Design and Build

HTC is definitely not new when it comes to building stylish phones, and the One is HTC’s latest proof of its dedication to aesthetics. The front and back is made up of anodized aluminum unibody with a few plastic breaks in the middle. The new design gives way to two forward-facing speakers. This well-thought out design and solid metal casing makes the phone look gorgeous and feel premium.

Measuring 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm and weighing 143g, the One is slightly taller and heavier than the predecessor One X.


The One undoubtedly offers one of the best displays today. It packs a full HD resolution of 1920x1080 pixels and density of 468ppi spread on a generous 4.7 inches screen. It can be a bit of a stretch for some, but for those who are craving for larger screens, it’s definitely a very welcome upgrade.

Performance and Hardware

The One is powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, backed up by 2GB of RAM. Judging by the specs, you can expect one fast device, and it certainly does deliver. It responds fluidly and performs any task in a breeze, the only problem is that it tends to get warm when you push it, but which is something typical in many Android smartphones.

The downside with this sealed and solid design is that there is no room for storage expansion, which is something that turn most buyers off and drive them instead to buying Sony and Samsung phones instead, which typically provides a microSD card slot. The One traditionally comes with 32GB internal memory, while 64GB models are offered in some locations.

Battery Life

As expected, the 2300mAh battery is also inaccessible. While a remarkable improvement from HTC One X’s 1800mAh battery, it can quickly die down with heavy use and turning the screen on full brightness. However, it does offer a power-saving mode, and with a few tweaks, the device does manage to last throughout a day of moderate use.


Probably one of the attention-grabbing headlines for the HTC One is the introduction of a downgraded 4-MP camera with larger pixels dubbed as “ultrapixel” . Theoretically, it increases the amount of light captured and produces better results in low-light conditions.

The camera offers three shooting modes: stills, videos, and Zoe, and is quite easy to use. It focuses and snaps swiftly, with buttons for stills and videos instantly available. There’s just a problem with camera noise, even in low light, but it does deliver better results than other smartphone cams in poor lighting condition.


  • Premium build and design
  • Excellent display
  • Great sound performance
  • Nice Sense 5 interface
  • Good low-light photos


  • No expandable storage
  • Camera noise

The Verdict

It’s impossible to say that the HTC One is the best phone today, but it definitely is the best phone HTC had come up with so far. While it has a few flaws, no other phone can be considered perfect. It’s also hard to ignore the classy build and design, and the fact that it has plenty of power, so if you’re in for a premium device, this phone is definitely worth considering.