The HTC One is, in some ways, the ultimate opportunity for HTC to quickly recover health, the Taiwanese manufacturer has left much of his skin competition Android in recent months. The One is therefore expected. And yet, he should arrive late on some markets , where he should confront his release at the Galaxy S4 Samsung .This new high-end Android smartphone has a dual purpose – at least – and not least, since it must give back to the circle of fans of the first hour and establish the brand to a wider audience, both male than feminine.
To do this, the One has both solid technical features (4.7-inch Full HD screen, latest generation Snapdragon S600 processor and 2 GB RAM, 32 or 64 GB of storage – no MicroSD port), photo sensor 4 “ultrapixels” supposed to make the nique competition in low light …) and a design worked.
HTC One ERGONOMICS AND DESIGN
In some aspects of the BlackBerry Z10 and the iPhone 5, the HTC One has a clean plastic identity. An elegant, seductive look and especially able to make the eye as well to a male audience as to a feminine one. A feat for HTC who ran after such a product for a long time.
Raced, the One is certainly, with an aluminum shell that masters its line (130 grams only), a convex back that allows a good grip – one hand is enough – and a devastating front. On the strict formal level, the One is a success.
However, we regret that HTC has not fully embraced this new style. The frame around the slab of 4.7 inches deserves a planing, because there is clear space lost and HTC does not have the excuse of the touch frame, unlike the BlackBerry Z10, to pass this pill.
A position that gives birth to an ON / OFF button, located on the upper edge, not very intuitive to handle. At times, the HTC One is therefore design for the design. Attests this volume control button in aluminum almost sunk into the shell on the right edge and is often groping. Or again the choice of chic aluminum coating that … tends to heat in navigation mode and video games.
Finally, last audacity, HTC takes the bet to move only two buttons, placed on each side of a HTC logo that we take too often for an active button. The two buttons are the return to home and back, the menu key paying the price of this choice of HTC. The first is placed on the right, which is a boon for left-handed people and requires a time of adaptation for the rest of the world. As for access to multitasking, it is accessed by double-tapping the Home key.
The ergonomics of the One requires a slight adaptation of the habits taken on Android, but HTC breaks the tradition beautifully. Overall, we find ourselves with a neat terminal with a flawless finish and very pleasant to use, with its content format that has nothing to envy to the larger models with a 5-inch screen. HTC does not leave here a smartphone too big and “cunning” by offering a screen of 4.7 inches “only”, but of quality.
We strongly regret the absence of a slot micro SD card which would extend the storage capacity (HTC tries to compensate with a “gift” of 50GB at DropBox) and one still finds a heater terminal during greedy video games and web surfing sessions.
HTC One SCREEN
For its One, HTC smartphone induces indeed a new panel Super LCD 3 (S-LCD 3), for a screen of 4.7 inches which is announced of excellent invoice on the side of the Taiwanese manufacturer.
In practice and without hesitation: here we are in front of a beautiful mobile screen. To the naked eye, these 4.7 inches dredge us seriously and the seduction continues with our test instruments.
The average contrast of the slab reaches a rate, please, of 1568: 1! One of the best contrasts in mobility, smartphones and tablets combined.
A very good contrast associated with a maximum brightness full-lighthouse of 460 cd / m². And if the screen is brilliant, it is finally doing very well outdoors with these two features of high level.
Side colors, the HTC One regales with a delta E mean 3.2. Remember that the delta E quantifies the difference between a perfect color and the one actually displayed. The result should be as close as possible to 0. All colors and tones are at the same level, with a very natural and balanced rendering. The only exception is a deep black, but it is almost imperceptibly blue, but it does not interfere with a movie or photo display. The color temperature is in keeping with 6000 kelvins in almost the entire spectrum, preventing any color drift. On the bench of good news, let’s add that the viewing angles are open. Seen from above, from below, from the side … The One’s screen remains perfectly visible.
Small downside that tempers the party: a time of persistence of 26 ms which is expressed especially in the menu of the applications, with some very slight contrails in the vertical scrolling. Something that we do not find, or rarely, in the web scroll. In addition, in automatic mode, the brightness sensor sometimes makes funny choices. It happens, for example, that the brightness decreases or increases without the terminal has changed place. Strange.
