These days smartphone manufacturers love to jam in as much as possible when they launch a new smartphone in a bid to out-do each other and to tempt the customer. HTC’s new One Android phone is no different, with a combination of awesome features and top of the range hardware making up a phone worthy of rivalling the best around.
Being in the mobile industry we get asked the same questions a lot, especially when we’re using a brand new phone that most haven’t come across before. The most common is “what’s so good about it?” If you’re going to pick up a HTC One when it comes out next month, here are five answers to have at the ready for the inevitable question.
The UltraPixel Camera
HTC has created a truly unique camera for the HTC One. It’s called an UltraPixel camera, and it’s different in the way that it’s made. The construction of the HTC One’s UltraPixel camera means that the size of each pixel is much bigger than on a normal smartphone. Bigger pixels mean that more light can hit the image sensor, which in turn means that your camera produces sharper, more accurate pictures.
These bigger pixels – meaning more light – also means that the HTC One is one of, if not the best smartphone for taking pictures in low light. Shots at dusk and even in the dark should still be clear and well defined, rather than dark and grainy – perfect for these long wintery nights.
HTC has borrowed from Windows Phone a little and come up with a great little feature called ‘BlinkFeed’. Exclusive to the HTC One, BlinkFeed is a way to see live updates from your favourite websites, news feeds and social sites.
Rather than having to open apps, press refresh and wait for new content to load, everything you want to see is on your homescreen and available at a glance. Tech fans will be able to see news from Engadget, whilst sports fans will get their fix thanks to updates from ESPN – there’s over 10,000 daily news feeds in 16 languages, so there’s bound to be something for everybody.
Infrared is something that was dabbled in with mobile phones at the start of the millennium and then went away for a while, but HTC One is bringing it back. Built in to the power button is an infrared sensor, and thanks to great software, you’ll be able to configure the HTC One to be a remote control for your TV, DVD player or Freeview box.
HTC has given a software kit to developers for the infrared port to experiment with, which means that in future we could be using the HTC One to control our DSLR cameras, Hi-Fi stereos and even CCTV systems. The possibilities are endless.
The HTC One features perhaps the best sound performance on a smartphone to date. BoomSound is named so because of two powerful speakers, dedicated amplifiers and Beats Audio – an awesome combination that provides powerful yet detailed and crisp sound.
Beats Audio kicks in and adds more ‘oomph’ to your music when you plug in a set of headphones, pumping up the bass and giving a much more engaging sound. Those dual speakers also make the phone ideal for watching movies or even short YouTube clips thanks to loud and clear sound reproduction. With the HTC One and BoomSound the days of tinny, quiet speakers are long gone.
HTC Zoe is a fun feature that harnesses the power of the UltraPixel camera to snap 3 second HD videos and high quality pictures at the same time. The result is a GIF-like clip that can be easily shared online or with your friends in person, relaying a specific moment in time.
HTC’s new camera feature isn’t just for funny clips either; the Gallery app will use your pictures and short clips to make showreel videos, automatically adding effects and backing music to create a short video of an event or even an entire day consisting of your pictures and ‘Zoes’. Imagine getting home from a gig and watching it all back and reliving the memories as many times as you want.
This guest post was written by David West of Gadget Helpline, the UK’s leading technical support service, providing the latest gadget news, hints and helpful guides.