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Initial Thoughts on the HTC One

HTC One

The HTC One is finally official. HTC’s flagship for 2013 was unveiled today in NYC during a press event that features all sorts of announcements. We have a new Ultrapixel camera technology, HTC Zoe mini-video recording software, intense front sound with HTC BoomSound, an aluminum unibody design, and availability everywhere in the world except on Verizon. It was a lot to take in, so now that I’ve had lunch and a 45-minute cab ride to John F. Kennedy Airport, let’s talk about what we saw. 

This phone looks and feels amazing.

The zero-gap aluminum unibody casing of the One, along with subtle accents and lines, front facing speakers, and an incredibly low weight make this one of the better designed phones I have seen in a while. HTC clearly tried to make a statement when putting together the One, and I feel like they have done that successfully. When you pick up the One, you won’t believe how great it feels in hand. It’s light and curves in all the right places, but still feels like a premium device.

The 4.7″ FHD display is gorgeous to look at. The viewing angles were impressive in the short time I spent with it, video looked vibrant and crisp without looking cartoonish, and the edge-to-edge appearance fits 2013 style guidelines.

There are two versions of the One:  silver/white and black. I probably prefer the black version over shiny silver.

HTC One

HTC Sense 5.0 and BlinkFeed are terrible.

HTC was excited to announce the new version of their custom skin, Sense 5.0. It introduced us to a new home panel known as BlinkFeed, that really is nothing more than a clock widget stuck to a Flipboard widget on your first home screen that cannot be removed. It pulls in feeds from Twitter, Facebook, and a variety of news sources, something that a half dozen apps already do without being intrusive. Did I mention you can’t remove it? No sir. The BlinkFeed home panel is there for good and cannot be removed. If you hate social networks, sorry. If you wanted to change the weirdly minimal looking clock thats stuck to the top, you can’t. Thankfully, you can at least create other home pages that can be set as the default so that you don’t have to look at the Flipboard knock-off every time you unlock your phone or press home. Or there are always 3rd party launchers.

But speaking of that minimal clock – it’s also in the app drawer, another messy Sense 5.0 spot. The app drawer defaults to 3×4 and scrolls vertically. That can be changed…to 4×5. Thankfully, you can at least customize the way apps are sorted and even set up folders within the drawer. Otherwise, it’s quite far removed from anything previously on an Android device.

As a skin, Sense 5.0 also got a makeover that was supposed to bring some sort of genius smartphone innovation. While there are a couple of features built into it (like Zoe and BoomSound) that are bonuses, the skin is mostly the same tired old Sense that you either love or hate. For me, it’s not good. On a design front, HTC has made it much prettier and modern without all of the fancy 3D animations, shadows, and glowing surfaces, but it’s still not good from a functional standpoint thanks to an oddly setup navigation system.

Navigating around, thanks in part to a lack of standard navigations buttons (phone only has home and back), is a mess. As you probably noticed in my camera video from earlier, you never know where the back button is going to take you, or if you need to tap on the screen to see HTC Sense menu options, or if you should simply start all over due to frustrations with being lost. And this doesn’t just happen in the Gallery – it happens everywhere. For example, it takes 3 to 4 or even 5 presses just to get to a place that allows you to change wallpapers. The single long press on a home screen to quickly swap walls, an Android standard, hasn’t been in Sense for a couple of versions and remains absent in Sense 5.0.

The home and back button were selected as the only navigation buttons to help simplify the experience, we were told. Except to use the phone the way it was meant to be used, you have to either double tap them (gets to multi-tasker), single press, or long-press (gets to Google Now and search) to activate different functions. The back button is initially just a back button, but you can map it so that a long press turns it into a menu button. It’s confusing and a pain – definitely not simplified.

I could probably continue on, but I’ll stop for now until I can spend even more time with the device.

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HTC Zoe and BoomSound are winners.

Two of the Sense 5.0 winners, are Zoe and BoomSound. Zoe is the future of camera software. It allows you to snap a short few-second clip that can be used to create all sorts of images later on. You can use Zoe to manipulate faces to create the perfect group shot, pull frames in and out of a still to create an action shot, remove unwanted photobombs, or put a bunch together from a party or outing to turn into a personal highlight reel. It’s nothing short of awesome.

BoomSound is HTC taking sound seriously, beyond just Beats. The One has two impressive speakers on the front of the device, which is somewhat of a first for the industry. I don’t know how many times I joked with HTC reps today about not having to cup the back of the device anymore when watching a video to project sound. But beyond great sound, BoomSound also helps with call clarity, canceling out background noise, improving audio when shooting video, and more. The sound experience on the One is like no other phone.

No Verizon, really?

HTC stood on stage today and announced that the One would be available on some 180+ carriers around the globe. That should be every major carrier on the planet, right? Nope. Verizon decided to pass on the phone. We aren’t sure why, but it could be that they just released the DNA and dropping this phone so soon would be a difficult sell. Whatever the reason is, I don’t get it nor will I ever. This is HTC’s phone of the year, one that will rival whatever Samsung puts out, and here Big Red is saying “No.” That’s embarrassing. It’s also unfortunate for consumers who deserve to have the best options available when it comes to buying a smartphone.

