One http://www.stuff.tv/sg/pure-digital/one/all en-SG HTC One gets a microSD and dual-SIM slots... too bad it's not coming to Singapore http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-gets-microsd-and-dual-sim-slots/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yep, you read that right: HTC has revealed a dual-SIM phone that also fixes one of our biggest bugbears with the HTC One </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-one-dual-sim.jpg?1386173121" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>HTC has announced that a new variant of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/htc-one/review" target="_blank">One</a>, and it&#39;ll fix one of the biggest gripes that many people have with newer smartphones.</p> <p>It&#39;s going to have a microSD slot.</p> <p>That&#39;s right music and video hoarders, one of the best Android phones ever made will now have one of the two features you&#39;ve been begging for.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-gets-microsd-and-dual-sim-slots/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-gets-microsd-and-dual-sim-slots/news#comments HTC One Fri, 29 Nov 2013 03:11:21 +0000 Nigel Yap 1429563 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC’s bonkers Gramohorn II: big stereo sound from your HTC One, no battery required http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-s-bonkers-gramohorn-ii-big-stereo-sound-your-htc-one-no-battery-required/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Victorian tech gets a 21st century update with these passive speakers for the HTC One </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC Gramohorn II" alt="HTC Gramohorn II" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-gramohorn-ii-main.jpg?1384052700" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You have to hand it to HTC. The company doesn’t shy away from creating bizarre and idiosyncratic products – and the Gramohorn II is a perfect example.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Me so horny </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A stereo speaker that works with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/htc-one/review" target="_blank">HTC One</a>, the Gramohorn II doesn’t require any external power or battery: like a Victorian era gramophone, the amplification comes only from the horn-shaped design, which channels and beefs up the audio from the One’s BoomSound speakers.</p> <p>We can’t comment on the sound quality (yet) because we haven’t heard it for ourselves, but it certainly looks the part: bonkers but beautiful. The design is the work of Justin Wolter who, as part of HTC’s Here’s To Creativity campaign, brought it from inception to production in under six weeks.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Gramohorn II channels sound directly from the One&#039;s speakers" alt="Gramohorn II dock" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-gramohorn-ii-detail.jpg?1384052700" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Gramohorn II sketch" alt="Gramohorn II sketch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-gramohorn-ii-sketch.jpg?1384052700" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Gramohorn II sketch" alt="Gramohorn II sketch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-gramohorn-ii-sketch-2.jpg?1384052700" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Getting the horn </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The speaker is 3D printed to order in a plaster-based composite material which can be spray-painted any colour, and is available from the <a href="http://gramohorn.com/">Gramohorn site</a> for £1,000 ($1995). Alternatively, there are a number of limited edition stainless steel versions, yours for a cool £5,000 ($9975) a pop.</p> <p>The Gramohorn is the first Here’s To Creativity product, but HTC says more are on the way. The campaign is designed to showcase young UK designers by tasking them with enhancing the smartphone experience through innovative accessories. We’ll be keeping our eyes open for more in the near future.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC Gramohorn II" alt="HTC Gramohorn II" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-gramohorn-ii-shhh.jpg?1384052700" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-s-bonkers-gramohorn-ii-big-stereo-sound-your-htc-one-no-battery-required/news#comments HTC One Smartphones Fri, 08 Nov 2013 15:17:57 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1428927 at http://www.stuff.tv Three months in, here's why I can't sell my HTC One http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/three-months-heres-why-i-cant-sell-my-htc-one/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s the saviour of the smartphone company that refuses to die, and the handset that shows Apple how it’s done. But with the hype almost gone, what has everyday life taught us about the One? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="htc one silver" alt="htc one silver" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/HTC-One_Silver.jpg?1377759532" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I’m frantically trying to get rid of an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/htc-one/review" target="_blank">HTC One</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">I’ve spent a week persuading myself that my One’s time is up, that it’s time to investigate trade-in prices, or whether I can upgrade by ending my contract early - you know, the usual obvious symptoms of a constant, fruitless quest to find the Killer Handset.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/mark-payton" title="View user profile.">Mark Payton</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> USE HUMAN HANDS DURING PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>By comparison with the One, every other handset feels as though it was never held during development and testing.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">I’m reliably told that Mercedes engineers spend hours with German taxi drivers and chauffeurs, working out the precise modulation of a brake pedal needed to achieve a smooth stop under hard braking.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">OK, so maybe an analogy between a German car’s brake pedal engineering and the side sculpting of a smartphone is a tad strained, but the One feels as though it was subject to the same scientific, obsessive scrutiny - hundreds of boffins spending months in an over-equipped lab, with access to an endless variety of homo sapiens hand shapes and sizes, and the freedom to get it just so. (<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/stuff-cool-list-2013-how-htc-designed-world-s-most-desirable-phone/feature" target="_blank">Not far from the truth, as it happens</a>).