HTC One (2013)

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The Android market has changed radically in the past couple of years. Where we once had a spec war, with manufacturers racing to release ever-more powerful smartphones as quickly as possible, now it’s turning into a marketing battle — and Samsung is winning by a mile. HTC, by comparison, isn’t doing so well. The company has learned some important lessons about not flooding the market with iterative designs, and the culmination of that is the aptly-named HTC One. It’s HTC’s flagship, the one...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.37 inches
Weight 0.32 pounds
Form factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 4.7 inches
Carriers T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, Other
Operating system Android

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 5.41 inches
Width 2.69 inches
Thickness 0.37 inches
Weight 0.32 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color Silver, Black
Loudspeaker Stereo
Noise cancellation Hardware (multi-mic)

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 4.7 inches
Technology LCD
Pixel arrangement RGB
Resolution (Y) 1920 px
Resolution (X) 1080 px
PPI 468
Touchscreen type Capacitive

Connectivity

Carriers T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, Other
GSM Yes
GSM frequencies supported 1900, 1800, 900, 850
UMTS / HSPA Yes
UMTS frequencies supported 2100, 1900
LTE Yes
LTE frequencies supported 1900
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 4.0
NFC support Yes
Media streaming DLNA

Processor

Manufacturer Qualcomm
Brand / family Snapdragon 600
Clock speed 1.7 GHz
Number of cores 4

Memory

RAM size 2 GB
RAM type DDR2

Storage

Internal size 64 GB, 32 GB
External No

Front Camera

Resolution 2.1 megapixels
Video resolution 1080p

Rear Camera

Resolution 4 megapixels
Flash LED
Video resolution 1080p

Software

Operating system Android
Skin Sense

Interface

Video out Yes
Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Micro USB, MHL

Sensors

Sensors Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Infrared

Battery

Capacity 2300 mAh
Removable No

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  • 9.0
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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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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by ichliebeaya (Currently owns)

    I'd never used an Android Phone, since I hate the cheap design of the Galaxy series and the experience on some cheap android Phone, until I use this one. I love the full-metal design, and the display is just gorgeous. I only have issues when I try to sync the pictures I download on my phone to my other devices, due to the fragmented service by Google. But the phone itself is perfect.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by RY1979 (Currently owns)

    Absolutely a perfect phone. Proud HTC One user. Beautiful design, great blindfeed home screen (made me never looking at other news apps anymore), amazing boomsound speaker, and ultrapixel camera and Zoe album. These features are all differentiated but also all practical for average smartphone users. This is indeed the dream Android smartphone, period.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by Tan N. Nguyen (Currently owns)

    This is one of the most wonderful device I've ever seen. With nature, sharp screen, high performance, good design. I hope it will get some award in this year!

    With balance body, it make you easier to use, develop and share with your accquantainces!

    The most impressive thing of this phone is the camera, I think it's the best camera in smartphones. With ultrapixel technology, HTC make something wonderful, something new, new breaking high tech!

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by TRNR (Currently owns)

    The HTC One has to be the most amazing device I have ever used. The look, the feel, the functionality, the features, I could go on. I am amazed at how well crafted the One is with its aluminum unibody. To be honest, HTC was the one manufacturer that got me interested in aluminum devices and with all those years of experience, they've now perfected its use with this device.

    The overall design of the One is superb as well as its fit and finish. The way it is curved at the back, for me, is the best design feature there can be for something you are constantly holding. It just feels right. The way the sides are tapered to the front also helps with grip. I love the cold feel when picking it up after a long while and when it gets warm in your hand, it doesn’t feel like metal, it feels warm and inviting almost like velvet.
    When the beautiful 1080p screen in not on, the front of the device looks just as stunning sitting there. The black screen area contrasted by the top and bottom speaker elements is just beautiful. The way HTC chose not to “hide” the front camera or sensors but instead make them part of the design shows the thought put into how this device was going to look. Part of the reason I prefer the silver version to the black.

    The features of the HTC One are nothing short of amazing, from the BoomSound speakers to the camera and its Zoe capture mode I have to say it is generously packed with useful stuff. BlinkFeed is also great. I love using it on a daily basis where I have my sources I keep up to date with along with new stories and articles from sources I have not yet discovered. Every day I see something new or I’m introduced to different topics based on my selected interests. Great if you like being surprised with new content.
    I find the elements of the UltraPixel camera to be great in their own right. Images produced are clear and sharp and thanks to the built in OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) slight hand movements are easily compensated for. Zoe and all the image adjustments you can make are more than enough for users to play with. Haven’t tried out all its features yet, but so far so good! Also, the editing features available from the gallery, like object removal and the smile capture are two of my favourites.

