Rated 5 out of 5Â by NJVToronto Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the Smartphone Division
Review of HTC One
Nothing I will write will shed great technical insight to this brilliant piece of machinery. You can read all the technical reviews and see the various benchmarks being run....no this is a real world review from a very experienced smart phone user.
I am a sales person that relies on their communication devices almost exclusively for data while on the road. Selling anything is very difficult and fiber optics is a technology that is becoming more sought after and with price compressions more accessible and now more than ever a very competitive industry. Therefore we have to stay ahead of the curb technically as we reach our clients and are on the road.
Here is my technical set up and itâ€™s very simple and deadly effective:
1. HTC One (obviously)
2. Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet
I am not going to get into the merits of the Surface versus an Android or iOS tablet. I will say that any person that has to use Exchange in the office and the obligatory suite of products such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint do yourself a favor and check out the Surface Pro. Itâ€™s so darn powerful and versatile.
Now on to the main topic of this review, and thatâ€™s the HTC One. Why the HTC One. I have used pretty much every smartphone there is to use. Itâ€™s a weakness that I have had for the better part of 10 years and its borderline manic. I love the thought and really the comfort of using a device that has you covered no matter what you want to do. From 8-5 youâ€™re a business power userâ€¦.check. From 5-10 you want to be informed, sometime entertained and still connectedâ€¦.check. You want a device that is powerful yet very style oriented and can take an incredible picture very very fastâ€¦â€¦check!! The HTC One has everything you are needing and wanting in a phone without having to give yourself to its ecosystem as a whole. This is very important to a person like me and hopefully other professionals like me that will benefit from this unit.
Let me get more specificâ€¦.
In the last year I have had the pleasure of using several leading smarthphones and of course the HTC One
Why have I used so many devices?â€¦..well again I am sick â€“ when it comes to phones I am a relentless pursuer of the perfect balance in a smartphone.
I am not going to get into the shortcomings of all the other phones listed. All of them are VERY good units and may be right for you I would be proud to carry any of them if I didnâ€™t have my technical illness. I will though tell you why the HTC One separates itself from the other units.
The HTC One is only rivaled in design by a popular phone made by a fruit company and the most popular Finnish manufactured Windows phone. Letâ€™s take the most popular Android out of the equation on the esthetics of the phone. Plastic and faux metalâ€¦really?? Itâ€™s 2013â€¦.common man! The once addictive Canadian manufactured phone gets a pass because A. I am Canadian and itâ€™s my patriotic duty to look past the cheap plastic materials and screen. B. Itâ€™s their first kick at the can so-to-speak on their new phone and I think they will step up their game in the next itineration.
The HTC One is as you all may or may not know made out of a single piece of metal, yet itâ€™s curved back and 4.7â€� screen and stunning display put it ahead of the other very well designed phones.
Itâ€™s a design masterpiece and HTC has not cut corners. What does this mean for the average consumer? You get a unbelievable design in the perfect size and weight that truly stands out in a crowd and in a boardroom.
The HTC One has also a new feature of its design that I think is revolutionary. Thatâ€™s the HTC Boomsound. I am not sure why itâ€™s taken manufacturers so long to figure this out but the front facing speakers are truly remarkable! I love to watch YouTube or Netflix when I get a little downtime and I canâ€™t tell you what a difference these speakers make. They are loudâ€¦waitâ€¦..really loud very. The sound is crisp and deep at the same time, you honestly have to take a second look to assure yourself where the sound is coming from.
To wrap up the few words on the design you can only sum it up as breakthrough. From its all metal esthetics to the brilliant screen all complimented by the new Boomsound speakers this a unique smartphone that will stand out and maintain its WOW factor for a very very long time.
This is to me the most important aspect of this phone. Guts are of course the processing power and the OS. The means to which your ends are achieved.
The HTC One is powered by a Snapdragon 600 processor and really this means nothing to me other than it absolutely FLIES!!!! There is nothing that this phone cannot process and does it at breakneck speeds.
I use this phones for various function and for the sake of understanding how it performs I will list the common used apps that are always being used during business hours and most of them simultaneouslyâ€¦
1. Email â€“ both exchange and Gmail are set to receive as soon as an email comes in.
2. PocketInformant â€“ donâ€™t even get me started on this GEM! Itâ€™s the King of PIMâ€™s and I could not even get out of bed without it.
3. Tweet Caster
4. News 360 and Press Reader
5. Whats App
6. Skype and Google Hangouts (Talk)
7. ESPN Streak for the Cash
8. MLB AtBat
9. ESPN Score Centre
10. Google Finance
11. Google NOW (Search)
12. Google Maps and Navigation
13. Internal (flash enabled) web browser
These are the core apps that I use and switch between them constantly. I will not get into how I use them but they are all used throughout the day. In the evening you can add a couple of more:
3. Sirius XM
I am sure there are more that I will remember later but you get the idea....
