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Review: HTC One for Sprint

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HTC has no doubt crafted a fine piece of hardware in the One. The aluminum shell, stunning HD screen, and incredibly loud speakers really set the One apart from the plastic competition. The device scores well when it comes to the physical device and its capabilities. It offers very good battery life, excellent (and loud) call quality, and signal performance that's in line with other Sprint devices. The software is a somewhat different story.

HTC’s Sense 5 has some really great ideas and powerful features, but also some rough edges that make it far less intuitive than it could be. If you take the time to learn its quirks, you’re rewarded with gems like the best lock screen in the business, the powerful and innovative camera features, and the surprisingly useful TV remote app. I’m not sold on BlinkFeed, but it’s a neat idea. You can easily push it out of the way until HTC (perhaps) makes it more useful in Sense 5.1.

After spending plenty of time with the One, exploring and testing every feature inside and out, I’m impressed. The camera is one of the best I’ve ever seen on a phone. The sound is the best I’ve heard on a phone. The screen is the best I’ve seen on a phone. The engineering is astonishing and the design, lust-worthy. With solid performance and no major faults, this is an easy phone to recommend.

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