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HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One

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Maybe there would’ve been some sort of improvement with the post processing performance of the Google Play Edition’s Ultrapixel camera, but that’s not the case after checking out some of the samples we shot. Honestly, their qualities look identical in all lighting conditions.

Camera interface of the HTC One Google Play Edition - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One
Camera interface of the HTC One Google Play Edition - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One
Camera interface of the HTC One Google Play Edition - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One
Camera interface of the HTC One Google Play Edition - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One

Camera interface of the HTC One Google Play Edition


Camera interface of the HTC One - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One
Camera interface of the HTC One - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One
Camera interface of the HTC One - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One

Camera interface of the HTC One



At the same time, their 1080p video recording qualities are identical to one another as well – so there’s no clear victor in this category. The videos might not be the prettiest things out there, but it has enough of a balanced look to make them pleasing nonetheless.

HTC One Google Play Edition Sample Video:



HTC One Sample Video:




Now, we’re going to hand the overall shooting experience to the Sense 5 HTC One, just because of the myriad of shooting modes and manual settings available to it. In comparison, the only unique aspect of the Google Play Edition is the availability of its Photosphere mode, which gives us that 360 degree rotatable image.


Multimedia:

Visuals are yet again what separate the music players on these two devices, since it’s the Sense music player on one, and the usual Google Play Music app on the other. Seriously though, we can’t say that one player is remarkably better than the other – even more when they boast nearly the same functions. Additionally, their front-firing speakers produce the same level of audio quality, which is astoundingly powerful, sharp, and commanding.

Google Play Music on the HTC One Google Play Edition - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One
Google Play Music on the HTC One Google Play Edition - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One
Google Play Music on the HTC One Google Play Edition - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One
Google Play Music on the HTC One Google Play Edition - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One

Google Play Music on the HTC One Google Play Edition


The Sense music player on the HTC One - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One
The Sense music player on the HTC One - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One
The Sense music player on the HTC One - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One

The Sense music player on the HTC One


It’s the same display, so there shouldn’t be one that’s more optimal for the video watching experience, right? Not really, because the Sense 5 HTC One supports videos encoded in Xvid, in addition to MPEG-4 and H.264 out of the box. On top of that, there’s that nifty screenshot function available to it too that’s accessible by tapping the button on the right side of the screen. It also supports the built-in infrared remote controller.

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posted on 17 Jul 2013, 05:54 3

1. tiara6918 (Posts: 1322; 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

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 06:48 6

5. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 718; 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.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 05:59 1

2. wendygarett (unregistered)


Differentiate between stock and sense?
ain't nobody got times for dat...

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 06:25 5

3. tech2 (Posts: 1757; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


ikr ! Whereas TchWiz & Stock android would've made more sense !

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 03:57 1

10. vincelongman (Posts: 946; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Are you gonna say "ain't nobody got time for dat" on every article now?

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 06:26

4. Diego! (Posts: 500; 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

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 06:52

6. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 718; 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.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 07:51 1

7. hms2407 (Posts: 94; 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

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 10:52 1

8. Commentator (Posts: 2292; 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!]"

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 11:49

9. housry23 (Posts: 76; 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!!!!!

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HTC One

HTC One

OS: Android 4.4.2 4.3 4.2.2 4.1.2
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Display4.7 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (468 ppi) S-LCD 3
Camera4 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T, Quad core, 1700 MHz, Krait 300 processor
2048 MB RAM
Size5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches
(137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm)
5.04 oz  (143 g)

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