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So I took the plunge and finally got a phone without a keyboard after quite a bit of debating I finally picked the HTC One, I’m pretty sure that without my Nexus last Christmas I wouldn’t have considered moving to touch-screen. Here is my thoughts and some of my reasoning.

The phone

HTC-ProductDetail-Hero-slide-04I have to admit the phone feels rather nice in your hand, the balance is perfect for me. As the case is built from a single piece of aluminium it’s alot lighter than I thought it would be. The only external buttons are the volume rocker and the power key, the power key placement is a little odd in that it’s on the top left and not right as it common with phone of this factor. But it soon became familiar practice to head to the left not right.

The resolution is very nice and the quality is rather better than I expected. There are dual front facing speakers with BoomSound which give a nice balanced sound over all the ranges. When these features are combined for example watching films on Netflix, the quality of the phone really stands out.

The OS

The HTC Sense brand of Android has taken a little getting used to, but as with anything there are new short-cuts and features to discover. Bear in mind that I have only used stock Android OS on my Nexus before now, so this in some cases feels like a step backwards as I find some things more limited.

The keyboard software is rather nice and I loaded up the stock Google one to compare, and there are a number of alterations that make it better suited to the Phone environment. The biggest feature that I will miss from my old phone will be configurable alerts on an app by app basis, as setting the Ringtone, Alerts & Alarm seems to be a little restrictive, I’m sure there is an app to help me somewhere.

Camera

The 4 UltraPixel camera is a mixed bag, perhaps it’s just my unfamiliarity with the camera but zooming doesn’t always result in good qulaity pictures. However I overlook that fact as the low-light pictures come out fantastically, which is good when your child isn’t fond of flashes on cameras.

There a number of addition features of the camera that drew me to this phone:

  • Zoe – this is a rather awesome piece of software, allowing for a short video instead of  a picture which allows you to remove moving objects & extract stills
  • Always smile looks good but I’ve yet to use it (I only know miserable people ;)
  • HD, Slow motion and highspeed video capture
  • Burst shots allow you to pick one to keep and remove the rest, ideal for toddlers

My case

As I travel on public transport for 10+ hours every week I wanted something tough enough for that and to also deal with my 3 year old too. Thankfully as this phone has been out for a little while there was a good range of cases on the market. In the end I opted for an Otterbox Defender which to be fair is more than I need, so I don’t by default use the outer case shell, but it’s always good to have the option there. Also the built in screen protector means I’m not worrying about it pealing off after a few weeks.

Picking a Phone

When I was trying to pick a new phone I read quite alot of reviews of the latest phones on the market.

The video below was the one that swayed my decision in the end, despite there being some incorrect information such as the camera quality and the ease of adding short-cuts, but maybe that was revised in the software since the video was filmed.  I am happy to say that I’m very please with my choice.