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HTC's latest flagship is the company's best yet. Its beautiful design, great display and solid performance make it among the finest phones available.

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8.7
52 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.4
  • Display
    9.6
  • Battery life
    7.4
  • Camera
    7.7
  • Ease of use
    8.2
  • Design and form factor
    9.2
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.2
  • Media support
    8.1
  • Durability
    8.4
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
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9.0
221 reviews
9.0
Engadget Mar 12, 2013

HTC's latest flagship is the company's best effort to date. Its beautiful design, great display and solid performance have convinced us that the One is among the finest phones you can buy.

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9.0
Engadget Apr 8, 2013

It looks like the global HTC One, and performs like it too. Regardless of whether you're loyal to Ma Bell or the Now Network, you can expect the same high-end design and fast performance, though battery life seems to vary modestly depending on the network.

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9.0
Gizmodo Mar 15, 2013

It's simply one of the most exciting pieces of hardware we've seen in a long time, including the Galaxy S IV. As of this moment, the HTC One is looking like the best Android phone you'll be able to buy for the foreseeable future.

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9.0
ZDNet Mar 19, 2013

It is clearly a better piece of hardware than anything else out there or coming soon and deserves a fighting chance. HTC did just about everything they could with the hardware and software while also making broad carrier deals to get the device launching on three of the top four US carriers.

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9.0
AnandTech Mar 21, 2013

The One is without a doubt the best Android smartphone I’ve ever used. HTC’s build quality and materials choices have been steadily improving over the past couple of years and I honestly don’t know a more fitting name for its latest flagship other than the One - it’s the one to get.

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9.0
AnandTech Apr 5, 2013

The HTC One is an incredibly ambitious phone. I can't think of the last time I've been excited not just because I'm reviewing a triple-A handset, but rather because there are innovative new features inside and ambitious risks taken by the OEM.

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9.0
PC World Apr 8, 2013

Even with its handful of quirks, the HTC One is among the best Android phones you can buy. Heck, it’s among the best smartphones you can buy, period. ... If you’re in the market for a new smartphone, this is the one to get.

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9.0
CNET Apr 8, 2013

With the One, HTC has created a premium phone that's fast, thin, and flaunts a very sexy design. In my experience, the phone's screen and its camera largely live up to the hype, though the camera's low-light performance is a bit oversold.

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9.0
PC Mag Apr 8, 2013

The first truly great smartphone of 2013, the innovative, well-built, aluminum-clad Sprint HTC One is an easy Editors' Choice winner.

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9.0
New York Times Apr 10, 2013

HTC has put all of its 2013 eggs into the One basket, and in general, that was a good call. You could quibble with the software overlays, but it would be hard to imagine a more impressive piece of phone hardware.

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9.0
PC Mag Apr 30, 2013

The HTC One is still the most elegant Android phone on the market, even if AT&T stuffed it with bloatware.

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9.0
Ars Technica Jul 3, 2013

You can now get one of the best Android phones available and a supported installation of stock Android, along with the promise of relatively prompt updates. That's a good thing, and we're hoping that Google continues to devote resources to the program.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Mar 14, 2013

The HTC One's jaw-dropping design, good low-light camera, fresh approach to the home screen and awesome speakers make it a stellar Android phone

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Apr 8, 2013

Sprint's HTC One offers a supersharp display, impressive sound and a host of innovative features inside the most beautiful Android phone yet.

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8.0
TechCrunch Apr 23, 2013

There’s no question that the One will be facing some very serious competition in short order, but if you’re looking to pick up a new phone in the weeks or months to come it’s definitely worth your consideration. Trust me, you’ll find plenty to like here.

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8.0
CNET Jun 26, 2013

The pricey HTC One Google Play Edition's unique blend of premium design, components, and pure Jelly Bean software will only tempt true Android fanatics.

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8.0
PC Mag Sep 5, 2013

The HTC One continues to be a well-designed, powerful 1080p Android smartphone, but the five-month wait for a Verizon Wireless version didn't do it any favors.

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7.0
Wired Apr 8, 2013

The One is still an outstanding handset with screeching-fast hardware, and arguably the one with the best fit and finish among Android options. ... So the big stumbling points here are the not-great battery life and the sub-par camera.

