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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Not a bad review, except
by devnet on Tue 25th Mar 2014 18:56 UTC
devnet
Member since:
2007-01-16

I desperately wish it took better pictures, and I'm reluctant to buy or recommend it until it does


Give me a break. I buy a phone for ALL the features...not just the camera. The HTC One is a brilliant phone and the new camera is a major leap above the old HTC One camera. The editing software app is the absolute BEST I've ever seen on a smart phone.

This writer needs to stop thinking megapixels are where it's at.

Edited 2014-03-25 18:57 UTC

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RE: Not a bad review, except
by project_2501 on Tue 25th Mar 2014 19:26 in reply to "Not a bad review, except"
project_2501 Member since:
2006-03-20

What do you mean?
A friend sold his 8Mp Olympus camera to get a smartphone with more pixels.
More pixels means more detail means better pictures?

Right?

</joke>

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RE[2]: Not a bad review, except
by devnet on Tue 25th Mar 2014 19:48 in reply to "RE: Not a bad review, except"
devnet Member since:
2007-01-16

Not always no...otherwise the Nokia 808 would have been a barn burner instead of making people want to just burn it (it had a 41 megapixel camera in it)

Unless you want to turn your smartphone pictures into movie posters...you don't need more than 8 Megapixels.

Plus, the HTC One's tweaks they made to the camera(s) in this version are actually quite amazing.

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bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

You may be joking but until you get into DSLR territory the phones (depending on model of course) will often take better pictures than a dedicated camera of the same or even higher cost.

I know my fiance has quit carrying her nearly $200 Fuji camera because even though its nearly double the MP of her phone we have taken photos side-by-side, changed every setting on the camera there is, and there is just no getting around the fact that the colors are better and the pictures sharper on the phone.

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RE: Not a bad review, except
by tylerdurden on Wed 26th Mar 2014 05:26 in reply to "Not a bad review, except"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Not really. The HTC One's camera really is terrible.

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RE[2]: Not a bad review, except
by devnet on Wed 26th Mar 2014 13:23 in reply to "RE: Not a bad review, except"
devnet Member since:
2007-01-16

Not really. Honestly, all the comments I've seen where people say the HTC One camera is bad are just like this one....a drive by "The HTC One camera is bad" and then no reasoning, no real discussion about the updates to the camera that make it more practical for standard users...nothing. Toothless comments.


In my opinion, the HTC One camera is only terribad if you're looking for a phone with your primary function being a camera. And for those people, there are 3-4 others phones you can choose that are top of the line in that respect.

I like to make phone calls with my phone. I snap pictures with my DSLR.


Most people that I deal with on a day to day basis as the mobile device manager for a medium sized corporation do not give two squirts whether or not their camera is the best out there on their phone...they just want to be able to snap a picture and quickly post it to a social network.

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