Price: $200 (assumes a two year contract)
There are two companies we definitely like to brag about due to our excellent experiences with each one. Those two companies are AT&T and Apple due to the cable and internet one provides and the cell phones that the other makes. We have made no secret about the Gadgets 4 Guys office being all Apple iPhones from top to bottom and we realized the past week we have definitely entered “fanboy” status. I don’t want to try and feature or evaluate gadgets based on any bias so when I was approached by AT&T to give a couple of their phones a whirl, I saw this as a perfect opportunity to drop my “fanboy” card. They encouraged us to be honest in the review which was something I immediately respected (and required) of them. If you’re still looking for to be a good son or daughter to your mother, consider this for a Mother’s Day gift (or graduation gift too).
The first phone that we got to test drive was the HTC One. This is an Android phone that has some impressive features and specs. We will have a full list below of those specs but we want to give you the details of what we experienced in our day to day interactions with the phone.
The Good: This display on this phone is no joke and left us quickly wishing that the iPhone 6 will indeed have a larger screen. The HTC One also boasted a very impressive dual speaker system that actually has speakers on both the top and bottom of the phone. This seems like a very minute detail but when you’re trying to play some music on the back patio at 1AM, it’s refreshing to not have to put your phone into a cup in order to amplify the sound. We watched a lot of Five Finger Death Punch music videos and were very impressed at the experience of watching that among other multimedia videos. Another small thing that we really liked about the HTC One was the haptic feedback it gave you while tapping. We can’t describe what we liked about it other than it was the right amount of feedback and not overkill. Clicking on icons and navigating through the phone also provided timely clicks and what felt like a high level of responsiveness. The weight of the phone was even and you could tell solidly put together which goes a long ways as some phones feel very cheap and “plastic-y”. We also loved that there wasn’t any physical buttons on the face of the phone. We also liked the squares display option that reminded us a lot of some Windows phones out there.
The Bad: Let’s preface “the bad” category with the fact nothing on this phone would actually prevent us from buying it. These are basically the areas we see that HTC can make some big improvements on future iterations of the One moving forward. The one item that really stood out to the group was how off the keyboard seemed to be when you would try to click different letters. We assumed that a phone with a large screen wouldn’t make this task difficult but were left with something to desire on the keyboard accuracy. The good news about that is the auto correct did an excellent job of correcting everything. We heard grumblings of a battery that drained fast but we didn’t experience it (note: we also didn’t have a ton of apps running or downloaded on the demo phone). The other thing that bugged us which was very small and minute was how similar the back of the HTC One looked like our old Evo phones. One of us were even asked at one point if the HTC One was an Evo by a random passerby. Overall, nothing that held us back from saying this wasn’t a great phone.
All in all, we liked the HTC One overall and hope that it continues to be a success for HTC. We worry that it might have some big hurdles to overcome as it isn’t as popular as the iPhone or Galaxy which means unique accessories and apps haven’t been really built around it. It is surprising to us how much the accessories market will dictate the long term and short term success of a lot of phones but it is something to note. Click here for image source and where to purchase the HTC One through AT&T.