This is a continuation of 10 things to love about HTC One – Part 1
6. Android Jelly Bean
Being a flagship device, HTC One boots Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. It is definitely better than the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich in terms of updates and user experience, and the latest version of Sense, the HTC Sense 5, accompanies it pretty well.
HTC has a good track record for manufacturing good looking phones, and same is the case with HTC One as well. HTC has continued its legacy. The device comes with unibody design and is very sleek. The reason for its sleek design is that the battery is non-removable, which is why it is sleeker than its predecessors. The teardrop design also brings simplicity and elegance to the design.
8. HTC Sense 5
Sense 5 is the latest version of HTC Sense UI and HTC One is the first version to be running it. With the Sense 5, HTC has removed all the widgets which Android users typically associate with Android, and it is replaced with something called BlinkFeed. It may be a good move or a bad move, depending on how the user perceives it. Samsung dominates the Android space, and we know that Samsung’s TouchWiz UI doesn’t stray too far from stock Android interface, so HTC is certainly taking some risk.
The Sense 5.0 UI has a razor sharp outlook and uses a font which looks like “Roboto” used on Android. Also, it allows the user to get application shortcuts on your lock screen for easier access.
HTC is definitely taking a big risk with the new interface, and all I hope is that it doesn’t add more time to Android updates than the standard UI would.
The HTC One will be released in March on a whopping 185 carriers in over 80 markets. In the United States it will launch on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, with Verizon notably missing from that list. HTC already has 3 out of the 4 major carriers offering the device, and with that kind of support, it can surely manage to sell a lot of devices, and definitely more than last year.
HTC has taken all measures to ensure that the device is made available in almost every country that it has its presence in, and that’s a good move for a company that has been steadily losing its ground in the smartphone market.
10. Accessory Package
After buying a pretty smartphone, users start hunting for accessories that will enhance their experience or protect the phone from falls. HTC has got it covered and it also announced some accessories at the unveiling event. While the build quality of HTC One is great, HTC showcased a case that can also be used as a kick-stand. There’s also a white blue-tooth stereo headset and a desktop cradle that can be bought for the HTC One.
I personally like the HTC One. HTC has done a great job in camera and sound department and it will give good competition to the Lumia 920 in terms of photo quality. What are your thoughts on HTC One? Let us know using the comment form below.