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Last Updated: April 15th, 2013

Yep, I'm calling it: the HTC One is the most important smartphone that will be released this year. And I know, this year is far from over - but let me explain why I think it will hold true regardless of what's to come.

Right now, the smartphone industry is slowly but surely evolving into a duopoly. Samsung and Apple control a larger piece of the proverbial pie than ever, as almost every other major Android OEM's market share shrinks - a trend that has continued for nearly two years now. HTC has borne the brunt of this sea-change, something a quick look at the company's financials can tell you in more words than I will here.

Around this time last year, HTC was already in need of a jumpstart. The One X was a valiant but ultimately ineffective effort to get back that lost momentum. This year, Peter Chou's company needs an emergency transplant, and the One is a freshly excised heart resting in an Igloo ice cooler. It's do or die - and it's all too clear that HTC is aware of this. That is why the One is so important: if it fails, it seems increasingly unlikely HTC will be able to recover.

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The One will be on all four major carriers in the US (well, Verizon is rumored to be coming later, but seeming very likely). It's built on a durable, highly stylized aluminum chassis, and its dual front-facing speakers give it an instantly-recognizable façade. The One sticks out like a Countach in a Walmart parking lot. It's not all flashy anodized this and unibody that, though; HTC has packed some legitimate innovations in here. The rear camera is like no other smartphone's, and those big perforated speaker grilles aren't just for show. A brand-new Sense doesn't simply throw a fresh coat of paint on top of Android, either - this really is unlike any other device's software experience.

This leaves two questions to answer. First, has all of this stuff worked? Did HTC's big bet on big changes pay off? And second, even if it has, is there a real reason to choose the One over another phone? To the first, I say yes without hesitation. The One is a brilliant smartphone. To the second, I really do believe there are reasons. I just hope HTC can convince consumers they're ones worth thinking about.

HTC One: Specifications
  • Price: Varies by carrier and region
  • Processor: 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
  • GPU: Adreno 320
  • Network compatibility: Varies by carrier and region
  • Operating system: Android 4.1.2
  • Display: 4.7" S-LCD3 1920x1080 (469 DPI)
  • Memory: 2GB RAM / 32/64GB storage
  • Cameras: 4MP rear, 2.1MP front
  • Battery: 2300mAh, non-removable
  • NFC: Yes
  • Ports / expandable storage: microUSB / none
  • Thickness: 9.3mm
  • Weight: 143g

The Good
  • Build quality: Not only is the One gorgeous, it is hands-down the best built Android phone ever. It feels extremely solid and well put together. You cannot buy a phone more tightly assembled than this that doesn't start with a lower-case i.
  • Sense 5: I really, really like it. It's hard to articulate in a couple sentences why, but I'll just say this: HTC's gone through it with a fine-toothed comb - the level of attention to detail / smoothness is impressive. It's also just a refreshing take on Android, something no other UI overlay really offers right now.
  • Dual front-facing speakers: Do I really have to explain this? They sound great and are literally a bajillion times better than any other smartphone speaker I've heard.
  • Camera: The One's camera has received mixed reviews, but I think that's bull. The UltraPixel sensor is an absolute win. Combined with HTC's new video highlights and Zoes (and already stellar camera software), I think this is the best smartphone camera on the market right now.
  • Display: This is probably the best smartphone display out there right now. It fixes issues with color accuracy that the DROID DNA's 1080p panel had, and the result is an absolutely gorgeous screen. I finally think the One X / X+ have met their match.

The Not So Good
  • Battery life: It's reasonable by 2012 standards, but there's no leap forward here. Battery life is decent, but not remarkable. Some people will be reaching for a charger before the day is out, depending on how you use the phone. I made it through most days, but I really was hoping for more.
  • Power / volume buttons: I'm struggling to find negatives, so this one's relatively minor - the power button and volume rocker are too far recessed into the phone's chassis, making them difficult to find with your fingers, and sometimes difficult to press.
  • Capacitive buttons: I don't mean the lack of a recent apps or menu button, I mean the ones that are there. The touch targets are too small, and they're kind of hard to tap until you get used to them. Again, a pretty minor complaint.
  • Notification light: Like every HTC phone in the last year, the notification LED is all but worthless. Too small, too hard to see.
  • It doesn't make me breakfast? Being serious, I do have a lot more minor complaints about the One that you'll read in the review, but they're just not bullet-worthy. This is an insanely good phone.

Hardware

Design and build quality

When HTC unveiled the One X last year, it was arguably the best-looking Android phone ever made. With the One, there isn't an argument: this phone is drop-dead gorgeous. I like it even better in black, but the unfinished anodized aluminum look is fine by me, too. Some people (whom I can only assume have never gazed upon a One in person) have alleged there are visual similarities to the iPhone 5, but I just don't see it at all. Considering that Apple and HTC have an IP truce at the moment, I also suspect that this design very intentionally steers away from any kind of iPhone vibe. Maybe it's the whole aluminum thing? That aluminum, by the way, does have its downsides - scratches are more noticeable, and so is anything else that decides to stick the One's body (eg, sweat and oil).

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Either way, the One is an ode to smartphone design, with a look all its own. The white polycarbonate banding around the sides and across the back provides a striking accent, and keeps the phone from looking (and feeling) too cold or sterile. Everything feels like it's part of the whole design 'package,' communicating a consistent aesthetic that elegantly highlights function, rather than hiding it. The milled circular holes for the sensors and front-facing camera aren't an eyesore, but a point of interest.

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The aluminum volume rocker is embedded perfectly into a gap in the white plastic banding. The black power button is actually translucent, as the IR blaster sits directly underneath it to more naturally use the One as a TV remote. HTC has also finally moved its microUSB port back to the bottom of the phone, albeit off-center to the right. Whether this is an issue of chipset placement or simply about breaking the rules, I don't know.

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Holding the One, everything feels very tightly put together. There is no flex, no creaking, no snapping. The beveled aluminum edges make it much more pleasant to hold than you would imagine, too, though I'd still say Samsung holds the crown in the 'handfeel' category. The volume and power buttons have a nice, clicky action, but both are a little too far-recessed into the chassis - I often reach for the power button and miss because it sits so flush against the phone, and sometimes I simply can't find the volume rocker. This feels like a design decision more than an engineering one.

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Embedding the notification light in the upper speaker grille, as HTC has done for quite some time now, is a neat way of blending it in to the phone, but the result is a functionally useless light. It's is too small and too dim, you really can't see it unless you're looking straight down at the phone.

Display

The One's display is probably best smartphone screen I've ever seen. HTC fixed the blue-cast issue on the DNA's 1080p panel, and the result is magnificent. The One's S-LCD3 IPS panel is extremely subdued in comparison to Samsung's AMOLED's, and lacks the much more apparent blue hue shift of the 1080p IPS display on LG's Optimus G Pro. The One probably has the most balanced color reproduction of any high-end device released this year - just don't rely on what my camera is showing you, for whatever reason the color is all out of whack in the photos.

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The 1080p 4.7" display provides sharpness well beyond what your puny human eyes will ever be able to appreciate, and viewing angles are absolutely superb. Brightness is strong, as well, but really isn't noticeably better than any other 1080p LCD display out there. I think LG's Optimus G Pro actually gets a touch brighter, but suffice to say, the One is very adequately luminous.

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Oh, and HTC's auto-brightness mode is actually automatic, and it actually works. You hit the checkbox, and it sets the brightness. No slider bar nonsense, and it adapts to most situations perfectly. No one seems to be able to get this right except HTC, and they've had it right since the One X. It's still right on the One. HTC also uses some kind of dynamic contrast adjustment based on the content you're viewing (it can't be turned off), which allows it to lower the brightness a tad more in certain situations without reducing visibility in auto mode, and gives it the illusion of even better contrast regardless of the 'auto' setting. For example, when reading black-on-white text, the contrast adjusts to make the white really 'pop.'

To wrap this section up: you won't find a phone out there with a display that will make you happier than the One's for sheer beauty. AMOLED diehards will still lament LCD's not-quite-black blacks, but I'd argue the other benefits (brightness, color accuracy, true 1080p) are absolutely worth it.

Battery life

It's... OK. I'm really conflicted on how to land on the One's battery life. On the one hand, it's served me well getting through a day out of the house until 6 or 7 PM. On the other, I already suspect the Galaxy S4's 2600mAh battery will easily best it. On a day out - taking photos, checking email, Twitter, etc., the One never died on me. That usually entails 2-2.5 hours of screen on time, and a relatively constant stream of email. While testing the One, I kept Wi-Fi off, brightness at auto, mobile data always enabled, and Power Saver mode off until I hit 15% remaining battery (which unfortunately did happen several times). Remember: not using Wi-Fi uses a lot more battery than using it. I think some people, for whatever reason, think the opposite is true.

Anyway, the One has battery life that I'd basically equate to the One X+. For light to moderate users, it's totally adequate. If you're a phone addict, you're going to have issues if you're not using Wi-Fi throughout the day. I've become rather spoiled using a Note II when it comes to battery longevity, but switching to the One wasn't a total shock. I did have to think about how much battery I had when I left home for an extended period of time, and I did catch myself 'panic charging' (eg, "Oh crap, I have to leave in 45 minutes but my battery is at 20%!") a couple times. That just doesn't happen with the Note II or Optimus G Pro.

Yes, everyone wants better battery life. No, the One does not advance the industry by leaps and bounds in this area. But I think that for all but the heaviest phone users, what life the One's 2300mAh battery does provide won't disappoint - it just won't wow, either.

Storage, wireless, and call quality

The One comes with 32GB of internal storage, of which around 25GB is actually usable. There is no microSD card slot. AT&T will carry a 64GB version of the One, but if you absolutely need more storage on your One and can't live with Ma Bell, the unlocked developer version of the phone (with LTE) comes with 64GB as well.

I received a Sprint version of the One to review, which has basically made my wireless experience awful. I was never able to maintain an LTE connection in Los Angeles (and that includes testing in four distinct geographic regions) for more than what seemed like 10 seconds - it constantly just flipped back to 3G, often losing all connectivity in the process for 15-30 seconds. When I did get LTE, the speeds weren't anything to write home about compared to other 4G service that was also available in those areas: anywhere from 5-10Mbps down and 6-7Mbps up. AT&T and Verizon LTE in the same locales were able to double those figures. Of course, Sprint's LTE rollout is also far from complete (LA isn't even an official market yet), so I was stuck on 3G most of the time anyway, which was often tantamount to not having a data connection at all. I'll just say this: I won't be switching to the Now Network any time soon.

Call quality was strong, and the One's earpiece speaker delivered a consistently good experience. I can't say anyone on the other end remarked upon the clarity of my own voice, but I never suspected they were having trouble hearing me, either. Perhaps that 'dual-membrane' microphone will make more of a difference when Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) starts to roll out.

Audio and speaker (yes, this is the BoomSound part)

OK, let's start with the headphone jack. I'm pretty sure HTC is using the standard headphone amp Qualcomm sells with the Snapdragon 600, and that's good: it's a very nice headphone amplifier, and Qualcomm's audio hub has always impressed me. Music from the One sounds clear and clean, and gets plenty loud - you aren't going to find a smartphone that sounds noticeably better.

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So, that leaves us to the One's dual front-facing speakers, aka BoomSound (I won't write it again, promise). Yes, they're very loud. But not only are they loud, they sound great. You could easily prop up the One against something in a quiet room, sit back, and do a little YouTube watching. In fact, I just did exactly that here at my desk for the last 20 minutes with the volume set to max, and there really wasn't any noticeable clipping. One thing to note about these speakers is that you probably won't want your notification ringtones set to max volume, as that could get really annoying (they are loud).

Combined with the great display, the One is without a shadow of a doubt the best smartphone for watching video content sans headphones. Nothing comes close. It sounds almost as good as my laptop speakers. Just make sure you have Beats enabled, as when it's turned off the experience is decidedly less impressive. This is a bit of an annoyance for me, as I don't want Beats on when I'm wearing headphones, but I do want it without them. Oh well.

Camera (yes, this is the UltraPixel part)

I admit, I was one of the One camera's early detractors. All the sample shots I saw looked pretty unremarkable, and oftentimes had a washed out or overexposed quality to them. Apparently, though, a software update was issued that improved the quality of the photos, and I'm guessing this Sprint handset already has that patch, because I've certainly not been left wanting by the One's camera.

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I'm not going to explain the whole 'ultrapixel' thing. People who understand cameras better than I do already have many times, so feel free to exercise your Google-fu. I'm much more interested in discussing what I think makes it so awesome, and there's really two factors to that. First, the One's camera is capable of capturing really, really great photos. Even by non-smartphone standards, I managed to get some very impressive shots using the One, only adjusting the 'scene' mode occasionally. The second aspect of this awesomeness is the ease of use of the One's camera. You point, you tap, you shoot - and it gets it right I'd say 80% of the time on the first try. Exposure, ISO, and focus are all working in harmony to get the photo you want to take.

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The latter is what I think many people underestimate the importance of. You can have the greatest camera in the world, but if the camera's not being told how to capture the photo properly, it doesn't really matter - you'll end up with a mediocre picture. Now, don't get me wrong, I took plenty of botched shots on the One, and still habitually take 3-4 snaps at a time. But part of that is definitely psychological: the One can provide much better photos than its predecessor, and you start to expect that level of quality on every shot. You get picky, and what would have passed for usable last year is no longer good enough this year.

HTC has talked a lot about low light performance, and it seems they have reason to. The night shots you'll see below aren't going to win any Pulitzers, but the level of detail and range of lighting and color captured at 8PM (sundown was at 7:20PM) on a dark suburban street handily trounces anything this side of a Lumia 920, and most comparisons I've seen have it beating even that device. Note that these photos were taken with "Night" mode enabled - and that does make a big difference (shutter speed drops to 1/7").

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The photo on the right was taken in a basically pitch black house.

That low light performance also translates into an ability to parse out dynamic lighting situations more effectively, making shots like the one below possible without the use of blurrying HDR (that car in the middle is moving) or the artificial look of an LED flash (which would delay the photo).

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Are certain smartphone cameras out there probably going to best certain aspects of the One's camera? Probably. I found, for example, that the Xperia ZL's Exmor RS sensor has a better eye for detail in (well-lit) macro situations, and produces less noise. Of course, the ZL's camera takes longer to capture, is more prone to blur, often has issues with exposure, and is more difficult to focus. I imagine that Nokia's latest and greatest Lumias, when they come out, may do a little better at night than the One. And I'm willing to bet Samsung's Galaxy S4 camera will have its merits, too. But I don't suspect they'll provide the complete package the way the One does.

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The strength of the One's camera is in its flexibility. It takes good outdoor shots, good indoor shots, great motion shots, good macro shots, good night shots, and good backlit shots. And it does so pretty easily. When it comes to smartphone cameras, I believe it's far better to have the best all-around performance than it is to focus on a single aspect of photo-taking. Smartphones are often used to capture candid, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. What good does low light performance do you when you're trying to get a picture of your kid awestruck as he rides a bicycle without training wheels for the first time? And how does hardware HDR help you capture the beauty of a fireworks display? HTC's philosophy on cameras, I think, is about having the right camera with you for every situation - and that's why I think this is the best smartphone camera to date (barring the PureView 808, perhaps).

The one negative thing I will say about the One's camera is that the HDR sucks. It's basically broken. Nearly every HDR photo I took came out washed out and way overexposed - far worse than just switching to backlight mode on the scene selector. Maybe this is because my phone is running prerelease software, or maybe the One's just not very good at processing HDR photos. Either way, after trying it in numerous situations time and again, I gave up. The results were consistently bad. And as a piece of general advice when using the One's camera - wipe the lens every time you pull out the phone. It is crazy sensitive to fingerprints / oil, and it will make your photos look washed out and blurry.

