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Summary What is there to say about this phone? If I just write about it, I'm just going to ramble on and on. So to save everyone some grief, here are bullet points (my direct comparisons are to the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 2, but mainly to the Galaxy S4):Edit:
1) THE SCREEN: If there was such a better screen on a phone, I have not yet seen it. The iPhone 5 is lauded for its excellent screen, but at its current resolution, it trails behind the One's screen by far. Everything just POPS out at you. Even in direct sunlight, everything is CLEAR and BRIGHT. I really loved the Droid DNA/HTC Butterfly's screen, but once again HTC has outdone itself and given us a true masterpiece in 4.7" 1080p(468ppi) form. This is THE BEST screen on the planet right now - WOW!!!
2) THE DESIGN/HARDWARE: Why do most reviewers laud the iPhone 5's aluminum construction so much, when it chips and nicks so easily?? If you want a true masterpiece in design and craftsmanship, look no further. The One feels THICK and TOUGH. I don't have to worry about carrying this around case-less(except from drops, which is a whole other case). I will not be worried about this phone nicking and scraping like the iPhone 5. Personally, it may not have the flair of some of the Sony and Nokia phone of the past, but in totality the One has the best combination of design and craftsmanship. It oozes style and sophistication(*cough*Samsung*ahem*).
3) THE DUAL FRONT-FACING SPEAKERS: We have all been desensitized to the modern smartphones nowadays with their crappy, tinny, mono speaker. I remember the days of the Nokia n95 and n84 with their stereo speakers - whatever happened to phones after that? Whoever agreed to a mono/solo speaker with all the smartphones thereafter?? FINALLY, someone has the senses to come back to reality - thank you, HTC!. Trust me, your ears will thank you and you will realize all phones should have been made like this. Especially when you use ringtones/alerts that were specifically created for this phone, the sound is loud, immersive, expansive, and POPs into your ears. It's simply a re-revolution.
4) THE CAMERA: I don't use my phone camera to make prints from photos, I have my dedicated cameras for that. So to me, the paramount function of phone cameras is the convenience/accessibility - it has to be able to capture what I want quickly and clearly, with decent enough quality to post online. Therefore, the 4MP size in the One's camera does not bother me at all. Who cares if the camera isn't THE BEST phone camera ever? Because it is not, but it is a GREAT low-light shooter, and to me that's more important than pixel count. The sensors in the camera are bigger than other phone cameras, therefore, it can capture a lot more light, which in laymen's terms it can give you better photos in more situations than other phone cameras can. Also, the touch spot focus is almost instantaneous - this camera is quick, quick, quick!
5) For a near 5-incher, it's quite svelte, at least at the girth. It's easier to hold in the hand than the Samsung Galaxy S3/S4, and for sure a heckuva lot better than the Note 2. It fits in your hands nicely and securely, with just the right combination of size, weight, and balance.
6) The UI and software design is now very minimal and simplistic. For better or for worse, if you are used to the old Sense UI's, you will need some readjusting. Personally, I like this new one better. If you're a casual news reader, then you'll like new default home screen which displays a gathering of news sources - some of its own partners, some for your Facebook and Twitter, etc. - to form a Flipboard style of news reader. Personally, I'm a huge Pulse news reader fan, so I only use that.
The Bad and Ugly:
1) The battery is only 2300mAh - I wish it was bigger because I'm one of those paranoid people who always needs my phone at fully charged, just in case, of you know, something. But so far it's been holding steady at about 40% at the end of the day(from 9am-6pm). I check emails, read the news, text, Facebook, etc. throughout the day - I would say that I'm a moderate to heavy user. Another bad thing that I've noticed is it charges slower than most other phones.
2) Comparing features with the Samsung S4, the One is lacking. It's not a deal breaker, but for those who like fancy functions, the One will not make you as happy. The HTC One is very simple in its feature set. The one feature I miss most from the new Samsung phones is Smart Stay, where the phone can sense that you're looking at the screen, and won't dim/turn off the screen - that was a HUGE convenience for when you're watching a movie or reading the news.
