15 years ago if you had a mobile phone you was one of the cool kids, even if you did have to constantly top it up with those scratch cards from the local newsagents. I remember getting up first phone which I think was for good GCSE results and it changed my World, it was the first piece of freedom and since that moment I seem to have had every phone going. So the chance to review a new mobile phone…erm yes please, I’d like that very much.
So the phone they've let me loose on is the brand new HTC One. I will give a few of it’s stats but won’t bog it down with the technical details and try and review how it actually works for a regular person.
- 4.7 inch scratch-resistant display
- HTC BoomSound – build in amplifiers and dual frontal speakers
- 4G Ready
- Weight - 143g
- Google Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2
- UltraPixel camera
The first impressions of the phone is just how lovely it looks, it seems that HTC have really thought about the look and feel of the phone. The main thing you'll notice when looking at the front of the phone is the fact that the speakers are at the top and bottom of the screen which to some may not be a bit thing but I listen to a lot of music through my phone and not always with headphones on and that normally means laying the phone down on it's screen which in turn means you can't see if you get an all important tweet or email.
I personally use a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and my wife has an iPhone4 and they are nice but the HTC One there is just something a bit special about it, it's light and just feels nice in the hand. It has a metallic casing and it just feels like if you drop it you won't break it.
The phone itself is running on Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 and it runs smoothly on the phone and is quick and responsive. Whatever we seemed to ask it to do there was no problem or hold up which is ideal in today's quick quick my do it now world. The actual menu of the phone is simple which isn't a bad thing as for me too much on the screen just ruins it.
When it comes to the calling and messaging function it works...it works well. Sound quality is clear and for messaging the keyboard is brilliant. The main thing is it's accurate which makes a change and you are also able to calibrate the keyboard depending on how fat or thin your fingers are. You can download new keyboards but the standard seems to work better than any of the others.
You'll find a lot of the apps and features run the same as any other Android phone such as the internet where you can use either the built in browser or the Chrome that is also installed. Some people will like the Chrome as it means you can import favourites etc from the desktop but the inbuilt browser is much better, it's quick and I mean quick.
Now if you're like me and enjoy taking pictures of your food and uploading them to Instagram then you're in luck as the camera used on the HTC One is know as a UltraPixel camera. But what it means is the camera is only a '4MP sensor' however it used a smaller sensor but larger pixels to allow more light in. So in normal light the camera performs as well as any other out there but in the dark it really comes into it's own. Again as is the theme here is it's quick. If it's all about 'selfies' then you'll be pleased to know the front facing camera is a credible 2.1MP.
The battery life didn't really seem that different to my Samsung, it lasted all day any by the end of it had about 30% battery. During the day I am using it pretty much all day, Twitter, Instagram, Emails and Spotify are usually running most of the time so to finish with 30% is pretty good.
So what do I think? It is brilliant, trust me it's better than an iPhone and it's better than my Note2. There's so much more I could write, watching TV shows on it is amazing, crystal clear and the sound it incredible. The list really does go on.
We were lent this phone for the purpose of this review, all thoughts and opinions are our own