The HTC One is easily the greatest effort the company has ever made to become top dog in the smartphone market. It’s an early frontrunner for the best Android handset of the year, at least in terms of critical reception; it’s no secret that HTC’s sales have always paled in comparison that those of the competition.
There’s very little to dislike about the One. It has a sexy build that is somehow unique without being garish or in your face about it, the display looks wonderful, the camera is mostly solid, and some of the One’s exclusive software is a big attraction. There may be some drawbacks, like the slightly awkward size, throwaway Zoe features, and the lack of originality in parts (we’re looking at you, BlinkFeed). But ultimately, this is a phone at which Android users that are due for an upgrade should be looking. Heck, even if you use a different platform, this phone just might make you want to jump ship.
- Beautiful build
- Outstanding display
- Extremely powerful hardware
- A little too large
- Zoe not that impressive
- BlinkFeed, while useful, definitely apes WP tiles/Flipboard