The smartphone market is as confusing as a fish market these days, with new Android smartphones coming out every other day, it can get hard to keep track. Maybe that was the logic behind HTCs plan to release only one phone this year and they aptly named it HTC One.
The phone is mouthwatering with its design; machined from a solid block on aluminum, each piece taking 200 minutes to carve out. The device itself is light weighing 5.04 ounces and only 0.36 inches thick, but the feel of it in hand is rock solid. And the curved back is designed such that it sinks perfectly into your palm while still maintaining a good grip on the angled edges. The company has basically put their heart and soul into one product and it definitely shows visually!
HTC One has a Super LCD 3 screen nestled under Gorilla Glass 2. It’s 1080p (1920×1080 pixels) spread over 4.7-inches, 468 pixels per inch (PPI), the pixels are invisible to the naked eye. Above and below the screen are speaker grates. An 88-degree wide angle front-facing camera sits on top of the phone. HTC’s proprietary ImageChip 2 is attached to the 4MP rear camera. Other than these basic features, the phone also comes with great memory specs; 2GB RAM, 32GB or 64GB storage (not expandable), NFC, LTE (on the U.S. versions), Bluetooth, etc. The icing on the cake, though, is Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 600. It’s a quad-core chip clocked at 1.7GHz, and it’s an absolute beast.
HTC One hands-on review by TheVerge:
At launch the One will be running on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) with HTC Sense 5.0 (the company’s third-party skin) on top. The company has tweaked the Sence 5.0 this time around, with some great features with a more customizable lock screen, an overhaul of the classic HTC clock/weather widget, and a new layout in the app drawer. The phone also has for the first time Boom Sound (i.e. the dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amps) and they have been described by Bent Rose of Gizmodo “It is hands-down the best-sounding phone I’ve ever heard”. The sound is excellent even with the volume on max.
One of the major likes by gizmo experts has been the high pixel count that does not slow the phone. In fact it goes from fully powered off to all booted up and ready to go in eight seconds. The effect of instant service of such kind makes using the phone a really upgraded technological experience. Also in the love zone are the phones camera with the UltraPixels, it lives up to the hype and delivers great images, very true to life. On the rather negative side were the not so great quality videos. The software’s also seem to be on the radar of the experts, voicing concerns about how latest the 4.0 Jellybean will be by the time the phone hits the racks in the US.
New HTC One – First Look
While the phone may have its drawbacks, the look and feel of the gadget is fabulous. The phone is definitely not a bad one, if you’re an HTC fan well you may be overwhelmed by some features and underwhelmed by few. But then again no smartphone is smart enough to satisfy each and every want of the customer, that’s why we want newer and better ones always!
Information Source: Gizmodo
HTC One Overview – Official Site