</p> <p class="p1">Even after three months, I still pick up the One during the day just for the hell of it - it’s nice to hold. And the combination of the aluminium bodywork and reassuring weight - not too heavy, not too light - just seal the deal. If the mission was to jolt Apple by reminding them that they didn’t own the rights to seamless, high quality design, HTC has done its job.</p> <p class="p1">That said, I can understand why an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/htc-one-mini-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">HTC One Mini</a>&nbsp;is coming down the tracks: my household’s split between those who find the body housing the 4.7in screen a dream, and those who find it unmanageably huge. Thumb size appears to be the differentiator, especially when they start reaching for the notifications screen.</p> <p class="p1">I’ve even grown accustomed to the One’s surreal button arrangement. I hold my phone in my left hand. The on/off button (which doubles as an IR blaster) is positioned top left of the handset. You see the problem. Now add a home button that’s bottom right, and I’ve had to learn new hand gymnastics.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><strong>How to out-One the One?</strong>&nbsp;Sort the screen size. My daughter can’t work the One’s 4.7in screen one-handed; Apple knew their market in keeping the iPhone 5 to 4in.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One in hand" alt="HTC One in hand" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-2.jpg?1377759532" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One ergonomic sketch" alt="HTC One ergonomic sketch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-sketch-hand.jpg?1377759532" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ban stutter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The only thing I can find that’s anywhere near as snappy as the HTC One’s interface is the Google Nexus 4.</p> <p class="p1">I’ve thrown everything at the HTC One: three heavyweight games running at once in the background, with four CPU-melting utility apps thrown in for good measure. The One doesn’t care. Quite how they’ve created a device that absolutely refuses to stutter from the raw ingredients of a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor and 2GB of DDR RAM is beyond me (let’s face it, how many others have failed?).&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">You can even go hunting for those grim, hideously coded apps at the back of the Play Store catalogue, the sort that usually make other handsets dissolve on launch. Again, the One laughs at your absurd, pointless antics.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Transitions are lightning fast - from opening the app drawer to flipping between screens to opening the multi-tasking display (which, by the way, is a 1000% improvement on the abomination that passed for multitasking on the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-x/review" target="_blank">One X</a>). Even the usual ‘blame an errant widget’ excuse doesn’t cut it: you can pack all five screens with widgets (including the big Play Store Library widget, which usually slaughters any device), and the One will remain stupidly fast.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>How to out-One the One?</strong>&nbsp;You can't. You could make your new handset more powerful, but no user will notice.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="HTC One " alt="HTC One " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-1.jpg?1377759532" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One red" alt="HTC One red" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC-One-Red-left.jpg?1377759532" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GET RID OF THE INTERFACE skin </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>HTC Sense was the laughing stock among Android purists for years - Sense 5 (almost) shows the core Android UI team how it should be done.</p> <p class="p1">It was my one moment of hesitation before placing the order for a brand new One: would I be hurled back into depressing memories of my old HTC Desire, suffering through layers of completely unnecessary, bloated, obstructive Android interface customisations that robbed you of the will to live?</p> <p class="p1">But the HTC One has zero bloat. And yes, Sense 5 is beautiful.</p> <p class="p1">It’s like the HTC design team took the best of the flat Holo design language from the core of Android, then set about making every element slightly better (don’t bother sending the hate mail, AOSP lovers - I won’t open it). The typography throughout is almost perfect, and 99% of the custom icons are tasteful and well finished (OK, I’ll ignore that cheesy Personalise icon in Settings).</p> <p class="p1">The HTC One’s UI manages that trick that every mobile interface designer aspires to: allow the user to forget the design. Every common job - check mail, send a tweet, find an appointment, launch a game - is about as easy as it’s possible to make it, helped no end by the aforementioned rapid performance.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">What about Blinkfeed, you cry? What lunacy inspired a team to give over an entire screen to an endless scrolling tiles of pre-selected news, without the ability to turn it off? OK, so it’s an issue. Even after living with it for three months, I can’t quite understand why HTC didn’t include an ‘off’ switch for Blinkfeed, so allowing One buyers the freedom to use the maximum of five available screens as they see fit.</p> <p class="p1">But then after three months of punishing a One every day, I’ve found myself regularly checking Blinkfeed, rather than opening Flipboard or Feedly (both of which I have installed), mostly because it’s… well, there, and easy.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Eventually, I set my home screen as the middle of my maximum five screens, which means that Blinkfeed is on the far left - so only two quick swipes away. Which is actually quicker most of the time than launching an app.</p> <p class="p1">Yes, I’ve wasted a few hours tweaking Blinkfeed channels, and I wish there were more of them. But most days, at least in the way I have it set up, it’s out of the way enough to be painless, but there enough to be useful.