HTC One is HTC’s top quality leading for 2013. From enough time the cellphone was launched internationally, we’ve been in love by its style. It is a do or die system for HTC, which has not been doing well financially, as the Android operating system intelligent phone world is dominated by New samsung. On paper, the HTC One seems to be the best with regards to components specifications and materials used in its development. Do these translate in to creating the cellphone the best performer in practical use? We try to discover out.
The most identifying function of the HTC One is the phone’s style and physical development. Saying that the cellphone is a beautiful item of components would be an exaggeration. You’d be able to appreciate its better style nuances when you encounter the cellphone in person. As far the style and attention to detail is concerned, we see the HTC One in the top league along with the iPhone 5.
The first thing that one realises after picking up the cellphone is its top quality fit and finish. It has a slim profile and doesn’t experience uncomfortable to hold.
The cellphone does look a bit just like the BlackBerry Z10 as both mobile phones have a slim frame, and the major portion of the top aspect is occupied by the show, with one’s system elements (made of aluminum in the HTC One) at their narrow best above and below it. It also looks like the iPhone 5 because of its chamfered factors and wrinkles between the structure.
htc-one-pic-6.jpgThe HTC One activities an aluminum unibody covering with a thermoplastic structure at the edges and accents at the returning. Huge of our evaluation system was silver, with the edges and collections that run across the returning done in white-colored.
The cellphone has rounded corners and chamfered factors, and feels very slim.
The 4.7-inch show forms the largest aspect of the top aspect, with the cup bending around the chamfered factors. HTC has used Corning Gorilla Glass 2, creating the show durable, and comparatively more resistant to scrapes. There are two capacitive contact management buttons, instead of the regular three, below the show board, with the HTC marketing in the center.
Two aluminum pieces surround the board on the top and base. The pieces function presenter grills, which are aspect of HTC’s Growth Sound set-up to provide enhanced stereo audio with Surpasses audio and a devoted sound amplifier.
The 2.1-megapixel wide-angle front aspect photographic camera sits on the right, above the show, while the mild and proximity receptors are situated on the remaining.
The returning of the cellphone is rounded which, in our perspective, aids ergonomics, and gives a outstanding grip. The brushed aluminum operates all over with two white-colored thermoplastic groups at the top and base in line with the aluminum pieces in the top aspect.
htc-one-pic2.jpg The 4-megapixel back photographic camera contacts is situated towards the top. Unlike the One X and One X+, the contacts system doesn’t stick out out and is cleanse with one’s system of the cellphone, which makes it look more elegant. Only one LED display is situated just next to the contacts. Like the One X and the Butterfly, the cellphone doesn’t have a removable returning protect. There’s HTC marketing engraved in the center, and the Surpasses audio marketing, towards the end of the cellphone. The top plastic band also functions a noise-cancellation mic.
The base board functions a mic and a Micro-USB port. The right aspect functions the quantity musician, which is a individual item of aluminum. It’s cleanse with the aspect but the responsive feedback is still outstanding. There’s a SIM card plate for the micro-SIM and a pinhole for ejecting it on the remaining aspect.
htc-one-pic3.jpgThe top activities a 3.5-mm headset jack and a energy /screen protected key that has an infra-red blaster for transferring alerts to reinforced gadgets. We felt that the placement of this key created the encounter of opening the show a bit cumbersome due to the dimension the cellphone, just like what we saw in the One X+. We would have preferred if the key was placed on the aspect. The cellphone also functions a alert LED at the top aspect (on the top presenter grill).
The 1080p show of the HTC One is among the best shows we’ve seen so far. The cellphone activities a 4.7-inch Super LCD 3 show with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 and has a higher great quality of 1080×1920 p, packing-in 468 p per inches. The screen’s pixel density is the biggest among all leading mobile phones, and written text and images appear incredibly sharp. Studying written text and surfing around the web is incredibly pleasant.
The show was not very indicative and under sun exposure was outstanding. The watching perspectives on the cellphone are outstanding.
htc-one-pic4.jpgThe show is less indicative as opposed to HTC Butterfly, and we discovered the watching perspectives to be better than the Sony models Xperia Z, the other mobile phones that function an HD-screen.
