The HTC One: A Remarkable Device, Anand’s mini Reviewby Anand Lal Shimpi on March 21, 2013 4:49 PM EST
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For the past week and a half our own Brian Klug has been hard at work on his review of HTC’s new flagship smartphone, the One. These things take time and Brian’s review, at least what I’ve seen of it, is nothing short of the reference piece we’ve come to expect from him.
In the same period of time I’ve been playing around with a retail HTC One and felt compelled to share my thoughts on the device. It’s rare that I’m so moved by a device to chime in outside of the official review, but the One is a definite exception. By no means is this a full review, and I defer to Brian for the complete story on the One - something we should be getting here in the not too distant future.
I’m not a financial analyst, but HTC hasn’t been doing all that well over the past few quarters. There’s a general feeling that the aptly named One is HTC’s last chance at survival. Good product doesn’t always translate into market dominance, but it’s a necessary component when you’re an underdog. Luckily for HTC, the One is great.
Over the past two years HTC has really come into its own as far as design is concerned. The difference between the HTC One X and the plethora of flagships that came before it was remarkable. Moving to the One, the difference is just as striking.
I don’t seem to mind plastic phones as much as everyone else, but the One is in an appreciably different league compared to its peers. It’s the type of device that you just want to look at and touch. Given how much you do end up looking at and touching your smartphone, HTC’s efforts here seem well placed.
The One looks and feels great. The proportions are a little awkward in my hands, but I fully concede that’s going to vary from person to person. Despite the heavy use of aluminum, I don't feel overly worried about scratching/damaging the finish.
The challenge with any smartphone is to build something that looks distinct in a sea of black rectangles on a wall in a store. With the One (and arguably the One X before it), HTC does a good job of balancing the need to be seen with the need to be subtle. Elegant is the right word here.
While I’m sure there will be comparisons to the iPhone, the fact of the matter is that the design cycle on these smartphones falls somewhere in the 12 - 24 month range. With something as sophisticated as the One, you’re looking at the longer end of that spectrum. For what it’s worth, if I had to estimate I’d say design work on the One probably started before the iPhone 4S came out.
|Smartphone Spec Comparison|
|Apple iPhone 5||HTC One||Samsung Galaxy S 3||Samsung Galaxy S 4|
|SoC||Apple A6 1.3GHz||Snapdragon 600 1.7GHz||Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz||Exynos 5 Octa (1.6/1.2GHz) or Snapdragon 600 1.9GHz|
|DRAM/NAND/Expansion||1GB LPDDR2, 16/32/64GB NAND||2GB LPDDR2, 32/64GB NAND||2GB LPDDR2, 16/32GB NAND, microSD||2GB LPDDR3, 16/32/64GB NAND, microSD|
|Display||4.0-inch 1136 x 640 LCD||4.7-inch SLCD3 1080p, 468 ppi||4.8-inch Super AMOLED 720p, 306 ppi||5-inch Super AMOLED 1080p, 441 ppi|
|Network||2G / 3G / 4G LTE Cat 3||2G / 3G / 4G LTE Cat 3||2G / 3G / 4G LTE Cat 3||2G / 3G / 4G LTE Cat 3 (depending on region)|
|Dimensions||123.8mm x 58.6mm x 7.6mm||137.4mm x 68.2mm x 4mm - 9.3mm||136.6mm x 70.6mm 8.6mm||136.6mm x 69.8mm x 7.9mm|
|Rear Camera||8MP||4MP w/ 2µm pixels||8MP||13MP|
|Battery||Internal 5.45 Wh||Internal 8.74 Wh||Removable 7.98 Wh||Removable 9.88 Wh|
|OS||iOS 6.1.2||Android 4.1.2||Android 4.1.2||Android 4.2.2|
|Connectivity||802.11a/b/g/n, BT 4.0, USB 2.0, GPS/GNSS||802.11ac/a/b/g/n + BT 4.0, USB2.0, GPS/GNSS, IR LED, MHL, DLNA, NFC||802.11a/b/g/n, BT 4.0, USB 2.0, NFC, GPS/GNSS, MHL||802.11a/b/g/n/ac (HT80) + BT 4.0, USB 2.0 NFC, GPS/GNSS, IR LED, MHL 2.0|
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acky2lum - Friday, March 22, 2013 - linkYou are funny, why are you comparing AMOLED black to a dark room black? The fact is, AMOLED black is the most black u can get for phones now. I don't care if it's not more black then your coffee or your skin.
darwinosx - Friday, March 22, 2013 - linkYou don't know what contrast is.
s44 - Friday, March 22, 2013 - link2/10. Almost had us until you mentioned contrast.
darwinosx - Friday, March 22, 2013 - linkSamsung doesn't calibrate their screens at all which is why color and contrast are so bad. Compare the Nexus 10 screen with an iPad 3 or 4 screen and the difference is very noticeable.
Yes I know Samsung put a slightly higher res and ppi on the Nexus 10 screen but that is not noticeable and is a spec sheet ruse for the rubes.
robinthakur - Friday, March 22, 2013 - linkThere are unfortunately a lot of rubes out there who seem content with poor quality screens with awful colour reproduction, I despair sometimes!
krumme - Friday, March 22, 2013 - linkYou might want to stop buying Samsung phones then.
CeriseCogburn - Friday, March 22, 2013 - linkGalaxy Note 2 fixed all that, screen is AWESOME
jayseeks - Friday, March 22, 2013 - linksays the paid Samsung shill.
CeriseCogburn - Monday, March 25, 2013 - linkRead Brian Klug's review, mr retard, and discover WHY. Do I have to help you even more, troll fool who got it wrong again ? Yes of course I do... not that you want the truth... but I enjoy cramming it down your stupid throat.
Brian Klug : " I’m not complaining, this is a great tradeoff and makes sense for the resolution and size that Samsung has selected for the Note 2. Going with a PenTile RGBG layout at this size would not be desirable, instead the “S Stripe” layout runs with subpixels small enough that I can’t see them. It’s tempting to look at the 1280x800 of the Note and the 1280x720 of the Note 2 and assume it’s lower resolution, when in fact the Note 2 has more subpixels (2.05 MP vs 2.76 MP) and in spite of the size increase stays around the magical 1 arcminute subtense (1.073 arcminutes on Note 2)."
GO LOOK FOR YOURSELF LAZY ONE THERE ARE PHONE STORES EVERYWHERE - HAVE A LOOK.
CeriseCogburn - Monday, March 25, 2013 - linkOr tiny screens they cannot see anyway without facepalming themselves.