HTC One hands-on65
Let’s get the obvious out of the way people! The HTC One is one damn fine looking device, especially when it’s utilizing a sturdy metallic casing. Going with a metal unibody design, which HTC details specifically as a zero-gap aluminum body, our hands can’t stop falling in love with the sturdy feel. In comparison to other recent things, the only thing close to this design that we can remember, was the HTC One S from last year – though, the sheer magnitude of the HTC One blows it away. Even more impressive is the fact that HTC is able to keep this one equally skinny amongst the masses with its uniform profile of 9.3mm thin (0.36 inches), while being uber lightweight at the same time. Combining those things with its impeccable construction, the HTC One is simply one gorgeous thing that’s a head turner any way we look at it.
After allowing its hot design to subside, our eyes naturally become affixed to the display. However, for those HTC DROID DNA wielding owners out there, the HTC One’s display might not impress them much – albeit, it’s still one sharp looking beauty. In fact, it’s been blessed with a 4.7-inch 1080p Super LCD 3 display with Gorilla Glass 2, which is indeed lovely looking with its sharp visuals and stunning color, but not quite as immense, mainly due to size, to what we’ve seen already with the DROID DNA. Regardless of that, seeing that it delivers a pixel density of 468 ppi, our eyes have no issues whatsoever when it comes to distinguishing any fine details. Moreover, the lush color tones of the display, combined with its predictable great viewing angles, splashes on that practical amount of vibrancy to wow us from afar.
By now, we’re familiar with the intense hardware of the HTC One – such as its quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB DDR RAM, and 4G LTE connectivity. However, if there’s one detail worth mentioning, it’s that the handset is lacking a microSD card slot, which doesn’t come as a surprise in this day and age, but still, it would’ve been helpful to see it tacked on. Nevertheless, the handset will be available in 32GB and 64GB capacities to appease those who have a hunger for storage. With its new and speedy Snapdragon chipset, the HTC One flies with its performance, as every little action is accompanied with a sense of snappiness. In our brief hands-on time, we didn’t see any form of sluggishness or choppiness.
With the latter two, they’re associated with the new experience surrounding the camera, which of course, is none other than an average 4-megapixel UltraPixel auto-focus camera that features a wide angle f2.0 25mm lens, backside illuminated sensor, LED flash, and 1080p video recording. Taking a few snapshots, its seems adequate enough to handle low lighting, but then again, we’re only able to view the photos on the handset – not a computer to gauge its quality. On the flip side, there’s also a pleasant 88-degree wide-angle front-facing camera that can stuff all of your friends into the shot, without having to stretch your hand out. Again, it’s not something particularly new, as we’ve seen it already on other devices.