HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One
The single biggest difference between these so-called identical twins is found with their respective Android experience. As we know, the Google Play Edition features stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean – whereas, the original employs HTC’s Sense 5 UI running on top of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. So yeah, this is where the decision is going to be made by people. For those who center their life around social networking, we’d vouch for the original HTC One with Sense 5, mainly because HTC BlinkFeed adheres perfectly to their needs. Conversely, if you’re hardcore about Android, the Google Play Edition will astound people for its stock, untouched experience – plus, it’ll receive those prized major updates significantly faster too!
Naturally, as we take a peek around their respective core organizer apps, it’s clear that the biggest difference is mainly presentation and style – albeit, their functions are identical.
Even though the Sense 5 packing HTC One maximizes space by keeping its main keyboard layout filled with various punctuations and numbers, we don’t find it drastically better than the stock Android keyboard used by its sibling, since the two are extremely responsive and quick to the touch.
Processor and Memory:
Normally, it’s perceived that custom UIs tend to bog down the performance of a smartphone, but that’s not necessarily the case here, as the Sense 5 HTC One performs similarly to its stock Android brother. Powering the two is a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 320 GPU, which enables the two to power through basic tasks with minimal effort. However, we do notice a smidgen of improvement with the Google Play Edition, but it’s only seen when navigating across the homescreen – mainly because HTC BlinkFeed is a tad bit more intensive with its visuals.
Neither device offers expandable memory, so we’re quite mindful about what we stuffed into their 32GB of internal storage.
Internet and Connectivity:
Running Google Chrome, there’s nothing that we don’t like with the web browsing experience between the tandem, seeing we’re given everything we’d like to find with a phenomenal experience. Speedy page loads, check. Instant page rendering, check. Silky smooth navigational controls, checkmate! Everything gets a check with these two.
1. tiara6918 (Posts: 1199; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
I choose the original one, I don't think I can forgo the blink feed, zoe and all the other things HTC is offering with sense
5. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 593; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Or you can do like me, unlock the bootloader, root it, S-off it and install the GE+Sense ROM, i currently have the Google Edition System UI, lockscreen and launcher, and the rest of the ROM is Sense. You can choose on the fly if you want Sense or GE apps/system UI.
2. wendygarett (unregistered)
Differentiate between stock and sense?
ain't nobody got times for dat...
3. tech2 (Posts: 1118; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
ikr ! Whereas TchWiz & Stock android would've made more sense !
10. vincelongman (Posts: 469; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Are you gonna say "ain't nobody got time for dat" on every article now?
4. Diego! (Posts: 448; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)
Weren't 'Ultrapixels' supposed to outshine every other camera in low light conditions? The pig pic (lol) in the HTC One Google Play Edition has a lot of noise!
I love the design and hardware of HTC One, but after seeing the pics of the 41MP camera of the Nokia Lumia 1020, I'm going to go for it :D
6. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 593; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
The Google Play Edition camera app has a bit worse low light performance, i tested it on my One and immediately noticed, and other phones on that same situation would also have lots of noise, the Lumia 1020 is just a step ahead of everything in the camera department, i'm satisfied with the One's performance but next year might go the Nokia/WP way if they keep up with the amazing cameras.
7. hms2407 (Posts: 89; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)
the sense 5 version offers way more features than the google one and why would someone spend around 300 bucks for a device that looks doesnt offer anything beside the stock asop experience
8. Commentator (Posts: 2083; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
"Well, these two are basically the same phone in terms of hardware, so they have exactly the same look and feel [but let's take a dozen or so pictures of them sitting next to/on top of each other and post them in the review anyways!]"
9. housry23 (Posts: 67; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)
There is a misconception out there that the Google Edition is stock Android. There's a reason everything is identical except the way things look. The Google Edition is still built on Sense 5 framework and kernel, it just lacks HTC's apps and launcher. That's it. The Google Edition is built to be a HTC One with the stock Android experience. That means you use Google's apps instead of HTC's. This is the only difference between the two. That and the GE bootloader is unlocked by booting to the bootloader and running "fastboot oem unlock" where the Sense edition you must go to htc.dev and follow their instructions there.
This is not an AOSP device! There is no source tree in the Google repositories for the HTC One. This DOES NOT run AOSP!!!!!