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  1. Desert Cactus

    Desert Cactus Member

    Ok, so I feel a bit foolish. The arrows does appear on the stock browser but not Chrome. Go figure!

    Yeah I also looked at the S4. However, the crisscross back and front plastic was a huge turnoff! Nice big screen though.

    What also persuaded me was that many reviews saw lag or stutter. To me that is inexcusable for a quad/octo core which is for good or bad the face if Android right now.

    Would like to add one more thing in my review.

    Battery life is fair/average I think. If you're on this phone a lot, it would not make it through the day (so do other phones though).


  2. starchile

    starchile Newbie

    THANK YOU FOR POSTING!!! This is EXACTLY how I feel about this phone and I'm coming from an HTC EVO 4G as well. I LOVED that phone...it was easy to use and figure out. It was very intuitive and easy to navigate. Of course it didn't have all of the bells and whistles this phone has but do you REALLY need "blinkfeed"?? Yes, the sound is much better and the camera's shutter speed is pretty awesome but the QUALITY of the pix compared to my EVO is just SAD!

    THE MOST annoying thing about this phone, which has me considering returning it, (I don't know the language) is the touch sense is off. I have to tap items like 4 and 5 times before it will register.

    There are many more little things that bug me about this phone which has me wondering if it's really worth it.

  3. Bnice

    Bnice Guest

    I have to disagree. I'm coming from the HTC EVO as well and the ONE is a better device overall. The specs alone put the OG EVO to shame and HTC Sense is lighter and more fluid.
  4. sikclown

    sikclown Android Expert

    I have to disagree with you on the picture quality being worse than the OG Evo. This phone crushes the OG Evo in every way and certainly crushes the Evo 3D. It becomes less clear when comparing the Evo 4g LTE to the One but overall I find the One has more flexibility in the camera. If your Touches don't seem to register you may want to try a hard reset or return for another (assuming you are within the 14 day window). Curious.... do you have long nails? A friend of mine had a terrible time with her EVO 4g LTE because of her very long fingernails not registering the touch.
  5. nomunk

    nomunk Well-Known Member

    I love that I dont have to manually switch 4G on and off, the HTC One does it automatically when im in a 4G area the phone automatically switches to 4G.

    Coming from a Galaxy S2 I had to manually switch 4G on and off not know if I was even in a 4G area or not.
  6. ironman187

    ironman187 Well-Known Member

    hehe, I'm the exact opposite, I have Sprint, and they have virtually NO 4G LTE coverage, so it's a sure bet that wherever I am there is no 4G coverage, I would rather be able to toggle 4G on and off to keep the phone from constantly searching for something that isn't there and using batter life to do it.
  7. PyroSporker

    PyroSporker Android Expert

    The Galaxy SII was a Wimax (4G) handset. The HTC One is an LTE (4G) Device. The two networks, while both 4G, operate in different ways and are received on Sprint handsets differently.

    On the SII, you could have left the 4G radio on all the time, and the phone would have switched over to Wimax when the signal was detected. (not exactly recommended for battery savings)
    On the One you can set the phone to browse on CDMA 3G network only and manually turn on 4G LTE whenever you want to, just like the toggle on the SII.


    You can do this.
    Go to Settings -> Mobile Data (click the line, not the toggle to the right) -> Network Mode -> select 'CDMA Only'
    The phone will only browse 3G networks and not actively look/connect the 4G LTE signal.

  8. ironman187

    ironman187 Well-Known Member

    Sweet! Done! Thanks.
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  9. ironman187

    ironman187 Well-Known Member

    Ok, so I've had this phone for almost two weeks and figured what the heck, I'll give a review.

