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Quick Review: HTC One on Sprint

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Our previous review of the HTC One was an international model, running on AT&T’s network. We have now had an official U.S. model running on Sprint for the past week, so we felt it appropriate to go back and basically summarize our opinions for this device. We also felt it necessary to give a second opinion on it, since you know that no two persons are truly alike. It’s time for Tato’s take on the HTC One.

Before we begin, I should point out that the one downfall to this device is the fact that I don’t live in an area supported by Sprint’s 4G LTE, so the device is rather handicapped in that regard. Nevertheless, if you are still on the fence about picking up HTC’s 2013 flagship over any other device, read on. 

The Good

Hardware 

When looking at the device’s specs on paper, they definitely stand out in your average crowd of devices. The One features a 4.7″ 1080p display with 468ppi, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 2,300mAh non-removable battery, 4G LTE connectivity (where supported), an IR blaster for use as a remote, and comes packed with the future standard of WiFi, 802.11ac. Each one of these specs is packed inside a single piece of aluminum casing that gives off a smooth and hardened feel when handled. Possibly tied for the top spot with the One X, this is the nicest Android phone I have ever touched. It gives off just the right amount of weight, not so much to where you would call it heavy, but the perfect amount to know the device is solid and well constructed.

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Camera 

The camera on the HTC One has been the source of many questions, given that it runs a single 4MP sensor. How could HTC put a lowly 4MP camera in their 2013 flagship against Samsung’s 13MP monster? In short without getting all scientific (since I know little about real cameras), it actually works well for this device and in the right circumstances, it works extremely well. When on a stroll through the park or inside the house, the One produces very good quality pictures, full of detail and crisp lines. You can tell that the Ultrapixel does let in good amounts of light, but it never makes a photo turn out bad by any means. The one true downside I noticed with the One’s camera is that if you zoom in beyond 45% or more, your picture will come out looking blurred and nasty. To sum up the camera, if you upload photos to Facebook and Instagram on a regular basis, it will treat you just fine.

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BoomSound 

If there was one feature that I showed off about this phone the most, it was BoomSound. The front facing speakers on this device sound fantastic with any type of music I played through them. I’m more of a rock/metal kind of guy and they had no issues balancing the right amount of highs and lows. While playing more bass-heavy tunes, the sounds were handled just fine and it was actually a pleasure to listen to music through. To say your phone has amazing external speakers is almost unheard of, so having BoomSound is a major advantage for anyone that loves watching media on their device or listening to music. Kellen mentioned in his review that we have never talked about the speaker experience on a phone before and that should give everyone a clue just how highly we think of them.

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BlinkFeed

Kellen mostly avoided talking about BlinkFeed in his review, given that he didn’t use it all that much (until he changed his mind recently). The thing is, like he mentions, HTC sort of forces you into using it, as it is a part of your homescreen. There is no disabling it. So, I placed some basic feeds in there from car blogs and science blogs, and I actually found it somewhat useful. What I do like about it is that I am a very visual guy, so when I see the big and bright pretty pictures, I’m able to simply click on them and be taken to the story. It’s a no fuss experience. Plus, since you can add calendar events and even Twitter feeds, it’s just a simple way of staying up-to-date on everything that is going on.

The Not-so-Good

Carrier 

The HTC One that I have is on Sprint’s network and where I live, Sprint is pretty poor in terms of data speeds and mobile coverage. Like, really poor. Their service is so inconsistent that when I take my phone out with me, I have no idea if I’m going to a mobile dead zone when I leave my house. For example, I was with a friend at a restaurant in the middle of town and I couldn’t even send out a tweet. The phone showed I had 3/4 bars full of “3G” service, yet I couldn’t even send a tweet. When your device is rendered useless because of the network it’s on, that is sort of inexcusable for me. If Sprint has good coverage in your area, then hopefully your experience will differ greatly from mine. I noticed that when the device showed it was on “4G,” it worked just fine, but when on “3G” don’t plan on doing any streaming, Tweeting, or Facebook’ing.

Sense 5 problems

Parts of Sense 5 

While the overall look of the Sense UI has improved greatly over the years, there are some parts of Sense 5 that are just awful. On stock Android, it takes just a single click to access the option if you want to choose a wallpaper, but on here, the option is hidden inside the settings menu. You have to drag the notification bar down, hit settings, find Personalize, hit wallpaper, then you can choose what you want to do. If you long press the homescreen on Sense 5, you can change widgets, add a homescreen, add shortcuts, but not even change the wallpaper. Why is that? It just seems overly complicated and unnecessary. To add to my frustrations with Sense, another key feature of Jelly Bean, expandable notifications, is not done properly.

