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HTC One camera improved thanks to firmware update

0. phoneArena 26 Mar 2013, 00:32 posted on

Pictures taken with the HTC One camera showed great improvement following a firmware update that really did great things to the ability of the 4MP camera to do more than just take great shots in low light conditions; ironically, it is the camera that is keeping the phone from being launched in the states early enough to build momentum before the Samsung Galaxy S4 appears...

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posted on 26 Mar 2013, 00:39 41

1. zig8100 (Posts: 120; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


Much better.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 02:59 7

32. lovenyc8 (Posts: 164; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)


why can't they just put an 8 or 13 UltraPixel before they ship them out.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 03:33 19

37. rizevnarastek (Posts: 330; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


In my opinion this camera beats all the competition hands down and it just got even better with the update.

@lovency8 If they'd put 8MP Ultrapixel inside it'd be gargantuan. And it would have a camera bulge again. Last year people complained about the bulge, this time they made the camera recessed. ;) good guy HTC

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 04:01 1

40. ITEngineer (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


would you really buy a phone just for the looks or for camera even though you already know HTC's history by killing software updates after 12 months of release?

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 06:14 4

50. sintruder (Posts: 58; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


htc is releasing only one flagship this year.So the one won't have update issues since from now on they'll be releasing only one flagship per year.This makes it easier for htc to update there phones faster and for a longer period of time.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 08:00 3

56. gogowho (Posts: 37; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


no, you are wrong.
one won't the only one flagship this year. Google it.
the marketing manager just confirmed that.
this is what i always said: never trust htc, including their quality and service.
they are notorious for their marketing hypes, qualities, everything
they should pay more attention to their products, but fool people.
for instance, still some people think ulatrapuxel has 4*3=12mp

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 13:54 6

72. b1acktiger (Posts: 207; Member since: 19 May 2012)


There was a survey conducted by PA. HTC was on top with frequent updates. (Exception for 2 cases) DO some research

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 20:35

78. JEverettnow (Posts: 187; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


The updates usually cause more harm than good though. On the evo 3d the last update killed swype, on the 4g LTE numerous issues happened after every update, and then after the last software update if you let the battery die it would take almost a half an hour for the phone to be able to be turned back on after being on the charger.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 15:16

82. chocolaking (Posts: 438; Member since: 22 May 2012)


Who is the stupid ppl thinking 4x3 = 12 megapixel? that's one of the genius assumption I have seen.
This must be an joke. Lol

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 07:40 5

55. KParks23 (Posts: 448; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


Really my 2 year old thunderbolt got a update a couple weeks ago.. Do some research before u slam someone HTC is one of the leading mfr when it comes to pushing updates

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 04:17 4

41. Birds (Posts: 978; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Not to be rude, but you don't get it do you? Cell phones use 1/3" sensors to save space. HTC went the route of having a a pixel binding technology similar to pure view to increase image quality. If they would have had more pixels in to camera, there would have been far more grain and mushy details. What HTC did was look at what should be the limit for pixels size on such a small sensor without sacrificing or even improving image quality. 4.3 megapixels is still more than adequate for day to day shots. In my opinion, there is no point in a camera resolution above 5 megapixels on cell phone cameras with small 1/3" ssensors. I have a feeling that HTC will include an ultrapixel camera with a sensor size of 1/2.3" and a resolution of 8 mega pixels on anew smart phone. Ultrapixel is a step in the right direction.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 20:51

85. Cellphonator12 (Posts: 27; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


AMEN !

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 04:38 1

44. nazyr1803 (Posts: 78; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)


maybe htc wanna come out with a new high end phone with 8 or 13 ultrapixel..is not easy to make a phone dude.... maybe for the next year the camera u want will be used for the next phone in 2014..... for me, htc one is only starting the heat...

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 03:53 7

39. ITEngineer (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


No Thanks
I love HTC phones, but will never buy one again ever for 1 good reason.

HTC abandon their phones after 8-12 months of release, then no more software updates, like they did with their Sensation line, none is getting jellybeans.

Here in Denmark
HTC ONE costs 1000$ to buy(32gigs)
So im not gonna waste 1000$ on a company that will not give me any software updates after 12 months.

What i dont understand is why no one mentions that, not gsmarena, not engadget not phonearena.
I mean this is the biggest factor in a phone, being supplied software updates for atleast 18 months.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 05:56 7

48. rizevnarastek (Posts: 330; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


What are you just spamming every article with this sh!t?

Sensation is running better then any Galaxy SII...
If you want up to date software root and install a custom ROM.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 07:01 4

53. ITEngineer (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


What is it with you people, if someone names the good sides you upvote him, if someones names the downsides which a lot of people are not seeing you down votehim and begin disrespecting!!

If HTC will release one flag ship per year and update it constantly for at least 18 months, i will buy one the next day, heck i love their design and UI.

But at the time being you cannot deny that Samsung which i hate their designs have better customer service and long term update and support, which makes more logic to invest money on a phone if your looking for long term update.

