Before starting this review, a huge shout out goes out to Vodafone for providing the HTC One for review.

 

 

 

 

 

The HTC One is HTC’s latest reiteration of their “One” lineup and they certainly haven’t let us down on this beast! Featuring an immense 4.7 inch display and a powerful quad-core processor, the One certainly isn’t lacking in power. You can buy a HTC One from Vodafone free of charge with contracts starting from £37

 You can view an unboxing and first look of the HTC One by by SB from TechCentury below.


You can view a detailed walkthrough of the HTC One by our co-admin Purav from PDTechHD below:

Tech Specs:

  • Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300
  • Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) with Sense 5.0
  • 32/64 GB onboard flash storage
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels, 4.7 inches (469 ppi pixel density)
  • 4 UP, 2688 x 1520 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
  • 2.1 MP, 1080p@30fps, HDR
  • Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • Non-removable Li-Po 2300 mAh battery

The HTC One is one of the highest spec phones available on the market.. The beast of a phone will give more than enough power for even the most demanding users.

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean:

The HTC One comes installed with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the latest version of the Android operating system. Like many other companies, HTC have heavily tweaked their version of Android and Sense 5.0 clearly sets other Jelly Bean devices aside from stock Android. The most noticeable addition is Blinkfeed. Blinkfeed takes data from different news websites and social networks and displays them in a tile layout. Tapping on these tiles shows the article in full-screen mode. Once Blinkfeed is set up, you can select and view articles from different categories as well as from your various social accounts that you can connect too. Whilst Blinkfeed is handy, it’s definitely not perfect.For starters, it’s impossible to remove.Secondly, if you’re like me and you aren’t a huge fan of RSS readers then you probably won’t be a huge fan of Blinkfeed. In my opinion, it’s very unintuitive to use and gets in the way of using the different home screens.

Aside from Blinkfeed, HTC Sense provides all the usual tweaks and adjustments to Android as you’d get in the previous versions. With HTC Sense, you can now select to display apps in alphabetical order, or in the order of most recently used which is very handy. In my opinion HTC Sense included some nice features which helped enhance the ease of using Android. Below are some screenshots of some of the features that Sense provides.

 

This is my homescreen on the HTC One. As you can tell, I have added the signature HTC Clock.

This is my home screen on the HTC One. As you can tell, I have added the signature HTC Clock. 

As you can see, HTC Sense completely overhauls the menu for choosing apps.

As you can see, HTC Sense completely overhauls the menu for choosing apps.

Jellybean combined with Sense on the HTC One is extremely intuitive. During my 2 weeks of testing of the device, the software on the HTC One didn’t even crash once which was very rare for Android phones. In my opinion, HTC Sense and Jellybean provide an impeccable user interface for the general consumer and really help simplify Android.

Build Quality / Design:

Rather than using the plastic seen on some older HTC devices, HTC have opted to give the HTC One an entirely metal body which brings back the premium high quality feel and the precise design. As soon as you unpack the HTC One, you’ll realise that this phone has a very high quality premium and luxurious feel to it.The metal gives the phone a very firm and sturdy feel although you do lose the lightweight design of the phone. The back of the device is a wide piece of either black or grey metal which is broken up by the HTC and Beats By Dre logos. The One comes in at 137 mm long  and 68 mm wide which is definitely a large device. Users coming from smaller phones such as the iPhone will struggle with the huge screen. However, if you’re used to large players like Samsung’s Galaxy S4, then the HTC One’s large screen will not be an issue.

The HTC One has a high quality premium feel to it.

The HTC One has a high quality premium feel to it.

Another disappointing factor with the One is the sheer weight of the device. The metal enclosure which encases the phone certainly adds quite a bit of weight to the device itself. The HTC One comes in at 143 grams which certainly isn’t the lightest of phones. However, I feel that the slightly heavier metal enclosing on the phone gives the HTC One a luxurious, premium quality feel to it which is certainly worth the increased weight.

Another minor niggle with the HTC One is that the power and volume rockers lay very flush with the edge of the device making them hard to press when you’re not looking. The difference in texture does make it apparent after owning the device for a couple of weeks but a slightly raised volume rocker and power button would be appreciated.

Display:

The One has a 4.7 inch display which certainly isn’t the largest on the market compared to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Mega’s whopping 6.3 inch display. Unlike other phones on the market though, the One packs a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, the same amount of pixels on most modern HDTVs. For you tech wizards out there, that’s a pixel per inch ratio of 469 which blows the iPhone 5’s 326 ppi out the water. The display is ultra-vivid and watching 1080p videos on it looks absolutely fantastic. The 469ppi makes a huge difference to the sharpness of the display and when compared side by side with the iPhone 5, the HTC’s display puts the iPhone to shame.

HTC One Displays

HTC One vs iPhone 5!

