Last week we asked for your questions about the new HTC One, and nearly 1k people responded. We have been sifting through the comments and we hand picked a select few to feature in today’s Q&A feature. Read on for our answers, and be on the lookout for the next part in the series soon.
Question by Steve Nutt: Why should I get rid of my Nexus 4 and get the new HTC One instead?
Answer: I had been using the Nexus 4 as my daily device since it launched last year, but since I swapped my SIM card to the HTC One, I have never looked back. Coming from a Nexus 4, the things I like the most about the HTC One are the camera experience, the dual front facing speakers, and aluminum unibody design.
The obvious advantage of the Nexus series is that it receives software updates directly from Google, but that may not be as important as it once was. The HTC One ships with Android 4.1.2, but I haven’t found myself missing anything new that was included with Android 4.2.2 that is running on the Nexus 4. Android is so flexible that I can find an app from Google Play that offers all the same experiences I would get from a Nexus device.
It comes down to personal taste, but I feel that the HTC One offers so many advantages over the Nexus 4 that I don’t mind not having the latest version of Android.
Question by jonstle: It seems that for a while Android phones have been stuck in a rut, just making things faster, smoother, bigger camera, and more storage while not really innovating anymore. Is the HTC One as innovative as I want/hope it to be? Or is it just another phone with slightly better stats than the last one?
Answer: I have handled hundreds of Android devices over the years, and I started to feel desensitized to new phone launches, but I was genuinely excited when I first unboxed the HTC One. For starters, I feel the design of the One is years ahead of what everyone else is doing. Most Android phones are beginning to look the same, but the HTC One is instantly recognizable if you see it on the street.
As a smartphone nerd, I love to tell people about new devices. Since I have been carrying the HTC One, I have had more strangers walk up to me and ask me what phone I am using that any other device I have used. Most people are amazed when I hand them the phone and they all comment on the beauty of the device.
The camera is also innovative because HTC took a different approach to what everyone else was doing. They made the decision to stop playing the megapixel game, and decided to focus on improving picture quality when you are shooting in conditions that are not ideal. It’s true that other phones with higher megapixel count will offer greater detail if photos are taken in great lighting conditions and then blown up to 100%. The reality is that most of us take pictures in poor lighting conditions and we most often share our photos of social networks where the finer detail is not needed.
There was a conscious decision made to go with the UltraPixel camera for better low light performance, but I think it was the right one.
Question by GenTrevNL: Can the IR blaster be programmed to work with any TV?
A: The IR blaster and the HTC Sense TV app might be the most underrated feature of this phone. I doubted how often I would be using it, but I now grab my phone almost daily to control my TV or cable box.
Setup was extremely simple. When you first open the app you are asked to name your remote profile, so you can easily control all your devices in different room. In the living room you might have one brand of TV, and then another setup in the bedroom. After that you can then setup your TV, cable box, and home theater.
When adding a new TV, all you have to do is select your brand. In the current version of the app they support LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Vizio, and hundreds of other brands that I didn’t even know existed. After you select your brand, you just turn off you TV, point the phone at the TV, and tap next on your phone. With every TV I have tested, this has worked on the first try.
It’s so easy to setup, that I think restaurants and bars might start putting tape over their public TVs. For pure testing purposes, I have turned off an entire wall of Samsung TVs at my local Best Buy with a single click. I am also guilty of changing the TV channel at a local restaurant so I could watch a basketball game.
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