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  1. marctronixx

    marctronixx Moderator Moderator

    Hey Big O,


    Curious, what mobile phone are you replacing? Is this your first Android? why not wait for the black model?

    since you are an ATT employee, I am guessing you have had an iphone or two. What made you leave the apple arena for android/htc one?

    All curious questions.... Thanks in advance if you decide to answer. :eek:


  2. GeoffBot

    GeoffBot Well-Known Member

    Thank you!


    Have to click on the blue 'matches' button on the left. Still odd that Anna Company comes before Company but anyway.
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  3. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    Oy! Where you have the shadow head above the pad, I have the list of matches.

    They'll show alphabetically so Anna first seems reasonable, I think that may depend on sort order in people, not sure.
  4. sean76

    sean76 Well-Known Member

    Lucky you man...I got 3 important questions?

    Ok as EarlyMon asked already...GPS, how is it?

    As an at&t employee I'm sure you've had experience with the iphone 5's garbage wifi signal that basically conks out if your not within 2 feet of the router, how does the ONE compare?

    The LTE signal, honestly how is it? Is it solid, or a bouncing bean that jumps back and fourth.

    These 3 are important ones for me as I've been using an iphone 5 on my at&t account and on a scale from 1-10 id give the i5 a solid 1 on how good a job it does on the above
  5. Oridus

    Oridus Well-Known Member


    I carry two phones at all times. I replaced the Nokia Lumia 920 on my work phone with the HTC One (I didn't have the Lumia by choice, and my Lumia had replaced a Galaxy S III). It's definitely not my first Android. I've owned androids from before I worked at at&t, but since I've been with at&t, I've used a Captivate, HTC Inspire, HTC Vivid, Galaxy S II, Note, Note II, and Galaxy S III.

    I couldn't wait for a black model because I was given a device that was sent to our stores for employee use, so they get the say in which colors they give out for free. I'm not complaining either way, the phone still looks stunning.

    So to answer your last question, nothing made me leave my iPhone, as that is my personal phone. This is so I don't carry two Android phones around and can get the best of both worlds.

    Sean, to answer your questions:

    I have not tested the GPS out yet... I will test that on my way to work at around 9:30am central. I'll have to get back to you on that on how quickly it locks and accuracy.

    As far as iPhone 5 wifi.. I am actually still running 6.1 software on it, refusing to update as of right now just because of some of the issues people ARE having with wifi and even cellular signal. I talk to a few people a day that have these issues. My iPhone 5 works decent on wifi MOST of the time right now, however my issues really isn't staying connected, it's at times not having networks SHOW UP in the list if i'm not closer to the router. It only happens sometimes though. It's very strange.

    With that being said about the iPhone wifi... the HTC One picked up my wifi signal at home very quickly, and it's actually showing full bars even in my garage (where my iPhone does drop down to 2 bars instead of 3), and the signal has been solid. No huge flux in speeds received at all, and connection has not dropped yet.

    I wouldn't be able to answer the LTE question for you, as my town is not LTE, only HSPA+. If I end up traveling to the nearest LTE area before release though, i'll be sure to take tests and posts screens of those tests.
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  6. sean76

    sean76 Well-Known Member

    Thanks my man...

    What's your short take on the cam?

    Edit- just saw what you posted about the shooter in the camera thread, thanks man.
  7. GeoffBot

    GeoffBot Well-Known Member

    Same phone? Is it a setting or something?
  8. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    No, sorry, I'm on last year's HTC.

    I'm describing how it's been since 2010, maybe 2009, so the change on yours surprised me.
  9. Oridus

    Oridus Well-Known Member

    My day one is coming to a close.... I'll post a general review later tonight ish.
  10. chong67

    chong67 Well-Known Member

    I saw the non-f of the One at Worst Buy store today. They have 4 of them.

    I wish the screen is little wider and less long, like the N4 screen, so it is easier to type on the virtual kb.

    The back camera is quite flush. Is it easily scratch?

    The flashlight is not as big as the N4.

    I saw the Samsung Note 8 today. Very nice! Wide screen.
  11. Oridus

    Oridus Well-Known Member

    Alrighty. I'm going to post my thoughts on this phone after getting a solid day out of this phone.