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10
Pocket-Lint Mar 14, 2013

The HTC One is the best phone that HTC has made. The design, the refreshes made to HTC Sense, and the power on offer make this amongst the best that Android has on offer. There's innovation, there's attention to detail and there's plenty on offer straight out of the box.

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9.0
SlashGear Mar 13, 2013

The end result is a phone that’s beautiful, solid, and cleverly, thoughtfully equipped – one which makes bold challenges to our expectations of hardware specifications and software. Now, HTC has to find a way to educate consumers as to why they should care about it.

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9.0
PC Advisor Mar 13, 2013

The HTC One is up there with the very best smartphones on the market today. It has superb performance, and excellent build quality spoiled only slightly by running hot in use. You can't fault the feature set, and it matches the other high-end products in terms of price.

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9.0
PC World Australia Apr 4, 2013

The HTC One is one of the best designed phones we've ever used. It has an outstanding display and offers fast and smooth performance. However, its battery life is below average, its new camera technology isn't a revolution and the tile-based 'BlinkFeed' home screen won't suit all users.

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8.0
Wired UK Mar 20, 2013

The HTC One is a lot of smartphone, with a terrifically powerful processor, a stonkingly good screen and pretty good camera. But its premium spec comes at a premium price and with other high quality Androids like the Google Nexus 4 coming in at half the price, how many will want to stump up the...

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8.0
ABC News Apr 8, 2013

The One is a beautiful phone with a well-made case, stunning screen and unique software. Yes, its camera and battery performance hold it back from being the perfect smartphone, but those other attributes set a new bar in the Android phone market.

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8.0
Consumer Reports Apr 12, 2013

Out of the box, HTC One's many capabilities and vast number of controls and capabilities are a bit intimidating, and not all are executed perfectly. However, after spending time with the phone, I found the HTC One's suite of bells and whistles among the best of any phone.

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10
T3 Mar 20, 2013

So while Samsung’s upcoming sequel may appear to be a veritable powerhouse we can confidently say that the HTC One is the best Android smartphone you can buy right now.

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9.0
phoneArena Mar 14, 2013

HTC wanted a comeback and it brought its best with the HTC One. It is a brilliant device in virtually every aspect. Coming with a beautiful aluminum body that fits almost organically in the hand, it has a great and vivid, extremely sharp 4.7-inch screen.

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9.0
TechRadar Mar 13, 2013

The Galaxy S3 is sleeker, the iPhone 5 is, well, Apple-ier, and the Nexus 4 is cheaper. But for the overall package of smartphone design and functionality, the HTC One stands head and shoulders above the rest.

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9.0
Daily Mail Mar 23, 2013

The One’s the first desirable HTC in years – and the best 4G Android so far – but there are so many 4-point-whatever Androids around this spring it’s getting quite hard to be emotional about them.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Mar 14, 2013

The UltraPixel camera is a mite disappointing given the ballyhoo made at its launch, but it proves that HTC is one of just a few mobile companies trying something truly interesting.

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8.0
Digital Versus Mar 29, 2013

At the end of the day, the HTC One is the perfect product to get the company back on its feet—provided it doesn't change horses in midstream, and provided you aren't too picky about the camera.

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8.0
Android Authority Mar 27, 2013

In the end, with the HTC One, the company has combined a gorgeously designed, well built phone with a “throw it at the wall and see what sticks” approach when it comes to the included software. --- A solid, well performing phone that does an awful lot really well, while only occasionally missing...

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10
Expert Reviews Mar 8, 2013

Most will be tempted to see that handset before making a choice, but with the HTC One, HTC has a huge contender for handset of the year. It's an amazing phone and deservedly wins our Ultimate award.

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10
Techno Buffalo Mar 19, 2013

The HTC One is the first smartphone in a long time that we’ve been drop dead excited to use every single day during the review period. We’re still in love with it and carrying it day-to-day, because it offers so many features that can’t be found in any other product on the market right now.

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10
Expert Reviews Mar 19, 2013

It’s a gorgeous phone with a beautiful screen, and we think it's a more desirable handset than the Sony Xperia Z ... Most will be tempted to see that handset before making a choice, but with the HTC One, HTC has a huge contender for handset of the year.

