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HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One

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Interface and Functionality:

The single biggest difference between these so-called identical twins is found with their respective Android experience. As we know, the Google Play Edition features stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean – whereas, the original employs HTC’s Sense 5 UI running on top of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. So yeah, this is where the decision is going to be made by people. For those who center their life around social networking, we’d vouch for the original HTC One with Sense 5, mainly because HTC BlinkFeed adheres perfectly to their needs. Conversely, if you’re hardcore about Android, the Google Play Edition will astound people for its stock, untouched experience – plus, it’ll receive those prized major updates significantly faster too!

The HTC One Google Play Edition presents us with a vanilla Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One
The HTC One Google Play Edition presents us with a vanilla Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One
The HTC One Google Play Edition presents us with a vanilla Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One
The HTC One Google Play Edition presents us with a vanilla Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One
The HTC One Google Play Edition presents us with a vanilla Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One
The HTC One Google Play Edition presents us with a vanilla Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One
The HTC One Google Play Edition presents us with a vanilla Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One
The HTC One Google Play Edition presents us with a vanilla Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One

The HTC One comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the brand new Sense 5.0 skin. - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One
The HTC One comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the brand new Sense 5.0 skin. - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One
The HTC One comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the brand new Sense 5.0 skin. - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One
The HTC One comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the brand new Sense 5.0 skin. - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One

Naturally, as we take a peek around their respective core organizer apps, it’s clear that the biggest difference is mainly presentation and style – albeit, their functions are identical.
Even though the Sense 5 packing HTC One maximizes space by keeping its main keyboard layout filled with various punctuations and numbers, we don’t find it drastically better than the stock Android keyboard used by its sibling, since the two are extremely responsive and quick to the touch.

HTC One Google Play Edition - On-screen keyboard - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One
On-screen keyboard - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One
HTC One - On-screen keyboard - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One

HTC One Google Play Edition

 

HTC One



Processor and Memory:

Normally, it’s perceived that custom UIs tend to bog down the performance of a smartphone, but that’s not necessarily the case here, as the Sense 5 HTC One performs similarly to its stock Android brother. Powering the two is a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 320 GPU, which enables the two to power through basic tasks with minimal effort. However, we do notice a smidgen of improvement with the Google Play Edition, but it’s only seen when navigating across the homescreen – mainly because HTC BlinkFeed is a tad bit more intensive with its visuals.

Neither device offers expandable memory, so we’re quite mindful about what we stuffed into their 32GB of internal storage.


Internet and Connectivity:

Running Google Chrome, there’s nothing that we don’t like with the web browsing experience between the tandem, seeing we’re given everything we’d like to find with a phenomenal experience. Speedy page loads, check. Instant page rendering, check. Silky smooth navigational controls, checkmate! Everything gets a check with these two.

HTC One Google Play Edition - Internet browsing - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One
Internet browsing - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One
HTC One - Internet browsing - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One
Internet browsing - HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One

HTC One Google Play Edition

 

HTC One

 

With the Google Play Edition, it has the ability to work with AT&T and T-Mobile’s network – though, it’s worth mentioning that it lacks the necessary radio to support TMo’s specific AWS band for HSPA+ connectivity. Besides that, everything else in the connectivity front is identical, seeing that they feature aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, NFC, and DLNA.

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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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