HTC One Review: Best Android Smartphone Ever?

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Design
      • 10
      • Performance
      • 9
      • Total Score:
      • 9.50
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Above average display sharpness
    • Superb design
    • Excellent performance
    • Innovative software additions
  • Cons

    • Camera is not on the flagship level
    • Poor power key placement
    • BlinkFeed generates a lot of data traffic

Quick Take

Without a doubt, the HTC One is the best smartphone HTC has ever created and surely one of the best smartphones we will see in 2013.

The HTC One is the company’s newest smartphone and a successor of the HTC One X. It comes equipped with a 4.7-inch HD screen with a staggering 468 pixels per inch, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (with a speedy upgrade to 4.2 promised), 2 GB RAM, Adreno 320 graphics and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor.

\"HTCThe device is light but sturdy, with an aluminum unibody that makes it feel thinner than it is.  Brighthand noted the smartphone is “superbly designed” and “feels fantastic when held in the hand.” The front of the device has two stereo speakers, a front-facing camera, an ambience sensor and dedicated “back” and “home” keys. The back of the HTC One features a camera and flash. The smartphone also has an audio jack, microUSB slot, volume control switch, micro-SIM card slot, and power key.

The smartphone’s superb display features Super LCD3 technology, covered by Gorilla Glass 3. Brighthand said it is “one of the best smartphone displays on the market,” and noted it has wide viewing angles and good contrast. Brighthand did find the blacks to have a bluish tone and noted the screen is quite reflective and attracts a lot of fingerprints, however.

The HTC One runs on a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor running a 1.7GHz clock and Brighthand had no issues surfing the web, watching videos or playing games on the device. In addition to t Android, the device also features HTC’s Sense 5 user interface. Sense 5 includes the BlinkFeed feature, which is a stream of web and social media activity arranged into tiles on a user’s screen. The feature uses a lot of data, but can be turned off completely. The HTC One can be used in “Car Mode,” which provides large icons for navigation, telephone and music player and “Kid Mode,” which activates educational games, while disabling all other functions. Brighthand found these two features to be exceptionally practical.

The device features Boomsound speakers, which Brighthand found to be “better than other smartphones” but noticed lots of distortion at full volume and noted the smartphone’s 4 megapixel camera with ultrapixels (larger pixels for better low light performance) was of a mediocre quality. Brighthand found the battery life to be good, noting the average user could get away with charging the smartphone just once every other night.

Overall, Brighthand called the HTC One the “best smartphone HTC has ever created.” The device is a good smartphone for anyone who is not worried about data usage, as BlinkFeed eats up a lot of data, but users could use less data by disabling that feature. Brighthand was impressed with the display, design and performance of the HTC One, but noted the camera is not of the flagship level and said the “multimedia options leave room for improvement.” Overall, it still stands as one of the best smartphones available, and likely one of the best for 2013.


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