In stock Android, your top notification tends to always be expanded while the older ones collapse automatically. With Sense 5, they are always collapsed and never auto expand, forcing you to always two-finger swipe down on them. Unfortunately, the gesture isn’t all that smooth and I sometimes have to swipe three times for it to work. As Kellen put it, “dealing with notifications went from being an amazing new experience, to completely painful.”

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Buttons 

Navigation on the HTC One is sort of funky and to be honest, I couldn’t even find the recent apps function until just a couple of days ago. You access features with different long presses and double taps which is just crazy in my opinion. You long press the home button to access Google Now and you double tap home to bring up recent apps. And of course, that huge HTC logo doesn’t do anything at all. I am all for OEMs differentiating themselves from the competition, but it would be nice to soon have a standard from Google that says manufacturers must use on-screen buttons. That would be nice.

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Verdict

I believe it was on this week’s Droid Life Show when I said the HTC One is the – Best. Smartphone. Ever. I think a part of me truly does feel that way, but at the same time there a few things I would have changed. Stop making Sense so confusing, throw in a beefy 8MP or 13MP camera without the Ultrapixel marketing gimmickry, and get it onto Verizon’s network. At the end of the day, this is currently my favorite Android smartphone of all time, so that does count for something. It is an absolute dream to feel in the hands and the device is extremely pleasing to look at. It’s the ultimate sensory-pleasing package of a phone. If you are shopping for a new Android phone, you have to check out the One from HTC.

To get your full review dose, check out Kellen’s review here.

  • patsan

    In regard to the 3G data. Contact sprint and have them verify your connection. For some reason, mine worked great the 1st day, then I experienced data issues as described in the review. When I called sprint, there was an issue with my data (due to the new use of the mini sim or something). They corrected my setting and now I have no issues at all with 2g connectivity and can do anything I wish (email, FB, sprint tv, etc.) Agree, best phone I have ever had. I am in my 2nd week of use after upgrading from an EVO 3D. Great review.

    • patsan

      meant to type 3g on 2g.

    • patsan74

      3g not 2g (oh brother)

  • http://www.facebook.com/nickdrakewhat Nick Drake

    Man I’m just jealous you got to see Ghost.

  • Shaggy723

    So what’s new here? HTC puts out another amazing piece of amazing hardware that would be the ultimate phone if only it ran stock android.

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  • volcom1328

    Sprint if you have LTE at least but the HTC One is the best I use and I root alot of roms on my old phone. Their camera they released on the international model is coming and fix some bugs.

  • agustobing

    I have no idea why people keep buying an Iphone but look at the qualities and spesifications, HTC is more better than iphone. Ultrapixel is one of the best qualities. Have you guys try Sony Xperia Z? The speaker is so bad. I compare this two famous phone with HTC and its still the best. Ehh?

  • Hatyrei

    I never seen latest Sprint TV commercials…

  • shdowman

    I, sadly just left good ‘ol Big Red in favor of Sprint. Yes, I lost my unlimited data, but honestly it just became like having a car payment for cell service. I’m saving A LOT with Sprint and that is worth it to me.

    Now, on subject, I played with both the One and the S4. The One is an absolutely gorgeous phone! That has been said ad nauseum throughout reviews. My negative takeaways were:

    Size – The shape of the phone is a little odd in hand for me. I’m 6’7″ and have big mitts and it just felt awkward to hold.

    Removable battery- Yes, everyone talks about this and while I don’t think lack of an SD is a major deal, removable battery is. Not so much that I can’t just replace it because if anything happens, that thing is a bitch to work on if it needs replacing and out of warranty.

    Camera – I take a lot of shots on my camera and the quality of this one, low-light not withstanding, was kind of the deal breaker for me.

    Screen – I wanted, personally, a bigger screen size. S4 offered that. I know it’s .3″ but side by side it makes a difference.

    I did end up with the S4 and am happy with it. Coming from an S3 on VZW, I do see it as an upgrade. Not a major one, but since I am locked in for two years, I wanted something that will very likely have a higher resell value after a year. Also, I don’t trust HTC to update the One in a timely fashion. They have an horrific track record in that regard.

