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Good: Stunning design and build quality, Audio experience, Camera software, HD Display
Bad: Feel compelled to put a cover on the phone to protect handset so can't see build quality!
Comment: The HTC One was a phone worth waiting for and the perfect choice for my annual conundrum of which phone to upgrade to which has become my favourite annual tech ritual.
First impressions last and the HTC One is a definite head turner. The full aluminium body is simply gorgeous. The handset looks stunning, feels excellent in the hand and you instantly know you are holding a high quality handset that was built with the best materials available with no shortcuts taken.
When you switch the HTC One on you quickly realise that HTC has put as much thought into the inside of the device and the user experience as they have in the build, design and structure of the handset. The display is full HD and offers one of the best visual experiences I've ever encountered on a mobile. Watching HD movie trailers is an absolute joy and not only do you get an amazing picture quality you are introduced to HTC's new innovation of BoomSound.
Boomsound is such an obvious feature you have to ask why no one has ever introduced it on a handset before. Simply put you now have full stereo dual speakers on the front of the phone that lets you enjoy audio the way it was meant to. The great thing about BoomSound is that it not only works brilliantly when consuming video and music content it also transforms the quality of phone calls particularly in noisy environments. Call quality is clear particularly when you have lots of background noise going on.
Much has been said of the new HTC Ultra Pixel camera technology. The HTC one takes great photos, I'm not in a position to say if its the best camera in the world, but what I can say is that HTC has outshone its rivals with the software that accompanies the camera. HTC Zoe has made me fall in love with taking photos and videos all over again. Object delete, Sequence Shots and 30 second video highlights are all part of the fun. These features have impressed everyone I've introduced to the phone and people love what you can do with the camera.
HTC Sense has gone on a calorie controlled diet and the new version is lean, fast and looks stunning. BlinkFeed was a feature I was slightly dubious about and I wondered if I would ever use it. Having configured my settings I know have a BlinkFeed setting to match my every mood. Its a great way of getting the news you want from sources you may not have known about. It is the perfect companion for a journey when you want to know what is happening in the world around you quickly and effortlessly.
Battery life has always been a bug bear of mine and if I am honest some of my previous HTC handsets have not been able to match my power consumption. The HTC One battery life handles everything you throw at it. I can use the device intensively and still have 20% battery life left after 14 hours plus of frequent use. On more moderate usage it is easy to get 20 hours plus and still have nearly 40% battery life left. HTC has built in some great power saving functions that don't compromise the quality of the experience but do let you extend the battery life.
The HTC One is a great allrounder. It is easily the most feature rich handset on the market today. You get a great camera, unrivalled sound and audio quality and a superfast handset that can fly through the most intensive application challenges. It is powered by an excellent battery and is the most beautiful handset in the market today.
The HTC One is definitely the ONE phone you would want and I have no hesitation in recommending it.
Good: everything oozesquality the design of the uni-body is awesome
Comment: Upon recieving my one i believe this phone is unbelievable once you open the box you notice the differance as soon as you pick it up the contours and design is awesome it fits so snugly in your hand for such a big phone(4.7 screen
Once you fit the sim into the phone the setup is easy and within five minutes your into your account and the msin screen,the screen is so bright and responsive to your touch
Sense 5 as some brillaint innovations
Blinkfeed is a unique app like flipboard you will love it or hate it but i like for the current news or sport,technology or your socail sites are included.at the time and its expanding and refreshes about every hour
Boomsound is loud and will be loved by music lovers it's easy to use with front facing speakers
Camera zoe is a brillaint innovation which everyone will want to use with zoe share for the brillaint times you want to share witheveryone on socail sites the concept is differant
With it running jelly bean 4.1.2 and sense 5 overlay.the operation of the one runs smoothly and turning from blibkfeed to mainscreen it just melts so nicely into wallpaper of main screen
The battery is good and i can get a day and more out of the one charge with a battery saver option built into sense5
This phone is a worldbeater and htc should be proud of this design and innovation of the uni_body casing you won(t be disappointed with this phone
Yes, I recommend this product.
