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HTC One Review

0. phoneArena 14 Mar 2013, 12:02 posted on

The HTC One brings the best out of HTC’s industrial design legacy, clad in a beautiful aluminum body, it brings a 4.7-inch bright and vivid display, an UltraPixel camera and a revolutionary front stereo speaker setup…

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posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:26

93. procopiojose (Posts: 132; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

so what happens if you accidentally scratch the back panel?? buy new one??
as for the galaxy s4, you can always buy a new back panel in case you damaged it.. and you can bring an extra battery with you.. yey!

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 01:04

94. lj200 (Posts: 3; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

If you download these pictures in their fullsize 16:9 native format and view them on a 1080p display they look outstanding. They look great on my 55" Samsung TV. To download the images just magnify the images in the viewer then right click to save images as.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 02:48

96. Radicalz38 (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

Hello phonearena! You mentioned the device doesn't have LTE on the european version? I thought it european version was suppose to have 800/1800/2600 MHz for LTE? Could you clarify this please?

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 02:57 5

97. pronav (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)

smasung galaxy 4 isssssssssss a looser

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 03:31 5

98. michealnam (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

the evidence is now crystal clear, htc one wins by a wide margin.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 08:16 2

101. pritam.paul.360 (Posts: 12; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)

i gotta say, this phone looks way nicer than the Xperia Z(ed) and Galaxy S 4 when it comes to the design and build quality. But GS4 is the winner when it comes to specs. and the one thing I don't like at all about the HTC One is the position of it's Home Button and a lack of multitasking button. other than that, this phone will do it for me and i believe most of the other android geeks out there.....!

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 08:35 4

102. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

s4 cant even near it..

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 09:54 4

104. preet27in (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

well well sammy fanboys we ve seen ur so called GS4 and believe me its NO CHANGE PHONE!!!! ALLL CRAP N JUNK PLASTIC. same features except a few changes. exactly similar shape with only a bit large screen. oh god sammy think this is called innovations. SAMSUNG PLEASE GET OFF UR DREAM, we r talking about reality. this aint any innovation. learn something from SONY AND HTC. well people we always talk that sammy will sell better, but have u thaught what profit u r gona get ???? nothing!!!!! so why would any idiot go for a phone just because its selling better?? huh?? LOOK, we r payin so heafty price for our phones after working so hard , then why dont we guys deserve better premium quality phone with almost similar hardware specs like snapdragon 600???? why to go for samsung? they r making us fools, by providing same old crap plastic with hell lot of price? tell me why woul ny1 go for it? time to use out own MINDS GUYS. there is no doubt sammy has better marketing skills but that DOSENT MEAN SAMMY MAKES BETTER PHONES. nyways VERY GOOD LUCK TO HTC, U ROCK ALWAYSS !!!!!

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 11:36 2

105. rsiders (Posts: 913; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

HTC has done a great job with this phone. The camera is not the best in terms of detail but the quality and low light capabilities are impressive. Now advertise the heck out the phone HTC. I haven't seen one commercial yet on TV. This is where the real battle is: advertising.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 15:09

107. Andrewtst (Posts: 633; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

Awaiting it release, you will be mine.

S4 no longer what I want, big disappointment on Samsung did! You are badly follow Apple style which is bad sign and I won't support such!

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 03:04

109. pritam.paul.360 (Posts: 12; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)

excuse me, who are you calling a 'samsung fanboy'?
@ mr. preet27in

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 12:14

116. preet27in (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

WELL MR PRITAM that wasent for u but for sammy fanboyss. and dont take it personally on urself. i dont intend to hurt u at all but giving my opinion here. thanx mate

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 04:05

110. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

I can't wait to get this phone!! It runs so smoothly.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 08:41

112. TMach (Posts: 457; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

To all those whinging about Xperia Z screen, watch the side by side comparison. Slightly favour the XZ over the One but both great screens. Do not believe the haters especially Ray.S. Both the best in the business and getting both......