    Anyhoo, that’s just my two cents. I personally don’t think you could go wrong either way though. :)

    • flosserelli

      I sincerely hope Sprint service is better in your area than in mine. Everyone that I know on Sprint constantly complain about piss poor service & dropped calls. Yes, Verizon is the most expensive and Sprint is the least expensive. But you usually get what you pay for, and phone carriers are no different.

      • shdowman

        I agree on paying for what you get. I live in southern California. So far, I have seen fairly consistent coverage with 4G in some areas including where I live (apparently being tested before lighting up). I’m hoping the purchase by Softbank will help speed some things up in terms of better coverage rollouts. We’ll see…

  • Droid4Life

    Can somebody please tell me if you buy the 64gb developer’s edition from HTC store, if it works on T-Mobile’s LTE? I get conflicting information that only the 32gb unlocked will work. Would appreciate your help. Thx!

  • Derek Duncan

    I guess droid-life has fallen into the megapixel myth. The shots look fabulous shared to a social network, which is where most smartphone photos go. All 13 MP does is load up your storage space.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      You didn’t read it, did you? I like the camera! lol

      • PhoenixPath

        Some people cannot see the articles you guys write because their own bias is blocking their view….

        They see headlines and their own imagined slights. (because hey, if you aren’t praising *their* god, you’re obviously a heathen….)

  • droidbeat

    You’ve got it backwards about the camera. The higher megapixel phone cameras are the gimmick. The sensors aren’t any bigger, just the pixels are smaller and less capable of capturing light correctly. The sensor in the HTC One is every bit as beefy (big) as the 8mp or 13mp cameras. Its fewer pixels are just bigger on the same size sensor and do a better job capturing the light. Bravo HTC, for bucking the high mp gimmick of other manufactures and weathering the derision of folks who don’t know any better about photography. Just take some shots in a dimly-lit restaurant and you’ll see what I mean.

    • http://twitter.com/nedrudrelytmai Tyler Durden

      So why does the S4 take 10x better pictures? The reviews prove it.

      • droidbeat

        Not so. But, it does appear that some of the potential for the One’s image quality is limited by unperfected software. This is likely to be forthcoming. As is, it is superior, especially in low light. With large pixels, large lens aperture, and optical image stabilization, the hardware is solid. The software to fully take advantage of it may require a couple of updates to dial it in even better.

        • MicroNix

          Anyone knows that while big pixels on a phone is a marketing item, even more know that when you get too low on pixels, that anything blown up looks like crap….phone or not. I’ll be interested if HTC “fixes the glitch” you describe, but I’m guessing that better low light pictures is where the advantage of this phone’s camera ends.

          • droidbeat

            Potential to extend its lead is a glitch? If you say so. Also, 100% of experienced photographers will tell you that bigger pixels capture light better than small ones, particularly when the pixels are as small as on smartphones. High pixel counts here are the marketing ploy that lures the ignorant. Also understand that 4mp creates a picture bigger than the highest resolution mode on most 24-inch monitors can display at one time. Quite sufficient for phone photos.

        • shdowman

          I trust no phone manufacturer to fix their camera software….

  • Bionic_Pags

    Everytime i read these reviews, the same thing comes to mind… F U straight in the ear, Verizon! At least give people the option! I would definitely have considered this if given a choice.

    • cb2000a

      Verizon is really bad at bringing phones to market. I left Verizon 2 years ago and will never go back. I like ATT and T-Mobile. I like the idea of having a phone that will work on more than one network and I like the idea of no contracts.

    • PhoenixPath

      Just bought one at T-Mobile yesterday.

      My first step away from Verizon.

      I miss the Menu button and one of the first things I did was disable a bunch of apps and install Nova. (I’m also missing “quick settings” notifications, but that;s what I get for going from 4.2.2 to 4.1…)

      I’ve got 14 days to play with it. Haven’t really gotten to test network/call quality in my area yet. That’ll be the real clincher.

  • braves

    Why do I sense that Droid-Life which so far has beeen very objective is showing bias towards HTC one? Are they getting advertising money?

    • JoshGroff

      Or maybe it’s just a good phone, also did you miss all the S4 posts?

      • Tim242

        S4 posts yes…but they are pushing the ONE a bit too much.

        • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

          Tim, seriously. If you think we make money for talking about one of year’s hottest phones, please take the tin foil hat off of your gorgeous head.

