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Mar 12, 2013, 4:54 PM

Why are ALL phones too big?

I'm so glad you came out and said how you feel 4.7" phones are too big! I entirely agree and really feel like the 4" screen on my phone is already beyond the limit of what I'd ideally prefer. The Droid 2 with it's 3.8" screen and qwerty keyboard remains the PERFECT size for a smartphone imo and I really wish there was anything remotely close to that coming out this year. I feel like there is a huge hole in the Android ecosystem for smaller phones with and without physical keyboards as all phones are giant, boring slabs I can't use with one hand.
I like the bigger screen. I work 2 jobs and I am not home a lot of the time to use a desktop. The bigger phone is a good size for me to work on and use a lot during the day. A small phone is to small when you need screen size. I am 6ft tall so a 3.8in...
I couldn't agree more. There are a decent number of people working for the manufacturers who feel the same way. The issue, as far as I can tell, is the carriers. They seem to think that's what their customers want. That, and/or they find it easy to se...
I have felt the same way for quite some time. The perfect size screen for me was the 4.3 Evo I had for almost three years. Never wanted anything larger.

Thanks to this new HTC offering that lacks removable battery and SD card, I made a very difficu...
for a phone it's ridiculously big

for a Pocket Computer that I can make and receive calls from it's perfect

I rarely hold a phone vertical anymore, its always in two handed landscape position for web or games or texting..
I agree that there should be more variety in this regard. It seems like the smaller phones they make now are just messaging phones, or entry level smartphones. I for one cannot use anything smaller than a 4.3 inch screen. I had an Evo3d and broke it...
There has been a trend toward bigger phones for the past couple of years. But what has caused every phone maker to jump into the shoebox phone size arena is putting an LTE radio in the phones. The LTE chipset is huge and requires a big heatsink for ...
Customers who want a S4 mini are in the minority when compared to those who prefer the 5inch screen. Companies rather invest in the 5inch screen phone, so yes in the end money talks. But Sony is doing the midrange handset with great specs.

Apr 8, 2013, 2:32 PM

No Sprint LTE in San Francisco? Huh?

Sensorly definitely indicates otherwise:

http://i48.tinypic.com/e0xac.png »

Any reviewer who cannot locate any Sprint LTE in San Francisco for testing is incompetent, lazy, or has defective equipment.

Not a good showing, Phone Scoop...

I don't think they have the luxury of requesting a replacement demo phone to test out LTE, you kinda get what you get. They only have a certain amount of time with the device before they have to send it back.

http://www1.phonescoop.com/forums/forum »...
Eric was there for exactly one night, and most of that time was spent covering the Facebook event.

I wish we would have had more time there to test this, but we didn't. We did try, and we couldn't find it. It is NOT an officially launched market, s...

Apr 8, 2013, 4:55 PM

Can someone verify for sure which WCDMA/UMTS bands are in this unit.

For the Sprint model, Phonescoop says 1900/2100; Engadget says 700/AWS.

Both of these however are rather unusual combinations (usually it's 850/1900/2100 or 850/900/1900/2100).

Does anyone know for sure?
PhoneMaster said:
For the Sprint model, Phonescoop says 1900/2100; Engadget says 700/AWS.

Both of these however are rather unusual combinations (usually it's 850/1900/2100 or 850/900/1900/2100).

Does anyone know for sure?
We went with what HTC told us, although WiWavelength is correct about FCC approvals.

It sounds like Engadget confused this with one of the GSM models.

Apr 8, 2013, 1:33 PM

network performance.

Really a shame you werent able to test this phone where LTE is available such as in most of TX for example or part of California LA has had a 4G LTE signal for Sprint phones.

Saw that on a friends Sprint phone. Performed pretty well. Definitely smoked my Tmobile 3G (HSPA+) data speeds when we compared the two.

When I compare ATT LTE to my Tmobile 3G (HSPA+) its pretty sad that they are pretty much the same noticed it is pretty inconsistent ATT LTE.

Have nothing bad to say about Verizon LTE its just on point every time!
Rich Brome

Mar 12, 2013, 5:18 PM

New camera samples

FYI, I added some additional camera samples, including some 100% crops so you can see the full detail, and a macro shot.
...and I just added some more, showing specifically how it performs in low light vs. the iPhone 5.

Mar 13, 2013, 10:29 AM

All USA reviews seem to have had European models - worrying?

I'm from the UK and I note that all the american reviews seem to have been done with European versions of the HTC One. The launch in the UK has just been delayed by at least 14 days due to shortage of phones. My dealer reporting that stock had been diverted to the USA. I pre-ordered on Feb 28th and had a date of March 15th for delivery now it's probably some time in April.
Just realised you are reviewing with my phone! I now we have a special relationship but this is taking it too far!
My understanding is that the Euro one is the only one ready at the moment. Only a handful were sent out to reviewers.

There's no way any UK stock is being diverted for sale in the U.S., as the hardware is different. Ours have different radios for d...
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