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HTC has created a monster. The HTC One is a powerful phone in looks, performance, and innovation. Built on a solid foundation (this phone is literally cut out of a block of aluminum), HTC has created not just the best Android powered phone, but the best smartphone available now.

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As previously mentioned, this phone has a solid aluminum body, but don't let that fool you into thinking this phone is too heavy to enjoy. The phone feels solid in your hands but doesn't cross the line in terms of weight, in fact, it's slight misgivings in weight are more than made up for in quality design.It features angled edges that make it easy to grip and a curved back that feels at home in the palm of your hand. Before you even start up the phone (which only takes eight seconds) you know you are holding a phone that is artfully designed and tremendously ergonomical. The One also features a powerhouse of a display. A 4.7 Inch Super LCD Screen pushes out an unheard of 468 pixels per inch A remarkable achievement. Sound-wise, there isn’t a phone that sounds better or bigger than the HTC One. Featuring a set of stereo speakers, this phone plays sound in ways you haven’t heard from a smartphone.


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Take a peek inside and the innovation doesn't stop. Powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 600, this device is one of the fastest clocked smartphones ever built. It ships with either a 32GB or 64GB storage, which while large enough for most, cannot be expanded for more space. It also runs on Android 4.1, which is a slightly outdated OS. 

Now this will take some explaining. The One’s 4 megapixel camera is a sight to behold and technical marvel. HTC essentially designed its imaging system using what it calls “UltraPixels” to capture images. This essentially creates bigger pixels and justifies the lower megapixel count. The proof is in the pudding though, as the camera for this baby meets or exceeds the standards of its contemporaries.

But no device is without its flaws. As I stated prior, The HTC One runs on a somewhat dated Operating System. It also features at best, 64GB in storage with no chance to expand. And while the photo capabilities are very strong, the One struggles to produce quality videos, especially when you try to shoot in HD. Videos appear grainy, and colours get busy as you pan or change lighting. And lastly, as with most HTC devices, what the heck is up with that keyboard? It’s labour intensive, unintuitive, and just leaves you wondering why.

Outside of these mostly minor issues, you have a behemoth of a smartphone. The HTC One is a true beast. It performs better, it looks better, it feels better, and it sounds better than any other phone on the market. Apple iPhone, Sony Xperia, Samsung Galaxy...no need to look over your shoulder, because this phone has already left you in the dust.


Pros 

-Incredible design

-Fast, fast, fast processor

-Incredible sound from stereo speakers

 

Cons

-Poor video camera

-Boneheaded keyboard

-No expandable memory

 

Specs

Weight : 143 Grams

Size : 137.4x68.2x9.3mm

Screen : 4.7 Inches

OS : Android 4.1 Jelly Bean 

Camera : 4 mega pixels (UltraPixels)




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