I have an HTC One. Ask Me Anything!
I should clarify that I'm here to answer questions about the HTC One, not HTC in general, other products, software updates, future products, or anything else.
...and now that the HTC One is shipping in North America, I'll officially stop monitoring this thread. Hope the answers were useful!
So much of this question depends on usage, and one person's usage pattern will radically differ from another's, but I'm confident people will be impressed with the battery life on the HTC One.
I'm unsure of which carriers will offer which colours - in March when they announce availability that will become clear. I haven't heard about any exclusivity around colours if that's what you're asking.
- Could you please upload a full resolution shot taken with the camera?
- Can you take just 1 normal picture or are all shots taken as HTC Zoe shots?
- Can you disable HTC BlinkFeed and just have a normal desktop?
- Could you tell me more about the TV remote app? Are there TV presets (ex. Select Samsung TV and it automatically works)? Can you program new devices on it?
2) You can take one normal picture, or press the shutter to capture eight frames per second and up to 99 shots. 8fps is faster than my Nikon D300 DSLR...! Zoe mode is toggled off or on with one touch right from the main camera screen, so it's easy to turn off and on. Here's the cool thing though - you can basically use Zoe to take all your photos if you want, because you can select the perfect image from that Zoe and save it as a full 4mp still. It's not a screen grab or video capture, it's a full image. No one else has done what we're doing here.
3) You can set a panel to the right of BlinkFeed as home screen - what comes up when you press the home button - and you can disable all BlinkFeed functions. So it's technically still there if you swipe left, but it's doing nothing. I'd encourage you to give it a shot though - I was initially pretty skeptical but now use it constantly.
4) It's hard to sum it all up quickly, but I'll try. When you start up the TV app for the first time, you tell it your country, ZIP/postal code, select your TV provider, then either accept all the channels presets it offers, or select the ones you do have. You can mark some as favourites. Then you can add an IR remote; right now the experience is focused on TV, cable box, and receiver. You're able to download presets for TVs, receivers, etc. This won't replace a Harmony remote in all scenarios (there's no complex macro functionality), but for some key ones, it will do the job. Plus, it shows you little thumbnail images of the TV shows that are on now, shows you when your favourite shows are on in BlinkFeed, etc. It's really cool. :-)
3. Similarly, I do plan on using this, but I was wondering in case I don't end up liking it.
4. That sounds even more impressive than I was expecting!
Thanks a lot for your answers. I just can't wait until I can buy myself one of these sexy beasts! :D
This is not some kind of mystical DSLR-killer. We've made a dramatic leap in image quality by moving to larger pixels, but this phone doesn't replace your DLSR on the image quality front.
We can always do better, but the software update process is deeply misunderstood by most and prone to hyperbole and highly inappropriate levels of anger.
This blog article:
And this white paper:
...both explain in much more detail than I can about what we've done with our camera experience.
On BlinkFeed, or "Blink" as we tend to call it, as far as I know there's no API for developers to tap into - right now it's partnership-based. @HTCdev on Twitter would likely know for sure.
I have a few questions, thanks in advance for any that you can help with:
I have not seen Google+ listed as a content partner for HTC BlinkFeed. Will a Google+ stream be available for launch and if not will it be added in a future update?
What are the 16 different languages available for BlinkFeed?
Which countries will the Sense TV guide be available for?
2) I just counted 43 different language-specific content source options, so there's a wide breadth of content at launch. I'm fairly certain that BlinkFeed will support whatever language you have on your device, because it displays your content from Facebook and Twitter even if you don't want to select news sources.
3) Unknown. Right now it asks you for your ZIP or postal code; that tells me they have a huge data set they're working with. If it was smaller they're used drop-down menus or something similar.
Is there an option, as there is with the HTC One X, to move that menu button to one of the capacitive buttons? For example, pressing my multitasking button is like pressing menu, but holding it is like pressing the real multitask button.
Is there a way to get my Google Reader feeds in BlinkFeed?
Will there be the usual HTC One + Beats headset bundle for a little extra in any of the UK/EU editions?
2) Google Reader isn't supported in BlinkFeed at this time. This has been asked for quite a bit though, so I know the team is aware of the demand.
3) Bundling will vary by region, so I can't speak to what will be offered.
The problem which all these devices share is the compression ratio of the photo and video is just too heavy, details are lost especially in low light conditions. And for the video performance, previously it is capped at 24 fps until the Jelly Bean update that pushes pass 24 fps and reached 29 occasionally. Alright, these were in the past. Forget them.
So I wanna know, are these issues still with HTC One? Last year when I got my HTC One X, other phones can do video @ 30 CONSTANT fps already. I am really hoping that the HTC One can take smooth as silk videos a year later, can it?
Other suggestions, feelings:
Why wouldn't HTC increase the sensor size and up the max resolution together? I think that would satisfy more people with both numbers and actual performance.
The name!!! "HTC One" is just problematic - when using search engines. See, we can always get correct results with "Galaxy S3", "Xperia Z" etc, but for "HTC One", the result will be full of HTC One X, HTC One S, HTC One SV or "HTC One whatever in the market" will show up all together! Who is the genius behind this!!!
On why we didn't increase the sensor size, the bigger the sensor you put in, the more costly it becomes, and the more space it takes up. Bigger sensor = bigger camera module = bigger phone. More expensive sensor = what other part do you take money away from? 32 GB to 16 GB? 1080p to 720p?
Average consumers (not you and I) don't want "bigger sensors". What they want is a phone that takes the best pictures they've ever seen. That's what we set out to deliver with the HTC One - a smartphone with a camera that stands out from the pack. The spec wars are largely over - the user experience is what matters now.
As a side note, if you're wanting to print images larger than 8 x 10" (which a four megapixel image will work well at), I'd suggest a cameraphone shouldn't be your tool of choice. ;-)
As for the name, thanks for sharing your opinion on the matter.