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The HTC One, when released in 2013, may well have been the best Android phone of the year. Great looks and some genuinely innovative features means the HTC One was passed over only by those who hadn't done their research. Check out reviews, specifications and the latest pricing for the HTC One, below.

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Here's a list of all the top HTC One deals we recommend in Australia. These are handpicked based on quality of the network, what you get in with the plan, and of course, value for money.

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HTC One

$24 a month

Optus

$ 35 Optus My Plan

Unlimited standard text and MMS to Australian Mobiles. Optus Mobile Fair GoTM Policy applies.

300 mins

500 MB

24 months

Free delivery for online orders

All for use within Australia. Cost of 1MB included data is $0.03

$59 / month
$24 handset + $35 plan

Min. Total Cost $1,416
over 24 months

HTC One

$0 a month

Optus

$ 50 Optus My Plan

Unlimited standard text and MMS to Australian Mobiles. Optus Mobile Fair GoTM Policy applies.

600 min

1 GB

24 months

Free delivery for online orders

All for use within Australia. Cost of 1MB included data is $0.02

$50 / month
$0 handset + $50 plan

Min. Total Cost $1,200
over 24 months

HTC One

$0 a month

Optus

$ 60 Optus My Plan

Unlimited standard text and MMS to Australian Mobiles. Optus Mobile Fair GoTM Policy applies.

Unlimited

2 GB

24 months

Free delivery for online orders

All for use within Australia. Cost of 1MB included data is $0.01

$60 / month
$0 handset + $60 plan

Min. Total Cost $1,440
over 24 months

HTC One

$0 upfront a month

Optus

$ 80 Optus My Plan

Unlimited standard text and MMS to Australian Mobiles. Optus Mobile Fair GoTM Policy applies.

Unlimited

3 GB

24 months

Bonus 2 GB data

All for use within Australia. Cost of 1MB included data is $0.01

$80 / month
$0 upfront handset + $80 plan

Min. Total Cost $1,920
over 24 months

HTC One

$0 upfront a month

Optus

$ 100 Optus My Plan

Unlimited standard text and MMS to Australian Mobiles. Optus Mobile Fair GoTM Policy applies.

Unlimited

5 GB

24 months

Bonus 3 GB data

All for use within Australia. Cost of 1MB included data is $0.01

$100 / month
$0 upfront handset + $100 plan

Min. Total Cost $2,400
over 24 months

Where to find HTC One deals

There are many plans for the HTC One out there, but below are the ones and a good place to start your search. Good luck!

Why get the HTC One?

HTC's 2013 flagship smartphone sits on the cutting edge of Android in function and design.

What's good
Beautiful looks
Solid metalic body
Great camera - especially in low light
Loud stereo speakers
What's not so good
No expandable memory
Battery can't be replaced by user
Poor video and audio codec support
ProcessorQuad-Core 1.7 GHz
Memory137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm
Camera140g
Video1080 30 FPS
OSAndroid Jellybean
Dimensions137.4 mm x 68.2 mm x 9.3 mm
Weight143 g
Network Support2G / 3G / 4G
Screen Size4.7 inches Super LCD3 1080p Full HD
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
SIM TypeMicro SIM

The HTC One is the Best HTC Phone So Far

First, a quick summary

 

Pros of the HTC One

  • Could be the best Android phone of the year
  • Beautiful, metalic chassis looks high quality and unique
  • Innovative, unique software including Blinkfeed and Zoe
  • Stereo speakers you can actually hear
  • Innovative camera, better sensor not ‘just more megapixels’

 

Cons of the HTC One

  • HTC brand not as credible as Samsung to some
  • Users cannot change the battery or memory themselves
  • Annoying power button location

 

Overview

2012’s most impressive steps forward for mobile phones were arguably in the core processing capabilities of new phones. 2013 was a year of progress in phone software. The HTC One sets the tone for software, amongst Australia’s biggest sellers. It offers genuinely innovative software capabilities.

The HTC One looks impressive, has a beautiful screen and improved software, an impressive software suite and speakers ( for music, games and films ) which were better than those I have on my PC. Put that with a beautiful device with a modern look  and I reckon HTC have a winner.

