HTC One. Unquestionably the number one smartphone.
For its 2013 flagship phone HTC has developed new very Apple looking packaging..minimalist rectangle with rounded corners looking like it should hold a piece of fine jewellery. And that is what this elegant phone looks like out of the box. It has been machined from a solid block of aluminum, each piece taking 200 minutes to carve out. It’s pretty light 143 g(5.04 ounces) and thin 9.3 mm (0.37 inches) but it feels rock solid. The curved back sinks into your palm, while the slightly angled edges help you grip it.
Turn the phone over and the front is a spectacular 4.7″ full 1080p (1080 x 1920 pixels) with an incredibly sharp 469 ppi pixel density Super LCD3 touchscreen. It is flanked by what HTC calls BoomSound speakers which put out the best sound quality on any smartphone in the market today. At full volume, you can clearly hear a phone conversation as far as six feet away with no distortion. The screen is covered in Gorilla Glass 2 and the bezel is razor thin making the phone feel slim despite the huge screen. Just above the bottom speaker the HTC logo is flanked by only two soft touch buttons Back and Home a long press of the Home button takes you to Google Now.
Light up the HTC One and prepare to be impressed first by how fast it starts up…a mere 8 seconds, only 2 seconds to shut down, by far faster than any phone I know of. I guess it is impatient to show off the bright and sharp screen with great viewing angles.
The first look at HTC’s new Sense 5 overlay shows its simple flat look..slide the lock up to the home screen and you get a first look at HTC’s BlinkFeed. This consists of a rolling grid of tiles, containing information aggregated from various news websites and your social media feeds. It is the default Home Screen but you can change that.
You can add all the major social media services, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Flickr, but the choice of news websites is not deep; you get about 16 in a variety of categories AFP, AP, Huffington Post, Euronews and Reuters for news, and CNET and TechCrunch and the Verge for Technology. If this phone sells as well as it should there will likely be more choices down the road because linkFeed needs to be specifically supported by the corresponding news outlet or website so publishers will be unlikely to invest until the numbers are there.
All of this is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset with a 1.7GHz Krait 300 CPU with a Adreno 320 GPU and 2Gb of RAM.All this running Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2. As those numbers would indicate, this phone is a powerhouse. Scrolling is as smooth as silk, multi-tasking is seamless and apps open in a blink. The HTC One comes with 32GB of Internal storage which should be more than adequate for most users.
Phone performance is excellent in both directions and LTE data performance is excellent. The superb built in speakers enhanced with Beats Audio combined wight he fantastic screen make the HTC One a perfect phone for enjoying videos or playing games.
Normally I am not a fan of software that manufacturers add to phones but in the case but Sense TV is a cool addition. All it takes is a few simple steps and you’ll be able to select TV channels, access program guides, adjust audio and more with your HTC One. Find your favorite shows, and it will notify you when they’re on. Take control of your TV experience with your phone.
Now to the biggest change to the HTC One the introduction of the Ultrapixel concept to a 4 megapixel main camera. It could be a difficult sell against a competitive phone with a 13 megapixel camera. HTC explains that a 4 megapixel sensor means bigger pixels.
Take a look at this selection of pictures and you will see the results of the Ultrapixel concept. Notice especially the indoor shots and think about how often you have had disappointing results from other phone cameras indoors.
The video performance is equally impressive, nice dynamic range and steady as a rock with optical image stabilization.
Wait, there’s more. HTC Zoe brings your photo gallery to life. Press the shutter and the HTC One automatically captures up to 20 photos and a 3-second video—a picture that’s alive. So your entire photo album becomes a living, breathing gallery.
is just one example of features HTC has incorporated into this camera to make it easier to capture and share your life stories. It is also simple to create 30 second highlight reels or slide shows complete with music ready to share immediately.
At the risk of repeating myself, the HTC One is the best smartphone you can buy today. It is sexy, well built and loaded with features including a revolutionary new camera system that can easily replace your point and shoot under just about any conditions. But. don’t take my word for it, drop into your favorite phone store..mine is TELUS..and take a look. I guarantee you will fall in love.
In Canada the HTC One is available from TELUS, Rogers, Bell and Virgin Mobile as well as Future Shop and Best Buy. In the us it is available at the HTC Online Store, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile Cincinatti Bell and Best Buy.
Now that I have your attention, I have a HTC One to give away courtesy my favourite carrier TELUS. See how to enter below and tell all your friends.