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Review: HTC One

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The new HTC One is a marvel. The hardware is among the best created, as far as smartphones go. The aluminum design was crafted with care and manufactured almost to perfection. I have very few quibbles with the physical form of the One, save to say that it is perhaps too big for some people. It's right on the border of being a two-handed device.

HTC made a lot of advancements with Sense 6.0, which is highly prevalent throughout the user interface. Perhaps the best changes in the new software are the alterations to BlinkFeed and the home screen panels, which are now easier to customize and manage. HTC over-thought some of the lock screen tools, but they can be customized.

The One covers the basics in spades. The screen looks great, calls sound good, multimedia sounds amazing via the BoomSound speakers, the battery lasts long enough, and even the non-optimized version we tested performed well on AT&T's network. The One has all the same messaging and social networking tools available as every other smartphone, and they perform just as well.

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If you're really looking for one killer feature, I'd say it is the camera. There's a little bit of a learning curve, but I think the results are well worth it - especially if you consider the wide array of fun and exciting editing tools.

Should you buy the HTC One? Unequivocally yes. For $199/$249 there's no better option out there. Run, don't walk, to your nearest wireless retail store and grab the HTC One as soon as you possibly can.

Our Ratings

5
Overall
4.5
Reception
4.5
Battery Life
4.5
Hardware Usability
5
Hardware Quality
4.5
Display
5
Interface Speed
5
Audio Volume
4.5
Camera
 

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