I used to think that we were in an era when all smartphones with big screens looked more or less the same. Because if you're honest, what can be changed in the front of the device, if 90 to 95% of its surface is just touch screen? Oh dear, I was so wrong. HTC One is a true masterpiece of art. However, this review will also show some weak points of the newest HTC premium device. Yes there are some shortcomings, but we are not living in an ideal world so you won't ever find a perfect product: it doesn't matter if it's just a smartphone, a computer or even a car. People have different tastes or expectations and this won't ever change. But HTC One can surely satisfy more people then any other device before.
HTC put in a lot of effort to make this device look amazing - efforts which have been a great success. However, design was never a weak point of HTC devices. As far back as I remember, HTC devices were always one step ahead of the competition when it came to the design and form innovation. So for me, it is not a surprise that HTC One sets a new standard of build quality and design.
Is there room for some improvements? Yes, I think there is. First of all, the design of the hardware buttons is not really comfortable. Having the power button on the top of such big device is not the best solution. Also, the power button itself is too small and it doesn't protrude enough from the surface, so it's quite hard sometimes to press it. Maybe it's because of the IR sensor built into the button that they were stuck with this design. I believe that having a power button located on the right hand side of the device (like on Nexus devices) and volume buttons on the left hand side would be a much better solution.
Secondly, the build of the front speaker grilles. These tiny holes can get clogged very easily. I can't think of an alternate solution at the moment; I guess it's just the downside of having a smartphone with amazing sound capabilities, known as HTC BoomSound™.
The last biggest design flaw I found are capacitive buttons. There are just 2 buttons - home and back button. It is already confirmed that under the HTC logo there is a touch sensor as well, and with the new "logo2menu" feature available in most custom kernels for HTC One it is possible to assign the HTC logo as a menu button. I think that the trend to have fewer buttons on smartphones comes from Apple - but iOS is a completely different operating system with a much simpler UI, and it's quite impossible to make the Android user experience that simple. Having just 2 capacitive buttons brings some negative consequences, for instance there is significant confusion about different "long-press" and "double-tap" combinations. For example, to activate the menu function you need to long press the Home button. To display "Recent Applications" you need to quickly tap twice on the Home button.
There is a lot of marketing effort behind the HTC One, but this time it's one of those rare occasions where advertising doesn't lie. The HTC One is a premium product, with unique and completely amazing design. If you're looking for a smartphone that will gain people attention on the street, the HTC One fits perfectly.
AnonD-153000, 06 Jun 2013Coming from the iPhone 4s, should I get the HTC One or get the Note 2?Do not buy old stuff!!
Note 2 is crap now. Get HTC one / Asus Padfone / Samsung S4
This is the best phone available in the market,simply outstanding i played with it in HTC store and it's simply superb,stands class apart from the boring designs of Samsungs and Iphones.Planning to buy it,but my current phone One-V is being very loyal to me.
I am never going to buy any phone which don't have speakers in front.
I want to buy this phone because I know this is one of the best.But I am hesitant because of the following reason.I am in Kuwait and there is no service center for HTC in Kuwait.(They had one which was closed about 6 months ago)Since the battery is not removable, if I get a problem with battery or if I have some other technical problem, I think it will be very difficult to get any service here in Kuwait.Can anybody please advise me?
Anonymous, 03 Jun 2013if you take a pic why you need to zoom it. each and every pic get blurey when it is zoomed. if... moreWell then wear a complete hazmat suit when using the S$ and petition for water cooling on the Note 3 and S5.
AnonD-77852, 04 Jun 2013The One has the best camera aside of Lumias phones. But then again WP is utterly useless and u... moreYes, it blows the 4MP camera out of the water, especially in daylight, and especially with regard to DETAIL LEVELS, that everyone seems to disregard these days.
nick, 04 Jun 2013htc one is best. Its camera quality is great.i have took many pictures and all are of best qui... moreWake up, 4 ultrapixels means 4 pixels which are larger, while 4 megapixels means 4 million pixels. The page for this phone states it has a 4MP camera with 2 micrometer pixels. The "ultra" part refers to the individual pixel.
Not that the camera is any good. In daylight, when we humans are most likely to be active, it is demolished by most other 8MP, 12MP, 13MP, 16MP and 41MP cameras out there.
