"The phone to get for 2013"5.0 starson by chrishd3z
Pros: Excellent Build Quality. Phone screams premium
Outstanding sound system via its Beats BoomSound.
Ultra Pixel camera performs better than expected, especially in low light situation.
Great photo editing software.
Cons: Phone lacks micro-sd card slot for backup purposes.
HTC blink news feed selection is limited and would be great if I can add my own source.
Capacity buttons dont always respond to the touch.
Summary: This phone is by far the best smartphone I have had in a while. It's been a while since I have bought a phone and felt that it was the "One" to keep. First off the build quality exceeds any other smartphone in the market and puts it in the same grounds as the iPhone 5.Although I fell in love with the HTC ONE, I find myself having to update my original review and say that the Galaxy S4 is the way to go.
One of the features HTC is heavily promoting is the built in front speakers. Beats audio boomsound is not a gimmick like plenty of the Samsungs "enhanced" features. The sound that itis able to produce is increidible. Not only is the sound volume loud but it also sounds clear at any volume range.
Remote control features is easy to set up and pretty intuitive. It's one of those features that I believed I wouldn't be using but given that it works so well; I no longer find myself reaching for my standard remote(s) and use my phone instead.
Last but not least I have to mention the camera. Yes it is 4mp, and yes that hampers my ability to crop photos to my liking but in the little time that I have had the phone I have noticed that cropping to get the best shoot is no longer needed given the quality of photos this phone produces. Low light performance is a blessing and has helped during my "night out" photos with friends at the local bar. Not only are photos better but HTC also included amazing photo editing/enhancing software within the app and they just work. Camera is smart enough to recognize faces,smiles,eyes, etc and enhance them as you see fit. It's just excellent in the camera department. I have yet to use "Zoe" but I know that it will just leave me even happier about my purchase.
The only negative I may have for the phone is the lack of SD-Card slot. Don't get me wrong, I bought the 64gb version of HTC One, and 64gb exceeds my needs on storage. My issue is on "backup". Android fails to have (atleast in my knowledge) a good medium for backing up files via PC. Yes there is "double twist" and some other popular sync software but they fail to save an application's saved data the way iTunes does for the iPhone. If anyone knows of a better method to backup that doesn't require an SD card please let know. Moving on...
Overall I believe the HTC one is the smartphone to get. Everything from build quality to unique features makes it, in my opinion, the right device for me.
Updated on Apr 28, 2013
The HTC One is a great phone but after physically seeing the S4 and playing with it I had no choice but to double think my decision and return it for an S4. The Galaxy S4 has everything the One has to offer and then some. I believe its much more stable,intuitive and packs in more features overall.
My main caveat with the One was the lack of a physical menu button. The extra screen space lost due to the black menu bar popping up on some aplications is an annoyance. Also some applications fail to register the back button on the HTC One. Yes HTC excelled in the build quality. Yes HTC Boomsound is amazing but the smartphone Android interface still misses on the mark.
I still believe that you cant go wrong with either devices but Samsung is just better at giving you everything you want and didnt know you wanted in your smartphone.