The apps load in an instant and run without crashing....even when I am talking on the phone with a Bluetooth headphone and keyboard attached.....AND while broadcasting a hotspot signal for the Surface Pro to pick up.
You cannot downplay the fluidity of this unit and how it performs. You cannot make it crash....itâ€™s incredible really. We all knew there would come a time when the handheld would replace the desktop and with the HTC One you have the feeling that we are not that far off.
Camera and other Sense 5 OS benefits
Letâ€™s talk about a very important subject for me and that is the camera. I have a 2.5 year old daughter that is of course like any other father the â€œapple of my eyeâ€�. I demand a good camera as itâ€™s just not realistic to get the SLR out in those moments that have to be captured immediately. Some of the best shots of course on not staged and I have captured some perfect moments on past HTC cameraâ€™s and the HTC One takes the camera another step forward.
The camera is great but I absolutely love certain features, specifically the multiple shot feature is invaluable when you have a little girl who NEVER sits still!!! The ZOE feature is also truly cutting edge. I have a gallery full of ZOE shots that are amazing. What I can say to anyone reading this review is simply thisâ€¦..you have to see this camera in action to truly appreciate it. The low light features are only rivaled by the Finnish Windows phone and there is so much packed into this with a super friendly UI.
I will not say much about Sense 5 because the skin has been redrawn to be a minimalist. This is refreshing because while very functional and feature rich you really donâ€™t notice it that much and that is the beauty of the skin.
The HTC One is the undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the smartphone division right now. There are a lot of great phones in the marketplace and some have better specific features such as the camera or the completely unified inbox that aggregates every type of message into the Hub. Having said that none of the current competitive phones can compare to the overall package that HTC has put together in the One.
The design, speakers, speed and ease of use for the UI and camera come together in the most stunning and blazingly fast package I have ever used.
HTC has fallen behind some other manufacturers in the last few years but has ultimately gathered itself and put together a phone that is not only worthy of your consideration but has no true overall competition when taking into consideration all of the factors that should be the basis on a decision.
June 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by drtolson This phone is the ONE!
I tend to more of a Windows Phone afficianato, but when HTC announced the ONE, I was smitten and couldn't wait to actually
see, feel and use their new flagship phone. I was very fortunate to obtain one directly from HTC to try out, and this
phone definitely lives up to its billing -- it is the ONE!
Exterior and Build Quality:
Much has been made in the media of the uni-body metal construction and I have to say that this phone is absolutely
beautiful to look at and feels even better in the hand. Of all the 40+ phones I've owned, this one has by far the best
quality construction. It just oozes of craftsmanship - from the overall size and placement of controls, to the way it
feels in the hand. There is nothing cheap or flimsy about this unit. Buttons and jacks are generally found in the usual
places (power and headphone on the top; volume up/down on the right -- sorry lefties; and the microUSB on the bottom# but
they feel just 'right'. The only complaint I have about having the microUSB on the bottom is that it makes it difficult to
put the phone in the cupholder of the car with the charging cable attached.
The Qualcomm 1.7Ghz quad-core Snapdragon CPU just seems to fly through Android 4.2.1 and any of my apps without any
hesitation. Even when streaming video while 3 or 4 apps are running in background, there's nary a stutter anywhere. And
the touch response is smooth, fast and consistent. I think this thing could handle just about anything.
The 4.7inch screen on the ONE is nothing short of spectacular. It's clear, bright, and displays full 1080p HD. Video
display is VERY comfortable -- since you've got your own portable HDTV! The automatic display brightness does have some
difficulties with bright sunlight outside though.
The multi-cell 2300mAh LiIon battery generally lasts through a 24 hour period on my generally light use, even with LTE and
BT turned on all the time. I still find GPS and WiFi to be major battery burners. There's no real need for NFC here in
Canada #yet#, so that's been turned off and I only use WiFi when I'm at home at the end of the day for downloads, updates,
Generally, the radios provided with the ONE are as good as most modern smartphones. Cellular coverage is good, WiFi and BT
are as good as others. My only disappointment is that the GPS receiver is not quite as sensitive as the one in my 8X. The
8X can get location fixes inside buildings, where the ONE struggles until it gets outside.
There has already been a lot written about HTC's Ultrapixel camera used in the ONE. From practical experience, I can say
that the pictures produced by the ONE are excellent in normal light situations and vastly improved in low light. Pictures
are sharp with good colour saturation and generally good exposures. Taking the unit out of 'auto' mode helps a lot! For
the front facing camera, the pictures are generally good, but I still can't seem to get the hang of not having it look like
it was taken with a fish-eye lens :-)
Beats Audio combined with HTC's BoomSound on the ONE is nothing short of amazing for smartphone audio. While it will never
compete with component stereos, etc. the sound output is way more powerful than most phones and I think they've tuned the
Beats Audio much better with this unit.