 

HTC vs Samsung

The HTC One is the new release from one of the best phone manufacturers in the world.  It’s an important phone for the whole HTC company. HTC have struggled for success in a very competitive marketplace, beginning to lose out to Samsung around the time of the Galaxy S2 in 2010 / 2011. Their products have always been great. 2012’s HTC One X was a well constructed device with almost identical hardware to the Samsung Galaxy S3. Unfortunately, Samsung have outspent and out performed HTC on marketing.

After poor judgement in their purchase of Beats Audio which HTC sold not long after it made the investment ( retaining some licensing rights ) and a nosedive attempt to tackle the tablet market with the HTC Flyer Tablet, the HTC One is a big bet for Taiwan’s biggest phone manufacturer. It’s a successor to last year’s HTC One which was a fantastic device which never quite delivered it’s potential commercially for HTC.

The HTC One is always going to be compared to the current Samsung Galaxy and iPhone offering. My experience of each of them is that, when given an iPhone 5 to hold, people say ‘I love my Macbook Air. Isn’t the iPhone 5 light.’ Given a Samsung Galaxy S3 they say ‘Nice screen but I wouldn’t want to drop it – it’s all plastic.’ All anyone said when I showed them my HTC One was ‘Wow.’ It’s a stunning device.

 

Launch problems

With so much as stake, it’s perhaps surprising then that telco rumours suggest that HTC wanted to release the HTC One in February of 2013 but suffered a delay. That put the launch close to the Samsung Galaxy S4, around the end of April this year and, regrettably, risks the success of HTC’s flagship product for 2013.

 

First things first, how does it look ?

Simply put, I think the HTC One is the most beautiful phone on the market. It has a brushed metal chassis which looks too thin to be real. The stark front is broken up by the first thing you notice, a screen with a totally revised User Interface ( see below ) and a machine drilled set of speaker holes at both the top and bottom of the phone.

Picking the HTC One up and weighing it, it’s certainly heavier than other phones on the market but the weight makes it feel high class rather than like you’ve got too much change in your pocket. It has the feel of a robust device which would survive a drop.

Importantly, it looks different to all the other devices on the market. The HTC One stands out in a world of iPhones and Galaxy S3s.

 

No arguing with screen quality

A big part of those good looks come from the screen. It’s 4.7 inches across, scratch resistant Gorilla Glass 2 and it’s been cleverly engineered in to the body to make the chassis it thinner than even last year’s HTC One.  With 1920 x 1080 resolution, the HTC One has an incredible 469 ppi Pixel Density, more even than the Retina screen’s 326ppi of the iPhone 5. Unfortunately, in practical use, that means little improvement. There’s only so much the human eye can discern in terms of pixel density and this capability has been maxed out already.

 

HTC’s Unique Software

Releasing a device running Jellybean so close to the release of Key Lime Pie must have been a difficult choice for HTC although admittedly they promise an upgrade soon. But it’s the HTC software which makes the HTC One stand out, not the operating system it’s built on.

The software on the HTC One is an impressive suite which offers a well tested platform to support the things people actually do in their lives.

Key software features include :

  • Blinkfeed : Which offers a constantly updated homescreen but inexplicably, especially for an Android phone, can’t be turned off. It pulls together all the different components of your life, Facebook posts, Twitter feeds, news feeds from hundreds of sources, everything. It’s constantly changing and fascinating to watch. If you’ve got any experience of Flipboard and Windows’ Metro User Interface, the best way I can describe Blinkfeed is as a blend of the two.
  • Zoe : Zoe automatically captures a series of 3 second videos and ties them together as a video story of your day. The result is automatically backed up to the 25GB Dropbox account that comes with the HTC One. This is great so long as you like regularly cleaning the account out and you’ve connected your device to your home wifi connection so you don’t work through the ever decreasing amount of data that Australian telcos are including in their plans.
  • Sense 5.0 : I’ve always liked previous versions of HTC’s Sense software, especially in the early days when it filled some of the gaps in the native Android OS. HTC have paired their Sense software back to be much closer to the core Jellybean operating system and the result is a clean, quick experience in every area of the phone.

