How would you change the HTC One (M7)?
Wouldn’t it have been great if we’d covered last year’s HTC One just before the replacement arrived? Clearly, but since the calendar didn’t work out like that, let’s instead take this moment to commence a post-mortem on one of the most critically acclaimed handsets of 2013. Garnering a 92 point Engadget store, a fantastic low-light camera and that amazing body, let’s face it -- everyone was envious of this hardware. But has your experience been as flawless as that of our reviewer?
- Would turn on speakerphone at random during calls (ow!)
- Charging light burned out
- Camera would not focus
- Screen was cracked on arrival (not the phone's fault, probably)
- Top speaker blew out (annoying during phone calls)
- So far, so good...
Aside from the annoyance of returning the phone every few months (hooray warranty), this is by far the best phone, and probably the best computer, I've ever owned.
I understand people don't want the settings button because it's redundant, but putting back on the left side was the biggest annoyance going the m7. I shouldn't have to reach across my screen to go back (unless this phone was designed for lefties).
- Its camera was never really any good, and after a few updates the purple tint problem popped up in my unit and very few, if any, of the pictures are now usable.
- The launcher, and Blinkfeed in general, just seems badly designed. It doesn't default to the home screen when you leave an app, and instead hangs at where you last had it. The vertical scrolling app drawer seems unnecessary and odd when everybody else has a horizontal scrolling app drawer. You have to go to settings and go through a few screens just to change wallpaper. On top of this, many of the HTC widgets don't appear in other launchers, making it so that I'm forced to use the stock launcher.
- Many of the apps are just plain badly designed (the People app is a good example) or just plain ugly (the Clock app is a good example).
- While some people absolutely love metal, it seems to be a detriment to this phone. The chamfered edges start to dig into my palm after a while, and it overheats at the slightest provocation.
Edit: Almost forgot about the battery life. It's pretty terrible and noticeably worse than any other phone that I've been close to long enough to notice battery life.
-side power button with greater height
- no capacitive keys
-bottom headphone jack
-more performant camera (a minor concern)
-lip to protect screen and cameras
Most of these were addressed with the m8, which is also a fantastic device
Things I would like to change:
1. Like many others, the power button position, towards the side probably.
2. The proximity sensor position; I often find that when I'm having to speak on phone while balancing the phone against my shoulder and ear the sensor works poorly. When my chin touches the screen it does random stuff. Surely its the proximity sensor. The secondary microphone doesn't perform well when I'm in this position. Not sure if anyone else has the same trouble or should I get my phone checked?
3. Camera is not one of the best but it could have done with a slightly better one. Well, I do not use phone camera often so I guess it doesn't trouble me as much but all my friends complain about the camera.
Apart from these it's a little gem of a handset. Awesome work HTC.
- Battery life like many others mentioned
- It gets hot easily
- The charging port on the bottom cracks easily since its still made of plastic sandwiched by aluminum. This also applies to the SIM tray.
- Annoying bleekfeed...
- Bottom 3.5 audio jack (that's the way we put phones in our pocket HTC!)
- Front flash for that wide angle selfie cam
- Centered USB! So weird for docks and stuff...
- Camera side button (going for an Xperia 3 next I think)
- 8mpx Ultrapixel. I got outstanding pictures for a phone, but there are times you just need resolution (on holidays or stuff, for depth purposes)
- Guaranteed dual membrane microphone. I got one of the first models, and I have the best audio on parties and concerts. Can't exchange phone since they removed it.
- Out of the box swipe to wake up gestures and stuff. Hopefully I got a kernel that can do that (goodbye top mounted power button) but I'm thinking about people who don't.
Looking at the M8, I'm happy I got:
- Symetrical front camera vs sensors. That weird misaligned grill on the M8 is hurtfull for my OCD ^^
- The plastic going all around, not a cheap-china-remote infrared piece at the top
- Capacitive buttons. What a drawback/waste of space. And a Logo2menu kernel.
As for the replacement, I bought this phone because I think 5" is too big. I'd take this over the new one any day, with the bezels the new one is huge.
I have a few complaints about it, but the most weighted one would be about the camera. Past reviews of this phone would say the camera performed amazingly under low light, unfortunately a side-effect to this low light technology is the dreaded purple haze that appears even under just slightly dim scenes.
I looked it up online and most people were saying this was a hardware problem caused by heat from processing, and in order to fix this I would have to send my phone to an HTC service center to have some parts fixed/replaced. I have yet to do so since there is no such service center conveniently located where I reside.
Other than the camera, this phone has been amazing and I always look forward to waking up in the morning and realizing that I own one of these magnificent beasts.
- I'd move the home button/recent apps function to that redundant htc logo in the front then have a proper search button in its place for Google now and other searches.
- I'd get rid of some of the bezel while leaving the current physical size of the phone.
- I'd have the camera lens recessed a bit to avoid scratches.
- I'd have a 5MP front facing camera and an 8MP "Ultra pixel" rear facing one.
- I'd include a 3000mAh battery
- I'd include a micro SD card slot
Unlike most people, I actually like the button placements of the power and volume as I've accidentally triggered mine on my Note 2 when holding it in landscape.
reception: 7 out of 10 (T-Mobile full 4G LTE in Charlotte, NC never gets full-bars)
camera: Love the concept
- Purple haze sucks in less than perfect bright lighting
- NEVER a proper focus unless perfect lighting without moving/tweaking.
memory: SD card slot; not just for extra memory, but for file management/moving files
battery: even after a year, still pretty dang good, believe it or not. 24 hours w/ moderate use.
- WiFi *does* drain battery a bit more than necessary, even when in sleep mode
- WHY, I don't know... anything outside of 4G connection drains battery HORRIBLY fast. 3G or less seems to drain the battery quicker
- Strangely enough, when completely out of range (no coverage area I encounter in rural areas) - battery will completely drain in a few hours.
Phone screen - the bottom line of digits are too close to the end call button.
Screen timeout: I'd like a setting between 2 and 10 minutes.
HDR photos could be better
Panoramic photos are often blurry
Somewhat higher image resolution would be nice
I wish the screen would turn on briefly to show notifications as they arrive
I occasionally get sim card errors, and need to restart
Battery life is decent, but not fantastic.
I don't care for blinkfeed and switched the home screen to the first panel of icons. I wouldn't mind eliminating the blinkfeed page completely.
But overall, I've been pretty happy with it.
I had problems with the microphone, and I sent it to support for repair.
After 5 months (!!!) I still didn't received my phone back, so I requested a 6 months waranty extension but they answered me that they just add a 3 months waranty on the microphone !!!
I'm so disapointed ! HTC is not serious and I'm not surprised they have economic difficulties !
I erase HTC from my memory, and will never buy an HTC product again !!!