The general public dont know about rooting , AOSP, AOKP, CM like you and i, they relay on offical updates.

Please dont tell me the sensation runs better than the SGSII, cause that is so not true, My wife has a sensation and i have an SII, you cannot even compare the performance nor the battery life between these two.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 09:13 2

60. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


If Samsung updates their phones longer and better, please explain why the Samsung Droid Charge hasn't and won't receive the 4.0 update while the HTC Thunderbolt has it. There is one obvious example of HTC supporting a product longer than Samsung even though the phones launched at roughly the same time.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 13:57 2

73. b1acktiger (Posts: 207; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Long term Support ? Galaxy S Advance is still running on 2.3 Gingerbread.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 06:20 2

51. sintruder (Posts: 58; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


htc is releasing only one flagship this year.So the one won't have update issues since from now on they'll be releasing only one flagship per year.This makes it easier for htc to update there phones faster and for a longer period of time.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 00:42 20

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5722; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


All HTC needs to do now is make the damn phones. I might even consider an AT&T edition.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 01:06 3

13. wendygarett (unregistered)


Wow sacrifice Verizon already?

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 02:57

30. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5722; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I said 'might'. But even if I got an AT&T edition One, I would not be trading in my Note II.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 15:39

84. chocolaking (Posts: 438; Member since: 22 May 2012)


Since you are waiting for the new htc one like me.
Here are some amazing pictures taken from an regular Htc one user.
after I saw these pics, I have been blown away.
http://www.mobile01.com/topicdetail.php?f=566&t=3288066&r=2&last=42865008

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 00:44 16

3. p0rkguy (Posts: 683; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


They just look like terribly focused pictures vs focused pictures...

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 03:46 2

38. _Bone_ (Posts: 2123; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Yeah, sound like advertising hack.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 07:38 2

54. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 814; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Have you even read the article? It wasn't HTC who made that comparison it was a phone review website.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 00:45 12

4. shayan (Posts: 146; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


great. I always hated HTC cameras. now, its really good in my opinion.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 09:15 4

61. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


Camera on the DNA is excellent. I'd put it up against any camera on any phone here in the US.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 16:43

74. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


i dont know how you can make this comparison. i had a dna for two days. the battery was attrocious and the pics were excellent and another time blurry and out of focus

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 19:22

77. jsdechavez (Posts: 701; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Nokia 808 Pureview is available in the US too... How much you wanna bet against that?

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 00:49 18

5. limonline (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 Mar 2013)


awesomee

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 00:49 19

6. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


Good job HTC

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 00:53 27

7. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


make a new review and camera comparison PA

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 01:03 16

11. siluro (Posts: 46; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


I second this

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 01:04 19

12. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


Good point. Has pa ever done this before? Change ratings I mean...

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 01:45 8

18. yougotkilled1 (Posts: 167; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


I third this! The score on the review here showed the camera being over hyped so it's listed as a con. Now with the new update and proof, the camera doesn't deserve to be a con now.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 01:49 13

20. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3989; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Wasn't PA's only con against the One the fact that the camera wasn't as good as it was hyped to be? I think this should change that. The One deserves a 9.5 now.

This is why we don't review products until the final product is released!

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 02:07 2

22. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


You're right... I was a lil disappointed at the One looking at the video samples. GSMArena's review on the One video recording impressed me a lot more. GSMArena's review gave me some mixed feelings about the device. The battery test was good, the video was good, but the images were nothing compared to what PA or Engadget had or even that one camera review site posted by one of the members on PA. I think this update kind of cleared things up a bit for me.

But with all the juicy rumors on the X and Nexus 5, I think I won't regret holding out on getting a phone in the first quarter this year.

Have you decided on which device you're going to get? SGS4 or One?

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 02:18 4

25. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3989; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


This is what I've said from the beginning, everyone reviewed the device on unfinished software. Once the retail unit is out, everything will be fine tuned to near perfection. Of course, there will be some quirks just like with every device, but it will be much better than the unofficial demo units.

I'm pretty set on the One myself. But I'm going to wait until I get my own hands on with both of them before making a final decision, which won't be until about April. You are right though, with all these reports saying the X phone will be announced in May and released in June/July, I might just wait until after Google I/O to choose.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 10:21

64. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Yeah, what's another 3 months of waiting... Already waited long enough for the One and S4 to be announced.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 02:47

29. darkskoliro (Posts: 966; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Yes I wish Alan F. could have the reviews do another camera smackdown since there is so much difference in the quality!

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 03:00

33. Tomfromsouth (Posts: 51; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


Hear hear!

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 03:03

34. Tomfromsouth (Posts: 51; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


If fact, I doubt they received the final unit for general consumption - probs a test unit. Considering everyone will receive it with the update. So to form useful judgments about products, then they would have to do it on the final product, or else their review is well, inaccurate.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 11:16

70. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5399; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I think they are too busy right now, John V is busy Daniel is busy Victor, Ray and Nick are also busy.......