And if you're wondering where all the Zoe and HTC Share stuff is, it'll be in the software section - the Camera app has a subheader. I'm going to toss a few more samples down here, because why not.

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Software

Performance and stability

Compared to my Note II, the One X and X+ always felt like laggards - they stuttered and hesitated when the going got rough, and bogged down when multitasking. The DROID DNA made things a little better by upping the RAM to 2GB, but it was still apparent that I could do everything faster in TouchWiz or stock Android. Sense 4 just wasn't fast. Sense 5 finally is. The app drawer loads up lightning quick, homescreen panes swipe without hesitation or delay, and menus scroll with absolute smoothness.

That said, I already expect the Galaxy S4 will be smoother and quicker, and even the Optimus G Pro I'm testing feels more responsive in some regards (swiping homescreens is a bit faster). However, those increases in speed are finally reaching a point of diminishing returns, I think. In part because we can only do so many things at once on a touchscreen that fits in our hand, and in part because, well, phones are just getting pretty damn fast. I would like the unlock animation to be a little quicker on the One, for example, but I'm guessing it's that way because HTC chose to make it that way.

Regardless, this is one of the fastest phones on the market right now, and is likely to remain so for quite some time.

On the stability end, I've not had any major bugs or issues with the One's software so far. Actually, I can't even recall a single force close incident in the last week. That's kind of impressive for a brand-new high-end phone.

Sense 5

Frankly, I dread this part of almost every phone review I write. Mostly because I'm usually not sure how to turn three words ("I like it" / "I don't like it") into a thousand talking about a UI overlay that's largely similar to some other UI overlay, with a few relatively unimportant distinctions that don't really affect your day to day usage of a device very much. Thankfully, the One has more changes than most phones - HTC's getting fairly aggressive in crafting its own user experience here. Some people may hate that. Some people may find it refreshing. You can definitely put me in the latter camp.

What I like about it particularly is that Sense 5 doesn't feel like it's just painting the walls and stuffing furniture in the apartment that is the Android operating system. HTC is remodeling the bathroom with a sledgehammer and tearing out that awful deco linoleum in the kitchen - they mean business here.

General UI and navigation (homescreen, lockscreen, app drawer, etc.)

Modifying Android's general UI and navigation paradigms is often considered somewhat taboo. Google, after all, is behind the world's most popular phone OS, and it might make sense that they sort of know what they're doing. HTC hasn't completely turned Android on its head, but even for me, my first day with the One provided a few moments of confusion - things are different here.

Let's start with the homescreens. Your default homescreen is BlinkFeed (next section), a roughly chronological catalogue of 'story tiles' from various news and social sources. Again, I'll discuss it in more detail later. This will already confuse the bejesus out of most people, because it looks nothing like a typical Android homescreen. It doesn't even look like a widget. Thankfully, the launcher bar is still at the bottom with the app drawer, and the notification bar is still up top, which will quickly orient most people.

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Swipe to the left, and nothing happens - you get scroll bounceback. The BlinkFeed homescreen is set to the leftmost pane (this cannot be changed). That's a little odd, though I think it makes sense in a way - you begin on the left when you're in a book, why would you start in the center on a paginated UI? There is the point that you'll only be one swipe away from two other homescreens at any given moment by starting in the middle, though, so HTC's decision does mean more swiping if you choose to use BlinkFeed as your default homescreen. While BlinkFeed cannot be turned off, you can set your default homescreen wherever you want, which I ended up changing to the first 'real' homescreen.

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Homescreens are pretty normal otherwise. HTC's full-blown widget / shortcut addition UI (brought up by long pressing in an empty area) is still here, though it works a little differently, using an overflow menu instead of tabs to switch categories... which doesn't really seem like a step forward, but whatever. The search function for widgets and app shortcuts is still present, too, a part of Sense I've really come to love, as it saves me have to swipe through 20 pages of tiny widgets to find what I'm looking for. Work on making that happen, Google. You can add additional homescreen panels, but only two, for a total of four, not counting BlinkFeed. If you use more than four, you'll need to download a custom launcher. I personally can't say I've ever used more than three.

The home button's behavior has been changed from stock Android in a way some people may find odd. If you launch an app from the app drawer, then hit the home button, you don't go 'home' - you go back to the app drawer. It still weirds me out occasionally, and I'm really not sure this was a good idea. I'm fairly used to it now, but it still makes my brain double-take sometimes when I end up back at the app drawer after pressing home. Wait, am I home? Nope, I'm in the app drawer - I need to press home again to actually get home. Adding to that potential confusion is the fact that the back button doesn't do anything in the app drawer (in stock Android and basically every OEM skin, it will take you home).

The lockscreen has changed for the first time since Sense 3.5, and gone is the metallic pull-up circle. Now you just pull up on the clock / weather widget above your quick launch icons. Frankly, my brain finds this hard to process sometimes. Because the text lies flat against the background, it doesn't feel like an animated UI element. My finger also naturally gravitates to the much more animated-looking quick launch icons, and I have inadvertently pulled up on one of them instead of the clock on several occasions.

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You can choose between several lockscreen styles (or no lockscreen), and I'm personally partial to the productivity one. It shows your upcoming calendar events in a swipeable list, along with SMS's and email from the stock email app (sadly not Gmail, though). HTC remains the only OEM of which I am aware that manages to control both Pandora and Amazon MP3 playback from the lockscreen, and as a user of both services, it's a very nice perk for me. Play Music works, as well.

The lockscreen unlock animation has also been integrated into two parts of the One's UI - BlinkFeed and the app drawer. On the BlinkFeed homescreen and the app drawer, there is a clock / weather widget that looks exactly like the one on the lockscreen. If you left your phone in either of these places before turning off the display, then turn it back on and unlock it, the clock widget slides up to the top of the screen, stops, and becomes the widget on BlinkFeed / the app drawer. I'm probably not explaining that very well, but otherwise, if you leave the One anywhere else but those two places before locking it, then unlock it, the clock widget simply fades away as it slides up the screen. It's just a neat little flourish.

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This is the animation stage by stage - the clock starts at the bottom, slides up, and then stops at the top when BlinkFeed appears.

Time to move on to the app drawer, which I decidedly disliked the first day I used the One. Now that I've become accustomed to its ways, I actually like it. Sense 5 uses a vertically scrolling paginated app drawer - you swipe up and down pages of apps instead of left to right. That part is easy enough to get used to. I actually kind of prefer it now. Potentially less likeable are the oddly-hidden settings / shortcuts in the app drawer. When you pull up the app drawer by default, you just see your clock / weather widget, and 3/4 of a page of your apps. Pull down (like you're trying to go up, that is), and a menu of options suddenly appears.

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It's cool, but also a little disconcerting! You have a pull down menu for sort options, and a 3-dot for other stuff, along with search and Play Store shortcuts. Was that extra bit of UI cleanliness / quarter-inch of real estate really worth the extra step, HTC? I think this is going to confuse a lot of people.

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You can hide apps and change the app drawer grid size.

Interestingly, your quick launch shortcuts are also persistent in the app drawer. This I kind of get (you can also tap the app drawer button again to go home). You'll notice that the shortcuts for the apps you have in the quick launch bar are not present in the app drawer. There is actually a logical reason for this, and it's not just duplicate OCD. You cannot remove icons from the quick launch bar on the homescreen. Can't be done - if you drag it out of the bar, it'll just create a homescreen shortcut, and the original will remain.

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You can only do it in the app drawer, where dragging an icon into the drawer will put it back. Hey, that actually makes sense! I have accidentally removed one of my quick launch icons from the bar many times on almost every phone I've owned. This basically ensures that can't happen, without the need for an annoying 'lock' setting toggle. What makes less sense is that things can be added to the quick launch bar from the homescreens, which is actually just as annoying when it happens, because you'll end up creating a folder. As you might have intuited based on the way this works, that means you have to complete a secondary action to drag an app from the app drawer to the homescreen, otherwise you'd have to drag your quick launch icon into the app drawer, then drag the app drawer icon onto the homescreen. The Sense 5 app drawer requires you to hit the 'Shortcut' target in the top left (in screenshot #3 above) to actually send an app to the homescreen, which is admittedly annoying. You can still uninstall apps by dragging them to the top right, though, which is good.

The notification bar will comprise the shortest paragraph of this section: there's a clock, the date, a persistent toggle to activate power saver mode, and a settings shortcut. It is the cleanest notification bar you'll find outside of stock. I do miss my notification bar power controls, though. I'd gladly give up a little cleanness for those.

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Exciting!

Finally, there's the recent apps menu. Given that there is no multitasking button, just home and back, your first instinct will likely be to long press home. Nope - that brings up Google Now. You have to rapidly double-tap the home button to bring up the recent apps menu, which HTC has totally redesigned. You get a 3x3 grid of your recent apps - meaning a maximum of 9 recent apps to choose from. Compared to the Sense 4 recent apps menu, this is a godsend.

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Compared to stock Android, I'm not sold - the tiles are pretty small, and without the app icons to label them (text only), I have to search for that app I want longer than I'd like. Visual cues, HTC: they're important - Dropbox, Facebook, and Twitter look pretty dang similar when they're the size of a postage stamp you're just trying to glance at. You can remove apps from the recent apps menu by swiping up on them, by the way. I have only accidentally single tapped and gone home instead of bringing up recent apps a couple of times since I've had the one, but I will admit to long pressing several times before remembering to double-tap. Again, this could be confusing to some people.

OK, you're ready to talk about BlinkFeed now, right? Because we're going to do that.

BlinkFeed

It's easy to toss off BlinkFeed as a neutered reader widget that takes up one of your homescreens. And hardcore fans of services like Pulse, Flipboard, Currents, News360, and Feedly will probably look at it with absolutely zero interest whatsoever. As a person who uses literally none of those things on any kind of regular basis, I actually kind of like BlinkFeed. Your mom will probably like BlinkFeed, and many of your less tech-savvy friends probably will, too. I've started using it pretty often when I'm waiting in line at the store, getting lunch, or, yes, on the toilet. It's undeniably convenient, and the fact that it forcibly occupies one of your homescreens means you will check it occasionally.

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So, is it any good? Right now, it's definitely usable. All the animations are smooth, the tile interface is very pretty, there is a respectable selection of mass-consumption-friendly content and categories, and the reading UI is actually nice and simple. But it still feels incomplete in several key respects.

First, there is some content. I want more. Or the ability to add my own. For example, I like car news, but Autoblog simply isn't my favorite car blog. It's not my second favorite. It might be my third. But it's the only featured automotive news outlet in BlinkFeed. Same goes for political news - I'm sorry, but I am just not a fan of HuffPo (the only real option - Reuters and AP are too broad), I'll take CNN any day for my political drivel. If I had more content options, I would use BlinkFeed more, plain and simple, because it's actually pretty good at what it does.

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Moving on the second issue (or issues, really), there are some basic functional problems with the app. If you're reading an article in BlinkFeed and then head over to Gmail to read an email, there's no way to get back to that article. It's not in recent apps, and hitting Home just takes you to the BlinkFeed splash. Back does the same. Now, there is some memory to BlinkFeed, because it will come back to the set of tiles the article you were reading was on. So you can get back to it without thumbing through a million pages. But right now, leaving and coming back to BlinkFeed is really annoying.

The other problem is with the paginated tiles - you thumb through sets of three to four at a time vertically, but to refresh the list, you pull down at the very top of the feed, which also reveals the menu (like the app drawer). That part in itself is fine, but there's no quick way to get back to the top of the feed! You have to thumb back through every set of tiles one at a time, which you can do relatively quickly, but not quickly enough. There needs to be a way to 'go to top.' Maybe a two-finger swipe down or something, I don't know, but something needs to happen here.

Update: Turns out, you can go to the top of BlinkFeed by just tapping the notification bar. So excuse that last paragraph. It'd be nice if they explained it a little better, though, or had some kind of visual cue.

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The social integration into BlinkFeed (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Flickr are supported) is what's going to make it for most average consumers. You can even post from the BlinkFeed splash to Twitter or Facebook. People go to social networks to read a feed of things that are potentially relevant to them, and to get a glimpse into the lives of people they care about (or don't).

BlinkFeed crams all that into a single homescreen pane in a very accessible, user-friendly way that you simply can't avoid. It is also dead simple to use and set up, I have to give HTC credit for that. The way it intersperses news and social content is pretty even-handed, too, so unless you really want to see every single rehashed Reddit meme your friends post on Facebook (eg, disable almost all other news / content sources), you probably won't. In summary, I think HTC did something very good here - it's not perfect, but it's the most useful thing to happen to Android homescreens for regular people in years.

Gallery

I'm warning you: this is going to take a while. I'm going to start with the gallery app, because it's got a couple cool things worth talking about. The first is undoubtedly video highlights. Sense 5's gallery arranges your photos by event (a chunk of time, usually a day) by default. Yes, that is annoying if you don't have photos with timestamps, or are looking to access your screenshots, and you'll probably go back to album view immediately. Event view is worth using for one feature, though, and that's video highlights.

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Selecting items for a video highlight.

Video highlights are automatically assembled videos (stay with me here), but they're more like an Instagram-meets-Vine-meets-montage kind of thing. So, the gallery looks at a particular event, chooses a bundle of photos and Zoes (if you have any), and then puts together this thing called a video highlight. You can pick a soundtrack (with accompanying filter), mix the order of the content around, choose up to 13 photos and Zoes you want to include if you don't like the random choices, and then share the result - a 30ish second video clip. You can upload it via HTC Share (more on that in a minute), or as an MP4 file to the service of your choice. The files are quite small, too, so storing them locally won't eat a ton of gee-bees.

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You may scoff at something as simplistic and crude as a random assemblage of photos and video with a few filters and some background music, but this is basically magic to casual smartphone users. You open up the gallery, see the highlight video, tap it, and you get a cute little clip you can share with your friends or family to preserve memories. It's very, very easy, and it's actually pretty cool.

Now, what's HTC Share? Well, if you go into an event in the gallery and hit 'share,' you'll have the option to upload to HTC Share. This uploads your video highlight, and up to 10 additional photos or Zoes that appear as a mosaic on the web. You can view them on the HTC Share website for up to 180 days (yep, there's a shelf life). Here's a sample album I uploaded, including a couple Zoes. The fact that these "Shares" have a finite existence is probably going to be off-putting to hardcore photo takers, but really, I think HTC's strategy here is logical. People won't ever use HTC Share as a dedicated photo repository, because it's not built to be one. People will share links to Shares (yo dawg) on their preferred social networks, and those social posts will only receive attention for a finite period.

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The main splash of the gallery app contains not only your photos, but photos and videos from your Facebook friends and liked pages, which you scroll through in a manner exactly like BlinkFeed. This is exactly the sort of social integration I don't want. The gallery app has a function: managing my photos. I don't want other people's photos.

The real problem is that you can't turn this integration off unless you turn off account sync for things like Facebook. Annoying. However, the "My Photos" section is always at the top, so at least you can escape this socialized view quickly and easily. Going into my photos with album view, you not only get camera shots, but Dropbox, Picasa, Facebook, and Flickr albums. Screenshots get an album, too. Unlike Sense 4, you can now hide any of these albums if you should so choose. But if you want to see these pictures in the first place, you have to be in album view mode. Events view only shows local content taken with the camera. Again, I see potential for confusion here by making events the default view.

