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HTC One Review
Call quality:

Call quality is of paramount importance and on the HTC One it is excellent. Sound coming from the top speaker grill (it doubles as an earpiece) is loud and clear. On the other side of the line, our callers reported the same saying our voice was easily recognizable with its natural tones.

The HTC One has dual microphones for noise cancellation which works very well, isolating side-noise on a busy street with little of that getting in the way.

Battery life:

The HTC One features a 2300mAh battery that is supposed to get you through a single day of moderate use. The bright and big display, though, and the quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor are a bad combination for those craving battery longevity. In our hands on experience the phone has just enough juice to get you through the day. We will update this section with more exact details shortly.


HTC wanted a comeback and it brought its best with the HTC One. It is a brilliant device in virtually every aspect. Coming with a beautiful aluminum body that fits almost organically in the hand, it has a great and vivid, extremely sharp 4.7-inch screen. The stereo front speaker bring a small revolution in smartphone sound that you’ll appreciate instantly when you hear it. Performance is flawless on the new Snapdragon 600 quad-core chip.

HTC took a huge risk with the HTC One UltraPixel camera going against all trends for increasing megapixel count. The results however are not so bold. The camera shoots good but not great photos.
That’s far from being a deal-breaker, though, it’s just one area where HTC will have to put even more effort in the future.

Right now, the HTC One is one of our favorite Android smartphones - gorgeous, powerful, HTC has improved in all the right places and is ready for a fight. Samsung, it’s your turn now.


  • Gorgeous aluminum design
  • Brilliant 4.7-inch 1080p display
  • Stunning, rich-profile sound
  • Buttery smooth performance


  • UltraPixel is a bit too hyped up, camera is good but not great

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Posts: 1409; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Looks good! I really love the front speakers...


Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

Desing is perfect, UI is horrible, need a new launcher asap


Posts: 783; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

I actually like the Metro -inspired UI... I'll port this to my Xperia!! haha


Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

idiot have u used it?> how come ui is horrible? htc has worlds best and simple ui. no match for it nywhere. now its sense 5.0 which again is at top.


Posts: 188; Member since: Oct 06, 2012


Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

I can see some framse being dropped on HTC One, but overall it makes a better video than Xperia Z. The LG doesn't even compare.


Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

My predictions for the New HTC One (2014): Low power 5" FullHD SLCD4 with user preference software keys Sapphire screen for screen protection Carbon-titanium infused aluminium unibody, Zero gap design Symetric organic design, like a mix of One X and One 2013 Stereo front facing speakers with built-in amplifiers Power button up top, centered, double as IR blaster Hand power technology to wake the phone without using buttons Left side of power button SIM tray Right side of power button SD tray Right side of phone features a volume rocker Bottom right side a camera / user selected action button Docking pinns of the left side of the phone Standard coin size indentation for "kickstand" feature on the left back side Bottom left side a headphone jack Bottom right side USB/MHL Floating touch interface and gloves-on usability 5MP Ultrapixel camera with dual LED / xenon flash Advanced optical stabilisation system 2.5MP HDR, wide-angle camera front facing camera HTC logo in between the speaker holes and on the back Top of the line CPU/GPU Quad-core 2GHz 3GB RAM DDR3 32GB option only (but with SDXC support) 3000mAh battery (non-removable, Li-Po) Wi-Fi, Wi-Di, BT,GPS, GLONASS, IrDa, Thermometer, barometer, gyroscope, ect... Eye Sense screen timeout and auto rotation feature Loads of other usefull software Sense features Physical dimensions same as HTC One 2013

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Posts: 575; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

No way people should thumb this down. While it might not come anytime soon, but it is my very ideal device as well. Camera button!!! I feel like this is always being overlooked at. Xenon flash is always welcome (How I miss my Nokia n82 from back in the days) I don't mind paying $800 for this to be honest


Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

I have never been a fan of any HTC ui. I think its all personal preference when it comes to Touch Whiz Vs. Sense, but IMO Touch Whiz has always felt more complete and smooth compared to Sense.


Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

the design is impeccable, the front speakers are fairly powerful, but the UI is not horrible, to me it seems to be a mixture of WP and iOS


Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

with blinkfeed and the simpler ui? :) I find WP8 a mix between android and iOS. (Much more stable than android, but more customizable than iOS) I just want to be able to customize app drawers/folders than only limited filing for games,dang-nab you MICROSOFT!


Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 28, 2013

LOL Seriously? Sense is horrible? Go use a Nokia then. Sense is so much better than other UIs, and you think it's horrible. GENIUS.


Posts: 37; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

the samsung galaxy s4 will beat it easily.

Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yeah right


Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

We finally agree on something!


Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

If the GS IV is basically a warmed-over GS III (aka GS IIIS), HTC gets some breathing room. Sammy will ultimately sell more GS IVs, but HTC gets a solid opportunity to play against the Sony Z, LG, and other non-Sammy Android phones. I might even swap my GS III for a One if it is available on VZW. I won't be trading my Note II, however.


Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

The sad thing is that Samsung is considered like "Apple of android"; even if another android device will be by far superior of the galaxy franchise people will still think that sammy does the best android phones. Power of ads and persuasion...think out of the box :)


Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

lets be clear here.. while the One shapes up to be a great phone, there's nothing "FAR superior" about it. It has some great features for sure, but I'd put them both on a fairly equal playing field. Lack of removable battery and SD card slot KILLS the phone for me though I realize some may not care.


Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

but the tru fact is s4 in great in features ,ui interface,battery,software,big screen......htc is grt in design camera innovation., n d speakers................ these features cant be done by apple so dont compare android mobiles to iphone......iphones r lik same s**t overpriced


Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

(inb4 downvotes) Sorry HTC, the international s4 is a more powerful device than the one. The Exynos 5 is better than the snapdragon 600. Simple as that. It also has ddr3. But sense does look much better than it used to. Beats touch wiz any day but on my s4 (international) I will just root and use custom roms, which the HTC one can't do till they unlock the bootloader.


Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

The S4 is COMPLETELY no match to the HTC ONE. Stop dreaming..


Posts: 783; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Samsung just might one up the HTC One with an even lower megapixel count!! hahaha


Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

And maybe even the same miserable low light photos! :D


Posts: 21; Member since: May 09, 2012

wake up dude! stop sleeping on the lap of Maya.


Posts: 678; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Can you elaborate on that?


Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

It might beat it , but not easily .


Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

If nothing else, HTC has moved the bar for flagship smartphones. Props to them. I hope they have success with the One. In the U.S., if the One truly does ship on VZW, they might manage to pull off a successful product. Especially if the GS IV is actually a GS IIIS.


Posts: 28; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Let's wait and see.


Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

From what I've seen they haven't really raised the bar on flagship phones.. Joined the party? Absolutely! I sincerely hope HTC has success with this phone and they can give Samsung a run in the future. Having 2 big players in the Android world would be great for us consumers! I'm still a bit shakey on HTC having seen my wife with her few.. I absolutely love their idea of front speakers though. I HOPE HOPE HOPE that catches on!
  • 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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