With 4.7-inches, Full HD display, tons of power and superb design, HTC One may sweep you off your feet.
Your first impressions will leave you with a pause in search of the right word. HTC One’s all aluminium body, its finishings, simplicity and weight, all suggest a premium and upscale feel. It is a luxurious and fast, tier-one device. HTC One does come in black as well, which begs a question of durability of the black paint on aluminum substrate. We’ll have to bang around this thing to find an answer to this question.
The 4.7-inches covers most of the width of the phone with but slightest of bezel on each side. The width is 2.69-inches. It is 5.41-inches long with 0.37-inches thickness and just over 5 ounces in weight. The 4.7-inch S-LCD 3 screen carries an amazing 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution and groundbreaking 468ppi. We called HTC One the PPI King as it has an unparalleled pixel density. Samsung has launched their newest flagship Galaxy S IV last week. The pixel density of Galaxy S IV is 441 ppi. The differences could hardly be distinguishable by human eye, but yes HTC One has a really nice display.
On top and the bottom of the display you’ll find two speakers of the Beats Audio. The power button sits right on top next to the IR (Infrared) LED light for use as a remote controller. There is a volume rocker, 3.5mm headphone jack and micro USB port on the side. Other than that, there are no more buttons.
The One is powerfully run by 1.7GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM. There is 32 GB of built in storage, not expandable as it does not have a microUSB card slot. In other words, 26 GB is all you get! We suggest to opt in the 64GB model. The speed is just awesome. The HTC One scored 2,668 in Geekbench test. Samsung Galaxy Note II score is 1,998.
The camera is only 4-megapixel, but it does shoot 1080p videos. This is in times when most flagships boast 13 megapixel cameras. HTC claims, that the pixels on One are larger, therefore capable of creating crisper image, but it just doesn’t compare to iPhone 5′s camera. There is a 2.1 megapixel fron camera for a video chat as well.
The connectivity on HTC One is WiFi 802.11 a,b,g,n, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and other.
On a software side, HTC One has installed, but soon upgradable to newest Android 2.2 OS with the newest Sense UI 5.0 on top. The multi-tasking bar is out. Instead, you have to double-tap your home button. To bring out Google Search, hold the home button down for a sec. The change is not too annoying and it does offer a clean and user friendly experience.
HTC’s Blinkfeed app will work much like Flipboard to handle all the newsfeed and social notifications. You can customize your Blinkfeed choosing news from Technology, Sport and many other categories as well as Facebook, Twitter and other notifications. You can choose many tiles to display, or just one category feed. Useful enough, though quite annoying an experience if you don’t care much for news and notifications. Blinkfeed app cannot be turned off or uninstalled.
HTC One is certainly a top notch contender for the best smartphone on the market today. If camera is important to you, than iPhone 5 may be a better option. If you need a water and dust resistant phone than Sony Xperia Z may be your thing. Larger screen, better camera and even faster processor? Check Samsung Galaxy S IV. If storage is important than look at any top specced phone with microSD card slot for storage expansion. The 2300 mAh battery should last you plenty, but it is non-replaceable.
HTC One was initially reported as going on sale at the end of March. This was a good plan to combat the crowds of Galaxy fans. Regrettably, as reported by cnet, HTC is having some supply issues at the moment, so we won’t see HTC One smartphone in stores until April. Another very unfortunate news is the unavailability of One smartphone in the largest LTE zone of Verizon. Verizon will not feature HTC One to battle the Galaxy S IV. Instead, it will keep HTC DROID DNA. On a positive note DROID DNA will get google’s latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS and the newest Sense UI 5.0. HTC One will be featured in AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.
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