Apps provided by HTC:
HTC provides Sense5 and BlinkFeed as their own overlays to the standard Android interface. To be honest, I didn't see much
of Sense5 -- other than the time and weather widgets on the lockscreen and the top of the Home screen. BlinkFeed on the
other hand, seems be HTC's response to livetiles on WP8. It's great -- providing a customizable, updateable summary feed
of everything going on in your calendars, social media and news feeds. I was hoping for more customization options though,
since I'm not sure I want everything intermingled like it is now.
I have to agree with HTC that this is the phone that all others will be measured against. It is an amazing piece of
craftsmanship and an absolute joy to use -- both personally and at work.
May 21, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5Â by djboo why is my phone turning on and off
my phone keeps turning on and off i can't even enter my phone at all what do i do it wasnt doing this before
October 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by draciel882 AMAZING!
The HTC One is the BEST phone I have ever used. I've had numerous smartphones since I first got one.
The camera is the best camera I have ever seen in a phone. The pictures it takes in low light are great and the ones taken with proper lighting are amazing! If you are a shutterbug or love having a quality camera with you at all times, I highly recommend this phone.
The speakers on this phone blow away the sound quality on any phone, ever. Having two front facing, stereo speakers equipped with Beats audio is awesome. I can listen to music or videos pretty much anywhere and I am still able to hear everything crisply and clearly.
Let me tell you, videos and pictures have never looked better on a smart phone. With a full HD 1080p screen, your eyes will thank you for days and days.
I find Android phones relatively easy to use but with Sense 5, the experience just becomes insanely easy and awesome. Setting up Blink Feed and the HTC TV functions are super easy as well and they're easy to use.
This phone is the sexiest phone you've ever seen. The all metal construction is awesome and beautiful.
In summary, this phone is awesome and I highly recommend it.
May 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by RRamos76 really is the ONE
This is definitely the best smartphone i've used to date. What's not to like? The screen is fantastic. I've actually gotten to like BlinkFeed alot. BoomSound is perfect. Everytime i watch random videos i used to always let people use my headphones, now u can just pretty much gather around and hear everything so clearly. But to me, the best feature of the phone is the Camera (Zoe,Share,Highlights,Videos). This camera is amazing. Zoe and HIghlights are what i think separates this phone from the rest of the crowd. Hopefully, there will be more various themes to come in the near future. Overall, i can't recommend this phone enough for you guys. You actually get that certain vibe that somehow is always missing with other smartphones. With the HTC One, you definitely get that lifestyle vibe because all the features blend so well with each other from reading emails first thing in the morning to watching highlights of the night out with friends. It's all about that HTC One Vibe
May 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by longtins total game changer!
This is the first device to actually impress me in a long time. Coming from someone who has owned just about every high end phone out there (note 2, optimus g, iphone 5, z10, galaxy s3, droid DNA, HTC onex, etc) this is a real game changer.
Out of the box HTC makes it VERY easy to jump right in and start using the device. They have implemented features to restore information like contacts, photos, etc from your old device, even if its not an android. You can set up all of your social networks and email accounts directly in the initial set up instead of fumbling around all of the separate apps. You can even back up everything on your HTC One directly to a cloud service, so you can restore later if needed. Even your apps, layout, contacts, accounts, etc.
The overall look and feel of the device is miles above the competition. The first comment I get all of the time is "It looks so nice and thin!". The solid aluminium body with poly carbonate accents really make this a thing of beauty. It feels very balanced in your hand and has a true "premium" feel.
The edge to edge glass on the display is really nice. This display is stunning. Very crisp and clear, even in direct sunlight it performs. Colors are more true to life than on the galaxy s4.
The camera is just awesome! The features that tie in around the camera are where this really pulls away from the pack. Firstly, the camera takes the absolute best pictures in low light conditions. Sometimes its even surprising how it can see better in the dark than your eyes do! The Zoe feature is incredible. It allows you to take 3 second video clips instead of taking one solo still picture. By doing so, you get 30 high quality shots vs the 1 you would normally get. You are able to catch the absolute best action shots by using the zoe feature. On top of being able to take Zoe, you can take an action shot and merge several shots into one frame right on the device. You can take videos and pictures simultaneously.
All of these awesome features make the gallery experience the most interesting.
When you open the gallery app you are greeted with an arrangement of photo albums including your camera shots, photo folders, facebook photos, interesting photos that others posted (on your facebook, twitter, etc). When you open the "my photos" section, it has separated each day into its own folder where it pulls all of the pictures, zoes, videos you took that day and it automatically creates a 30 second edited video clip, complete with music, and effects. If you don't like the content your phone chose for you to make the clip, you can chose what is highlighted to be in the ZOE. If your not a fan of the music choice or type of edits added, you can change that from a list of others as well.
