HTC One review: To rule them all

Voted Manufacturer of the Year in 2011 by the GSMA and emerging as the top US smartphone vendor later that year, HTC hit a rough patch and were struggling to find form through the better part of 2012. Complacency, fatigue, or something else - we don't even want to think arrogance - the company somehow forgot that even great products, which the One X and One S certainly were, need proper support and marketing to sell.

At the speed smartphones are evolving, a bad year can cause all sorts of trouble and HTC had to learn it the hard way. Fortunately, the financial trouble seems to have had no impact on the company's ability to produce excellent smartphones, as the HTC One is here to prove.
Arguably one of the most exciting pieces of smartphone design in recent times, the HTC One is also properly powered and flaunts a screen that should please even the most demanding eyes. It also brings an overdue redesign of the Sense UI and a new camera that takes a completely new approach to mobile photography.
Key features
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support; 3G with HSPA; LTE
4.7" 16M-color 1080p Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen with 469ppi pixel density
Android OS v4.1.2 Jelly Bean with Sense UI 5.0
Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300 CPU, 2 GB RAM, Adreno 320 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset
4 MP autofocus "Ultrapixel" camera with 1/3'' sensor size, 2µm pixel size; LED flash
1080p video recording @ 30fps with HDR mode, continuous autofocus and stereo sound
2.1 MP front-facing camera, 1080p video recording
Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA; Wireless TV out
32/64GB of built-in storage
MHL-enabled microUSB port
Bluetooth v4.0
Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
Accelerometer and proximity sensor
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Aluminum unibody
Front-mounted stereo speakers with BoomSound tech
Class-leading audio output
Main disadvantage
4MP camera has disappointing performance in good lighting conditions
Non-expandable storage
Awkwardly-placed and uncomfortable power button
Senes UI still lacks connectivity toggles in notification area
Non user-replaceable battery
Poor video and audio codec support out of box


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