My last gripe about the gallery app is the way sharing and deleting is accomplished. You have to choose "Share" or "Delete" from the tabbed options at the bottom of the album or event your viewing, choose your sharing service, and then all the pictures reflow with checkboxes. Then you choose what to share, then you hit upload. The user flow is all out of whack.

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The order of operations here does not make sense.

Stock Android and TouchWiz's implementation - long press to start multi-select, then choose an action - is simply superior and much more logical. It's a little hard for me to believe HTC left it this way.

Camera

Alright, next up is the camera app. The camera has two basic modes: normal and Zoe. Normal mode works like every other smartphone camera you've used - tap to focus, tap the camera icon to take a picture, and long-press it for burst shot (which works great, by the way).

HTC's scene modes are simple and to the point: portrait, landscape, backlight, text, macro, night, and HDR. Sweep panorama also gets its own mode. You won't find some of these modes on other smartphone cameras. Namely: backlight, text, and macro. The fact is, a software algorithm is only so good at detecting what it is you're taking a picture of, and then adjusting to optimize for that situation.

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Sony's tried to make this automatic on the Xperia Z / ZL, and I'll admit, with some success. HTC has decided to let you decide. So instead of tapping furiously at the focal point in normal mode for a macro shot, you just go to macro mode, and the camera figures out what object has the shortest focal length in the scene, and focuses on that. Backlight mode realizes you're trying to get the best exposure balance in a photo, and text mode understands you really want crisp, contrasted text.

And when you're in normal mode, it's not like getting the results from these other modes is impossible. Macro shots are perfectly doable, and tapping to a desired exposure level is still pretty easy. The modes just make things more simple and automatic. HTC also doesn't play 'hide the ball' in the camera UI - the 3-dot menu button houses all of the settings. I often get a little confused where things are on really crowded camera UIs (looking at you, Samsung), so this is a benefit in my opinion. The scene modes are the second item on the list after the front / rear camera toggle.

All your other standard camera tweaks are there - video capture mode (slow motion, fast HD (60FPS), video HDR (1080p)), a timer, aspect ratio, review duration, continuous shooting, white balance, ISO, image processing adjustments, and more. There's also a dedicated shortcut at the bottom right for Instagram-style filters (ugh).

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So, what's all this Zoe business? A Zoe is a video - sort of. Actually, a Zoe is your camera taking full resolution (4MP) stills in very rapid succession, and recording audio at the same time. The result is a 3-second clip called a Zoe. Think of it like a Vine with sound and without looping, but shorter - it's a lot better than a GIF, but it's also not really a video, either. This sounds really, really useless at first blush - but it's actually not! Zoes, because they're composed of still photos, can be navigated through like a series of pictures. You can then choose frames to extract and save as photos - you can even edit them straight from the Zoe interface.

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Think of it like a really powerful burst shot mode. And the neat part is that Zoe includes the second before you actually hit the capture button, the benefits of which should be obvious. The downside is that this means Zoe is capturing images continuously as it runs, and I doubt that's great for battery life. Zoes can, as I stated earlier, go inside video highlights - but they're not the same thing.

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A captured Zoe still

The one annoyance I found here is that when you choose to save a frame, you're kicked out of the Zoe and to the frame you just saved. It makes saving multiple frames from a Zoe much more difficult than it should be.

Keyboard

This is easily the best keyboard Sense has ever shipped with. I haven't found a single truly annoying aspect of it yet, and the prediction engine has been spot-on, generally. Accuracy is very high in practice, something I've consistently found to be true of HTC's software keyboards. Gesture typing is included (must be enabled manually), and it actually works very well, even if it's not my preferred input method.

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Of all the OEM keyboards I've used on Android, this is the best. SwiftKey is still better in many respects, obviously, but I've not had the near-immediate urge to switch that so many other phones give me. This is a great keyboard if you're like me and like to type out every word, and I can't imagine anyone would be particularly unhappy with it. If this was my phone, I'd have probably downloaded SwiftKey by now, but as an out of the box experience, HTC's Sense keyboard is very, very good.

TV app

I'm going to give this one some brief attention since the One's IR blaster received a lot of love when the phone was announced: HTC's included a TV app powered by Peel on the One.

The polite thing to say is it's not done yet. The TV app is very pretty and all (waaaaaay better than Peel's Android app), but it just doesn't seem complete. Swiping panes causes a refresh and re-flow every time, and that's really annoying. I couldn't get On Demand listings to work reliably, and the number of video services the app can cross-reference for streaming is pretty limited (Hulu Plus, Crackle, Watch). Movie listings can be sparse about information (an IMDB link would be great!), though season listings and upcoming episode schedules for popular television shows seem pretty robust. You're getting pretty much anything Peel has in terms of info, so that's quite a bit.

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I just wish the app flowed and ran a little better. Choosing what channels you have is also a nightmare - there are around 800 U-Verse channels available in my area and I had no idea which I had and which I didn't. This actually matters because Peel will suggest shows on the 'best' channel you select as available during setup.

I successfully - and very easily - paired the One with a Samsung flat panel TV, AT&T U-Verse box, and Denon stereo receiver. Everything worked fine, but you don't have as many buttons as you do on your satellite/cable remote, so be aware this can never be a complete replacement. It's not going to change your life, but it's definitely a nice feature to have - there is something very cool about being able to tap a television show on your phone and have it appear on your TV.

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I accidentally discovered another neat feature of TV while I was playing with it, as well: if your display times out while in the TV app, and your gyroscope then detects motion, it will wake the display. So whenever you touch the phone the display will come back on, if you were in the TV app last. It's kind of a niche use scenario unless your screen timeout is set really low, but it's neat nonetheless.

Settings

The settings menu on the One looks largely like Sense 4 phones before it, just with a different font and icons. I honestly haven't noted any significant expansion of things you can adjust (though HTC did add a 'kid mode,' which given how much I've already written, I won't be diving into), but there are a few changes. If you're using a PIN, pattern, or password to unlock your phone, you can now allow missed call info, SMS previews, and music controls to show without having to unlock the phone (I'm pretty sure that's new - but not 100%).

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System font, for whatever reason, has been moved to the 'Accessibility' menu (it's still in display settings, too), which I highly suggest turning to 'small' if your eyes are any good. HTC's content transfer tool is still present, and if your old phone runs Android 2.3+, you can wirelessly transfer contact information, installed apps (they install fresh from the Play Store, though - no settings / login info), and a few other items to your new One. The easy setup tool on the desktop is another option.

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The new double-tap gesture for multi-tasking has a speed recognition setting, which you will absolutely want to leave at 'normal,' because the other, slower settings will delay the responsiveness of the home button significantly. The power menu looks the same as ever, and still doesn't show the display as part of your battery usage information, because apparently someone still thinks that's a good idea.

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Power saver mode works just the same as it has since Sense 4+, as far as I can tell, and it comes on when you have 15% battery remaining no matter what - you can't adjust that behavior. You can turn it off after it comes on, and it won't come on again, but still - give me the option to set when or if I want to use it, please. Many of you will rejoice to hear that HTC now includes a toggle for 'deep sleep' mode, which basically stops data sync from 11PM to 7AM on Sense 4 / 4+ phones to greatly reduce idle battery drain, and I'm pretty sure it works the same here.

There's a new Wi-Fi notification popup, as well, and it's extremely annoying - whenever you open an app while Wi-Fi is turned on, but you aren't connected to a network, the UI below pops up. Luckily, if you delve into the advanced settings area of Wi-Fi in the settings menu, you can disable this wonderful 'feature,' also shown below.

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Other Apps (calendar, browser, FM radio, etc.)

The One comes with the standard gamut of built-in productivity and utility apps, like a calendar, clock, calculator, etc. The calendar app is quite nice, in that it defaults to 'agenda' view, so you're not just looking at a big empty schedule with no details. Google Calendar and Samsung's S Planner both have an agenda mode, but they just use a simple vertical list. HTC's calendar uses tabs that you swipe across horizontally. This does prevent the scroll lag that Google and Samsung's apps exhibit, but if you want to see a particular day's agenda that's more than a week in either directions, that's a lot of swiping. One cool thing about HTC's agenda mode, though, is that you get a countdown in minutes of your upcoming (within 2 hours, I think) events for the day, which is kind of nice.

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The calculator is nothing special, car mode looks like a skin-only refresh, and the FM radio app still does FM radio. Actually, the FM radio is a little more useful on the One than most phones because of the powerful front-facing speakers (you can set the radio app to speaker mode - you still need headphones).

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The stock browser is quick and smooth, as it has always been, and still includes a bundled version of Flash Player (11.1). So that's kind of neat, even if you despise Flash (like me). The dialer is a dialer - I think it's substantially prettier than the old Sense 4 one, though. I still think the number pad is a bit too small.

Conclusion

If you made it through this review not thinking that I love this phone, read it again. I love this phone. I really, really do. I am probably going to go buy one (pun absolutely intended). It's easily the best Android phone made to date. Not just because it's aluminum, not just because Sense 5 is a great take on the Android OS, and not just because it has a fairly outstanding camera. It's because of all those things: no phone has compelled me in the "total package" way that the One has. Sure, there are flaws. But every phone has flaws, and the HTC One's pale in comparison to many of the other smartphones I review.

Issues with Sprint aside, using this phone has been an absolute joy. I really am struggling to find serious problems with it. HTC has a great product, one they should be glowingly proud of.

Let's hope consumers feel the same way.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://twitter.com/Patagonistt Frederick Valentine

    Thanks for great review!

  • http://twitter.com/andr3wjacks0n andrew jackson

    I think UltraPixel is pretty much like using a full frame sensor on a smartphone, except that the sensor isn't bigger, but the camera captures more light because the sensor is better.

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    damn, that is a long review!

    i have to say, i'm really intrigued by this phone, mainly due to the dual front-facing speakers and the camera

  • Jack

    Its a nice looking smartphone and its all well and good sticking up for the underdog but without a sd card slot I personally wouldnt buy this, thats a major feature missing and not the only one. What sets this apart from Samsung flagships? Front facing speakers? Thats literally it. It lacks so many features that Samsung pack into their phones its never going to compete with them. This is Apple inspired style over substance. Its a good phone but its not in the same league as Samsung, that is not opinion it is fact.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      While I prefer the Galaxy S4 myself, I'm going to say build quality (my Note II's build quality is terrible - it's creaking everywhere and I've never had a phone this scratched up this fast, back and front), which is hugely important.

      Second, to most users, 32GB and 64GB of built-in storage is more than enough. 8GB and 16GB on the Nexus 4 isn't, but if you get the 64GB version (I have the One X+ without the SD card but with 64GB), chances are you won't need an SD card option. They had to sacrifice SD for the build, and in this case, I'm OK with it.

      Lots of Samsung's software features are gimmicks, but there are quite a few that I like, and on the software side, the S4 and even my Note II dominates the One. I like them too much to give into Sense 5. And the One feels too metallic and sharp to me. I prefer the feel of the Note II around the edges and back. If only it weren't so damn scratch-prone...

      • Jack

        Yeah thats a good point the build quality of the One is definitely impressive and will be a selling point to many, especially those who aren't keen on the plastic Samsungs. I dont mind my Note 2 in terms of build quality.

        A 64GB will be enough for most users but a microSD slot brings many advantages not just additional storage, its the ability to transfer all your important data on the card and not the phone, there is many advantages to this.

        I think many will agree the Note 2 is still a more desirable phone in terms of features than the One and its very premature to state this is the phone of the year. The S4 is surely better as a matter of fact based on features and the Note 3 has the potential to blow both out of the water.

        • NemaCystX

          don't forget about the better radios, HTC radios are better than Samsung's. I have had 3 HTC devices and 2 Samsung ones, both Samsung devices had terrible radios, only HTC device I had issues with was the HTC ThunderBolt but that was a Frankenstein phone because of how last minute Verizon decided it to be a 4G LTE phone instead of a 3G one.

          32GB or 64GB is a great storage option I personally think, because unless you have porn and tons of pirated videos, there is no way your going to fill up a phone that has that much storage.

          And lets be reasonable here, people that have over 100GB of music, how often will you use that entire library? it just causes shuffle headaches and file storage to run slower. Built-in NAND storage runs faster than microSD storage and is usually more reliable.

          As far as stating it as the phone of the year, I think Artem is using the fact that its one of the best android devices ever made, which many reviews thus far have stated, the quality is unmatched, the UI reviews have said its much better than previous versions of Sense, the camera is not just a gimmick but it actually does what its supposed to (much better low light photos than other devices) and the fact this is the FIRST HTC flagship to launch on all the carriers (minus Verizon) as a single design. I can probably find more reasons but I don't have One yet so I can't really do that until I get it

          • kg215

            Lol HTC radios are better, I call BS on that. If there is one company that has earned the title of best radios, it is Motorola.

          • NemaCystX

            I was talking about compared to Samsung, take your Motorola fanboism somewhere else... this is an HTC post

          • German Leon Azzi

            after building phones for 40 years, you are expected to have learnt something... Nokia and Motorola rock on this point...

          • http://www.facebook.com/iampun33t Puneet Singh

            So you would like to compromise in terms of storage, pirated videos and stuff, also the ability to transfer large amount of data faster through SD Card, in a phone that is the so called "Phone of the Year"

          • NemaCystX

            The people that want a microSD are spoiled by past devices, like it or not, microSD could be gone in the future and internal storage will be the only thing that remains. Companies have found it very easy to limit the devices by putting in small storage and thus making other devices more appealing if they have larger storage because they aren't upgradeable. You have to look at the whole thing from a marketing point of view.

          • German Leon Azzi

            I will never forget the first time I went running with my HTC One X, logging it with Sportstracker... I used to had a SGS1, and the tracing was awful, while with the HOX it was as smooth as it can be... The same with WIFI reception!

        • gtg465x

          Features, features. My how you people forget. Does anyone remember Windows Mobile, that ugly, cluttered OS with billions of features? Then the iPhone came along and even with its simple interface and lack of features, the polish and beauty of the phone made people realize that Windows Mobile was never more than a garden turd and more features aren't always better. Many of us have already seen the ugliness and cluttered cluster that is TouchWiz. When will the rest wake up?

      • cooldoods

        I'd say the One's aluminum chassis would be scratch-prone as well, unless you cover it up with a case which would be a shame. I prefer function over beauty myself.

        • NemaCystX

          except when plastic cracks, where is your function then? there has to be a good balance between build quality and functionality, HTC went the quality route where as Samsung went the cheap but functional route. HTC spared no expense on this device, the build quality is amazing for any device produced in this category. I hope this saves them and they can build more devices like it.

          It's sad that in order to get peoples attention they had to use the HTC One as the last resort and not use these designs and quality from the get-go... but hey, companies mostly go by "studies" which I find to be total BS, those so called "Studies" by "experts" don't know crap, wow, your making a judgement using a small amount of people when there are many many different kinds of people that have different tastes compared to a select group of people provided by a info gathering company.

          Real World reviews and feedback should be whats used in device design determination, not polls and "studies" I think its why HTC won't listen about the battery complaints, they stated many times in the past that "studies have shown that only some groups of users have battery woes" HTC isn't the only ones that use this strategy though, nearly all companies rely on polls and studies provided by organizations that specialize in them. Unfortunately for us, its not always a good thing, Europe and Asia usually get what we also want. The results are so skewed for the US its not even funny....