Wireless charging missing in action.

Not sure why, but HTC did not put wireless charging in the One. One rep told us that “wireless charging is a Verizon thing,” whatever that means. Seems odd that the DNA had it, but this one wouldn’t. Usually when you try to future-proof a phone, you toss as much into it as possible. I guess there wasn’t room for the tiny wire and pad that would allow for this feature that is in so many other phones these days.

HTC One

Sense TV looks awesome.

If you missed the press event, then you probably missed HTC talking about Sense TV. This is HTC turning your One phone into your home entertainment controller. The lock switch on top of the device actually doubles as an IR sensor so that you can control your TV, receiver, and cable box. The software will allow you to pull in channel information from almost any cable provider in the country as well, so that you can view favorite shows or find something interesting to watch. This seems like a feature that should have been in a phone long ago, but hey, at least it’s finally here.

HTC leaves the battle for top specs, yet still has top specs.

My favorite part of today’s event was listening to HTC talk about the ridiculous megapixel war that smartphone OEMs have created. Instead of focusing on adding more MPs to a camera, they decided to take photography to a new place with the Ultrapixel. Sure, the name sounds gimmicky, but HTC has long been one to push camera boundaries. They appear to have done that and then some with the One.

But continuing on with that idea, they also decided not to talk about specs and processors and displays and RAM and all that stuff we often drool over. No, they focused on the smartphone experience and the things this phone can do that yours can’t. This sort of marks a new time for smartphones, if you ask me. Specs are no longer that important. Everyone has awesome specs these days, including the One with its 4.7″ 1080p display (468ppi), quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB RAM, etc., etc. But what really matters now, is how your phone can be better than everyone else’s when it comes to features, along with having top specs.

The HTC One seems to be a guaranteed winner because of HTC’s new focus. While I trashed on their new Sense skin, the rest of the package is well worth your look from what I can tell.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I believe HTC is on the right track with BlinkFeed. It’s just multiple widgets that u can scroll. It may allow easy access to information a sites u check daily. It just doesn’t feel like it’s android.

  • Stephen D

    Initial thoughts: ugly phone, ugly Sense, and a really small battery. Do not want.

  • John

    No thanks, I got my Thunderbolt…really…I do.

  • jsingh07

    YOU HAD ONE F*CKING JOB HTC WE KNEW YOU WERE GOING TO MAKE TOP SHELF HARDWARE ALL YOU HAD TO DO WAS FIX SENSE BUT YOU DUN F*CKED IT UP!

  • dylan84

    This will be HTC’s flagship model until it doesn’t sell as well as expected, thus having them release a One+ 4 months from now.

  • Alexander Garcia

    I want one! Get it!? Want ONE!? Yeah? No? Okay I’ll stop now and walk away…

  • CaptainHowdy13

    The Engadget write-up on the software of the One says you can disable blink feed. Guess we will have a definitive answer on this around review time :D

  • TylerChappell

    I do however think that you really gotta hand it to HTC for leading the pack by having now 2 phones with 1080p screens before other manufacturers are even getting theirs out the door, and already having the Snapdragon 600 CPU, plus their OneX+ with the 1.7GHz T3, and the Droid DNA with the S4 Pro. They without a doubt seem to make a stronger effort than anyone else to not only get the latest hardware in their phones, but also get them out the door before anyone else.

  • Dain Laguna

    lol there are ‘style guidelines’ for 2013? where are they written?

  • paul_cus

    Looking much better, HTC. Since I’m not due for an upgrade this year, I’m just going to get a Nexus 4 on the cheap. And look, wireless charging.

  • Tyler

    Just as i expected, great specs, no verizon, and same old horrible sense.

  • frankandsimple

    Love the design..Always admired HTC for their innovation and the kind of investment they do compared to crap like Shamsung. it has one MAJOR flaw though. It runs android!

    • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

      You’re joking…right?

    • paul_cus

      Their innovation looks like the back of the Sony Xperia ion.

  • http://twitter.com/Patfactorx David Pat

    Wireless charging is a terrible experience with no real benefit. I am glad they didn’t include it.

    • NexusMan

      The one real benefit is a reduction of clutter on your desktop and floor…with wires hanging around, waiting to be plugged into your device.

  • trubin

    SO after readying this, ive decided that the only flaw for the phone are the navigation button. (sense can just be remove or covered) Only having 2 buttons is convoluted and simply confusing

  • itsgonnalast

    HTC might be OK if they would just stop making software.

    Thanks for the review; it confirms my worst suspicions.

  • hc792

    According to Engadget, BlinkFeed can indeed be disabled. So which is it?

    • NexusMan

      So from what I’m gathering now, it seems you can remove it as your default homescreen, so you don’t have to constantly look at it when you open your phone, however, it remains constant, as one of your other home screens…which is just dumb.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003972800082 Antonio Do Monte Jr.

    What the hell, this article is biased from the start with all the intention in the world to paint a bad picture. even if the phone was pure gold. Do you not realize you double tap to reach multitasking on any samsung gs3 and tab? has anybody noticed? has anybody noticed you have to double tap on the iphone to reach the multitasking function? Secondly, blinkfeed is brilliant!! Flipboard without having to download the app, flip board without having to place down the widget. Its convenient as swiping left. I don’t see the problem. did anyone bitch when motorola added swipe to the left quick option functionality? HTC is trying something new, to stand out. I’d expect droidlife to support that but I guess they just want more samsung. This is one of the most beautiful devices I’ve seen in computer tech as a whole.

    • cancerous_it

      if i want flipboard, i would’ve downloaded it. choice, i like to have it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003972800082 Antonio Do Monte Jr.

        you have one, its called one of the other 17 android devices on any given network.

        • Ben Johnson

          Then why rage at the article for disliking the feature?

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003972800082 Antonio Do Monte Jr.

            because they dislike features they love about other devices.

          • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

            Like what? The only thing I really said I didn’t like was Flipboard…err BlinkFeed and the way HTC’s terrible skin functions. The rest I said was pretty damn good and that this phone would be a winner.

        • cancerous_it

          exactly. this is exactly why this phone will do just as poorly as their last few phones. so innovating is butchering android navigation buttons and having flipboard as your main homescreen? if so, please stop innovating.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003972800082 Antonio Do Monte Jr.

            “””” Do you not realize you double tap to reach multitasking on any samsung gs3 and tab? has anybody noticed? has anybody noticed you have to double tap on the iphone to reach the multitasking function?”””” sorry ment for Ben Johnson

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003972800082 Antonio Do Monte Jr.

            I think they will fair much better considering its being released on most major carriers under ONE name. not because of features you dont like.

  • eazyean1

    what does the HTC button do ?

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      It’s just a logo, not a button.

      • eazyean1

        haha thanks….just trying to make a funny

  • baconslayer09

    I know that the fact that you can’t remove the BlinkFeed widget is awful. But I’ve actually been looking for a widget like it where you get all your news in a Flipboard like presentation. This is mostly because Flipboard doesn’t have a very good widget on Android.

  • Tech Pro

    Verizon want to have Wireless Charging feature on all flagship device. HTC DNA has wireless charging but international HTC Butterfly does not even though Butterfly has micro SD slot which DNA does not have.

    HTC ONE has all metal casing which does not work with wireless charging. Verizon need to use other material for casing.

    • QQpayne

      Verizon wants to sell accessories and make more money. The SSD slot would sell some cards, but margins are tiny on them and deals are always better online. The wireless charging pads are still new, expensive no matter where you get them, and no clear defined ‘This is the best charging pad out there’ so they can sell there crap with confidence.

  • Z32589

    This is what makes me laugh, the tech community gets on Apple for not “innovating,” while manufacturers like HTC continue to attempt to over compensate by releasing phones with gimmicky features. Manufacturers are attempting to “innovate” by over-differentiating. Really, Blinkfeed, that is HTC’s answer to the modern mobile interface? That might be fine, but it totally comprises the overall Android design elements of a customizable user interface that allows the user direct access to THEIR choice of information the moment from unlocking the device. That’s what Android does SO well (and the major differentiating component that sways tech-minded consumers from iOS). At the end of the day, Android has seriously carved a niche with Google Now and Jelly Bean – however, Android still has the major issues of updates and granting users the new features that make it an attractive alternative to iOS. Yes, of course, you can access these features by buying a Nexus 4, but we all know the compromises associated with a true Nexus device. The upcoming “X Phone” is very exciting. Right now, Android (true android) is winning in the mobile space. But, lets face it, it accomplished this by taking “design and feature cues” from iOS. There’s nothing wrong with that – but Apple will do the same. Unlike Blackberry, Apple has a broader technological consumer integration across multiple-asset markets. Google / Android OEMs need to solve the update fragmentation and delay once and for all, improve battery life, and enforce unified design elements in developers’ applications, or iOS will rise again because it already possesses the above, proven, characteristic of a stable mobile platform.

    • Dain Laguna

      while i prefer stock android to anything, in what sense do you mean its winning the mobile space if buying a nexus device (the only thing that ships with the stock version of android) involves inherent compromises?

      there are plenty of design and feature cues that ios ‘borrowed’ from android too. and what makes android, especially in its stock form, so appealing over ios is the bevy of features that google themselves innovated…not all that makes android good came from ios. like at all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1800611964 David Harris

    Want one. Love hTC product.

  • cancerous_it

    i understand that htc feels the need to differentiate themselves from other android offerings, but when will they realize that a big reason for their abysmal sales is because of the clusterf*ck that is sense.

    they had trouble with updates before because of having to code sense into the new android releases. w/ each release of sense they get farther from stock android thereby dramatically increasing their interval to update their phones.

    i was rooting for htc. now i realize that they are way too stupid for their own good. this will be the death knell. capitalism rewards the focused and punishes the stupid. we’re seeing a good example of the latter.

  • MichaelFranz

    Great write up. Just very upset with Sense. The UI got an overhaul, but it didnt bring nothing that gave me a wow factor. Zoe and BoomSound are good in their own way but the UI just needed a bigger change I think. And no VZW, the more popular carrier in the US to not make this phone available. That ridiculous. I wouldnt be surprised if VZW gets a different version of this phone in liek september just like the DNA.

    From a developer/root customization aspect of this, I would like to see if it gets the S-OFF treatment and allows for custom ROMs. I’ve said it before that i think HTCphones have the best dev community next to Nexus devices. The DINC, Tbolt had many options. I would love to see someone theme sense to be more AOSP looking and then it would be more tollerable. People have done this with the GS3, adding AOSP notification style, themeing, etc and made the phone much easier to like.

    I would love to see this camera feature or something similar in the X-Phone, and accord to Vic from google they are taking camera software seriously now. We shall see.

  • Michael Toland

    Verizon is going to pump the Motorola X phone over this maybe that is why they passed???

  • Ryan5609

    The lack of VZW availability doesn’t bother me at all. HTC and their damn Sense UI always bothered the hell out of me and always turned me off from any HTC phone. As long as Big Red carriers either the GSIV or the new Moto X Phone I will be perfectly content passing this one up.

  • Not an engineer

    Could the aluminum body potentially cause interference with GPS/Radio signal?

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      They told me that the radios are in the outside band to help with that.

  • Scott Martin

    where’s the part about the battery? i wanna hear how HTC ruined a perfectly good phone by putting a 1700 mah battery in it.

    • Danrarbc

      2300mAh

      • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

        Definitely has a 2300mAh battery.

  • Scott Martin

    what about the battery? i want to hear about how HTC ruined a perfectly good device by putting a 1700 mAh battery in it

    • Dennis L

      It will have a 2300mAh battery which should give it the extra battery life it needs.

    • Bewara2009

      It’sa 2300nAh battery

    • Jarred Sutherland

      No, they ruined it with “Sense”

  • Dchavarr

    I’ll pass on this phone as well.
    B.R. no need to send me an email about this article

  • Raven

    I love the sexy metal body, front facing speakers, and low light camera. The software however totally ruins it for me. No thank you.

    • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

      HTC One with stock Android 4.1 ROM would be amazing!!

      • Danrarbc

        4.1?

        • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

          It depends on what kind of device you are on. For some devices AOKP is at 4.1 and others 4.2!

  • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

    Looking at the back of the black version I can’t help but be reminded of the iPhone 5 with the way HTC made the lines. I mean its not a deal breaker but I just feel like HTC needs to innovate in the design department!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rbrewer85 JD Brewer

    Engadget reported that the BlinkFeed could be disabled and you could run stock android in it’s place. They also mentioned that you could leave it enabled and swipe a screen over to have a normal home screen.

    So, my question is, can we actually disable it? Is that a hard “No” that was confirmed by reps? How did Engadget come to understand that it could be disabled or left enabled and you guys only say it cannot be disabled? Just looking for some clarity as this is a make it or break it feature for me personally. I would hate to have that on my screen 24×7.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Will try to get confirmation from HTC on this. I tried to delete the Blinkfeed screen a bunch of times and it wouldn’t allow me to. If there is a way, I’ll find out about it.

  • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

    Can’t wait to ditch Verizon.

    • wtsamatta

      I don’t get all the verizon haters. I’ve never had a problem with them at all to be honest. I could care less about the update cycle, roms are much better.

      • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

        Yes, their network is great, yes you can run ROMs. But if you want a particular piece of hardware (like a Nexus 4), you just can’t get it because Verizon doesn’t want you to have it. That is bullcrap. My ISP doesn’t tell me which computers I can buy. My cable provider doesn’t tell me what TVs I can buy. Why should my wireless carrier be able to tell me what phones I can buy?

        • Pedro

          Well, you’re ISP tells you can’t log in over a cell phone. Your cable company tells you that you can’t use a PAL teevee input. Verizon tells you that you can’t connect a GSM phone.

          So yeah, they tell you what works on their hardware, just like VZW does.

          • Dain Laguna

            what do you mean by the cell log in?

      • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

        This is about hardware availability not software upgrades…

        Sent from my mobile. Please excuse the brevity or any errors.

        • wtsamatta

          Not all carriers make every phone available? Lessen I’m mistaken. IMO, all the carriers suck. They all have their faults

  • droyd4life

    Don’t worry everyone, it’ll only cost $799.99!!

    Thank God I bought a Nexus 4. Sense 5 looks like trash.

  • Robocop

    Having it stuck as a home screen sucks but I was never a fan of the carousel they had…doing away with 3D animations essentially means normal home screen switching…meaning I could make this a left swipe a al the menu/shortcuts screen on the Droid Razr M…which I actually think is cool. The clock being on the apps screen is fine, and the simplified UI is great. As for the 2 on screen buttons…sucks…thats my biggest problem with the phone…I’m used to a long home press for my app manager, having it all be screwy is a pain, but I love that HTC is doing something different with their device other than Moto and Samsung going “Arrrrgg here’s OURRRR specs!!”….Verizon is friggin retarded.

