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HTC One

At the start of its journey, HTC came out guns blazing, with a promise to be the ultimate market leader one day. Having started out the trend of big-screen smartphones, who was to write-off the Taiwanese manufacturer? However, fate had other plans, and HTC did not help itself either. A result of this was falling behind the likes of Samsung and Apple. However, after quite some time in obscurity, HTC finally came up with what it called the game changer. This phone is what HTC claims as the ONE that would bring back the Taiwanese manufacturer in the race. Here, we assess whether or not this phone lives up to the promise.

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Design

I have seen HTC use both plastic and metals in its phones and so, it probably had little doubt as to which one would fit better in a phone so important. This is why we see HTC equip its latest flagship phone with a complete metal body. This does not only make the One very compact to hold, but also extremely good-looking. In competition with the likes of Galaxy S4, the HTC One takes the battle away when it comes to the design and make of the phone. The fundamental shape of the phone screams HTC in all its aspects, while the size is quite large. It has dimensions 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm, being slightly thicken than the iPhone 5.

Screen

As many claim, the screen of this phone is quite the optimal size, coming at 4.7 inches. It is not as small as the screens that the iPhone series has to offer, while it stops before it touches the usual 5-inch mark of Samsung. As for the quality, we are looking at a 1920×1080 446ppi screen, which is pretty much like a big television. However, the smaller size of the screen makes it extremely detailed, rich in color, and thus, it brings life to pictures, while also allowing sharpness in text.

CPU

HTC powers its latest with a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor and 2GB RAM. This takes this phone beyond being just an eye candy, making it an absolute power house, that is tailor-made for high-level multi-tasking, videos, games, and just about everything. The smoothness this engine allows the phone is quite remarkable and thus, give the likes of the iPhone series quite a match.

Software

It comes with Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2, which is updatable to 4.2.2. Although the basic interface is the same, HTC makes some noteworthy tweaks to its Sense 5 interface. The most interesting all the software features is the BlinkFeed, which, as the name suggest, is an application, which takes data from different internet sources and present it to you, and all of this with ample room for personalization.

Camera

Whenever I talk about the One, the camera bit is my favorite part. Head to head against phones with 8 MP and 13 MP cameras, HTC brings to the table a 4 MP camera. Surprised? I was too. However, there is more to the story. While HTC markets the phone’s camera as a 4 ultrapixel camera, it is basically just a 4 megapixel camera. However, it comes with UltraPixel image sensor. The last three words of the previous sentence is of utmost importance here. While the usual 8 and 13 megapixel cameras use individual pixels of 1 to 1.4 µm, HTC has much bigger pixel size at 2 µm. This allows for much better image quality, leaving behind by a mile the regular 4 MP cameras. Thus, I can tell you that It is, by no means, an average 4 megapixel camera, something that becomes evident as soon as you open the app. To further the quality, the camera is equipped with HTC’s optical image stabilization and ImageChip 2 image processor.

But really, is it better than the cameras that the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S4 has to offer? Perhaps not. However, it still goes down as a fairly amazing camera, which comes more than handy in several occasions, having interesting features like the Sequence Shot, in addition to its great quality photos.

Storage

To the disappointment of many, this phone does not have an expendable memory SD slot. It is one of the requirements in the smartphones of today and so, it surprises me as to why HTC left it out. However, you can see how it tries to make up for it by offering internal storage capacity up to 64GB. But, is that really enough to overlook the absence of expandable storage? Well, it varies from person to person, but for me, although 64GB is quite sufficient, having expandable storage would have been even better.

Connectivity

It comes with 4G support, allowing an internet experience like never before.

Verdict

It is, by far, the best smartphone HTC has ever produced. It can easily be spoken off, in the same breath as the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S4. For me, it is certainly one of the best smartphones in the market. For the HTC enthusiasts, this phone is the answer to all the prayers. It was supposed to be a game changer and it turned out to be just that. The phone looks amazing, works amazing, and at the end of the day, leaves you feeling amazing. If you are in for an alternative to the battle between Samsung and Apple, this is your phone.

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Hi guys, my name is James Peterson and this is my blog where I basically type out and present to you my thoughts regarding the latest mobile phones and other hot topics circulating the mobile phone industry. Being a mobile phone lover, I currently own three different mobile phones, by three different manufacturers, none of which is guaranteed to be in my pocket tomorrow. However, this does not take anything away from the fact that I take these phones very seriously and so, always enjoy discussing them with friends, family, and just about anyone from the bystander at the bus stop, to the waiter at the pizzeria next to where I live. In short, I love phones and so I do my research, get new phones, and use just about anything at my disposal to learn more and more about this passion of mine. However, knowledge has no boundaries and the more you share it, the more you gain. Living according to this mantra, here I share with you whatever I know, think, and believe about these mobile phones. This blog is an e-book version of the part of my mind where this passion of mine resides. I hope you have a great time reading around and learn something new.