2The HTC One With BlinkFeed
4How It Measures Up
The One features a 4.7-inch full-HD 1080p display and measures 9.3 by 68.2 by 137.4mm. For context, the Apple iPhone 5 measures 7.6 by 58.6 by 123.8 mm and the Galaxy S 4 measures 7.9 by 69.8 by 136.6. The slot at the top is for the SIM card. It’s available in the U.S. through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Cincinnati Bell and Best Buy.
The volume rocker button on the side of the HTC One is metal, and like the rest of the aluminum-and-glass device feels solid and high end. It features a “zero-gap construction” and “full metal body,” says HTC. To this reviewer, a minimum of colors and textures, like Apple’s approach with the iPhone 5, would have made for an even sleeker aesthetic.
6HTC One, Rear View
Like other HTC devices, the One features Beats Audio, but it uniquely pairs this with dual front-facing speakers. I often set a phone beside me while making Saturday breakfast so that I can listen to the radio. From music to talk radio, the clarity and volume of the One’s speakers put the phone in a class by itself.
7Email on the One
8The One vs. the BlackBerry Z10
Trying out the One, I often wished for my BlackBerry Z10, which requires fewer swipes to get to the content I need most. These are the screens both phones “woke” to. To view my email on the One, I’d swipe the home screen aside, launch the email app and then see my mail. On the Z10, a gesture of thumb would instantly show me any new calls, texts, emails from two accounts, Tweets and Facebook messages.
9How They Stack Up
10The Speed Advantage
The Z10 features an intelligent keyboard that, among other things, offers word suggestions over one’s fingertips, which is quicker than tapping a word choice over the keyboard. While the One offered the wrong word suggestion and did so four letters in, the Z10 suggested the right word at the first letter. Conveniences like this—I swipe up far more words than I type—have endeared the Z10 to me.
12The HTC One’s Camera Technology
The One has an excellent rear camera (though close-ups on small details aren’t a strong suit). Among other things, it can shoot Zoes, three-minute video clips that can be included in “highlight reels” that the One can automatically create. There’s also a site for sharing Zoes, which otherwise appear, when shared, as simply photos.
13HTC One’s Camera Technology
The One’s camera also includes editing software and lots of filters and effects to play with. The strength of its microphone technology also means that videos feature excellent audio quality, even with lots of background noise.