          • Tim242

            Hey, I didn’t say that. I just said that you guys were pushing it a bit much. All phones have their trade-offs. With the front speakers come huge bezels. With the ultra pixels for great low light pics, come less than great regular pics. With the aluminum that most cover up, comes a heavier phone. So, it isn’t a perfect phone by any means. But, if it makes you happy to hold it in your gorgeous hands, go on with your bad self : )

          • braves

            The article about how Kellex could not live without BlinkFeed – That did it for me! I was convinced that they are indeed trying to push it!

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

            Haha he was making the point that he actually finds it useful now, even though he didn’t touch it in his massive review. It’s a decent service.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cory.pitkavish Cory Pitkavish

      they are voicing their opinion, isnt that why we go on this site? to learn about the latest android news and what they think about it?

  • Bionicman

    i think if you enjoy htc sense over stock or touchwiz and love design over function, there is no doubt this phone is for you. but personally i think for me there are too many negatives such as the non removable and ho hum battery, no sd card, so so camera and no Verizon.

    • flosserelli

      Anyone that loves design over function would probably be better off with an iTurd.

      • Bionicman

        Very true. You know what, it is pretty awesome that we have options like the HTC one and Samsung S4. Get the phone that makes YOU happy.

  • JoshGroff

    Speaking of speakers, that’s one thing HTC did right with the thunderbolt. That was the only phone in the past two years I’ve owned and was impressed by the speaker, that being said, how does the one compare in terms of volume and clarity?

  • scrub175

    HTC has hit the mark with this device. I loved my tbolt due to the developer support, so I’m still an HTC fan. If this device catches on it could really level the playing field so dominated by Samsung. Add to that the reviews of the S4 as a spec bump (which only die hard power users care about) could really help drive HTC One sales…

    How’s the battery life?

    I’m so entrenched in another ecosystem, but this device has me scratching my head. It is beautiful.

  • Tim242

    Oh my holy bezels!

  • Mike Corbett

    best phone I ever used :)

  • niuguy

    I don’t think the camera is gimmicky. It could use a few more megapixels but to say it needs friggin 13 is silly. You plan on turning it into a poster?? I love the low light performance but thats because I like to go out and socialize.

  • Justin Winker

    Just bought the unlocked version, coming from a Nexus 4. I like the Nexus device, but I’m wanting something different, and haven’t had an HTC phone before, so I decided to jump for the One since it’s been getting such great reviews.
    I’m not so sure how much I’ll like the power button being on the top, though. Especially since it’s about the same size as alternative 5″ devices.

    • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

      Which do you prefer so far? Are you a root/rom kind of person?

      • Dr0me

        i have a One and came from nexus 4. There is no comparison, HTC wins hands down. Faux is already developing kernels for the One and there are several good sense 5 based roms that are releasing nightlys every day. I do not miss my Nexus 4 at all. I do prefer AOSP + AOKP but sense 5 is pretty damn good. I actually do not mind it much but prefer AOSP.

        I do miss the charging orb.

        • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

          Do you have the developer edition? I’m seeing no issue with the regular international edition – you just have to unlock it yourself, correct? Once AOKP hits it, I’ll heavily consider switching. Does S-On keep you awake at night?

          • Dr0me

            i have ATT but i unlocked it with HTC Dev. I am running ARHD + Faux kernel and am absolutely loving it. The ATT, dev and international have identical hardware so roms work across the three devices. I believe the Tmo and spring have different hardware. S On on the HTC One really isnt a big deal. I can flash customs roms and kernels no problem. Unless some update comes along that changes that, S On does not bother me.

          • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

            Very interesting. I’ll definitely look into the international one. I believe it has LTE, so that should be interesting with my T-Mobile prepaid. Obviously, their LTE coverage isn’t great, but I’m sure it will be in my area soon enough.

          • Dr0me

            i dont believe the unlocked international supports T mo LTE bands. I would just get one directly from T mo. If you want to run the unlocked carrier version there are roms that will give you that experience.

          • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

            What experience are you talking about exactly?

          • Dr0me

            I dont know about T mo, but the ATT version has ATT bloatware all over it. If you flash a custom rom, it gives you the same experience as the unlocked international version but it would support Tmo’s LTE and HSPA+ bands. I think t mo sells them at a decent price as well.

          • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

            Oh okay. That makes more sense. Thanks for the info.

