HTC One: First Impressions

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HTC One: First Impressions

I've been eyeing this phone lately. Does anyone have this particular phone yet? How well do you like it?

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My son has it and loves it.  

I haven't played with it much.  I have to say though that the screen is very crisp and clear.  Beautiful.  And the dual speakers give off very good audio quality without having to struggle to hear what's happening.  

The camera is nice too. 

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Some of the "selling points" of the phone for me is the metal construction and the reportedly good speaker quality. Sounds like a great phone! Would love to try one myself. Smiley Happy

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I love it. I'm a iPhone guy, put the iPhone 5 away and went with the s4, s4 is nice but to me it's like my note 2 with more bells and whistles, not fond of the plastic so I took it back and got the htc one, the feel and sound of it was enough for me, I'm a very happy guy nowSmiley Happy

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I have the phone unlocked and I love it! It's a great device which feels great in your hand and has great speakers compared to some other devices. I would definitely suggest giving it a try. Smiley Happy

~Sunshine Smiley Happy
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Sounds like a nice phone. Smiley Happy What's the difference between the HTC One and the One X?? Are there any??

 




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Well software wise, not too many. Sense has been toned A LOT compared to Sense 4.1 on the One X. It's a bit snappier because its been tones down and with the help of it's quad core processor. The Power Saver really makes sure you get a decent amount of hours on the battery. I've gone I think about 8 hours with moderate to heavy usage which is impressive compared to other android phones in the past.

The speakers (which they call BoomSound) sound really terrific for a smartphone. I really don't have to put the volume all the way up to actually get a good hear of the music playing.

Blinkfeed is kinda cool since you can get news related things and have your Facebook updates there etc, but it's rather limited at this point. Hope HTC will add more channels on to blinkfeed in the future.

I'm sure there's more but can't think of them at the moment! Lol Smiley Very Happy
~Sunshine Smiley Happy
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Well, I'm looking for a new one and would like an unlocked phone. A few were suggested to me such as the new HTC First with FB disabled, of course...I just don't do FB from my phone, and also a few others. I'm not buying, just yet...still in the shopping stage for now. Smiley Happy 

 

Thanks Evandela. Smiley Happy

 




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Anytime ^_^ I hear that phone has stock android so might be worth a look yeah Smiley Happy
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I got the opportunity to play around with a virtual demo One at Best Buy Mobile. Wow, the construction of the phone was so nice. Nice finish, choice of materials, and just the right amount of "bling." The software of the phone reminded me a lot of Verizon's DROID lineup, which I like. I didn't get to check it out or very long, but wow, how amazing.

The Galaxy S 4 or HTC One are in the running for my next smartphone. Who knows - it could be the "one" for me! Smiley Very Happy

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Wild Banchi wrote:
I've been eyeing this phone lately. Does anyone have this particular phone yet? How well do you like it?

I've had mine for about a month now. Purchased the developer edition for the 64GB capacity and SIM unlock (as I don't use mine on AT&T). One of the best phone I've used. Fit and finish is superb; in hand it feels like an expensive, high quality device. The screen looks great, and the speakers are truly one of the best. It's also very fast and everything is smooth. The cellular and WiFi reception is superb as well; seems a lot better than my iPhone 5, Z10, and Lumia 920.

 

I don't miss the fact that the battery isn't removable, or that there is no expandable memory. I can go a day on one charge with no issues.

 

I understand it doesn't ship with 4.2.2, but honestly I don't know what the difference would be.

 

A lot of folks say the low light performance is excellent and a trade off between low light performance resolution is justified. I don't. Look at the Lumia 920; it has both excellent low light performance and it doesn't lose on the resolution. The reason resolution matters to me is I like to crop my pictures.

 

The other issue I have is Blinkfeed is a hit-and-miss; in the US it works, but when I travel abroad it's less useful. In some countries where some of the feeds are blocked, the page doesn't update very well. That said I was recommended a new launcher and that removed Blinkfeed.

 

I tried the Galaxy S4; it's better than the S3, but I still would pick the HTC One over it any day.


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Thanks for your brief review! Is the Wi-Fi connection really that strong and stays connected better than an iPhone 5? The Wi-Fi connection on my iPhone 4 is good, but sometimes disconnects, and I have to re-connect. I remember that my Samsung Captivate would hardly hold a strong connection, so that's definitely reassuring. 

 

There seems to be differences in the screen quality in the One and the Galaxy S4. The S4 seems to be very bright and vivid, but the colors look a little washed out at times. The One seems crisp all the way around; maybe a bit "toned down." The whites look white on the One; they seem to have a yellowish tint on the S4.

 

It looks like my next phone shall be an HTC One, Galaxy S4, or the next iPhone (iPhone 6?). Ugh! Why can't I just have them all? Smiley Very Happy

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Hehe personally when it comes to price, I would go with the One. Smiley Tongue

The Galaxy S4 is a great phone, but I would rather pay $199 (or the no commitment price) for 32GB memory as opposed to 16GB for the same price on the S4.

But again, it does come out to one's personal taste. I would suggest watching some reviews and see which device you may like more. ^_^
~Sunshine Smiley Happy
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Evandela wrote:
Hehe personally when it comes to price, I would go with the One. Smiley Tongue

The Galaxy S4 is a great phone, but I would rather pay $199 (or the no commitment price) for 32GB memory as opposed to 16GB for the same price on the S4.

But again, it does come out to one's personal taste. I would suggest watching some reviews and see which device you may like more. ^_^

I made note of the storage differences, too, Evandela. I also watched a few reviews on YouTube on each individual phone, and then a direct comparison video or two. The thing I like most about the One is the aluminum construction, front-facing Boomsound speakers, and the display looks very nice and clear. Things that kind of turn me off is the awkward placement of almost all of the buttons on the phone, including the volume rocker, lock button, and then physical soft keys by the HTC logo on the bottom. Also, I'm still a little leery on the camera... I know it's an "enhanced" 4MP camera and performs well under low light. I'm just curious as to how well it does in daylight and other light environments. 

 

Maybe I'm wrong, but it looks like apps cannot be placed on the main home screen? I think the Blinkfeed stream takes that up? Smiley Indifferent

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"Maybe I'm wrong, but it looks like apps cannot be placed on the main home screen? I think the Blinkfeed stream takes that up?"

-> Do you mean apps you've downloaded? You still can put them on your home screen, it's just done a little differently (no idea why HTC did it this way). You would have to press and hold the app and drag it upwards, then it's straight forward from there. It's one of those little things I dislike about the device, but maybe they will change that sometime in the future?

As far as the 4MP "enhanced" camera, as you said, performs very well under low light conditions. In daytime scenarios, it's not horrible but certainly not the best. If you a casually take pictures to post them up on a social media website, then that phone will certainly do the job. But in daylight, the S4 performs a little better. I'm sure you've seen videos of people editing photos on the One, HTC was very kind to provide this to users instead of third party apps (though I haven't really used it myself because the pictures were ok), but that is something to look into as well.

One thing I also dislike about the phone is the sensors for the Home and Back buttons. They are a little bit unresponsive at times, almost as if the device has to pressed in a certain way for them to work.
~Sunshine Smiley Happy
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