    I'm not one for typing up reviews, and i'm doing it on a smaller keyboard using my iPad, so i'll try to make sure it's not a lightweight review, but i'm also not going to spend forever typing because I don't feel like nursing hand cramps ^_^.

    So here goes:

    "One day, and I'm in love with One"

    I find myself to be somewhat of a tech geek. I'm not like the nerdy style tech geek that knows every last detail of every last device and could detail with great ease each style of LCD screen, audio codecs, nor how many nanograms of silicon go in each processor. I can tell you, however, that I know my way around cellular phones more than the average Joe. I've had many devices in my day. I've had Palms, I've used Windows Mobile, I've used many Androids and a few iPhones... and won't touch BlackBerry. In my estimated 40 (rough estimate) cellular devices in the last 10 years, I can safely say that I've never been impressed on an "overall" level with a phone in one day of use as I am with the HTC One right now, and here's why:

    1) Audio. I've used a lot of cell phones as stated above. And on all of those phones that i've used, minus the HTC surround, the speakers of those phones were on the back. I've never understood why companies do that. It would seem to be common sense that sound coming towards you would always be better than going away from you. The HTC One is finally that device that puts native speakers on the front, free from obstruction between themselves and my ears. This is something that HTC tried with the HTC surround, but failed when they required it to be slid out. There is something to say about these speakers as well. Most mobile devices are well known for that empty, tin like sound they produce. The HTC One's speakers are hands down, without a doubt, the most fulfilling sound producing speakers i've EVER heard on a cell phone, EVER. The rich vocals, surprisingly balanced bass, and vibrant high notes are a pleasure to listen to. I cannot turn the music off on this thing. I don't want to because I keep getting awestruck at how amazing it sounds. I switch the Beats audio off in the settings, and the sound reverts back to everything I hate about cell phone speakers, and turn it back on and my ears melt. It's amazing. Now I know beats audio is really more of a glorified equalizing software, but irregardless of how it's done, the audio on this device is effing amazing. Therefor;
    Audio - 10/10

    2) Build Quality. Nowadays we see a lot of manufacturers going with unibody designs, in which case I have no qualms. I could care less about using SD cards as i've usually got a computer available to transfer content if I need to. I also could care less about replacing batteries inside. If my phone has battery issues, they would usually arrive within the first year while the warranty is still effective... and never really ran into an issue. We've also seen a lot of manufacturers use plastic that are cured with a lot of fancy processes and such, and again, I don't really care, as long as my phone stays together and work well. Nokia has been well known for quality built phones, and even the late HTC one X and one X+ were relatively well built products. In most cases, however, people usually compare build quality of whatever device they are using to that of the iPhone. The iPhones have always been well built in my opinion, and it's hard to beat the iPhone. The HTC One, in my opinion, compares really well with build quality to iphone. It's a solid feel in the hand. No jagged edges. Sturdy aluminum body. Flush, large screen on the front accompanied by the precisely pinholes drilled for the speaker grills. This phone is a work of art. The camera on the back is flush with the phone, which I like. I was never a fan of how HTC usually had their cameras stick out on the back. Makes me feel uneasy when I set the phone down screen facing up. HTC has really done well here.
    Build Quality - 10/10

    3) Screen. Not going to spend too much time here. The screen reminds me of the retina display on the iPhone in terms of pixel density. Naked human eyes won't be able to pick one out of the bunch. The color reproduction in most cases from what i've seen is pretty close to accurate, however i've noticed that some of my personal photos taken with my DSLR seem like they are a *ting* warm or vibrant in some cases. In either case, I cannot complain. Viewing angles are superb just like they were on the One X lineup, and the range of brightness makes for easy viewing during the day and making sure i'm not blinded in a darker room.
    Screen - 10/10

    4) Camera. Let me level with you guys. I'm not going to be too critical on the camera, and while I know some of you are going to be disappointed, please understand that I'm a DSLR hobbyist first, so for a camera on a phone not to produce the same quality as my DSLR, I don't lose any sleep over it and it is not a defining factor for ME in a phone. That being said, without monkeying with settings, the camera seems to produce colors a bit on the cooler side. Bright light will allow this camera to shine, and will produce very sharp images. Just like every other cellular camera though, it doesn't matter how low the aperture can get, how many megapixels the sensor has, or what type of glass is used, the lenses are simply ALWAYS going to be too small to let in enough light to NOT produce a massive amount of noise in low light situations, creating a reason for me to try not use it unless I absolutely have to.
    Camera - 7/10