  • vitriolix

    Google should just mandate that if you want to ship Google Play, the OEM must allow users to return to stock with a single toggle. Make it part of the first sign in process. If OEMs are so sure these skins are really serving their users they should have no problem with this, because obviously users would chose to use the skins, right?

    • Fattie McDoogles

      Sense and Touchwiz or whatever else is out there, those aren’t “skins”. They are versions of Android. Its not that simple as just toggling from one to another. That’s why if you switch to a stock rom (like CM or AOKP) and try to use the Touchwiz keyboard or the Sense Flip Clock they don’t work. Its completely different framework.

      • vitriolix

        I fully understand that, trust me, I develop Android apps for a living ;)

        Building their custom libraries and skinned apps in a way that they could be disabled is absolutely possible. They won’t because it is real engineering effort and noone is making them. Google could absolutely change this equation.

        • Fattie McDoogles

          Fair enough. For me, I would much rather see Google tighten up about the update cycles and number of handsets released in a year. I think “skins” are great for diversity but they need to be updated faster and there needs to be less phones.

          • Danrarbc

            The only way they can do that is institute more controls for gaining Play and the core app access. And some might leave over it.

    • Tech Pro

      There is already a company doing that named Microsoft.

  • normmcgarry

    Droid Incredible 4GS is coming soon…you’ll see!

  • Butters619

    I couldn’t imagine using an HTC phone as a remote unless I had a plug near by….

  • Zach Armstrong

    This is going to be a flop for HTC. The Sense 5 overlay is terrible looking. The design of the phone is ok but whats up with the Home and back buttons.

  • Justin Kos

    Initial thought: sexy phone that won’t get updated

    • vitriolix

      It’s shipping with an obsolete OS version. I’d say that is a bad sign for how quickly it will get updates.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Schmucker/1498547350 Chris Schmucker

        Blinkfeed will be the cause if this phone getting updates that have been out for at least 6-8 months

      • Pedro

        What phone is shipping with a more recent version of Android?
        Every phone ships with an obsolete version. Except a Nexus.

        • Dain Laguna

          well there havent been any new flagships since this is just the start of the year right? his point is that instead of lauching with 4.2, its stuck with 4.1.

          • Pedro

            Again, when phones start shipping with 4.2, you can complain.
            HTC has spent months and months nailing down the firmware for the phone. They started with the 4.1 base. Just because they didn’t want to redo/adapt to a newer version in the three months prior to launch isn’t surprising.

          • vitriolix

            If they shipped stock they could have shipped 4.2 at launch. That is kind of my point.

          • Tech Pro

            Shipping stock Android does not mean shipping beta Android. Look at Android 4.2 Google already burn through 3 versions. It’s typical Google burns through 3 versions before getting it right. This kind stuff is for beta testing or developer, not for typical consumer.

        • New_Guy

          With HTC’s abysmal track record for updating their phones, this is not promising. Especially with their proprietary skinning being so heavy with sense 5.0.

      • MicroNix

        Didn’t it say it was shipping with JB? Is there something newer?

        • vitriolix

          its 4.1, 4.2 has been out for months.

      • Mike

        Umm since 4.2 is so much different? Plus, lots of issues on my N10.

  • scoobymystery69

    I think in = on…narrow minded people? (That seems all)

  • Greg Reese

    Every
    site mentions that the phone comes in silver or black. If you check out the phone
    on htcs website they also show red, which in my opinion is the nicest looking
    of the three

  • nightscout13

    Can someone tell me what this gimmick “UltraPixel” stands for??

    • Danrarbc

      Bigger pixels sampled multiple times. Bigger pixel = better low light performance, and lower ISOs being possible with more light available.

      • nightscout13

        Have they given an actual resolution of the picture when its taken? Typically the larger the pixels, the lower the quality of the photo. Yet people are eating up this “ultrapixel” gimmick without questioning what it really is.

        • http://twitter.com/BatsShadow Scott Webber

          People keep saying “bigger pixels” but they really mean “bigger light sensors.” Higher end digital cameras also have much larger sensors, so this must be a good thing.

        • Danrarbc

          4MP, good enough for up to 8×10

          • nightscout13

            I figured it would be a lower MP. Gimmick I say…..

        • JakeS41

          I think your understanding of “bigger pixel” means in this context is flawed. A bigger pixel on the sensor allows in more light. More light = more accurate information to properly compose a picture. It does not mean the end result that you see has “bigger pixels”. It simply means that every pixel you see will be filled with better information. For example, even at 2 micrometers per pixel in the new One, they are still only half the size of many DSLRs and point-and-shoots. Are their pictures worse because the pixels are “bigger”?

