It has been a while since the last time I put out an article. This time around, I am not reviewing or comparing latest devices. Instead, I want to share why I like my HTC One. If people have read my previous posts, one of them was Smartphone Battle: Apple iPhone 5, Blackberry Z10, HTC One, or Samsung Galaxy S4 where I mentioned Samsung Galaxy S4 was the phone for me. However, reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, I came to realize that the cumbersome interface of TouchWiz, and pages of options aren’t for me. They make the learning curve twice as steep. Therefore, I decided to go with HTC One, and I have not yet regretted my decision. I have been using it for over 5 months now, and the device itself has been released nearly a year ago, but it still stacks up against the newer devices very well. I must say it is still one of the best Android phones made to date.
In this article, I am not going to say HTC One is better than other phones like Samsung S4, Apple iPhone 5S / 5C, or Google Nexus 5, rather I will share 7 reasons why I still like HTC One.
1. Solidly built with beautiful screen, it is one of the best, if not the best, among Android phones today in my opinion.
2. Sense 5. I like their minimalistic approach. The interface is very clean and professional. Animations are more subtle than fancy. It is very smooth and very responsive.
3. BoomSound. Needless to say, having front facing stereo speakers makes a huge different. I have never heard sound so good or clear on a phone. Period.
4. HTC Zoe is such a fun feature. It will automatically generate a 30 second short video from the photos or videos that you have taken. There are many effects and options you can use to customize the video. After the video is saved, you can share it with your friends through apps on your phone. I have a lot of fun with it on my last trip to London. Check out the video below:
5. The Gallery integrates with other online services like Dropbox, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, and Picasa, so that you can access the photos stored in those services. You can even see your friends’ albums in their Facebook and Flickr accounts. I find this tool very useful.
6. BlinkFeed. I never thought I would like this feature. In fact, it was kind of a turn off for me at first, because I didn’t want a non-optional “widget” taking over one of my entire home screens. However, after using it for a while, I loved it. I know it is similar to Flipboard and Google Current, but having it constantly in my face kind of forced me not to miss information that interests me. HTC also provides the option to include social and personal feeds like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Calendars, TV Guide, and more, which is pretty sweet.
7. People. The default contacts application. What I love about this app is how it links everything about the contact in a clean interface. It uses your social and IM apps to pull your contact information, and merges them together. In the app itself, you can see every detail on the contact such as status updates, gallery, call history, SMS, and email thread. This is very useful and powerful app.
Of course I could go on about other reasons why I like HTC One, and others would maybe have seven other reasons why they like the HTC One. I believe there is no one best smartphone, but only the right smartphone for you. And at this moment, HTC One is the right smartphone for me. Feel free to leave comments about which phone you think is the right smartphone for you.