HTC One (M7) in the Test

The HTC one (M7) is reflected in the test as a real hammer with full-metal housing, new operating concept and innovative camera.

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We take a Progrnose time: the HTC one is long time considered benchmark and reference device and emerge in any review on the Smartphone milestones in the year 2013. And we will remind us that even Giants have weaknesses that make them vulnerable and in case of doubt even bring down.

Housing: plastic look? Wrong Galaxy!

Who also briefly takes the one in the hand, know immediately why this Smartphone in history been immortalized. His precious full metal case is Textbook processed and perhaps the best the market has to offer at the moment. Better than the iPhone? Better than the iPhone!

And with all due respect to the currently popular polycarbonate material: plastic is plastic – the retouched of one comes from another Galaxy. Its appearance is outstanding: the slightly curved back is outside narrower. This not only chic looks, it is also ergonomically advantageous, because this one is very pleasant to handle. Gap? There is no.

Even the display is seamlessly embedded into the chassis. Removable parts? Also nowhere be found. Dissolve the the micro-SIM card slot such as the iPhone with a small bar from its anchorage. Disadvantage of this philosophy, which has many tactile advantages: the battery is not replaceable.

Laboratory measurements: Metal brakes out radio waves

So far so good. But how was that again with metal and radio waves? Best friends are not, at least not in a Smartphone. The aluminum shields the cellular signal, so that’s the antennas in the housing have correspondingly more difficult to establish the contact to the cell and to keep. And here, the one is also vulnerable.

Especially in the GSM networks remains significantly short of expectations. After evaluating our laboratory measurements, it reaches a mere 18 out of 30 points. Who wants to know for sure: the 900-MHz-band gives him the biggest problems. The scoring with 20 is slightly better from 30 meters in the much more important for mobile Internet UMTS networks. Better even than when the iPhone 5 (18 out of 30 points), which is also mired in an aluminium housing and knows well about reception and antenna glitches.

UMTS reception, one moves but Interestingly on the same level as the best selling Samsung Galaxy S3, which are also must – modest 20 by 30 points a plastic cover is also no guarantee of a carefree life.

Display: A stunner

The trend toward 5-inch displays with HTC does and equips one with a 4.7 inch screen. A successful compromise: The Smartphone is large enough for comfortable use of the Internet, can be but always still easily operated with one hand.

Individual pixels can be seen none on the beautiful bright with almost 500 cd/m2 full-HD display, the colors appear very natural and the contrast strong – and regardless of the angle of view.

HTC has strived to sound quality also: above and below the display stereo speakers are installed and aligned to the user. The beats audio profile is active, they provide a good sound quality, one is not used by Smartphones. Also the on off switch, which with an IrDA interface is provided and can work to the one thanks to preinstalled remote app remote control is clever.

In our test, that worked easily TV with a newer Samsung. That no muck makes the touch screen, is a top model.

Performance and endurance: full scale

Also the new S600 processor from Qualcomm is in full swing and so far breaks all benchmark records covered by us at quadrant and Vellamo. Its four cores bars each 1.7 GHz.

This one runs extremely fast, smooth and jerk-free; It has no performance issues. Worries for the battery? Also not. With almost seven hours in the typical mix of uses HTC did very well the power consumption in the handle, the one traverses the locker of one and a half days even in case of intensive use. The labor talks: perfect score!

Facilities: More memory only by cloud

Let’s get to the controversial topic of memory. The one for apps, music and anything else at holds just under 25 GB. The memory only over the Internet, more specifically the cloud is expandable: 25 GB when the service provider dropbox are two years including, external memory card unusable. For that one is okay, for others not. We say: 25 GB are lush, the cloud but still want a good option – a memory slot.

Operation: Briefly blink, please

Heart of the HTC one is the completely revised user interface HTC sense 5.0, 4.1 Android is installed as a base. The home screen is dominated by the so-called Flash feed. This is a kind of dynamic thread of that streams the latest news and status messages on the screen. What contents are obtained, is definable.

In terms of social media are Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and linked in at the start, to get various offers from the fields of sports, entertainment and technology. The world waited on blink feed? The solution has managed a bit getting used to approach and implement it.

We still had two requests: more German-language content and more customized teaser (article Preview), who quit in the middle of the set. If you miss it: the one also holds the traditional Android home screen with widgets and co in the hindquarters, he comes out with a horizontal swipe from right to left, the flasher feed. Of which we have not taken the test – which shows that the new operating concept works very well.

Who is partout not can befriend with the flasher feed, however, can set the normal homescreen as home screen and there organize its apps, widgets, folders, and favorite links. The arrangement of Senortasten HTC reduced by the way on two – home and back. A long press on the home button launches Google now, a double tap a view with the most recently opened applications.

The camera: Less is more

With the megapixel race HTC swims against the current: according to the motto “less is more” is the one with a 4-megapixel camera. That sounds rather mean compared to the current 13-mega pixel cars, is but one clever idea. What is behind this?

While it is quite closely on the sensor 13 megapixels, 4 megapixels for the same sensor size have considerably more space to make themselves comfortable. As a result, The area of each pixel is larger, so they can collect more light than about the smaller pixels on a 13 megapixel sensor. And a pixel can absorb more light, the noise the photos are. HTC “Ultra Pixel” named this great pixel in the new one-camera.

It is certain: pixels is pixels. And 4 megapixels is less than 13 megapixels. ERGO: Photos are taken with the one, are relatively small; A4 size is the maximum.

The quality of the images not suffers of course. The recordings are very true to color and beautiful light. On a sunny day, the snap makes mood correctly, because the results can be usually seen. Small shock: If remote details and depending on the motif on the corners of the image sharpness is something.

The following Gallery shows images that were shot with the HTC one.

It is gratifying that the camera even in low-light conditions shoots very neat photos. The noise keeps within limits, the small LED brings plenty of light in the game if necessary, so that even shooting in total darkness succeed quite well.

Polished HTC has convinced also to the camera software, in particular feature Zoe (Greek for “life”). In several pictures and short videos are a longer video clip automatically summarized and souped up with effects and background music. These clips “brought to life” can be then on a special HTC Web site upload and share with friends (about on Facebook).

Bottom line: Real heartbreaker

Even if the one not in every respect sets standards, it sprays but the famous “I want” charm and can say loosely under the Smartphone giant. HTC had better handle the antenna technology, the one would have ended up in the top 3 of our leaderboard.

But even without a place on the podium, it’s with its exceptional design, the innovative camera and the new user interface, one of the most desirable smartphones at all.

 

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