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 08:55

113. Minhosa27 (Posts: 4; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)

HTC One is the prettiest phone I've seen. Great design. However the GS4 feature set and screen are unmatched IMO (big fan of the amoled screens). It really is a good time to be an Android user - along with Xperia Z we have 3 great top end handsets to choose from... :-)

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 11:20

114. NateAdam8 (Posts: 388; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)

I'd love to get me this device as soon as it hits the market and I'm hoping for more just like it........... But with a MicroSD Slot and that's really the only thing wrong with it

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 12:09

115. preet27in (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

HERE IS COMMENCT AGAIN READ CAREFULLY!!!!. guyss some ppl r talking about features here. it literally makes me laugh . know why? the features samsung has provided has NO USE IN REAL LIFE. i bet this rarely people r gona use features like air scroll or whatever it is. sammy think that they make make ppl fool easily but they dont know yet their dad is here.those features r hardly used and rarely cherrished in real life. people rather want simple and best looking user interface with beautiful body. tell me how many idiots do a benchmark test daily? HaRDLY NO ONE. cause they dont matter when u use ur phone daily. its just that the phone should not lag , thats it. NO ONE CARES its OCTA CORE or 10 core. QUARD CORE is more than enough for a phone user.we aint talking about PC HERE , its a PHONEE!!!! and u all agree with it m sure, though it tastes bitter.same old crap phone, wih a quality compromise.. who's gona buy it??? u must b an idiot to buy such a brick.all it matters is a better quality and a good LOOKING PHONE, where as HARDWARE is concerned all phone companies r using the same latest chipsets and hardware, LIKE SNAPDRAGON 600 OR 800. now whats the difference? nothing. my point here is HTC ROCKS and SAMSUNG must go in a trash can.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 12:53

117. Supersnake (Posts: 5; Member since: 02 Mar 2013)


(Modaco writes)
HTC One: Unlocking your bootloader? Beware!
Mar 14 2013 03:00 PM | PaulOBrien in Android

Is your HTC One arriving tomorrow? Are you planning to unlock the bootloader? Beware!

If you've ever unlocked a bootloader on a device before, you'll know that it wipes the data partition. Not normally a problem as long as you're aware of it. On the HTC One however, there are a number of applications (Calculator, Flashlight, Ringtone Trimmer and Sound Recorder) that are actually not in the main system partition, but are instead installed after a factory reset from a preload directory that lives in... the data partition!

Unfortunately, HTC haven't taken this preload directory into account in the bootloader unlock process - it gets wiped out and in turn those four system applications are gone... permanently! :blink:

Another potentially even more serious side effect is that because the OTA (over-the-air) files check the integrity of existing applications, future OTAs won't apply if you've completed the unlock. The only way back from this situation is going to be a RUU (ROM Update Utility) (when one becomes available) - which will wipe your device again.

I've raised this issue with HTC and they're looking at it with the highest priority, but until such time as we have a resolution (or indeed just a backup of those 4 APKs?) then it's probably wise to hold off on the unlock.

ExpertReviews writes: "While the loss of those (four) applications is annoying, it's hardly critical: alternatives for doing all four tasks are freely available in the Google Play market. Their loss causes another issue, however: once the files are gone, no future software update released by HTC for the One handset will install - instead kicking up an error about the missing applications.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 13:19

118. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

its going to be a good battle the specs for htc one are great waiting for the battery stress test to see how long it last while web browsing and watching movies I think its a major contender to samsung s4 got to even admit if your a samsung lover the htc even looks better all you need is a case that supports sdcards and your good

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 17:10 1

120. Supersnake (Posts: 5; Member since: 02 Mar 2013)

Battery life statistics and a graph can be found posted on Android Authority. They wrote:

A lot of HTC smartphone users have had complaints about the poor battery life of their devices, a concern compounded with the fact the recent HTC devices feature uni-body designs, making the batteries non-removable. If you were considering picking up a HTC One, but were worried about the battery performance, fear no more!

According to battery endurance tests done by Expert Reviews, the 2,300 mAh battery of the HTC One managed close to 17 hours of 3G talk-time, and more notably, lasted an amazing 8 hours and 32 minutes in video playback!

With numbers like these, getting a full day of usage with one charge, which has become increasingly difficult, should not be a problem anymore. The review does state that the review unit did not feature the final software version, but assuming that the final release will only make things more efficient, the battery test results are great.

To put these numbers in perspective, a recent battery test of the Sony Xperia Z, which features a slightly larger battery at 2,330 mAh, showed that while the Xperia Z lasted for 16 hours of 3G talk-time, the video playback test gave a result of just 5 hours and 39 minutes. Granted, the Xperia Z does feature a larger display, but that shouldn’t result in a difference of more than 3 hours.

We’ll be looking at a lot of other battery tests once the HTC One is officially released later this month, but for now, the initial results are certainly impressive. Battery life could well become one of the many reasons to buy the HTC One.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 15:35 1

119. rebeccajustin (banned) (Posts: 28; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

WOW.Phonearena actually gave this phone a higher score than iphone 5.Thats a first!

