One Smartphone To Rule Them All
The Mobile World Congress was the hub of many mobile companies announcing and releasing their brand new products. Most companies like Samsung and LG had the same old smartphones with the identical specifications. Samsung decided to release many new iterations of their current flagship model. Each one worse than the previous and bound to disappoint users to the utmost and make them bang their heads on the walls with misery. But, the atrocities of low-end Samsung mobile phones is not something that needs to be discussed. Just needs to be experienced. 🙂
While Samsung was busy releasing phones of varying processors and third-grade low-end phones, HTC released the Big Daddy of all smartphones. HTC has reinvented themselves and have gone for a complete makeover. The Taiwanese company has said that they won’t be releasing umpteen phones per year like Samsung and will instead, focus on their flagship models. This way, they can focus on quality and not quantity. The hardware and the image of the company has also gone under the hammer and has come out pretty sexily. HTC has released three new smartphones and has branded them as the ‘One’ series. They are the One S, One X and the One V.
These three HTC devices exude sexiness, style and lose all the extra bullshit that earlier HTC devices had. HTC has decided that these are the phones that they will be selling throughout the year. Let’s hope they don’t go the Samsung way and release an HTC A, HTC B, HTC C and so on and so forth, till everyone just loses interest.
HTC ONE X
The HTC One X is the device that is touted as the smartphone of the year. It is undoubtedly one of the best smartphones ever made and is the crown jewel of the HTC One series. The HTC One X has a powerful 1.5 GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, a 4.7 inch 720 pixel display, an 8-megapixel camera, 1 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. The HTC One X also has extra core called the “Battery Saver” core. To go with the hardware, it has some amazing software, as well. It runs on the latest and best version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0). Atop the beautiful UI of Ice Cream Sandwich, HTC has packed in their custom UI also- Sense 4.0! Sense has undergone a total overhaul and is no longer clunky and boring. It is now even more beautiful and has nifty features that Koreans can never even think of.
The HTC One X is an absolute delight to look at and is inspired from the Galaxy Nexus. When laid on a table, the curve of the phone is evident. The ergonomical feel of the device would be simply perfect. The design of this phone has been done carefully and delightfully and each little nook and cranny looks like it has been gone over a thousand times.
The display of the HTC One X is one which can be compared to the likes of the mighty iPhone 4S. It has a near-perfect 180 degree viewing angle and has pixels which are almost visible to the naked eye. The quality of the display on this phone is simply mind-blowing and is eons ahead of technology like AMOLED.
The HTC One X packs Dr. Dre Beats. Though they are better than the competitors, there is nothing that beats the old-school iPod or a dedicated MP3 player.
The HTC One X packs a mean 8-megapixel camera. It starts in a record 0.7 seconds and has an autofocus speed of a mere 0.2 seconds. Also, the shutter lag has been almost eliminated. The HTC One X has a camera which can capture photos while recording video in High Definition. So, you can never miss a moment of the fun. Its Burst Mode is capable of capturing 99 snapshots at around 4 fps. The sample shots released by HTC look simply marvelous and too good to be true. If this is not the perfect camera for a phone to have, I don’t know what is (Please don’t bring the Nokia PureView into this).
The software of the HTC One X is a far cry from its previous devices. Sense has undergone a total overhaul, like promised by HTC. It is now lighter, stabler and much more toned down than the previous iterations of Sense. A consistent design has been observed in most of the places. But, there are minor annoyances like the multitasking view. It is nothing like Google had intended it to be. Instead of the Honeycomb-type multitasking interface, HTC has implemented an interface which shows only one app on-screen. Though it is a minor annoyance, it still detracts from the overall beauty of the phone. Another plus that HTC offers with all the One series phones is 25 GB of free storage on DropBox. The only catch here is that it’s valid only for a period of two years. Automatic upload is offered but, I certainly wouldn’t recommend enabling it. The speeds offered by Indian telecom operators is downright disastrous (4G LTE, you can come in right about now, thank you very much). DropBox is integrated throughout the phone, much like other Android phones.
