HTC One review

  • $599

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HTC One review

As we've said previously, AT&T is one of three U.S. carriers that have announced plans to carry the HTC One. As of this writing, AT&T as well as Sprint is in the pre-order phase. Orders will begin to be filled when the phone releases on April 19. T-Mobile is the third company in the picture, but it isn't taking orders just yet.

Verizon is sitting this one out, but still offers the very good Droid DNA, if you're a Big Red subscriber in the market for a snazzy quadcore HTC phone.

A 32GB HTC One will cost you $199 with two-year contract, standard pricing for a new flagship device such as this. Without contract, it's a hefty $599.

Exclusive 64GB model

It's worth mentioning that currently only AT&T is offering a 64GB HTC One. While 32GB is nothing to sneeze at, the lack of SD card slot on the One may make you want to spring for the biggest handset possible.

The 64GB model is $299 with contract, and a painful $650 without.

Carrier branding

HTC One review

In the past, AT&T has been aggressive in putting its stamp all over the devices it offers. It's treatment of the HTC One has been comparatively relaxed. On the brushed aluminum rear of the phone you'll find a subdued globe logo.

That's all for the exterior. On the lock screen you'll see the AT&T name at the top. It moves to upper left of the phone after unlocking, then disappears after a few seconds.

Carrier apps

HTC One review

There is some AT&T branded bloatware on the HTC One. Apps such as AT&T Navigator and the carrier's Messages service are included. These apps cannot be uninstalled, which is more annoying in principle than in practice, since they taken up a minimal amount of space. Still, on a phone with no SD card support, that's pretty obnoxious.

Especially since the apps are of little to no worth. We're talking particularly about AT&T Navigator, a turn-by-turn GPS system that costs $9.99 a month, in addition to however much of your data you eat up using it.

Why anyone would pay for this app rather than use the free, and superior Google Maps is beyond us. Could anyone using Android hate Google that much?

To be fair, there are a few apps worth mentioning here, especially if you're a real data use watcher. The myAT&T app lets you check your account balance, see how far into the billing cycle you've gone and know exactly how much data you've frittered away doing checking things like this.

HTC One review

There's also AT&T SmartWiFi, which will automatically sign you into W-Fi hotspots around town, provided by your helpful carrier. This will help preserves your monthly allotment of data, and is worth using if you live in a larger metropolitan area likely to have a few hotspots.

Finally, there's AT&T DriveMode, which takes a V-Chip approach to preventing texting while driving. It can be set to automatically reply to incoming calls and messages with "Leave me alone I've driving and don't feel like committing a crime and endangering myself as well as others," or something much more polite (and concise).

You can also create an "Allow List." Much like the Do Not Disturb feature in iOS 6, this will let a few VIPs disrupt you with a ring you will certainly assume is important and probably careen off the freeway attempting to answer. Sounds a bit counter-intuitive to us, honestly.

You may not to remove this unwanted software, but no one can stop you from pretending it doesn't exist. AT&T nestled all its apps into one convenient, is easy to dis regard folder in the app drawer. How thoughtful.

4G LTE service

HTC One review

Forget about the apps, AT&T's 4G LTE coverage is why you're paying the bill. During our testing time, AT&T's network didn't disappoint. Our speeds were generally in the mid to high twenties of megabytes per second. That's comparable to good home Internet connection

During our testing in the San Francisco Bay Area, we sometimes went between 4G LTE and its slower brother, regular 4G, but were never without a decent data connection. We also had excellent call quality, with not a single dropped call.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSPA+
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyOne
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, LTE 800, LTE 1800, LTE 2600
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution4 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Screen Size11.9 cm (4.7")
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)143 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), Instant Messaging, Email, MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density468 ppi
Height137.4 mm
Width68.2 mm
Depth9.3 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameOne Smartphone
Processor Speed1.70 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineOne
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number99HTT009-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing InformationWith a sleek aluminum body, a live home screen that streams all of your favorite content, a photo gallery that comes to life, and dual frontal stereo speakers, the New HTC One is ready to reshape your smartphone experience.

HTC Zoe™ Your photo gallery brought to life.
Capturing a moment takes more than one image. That's why the new HTC One includes the HTC UltraPixel Camera. Press the shutter and the HTC One automatically captures up to 20 photos and a 3-second video-a picture that's alive. So your entire photo album becomes a living, breathing gallery.

HTC BoomSound™ Sharper, richer, louder.
On the average smartphone, sharing music or a video with friends is a frustrating experience. A tiny speaker will tame even the most ferocious track. But the new HTC One's BoomSound™ changes all that. Dual frontal stereo speakers powered by built-in amplifiers deliver bigger sound with less distortion and more detail.

HTC BlinkFeed™ Your live home screen.
With HTC BlinkFeed™, simply pick the social networks, news and feeds you want to stay updated on and they'll all stream live to your home screen. The pulse of your world is in the palm of your hand.

Refined design. Rugged build. Inspired results.
Full metal body. Zero gap construction. And tapered edges that offer a slim but satisfying grip. The new HTC One is phone design that doesn't compromise.

Your interactive TV guide.
Tired of remotes taking up valuable couch space? The new HTC One is ready to help you channel surf. With Sense TV, all it takes is a few simple steps and you'll be able to select TV channels, access program guides, adjust audio and more with your HTC One. Find your favorite shows, and it will notify you when they're on. Take control of your TV experience with your phone.

Sense Voice: Call clarity-even in a crowd.
The world doesn't include a volume knob. So talking on the phone in any loud, crowded environment can be a challenge. The new HTC One solves that problem with Sense Voice. It includes dual built-in microphones that detect loud ambient noise and will then dynamically boost the in-call voice to compensate. Hurrah for clarity.

Get 25 GB of Dropbox space free for two years*
With Dropbox integrated into HTC Sense, you can automatically save all your photos and videos to Dropbox - and access and share all your pictures directly from the Gallery. Dropbox also makes it easy to edit and share files while you are on the go, so you never have to email yourself a document again. To discover all that Dropbox can do, sign-up or log-in to Dropbox on your HTC phone and receive 25 GB of Dropbox space free for two years.
Limited Warranty1 Year