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 20:27

121. aphone (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

I think I want to buy the Runbo X3 Android Smartphone after seeing it on most of the review's pictures(HTC sense)!

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 20:46 2

122. tha.fox (Posts: 100; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)

So I ported Sense 5 to my Droid dna. Heres the main differences. Its way faster than any other sense ui we have ever seen. The dialer and contacts no longer lag when opening. It has all the widgets that were popular still and the app drawer has More functionality. U can have a custom app drawer with folders or alphabetical order as well as change the grid size of app drawer. I was one of the people unsure about blinkfeed but it is Amazing and extremly fast. If you hate it you can just put u facebook or twitter on it. If you dont like social feeds you can sign up for flickr and blinkfeed would be nothing more than a very cool looking picture gallery widget. and it keeps ur pics in cloud so they dont get lost. And by a gesture swipe you can instantly turn on child mode thats very customizable on what is allowed on not allowed while in child mode. Thats very useful for parents. Last but not least My DNA before sense 5 by default has about a gig of active ram and Since i got sense 5 ported Its closer to half a gig of used ram! All I can say is this is the first time Ive had a WOW experience since the launch of android 4.0 dont hate on something new or different till you try it!

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 20:44

133. lonestrider (Posts: 88; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)

no doubt that this phone have one of the best design & build quality.
but I think the user interface is not top. it's rather ugly in my opinion...

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 13:36

134. michealnam (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

even if samsung would have included AIDS sensor so when u touch the s4 it immediately reveal your HIV status, and eye malfunctionx detector scanner, it will not stand against THE ONE. I remain a humble fan of Oled tech.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 20:03

135. Luisit0 (Posts: 73; Member since: 18 Feb 2013)

Dimmer screen, huh? Looks like the first down side for me.

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 08:43

139. p5yb0rg (unregistered)

This is an impressive phone in all aspects.. However, I wished there were more helpful features baked into the Sense UI and a micro sd card!

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 06:38

144. PhilTech (Posts: 11; Member since: 16 Jun 2012)

Since HTC's survival apparently depends on this phone then they should have made it with expandable memory and removable battery. That without a doubt would seal the deal and kill every other phone out now but............. they didn't and supply issues aren;t helping either. tsk tsk tsk.....not looking good.

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 13:03 1

146. hzelaya (Posts: 5; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)

the video review is just him reading the written review.....original

posted on 20 Mar 2013, 19:38

147. Ahmed96 (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)

This phone is actually the perfect phone. it is better than any other smartphone even the currently released Galaxy SIV, they have the same hardware, and it looks better. Some of the features that samsung are putting in the Galaxy SIV can be added to the htc one in a software updates or whatever. Anyways samsung are just playing around while htc are working hard on their new phones.

posted on 21 Mar 2013, 07:01

148. jackson_kaeluen (Posts: 87; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)

Can use other 3.5mm headphone jack, earphones like the skull candy?

posted on 22 Mar 2013, 06:23

149. Luisit0 (Posts: 73; Member since: 18 Feb 2013)

Yes, you can!

posted on 23 Mar 2013, 14:10

150. hammy3121 (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)

Just received my HTC One black yesterday and cannot put it down. Everything about it is unbelievable, the screen, the camera, the speakers and the feel in the hand. It is definately worth the wait America. I love it and can't believe i ever thought about buying the S4. I really hope this device gets HTC out of the s**t because it deserves to. The battery life really isn't that bad, no worse than the iphone i upgraded from.

posted on 24 Mar 2013, 03:10 1

151. androidlikeaboss (Posts: 40; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)

Why didn't you mention the camera features found in the HTC One, like the Sequence Shot?

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 00:54

152. anajackson (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

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posted on 25 Mar 2013, 06:21 1

153. raymond71 (Posts: 7; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)

"slightly dimmer than say an iPhone 5"- Again?? i dont ever want to hear that crap phone anymore.. please stop making the IPhone looks like it was better than any phone in the world!!

posted on 25 Mar 2013, 11:44

154. BitterTruth (unregistered)


posted on 26 Mar 2013, 11:41 2

157. Galactic (Posts: 19; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)

HTC One: 9.1
(Pre-production) Galaxy S4: 9.3

Excellent effort HTC, but the scores can not deny.

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 11:22 1

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

HTC is not capable to produce one well.
see this article, for example
please add triple w in front of url
I guess he is saying some problem with his new one.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 20:55

161. MpowerSkills (Posts: 41; Member since: 19 Feb 2011)

I love everything but the battery life.