          • Dr0me

            de nada amigo

      • Justin Winker

        I actually just bought it yesterday through HTC’s online store. I got the unlocked version, and it should ship out early next week, but I can’t wait to get it.

        I have rooted/rommed my devices, and probably will at least root the One, but I’m not too familiar with HTC devices, so it will take a bit of looking around to figure out what I’m doing with those. I came from the OG Droid to a Bionic, so I’ve had some experience with locked bootloaders and unlocked devices, but the whole S-On makes no sense (yet).

  • http://twitter.com/gregwlsn Greg Wilson

    Man, HTC needs to stop sending Sprint/TMobile review units.

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      • Bionic_Pags

        Your buddy’s sister in-law is probably sucking c@cks and sitting on fence posts.

  • joejoe5709

    The aluminum body and BoomSound is all I’m interested in. Otherwise, meh. The non-removable battery is nearly a deal breaker in my book. If the S4 had BoomSound or at least front facing speakers, no one would be talking about the HTC One at all.

    • Dr0me

      after 15 hours of normal use i am at 50%. why is removable even necessary?

      • zorak19620

        Battery life depends on how much you use your phone. I’m an avid smartphone user who constantly checks his phone. I am fairly positive I could blow through the battery before the day ends. That being said, I always carry a external battery pack just in case. Still, some people want the option of having one device that will get them through the day.

        • George264

          Why removable battery is such a “big deal breaker”, I have no idea. Since the beginning of 2012, I’ve been carrying a small external battery which is 2600 mAh and it is about the same size as my Rezound’s extra battery just a bit thicker, but carries 2x the battery. Worth it. It also doesn’t require a reboot. At this point having a cable coming out of your pocket and connecting to the device on hand is no longer weird. I just don’t see the point in removable.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25600610 ZAndrew Lazetera

            I’m in the same boat – I use otter boxes, but if I wanted more battery life I would buy a battery case. The last time I swapped batteries around was in 2002 with my Nokia flip phone, and only then because I happened to have an extra compatible battery. I go through – at my slowest – about 3 phones a year. I never have a device long enough to worry about the battery capacity diminishing over time. To each their own, I’ve had a Zagg Sparq for a year now and it is much better than phone-specific batteries loose in my pocket.

      • Tim242

        That my friend is very light use.

        • zorak19620

          When I say checking my phone, i meant it as a catch-all term for usage. I constantly update twitter, facebook (through mobile web), reddit browsing, youtube video watching, GPS navigation, google now usage (seeing nearby events), foursquare check ins, texting, email checking, etc. I have yet owned a phone that allowed me to use my phone throughout the day with stock hardware.

          • JoshGroff

            Even the maxx HD? I put that bad boy through 8 hours of Netflix streaming over WiFi from a full charge, surely it would last you a solid day.

          • zorak19620

            I’m sure that the Maxx HD(or even the regular HD) would easily get me through the day. I have never owned those phones though, so my statement holds true. I haven’t really trusted Motorola since my OG Droid’s screen blacked out after a year of ownership and my X’s button’s and microphone went out after another year. I’m just giving myself some time before I invest in another Motorola device.

          • JoshGroff

            My sister still has my old xoom, and aside from the cracked screen from a nasty drop, the thing works good as new. The only time I had to deal with Motorola support was when I hard bricked my Atrix trying to flash it back to froyo after issues with the GB update, they replaced it at no cost even though it was my fault, and I bought the device used. They would’ve had me with the maxx HD, but I ended up with a note 2 and then a DNA once s-off was achieved. If the maxx had an S4 pro, it would’ve been my first choice, but I wasn’t passing up power for battery life.

          • George264

            The XOOM is extrememly slow, the screen is dim and terrible, the cameras were basically useless, and even after 4.2 update, the thing is slow as hell. I hated it and regreted my 700$ spent

          • Tim242

            Note 2, RAZR Max, and now the S4. Battery choices are finally getting better.

          • LionStone

            Whoa buddy…the S4 is not really known for long battery life…just because its battery can be replaced :-)

          • Tim242

            It is 2600 mAh. I tried one on at&t. It lasted almost all long as my Verizon Note 2…but not quite.

          • George264

            do you own one or did you stay at the AT&T store for a day and used it?

          • Tim242

            I owned it for 2 days. I just returned it today. Going down in screen size from my Note 2 was more difficult than I had thought.

      • flosserelli

        “Normal use” is different for everyone. What is your screen on time? I can easily get 15 hours with 50% left if I never turn on my phone.

