While you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, many do just that with a phone. The HTC One is crafted from aluminium and glass, and instantly promises a phone packed full of features. At about 143 grams (compared to the iPhone 5’s 112) some users will have wanted something a little lighter in their pockets, but that extra weight translates into a very long battery-life, outweighing the problem.
Camera and screen
Some people may be disappointed at the relatively low 4 megapixels that can be captured by the HTC One. Take a look at photos actually taken with the camera however and you’ll know HTC isn’t trying to pull the wool over your eyes when they claim that by allowing more light into the sensor they can produce images that look as good as those taken with an 8MP camera.
Of course, another reason those pictures look so good is down to the 4.7 inch screen, which can display 16 million colours at 469 pixels per inch, trouncing its nearest competitors the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4, which has 326 and 441 ppi respectively. One huge advantage this phone has over its competitors is its Super LCD3 which makes using your phone in direct sunlight not just possible, but a delight.
Shipping with Android 4.1.2 and HTC’s own Sense user interface, the usually minimalist style both looks and works great. Fans of Facebook and Twitter, will appreciate ‘Blink Feed’, which aggregates news and social media, but it’s easy to see how some people may just find it a nuisance, jarring with an otherwise subtle design. However, this is a minor niggle – more important is the fact that everything runs lightning fast thanks to the quad-core 1.7 Ghz
Qualcomm Krait processor.
Android and Samsung have been somewhat synonymous in recent years, but that’s not because there aren’t other high quality Android smartphones. The HTC One is one of the best by far, out-performing the Samsung Galaxy S4 on objective things like battery life and screen quality and standing out with a slick, intelligent user interface.