m used to the shape I think it’s not so bad after all.

Getting set up

Putting in the email and Facebook accounts was easy, and using Facebook is easy peasy. It’s got a cool layout.

But the Microsoft account was just plain annoying. First of all we had set it all up and were quite happy with it, then when I went to install a game it said I needed my parent's permission. We didn’t really want to make a account for Mum and she thought it was ridiculous so we had to make a whole new account with a fake age just so I could download a game. Switching the Microsoft account was only possibly by resetting the entire phone, so I had to enter in all my settings and contacts again :(

Getting the phone working was pretty straight forward. I understood how it all worked without reading any instructions. The Telecom guy was really helpful when we went in to get an account. It’s only $19 per month for unlimited texts, 500Gb of data and an hour of talking - that’s waaaay better than the Vodafone deal I had before (this made Mum very happy).

Customising the phone was fun, getting to choose the colours and backgrounds and stuff. There are a lot of different ways you can make it in your own style and that’s cool.

Syncing the music from my iTunes was Super Duper easy, It was really straightforward. And the Dr Dre Beats headphones are so cool! I love them so much. Everything’s so much clearer. I haven’t figured out how the Beats app works on the phone yet though - so far it just says it’s not available.

Taking photos is easy. But one thing - if this phone is going to be bought by teenagers (like myself) - people may want a front camera because teenagers these days take lots of “selfies” using front cameras. It’s a bummer there isn’t one on this phone.

The buttons for texting are easy and cool. It's good you can see your previous conversations on the same screen. It’s got loads of cool emoticons.

After 1 week

I’ve warmed up to it and it’s actually a pretty cool phone. It’s got heaps of cool apps and I really like it.

Content Note: This post has been enabled by Telecom NZ , but the thoughts are my own. Scoop TechLab is a project of Scoop Independent Media http://www.scoop.co.nz . You can find more about the HTC 8S on the Telecom website and on Scoop TechLab.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>

ALSO:

Buildup:

Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>

ALSO:

Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>

ALSO:


Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news