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5.0 out of 5 stars Just a well polished all round performing phone., 2 Sep 2013
This review is from: HTC One 32GB UK SIM-Free Smartphone - Silver (discontinued by manufacturer) (Wireless Phone)
After having the iphone for 4 years, I really was getting tired of the same old software but perhaps more importantly, the 3.5 inch screen on the 3gs and 4s were becoming dated. The iphone 5 simply wasn't big enough, and the long form factor felt a bit awkward.

Bring in the HTC one. Now this is just perfect in almost every way.

Pros:

- Superb build quality and feels more premium than even the iphone with the cold aluminium body, much better than the plastic S4
- Perfect screen size of 4.7 inches, and the clarity is superb since it is 1080p
- Htc Sense is a delight. Very ergonomic and the only real addition is blinkfeed, unlike the myriads of gimmicks forced on to you by the S4
- 4 Ultrapixel camera is fantastic. Let's be honest, we are not going to be photographers with our phones and make huge canvases with our photos. The camera is brilliant in everyday low light circumstances and look great.
- The performance of the device is superb. The screen is incredibly responsive to touch and app switching, multitasking, video streaming, internet browsing, navigating the phone during calls, and all the rest of it work flawlessly on this device.
- Boomsound speakers really did blow my head off the first time I received a call.

Cons:

- The aluminium body is nice and cool due to the thermal properties of the metal, however, this also means that the phone is prone to getting quite warm during intensive use, and it is something I have considered getting a case for.
- Battery life is good, but not great. It easily gets me through a day of moderate use, with 40% left. But I was hoping for a performance similar to the note 2.
- Android as an operating system is a hassle to set up. But this is only a problem for those who have been spoonfed a complete user interface from apple over the years like me.

Overall, this is a fantastic phone. If you're due an upgrade from an S3 or an iphone 4s, definitely give this phone a chance. The switch from apple to android is difficult for a few days, but once you've got all the same apps downloaded and contacts/music have been transferred, you can really enjoy the same things as iphone, but on a much more luxurious screen.
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