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 00:56 6

8. MrJerry (Posts: 393; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Was that bad before? -_-?

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 02:37 4

27. darkskoliro (Posts: 966; Member since: 07 May 2012)


no, but its ridiculously good now!

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 00:56 17

9. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 633; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


My god.. Remarkable difference.. I think this will improve the rating of HTC One... Awesome phone BTW.. Even better now..

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 00:57 1

10. prince9030 (Posts: 8; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)


Better battery life next time and make it removable

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 03:30 3

36. rizevnarastek (Posts: 330; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


The battery has good endurance. It will last you two days with moderate usage and a full day with heavy usage. GSMarena's test got 14hours of 3G talk time, 10 hours of video playback and 10 hours of web browsing ;) ....just buy a battery bar if you desperately need more juice on the go.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 16:44

75. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


3g? its a lte phone

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 01:08 2

14. avin007 (Posts: 139; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


The baby and the chocolate picture on the left seems purposefully blurrd.....this is just my take on the pics......anyways the pics on the right are better

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 01:18 6

15. Andrewtst (Posts: 313; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Great news! Can't wait it start selling!

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 01:32 1

16. Taters (Posts: 2824; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


What do you know. It looks like I was right and this is just the beginning. Great build quality alright.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2197732

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 02:01 9

21. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3989; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


This is obviously a first batch issue. Nearly every phone has some. The iPhone 5 had light leakage (among other things), and the GS3 had cracks around the back casing and the camera. It all manages to get fixed within a month or two.

THIS IS NORMAL. But of course you would jump on any chance to bash HTC.

Even so, it's not like the people are too worried about it. Here are some of the comments from that thread;

"But this kind of gap also on other phones, like S4."

"If I'm looking at the same thing is u on top of the phone theres a very very small gap between the metal casing and plastic filler.
Can't see I'm bothered about a gap of 0.25mm though. I don't think I'd ever want a replacement."

"This gap may be engineered to provide for thermal expansion differences between glass and aluminum"

"but I don't think this is a problem really. It is negligible and it probably won't have any impact at all, the phone still seems premium and solid in the hand, and it is not like they advertise it as being waterproof or anything in which case this would be an issue."

"This thread made me have a good look at my Note 2, to see if it has any gaps, All I could hear was CREEEEAK! CREEEEEEAK! CREEEEEAK"

"The gap looks so minor, it's probably nothing to worry about."

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 10:36

79. ahhxd717 (Posts: 317; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


Haha haha you are seriously hilarious. Look at you posting this irrelevant thread on a post about a CAMERA. And like Berserk said, many first batches have issues. Care to comment on the faulty construction on the first S3s where there was cracking on the sides? Oh, I guess that's Ok in your book. And let's also forget about the horrid construction of the Galaxy Nexus, which I still have and love Btw. Hmm.. HUGE gaps between the glass and plastic, I have dirt in there I can't remove because it got so deep in there. And the headphone jack? That thing starting malfunctioning not long after I got it, yet I never had these issues with my Inspire. So should I denounce Samsung for making this phone? No. I think they could have done much better, but I won't hate Samsung because of it. What's wrong with you?

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 01:34 3

17. sbw44 (Posts: 389; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


Why do the pics on the left look blurred? looks like they did this on purpose to make it seem that the camera takes way better pics now!

Also if that was really the pics, then how on earth did phonearena come up with this beating the likes of Nokia and Sony?

The best thing is on Gsmarena ( the most unbiased website ) they said the daylight pics of the one is a disappointment! and that the One takes better pics than 5mp camera's but is still way behind 8mp cams

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 04:29

42. Birds (Posts: 978; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


It only beat them in the video department but tied up with them in lowlight. Btw, not all one units were the same. I know it sounds silky but the review units for each blog site had differences in image quality. All seemed to have great video quality but image quality was a mixed bag of marbles on certain sites. Same ranged from slightly above average to very good....hopefully this updated fixed everything.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 01:46

19. Ivan6479 (Posts: 244; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Okay I agree the new updated pics look better, but it's still nothing to write home about. There is simply no way this camera is going to hold up against the new 13mp cameras on newer devices coming out.

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 02:11

23. Taters (Posts: 2824; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


@ Bezerk

um no that is not normal. From 2011 - 2013 the only phones to have ever given me problems have been the two Xperia S, two One X, and two 8x devices.

and I have owned the gs2, iPhone 4s, Xperia S times 2, one X times 2, gs3, 8x times 2, optimus G, and nexus 4. The Xperia S had yellow glue tint both of them and the 4 HTC devices were just poor. The rest were first batch phones and were all flawless. Coincidence? I highly doubt it. Just admit it, HTC is crap.

As far as the people that says the GS4 has a gap when you can't even buy one yet. Do you really believe him? If you so than you are pretty stupid. Same with the guy who says the Note 2 creaks. Lol please!

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 02:19 7

26. wendygarett (unregistered)


Obviously you are lying :)

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