My time with the HTC One
When HTC unveiled their flagship One back in March ’13, the One series certainly placed HTC back on the map and the HTC One certainly influenced this success. I was eagerly anticipating the release of HTC’s flagship for some time and was lucky enough to have gotten my hands on one from release. In this post I’ll be outlining the pros and cons whilst giving you my general all round experience of my time with the HTC One.
I also wrote a user review on the HTC One back in July of last year which you can view here.
I feel a bit guilty stating that the battery is poor but I am a heavy user and therefore do tend to find myself needing an extra charge at some point to ensure that I see out the day. Although this is generally the norm for most smartphones, no matter what manufacturer if we’re being brutally honest (of course some are better than others).
Gaming is where I see a significant drop, I guess I’ll get about 30-45 minutes out of a game before that little dreaded red LED starts flashing indicating that it needs a charge. It’s not uncommon for the battery to overheat, which also prompts me to finish with what I’m doing as I feel I’ll cause long term damage to the battery by carrying on.
I find that I can counteract this issue if I know I’m not going to have access to power by enabling Power Saving Mode and I’ll usually gain a couple of extra hours to my convenience.
No expandable storage
I knew from the off that the HTC One didn’t feature a microSD card slot and to be quite honest I didn’t think that it would be an issue as 32 GB would be more than sufficient for my needs. Saying that, I have over time managed to use up almost 3/4 of the internal storage which has conceivably affected the performance of my HTC One. A MicroSD card slot would be a welcome addition, It will be interesting to see whether the HTC’s upcoming flagship (One 2) features a microSD card slot or not. it could be a potential deal breaker for many if it doesn’t in my opinion.
The build quality is still a big feature for me; working within the smartphone industry I’m lucky enough to get to grips with all of the latest and greatest releases. I’m yet to see a smartphone that has been better engineered in terms of design and all round build quality than the HTC One. HTC are fond of the aluminium chassis and it certainly works for me, especially when you compare this to their rivals, for example Samsung; the Galaxy S4 had a cheap and plastic like feel. Rumours were indicating that Samsung were set to drop the plastic and opt for a far more robust and sturdier material but this was indeed – just a rumour.
I’ve also found my One to be extremely sturdy and robust. I’d be lying if I was to say that I haven’t dropped my phone on more than one occasion, the amount of times I’ve frozen, stood, stared and then reluctantly flipped my One over to take a look at the display to see whether the obvious had occurred is untold. To my relief I’ve settled for the tiniest nick on the bottom right hand corner of my display thanks to Gorilla Glass and their immense engineering skills.
Upon release the HTC One featured the highest PPI (pixels per inch) on a smartphone and if I’m not mistaken – it’s yet to be trumped by any of its rivals, which is extremely impressive considering that it’s been on the market for almost 12 months now. The reason for this is simple, the One features a 4.7″ display which is considered quite small in today’s market, coupled with a full HD display HTC managed to cram in all of those pixels making for one extremely vivid and vibrant screen.
The viewing angles are extremely impressive. I can clearly see what’s displayed on the screen from literally any angle, even under direct sunlight. This was a breath of fresh air to me as my previous smartphone (Motorola RAZR Maxx) would just bounce the sunlight straight off the panel almost blinding me. I can happily say that the days of covering my screen with one hand to reveal a fraction of the display are over.
The size of the display is fine, although when I’m streaming movies I have wondered what it would be like on a larger display, for instance a Sony Z Ultra (6.4″) – my colleague has recently purchased one and has shown me some movie footage and I have to admit I was extremely impressed.
I’m more than satisfied with my HTC One, I’d go as far to say that I love it! There have been many releases from various manufacturers within these last 10 months and I can honestly say that I’ve never been tempted to jump ship. As long as my HTC One performs as it does then I can’t really see myself upgrading in the near future. I’ve been told that the latest Android 4.4 KitKat update will be readily available within the next couple of weeks so I’ll look forward to that whilst secretly looking out for the HTC One 2/HTC Two (no official name as of yet) announcement to see if HTC have added any new features worth considering an upgrade for.
HTC have recently announced the HTC One (Gold) which is getting plenty of attention, for pricing and more on the HTC One please click here.