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10
BGR Apr 1, 2013

The HTC One is the best Android smartphone in the world — period. It combines some of the best materials with the most incredible screen I’ve seen, and is the fastest and most responsive Android phone I have used.

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9.0
Android Community Mar 14, 2013

If you’re judging the market as it stands right here, right this second, there’s a distinct possibility that you’ll find no more satisfying a smartphone experience than the HTC One. Rolling out with one of the top most potentially powerful mobile processors on the planet the HTC One is king.

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9.0
Business Insider Apr 8, 2013

The HTC One is easily the most beautiful Android phone ever created, and has all the other bells and whistles you'll need. You should buy it.

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9.0
BGR Apr 8, 2013

The One combines an impeccable design, a sleek aluminum body, sturdy construction, well-made software and a handful of innovative features into a single package that is class-leading in almost every regard.

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9.0
HotHardware May 8, 2013

Given the HTC One's exceptional performance, excellent multimedia capabilities, and attractive design, this phone is definitely one of today's best high-end devices. We like it so much, we're giving it our Editor's Choice award.

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8.0
MacNN May 12, 2013

The HTC One is an outstanding smartphone that has very few obvious flaws. It combines a gorgeous design with a very slick operating system.

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9.0
t-break Mar 24, 2013

Along with that premium feel, you are also getting a product that performs faster than any phone currently available and with a camera that won’t make you miss your point and shoot. HTC has wisely chosen the name for their flagship product. It truly is The One.

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9.0
PocketNow Apr 8, 2013

If you’re on Sprint and you’re shopping for a high-end Android smartphone, the HTC One should be very near the top of your list.

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8.0
Photography Blog Jun 3, 2013

In summary the HTC One is a great smartphone with a unique camera that could either more than satisfy your needs, or fall some way short, depending on how you intend to use and share your photos.

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First Looks

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Engadget Feb 19, 2013

Early impressions are that the phone feels great in the hand, very thin and very well made. The UI customizations, meanwhile, are another story entirely. Very Windows Phone-like, we're not sure traditional Android fans are going to love it.

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Engadget Jun 26, 2013

There's no doubt that stock Android makes this powerhouse of a phone even better -- it certainly feels snappier and brings a extra level of clarity and simplicity to an already phenomenal user experience.

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Engadget Jul 5, 2013

While the HTC One ships with one of the least obtrusive and most polished skins available today, stock Android just takes this handset in a completely new direction. Sure, you lose Zoe and the infrared transmitter (at least for the time being), but you gain Android 4.2.2, a better user experience.

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AnandTech Feb 19, 2013

To say that the HTC One takes some bold risks is putting it lightly, but the hardware I’ve seen is impressive and without a doubt the best out of HTC, or any Android handset maker for that matter, to date.

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Gizmodo Feb 19, 2013

The new Sense is also fluid, with the app drawer accessed from either a software button in the center of the screen, or a swipe to the right ... The image also not grainy at all, which was pretty impressive given the lighting circumstances.

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PC Mag Feb 19, 2013

We got to spend some time with the new HTC One, and it's very impressive. The phone is a block of tough, silvery aluminum with two inlaid plastic lines on the back; apparently, it takes more than three hours to mill and tool the metal for each phone.

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CNET Feb 19, 2013

In the limited time I've spent in the presence of the HTC One, I can definitely say it's fast, thin, and flaunts a very sexy design. Of course these words describe a lot of new smart phones. If the phone's screen and camera live up to the hype, however, then HTC may have a big winner on its hands.

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Ars Technica Feb 19, 2013

The HTC One aluminum body feels nice to hold, with a back that curves into tapered edges on all sides ... Likewise, the BlinkFeed seems to be for people who don’t care a whole lot about what they put into their brains, as long as it sates the desire to be entertained.

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ZDNet Feb 19, 2013

With its unibody aluminum smartphone, HTC will finally be launching the same Android device with the same name on multiple US carriers. The HTC One combines amazing hardware with a unique software experience.

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Gizmodo Jun 26, 2013

You still get the same great phone on the hardware side. From a design standpoint it's still our favorite phone ever, and it's by far the most satisfying to hold. The screen is incredibly sharp and looks just as good as it did on the skinned version.

