HTC One Review

by Guest Author on May 7, 2013

in Android, Articles, Guest Posts, Reviews

htc-one-reviewThe year 2012 was very disappointing for HTC. They were easily thwarted by their competitors and thus had a poor earning statement to show the world. This was the same time when Peter Chou, the CEO of HTC, decided to up their ante and get down to creating a device that will be high on innovation and resonate with the masses. While it remains to be seen whether this device will be able to change their fortune or not, you can read our review here and decide for yourself. The device is HTC One.

HTC One Specifications

  • Weight: 143 grams
  • 2G Network: GSM 850 | 900 | 1800 | 900
  • 3G Network: HSDPA 850 | 900 | 1900 | 2100
  • 4G Network: LTE
  • Micro SIM card
  • Display: Super LCD3 Touchscreen
  • Screen Size: 4.7 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Screen Protection: Gorilla Glass 2
  • Internal Memory: 32GB | 64GB
  • Data Access: GPRS, WLAN, EDGE, Bluetooth, NFC, USB, Infrared Port
  • 4 MP Primary & 2.1 MP Secondary Camera
  • Geo Tagging, Optical Image Specialization, Face & Smile Detection
  • Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 Chipset
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • OS: Android v4.1.2

HTC One Software

The HTC One device runs on Android OS v4.1.2. They have improved the user interface (UI) a lot. The new Sense interface has a lean design, the dialer looks flatter and they are using Roboto Condensed fonts in favor of their previous font designs. The UI looks less skeuomorphic. The application launcher has been improved as well. The applications are displayed on a 3×4 grid but you can change the layout if you wish. It’s also easy to switch between apps without consuming too much memory and slowing down the device.

They also introduce BlinkFeed with HTC One. BlinkFeed is a tool that monitors your phone usage and helps to design the homescreen content so that you can access social connections, emails and other interests’ right from the home screen. Setting up BlinkFeed is easy. You just need to tailor the feed by selecting options from applications. On the flip side, you cannot disable the homepage BlinkFeed at once. You have to manually disable all the apps on homescreen and secondly, you cannot add your own content sources.

If you are a TV junkie, you will love the in-built remote application. It takes few seconds for setup and the HTC One is ready to function as your TV remote. You can switch on and switch off TV. You can integrate it with TV cable provider and choose from a list of shows. You can also change channels and control volume.

HTC One Design

The design is really stunning. It is sleek and classy, minimal and stark. The device has a 4.7 inch screen with LCD3 display. The sides are covered with a thin black bezel. At the top, you have the 2MP camera and stereo speakers. On the sides, you have the SIM slot, micro USB port, headphone jack, volume controller, sleep/wake button. The device weighs just 143 grams and the white plastic polycarbonate on the sides is covered with aluminum edges. The homescreen has two soft keys, the home key and the back key. HTC One is available in both 32GB and 64GB versions of memory.

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HTC One Display and Camera

The HTC One device has a 1080p display and when you use it, the display is probably the best one you have seen in a while. The images and text display is really crisp and the colors are admirable. Even if you tilt the device to odd angles, the display keeps its balance.

The device camera is very powerful, mostly because of the 1080p flanking. The colors are clear, vivid and detailed. Sometimes the small images might seem to be blurry but it’s not a major issue. The camera works perfectly in low light. Its sensors picks up light and impacts upon color reproduction. The camera is easy to operate, specially switching between the front and back cameras. There is a timer, white balance mode, facial detection, image review, geo tagging and a lot of other pretty stuff.

Conclusion

The HTC One device is the company’s best product till date. On a general level, it is a recommended android device. Ignore the minor faults and you have a rocking Android device. It is sure to give competition to other Android device developers.

For Indian buyers, the device is going to cost you around 43,000 INR. If you wait a bit, the cost  might reduce few notches.

Guest article written by: Sanjeev Kumar a tech critic, and part of Indianprice.com. He has a avid interest in technology and mobile phone trends. Now he is sharing a review about HTC One price, specification & features. Find Sanjeev Kumar on and Twitter.

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