          • kg215

            Actually HTC has nicer feeling/looking materials but they don't necessarily build better phones. In fact polycarbonate might be more durable than aluminum or aluminum/glass, just cheaper feeling and looking. Real world reviews and feedback can be significantly less reliable than studies granted both can easily be biased, but it's not like HTC dominates real world reviews and feedback anyway. Look at how many people swear off HTC phones after it breaks or was just crap to begin. HTC has repeatedly done things that are out of touch with consumers and even flip flopped on their own decisions (EVERY phone will have unlocked bootloaders from now on, nevermind we will be adding S-on to make it even harder to unlock phones). Don't try to blame European/Asian markets vs US markets for HTC's failures, they did it to themselves. We'll see if they listened enough for the HTC One to save them, because David is definitely right about that they need this phone to succeed badly.

      • KrispyInTO

        Having an SD card is not just about storage. Its also about protecting your data. I have all my photos and videos save to SD, if my phone breaks/bricks I can pop out the SD card and still have my data.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          I do have to agree with that point. Though, personally, I have all videos and pictures sync to the cloud automatically the instant I connect to Wi-Fi (some people use Dropbox, I use FolderSync - it's fantastic).

          Your SD card will save your stuff if your phone boot loops or bricks, but it won't if you lose it or someone steals it.

          • NemaCystX

            not to mention, data gets corrupt (which can happen on cheap microSD cards) and also they can stop working all together, it might not be powered but it can still break lol

          • http://www.facebook.com/iampun33t Puneet Singh

            That maybe the case in your country but in places like India, cloud storage is not that widely used as data charges are high, Internet connection to the Wifi is also kinda slow, like 2mbps which gives me a download speed of about 200 kbps and upload speed of 100 kbps. That takes a hell of a time for using cloud services for large transfers.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            My point was to back up at least somewhere, always. Can't use cloud backup due to slow Internet speed? Fine. At least back up to your LAN PC or NAS using the same methods. Then you're only bound by your router's LAN speed.

      • GraveUypo

        wow, i thought for sure all ap staff were die-hard HTC fan ...s...

        • NemaCystX

          or Are they?

    • M

      I'm in limbo choosing between these two. Upgrading from an SII, I've been leaning towards an S4, but I'm not sold on the features yet. Which S4 features do you consider the One lacking in that the S4 has?

    • bluevoodo

      Like Sensors? Moar cores? .2 in screen with 33% less pixels, burn in prone screen. Tacky Skittles based android skin? No thanks!

    • gtg465x

      Do you really need more than 64GB? A lot about the One is better. Front facing, higher quality speakers. Better microphones. Better call quality. Better screen. Better build materials. The beautiful software design that fits with ICS / Jelly Bean styling.

  • Jack

    Its also laughable to claim to hate Flash. You hate a full internet experience? What a bizarre comment.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      There are many reasons to hate Flash. I'd still opt in for a browser with Flash vs without, but that comment makes perfect sense.

      • Jack

        Of course, its a no brainer to gave Flash, its integral to a full internet experience. Of course you could have issues with it for various obvious reasons but to claim to "hate" it is ridiculous.

        • Floss

          I don't think I've noticed a difference in not having flash, for what, 2 years now?

    • József Király

      Hating Flash does not equal hating full internet experience. You have to agree, that Flash, while it was one of the best tools to create interactive/animated/flashy/good-looking websites in the past, has been dethroned by HTML5+CSS3 animations, and as time went on, it became a laghill, nothing else.

      I too hate Flash, because it is cumbersome, annoying (especially if you have huge flash anims on 4-5 open pages, on an older computer it simply kills the browser, and sometimes the whole OS), but fortunately times are changing and more people switch to standardized, less of a resource-hog solutions. So yes, while I say Flash is required for the following one or two years, it should die. Slowly, painfully. (And given how many web developers do not wish to switch from Flash, it WILL be slow and painful).

      • Jack

        One things for sure it won't be going away quickly.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      It's "laughable" to hate a plugin that has been known to be poorly coded and cause performance issues, but a lack of an SD card is an obvious no-go?

      Did it ever occur to people that maybe "minor annoyances" or "things I find a little convenient" don't necessarily equal "the definitive opinion for all times and anyone who disagrees is WRONG"?

      • Jack

        I have no performance issues with Flash, I use my boat browser and naked browser with zero issues, for Youtube, Streaming, etc. I dont understand the mentality of those who claim to hate it.

        And can you really claim no SD card is not an issue when HTCs main rival has them almost as standard?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

          HTC's (as well as everyone else's) main rival is Apple. And the iPhone does not have micro SD card slots. Neither does the Nexus 4 or any Nexus device since the Nexus One. Both on phones that people love that don't sell well and phones that sell impossibly well, a lack of micro SD card slots don't hold people back in the slightest. Most people just plain don't give a fuck.

          And the fact that you have no issues with Flash does not mean no one does. Please, I beg you, get a grasp on this idea that your experience is not identical to everyone else's, because otherwise all conversations are just going to be an exercise in futility.

          • Williams Alexander Aguilar

            Since when Apple is the main rival of HTC or any one else? Other than the US (I'm not sure, but i think not even the US any more) where is Apple a real rival? And personally I do think people do give a fuck regarding the SD card Slots. I personally use internal storage for apps, since installing on SD is not as smooth and nice as internal storage experience, and everything else goes on the SD card... projects, music, photos, videos, movies, etc.

          • Toshistation

            HTC's main rival is Apple? Uh, no. If you check the 2012 market share numbers, HTC's competition is the likes of Motorola, Nokia and RIM, that is, ten percent or less. Perhaps they're *trying* to compete with Apple with their new design, but I sincerely doubt anyone in Cupertino is having a meeting to discuss the 'dire threat' presented by HTC or the One.

    • EMullins

      You wouldn't be saying that its "laughable" to hate Flash because it sounds like something Apple would say, would you? There's a lot of reasons to hate Flash that people have cited countless times on the internet. We only accept Flash, and begrudgingly so, because it's got a massive chokehold on internet content that won't go away for a long while.

      • GraveUypo

        tbh i think he meant hating flash SUPPORT is laughable. flash sucks and everyone knows that, but supporting it when the internet is filled with it can't be a bad thing.

        either that or he has a weird flash fetish.

    • Haedocynic

      I hate Flash, but I need it: I wish everything were converted into html5 or something, but, for now, I need Flash. This is my opinion, and I am guessing David's too.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/psycho_maniac_ psychomaniac189

    If I didn't hate sense ui so much I would get this.

    • read the review

      Did you even read the review? Sense 5 doesn't seem to have anything to do with the old versions.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I think you should re-evaluate your hatred towards Sense after using Sense 5 because it's heaps better. Not the small differences between 4 and 4.5 or 3 and 4, but a huge leap in the right direction.

      • EMullins

        Nobody who reads Android Police wants somebody's interpretation of how Android should look and feel. They just want stock Android with added features (value), and when somebody does it the "we know better than the software company that created this" way, it rubs AP readers the wrong way.

        And you have to admit, it is kind of self-serving of companies like HTC and Samsung to completely revamp Android. AP readers would prefer if they just "gave back to the community" with bonus features rather than try to lure people into a Samsung or HTC ecosystem.

        • Sherman J. Buster

          While I much prefer stock Android over Sense, Touchwiz, or any other OEM version, the differences are one of the ways OEMs make their devices stand apart. Obviously, there are things you can do with the build of a device to differentiate them, but software is a huge one. With software, it is what a person will be actually using to interface the device, so if someone gets very used to how say Touchwiz operates what is the likelihood they will buy a Samsung again? There is no advantage from a business stand point for a company to give "back to the community with bonus features." They want people buying their devices exclusively, so they get you use to their interpretation of Android with their built-in extras hoping you won't want to live without them. It truly doesn't matter what you or I want, because there isn't a company that is going to do it that way. There is no quantifiable business reason to do so.

          • EMullins

            Oh I agree with you. There is no business reason to do so. I'm just explaining that any deviation from an open standard like Android will be met with hate and that we shouldn't expect anybody on AP to like Sense or Touchwiz.

        • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

          I read AP and I don't like stock Android, it's ugly and lacks features.

          • cryosx

            theme it!

          • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

            How? There's no way to theme without using a custom ROM. Custom launchers aren't theming. And *lacks features*.

      • https://twitter.com/#!/psycho_maniac_ psychomaniac189

        You're prolly right. I'll have to check out the phone when or if it comes to vzw.

    • http://twitter.com/realch1nky Calvin Jed Serrano

      Running a Sense 5 port on my Evo LTE. Its basically stock, but the app drawer goes vertically, and there is blinkfeed. Also, the software included has no gimmicks at all and are very usable like TV and Zoe. (Those are the only two software gimmicks I could find too)

      • https://twitter.com/#!/psycho_maniac_ psychomaniac189

        I plan on changing the launcher, but you cannot get rid of the lock screen. I'm willing to get sense another chance its just I think vzw will totally mess this up by adding the droid brand to the phone. :/

        • https://twitter.com/#!/psycho_maniac_ psychomaniac189

          Honestly I think the best part of the phone is the dual stereo front facing speakers. seriously i use my phone A LOT and that is an awesome feature.

  • Danny Yu

    I really hate how HTC will not stick a bigger battery in their phone. It bugs the crap out of me, if Sammy can do it, why can't you, HTC? But my biggest peeve with the HTC One is probably the obnoxious location they had to place their logo at. Right in the middle where a home button is generally placed... 2 button layout... Like really?

    • EMullins

      I have to admit, there's really no good reason why they didn't go with Google's 3 button layout.

      • http://twitter.com/simp1istic simp1istic

        Absolutely no good reason at all. Imagine how slick the front of this device would look with no capacitive buttons or logos. Drool.

        • EMullins

          It would be amazing. I know people hate Apple but that's one of the things they get right. None of this branding crap or unneeded stuff on the front. Actual good taste is something that HTC needs to have completely, not 9/10s of the way.

          • http://twitter.com/ShaneBrian1 ShaneBrian

            like Juanita implied I'm taken by surprise that a student can earn $8537 in a few weeks on the cnetwork.

          • http://twitter.com/ShaneBrian1 ShaneBrian

            ....----goo.gl/9PR71 (Home more information)

          • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

            If people "hate" Apple they seriously need to reevaluate their life.

        • Sergio

          I hope next Nexus / X-phone is something alike. This phone with all its black front being touchscreen would match the perfect design to me.

    • http://twitter.com/LordHaydenSmith Hayden Smith

      I believe one reason is that it gives them a place to stick their HTC logo on the front, if they had to add another extra 10mm above the screen just to fit the logo, it would make the phone that much taller... I think It's a really good idea actually, it sets the One apart from last year's One lineup and actually is less confusing for a first timer

      • That1PhatAsian

        Then don't have the logo on the front, and keep it on the back...

    • HotInEER

      I agree, I love this phone and can't wait to get my pre-order on Friday, but, I nice 2800mah battery would have went a long way, however all the reviews i've read says you can get 1 day of use easily, and I'm happy with that.

      • Magnus100

        Why the heck would someone settle for the HTC One just because it looks beautiful. In every other way especially in terms of battery longevity it is clearly inferior to the Samsung Galaxy S IV. Enjoy your beautiful phone when the battery prematurely dies on you.

        • Gathomblipoob

          Gee - the batteries in all my iPhones never died. The One will be fine. Pick a better argument.

          • Williams Alexander Aguilar

            Damn... android needs one of those batteries that never die... LMFAO

          • NemaCystX

            troll much?

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1548515355 Damir Delivuk

            had to replace my battery 2wice since android began on t-mobile for me here... might not seem much, but sure as hell would be annoying if I had to wait couple of days for a replacement

        • http://www.facebook.com/michael.noel.5055 Michael Noel

          Settle? I'm buying this not only because it's beautiful, but because it's state of the art. Go buy your junk plastic crap.

          • Williams Alexander Aguilar

            that "plastic craps" makes it feel like you are not carrying around a freaking brick in your pocket. Love the build of HTC phones generally but honestly they feel way to heavy. And "state of the art" WTF?!

          • vir ingens

            How can phones be too heavy? Like you would not be strong enough to carry even 200gr...I actually prefer heavier phones. The 920 feels so much better than an iPhone 5 or most sammy phones.

          • Williams Alexander Aguilar

            Is not about strength! Is about how comfortable it feels in your pocket. I own a Galaxy Note II and the way its build, let's leave the plastic for a moment here, I'm talking the corner hedges and the curve at the bottom makes it feel "right" when I used or carry it around. The stupid iPhone (not sure what number they are on and if the stupid will ever change) feels robotic!

          • Guest

            I don't feel any weight in pocket at all.

          • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

            Another teenager whining.

          • http://twitter.com/qu4ttr0 Drew

            phanboy, can you do anything besides troll?

          • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

            Yes I actually give reasons for what I say but all you do is cry like a bitch.

          • Rabane

            A brick ? For 13 g more than GS4, so you're telling me you can feel the difference ? You're an idiot, or a liar...
            The Htc One is not only beautifull, but I bet you know it. Just wanted to troll don't you. Fanboy...

          • Williams Alexander Aguilar

            The hell you can feel the difference... can't you?! Why am I being an idiot? A phone can be beautiful, and I will granted that to the ONE but that quality doesn't make it better. TouchWiz is bad but Sence... dear god is horrible. When I had HTC's phone the first thing I did was to install CM. Please, keep your comments rational and if you are going to accuse me of something please, again, follow it with a good point!

          • gtg465x

            You haven't had a One genius. Sense is miles ahead of TouchWiz. Even Steve Kondik, who worked for Samsung, said TouchWiz has regressed in terms of design and feels like something meant for Gingerbread.

          • Matt Sokolinski

            dude you said yourself that this phone is like a brick, making yourself an idiot before even checking specs of the devices you were reffering to. so yes you are an idiot.
            Touchwiz is horrible. Either you dont notice it but after a day of usage launcher starts tu stutter. Or its refresh rate isnt that drops down all of the sudden (ive seen this on 3 different GS3 so yes I know what I'm saying)
            And here you have Sense 5 that you have never even tried ....Again, who is an idot here

          • Williams Alexander Aguilar

            Let's put some specs into perspective then retard... the HTC One at 4.7" with a weight of 5.04 oz. The GS4, since everyone is comparing these two, 5" with 4.59 oz. Pretty much all the specs are the same other than the non removable battery and top of that a 2300 mAh get back to me when you are on LTE. I have ported the Sense 5 into my GN2 I'm pretty god damn sure the experience will not change drastically using the HTC One. And if you are talking launchers, neither is as good as pure stock android. Do not be a braindead little shit and if you are going to use the word "specs" give some and never assume!

          • http://www.facebook.com/chris.talty.9 Chris Talty

            If you replace the launcher and disable s-voice there is zero lag on the GS3.

            Just an FYI.

          • Rabane

            How can you feel a 13g difference ? Come on, you must be kidding me... I wonder if you even touched the GS4. 13g is lighter than some COINS dude... You're telling me that for 13g you prefer the "plastic crap" over this masterpiece you called "brick" ? A brick for a 13 g difference... Seems legit... You just talk like a S-fanboy trying to legitimate his bulls**ts, and I don't buy it. Excuse me for saying that you're an idiot, but man... That was just ridiculous...

            Sense is not perfect, but again : horrible ? You might prefer your horrible cartoonish UI full of gimmicks and with that forever wake up animation but don't try to fool people. What is so horrible with Sense 5 ? It's fast, beautiful and capable.
            And I wasn't talking about sense, just about that 13g HUGE difference you seems to feel...
            Don't get me wrong, I'm not a Samsung hater, I owned a GS2 (a good phone). But Sam fanboys are getting ridiculous trying to create some bad buzz about this phone. "Yeah it's 13g heavier, 1mm longer, aluminium will get scratches, I prefer ugly things, I'm a flying banana, and so". This phone is good, get over it. GS4 is ugly and cheap, but it will be a good phone too. If you prefer it just buy it and let it go ! Sheesh...
            Ps : Excuse my bad English, it's not my main language. But congrats, you've done an international bulls**t. Achievement unlocked.

