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HTC First Review

HTC First

Posted: , by John V.



Certainly regarded as ample sized in this day and age, the HTC First is packing a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with an f2.0 lens. Sadly, we can only recommend using it for outdoor shots taken under sunny conditions. Sorry to say it folks, but it fails to impress us with its soft details, poor handling of dynamic range, bland color reproduction, and its overall washed out look. Don’t hold your breath for better results under low lighting, seeing that things become even more grainy and softer.

At the same time, we’re also not convinced by its 1080p video recording quality as well, seeing that we’re most distracted by the constant presence of artifacting when we’re panning – whether it’s slow or fast, it’s a nagging thing to see all the time.

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Relying on the good ol’ Google Play Music app, it’s the same old music player interface we know and love – so yeah, there’s nothing that jumps out too much with it. Behind the microdots, its internal speaker is surprisingly equipped at pumping out robust tones that maintain a pleasant level of clarity – even at the loudest volume setting!

The music player of the HTC First - HTC First Review
The music player of the HTC First - HTC First Review
The music player of the HTC First - HTC First Review
The music player of the HTC First - HTC First Review

The music player of the HTC First

Out of the box, the HTC First supports a wide selection of video codes that include DivX, H.264, MPEG-4, and XviD. Running our customary 1080p video trailer, its performance is steadfast with barely an ounce of strain being evident throughout the playback.

Video player - HTC First Review
Video player - HTC First Review

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posted on 15 Apr 2013, 06:56 3

1. feres13 (Posts: 307; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

Stock Android, LTE, "human-sized" 4.3" 720p display, honestly if this was sold for 49.99$ on a 2year contract it would be at&t's best mid range smartphone!

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 07:36 5

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

its fairly good..love it.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 09:44 2

5. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)

for a mid ranger , yea and if u remove the facebook home then its awsome

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 07:55

3. XperiaPrince (Posts: 108; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)

Why 7.5? I think It Deserves A 8

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 08:10 2

4. ImHungry (Posts: 17; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)

i think i may buy this as a back up phone.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 10:03

6. Techboi (Posts: 84; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)

How is this bad battery life?

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 10:28

8. John.V (Posts: 99; Member since: 27 May 2011)

Honestly, for strict HSPA+ connectivity, I was hoping for something a little more than 15 hours...and that's with my normal usage.

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 10:52 1

9. toondewachter (Posts: 54; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

What does that mean? Let's compare apples with apples. In terms of processing power you could compare it with last year's Galaxy S3 right? They also have comparable battery sizes. So which in your experience would last longer? The HTC First or the S3?

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 10:06

7. Techboi (Posts: 84; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)

I thought the new 400 processor would of been better tho

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 16:14

10. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

This is an okay option. Like a dozen other posters, keep the facebook. I want a pure Android experience, and I want more then just the Nexus options.

I still say: If an LG, Sony, or one of the smaller handset makers trying to become a serious seller just released a stock Android line (mid range and top end), they would hit gold. In a world of Skins and ovelays, a pure Android line WOULD stand out.

And I submit: Perform circles around some of these other devices with UI's on them.

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 08:46

11. Matt89 (Posts: 6; Member since: 12 Apr 2013)

What's so special about this phone, is there any feature of interest?
I was lazy to read it because too many words in this post :D, hhahahaaaaa!!

posted on 18 May 2013, 13:52

12. PorkyBurger (Posts: 585; Member since: 18 May 2013)

Stock Androids are so hot. I agree, remove Facebook Home, and it's awesome. Though, I know already this gorgeous phone will not arrive in my country, and if so, its going to be overpriced, for example for us HTC One S is more expensive than HTC One X at Amazon. Ouch :(

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HTC First

HTC First

OS: Android 4.1
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PhoneArena rating:
Display4.3 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (341 ppi) S-LCD 3
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Dual-core, 1400 MHz, Krait processor
Size4.96 x 2.56 x 0.35 inches
(126 x 65 x 9 mm)
4.37 oz  (124 g)
Battery2000 mAh, 14.3 hours talk time

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