3) Like I wrote earlier, the size is both good and bad, and it's also heavier than most similar phones. It's taller than the S4, and with the power button up on top, it's almost impossible to do one-hand phone operations without shifting your hand up and down to accommodate both the screen gestures and buttons. The buttons(power and volume) don't protrude enough to make it easy to press them.
All in all, I feel the combination of the One's screen, design/craftsmanship, and audio experience trumps over the Samsung S4's fancy functions. The S4's screen is almost just as good - AMOLED screens are known for their deep blacks and saturation, while the One's is much better in direct light. The S4 has a higher MP camera, therefore able to take better photos in broad daylight, while the One's camera is more versatile and MUCH better in low light conditions. The One has a much better audio experience, while the S4 gives you better convenience with its features - userability goes to the S4 for sure.
But in the end, considering the totality of things, I feel the HTC One provides me the best TOTAL experience, and is the king of the smartphones right now.
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Updated on Dec 27, 2013
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Pros The front facing speaker system is the best sounding. Button controls and earphone jack placement is just where they should be. The screen resolution is ahead of the competition, bright in sunlight and easy to read, beautiful color rendition.
Cons None, the ability to change a battery has never been an issue for me in over 15 years and obviously not an issue with millions of Apple users. As for storage 32MB is more that I will ever use, if I did need more I would save off some pics to my PC
Summary I am a business user first and a personal user second.
I have had two Samsung Galaxy phones, the S2 an S3. I returned my S3 for a iPhone 5 as the Galaxy did not have a good user design whereas this is where Apple excels. It's not necessarily everything that a phone has that makes it a great phone, because most users will never use all the features available. For me, the basics, the features I use everyday and how the phone fits and feels in my hand is paramount.
The HTC One is now the best. The hotspot feature works better and faster than the iPhone 5 and Galaxy.
Pictures are another thing that need to be practical. I don't need mega pixel pictures! If I wanted that I would buy a Nikon or something like it. The HTC camera is fast, captures low light shots better than anyone, and has seamless sharing capabilities. I can send many more 920KB pictures than I can 14 - 21 MB pictures!
Best all around phone in the market.
Speakers - sound is awesome.
Display - while not as "wow" as the GS4, the color and clarity is better
Speed - as close to lagless as I have seen
Feel - Ergonomically great
Good stock keyboard
Camera - great low light ability.
Cons Too many stock functions removed
Blink Feed - dull and frequently out of date.
Missing stock controls in notification bar
Stock icons dated
Home button on bottom left - should have kept the 3 button stock version
Summary Summary: The HTC One is a great device. Don't buy it for the looks only. For a seasoned HTC or Android user setup, adjustment and use will not be an issue. For all others, LG, Nexus, Samsung are far easier to use right out of the box. Unless you are set on this device, for the general user I recommend Nexus or Samsung. The HTC One is not your standard smartphone and will require more than normal setup. Yes, there is a learning curve with this device.Update: I just received my updated Stealth (black) version from ATT.
Purchased the ATT 64gb model (Silver) and have been using it for a week plus. The device looks and feel awesome. Until you use it. Keep in mind I am coming from an Olympus G and an iPhone 5. I am also very familiar with the Samsung GS3 and the Nexus 4. I bought the 64gb model as it does not allow the use of an mSD card. I feel this is a miss but can understand why.
The One feels good in your hand. Comfortable nice weight and texture. It looks awesome. When I turned it on I became aware of the buttons. I am ambidextrous and use my phone in my left hand. makes the Power button on top a bit difficult. Then there is the Vol Up/Down swith on the right side. It is way too sensitive. A light touch easily scales the volume up or down frequently resulting in my putting the device into silence mode unintentionally ... oops!
The display is flat out awesome. I have yet to see another device that can surpass it. It is that good. Add to this the stereo speakers (better sound than my notebook) and very decent headphone sound (better than my iPhone). I use a set of Sure headphone for daily use.
I have never been a fan of Sense. HTC takes out too much of the stock Android controls and does little to replace them with custom fucntionality. Samsung and LG do a much better job. I prefer stock Android; just saying.
The sound is great (on ATT) and everyone I talked to said it sounded great. However, in speakerphone mode there are times the voice is not as clear as I expected. I have had no issue with signal, download or upload speeds. Works great!