          • nightscout13

            How about we just wait and see a side-by-side comparison of images from this phone, and from others such as iPhone, Nexus 4, S3, etc. I’m still curious to see what the actual resolution will be of an image with this new “UltraPixel”

          • JakeS41

            http://web.forret.com/tools/megapixel_aspect.asp?mp=4

            This should give you a rough idea. HTC is simply marketing MP as UP – because of the larger-than-normal size of the pixels on the sensor, and their increased ability to capture light. If they put out a flagship phone and simply labeled it 4MP – nobody would look at it, because we’re all suckers for the higher-numbers-is-better marketing. By relabeling it, people have to look at what it does different, thus giving it a chance. Like you, I want to see side-by-side comparisons…but I have high hopes for it.

          • nightscout13

            I dunno, those resolutions seem low….Not sure if the “UP” can make up for the lack of quality. We’ll see. Fun fact, my DSLR has a resolution of 5184 x 3456. This phone will have a resolution of 2448 x 1632. Kinda sad. Matter of fact, been using DSLR’s for a while, so that only thing i use my phone for, is video recording. The still quality is too low for my taste.

          • JakeS41

            So, 1080p video (1920×1080) which is the highest broadcast and recorded format currently available (barring the new UHD 4k standard that is coming) isn’t high enough quality?

          • nightscout13

            When having to do with photos, some printers can print higher than 5000 dpi. Short answer, 1920×1080 is definitely NOT enough.

          • JakeS41

            I understand, But rarely do you (need to) print a 1:1 ratio. Human eyes are only so good. Even up close. Also, the 1080p was in reference to you saying “so the only thing i use my phone for, is video recording.”

        • QQpayne

          Fuji used to do something similar to this with there digital cameras, no idea if they still do. They wold use octagonal sensors on the CCD instead of square to achieve much higher picture quality out of less sensors. It was effective but the marketing of more megapixels=better pictures always seems to win out, even if it is misleading.

  • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

    “you never know where the back button is going to take you”

    This is true of Android in general, it’s not just Sense. The back button is the single greatest fail of Android, or as Android Police likes to call it: The “anywhere but here” button. It needs to be eliminated and be replaced by the breadcrumb or side menu in apps.

    • Danrarbc

      Sounds like HTC screwed it up even more.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      This is somewhat true for Android in general, but it seems pronounced in Sense.

      • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

        That is strange considering the OS and apps own that back button and it’s functionality. Why would HTC even touch that code?

        • http://twitter.com/BatsShadow Scott Webber

          They aren’t talking about other apps, they are referring to Sense using the back button within Sense. For example, if you are in the Personalize settings (where you have to go to set wallpaper), hitting back does unexpected things. The entire Sense experience is very counter-intuitive.

    • j

      show me examples in stock Android 4.x where pressing “back” doesn’t take you to the previous screen, whether the previous screen in the app, or to the home screen if you just launched it

    • http://twitter.com/kashtrey Trey W

      I’d somewhat disagree, I think the back button typically takes me exactly where I want to be. The problem is sometimes apps lag and I end up hitting back more times than is needed and it exits me out of the app or something like that. There’s some developer guide that shows you how back is supposed to work but it’s pretty basic, if you’re on the main page of an app i.e. Gmail inbox you get exited out of the app, if you’re in an app content “page” you get taken to the home of the app i.e. in a message or label in gmail will take you to inbox.

      • j

        This. As I posted previously asking for examples.. back button always seems to function how I expect, and I cannot remember an instance where I ended up somewhere strange.

  • Thomas

    Is the reason it’s not going to Verizon is that there is no where for them to put their logo on the front of the device ? Lol.

    • Danrarbc

      This happened last year with the Rezound. They think because they released an HTC phone this size 4 months ago they don’t need the good one.

      • LionStone

        Perhaps there are details of an Exclusive contract with HTC and VZW that we don’t know about? You know because they just released a similar phone with the DNA.

        • Andrew Yarnall

          Or perhaps VZW is getting tired of pushing HTC phones only for them to release a “better” one a few months later? Look at the track record: Thunderbolt -> Rezound -> DNA -> One. The TBolt, Rezound and DNA all got heavy pushes from VZW. My guess is that VZW is getting tired of it.

          • Danrarbc

            Compared with HTC’s releases of Desire -> One X -> One X+ -> One

            Not any different. And I don’t count the X+ as much of a revision anyway.

          • Fattie McDoogles

            Verizon, just like all the carriers, know in advance that these phones are coming. They pick and choose the ones they want. It takes about a year for a phone to be created so there is plenty of time for a carrier and OEM to work out all the details and timing for these phones. Verizon just likes to do their own thing. So you get the Rezound instead of the One X and the DNA instead of the One. The Thunderbolt was a pure exclusive to launch LTE. There was no comparable phone to it.

          • Danrarbc

            The Evo 4G is comparable. Yes, it came out quite a bit before it but that’s basically what it is.

          • Fattie McDoogles

            Yea, as far as design goes they are similar.

          • Andrew Yarnall

            With the Thunderbolt, VZW was the only one with LTE, so it made sense to push it, even if it was a turd. Verizon has to put marketing dollars behind these devices, so why would they spend money pushing the “One” as the greatest phone, when they just told us the DNA was the greatest phone a few months ago? It would be confusing to consumers, which is why I stated my opinion as to why they turned it down. These devices are built simultaneously in a production queue, which is why the rezound came out so quickly after the thunderbolt (about 5-6 months). I don’t disagree with you regarding VZW liking exclusives (their whole Droid line), but it has gotten better recently with the addition of the Samsung products.

