The Wishlist: HTC One

HTC One

Ashley helps usher in the future of smart phones.

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This episode should be called "Things I didn't know about my phone."

I just switched carriers this last weekend and I got the HTC One, had it for the weekend, then took it back on Monday for a Galaxy S4. The deal breaker for me wasn't the lack of a removable battery or the lack of expandable memory but rather the fact it only has two buttons on it's face and those are "home" and "back" there isn't a menu button anywhere in sight sadly.

Now this wouldn't be a problem except that more than a handful of my more frequently used apps decided to compensate for the lack of a menu button on the face of the phone by adding a large black bar across the bottom of the screen. That black bar, while not crazy large, still takes up a pretty decent portion of the screen real estate.

On top of that I wasn't a big fan of the stock UI. I was a big fan of Sense UI back in the olden days but this new UI that HTC is going with wasn't something I particularly dug. Also, not being able to remove the Blinkfeed widget that takes up an entire home screen kind of bugged me too.

All this being said the HTC One wasn't a bad phone by any means. I really really liked it overall. I loved the metal design. It felt like a well designed phone and it ran everything I could throw at it as smooth as Hell. On top of all that the screen looked amazing. I'd almost say the screen looked better than the S4 when I had them side by side.

However, at the end of the day I knew that having that black bar on various apps would bug me to no end so I traded it in for a S4.

Is there more than one version of the HTC One? Because that's what I have I'm not sure it has the features you mentioned, its also about a year old.

That said, I'm not terribly happy with mine, the camera is nice but by far my favorite Android phone I've had so far is the G2.

Why oh why must everyone hate hardware keyboards, the software ones are such shit! The HTC One's struck me as particularly awful. Also the wireless and bluetooth on mine is really finicky.

Grrrrr, I want this phone so bad but I got 2 or 3 more months before my carrier let's me buy a new phone

cynicalsaint1:
Is there more than one version of the HTC One? Because that's what I have I'm not sure it has the features you mentioned, its also about a year old.

That said, I'm not terribly happy with mine, the camera is nice but by far my favorite Android phone I've had so far is the G2.

Why oh why must everyone hate hardware keyboards, the software ones are such shit! The HTC One's struck me as particularly awful. Also the wireless and bluetooth on mine is really finicky.

The HTC One has only been out since last month, irrc, but there have been various HTC One "Various Letter Here", like the HTC One S, HTC One X, HTC One X+, and probably another I'm forgetting. Those are all a bit older so you probably have one of those phones. And the newest, or only, HTC One has an all aluminum body which I'm sure that you would notice right off the bat.

I'm going to be getting a new Android phone in the next few weeks and the One has been on my list since before it was released. I keep looking at the S4, and probably won't make a firm decision until I'm in an AT&T store, but the One is the phone I'm currently stuck on. It's new, it's different, and my last HTC phone served me well. But, we'll see.

Ashley Esqueda:
HTC One

Ashley helps usher in the future of smart phones.

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Heh.... I see what you did there..and I like it.

It looks pretty rad, although a tad large. The Zoe(spell?) feature seems like a genius idea.

I approve of the lack of brand fanboyism so far. I've stuck with iphones for a while now, but I love playing with the galaxies and HTC's out there and see the different approaches to things.

I have this phone, it's pretty good, the usual smartphone battery life but the low light shots are fantastic - although I can't say how good compared to a Windows Nokia phone as I have never used one. Great for on a night out. Since my 3G data plan is unlimited I have it hooked up to my 75GB dropbox account for extra storage. Combined with my internal storage, more than I will ever need.