          • Williams Alexander Aguilar

            You do know and understand the word "fandboy"? Cause I have simple stated my preference and my opinion as well as likes and dislikes of Samsung's phones and HTC. I HAVE NEVER SAID THAT SAMSUNG IS BETTER THAN HTC NOR THEIR PRODUCTS. If not, you boys are being the "fanboys" suggesting this phone is better here and there... ho ahead and read

          • Rabane

            I'm not talking about your preferences, I just don't care. Just explain me how do a 13g difference can change a phone from light to heavy if you'renot a fanboy and if you know what you're talking about.

          • Rabane

            I forgot One thing : you said that Sense 5 is horrible (ahah, funny) but you admitted that Touchwizz is bad too. So what's the problem if you're gonna put a Cyanogen rom one both phones ?
            Both will have a pure android experience. So only build quality will stay.
            -A true RGB Super LCD 3 (IPS) screen (accurate colors unlike crazy amoled screens, 3 real RGB subpixels, more light, so visible and pretty good on daylight)
            -Stunning sound with two stéréo speakers and an hardware amplificator.
            -A double microphone communication filter.
            -A beautiful design and a premium aluminium feel.
            -An harware stabilisation for the cam.
            These are harware features, build in not software gimmicks easily replaceable on android. When you buy an High end devide more than 600 dollar, you deserve some respect. All Sammy phones look the same : Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S3 mini, Galaxy Mini, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy Mega, Galxy Win, and so...
            I'm not saying that GS4 don't have pros. But this Htc One is awesome, don't be such a fanboy, android is diversity, try it instead of bashing it with such poors arguments --> "it's 13g heavier, A BRICK lol !"

          • Williams Alexander Aguilar

            Dude WTF?! can you really see the difference in all the stupid screen RGB sub pixels? If you can, hands down to you. "premium aluminium fell" DEAR GOD! that simple is an awesome opinion. How the fuck am I being a fan boy. Is funny how more and more retards use that term and don't even read the god damn comments. If you were to scroll your page you will read the following "Love the build of HTC phones generally but honestly they feel way to heavy" and also you will not read in any comment me saying... SAMSUNG > HTC. get your head out of your ass and use the word "FANBOY" correctly

          • Rabane

            What did I told you ? Did you even read ? I said that the subpixels aren't visible for FullHD screens, I'm ok with that : not with the horrible color calibration (whose partially due to the 2 subpixels because they have to emulate the third one)

            I didn't said that I'm able to see them (try to read correctly before insulting people, it only shows you as an idiot), you are the one saying that you're able to feel a 13g difference.
            If you're not a fanboy (maybe I'm a retard) so explain me how you can feel the difference . I don't see any other explanation of why a 13g difference can change a phone from light to brick. That's my main problem : those crappy arguments.
            Or maybe you don't know what does 13g means... O_o'

          • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

            Read the review. You know..the one you are commenting on..Sense 5 is a different thing altogether.

          • gtg465x

            Have you even held a One? It's NOT heavy. Take your GS4 with it's ugly ass Gingerbread looking software and fisher price plastics and go home.

          • Williams Alexander Aguilar

            Can you please tell how this model is different from other HTC phones... lets leave specs and the front speakers... think material wise... is it that different? And you are 100% right I haven't held a One yet but I'm pretty sure I have a pretty good idea from using other phones. And I will take any day of the fucking millennium that "fisher plastics", will not get a GS4 but will get the GN3 hopefully, and go HOME.

          • Matt Sokolinski

            youve clearly didnt even had this phone in your hand. It feels amazing, is super light and I cannot praise it more. Shame its not a nexus device. I love stock android and will never go to anything like this. But build wise this phone is amazing

          • ProductFRED

            Aluminum doesn't mean state of the art. Look at the iPhone 5.

          • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

            The iPhone 5 is certainly state of the art which is why everything else is compared to it. The fact that you don't know anything about the iPhone 5 does not change this.

          • ProductFRED

            I've owned an iPhone 5 for a month before selling it. Trust me, it's not state of the art. It has nice build quality, and everyone and their mother has one because they're too stubborn to learn how to use something more capable.

          • http://twitter.com/qu4ttr0 Drew

            Nothing at all is state of the art in an iphone5. and I do mean nothing.

          • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

            You don't know what you are talking about.

          • http://twitter.com/qu4ttr0 Drew

            true but the internals most assuredly are...

        • HotInEER

          There's way more to the HTC One than just looking sexy, she has brains too.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1548515355 Damir Delivuk

            You're all wrong... by god nothing is more sexy than my OG DROID!!! Metal frame body, with a rubber strip on the back serving a stand offs for the camera.... the light bleed on the 3.7 LCD, with washed out colors.... Slide out keyboard!!! and man, that battery cover that would pop off in my crammed jeans pocket.... nothing touches that ;-p

        • On a Clear Day

          and, you forgot to mention, having to send it back to the factory if the battery dies; being without your phone; getting a "refurbished" unit as a replacement; having to worry about whether you lost contacts when it died, etc., etc., etc.

        • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

          I've been using the Galaxy S series since the S2. I'll be skipping the S4 and going to HTC. While the S4 specs may be better, Touchwiz is crap, no matter how many features Sammy throws into it.

        • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

          Which never really happens and if it did is covered. Also even sealed batteries can be replaced It's 2013. Get used to it.

        • Rohan patel

          The htc one has a polymer battery compared to the s4s lithium ion battery and that actually equates to upto 3 times the lasting of the battery in charge cycles and the battery lasts longer in the htc one then the s4 either way

        • http://twitter.com/qu4ttr0 Drew

          you couldnt me more wrong if you tried (maybe you are trying). You have absolutely no basis on which youre basing your opinions so Id recommend keeping them to yourself, it saves you from looking like a tool.

    • Tarek El-Ghazaly

      Came here to say this. For my next phone purchase (I have a One X), I'm not looking for a better screen, a better processor, a slimmer body or a better build. I'm simply looking for a +3000mAh battery. HTC could have made this a tad thicker, while fitting in a bigger battery -even if it weren't 3000mAh, it would have been worthwhile.

      • cowgar

        the bigger the battery - the longer the charge, can't cheat physics despite 'breakthrough in Li-Ion batteries' happening monthly...for like...last 10 years ;-)

        usually you charge it with around 1Amp, but most often than not it is below with docks/computer charging being limited to 0.5Amp (Usb) so you can easily calculate charging time (e.g. water-flow inside the bucket)

        on one hand it is good to have big battery, on the other having to charge the phone to full in 'just' 5 hours seems not-so-ideal (I know, overnight, but still!) - so better focus on not eating that battery with your main components (Samsung AMOLED and pentile - hint hint)

        • ssj4Gogeta

          But you at least have the option of spending more time charging for getting more time to use your phone. If you don't want to, you can just charge for as long as you charge other phones and get similar battery life to them.

      • Patato Hsieh

        yeah then one is not the right one for u. i wont try to talk anyone out of hiz decision.

      • patelk

        I have an Evo3D... I feel the exact same way.

        I'll probably get the GS4... I like certain things about the Evo lines, but I don't need aluminum in my life when I'm most likely going to put a cover over it.

    • cowgar

      because of speakers they didn't have space for their HTC logo

      worse is, why they cut the digitizer and haven't made HTC logo capacitive - into a home button. Would make 'sense' to go 'home to HTC'. They would end up with 3 buttons.

      Maybe the amazing lab/research team chap paid $3000000 per year didn't figure it up.

      • http://twitter.com/qu4ttr0 Drew

        It is capable it just hasnt been implemented...dont know why

    • Steven Bell

      Perfectly good reason why they did this. Normally the digitiser connector would go where the bottom speaker is. As the speaker is there it had to go where the HTC Logo was.

    • On a Clear Day

      It sounds like a great phone. Unfortunately they still haven't gotten it through their heads at HTC that a non-removable battery is a "kill the deal" deal breaker for lots of us.

      WHY do I want to buy a phone I cannot buy a bigger battery for or put in a new one if I need to - just because they are more interested in style over function; easier manufacturing over greater flexibility for me? Too bad. Galaxy S4 - here I come.

      • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

        It's a deal breaker for almost no one. This is designed for the mass market and 99% of users don't care. But they do like the solid feel which is party gained by not having a back that comes off.

    • charles anderson

      I know this post is old lol and it might not be exactly practical but unless I'm severely mistaken I think you can actually set the HTC logo in the middle to be a third button ?

    • bradtastic2

      The new butterfly s is buying a massive battery. So unfair. Hopefully it'd compatible with the one so we can exchange if we choose to.

  • Sean Powell

    Holy shit! Saving this for when I have a spare hour. Knew you were writing a lot, but seriously!

    • EMullins

      You really need an hour or even half that to read this? I hope you're exaggerating.

      • MeCampbell30

        Some people like to read carefully. Reading faster doesn't make you cooler.

        • EMullins

          Nobody said it made you cooler, but this is simply not an hour's worth of reading, even careful reading at that.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    David, did they do away with the terrible and disgusting tear overscroll effect from Sense 4? I have nightmares about it still.

    So glad they fixed the abomination that was the Sense 4's recent apps menu. The new one is a lot better.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Still does it. It looks less bad now because the menu looks different. I kinda like it - but I never really got the hate for it in the first place.

    • Horus Jarilo

      The tear is now bright and looks much, much better.

  • BigBernard

    The font on it is too thin.

  • József Király

    So far the best review in weeks, if not in months. Very detailed, I loved how you crunched through almost every new feature of the phone (why did you even mention kid mode if you won't tell us what it is???).

    I'm very impressed with the One, and I agree, it will be a hit. If they deliver the same quality to mid-range too, I'm sure they can expand their market share. I simply do not understand people, why do they buy the overpriced Samsung stuff? I mean, okay, some are great, but I don't feel like holding a piece of craplastic in my hands all day (well, yea, I do right now, but in the future I want some quality). Samsung is great with hardware, that is no question, But design, aesthetics, that simply did not occur to the design team. Only if we had an S4 with a nice glass and aluminum body, I'd be the happiest man to own a Samsung phone. But until they do, I'm sticking with HTC.

    The thing what got me the most with this phone is the camera. I have tried the new Sony phones, and while true, their pictures were amazing as phone cameras, they are crappy compared to the One's shots. And you say that mostly the pictures are with automatic settings? Holy frakkin' cr*p.

    • Steve Sy

      Brian Klug Anandtech.com, front page

  • http://profiles.google.com/kwillsrepsbk Kevin Williams

    I really wish htc had gotten rid of that panel where the htc font logo is, just cut off that portion of the screen and you'd a have a 5inch display with a nice, small looking body with the onscreen keyboards as a replacement..they easily could have just kept the htc logo on the back and leave it at that, idk why they feel the need to add the logo on the front and the back, other than that, i will admit this is probably the best looking android phone, or phone period i've seen in a while...also smaller bezel would be nice, the only time i see large bezel even needed are on tablets.

    • skoobz

      Wha wha. Stop nitpicking. If anything you should cry to the carriers. You wouldn't know my GN2 was from sprint. With the other carriers they blast their logos all over. Hell, have you seen the vzn GN2? Let's say you put a cover or swap out the back with the flip case...awesome. Their ugly vzn 4glte logo is gone but you're still stuck with their ugly vzn logo on the home button... forever. I'm fine with that htc logo. Better htc than the carrier.

      • http://profiles.google.com/kwillsrepsbk Kevin Williams

        i am buying my phone unlocked so carrier logos don't concern me which why i never bother to mention them..though while with t-mobile it always pains me to know there could be some extra added screen to where the logo was, instead they made it a waste of space for their crap.

      • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

        No don't blame the carriers. Google and the Android manufactuers let the carriers do whatever they want which is why Android phones have so much bloatware.
        This doesn't have to happen. Apple refuses to let the carrier do either of these things.

  • basteagow

    I really, really wanted to get a One. Sadly, speaking from experience, the capacitive keys, tiny notification LED, and overly recessed power/volume buttons are a dealbreaker for me.

    I'm getting an Xperia ZL for the software buttons, awesome notification LED, SD card slot, and dedicated camera shutter button. I'm happy to take a hit in performance and screen quality in favor of the things that ultimately matter the most to me when trying to get shit done.

  • hot_spare

    Good job HTC. I wish they sale a lot of these phones and stay in the business.

    I have personally decided to wait for GS4 (maybe actually Note 3). But I think One is a very good phone. They should sort their manufacturing issues soon.

  • RajivSK

    I'm sorry to say that this is the first time my 'bias alert' went off for a review at android police. While I understand you like the phone, I can't help but get the feeling that you went into this really wanting HTC to succeed with the One. While the review may be factually accurate it's served with a fair bit of love sauce. Applauding the good and rationalizing the bad. I'm in the market for a new phone right now and for the first time feel the need to look for a different source of information.. That's what you get when you're in love I guess ;) Cheers!

    • EMullins

      I've heard David say several times on the podcast that he likes HTC, but I don't consider this review to be biased except for the mention that HTC is the underdog. If you actually paid attention to what was written, David is very critical and mentions every little thing he doesn't like, which is why his and Ron's reviews are among the first I take seriously.

      If you want another good source that is known for being objective, just look at Anandtech's extensive review and see that Brian Klug pretty much spoke even more glowingly about this phone than David did.

      • s44

        Brian's review is the least objective of all. He's an Apple guy that loves his metal, and spends three pages gushing about it. Nothing in the meat of his review backed up his gush.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      This is completely unfair. Just because he liked a phone doesn't mean he's automatically biased in favor of it. Frankly, that's an insult to David's credibility that he didn't even remotely deserve. And, I don't even think it's true. As an example, David was hugely skeptical of the Ultrapixel camera, both privately and publicly. But the images speak for themselves.

      If the review is "factually accurate" (and I have no reason to think that it isn't), that should be enough. There's over 8000 words here. If you're worried about selective presentation of facts, I'm pretty sure everything is mentioned. And nothing is incorrect. So why call into question someone's integrity just because you think they liked a phone too much? This is his job. To use a phone and tell you how much he did or didn't like it. He liked it a lot. That doesn't make him bad at his job.

      • kg215

        David is definitely biased toward HTC and it clearly shows in the review. Does it mean we should throw out this review or his comments are not worth reading? No it just means we have to keep that in mind as we read it. The review is very well done, it's just he wants HTC to succeed badly, he hopes they will, he prefers HTC sense to AOSP, didn't even mention 2 buttons so they can put their logo there, etc. It's not like he didn't criticize HTC, but it felt like he was going easy on the negatives while being extremely excited about the positives. It makes sense because that is what people do when they like something a lot, technically no one is 100% unbiased in everything.

      • s44

        His complaint is completely fair. David (to his credit I guess) gives away the game at the beginning when he states that this is the most important release of the year. Why? Because it needs to succeed if HTC is going to rise up as Samsung's prime competitor. Huh? Who cares if HTC succeeds instead of Moto, Asus, Sony, LG, or some other company? Well, he does, obviously.

        And when he follows up with bizarre statements like calling an 8000K display the most balanced color you'll see all year (it may be less blue than the LG, but that's still blue)... it's impossible to take seriously.

    • gtg465x

      If this were the only glowing review I might agree, but the majority of reviewers are salivating over the One. It's just a great phone. The best Android phone ever. Accept it.

