My first Android phone was the HTC Evo 4G. I loved that phone. I fell in love with HTC back when they were making Windows Mobile devices, and I was determined to stay with them. Until the made the Evo 3D. I don’t want to talk about that one. That’s when I jumped to Samsung, and I’ve been with them for some time now. Last year HTC announced the HTC One, and that was the first time in a LONG time I had considered making the leap, but it just wasn’t compelling enough for me to switch from what I had. Today, HTC announced the next version of the One, and again, I’m feeling tempted …
Looking at it, this thing is beautiful. The body is all aluminum; the screen is a 5 inch LCD, no buttons on the front (the back, home and multitasking buttons are on the screen), it has two huge speakers on the front and dual LED flashes on the back. Without question, I think this is the most beautiful of the Android phones, or any phone for that matter.
Spec-wise, it’s a beast: Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16GB of storage space, it’ll take a microSD card (Thank God!), a 2600mAh battery so it has plenty of juice, a 5 MP camera in the front, and on the back it has two cameras with one being a 4 MP shooter with what HTC calls UltraPixel sensors which are twice the size of a standard pixel so taking a picture in low light isn’t an issue. Why two cameras? No, it’s not for 3D, for which I’m thankful that they’ve let go of that gimmick. It’s for depth of field. When you take a picture, you’re able to change the focus of an object from the foreground to the background. I guess the second one isn’t as much a camera as it is just an additional lens or sensor. What you can do with the photos after the fact is really cool, highlighting something in the foreground or background, and being able to add effects to it. Everything about last years’ One has been improved, including the software you interact with on the phone, which HTC is calling 6th Sense … because, you know, this is the 6th version of their Sense software.
So am I going to take the jump? Unfortunately, I’m still undecided. Last year when the first One came out, I was tempted … until I used the camera. Let’s be real; most people are using the cameras on their phones to post to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, which is going to compress the hell out of the photo anyway. You don’t need a 50 MP shooter for social networking. And for those photos, the One is fine. It’s not the best, but it wasn’t the worse, either. However, I’m doing more with my photos that posting them to Facebook. I need a really good camera on my phone, and I need the ability to do things like zoom and edit them without a lot of noise or distortion. It’s not that easy with a 4 megapixel shot, Ultrapixled or not. Right now the “best” phone camera is on a device I don’t use (that would be the iPhone), and I have no plans on making that switch, so I have to do with what’s considered the “best” camera on an Android device. As far as Android, the “best” cameras are on Sony, LG and Samsung devices. But I’m going to wait until I get my hands on the phone before I make my final decision, and maybe see more photo comparisons.
Would I recommend someone looking at the new HTC One? Absolutely. If you aren’t that picky about your pics (meaning as picky as I am), then it’s an awesome phone. And it has the coolest phone case known to man! And, it’s available right now for around $200 on contract. Not next month, not sometime this spring, right now. So go check it out. Right now. Go on. Stop reading and go.