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The one & only " HTC ONE " Updated Review ( 26 Feb 2014 )
on 8 April 2013
Please Note that my latest updated thoughts on the phone are right at the end of this review. Thanks
Before I say anything about this phone people,let me tell you the kind of handsets I have owned in the past few years.
HTC Desire,Galaxy S2,Galaxy S3,Razor i,iPhone 5,HTC One X+,HTC 8X,HTC One X,Sony Xperia Z ( currently own as well),Xperia U,HTC Desire C to name a few. The reason I mentioned the long list of phones is simple. Take my advice into serious consideration before you buy this handset.I am a seasoned & advanced Android user. I have lived with Android ever since the day it was born ( The G1 ). My experience is not limited to Android only. I own an iPad ( with retina display ) n also own an iPhone 5 currently ( IOS ). I have also lived with Windows 8 mobiles for a while lol.
Now I am going to be very short and to the point before you get bored and leave my review half way through lol. I am going to rate the phone in Five major areas ( the most important to an average consumer ).
Design ( 5 stars ):
It's the most beautiful and elegant premium phone mankind has ever made. If you are thinking of the Galaxy S4 don't even think about it. It's a wider ( not bigger ) Galaxy S3 made with the same cheap plastic. If you have never owned a Galaxy Phone before then yes by all means go for the Galaxy S4. But remember there is a big difference in ergonomics of a 4.7" screen ( HTC One ) and a 5" screen ( Xperia Z which I also currently own ).
Camera ( 4.5 stars ):
Too many technical details are needed here in order to understand the Ultrapixel technology used in HTC One. But in short HTC One is using 4 MP camera with an Ultrapixel sensor. A sensor which HTC claims brings 3 times the more light then a regular sensor in a normal mobile camera. In order to test this I used it against iPhone 5 ( which I also currently own ) and Xperia Z ( which i also own n has a 13 MP camera ) under all lighting conditions. Results were amazing. It had the best low light performance i have ever seen in any phone camera. Normal day light shots were excellent as well but got pixelated once zoomed in due to low 4 MP. But u won't even notice that if u r uploading pics on Facebook or sending them via whtsapp or viber. It wasn't a problem for me cuz phone cameras r meant for that purpose anyway n my pics were v decent wen uploaded on facebook.
Update : Currently HTC One in the UK is running software version 1.28. The new version 1.29 is currently hitting the UK with much improved Camera & Battery Performance. Many bugs ( which I havnt experience yet ) and performance related issues have been fixed. The update is huge ( 229 MB) and will improve the handset in manŷ areas. International versions ( Sim free ) have got it already and from what I have read and seen , Improvements are significant :). I will update mŷ review once I have tested the camera after the update.
Update 2 : just a few days ago I received the update 4.2.2 on my HTC One ( three network ). Three network missed the 1.29 update and upgrded to software version 2.24 instead ( not android update).I am happy to inform you guys that the Camera has definitely improved. Pictures appear more sharper and over saturation on whites has been rectified as well. HTC Zoe has significant improvements as well.
Performance : ( 5 Stars )
Simply mind boggling performance. With the worlds fastest chip ( currently available ) Snapdragon 600 at 1.7 Ghz with 2 Gig of Ram it just refuses to slow down. I am a v heavy user and the phone just doesn't slow down n is fast and responsive n silky smooth. Lot of ppl after reading my review will be thinking about the Galaxy S4. It's no faster then the HTC ONE. S4 will also be using the Snapdragon 600 chip with a little more clock speed of 1.9 Ghz. Difference is so minimal ( 200 MHz ) that it won't b noticeable to us at all.
Update : Jelly Bean 4.2.2 is a big major update and I can tell you that performance has improved significantly. Not that it was bad before but the phone is much more smoother n faster :)
Update 2 ( Dec 2013 ) : Jelly Bean 4.3 was rolled out last month ( Nov 2013 ). Ever since the update the phone has improved alot in certain areas. I can see a bit of lag here and there but nothing major. Obviously the phone is almost 10 months old and aging well but its not too bad. I am still enjoying it very much indeed and being a Geek still quiet happy with it. So nothing to worry about.
Battery : ( 4 Stars )
Big 2300 mAh battery is used in HTC One. It is the biggest battery HTC has ever used in any of there phones. Results r amazing. I am able to get full day of use out of the phone easily now that i have had the phone for a week. People battery is not an issue with this handset which past HTC sets had an issue with. As long as u r like me ( average usage ) checking Facebook ,whtsapp,viber and emails n surfing the web or reading articles n listening to music battery should last you a day easy. Like with any smart phone these days if u r going to play games and watch movies then obviously the battery will drain out quicker.
Update : Some people have mentioned the batterŷ being a problematic area. I,myself, havnt experienced any issues with the battery ever since I got the phone. I am averaging 10-12 hours with heavy moderate usage which is decent for a mobile with 1080P display. Reports are that battery has gone even better which is good news for all of us. I will also be updating the Battery section of the review once i have the update ( i own HTC One on three Network ).
Update 2 : After the update 4.2.2 I havnt noticed any significant battery improvements. Battery performance remains the same from my experience of using the phone for almost 4 days after the update. To me the above mentioned figures are more then acceptable. As long as a phone can last me all day with moderate/heavy usage I m perfectly fine with that. Nightly charges are a norm for high end phones these days.
Update 3 ( Dec 2013 ): After the update 4.3 i noticed a lot of battery drain in the first few days. Now i am beginning to see system stablizing and i have read and experienced this in the past with other vendors that it always takes time after a new update for the battery to caliberate with the new system update. I Have just noticed another update ( 85 MB ) come up on my phone. I am at work and will update my phone ( over WIFI ) once i go home and will defintely get back to you guys on this one.
Sound : ( 5 stars )
This is mŷ personal favourite. It's the worlds first phone to have two speakers at the front of the phone. It's also the worlds loudest phone ( lab tests carried out ). If you don't believe the lab tests then listen to me. People I have never ever ever heard sound like this from any phone ever in my life. It's crispy and clear with a lot of bass. Watched a few movies on it and was shockingly surprised how good the sound was on this bad boy ( thanks to Beats Audio ). No wonder HTC calls it Boomsound.
I obviously cudnt cover everything but I tried. I highly recommend this phone as its simply the best phone out there and the one to beat in 2013. If u r not bothered about the ergonomics and cheap construction and can also live with a average sound on a phone ( after experiencing sound on the S3 for 6 months ) then by all means go for the Galaxy S4 ( I personally wouldn't ). To me a phone has to look good & feel practical ( specially one hand use ). I will leave the rest for you to decide. Choice is yours. Ether u make UR own mind up or take advice of someone who has nearly owned all the top phones world has ever produced. Good luck!!!!
Update 26 Feb 2014:
Last night I received KitKat 4.4.2 on my HTC One ( 3 Network ). The first thing I have noticed is that the battery drain occurring on Jelly Bean 4.3 is now gone. Previously there was some kinda bug which was draining the battery out more on standby then during the actual use & thankfully that doesn't seem to be the case anymore ( in love with my HTC One again lol !!! I was kinda anyway lol ). The sound on the speakers from my experience has sufficiently increased or amplified whatever you call it. Less RAM memory is used resulting in even better performance ( obviously cuz of KitKat brilliantly written code which helps the more powerful phones even run more efficiently ). Ability to print documents from your phone to an HP Printer ( standard KitKat feature ) is now there. Please feel free to ask of you wanna know this. I have carried out this successfully on my HP All in One Wifi printer. All in all KitKat seems to be settling down well & I will update this review further once future updates become available. Please feel free to ask me any questions that you may have. Thanks