HTC One, Black (Sprint) Review/Deals

HTC One, Black (Sprint)

HTC One, Black (Sprint)

  • Display: 4.7-inches
  • Camera: HTC UltraPixel
  • Processor Speed: 1.7 GHz
  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Crafted with a distinct zero-gap aluminum unibody, the HTC One is ready to reshape your smartphone experience with a live home screen that streams all of your favorite content, a photo gallery that comes to life, and dual frontal stereo speakers. This 4G LTE-enabled smartphone runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), which combines with HTC Sense to create an amazing mobile experience that’s been re-imagined from the ground up. The HTC One ensures you’re never out of touch with your world (view larger

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  1. Chris says:
    74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    One phone to rule them all?, June 6, 2013
    By 
    Chris

    This review is from: HTC One, Black (Sprint) (Wireless Phone)

    If you are reading this, chances are that you have heard about the galaxy s4 and that it is a very real possibility for your next phone. I will go in depth into the features of this phone and I will compare it to the S4.

    Design: this is the reason why I chose this phone. The industrial design is second to none. It is beautiful, smooth and cool to the touch. The “chamfered” edges and curved back allow you to have a good grip on the phone while also allowing it to nestle into your palm. The phone has an aluminum unibody, but requires plastic so that the radios can get reception. To mold this plastic into the unibody, HTC uses a gapless manufacturing process that molds it perfectly into the aluminum. Let me say this: the time that was spent designing this phone and the manufacturing detail that went into crafting it is absolutely marvelous and shows when you hold and use the phone. The lines are clean and the phone has a premium feel in your hand. The only little issue I have with the design is that the home button placement and power button are kind of awkward to hit in normal use. You have to move your hand up and down the phone in order to reach them, but you do get used to this quickly. A small thing about the design: Sprint did not place any carrier branding on this phone making it look much more clean. Bravo Sprint! The Galaxy S4 uses a polycarbonate body. I personally don’t have anything against plastic. However, the S4 has a smooth finish that makes the phone feel greasy when you hold it from the oils that accumulate on the surface. My last phone was a Galaxy S2 (with textured plastic so the oils didn’t accumulate) and I loved it because I never worried about damaging it. I can’t say the same for the One. I always fear that if I drop it, the phone will dent or scratch which will be very noticeable. However, my love for the gorgeous aluminum body and precise manufacturing far outweighs the fears that linger in the back of my mind of damage.
    10/10
    Display: the HTC one features an LCD 3 1080p display. What does that mean? It has as many pixels as your HDTV crammed into a 4.7-inch screen. The colors on this phone are accurate and pleasant to look at. Coming from an AMOLED screen (what is on the s4) to an LCD was a very big change. An AMOLED screen has much more vibrant and saturated colors, whereas the LCD has more true-to-life colors. Honestly to me, I really like the accuracy in colors and sharpness that the One provides. The S4 will provide the same sharpness, just with more vibrant colors. Truth is, more people like the AMOLED than the LCD, but it is all person preference. Here is what I can say: like the design, I believe that this screen is incredible and second to none. The color reproduction and sharpness just cannot be matched by other display technologies.
    10/10
    Camera: Here is where I begin to get mixed feelings about the phone. People argue “it’s not 4 megapixels, it’s 4 ULTRApixels..” Here is the truth: yes it is ultra pixels, but ultra is just a marketing term used to make people not look down on the fact that it is 4 megapixels and a megapixel is a megapixel. The fact is that the megapixel is the only metric that a consumer has ever been taught to gauge a camera by and more megapixels does not mean better images. In fact, a 4 megapixel camera takes a 2240 x 1680 picture. That is a good deal larger than a 1080p display. So what is the advantage of an ultrapixel over a megapixel? The answer is light. I won’t bore you with the science of it all, but basically each pixel allows 300% more photons to be absorbed by the sensor, which leads to crisper images. Every pixel on the HTC one gets a more accurate snapshot of what it is photographing. Another advantage of the ultrapixel is since it lets in more light, it takes incredible lowlight shots. Where other cameras see darkness, the One can get a clear image. If you want to just use your phone to capture images for Facebook, instagram, snapchat, or even to show on a 1080p screen, the HTC will perform better than almost any phone on the market. However, if you want to edit your photos in something like photoshop or zoom in really far on them, this isn’t the best camera. So the advantages of the One’s camera: excellent image quality for the pixels that it has, phenomenal low light performance, rapid snapshots and fast storage. The disadvantages: it is only 4 megapixels. I have really mixed feelings about it. It is certainly a great camera, but I really wish that it could capture higher resolution. I cannot ignore, however, the amazing technological feat that is the ultrapixel and I applaud HTC for taking the phone in this unique direction. This camera at 8 megapixels would be the best smartphone camera to ever exist, but as it stands now, it is only good.
    7/10
    Reception, radios, and call quality: I have to be fair, my last phone, the S2, held onto a signal like no other phone. Maybe it is just the stark…