The sound quality is incredible. With two speakers on the FRONT of the device, the sound that this pumps out is more comparable to a high end laptop than any phone on the market. The Beats audio makes for a great sounding device, through the speakers, and any set of headphones.
You can even use the HTC One as a tv remote. I synced up my HTC One to both of my tv's and cable boxes, as well as my stereo receiver with ease. The built in tv app shows me what shows and movies are on based on the channels I actually have. If I am in the mood to watch a movie I can just chose movies, and it will show me what my choices are. You can set your Favorite shows so they will show on your home screen in the BlinkFeed when that show will be on next.
My only current gripes about the device are...
-Bell hasn't pushed the update that fixed the home and back button sensitivity issues. (There is an update to fix this, but Bell hasn't pushed it out yet, it will come)
- small noise/crackle from speakers occasionally when Beats audio is on. This is another software fix that will eventually be pushed out.
May 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by talarico HTC Sync Manager & Other things....
I really love just about everything about this device. Except for a couple of things.
1. HTC Sync Manager - HTC this program is awful. It's slow, buggy and not consistent. It works hen it wants to. WHen it does work, I'm only able to sync 1 playlist at a time which TAKES FOREVER. My old BB Desktop Manager worked alot better and that was on a 9700 BB device. HTC needs to revamp HTC Sync Manager.
2. The One device should really have a separate Notification volume option. Right now it's paired with the Ringer volume and I really don't like that. I want to be able to increase the notification volume without having to adjust my ringer volume. Please release a update fix for this. It would be greatly appreciated.
3. Texting/Keyboard - I wish the keyboard would remain visible after I hit 'send' icon when texting. Right now, it always reverts back to the full length text conversation once send is hit. A minor annoyance but Please address this in the next update. (Please: refer to samsung and apple's devices keyboard structure. You'll get a better understanding of what I'm referring to. )
4. Font options would be a nice touch in Sense 5 updates as well.
Those are just a few of my issues with the HTC One. Having said all that, I would definitely recommend this phone to anyone. There are WAY more positives than negatives with this device. (i.e The screen, responsiveness, no lag, extremely fast, the camera performance etc..i could go on & on..lol) Great job with this phone HTC. Keep up the great work!
June 8, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5Â by ExpatMark Good and bad
Great screen and good speakers. Bad part is pictures often have bluish tint to them,Facebook can not be completely uninstalled,option to customize additional mobile numbers with custom names such China Mobile or Hong Kong Mobile instead of just having one option of Mobile does not exist (This is not good for frequent travellers who have friends or family members who have more then one smartphone),last but not least one of the worst things on this smartphone is the bands it comes with are too few. As an example the Samsung S4 in Hong Kong comes with 6 LTE Bands where as the HTC ONE in Hong Kong only comes with two bands of which are 1800/2600. The Bands from the US Developers Edition are also incomptaible with Bands here in Asia there for making this not such a worldwide smartphone. Lack of 4G LTE Bands,replaceable battery,expandable memory card is why this smartphone loses sales to the Galaxy S4.
If HTC wanted to make an amazing smartphone they would develop a smartphone with better security and privacy measures for end users. The way to do this is to develop a smartphone that has two flash drives heavily and securely encrypted from allowing any application on say Flash B from accessing any private info on say flash A. Private info can go on Flash A to where call logs,contacts,emails,sms messages,pictures,etc. Can be placed on flash A part of the smartphone and downloaded applications from Google Play can be downloaded to Flash B. These are all the applications that have all these ridiculous permissions to access all your private information on your smartphone to operate like Facebook,Whatsapp,Line,Wechat,Skype,Viber,Tango,etc.. this can be made to run like Windows Parallels on MAC. This would make smartphones safer and more secure for those who Cate about their privacy of which this smartphone now does not offer. This smartphone caters to Google and application developers who wish to steal private info and snoop on people instead of catering to end users needs. By offering two flash drives allowing end users where they wish to install these privacy invading applications HTC can gain greater market share as they would offer a more secure smartphone for end users. This is important today where companies and organizations snoop on people via social applications.
July 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by CamTora One of a kind
The HTC One has the newest version of Sense UI which really makes the phone. For those just coming to android for the first time, transitioning from other brands, or even long term HTC fans, the revamped OS pleases everyone. For example, HTC has taken a simpler approach to how they design the looks and feel of the phone, around YOU. Every aspect, from the customizability of the applications tray to the ease of use of the alarms and weather, no stone had gone untouched. HTC Blinkfeed is a very cool way to stay in touch with the world. Like popular apps such as Flipboard, Blinkfeed is just a handy feature, which whether you use when your board, or every morning, pleases everyone. HTC Zoe, the new camera feature, reinvents the way you interact with your camera phone. Capturing short videos before and after the still frame, you can edit the smiles, people in the frame, or overall looks of the picture AFTER it has been taken. Having Beats audio integrated into the phone AND the physical hardware really makes music POP. Finally, the hardware. My personal favourite part of this phone is the feel of it in my hands. The all-aluminum body, curved back, edge to edge glass, really makes the phone feel like a premium.
