HTC One Review
We have had the opportunity to review the new HTC One courtesy of the people at Vodafone.
The In5 on the HTC One
The HTC One is a slim, compact and lightweight smartphone with a well sized screen. This phone is suited for users who wish to use Facebook, take photos (and share them via email, instagram etc.), and use apps on a daily basis. It’s got a gorgeous Aluminium build, a decent 4.7-inch Super LCD 3 display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution and a Quad-core processor to keep things chugging away.
Those users who are particularly appreciative of visual prompts will find the live feed particularly useful, as news, Facebook and other updates are posted through on a regular basis via their new Sense UI layout.
The HTC one took about 10 minutes to setup (from the initial startup to entering user profile information and then accessing the internet on a telecommunications network). Syncing the phone to email was refreshingly quick and easy. Although most smartphones in this day and age are easy to set up, we can genuinely say that we did not have any issues in the set up phase for the HTC one. It should be noted that there were a few prompts to sign up and subscribe for some services, however this process was not unreasonably lengthy. Luckily this can be done through 3G/4G as well as wi-fi.
Size and Ergonomics
The HTC One is a medium size smartphone with dimensions of 37.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm, a 4.7 inch Full HD 1080p display (469 PPI), and weighs 143grams (according to the HTC Australian website). It is a practical phone that balances the need for a large screen, and still remains slim and compact. It’s one the most gorgeous screens we’ve ever seen on a phone, and images and text are incredibly crisp – watching videos was also a joy on this device. HTC have certainly stepped up their game by making a large phone with a great display and internals, and they should be applauded for this contruction. If only they were able to market this display better, this would be the Number 1 Android phone.
We had no issue with using this phone on a daily basis, but to those users who are accustomed to carrying around a smaller iPhone or something that is in the ‘smaller’ category of smartphone, this may take up more space in your pockets than you want. That said, the phone is a good size, considering its functionality and screen size, and it packs a whole lot of punch as well.
While we didn’t exactly have as long as we would have liked with the phone, we did give the phone a little whirl in the dark. The phone only comes with a 4 megapixel camera, however to make up for the lack of resolution, HTC have implemented ultrapixels (which means larger pixels for more light, and it should be able to shoot faster as well). We have to say, we’re a little disappointed in the direction they went with the Ultrapixels, because while night shooting is decent, day time shooting means it will never keep up with the likes of the S4 or Lumia 1020.
Check out 2 samples below:
Quadrant benchmark of 12,540 places it first. Easily. It’s got one of the most powerful processors ever put in a phone, and we pretty much expected it first or second (in relation to a Galaxy S4). For comparison, their last Flagship device, the HTC One X, scored 4885, nearly 3 time less which shows you how quick phones improve.
NenaMark k1 score of 60.5 which is only a slight increase in benchmarks from last year which were around 55.
In AnTuTu (our preferred benchmarking tool), the HTC One not only managed to beat every single Android mobile phone on the list, but blazed away with a massive score of 23,292 (double that of the HTC One X
Overall, an incredibly quick phone – but Sense, as always, is still quite a pain at times and we really wish HTC would more more towards the Google Android UI as opposed to spending so much investing in Sense, which while much improved, is still lacking.
The embedded chargeable Li-Polymer Battery comfortably lasted at least 24 hours with minimal but reasonable usage (phone calls, internet access, Facebook posting, and listening to streamed music). It comes with a decent 2,300 mAh battery and never once did we have to put the phone on charge halfway through the day – proving that quad-core devices even with 1080p screens are capable of lasting the entire day with some light work, a few videos and some Facebook’ing.
However, once you move away from light work and light browsing – you get a battery life that struggles to keep up with it’s power user. Thought watching videos on Full brightness takes quite a toll on the device, you can always lower the battery to keep it lasting. The worst is using many apps throughout the day which does decrease it’s value a bit.
With this particular phone, we took the opportunity to use the new Vodafone 4G network and the digital radio functions on the HTC One to see if the Vodafone/HTC One combo provided for a good quality digital radio service. We were happy to find that there were few (if any) interruptions in the service and we were able to receive decent quality digital radio which was put through the headphone jack into car speakers (also providing a great result). However, this will differ based on the time, location and provider of the telecommunications service (and the broadcaster of the digital radio).