HTC One (2013)

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Reviewed by chrisstbb (Currently owns)

I did it! I’ve converted to the HTC One. Things I like:
The screen – it cannot be overstated enough, the screen on the HTC One is gorgeous; it is large, crisp and bright. I never thought you’d be able to tell the difference between the iPhone’s Retina display and a 1080p display (as on the HTC One), but you can – especially when reading black text on a white background.
Android – Quite an obvious thing to say, but Android is actually very good. Since the beginning of smartphone time I always imagined Android to be a stutter induced mess, but it’s not! Android is actually super speedy and it feels as if it’s been designed to suit every user. Don’t like the default apps? Change them! Don’t like the way it looks? Change the launcher! I’ve always known these were pro-points of Android, but I never expected them to be so useful! For instance, I wanted to use Google Chrome as my default web browser and Whatsapp as my default messenger, so I changed the default in Settings for both; as Apple users will know – you have to lump and like default apps regardless of your preferred internet ecosystem.
Notification LED – You gorgeous little green thing! Small and yet noticeable, I didn’t realise I missed this feature from my Blackberry days until I had it back!
Notifications – Obviously this comes under the Android header but I feel that it deserves its own special mention; I blimmin’ love the way notifications appear at the top of the status bar (and I really thought I wouldn’t). I love how whatever you’re doing isn’t interrupted by a pop-up or drop-down; it just appears gracefully up top. Perfect.
Things I dislike:
On/Off/Sleep Button – Like the smaller iPhone, the button to put the One to sleep is located up top, but due to the phone’s massive size, I always manage to turn the volume up and down when I try to turn the phone off/put it to sleep.
The Photo Gallery – It looks ugly and is hard to navigate, especially compared to iOS 7’s gorgeous photo gallery. I also had trouble batch uploading photos to Facebook because of the Zoe format.
Ultrapixel Camera – Let me be blunt, the HTC One’s camera isn’t terrible – it’s just not the best. Colours can seem washed out in the wrong light and hitting the Auto Enhance button just turns the saturation up. Saying that however I managed to get some decent shots when out and about at the weekend, I particularly like the photo size. (Sample photos I took above)
Ultimately I have no regrets upgrading to the HTC One, and have yet to yearn for my iPhone. Fear not iPhone users, the grass is greener over the other side!

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  • Design 9
  • Display 10
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  • Battery life 8
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