It’s no secret that HTC are trying very hard to regain market share from Samsung after a steady decline over the past few years. There is no doubt in our minds that the One is the best phone that HTC have released in some time as it cannot really be faulted.
There’s a reassuringly solid feeling about the HTC One when you hold it and we have no concerns with the manufacturing standards on any level. The metal casing is of the highest quality, even when we consider the finest details. Our particular sample was supplied in ‘glamour red’ which we think is very attractive. For those who would prefer a less eye-catching colour, the One is also available in silver and black.
We appreciate the effort that HTC has placed into creating a superior audio experience. BoomSound offers above-par audio quality when playing through the phone’s loudspeakers, and increased volume over headphones. The Beats audio function further enhances audio playback by optimizing the sound levels for music.
In terms of raw performance, the One doesn’t disappoint. The 1.7 GHz Quad-Core processor is one of the most powerful currently on the market and offered excellent performance throughout our benchmarks and real world tests. Battery life wasn’t too shabby, either, lasting two days under ‘normal’ usage conditions.
The only drawback of the HTC One is the lack of expandable storage. The 32 GB version may not provide enough space for some users and the 64 GB version carries a heavy price premium. Camera performance was very good though, despite the low resolution sensor.
Most users will purchase the HTC One on contract as it’s a fairly pricey model. You can get the HTC One Red here with an effective monthly cost of around £22 per month, with no up-front cost. We think this is decent value considering what you get for the money!
- Exceptional build quality.
- Striking visage.
- Decent performance.
- Innovative camera feature.
- No expandable storage options.
KitGuru says: An excellent phone from HTC which is well worth a look!