The HTC One is the very first Android phone I’ve used. I was always intrigued by Google’s mobile OS, and the rabid fanboyism of its users made me want to see for myself what exactly is so special about Android and I was on the lookout for the best Android smartphone. Eventually, I ended buying the HTC One after many a recommendation from friends and coworkers (hello Sam!).
You see, I’ve always thought of HTC as a niche brand, catering to a specific market that actively pursues HTC products. Yet the HTC One seemed to be on par with the biggest names and brands of the smartphone industry, and after checking out countless features, reviews, and comparisons, I decided to go with the HTC One. Below you’ll find the list of reasons that convinced that me that the HTC One is the “One” I should go for. Let me be clear that these are the reasons that actively swayed my decision, which means that as cool as features such as Blinkfeed and HTC Zoe are, they aren’t the kind of features that would make or break a phone purchase for me.
Design and Build Quality
One of the main selling points of the HTC One is the design. While I always fancied myself as a “functionality trumps design” type of person, its really hard to ignore how aesthetically beautiful the phone looks. It’s slim but sturdy, simplistic yet unique. The aluminum body gives the phone a premium feel, and when you feel it in your hand, you know it’s a premium device you’re cradling.
No, Beats Audio isn’t just a gimmick here. Let me explain; as someone who uses his phone to listen to music and podcasts just as much as making phone calls (sometimes more, when I’m feeling antisocial), the audio quality the phone provides is of utmost important to me. I have gone through numerous devices that suffered from sub par music playback. Thankfully, that problem was solved with the HTC One. Stereo sound from the device itself means that you can watch YouTube, videos, and movies and get crystal clear audio quality. Stereo sound from the front-facing speakers is a great feature, but most of my listening is done through headphones. The sound quality through the headphones is superb, and the in-ear bundled headphones do a great job in blocking external sound. No more barely hearing a podcast if you’re walking down a busy street or riding a noisy metro.
It looks like 1080p is becoming the standard in smartphone displays At 1080p, 469 ppi, 16M colors, it doesn’t get any better than the HTC One’s display. Besides the fact that the display complements the UI, browsing, and general navigation, it also means that movies and TV shows will look just as clear on your phone as they do on your computer screen. Now, I won’t be watching Blade Runner or Gone with the Wind on the phone, since films such as those are meant to be watched on a larger screen, but that doesn’t mean you can’t catch up with your favorite sitcoms, TV shows or even YouTube channels on your phone. The great screen and wonderful sound quality can easily turn the HTC One into a portable media consumption center.
Features are only as good as the hardware that runs them, and if you’re one of those who cares about a phone’s hardware, there’s plenty in the HTC One for you to like. A Quadcore processor, 2GB RAM and an Andreno GPU. There’s pretty much nothing in the coming years that your phone can’t handle. Batteries on a smartphone can get quite frustrating, and it’s not farfetched to hear some users having to charge their high end smartphones more than once a day. This can put a major dent on anyone’s experience. The HTC One packs a Li-Po 2300 mAh battery, which should pretty much see you through most of the day.