    The battery life on this thing is great. I'm a moderate to heave user and the battery lasts anywhere from 8 hours to 20 hours with powersave on (it would probably last longer if I didn't use data...but hey, it's a smart phone.) Even if it did have a removable battery I would not get an extended battery for it because I use dual layer cases on my phones and you can't use extended batteries with those. As for the life of the battery as a unit, it's a LiPoly, it'll last longer than the phone, I've actually only had one battery on one phone ever need replacing, and that was my wife's POS Motorola Crazr, infact, my last phone, and HTC Evo 4G is still running on the original battery serving as a home phone, and I know somebody with a 3 year old HTC phone that is still running on the original battery, I foresee no problems here. (My only issue with having a non-removable battery is, what if you need to do a hard restart by pulling the battery? Iv;e had to do this with every android I have rooted (and that would be four of them) at some point during the process because the phone locked up. Hopefully that won't be an issue once devs find a way to get S-off on this beast. ) I was just informed that a simulated battery pull can be done by pressing the volume down button and the power button at the same time, hopefully this works if the phone does lock up.

    Build materials and Build quality
    Aluminum phone = premium feeling build, period. I have mine in a case, but for the few moments I had it out of the case I was impressed with the aluminum back, as a machinist I know the work they went through to make this phone as aesthetically pleasing as it is from a single block of aluminum. as far as fit and finish on my phone, I would give it an 7 out of 10. Many people have had perfect phones, many have had less than perfect phones, right now it's a crap shoot. I hope HTC tightens down on QC. My complains are that the plastic bezel on either side of the screen had small dents in it, the back has a small dent in it, the plastic by the charge port is warped outwards, and there is a .0055 gap between said plastic and the aluminum speaker grill (measured it!), the power putton is very close to being flush with the phone casing, but was not difficult to get used to, even with my Trident Aegis case on the phone, the chamfer around the phone looked a little ratty (as in, I could have, and do, get a better finish with a sharp high speed steel chamfer tool on a daily basis) which tells me their diamond tool was either dull, not running fast enough, or they weren't using proper coolant (Nasa used a diamond tip and kerosene as a coolant when they turned the aluminum mirrors for the Hubble telescope) but unless you really study it, you don't notice. The finish on the back is pleasing both to the eye, and the touch. The plastic sides also have a sort of bead-blasted texture feel to them just like the back. The camera lens (actually the plastic cover over the lens, but for all intents and purposes I'll just say lens) located almost flush with the back is a double edge sword. One one hand, it's easy to keep clean, you don't have an issue with lint and crap getting onto the lens, on the other hand, I can see it getting scratched far too easily. The volume buttons are right where I am used to them being, but the power button is on the opposite side of the phone, it was kinda hard to get used to, but I did manage. Also, the elimination of the menu button, and the fact that home and back buttons are swapped were also hard to get used to.

    Simply amazing. It's so crystal clear, colors are so vibrant, it really does beat everything else out there, pixel density is even greater than Apple's "Retina" display, which is huge!

    Beats Audio
    Let me first make it clear, I HATE Beats Audio headphones, they sound like crap. I've A/B-ed them against a $20.00 set of Sony headphones and found the BA's to be severely lacking. My take on the front speakers, they are loud, but not as loud as everybody was making them out to be. They do have a lot of low end with beats audio turned on, and sound light years better than any other cell phone (or laptop speakers) I have ever heard, however, they can be hard to listen to because at times they sound far too compressed. You can turn off BA, at which point they sound like loud cell phone speakers. The stock headphones that came with the phone are weighted towards bass leaving the mids and highs a little under-powered (it's tolerable), leaving Beats Audio on further exasperates this issue to the point where they make a regular set of Beats Audio speakers sound "sweet". In the end, you can't beat Beats Audio on for the external speakers, but leave it off if you plan on using headphones.

