HTC One, The Master of Reality




HTC is a Taiwanese company with a very interesting history. Just a few years ago, nobody outside mainland China ever heard about them. But, incredibly, they managed to emerge from the shadows of anonymity and today they are one of the world’s top smartphone manufacturers. For example, in 2011 they were voted Manufacturer of the Year and they recorded excellent sales figures in the USA. They even surpassed Nokia in terms of smartphones sold worldwide and they kept on moving towards the top of the ladder.
Yet, in 2012 the company was struggling, plagued with managing and manufacturing problems. They were confronted with huge technical and administrative issues, mainly resulted from a poor marketing policy and poor tech support for their customers.
Unlike other top smartphone manufacturers, HTC has to rely on their phone sales only in terms of company profit; hence, if something goes wrong with a specific model, the whole business is in trouble. For example Samsung is a huge corporation, building everything from Vacuum Cleaners to micro-processors and ships. That means that if they encounter problems with their smartphones line, they can rely on other divisions of the corporation to cover for the losses. Also, their marketing and R&D budget is huge, when compared to HTC’s, for the same reason.
Well, even if HTC only had to rely on their smartphones in order to grow, they gave us some excellent high end devices, that became legends in their own time, due to their fabulous design and state of the art hardware platform. Let me enumerate just a few of them, like the HTC Desire, HTC One S and One X.
Today, the heir to the throne is their latest flagship which became one of the most sought-after devices in 2013, the HTC One. HTC One, to rule them all. The former flagship was the HTC One X, now it’s the HTC One, I wonder what’s next? HTC The One?
HTC One 3D viewAnyway, moving along with the review, HTC One was released in the spring of 2013 and was plagued from its inception with manufacturing problems, due to shortages in the supply of vital parts from third party manufacturers and also with fierce competition from Samsung and Apple, who released their flagships (the S4 and iPhone 5) in the exact same time with HTC.
But HTC One managed to stand out from the crowd, being one of the best smartphones released in 2013, thanks to its exquisite display and revamped Sense User Interface, HTC’s in-house UI.
HTC One Original package

HTC One Original package

The HTC One comes with a standard retail box, which contains the usual accessories, i.e. the headphones with nice looking red ear buds, a tool for ejecting the micro SIM card, the AC adapter and the micro USB cable. The phone doesn’t support micro SD cards, it only relies on its ample 32 GB of internal storage.
Measuring 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm and weighing 143 grams, the One has a perfect balance, being easy to use and to carry around.
The build quality is flawless, the phone has a sophisticated and elegant design, a blend of glass and metal, as premium as it gets.
The display is one of the main selling points of the HTC One. What we have here is a brilliant Super LCD3 touchscreen, 4.7 inches wide, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass and boasting an impressive 469ppi pixel density. The screen is laminated and has excellent sunlight legibility, also excellent brightness and contrast levels.

The back of the device is made of high quality plastic and aluminum and it harbors the optically stabilized Ultrapixel camera, which has 4 MP and a 28 mm wide angle lens with F/2.0 aperture. The battery is a 2300 mAh Li-Po, which can’t be replaced by the user, due to the phone’s unibody design.
The HTC One comes with Android 4.1.2 JellyBean out of the box, augmented with the Sense UI 5, focused on BlinkFeed. The Sense 5 feels very much alike its predecessor, featuring various apps and options, in good Android tradition.
The OS is running flawlessly on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 system on chip, with a quad-core Krait 300 CPU, clocked at 1.7 GHz, an Adreno 330 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. It’s obvious that the smartphone works fluently, smooth as silk, thanks to its state of the art hardware and software implementation.
Telephony is working like a dream, the smartphone has great reception and never drops signal. Thanks to its BoomSound frontal speakers, the HTC One reproduces a deep, enjoyable sound for music lovers.
HTC One Original packageTaking photos with HTC’s Ultrapixel camera is a pleasure, with the help of the photo retouching software, the HTC Zoe, an advanced photo- gallery editor powered by One’s dedicated Image Chip 2. One of the advanced features of Zoe is the one that lets you take up to 20 photos and a short video with a single press of the shutter key.HTC One CameraThe 4 MP Ultrapixel camera on the HTC One is pretty unique; the sensor is equal in size to a 12 MP one, it has a 1/3″ diagonal with a 16:9 aspect ratio and it features optical stabilization, taking excellent pictures in low lighting conditions. Obviously, the phone is also capable of recording full HD videos 1080p @30 frames per second with HDR, with continuous autofocus.HTC One HDR SettingsIn terms of connectivity, the HTC One is brilliant again, offering quad band GSM, 3G and even LTE where supported. The smartphone also has Wi-Fi in a/b/g/n bands and supports NFC, DLNA + Bluetooth 4.0.
The Android web browser comes with full Flash support, and thanks to powerful hardware and the Sense UI augmentation, web browsing is simply awesome.

For business users, the HTC One is prepared with the Polaris Office app preloaded, which handles Excel, PowerPoint and Word documents, also viewing/editing files on the go without a glitch. There are lots of apps and features, like an organizer, a calendar, a calculator, anything you need is covered. And even more apps&stuff are available in the Google Play Store, if the pre-loaded/default apps are not enough for you.
The smartphone comes with a GPS receiver powered by Google Maps and the always cool StreetView, also featuring Cell-ID and Wi-Fi network lock.
Bottom line, the HTC One is among the best Android running smartphones out there, combining high-tech with a beautiful design and an attractive price tag, giving you a nice ride for your money.
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