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bmccants
Aug 13
bmccants
Overall
4.2
bmccants

"Great phone, a better battery would put it over the top"

http://bmac8.com/post/53788297337/htc-one

After watching a lot of videos (cnet, mkbhd, the verge, phonedog, and more) I decided to go with the HTC One.

As far as hardware is concerned it is amazing! The aluminum shines on the edges, the rear HTC logo is chiseled into the metal, and the speaker grills add character. The screen is full HD 1080P and makes reading on any other device a chore. And its quick, more responsive than any phone I’ve had. And for all the programs and widgets I’m surprised it keeps up with my old iPhone 4S.

Don’t worry about the physical button layout. I haven’t touched the HTC logo as a home button since day one. And the power button being on the top left isn’t an issue.

Battery life was my main concern. Even though I have chargers everywhere, I need a phone that will last a day. I’m happy to say this phone can do it. Once you get past the first few days when you turn the phone on just to enjoy the build quality and screen, you’ll get through the work day and into the evening.

The IR blaster is surprisingly useful. I use Glovebox to keep this and other apps I need are just a swipe away. I love the ability to find a show without scrolling through all the stations, the recommendations have seemed to be spot on. Looking for shows by name is as easy as any other search on an Android device.

When I decided to get a new phone I had three choices. Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, or wait for the unreleased iPhone 5S. After the WWDC I knew that iOS was done. There are things I miss, but I want flexibility which it doesn’t offer. For example, my home screens, I saw a video from Armando Ferreira and I knew that would be my first setup. The S4 is nice, with a higher processor speed, but I would never use the air gestures. The final decision was that I wouldn’t sacrifice build quality over expandable memory.

My original plan was to buy the phone, keep my 4S and switch back and forth. But when I got to Best Buy and they offered me $215 for it my plans changed. I got the phone and their 2 year warranty. Then the next day they lowered the price from $199 to $99. Now HTC has offered $25 in Google Play money when you register. After all was said and done I got a great phone with a two year warranty for well under $100.

I know that most things on Android can be modified, I didn’t like the keyboard so i changed it. I didn’t like blink feed so I got Nova launcher. Because of this it makes me believe there is a fix for everything. When I cannot see the notification bar (like when I’m in a full screen game) I can’t pull the shade to see why I’m being alerted. I have to go to the home screen then pull the shade. Does anyone know how to allow the notification shade to be pulled from any screen? I also want to be able to bounce to the top of any page by tapping the time. I know these are iOS features, but they are seriously my only nitpicks. Can they be done?


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