DISCLAIMER: This is an opinion so don’t get all upset if you read something you don’t agree with.
In all honesty I wanted to get the One when it was detailed at HTCs event. I wanted to skip over Samsung’s S4 and just buy it outright even. Samsung doesn’t need to own the high end android market entirely and there needs to be competition. I hate just being limited to one manufacturer and it doesn’t help the market if Sammy is the only one.
I really wanted to get this phone and I wanted it to succeed because HTC took the time to find what people want out of a phone’s design and hardware. But this is all until I noticed some of its critical flaws during its release and The Verge’s early review of the device.
I was excited for this phones release when they displayed what it would look like. It was a masterpiece. They started to talk about the IR blaster being built into the lock button and I thought that was interesting then I noticed the lock button would be on the top of the device. I began my quest to find the dimensions and was heartbroken. Its somewhat bigger than my E4GT (Sprint SGSII). I have somewhat normal hands so it would be a pretty big annoyance un/locking the device and I imagine it could be that way for a lot of people.
Even compared to the S4 it seems Samsung was able to but just a little bit more (battery, screen[front facing speakers use a lot of space but also don't appeal to my usage as I have my V-Modas on my 24/7] etc.) into phone that’s thinner and shorter (1mm) on each dimension. My E4GT is about the same size as the S4 and I’d hate reaching the top of my phone to lock. It just makes more sense for it to be on the side imo.
The phone being rounded on the bottom also kind of irked me. It seems like it would be odd to hold or set on a surface (or scratch the camera) without being annoyed by it but I haven’t held it so I can’t make that judgement too fast.
I know LCD has also come a long way but does it match the battery-saving potential of AMOLED? I personally prefer AMOLED to SLCD on that principle alone pentile (not sure why people complain about pentile anymore) or not.
I know the S4 doesn’t have this but HTC could have done a bit better with on screen buttons instead of the awkward but cool looking layout of capacitive buttons. Even better if they made the logo the home button instead of just a logo.
Software doesn’t matter too much to because I’m going to root the device and flash AOKP on it more than likely but Sense. Some of the layout looks a bit confusing in the menus and Sense still isn’t as good as AOSP.
It’s a beautifully looking phone with great features but poorly designed for some of the market. That doesn’t mean it will be a failure, but it might not appeal to a significant portion of the market on the lock button alone.
GSM arena comparison between the two.
What do you think?