    TV Remote
    Awesome, a bit gimmicky, but has real potential. With it I can control my TV, surround sound, and to a limited degree Xbox 360 (found under the cable box section as "Microsoft" when setting up the remote.) I end up switching between MS smartglass and HTC remote for this. I can't control my bluray player, but hopefully that will come in a later update. Using the power button as an IR blaster was a stroke of genius, why waste space on the top of the phone when you can use an existing feature for it? I suspect more phones will be coming out with IR blasters which meant that even if HTC doesn't upgrade the functionality, there will likely be apps in the future. Since there are no physical buttons, until you "learn" the remote, you will spend a lot of time looking at the screen. I've only used it a handful of times, and already I can perform button presses without looking at the phone.


    I don't really use phone cameras for picture taking unless in a pinch, but from what little I've seen it's not too impressive. low light is better, and file sizes are smaller, on the downside, you can't enlarge the picture up to poster size (but then, why would you want to?) I do like the fact that HTC has done away with the megapixle race and actually focused on things that matter in picture taking, I hope this sparks a new race, the size of the sensor and the size of the megapixles in it. Sadly, I think most of the general public will not understand this since megapixle misconception is so rampant.

    I haven't used this yet, but it seems like it could be very handy, I'll be ordering some NFC tags in the near future to play with.

    Sense 5
    Daddy likes! It's a very clean but functional UI. I'm coming from a sense 1.0/2.0 hybrid on my old Evo 4G and as expected, sense delivers again. It's a very user friendly UI, not too cluttered, very intuitive, and it just makes sense (hence the name?) I like the launch to app or folder feature, that was something sense 1.0 never had, but I did have that in the hybrid I was running, and I liked it a lot. Being able to launch to my flashlight, phone, or camera is great for those moments when you need one of those right away. I never had the radio toggles in the status bar pulldown, and quite frankly, don't care about them because I keep toggle widgets on the left hand "homescreen" while that my be a big deal to some, I don't care, and wouldn't use them even if they were there. As for blinkfeed...well, I haven't used it, I put it as my far left, never visited, "homescreen". Some people my like it, I don't need or want it. I never used "friend feed" and won't ever use blinkfeed. I am very annoyed that I can't nuke it from my homescreens (or the clock/weather widget that is right above it for that matter). Since there is no hard key menu button the addition of software menu buttons in each app are welcome, it can be annoying at times, but is something you just get used to.

    All in all, I like this phone, so to sum this up.

    Pros: Great battery life, Sense 5.0, IR blaster, NFC antenna, no lag, fast, beautiful phone both hardware and software wise, large screen, amazing picture quality (talking about the screen)

    Cons: No removable SD card, no menu button (you get used to it, but it's still annoying), spotty build quality (hopefully this gets better with the next batch, although this won't affect me in any way)

    All in all I give this phone, a 9.2 9.6 out of 10
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  10. nomunk

    nomunk Well-Known Member

    I already knew all of this but thanks for the response anyway
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  11. blahblahyoutoo

    blahblahyoutoo Well-Known Member

    vol down + power

    hardware failsafe.
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  12. ironman187

    ironman187 Well-Known Member

    Really? Has anybody confirmed this works in a locked up/frozen One (or another phone without a removeable battery)? If this is true, it's awesome!
  13. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    Nearly All phones have this. Even those with removable batteries.

    Most you can just hold down power
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  14. sikclown

    sikclown Android Expert

    Not sure but to simulate a battery pull just hold down the Power button. It will eventually start counting down from 3 and then shut off. Doing Volume Down + Power button doesn't seem to do anything different on my One.
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  15. ironman187

    ironman187 Well-Known Member

    Sick! Well, my rating for the phone just went up, editing my post now!
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  16. PyroSporker

    PyroSporker Android Expert

    Sure, I remember your name from way back. ;) I figured you knew all that stuff, I recall that you have a good understanding of devices.
    I guess my point was that the feature you are attributing to the new phone is actually a network wide 'policy' for nearly all LTE devices and not necessarily an option specific to this handset. Your satisfaction, while ultimately lies overall with the device, in this case is actually a result from the switch from Wimax to LTE, inherent to the Sprint network.
    I also wanted to make sure that it was clear that with Wimax, you didn't HAVE to operate the radio manually. You could have let it be automatic if you chose.
    And vice versa with The One. You can certainly let 4G be automatically switching or operate it manually.

