macmixing Tech Reviews, News, And Tutorials Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:49:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Top 20 iOS 8 Features! Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:49:14 +0000

Trying to figure out your new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus? Or maybe you’ve updated to iOS 8 and want to know what’s new. Well, I’ve put together a handful of tips that you need to know about iOS 8. These are the Top 20 new features found in iOS 8. Check out the video above for an in-depth look!

There are quite a few new features available with iOS 8. Apple has decided to open up its mobile operating system and we’re now seeing a bit more customization available within iOS. Keep in mind, iOS 8 is packed with more than just 20 new features, but these are some of the best. For more information on each feature, check out the links below for full articles on 9to5Mac.

Here are the top 20 features we’ve mentioned in the video above:

What do you think about iOS 8? Have you updated yet?

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Oppo Find 7 Unboxing & First Impressions! Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:15:55 +0000

Today we’re taking a look at the Oppo Find 7. This is the latest and greatest smartphone from Oppo featuring a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440. It’s also packed with a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 3,000mAh battery.

Inside of the box you get a decent pair of earbuds with a selection of tips, a micro USB cable, and a special wall charge to take advantage of the Find 7’s Vooc charging technology. This technology will allow the Find 7 to be recharged from 0% to 75% in just 30 minutes.

For more info about the Find 7, read my full “first impressions” article over on 9to5Google and check out the unboxing video above. Feel free to let me know what you think about the Find 7. Stay tuned for my full review coming up in the near future.

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Henge Docks Gravitas Review – Best Dock Ever?? Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:48:16 +0000 Looking for a solid (real solid) dock that works with iPhone and iPad? Meet Gravitas from Henge Docks. This mean little zinc alloy crafted dock has form fitting inserts for iPhone/iPad and claims to “stay put” when undocking your device. Does it live up to the hype? Find out in my video review above.

Read the full written review over a 9to5Mac:

I was very impressed with the way Gravitas is packaged. It has a clean Apple-like unboxing experience and inside of the box you’ll find everything you need to get it setup. No need to bring your own cable. Gravitas comes with a 3ft USB cable, and four dock inserts to accommodate the iPhone 5/5s, iPhone 5c, iPad Air/iPad mini, and fourth generation iPad. Henge Docks also includes an insert for Gravitas that’s compatible with most slim cases as well.

Gravitas is available for $89 on Amazon or the company’s website. Is it worth the money? I think so. This is a very high quality product and will last for years thanks to Henge Docks’ “life after device” program. They promise to continue manufacturing inserts for future Apple devices. So you know that it won’t go out of style for quite some time.

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[Video] OnePlus One Review! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:10:50 +0000 What’s the best Android smartphone in 2014? Well in my opinion, that would be the OnePlus One. Check out my video review above and be sure to read the full review over at 9to5Google.

OnePlus One specifications:

The OnePlus One features a 5.5-inch IPS 1080p display (401 ppi), 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM, and a non-removable 3,100mAh battery. If you look closely at those specifications, it’s almost a budget mirror image of every other smartphone released in 2014 so far. Also, there’s just a $50 difference between the 16GB and 64GB models making it a no-brainer to get the model with more storage. Trust me, with no Micro SD card expansion slot, you’ll probably regret getting the 16GB version.

Check out my written review and watch the video above for a closer look at this “flagship killer.” What do you think about the OnePlus One? Is this the smartphone you’ve been waiting for?

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Top 5 Must-Have Smartwatch Features! Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:38:55 +0000 What do you think a smartwatch should do? There are a handful of important features that every smartwatch should have, but will they all live up to these simple expectations? Join Austin Evans, David Rahimi, and myself as we discuss the top 5 must-have smartwatch features.

What features do you want/need on a smartwatch?

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LG G Watch vs Samsung Gear Live Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:15:12 +0000 Android Wear is finally here. Today we’re taking a quick look at the new LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. Essentially both of these smartwatches are capable of the same thing, but sport different designs and specifications. Take a look at the comparison video above for more information.

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5.5-Inch iPhone 6 vs 4.7-inch, OnePlus One, And LG G3 (Mockups) Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:52:45 +0000 What’s better than one iPhone 6 dummy? Two! In this video we’re taking a look at the 5.5-inch and 4.7-inch iPhone 6 mockups. Along with that, I compared them to the LG G3 and recently released OnePlus One. The 5.5-inch dummy is incredibly large. Almost too big, but be the judge for yourself.

