Feb 19 AT 1:30 PM Nick Gray 74 Comments

Hands-on with the HTC One

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It’s official, the HTC One is the latest Android phone from HTC and the company has high hopes that it will give them a competitive edge over Apple and Samsung. We got to spend some quality time with the HTC One in New York City and we came away thoroughly impressed.

Specs wise, the HTC One is the most powerful Android smartphone to date. The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 600 processor and it includes 2GB or ram, but the real story of the HTC One is about the camera. The device uses a new technology called Ultrapixels which allows it to absorb 300% more light than competing devices. What this means for consumers is clearer images and nearly zero image blur.

At the event in NYC we tested out the new camera and came away impressed by what we saw. The shutter was always fast and image graininess was lower than what we expected. Consumers will be giving up on the megapixel race with the HTC One, but the improved quality of their images should be evident.

HTC Zoe is a brand new way to think about images. Rather than just snapping pictures, Zoe records three second video clips which can be easily be compiled into a 30 second video — which captures an event or activity much better than images alone. The video highlights software comes with a variety of transition animations and soundtracks. While you don’t have creative editing control, Zoe does a good job of piecing your different clips together. If you’re not fully satisfied with the results, there’s a remix option which changes the order of the clips, timing of edits, and music to give you a different result.

The unibody aluminum casing of the HTC One is simply phenomenal. At it’s thickest point, the HTC One is about the same thickness as the HTC One X, but the back of the phone tapers off towards the edges, making it feed a lot thinner than it actually is. The phone will be available in both black and silver, but we’re having a really hard time deciding which color we will be picking up.

There are a lot of new features included in the HTC One, but we didn’t get the opportunity to test them all out ourselves. We’ll hopefully be getting a demo unit from HTC in the coming weeks and we’ll be sure to talk you through all of the new improvements and innovations which HTC will be delivering to consumers with the HTC One.

What are your thoughts on the HTC One? Will it be enough for HTC to compete with Samsung and Apple?

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Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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