Several weeks ago 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 Part 2 of our answers, and don’t forget to check out Part 1 if you missed it.
Question by DevCompany: How well does HTC One sync my data with Mac OS computers and how easy is it to transfer my contacts and emails from iPhone?
Answer: HTC provides a tool to transfer data from almost any smartphone including the iPhone (models 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, 5). For an iPhone it is easy to restore your content from an iTunes backup file. Users just need to connect their iPhone to a computer, install HTC Sync Manager, and then choose the content they want to transfer. Select content can also be transferred from an iPhone to the HTC One via Bluetooth.
For transferrring content from an Android phone to the new HTC One, users can install the HTC Transfer Tool from the Google Play Store. This Android app establishes a direct WiFi connection between the two devices and allows users to select the content they want to transfer.
Question by sandwich: What is the actual, regular-usage battery life? After all the excitement fades and you get into a regular usage pattern, does it last the whole day and then some, or do you need a charger part-way through?
Answer: Every user will see different battery life based on their location and the types of Android apps they have installed. For me, the new HTC One typically lasts 14-16 hours on a single charge. I consider myself an average user, but I keep all the radios on including Bluetooth, GPS, and WiFi.
HTC also provides an optional Power Saver mode that further extends battery life. This tool allows you to throttle the CPU power, reduce the screen brightness, turn off vibration, and puts your data connection to sleep when the screen is off.
Question by mcheung: Here is my question for HTC. Why did you decide to take away the “Recent Apps” button and just have the “Home” and “Back” buttons?
Answer: From what I understand, HTC removed the multitasking button to further simplify the phone operation for average users. Recent apps can still be opened by double-tapping the home button, and Google Now can be launched by holding down the home button.
Question by tommydaniel: With all the camera features, which new feature is your favorite?
Answer: My favorite part of the camera experience has to be Video Highlights. This feature takes all the photos, videos, and Zoes (3 second clips of video and photos) from your gallery and then automatically creates a 30 second highlight video. There are six theme packs to choose from that determine the video effects, timing of the cuts, and background music.
This is my favorite feature because the phone does all the work. You can take your new HTC One out to the park and record a bunch of video clips and photos of your family, and then watch a video of the event by the time you get back to your care. Each video file is compressed to around 10-15 MB, so they are easy to share on any social network of your choice.
I have been using Video Highlights every weekend since I got my HTC One, and I can’t wait for HTC to add some new theme packs to remix my content.
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