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HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One


HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One
Again, one would tend to believe that a stock experience would be less draining with battery, but quite frankly, we don’t notice anything dramatic in this comparison. With our normal usage, the two are more than equipped to provide us with one whole day of battery life under 4G LTE connectivity.


Same hardware, different experience – that’s essentially what boils down to here. In the end, it essentially comes to which experience is most preferable to you. As we’ve clearly pointed out, the HTC Sense 5 brings out all of the qualities that would snatch up individuals that live on social networking. In contrast, the stock Android would be most ideal to those who prefer timely Android updates more than anything else.

And we can’t forget pricing too, seeing that’s always a constant driving force in making any smartphone purchase decision. The Sense 5 packing HTC One is available by most carriers and retailers for $200 on-contract or less. Obviously, you’ll be saving a considerable amount of money in the short term, but you’ll be locked into a contract for 2 years. If that’s not your forte, then the Google Play Edition will be your cup of tea instead – albeit, you’ll have to fork over $600 to earn it outright.

HTC One Google Play Edition vs HTC One:

This is our preview based on a preproduction unit, expect the review soon.


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posted on 17 Jul 2013, 05:54 3

1. tiara6918 (Posts: 2110; Member since: 26 Apr 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

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 06:48 6

5. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1122; Member since: 05 Jul 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.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 05:59 1

2. wendygarett (unregistered)

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

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 06:25 5

3. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 03:57 1

10. vincelongman (Posts: 5048; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

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

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 06:26

4. Diego! (Posts: 672; Member since: 15 Jun 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

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 06:52

6. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1122; Member since: 05 Jul 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.

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 07:51 1

7. hms2407 (Posts: 94; Member since: 25 Apr 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

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 10:52 1

8. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 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!]"

posted on 17 Jul 2013, 11:49

9. housry23 (Posts: 131; Member since: 03 Jun 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 htc.dev 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!!!!!

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Display4.7 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (468 ppi) S-LCD 3
Camera4 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1700 MHz, Krait 300 processor
Size5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches
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5.04 oz  (143 g)

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