</p> <p class="p1">There were quirks in the HTC One’s launcher at first. The device came to market with Android 4.1.2, overlaid with the firm’s revamped cut of the stock Android launcher, Sense 5. This included such maddening issues as the inability to remove an app from the shelf without a PhD (it was easy, by the way, you just needed to open the app drawer first, then drag the shelf app into it. Who knew?), and a app drawer that in its default state only offered a minimal number of apps per screen.</p> <p class="p1">But 90% of the HTC One’s usability quirks were squashed by the recent update to Android 4.2.2. Moving apps around is more intuitive now, and the update also brought such delights as quick access to settings from the notifications screen and, of course, lock screen widgets. &nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">(In case you're wondering, the default app drawer grid could be fixed from launch, simply by adjusting a setting under grid size).</p> <p class="p1"><strong>How to out-One the One?</strong>&nbsp;Tell your new smartphone’s marketing department that an entire screen given over to a feed reader is a bloody stupid idea. And if they really have to do it, include an off switch.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="htc one black" alt="htc one black" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc_one_black.jpg?1377759532" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MAKE BATTERY TRAUMA A THING OF THE PAST </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The HTC One’s 2300mAh battery drains from 100% charge to 3% in 183 seconds flat, even with the screen off (it says in this trolling forum post, complete with accompanying, heavily photoshopped screenshots). Which is odd, because mine ends the working day with a healthy 65% charge.</p> <p class="p1">The fanatical end of the Android community, of which there are many, will tell you that flagship handsets either die in minutes or months - with nothing in between. And they have endless fake screenshots to prove it.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">The inconvenient truth, from some years of owning various Android handsets, is that tweaking application settings will do more than any amount of brightness adjustment or quasi-mystical battery manipulation to extend battery life.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">My One lasts a whole day, with charge showing between 50-70% by midnight (and I leave the house at 6.30am). I could go for two days as a survival test, but I can’t see why I would bother with the exercise: like most of the smartphone-owning human race now, I plug my phone in at night. But then, I don’t post dodgy screenshots showing my battery lasting 8 days and 11 hours.</p> <p class="p1">In case you’re wondering, those tweaked application settings that can save your battery usually include turning off Google+ notifications (sorry Google, but it has murdered every handset I’ve ever owned), working your way through Google’s maze of location settings and to turn most of them off, and not leaving the background sync on for every app I install (again, Google+ Auto Backup turns vampire at the drop of a hat).&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Oh, and if your battery’s still causing alarm, you can lose half an hour trying to stop Facebook’s fantabulous app from constantly sucking juice in the background: if you ever do find out how to do this, do share - 2bn Android users worldwide will buy you drinks and hero hats.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>How to out-One the One?</strong> Fit your newly designed handset with a 4060mAh monster, &nbsp;then create a custom screen that hand picks the on/off settings for the worst-offending apps. You’ll sell billions.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="htc one battery life" alt="htc one battery life" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/One-battery-life_0.jpg?1377759532" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="htc one battery" alt="htc one battery" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/One-at-65-per-cent_0.jpg?1377759532" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FIT 1TB OF INTERNAL STORAGE. AND A MICROSD Slot. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The HTC One has no microSD card slot. Why have you gone so quiet all of a sudden?</p> <p class="p1">MicroSD cards are sold in their trillions to smartphone owners, and every one of those trillions of little storage cards is operating at 99% capacity. This must be true, because the world’s forums and comment sections are packed with prospective Android smartphone buyers who demand that any new Android handset MUST have a microSD slot.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Just look at the Galaxy S4: include a microSD slot, and you get instant acclaim (even though the ‘budget’ S4 only comes with 16GB of onboard space, half of which is eaten by Samsung’s ambitiously plump software).&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Only…&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">I’ve never come within 30% of filling my HTC One’s humble 32GB internal storage. I’ve tried, don’t get me wrong. I’ve pulled tons of obscure, never-referenced music and photo files from the cloud into the damned thing. And then I realised that I wasn’t listening to all of the music, and I lost 72 hours of my life just trying to look at all of the pictures. Then I tried to harm myself, but that’s another story.</p> <p class="p1">Perhaps it would be different if my daily commute was a two-hour train ride, when suddenly a couple of offline flicks a day may come in handy. But then in the real world, I’m not sure I’d use an HTC One for that job, 1080p or no 1080p. An iPad, maybe? No, that would be just too wildly appropriate.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>How to out-One the One?</strong>&nbsp;Always-on access to your tunes and photographic excursions through the cloud. Oh, hold on a minute…</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="htc one sd" alt="htc one sd" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC-One-with-SD_0.jpg?1377759532" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One tray sketch" alt="HTC One tray sketch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-main-sketch-2.jpg?1377759532" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Attach A BRILLIANT CAMERA </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ah, you got me - the One’s only true achilles’ heel.</p> <p class="p1">The HTC One came to market on a wave of discussion about its rejection of the smartphone megapixel arms race. HTC defied expecations, arguing that real-world quality was more important than stratospheric (and, they argued, meaningless) megapixel counts.