Review: HTC One Smartphone

By Mike Wheeler

HTC is banking a lot on its One handset as it makes it mark in the busy smartphone marketplace, with some pretty impressive devices being released this year it needs to bring it’s A Game, and it more or less does.

By Mike Wheeler

HTC is banking a lot on its One handset as it makes it mark in the busy smartphone marketplace, with some pretty impressive devices being released this year it needs to bring it’s A Game, and it more or less does.

Out of the box, the size of the device is noticeable. Slightly bigger than my Samsung Galaxy S4, and noticeably bigger than some of its contemporaries like the iPhone, Blackberry Z10 and Nokia Lumia 900, it still feels comfortable in the hand, and will fit nicely into your back pocket.

Its design is smooth, with an aluminium, curved back and gorilla glass at the front – this equates to a device that can handle a knock or two. Where it really starts to shine is when you switch it on and the screen lights up. It has a choice of 32GB or 64GB of storage, but it isn’t expandable – this is only a slight issue, as why would you want more?

And connectivity? Superfast. Once connected to the office wifi it loaded web pages very quick – faster than my current Galaxy S4 handset.  Of course, this all depends on the network you are on, and ours was pretty fast. Switching off wifi and using the 4G network was just as quick – even quicker at loading a webpage than my current PC.

Then there is the Zoe feature, which shoots just over three seconds of film while you take a picture. This is very similar to the Time Shift Camera  feature of Blackberry’s Z10, which are both designed to get that perfect shot.

Other added extras include Sense TV, which more or less turns your handset into a TV remote; some pretty impressive BoomSound speakers (with no distortion when we played a song at full noise); and what HTC is calling BLinkfeed, which is just another way of aggregating breaking news and your social media updates as they happen.

Overall, we like this a lot. There is that aforementioned lack of storage, but we reckon that is a minor annoyance compared to the number of positives this handset has going for it. HTC has taken a risk with this phone – it has high-end specs and make no bones about it, they are intent on taking on the  big boys in this space. Has it paid off? We think so, but it will depend on their marketing campaign and whether they can shake the legion of Apple fan boys and girls, as well as Galaxy S aficionados loose form their current mobile devices.

Pros: Great build, easy to navigate; superfast connectivity, brilliant screen
Cons: No expandable storage

4.7 Shacks Out Of 5

HTC One Homepage

HTC One @ Harvey Norman

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