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  2. Johnny Saigon® says:
    33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The ONE to Rule Them All, May 15, 2013
    By 
    Johnny Saigon® (Sydney/Saigon/Irvine/Waikiki) –
    (TOP 1000 REVIEWER)
      

    This review is from: HTC One, Black (Sprint) (Wireless Phone)

    What is there to say about this phone? If I just write about it, I’m just going to ramble on and on. So to save everyone some grief, here are bullet points (my direct comparisons are to the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 2, but mainly to the Galaxy S4):

    The Good:

    1) THE SCREEN: If there was such a better screen on a phone, I have not yet seen it. The iPhone 5 is lauded for its excellent screen, but at its current resolution, it trails behind the One’s screen by far. Everything just POPS out at you. Even in direct sunlight, everything is CLEAR and BRIGHT. I really loved the Droid DNA/HTC Butterfly’s screen, but once again HTC has outdone itself and given us a true masterpiece in 4.7″ 1080p(468ppi) form. This is THE BEST screen on the planet right now – WOW!!!

    2) THE DESIGN/HARDWARE: Why do most reviewers laud the iPhone 5’s aluminum construction so much, when it chips and nicks so easily?? If you want a true masterpiece in design and craftsmanship, look no further. The One feels THICK and TOUGH. I don’t have to worry about carrying this around case-less(except from drops, which is a whole other case). I will not be worried about this phone nicking and scraping like the iPhone 5. Personally, it may not have the flair of some of the Sony and Nokia phone of the past, but in totality the One has the best combination of design and craftsmanship. It oozes style and sophistication(*cough*Samsung*ahem*).

    3) THE DUAL FRONT-FACING SPEAKERS: We have all been desensitized to the modern smartphones nowadays with their crappy, tinny, mono speaker. I remember the days of the Nokia n95 and n84 with their stereo speakers – whatever happened to phones after that? Whoever agreed to a mono/solo speaker with all the smartphones thereafter?? FINALLY, someone has the senses to come back to reality – thank you, HTC!. Trust me, your ears will thank you and you will realize all phones should have been made like this. Especially when you use ringtones/alerts that were specifically created for this phone, the sound is loud, immersive, expansive, and POPs into your ears. It’s simply a re-revolution.

    4) THE CAMERA: I don’t use my phone camera to make prints from photos, I have my dedicated cameras for that. So to me, the paramount function of phone cameras is the convenience/accessibility – it has to be able to capture what I want quickly and clearly, with decent enough quality to post online. Therefore, the 4MP size in the One’s camera does not bother me at all. Who cares if the camera isn’t THE BEST phone camera ever? Because it is not, but it is a GREAT low-light shooter, and to me that’s more important than pixel count. The sensors in the camera are bigger than other phone cameras, therefore, it can capture a lot more light, which in laymen’s terms it can give you better photos in more situations than other phone cameras can. Also, the touch spot focus is almost instantaneous – this camera is quick, quick, quick!

    5) For a near 5-incher, it’s quite svelte, at least at the girth. It’s easier to hold in the hand than the Samsung Galaxy S3/S4, and for sure a heckuva lot better than the Note 2. It fits in your hands nicely and securely, with just the right combination of size, weight, and balance.

    6) The UI and software design is now very minimal and simplistic. For better or for worse, if you are used to the old Sense UI’s, you will need some readjusting. Personally, I like this new one better. If you’re a casual news reader, then you’ll like new default home screen which displays a gathering of news sources – some of its own partners, some for your Facebook and Twitter, etc. – to form a Flipboard style of news reader. Personally, I’m a huge Pulse news reader fan, so I only use that.

    The Bad and Ugly:

    1) The battery is only 2300mAh – I wish it was bigger because I’m one of those paranoid people who always needs my phone at fully charged, just in case, of you know, something. But so far it’s been holding steady at about 40% at the end of the day(from 9am-6pm). I check emails, read the news, text, Facebook, etc. throughout the day – I would say that I’m a moderate to heavy user. Another bad thing that I’ve noticed is it charges slower than most other phones.

    2) Comparing features with the Samsung S4, the One is lacking. It’s not a deal breaker, but for those who like fancy functions, the One will not make you as happy. The HTC One is very simple in its feature set. The one feature I miss most from the new Samsung phones is Smart Stay, where the phone can sense that you’re looking at the screen, and won’t dim/turn off the screen – that was a HUGE convenience for when you’re watching a movie or reading the news.

    3) Like I wrote earlier, the size is both good and bad, and it’s also heavier than most similar phones. It’s taller than the S4, and with the power button up on top, it’s almost impossible to do one-hand…

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