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HTC One review | Smartphone Features

Published on: Sunday, August 4th 2013                   Written by: Ilse Jurrien - Photography by: Mark Peters

HTC One Android smartphone

HTC One Android smartphone

HTC One phone menu

The HTC One’s menu has a nice and clear setup, without too many frills. In the Samsung, we see that the Galaxy S4 is chock full of functions, while HTC has kept the One as simple as possible. There is definitely something to be said for that! All those hand motions and ingenious gadgets are fun, but it is certainly not flawless and it does not contribute anything to ease of use. The HTC One, on the other hand, is very simple to operate and it gives you quick access to all the functions. The ‘phone’, ‘messages’, ‘internet’, and ‘camera’ functions can be accessed with the push of one button. Switching between your main screen and the applications is very fast. The time, date, and weather are clearly displayed on the main screen, and the list of applications is clearly laid out and can be sorted into ‘Most recent’, ‘Alphabetical’ or ‘Adjusted’.

HTC BlinkFeed

HTC BlinkFeed

Personalized news feed

With the new Sense 5 user interface, HTC has also completely renewed the One’s start screen. The HTC BlinkFeed is normally placed here. A completely new concept, with BlinkFeed you choose the social networks, news sites and feeds that you want to receive updates from. These are then displayed uniquely next to each other on the start screen. At first I thought to myself, fun feature, but not for me. Then I found myself using BlinkFeed more often, especially since it is on the start screen. It is an ideal way of being updated on the latest news with one glance. It is remarkable that you cannot turn off HTC BlinkFeed. If you really do not use BlinkFeed, you can always change the start screen so that you do not have to see it every time, but I personally find it a useful addition.

 

HTC One sound quality

HTC One sound quality

HTC BoomSound & Sense-Voice

The HTC One is the ideal smartphone for music lovers. The two integrated stereo speakers on the front, the internal amplifier, and 'Beats Audio’ provide unparalleled sound. The HTC One performs exceptionally well in terms of range of volume and sound quality; there is no other smartphone that can replicate this sound. The phone is full of apps for listening to music. Next to the standard ‘Music Player’, via the ‘7 Digital’ app you can choose from millions of tracks. There is also a ‘Play Music’ app so that you can easily copy music from your PC to your smartphone. The HTC One also has SoundHound for music searches. This function was first available a few years ago in the Sony Ericsson. The phone listens to a song and searches the database for the corresponding information, such as the artist and the name of the song. Great sound is not only useful when listening to music; HTC Sense-Voice detects background noise and dynamically amplifies the caller’s voice to compensate. This improves the calling experience.

HTC One internet

HTC One internet

Surfing the web with the HTC One

The HTC One comes with Google Chrome as well as HTC’s own web browser. Thanks to the 4G LTE internet support, it is possible to achieve extremely fast internet performance with the HTC One. The smartphone supports Flash Player for a better web experience and downloading content happens in no time. For network settings, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other connection options, you have to go into the menu, since the handy status bar that you could drag down before is unfortunately not present on the HTC One. There are Widgets (‘Data dashboard’ and ‘Energy Management’) available that can give you comparable access to the functions named above. Furthermore, there is a quick link to Google’s Play Store, and HTC has also pre-installed a number of handy apps. Standard apps include PDF viewer, Polaris Office, stocks, flashlight, navigation, and various music apps, among others. The HTC One is also ideal for parents that let their children play with their smartphones now and then. Via a special ‘Kid Mode’, children can only play certain games, without being able to access other functions on the phone.

 

HTC One touchscreen

HTC One touchscreen

4.7" Full HD screen

Another great bonus on the HTC One is the screen. It is a clear, sharp 1080p Full HD touchscreen. It is even easy to read from extreme angles or in the sunlight. The touchscreen is made of Gorilla Glass, is scratch-resistant, and decreases reflections in harsh light. With 468ppi, no smartphone has ever had that many pixels per inch, which contributes to unprecedented clarity. To compare, the Galaxy S4 has 441ppi and the iPhone 5 has only 326ppi. The color representation on the HTC One is beautiful and natural. The 4.7" screen size makes it possible to operate the smartphone with just one hand. There is only praise for the HTC One’s screen!

HTC Sense TV

HTC Sense TV

TV operation with the HTC One

The on/off button found on top of the HTC One has a double function. Thanks to the built-in infrared sensor, the HTC One can be converted into a remote control, in order to operate your TV or other devices. With Sense TV, in a few simple steps you can select TV channels, consult TV guides, adjust the volume, and much more, all with your HTC One. Search for your favorite television programs, and the HTC lets you know when they are starting. We have seen a similar function in Samsung, they have installed a comparable application called WatchOn on the Galaxy S4. The difference is that several TV providers are supported on the HTC One. It is a fun addition, which could have been elaborated a bit more in terms of interface and speed.

 
 
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