With the HTC One, the Taiwanese intelligent phone giant deflects from the regular mega-pixel count competition and presents the concept of the Ultrapixels. Instead of going for a photographic camera that features of more mp, the One functions a 4-megapixel great quality back shooter with p that are of larger dimension. While regular intelligent phone photographic camera provide p of dimension 1.1 microns on an average, the HTC A person’s photographic camera provides a pixel dimension 2 microns(µm).
HTCOnecam1.jpgThe photographic camera has a 1/3-inch BSI (back-illuminated) indicator, which as per the organization, requires better low-light images. It’s a F2.0 aperture and 28mm contacts. The combination of larger pixel dimension and a huge indicator mean that each pixel takes up more mild. HTC claims that each pixel catches up to 300% more mild.
The cellphone has a devoted HTC ImageChip 2 processor, company’s own Picture Indication processor processor (ISP), which allows customers to take faster images and better images in all mild conditions and movement. The cellphone also features of a intelligent display that adapts the intensity of the photographic camera display as per distance from the subject. The cellphone helps 1080p HD video clips, and slowly movement video video catch. The cellphone also allows customers to click images while they are capturing video clips video.
The HTC One also functions a 2.1-megapixel front aspect photographic camera that can take wide-angle images, and helps 1080p video video calling.
HTCOnecam2.jpgAs with other Android operating system gadgets from the organization, HTC combines its own Camera app, that allows customers to select different scene configurations (among Normal, Landscape, Symbol, Backlight, Evening, Text and Macro) for still captures; switch between HDR, Sweep Surroundings and Group portrait modes, and select the slowly movement video video method. It also allows customers to put a self timer (ranging from 2 to 10 seconds), select the great quality, video video great quality, evaluation length, image adjustments (for exposure, contrast, saturation and sharpness), ISO and White Balance configurations. One can also select to convert off Continuous Shooting or restrict it to 20 frames.
In inclusion to these, there are other choices related to face and smile recognition, geo-tagging, shutter sound and a collections user interface. Interestingly, the photographic camera app also provides lenses for adding results like Sepia, Negative, Vintage, amongst 16 others, even before one mouse clicks a picture. Just like the HTC Butterfly, the One also has a sightseeing method, which essentially implies that if you protected the cellphone in the photographic camera app, you’d discover it open when you media the same key again (no need to discover the screen).
The cellphone also has a new photographic camera method called HTC Zoe that instantly catches up to 20 images and 3-second video clips. The exciting bit about it is that you can perspective images and Zoe video together in exciting slideshows that provide songs tracks, and conversion results, allowing you to catch action and create a particular event come to lifestyle.
The great high quality of outdoor and indoor images was very outstanding, with the photographic camera delivering well on color duplication and sharpness. At periods we noticed that images was missing better information which might be due to the low great company’s indicator. However, we discovered that color duplication was more precise as opposed to iPhone 5.
HTCOnecam3.jpgWe also took a few night-mode images, where the cellphone hinders display, and discovered that images were outstanding, although a hint of graininess was visible at certain periods. We also noticed that the HTC A person’s photographic camera took more natural looking images in night method as opposed to Nokia Lumia 920 and the iPhone 5. However, the iPhone 5′s images looked more appealing. However, night method images taken by the Lumia 920 look a little over-processed.
The HTC A person’s video clips abilities are also outstanding, as HTC incorporates video clips video stabilisation engine for smooth catches. The front aspect photographic camera is outstanding for HD video video conversations and even for self-clicks.
Software/ User Interface
The HTC One operates Android operating system 4.1.2 Jam Vegetable and Feeling 5, HTC’s own UI that contains some custom applications moreover to a skinned user interface. While some people choose stock Android operating system over any type of skinning, we think that the Feeling is one of the better skinning solutions, and looks outstanding on the full-HD show. That being said, skinning in Feeling 5 is minimal in comparison to past versions, and symbols have been ripped down, and appear smooth.
HTC-One-UI1.jpg We were disappointed to observe that the cellphone doesn’t ship with Android operating system 4.2 and hope HTC rolls out an upgrade soon.
The highlight of the Feeling 5 UI and of the HTC One is a desltop nourish that the organization prefers to contact Flicker Feed. If you have used the public information app Flipboard, Flicker Feed will seem very acquainted. You can select ‘topics and services’ for the Flicker Feed and it will force up-dates from them on the desltop. Local information solutions such as NDTV, Hindustan Times, Indian These days, and Aaj Tak, among others were available at enough length of writing this post. One can also select categories of interests. It also lets you select solutions such as Facebook or myspace, Tweets, Reddit, LinkedIn and Plurk, set up your account and receive up-dates on the Flicker Feed.
