HTC One Smartphone Review: Android Empowered

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When you pick up the One, you can tell HTC put some serious time and effort into designing a phone that feels solid and rich. The handset features a full-metal, zero-gap unibody design with a curved back and rounded edges. The One’s silver finish, black glossy screen, and white detailing and edges give the phone a high-end look you won’t find on many other phones. While we like the look of the One’s all metal design, we should point out that this smooth finish will slide out of your hand more easily than some of the soft rubberized finishes found on other phones.

The HTC One measures 5.4 X 2.7 X .37 inches and weighs 5 ounces, making it one of the heavier phones in today’s market. Still, it’s a nice phone to hold and if you’re used to putting one of today’s other large-screen smartphones in your pocket, you shouldn’t notice a huge difference with the One.

The One features a 4.7 inch Full HD 1080p display with 468 PPI. Above the display, you’ll find a proximity sensor, indicator LED, earpiece, and 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera. Below the display, you’ll notice Back and Home keys on either side of the HTC logo. The One’s front-facing stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers are located above and below the display.

The left edge of the One houses the SIM card tray along with an eject hole. On the right edge, you’ll find the silver volume rocker. The base of the phone houses the microUSB 2.0 port along with a microphone. A Power button and 3.5mm headset jack are housed on the top edge of the phone.

When you flip the One over, you’ll find the HTC UltraPixel Camera along with an LED Flash. This camera features a 4 megapixel sensor that HTC claims is capable of capturing 300% more light than most leading 13 megapixel cameras. This is possible because the sensor on the One actually has a larger area per pixel.  Don't be fooled into thinking the 4MP sensor on this phone is somehow lower-end than the 8MP or 13MP ones found on some other devices. The camera also features HTC's ImageChip processor, an f/2.0 aperture, and optical image stabilization technology. We’ll take a closer look at what this camera can do in the coming pages.


Although it looks and feels very nice, one of the downfalls to having a zero-gap unibody design is that you can’t replace the battery in the HTC One. You may also notice that the One lacks a microSD card slot for additional storage. These two features may not be deal breakers, but they’re definitely something you’ll want to be aware of, especially if you’re torn between the 32GB and 64GB model.

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Sevags one year ago

The 2 points in the negative column are actually huge pluses for me and many others

Dave_HH one year ago

no user replaceable battery and no SD card slot are pluses?

imAcpufan one year ago

The lack of expandable storage is definitely a negative for me. I'm currently in the last couple months of a 3 year contract using the HTC Desire...yep, the original. I've got  32GB on the Desire, and I would like to see my next phone have more storage than my current one. I upgraded from 8GB to a 32GB micro sd card halfway through my contract.

I keep a lot of music and videos on my phone, and I like the idea that my phone will be future-proofed with a good amount of storage. Unfortunately, no Canadian carriers that I know of have the 64GB HTC one, and the lack of expandable storage is keeping me away from the 32GB version. I'm waiting a bit longer to see what else will be around this summer.

MayhemMatthew one year ago

Call Bell. They offered it to me, but I have decided that my Optimus G is still fine (upgrade from another line).

The One is a killer phone. 32Gb is enough for me and the battery is large enough too. I upgrade before they die.

thunderdan602 one year ago

No memory card slot is a huge negative for me. That was the reason why I went with the Note 2 over the DNA.

SmogHog one year ago

It has no mico sd card slot but it does support USB OTG.

Some Android devices can act as a USB host, so that you can use USB devices attached to them.

Samsung's S and Note models plus the LG Optimus G Pro support USB OTG

Kidbest100 one year ago

This is a GREAT phone! speedy, effective, stylish... And there is a version in China or someplace that has a removable backplate that gives access to SD Cards and battery, but, thats way over in China. XD

This is an amazing phone on terms of build quality and stability, but I think the S4 definitely beats it in the other columns.

Sevags one year ago

Dave_HH; correct.

A user replaceable battery is ONLY a good thing is someone plans to actually purchase a spare battery and use it something I have never ever done and will never do but it lowers the overall build quality, physical strength of the device, and will just always pop off every time I drop it.

An SD card slot would also not be used by most people including myself (there is enough internal storage) and will just be a slot that either collects dust or has an ugly/flimsy slot cover.

So yes the HTC One is perfect without those 2 features.

infinityzen1 one year ago

Wow I completely missed this.

I actually own a One and it is by far the best phone I have ever used. Plus the thing just feels amazing. By far the highest build quality you will ever find in a phone, even compared to Apple (wife has a 5).

MellDiner one year ago

This site sells really cheap smartphones: I got my 4s from them.

edcarver 2 months ago

I absolutely love the HTC One! In terms of user satisfaction, it does so much better than iPhone and other smartphones (source: ). I can't see why people hype the new iPhone, it's just a copycat in my opinion!

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