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AT&T HTC One Review – Mobile Cell Phone 2013

by Reviewboard MagazineMay 30, 2013

AT&T HTC One Review – Preamble

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e have had the opportunity to do a very thorough AT&T HTC One Review.  This phone belongs in a vault with the rest of the gold because that is what it is… GOLD.  It makes the iPhone 4s I have look like garbage and I can’t believe I said that.  I did though.  First off it is beautiful.  The slim, sleek aluminum body is Mac Book Air beautiful.  The performance of this phone is outstanding, but it should be with a huge quad core 1.7 GHz processor and 2 gigs of RAM.AT&T HTC One Cell Phone Review

The big deal about this phone is it is really what the HTC First should have been, it’s a great Facebook phone (the app you see on the image in the picture near this text is actually on the home screen), it has beats by dre, a huge crispy, bright screen, and all the power of a small nuclear submarine.  The Facebook home screen is the best implementation I’ve seen in a facebook-widget-app. It formats everything near perfectly in a quick and easy read that you thumb through. It makes each post look remarkable, and makes updating your status easy and enjoyable.

AT&T HTC One Review – Audio

The beats by dre earphones are not impressive looking however, that is where that ends.  They look like two ear plugs with a ribbon cable, but they sound better than my $500 Shure E535 earphones and to be honest that kind of irritates me.  The beats by dre earphones have a rich, deep bass.  The mid tones and high tones are sharp and accurate without being shrill.  I’m not saying the beats by dre earphones are a lot better than the Shure earphones, but what I am saying is they are better.  That’s irritating considering they come with the $99 (with contract) AT&T HTC One.

Another new feature in the Audio department for the AT&T HTC One is the speakers.  They mounted one on each side of the screen to give you full stereo speakers.  So they got that right, and one of the only phones (the only one that I know of) that has done it.  The problem with them is that even though you have stereo the sound is tinny and under-powered.  At max volume I can only get 65-67 decibels on the review unit I am testing from 2 feet away, it goes up to about 78 around six inches from the device. 65 decibels is how it sounds if two people are having a normal conversation.

Perhaps the AT&T commercial with the 2 speaker promo set unrealistic expectations for me, but I expected more in the way of volume and I wasn’t able to get anything out of the speakers that sounded decent enough to want to listen to them instead of a powered dock w/speakers or the beats by dre earphones that it came with. Regardless it is a nice feature and if I have to hear tinny music (I’m a budding audiophile so I may have much more expectation for my sound than you do) I’d rather hear it in stereo.

AT&T HTC One Review – Signal

One of the things most people don’t consider when being dazzled by the latest smart phone trend (in this case the AT&T HTC One Cell Phone) is the signal strength and coverage.  I know every provider will tell you that they have amazing coverage and if you act now you will get a second portion of coverage absolutely free (pay separate handling). [pullquote]The AT&T HTC One had a great signal and it didn’t drop one call while I was on the road.[/pullquote] The reality of the situation is there are only really three companies in the US that I’ve had what I call a seamless experience with (in the way of coverage).  AT&T is one of those companies.  In fact, while reviewing this phone I went up to bumble-land Wisconsin (it’s a real place, there are trees, cows, and nothing else for miles, you have probably been to bumble-land in your state at some point).  The entire trip was uneventful in the way of signal loss.  That’s impressive.

AT&T HTC One Review – Battery

The battery for the AT&T HTC One is really my only gripe.  Right now, the battery life is fine – but after 200 recharges most batteries are at their half life (and they last about 70-80% of what they did when they were new at that point).  I don’t fancy the idea of being tethered to an outlet, and while you can use programs like Juice Defender to squeeze more life, nothing fixes that issue like a battery swap.  This is just not possible with the AT&T HTC One and why I must absolutely take a star. I have no idea why companies keep insisting on doing this, but it is the biggest mistake because without the ability to swap batteries people that use their phone in the field for 8 hours just won’t buy one.  They just can’t afford the downtime or being tethered to the wall.  So if you are one of those people you will want to hold out for my AT&T Samsung Galaxy 4 Review.  I’ll put a link in here when it is done in a day or two.

AT&T HTC One Review – Nerd Stuff

So some of the features that really talk to me that might not talk to you are the fact that the AT&T HTC One has Bluetooth 4.0 (with aptX, it’s a better audio codec),  it’s NFC capable and the big deal… DLNA so you can watch your videos from your phone on any DLNA compatible TV (think any television made in the last few years). It also has Miracast which is very cool and was basically built to compete with Apple Airplay mirroring.  The micro-USB 2.0 port that use to charge is also good to go for HDMI so you just need the special HDMI cable for it and presto you are ready for the good stuff. The FM Radio (you need to plug in earphones as they act as the antenna) is also built in. Lastly it has support for consumer infrared remote control devices, so all those nifty remote control apps can be utilized to control your TV, Blu-ray Player and all the rest of your gaggle of devices.  Pretty nifty not having to look around for the remote!  The last and the biggest feature is this is a development phone.  This means you can go to HTC’s website and unlock the bootloader, you can use an app to root it, and you can put custom versions of the Android OS on it.  This is a great big deal for a lot of us nerds, and I can attest to the fact that the AT&T HTC One is really great with a stock rom, or a custom rom.

