Mobile Mogul: The HTC One

Tal Norvell/ Sun Star Columnist

Feb. 11, 2014

HTC One smartphone. Courtesy of HTC website.

HTC One smartphone. Courtesy of HTC website.

Thin, sleek, sexy, aluminum: the HTC One begs to be played with.

The seductive smartphone may look attractive, but what’s it got on the inside?

A speedy quad-core processor and two gigabytes of RAM means this sucker can load up apps faster than you can say “Lamborghini.”

Movies and music will buffer nicely, and they’ll sound good too. Grab the phone, hit play and let your jaw drop as “BoomSound” speakers on both ends of the screen fill your ears with studio-quality sound.

Need space for music and movies? No problem. HTC One comes in 32 and 64 GB storage capacities. Around 7,000 songs or 15 feature-length movies can fit into 32 GB, double that for 64 GB

The HTC One has a four megapixel camera on the back that also records 1080p full HD video, which means viral internet videos will look amazing.

The camera is great at capturing detail in low-light photography situations, according to Ign.com, but other smartphones offer better pixel counts such as the iPhone and Nokia Lumia. HTC claims the large size of the light sensor makes pixels more detailed.

There’s also a wide-angle front camera that’s good for video calls or selfies. The lens has 2.1 megapixels, so it’ll do for Instagram pictures.

Fun features of the camera on HTC One are slow motion video, Sequence Shot and HTC Zoe.

Slow-mo can slow down speed at selected portions of the video, rather than just the whole clip. Triple cork 360 tricks on the slopes will look like the Matrix.

Sequence Shot patches together a quick sequence of photos to make an action shot, which makes for cool sports photos. Imagine the awesome snapshots you could get at a ski race.

HTC Zoe makes three-second video clips that defy the space-time continuum by freezing the background to make the subject move while the rest of the world is paused. Great scott!

The phone runs on the Android 4.2 operating system in an HTC customized user interface known as Sense. A built-in feature called BlinkFeed allows users to check news and social media updates in one app.

Hidden to some users, multitasking is possible on HTC One. Double tap the home button on the lower edge of the screen then tap on one of the app tiles to switch to it. Don’t try this while driving.

The phone completes multiple tasks quickly, but something has to power all these moving parts.

Battery life of HTC One isn’t great, according to TrustedReviews.com.

The website said the phone’s 1080p screen quickly drains power, so the device hit zero percent within a day when they tested it.

They said it’s possible to get two days out of the battery, but only if you turn off wireless connectivity when you aren’t browsing the web.

Regardless, HTC One is rated for 18 hours of talk time on 3G.

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon all offer the phone for purchase. Check your contract status to see if you qualify for a lower price up front.

Is HTC One worth its price of approximately $100 to $600? It depends on user preference. For people who like premium build, responsive, feature-filled smartphones, HTC One fits the bill.

Superficially, the phone is unrivaled and sure to turn heads with its futuristic look and polished feel. For the practical user who cares less for appearance, HTC One may be a frivolous luxury.

No doubt about it, HTC One is excellent for entertainment on the go.

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