What is it that makes a phone a great phone? If you are familiar with HTC devices, you’ll surely know that handsets from this Taiwan-based firm excel in three critical areas—design, display and camera technology
What is it that makes a phone a great phone? If you are familiar with HTC devices, you’ll surely know that handsets from this Taiwan-based firm excel in three critical areas—design, display and camera technology. There are so many other things to like about the HTC One, but in my opinion, these things in particular stand out. To put it bluntly, I found the HTC One to be one of the best Android phones in the market and with the HTC One ME dual SIM, this Far East firm seems to have left its competitors far behind. It is a strikingly beautiful Android phone that is sure to find a place in the hearts of many people here. It retails for R40,500 and is designed for those who want a fashionable and powerful smartphone. I have been working with it for about a fortnight now and here’s what impressed me about the new HTC One.
Out of the box, the HTC One ME dual SIM phone promises to give an entirely new experience in your hand. HTC has poured its heart into it, as evidenced by nearly every aspect of the device. It has removed every hard edge on the phone, replacing it with smooth curves and a near-mirror finish all over the phone. Its high-quality, lightweight polycarbonate body visibly draws on the design DNA of its dual-tone metal relatives, with metallic effects on the front and mirror-polished sides that blend perfectly with the silky, matte back panel. Company officials inform that this fine attention to detail has also been applied to the micro-drilled speaker holes and pinless card slots, which give an overall impression of quality and refinement while simultaneously hinting at the power beneath the surface.
The fingerprint and stain-resistant, curvaceous body sits comfortably in the hand, making the HTC One ME pleasurable to use, with its integrated, multi-directional fingerprint reader enabling secure and speedy access to your phone. Overall, it’s a lot smoother to the touch, but still offers grip against your fingers when you hold it loosely.
Moving on to the phone’s display, the HTC One ME dual SIM goes beyond high definition. Its 5.2-inch screen is the perfect size for the Quad HD screen resolution. Photos look natural, videos come to life with striking graphics and you’ll get a clear view of all the finer details in your documents.
To add to the excitement are some unique software-powered features residing inside the phone. HTC Sense 7 makes it easy to use your phone to make a personal statement. Sense Home ensures all the most useful features are always at your fingertips, changing the apps on the home screen according to your location. HTC Themes allows you to customise the phone, creating wallpapers and colour schemes from your photos or images found online. You can then share those themes with friends or download new designs from the online community, allowing you to refresh your phone as often as you change your look. HTC BlinkFeed also keeps you in the know about the latest news and events, in addition to using your location data to recommend points of interest and the hippest places to visit, eat and drink.
On the audio front, HTC BoomSound dual front-facing speakers bring Dolby Audio Surround alive, adding another layer of immersion to your audio experience. I played some of my favourite tracks from YouTube as well as those stored onto the phone and the music was rich with detailed sound whether I used speakers or headphones. You can also swipe up your screen with three fingers and HTC Connect can stream music and video from your phone to your compatible speakers and TVs, respectively. What this means is that you can enjoy your favourite music on multiple speakers and even play different music on speakers in different rooms—all controlled by your HTC smartphone.
The new One has a 20 megapixel main camera to capture every moment of your life in intricate detail to share with friends. You can also record video in fantastic 4K to play back on an ultra high-definition TV so you can relive all your favourite memories. With such sharp and clear definition, you’ll feel like you are right back in the moment. The perfect selfie is always achievable thanks to the 4 UltraPixel front facing camera which takes great photos in any light condition including the low light of a restaurant. Then, finding the pictures and videos again will be easier, whether they are on Facebook, Dropbox or Flickr. You no longer need to spend time looking for photos and opening apps—the One Gallery pulls them all into one location so you can find them in a snap.
In my overall experience, the new One left a lasting impression. It looks sharp, performs well, has a solid battery life and provides a great user experience at an attractive price.
Dimensions: 150.99 x 71.99 x 9.75 mm
Display: 5.2 inch, WQHD (1440 x 2560)
Processor: MediaTek helio X10 Octa Core (8x 2.2 GHz)
Operating system: Android with HTC Sense
Camera: 20 MP main camera with 4K video recording; HTC UltraPixel front camera
Memory: 32 GB ROM; 3 GB RAM, microSDXC card slot, upto 2T
SIM type: Dual nano SIM
Estimated street price: Rs 40,550