Htc One – Precious Smartphone in Test

Exceptional display, elegant aluminum case and beats-certified headphones, as well as quad-core power and ultra-pixel camera: This is the plan of the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC to regain market leadership. After the manufacturer was very successful in the early days of Android, even the first Android Phone produced at all, the air for success smartphones à la HTC Desire became increasingly thinner. Currently the manufacturer moves at the profit margin and presents times black, sometimes red numbers.

Sure, a new bang had to come after the One X/S/V series, which was released in 2012, did not bring the desired success. At the beginning of 2013, HTC presented this year’s top model with the simple “One” baptism. I have tested in recent weeks whether HTC’s promises in everyday life and whether the One is the market leader.

The competition is not easy: with Xperia Z , iPhone 5  and Galaxy S4  , powerful and powerful competitors compete for the money market of the potential high-end smartphone buyer in the top to top price segment. In particular, the Galaxy range from Samsung knows how to enforce its purchasing and manages to record record numbers à la Apple.

Delivery

Unboxing And First Impression

How does he really look, the Taiwanese challenger, and how does he get involved? The flat pack in the form of a cube with rounded corners can not be asked for too long and gives its contents quickly and easily. The One adds a pair of beats-certified headphones and the usual paperwork to HTC.

I had the black edition of the smartphone before and I must say the manufacturer has not promised too much. Immediately the 4.7 inch touch screen, which is framed by finely perforated loudspeaker covers, a front camera and now only two soft buttons (Home and Back). To the right is the volume rocker, on the left the MicroSIM slot, below the USB and the top jack connector as well as the power button.

On the back is a noble company logo, the Beats logo and two thin gray plastic strips, which fit very well into the overall picture. The obligatory back camera-sorry: the ultra-pixel camera and the LED flash round off the noble impression. Except for the side panels and the two strips on the back, the entire smartphone wraps itself in a matt black anodized aluminum dress and gives itself accordingly valuable-heavy and cool.

The rounded edges are known from the Californian competing product and also underline the value of the phone. The processing makes-in the editorial jargon spoken-“a good” and is at the highest level. Only for the display on my test device minimally obliquely inserted display can Apple-spoiled change a few points in the B-Note – but this looks certainly with most Ones better off.

Aluminum has already been used in the past at HTC-for example with the Desire HD or also the previous year model One S. However, the new one sets the whole crown up and impresses with quasi not existing gaps and the complete absence of screws.

Overall, a very worthy impression of a real high-end device remains. The only drawback: the on-switch is-why, will be discussed later-on the top of the device and can be reached with one hand only with dangling finger acrobatics. The soft buttons do not activate the phone, of course, so that the handle must necessarily go to the unfavorably positioned switch.

Technical Specifications

Full Hd, Quadcore And Lte

For a device such as the HTC One, high-quality components inside the housing are, so to speak, self-evident. The main attention of the user should be on the unique display. Full HD or 1.920x 1.080 pixels to 4.7 inches currently offers no other smartphone.

With imposing 469 pixels per inch, the One makes the overall competition including iPhone & Co. look old and pixelated. Questionable may be, who should still be able to recognize a difference or even individual pixels. However, understandably, HTC does not want to be satisfied with a smaller resolution than the competition on this point-because 1.280×720 pixels already offered the previous year’s model with 4.7 inches. Ultimately, there is only the step to the very high full-HD resolution.

The same applies to the viewing angle, which can only be described as “very high”. This is justified in the screen architecture: Unlike the Galaxy series, HTC does not use AMOLED screens and much debated subpixel experiments – on the other hand, the proven LCD technology is also used in the high-resolution screen of the One. So it scores with excellent and stable color presentation and sunlight-compatible brightness. In fact, the One can be used in the sunshine almost unrestrictedly.

The impressive display is flanked by a 1.7 GHz clocked Quadcore processor of the latest Snapdragon 600 generation and 2 GB of memory. Logically that there is nothing jerky in the operation and everything really happens immediately, without any delay. There are 32 GB of internal memory and a UMTS/LTE module, which also controls the frequencies common in Germany.