    • Al McDowall

      Out of all the writers on the AP team, based on the pieces I have read, David is the most likely to call it as he sees it. He is meticulous when reviewing hardware or software and comes across as quite hard to please - exactly the way you would want a reviewer to be.

      For my money, this is the final word on the One. I trust David implicitly to tell me how it really is, and if it's more than good enough for him, the rest of us should be pretty much delighted with it!

      Some will want a removable battery, an SD card slot, stock Android, bigger battery etc. Some will be die hard Samsung fans, some will be married to the Nexus line. And I think that's all fine, valid and another example of the way that Android can appeal to so many users (by giving so many options).

      However what we have above is an unbiased review by someone who is not afraid to tell the truth or to stand his ground. It just so happens that he is mightily impressed with this phone.

      Perhaps that is what has put you off, that he is so gushing in his praise. Well, if he is indeed hard to please, I'm not surprised that he is so effusive when he IS pleased.

      tl;dr:

      If David likes something, it MUST be pretty damn good. I wish you luck finding a more dependable or unbiased opinion.

  • https://twitter.com/SoFloEasycore SoFloEasycore

    So HTC got rid of the "Sense Skins"?

  • http://twitter.com/epik161 as

    Quality control issues for htc, gaps and overheating metal... shame, all these reviews had me excited.

    • Vikram Rajpurohit

      Wow,Ian very much pleased with the cam quality.definitely gonna go for this phone .very useful review .

      Thanks,
      http://genuinecontent.blogspot.com

    • Many

      I think i smell a troll. I did i did smelled a troll.

  • cooldoods

    I'll probably go for a Note 3 but am interested to see how the Motorola X and the successor to LG Optimus G turns out. The HTC One's camera looks promising but Google is working on an "insane camera" for Motorola X and had been focusing on great battery life. Sorry HTC, a non-removable battery and no memory expansion slot means it's a no for me.

  • David Dudovitz

    "That part in itself is fine, but there's no quick way to get back to the top of the feed! You have to thumb back through every set of tiles one at a time, which you can do relatively quickly, but not quickly enough. There needs to be a way to 'go to top.' Maybe a two-finger swipe down or something, I don't know, but something needs to happen here."

    Sense 5 has adopted an iPhone style mechanism where you tap the notification bar to go to the top of any page, including BlinkFeed.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Thanks, I definitely did not realize this.

  • Jamal Adam

    I think all this talk about the One not having an sd card slot or more features is all subjective as are other aspects of any smartphone. I think that we, readers of AP and other tech sites are more knowing of technology and android and as a result want certain things because we like to do backups, have the latest features, whether they are a gimmick or not. However, the majority of people who will buy this phone will be average consumers who don't need sd card slots or gimmicky features and the like, they just want a phone that works, works well, and does everything they want it to, without any hiccups or problems. They want an all-around great phone and from this review, the HTC One delivers on that front. Now, the thing that HTC needs to do is market this phone so that the average consumer will want to own the One.

  • shamu11

    I see only one problem...no on screen buttons (but thats only me of course)

  • Angel Penabad

    One thing I don't really understand is why HTC put this on sale with jellybean 4.1.2 instead of 4.2.2. And don't talk to me about 4.2.2 not being polished when Galaxy S4 will roll out with 4.2.2.

    I think it's a major flaw, when most of htc buyers complains are about upgrades that never come.

    • MeCampbell30

      Of course the S4 is rolling out 3 months later so the comparison isnt really apt.

      • Nessuno

        You meant 3 weeks right ?

    • EMullins

      Pretty unfair to say considering that people already have the HTC One in their hands as we speak and the S4 has a while until it comes out.

      • Angel Penabad

        It doesn't matter, 4.2.2 was released 2 months ago and samsung has been able to introduce its TW thing (actually more than 1gb of tw), and htc can't do the same?

        Many buyers don't know about update plannings, just about current version which they see on comparisions. Rolling out with 4.1.2 is a big fail from marketing side.

        By the way don't get me wrong, i had an htc desire i really liked and now i own a nexus 4, so don't think of me as a samsung fanboy. ^^

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003826140059 Daniel Garmo

      it will probably be updated very quickly, they've had plenty of time to prepare the new version for release.

    • Marlon Milligan

      Because @ the time it was not stable & it's viewed more as a tablet or stock update. It brings no real improvements to Sense. But brings plenty of improvement to something like stock since it's so bare

  • EMullins

    This phone would be perfect if it had a bigger battery. I agree this is the phone to get this year but I'm afraid consumers will look at the battery comments, and skip it for Samsung...if they're even aware that HTC exists anymore.

    HTC needs to understand consumers better, and at this point, all they can do is make sure its easy for them to tinker with their phone to at least get more sales out of word-of-mouth.

  • Will Dutton

    i have a dhd and i hope i get the chance to upgrade to this, so far it looks like the phone i always wanted, (i hope i can get away with that not sounding lame)

  • http://www.facebook.com/vivecuervo7 Isaac Dedini

    Well, I preordered this last night, and now I can say I am definitely excited to get it in my hands!

  • mobabur94

    If I were to get a new phone right now, this would be it.

  • http://profiles.google.com/martin.cohen Martin Cohen

    No replaceable battery + no sd card = no phone for me.

    • Brian

      Agreed

    • skoobz

      Seriously, you carry spare batteries? You must be the only one because I don't know many who pops the back off and switches batteries. I hardly have room to carry my gn2 let alone that and a spare battery. Sure the lack of card I get, but this battery thing is one of those "I don't need but nice to know I have" not "OMG, non removable battery, IMMA DIEEEEEE!"

      • GraveUypo

        bigger replacement batteries is something to think about. you can't do that unless they're removable. and yes, some people do carry spares, specially on weekend trips and such. it's clearly not something everyone would need, but you can't write his opinion off just because you don't.

      • joytest

        I was in Korea just 2 weeks ago. On the subway, people were just swapping out batteries in the morning for the day's use. They carried a spare in the dock charger.

      • thexfile

        If the phone locks up you'll need to pull the battery.

        • Rabane

          No, you just hold power button for secs...

        • skoobz

          ...are you on cupcake? I don't remember my gn2 ever locking up. Besides all you have to do is hold the power button. Why go through the Trouble of popping the battery out when all you have to do is hold on to the power button?

      • smeddy

        Sign me up as someone who carries a spare

      • http://profiles.google.com/martin.cohen Martin Cohen

        The battery for my Droid 2 is quite small, and yes I do carry one with me. Very handy when the one in the phone drops to 40%.

  • spydie

    non-removable battery and a small battery?? No micro-SD card slot? They just shot themselves in the head. It's a no-go for most people.

    • bluevoodo

      You should read up on that camera, and so you dont make your self seem so uneducated and ignorant. Megapixels are indicative of image size and say nothing about picture quality.

    • GraveUypo

      wait you're actually complaining about picture resolution on a cellphone?

      heck i never even take pictures bigger than 5mp because it doesn't improve the quality at all with those small sensors anyways, it's just a waste of storage to take a 13mp camera with a 1/3.2" camera sensor :|

      actually i'd rather have a 100% crisp 2mp shot than these noisy crap 13mp we have to make-do with. (okay that's a huge hyperbole, i'm more than satisfied with them, but...)
      i only see the pictures on the phone screen, projectors and HDTVs anyways, and those are 2mp mediums at most.

  • skoobz

    Samsung has a lot of bloatware along with sprint that you can't remove. This review made no mention of that. I had to root my gn2 to take out the useless Samsung and sprint crap like music hub and google magazine. Wonder if htc is just as bad, I know of one. ..htc watch.

  • bernoulli

    as for me, I probably go for htc butterfly than this one.
    I like that stereo speaker, and I always love htc s-lcd display.
    but I don't like that thick bezel, and non-expandable storage is a bit turn off.

    needless to say, this htc one is impressive.
    I just hope they release another variant of this phone later, with better design, thinner bezel, and expandable storage.

    ..
    for now I'm waiting htc butterfly to arrive on my country.. *finger crossed*

  • abqnm

    Does this phone still have the black menu bar(button) across the bottom of the screen when using a launcher like Nova?

  • itsgonnalast

    Does anyone know why HTC Sense has a permanent crosshair/target icon in the notification bar? I thought it was for GPS but it's there regardless of whether GPS is toggled on or off.

    • Andrew

      It isn't there on my HTC One.

  • bluevoodo

    Dat Camera!

  • GraveUypo

    i don't know, don't those daylight photos have a little too much artifact filtering on them? not impressed by this ultrapixel thing. expected more.

  • Magnus100

    Don't know What David is smoking The HTC One is a great phone but it's purely form over function. The only 2 ways that it bests the SGSIV are in terms of it's good looks and dual front located speakers, the SGSIV absolutely beats it in every other way.

    SGSIV has:

    1. Better battery life (which is of utmost importance to me and most other people. The HTC battery is lame for a 2012 phone)

    2. Camera (yes the HTC takes better pictures at night, but the SGSIV camera beats it in every other situation)

    3. Durability; the SGSIV is definitely more durable and less scratch prone. It's also lighter and thinner.

    4. Software Features: Here, they're not even close to being in the same class, the SGSIV has so many useful features that the HTC One lacks and yes, these features are actually very very very useful and add to your enjoyment of the phone

    5. The SGSIV is also more intuitive to use

    6. The SGSIV is faster

    7. The SGSIV has the option of an expandable storage.(this may not be important to everyone but it is to millions of people)

    8. SGSIV has a removable battery (the battery is not only larger and lasts longer but is also removable) - Avantages. If you're travelling and can't charge your phone, you need not worry with the SGSIV, when one battery dies, you just pop in another. Also these rechargeable batteries have a lifespan and then your HTC battery begins to deteriorate you're pretty much out of luck, but when your SGSIV battery gets old, you can easily remove the back cover and pop in a spare battery.

    9. Reviews of the screen shows that you color reproduction issues with previous amoled screens have been eliminated with the SGSIV because this time Samsung actually got the screen modes right and you can change the screen mode so that it displays true colors or if you prefer the "overly vibrant" colors like I do you can stick with it, etc

    Haven said all above, I don't plan on getting either phone.

    I have used HTC phones and hated them for the useless battery life without exception. I also currently still have my SGSIII and a Galaxy Note II.

    The note device is by far better than any other phone I've ever used especially because of the unmatched Note features with the S Pen and the long battery life.

    Don't see myself ever settling for a lame phone with battery life inferior to that of the Note II. It's just not worth it. Been there, hated it. I'd rather pay full price for the Note II or the Note III when it comes out that accept the HTC One (or any other phone with less battery life) for free

    • gtg465x

      I beg to differ. You can't enjoy function if the form is hideous. Is a Ford Pinto with a 1000 HP engine more enjoyable than a Ferrari?

      • http://www.facebook.com/iampun33t Puneet Singh

        Dude.. you dont give apt examples, do you? In a car, like the ferrari, the exterior of the car is as important as whats under the hood..!!

    • gtg465x

      Also, the One has a 2300mah battery. The S4 a 2600mah, but also a larger screen that is more power hungry by nature because it's AMOLED. I'm betting battery life will be close between the two.

      • gtg465x

        The S4 is not more durable, barely lighter (which isn't even a good thing), and doesn't look thinner in person.

        Most of its software features are gimmicks.

        It is not more intuitive. Its insane amount of gimmicky features make it cluttered and confusing to average users.

        It is not faster. Exact same processor buddy.

        About 1% of consumers care about expandable storage. 64GB is enough for most.

        • bluevoodo

          Most of its software features are gimmicks.

          It is not more intuitive. Its insane amount of gimmicky features make it cluttered and confusing to average users.

          THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • http://www.facebook.com/iampun33t Puneet Singh

          SD600 processor is the same, but overclocked in S4 so better performance, the Exynos 5 Octa is a better processor than SD alltogether. See comparison here: http://temefy.com/archives/3322

          • NemaCystX

            Overclock = more battery drain

  • tedleaf

    if you dont like it, dont get one.
    get a dull isung s4, if thats what you like/need.
    do wish folk would learn the difference between ever and yet.
    no, i probably wont get a one.
    if htc survive long enough to do a phone with solid chassis, sd slot, swappable battery, realy unlocked boot loader, and has screen and camera like the one, i may buy it, for me htc lost it after the htc hd2 leo.
    what i want is a mark 2 htc hd2, and i'm probably not the only one, looking at how quickly the ripoff one developer mod sold out.

    • smeddy

      The moment we get a HD2 sequel, I'm all in. Until then, for me, it has to be a Samsung purely for sd slot and battery.

  • got runs?

    Deal Breakers:

    * No microSD card for ROM backups and media storage.
    * No removable battery in case the old goes bad or the phone locks up.
    * Weak-Ass 4MP camera.

    If HTC keeps going down this path they'll take themselves out of the hunt.

    • bluevoodo

      Funny because the camera keeps getting rave reviews its hard to find bad things about the camera. I guess if you have to convince your self somehow.

      • cowgar

        it's not funny, it is the fact. Camera is getting average scores (something like iphone 2010 quality) on main sites like dpreview.com and gsmarena.com

        you can't argue that these 2 sites have best phone camera reviews done

    • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

      * I agree it lacks SD card support.
      * The battery can be replaced by technical assistance. What does "locks up" mean?
      * Have you seen the pictures on this article? They made me drool! They're awesome enough.

  • Khmer Guy

    Very good review. I'm still on deciding stage between this One and S4. Very difficult to decide between these key things:

    HTC: a beautiful phone (design) VS
    S4: a not so beautiful (but OK) + killing features (bigger and removable battery, SD card slot).

    The weight to me is like 50 50.

    Anyone?

    • bluevoodo

      I think after all the biggest decision will be Sense vs. TouchWiz, They both have good cameras, screens, processors. Wait til its in the store to make up your mind try out both phones and their skins see which one you like, if you really plan on loading all you media in the phone go for the S4, if you want better sound quality, more attractive design and intuitiveness go with HTC. If you're new to Android and coming from an iPhone HTC would be your best bet, but really if you havent yet had an HTC or Samsung phone, you probably cant go wrong with either, people here are just debating very minimal things.

  • Ryan O’Neill

    While the battery life and button layout break the deal for me, this phone is a complete game-changer. I'm so jealous of those speakers and IR blaster and camera!!

    • Matthew Merrick

      The S4 had an IR Blaster, and nearly all reviewers say it has a better camera than the one (except in very low light environments)

      I am jealous of those speakers though.

  • Adrian

    Vine's DO have audio!

  • Jo Co

    Screen / size ratio

    Weak camera

    No sd card

    Small "no removable" battery

    Strange buttons layout

    Heavy

    Volume buttons difficult to access

    Htc updates are... Bad so far

    No way to fix it without damaging the case

    But ok nice design and aluminium case

    Let me grab a Samsung S4

    • bluevoodo

      Lower PPI

      Horrible color reproduction

      weak camera

      Slow sd card and only 16 gb standard

      horrible design

      infamous for horrible radios

      infamous for screen burn in

      Android skin is tacky, confusing and designed by the skittles corporation.

      • Matthew Merrick

        PPI still far more than the human eye can discern

        Amazing color reproduction

        Camera that's said to be one of the best on the market - even better than the One

        16/32/64 GB Internal storage

        SD cards only drag down performance of you get a cheap POS one, and even then by a nearly unnoticeable amount. They are also 100% optional and potentially very handy.

        Resilient and comfortable design

        Traditionally more reliable radios than HTC

        Screen burn in is not an issue in modern smartphones

        Touchwiz is a little gaudy but by far the most user-friendly and most powerful android skin (and less resource intensive too)

        And that's just countering your points, not adding anything about the S4

      • Jo Co

        What a joke for lower ppi.