    5) GPS. Just a quick point to the GPS, i've used quite a few phones that have trouble getting lock on GPS sats or have trouble maintaining a lock. I ran GPS for 40 minutes today, and each new route locked within 1-2 seconds (usually on the 1 second side). While driving, it was spot on on my location, allowing google nav to properly inform me of turns that I need to be making before I get there, instead of when the turn is right up my nose.
    gps - 10/10

    6) Battery. I had 1.2 hours of phone calls, 32 texts, 40 mins of GPS, 2 hours of music, and probably 1.5 hours of facebook and another 30 mins of youtube. Off charger for 14 hrs with 29% battery left. Run of the mill, but at least it's not dying mid day.... but i have only had it for one day.
    battery - too soon to rate

    7)Sense UI - I actually wont be installing a 3rd party launcher. I like this version of sense. A lot lighter than usual, and although blinkfeed is annoying as a home screen, it's useful as a separate page. I just added a new panel and set THAT as my home page and put a normal clock and icon setup on it.
    Sense - 8/10

    8) call quality - The ear price plays good audio while on the call, and while not as rich as the stereo audio, it is a crisp sound. The person I was calling said I was clear, however they could still tell I was on a cell phone with a minor amount of cellular distortion and cracks. I would have to say
    Call quality - 8/10.

    Overall: 9/10 My hand is really starting to hurt. This is a day 1 review. Sorry if I missed points. Generally I'll say that this phone is fantastic, and if I had to choose one phone, this phone could VERY easily replace my iPhone 5. It runs smooth, feels great, sounds AMAZING (still loving the sound), the screen is beautiful, and the phone overall is something that HTC should be proud of. I'm sure the S4 will be a fantastic phone and sell better than the HTC One because HTC sucks at marketing, but if you're looking for a breath of fresh air, please take a look at your nearest store that will be carrying it and get your hands on it. This is something that people should have ZERO problem appreciating.

    Thanks for reading.


    The HTC ir blaster and tv and cable/sat box controls on this is super easy to set up and works amazingly well


    My views and opinions were just that, opinions, and they do not reflect the views or opinions of my employer, at&t, and i'm in no way affiliated with HTC. This is a personal use review.
  12. sean76

    sean76 Well-Known Member

    @ Oridus

    Nice review man. One small think you left out though? How's the ONES call quality and reception in your opinion?
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  13. GeoffBot

    GeoffBot Well-Known Member

    Yep - my sensation works how you describe - this is a step back IMO.
  14. Oridus

    Oridus Well-Known Member

    The ear price plays good audio while on the call, and while not as rich as the stereo audio, it is a crisp sound. The person I was calling said I was clear, however they could still tell I was on a cell phone with a minor amount of cellular distortion and cracks. I would have to say 8/10.
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  15. sean76

    sean76 Well-Known Member

    Gotcha... Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. Enjoy!!!
  16. mistral_blue

    mistral_blue Member

    Hi guys, just had the phone for a week having upgraded on UK TMobile from an HTC Sensation to HTC One. Others appear to have done some good in-depth stuff, so I'll be brief:


    • Beautiful phone, excellent screen, very responsive and top-end build quality.
    • Blinkfeed - some discussion on this but have found it to be a nice touch.
    • Camera - really nice feature, just getting used to it but produces some decent results. Zoe is not just a gimmick.
    • Beats Audio - excellent sound quality for a phone with decent bass. Best served via N7 Media player... Headphones are also decent.
    • Personal assistant - tried Speaktoit - Your Personal Assistant Personal Assistant app, seems to work well with HTC One interface.


    • Battery life - not great, just about lasts 1 day but appears to be improving (will have to stop playing with it with all data/wifi etc on). Might try turning auto brightness back on, removing live wallpaper and perhaps installing JuiceDefender again...
    • Aluminium speaker cover is slightly scuffed already despite being in the official case (leather stand wrap-around one)
    • Messaging app was annoying with grey speech bubbles (your replies) in conversations, switched to ChompSMS which is fully customisable
    • NFC - beam functionality doesn't appear to be working (see my other thread on HTC One forum for more), this might not be enabled yet or may just be my phone...