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Pocket-Lint Feb 19, 2013

HTC Sense 5 is a step in the right direction, making the departure started in Sense 4. With bloat remove, it feel slick and fast, but is still distinctly HTC, with Blink Feed bringing a new face to HTC's flagship phone.

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SlashGear Feb 19, 2013

Overall, though, this is undoubtedly the best version of Sense we’ve seen on an HTC device, and in a way it takes us some way back to the original premise of the software.

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Wired UK Feb 19, 2013

Wired.co.uk went hands-on at HTC's event and the phone impressed. Its massive screen hasn't made the phone bulky. Its aluminium enclosure is smooth, lightweight and felt rugged.

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Mashable Feb 19, 2013

HTC's overall thrust — that the One was conceived and built with real-world use in mind — is compelling. I'd love to have some of the features on my iPhone, especially the IR blaster and good-sounding stereo speakers.

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CNET Asia Feb 20, 2013

No doubt, HTC's 4-megapixel approach is likely to confuse consumers--especially those that rely on big numbers to buy products--but if the company's image quality delivers a superior result, it could attract new customers who want to take better pictures on their handsets.

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TechRadar Feb 19, 2013

We're not sold on the likes of BlinkFeed, as it seems a bit too 'beta' for something launched on a flagship phone ... That said, this is a phone that wows the second it hits the hand, has a great screen, strong internal storage of up to 64GB ... and a superfast processor.

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Android Central Feb 19, 2013

This is finally a phone from HTC worth waiting for, a perfect blend of exciting software innovation and striking hardware design.

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GSM Arena Feb 19, 2013

The HTC One packs a 4.7" Super LCD 3. The resolution is 1920 x 1080 resulting in an impressive 468 pixels per inch. ... The HTC One features a full metal zero gap unibody. The body frame is made out of aluminum and inside the casing HTC has crammed all the different bits and pieces of technology.

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phoneArena Feb 19, 2013

The HTC One is one damn fine looking device, especially when it’s utilizing a sturdy metallic casing. Going with a metal unibody design, which HTC details specifically as a zero-gap aluminum body, our hands can’t stop falling in love with the sturdy feel.

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T3 Feb 19, 2013

The HTC One One looks like an impressive smartphone, although whether the brand can make successfully convey its key features is another matter. We reckon the Ultrapixel issue may well confuse things for all but hardcore tech fans, while the Zoe Mode is also set to be somewhat devisive.

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Phone Scoop Feb 19, 2013

This design is the clear successor of the phones that came before it, including the Nexus One, One X, Windows Phone 8X, and Droid DNA. The One combines the best of all of those designs, and the result is stunning. Not as square as the iPhone, but with a higher-quality feel than the Galaxy S III.

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Ubergizmo Feb 19, 2013

The HTC One is the first device manufactured by HTC to use a matte aluminum finish, and it definitely gives the device the sense of premium the company was going after. The device feels great in the hand and is light, but it can slip easily around your hand due to the matte aluminum finish.

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IGN Feb 19, 2013

Ultimately, the HTC One is a step in the right direction for Android smartphones and the device’s simple and sophisticated minimalist aesthetic is a home run. Even if a few of the features ... were somewhat oversold, the HTC One serves up top notch design and a stellar user experience.

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Digital Versus Feb 20, 2013

The HTC One was a pleasant surprise for us. It feels really good in your hands—despite the large form factor—the materials and finishing are truly high-quality, and the flawless fluidity when navigating through the Sense interface looks like a sign of good things to come.

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BGR Feb 19, 2013

In the brief time I spent flipping through the phone though, there are huge improvements in the latest version of Sense that could very well win over power users who have historically complained that Sense was too cumbersome.

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Android Community Feb 19, 2013

We’re mighty excited about the HTC One overall. The phone looks great, feels great, runs fast, and has just about every feature we could demand of it, bar wireless charging (which still, we have to say, feels like a gimmick). Sense 5 finally feels like a return to original form.

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The Inquirer Feb 19, 2013

The thing that immediately struck us about the HTC One was its design. HTC claims it's the "most beautiful smartphone ever", and on first impressions it's hard to disagree.