</p> <p class="p1">So, Ultrapixel was born, using a smaller sensor (4MP) but larger pixels. In theory, you get better pictures in low light conditions.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Only…</p> <p class="p1">I do not love the pictures I have taken using my HTC One. For a while, I took to constantly checking the lens, often rubbing it with a cloth. I was trying to remove the layer of film that was making my snaps look… well, filmy. Except that the lens was squeaky clean. Eventually, I resigned myself to middling snaps: no Bailey-esque public showcase Flickr wall for me.</p> <p class="p1">As for Zoe, the HTC feature that creates mini-moviettes of your goofy life, I think I’ve used it once. And when I did, I discovered that it uploaded the results to my Google+ as a megaton of stills. Google and HTC - I’m happy to make an introduction, when you’re ready.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>How to out-One the One?</strong> Steal the S4’s camera and claim it was your own.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One camera" alt="HTC One camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-3.jpg?1377759532" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One camera sketch" alt="HTC One camera sketch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-main-sketch-camera.jpg?1377759532" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Feed the fanboys </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are an alarming number of people hanging on a date for when Android 4.3 comes to their toy. Make those people happy.</p> <p class="p1">I buy an HTC One running Android 4.1.2, then feel mildly robbed when the Galaxy S4 clumps into town wearing 4.2.2. Yes, I know, I know - it’s but a point increment in the software roadmap, a mere sliver of gravel on the development of a mobile operating system’s highway.</p> <p class="p1">But I still felt robbed. S4 owners could gloat over their superior settings screen in notifications. They had (hush at the back, there) home screen widgets. Yes. All I had was a beautifully engineered phone that worked like a dream.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">As it happens, the 4.2.2 update for the One magicked its way over the airwaves only a few weeks back - and the 415MB update was boringly painless. It’s almost as though (again, hush at the back) HTC had thoroughly tested it before releasing the software. I know. Insane stuff.</p> <p class="p1">But I think we can all see the direction of travel: Google has spread Android at a terrifying pace by letting manufacturers do what they want with the interface. And gosh, didn’t they take the brief to heart.</p> <p class="p1">But just lately, the core apps that define that Google experience have been appearing in the Play Store as stand-alone items. If you want your TouchWiz-ed S4 to look more ‘stock’, the Play Store is now your friend. And meanwhile, the whole noise around the stock Android / Nexus experience is getting louder by the day, aided by the looming <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/x-factor-why-you-should-be-excited-about-moto-x/feature" target="_blank">rebirth of Motorola</a>.</p> <p class="p1">So there’s every chance that in a surprisingly short period of time, the Sense 5 on my HTC One will signify that I have the ‘cheap’ cut of Android - at least in the eyes of my Moto X and Nexus 5-wielding chums. Perhaps that was part of HTC’s motive in launching the Google Play Edition in the US, giving the purists the option.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>How to out-One the One?</strong> Release big Android updates the day before Google announces them.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S4" alt="HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-5.jpg?1377759532" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GOING LOUD MATTERS - EVEN WITH A PHONE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The HTC One has the best speakers on any smartphone, anywhere.</p> <p>And surprisingly, it does matter. The decision to put the engineering effort into extraordinarily good speakers may have been questioned by HTC’s high-ups at some stage: after all, don’t most humans experience their device’s tunes through headphones, while voices are held close to the ear?</p> <p>In that light, the One’s BoomSound system may appear to be a cheap marketing trick included purely for advertising value. If it is, then cheap marketing tricks work, at least on me. Sad confession time: I’ve contrived opportunities to make friends watch ‘Tube videos, just so that I can feel smug when they comment on the One’s sound. I know, I need help. But I have £50 riding on the fact that I’m not alone (and if you’re a One owner reading this, I dare you to deny that you’ve never done the same).</p> <p>In case you’re wondering, voice call quality is as good as music and movie soundtracks. And the One’s is cleverly calibrated: the maximum volume setting on external speaker is loud enough to draw a crowd, but with the headroom to ensure that there’s very little distortion. Even after 90 days, the novelty of having a phone that doesn’t sound like a strangled duck hasn’t left me.</p> <p><strong>How to out-One the One?</strong> Fit your new handset with a pair of floor-standing, audiophile speakers.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="htc one speakers" alt="htc one speakers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-speakers.jpg?1377759532" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One speaker sketch" alt="HTC One speaker sketch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-sketch-speakers.jpg?1377759532" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TRUST THE PRODUCT TO DO THE MARKETING </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And lastly, the hardest lesson of all.&nbsp;</p> <p>There’s something about the HTC One that’s heartening for anyone who loves product design (and we do). So many handsets in recent years have reeked of cut corners, or of marketing or accounts departments chiselling at the rightness of a product until… well, there was no product.</p> <p>In that sense, the One’s from a slightly different era, when you made things that were rather good, and sold them. On the whole, people tended to buy them, then told their friends how good the thing was. No contrived social distribution campaign, no hidden team of 10,000 paid ‘evangelists’ peppering forums with praise.&nbsp;</p> <p>For all the praise I’ve lavished on the One here, my particular form of OCD means I’ll be touting a Moto X in a few months. When I've moved on in the past, I’ve never regretted it (the last excursion before the One was a Nexus 4 - still one of the finest, most understated toys on earth). This time, I have the horrible suspicion that I’ll want to downgrade.