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One is a wonderful word, among the many meanings it has is "something representing the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class".
Taiwanese device maker HTC's latest flagship smartphone, One, lives up to that definition in spades.
Much has been written and spoken about the sleek and sophisticated look and feel of the One, so I will just mention the standout features and get down to the nitty-gritty.
With a distinct zero-gap aluminium unibody, it features a 4.7-inch, full HD (1080p) Super LCD 3 screen, delivering 468 pixels per inch (PPI), encased in Gorilla Glass 2.
Bezels on the sides are quite thin.
The device has just two capacitive buttons, home and back. The micro USB port on the bottom can also serve as an HDMI port, although you will need to get the cable separately.
The power button on top is also the infrared beamer, which enables the phone to be used as a remote control.
An outstanding feature is the front-facing stereo speakers, placed above and below the screen.
It has a 2300mAh battery, which keeps it going for about 16 hours on moderate to heavy usage.
The One runs on the latest version of Android with HTC Sense 5.0 sitting on top.
The upgraded Sense interface brings in features like HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Zoe and HTC BoomSound.
BlinkFeed is quite neat in that it aggregates content from various sources and delivers it via an appealing array of tiles. It is also the default home screen.
At 4MP only, the camera might seem lower spec than peers but HTC claims its f/2.0 aperture lens is best-in-class and also features a breakthrough technology sensor with UltraPixels that gather 300 per cent more light than traditional smartphone camera sensors.
It does live up to the promise with sharp images and true to life colours, particularly in low-light conditions.
The quality of videos shot using the camera did leave me unimpressed though.
The fact that the phone does not have a microSD card slot or a removable battery, is a bit of a dampener, but it won't bother most users.
Other specifications include: 2GB RAM, 32GB or 64GB storage, NFC, LTE, bluetooth and Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 1.7GHz quad-core processor.
The fast processor and well-designed hardware software sync make for a exceptionally seamless experience.
Switching between apps is a breeze although there were a few niggles once in a while.
All said and done, the HTC One is surely the definitive Android smartphone today!
The device for the review was provided by VIVA Bahrain, which is offering the HTC One with an array of flexible plans. firstname.lastname@example.org
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