HTC One (2013)

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Reviewed by nisankubur (Currently owns)

The aluminum unibody design is beautiful and sleek. The contoured back improves the grip a lot. It slides into your chino pocket gracefully and turns heads everytime you pull it out from there.
The display looks vivid and gorgeous, and coupled with 440ppi of pixel density, it's visual pleasure to use the phone. The keyboard does the job fairly well. Every basic feature is covered here. Text prediction, multiple language support, voice input, etc.
Call quality and network reception is good. No issue whatsoever. Connectivity is well-covered: HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooh, NFC etc etc. I like NFC-powered Google Beam feature, it works like magic. It also comes with 2 web browser, Android browser & Chrome, and so you can pick what you like the most.
Camera does a pretty good job. Color reproduction & details are accurate in adequately-lit environment shooting. Low-lit photos are impressive--it resolves details at such environment much better than any phone I ever owned in the last 5 years. Camera is pretty fast too, from launching, shooting, previewing photo and shooting the next one. Front-camera takes very good photos (if not the best) and decent 720 videos. Shooting in Zoe mode gives tons of options to tweak your creativity. My favorite ones are sequence shot and best frame.
The sonic experience is awesome, thanks to both BoomSound and BeatsAudio. BoomSound really makes a difference. HTC One doesn't come with dedicated video player but you can play your videos straight from the gallery. And oh, the gallery is wicked! Zoe videos looks magical on thumbnails, you know, 'living gallery'.
Performance is fast, thanks to the top-notch processor and huge amount of RAM. Multitasking is smooth as silk, and special credit to '3x3 grid multitasking GUI' which I personally think looking neat. Sense 5 is much cleaner than previous iterations. The keyboard does the job fairly well. Every basic feature is covered here. Text prediction, multiple language support, voice input, etc.
BlinkFeed is a good addition to the skin, making news-reading activities so easy. I don't need to put another widget, nor digging the app tray and so on to consume my daily information intake. HTC should add more sources in the future update.
Battery life is good, although not spectacular. With single charge, it can last up to 15 hours of medium usage. Good, but could be improved.

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  • Software 8
  • Battery life 7
  • Ecosystem 9
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