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HTC One review

8.7/10 AVG.
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The HTC One currently has an Informr score of 8.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 87 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

HTC is known for making stylish and powerful handsets, and with their latest flagship device, the HTC One, they've not failed to impress.

Experts have praised the "premium feel" of the curved aluminum backplate and the phone's 4.7-inch display which one reviewer calls the "highest screen resolutions ever seen on a smartphone".

The One also earns high marks for its fast, 1.7GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM which helps ensure the HTC Sense 5.0 user interface, with its new BlinkFeed homescreen - which works like the Flipboard app or Windows Phone devices' Live Tiles, runs without a hitch.

One thing that really stands out is the already controversial 4-megapixel camera. While other device-makers have been engaged in a race to increase megapixels, reviewers are applauding HTC for choosing quality over quantity. The HTC One touts the innovative UltraPixels, which improves overall quality and sharpness of images by using larger pixels to capture 300% more light and avoid the high signal-to-noise ratio generated by high-megapixel sensors.

Earning mixed reaction is the 2,300 mAH battery: several reviews say that the higher capacity battery is an improvement over the one found on the One X while others suggest that the battery's still relatively small given the screen size or should at least have been removable to allow for a spare. Another often used criticism for the device was its lack of a microSD card slot. Although, 32 or 64 GB of on-board storage is likely sufficient for most.

Thanks to its sleek design, sheer power, and innovative features, the general consensus is that this Android Jelly Bean-running device stands out from its rivals and should win back Android fans for struggling HTC.

Need to Know: HTC One

1. Great industrial design, a sharp screen and an overhauled Sense 5.0 overlay offer real eye candy. (The Good)

2. Ultrapixel technology trumps rivals when it comes to low-light photography. (The Good)

3. Battery life. (The Bad)

4. Lack of a microSD slot and removable or bigger battery. (The Bad)

Operating system
Operating system
1.7 GHz
1.7 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
4+ MP
4+ MP
2300 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...

Expert Reviews
Expert Reviews

HTC has pulled off a blinder with the HTC One. It’s a gorgeous phone with a beautiful screen, and we think it's a more desirable handset than the Sony Xperia Z.Given you can move BlinkFeed out of view, the HTC should appeal to everyone. It will be especially tempting to those who crave the low...

- Chris Finnamore, Expert Reviews

The HTC One is still a device worthy of my praise and your hard earned money. Despite not being the newest (or fastest) kid on the block any longer, HTC really pushed for the very best device. It may have cost more to design and manufacture and it may have put more stress on their employees than eve...

- Mike Norris, BitBitByte

The Verizon HTC One is one of the best smartphones on the market, pairing a sharp-looking design and great build quality with an excellent mix of software features that the average user will actually use on a daily or weekly basis.

- Josh Smith, GottaBeMobile

The Galaxy S4 is sleeker, the iPhone 5 is, well, Apple-ier, and the Nexus 4 is cheaper. But for the overall package of smartphone design and functionality, the HTC One stands head and shoulders above the rest.

- Gareth Beavis and Alex Roth, TechRadar
Droid Life
Droid Life

If you are looking to upgrade from your aging Galaxy Nexus or any other older device, the HTC One is a great choice. It’s as simple as that. HTC’s sales numbers might not reflect it, but they have put together one of the best smartphones of 2013 in the One. If your phone’s camera i...

- Eric, Droid Life

Prices (Where to Buy)

Common Questions

HTC One prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. HTC's suggested retail price is $574.99. You can compare One prices from around the web here on The Informr.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the HTC One user manual here.

HTC backs up the One with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your One has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact HTC support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find HTC's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The HTC One's screen size is 4.7 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

1.7 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064 Quad core 1.7 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4.3 KitKat) operating system (OS).

4+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 4+ MP camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.


The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2300 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 1572 minutes, 598 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

HTC One Specs

Release Date March 31, 2013
Regions Available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Operating System Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4.3 KitKat)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064 Quad core 1.7 GHz
Internal Storage 32/64 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.26 W/kg
Body: 0.69 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
4+ Megapixels
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, UltraPixel BSI image sensor, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
2+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel Density 468 pixels
Size 4.7 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 2300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to 602 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 598 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 1572 minutes
Standby Time Up to 19.2 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, White, Red, Vivid Blue, Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.7 x 6.8 x 0.9 cm (5.4 x 2.7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 143 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Stereo
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA: Yes
Graphics: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Zoom / Magnification: Yes
Screen Orientation Lock: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: Yes
Voicemail Key: Yes
Voice Commands: Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Multiple Numbers Per Contact: Other fields
Contact Groups: Yes
Voice Activated Dialing: Yes
Photo Caller ID: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
PC Synchronization: Yes
TV Out Info: HDMI
DLNA Support: Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet: Yes
Audio Formats: AAC, AMR, MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, AVI, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video: Yes
Custom Ringtones: Yes
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Haptic Feedback: Yes
Data Tethering: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: Yes
Radio: Yes
Games: Downloadable
Apps: Downloadable
Included Software / Apps: -
To-Do / Task List, Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Stop Watch, Timer, Calculator, Weather, Maps, NotePad, Voice Memos / Recorder

Other Names (AKA): HTC M7
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