So what do you think about the 5.5-inch dummy’s size? Is this too large when compared to other devices? Leave a comment down below and don’t forget to subscribe for more videos like this in the future.

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How To Jailbreak iOS 7.1 And 7.1.1 Untethered With Pangu Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:33:52 +0000 Yes, the reports are true. An untethered jailbreak has been released for iOS 7.1 and 7.1.1. The jailbreak is compatible with all iOS 7 devices and the process is very similar to other “one click” tools we’ve seen in the past. Check out the video tutorial above for more information.

Download the Pangu jailbreak tool here and if you’re in need of more instruction through the process, I’ve put together a written tutorial over at 9to5Mac.

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LG G3 Review! Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:00:34 +0000 For the last couple of weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to test out the LG G3. It’s a very impressive smartphone with a beautiful 5.5-inch Quad HD display (2,560 x 1,440), but does it live up to all of the hype? Check out my full review above to find out if the LG G3 is worth your hard-earned dollars.

From my written review on 9to5Google:

When the LG G3 was first announced, I wasn’t exactly sure what to think about it. Sure, the G2 was nice and had a beautiful display with some quirky software features, but it wasn’t something I was ever interested in using on a daily basis. I considered it to be nothing more than a mediocre device in a big race. Don’t get me wrong, it was definitely a step up for LG, but the G2′s late release put it up against some tough competition in 2013.

Fast forward to the LG G3. Even with its recent announcement and small-scale initial launch, the G3 has captured the attention of many. It’s nothing short of a 2014-standard as far as flagship specifications go, but will the LG G3 be the best smartphone this year? That remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, this is the best smartphone that LG has created thus far

Taking a look at specifications, the LG G3 packs a quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM (32GB model) or 2GB of RAM (16GB model), a 3,000mAh battery, 16/32GB of internal storage, and a micro SD card slot that’s expandable up to 128GB. At its core, the G3 is a definite contender, but these specifications don’t make it much different from any other flagship devices we’ve seen this year.

For my full written review, check out the article here on 9to5Google. It’s a long read, but well worth it if you’re considering buying this beastly flagship smartphone. Overall, I’ve enjoyed my time with the LG G3, but 2014 still has quite a few more offerings. Check out the video review above and click here for the full written review.

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OnePlus One: Unboxing and First Impressions! Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:54:17 +0000 This is the phone we’ve all been waiting for. The OnePlus One is here to take out the flagship competition offering high-end specifications on a budget. This is one of the most anticipated devices this year, but not everyone can get their hands on it yet due to the drawn-out invite system. Check out my first impressions video above for a closer look at the OnePlus One.

From my article on 9to5Google:

As mentioned above, this device is loaded with specifications that put it in the same category as the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, and LG G3. Inside you’ll find a quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM, and a vivid 5.5-inch 1080p display (401 PPI). The 64GB model is featured in Sandstone Black ($349), while the 16GB model comes in Silk White ($299). Not only is this device made from quality components, but the entire experience screams high-end. The OnePlus One is packaged very nicely and every inch of the unboxing experience feels very premium.

What do you think about the OnePlus One? I’m a fan so far, but stay tuned for my full review in the near future. Leave a comment below and give me your thoughts.

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LG G3 Hands-On & First Impressions! Sun, 08 Jun 2014 15:35:27 +0000 The LG G3 is finally here (well sort of.) This device is now available in South Korea, but I was able to acquire one thanks to the good people at LG. This device has a beautiful 5.5-inch Quad HD display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440. Along with that it’s packing some high-end specifications and could be the best smartphone of 2014. Check out my hands-on and first impressions video above.

From my article on 9to5Google:

Inside of the LG G3 you’ll find a quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 3,000mAh battery, 32GB of internal storage, and a micro SD card slot that’s expandable up to 128GB. The backside features a 13-megapixel camera with OIS+ (optical image stabilization), Laser Auto Focus and is capable of capturing UHD video. The G3 is thin, light, and comfortable to hold, but the curved faux-metalic rear cover does tend to be a bit slippery though not as much as the HTC One M8.

On the software side of things, this device is running Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box and LG has redesigned its interface skin to be simplistic and flat. We haven’t had a lot of time to explore everything that the G3 has to offer yet, but this device is definitely shaping up to be the flagship smartphone of the year. Stay tuned for more coverage and our full review in the near future.

