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HTC One camera improved thanks to firmware update

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

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, 00:49 18

5. limonline (Posts: 6; Member since: 21 Mar 2013)


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: 446; 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: 4275; 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: 4275; 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: 1090; 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: 76; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)

Hear hear!

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 03:03

34. Tomfromsouth (Posts: 76; 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 (banned) (Posts: 5629; 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: 403; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)

Was that bad before? -_-?

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 02:37 4

27. darkskoliro (Posts: 1090; Member since: 07 May 2012)

no, but its ridiculously good now!

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 00:56 17

9. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 813; 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: 349; 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: 1052; 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: 678; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

Great news! Can't wait it start selling!

posted on 26 Mar 2013, 01:32 1

16. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; 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.


posted on 26 Mar 2013, 02:01 9

21. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; 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: 332; 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: 433; 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: 1171; 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: 250; 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 (banned) (Posts: 6474; 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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