The camera was a bit of a disappointment for outdoor shooting until I discovered low-light. WHOA! this single feature more than makes up for it. When I compared basic photos, my current phones all surpassed the One. In low light the One was the clear winner. Have tried Zoe but haven't seen a significant benefit yet. more play will be needed and has potential.
I have not found any apps from the Play store that won't run on the One that will on the SGS3, LG, or Nexus. The only issue are some games in landscape mode (example: Bards Tale) where to play the game your hands interfere with the speakers. There has been some software bugs (listed below)
Speakers - sound is awesome. Bests any cell/tablet/notebook I have heard
Display - while not as "wow" as the GS3/4, the color and clarity is better
Speed - as close to lagless as I have seen in an Android device
Feel - Ergonomically great, feels eal good in hand
Good stock keyboard (very surprised). for accuracy it is close to the best I have used
Camera - great capabilities and really good low light ability. This more than offsets the pixel affect when you zoom into HDR photos
No Battery Percent - user needs to add app and that is on the left, not right
Far too many stock Android functions removed
Blink Feed - dull and frequently out of date. Flipboard is much better
Location in Blinkfeed is incorrect - very general, not precise
Battery in status bar is frequently incorrect - of as much as 24%
Use it left handed - way too easy to drop sound to silent
Missing stock controls in notification bar (wifi / airplane / gps / etc)
Missing multi panel wallpaper function
Stock icons (including folders) dated - circa Android 1.x
Home button on bottom left - should have kept the 3 button stock version
No ability to adjust home/back button light setting
Missing multipanel wallpaper
LG-E970 / SGS3 /Nexus 4 much easier to use right out of the gate
No mSD card ability
- Infrequent crash of stock browser when opening (loading stock Google page)
- In Gallery when you select "Set As" for a downloaded photo the screen locks and just sits there
- Lock screen sticks and will not gesture unlock. Restart is frequently required, other times repeated attempts needed
- BlinkFeed displays incorrect location (I live in Playa Del Rey and BF displays Downtown Los Angeles)
Updated on May 17, 2013
Pros: better looking display likely due to the black trim.
Cons: this baby shows the fingerprints - not as bad as I thought but still noticeable.
Comparing the silver/black side by side, I have noticed the home/back buttons on the silver are not as sensitive. The alignment of the trim, inserts and buttons is better on the black. All other aspects look, run and feel the same.
Note: I loaded the stock Android browser apk on the silver model. This browser exhibits none of the crashing issues I sporadically see on the Sense browser.
Pros good design of outlook and HTC ZOE amazing
Cons blinkfeed could be better
Summary I have one and love IT!
Pros - great user experience, fast and no dragging feeling
- great camera, and a lot of fun tools
- nice screen, watched some HD video, pleasantly surprised
- seems to be pretty durable
- sleek and very elegant looking
- the sound is very clear
Cons - The auto-rotate is too sensitive, so I had to disable it most of the time.
- The earbuds included in the package are not very good. But I think none of them have good ones.
Summary First of all, I always like it when people come up with an innovative design for new device, instead of just packing on more power or more pixels. I mean, what's the point of having a powerful brick that's doing things the old way? The One is truly amazing. Kudos for the ingenious camera. I remember someone said that it doesn't produce as many pixels as the others. But I was certainly pleasantly surprised on how clear the pictures are from this camera. My friend, who was an architect, took a picture in a very low light environment, and the picture turned out to be very clear. It also comes with a lot of cool tools to edit the pictures.
The One is very fast and powerful, I never got the dragging feeling nor needed to wait on something like my old Samsung Captivate (prob not a just comparison, but that's what I had)
The call quality is very clear. Downloading and streaming is very fast. I have AT&T. I also watched some HD video, I was pleasantly surprised.
It seems to be pretty durable. I have had this for a few weeks already (since 4/19), and dropped it a few times, not even a scratch yet. It is sleek and very elegant looking. Very thin. I am reluctant to buy a case to cover its beauty.
I really enjoy the phone so far (since 4/19), and love it. The cons I have above are not really that bad, that's why I gave this phone a 5-star rating.