March 26, 2014, 10:28 AM — The HTC One has gotten plenty of praise with its just-released revamp. Is it the best Android phone you can get today?
It's certainly got the specs to compete against any Android phone. It's got a 5-inch, 1,920 by 1,080 resolution screen, 2GB of RAM, comes with 32 GB of built-in memory, and has a microSD slot that can handle up to 128 GB of storage. And the 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor should handle anything you throw at it. Those specs are pretty much the same as the other top Android phones out there, notably the Samsung Galaxy S5.
The phone is beautifully designed as well, with a curved, all-metal body with rounded corners that comes in brushed-metal grey, silver, or gold. It weighs in at a little more than 5.6 ounces, slightly heavier than the 5.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S5, but lighter than the LG G Pro 2, which weighs almost 6.1 ounces.
As for the camera, the front one is 5-megapixel one, and HTC doesn't rate the rear one in the traditional way, and says it uses larger "ultrapixels" than a normal camera. As to how they are in operation, some reviewers laud them, and others call it one of the phone's downsides.
One standout feature is the phone's speakers, which improve even upon the previous model, which had outstanding ones. Unlike most phones, you'll be able to listen to music and actually enjoy the music quality without using headphones.
As for software, there's some nice additions, including a remote control app for TVs, and "launch motions" which let you swipe and perform other motions on a blank screen, and have the phone respond to them -- swiping from top to bottom to use voice command to make a phone call, for example. However, depending on the carrier from whom you buy the phone, you may also find that it comes pre-loaded with more apps than you want.
So is this the best Android phone you can buy? Not necessarily. It's tough to beat the Samsung Galaxy S5 or the Nexus 5. I'll be doing a comparison of them all in the future.