        I love over satured colors from amoled but anyway, a new kernel with new calibration like perseus does and everything looks like it should

        Weak camera ? I love the one from my s3 and the results are better than the one in day light

        My s3 is 64 gb + 64 gb sd card. Fast enought to cary my music and my s4 will be 64 gb too

        I like the screen design, back and borders are under a case so i dont care about

        I have no problems with radio. I use hd voice on my network with the right modem for my country

        Show me a picture of an s3 with screen burns. I saw it in an s2 but on a s3 and since i use my internet browser in full screen, the burned status bar area will never get burned

        Design is why people by htc one. This is the point.

        • asdad

          you like the screen design......okay. you mean how it's all rectangular and all?
          what an improvement over other phone screens, which are oddly shaped...oh wait.

          • Jo Co

            So smart.

            I mean the face design but you seem so stupid to understand.

          • Many

            Jo Co, here, i'll give you $10. Thats 5 more than what sammy gives you. go and troll somewhere else pls

            p.s. he meant super amoled pentile crap

        • bluevoodo

          The iPhone also has lower ppi even though the eye cant tell, it has great color calibration Apple goes as far that each screen gets calibrated individually. A new Kernel seriously, I should depend on amateur technicians to make my phone work correctly?

          • Jo Co

            The phone works correctly out of the box but the good thing with galaxy series, is that you have the biggest community and a bunch of possibilities. This is also because the bootloader is completely unlocked compared to htc...

            Anyway, as i said, i love the amoled colors but this is personnal and anyone is free to like whatever he wants.

            My first post was about my personnal tought. You like the one much better than the s4, we could discuss for ages, i'll not like more the htc and same for you about the s4.

            Have a nice day and enjoy your Android phone, no matter which one you like ;)

      • cowgar

        1. as for PPI, you can't tell a difference - troll point

        2. as for color reproduction on Samsung - AdobeRGB mode as well as movie mode with almost precise colors (check test) - troll point

        3. internal sd card is slow in GSIII indeed, not so in GSVI. XD microSD cards have amazing speeds/capacities these days - troll point

        4. design is a subjective thing but I do agree, plasticky - although footprint is incredible compared to screen size and I welcome aluminum sides and HW button unlike useless HTC logo (which can't be mapped even after effort on XDA)

        5. actually Samsung has best radios out there, I had 3 HTC phones and all of them suffered (HTC One S being a joke), all Samsung have been better. To this day I lived with this fact so this information is new to me - I guess a troll point

        6. screen burn in? are you serious mate? don't have any other argument to take out?

        7. indeed, Touchwiz UI is dissaster and worst UI layer out there - even officialy confirmed by recent Samsung employee (Steve Kondik AKA Cyanogen) himself. Thanks God we have CyanogenMod, but be sure to stay away from Exynos though - very easy remedy. I really liked Sense 5.0 after being raped with numerous SenseUIs in the past from HTC, seemed finaly an improvement - not that I would kept it any longer than neccessary but this is the biggest argument when recommending phone to someone not willing to install 3rd party OS. TouchwizUI is a mess...

        • bluevoodo

          1. So does it matter that you cant notice the pixels in a Apple retina screen? Does it matter that they have the best color reproduction and calibrate each screen individually?

          2. No matter which way you spin it, you are still getting 33% less pixels than Samsung advertises, and Amoled is infamous for screen burn in.

          3. External memory will never be quicker than internal memory, and HTC give you 32 standard while Samsung give you 16, and an sd slot where you cant load up apps.

          5.https://community.verizonwireless.com/message/914440

          6. Mo fo do you want links to all the threads around the internet of people complaining about their amoled screens burning in, specially that status bar.

          7. You liked sense 5? You mean you already had an HTC One? OK and Im the troll....

    • Fidel Benson

      Wow, Ssheep are getting desperate.

      • Jo Co

        I don't like Samsung.

        I wish Sony, HTC or anyone else brings something better (better for me).

        But actually, even if the xperia z looks nice, none are good enought to make me buy something else than a galaxy s4.

        Believe me, Samsung ccould die, i will not cry. But so far, they are the ones that bring everything i need and everything i like.

        • Many

          so why don't you just go and troll "sammy" related articles ??? is it because although the One has all those defects...makes the PlasticS4 look like a +2 year old toy ? is this the reason you went to so much trouble to come here and express your emotions ??? other than being a troll ??? what does sammy feed you ??? coconut milk ?!

      • BigBernard

        "Ssheep"? Fucking hell....

    • Megabliss

      Clearly the amount of sex you get is too little.

      • Jo Co

        You right. No sex before wedding.

        I need advices from experts like you

  • NemaCystX

    No car app preview? lol Everything else looks great, looking forward to ditching Verizon to get this baby.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ShinobiPhoenix Cody Shiranai

      Except that Verizon is getting it too, though with that wait, I hope that Google-Moto-X or Note III is announced.

      I love when people flame Verizon but really it always comes down to "lowering their standards" and justifying going with a crappier company when they KNOW they wouldn't even try to leave Verizon otherwise. The service is JUST BETTER and the other companies "finally" not sucking doesn't mean they will ever pass savings on to you (look at your Cable companies). Someone could call me biased because I'm from NY where Verizon is from (it used to be Bell Atlantic after all and VZW is based in my home state of NJ), but we know it's true that VZW does what it does because they are the best.

  • Tarek El-Ghazaly

    I would be all over a phablet version of this. At least we'll get a decent battery that makes the phone live up to its full potential.

  • Howard Z

    I like my HTC Rezound, but my next phone will not be made by HTC. The newer HTC phones aren't as good as mine. HTC reduced the camera megapixels, eliminated microSD card, and did away with removable battery. If HTC goes bankrupt, it will be HTC's fault for making new phones which are inferior in many ways to their older phones. It's a shame since I do like my HTC Rezound phone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/krzysztof.gicala Krzysztof Gicala

    I'm going to pick this phone up today, the only thing that worries me are future android updates. If they have fanancial problems then I guess we won't see them working on that.

  • melnibone

    brian klug recently wrote a mini novel on it...for those who claim that this review is biased and/or is inconsistent with other reviews(differing opinions - oh my, what a shocker), klug's review should shut you right up.

  • http://twitter.com/vikramadityarai Vikramaditya

    Absolutely brilliant review. I was a little sceptical about this device first, but now I really like it. Though getting used to a few things might take some time.
    I recently ordered the 16GB Nexus 4 & I know that I'm gonna have to baby the hell out of that thing, protect it as if it were an egg. This is where I could've used the much stronger build quality.
    But, then again, the price comes into play.

  • Rickard

    I was thinking of getting this phone, but the screen size is too small (It looks even smaller than 4,7 because of the black frame around the display) for me after I had the S3. And what about the notification toggles? what the hell? Bad move not having any. They should have done something about the speakers too, they are too big and its not necessary to have stereo on a PHONE!

    • bluevoodo

      yup .2 inches really add up huh? ;) not necessary to have stereo on a phone, you're dumb arent you?

  • Rickard

    And they should really have had a microSD slot, since 25gb is not enough for me.

    • Megabliss

      You're such a little pussy!

  • cowgar

    David, so many words and such a shallow review/research...to main area - the display (alfa-omega of any touch screen device)

    HTC One comes out with numerous screens (6?) of various qualities, ranging from incredibly high contrast values (maybe even errors due to dynamic contrast being applied) like 2000:1 on notebookcheck site to a more serious lab tests on Anandtech (arguably the best review, have a look how it's done) to some French/German sites having really average screens of inferior quality with 600:1 contrast ratio...

    HTC One X had 3 screen suppliers (being Android fan I hope you know that) of various qualities, HTC One X+ had just one - which I welcomed that they didn't cheat on us and was 'safe pick' - although for X+ they didn't pick the best (you still can have One X with better screen than X+ has).

    As for HTC One screens, have a look to this forum, but there are few user reports finding different screens on XDA even in same town - can you elaborate which screen did you have?
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2202869

    Android police should go deeper under the hood - the One I held 3 weeks ago (London, Phones4U) had really bad screen compared to my phone (resolution is not everything), so I didn't buy it, although kernel source is already out so it is tempting device. Maybe I can be lucky finding One with the right screen...

    • Many

      OMG man will you leave us alone...please stick to your sammy related articles...just troll somewhere else please PLEASE !!! What right person in their mind will go to so much trouble to try and denigrate such a beatiful piece of kit ?! You are either a pathetic lonely human being without any social life who actually has the need to do research and spread bullshit all over just to get a hard on...or you are getting paid to do all this. either ONE you my troll are SAD !

  • Andrew

    This HTC One vs Galaxy S4 debate I imagine is going to be louder than any Android vs iOS arguments this year. Unlike the latter (where I think most people now admit that iOS is a bit of a dinosaur, and desperately needs a major rethink), this is much harder to call.

    I bought a new phone yesterday, upgrading from a Galaxy S2, and decided to get an HTC One. For me, the major trade-offs compared to the S4 - no sd or removable battery - are more than worth it for the better all round camera and front speakers. Almost all of Touchwiz's software features are gimmicks, only Smart Stay would be useful to me, but it's not exactly an enormous hardship to touch the screen occasionally to keep it on.

    I was so sick and tired of cupping my hands behind my S2 to hear anything, that having these front speakers is a Godsend. I'm a photographer, and take a lot of phone photos to supplement those taken with my DSLR, being able to take photos in very low light of such good quality is a major bonus. With the same sensor size as ever, and at such a high resolution this is something the Galaxy S4 is physically incapable of matching.

    I'm not even going to bother comparing Touchwiz and Sense. Normally I'd use a Nexus phone, as both are obviously inferior to stock Android, but I'l take Sense 5 over Samsung's alternative any day.

    TLDR;
    Long time Samsung user, I switched to the HTC One and have absolutely no regrets whatsoever, this phone is incredible.

    • gtg465x

      You have seen the light.

    • http://www.facebook.com/iampun33t Puneet Singh

      First. Sense doesnt even have the connectivity toggles in the notification panel. I mean that is just plain stupid. Ex. I launch an app and realize I dont have my data connection turned on.

      In Sense, I would have to minimize the app, scroll to the homescreen with the connectivity toggles shortcuts, turn on data and go back to the app via task manager.

      In TouchWiz, I simply have to pull down notification bar, turn on data connection and I am good to go.

      Its the small things like this that make the S4 better.

      Talking about the S4:

      Larger battery, SD Card support, Much better screen, with option of having natural colors as well as dynamic colors, removable back panel for accessories like the wireless charging, flip covers, etc, which are not even an option in case of the One!

      But I have to say,HTC One looks far better, tough I would buy the One if better looking aluminium was the only thing i wanted in an upgrade to my phone!

      • http://twitter.com/realch1nky Calvin Jed Serrano

        Have you even tried Sense 5? I'm using a port of it right now, and I can tell you, to toggle connectivity is just a simple hold of the power button than click "Turn Off and On Mobile Data"

        I like Sense's Notification bar because its literally the most simplest notification bar you can get. Unlike the ugly blue and green Touchwiz has.

      • Andrew

        The toggles not being in the notification bar doesn't really bother me. I have a set of widgets one screen over that do the same thing, so it requires exactly the same number of actions to do the same things. Also I have unlimited data, so it's never off anyway. I hope with the 4.2 update they'll have a system similar to stock Android's, but I can live without it.

        I can see you're one of the many many people who are conveniently overlooking or just plain ignoring the strengths of the One just because there are a couple of things you don't like about it.

        I used to demand a removable battery and sd card. In two years, do you know how many times I swapped out the battery on my S2? Once, and it spooked me, so now I own a battery brick that I take with me on holiday, it's far more useful than a second battery. As for the sd issue, I had a 16gb sd in my S2, and never came close to filling it. I just don't carry 32gb of files around with me, and I'd bet the vast majority of people are the same. Of course some people will want a lot more space, and occasionally I do too, but I have a pretty huge Google Drive account for that.

        You need to accept that both phones have strengths and weaknesses, and not just attack the One because it doesn't necessarily provide what you're looking for.

        PS. I don't know where you got the idea that the S4 has a "much better screen", but everything I've read indicates that the One's screen is one of the best ever seen on a phone.

        • http://www.facebook.com/chris.talty.9 Chris Talty

          I replaced my battery every day on my Motorola Atrix, just due to its short lifespan. The GS3 has been better but I need to change it pretty much any day I'm far enough away from a charger for most of the day and actively using it.

          It's almost crippling to not be able to change batteries, but I think I could get over it if there were enough selling points and spend the extra money on a big secondary charger even with the lowered convenience (nothing beats a tiny battery in your pocket).

          As for the SD card issue, My music collection alone is about 200 gigs, I get to carry 64 of it around in my GS3 and when a 128 card comes out I'll buy it in a heartbeat. I'm not even using it for film, and I actively listen to much of whats on the card right now.

          I could live with a 64 gig internal memory, but if flash memory keeps getting cheaper and comes out, I might be sporting a 256 gig SD card in my phone in a year or two.

          The internal memory on phones is severely lacking. It should be 32/64/128 and shouldn't be $100 difference between them, but it isn't, and thats why SD cards are still a good selling point.

          Neither aspect of the Galaxy is huge on their own, but they definitely are positives. Certainly more positive to me than a 'premium look and feel'.

          The biggest selling point on the GS4 is the 5" screen in a body smaller than the HTC, though the speakers on the HTC are equally nice.

          They both have comparable hardware, both have comparably bad software. I'd rather have the Galaxy's hard button than the gimped capacitive setup on the HTC but both are lacking compared to software buttons.

          In the end its more of a tossup than last generation where the GS3 had significant performance benefits over the HTC One X.

          To me the single most defining reason the GS4 would be my purchase choice is HTCs track record on udpates. The one launching on 4.1 already sets it up behind the GS4, and the GS4 will surely get 5.0 before HTC One.

      • Rabane

        Tell me more about that "much better" screen. You're talking about that crazy amoled garbage ?
        Don't talk about the choice of having natural colors it's just marketing. The option was on the GS3 too but it wasn't able to even approach an accurate color, so please...
        Tell me more about those 2 cheating subpixels instead of 3 true RGB ones (even if it's not that important on a full hd screen, it's one of the reasons why amoleds are difficult to calibrate, you have to simulate 3 sub pixels with only two of them).
        Tell me more about that poor visibility on day light.
        Tell me more about those ugly black marks on amoleds when the screen is showing deep blacks.
        The only advantage of your "much better screen" is the deep blacks? That's all, IPS screens are far better. Htc One X had many problems,and just one pro over GS3 and guess what ? It was the IPS screen. Read the reviews again if you forgot.
        I'm ok with the removal battery (if you need it, Htc One's battery is pretty good), but just don't mess with the screen. Samsung amoled ones are far below.

      • godutch

        Sense was first with connectivity toggles way back somewhere in sense 2, since sense 4 they are placed a bit differently, you access settings from the notification bar and from there you can reach most toggles instantly. It takes as much effort as horizontally scrolling through toggles on touchwiz but looks a lot cleaner

    • Adrian May

      Thank you Sir, at least you didn't sound like a little child when sharing your view :)

    • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

      SD cards suck which Google knows. They are slow and unreliable.

  • ZimKumba

    If you have a regular work schedule why would you need to remove your mobile battery? What exactly would you do with a mobile to fill 32/64 GB of storage? Those who feel the HTC One should have SD card and removable battery really baffle me. Unless you were adrenaline junkie spending weeks deep inside the Amazon jungle, I do not see the reason you would need two mobile batteries. Unless you work for National Geographic and your smart phone camera is the only one at your disposal, I do not see the reason you would need expandable storage. Unless your smart phone is the only gadget you have for communication, social networking and entertainment, I do not see the reason you would need extra storage/battery. Unless you are jobless and playing with your mobile phone is your only preoccupation throughout the day, I do not see the reason you would need a mobile battery to last you 24 hours.

