Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 25th Mar 2014 17:13 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

HTC has released the new HTC One, the updated version of the last year's best Android phone nobody bought. The Verge already has its review up, and its conclusion is exactly as you expect.

There are a lot of great Android phones on the market right now, but two stand out: the Nexus 5 and the new HTC One. The Nexus 5 is Google's purest vision for Android, the One the platform's most mature and developed form. I desperately wish it took better pictures, and I'm reluctant to buy or recommend it until it does, but I like absolutely everything else. It's fast, long-lasting, does everything a phone should, and does it all with totally unparalleled class and style. From motion gestures to the Dot View case, it has genuinely new, genuinely useful features.

It may not outsell Samsung and the relentless marketing sure to follow the feature-rich Galaxy S5, but HTC executives say they don't care. They say they just want to build a phone for people who like nice things.

It's really hard to argue with that quality feel that last year's One had, and which this year's model improves. I think it's pretty much the only Android phone that can measure up to the iPhone in this department - and now, it also has an SD card slot.

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Audio specs
by ezraz on Tue 25th Mar 2014 20:37 UTC
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With the success of the Ponoplayer hi-resolution audio player (14k pre-sold in under 2 weeks)

I wonder if/when a smartphone maker is going to put 24/96 or higher DAC in their phone, and/or a hi-end amplifier stage and dedicated audio components?

Superior HD media specs coming out of a phone (if possible) would make me consider jumping platforms. It's rumored that Neil Young asked Apple repeatedly to go to higher audio specs in their iPods, and they have continually declined, so he ultimately launched pono to test his theory that people do want HD audio.

I would not be surprised by an Android knockoff of the pono player any day now, and if anyone anywhere moves up their standard audio specs we all win. We have been starving ourselves with crappy audio quality for some time now, and our society is suffering from it.

Edited 2014-03-25 20:41 UTC

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