    And lastly I wanted to help educate others as these menus and options are not always known/obvious to everyone. Ironman187 was a perfect example of this :)
  17. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon
    VIP Member

    Does not apply to HTC phones.

    10 second power press does create a hardware reset, same as a battery pull just as you say, used by HTC since the One series came out last year.
  18. GeoffBot

    GeoffBot Well-Known Member

    The update last night fixed this issue - it's now as it used to be - 'company' comes before 'anna', which is correct.
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  19. jhtalisman

    jhtalisman Android Enthusiast

    I love this phone. Only is the back and home buttons aren't very sensitive and require multiple presses at times.
  20. ironman187

    ironman187 Well-Known Member

    Did you get the update yet? It fixed that issue on mine.
  21. jhtalisman

    jhtalisman Android Enthusiast

    No, Hasn't rolled out to T-mobile yet.
  22. Desert Cactus

    Desert Cactus Member

    Will probably roll out for you soon, but I can attest to what have been articulated here. The update does indeed makes it more responsive. Before it had to be press perfectly on the button. Now a light tap will do it which I like better.

    One of my coworker upgraded to the AT&T version based on my recommendation. :) He used to have an iPhone 4. His girlfriend is wanting to upgrade to it too but she's on Verizon so no luck for her (she is also on the iPhone 4).

    This thing is so beautiful and yes it matches my MacBook Air perfectly.

    So far this is thing has both brain and beauty. Others only have brain while others have only beauty. The HTC One has both. I totally agree with the many reviews by the experts which was one of the reason I got this phone to try out in the first place. Will be keeping mine.

    To add to my review, the one thing I love about this phone is the aluminum. I had another Android previously which had a plastic back. Let me tell you the number of times I had to wipe my hands because things became so sticky and waxy feeling. It is great holding it for hours on end if you want to with having to deal with this. That was one reason why I never wanted to buy another plastic fantastic phone ever again (and I don't care who makes it!).

    Everything is running smoothly so far. The speaker on this thing rivals my laptop! :adore:

    My only small complaint is the build quality. Everything is perfect and compact except for two items. I think the volume button is a tad bit loose and the top part of the glass that borders the speaker grill is not flush. My coworker's AT&T model also have this issue to a lesser degree. I was going to return it, but it is minor so I'm not going to bother.
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  23. Desert Cactus

    Desert Cactus Member

    And thanks to EarlyMon for the name change. ;-)
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  24. BillsBayou

    BillsBayou Lurker

    I do not understand predictive typing. Because I do not understand it, I hate it.

    I'm trying to type a message to my daughter and all the words are coming out wrong. Instead of putting up the letters I'm typing, the damned thing is putting up letters it thinks I wanted.

    So I decided to send a simple message to my wife. "I love you". When I press the letter "I", the screen is displaying the letter "U". When I get the entire three word sentence typed, "I love you" is "U live yiw". WHAT THE BLOODY HELL IS THAT? WHY IS THIS ACCEPTABLE?

    Yes. I'm ignorant of how this phone works. But it is actively fighting what I want to type.

    I kept trying to teach it what I want. I type the letter "I" and it shows all the potential matches for the ONE LETTER I AM HITTING ON THE PHONE. The first potential match is the letter "U", which it is displaying on the screen. The second is the letter "I", which is the letter I hit, and is confirmed by the pop-up letter beneath my finger as I press the screen.

    This is my first Android phone. AND I HATE IT FOR THIS REASON ALONE.
  25. jhtalisman

    jhtalisman Android Enthusiast

    You can calibrate the keyboard. It seems it is registering your touches as the adjacent letters.

    Settings>language and keyboard>HTC sense input>calibration tool

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