HTC One: 5 Reasons Why You Should/Should Not Buy It

Alright, let’s take a look at HTC’s latest flagship device, the One. It’s got a 4.7″ screen with 1080 full HD resolution, 4 Ultrapixels camera, 1.7Ghz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. After using it for almost a month, we thought it’s about time to share with everyone our thoughts on some reasons why you should get the HTC One.. or not.

Now let’s take a look at the 5 positive reasons.

5. Premium built quality.

We can say that this is the most solid and premium looking Android phone we have ever used. With it’s full unibody aluminium body, the HTC One stands out from the other plasticky phones our there. If you are into quality hardware, this is definitely a must buy.

4. Wide Front Camera

If you love taking photos of yourself and your friends, this one is perfect. The front camera is 2.1 megapixels and has an 88 degrees wide angle lens with HDR. You and 5 of your friends can now fit in 1 photo!

3. Blinkfeed

Comes with the Sense 5 UI on HTC One is Blinkfeed. It’s an RSS, social network and reminder feed all in one which sits on your homescreen. With all these information displayed with just looking at the homescreen, we almost did not open Flipboard at all cos it is now redundant to have that.

2. Ultrapixel Camera

This was a photo we took at a dimly lit restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. See how bright the photo is? According to HTC, they crammed more pixels into every single pixels, hence having the ability to sense more light. The downside? Your photo is only 4 megapixels in size.


This is the only phone in the market that has dual stereo on the top and the bottom of the phone facing the front, which means you can now enjoy stereo audio while watching videos. Words cannot express how awesome it sounds. You need to try it for yourself.

HTC One: 5 Reasons Why You Should/Should Not Buy It

Now that we are done with all the rainbows and unicorns, let’s have a look at 5 reasons why you should not get the HTC One.

5. No menu button.

There is no menu button. Unlike Samsung phones with menu on the left, home in the middle and ‘back’ on the right, HTC decided to be radical and removed the menu button. This is stupid. Users now have to rely on the on-sceen menu button to view more options, double tap on the home button to view background tasks and long press home button to access Google Now. Bad.

4. Speakers not loud enough

Yup we agree that clarity and stereo-ness is awesome but with all these, we also hope that it could all be amplified with a little high volume.

3. Small 4.7″ screen and waste of screenspace

To be honest, we think that 5″ is the perfect size for phones nowadays and 4.7″ on the HTC One seems alright. Nightmare happens when the option button appears at the bottom (they had to put this cos there is not menu button, see point #1). The screen estate now become smaller and we don’t like it.

2. Weird power button placement

Dear HTC, your phone is not small. Please put the power button on the side of the phone and not at the top. Even if you want to place it at the top, place it on the top right. Your users do not have index fingers as long as a carrot.

1. Fingerprints, scratches and dents

Never buy the black HTC One or you will regret for life. Silver is fine.