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    Default Just used an HTC One

    I had the joy of playing with the HTC One today in an AT&T store. It was GLORIOUS! My wife, who just upgraded to the Note II and is one week past the return time frame, was insanely jealous and asked me no less than 50 times if she 'did the right thing' in getting her phone. Now she's pretty tech savvy and wanted the Note II and has playfully mocked my 'upgrade' to her old iPhone 4. This phone is drop dead gorgeous. It is lightweight, an extremely solid build. I feel like I could throw it through a wall and it would be sitting on the other side shining like new.

    The HTC One flies through apps like a steak knife through melted butter. The screen will make me go home and hate my LG 50" 1080p tv because it's not as pretty. Having to use my iPhone 4, which was as fast as a race car this morning, now seems labored and slow. I feel like I am missing an extension of myself. I held the HTC One and the Galaxy S3 at the same time and I felt like I could truly hold onto the HTC One whereas the same pressure on the S3 felt like it could crack in half. (I know it won't, but that's build quality for you.)

    A quick list of pros/cons.

    Pros:
    - Build quality
    - Screen dpi
    - Screen brightness (in store, not sure about under the sun)
    - Ergonomics (how the phone feels in hand)
    - Sound (the speakers are NO joke)
    - Aluminum build
    - Camera

    Cons:
    - When pushing the phone it started running a little hot in around 5 minutes. Just enough to make my palms a little sweaty to the point where I would consider a case to prevent this.
    - Camera (surprised?) While the camera definitely takes in more light and the colors are more natural there is a definite difference when zooming in. The picture definitely is not as sharp when cropping due to fewer megapixels but it's not a deal breaker. Definitely an improvement over the iPhone 4 and 4S but not quite on par with the iPhone 5.

    Overall I would give the phone a 9/10 based on the 30 minutes I spent with it. The HTC One reminded me of how I felt when handling the first iPhone so many years ago. I would describe it as groundbreaking, amazing, incredible, and wonderful. I would also give the AT&T staff a 9/10 because every one of them came up to me and were almost begging for me to allow them to 'help' me with the phone. It is certainly very popular and I hope it sells as well as possible for HTC. They deserve it for making a phone that is near perfect.
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    I just went into att also and played with it for about 15 min and it is amazing holy crap I love this I will never pick up a Samsung again if they keep making these phones like this the build quality and screen are just awesome. I had the same feeling it was like in 2007 when I held the first iphone it was nice guys and I have the note 2 and the s3 it blows both of them out of the water
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    Just for kicks I also spent about 15 minutes with the HTC First. The comparison is not pretty. I realize that the First is targeted towards a totally different market, however the performance gap was laughable. The camera was very sub-standard and while there wasn't much lag in operating the phone it was definitely slow enough while multitasking to be notable. The Facebook skin is ridiculous. I'm not a big facebook/twitter guy personally but the skin was probably the most useless 'function' I have ever seen on a phone.

    Personally, I would quickly disable it and move initiate stock Android on the phone. While running stock (after I was able to disable the Facebook skin) the phone picked up the pace and it was able to do a respectable job. However having the option to pay an extra $100 for the One you receive:
    - The aluminum build quality of the One
    - Double the basic storage (32 GB vs 16 GB)
    - Double the ram (2GB vs 1 GB)
    - A higher dpi with a larger screen on the One
    - Better viewing angles on the One
    - Stereo sound
    - A quad-core processor at a higher clock

    Anybody who would purchase the First over the One is either a dumb teenager or didn't bother to look around the store and consider other options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrb363 View Post
    The screen will make me go home and hate my LG 50" 1080p tv because it's not as pretty.
    well, of course.. they both have the same resolution but one screen stretches the pixels by 45.3 more inches

    nice review otherwise though
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    Quote Originally Posted by StaticBliss View Post
    well, of course.. they both have the same resolution but one screen stretches the pixels by 45.3 more inches

    nice review otherwise though
    Haha thanks! It was my first review so I hope everybody enjoyed it. Feel free to share the review and add your thoughts!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrb363 View Post
    Haha thanks! It was my first review so I hope everybody enjoyed it. Feel free to share the review and add your thoughts!
    I have mine on Pre order. Just hoping the camera does not disappoint. I have a 920, butterfly and just let go of my iphone 5 so the one has a lot to live up to. Thanks for the quick review.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aldiggi View Post
    I have mine on Pre order. Just hoping the camera does not disappoint. I have a 920, butterfly and just let go of my iphone 5 so the one has a lot to live up to. Thanks for the quick review.
    It's not going to be as good as the iPhone 5, but then, what is?
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    I just got back from my local AT&T store, I'm on verizon but I thought it was pretty cool. Pretty Pretty Cool
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    I just got back from the AT&T Store. I played with all of their phones before getting to the HTC One. Here are my first impressions:

    WOW! I was in shock at how well built the HTC One is! I have used iPhone 4, 4S, 5, Galaxy S3, Note 2 (currently) and this phone beats them all out in terms of solidity!
    The screen is just amazing. The quality, color reproduction, and the smoothness of the Sense UI has got me going crazy. I was holding my Note 2 up to the phone and it was night and day in terms of difference: The HTC One was crafted to perfection - no wiggles on the buttons, no creaks, no nothing! My Note 2 creaks when I grip it, the volume rocker and power button was wiggly.

    HTC hit it out of the park in terms of hardware - no lag whatsoever.

    Now, the bad part: The camera. I am not convinced about the camera at all. The pictures look great on the HTC One's screen but I emailed myself a couple photos I took with the phone and on the computer, the quality isn't great. Zoe was fun to use and all of the features on the phone are great though.

