Three reasons the HTC One is the best Android phone now
HTC is struggling in the smartphone market, a problem that shows as the company reported a 98 per cent dip in profit during the first quarter.
It’s a shame, really, because the company’s plunging profits shouldn’t be grabbing headlines. That’s the way it seems after spending some time with their new flagship handset, the HTC One.
It’s an awesome phone that – coupled with the right marketing – can help turn around HTC’s fortunes and put a smile on your face.
Maybe it’s the supermodel-gorgeous design or the impressive camera, but the One is the best phone on the market right now. Here’s why.
The back of the phone is cusped in machined aluminum, a piece that comprises the unibody construction of this phone.
It’s so sturdy that you might consider ditching the hammer in your toolbox with this phone. Need to hammer in a nail for a picture frame? The HTC One is probably sturdy enough to get the job done.
That being said, it’s too beautiful to actually use for that purpose. So don’t.
And because it’s so sturdy, you might not even want to wrap this phone in a case. Doing so would be like wrapping Mila Kunis in a parka for a dinner date.
While the HTC One is on the heavier side and the power button is a bit of a stretch across the 4.7-inch screen, some prefer their technology to feel like it’s worth something.
It seems HTC didn’t get the memo when it comes to building phones with a gazillion megapixels.
Inside the HTC One is what they’re calling an ‘UltraPixel’ image sensor. It’s more than twice the size of the 13-megapixel image sensors winding up in today’s phones, but it’s 300 per cent more sensitive to light.
The result is photos that capture shadows and highlights with colour reproduction as balanced as a Nik Wallenda on a high wire.
Images aren’t quite as razor sharp as what you’d see from the iPhone 5 in low light situations, but the One does a better job in dark places.
HTC Zoe is also a new feature that lets you capture 30-second videos that can be turned into photos, letting you select the right moment to produce a still picture.
Bookending the Gorilla Glass are two forward-facing speakers. Whether you’re cranking up a song, or watching YouTube video, these speakers help the HTC One pump out pounding audio in...stereo.
Yes, this phone does feature Beats Audio (which also improves the sound of anything travelling through the headphone jack). I was skeptical of this super-marketed audio feature at first, but it’s really grown on me.
So there you have it – three reasons why the HTC One stands out. There’s more to talk about, such as the quad-core processor and the high-resolution screen. But the three features outlined above are the ones to watch out for.
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets