HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One

HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One

Making some noise of its own in the space, the Sense 5 packing HTC One has proven to be one venerable competitor in the landscape for some time now, but very recently, it was announced that another variant running a stock Android experience would be made available shortly to complement HTC’s lineup. As if consumers weren’t bombarded already with a handful of stellar devices, they now have to seemingly choose between the original model and this new Google Play Edition one.


Well, these two are basically the same phone in terms of hardware, so they have exactly the same look and feel. With a classy aluminum body and solid construction, the HTC One (in both of its variants) remains one of the most appealing Android smartphones money can buy.

Meanwhile, the 4.7” screen adorning the front of both handsets is a beauty to behold thanks to its cutting-edge resolution of 1080x1920 pixels, as well as accurate and vibrant colors that make using the handset a real joy.



1. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I choose the original one, I don't think I can forgo the blink feed, zoe and all the other things HTC is offering with sense

5. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Or you can do like me, unlock the bootloader, root it, S-off it and install the GE+Sense ROM, i currently have the Google Edition System UI, lockscreen and launcher, and the rest of the ROM is Sense. You can choose on the fly if you want Sense or GE apps/system UI.

2. wendygarett unregistered

Differentiate between stock and sense? ain't nobody got times for dat...

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

ikr ! Whereas TchWiz & Stock android would've made more sense !

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5806; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Are you gonna say "ain't nobody got time for dat" on every article now?

4. Diego!

Posts: 880; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Weren't 'Ultrapixels' supposed to outshine every other camera in low light conditions? The pig pic (lol) in the HTC One Google Play Edition has a lot of noise! I love the design and hardware of HTC One, but after seeing the pics of the 41MP camera of the Nokia Lumia 1020, I'm going to go for it :D

6. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

The Google Play Edition camera app has a bit worse low light performance, i tested it on my One and immediately noticed, and other phones on that same situation would also have lots of noise, the Lumia 1020 is just a step ahead of everything in the camera department, i'm satisfied with the One's performance but next year might go the Nokia/WP way if they keep up with the amazing cameras.

7. hms2407

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 25, 2013

the sense 5 version offers way more features than the google one and why would someone spend around 300 bucks for a device that looks doesnt offer anything beside the stock asop experience

8. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

"Well, these two are basically the same phone in terms of hardware, so they have exactly the same look and feel [but let's take a dozen or so pictures of them sitting next to/on top of each other and post them in the review anyways!]"

9. housry23

Posts: 136; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

There is a misconception out there that the Google Edition is stock Android. There's a reason everything is identical except the way things look. The Google Edition is still built on Sense 5 framework and kernel, it just lacks HTC's apps and launcher. That's it. The Google Edition is built to be a HTC One with the stock Android experience. That means you use Google's apps instead of HTC's. This is the only difference between the two. That and the GE bootloader is unlocked by booting to the bootloader and running "fastboot oem unlock" where the Sense edition you must go to and follow their instructions there. This is not an AOSP device! There is no source tree in the Google repositories for the HTC One. This DOES NOT run AOSP!!!!!
  • Display 4.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(18h 3G talk time)

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