          • Fattie McDoogles

            I completely agree with you. But what I am saying is Verizon chose to release the DNA instead of waiting and getting the One. They chose to have the DNA instead of the One. Not that they picked the DNA then HTC came to them about the One after the fact. From my understanding of how this process works, Verizon turned down the One and had HTC instead make them the DNA. Which was probably one of the prototypes for the One.

          • chris125

            EVO was pretty comparable to the thunderbolt.

          • Jake

            You mean like the Razr, then the Razr Maxx?

          • trophynuts

            and then the razr hd and razr hd maxx…

          • Dain Laguna

            except all those devices were vzw exclusive…they didnt have to push the rezound or incredible 4g lte, or the dna. they could have just let htc offer what they offered to other carriers.

            personally, i think like htc should just ditch the big red all together. if samsung and apple dont let vzw mess with their success, htc shouldnt either…even if they aren’t in the financial position to be so demanding.

          • MicroNix

            What about the Razr > Razr Maxx > Razr HD > Razr Maxx HD? Your logic is flawed. At least there were differences in the HTC phones.

          • Tomkins

            Thought I might throw in the Razr M.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rudi-Xeno/726467137 Rudi Xeno

            The Thunderbolt, Rezound and DNA are all Verizon exclusives. They got exactly what they ordered. It wasn’t in HTC’s best interest to restrict the phone to a single carrier. That was all Big Red.

        • Fattie McDoogles

          Verizon chose the DNA over the One. You honestly think they didn’t know that the One was coming? Verizon doesn’t like to carry phones that everyone else has. That’s always been their MO. The DNA is as close as you can get to the One without actually being the One.

          • Danrarbc

            Except crappier, which is the problem with Verizon’s idea.

          • Fattie McDoogles

            Couldn’t agree more. They like exclusives though. So that’s what they get.

          • michael arazan

            Verizon wants to deliver as crappy of an experience as possible to their customers, verizon is were hope, innovation, and satisfaction goes to die

          • http://twitter.com/BatsShadow Scott Webber

            It’s gonna be amazing after VoLTE when Verizon has no control over which devices people use.

          • C-Law

            Verizon will find a way. I’m almost positive they will. They limit us so much now on phone selection, why would they instantly change that when they go volte? I’m sure they are figuring out how to ruin our hopes right now

          • chris125

            except the carry the iphone, s3, note 2, all of which are on other carriers. Plus the 8x…

          • Fattie McDoogles

            They carry the 8x because they need a Windows phone and its not a big enough market share for exclusives. They carry the iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy phones because they have too. They are too big and take up too much market share to not carry there phones. HTC doesn’t have that luxury with Android.

          • chris125

            they dont have to carry anything. They didn’t carry the s2 and it sold like crazy. Verizon gets phones they think will sell. HTC the past year has been getting smoked by samsung and apple so why not just stick with what is going to sell the best? Plus they have multiple windows phones so to say they are carrying it because they need a windows phone is BS especially when they only had the trophy for WP before.

          • TylerChappell

            Yes because we all know how lucrative WP has been for carriers. Consumers all across the country would be up in arms without the smashing success of hardware and software that was previous gen WP devices.

          • LionStone

            Yes, obviously they chose to have an exclusive with the DNA, which is why I’m saying it may be prohibiting them from selling the One…without details on the Exclusive contract.

      • chris125

        because verizon is going to get the one + with some changes and different specs. Watch

        • Danrarbc

          They didn’t get the One X+

          • chris125

            Where did I say they did? Go re-read my comment I said they will be getting a ONE + not a one x+….

          • sk3litor

            I think he was saying they didn’t get the advanced version of the one x so why would they get the advanced version of the one. (If that’s what you were implying). Damn HTC and their stupid way they named these phones;)

          • trophynuts

            you mad bro?^^

          • chris125

            Not mad at all. Not my problem people can’t read;)

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rudi-Xeno/726467137 Rudi Xeno

        Exactly my reaction. Have the Rezound and it’s an excellent phone, but I won’t buy another Verizon exclusive HTC phone. The inevitable low level of sales assures that the device will always be a floating last priority of both Verizon & HTC.

    • cancerous_it

      verizon wireless is the apple of wireless carriers. they want to limit choice and decide what’s best for their customers. why not offer this phone and give consumers a choice? it’s not going to do worst than the other shittastic offerings they have for phones. when other carriers catch up to vzw’s network footprint (in about 1-2 years depending on carrier), you’ll see even more mass exodus.

      • http://twitter.com/Alankrut Alankrut Patel

        very nice conclusion.

      • George264

        I’m leaving Verizon in July, my whole family is leaving by next year. Now, not sure if I should go for AT&T or T-Mo. Tmo is definitely cheaper. AT&T is more expensive than my Verizon plan but has better network than tmo

  • Danrarbc

    Did you make sure to yell at them for the ****ing buttons?

