Saturday, January 25, 2014

Quick Hands on Review: HTC One – I am the One!

Pros: Sleek Design, Excellent Build quality, Specifications, Screen.
Cons: Below par Camera for low light conditions.



HTC One 801e is the single sim flagship device powered by a Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300, 2 GB RAM, Adreno 320 GPU, 32/64 GB internal storage, 4 UltraPixels Primary Camera + 2.1 MP Secondary Camera, 4.7 inches Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen with resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (~469 ppi pixel density) & Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection and Android OS v4.3 Jelly Bean.

Screen & Build Quality

HTC One is one of the finest one in terms of design and build quality. Composed of An all-aluminum body, HTC One has superb build quality and yet it is light weight at 140 grams. The overall dimensions of 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm speaks for the sleekness of the phone. The phone is super slim yet sleek and premium to hold and use.




It sports a 4.7 inches Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen with resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (~469 ppi pixel density) & Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection. Display is vibrant even in outdoor day light conditions. Color production is amazing with good color/contrast ratios. Watching images & videos on this phone is simply fantastic considering its higher ppi (~469 ppi). There is a 2.1 MP front camera just above the screen along with few sensors and on the back the ultra-pixel camera along with LED flash is present. Beats audio logo is imprinted on the lower back of the phone.

Camera, Buttons & Call/Audio Quality

HTC One has 4MP UltraPixels Primary autofocus Camera which captures images at 2688 x 1520 pixels. It has all necessary features like auto/touch focus, optical image stabilization, simultaneous HD video, image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection. It is capable of recording videos at 1080p@30fps & 720p@60fps, HDR, stereo sound recording and video stabilization. It has a large sensor 1/3'' sensor size i.e. 2µm pixel size. The ultra-pixel concept is implemented in HTC One for the first time which basically having a larger camera sensor which can record more clear photos in the same resolution. For day time photos image quality is excellent but indoor photos are of average quality. The front 2.1 MP camera can also record videos 1080p@30fps and supports HDR mode.




HTC One has power button on top left which is not so convenient position on smartphone these days. Volume rocker is on left side and sim card slot on other side. There is no dedicated camera button on HTC One. Beats Audio enhancement is clearly evident when Beats compatible headphones are used. It has front stereo speakers which enhances multimedia experience. Sound quality is very good. Call quality is also nice at both ends.  

OS/Performance and Battery

HTC One is powered by a Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300, 2 GB RAM, Adreno 320 GPU, 32/64 GB internal storage and Android OS v4.3 Jelly Bean. HTC will update One with Android KitKat 4.4 very soon. Performance wise there are no complaints on this phone. The 1.7 GHz quad core chip just makes this phone flies and handles HTC Sense very smoothly. HTC sense UI is icing on the cake with features like blink feed.  




AnTuTu Benchmark tests proves it to be little behind than the Samsung Galaxy S4 but better than Optimus G. Similar results were seen in quadrant benchmark test with score of 11746 as compared to 12376 of Samsung Galaxy S4. All heavy games are compatible with this phone thanks to the Adreno 320 GPU but the phone does gets heated a bit upon playing games which becomes more evident on holding a phone with aluminum body.




It has Non-removable Li-Po 2300 mAh battery which manages to power this phone for whole day upon normal use but as soon as you tap for power the battery life diminishes very quickly. It has all necessary sensors including Accelerometer, gyro, proximity and compass. It also supports FM radio.

Verdict

HTC One is simply the best looking phone out there and performance is also upto the mark. However the ultra-pixel camera falls short in front of the 13MP shooter of S4 and similar other sensors. Indoor photos are nothing to write home about. HTC One is now available as a dual sim variant - HTC One 802d and with a larger screen in HTC One Max.

Ratings (out of 5 stars)
Build Quality *****
Screen *****
Performance ****
Value for Money ****

Overall *****

Specs at a glance

Screen
Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels, 4.7 inches (~469 ppi pixel density)
Processor

GPU
Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600
Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300 
Adreno 320 GPU
RAM
2 GB RAM
Storage
32GB/64GB Internal memory
Camera
4MP Ultra-pixel autofocus camera + 2.1 MP front camera
Network Type
Single SIM, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Infrared, GPS, GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi direct
Battery
Non-removable Li-Po 2300 mAh battery
OS
Android 4.3 (JellyBean) upgradable to 4.4 Kitkat
Dimensions
137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm
Weight
143  grams

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