Stay tuned for more coverage of the LG G3, including my full review coming up in the near future.

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Epic Office Tour In 4K! Tue, 27 May 2014 20:58:11 +0000 Welcome to my office tour (watch it on YouTube here). Many of you have been asking for a revised tour since my setup changed, so here we are once again. If you’d like to check out any of my gear, I’ve created a dedicated audio/video gear page that can be found here, or you can find other individual items in the description of this video on YouTube (Click here).

I truly appreciate all of the support! Words can’t describe how grateful I am for each and every person who watches my videos. Thanks again and be sure to leave any questions you may have in to comments here or on YouTube.

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Moto E vs Moto G vs Moto X – Unboxing & Comparison Thu, 22 May 2014 14:24:18 +0000 Today we’re taking a look at the Moto E and comparing it to Motorola’s other “budget” devices. Check out the unboxing and comparison video above. Which Moto device do you prefer?

Moto E specs:

  • 4.3-inch display 540 x 960 (256 PPI)
  • Dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 processor
  • Adreno 302 GPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4GB of storage (Expandable via SD card slot)
  • 1,980mAh battery

If you’d like to find out more, visit my full comparison article on 9to5Goole. Want to buy one? You can find these devices here: Moto X, Moto G, Moto E.

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This Is What iOS Looks Like On An iPhone 6 (4.7 inch Display) Mon, 19 May 2014 17:26:45 +0000 It’s been widely rumored that Apple’s iPhone 6 will feature a 4.7-inch display. So guess what? We decided to make one… Well, kind of. Either way, here’s what iOS will look like on a 4.7-inch display. It’s pretty interesting. Check out the video above.

From my article on 9to5Mac:

In order to create a physical representation of an “iPhone 6,” we needed a qualified candidate to replicate the display size. It just so happens that Motorola’s Moto X has a 4.7-inch display that matches up very closely with the fake display found on numerous iPhone 6 dummy units in the wild. After scouting our display, we took the bezel from an iPhone 6 dummy and modified it to show a clear 4.7-inch space that allowed the Moto X’s display to shine through. Check out the video below for a closer look.

So what do you think? Does the larger display work? Leave a comment.

It’s been widely rumored that Apple’s iPhone 6 will feature a 4.7-inch display. So guess what? We decided to make one… Well, kind of. Either way, here’s what iOS will look like on a 4.7-inch display. It’s pretty interesting.

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Augment Modular Charging Solution For iPhone 5/5s Fri, 16 May 2014 14:03:22 +0000 Augment is a very unique and useful case system for iPhone that will give you all of the benefits from a battery case, without all of the bulk. This is a product was recently listed on Kickstarter to gain funding, but I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to test out a sample of Augment and I’ve enjoyed every bit of it. The case works great and the battery module will provide an addition 60 percent battery life. Check out my hands-on video above for more info or click here to visit the Kickstarter page.

From my article on 9to5Mac:

Augment is a modular charging case for iPhone 5/5s that allows you to snap on a 1,200mAh power module when you need it. The idea is very simple, but very effective and will add an additional 60 percent battery life to your iPhone. The Augment Charge module is designed to be small enough to fit in a coin pocket and take up very little room when attached to the case.

The Augment Charge unit comes with a Micro USB charging cable that will also charge and sync the iPhone when connected. There’s also a small LED status indicator on the side of the module to help keep you aware of the remaining power. Augment Charge has also received MFI (Made For iPhone) approval from Apple and will continue with the final certification process once the project meets its funding goal.

As far as the case goes, I’m a big fan of its design. This is definitely different than any other case I’ve seen and the added charging functionality makes it a winner in my book. The outside of the case is covered in a durable TPU rubber, while the inside has a polycarbonate shell to add reinforcement. Both the charge module and case are available in black, blue, and red.

If you’d like to find out more about Augment, check out the official Kickstarter page here. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Gold And Space Gray iPhone 6 (Mockup) vs iPhone 5s And iPod touch 5G Thu, 15 May 2014 13:55:28 +0000 Thanks to the rumor mill, we now have physical mockups of what may be Apple’s iPhone 6 design. There’s no confirmation that these mockups will reflect Apple’s official design, but they are based on rumors/schematics that have been leaked. Either way, it’s fun to look at and compare to other devices. For more iPhone 6 coverage, check out my YouTube channel or my recent articles on 9to5Mac.