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 11:07

162. youlookfoolish (Posts: 173; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)

Great phone. Own one in black for Sprint. Came from an Optimus G and won the phone at a launch event. Extremely impressed! Not so much with the Galaxy S4. My staff that works for me seems to agree and we won't feature the S4 so much.

Frankly the S4 offers little to no innovation. It really feels like an Apple style retread.

It's even more annoying to hear people groan about Micro SD and removable battery. The super vast majority of mobile users have no need for a second battery. A second charger is cheaper and easier if you need it. Also, Micro SD is outdated. Cloud storage, morons.

All mobile devices are moving toward no micro SD. Samsung will eventually follow suit. Like video game systems, physical media is just dying. People will cry and complain regardless because they like what they like or just aren't flexible enough to simply move on to another standard.

From my point of view the One is marketed as everything your phone isn't. I like that. Because I think it is frankly ahead of the curve and will be seen as a first in many trendy aspects. The S3 started a movement away from Apple. I hope the One can diversify the field even more.

But I know dummies who don't get Cloud storage or think the ability to remove a battery are more stubborn than the staunchest Apple fan boy. Although come to think of it, Apple really kinda started the no remove battery and cloud storage movement... Bah forget it, I hate Apple anyways. :)

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 14:53

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

Asus padphone is more "metal"than HTC one.
if that is what you want -- premium feeling

posted on 08 Apr 2013, 16:50

164. GeekMovement (Posts: 2156; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)

This phone seems to have the best call and mic quality out of all the android flagships so far... and that's really important to me. I may just have to choose this over the Galaxy S IV and the Xperia Z.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 10:53

168. cristianer (Posts: 42; Member since: 20 Aug 2010)

Camera is bad, N8 from some years ago has a better camera. The rest is awesome, even better than SIV.

posted on 01 May 2013, 12:38

170. dragonlance (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 May 2013)

Uh...sorry guys but HTC doesn't make much sense here, what's the point of full HD screen and great stereo speaker if there's no expandable micro SD to store full HD contents (movies and games) and lossless music too. I mean, seriously? Is 64GB really enough to store those things? Don't get me wrong though, I wouldn't have hard time choosing One over S4 if only One has micro SD slot.

posted on 04 May 2013, 08:13

172. LouisMariano (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

i heard there is a lot of "android jangle and studder" with this phone...
probably because there are so many layers... Android on top of sense on top of whatever else .. etc... I think ill wait until they work out the kinks

posted on 09 May 2013, 15:34

173. Mulaah (unregistered)

Funny htc one has "excellent" mic, while lumia 720 has only "average". They use same mic...

posted on 26 May 2013, 21:10

174. alex.vu1987 (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 May 2013)

Hi all, just bought HTC One last week. in short, everything is fine with this babe. awesome screen, amazing speakers, sound quality is perfect, Sense 5 is lightning fast but needs extra touch to add more launcher instead of the current black board.

One problem, yesterday I looked at my One from the side under sunlight, the screen was off and I can see thin lines with the gap between them is around 1cm. Is it normal?

posted on 27 May 2013, 05:17

175. alex.vu1987 (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 May 2013)

can anyone helps me with me question?

posted on 03 Jun 2013, 11:22

176. Oudjat (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 May 2013)

I just left my HTC One x for this HTC ONE.
What can I say, except that it is just perfect. Htc has never made ​​a phone as well finished.
The unibody aluminum really gives an exceptional product .... that's class! :)
The camera is very well built and does not exceed the hull Htc thank you for this effort is long overdue.
The same applies to the screen that has the highest resolution to date. It takes almost the entire width of the phone .... my god it's beautiful!
The boomsound gives a very clear sound and we still wonder why some manufacturers have thought to put the speakers on the front of the phone, watching a good movie and enjoy the sound seems such a logical ... lol
The camera is top notch and there is no point playing the race pixels as other manufacturers as an HDTV displays only 2 million pixels .. so I prefer to have a great camera that takes 4 million photos in all conditions, a 13 million that makes dark photos when the sun is absent.
Frankly, I love my One .... :)

posted on 15 Jun 2013, 17:31

177. ybcb99 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)

Phonearena took points off because one of the main flaws is the Ultrapixel camera. But if HTC has still went on with the "megapixel war", and equipped it with a 13-megapixel camera, could it have gained more points? Perhaps a 9.2? or even 9.3?

posted on 17 Aug 2013, 15:38

178. cnwwyo (Posts: 126; Member since: 26 May 2011)

why don't you address reception anymore in these reviews?

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