    Not made many calls with it yet, but appeared to be clear and loud enough (especially when compared to my HTC Sensation!).

    In conclusion, if anyone is thinking of getting an HTC One and has any questions, please PM me...
  17. TheSuper

    TheSuper Well-Known Member

    How do you think it got scuffed like that? Do you have the silver or black One?
  18. mistral_blue

    mistral_blue Member

    Silver one - was just in my pocket in my work clothing and then jean pocket etc... so not entirely sure - it's not dreadful or anything but it is noticeable if you look closely and it ties in with what I've read in pro-reviews about it being easily marked... definitely worth a protective case (just a shame to hide away such a nice looking phone) - I just take it out to show people and then put it back in for day-day use...
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  19. popularbelief

    popularbelief Active Member

    Just got my HTC ONE Advocate Device. Ask Me Anything. I will not unlock the bootloader or root the device so please don't ask. Edit: This is my 1st AMA. I will try as hard as I can to answer your questions as fast as possible. I will be online answering as many as I can within my powers.
    videos as requested unboxing and activation video: Unboxing and Activating the Sprint HTC ONE - YouTube
    first look: Sprint HTC One First Look: Bloatware Apps - YouTube
    random pictures around the office: imgur: the simple image sharer
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  20. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    Dang! And a big welcome to our corner of the world! :)

    Ok - my first phone questions are usually the same - how's the GPS/navigation, how's the 3G reception, and if you have LTE, how's that?

    What's the voice quality like?

    Can you provide any comparisons on any of that to things we can relate to - the LTEvo or other?

    I see from your profile info that you're rocking the LG Optimus G. (Very nice. :))

    Any performance impressions you're able to share between that and the One?

    Basically, if you've wondered/ing if someone's going to ask something you've thought of - we will. :D
  21. AntimonyER

    AntimonyER AF Addict VIP Member

    Thanks for joining and for sharing your experience with us!
  22. popularbelief

    popularbelief Active Member

    I've been a lurker for years :) When I have the time to post something juicy , I post.
    ok so wow. great question:
    Can you provide any comparisons on any of that to things we can relate to - the LTEvo or other?
    I have the LTEVO and it's faster. (double quadrant) FASTER (Double ANTUTU) FASTER (better LTE speeds somehow . might be a fluke)
    Quad Core vs Dual Core is a no brainer.
    There's a few apps that you can't uninstall but not a deal breaker at all. The device flies. I am in mostly 4G LTE in Central Texas so my speeds have been great so far. I am currently on WiFi and it's flying too (30 Mbps connection)
    Device set up was quite easy. It boots in a flash , especially with Fast Boot enabled.
    My daily driver prior was the LGOG which is now my work phone /demo phone / hotspot.
    The HTC ONE is built exquisitely. I thought an all glass phone was pushing the envelope and now ZERO GAP technology takes it further. I have played many YOUTUBE HD videos through BOOMSOUND and can't lie. it's loud. co-workers tasked me what the ruckus was. LOLz. The stock beats earbuds are very good too 8/10. i'm no audiophile but ima earbuds / cans whore! i have 3 pairs of cans, 4 pairs of earbuds, and two external aux speakers (chill pills, matrix speakers). the device is very light compared tothe LTEVO and LGOG. Thin perfect edges and just an amazing build all around. the screen is highly responsive and i am slowly starting to like skype all over again vs swiftkey flow ( i haven't installed it yet) wow so much in just a few short hours has happened and it's hard to tell you without more questions so keep them coming and i will keep answering them as much as i can. i have 2 back to back conf calls tomorrow and i will try and use the htc one for both as much as i can! thanks~
  23. toolwarrior

    toolwarrior Well-Known Member

    So now we have yet another post that the One is loud. So I have to ask... when you say loud, do you mean that the phone is still loud even on the lowest volume setting, or do you mean that the phone can be turned up loud enough to piss your cube-mates off?
  24. admob

    admob Well-Known Member

    After picking up a silver one in a shop, the white ring round the edge looked really dirty, is it plastic or metal, and can it be easily wiped clean... I remember thinking the same last year when I saw a white one x, it looked grubby, as if it didn't play well with finger prints.... shame cos the rest of the handset looked stunning..
  25. Wilkas

    Wilkas Well-Known Member

    Can't say I've had that problem with mine, probably all the people picking it up with filthy hands :D

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