Tuesday, June 18, 2013

HTC One Review #TeamSprint

Disclosure: I am a Sprint Ambassador this post was monetarily compensated for this post. I did however received the HTC One to facilitate this review.

In this day and age it often seems like top priority is keeping up with the latest technology, which of course means having the latest and greatest smartphone. When I use the words latest and greatest of course there are two phones that easily pop into my head the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone5, but there is a new and easily comparable competitor in town – The HTC One on the Sprint network.


Operating system
Android 4.1
Battery information
2300 mAh Battery
Talk time
19 hours
Dimensions
5.4" X 2.7" X .37"
Display
4.7" (1920 X 1080)
Weight
5.0 oz
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.7GHz quad-core processor
Memory
2 GB RAM / 32 GB ROM





HTC One Appeal

The HTC One is a good looking phone featuring a smooth, curved, metal rear and 4.7 inch, edge-to-edge screen. While a larger phone, which for someone with small hands like me may need two hands to operate, the HD screen is simply stunning. The large edge-to-edge screen also makes it incredibly comfortable, easy, and fairly accurate to type on.



You’ll also immediately note the large speaker grills at the top and bottom of the phone (BoomSound™) allowing for noticeably louder and crisper sound. The phone is equipped with Beats audio which you can toggle on and off – sound is best with the beats audio on, but you’ll still note superior sound quality with it switched off. I also hear great things about the included Beats branded headphones, but was not able to check them out.


Blinkfeed

Out of the box set-up was a bit much for me, featuring a new Android set-up process using your computers browser to set-up your ringtones, wallpaper, apps etc.  Running on top of Android 4.1.2 is Sense 5.0, and different look to the Android homescreen with HTC Blinkfeed.



With Blinkfeed you are able to add your favorite social media sites, like Facebook, Twitter, etc, along with various news feeds of your choice into a rolling grid of tiles, containing information aggregated from said sites. For someone like myself who quite often needs to be in tuned with many social networks, I found Blinkfeed rather convenient.  


Sense TV

Another feature my husband was quick to point out was the Sense TV.  Equipped with an IR Blaster, the HTC One is a smartphone moonlighting as a smart remote for your television.  After a very simple set-up you can change the channel, see what’s on T.V and even schedule recordings straight from your HTC One.


Camera/Video

A crazy important feature to me has always been a phones camera/video recorder. Besides my typical Mom uses of catching those candid shots of the kids, being able to quickly share and take quality photos and video is very important to my job.

The Camera on the HTC One is one of the better I’ve observed on a smartphone, with a larger sensor than other handsets and an f/2.0 aperture lens letting more light into your photos for sharper low-light photos. It’s not a hand-held POS or DSLR, but it certainly does the trick for photo sharing  - and using for those new Instagram clips!!



I will note, however, that a little something is lost when transferring your photos to PC.
The One can also capture photos in a rapid-fire fashion, as well as take stills while you're recording video. As with the photos, video was rather clear and smooth.


Overall

I’m slightly embarrassed to admit it took me some searching before realizing the HTC One does not have a battery compartment or a SD card slot. Battery time holds up rather well in power saver mode, but something makes me feel better having access and the ability to switch out the battery.



While Sprint 4G coverage has yet to reach all areas, you have to appreciate their unlimited data package and competitive pricing, with unlimited message and data plans starting at $79.99

For a limited time, save $100 on this phone when you bring your number to Sprint on a new line of service, making the HTC One $99.99 with a 2 year agreement.



4 comments:

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My phone still only makes calls. It would be fun to have a smart phone like this.

slehan at juno dot com

VickeC said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

wow,impressive,,good information to know

Courtney B said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I've heard amazing things about this phone!

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I too have heard this is one of the best.

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