    • zorak19620

      BoomSound, like Ultrapixel, are marketing terms that HTC whipped up. That being said, I have no idea why phone manufacturers put the speaker(s) on the back on phones. It never made sense to me.

      • Tim242

        Bezels. People like small bezels. You can’t have small bezels and front speakers. See above.

        • zorak19620

          Very true, but look at the Galaxy S 3′s speaker,it don’t take up that much room. I’m pretty sure if they wouldn’t take up that much room. Granted, it might need a total redesign, but I’m sure it could be done in a non-obtrusive manner. Then again, I’m no engineer so maybe it is easier said than done.

    • Christopher Riner

      Boom sound and the aluminum shell are definitely probably the two things that are the reason why so many people are saying its so nice. I tried thinking of a good defense for the One’s sake, but honestly those are its big defining features.

      But I doubt people would quit calling it the gold standard in their reviews just BC the s4 had front facing speakers, too.

      • R

        Better build quality too…oh ya, it isn’t a Samsung. How boring life would be if everyone had the same SH!t. You people that think your fricking Samsung is the best are all on dope! I have a sammy 3, if I could find someone willing to trade me for their ONE, I’d be all over it. You talk as if you have had your hands on it and know exactly every aspect of the device. Samsung makes good phones, but hell…why can’t HTC make good phones too?

        • Christopher Riner

          I don’t know why you are saying this to me, I have gotten tons of down votes for going to Samsung articles and praising the One. If Verizon had the one, I would already own it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thomasp.cavey Thomas P Cavey

    Sprint Ok:) Pass On The HTC.

    • jimmy cracks corn

      Oh, so you’re the obnoxious iPhone user who’s always walking into people while they play “What kind of potatoes am I having for dinner?”

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002532197662 Fahad Beg

      Sprint is terrible. and How can you pass on this phone?!

      • http://www.facebook.com/david.virkus David Virkus

        Sprint isn’t terrible… it used to be bad, but it’s gotten a lot better. And if you’re in a market that they’ve rolled out LTE, you’d be pleasantly surprised. I came to Sprint this year after being with Verizon for nearly 10 years. I’m saving about $40 per month (partially b/c of a corporate discount), still have unlimited data, unlimited texts, and free mobile-to-mobile calls. My LTE speeds weren’t as fast as they were on Verizon until something changed this week (i assume a new tower got LTE in my neighborhood)… now i’m getting speeds like 18mbps down and 9mbps up which is more than fine for me. I think in another year or so, Sprint will be a contender nationwide and not just in a handful of markets where they’ve completed upgrades.

        • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

          No, they are still terrible. I just ditched them a few months ago (and the girlfriend just last month). I live in Atlanta, one of the first four LTE markets. Its an improvement if you get it but I never acually got it in Atlanta, only sporadically in suburbs. War driving was more reliable than getting an LTE signal. I suspect that LTE coverage in Atlanta is still only about 20% of the city nearly a year later.

          And when I did get it I got maybe 4-6Mb/s, only once in Dawsonville did I get 25MB/s. All while RAPING my battery with that second radio. And it was for naught because I usually got 200Kb/s on their CDMA network everywhere.

          I went to T-Mobile and, to be honest, I cant tell a difference in coverage (as in where) other than the fact that where I got CDMA with Sprint I get HSPA+ with T-MObile. And while its not TECHNICALLY as fast as LTE in the real world its considerably faster (about 17MB/s on average) and its blanketed through the city. It also doesnt seem to impact the battery like LTE did on Sprint.

          There is literally nothing I miss about Sprint, I went with Straight Talk on T-Mobile. My voice coverage is the same, data is in a different league and I’m averaging about $42 a month in a phone bill.

          • http://www.facebook.com/david.virkus David Virkus

            Fair enough. Just saying what my experience in the Chicago burbs and in the city itself. Maybe they got more done faster here, or maybe i’m just lucky. Regardless, i’m happy i made the switch. I don’t know why, but i feel like i need to defend Sprint against everyone who says how horrible it is.

            I probably would have an ax to grind with them if i had lived through the days of horrible 3G coverage, but i only switched to Sprint in October after they had substantially improved their network in Chicago.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002532197662 Fahad Beg

            The 3G is terrible. horrible. but My brother has the iPhone and he has LTE, it’s pretty fast.

    • R

      You really need to update from that moto cliq buddy.