</p> <p><strong>UPDATE</strong>: Since posting this yesterday, it looks like we've sparked <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/+StuffTV/posts/Hcx8uevukbj" target="_blank">quite a debate</a> among our&nbsp;<a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/+StuffTV/posts/Hcx8uevukbj" target="_blank">Google+</a> followers - many are pointing to the difference between 'look and feel' from 'build quality' when it comes to the relative merits of the Galaxy S4 and HTC One.&nbsp;</p> <p>If <em>you</em> think that there is a difference between the two things, just let us know in the comments below.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One back" alt="HTC One back" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-6.jpg?1377759532" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One sketch" alt="HTC One sketch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-main-sketch.jpg?1377759532" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Still the One for me </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Living with the HTC One – and why it&#039;s the best phone in the world </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-2_0.jpg?1377759532" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/three-months-heres-why-i-cant-sell-my-htc-one/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/three-months-heres-why-i-cant-sell-my-htc-one/feature#comments HTC One Smartphones Fri, 26 Jul 2013 16:01:33 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1425952 at http://www.stuff.tv LG G2 vs iPhone 5 vs HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Sony Xperia Z1 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/lg-g2-vs-iphone-5-vs-htc-one-vs-samsung-galaxy-s4/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Does LG’s new flagship have what it takes to tempt people away from its main Android and iOS peers? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G2 and HTC One" alt="LG G2 and HTC One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g2-htc-one.jpg?1378784537" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LG has just unveiled the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/Sg/g2/watch-out-galaxy-s4-lg-g2-packs-one-hell-punch/news">G2</a>, its new flagship Android phone and a concerted attempt by the Korean company to enter the smartphone big leagues.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hardware </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The LG G2 is the first smartphone to sport Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip, here clocked at 2.26GHz. It’s teamed up with 2GB of RAM. That sounds like an awful lot of processing power.</p> <p>The only phone here that matches it on paper is the Sony Xperia Z1, which also packs the Snapdragon 800 at 2.2GHz and 2GB of RAM.</p> <p>The iPhone 5 has a proprietary dual-core 1.3GHz A6 chip and 1GB of RAM, and the HTC One rocks a quad-core Snapdragon 600 running at 1.7GHz and 2GB of RAM. The Samsung Galaxy S4 also sports 2GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 600, but it’s clocked slightly higher than the One at 1.9GHz. All, on paper, lag behind the LG G2.</p> <p>In practice, the G2 wipes the floor with the above opposition (with the exception of the Xperia Z1, which we haven't tested yet but expect to run it very close). In our review, it garnered an AnTuTu benchmark score of almost 34,191, while the HTC One managed "only" 25,651. It's the most powerful phone we've used to date, and more than beefy enough to handle anything you throw at it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G2" alt="LG G2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2.jpg?1378784537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The LG G2 has a 5.2in 1920 x 1080 (423ppi) screen that runs almost edge-to-edge on the front face; despite its giant dimensions, this means you can still hold the phone (reasonably) comfortably in one hand. It uses IPS LCD tech and offers better brightness (if not sharpness) than the HTC One’s 4.7in 1920 x 1080 LCD. It also has wide viewing angles (not hugely important for a phone but nice all the same) and deep, inky blacks.</p> <p>The Samsung S4’s 5in Super AMOLED matches G2 for resolution, while the iPhone 5’s 4in LCD Retina display features 1136 x 640 pixels, putting it at the bottom of this particular pile.</p> <p>The Sony Xperia Z1's LCD offers the same 1920 x 1080 resolution in a 5in size, so it's slightly sharper than the G2. We have yet to test it out fully, so can't say with certainty which offers the better colour reproduction and contrast. Sony has crammed new picture-enhancing technologies (Triluminous Display and X-Reality) into the Z1, however, which may give it the edge.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S4" alt="Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s4.jpg?1378784537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Build quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G2’s outer body is mostly constructed from plastic, but unlike the S4 doesn’t have a removeable backplate, so it’s less creaky than Samsung’s phone. It’s sleek too, thanks to the only physical buttons being the rear-mounted power and volume keys.</p> <p>The metal-bodied iPhone 5 and HTC One are a level above the G2. The One in particular, with its beautifully machined, seamless unibody, feels like a phone apart in this group. The Sony Xperia Z1 is also a sleeker, more sophisticated-looking handset than the G2 and comes with the added bonus of waterproofing.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one.jpg?1378784537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG has equipped the G2 with a 13MP camera and optical image stabilisation (OIS) to combat the blurriness that can occur when taking photos with unsteady hands. It’s the only phone here to offer OIS, but the feature is available on certain Nokia Lumia models (like the excellent&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review" target="_blank">1020</a>).</p> <p>The Sony Xperia Z1 features a 20.7MP sensor, while the Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with a 13MP sensor, the iPhone 5’s snapper offers 8MP and the HTC One musters 4MP. Of course, the One’s sensor has an “UltraPixel” design that cuts down the number of pixels in order to make each individual pixel larger and more effective in low light. So it’s not really helpful to merely compare megapixel counts when discussing which camera is best. There’s also the quality of the lens, colour reproduction and contrast to consider. The iPhone 5, for instance, is widely regarded as better for photos than the Galaxy S4 despite its smaller number of megapixels.