EXCELLENT PRODUCT beats iPhone 5, Windows Phone 8X
I've been life-long Apple user and until the One, an iPhone 5 and HTC Windows Phone 8X user. The One blows them all away. My only complaint is that HTML emails do not always shrink properly to fit on the screen...it's annoying and needs a software fix. My FAVORITE things is Zoe pictures...incredible and is a blessing for a parent with a 10 month old.
April 25, 2013
Best phone I've owned!
I've owned cell phones since 1993 (started with a Motorola bag phone:), and can say that this phone meets all of my expectations! First time I've "pre-ordered" a phone, and was hoping I wouldn't be disappointed. I'm upgrading from the HTC Vivid - good phone, but heavy as a brick and "temperamental." I was hesitant to buy another HTC phone, but was impressed with the One.
I narrowed my choice between the Galaxy S4 and the One. In the end, I was swayed by the metal case, the dual speakers (which are incredible), the display, and a few of the "Sense" features. I definitely don't regret my choice! This phone is lightning fast, built like a tank, and has performed flawlessly so far (no lock-ups like the Vivid, instant Bluetooth connection, better signal reception than the Vivid. Oh, did I mention the screen? Not only does it look great, but it doesn't smudge! I'm not sure how they did this (gorilla glass?), but I can use it all day with hardly a trace of smudging! Very nice! I was constantly having to wipe my other phone!
Bottom line - it has the same "cool factor" that my bag phone had back in '93, but works like no other phone I've owned in the last 20 years! Get it!
April 23, 2013
Phone Keeps Freezing
The features on this phone are great. I just wish that I could use them.. I received my phone on pre-order last week and since then it has frozen almost every night. I have done the soft and hard resets, sometimes this works and other times it does not, leaving my phone unusable for 3-4 hours. I have tried multiple times to get a replacement device, but now the 64gb are out of stock and I am stuck with a device that does not work. I would love to be able to use all the features this device offers, but right now I can't or I run the risk of the phone freezing.
April 26, 2013
Return or keep? Need Software Updates
I have had the phone now for about a week. And it has me wondering is this really the phone for me.
I don't love or hate it. It is has a solid construction, and easily usable but then there are the small issues that just bug me. I keep hitting the volume buttons on calls. Call quality could be better. Speakerphone does not use Beats audio eq and therefore you hear the low quality of the two front speakers. Callers on the end hear me just fine.
Blinkfeed, I like it but there is too few of sources, especially for News. The featured AP, The Huffington Post, and Reuters, all of which are liberal basis. I like to hear everyone's point of view.
I like the screen, but is it really 1080p, I can't tell the difference from a 720p for this screen size. Yes, the screen is beautiful from almost any angle, and colors are normal (not over saturated). But I put same picture on my wife's phone which is 720p 5" and I can not tell the difference.
I miss not having my data, wi-fi, bluetooth toggles within the notifications.
Then there is the battery, it will do a moderate day of use, but heavy days( 7 hours +) require you to charge up. This is even with the power savings feature on.
I really have not used the camera much, so no comment on that for now.
All in all, it is great phone a 8 out of 10, but definitely not a 9 out of 10 until software is updated. Please fix Beats to work with the Speakerphone, more feeds with Blinkfeed, toggles in the notifications, widgets at lock screen level, even the icons place is bugging me a 4 x 4 why not 4 x 5 on 16:9 screen. It is the small things but they add up. To get 10 out of 10, work on button placement, the volume rocker especially. (hope a case I have on order will help me from hit this too easily)
April 26, 2013
The phone is great. The sound is amazing. Not heavy at all either.
April 19, 2013
Best phone I ever had!!!
Runs great, superfast, the snapdragon does an excellent job on this device!
April 21, 2013
Best Phone EVER! Period.
This phones Sound & Video screen is just amazing. Everyone has been impressed by the look/style, feel & sound quality, even the IPhone folks. It was well worth the wait. Thanks HTC
April 23, 2013
Just love it.
I've been a long time iPhone user and more recently switched to Android starting with the Samsung Galaxy S3 (Verizon), HTC One X (AT&T), and now HTC One (AT&T).
With the GS3 and One X, I was missing the hardware build quality from the iPhone. I'm not as much of a fan of plastic devices. From the point I pulled out the One, I fell in love with the design. The aluminum casing looks great. It's a little heavier than the other devices, but I'm totally fine with that because it's still not heavy and feels solid.
Device performance is the best of it's breed. There is no delay on anything and everything is super snappy. I experienced a lot of lag with the One X (probably due to limited storage space).
The screen is phenomenal. It is hands down the best screen I've used yet. Apple's retina display? Forget about it. It's nothing in comparison.
The battery is ok. These larger devices in general seem to suck up the battery relatively quickly. When you consider the screen, LTE, and end-user usage, I'd say it holds up pretty decent. I can get about 8 hours of moderate usage.
I'm very impressed with the camera. I've totally bought into the Ultrapixel thing. Images are super sharp and the colors seem much more accurate than the GS3 which always seems to be heavy on blues. The hold-and-capture thing is great, too (I think that is "Zoe"?). It works well when I'm trying to get the perfect shot of my two year old. Low-light conditions are pretty great in comparison to the other devices as well. The only thing I'm not too huge on is the video capture. It doesn't seem to work as well as still image capture. I get a bit of a yellow tint in lower light conditions where pictures in the same environment come out much more clear and accurate.
Not a whole lot to say about the web experience. I like the updated browser. It's very Chrome-like, and I am a fan of the article view and how it syncs with your Google account to keep bookmarks and autofill.
Boomsound - I have no idea why it took so long to put speakers on the front of a smart phone. It makes such a difference. I no longer have to cup my phone to hear it in louder-than-library conditions.
BlinkFeed is ok. It has a plethora of sources to choose from, including Facebook and Twitter. Google+ seems to be an oversight. The news aggregation is fine, but I'd like to be able to connect to more specific items or categories. For example, I can subscribe to NFL, but I'd like to subscribe to news from a specific team. On the other hand, for the news articles I do get, I love the article view - no ads, no web pages, just the extrapolated text.
Zoe is pretty good. I touched on this with the camera piece above, so I won't rehash that. I haven't used HTC Share yet, so no input on that piece at this time.
Some apps, like FB are now a little more annoying. Because the phone doesn't have a menu button, FB now has a strip at the bottom of the screen that is solely dedicated to being a menu button. That equates to wasted real estate and an awkward keyboard experience. I'm sure this can be solved with an app update. It's not a huge issue as it's not prevalent in many apps.
The app launcher is nice. I like the infinite vertical scroll and the "custom" listing option. I can put apps in folders and rearrange to my preference. I can also hide apps, such as the carrier bloatware (not an issue for the developer edition).
Generally speaking, the HTC Sense 5.0 is vast improvement. Earlier versions caused lag and was very pervasive throughout the OS. No longer the case. It seems like they lightened it a lot as it's a lot closer to the core Android experience.
My one official complaint is that the One is on Jelly Bean 4.1.2. I would hope the phone is upgraded to Android 4.2.2 before too long. HTC and the carriers need to be on top of OS upgrades and that, so far, has not been the case.
April 24, 2013