Design, Build Quality, and User Experience
The phone is solid without feeling uncomfortable, but there’s no question that the rear of it is very slick. HTC produces its own flip-style case, and we would absolutely recommend picking it up. It adds more texture to the rear (better for not losing grip while in use), and the perforated cover keeps the gorgeous display safe from dangerous objects. Plus, the phone is smart enough to know when this particular case is in use, so it flicks the display off when the lid closes, and a unique lock screen shows the time and weather through the perforations. Nifty!
Turning to specifics, the top lip of the One has a power button. The left edge is home to a microSD card slot, while the right edge houses a volume rocker and a nano-SIM card slot. The bottom edge is where you’ll find the micro-USB charging/syncing port as well as a 3.5mm headphone port. The phone’s front has a 5MP front-facing camera, two lines of speakers, no hardware buttons at all, and a subtle HTC logo. The backside of the phone is home to a two-stage LED flash, a 4MP UltraPixel camera sensor, and a small depth sensor known as the “Duo Camera.” (The camera arrangement on this product is highly unique, so we’ll touch on that on a future page.)
In essence, it’s a collection of information from news feeds and social networks that you subscribe to. Think of it as a Flipboard-style home screen, where the latest information that you care about is neatly listed in a scrollable format. It’s great for ingesting a lot of information at a glance, but it’s also incredibly easy to remove if you’d prefer a more standard home screen.
Sense has grown more subtle, and that’s for the best. The Android pull-down menu is highly customizable, enabling users to select their favorite settings shortcuts for quick access. What’s most impressive is just how fast we were able to navigate the OS and apps given the horsepower within. Without a doubt, this is the fastest we’ve ever felt an Android phone run, and it’s refreshing.