HTC One Review

HTC OneThe HTC One is an Android smartphone that HTC created to make itself better known in the high-end smartphone market. The cell phone fits nicely in your hand and the display is scratch-resistant with the reflection of light reduced to a minimum. This smartphone stands out among others with its two stereo speakers at the front of the phone, which offer rich sound and a powerful audio experience. The HTC One is probably the best audio smartphone  to date.

Design

The casing of the HTC One is made from a monocoque aluminum that is light-weight and strong (however, the casing is prone to scratches). The phone feels much better in your hand than other smartphones with plastic frames and the edges are rounded for a more pleasant feel.

The only parts of the HTC One’s cover that aren’t made of aluminum are the display screen, which is made of Gorilla Glass, and the slim plastic band around the edges of the phone.

Dimensions: 5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches (137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm)
Weight: 5.04 oz (143 g)

Display

The HTC One’s display stands out with its incredibly sharp light and proximity sensor.  The pixel density is one of the best among the newest smartphones, although several other phones closely compare. The display’s 468 pixels per inch allows more light to pass through and creates a high resolution image. This allows a couple of friends to comfortably watch a movie on the HTC One.

Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density: 468 ppi
Technology: Super LCD 3
Touchscreen: Multi-touch
Features: Light sensor, proximity sensor, scratch-resistant glass

Hardware

The HTC One is one of the fastest phones today. Its graphics performance is impressive, although other cell phone models with similar specs are a tad better since the competition is fierce. The phone’s built-in storage capacity of 32Gb or 64Gb is decent. However, since the storage isn’t expandable, some people may think twice before purchasing this device.

System chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T
Processor: Quad core, 1700 MHz, Krait 300
Graphics processor: Adreno 320
System memory: 2048 Mb RAM
Built-in storage: 32 Gb or 64Gb

Battery Life

The battery capacity is 2300 mAh and the One’s battery life is far from great. With moderate usage, the phone may have 20-30% battery power remaining by the end of the day. Since most smartphones typically last only a day, the battery life is acceptable (of course, most users would like their smartphones to last longer). If you are okay with charging your phone every night, the battery is not a big drawback. Currently, only the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC Droid’s battery life outlasts the HTC One’s battery. It is worth noting that the HTC One’s battery can not be removed and is not easily replaced.

Camera

The HTC One’s camera stands out among others because it is an UltraPixel camera, not a megapixel camera. HTC claims that an UltraPixel camera is much better in low light. The concept idea is that the pixel size is bigger, so there are fewer pixels. This means that 4 UltraPixels can fit on a sensor of the same size that supports 13 megapixels.  In practice, the camera captures light better and makes pictures taken in dim lighting higher quality with outstanding color. However, when zoomed in, pictures will have lower resolution and easily become blurred.

Camera: 4 UltraPixels
Flash: LED
Aperture size: F2.0
Features: Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), auto focus, optical image stabilization, burst mode, digital zoom, geo-tagging, high dynamic range mode (HDR), panorama, scenes, effects, self-timer
Camcorder: 1920×1080 (1080p HD)
Front-facing camera: 2.1 megapixels

Software

The HTC One comes with Android 4.1.2 or 4.2.2 and powered by the Sense 5.0 UI, which allows users to easily customize the home screen for easier access to applications and widgets. The pre-installed apps are commonly standard, such as Calendar, Chrome, Gmail, Messenger, Twitter and YouTube. It is notable to mention that the camera app includes a new shooting mode called Zoe, which allows the camera to record a short video while taking a photo. If you are a parent, you may enjoy the Kid Mode from Zoodles that allows your children to play with your phone.

Connectivity

The smartphone offers a wide range of connectivity options. GPS together with GLONASS brings impressively accurate mapping. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are outstanding thanks to the antenna technology built into the back of the phone. When it comes to connectivity, this smartphone is very likely to be the One.

Bluetooth: 4.0
Wi-Fi: 802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac
USB: USB 2.0 with a microUSB connector

Included Accessories

When unboxing the HTC One, you’ll find the standard items: instructions, earphones, charger and microUSB cable. The earphones come with extra earbud tips. A nifty little gadget is the SIM card ejector tool, which comes with instructions.

Pros and Cons

Pros: Comfortable in hand, high quality screen, excellent sound, great speed, and decent photos
Cons: No removable storage/no microSD card slot

The HTC One is the best smartphone designed by HTC so far. The innovation built into the HTC One makes this smartphone better than most phones. However, every rose has its thorn. In the case of the One, HTC still has to work on improving the battery life. Overall, the HTC One smartphone is well worth to try out.

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