    OVERALL: If Verizon is getting this phone, I am getting it first day it is out. Hell, I'll break into the warehouse to get it.
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    Went to the ATT store here in Fargo ND and they have it out and if they would have had one in stock they would have sold it to me but i have to wait till next week
    and i cant wait to get it
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    Just played with one at At&t too. Like everyone said, one word described it (Amazing!!!!). Watching youtube review and looking at pictures of it wont do any justice. You need to actually hold it to appreciate why everyone kept praising this device. I put my nexus 4 next to it and it was like night and day in term of built and screen quality. Since we love to compare every phone to the Iphone, I would say HTC one make Iphone look like a child toy. Can't wait to get it next week!!
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    I also just played with the One. I am an avid iPhone user. You can look at my past posts. However, this phone is awesome. If the video camera is decent at concerts then I may get it. I love the iPhone 5's camera. That's what has kept me hooked. But this One is nice. It felt good and the screen was pure sexual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris2k5 View Post
    I just got back from the AT&T Store. I played with all of their phones before getting to the HTC One. Here are my first impressions:

    WOW! I was in shock at how well built the HTC One is! I have used iPhone 4, 4S, 5, Galaxy S3, Note 2 (currently) and this phone beats them all out in terms of solidity!
    The screen is just amazing. The quality, color reproduction, and the smoothness of the Sense UI has got me going crazy. I was holding my Note 2 up to the phone and it was night and day in terms of difference: The HTC One was crafted to perfection - no wiggles on the buttons, no creaks, no nothing! My Note 2 creaks when I grip it, the volume rocker and power button was wiggly.

    HTC hit it out of the park in terms of hardware - no lag whatsoever.

    Now, the bad part: The camera. I am not convinced about the camera at all. The pictures look great on the HTC One's screen but I emailed myself a couple photos I took with the phone and on the computer, the quality isn't great. Zoe was fun to use and all of the features on the phone are great though.

    OVERALL: If Verizon is getting this phone, I am getting it first day it is out. Hell, I'll break into the warehouse to get it.
    Dang, almost everyone questions the camera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by madlaw1071 View Post
    Dang, almost everyone questions the camera.
    Ya people tend to question things sometimes. That's a good thing though. No one wants to be ignorant about choices available.
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    Played with a sprint htc one. One of the sales rep won it at an HTC event. 6 more days. Can't wait. The phone is so sexy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by madlaw1071 View Post
    Dang, almost everyone questions the camera.
    It's because more megapixels is always better. Marketing says so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adriandb View Post
    It's not going to be as good as the iPhone 5, but then, what is?
    There are several phones better than the iPhone 5 IMO. Including the One. Don't get me wrong the 5 is a great phone but its not the best. No way. Plus a post like that could be considered trolling in this forum. Lol


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    Quote Originally Posted by verks View Post
    There are several phones better than the iPhone 5 IMO. Including the One. Don't get me wrong the 5 is a great phone but its not the best. No way. Plus a post like that could be considered trolling in this forum. Lol


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    Best is always subjective when it comes to this stuff lol. Everyone proclaims something to be the best but all that matters is how you feel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by verks View Post
    There are several phones better than the iPhone 5 IMO. Including the One. Don't get me wrong the 5 is a great phone but its not the best. No way. Plus a post like that could be considered trolling in this forum. Lol


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    I was referring to the camera. There isn't much debate the iPhone 5 camera is tops.
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    For me the camera is not a big think to make me buy the one..for my normal use I like the web reading ,watch movie,,listen music and the one fit me perfectly...plus beautiful build quality..the one that the only phone to get for me.
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    Did they have any accessories at the ATT store yet? The arrival of my One is imminent and I while I have a case, I need a screen protector.
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    For those who have tested the camera, how does it compare to the nexus 4 if you have used that before too? Nexus for camera was ok in my opinion. Well behind the SGS3 and iPhone but it was serviceable. So if the one isn't worse than that then should be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phra8lao View Post
    ...You need to actually hold it to appreciate why everyone kept praising this device... Since we love to compare every phone to the Iphone, I would say HTC one make Iphone look like a child toy. Can't wait to get it next week!!
    Snipped your post, but illustrated my sentiments today!

    I too stopped in to fondle this exquisite device- As you might think from my post so far, I was very impressed! I am an iPhone user and have never used an Android device, but this will be my next phone. Made up my mind today within 10 minutes of playing with the HTC One. I have often joked that iOS looks like it was designed by Fisher-Price (and I really like iOS) but the HTC One drove the point home...


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    My issue with the camera is that it should have been 5 or 8 megapixels. The quality is evident when you view the photos on the computer or iPad.

    It is not just the megapixel count though; the color reproduction is a little washed out for my taste. The iPhone 4S and 5 gets the color reproduction pretty spot on. iPhone has the right balance of color and saturation while the HTC One camera for me, the colors seem a little faded. The pictures don't pop because the color saturation isn't quite spot on.

    Nonetheless, the phone is amazing and I am switching to it no matter what. Just waiting for Verizon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris2k5 View Post
    My issue with the camera is that it should have been 5 or 8 megapixels. The quality is evident when you view the photos on the computer or iPad.

    It is not just the megapixel count though; the color reproduction is a little washed out for my taste. The iPhone 4S and 5 gets the color reproduction pretty spot on. iPhone has the right balance of color and saturation while the HTC One camera for me, the colors seem a little faded. The pictures don't pop because the color saturation isn't quite spot on.

    Nonetheless, the phone is amazing and I am switching to it no matter what. Just waiting for Verizon.
    Thanks for the info. Good thing, I'm not looking for iPhone quality camera. Let's just face facts, it's arguably the best each year even though others come very close but if it's not worst than the Nexus 4 then that's sufficient for me. Also, since I'll be tinkering with it I'm sure there will be some camera mods. Sure, a camera mod can't fix inferior hardware but maybe improve some things. Thanks again.
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