    HTC One's specifications are more than adequate for a normal smart phone user. The One has been made for consumers with a taste for premium devices. After seeing the images of the Galaxy Mega, I am left wondering why Samsung are flooding the market with dozens of identical plastic devices of all sizes. If you are gullible consumer who values quantity more than quality, then go for Samsung.

    • smeddy

      Well for me, battery anxiety is too big of a factor to deal with. Make it removable or make it 4,000, but otherwise it's a no buy.

      • David Brymer

        i get 2 days outa mine mate, over 8 hours screen time but im on a custom rom. trickdroid is hands down the very best 4 it, battery is unbelievable.

        • smeddy

          I have a 5000mah battery tucked into my Note :-)

          • cryosx

            dang, i would love to have a 5000 mah bat in my phone. i'd consider the note but it's way too big :(

    • Rabane

      THIS !

    • Haedocynic

      Suppose you went on an 8-hour train ride and you were to use your phone for browsing the web, watching films and videos, playing games, etc. most of the time. I don't think many modern large-screened phones will be able to achieve 8 hours of screen-on time. My own phone would be dead halfway. I would really, really like to have double the battery power.

      You may need expandable storage if you have lots of large games installed, a few TV series, films, music...it's really easy to max out your storage if you aren't careful. I have a tiny data bundle and reception is often poor.

  • brandonc1979

    My last five phones have been HTC phones (all the way back to an AudioVox 5600), but due to battery issues with my last two (EVO & EVO 3D), I'm switching to the Galaxy S4 when it comes out. The HTC One is a beautiful phone, but I don't trust the battery to remain usable for two years. And since the battery isn't user replaceable, I'm not buying the phone, no matter how gorgeous it is.

  • Patato Hsieh

    i tried one myself, and my experience aligned with yours, pro or cons. htc really did a nice job this time.

  • smeddy

    Oh HTC, you could have my sale so easily, and I've loved you since the HD2 days, but I cannot compromise on battery life or storage space. Hope you come back next year with something more amenable.

    • smeddy

      And yes I know these are oft given complaints, but I'm done with battery anxiety (and run my Note with a 4000 battery) every single day. I could live with 32gb, but why should I when come competition offers me more, and I can find a use for it?

  • David Brymer

    the battery is amazing on this phone, tho im using trickdroid rom and my phone has not been charged since 21 hours 19 mins, 37 mins on calls, wifi on the whole time, screen on 4 hours 17 mins just under half brightness and ive got 42 percent left. its by far the best phone ive ever owned, i really cant recommend it enough, esp if u root em. this phone made my last 3 phones look shocking, sgs3 htcOX sony xperia z. if ur looking to buy a new phone do urself a favour and just hold it in ur hand and i really do believe ull be smiling.

  • vperl

    Looks great, however..... LTE is spotty at best . I will hold off deciding, till late Sept-Oct .

    I am very curious about the NEXUS 5

  • Marlon Milligan

    Htc changed the button layout because of the bottom speaker. They didn't just change it to change it. After a day you get used to it. Just like how it use to be 4 buttons & went to three.

  • Marlon Milligan

    Why is branding so bad ? Companies can't showcase stuff they make anymore? And how the hell is this review bias? Damn near every review has been positive for this phone . Are they bias too?

  • Marlon Milligan
  • http://www.facebook.com/iambeejeisanchez Bee Jei

    the best feature of the phone for me are the dual front facing speakers.

  • Hukka

    camera sample doesn't look that great. that photo in low light looks better but not the greatest.

  • http://twitter.com/MarkDee MarkDee

    David, did you do any GPS testing by chance? How is the GPS?

  • Easton999gs

    I was totally going to get this phone until I saw the battery life review.
    Now im definitely getting the Galaxy S4

  • Major_Pita

    If the battery life is marginal when new, it's going to stink after one to two years of discharge and recharge.

    • Wei Hong Ho

      You will be glad that to know S4 battery will stink even more because of its Li-ion technology battery technology. :)

      • Major_Pita

        OK, maybe... But you can replace the S4 battery or carry spares or get a big honkin' extended duty battery if you want. No such options exist for the HTC One :-

  • Many

    Hmmm what should i choose...so hard...
    the One or plasticS4 Fisher price look alike ?! hard decision..

  • NemaCystX

    Aside from all the arguments in the comments section, I think this review is great. I think I found my next phone :)

  • Samsung Fanboy

    I played with this phone at the AT&T store today, it was nice but Im still getting the S4 over this--I might activate a new line of service with Sprint or T-mo though just to check it out.

  • Michael Koch

    If only they's make this with a slide out keypad, like the Droid 4..... I'd upgrade next week!

  • FightingNavyman

    6 months later.. "HTC One+" with snapdragon 800 :D

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1548515355 Damir Delivuk

      hear that...

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

    Their naming scheme is too anonymous, it's hard to tell the difference between phones if there are many named "One". I'm sure that some potential customers will hear of "The New HTC One" and think it is one of the older phones. Of course those people don't visit Android Police.

  • irishrally

    It's possible you're battery life was especially bad because the phone was switching between LTE and 3G constantly. Nice review, thanks.

  • got runs?

    Not buying the HTC One.

  • Adrianr514

    I was reading what you wrote on the LTE part which I am very surprised. I have the sprint ntc one I have been in LA for a couple days and more than a handful of times I was pulling 20+ mbs down and 6mbs up. My experience with it has been amazing. Also remember LTE hasn't officially launched in LA

  • alberto

    if they would made the middle bezel of carbon fiber instead of plastic, (as my dell xps) it would be the sexiest phone ever made. period

  • Thebawse

    In the space of one year (pun intended) we have had supposed to be professional writers turn into bias type iPhone reviewers and its EMBARRASSING

    iPhone reviewers have always been style over substance which has always set android owners apart from them safely in the knowledge iPhone is purely an app launcher

    This reviewer should be embarrassed... The software of the HTC one is severely lacking.. In many departments from notification menu to the black border in apps due to HTC 2 button layout.. It has no removable battery or sd card support yet the 'professional' couldn't find any cons ?

    The human eye cannot distinguish any difference over 400ppi yet he found the HTC one screen sharper than the gs4?

    There is soo much bias an juvenile about this review, if this phone was in a one X casing would this review be the same? Ask yourself that... This was purely style over substance and I for one had enough of those type of reviews from iPhone reviewers... There are many sites who have compared features of the HTC one to gs4 where HTC just shows how much it's lacking in the most important category for me SOFTWARE

    congratulations to HTC though for bring the first Android manufacturer to create a premium looking android phone comparable with iPhone build.. Beautiful looking phone htc

    This reviewer needs a hard look in the mirror

  • http://twitter.com/AlfredTsang2 Alfred Tsang

    "Remember: not using Wi-Fi uses a lot more battery than using it. I think some people, for whatever reason, think the opposite is true." Don't really get how that works out, it would be nice if someone could elaborate.

    • http://www.facebook.com/michael.johannsen Michael Johannsen

      This is in reference to your data connection. If you are on WiFi the radio can dial down the power quite a bit to provide data capabilities as your WiFI access point is typically a few dozen feet away from you, where an LTE or WiMax tower might be a mile or more away even in urban areas.

  • Luisito Mercado

    HDR's are great, just not always, since HDR's aren't meant for every occasion... On other reviews. HDR (both picture and video) samples were great!

  • nickem

    Are you for real, Sense 5 is horrible and this display can't even compare to the S4, speakers and a great design is all there is about the One, if you want fancy toy. For a solid droid you gotta turn to the competition.

  • Alvin

    HTC One just arrived in Singapore yesterday. I got a Note 2 now, but I guess my next phone will be the HTC ONE. I value good design, good display and good photo taking, hence my choice of HTC ONE. Let's not waste time arguing which is better, just think which features you value most and buy the phone with the strength you want... However my guess is, with the S4 and HTC One side by side, a new customer will pick the ONE...it just feel "right"

  • fabulosospucas

    Oh no, fanboys, fanboys everywhere!

  • NathanDrago

    Excellent review, David! Thanks for sharing so many details!

  • https://www.facebook.com/max.chen2 Max Chen

    It's a beautiful design but the design is overrated if you are paranoid about protecting your phone like me. You're gonna put a safe case on it and it will essentially cover up most aesthetic features of the phone. Aluminum scratches really easily and I suspect normal wear will cause many extremely ugly marks all over the back. My point is that that the benefits of a nice unibody design does not outweigh having a expandable storage or removable battery. Bad call HTC

  • http://www.facebook.com/ShinobiPhoenix Cody Shiranai

    I think a lot of the arguments being had on this S4 vs One business is entirely missing the point and most of it seems to mix unrelated topics as reasons one is better than the other.

    First off, why are we arguing one is better than the other BEYOND needing to justify ones own decision to go with one phone or the other? They are both fantastic phones in all truthfulness and anything they have is merely about you choosing what is BEST FOR YOU PERSONALLY. The fact tha most of you are even reading Android Police implies you are computer savvy and you know more of the risks and trade-offs involving them. More processor power eats more battery, bigger screens eat more battery, bigger battery means you have to make the phone bigger (because battery tech just doesn't keep up and companies don't want it because they want you to buy more), bigger phones might be too big for small hands, but small phones don't work for people with bigger hands. Internal storage is faster but SD are better for security and interchangeable and not needing to relay on Cloud Data and on that note, using cloud data that much which also means paying more for it through your phone bill, which extends the long-term investment price of your phone.

    It's literally a minefield of imperfections in a impossible quest for perfection when the only thing that really matter is "Does it work for you? Are you getting what you feel you are being made to pay or not enough?" It's all very individual and most of this is more about hate than it actually is about love, because you can hate HTC for some reasons or hate Samsung for another, but in the end, that's the only thing you really can talk about that's worth any salt of conversation because BOTH will be good. So the only thing we'll do is drum of arbitrary negatives.

    My individual needs:
    - I need the SD card. I exchange data a lot between cards and I am a bit of a security freak (if I wasn't using Android, I'd be on the Blackberry 10 bandwagon, likely I would get both and have BB10 for work.) Also, I keep things on there to entertain myself without necessarily needing to stream/cloud things but I don't like being unable to exchange it when I need to (which is often).

    - I would PREFER the removable battery for emergency exchanges, but I put this aside for an emergency chargers if that is a suitable substitute. Keywords: "if" and "suitable".
    - Battery is important to everyone, but I also understand that more power and usability will equal eating battery more because current batteries still suck (people should look into and invest in battery tech if they are so concerned about and keep tabs on developments). You want a smaller phone with power? You know what to expect from that. You want more battery, live with a weaker phone or a bigger phone until your dream future arrives (assuming companies will ever want you to have them before it is profitable).
    - Size: Honestly, I wish I knew how close the Note III was... I'm 6'2", 230lbs (not fat, thank you) and I have basketball player hands. My thumbs all but cover 1/3 or more of most phone touchscreens. The Note series and other "phablets" (sorry) are for me honestly. I wanted the Note II from the moment I saw it and it's not like that phone isn't good either.

    If I go non-phablet, I could go One or S4 depends on what Verizon does to me (but we're all invested in what Google and Motorola come up with), but really I would prefer a Note series or similar phablet.

    BTW-- To literally everyone who talks about people who demand a lot of room must just keep porn and pirated movies on their device. You can definitely SUCK IT as you have no business or right to judge anyone's needs and you would be the first person to complain if they restricted or judged you for ANY reason. To some people, their device could be most of their daily lives, between travel or school or being in a crappy data area or crappy area in general or maybe they hold a lot of games in it to keep themselves sane or maybe they do have a lot of movies (regardless of how they were obtained) for the same reason without needing to stream it and cost themselves more money. Maybe they keep a lot of books (I know I do because I have school oriented books digitally on my phone or as PDF's). Regardless THE WHY, it's on them why they need that room and not on you to judge that need.

    *rant over*

  • http://www.facebook.com/reg.joo.5 Reg Joo

    HTC lacks one important thing, that sammy, and apple use in abundance, great advertizing. Those commercials they had with the runner, and the rest of their lame one's, just don't cut it. If people knew of this, and HTC bragged about it now that it's top dog, they would get more sales. Strike, while the iron's hot!

  • id10terrordfw

    I just wish T-Mobile USA would announce their release date already.

  • Todd

    The gaps in the case design are enough to drive me batty. You can see in these pics a slight gap between the white border and the front faceplate. Most evident on the top or bottom edge.

  • Anthony West

    Great review! Much more in depth than most reviews I have read on the HTC ONE.

  • http://twitter.com/maxchiuuu Max Chiu

    Great, now I want one.

  • http://twitter.com/qu4ttr0 Drew

    Ive had my One for almost a week now and I LOVE IT. Aesthetically its great, it just feels right in my hand (and they arent big). Functionally its great even sense5 is nice and smooth. Coming from a GSII my battery life is insane! I used to carry a spare battery and a battery pack now nothing and Im on my phone a lot. I do think that it would look awesome with no buttons across the bottom but thats really a minor bitch. If Sprint will allow mapping of the center button then it will likely be a perfect phone for me for the next two years. I also rather like the free 25Gb dropbox storage. all in all Its got a good beat and I can dance to it...I give it a 9.5.

  • ary

    most excellent review - but I have a tiny problem: it is near impossible to read your article without almost every minute accidentally clicking on those photos whilst attempting to scroll and unintendedly getting off the site location to a larger definition of the image that got accidentally clicked just before. I'm on a Note 2, and there is no other way to scroll than the up/down swipe (the little page 'height' indicator in the right margin will not do the trick either)..; is it really, absolutely necessary to make all those photos "clickable"? sorry, they don't seem the need2enlarge type

  • Damien

    All the photos by the htc one look terrible up close? Does no none notice this? Looks like camera phones from 2 years back. Sure the colours are great but all the photos are so grainy and lack detail when zoomed in. Nothing in comparison to the one x, s3, s4?

  • Pam Partington

    I keep on finding bad reviews from actual users regarding the battery life and the heating up of the device, great pictures and sound are useless if your phone is burning and without battery... Also, I'm still wondering why here http://www.bell.ca/Mobility/Products/HTC-One/Specifications.tab Bell says the OS is Android 4.2?

  • foxtrot24

    Awesome phone, got it a week ago. It is everything I wanted in an Android phone. Couldn't be more satisfied.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gabriel.feleacu Gabriel Feleacu

    They got some nice one's here :http://adf.ly/OzM9I

  • White-o

    I am buying the google edition of this phone. Done deal.
    I will definitely miss out on all of the awesome camera features, but I have a Nexus 4, so I feel like anything would be better than what I have now as far as cameras go(x
    But the build quality alone sold me on this thing.
    With the Google Edition, i'll still have boom sound, and it seems like I can download a better remote control app than the one I'll miss out on by not having sense.

    The button layout is a little whacky, but I understand how it works so I will get used to it.
    I think honestly I want this phone for two reasons: 1. Its gorgeous and fast 2. I love HTC and would love to help them get back on their feet.

    The fact that they can churn out something like this when they're practically on their deathbed is amazing to me.
    Samsung is a behemoth of a company, yet with all their resources, I really still feel like HTC makes better stuff.

    I've already seen a few people out and about rocking a One.
    Lord please let HTC live!

  • Pinky

    Does anybody know if phone calls can be timestamped? Please share how. Thanks.

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