The HTC One X is, in fact, I’d be cocky enough to say, the best Android smartphone ever made.
HTC One S
The HTC One S is the HTC One X’s younger brother. It is “The Middle Path”, so to say. The look and feel of the device is wholly original (Hear, hear Samsung) and it looks like the successor of HTC’s widely popular Sensation. It has an aluminium unibody and has been rethought, restructured and every “re-” word you can think of.
The HTC One S is the thinnest phone HTC has ever made. The grill of the speaker has been micro-drilled into the phone instead of simply being placed atop the phone. Also, if you are not the racist type and choose the black variant of the One S, you will witness something called microarc oxidation on the phone. This electrochemical process generates oxides on metals and helps in improving the solidarity and build quality of the phone. Clumsy people, rejoice.
The HTC One S has tech specs equivalent to the Galaxy S2, the Galaxy Nexus and the like. By making this a secondary category, HTC might have just reinvented the tech scene. The HTC One S runs on a Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. It has a 4.3 inch display, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of in-built storage and an 8-megapixel camera. The HTC One S has a PenTile Matrix AMOLED display which was last found in the Moto Razr. Though the quality is not as top-notch as that of its elder brother, it can pass.
The HTC One S also holds the “Dr. Dre Beats” moniker and doesn’t really add much to the audio experience, as reported.
By personal experience, I can tell you that the Dr. Dre Beats earphones/headphones are simply pretty and have no use. Like most Apple products. But, those are tales for other days.
The Beats speakers simply increase bass and increase the volume of whatever you are listening to.
The camera on the HTC One S is the same one as used on its elder brother. The quality of the shots is consistent and it is actually surprising to see that a dual-core phone can manage as much camera wizardry as a quad-core phone. Truly impressive, HTC.
The HTC One S runs on Android 4.0 and also has HTC’s very own HTC Sense accompanying it. A hardcore Android fanatic would put a custom ROM on this thing as soon as he got it, just to get rid of Sense. There are no changes in the software used. Though, it is commendable to note that HTC is pushing forward Ice Cream Sandwich onto more devices, unlike Samsung or LG, who are still releasing low-end Gingerbread devices and royally screwing up the Android scene. To add to the fun, the DropBox offer of 25 GB of free storage for two years is also valid on the One S! 😀
The HTC One S is the perfect device for people who don’t want to get the HTC One X and still want good tech specs. The screen is something that is quite attractive from afar but, on closer inspection, simply sucks. But, hey, Itne Paise Mein Itnaeech Milega (In This Much Money, You’ll Only Get This Much)! 😛
HTC One V
The HTC One V is the budget smartphone by HTC. It is typically aimed at first time Android users and still offers a pretty good deal. The HTC One V is the youngest and cheapest of the One Series by HTC and is reminiscent of HTC’s old design. A homage, so to speak. The architecture of the One V is ergonomical and is just like the HTC Hero. It has a slightly curved inundation at the bottom which helps in better grip of the phone. A chin, you can call it.
The HTC One V has a 3.7 inch WVGA display, a single-core processor clocked at 1 GHz and Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Like its brethren, it also features HTC Sense 4.0. Though this smartphone is not as high-tech as the One X and the One S, it is aimed at Android newbies who have a low budget. The One S receives the same camera wizardry as the othere members of the One Series. But, it has a 5 megapixel camera.. The HTC One V has also received the Dr. Dre Beats treatment, as well. It has 4 GB worth of internal storage and 512 MB of RAM. The One V supports 720p video capture. Another huge plus that this phone has is the ability to insert a micro-SD card. This feature is sorely missed in the One S and the One X. The HTC One V offers all the stuff that the One X and the One S do, only in a smaller and cheaper package. The DropBox offer is also valid on the HTC One V! A great buy for those on a tight budget!
With these three phones, HTC has simply finished the competition. If HTC keeps releasing phones like these, Apple and Samsung are going out of business. With Samsung India acting like a bitch and not releasing the Galaxy Nexus in India since its launch in December, it has lost out on a huge market. HTC is filling in this void by releasing these phones in India in April. Simply said, there’s “One” for everyone. 😉