Pros Sound and Screen are excellent. Built in stereo speakers sound great even at maximum volume levels. I Loaded the phone with over a dozen apps to start with and it did not run out of storage. Fast load, app swapping and good multitasking.
Cons Problems focusing closeup. Some features from past HTC phone cameras are missing. Speech recognition glitchy. No SD card slot. No removable battery.
Summary Best phone to date. HTC One is number one. Needs some tweaks and it is still only Andoid 4.1.2.
Camera, while only 4MP is best in phone. Shoots excellent pictures with enough light. Shoots grainy pictures in low light where any other phone-camera would shoot black images.
HTC Sense skin that runs over Android makes for a much better user experience then stock Android or Samsung skin.
Speech recognition glitchy, sometimes not attempting to recognize what is said, while other times it stops recording in the middle of speaking. Amazon App store does not work at launch still waiting for upgrade. Stupid bar code sticker stuck on back of phone looks cheap.
iPhone's iOS has been stale and weak for years and now looks weak as water next to a fully mature Android phone.
HTC One has a much better build quality then the iPhone or plastic feel of Samsung Galaxy.
HTC One feels good to hold and amazing to look at and to listen too, leaving the sharp edged, bulky and primitive iPhone in the dust.
Pros Solidity built
Blinkfeed is actually cool
Sense 5 is now polished in comparison with other android phones
The display is brilliant
Sound quality is awesome
Cons Android is 4.1.2
Summary it has the finished feel of an iPhone, but the advantage of being a androidSpell correction, ugh, Solidly
Updated on Apr 19, 2013
Pros Build, Screen, Camera, Speakers
Cons LED Status light, Bloatware
Summary For me personally, HTC has redeemed themselves, because they used to put out junk and I went out on faith giving them another shot. After a lot of research and playing around in the store, I decided to pull the trigger and trade in my Galaxy Nexus for this unit. I didn't really need a new phone, but I was drawn if not allured by its beauty. My GNex gave me no issues.
First the Good:
1. Construction & Size; this unit is built with outstanding quality. It is gorgeous to look at and it feels great holding it. The size isn't cumbersome and it fits right in your hand or pocket. It's got a little heft, but not too much to complain... it just feels like, hardware. I don't think I want a phone from this point on that isn't made of aluminum. It is the first phone that I thought was worth the actual price.
2. Camera; The camera takes great photos by day (though a little heavy on the processing) but let's face it; they all do. Daytime capture is easy. This unit does however excel at night shooting, thanks to its large aperture and large sensor. Instead of using a 15MP sensor and a tone of image enhancing, HTC went back to basic photography principles and threw in a larger sensor, optical stabilization and a large aperture. More light through the lens and a larger sensor to catch it means better photos, and since no one uses their smartphone to print billboards, they did away with the need to have a 10+ MP sensor, as it is overkill. The results are great pictures at half the image file size.
As far as usability, I love how you don't have to manually switch between still camera and video functions. Just get the subject in the sights and press the corresponding button, boom. Just a note: Since it only captures 4.0MP, you cannot switch capture resolution size. Not a problem since 4MP doesn't consume a lot of space.
3. Speakers: Short and to the point... They rock! I thought it to be a gimmick until I tried them out. You'll just have to see (hear) for yourself. Ringers, notifications, etc all come through loud and clear with great clarity and no distortion. All those stereo ringtones and notifications I spent time to create years ago are finally being realized! [evil genius laugh]
4. Screen: The screen is gorgeous and bright. Nothing else to say on that.
Most of these units have far more features than I'd ever use, but suffice to say that this one is no exception. People have either loved or hated Blink Feed. I actually don't mind it. I however went through the trouble to set it up properly too, so I only get stuff I care about to show up. True, you cannot turn it off, but you can exile it to the farthest panel on the left so it's out of the way. I absolutely LOVE that this thing is also an IR remote control. I have all my TVs (All Sony LCDs, and Sony A/V Receivers too) programmed and there is an awesome TV listings app that can tune to your shows for you.
Since this unit doesn't have 4.2.2, I have been forced to revert my thinking as there are some features that I have come used to on the the GNex that had the later version of Android. I don't knock the HTC hardware for that; I'm sure it will catch up soon enough.
The phone is fast and responsive. Apps launch quickly.
Now the gripes (minor or not):
-The tiny on/off button doesn't inspire a lot of confidence against sticking or breaking, especially since it doubles as the IR transceiver. We'll just have to see. Time will tell.
-The LED notification lights are miniscule and unless you have the phone level in your eyesight looking dead at it..., you'd be hard-pressed to notice that it's blinking, that is unless you're in a dim room. The integrated the LEDs are inside the speaker grill and while that cleans up the appearance of the face..., function was sacrificed. Hopefully, an update to the firmware will increase brightness to combat this.
-Video capture is either HD (720p, 1080P) or MMS (text message quality) that's it. No in-between. The phone won't dumb itself down to SD video, get over it.
Any further gripes would just be nit-picky. As with anything new and different, there are always going to be growing pains associated with the learning curve. Are there things I miss about my Nexus...? Sure. But, the gains in features are so numerous and the things I will miss are certainly not dealbreakers. No phone is perfect. All in all I am pleased. Well done, HTC. You are forgiven.
Pros The design is flawless the aluminum shell has a incredible look feel.
I've experienced zero lag.
Sense 5 is polished down from Sense 4+ to a more sleek UI.
The Ultrapixel camera with HTC Zoe is great especially in low light.
Cons Blinkfeed isn't that bad, yet it's not that great either and your stuck with it.
Summary I've had my HTC One from week one of it's launch, and I can't say I've found anything to complain about. My friends all want to know what phone I'm using, as soon as they get their hands on it it's a fight to get it back from them. The UI is smooth there's absolutely no lag whatsoever. The IR blaster is neat too I'm pretty sure Buffalo Wild Winggs was mad I was changing all the channels though. The Boomsound system isn't the loudest my friends S3 got louder but his music was highly distorted, but mine was loud,vcrisp and full of bass thanks to the Beats audio. All in all this is by far my favorite phone ever.
Pros 1. elegant design
2. fabulous screen
3. battery life
4. super fast
5. creative HTC Zoe and Blinkfeed
Cons 1. in-removable battery
2. no expendable memory
Summary I used to have Samsung Galaxy S2 and iPhone 4, iPhone is great actually, but i still prefer the interface of Android, that's why i still considered to buy an Android phone.
At the beginning, I also considered the Galaxy S4, but my experience of using Galaxy S2 is not very good to be honest. even though the spec of S2 is better than other devices, but it is not as fast as others, and LAG ALL THE TIME when running some simple apps.
After I tried S4 in ATT and found out it's still not as fast as HTC one, I decided to buy HTC one. I have to say I'm really happy with my choice. the phone is super fast, the battery life is better than what i expected (the battery can last longer than one day and half under normal use).
and i have to recommend the HTC Zoe, here are some videos i made via HTC Zoe:
all of those videos are generated automatically by HTC Zoe. it is user friendly, I made those videos in 5 mins.
Love my HTC one!! highly recommend it!!