Of every aspect of this phone, I can HONESTLY say that there is not one aspect of the phone that I would change. Blinkfeed is useful at times, and not having the option to â€œturn it offâ€� really isnâ€™t a negative, because it has the weather, alarms, time, upcoming TV shows that you watch, and more right at your fingertips. Should it get annoying, you can just move it out of the way.
I love my HTC One. It is worth every penny I spent on it, and I cancelled my contract with 28 months remaining (of 36) to get it. There are no negatives to owning one. It is a simplified version of android that even for hard-core android users such as myself, makes the phone a breeze to use. It truly blends the user and the phone into one. I would recommend this phone to absolutely everyone.
May 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by vgol Its definitely a great come back for HTC
This one "One" just blew my mind. I bought an unlocked mobile and its worth every single dollar. I highly recommend buying HTC stock :P . Its a great mobile. Wonderful speakers, brilliant touch feel. excellent ultrapixel. Its superior quality is in no where comparison to other smartphones out there available. Blinkfeed is very very interesting. The tiles are subtle and smooth in transitioning. I highly recommend this piece to all who are planning to make a switch/ or you can even break the current contract for this piece.
One complain i have is battery, which is kind of expected for all smart phones. But still its a very minute complain compared to all other features. "You get what you pay for" is adage for other smartphones but "You get more than what you pay for" suits well for HTC model One.
September 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by MaxPower2013 A Masterpiece device
The HTC One is a flawless masterpiece of sheer brilliance in technology and engineering! Iâ€™ve personally been a fan of HTC devices for some time now because of their high-quality builds, however, with the HTC One; the bar has been significantly raised to new heights which no other device can touch! The screen clarity is outstanding for everything from doing simple tasks to watching your favorite HD videos. Never before has anyone put quality speakers on the front of the phone, but HTC has and itâ€™s wonderful. Gone are the days of struggling to hear your device in a loud environment! And for all you shutterbugs out there, the Ultra-Pixel camera is nothing short of remarkable. High quality photos that can be achieved in any environment. Whether it is in low light setting, or outside on a sunny day, the HTC One Ultra-Pixel camera coupled with HTC Zoe, is up for the task and is guaranteed to deliver. This phone is the world leader in quality with a battery and 1.7ghz quad-core processor to back it up and keep you going all day!
May 20, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by greywolf HTC One - Execllent except for...
I am a 5+ year Sprint customer. The HTC One is overall a very nice smart phone. Its primary problem is its lack of radio sensitivity that effects the phone in various ways. My first smart phone was the HTC EVO, also on the same Sprint network. The comparison between these two phones and their ability to get a signal (phone, SMS/text or 3G) is the difference between night and day. My old EVO worked very well in all of my usual locations which span from D.C. to Pittsburgh and many rural areas in between. The HTC One barely gets a signal in any rural area. Phone calls drop, SMS delayed sends and receives, and nearly non-existent 3G anywhere. And the only thing I can say about 4G and Sprint is 4G is still a marketing fantasy, to put it in nice terms. The HTC One does work nicely when the local cell towers are nearby and the signals are strong. WiFi has become my HTC One's best friend, which of course is not Sprint. But Sprint aside, the HTC One's internal receivers and transmitters could use a good boost in power and sensitivity. The HTC One's transceiver in-sensitivity takes an excellent smart phone and turns it into a nearly useless device. While my HTC EVO consumed batteries for breakfast, it at least provided reliable communications. My HTC One is a beautifully crafted and versatile device, and the battery lasts all day. Its communications abilities however are poor at best.
July 10, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Tabitha I regret this purchase!!!
I have been a long time Apple user and own a brand new Macbook Pro. Sync manager is a NIGHTMARE with the HTC one. It quadrupled some of my songs and refuses to upload others. Sync manager also freezes! It literally will not sync my photos or anything onto my computer because it just freezes every time I try. It will be stuck at a certain percentage. GREAAAAAT! It may be a 'compatibility' issue, but I should have been warned at the store!!! Why sell me a product that will not work with my computer!?! I find the navigation in the music awful (why sort everything by albums? I don't want that!!) When I click on an artist, I want to see all the songs that artist has, but instead, icons of the albums pop up and this is frustrating when you are driving and want to scroll to find a song. Everything is an icon! I want a list, not photos of the same thing. The camera is great, but the front facing camera is awful!!! The lens elongates your head or whatever is in front of it. The quality looks amazing, but the distortion ruins it. I miss the ease of my iPhone and I should not have switched to HTC but should have instead bought the Samsung s4 which I hear nothing but positive reviews. I loved the look and feel of this phone and it is VERY FAST but not being able to sync my photos and videos and it being difficult to navigate is the result of a 1 or 2 stars. I will be selling asap. I hate it.