In the on/off switch integrated HTC at the one thus invisible infrared transmitter. This already dominates ex factory by app app the remote control of numerous commercial TVs. In future, the handle for the One and TV, Radio & Co. can be comfortably controlled. If the device to be controlled is not in the prefabricated catalog, the One can be taught over the old remote control quickly and then also this device. In addition, the app is waiting for you with an overview of the current TV program and with a fingerprint one is with the favorite broadcasting. HTC presents a truly practical and creative innovation with everyday use.

The same applies in terms of camera: instead of to put even more megapixels, HTC is satisfied with “only” 4.3 megapixels, but uses a comparatively large sensor for this. This particularly catches more light in dark scenes than comparable smartphones and thus also in low light for still usable and well-lit pictures. Overall, the images taken with the One are very low-noise and the detail resolution, which is presumed on the basis of the low resolution, only becomes apparent at higher zoom levels. As is so often the case, there is less: more is more.More light is definitely more beneficial to the smartphone images than higher resolutions.

Hardware

Boom Sound, Beats And The Warranty

In addition, HTC is using the already-known and popular Beats audio extension. This operating system module is activated when the headphones are plugged in-and the right beats headphones are attached to the smartphone-and give the listener an intense sound experience.

For my personal taste, however, the commandment is far too bass-heavy. Clear, highlighted depths give the music the appropriate emphasis. If, however, the heights completely and the centers partially submerge, the experiment unfortunately failed.

Fortunately, many other sound profiles can be selected – even if it becomes clear that the supplied headphones are unfortunately not the best. After a few days my test-one showed me no beats notification when inserting the supplied headphones and spit the sounds still joyfully over the loudspeakers. After this also with other headphones did not change, this is probably a small defect, which will be clarified after the test under the guarantee.

Completely different looks at the second sound front: HTC implements BoomSound into the One. Behind this label are hidden the front stereo loudspeakers, according to the advertising text, all other smartphones loosely overtoned.

The Praxistest shows: Yes, these are really the best speakers you can currently get in a smartphone. The fact that they are intelligently directed forward and not as usual backwards does their rest and thus qualifies the One as a device of choice for young people with public transport.

Software

Sense 5, Blinkfeed And (Soon) Android 4.2

Also in terms of software, the One all signs of round-the-clock innovation: Here the Android operating system is used together with the HTC’s own sense extension in the new version 5.Android is currently one of the One in 4.1, even if the manufacturer is rolling out the update on 4.2 step by step.

Anyone who has already worked with the Sense versions so far, will have to re-find themselves at Sense 5 as well as all the newcomers. The surface looks completely different from its predecessors and is much clearer, more abstract and contrasted than before. The so-called BlinkFeed, a home screen that aggregates and comfortably handles news from around the world, as well as Facebook, Twitter&Co. is centrally integrated.

Also at many other places of the surface HTC has rebuilt, cleared and repainted. At the moment, the whole thing is still somewhat untrained and untidy, but this should improve with future software updates-and we are talking about criticism on a high level.

À propos Software Update: Just as I finish this test, HTC is rolling out the update on Android 4.2 for the One and bringing with it extensive changes to Sense 5. I would gladly have looked at the innovations again, but unfortunately There was no time for that.

Conclusion

The Almost Perfect Noble Smartphone

HTC really presents a one-hit with the One: crisp exterior and round-the-clock software in combination with features, which one in other manufacturers in vain expected. The processing looks the same, with Sense 5 everything is new. In addition, the One features features such as Boom Sound and Infrared – innovations that can prove their worth in everyday life.

The next quarterly results will show whether the sluggish buyer will in future resort to the Taiwanese instead of the South Korean. Author Anne has already taken a first look at the numbers. In addition, with the HTC One Mini is already a slightly smaller offshoot in the starting holes and the HTC One Max as a Phablet version will probably come this year on the market.