I had an HTC Rezound and it was a decent phone but it seems to be the last HTC phone on Verizon that had removable storage and batteries. the fact that HTC phones are no longer coming with removable batteries or SD Cards as well as HTC's horrible track record regarding updates and that for me is a deal breaker as I use my Quite heavily and if I cannot swap a battery when I'm in a pinch or have the storage using a SD card which if you drop your phone in water or severely damage it you cannot remove the storage like you can in Samsung phones...... Sorry I think it's a nice phone but I'll have to roll with a Galaxy S4 which also has a 1080p Screen and besides that the HTC one is not even on my network(Verizon) even if so I cannot go with a phone that currently has less than 32gb of storage with no expandable options. then HTC wonders why it's company is in trouble.

Smilomaniac:
It looks pretty rad, although a tad large. The Zoe(spell?) feature seems like a genius idea.

I approve of the lack of brand fanboyism so far. I've stuck with iphones for a while now, but I love playing with the galaxies and HTC's out there and see the different approaches to things.

I agree. The Galaxy S4, HTC One, and iPhone 5 are all great phones that appeal to different people's sensibilities. I hate it when I look up phone reviews and the comments are arguing that one of the phones is "clearly better"

I looked at this one, but ended up going with the Galaxy S4 instead. The MicroSD slot was one of the deal breakers.

Being able to remove batteries, SD slots and a moddable more open os are the main selling point of andriod phones.........and HTCone don't have 2/3 of those. I think I'll stick with my iphone 5. It's also sad that there are SOOOOOO many andriod phones with hardware much more powerful than iphones but they have no games or softwares that take advantage of it.

Where's my infinity blade for andriod? It seems like gaming on phones is like xbox vs ps2 all over again, andriod got more powerful hardware but iphones got better games.

Getting one for my bday in a week, can't wait for this~ I did extensive research between the S4 and the One (the S4 being my previous phone choice), and this one came out ontop. Looks epic :3

When it was time to upgrade my iPhone 4, I decided to pick up a Samsung S4 because, you know SD card and battery and things that seemed like they were a big deal (even though I hadn't had those on any of my prior smartphones, which were all iPhones).

I wound up returning the Samsung and eating a $35 restocking fee because I was so dissatisfied with it, picked up an HTC One instead and haven't looked back. The biggest problem I had with the Samsung, other than mediocre build quality and a laggy interface, was that it has a real hard time driving low impedence headphones and I would get crackling in my music. It reminded me how spoiled I'd been with the pretty darn good (I know it's not great) music quality from my iPhone. The HTC One seems fairly close to my iPhone 4's music quality, and I haven't noticed any crackling. With the 'Beats' sound I find it a tad bass heavy at times, but it's not overwhelming.

I don't game on my phone, or use unusual apps. I read email, check Twitter and browse the web - but most importantly I listen to a whole lot of music, mostly via Spotify. I wanted to give Android a chance and the HTC One seems like a great piece of hardware and substantially better than my experience with the Samsung S4. I suppose time will tell if it makes me want to stick with Android or go back to Apple when the time comes.

Yes, but does it blend?

PoolCleaningRobot:
I agree. The Galaxy S4, HTC One, and iPhone 5 are all great phones that appeal to different people's sensibilities. I hate it when I look up phone reviews and the comments are arguing that one of the phones is "clearly better"

I've had all three and I can tell you that all three are great phones. I got the iPhone 5 shortly after it first came out after being a life long Android user and growing bored with my Droid Bionic. I wanted it primarily for the better selection of apps. Ultimately though while there were a LOT of apps I was quick to try out, all of which ran crazy smooth, the lack of customization and relatively small screen size was just too much for me and I returned it shortly afterwords for the S3.

That being said even though I've accepted I will probably be an Android fanboy for the foreseeable future and beyond I can definitely see how the iPhone 5 would appeal to a large number of people. If you don't care about being able to customize your phone all that much and aren't bothered by having somewhat smaller screen then you would probably really dig the iPhone 5. It's a good phone. Just not a good phone for me.

On the Android front of things the reason you don't see a lot of arguing between fans of the One and the G4 is largely because they are literally about a hair's width apart as far as phones go. Performance wise they are as close to equal as makes no difference. It's all just a matter of which side of the handful of incredibly small differences you fall.

 

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