I don't know about you, but the summer is flying by for us, and as July is just about to turn into August, the HTC One continues to do nothing but dominate. It remained #1 for another week and is your featured user review for this Monday July 29, 2013.
"Today's Ultimate Phone" By KEVIN SALT on July 29, 2013
I've been using an HTC One for approximately 2 months and I cannot fault it. For my own modes of use it has proven to be the perfect pocket companion. Until now I have always used my phones for browsing, e-mail and messaging, Facebook, Youtube, and as an in-car navigator, camera and video recorder.
I have never has a phone so slick, fast and smooth in operation, nor have I taken so little time to get used to it. I can honestly say that it has integrated into my daily life completely and easily. This is probably due to the upgrade from sense 4 to sense 5 - it is much less obvious and fits nicely to my personal requirements. It has also added a new facet and changed my daily routine completely.
I never read the news at all before I got my One - Now, Blinkfeed has changed all that. It has replaced the hassles of finding the news and reading it, into selecting what I want to check and taking quick looks as I find the time. As HTC accurately describes it .. Snacking on news !!
The screen is superb, clean, clear and crisp, and coupled with the front-facing LOUDspeakers I am experiencing Youtube at a whole new level of pleasure (I'm a musician so I use Youtube a lot for musical references).
The Zoe/Video highlight feature has made my 86yr old mum happy too. No more sending just boring still photos -now she gets 'living photos' all patched together in sweet little mini-albums, and when I use HTC Sharel,not only can she view the albums, she can view the individual images and Zoes too ... She loves it because my family is in another country and it brings the three other generations to life for her. In fact, my HTC One has affected her life almost as much as it has changed mine.
Don't listen to the naysayers who criticise the camera either. It has a pixel resolution equal to the screen on my new 27 inch iMac ... I can't imagine anyone wanting to view any snapshots at bigger sizes than that :) ... I do advise manual; alteration to the sharpness filtering though .. bring it down to -1 or -2 for smoother photos.
Battery Life 4/5
Apps & Media Support 5/5
Reception & Call Quality 5/5
Design/Form Factor 5/5