November 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by s199 Stunning, Premium, Worth It!
Had the phone for 3 weeks now.
The screen - simply amazing!
The Sound - the best, bar none. Good earbuds included too.
The Camera - super fast, replaced my point-and-shoot, love it
Blinkfeed - it's like flipboard on steroids.
TV remote - super useful
Lack of micro sd slot. - it's not a deal breaker as I use cloud storage primarily, but it's still disappointing
Bottom buttons take getting used to, took me a while to figure out double-tapping the home button. The buttons are a little small for my hands
This phone is beautiful. It's weight, size, texture, and metal body all make for a comfortable, premium feel that makes me feel like my phone is a luxury sedan. Some may find it a bit big, but I became adjusted to it quite quickly. My last phone was an HTC 8X (also very well designed) and is just a bit smaller. Phone is very thin and has a nice textured volume rocker. The power button is on the top-left, which is a bit different, but after a day I came to really like it there. My only beef with the design is the bottom buttons, as stated above.
One of the selling features of this phone is it's sound. It has stereo speakers on the top and bottom of the front side of the phone. This is bar-none, the best sounding phone on the market. It comes bundled with some pretty decent beats-looking earbuds that have a tangle free cord and come with some extra molds of varying sizes. My one beef with the sound, is that with a newborn in the house, it actually doesn't go QUIET enough on the lowest setting.
I was a little apprehensive of the camera on paper. only 4.3 megapixels. I work professionally with photographs in post production, so while I'm not a pro photographer, I have lots of experience working and manipulating digital imagery and can tell you that 4.3 is more than sufficient for most people's needs. The camera features of this phone are very robust. There are things I didn't know about before using the phone, like sequence shots and auto panoramic modes. You can also set a lot of things manually like ISO. The camera is blazing fast (faster than my point-and-shoot which it has effectively replaced, but not as fast as my DSLR). Photos look good. It really is comparable to a mid-range point and shoot that you'd pay $200+ for. It's not going to replace my DSLR, but I'm very happy to have a decent camera on my person at all times now. I don't really use the Zoe thing, but I could see how others would like it (like my wife for one). While the camera is not perfect and will still not work miracles in low lighting (though it's better than any other small camera I've used), I applaud HTC for not just pushing more megapixels.
with the large screen and amplified sound, I was a bit worried about battery life - especially since this phone does not have a removable battery. I'm a pretty heavy user playing games, watching netflix and constantly checking email and social media. The only time I've ever gotten less than a day battery was when my family collectively watched 5 hours of TV on netflix (in additional to everything else I do on the phone). I usually get a day and a half or sometimes two days battery life. Then again, I don't have a lot of apps running in the background besides email and social media.
SOFTWARE & OTHER
Blinkfeed is probably the first thing you'll notice when you setup the phone. I loved it from the start. It's kind of like flipboard on steroids. It takes all the news stuffs you'd find on flipboard, and adds your social media, calendar, photos, tips and the like into the mix (in one giant flipboard like tiley stream). Easily the best content aggregator I've used.
TV Remote. One nice surprise to me was the built-in IF remote and TV app. I use good ole rabbit ears at home and constantly misplace the tv remote. I picked my TV brand from the list (Haier) and it just started working. I put in my postal code and tell it that I have an over-the-air antenna, and it shows a nice TV guide and lists all the programs that are on and gives me descriptions etc. Very useful. I think it can control other stuff too, but all I've setup so far is the TV.
Kid mode. My 3 year old loves this app. I don't think HTC made it, but they include it on the phone and it's kinda like Microsoft's Kids corner, but with pre loaded content.
And of course, it has all the Jelly bean goodies from Google like Google Now.
This phone is definitely worthy of your consideration. It's very premium and has a very stable and polished version of Android on it. It handles any app I could throw at it without blinking and it very fast and responsive. It easily can go toe-to-toe with any other flagship phone. I'm a software developer and go through a lot of phones (mostly for testing apps and websites), I can earnestly say this is the best phone I've ever used and my respect for HTC has grown with the last couple devices I've used of theirs. If you're not sure about Android, the HTC 8x is also a fantastic device I've been using prior to the ONE.
Just go to a physical store and play around with the ONE for a while, chances are you'll like it.
May 21, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Spazz 3 weeks and top speaker blown**
I've had the HTC one for not quite a month. its been a great phone ... until today. the top speaker has blown. VERY disappointing . I've always had Sony phones and never a problem. I will be reactivating my Sony ARC phone while this one goes for repairs ... next phone will be a Sony again.
May 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Ken65 Great Phone But...