Check out the video about and let me know what you think about the new design. Are you a fan of having a larger 4.7-inch display? Do you like the rumored redesigned body style? I can’t wait until the iPhone 6 is released later this year, but these kind of things will definitely help hold me over.

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Thank you for everything!!!!!!!! #100K Wed, 14 May 2014 01:55:28 +0000

Hello friends,

I just wanted to take this time to seriously thank all of you for every ounce of support. YouTube has changed my life in so many ways. Everything I do today is thanks to YOUR support and I wouldn’t be here without it. Every time I upload a video, I’m reminded of your loyal support. I’m literally speechless. Words can’t express my gratitude, but I’ll try.

I started uploading videos on YouTube as a “hobby” back in late 2011. It was just for fun. I never knew/expected that this would grow into something this amazing. Since starting YouTube I’ve had the pleasure to work/write at several blogs as well, most recently 9to5Mac and 9to5Google. It’s been such a great honor to be a part of this community and I’m looking forward to many more exciting years ahead. We’re just getting started.

Just for fun, if you’d like to see the first “hobby” video I uploaded to YouTube I’ve embedded it below. This video now lives on a channel I created for my audio production tutorials, but those originally started on my main channel. Many of you may not know it, but “macmixing” has an explanation behind it. Mainly it was due to the fact that I mixed audio on a Mac. I uploaded audio production tutorials for fun and somehow (thanks to you) that flourished into something beautiful.

I want to add more to this post, but I don’t want to take up your time any longer. Just know this, I am thankful for every view, like, dislike, share, retweet, mention, comment, subscriber, and everything in-between. Also, all of the wonderful people I’ve met along the way who have helped me with everything deserve some of this success as well. I’m grateful for every ounce of support.

I’d like to also give a HUGE thank you to my brother Anthony Esposito (Twitter link), my wonderful wife, beautiful daughter, and my mother. These people have been there for me from day one. Anthony has helped me with so much, that I owe him some of this success. Fact is, you all motivate me. Thank you. Thank you SO MUCH!!

Check out my first video below:

Dom Esposito

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Review: Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Flip Cover Wed, 07 May 2014 14:39:31 +0000 With the release of the Galaxy S5, Samsung launched new accessories to protect and enhance the new smartphone. Samsung’s new S-View Flip Cover is designed with simplicity and functionality in mind, but is it worth the money? Check out my video review above for more information.

From my full review on 9to5Google:

The S-View Flip Cover is available in a handful of colors and also comes in a wireless charging version that adds Qi charging capabilities to the Galaxy S5. The main benefit of the S-View Flip Cover is to provide quick access to features and information without the need to unlock your device.

Overall, this is a high quality case. It’s definitely not the only case available for the S5 as we recently pointed out in our budget accessory roundup, but it does have the perfect blend of protection and features to compliment the Galaxy S5. The S-View Flip Cover will set you back $49.99 and the wireless charging version is priced at $69.99, but you can often find the standard version available at a discounted price here on Amazon.

So is it a worthy purchase? If you’re willing to spend $40 to $50 on a case, I highly doubt you’ll be disappointed with the S-View Flip Cover. It’s made from high quality materials and simplifies specific tasks on the Galaxy S5.

So what do you think about this case? Watch the video above or read my full review on 9to5Google. If you’d like to find out more information check out Samsung’s official accessory page, or click here for pricing and availability.

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Blue Microphones Spark Digital USB/Lightning Mic Review Wed, 07 May 2014 08:02:51 +0000 If you’re in the market for a solid USB microphone, you should definitely check out Blue Microphones’ Spark Digital. Not only is this a USB microphone, but it will also work with any iOS device that has a Lightning port. Check out the video review above for a complete overview and audio test.

Setting up the Spark Digital is extremely simple. Blue Microphones gives you everything you need to get it up and running in minutes. Inside of the box you’ll find a carrying pouch, a USB adapter, Lightning adapter, sturdy microphone stand, and the Spark Digital.

This microphone is built like a tank. The build quality is comparable to any other professional mic I’ve used in the past, and as I mentioned several times in the above video, I was definitely impressed. There is nothing that feels cheap about the Spark Digital. It’s not your average dinky USB microphone.