Just like the sharpness, the colours are fantastic on the display too. The colours are sharp and vivid and this definitely comes across when watching HD Video. However, like all modern phones, the display is plagued by one major issue; It’s literally unusable in the sun! The sunlight which we’ve been fortunate to have in the UK whilst I’ve been reviewing the HTC One blocked out the display and made it very difficult to see any content on the display. However, like I’ve mentioned, this is a common problem with all smartphones and isn’t unique to the HTC One.This therefore shouldn’t sway you from your decision of purchasing the One.

Battery Life:

The 4.7 inch vivid display and the quad core processor definitely put a strain on the 2300mAH battery on the HTC One. During my testing of the device, I had the brightness of the display turned all the way to full. I also had the Wifi / 3G turned on. I also had my Gmail account connected which provided push email as well as Twitter and Facebook. Under these test conditions, the phone would easily last over a day. The battery life was faultless and was certainly longer than the battery on my iPhone 5. However, a minor negative, is that when the phone is being used for extended periods of time, the battery can get very warm making the HTC One very uncomfortable to hold. I did find this to be an issue during my testing and therefore this stopped me from using the phone for an extended use of time.

Camera Quality:

HTC One camera shot

A closeup of some food taken with the HTC One. In this instance the picture has come out clear and focused but the HTC One camera struggled in other circumstances.

HTC have included a 4 MP, camera which takes 2688 x 1520 pixels shots. During our testing period with the One, the camera didn’t perform too well and struggled to focus in many of our shots. The sensor didn’t do too well in low light conditions either. Whilst using the camera in low light situations, the sensor barely let any light in making the resulting photo come out dark and spoilt. You can view a full gallery of images that we took with the HTC One below. (Click to Enlarge)

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Overall, the camera on the HTC One doesn’t impress at all, In fact it’s a huge disappointment. The low megapixel count and poor sensor results in bad quality images which is a shame considering the calibre of the device.

Gallery:

Below are some pictures of the HTC One which we took during our review period with the device. (Click to Enlarge)

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Summary:

Pros:

  • Runs JellyBean out of the box
  • Stunning 4.7 inch display
  • Powerful Quadcore processor to power Android
  • Front facing speakers sound brilliant

Cons:

  • Non removable battery
  • No memory card slot
  • Blinkfeed is impossible to remove
  • Bad camera quality lets the HTC One down

Conclusion:

So in conclusion, the HTC One is a perfect all-rounder. It’s large, vivid screen, phenomenal design and outstanding speakers make it more than ideal for even the most demanding users. I would rate the HTC One a jaw-dropping 9/10 . A huge shout out goes to Vodafone for providing the HTC One for review.


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So what do you guys think of the HTC One? If you’re looking for a new phone would you consider the HTC One? Let us know in the comment section below.

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  • Billy Noyes

    Really great review! Lots of information and pictures! 🙂

  • ramfrancisuk

    Very good informative article

  • interesting article. you might want to make separate rows for the pictures and all instead of all in one column or maybe a slideshow.

  • JamesSmyth

    Great review man , well done 😀

  • Osama

    Great Review mate! I like the HTC One hardware but I am not really a huge fan of Sense and the camera is quite poor. However the hardware is just a beauty! I might get a Samsung Galaxy S4 shortly! 😀 Overall fantastic review!

  • Cool Tech Reviews

    Great review Usman it’s very in depth and is very informative

  • The Shark

    Great review usman,just touching on the camera, I’ve used the one and the pics I’ve seen all seem to come out quite good! Could it have been a settings issue?

  • theryangoodman

    Great review, really enjoyed reading! 🙂

  • Eric Carter

    Awesome review Usman. Your opinions were very well expressed and the review was overall great and straight to the point. The only downside is that you did not talk about the stereo speakers which is a major selling point of this phone and definitely needed more coverage time. Apart from that the review was very well done.
    You should be very proud. 🙂
    Keep up the awesome work bro!

  • Bunjiweb

    Good review overall, but I don’t agree with your sentiments regarding the screen in sunlight and the camera quality.

    In direct sunlight, like any screen it can be a little difficult, but it does at least go bright enough to be able to overcome this. Were you using power-saver mode, as this does indeed make reading in sunlight more of a challenge.

    As for the camera, I’ve taken some excellent pictures with mine, and though the quality is not so good on a larger high-res monitor, they’ve been more than good enough in any circumstances I’ve found myself. Before the pre-4.2.2 update the camera was a little disappointing, but now it’s running great.

  • Gareth Bayard

    Great review bro! Love that it has front facing speakers 🙂 You give your opinion on the device well, and do not use biased comments at all. Keep up the hard work Usman!

  • Rbert Cper

    A very enjoyable review, covers the major points – interesting comments about the camera as that is something I have not heard anyone mention before.

  • Ilyas Dhin

    Awesome in depth review covering all aspects of the phone. A**

  • MattPegler

    Great review Usman, you covered the major points and you expressed your views. Well done for talking about the camera in such a great way!

  • PDTechHD

    Awesome review Usman, very honest and detailed as always, thanks for featuring my video too, keep up the great work! 🙂

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