</p> <p>In testing the G2's snapper proves as impressive as it looks on paper. It's particularly adept in low light, even with the flash turned off, delivering far sharper shots than the Samsung S4. The colours pop more too.</p> <p>The Xperia Z1 seems most likely to prove a formidable opponent when it comes to camera quality (although the G2 still holds the optical stabilisation card). We'll update this article once we've given it a proper review.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Sony Xperia Z1 camera" alt="Sony Xperia Z1 camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xperia-z1-camera_0_0.jpg?1378783666" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G2 comes with a giant non-removeable 3,000mAh battery that combines snugly with the Snapdragon 800’s power-saving capabilities to deliver a lot of use: we got 19 hours of normal level use out of it before it dropped to five percent battery, which is pretty immense. You won't get similar longevity from the iPhone 5, HTC One or Galaxy S4.</p> <p>The iPhone 5 has a 1,440mAh battery, the HTC One 2,300mAh and the Samsung Galaxy S4 2,600mAh. The S4 is the only model here with a user-swappable battery, however, so you’re able to carry a spare around with you in case of power running low.</p> <p>What we are interested to see is how the Sony Z1 matches up. It also sports a Snapdragon 800 and 3,000mAh battery (and a slightly smaller screen) so in theory it should last about as long.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G2 battery screen" alt="LG G2 battery screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2-battery_0.jpg?1378784537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> User interface </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G2 runs on the Android 4.2.2 operating system, over which is layered LG’s own UI software. While the Snapdragon 800 keeps everything fast and lag-free, and LG has dropped in a few unique tricks of its own design (the ability to turn on the screen by knocking on it twice, a restricted-access “Guest Mode” for when you’re handing the phone to kids or friends), we can’t help but feel we’d much rather have Google’s stock Nexus Android interface.</p> <p>The HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z1 also use their respective manufacturers’ own UIs, but the former two are available with the stock edition of Android too. Perhaps LG, which enjoys a good working relationship with Google, will go down the same route a few months from launch?</p> <p>The iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6 (soon to be updated to iOS 7), which offers a much tighter, slicker and friendlier user experience than any of the manufacturer-tweaked versions of Android.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="LG G2 guest mode" alt="LG G2 guest mode" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2-guest-mode_0_0.jpg?1378783666" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Extras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The G2 comes with either 16GB or 32GB of non-expandable storage. The Sony Z1 comes in 16GB only. All the other models offer up to 64GB built-in – the iPhone 5 comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB options, the HTC One in 32GB and 64GB and the Samsung S4 in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The Samsung S4 and Sony Z1 also feature a microSD slot supporting up to 64GB of additional space.</p> <p>There’s no IR port on the G2, something you’ll find on both the One and S4. But it does sport a 24-bit, 192kHz DAC, which can mean better audio quality through headphones (you’ll need to have compatible files on the phone, naturally).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-5.jpg?1378784537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The LG G2 has impressive hardware, and on paper is the equal or better to all of these other flagship devices when it comes to almost all specs, storage excepted.</p> <p>In the flesh we've found it to be the best smartphone currently on the market, and you can read exactly why we think that in our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">full review</a>. We have yet to give the Sony Xperia Z1 a full review, though, so it's entirely possible that it could knock the G2 off its perch when it goes on sale.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G2 and competitors" alt="LG G2 and competitors" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lg-g2-competitors.jpg?1378784537" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/lg-g2-vs-iphone-5-vs-htc-one-vs-samsung-galaxy-s4/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/lg-g2-vs-iphone-5-vs-htc-one-vs-samsung-galaxy-s4/feature#comments Apple G2 Galaxy S4 HTC iPhone 5 LG One Samsung Smartphones Mon, 09 Sep 2013 16:15:02 +0000 Nigel Yap 1425408 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC One-like phone with Windows 8 could be out this year http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-phone-windows-8-could-be-out-year/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Windows Phone 8 fans rejoice – HTC could be gracing you with a sexy aluminium handset in time for Christmas </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One-like phone with Windows 8 could be out this year" alt="HTC One-like phone with Windows 8 could be out this year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-one-windows-8.jpg?1372248885" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>HTC is working on a Windows 8 device which will be similar to the sexy <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/htc-one/review" target="_blank">HTC One</a>, the current king of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Stuff's Smartphone Top 10 list</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC One with Windows 8 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC reportedly prepping &quot;HTC One-like&quot; Windows 8 phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-windows-8.jpg?1372248885" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-phone-windows-8-could-be-out-year/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-phone-windows-8-could-be-out-year/news#comments HTC Microsoft One Windows Phone 8 Sun, 23 Jun 2013 16:00:00 +0000 vincent-chang 1424358 at http://www.stuff.tv HTC One http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/htc-one/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can the HTC One topple the freshly crowned Sony Xperia Z from the Android throne? We find out... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-one-review-hands-on-screen.jpg?1391707526" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-one-press-shot-front-back-sides_0.jpg?1380545319" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-one-press-shot-black-front-back-sides.jpg?1380545319" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung and Sony might shout louder but HTC is poised to jump from the shadows with the One, a heady blend of 1080p screen goodness and oodles of quad-core power. This phone not only sets a new standard in Android smartphone design and rocks the simple but lovely Sense 5 UI but HTC's flagship is also not afraid to forge its own course with the unique UltraPixel camera. Is this the One we’ve been waiting for?&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$968.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> (32GB) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s a looker </div> <div class="field-item even"> Eye-lickingly great screen </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Universal remote control </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Average battery life </div> <div class="field-item even"> Stills don&#039;t look good blown up </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Overview </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The One is an object of rare beauty: its comfortably curvy aluminium body with diamond-cut edges and reassuring weight make it a handset you’ll want to show off. It's almost perfect, it's only the Beats Audio logo round the back that might put you off.</p> <p>Slim plastic strips outline the two integrated antennae, while speaker grilles top and bottom give the One a dose of retro charm. You can't swap the battery or slot in a microSD, but we think the ingot-like build is fair recompense. Hands down it makes the best impression of the current crop of flagship Android smartphones thanks to a design that Apple wouldn't sniff at.&nbsp;</p> <p>That said, with only 32GB on board and no expansion slots, storage is an issue. Get yourself a Spotify Premium account straightaway or you've got no chance.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-review-hands-on-back-and-side_1.jpg?1391707526" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-review-hands-on-back_0_0.jpg?1391707526" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is the best screen we've ever seen on a phone. Really. It's 4.7in and 1080p, giving it a ridiculous 468ppi – but that's only half the story. Colours are vibrant but not over-saturated, whites are pure and unlike the Sony Xperia Z, which really suffers when tilted upwards, movies look superb at any angle. It's super-sharp, using an SLCD display as opposed to the S4's PenTile, making for crisp text too.&nbsp;</p> <p>We prefer the HTC One's colour palette to the Samsung Galaxy S4's options (none of which nail it) – between the HTC and the Sony, it's a closer call. The Z can look more natural at times but blacks could be richer and as it's a 5in display, this – together with the rectangular design – makes it harder to hold one handed.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-review-hands-on-screen-2.jpg?1391707526" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sense 5 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The One runs HTC's latest Sense 5 skin above Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 and we like it. It drops the multi-tasking button in favour of a double-tap of the home button, which is a neat touch, the 3D carousel has been ditched for a clean grid of open apps and there are plenty of clever new features like BlinkFeed and Zoe (see below).&nbsp;Overall it's a big win for HTC.&nbsp;</p> <p>Some of the icons are a little low-res and clownish, but extra features, such as power features in the People app, are easy to ignore if you don't want clutter. And though the One might be waiting for a few features only found in the latest 4.2.2 build of Jelly Bean (as seen on the Galaxy S4), none are deal-breakers.&nbsp;</p> <p>You'll want to make some tweaks to Sense 5 straightaway. We'd recommend swapping your app drawer to a 4x5 grid to make full use of the space and, if you plan to use the built-in keyboard, unchecking foreign languages in keyboard settings to avoid changing to another language every couple of words.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-press-shot-main.jpg?1391707526" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a ludicrously quick phone running as smooth as an ice cream-powered Merc. With a 4G SIM inside (and, of course, coverage) web pages appear instantly, while the One's quad-core Qulacomm Snapdragon 600 chip tears through multi-tasking, Android games and Google Maps’ satellite view. It's almost entirely lag-free, as you'd expect and the HTC has showed no signs of slowing down during our testing. &nbsp;</p> <p>For number crunchers, the HTC One did very well in the usual benchmarks too. Excellent grades include a score of 2678 in Geekbench 2 and an onscreen score of 3573 frames at 32fps in GL Benchmark's Egypt HD test (besting the Xperia Z and Galaxy S3). The One also scored a speedy 1411.4ms in SunSpider's Wi-Fi browsing benchmark making it faster than the likes of the Nexus 4 which limped along with 1885.4ms.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-S4-review-htc-one_0_0.jpg?1391707526" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is the Galaxy S4 faster? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The S4 destroys its nearest rivals in the usual benchmarks: on Geekbench 2 it scores a whopping 3236 (versus the HTC One’s 2678) and on AnTuTu, its 24,280 score is some way ahead of the Xperia Z’s 20,582. Over on GLBenchmark 2.7 it’s much the same story with a score of 4591 at 41fps on the onscreen Egypt HD test – the HTC managed 3573 frames at 32fps by comparison. That said, our test model of the S4 showed signs of lag in use, possibly due to the early version of software installed on the review sample. Then again, it could be that – once again – the numbers don't tell the whole story...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery life  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Battery life is only average – in normal use we found the 2300mAh battery will last a day, less for power users. The Power Saver and Sleep Mode will be your friends here but unlike the Sony Xperia Z you can't whitelist apps, like email, to keep updating you even when everything else stops pulling in data. &nbsp;</p> <p>So which are the main culprits for draining juice? Zoe, for one, is best left alone if you're worried about lasting the day but Sense itself needs a fair amount of power too. Plus it's best to stick a brightness toggle on one of your homescreens.