March 18th 2014 11:32 am

Heads up! A newer version of this product has been announced and will be released in November, 2015!

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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Reception and call quality No comments good
  • Display No comments great!
  • Battery life No comments great!
  • Camera No comments good
  • Ease of use No comments great!
  • Design and form factor No comments great!
  • Portability (size / weight) No comments good
  • Media support No comments great!
  • Durability No comments great!
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) No comments great!
Detailed review
So we're going to be splitting up this review in a couple different parts
Build Quality
This phone is one of the best feeling that I have ever had the pleasure of picking up the smooth aluminum brush and the curve of the metal is gorgeous to behold as well. If you haven't had a chance go out and pick one up and just feel it.
OS/Software Sense 6
After loading all of my many apps on the phone i can tell you that it runs really smoothly with no lag at all between switching of apps even with 10 or so all running at the same time. The flat aesthetic of sense 6 really seems to let the operating system keep it's speed. Haven't yet played with all of the camera options but the Blinkfeed is super smooth and the ability to customize it to what you like and the interests you have is amazing. That being said overall software in the phone is there to help you not get in your way. For those of you on the more technical side the ir blaster and HTC connect software is wonderfully executed and fun to use.
Battery Life
The battery on the phone has been lasting me about 36 to 30 hours everyday with moderate use. (moderate meaning movies, musics, phone calls and gaming) it's living up to the hype of long battery life without the constant worrying of the phone dying in the middle of the day.
Screen, Speakers and Gaming
The screen may be a little on the large size for smaller hands but smooth and clear with little to no saturation on the colors. The boomsound speakers are louder that both my tablet and my laptop. They really do push a lot of sound out of the small area that they have. Games that used to drain my battery on other phones don't kill it on this phone and run smoothly with no lag or frame stutter.
Overall Score 9/10
Reason the second camera is a little close your hand if you hold the phone two handed for pictures.