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DroidLife Feb 19, 2013

Here is Kellex in New York City with his first hands-on and overview with the new HTC One. The device has a stunning 4.7″ 1080p display, Snapdragon 600 processor, “UltraPixel” 4MP camera along the backside, 2,300mAh battery, Sense 5.0, running Android 4.1.2.

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Techno Buffalo Feb 19, 2013

The floor was packed at HTC’s One event this morning, but we managed to throw a few elbows to get up to a device for a quick video walk-through. We briefly discuss some of the One’s standout features.

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Expert Reviews Feb 19, 2013

It's HTC's big launch for this year, and with a CEO's speech full of words like "risk" and "revolution" we expected to see some big changes when we managed to get our hands on the phone. The big draw of the HTC One is the new version of HTC's Sense interface.

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peter peter

The One isn't just the best smartphone HTC has ever made -- it can legitimately lay claim to being the best smartphone ever produced by anyone. Beyond a certain point determining what's "best" comes down to matters of personal preference (some people don't like Android or want a smaller screen or...

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mikemj23 mikemj23

I am truly stunned by how much I like my first Android device. Not sure how else to put it. This is an honest review. Disclaimer : I have had every iPhone since day one and was always in the camp that I would never switch to Android. Also, I realize the paragraph below is more about...

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njashanmal njashanmal

I've been using the HTC One as my primary phone for about two weeks, having moved over from an iPhone 5 and prior to that a Nexus 4. There isn't much left to say that other reviewers haven't already said and I echo the positive ones and will join those who gave it a 10/10 which I've only ever...

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bayusuputra bayusuputra

I am going to divide this review into several parts so it will be easier on the eyes. I have had this amazing phone for about two months and I use this as my only device during the period. Design/Construction It is astonishing how HTC can craft a device using what they call as the All-Aluminum,...

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Raptr Raptr

This phone is really different from other flagship phones, when it comes to the design and feeling the HTC One is, in my opinion, the most beautiful One ! The hardware integrated in the phone is the best you could find or choose for a phone plus Sense 5 is very smooth and fast. The camera takes...

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9.0
PagingDrB PagingDrB

The HTC One. I've used them all. G1, Droid1, SGS1, DroidX, SGS2, HTC Thunderbolt, HTC Sensation, Droid Bionic, SGS3. They were all good, and some were great. I was over the moon last year with my Galaxy S3. It was fast, it had an 8MP camera, and it had neat eye tracking features. A week...

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7.0
frankspin frankspin

I wanted to like the One, but I was ultimately let down by the phone. The first issue I noticed was build quality with the device. The first phone I was handed had obvious gaps around the whole chassis, the second one was fine but later developed a small gap. The second issue was the...

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jasona jasona

Honestly this is a GREAT Android the device. I'm all about the style first and foremost, and this phone has it. Once I get past the looks, the HTC One has brought a lot of first for me. First phone where I've actually played music from the phone itself without the need of an external speaker. The...

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radikal radikal

I bought this phone without ever reviewing it, I heard good reviews and have confidence in it, I took a shot in the dark and I was rewarded. I have not regretted dropping $199 on this phone yet. I am a big fan of it thus far and quite pleased.The screen is brilliant and the battery life is great.

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9.0
themezzilla themezzilla

I waited a long time for this phone to come out. I was very close to switching to a Windows phone, but when I learned about the One I decided to wait it out and keep my Google ecosystem (so worth it). The phone is simply amazing! Every review will say how awesome the design is, and I can only...

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arunnechlani arunnechlani

HTC One gorgeous looking smartphone with monster specs 1.SPEED- Packed with SNAPDRAGON 600 chip gives fastest processing power & ultimate gaming experience. 2. CAMERA- Megapixel myth is over now, it’s a new era of Ultrapixel. HTC has excels in terms of Camera Technology. It captures best...

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Milkman3790 Milkman3790

I even got a replacement refurbished phone - no improvement. This phone is seriously terrible. Sure, 4g is great and all, but it's not unlimited data. This phone's ability to connect to any wireless internet anywhere is so choppy. It's impossible to hold a skype conversation or stream netflix....

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