Apr 16 AT 8:49 AM Taylor Wimberly 29 Comments

HTC One Q&A Part 1

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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?

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The LG Nexus 4 vs the new HTC One.

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?

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The new HTC One features a premium, aluminum unibody design.

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?

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Sense TV is one of our favorite features of the new HTC One.

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.

Brought to you by the new HTC One®. It’s everything your phone isn’t.

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Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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  • bear831

    That’s interesting to hear about the multiple profiles on the IR remote control app. I didn’t even consider it might work on more than one room.

    • darkjuan

      This is really going to come in handy. I’ve been lazy and haven’t purchased a universal remote for downstairs yet. This feature will get a LOT of use.

  • htowngtr

    Good to hear. Can’t wait till my dev unit arrives.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      I ordered an unlocked dev unit too. They should ship this week.

      • swauger

        Could I get the unlocked dev unit and goto AT&T and use their PrePaid plans? I’m on Verizon and don’t want to have to sign a 2 year contract with At&t.

        • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

          Yep you could use a pre-paid plan on AT&T, or T-Mobile if you live in the right city.

          • swauger

            If I’m in a 4g area will they slow me down to 3g if I go with a pre-paid plan?

      • darkjuan

        I also ordered the Dev unit, however my email says it’s backordered right now. :(

      • Cwalden21

        What is the differences between the dev unit and the original? Is it just the ability to use it on at&t and t-mobile? where as the original is restricted to one carrier?

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    T-mobile give us a freaking release date already!!!!!

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    Great write up Taylor, as usual. I’m really impressed with this phone even more after reading this. You seem like HTC has finally found a winner, huh? It seems to have all the bells and whistles and then even more.

    Design is great, screen looks great, software can be changed/modded so those who don’t like it can get rid of it – I mean, is there anything you dislike about the phone? Besides something that have mixed opinions, like lack of microSD.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      My only real gripe is the capacitive buttons. Wish they would have done on-screen buttons like the Nexus series.

      • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

        That’s your only gripe? Damn this phone must be amazing!

      • herbivore83

        After two years on Nexus, it’s going to be so weird getting used to capacitive buttons again.

      • uzunoff

        MY only gripe is the lack of wireless charging.
        Looking at HTC’s release schedule for the past 2 years, they will be coming with a slightly updated model in mid-end summer.
        I am hoping that, that one will have it.
        Than I see myself buying it, At this point with Moto X coming out, I will hold out on this.

  • Andrew Ensley

    The most important question: When is it coming to Verizon!

    I want it so bad! Ahhh!

    • swauger

      I feel your pain. I’m in the same boat and really kicking around the idea of leaving Big Red and buying the Dev unit and getting a prepaid plan with At&t.

  • MC_Android

    Hey taylor,
    I have some extra cash to buy a new device to replace my galaxy s2. Coming from the s2, I really appreciate the freedom of an sd card and the value of developer support from the rom community (paranoid, cyanogen, aokp…), do you recommend this phone for me? I’m torn between the 2013 flagship. I like the One design but I feel it is an overrated topic especially if you’re going to put a case on it.

    I really need:
    Microsd support

    Decent/good battery: removable or not does not matter to be honest

    Camera: good macro shooting. Moat everyday shot quality is fine for me. My priority is on pictures of text – primarily uni notes. These need to be clear.

    Root-ability and good rom developing community. In canada, bell never pushes ota ‘s.

    • MC_Android

      Do you recommend the GS4, note 2,xperia Zl, or the one?

      • MC_Android

        To the downvote trolls, gtfo.

        Anyway, I bought a brand new xperia zl unlocked for $400. Definitely worth the extra $40 for microsd compatibility over the Nexus 4

  • GE918

    I’m not elgible for a upgrade until October. By then the Note3 should be out and plenty of reviews on the HTC One and the S4.

  • Randy White

    My HTC One (ATT) will arrive tomorrow, very excited to try this thing out.

  • GenTrevNL

    Awesome I am glad my question was picked.

  • donger

    Interesting questions. It’s cool that it has a IR blaster.

  • Nathan D.

    Lol, I really didn’t think about changing the TV channel in a restaurant before, maybe because I never had the option to.

  • Steve Nutt

    Hi Taylor,

    Thanks for answering my question.

    Regarding the camera, with careful use I’ve managed to get some really good photo’s out of my N4. But all the reviews seem to be showing that the HTC One camera trounces everything else in low light (I often don’t bother taking photo’s in low light with my N4) and makes getting those good photo’s a lot simpler.

    I’m waiting for Google I/O and what happens there but HTC has really caught my eye with the One.

    p.s. For some reason I didn’t notice this had been posted till after Part 2 was posted (saw that on G+).

  1. That’s interesting to hear about the multiple profiles on the IR remote control app. I didn’t even consider it might work on more than one room.

  2. Good to hear. Can’t wait till my dev unit arrives.

  3. T-mobile give us a freaking release date already!!!!!

  4. Great write up Taylor, as usual. I’m really impressed with this phone even more after reading this. You seem like HTC has finally found a winner, huh? It seems to have all the bells and whistles and then even more.

    Design is great, screen looks great, software can be changed/modded so those who don’t like it can get rid of it – I mean, is there anything you dislike about the phone? Besides something that have mixed opinions, like lack of microSD.

  5. The most important question: When is it coming to Verizon!

    I want it so bad! Ahhh!

    • I feel your pain. I’m in the same boat and really kicking around the idea of leaving Big Red and buying the Dev unit and getting a prepaid plan with At&t.

  6. Hey taylor,
    I have some extra cash to buy a new device to replace my galaxy s2. Coming from the s2, I really appreciate the freedom of an sd card and the value of developer support from the rom community (paranoid, cyanogen, aokp…), do you recommend this phone for me? I’m torn between the 2013 flagship. I like the One design but I feel it is an overrated topic especially if you’re going to put a case on it.

    I really need:
    Microsd support

    Decent/good battery: removable or not does not matter to be honest

    Camera: good macro shooting. Moat everyday shot quality is fine for me. My priority is on pictures of text – primarily uni notes. These need to be clear.

    Root-ability and good rom developing community. In canada, bell never pushes ota ‘s.

  7. I’m not elgible for a upgrade until October. By then the Note3 should be out and plenty of reviews on the HTC One and the S4.

  8. My HTC One (ATT) will arrive tomorrow, very excited to try this thing out.

  9. Awesome I am glad my question was picked.

  10. Interesting questions. It’s cool that it has a IR blaster.

  11. Lol, I really didn’t think about changing the TV channel in a restaurant before, maybe because I never had the option to.

  12. Hi Taylor,

    Thanks for answering my question.

    Regarding the camera, with careful use I’ve managed to get some really good photo’s out of my N4. But all the reviews seem to be showing that the HTC One camera trounces everything else in low light (I often don’t bother taking photo’s in low light with my N4) and makes getting those good photo’s a lot simpler.

    I’m waiting for Google I/O and what happens there but HTC has really caught my eye with the One.

    p.s. For some reason I didn’t notice this had been posted till after Part 2 was posted (saw that on G+).