This Week’s Chitter Chatter – new handsets from HTC, the iPhone 5 vs iPhone 5S and are you a Phubber?!

This week, not just the one new offering from HTC but news that there are two new models being launched by the company which brought us the popular HTC One.

HTC_Desire_500First up is the HTC Desire 500 aimed at the middle of the smartphone market and expected to be hitting stores by late summer. Available in Lacquer Black or Glacier Blue, the HTC Desire 500 is a mid-range spec handset which comes with a 4.3-inch LCD screen and HTC’s popular BlinkFeed. Featuring a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor and a microSD slot, the 4GB of memory can be increased up to 64GB. The Desire 500 also boasts an 8-megapixel rear camera with a 1.6-megapixel camera on the front which can be used for HD video recording and video chat. Look out for our review as soon as we get our hands on it.

Other news from HTC is that leaked images have been appearing online for their rumoured forthcoming mega-phone/phablet to be called the HTC One Max. It’s difficult to estimate the screen size exactly but reports suggest that the display could be as large as 6 inches with a full HD touchscreen. Other expected features include a massive 3200mAh battery, a powerful 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and up to 64GB of internal storage. Watch this space mega-phone fans!

Yet more leaks this week concerning the new iPhone 5S which is anticipated to be the biggest upgrade to the S version of the iPhone to date. It’s claimed that there have been changes to the internal make-up of the iPhone 5S in comparison to the iPhone 5 which could back up the speculation that the iPhone 5S could feature fingerprint scanning technology. Other features which could differ from the iPhone 5 model are said to include upgrades to the camera (possibly to 12-megapixels) and a more powerful processor which will mean much faster internet speeds. We wait with baited breath to see if predictions of a launch as soon as the end of August prove to be true.

phubbingLots of stories in the media this week about so called ‘Phubbing’ phenomenon. What does Phubbing actually mean? It’s essentially being snubbed by someone who’s distracted by their mobile phone – ‘phone snubbing’. There’s even a new campaign group called ‘Stop Phubbing’ which has done a pretty good job so far of getting their message across. So if you’ve got any friends who interrupt your conversation or night out by suddenly becoming engrossed by a phone call or a message or tweet on their phone, it may be time to tell them to stop their ‘phubbing’ ways. We love our phones but we all deserve a little common courtesy.