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Shaik Hasan Abdul Wahed
Overall
4.8
Shaik Hasan Abdul Wahed

"HTC has won me over."

I have owned a Galaxy S, S II, S III, and Note II. This phone is just a better build quality than all of those phones combined. I was debating on upgrading from the Note II to the S IV but I realized that the S IV and S III are ridiculously similar. I decided to go with the HTC One even though I've seen my friends and family have bad experiences with their HTC Evo, EVO 4G, etc.
The phone's build quality is amazing. The moment you unbox the phone, you feel as if you have gotten your money's worth. It is a beautiful phone with a perfect design. It is truly a premium device. The unibody design does get quite warm on the back at times, but only during heavy usage. I miss the ability to be able to remove the back cover but I got over that a lot quicker than I expected. Battery life is pretty good, but I am disappointed that sometimes it can barely last a day. Perhaps I'm just spoiled from the massive battery from the Note II. I have yet to get over the fact that I can't add a microSD card to expand the storage...that's a big downer for me, but I know I can find a way around it since the 32GB model is only $100 down on T-Mobile.
As for performance, I have yet to lag on this phone. It is unbelievably smooth. Sense 5.0 is a fluid layer on top of the original Android OS. I must admit, TouchWiz has the better features such as toggles in the notification bar, and a less complex way of editing the homescreens. However, there is noticeable lag on TouchWiz from time to time. HTC Sense just keeps up with everything I throw at it.
There is a lot of hype around the phone's BoomSound speakers and it surely lives up to it. This phone is LOUD. I found myself startled whenever it went off. Beats Audio is a great compliment to the speakers also, but makes a much bigger impact when the headphones are plugged in. Also, when Beats Audio is turned off, the speakers are louder..interesting.
The UltraPixel camera was a risk that HTC was willing to take and it sure as hell paid off. The camera is amazing in low-light. During the day time however, it can be a bit spotty leaving some areas of the picture blurred but only noticeable when you look at the picture carefully. HTC Zoe makes taking pictures easy with the 3 second video and the ability to choose the exact shot that you want to keep. Video highlights are fun to play with when you're on a trip to say, Disneyworld, and you want to make a short video montage of all the photos you have. There are tons of camera features to choose from for all occasions and moments. The front facing camera is wide angle which just looks a lot better than your average front facing camera.
Of course, call quality and reception are great. I hear that some Sprint models have a dead zone where if you hold the phone a certain way, you lose a considerable amount of bars and call quality deteriorates. However, that is not the case in the T-Mobile variant.
OVERALL, I love this phone. I never thought I would buy an HTC phone but they seriously stepped up their game. I am anxious to see how the Butterfly S does.


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