We need the new HTC One firmware update from HTC. MY HTC one speakers pop and crackle occasionally when Beats Audio is on. This does not impact the superb earphones you get with the device. The Bass is amazing. The new firmware upgrade supposedly addresses this, Camera picture clarity and increases Battery life. Otherwise, this is the best Android phone to date with the best screen quality. It's better than the Samsung S4 in my opinion.
May 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Paul19 HTC knocks it out of the park
Do what you do....and do it well! HTC has done just that. I would encourage anyone looking for a new phone to pick up the 'One' in one hand and SIII/SIV or iphone5 or whatever in the other. Build quality of the 'One' is exceptional! As is the thought that went into the user interface. The screen pops with resolution, vivid- bright colors. The processor is fast and not burden with bloatware. Did I say fast? Try smoke'n fast! Low light camera is stunning. Perfectly fine resolution for every day use. Seriously, those that complain about the resolution.....buy a pro SLR! This thing can go toe to toe with any $400 point and shoot in low light.
This phone screams style and class. Nicely done HTC!
April 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Presvosti Best Android Phone for 2013
This phone is absolutely phenomenal. HTC really nailed it with their new flagship device.
Favorite aspects of this phone are:
- Sound. The external speakers sound better than my Macbook
- Sense 5. Love the new minimal interface. It's lightning fast.
- Camera and HTC Zoe. I can take a picture in a dark club with no flash and it comes out amazing. The camera actually sees better than my own eyes in the dark. Zoe is a great feature that I've using more and more each day.
- Design. The most beautiful phone I've ever seen. Looks like something straight from the Apple design team, only nicer.
- Screen. By far, the best display of any current smartphone. Crisp and beautiful, with accurate colour representation.
I've the phone since launch and still discovering new features every day. Also had the opportunity to do a side by side comparison with the S4 and it's no contest.
Even though the S4 is technically faster, it feels bloated and slower due to all the extra useless software Samsung pre-installs on there. The screen on the S4, with its oversaturation of colours, looks cartoony in comparison to the One.
Showed this phone to all my Apple loyalist friends and they were in disbelief. Their iPhones don't have anywhere near the capabilities and features of the One. Even they commented on how the One is what the iPhone should look and feel like.
April 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Deaniel Most Amazing Phone Ever
I've used so many different phones throughout the years, Iphones, blackberries and androids and this is THE BEST phone I've ever used. The camera could be better if you're taking a picture from far away but if you're doing a close picture it is EXCELLENT. The sound is greeeat, It has such a high pixel density on the screen I've never seen anything look so good. Amazing phone the 4G LTE on this phone works so well it's lightning quick. I find I have to press the home button a little harder to get it to be responsive OTHERWISE so good. Buy it you won't regret it!
April 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Cavallo2006 Most beautiful Android Phone ever made.. period!
If your in the market for a new Superphone, do not buy anything before you hold the HTC one. A picture does not do this phone justice. This is a beautiful designed phone, with an Incredible screen! Had this phone for 1 week and it's the best phone on the market. 2 Speakers, Zoe pictures, Aluminum body, Jelly bean, blinkfeed is actually useful, remote control for TV !! When I take this phone out, people stop me and want to hold it! Wasn't sure about HTC but they really set the bar High for all others including Samsung. This phone feels like a 2000$ phone, premium materials. I don't regret my purchase! You dont believe me go see it in the stores ! Great product !
April 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Jhon Amazing Sound, Great Camera, and sexy phone
Re-posted from Rogersâ€”â€”
HTC did hit a HOME RUN with this one as it was anticipated from the day this thing was unveiled. I picked mine up on friday, and cant put the thing down since ... extremely sleek design, sexy, amazing build quality. Camera is one thing i was not sure about between this phone or the S4. Folks, let me tell you, dont let the 4 Megapixels drive you away... The picture quality on this phone, in both light and dark, is absolutely amazing. As per my comparison with my friends, better than z10, s3, iphone5, let alone the features the camera comes with ... The speakers on this thing will really surprise you with the sound quality, wont believe the sound is from a phone if u heard them ... The only thing i have to say is i am finding is the battery seems to JUST make it through the day for me .. that may be because i have constantly used the phone like a heavy user, so i am hoping that is the cause ... Still makes it through the day, but JUST makes it if you know what i mean..
April 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Izeman Great Phone... after your adjust it
I love this phone. Had it for 72 hours, it's perfect... except..
Sense 5 and blink feed.. what the heck.. for some facebook addicts sure.. fixed with Nova Launcher.
Force fed facebook integration... What is everyone I know's pictures doing in my gallery??
Disable facebook sync, still doesn't get rid of it. HTC tells me to remove the account... Seriously, that's the fix? an Add on to Sense UI called "Facebook for Sense" is the culprit, you can kill the process but it does restart on it's own at a random time.
