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Review: HTC One for Sprint (Harman Kardon Edition)

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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, multimedia sounds amazing via the BoomSound speakers, the battery lasts long enough, though LTE performance was a bit lackluster. The One has all the same messaging and social networking tools available as every other smartphone, and they perform just as well. I was somewhat disappointed with call quality, though.

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Harman Kardon's additions to the media player are welcome, though it takes a good pair of ears to really appreciate the difference. The Harman Kardon headphones are decent, but you might be better off buying a regular edition of the One and putting the $30 saved towards a much better pair of headphones.

I still recommend the HTC One without reservation. It is better than most every device available and it goes toe-to-toe with the Samsung Galaxy S5. Head to the nearest wireless retail store and grab the HTC One as soon as you possibly can.

Our Ratings

4.5
Overall
3.5
Reception
4.5
Battery Life
4
Hardware Usability
5
Hardware Quality
4.5
Display
4.5
Interface Speed
5
Audio Volume
3.5
Camera
 

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