Good: love the design of the uni-body and innovation of sense 5
Comment: This is one of the best designs and a worldbeater smartphone
Good: Sound and display
Bad: Almunimium body, Interface too plain, Zoe is miss and hit
Comment: I have had this one for 3 weeks and my decision to buy this one was based on reviews. Aluminium body as good it looks but it is little slippery and doesn't feel safe in hand and scruffs easily and also gets dirty quicker. Recently phone slipped out of my pocket in car driver s seat and it was minimum height drop on car floor and it had big dent by headphones socket and I have dropped my S3 before many times and it shows no sign of damage compared to HTC One. I genuinely doubt anyone who has this one will keep it dent free even with case due to aluminium metal body. Zoe is miss and hit but low light photos are very good. phone has decent battery which only last longer due to phone switches off data mode when phone is not switched on for long time.. as good it sounds it takes good 10-15 seconds for phone to switch between 3G to Wi-Fi when you awake phone. Also signal on both 3G and WI FI seems to be worse when compared to my S3. Generally speaking I believe Samsung are easier to use and have more features. HTC One also heats up a little when used heavily which could be concern for hot countries and given phone require case to protect aluminium body on top. I have also just acquired S4 and remote function is much better and setup is easier and works much better then HTC One. Screen display is stunning and I will be knit picking by saying blacks could be richer as they have slight grey tint. Sound is best I have heard on any phone yet. Another problem I found is if you display pages in different language its doesn't have good coding hence people using multiple language pages would struggle a little unless they download optional software. People slate S4 for using 7-8 GB of internal memory for software but at least it has got external card option where as on HTC One mine is showing around 26 GB available out of 32. Calls are again miss and hit and sometimes I can hear brilliant sound when others are speaking but they have little problem with hearing me. I have used my S3 and S4 and iPhone 4s previously from same place and never has had same problem hence I would say it is something to do with phone. HTC Once setting are again not as quickly accessible compared to S3-S4. I also found there is no option to display battery percentage which I believe will be sorted in next update. This is stunning looking device but requires care. Samsung is plastic buts durable and more strong and you will scratch this phone 20 times quicker compared to S3-S4 if used in same way. I pretty much buy every single top phone as hooked to them and I would say its like buying expensive car which looks nicer but requires more attention and care. Still I think its good step forward by HTC but they have long way to go before they can catch up with Apple and Samsung.
Bad: weak screen
Comment: DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE. I GOT MY HTC ONE 9 WEEKS AGO......FINE PHONE....WELL PLEASED WITH IT.
UNTIL SAT DOWN HAVING A COFFEE THE PHONE FELL OUT OF MY JACKET POCKET...A DISTANCE OF MAYBE 3 FOOT
HUGE SHOCK, TWO BIG CRACKS IN SCREEN.
NOW I KNOW ONE THING MY LAST PHONE THE IPHONE4 I HAD FOR TWO YEARS..DROPPED IT A FEW TIMES AND FROM MUCH HIGHER UP...NOT A MARK ON THE IPHONE.
I now learn theres no chance of fitting a new screen from a number of forums visited.
The phone only fell 3 foot at the most.
Weak Brittle screen
Good: amazing music quality (headphones & speakers); superb low light camera & zoe is excellent- feels fantastic to hold
Bad: in bright sunlight it's like the s4- hard to read:(
Comment: love this phone- it looks and feels amazing. Audio is the best I've come across. The Zoe camera mode is brilliant for capturing photos when people are moving and in low light this phone is brilliant. Doesn't scuff (I've got the chrome one). The customation of menu options works a treat (not sure what the cnet reviewer is going on about - sounds like he didn't try!). I've switched blinkfeed off. I get the impression that the CNET reviewer hasn't actually used the phone very much at all!
Good: Everything except the OS customization
Bad: Customized OS
Comment: After having many Android devices I won't consider anything except Nexus phones/tablets.
Every non-Nexus device I've had has suffered from badly implemented OS modifications (not improvements), applications that I don't want but can't be removed and non-existent OS updates. I'm sure this will be no different.
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Comment: Best mobile phone ever, plain and simple.
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