HTC One (2013)

9.0
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Reviewed by Raggioazzura (Currently owns)

The One is a phone with some very bold ideas, which are sometimes wonderfully executed and sometimes a bit half-baked. The design of the phone is amazing. Flawless? No. My model's speaker grilles were not aligned properly, resulting in a small but sharp metal edge on the bottom and top of the phone. This shouldn't happen on a company flagship. The display, which is excellent in all other respects, is muddled slightly by diagonal lines that can be seen clearly close up on a white background with the naked eye. I'm unsure what these are, but I wish they would go away. Call quality is no worse than any other phone, though I think it's high time VoLTE arrives and saves us all from the garbled mess that is today's voice communication standard. The Snapdragon handles anything you throw at it with aplomb, including HTC Sense, which in itself is much more tasteful and useful, including another bold idea in Blinkfeed, which I quite like. (However, its method of operation needs to be more transparent. It inexplicably only shows calendar events once per day, and doesn't offer many settings to change its behavior). Battery life is around 4.5hours of full screen time, which translates to about 12 hours of 'use' for me, with all the bells and whistles enabled. (Why buy a smartphone if everything is disabled to save battery?) The final point is the camera. HTC's proprietary software is way too eager to jump on a photo, coloring blue things purple and causing huge amounts of noise (that might be cleared up with a few more megapixels to work with). Zoes are extremely space-consuming. I don't recommend them. Also, the One's autofocus was utterly bamboozled by a Christmas tree, showing only a blurred mess of lights. A very artsy shot, I suppose, but still...
Even with its few idiosyncrasies, I love the One and will be sticking with HTC for the foreseeable future.

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  • Design 9
  • Display 9
  • Camera(s) 7
  • Reception / call quality 8
  • Performance 10
  • Software 9
  • Battery life 8
  • Ecosystem 9
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