HTC ONE: Observations after 1 month of use
HTC one ,the flagship device of HTC for the year 2013 has won accolades all over the world for its brilliant design and performance.But in today's competetive world, choosing the best device from the hundreds available in the market is some task.I was in a similar fix a month back when I was scratching my head off to reach a conclusion on which device should i opt for. After a series of specification comparisons, hands down experiences I finally decided to go ahead with the HTC one.Today, after exactly one month of usage here are some of the observations that I have drawn from day to day use.
Among all the flagship smartfones launched this year by different companies,HTC one by large was the best in design and build quality.The first time I touched it felt like heaven.The coldness of aluminium u feel when u touch it is something u cannot explain in words ,it's simply exceptional.For many years the success of apple's iphone was largely based on the brilliant design and build quality of their devices.Android devices simply didn't have that feel and design to match apple's brilliance . But the HTC one this year , seems to have taken the challenge to apple and no doubt it is the best design android smartfone ever made. The HTC one feels like a premium smartfone,has an excellent build quality, looks stunning and gives u the value for your money.
Operating system/User Interface
HTC one comes with android 4.1.2 out of the box having its own sense interface.The thing to note here is that the previous sense versions were quite heavy and seemed to lag a bit on heavy usage . But this time around HTC seems to have learnt their lesson from past experiences and come out with a completely new version of sense 5. The newest version of sense is not only lighter than the previous sense versions but is also a lot faster . It perform's daily tasks with almost no lag whatsoever.In addition HTC also has the new Blinkfeed feature which I myself find useful as it provides u with news , updates on the go.However there are some around who dont like the feature much and complain that there is no option to disable it.But giving due credit to the HTC team , they seem to have done an excellent job on the new sense version this year.The sense 5 is lag less and runs like a charm.
There are many reviewers out there who compare by saying that the galaxy s4 has 441 ppi while the HTC one has 468 ppi largely due to the fact that the ONE is 0.3 inches smaller.But from a layman's perspective I feel there is no difference that one may notice between the two devices screen with a naked eye.However,I must also add that the screen on the HTC gives more natural colors and is a bit more realistic.It doesn't saturate the colors and displays them the way they appear in real or the way they are captured.To conclude this in one line,screen on the HTC one is simply outstanding.
This is a bit of a dissapointment. When an individual shells out around 44000 bucks for a device, he expects it to simply be the best all around. Though HTC claims that they have come up with an altogether new ULTRAPIXEL technology on this device and the pixels don't really matter for a camera to capture good,crisp photos the truth is far from this.In broad day-light the HTC captures good photos but not as brilliant as some other devices available in the market.However in low light conditions HTC holds an edge over other smartfones as it captures photos effortlessly. It also has a new ZOE feature the HTC has introduced,that allows you to capture a moving photo of 3 seconds.The main problem with the HTC starts when the photo's captured loose their crispness and sharpness even when u zoom in a little.The photo's appear good with natural colors when captured but begin to loose their sharpness once you try to zoom in on a particular detail.All in all, the camera on HTC one is not the best and barely manages to compete with other smartfone camera's out there.
The battery on this device is a bit dissapointing . Although all the smartfones available around have the same problem of battery life , HTC one is no exception. It has its own share of battery related issues. On average usage of 1 hour calls , 1 hour music , games , watsapp , facebook and internet ,the battery would last for around 12-14 hours.The major factor that sucks the battery is the sense 5 . I expect HTC to provide a fix for this in future updates(currently I am running on android 4.2.2).
The HTC one come's with a 32 gig and a 64 gig storage capacity with no expandable memory slot.I own a 32 gig model which provides me with 25 gigs of available storage capacity.As far as my usage is concerned ,I find this enough for me but then again it depends on personal choice and requirements.
Music and sound
The boomspeakers on the front are exceptional and play crisp and clear music .However one thing that I found annoying was the fact that when i turned on the beats audio option in settings the sound coming from the speakers seemed to burst a little when played on full volume.There was no problem what so ever when I turned off beats audio setting.Overall the sound is crisp,clear and loud .
HTC one is no doubt one of the best smartfones i have ever owned (I have previously owned an HTC wildfire S,iphone 4 and the galaxy s3).Although i must say that I myself didn't have any complain with the galaxy s3 that i owned for a year, but one thing I came across while using HTC one is that it is noticably fast as compared to galaxy s3. All in all I am happy and satisfied with my choice of investing money on this device after one month of usage
Anonymous, 23 Mar 2013So before I brought my HTC One, I looked at what was on the market and what was to come. Smart... moreYou mentioned "Altra Pixels" and I've heard that camera size in HTC ONE meets the 13MigaPixek in Galaxy S4. For what extent that becomes true?
clare, 13 Aug 2013hi guys, can u help me about this 3 phones, which is better for u htc one, lg optimus g pro, o... morei think you go for the htc one or iphone 5. i used iphone 5 now and its good coz im a apple lover and i have an ipad thats why.
Victor, 14 Aug 2013Is camera goodYa camera is good and very gud. U can go for it. U will never be disappointed rather u'll feel lucky u got it
aws sudad, 14 Aug 2013I think htc one is amazing phone Yes its great
I've had this phone for 3 weeks now and its perfect, speed of use, build-quality, even battery life is better than what I expected, I've spent a lot of time selecting my phone, I've used the iPhone5 and Gs4, Samsung build is just awful compared to this, iPhone5 battery is woeful, this has all the apps you could ever need......this just feels, looks and operates like a premium phone, very very happy.......HTC One is by far the best overall phone on the market in my opinion
clare, 13 Aug 2013hi guys, can u help me about this 3 phones, which is better for u htc one, lg optimus g pro, o... moreIphone 5 sucks!And about the LG Optims G Pro is about what you want/need,a smartphone or a phablet.They got the same processor,so it is your decision which one you'll buy.I'd go on the One because of the Sense 5 interface,but like I said it's your decision.Hope I helped you!
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