I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a high quality portable audio solution. It may be a little expensive ($199), but worth it in my opinion. Check out the video review above or head over to 9to5Mac and read my full review. If you’d like to purchase the Blue Spark Digital, you can find the best price here on Amazon. Let me know what you think about the Blue Spark Digital down in the comments section below and leave a rating of your own.

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Panasonic GH4 Unboxing And 4K Demo Footage Fri, 02 May 2014 16:37:21 +0000 Today we’re taking a look at the Panasonic GH4. This is one of the best low-priced cameras on the market that can shoot 4K/UHD video. It’s a very interesting camera and I’m excited to test it out and bring you my full Panasonic GH4 review in the future if you’d like to see one. How does the Panasonic GH4 compare to the competition? Leave a comment!

Panasonic GH4 Price and Info:
Buy the Panasonic 12-35 f2.8 Lens:

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Review Thu, 01 May 2014 02:27:41 +0000 Should you buy the Galaxy S5? This is the latest flagship smartphone from Samsung, and overall it’s good, but there are definitely some pros and cons that you should know about. Watch the video above for my full video review, or read my in-depth written review over at 9to5Google.

If you’d like to see this device compared to the all new HTC One (M8), check out this video. For more information about the Samsung Galaxy S5 and for pricing/availability, check it out here on Amazon. What do you think about the Galaxy S5?

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Samsung Gear 2 Neo: Unboxing, Hands-On, And Overview Sat, 26 Apr 2014 11:39:48 +0000 Samsung’s new Gear 2 Neo may be $100 cheaper than the Gear 2, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in features. This smartwatch is probably the best choice out of the three wearables that were recently released. Check out the overview video above to find out more about the Samsung Gear 2 Neo.

For more information about the Samsung Gear 2 Neo or to purchase one, check it out here on Amazon. Be sure to let me know what you think about the Gear 2 Neo down in the comments section.

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Cogito Pop Smartwatch Review Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:00:02 +0000 The Cogito Pop is a very basic take on the smartwatch. This isn’t a flashy watch with a color or e-ink display, it’s a traditional-style watch that uses small LED lights on the watch as notifications. It connects via Bluetooth and offers a few simple features. Check out my review of the Cogito Pop smartwatch.

For pricing and availability or to find out more information, click here to check out the Cogito Pop.

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Samsung Gear 2 Neo vs Samsung Gear Fit Fri, 25 Apr 2014 02:45:46 +0000 Today we’re comparing two of Samsung’s latest smartwatches, the Gear Fit and Gear 2 Neo. Both of these wearables are priced at $199, but which one should you buy? Check out the comparison video above to find out.

For pricing and availability or to find out more information, Samsung’s Gear Fit and Gear 2 Neo can be found here on Amazon.

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Samsung Gear Fit: Unboxing, Hands-On, And Overview Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:02:48 +0000 Meet the Gear Fit. This is Samsung’s take on the modern-day fitness band. It’s sleek, stylish, and packed with features. Check out the hands-on and overview video above. Click here for more information on the latest Samsung wearables. The Gear Fit is now available for $199.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8): Complete Comparison Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:21:27 +0000 Are you wondering how the new Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) compare? Check out the video above for my full comparison between these two flagship devices.


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Fanboy Rap Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:49:29 +0000 I had a great time being a part of this video shoot. Such a fun video with a solid message.

P.S. Don’t be a fanboy. :)

Also, check out my behind the scenes video below:

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HTC One (M8) Dot View Case Review Fri, 04 Apr 2014 04:46:19 +0000 Last week we took a look at the brand new HTC One (M8). Overall it’s a very beautiful phone and I’ve been using it daily for the last week. Today, we’re checking out the HTC One M8 Dot View case. This new case adds a cool look, but is it worth the money? Check out my video review to find out.


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Pebble Steel vs Pebble: Smartwatch Comparison Sat, 29 Mar 2014 09:54:11 +0000 How does the new Pebble Steel stack up against the original version? Ultimately, only time will tell, but today we’re directly comparing these two smart watches. Is the Pebble Steel worth the extra cash? Let’s jump in and find out! Check out the video comparison above.

What do you think about the Pebble Steel?

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HTC One (M8) Unboxing And Overview Sat, 29 Mar 2014 09:50:12 +0000 Today we’re taking a look at the new HTC One M8. This beautiful new device is available now, and in my opinion, is a great improvement over last year’s model. Check out the unboxing and overview video above and be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below.

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