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The HTC One comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the brand new Sense 5.0 skin. HTC’s skin is leaner and meaner than before, and it just flies on the quad-core Snapdragon 600 chip.

Firing it up, you are instantly taken into the new BlinkFeed. A tile-based news and social updates aggregator, BlinkFeed is set as your default home panel. We like the overall functionality - you can set up BlinkFeed to read your Twitter account, Facebook, or check out news, and it’s a well done app that looks a bit like Sony’s TimeScape, if we had to compare it to something. Not everyone will like it, though, and luckily you can easily replace it with a more traditional icon-based Android home panel.

The HTC One comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the brand new Sense 5.0 skin. - HTC One Review
The HTC One comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the brand new Sense 5.0 skin. - HTC One Review
The HTC One comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the brand new Sense 5.0 skin. - HTC One Review
The HTC One comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the brand new Sense 5.0 skin. - HTC One Review

The HTC One comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the brand new Sense 5.0 skin.


Among the other big Sense 5.0 news is a completely reworked time and weather widget. HTC’s gorgeous weather widget from before was its signature feature, and now it has evolved to a much simpler and cleaner version of itself. Gone are the rain drops on your screen and the clouds flying at you, gone is the visual flare - instead you get quick functionality in an ascetic modern look.

And that’s the overall direction HTC has taken with the new Sense. Cleaner, modern looks, it has become a very nice unobtrusive skin. There are a few niggles, though. Adding widgets and shortcuts is unnecessarily complicated. While in stock Android you can easily tap and hold an icon in the app drawer to move it to the home screen, this for some reason is impossible on Sense. Instead, you need to long press an empty space on a home panel and only from there you can add shortcuts or widgets. Not a big problem, but it is annoying.

The app drawer on the other hand is rich in options - you can rearrange your icons in any way you like and you can even create folder inside it. Sense truly shines with its camera interface, though, and that’s something we’ll take a look further down below.

The app drawer is rich in options - HTC One Review
The app drawer is rich in options - HTC One Review

The app drawer is rich in options



Processor and Memory:

HTC One Review
The HTC One might look sleek on the outside, but it is a beast on the inside. Equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T chip, it runs without a stutter.

It features the new Krait 300 quad-core processor with the clock set at 1700MHz, 2GB of RAM and graphics are taken care of the Adreno 320 GPU.

Here is how it fares on some standard benchmarks:

Quadrant: 12481
AnTuTu: 22198
GL Benchmark 2.5 Egypt HD C24Z16 (Onscreen) - 3558 frames / 31 fps
Vellamo HTML 5: 2395
Vellamo Metal: 793

The HTC One comes in two versions depending on the memory. You can either get a 32GB model (of which around 26GB available to the user), or a 64GB one. That is plenty of storage space, and it justifies to some extent the lack of a microSD card memory expansion slot.

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posted on 14 Mar 2013, 12:05 74

1. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Looks good! I really love the front speakers...

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 12:15 22

7. GTR722 (Posts: 267; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


Desing is perfect, UI is horrible, need a new launcher asap

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 12:17 32

9. samsunggalaxylover (Posts: 37; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


the samsung galaxy s4 will beat it easily.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 12:23 24

11. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15780; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Yeah right

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 12:23 21

13. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


If nothing else, HTC has moved the bar for flagship smartphones. Props to them. I hope they have success with the One. In the U.S., if the One truly does ship on VZW, they might manage to pull off a successful product. Especially if the GS IV is actually a GS IIIS.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 12:25 1

16. THE-ONE (banned) (Posts: 28; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Let's wait and see.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 12:28 19

20. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


Brilliant phone. A real contender. Hope it does well.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 12:30 39

21. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


If the GS IV is basically a warmed-over GS III (aka GS IIIS), HTC gets some breathing room. Sammy will ultimately sell more GS IVs, but HTC gets a solid opportunity to play against the Sony Z, LG, and other non-Sammy Android phones. I might even swap my GS III for a One if it is available on VZW. I won't be trading my Note II, however.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 13:27 2