Updates are in the form of tiles that can be tapped to provide complete written text or video clips. One can also share the upgrade via public networking sites and e-mail.
The cellphone provides Flicker Feed as the standard desltop with some time to climate information on top but you can quickly select any other desltop as the standard one. One can add up to 5 homepages such as Flicker Feed as well as decrease the number of homepages to even 1. The standard time and climate information shows have been ripped down to a smooth simple white-colored over black style, though the conventional turn lamps and analog lamps are also available as icons. The elements and time info is also existing in the menu/app launcher plate.
HTC-One-UI-blinkfeed.jpgIn conditions of marketing, Feeling 5 requires a take a step returning and there are no scenes and themes to modify the overall look and feeling of the user interface. As we previously mentioned, HTC has reduced the amount of skinning choices and we welcome this modify.
Also gone is the acquainted ring-like protected show that allowed customers to discover the show and jump straight into the Phone, Email, Information or Camera applications. You can now select between five protected show styles namely, wallpapers, productivity, scrapbook, songs and a no protected show choice. The protected show still allows you to discover and go straight to the Phone, Information, Internet or Camera applications by pulling the respective symbols on the show.
One can navigate the cellphone through the capacitive contact management buttons for going to the House show and for going Back. This initially that HTC has got rid of the third Selection plus App Switcher key. The House key on lengthy media requires you to Look for engines Now and on dual tap requires you to the app switcher. You can modify the double-tap speed of the House key through configurations.
We did miss the presence of the third key, especially since there’s no key in the center on the cellphone. It requires a while getting used to the new arrangement.
HTC has also changed the app switcher UI with a smooth app review collections for up to 6 applications replacing the past 3D UI. Apps can be dismissed by pushing review windows out of the show.
HTC also provides a 3-finger outcome action that, if enabled, allows customers to convert on HTC Media Link HD outcome to TV.
The cellphone allows the use of certain gestures to management alerts. For instance, one can select to decrease ring quantity when the cellphone is moved or can turn the cellphone for turning on speaker phone.
There’s also a Power Saver method that can check CPU utilization, decrease show lighting, convert off vibrations and convert off data use when the show is converted off. The method is instantly invoked when the cellphone is operating out of battery energy.
The alert plate functions a configurations quick way and a clear all announcements key, along with extended announcements (expanded with the two handy pull gesture). Android operating system 4.1 Jam Vegetable also brings in Look for engines Now, which after initialising for initially, can be utilized straight by lengthy pushing the House key or through the Look for widget.
For the inexperienced, Look for engines Now is a voice centered information assistant and an extension of Look for. You can ask questions and the tool returns answers or google search. It uses ‘cards’ which are essentially small boxes that provide different sets of information which range from climate forecast, directions, traffic information, scores, appointments, and currency conversion, among others. Look for engines Now gathers information depending on the user’s behavior, location, and even e-mail, to provide information instantly.
HTC’s Collection app allows customers to browse images and video clips on the cellphone moreover to the ones existing on online solutions like Dropbox, Facebook or myspace, Reddit, and Picasa. It also has a quick way to the Camera app. The Collection app allows surfing around depending on Events (Time, Date and Place) and Albums. The texting app provides some exciting functions, along with a protected mailbox, a password protected directory for storing private messages, and the choice to block messages from select senders. The texting user interface is also customisable with different color choices for message pockets and the ability to select a background image.
HTC also provides its own Key pad, which also provides word forecasts, choice to add terms to a personal dictionary, and a ‘Swipe’ like keyboard, which HTC calling a Trace keyboard, that allows customers to slide fingers over letters to key-in terms. Laptop keyboards was a breeze to use and it didn’t experience uncomfortable while typing with a individual side.
The app launcher has also undergone some changes and it now provides vertical scrolling. Apps can be sorted alphabetically, and according to recency. App search is integrated within the launcher. One can arrange applications in a collections of 3×4 or 4×5. The cellphone came pre-installed with applications such as Dropbox, Polaris Office, TuneIn Stereo, and SoundHound, among others, moreover to Zoodles, a type of kid method that allows customers to enable selective access to some applications for kids.