    • cro

      Really hope that the entire button row is capacitive. if so, a developer could make the htc logo a button. It’d be kinda like the one x, where a particular rom had the space right of the multitasking button act like a menu button.

  • Wheatley

    I’m glad Verizon is left out. Verizon is the worst carrier in the US. Customer service and attitude towards customers (satisfaction and retention) is terrible. I used to work for them, left on my own accord.

    • Danrarbc

      I hate that they have the best network. But their attitude towards customers is downright hostile.

    • http://twitter.com/davidbavin David Bavin

      What’s the mileage on your Accord?

      • Fattie McDoogles

        HAHAHAHAHAHA

      • JakeS41

        +1 sir

    • http://twitter.com/turdbogls Turdbogls

      i hate verizon but not because of their customer service (nothing but good to me)
      i hate them because they are getting money hungry, forcing everyone into capped data plans. that and their high plan prices are forcing me to leave big red here pretty soon. even thinking about paying out my ETF and jumping on T-mobile with my wife and a pair of nexus 4’s

      • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

        Unfortunately there isn’t a carrier with comparable service in my are otherwise the Nexus 4 on T-Mobile would be the way to go!

      • She_Beast

        That’s exactly what I’m doing. $250 is a tough pill to swallow, but seeing as I got the GNex for only $50 (Amazon special) when I signed the contract, I don’t feel like I’m getting raped quite so badly.

    • Bewara2009

      My phone changer had a short and wasn’t charging my phone right so I took it to Verizon to get a replacement cause it still under warranty.. You know what they did.. They went into back room and got my a used charger that was all tangled up.. In my head I was like WTF are you serious.. That was so unprofessional.. And guess what looks like that changer has a short to it too! Leaving Verizon once I my contract is up!

    • http://twitter.com/kashtrey Trey W

      Um, but they also rank #1 in customer service in the US. I hate them and their policies but I pretty much just pay my bill and try to keep my contact with them as limited as possible.

      http://www.jdpower.com/content/press-release/lyD2xnz/2013-u-s-wireless-customer-care-full-service-performance-study-volume-1-and-the-2013-u-s-wireless-customer-care-non-contract-performance-study-volume-1.htm

      • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

        ^^^This^^^

      • Pedro

        I paid my ETFs and keep my contact even more limited.
        And spend less than half as much as I would over the course of a year. $1500/year FTW!

    • chris125

      Ive never had any issues with customer service but then again I guess sometimes you can get a bad rep.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dominick-White/642535026 Dominick White

      Then I wonder s why they keep on being rated number one in all those areas…. Hmmm

  • Ankit

    Oh HTC why do u keep having these annoying software features? Blinkfeed? Really?

    • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

      Just like Apple, they think they know what their customers want and force those features on them.

      • LionStone

        Well, pretty much like all manufacturers for that matter.

        • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

          True

    • vitriolix

      Blinkfeed is cool, some people would love it. But it should just be a regular home screen widget, put it in the Play Store and let users choose.

      • Danrarbc

        It reminds me of Chameleon too.

      • George264

        I personally LOVE it. I was at the event and I was playing with an executives phone who he didn’t mind me screwing around with. I added my Facebook, twitter Instagram, some text blogs and a general news category. It took about a minute to sync and wow. It’s actually real fantastic if you enjoy social networks. I missed HTC friendstream but that was kind of buggy, this on the other hand is a Facebook news feed integrated with twitter feeds and nice Instagram pictures is just fantabulous. Probably wouldn’t appeal to some, but a lot of people use Facebook, twitter, Instagram everyday so there’s definitely a market. Wish you could remove.

    • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

      Blinkfeed looks like its HTC’s way of keeping customers on Android. just looking at the quick demonstrations of Blinkfeed it looks like they tried to incorporate live tiles and other neat features from Windows phone which I personally like (some people may not like it tho).

      • http://twitter.com/BatsShadow Scott Webber

        What customers do you know of that are changing to winphone for live tiles? Nobody is worried about people leaving Android.

        • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

          I know a lot of people who have seen the latest round of Windows Phone devices and think the whole live tile thing is useful / interesting. Now these people aren’t necessarily going to drop an entire OS over one feature but this is Android so if you want it, you can have it!

          • TylerChappell

            That is until they realize that WP8 doesn’t have a notification center, which is far better than any silly live tile nonsense.

          • MicroNix

            With Android, it only takes a developer a short amount of time to emulate the look and function of just about any phone. I’ve seen many unique things done with widgets and themes in Android that other platforms could only dream of doing.

    • palomosan

      HTC is starting to feel like Apple to, so I can’t remove Blinkfeed, that makes no sense, besides stealing Flipboard and Windows tiles, I hope they get suit.

  • DJyoSNOW

    Poll says no one wants it and its not going to vzw as in they can’t have it….so MOVING IN NEXT SUBJECT P L E A S E!

    • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

      I downvoted you simply because I can barely understand what you’re trying to say.