46. jsdechavez (Posts: 757; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Samsung just might one up the HTC One with an even lower megapixel count!! hahaha

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 13:32 1

48. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 281; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


And maybe even the same miserable low light photos! :D

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 13:37 22

50. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 259; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


The sad thing is that Samsung is considered like "Apple of android"; even if another android device will be by far superior of the galaxy franchise people will still think that sammy does the best android phones. Power of ads and persuasion...think out of the box :)

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 13:40 1

51. bhagi108 (Posts: 21; Member since: 09 May 2012)


wake up dude! stop sleeping on the lap of Maya.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 13:43 2

52. therealestmc (Posts: 415; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


Can you elaborate on that?

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 13:50 11

55. jsdechavez (Posts: 757; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


I actually like the Metro -inspired UI... I'll port this to my Xperia!! haha

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 13:52 8

56. McLTE (Posts: 920; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


lets be clear here.. while the One shapes up to be a great phone, there's nothing "FAR superior" about it.

It has some great features for sure, but I'd put them both on a fairly equal playing field. Lack of removable battery and SD card slot KILLS the phone for me though I realize some may not care.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 13:54 2

58. McLTE (Posts: 920; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


From what I've seen they haven't really raised the bar on flagship phones.. Joined the party? Absolutely!

I sincerely hope HTC has success with this phone and they can give Samsung a run in the future. Having 2 big players in the Android world would be great for us consumers!

I'm still a bit shakey on HTC having seen my wife with her few.. I absolutely love their idea of front speakers though. I HOPE HOPE HOPE that catches on!

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 14:01

60. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


It might beat it , but not easily .

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 15:39 20

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


wowwwww 9.1 of 10..
exellent job htc..this is realaty of htc ability..

perfect phone for perfect people..
go HTC;)

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 16:24 14

82. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


If Sammy is going to disappoint me (according to leaked images n videos) I am so getting this champ then.

Well done HTC keep up the great work.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 21:25 3

92. 007akshay (Posts: 37; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


but the tru fact is s4 in great in features ,ui interface,battery,software,big screen......htc is grt in design camera innovation., n d speakers................ these features cant be done by apple so dont compare android mobiles to iphone......iphones r lik same s**t overpriced

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 04:09 2

99. Dynamac (Posts: 25; Member since: 01 Dec 2012)


The biggest problem with the One is it's strategy.

1. HTC spends alot of money on the premium quality and good looks, but doesn't provide the marketing resource to make the masses recognise it (the people that want premium quality and great design aka iPhone fans), so it didn't sell well to them.

2. It doesn't have things like user replaceable battery, mSD slots, fastest system, upgrades or efficiency for power and tech users that care about these things, hence they didn't buy it either.

As such, with all its positives, the phone sold poorly. I fear HTC hasn't learnt it's lesson yet.

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 09:45 16

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


idiot have u used it?> how come ui is horrible? htc has worlds best and simple ui. no match for it nywhere. now its sense 5.0 which again is at top.

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 04:09 3

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


We finally agree on something!

posted on 16 Mar 2013, 20:46

123. bojan (Posts: 188; Member since: 06 Oct 2012)


HTC One vs Sony Xperia Z vs LG Optimus G

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01HRtUD5oJc&list=UUNnlZWj9jwMI3BgFdwqE-uA&index=1

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 04:25

124. rizevnarastek (Posts: 349; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


I can see some framse being dropped on HTC One, but overall it makes a better video than Xperia Z. The LG doesn't even compare.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 05:46 1