There’s a TV app that uses the infra-red blaster of the cellphone increasing up as a program information and universal distant. While the information efficiency is not available in Indian, we were able to set up the cellphone as a handy handheld management for our TV set.
HTC-One-UI2.jpgThe HTC One allows you to restore, transfer and import material from your past system. The cellphone helps restoring material through iPhone back ups and during our use we discovered that iPhone contacts can be brought in even via Bluetooth.
The cellphone also provides FM Stereo efficiency.
Performance/ Battery Life
The HTC One is powered by a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor processor with 2GB RAM on board, and an Adreno 320 processor for processing graphics. Our evaluation system had 32GB of non-expandable internal storage.
With Android operating system 4.1 Jam Vegetable, the overall encounter of navigation through the user interface was incredibly impressive, thanks to Project Butter and all the energy under the hood. We did not encounter any lag at all while releasing applications, getting referrals, scrolling websites or switching between applications. Performance wise the HTC One is the hands-down winner, in comparison to other Android operating system flagships in the market presently.
The HTC One provides Chrome moreover to the standard internet browser. The standard internet browser also allows customers to convert on Flash for watching Flash material. It also provides a reader method with written text large websites.
We were able to play full-HD clips, though some types such as .mov, were not reinforced natively (this was quickly fixed by the use of third party apps). The front aspect sound system on the cellphone deliver top great quality sound at great quantity stages. The cellphone also helps Surpasses audio not just with headphones but also with the use of the top aspect sound system. The audio great quality outcome is unrivaled and even ring-tones sound melodious and rich. Watching a movie or listening to a song is a joyful encounter.
Call great quality was outstanding and the cellphone is able to lock on to cellular systems even in weak signal areas.
htc-one-pic-5.jpgThe HTC One comes with a 2300mAh battery energy, and in our utilization, it survived us a complete day. We charged the cellphone in the morning (at around 9am), and with medium to large utilization, such as 1-1.5 time of telephone calling, two e-mail accounts with force announcements, enjoying some songs, Tweets announcements and WhatsApp conversations, the cellphone survived a outstanding 11-12 time. It’s worth pointing out that we had converted off Wi-Fi and auto-brightness, and the cellphone was hooked to a 3G network with the show lighting at the biggest level. Altering these configurations might help in operating the cellphone for a longer length, depending on your utilization pattern.
The cellphone also contains NFC connection. It provides LTE 4G connection but doesn’t protect Indian 4G groups (2300 MHz).
We have to say that the HTC One created us fall madly in love with it. It’s the best Android operating system cellphone we’ve used mixing all available functions, a brilliant HD show and outstanding development. The HTC A person’s UltraPixel photographic camera was a mixed bag and while it requires outstanding low-light images, with precise color duplication, at periods it misses out on information due to the lower great company’s contacts.
With the specifications competition, cellphone makers don’t have an choice but to select the best components for their flagships. This also implies that production costs increase. Over the years the asking cost of a intelligent phone has increased now, flagships are instructing a cost as great as Rs. 40,000 or above. We think that the asking cost of Rs. 42,900, for a cellphone of this caliber is a decent proposition. The cellphone outperforms all its rivals such as the Sony models Xperia Z with regards to synthetic standards.
If you’re someone who prefers owning the best cellphone, no matter what, we have no doubt suggesting the HTC One. The cellphone matches the iPhone 5 not only in cost, but also in the develop and style department and with regards to the overall encounter as well.
If one compares it to non-HD show flagships, the cost is a bit steep, though. You may consider other flagships like the New samsung Universe S III, which are now available at attractive discounts in comparison to their launch cost. Huge show enthusiasts may choose the Universe Note II.
The New samsung Universe S 4 is also predicted to create its Indian first appearance soon. It also functions an HD show, a high-end components and some new intelligent functions but comes in more or less the same shell as its predecessor, the Universe S. However, going by its prices in other markets, it’s predicted to be priced at the same or even higher stages.
If you’re willing to look at non-Android mobile phones, the iPhone 5 is still the best intelligent phone available in this cost range.
Before we aspect, we’d also like to add that the success of the cellphone would also depend on the marketing force of HTC. It will have to match its South Korean rival if it wants to protected a position for itself in the bestsellers list. With Apple and New samsung both offering monthly installment schemes for audience, the fight is a tough one.