    I've got to say that Sense 5 has definitely stepped up its level of polish. It all looks uniform, from the menus to the home screens, etc. Its speed as well is amazing; I have experienced zero hiccups or slowdowns since using my One. All thanks to its stellar internal specs. I am glad I bought this device over any other and I, for sure, have no regrets about it.

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    • Battery life 9
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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by dwilson6 (Currently owns)

    The HTC One has blown away my expectations in the month that I have had it. It is a beautiful phone, feels great to hold, and the social integration is very well done. One thing that has surprised me is that BlinkFeed has actually been useful. It's great to have one place to find social/news updates. The sound from the speakers is amazing and loud. One problem with the sound is the minimum volume level is not quiet enough, but I hear that might be changed in a software update. The camera is pretty amazing in most situations. I have had a few times where it won't focus when it should be able to but the amount of light it picks up in low-light situations has made up for it. I've taken some pretty stunning pictures already. The battery easily makes it through most days which is huge. Once or twice I've had voice quality issues but usually the voice quality is quite good.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by tehAnonymous (Currently owns)

    Bought the phone about two weeks ago (silver, 32G),

    I can't even decide where to start, Let me just expand over the points awarded above.

    Design: The best designed phone till date.
    Display: Just gorgeous, life-like display, Although 1080p is just overkill for a < 10" panel.
    Camera: Good but can do better. They should've gone with a slightly larger 5MP module instead, even though that wouldn't make much of a difference. Broad day-light shots are a bit overexposed (which i believed is fixed in an upcoming OTA) while low light shots are exceptional and the shutter speed is just awesome!
    Call quality: Thank you nokia/ST electronics for that dual membrane mic ^_^
    Performance: Not the best theoretically but practically It is. Thank god sense is not a 8gb amalgamation of all the features that would pop up in the mind of a 10 year old.
    Software: Sense5 is exceptional, the only grief is you cannot entirely disable blinkfeed but it can be hidden away for now.
    Battery: I can't say much about this as I have external batteries, laptops with powerful batteries and wall sockets near me through most of my day.
    Ecosystem: Well, It's android.
    Honourable mention to boomsound, finally a set of speakers, on a mobile device, better/on-par with blackberry playbook.

    Conclusion: The Best Phone Ever (till now at-least). 'nuff said.

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    Reviewed by raphaelrsilva (Currently owns)

    I've had several smatphones in my hands, iPhone 4/4S/5, Samsung Galaxy SI/SII/SIII, Nokia Lumia 800, the old HTC Touch Diamond, and now I have this HTC One and the Nexus 4, I was dazzled by the HTC made ​​this phone, excellent construction, design, performance, a screen admirable and a good overhaul on HTC Sense. Perfect! I recommend! (Google Transtlate, Portuguese Brazil to English)

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    Reviewed by Jimbo999 (Currently owns)

    Everything about this phone is superior to the iPhone5. Apple seems to be the benchmark phone as usual to compare.

    I ran AnTuTu's benchmark, scored 20K+ score and to be candid, Samsung's Galaxy S3 was 10K lower. I realize now these ratings are relatively meaningless, the 2 phones graded at different times. No way a dual core Snapdragon S4 Galaxy S3 scores higher than the HTC's qud core Snapdragon 600. Put those 2 and an Apple iPhone5 side by side today and it's not even close. I gave the HTC 10's across the board. All one has to do is read the anguish Apple consumer's had over Apple maps, that's worth more than a 1.2 points off perfection ratings of 10's right there.

    I agree, Mike57's review docks it for the camera, software and battery life for 9's, everything else is a 10.

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    Reviewed by Mike57 (Currently owns)

    Simple. SUPERB display, Boomsound is amazing ! I love the camera and all the features. Battery life, you should easy get a full day and I mean EASY ! It's the first android device to have a better design and build quality then any Iphone to date. The only review to give the One justice is maybe only Anand's http://www.anandtech.com/show/6747/htc-one-review.
    My advice ? Hold it in your hands, love at first sight :)
    p.s. it's freaking fast!! (previous device Nexus 4)

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