Aptly named the HTC One, sans embellishment, this phone offers excellent build quality, great user-experience, a decent camera, good sound quality, and interesting features, essentially building almost everything a smartphone user looks for, into a single device; albeit at a suitably steep price tag. Priced in the Rs.40,000 range, this phone is easily one of the most expensive in the market. Let’s take a closer look at what it has to offer.
The phone features top of the line design, with an aluminium unibody, a camera and keys that are flush with the phone’s surface, and near-flawless aesthetics. The front of the device is dominated by a 4.7 inch display, with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 ensuring sturdiness and resistance to scratches. The device’s 1080x1920 pixel, Super LCD 3 display, gives you a 468 ppi display that translates into sharp images and text and great viewing angles. The front of the device also houses aluminium speaker grills above and below the display- coupled with Beats Audio and a sound amplifier to boost sound quality. The 2.1 Megapixel wide-angle front camera is located at the top right corner, above the display. The device features two capacitive keys with the central one conspicuous by its absence, which can take a little getting used to. The power/lock button is located along the top edge of the phone alongside the 3.5-mm headset jack- this can make locking/unlocking the device slightly cumbersome, given its dimensions.
The back of the device houses a 4 Megapixel primary camera and an LED flash. Interestingly, the device uses Ultrapixels or larger pixels instead of chasing pixel count. The camera allows 1080p HD video recording, slow motion video capture, specialized filters before capturing an image, and increased control through customizable resolution, ISO settings, video quality, image adjustments, and white balance settings. HTC’s new camera mode, HTC Zoe, automatically captures up to 20 photos and 3-second videos- you can add in background music, play around with the order of the images, and include special transitions, essentially making the image come alive. Additionally, the phone allows you to share these images and montages through email or social networks. However, while the camera has all these features, and also captures good images in most lighting conditions, there can be a slight loss in detail courtesy lower resolution.
The bottom of the device houses a Micro-USB port and a microphone. The volume rockers are placed along the right side of the phone. The phone features a 2300mAh battery, a 2GB RAM, and 32GB or 64GB of storage space (non-expandable).
The HTC One runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and Sense 5, the skin is minimal and clean, and brings a few additional custom apps to the table. The phone comes with several other useful features; HTC Blinkfeed and Sense Voice are probably two of the most interesting. The former allows you to select social networks, news and feeds you want to stay updated on and receive updates from each of them in a live stream on your home screen, while the latter includes dual built-in microphones that sense high ambient noise levels and dynamically boost the in-call voice thus providing increased clarity.
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