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Reading the HTC One manual… a treasure trove of features!

A review by Peter Kerr for Scoop Techlab

Many years ago, more than I wish to remember really, a woman I was talking to at a party said that in growing up on a farm, her dad always let her use the new machinery or equipment.

But, she had to read the manual first.

I was reminded of this piece of wisdom when I figured I didn’t really have a handle on the HTC One’s camera, nor its capabilities.

So, wow, what a capable thing. I’m especially taken with the take 20 shots in rapid-fire sequence feature. It’s pretty well impossible not to get at least one decent picture – even of my handsome-challenged colleague!

This is part of HTC Zoe as they’ve called it. Reading the manual again, (which digital immigrant me has printed out in hard copy!) I see that after a party or similar, the HTC Gallery automatically selects the highlights of an event and displays them in a highlight video that lasts about 30 seconds. I guess if I was more of a Facebook fiend, I’d put them up there, but I can see how this is quite a nifty addition.

I’m also impressed by the camera’s ability to take pictures in low light without needing a flash. Delving deeper into how this works (nice explanation here from Trustedreviews) while the HTC One has what sounds like a low 4 megapixel count, because their boffins have come up with an improved sensor within the camera’s array, it enables it to “take in 300% more” light than a standard mobile phone sensor.

The picture displayed here (an abstract design of my daughter in a poster/ad for MacBeth), was taken in an enclosed room with just a 60 watt light for illumination. As I say, impressive, and that’s just a small fraction of the phone’s camera and editing capabilities.


As for the rest of the phone.

I’m still in love with the smart feature which means it doesn’t continually sound or signal during the night when emails or texts arrive. It stays still – perfect for someone like me who doesn’t wish to be constantly connected (or worried if I’m not).

Now, not being constantly on Youtube, or watching downloaded movies, I’m not that hard on the phone’s battery life. It easily goes two days between charges for me, meaning I don’t have to take a charger if I’m away from home for the day. (Just to be sure I wasn’t giving too much credit where it isn’t due, I checked out Techradar. They too rated it pretty strongly against the opposition such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, and Sony’s Xperia Z, which you can read here.)

And finally, what’s the use of a tool if it can’t take the treatment. Not that I’ve meant to, but I’ve dropped the HTC One a couple of times onto concrete. It slightly gnarled its edge, but the Gorilla Glass 2 front and machined aluminium back stood up to this unintended test.

In summary, I still get a small thrill pulling it out of my pocket, and disdainfully look at the comparatively clunky looking i-Phone opposition. Like me when I first got it, other people handle, almost fondle the phone when you give them a look.

As a number of commentators have mentioned, this HTC One phone is probably the company’s last gasp at trying to stay in the smart phone game compared to Apple and Samsung.

From my point of view, this phone is more than competitive and has some outstanding features.

Also, if nothing else, it looks better, and as shallow as I am, that appeals to my vanity.


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