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HTC One review

Candidate for smartphone of the year
Wed Mar 13 2013, 12:12

Product HTC One
Website http://www.htc.com/uk/smartphones/htc-one/
Specifications 4.7in 1080x1920 469ppi Super LCD3 touchscreen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core 1.7GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB or 64GB internal storage, no microSD slot, 4MP rear camera, 2.1MP front camera, GSM/3G/4G, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system, HTC Sense 5.0, Beats Audio, 2,300mAh battery, 137x68x9.3mm, 143g
Price £500 SIM-free


TAIWANESE PHONE MAKER HTC has had a pretty tough time recently, with its February revenues slumping to a three year low as its smartphone lineup struggles to compete with Apple and Samsung.

Enter the HTC One, arguably the company's highest specification handset to date, which aims to turn around HTC's fortunes.

Design
This is a big claim, but we believe that the HTC One is the most beautifully designed smartphone on the market today.

HTC knows how to make a £500 smartphone feel worth its cost, and the HTC One is no exception, invoking luxury with its smooth aluminium casing and edge to edge screen. We got our hands on the black model - the HTC One is also available in silver - which looks great, albeit very similar to the nearly identically coloured Apple iPhone 5.

HTC One Black Design

Unlike the iPhone, the HTC One's aluminium casing feels like it's not quite as prone to scratches - and after throwing it in our bag that contained keys and pens, the One came out completely unscathed.

It's different than the iPhone 5 in size too, as the handset's 4.7in touchscreen makes for a fairly large device, with the One measuring 137x68x9.3mm and tipping the scales at 143g. The HTC One feels noticeably heavier than some of its rivals, but we see this as a good thing as this adds to its expensive feel.

Also, despite its size, the HTC One is comfortable to hold thanks to its curved backing, which sits well in the palm. Saying that, we did often struggle to reach the on/off button on the top of the handset, and sometimes found it tricky to push down on the capacitive Home and Back keys.

Screen
It's not often that we go from positive to positive in our reviews, but as well as being one of the nicest looking smartphones on the market, the HTC One also boasts one of the nicest displays, if not the nicest mobile display we have ever seen.

The HTC One has a 4.7in 1080p HD screen

The 4.7in 1080x1920 Super LCD3 469ppi touchscreen is just as impressive to see as it is on paper, producing gorgeous colours, deep blacks and excellent viewing angles, and we found we were able to use the One at almost any angle. Although it's difficult for the human eye to discern differences at such high pixel densities, we noticed the difference when we went back to using our iPhone 5.

Next: Performance, software.

 

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