&nbsp;</p> <p>For the record, the HTC One lasted just over eight hours in our video rundown test on medium brightness with Wi-Fi on, a SIM in place and no power saving activated. That sounds impressive but as we said, the One will need overnightly charges. There is a HTC External Battery Bank, which contains a 6000mAh battery, available too if you find your handset is dead by 5pm every day. We'd also recommend the excellent Mophie Juice Pack for HTC One which will double the One's battery and gives it some extra protection too.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BlinkFeed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Think of BlinkFeed as an oversized Flipboard widget. It pulls in image-heavy news stories from partners and your social networks to stream down one of the homescreens. The choice is limited for now – so there's a chance your favourite media outlets won't have signed up yet – but that should change soon.</p> <p>Either way, it’s an energetic alternative to Windows Phone 8's Live Tiles. It delivers personalised news – including a Stuff.tv feed – in some style, although all those internet goodies may become an overwhelming welcome for some. If so, just move them over a page to the left of your regular homescreen.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-review-hands-on-homescreen.jpg?1391707526" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sense TV/IR </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In the app drawer you’ll find TV, which pulls in programme guide info – though it's not that pretty. You can also set up the One to control your TV and home cinema kit via the power button which doubles as a handy IR blaster. A stunner of a smartphone and a universal remote? Yes please.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-review-hands-on-power-button.jpg?1391707526" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The symmetrical BoomSound speakers ensure your movies and games are accompanied by loud, powerful sound.&nbsp;With headphones in, sound is punchy and detailed, if not quite as weighty as the likes of the Nexus 4, but certainly an improvement on the Galaxy S4. Beats Audio – as ever – is best avoided.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-review-hands-on-speakers_0.jpg?1391707526" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-review-hands-on-power-button_0.jpg?1391707526" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The UltraPixel gamble (fewer pixels but larger in size) has partly paid off, as HTC has equipped the One with a very versatile rear cam: it captures accurate colours, is superb in low light, has lots of fun filters and Zoe (see next section) means you won’t miss action shots. 1080p video is also impressive, but stills don’t stand up to being blown-up as well as those from some rivals and you can't zoom far compared to the Galaxy S4. More than fine for Facebook uploads and 4"x3" prints though.</p> <p>HTC has also rolled out an update to its UltraPixel camera, improving detail and pumping up colours so that they're not always 100% true to life but look gorgeous. Still, based purely on camera the Galaxy S4 would be the phone we'd take out with us: it's light and easy to set up shots with and shoots the sharpest, cleanest video footage out of the three top Androids.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-review-hands-on-camera_0_0.jpg?1391707526" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC Zoe </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Zoe (as in 'zoetrope') really gives your gallery some soul – by turning it into a set of Harry Potter-style living pictures. By capturing footage and extra snaps (20 to be exact) before and after each shot, you can scrub through the moment post-Zoe to pick the best frame – it’s seriously handy.</p> <p>Unfortunately, it also results in a rapidly-expanding collection of photos, Zoes and videos which could end up in your gallery being a chore to keep under control. Be careful with Dropbox auto-uploads here too – it can get chaotic. &nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-review-hands-on-zoe_0.jpg?1391707526" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Versus Sony Xperia Z </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xperia Z has a more relaxed colour palette for watching flicks, some of the best audio skills we’ve heard from a phone and crazy waterproofing. But the Sony’s angular chassis can be uncomfortable for some (unlike the perfectly formed HTC) and the viewing angles are less impressive than those of the always-stunning One screen. For most gadgeteers, the One comes out on top – for more spec and feature comparisons of the <a href="/news/phone/versus/htc-one-vs-sony-xperia-z">Xperia Z and HTC One, read our Versus</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/sony-xperia-z/review" target="_self">Read our Sony Xperia Z review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-Z-review-hands-on-2_2_0_0.jpg?1391707526" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The <a href="/review/google-nexus-4" target="_self">Nexus 4</a> showed us how Android should be done and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/sony-xperia-z/review">Xperia Z </a>gave us full HD and a sleek – waterproof – build but until the HTC One we'd never really fallen for an Android phone. Until now. The One takes the customisation of Android, the liveliness of Windows 8 (in BlinkFeed and Zoe) and the premium styling of Apple to create a very special smartphone indeed.</p> <p>So despite a mighty onslaught from the Galaxy S4, the One is still the phone we'd buy. For storage and camera (just), it's the S4. For media and waterproofing, go for the Xperia Z.</p> <p>But for everything else – using apps and games, browsing, messaging and sheer pride of ownership, it's the HTC One. It's the most desirable Android handset ever, running more slickly than any rival and with a screen that makes us swoon.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-review-hands-on-lichtenstein.jpg?1391707526" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With killer looks and to-die-for performance, the HTC One is our new Android love affair&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/htc-one </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/htc-one/review#comments Android HTC One Smartphones Wed, 13 Mar 2013 03:57:22 +0000 Ian Paynton 1424055 at http://www.stuff.tv