HTC One (M7) review

Ultrapixels, Zoes, Blinkfeed and more: HTC is going all out

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When the HTC One was first announced, there was no word or sign whether Verizon would be picking up the smartphone. At the time, the carrier mentioned that the HTC DROID DNA was still a top seller, and that it wasn't in any hurry to stock the newest flagship any time soon.

Fast forward a few months later, and it's here. The HTC One for Verizon is everything we loved about the smartphone, but now it has Verizon's rock solid network to go along with it.

HTC One Verizon review

In terms of hardware, it is no different than the AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint models, which is to be expected. The only way to tell it's a Verizon device is by its log and 4G LTE symbol on the back of the phone.

Verizon apps

Unfortunately, this smartphone is not free of carrier bloatware or apps. Luckily, we're only down to eight apps, which is nowhere near as bad as it was on smartphones just a year ago.

The first app is Accessories, and it is really annoying. It is literally no more than a shopping portal for accessories for your HTC One. You can buy cases, chargers and other accessories for your device through the app.

The next few apps are Mobile Hotspot and My Verizon Mobile. These are pretty self-explanatory. The first one takes you into the mobile hotspot settings, so it seems pretty pointless. The latter allows you to view your usage, bill and other Verizon account information.

Verizon Tones is the next one down the list, and if you had to take a wild guess as to what it does, you'd be correct. You can purchase ringtones and ringback tones (what your caller hears when they call you) from here. This would be really cool if you were a 15-year-old school girl, but probably not much concern if you're a 32-year-old man.

Video Calling is also another weird portal, as the app gives you the option to download ooVoo or Tango, both free video calling apps. If you decide to download either of those apps, as opposed to something like Skype, you can start video calling friends and loved ones.

The next two are also simple and self-explanatory: Voice Mail and VZ Navigator. Here's the problem with both of these apps: other apps do it better. One could argue that although Google Voice is better, it does require a separate number unless you port yours to Google. And Verizon's app requires you spend $2.99 a month.

For VZ Navigator, although useful, it's not quite as good as Google Maps, which already includes voice, turn-by-turn navigation capabilities. After a 30-day free trial, you are charged $4.99 a month for this feature, and we can say with confidence that it is not worth it.

Finally, there is VZ Security. If you opt for the free option, you get anti-virus detection and a feature that will warn you of risky websites. For the premium option, which will cost you $1.99 a month, you'll get an app alert for potentially malicious apps, stolen or lost device location via GPS, the ability to lock or remote wipe a device and the features included in basic security.

There are other options in terms of getting the same features as VZ Security, so you'll have to check those out and see which ones work best for your needs.

Verizon call quality and service

In San Francisco and South San Francisco, Verizon is solid. Call quality is excellent, especially on the HTC One and its great speakers. Calls sounded clear and cloud, and our friends reported the same from us. Speakerphone calls were great, too, thanks to HTC's BoomSound speakers.

HTC One Verizon review

Moreover, 4G LTE speeds were pretty good around the city. We rarely ran into any issues with connectivity, and whenever we did, it was still far faster than 3G. We saw average download and upload speeds of 18Mbps and 12Mbps, respectively, with peaks of 24Mbps down and 18Mbps up.

Overall performance on Verizon's network was great. There is nothing to complain about, really, and battery life held up well, too. On a normal day of use, we were able to unplug from the charger around 9:30 a.m. and still had about 35% battery life around 7:00 p.m.

If you've been waiting for the HTC One on Verizon, you won't be disappointed. There are newer devices on the network since the One is now a few months old, but compared to the new Droid devices and the Moto X, the HTC One does more than just hold its own. The beautiful hardware and software combined still make it one of our top picks for Big Red.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
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
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 Address
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