The new HTC One is stunning. A brilliant display, sleek and stylish body and of course HTC's own take on Android, HTC Sense, make this phone a must have if you're looking for an upgrade or are just getting tired of your old device. There is a few drawbacks in comparison to some other phone out there but are they enough to put the HTC One on the back burner? I don't think so.
Design and Style
HTC has given the One a zero gap design meaning that there are no 'real' visible gaps in the body just clean lines where the whole unit it put together and it is magnificent. The body itself is crafted and yes, I do mean crafted from aluminum so it is nice and stirdy in yours hands giving the phone a well-put-together feel. The aluminum body does add slightly to the 143grams of the HTC One also making it a little thick too at 9.3mm while the rest of the dimensions are about average at 137.4mm tall and 68.2mm wide.
The rear camera is central on the back top of the phone with dedicated flash where as the front facing camera is located top right on the face with the led and ambient sensor on the top left of the face. All together this is a wonderful phone to see and aside from the iPhone 5 there really isn't much to compare the design and build to.
Right, so lets get to it you say. Just what is inside this new HTC One? Well, for starters how about a quad core 1.7ghz Snapdragon 600 paired with and Adreno 320gpu? In some benchmarks the HTC One has managed to push the famed Galaxy S4 to second place and its likely just because the Adreno is designed to run alongside a Snapdragon plain and simple.
Working with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and the Adreno 320gpu is 2GB of ddr2 ram in order to ensure a smooth experience. Now I did try to find out just what spped that memory is but I came up short in my findings. I do however know that the Snapdragon 600 is capable of addressing ddr3 800mhz ram but that is not what's inside the HTC One so, I would assume and it might be wrong of me to do so but my best guess would be ddr2 533mhz.
You will also get all the goodies like Bluetooth and WiFi (on just about every channel), gyroscope and all the other stuff youve become accustome to in the use of your smartphone.
The display on the new HTC One is so crystal clear its unbelievable. HTC has mannage to pack 468ppi into this 4.7 inch full HD 1920x1080 display.
Camera and Features
HTC has given us what they call the Ultra Pixel camera and this is where I tend to see some lack luster performance. Now its not to say that the camera is all bad just that it could be a lot better had HTC decided to go with a slightly higher mega pixel count.
|Low light. iPhone 5 left, HTC One right. Source: imore.com|
HTC's new camera features are quite useful as you would very soon find out the first time someone blinked during a photo.
The camera will actullly take a series of photos
when the shutter is pressed and create a live album
from them, you can then choose one that you like
|iPhone 5 left, HTC One right. Source: imore.com|
If what you're looking for is a beautiful, functional, snappy phone with a brilliant display this is the one you should choose. Now on the other hand, if you 'need' a better quality camera then this might not be the right choice for you since there are a few phones out there on the market that can give the HTC One a run for its money and have a better camera.