Capacitive buttons... so very very non responsive, have to press the back and home buttons at least 4-5 times to get them to work, A fix is out, for the unbranded and International models, but not for Bell...
Font... Why in the heck can't we change the font?
When those issues get resolved this will be a 100% perfect phone. For now it's a 90% perfect phone.
I do love the solid construction, the screen is mind blowingly crisp and you can actually use it in full direct sun. The battery lasts me 15-18 hours on a full charge with moderate use.. better then my GS3 at 11.
The above issues would be deal breakers for some, but the plastic easy to break Galaxy is a major deal breaker for me.
Hopefully Sammy and the gang get on the solid body design,
May 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by KingBay New HTC One must-have
I have switched phones like crazy as though there were no tomorrow, and the reason being that there's no other phone like this one to which I'm so attracted.
I want a phone that looks sleek and feels premium (unlike some other brand that looks & feels like some plastic toys); that stands out on its own (HTC Sense that is so original and not copied from Apple's iPhone anything, here's great respect to people for being original); and that gives you everything and beyond (everything just another Android phone has + my favorite Remote Control/UltraPixel/Zoe).
A proud owner of new HTC One.
May 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by JayHHQ Perfect Phone
Having tried different android phones such as the HTC desire HD, galaxy nexus, nexus 4, and the note II, this is by far the best quality phone I've ever used.
April 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by CWJ88 Best Phone Ever Created
I haven't even had my phone for 24 hours and already I am in love. Super fast LTE, it feels faster than any computer I have worked on. Everything is instant. Every phone though is only as good as it's apps and Swiftkey is certainly one I am not able to live without. The 25 GB of free Dropbox storage should also come in handy not to mention the HTC deal to get $100 for your old phone! Get a Mophie and double your battery life and you have the best combination out there.
May 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by TRNR There is No Comparison!
The HTC One has to be the most amazing device I have ever used. The look, the feel, the functionality, the features, I could go on. I am amazed at how well crafted the One is with its aluminum unibody. To be honest, HTC was the one manufacturer that got me interested in aluminum devices and with all those years of experience, they've now perfected its use with this device.
The overall design of the One is superb as well as its fit and finish. The way it is curved at the back, for me, is the best design feature there can be for something you are constantly holding. It just feels right. The way the sides are tapered to the front also helps with grip. I love the cold feel when picking it up after a long while and when it gets warm in your hand, it doesnâ€™t feel like metal, it feels warm and inviting almost like velvet.
When the beautiful 1080p screen in not on, the front of the device looks just as stunning sitting there. The black screen area contrasted by the top and bottom speaker elements is just beautiful. The way HTC chose not to â€œhideâ€� the front camera or sensors but instead make them part of the design shows the thought put into how this device was going to look.
The features of the HTC One are nothing short of amazing, from the BoomSound speakers to the camera and its Zoe capture mode I have to say it is generously packed with useful stuff. BlinkFeed is also great. I love using it on a daily basis where I have my sources I keep up to date with along with new stories and articles from sources I have not yet discovered. Every day I see something new or Iâ€™m introduced to different topics based on my selected interests. Great if you like being surprised with new content.
The elements of the camera, Zoe and all the image adjustments you can make are more than enough for users to play with. Havenâ€™t tried out all its features yet, but so far so good!
I've got to say that Sense 5 has definitely stepped up its level of polish. It all looks uniform, from the menus to the home screens, etc. Its speed as well is amazing; I have experienced zero hiccups or slowdowns since using my One. All thanks to its stellar internal specs. I am glad I bought this device over any other and I, for sure, have no regrets about it.
May 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Phoquetopus Great phone once you replace the stock launcher
This phone is solidly built, takes some of the best pictures I've taken with a phone, sound is loud and the battery lasts me through the day. The stock launcher is the only negative in all this as it is un-intuitive and not very practical. I replaced it with Nova Launcher and all is perfect now :)
April 24, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by ed1977 This product has good night time photo
This phone has really good look and easy to use, but this phone can't change the battery and don't has sd-card solt
May 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by John23 Typo?
This page says Android 4.2
My HTC One that I just bought has Android 4.1.2???
There are no updates. Why does this page say 4.2?
April 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Slim HTC sat the bar too high with this One
For a while, I was hesitating to buy an HTC but after reading the reviews and since I got the phone on april 19, I can't believe how this phone has every thing I wanted to have in a phone: design, build quality not plastic like in a Samsung galaxy S4, sharp big screen not a 4 inche like in an iphone, .., The camera is awesome, the beats audio is incredible. What else to say. HTC put a lot of blood into it and went all in. The result is outstanding. I can keep going on and on. I had the BlackBerry Z10 for 3 months now and I could not even install Skype app on it, Facebook was aweful. You want the real deal, go with the HTC One. The bar is sat very high, it's gonna be tough for competition to follow.
April 23, 2013