AT&T HTC One Review – Conclusion

All in all the AT&T HTC One is a great phone. The battery thing is a deal killer for folks that are out in the field 8 hours a day, but if you don’t actually use your phone for work (and I mean USE it for 7-10 hours straight a day) it is not a big deal.  I love the AT&T HTC One and I’m going to miss it (Now it’s time to box it back up and send it back to AT&T! Thanks for loaning me this gorgeous phone guys).  I give the AT&T HTC One Cell Phone a 4 out of 5 star ranking.  I’ve thought about not sending it back. I was like “It could have been lost right?” LOL. It’s that damn good.  Below this you will find the specifications (just click the toggle and it will open up) and a photo gallery filled with various stock photos.

 

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AT&T HTC One Review – Specifications:

CPU speed

CPU SPEED : Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600, quad-core, 1.7GHz

 

 

Platform Android

PLATFORM ANDROID

Android™ with HTC Sense™ HTC BlinkFeed™

 

SIM card type

SIM CARD TYPE

microSIM

 

Memory

MEMORY1

Total storage : 32GB/64GB, available capacity varies1 RAM : 2 GB DDR2

 

Network

NETWORK2

2G/2.5G – GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G – UMTS/ HSPA:
  • Europe/ Middle East/ Africa: 900/1900/2100 MHz with HSDPA up to 42 Mbps
  • Asia: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSDPA up to 42 Mbps
  • Canada/ Latin America: 850/1900/2100 MHz up to HSDPA 42 Mbps
  • T-Mobile (US): 850/ AWS/1900/2100 MHz with HSDPA up to 42 Mbps
  • AT&T: 850/1900/2100 MHz with HSDPA up to 21 Mbps
  • Sprint: 1900/2100 MHz with HSDPA up to 14.4 Mbps

3G – CDMA:

  • 800/1900 MHz for Sprint

4G – LTE:

  • Europe/ Middle East/ Africa: 800/1800/2600 MHz
  • Asia: 1800/2600 MHz
  • T-Mobile (US)/ AT&T/ Canada/ Latin America: 700 MHz and AWS band
  • Sprint: 1900 MHz

GPS

GPS

Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS Digital compass

 

Sensors

SENSORS

Gyro sensor · Accelerometer ·  Proximity sensor ·  Ambient light sensor

 

Connectivity

CONNECTIVITY3

 

  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
  • NFC capable3
  • Compliant with Bluetooth 4.0
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX™ enabled
  • Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n
  • DLNA® for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to a compatible TV or computer
  • HTC Connect
  • Miracast wireless display standard
  • Support consumer infrared remote control
  • micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection (Special cable required for HDMI connection.)

 

Sound enhancement

SOUND ENHANCEMENT

 

HTC BoomSound™

  • Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers
  • Studio-quality sound with Beats Audio™
  • Sense Voice

Camera

CAMERA

  • HTC UltraPixel Camera
  • BSI sensor, Pixel size 2.0 µm, Sensor size 1/3′
  • Dedicated HTC ImageChip™ 2
  • F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens
  • Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
  • Smart Flash: Five levels of flash automatically set by distance to subject
  • Front Camera: 2.1 MP, 880 wide angle lens with HDR capability
  • 1080p Full HD video recording with HDR Video
  • HTC Zoe™ with Sequence Shot, Always Smile and Object Removal
  • Gallery with Video Highlights and HTC Share
  • Continuous shooting and VideoPic
  • Slow motion video recording with variable speed playback

 

Multimedia

MULTIMEDIA

 

Audio supported formats:

  • Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)
  • Recording: .amr

Video supported formats:

  • Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)
  • Recording: .mp4

Battery

BATTERY4

 

Embedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery

Capacity : 2300 mAh

Talk time:

  • Up to 18 hours for WCDMA
  • Up to 19 hours for CDMA
  • Up to 27 hours for GSM

Standby time:

  • Up to 500 hours for WCDMA
  • Up to 496 hours for CDMA
  • Up to 479 hours for GSM

AC Adapter

AC ADAPTER

 

 

Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz

DC output: 5 V and 1 A

  • SIZE: 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm
  • WEIGHT: 143g
  • DISPLAY: 4.7 inch, Full HD 1080p, 468 PPI

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