HTC One INTERFACE AND NAVIGATION
If HTC adopts Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on the One, we still have to rely on the interface Sense, reliftée, to animate everything. Called Sense 5, this new interface starts from scratch. Exit mega-widgets very dynamic, ultra-thorough customizations of all the formal part of the system and place a simplified vision of Android by HTC, and a small layer of “Windows Phone 8 influence” (the opening pane BlinkFeed). As for the behavior of the HTC One in such an environment, it’s simply a happiness. Not a latency, or a false note in terms of responsiveness. The terminal cash all solicitations without flinching and responds at high speed. We also appreciate the lack of latency in the tactile interaction. The raw performance of the HTC One and its quad-core processor Snapdragon S600 clocked at 1.7 GHz, which now bury the competition (on the market) on all test tools, thus join the theory to practice.
HTC One MULTIMEDIA
Taking advantage of this superb high-resolution screen and the Qualcomm processor that manages everything you ask it to do, Internet browsing offers an excellent experience. Opening pages, scrolling within them, managing favorites … Surfing from One is a pure pleasure.Equipped with the Qualcomm Adreno 320 graphics chipset, the HTC One provides beautiful hours of mobile video game. On a recent title like Real Racing 3 , fluidity is flawless and the graphic quality is today the best possible on an Android mobile terminal, with the LG Optimus G (in full test next week).The sound section of the HTC One incorporates the Beats Audio system (possibility to disable it) which has the simple influence of increasing the bass. This module is finally mastered and no longer creates delusional distortion. The utility of this system is very limited and we would have preferred a real equalizer, which disappeared in favor of Beats. HTC is trying to introduce the name BoomSound, for what is ultimately a simple mastery of stereo with bass simulation.The headphone output is very powerful, all with good dynamics and reliable stereo rendering. As for the external speakers, located at the top and bottom of the smartphone (at the location of the speaker and the microphone, a good idea), they offer a sound quality far superior to all of the competition, with a quite high power and controlled distortion. It’s simple, at full power, the One deposits.
HTC One PHOTO
Argument largely put forward by HTC, the sensor of the One would do wonders in low light. While the competition clashes in the race for pixels, HTC has made a surprising choice here by limiting the number of pixels (it is far from the sensors of 13 Mpx, the trend of this year) with a 4 Mpx in 16 / 9. But he would have plenty of what, a priori, compete with the Nokia Lumia 920 gifted on this ground with its home system Pureview.In fact, the sensor of the One does not get too bad, as long as we do not try to enlarge the photos, on pain of missing details. With a rather neutral color management (less than the iPhone 5 but better than the Xperia Z which accentuates strongly), a suitable dive – provided you do not zoom too much in the image – and a certain control of the noise, the One will be able to capture images to show on the phone screen or to post on social networks. But at the slightest magnification, captured images are worse. The One delivers clichés in 4 Mpx and the absence of fine details in the images is there. The simulation 10×15 cm or 20×30 cm (it takes at least 6 Mpx for this type of print) is logically disappointing with an image devoid of details and unflattering.
And in low light? It is time to see if the arguments put forward by HTC (f / 2 objective, optical stabilization, large photodiodes) are really convincing. In practice, the One perceives a little better than the competitors, but does not do as well as the Noia Lumia 920.
HTC One AUTONOMY
The non-removable battery of the HTC One is 2300 mAh. Almost minimum capacity compared to the very “push” operation and permanent connectivity of the Sense 5 interface. Thus, by activating all the fireworks allowed by the One, the autonomy reaches on average 10 hours and a minutes handle. The 4G LTE network is still too sparse in our countries to realize a true account of its impact on the flows or on a possible impact on the autonomy of the device. As for the network hook, rather powerful, we noted a time more or less long for the phone to recover 3G at the exit of the subway or elevator.Contact and calendar management with Sense sauce is efficient and pleasing to the eye.Finally, note that the GPS fix is faster and that the terminal is not less quick when it comes to calculate or recalculate a route. Pure happiness when you use Maps and Navigation often.