AnonD-153000, 06 Jun 2013Coming from the iPhone 4s, should I get the HTC One or get the Note 2?Note 2 if you have cargo pants, HTC One if you dont, but for real its all in the side, One is far more practical and will still kill the note for media with its better audio
The HTC One is easily one of the best phones I've ever had and the best phone HTC has ever made. Coming from a long line of Windows Mobile devices by HTC I'm constantly impressed by how HTC Sense has evolved from its beginnings from just a launch screen. Sense now includes things like BlinkFeed which puts news and social media items you care about up front. As an owner of the HTC Windows Phone 8X, also a great device, I'm still getting used to the Android OS. It is helpful that the battery life is excellent compared to the 8X even in light of the gorgeous and bright HD screen and the fact that I usually have both the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios on. With the exception of devices that can have bulky extended batteries attached I have never seen battery life this good. The battery isn't removable so this is very important to me as I don't have the ability to keep spares to swap out. All in all, this phone is an excellent device all around and a really great first experience with Android devices. Making the transition could not have been made easier with any other device.
Coming from the iPhone 4s, should I get the HTC One or get the Note 2?
Kumar, 04 Jun 2013Hi frnds,planning to buy a new cellphone but i m little confused between nokia asha and htc on... moreDefinitely NOKIA ASHA mate!Its theft free and hold up free,and most of all,it can fall to 1,000 feet ravine without any regret to buy another one.
After 20 days of everyday use, here is my input on HTC One:
Who should get this phone:
- Music lovers, a must have for you
- Everyday-life picture snapshooters, the camera never fails
- People that care about their classic style
Who shouldn't get this phone:
- Photographers, get a DSLR camera instead. Not a phone
- Trend followers, you will never appreciate this device
- Phone torturers, this device is not for you
I upgraded from HD2 (Android Energy ROM) to HTC One and my conclusion is: Once again, good job HTC!
scoob, 06 Jun 2013does the HTC one really have a bad battery life? some people are complaining that it does.. at... moreDepending on how much you use it, it is at least a day. see my post for my review
This is the best phone you will use right now, standard.
I work at the Carphone Warehouse and I get to play with them all before they even come out and whilst they are having the finishing touches. I loved this phone that much, when i got paid, I bought out my contract to upgrade early and how wonderful a decision that was!
The first thing I noticed was the finished design. The sleek curve of the back and the aluminium finish. It feels so perfect in my hand, and despite the size, it doesn't actually feel as big as it is. It is sturdy and very well built. Doesn't feel like you could snap it in half with the slightest bit of force (unlike the competitors)
When I finally turned it on after admiring the sheer beauty of it, the welcome sound was the cleanest sound I have EVER heard from a phone. It actually made me say WOW! out loud! and that was just for the silly little turning on jingle thing!
Once it was loaded up (which didn't actually take as long as I expected) I only had one thing on my mind, I NEED TO TEST THESE SPEAKERS NOW!!! So I went straight to YouTube! Pulled up a song by Converge (a hardcore metal band with lots of sounds kicking off at the same time) as I thought it would be perfect to check them out, chuck them straight in at the deep end. Boy did they blow me away! Full volume with no distortion, blasting out one of my favorite songs and I was hearing things I never heard on the song before, it was that clear. Perfect! With headphones in, you really don't need to put it on full volume, cause you'd be deaf by the end of the song lol! again amazing quality.
Now to the screen quality, clear, sharp colours and display, my mate didn't even realise I had a screen protector on and all the finger marks from me playing with it! That pretty much blew his mind alone! Not much else I can say on the screen other then spot on, well done HTC!
Now lets talk about the camera. Wow, the camera! I have tried it in every situation I can think of, outside in direct sunlight, outside away from sunlight, low light inside and out, a well lit room, and in a nightclub, and every single photo is brilliant. I took a picture of my mums kitten in low light inside, and you can make out each of the individual hairs on her fur. In the nightclub, my first picture didn't even flash, yet the picture was the same quality as most with a flash in the same situation. So you can imagine the quality when I say the picture with the flash was 10 times better still! Zoe is a great feature, taking 20 pictures and making a 3 second video at the same time, really like that.
Gonna sum up the rest quickly here cause I'm chatting on too much lol. Battery life lasts me all day and a little bit more (but I do charge it at night anyway) and I am constantly using it for music player, internet and playing games. Speed on the internet is very good, equal to all the phones with quad core processors, not had a YouTube video needing to buffer yet either.
Only little things are that the phone can get quite warm with excessive use, but to be fair, every phone has that problem and the lack of memory card slot may be annoying to people who put everything on their phones but for me, 32GB is more than enough.
All in all, the only thing I am able to say is, if you want the best phone out there right now, buy the HTC One!