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


i think sooo..i waiting for one..
s4 is big deal but i expect more than saftware of suepr phone..i feel a defect about s4 ..not good body quality..not good design..
in ui s4 keep the way same old Version i dont like repeatation..
sense 5 come to ring by great Revolution in that case of design and functinally..
about screen im not sure which one is better btw one and S4..
about sound and speaker i ithink any phone cant beat one.
about harware both of great..dont different in use.
about camera i think one is better Such we can see in same different site..but still im not sure for this so.
about design its clear which ones flag up.
about battary one`s test is tooo great when phonearena test it..s4 seems to be better but one is perfect and maybe it enough for many users.
(this idea is Personal)

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 09:54 3

129. Ardoleon (Posts: 13; Member since: 30 Nov 2012)


Sold poorly? Are we reading the same release date here? I thought it had barely been announced and already it has "sold poorly." I guess you must be psychic.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 09:56

130. rizevnarastek (Posts: 349; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


My predictions for the New HTC One (2014):

Low power 5" FullHD SLCD4 with user preference software keys
Sapphire screen for screen protection
Carbon-titanium infused aluminium unibody, Zero gap design
Symetric organic design, like a mix of One X and One 2013
Stereo front facing speakers with built-in amplifiers
Power button up top, centered, double as IR blaster
Hand power technology to wake the phone without using buttons
Left side of power button SIM tray
Right side of power button SD tray
Right side of phone features a volume rocker
Bottom right side a camera / user selected action button
Docking pinns of the left side of the phone
Standard coin size indentation for "kickstand" feature on the left back side
Bottom left side a headphone jack
Bottom right side USB/MHL
Floating touch interface and gloves-on usability
5MP Ultrapixel camera with dual LED / xenon flash
Advanced optical stabilisation system
2.5MP HDR, wide-angle camera front facing camera
HTC logo in between the speaker holes and on the back
Top of the line CPU/GPU Quad-core 2GHz
3GB RAM DDR3
32GB option only (but with SDXC support)
3000mAh battery (non-removable, Li-Po)
Wi-Fi, Wi-Di, BT,GPS, GLONASS, IrDa,
Thermometer, barometer, gyroscope, ect...
Eye Sense screen timeout and auto rotation feature
Loads of other usefull software Sense features
Physical dimensions same as HTC One 2013

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 09:56 3

131. rizevnarastek (Posts: 349; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


My predictions for the New HTC One (2014):

Low power 5" FullHD SLCD4 with user preference software keys
Sapphire screen for screen protection
Carbon-titanium infused aluminium unibody, Zero gap design
Symetric organic design, like a mix of One X and One 2013
Stereo front facing speakers with built-in amplifiers
Power button up top, centered, double as IR blaster
Hand power technology to wake the phone without using buttons
Left side of power button SIM tray
Right side of power button SD tray
Right side of phone features a volume rocker
Bottom right side a camera / user selected action button
Docking pinns of the left side of the phone
Standard coin size indentation for "kickstand" feature on the left back side
Bottom left side a headphone jack
Bottom right side USB/MHL
Floating touch interface and gloves-on usability
5MP Ultrapixel camera with dual LED / xenon flash
Advanced optical stabilisation system
2.5MP HDR, wide-angle camera front facing camera
HTC logo in between the speaker holes and on the back
Top of the line CPU/GPU Quad-core 2GHz
3GB RAM DDR3
32GB option only (but with SDXC support)
3000mAh battery (non-removable, Li-Po)
Wi-Fi, Wi-Di, BT,GPS, GLONASS, IrDa,
Thermometer, barometer, gyroscope, ect...
Eye Sense screen timeout and auto rotation feature
Loads of other usefull software Sense features
Physical dimensions same as HTC One 2013

posted on 19 Mar 2013, 14:18

142. JEverettnow (Posts: 228; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


I have never been a fan of any HTC ui. I think its all personal preference when it comes to Touch Whiz Vs. Sense, but IMO Touch Whiz has always felt more complete and smooth compared to Sense.

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HTC One

HTC One

OS: Android 5.0 4.4.3 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, Quad-core, 1700 MHz, Krait 300 processor
2 GB 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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