HTC One review

Disclaimer: After this review was published we received an email from a third party (not HTC) saying that our HTC One sample was not running final software. We have contacted HTC's UK PR team to find out when the final software will be available and what changes it will contain, and will update the review when we have this information and have tested the handset with the new software build.

We encountered no problems with functionality or performance when testing the handset.

Last year it was 720p, now Full HD 1080p screens are becoming the norm on top-end smartphones
The HTC One wins out when it comes to web browsing performance. It has a quad-core 1.7GHz processor, and completed our Sunspider JavaScript benchmark in a super-fast 1,123ms. This is far faster than the 1,890ms we saw from the Xperia Z, but we think much of this is down to the speed of the Xperia Z's browser. For comparison, we ran the same test using the fast Dolphin browser, and the HTC One remained ahead of the Xperia Z with a score of 1,120ms compared to 1,357ms.
This difference was borne out in our subjective web browsing tests. Both phones rendered graphics heavy web pages at a similar speed, but when zoomed in and panning around a web page, the Xperia Z would stutter when coming across a large image – a problem we didn’t have with the HTC One.
Luckily, HTC has provided a huge 2,300mAh battery to power the fast processor and bright screen. The handset managed 8h 32m in our continuous video playback test, which is a strong result and bodes well for all-day battery life.
A now a few quick thoughts, now that we've got the HTC One away from the show floors and into a more intimate setting. (We've turned down the lights and lit a few candles for this guy.)

  • Know that startup noise you get when turning on a phone for the first time? The HTC One just about blows you away. That's the first sign of how good these speakers are.
  • It's going to take a little used to reaching to the top left to turn the power off and on. That's user error, though. Not the phone's fault.
  • I'm pretty quickly digging the new font in Sense 5.
  • Damn, it feels good in the hand.
  • Super LCD 3 display -- should be on every smartphone.
  • This is a European version, so no AT&T LTE, but HSPA works just fine. 
  • If you're worried about BlinkFeed getting in the way of a more standard Android experience, don't be. One quick swipe and you're at the usual home screen.
  • Speaking of BlinkFeed, I quickly get the feeling that the key is going to be not overloading it with feeds. Find what's really important and stick with it.
  • Still not sold on the home button being in the bottom right, but figuring it out for Google Now and multitasking is simple enough.
  • I've yet to try to tap the HTC logo. But that's because I'm consciously reminding myself that it's not a button.
  • Wondering how long it takes me to scratch up the aluminum body. 
  • Gotta go play with that camera now.