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Ask MoDaCo: the HTC One


This is the HTC One, in stunning black. I have to confess that I really like the silver one, but now I have a black one in my hands... it's really growing on me.

A device such as this deserves an extensive, thorough and honest review and that's what I will deliver - but I know lots of you have questions about the device right now... so i'm here to answer any queries you have.

Fire away! :)

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loving mine got it today very beatifull phone the best i have ever seen and i had them all lol.
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Is there and issue playing HD content on YouTube? Only HQ videos will play?
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Hmmm, not noticed that, i'll have a look.

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Only via mobile network it seems, via WiFi it will revert to HD. Same sim card I have been using before on my GN - so not carrier related?
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Hi paul! Would like to ask what do you think about this one?

The reviewee said it's something like the iphone. Is your black HTC One this fragile also? Do you already experience this?

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I don't have my black one any more. :(

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Hey Paul! I've obviously seen the new clock widget. I've also heard friend stream is gone.. what widgets made the cut? Also, is there a new live wallpaper?

Thanks.
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any news on your review ....or did i miss it ,..?
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Shortly!

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Can we expect a kitchen soon? :)
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Been playing with it for 4 hours and only just found out how to access recently opened apps :blink: d'oh :P :blush:

n.b not a huge fan of the stock gallery app. Is there a way to just have your own pics and not all your social media friends pics too? it looks like another Blinkfeed in there lol :mellow: oops....ignore that.. > :blush: < obvious setting :P
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After reading the Verge review and seeing other previews I have the following comments and questions.


Camera
Takes low light shots that the iPhone 5 couldn't - bonus
Verge say "Shots only good enough for Facebook and instagram" - so what, i'm not taking pictures to print on 2 foot high canvas, I have a 'proper' camera for that. You will never get brilliant shots in a smartphone, simple. I think people are forgetting that if you want good pictures, you need a dLSR or similar and are expecting miracles that defy physics with a tiny lens and sensor. Some realism please. ;)

Price
£519 sim-free.....ouch, how can anyone possibly spend 500 quid for this when a 16gn Nexus 4 is just £279? What makes the £240 difference worth it?

My two exact points, when I feel the need to justify the purchase of my Nexus 4 to those considering any other high end smartphone, but then again, since the Nexus 1, buy my phones off contract, SIM Free and will continue where I can (others may not be able to, this I accept)
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Been playing with it for 4 hours and only just found out how to access recently opened apps :blink: d'oh :P :blush:

n.b not a huge fan of the stock gallery app. Is there a way to just have your own pics and not all your social media friends pics too? it looks like another Blinkfeed in there lol :mellow:


Hi trishmac


Have you ditched your Nexus 4 already??????

:wacko: :blink: :unsure:
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Hi trishmac


Have you ditched your Nexus 4 already??????

:wacko: :blink: :unsure:

Yep.. Afraid so.. The charging and signal issues were driving me crazy lol :P I upgraded early to the One.. And happy.. hopefully..now ;-) x
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Yep.. Afraid so.. The charging and signal issues were driving me crazy lol :P I upgraded early to the One.. And happy.. hopefully..now ;-) x


can I ask you how the battery life compares to the Nexus 4?
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Yep.. Afraid so.. The charging and signal issues were driving me crazy lol :P I upgraded early to the One.. And happy.. hopefully..now ;-) x

I can understand that, hoping the HTC One is proving to be the phone you need. I have had a hands on and it's one of the few non Nexus devices I would seriously consider.
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I can understand that, hoping the HTC One is proving to be the phone you need. I have had a hands on and it's one of the few non Nexus devices I would seriously consider.

Hi :) thanks. I absolutely love it! HTC all the way :P
Waiting on my Barely There case coming , hopefully tomorrow, and I won't be so scared to take it out lol :blush:
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can I ask you how the battery life compares to the Nexus 4?


Hi..I find it much the same as the Nexus 4 so far..but I should know better after it has had a few charging cycles :)
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Hi..I find it much the same as the Nexus 4 so far..but I should know better after it has had a few charging cycles :)


I'm finding it slightly worse than the n4 had been since the last update, but better than the n4 used to be.

The default auto brightness is also a lot brighter than the nexus in the same light, and I have a feeling that if the nexus was set this bright it wouldn't last anywhere near as long.
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hey paul, did a quick search and saw no mention of it...Does google wallet work on the M7?
*edit
ok saw your post...but with a s-on device it isn't working.
htc what are you doing? unlocked, unbranded but s-on?
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did you do your review yet..?
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did you do your review yet..?


I was thinking the same thing earlier, I assumed I'd just missed it.
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did you do your review yet..?


Me too, resisting the urge to splurge until I get Paul's view.
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I really want this but I also love my Modaco'd Nexus 4, I can afford both handsets but cannot justify having 2 top phones, besides the wife will kill me no doubt, club me to death with her iPhone 4S

Decisions......Decisions!!!!
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Apr 18 2013 11:23 PM
Whilst I am definitely not as techincally-able as many of the guys on here, I will definitely vouch for the quality of this version of HTC - well, I have the One XL
I've had it for approximately four months now and I haven't many bad words to say about it - the software is brilliant, the internet browsing is about as fast as I've ever seen on a mobile phone and the camera is, well, world-class. Those who have owned one of these beauties will testify to that.
The only slight issue I have with it is the volume of the speakers when playing music - without headphones.
Due to the build-in Beats Audio I was 'expecting' great results, ie the ability to play loud music without that distorted crackliness of many other handsets. There is definitely none of that, but then the volume is relatively quiet in comparison to other products. I am also owner (recently) of an iPhone5 and the X8 and both are noticeably much louder. That said, with headphones it is without doubt my favourite of the lot.
Anyway, given I now have three top-of-the-range phone models I definitely need to part with one and so the One XL is the one biting the bullet, I'm sad to say. The iPhone 5 is a work phone and the X8 my new 'toy'.
So if anyone is interested to take the One XL off my hands I'll be happy to listen. If not I will put it on eBay. It acceps T;Mobile/EE/Orange micro-sims, is in excellent condition other than slight scratches on the screen - not noticeable when the screen is unlocked and will definitely make a new owner happy.
I am happy to send/post pictures if people want to see it
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