HTC One

HTC One

The HTC One is an Android smartphone. It was released in March 2013 as a successor to the HTC One X, the company’s flagship phone. The HTC One X was critically acclaimed but a commercial failure because of disappointing marketing efforts. HTC Corporation is a Taiwanese manufacturer of tablets and smartphones. It was founded in 1997 and has its headquarters located in Taoyuan City, Taiwan.

 

Key Information

The HTC One comes with the latest version of Android. It utilizes HTC’s Sense user interface. A new feature is “BlinkFeed”, which is a new scrolling news aggregator that appears on the default home screen. It displays a scrolling grid of both social network content and news headlines. The phone is synchronized with new content every two hours when it is connected to a mobile network, and even quicker when connected to Wi-Fi. The camera app includes “Zoe”, a new shooting mode that films 4 seconds of video with every photo taken. This can be used to edit photos. The HTC One also includes a new TV app, which allows the phone to act as a remote control and provides show recommendations and notifications. Sense TV converts the phone into a remote, letting you channel surf and access program guides and audio with just your phone. The HTC BoomSound offers richer, louder, and sharper listening experiences and the dual frontal stereo speakers deliver bigger sound with more detail and less distortion thanks to its built-in amplifiers. An unlocked HTC One can be purchased online. Another option for buyers is to go through a cell phone carrier: AT&T also offers an HTC One, but they require you to sign a 2 year contract, which could potentially limit your upgrade options in the future.

 

Tech Specs

The HTC One is 5.41 inches long, 2.69 inches wide, and 0.37 inches thick.  It has a Super LCD3 capacitive multi-touch screen with 16M colors and 4G LTE network capability (depending on the market in which it is sold). It runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, quad-core, 1.7GHz, features 32 and 64 GB internal memory with 2 GB RAM and comes in Black, Red, or Silver.  It runs Android OS v4.1.2 and has a non-removable Li-Po 2300 mAh battery.  Its audio system consists of Beats Audio, HDR audio recording, and BoomSound stereo speakers (facing the front).  It is rated for 27 hours of GSM talk time, and 19 hours on CDMA, 18 hours on WCDMA.  On standby, it should last for 479 hours on GSM networks, 496 hours on CDMA, 500 hours on WCDMA.

 

Pros

  • Stunning large bright screen which is great for web browsing, streaming videos, and watching movies or television shows
  • Excellent virtual keyboard that makes texts and emails easy to send
  • 64 GB capacity is huge, bigger than most competitors
  • Beats Audio sound enhancement is top of the line
  • Records full HD Video at 30 frames per second, and the full 1080p high definition display is phenomenal
  • At the moment, it is the fastest phone you can get, and might be the best rated phone in the entire world
  • Terrific 1 piece metal laser carved unibody construction

 

Cons

  • No memory card support
  • The battery is not removable unlike other smartphones, and some users have claimed the battery life is weaker than they expected
  • The Sense User Interface may be difficult to learn at first, and to some users may not seem as practical as the Samsung TouchWiz
  • The Camera is good but not great
  • The unlocked HTC One costs well over $500.00, which is expensive – the phone can be purchased for much cheaper at cell phone carriers but they require you to lock into a contract which could limit your future upgrade options