 

The UltraPixel Camera

It’s possible to raise a case against constantly increasing the number of pixels in a camera shot. Does it actually improve anything ? HTC say no. They’ve cut down the resolution of the images taken and focussed on improving other aspects of the camera. Overall, the results of using the camera on the HTC One were fine but not an improvement on the HTC One X for me. I found moving the lens while panning across a scene made the video results inconsistent and sometimes shuddery.

It’s never easy to re-educate a market. For years, people have judged the quality of a camera – be that on a mobile phone or a point and shoot at Bing Lee, first, on the number of MegaPixels it has. With the HTC One, bravely, the Taiwan based company has attempted to provide better pictures not by increasing the number of MegaPixels it has but by changing other elements of the hardware that goes in to the camera. The lens on the HTC One’s camera is gyroscopic to correct for small accidental hand movements which can blur images. The aperture is f/2.0, capturing ( HTC tell us ) three times as much light as competitors. The result is a 4 MegaPixel ‘UltraPixel’ camera designed to take better pictures in all conditions, especially low light.

The camera software is good with cool features like the ability to remove objects from the background and smooth the skin of people in shots as well as more regularly seen features like red eye removal. For me, it worked. The images were fine in good light and noticeably better in lower light conditions which, having used the HTC One for some time, I came to realise were the majority of the shots I took. Having better low light capabilities meant I took my phone out in situations I wouldn’t have bothered with previously, at restaurants, pubs, driving in the car ( when a passenger of course ). Image / picture files sizes were smaller which means I wasn’t worrying about the device memory filling up. They were easier to share, either over email or by uploading to Facebook. I think it’s fair to say that the quality of the shots taken on the HTC One was lower than even the 8MP camera I’ve got on my Samsung Galaxy S3 when I was zooming in on a component of the picture. If I’d have wanted to print them off – for something large like a plate mat, for example, the HTC One wouldn’t have been the right device for that. But then, I never print phone pictures off for posters. I work during the day and I go out at night. I snap some shots and then share them with friends. The HTC One nails it.

 

Speakers are actually usable

Finally, the speakers on the HTC One offered, for the first time in my experience, a usable, audible level of sound when they were playing music, video or when I was playing a game. Personally, I don’t think Beats Audio offers much to the real experience of an HTC phone but having realistic sound coming out of such a small device at a volume you can hear is an improvement.

 

The Flaws In The HTC One

Unfortunately, the HTC One has many of the flaws of its’ predecessor.

  • Battery life : Much like the Samsung Galaxy S3, all screen and a 2300 mAh battery means I ran out of juice late afternoon each day. On device battery management software is fine but if you lose key features like wireless network access or screen brightness and can’t use it, all you’re left with is the need to buy a charger for your car and desk to make sure you’re constantly topping up which is at best inconvenient. Sooner or later, you’re going to forget and not have your phone when you need it most.
  • With no expandable memory : you’re stuck buying the 64GB version if you want to be sure all this automated memory collecting isn’t going to fill your phone memory up too quickly.
  • Power button on the top of the phone : This is not a trivial feature ! Putting the power button up there means that turning it on ( which everyone does, 20 times a day ) requires 2 hands.

 

Is it worth the money ?

My answer is an emphatic yes. The HTC One nails so many aspects of what we’ve come to expect from phones that it should be a serious consideration for anyone not hooked on getting the latest Apple product.

It looks great, the software automatically sorts and ties together a reminder of your day in a way that can be shared with friends. The homepage keeps you endlessly informed and up to date on whatever you find interesting. The camera’s great for real life use and it’s got a great set of speakers. If that’s not enough, well then I don’t know what is !

HTC One Customer reviews

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"Great build quality and feel in the hand. Nice and fast too. "

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Questions about the HTC One

Do you have to use Blinkfeed ?

Thanks for the question. For those that don’t know what Blinkfeed is, it’s a news and social feed aggregation app exclusive to HTC which is preinstalled on the HTC One. That said, in my view, Blinkfeed is a bit of a funny one. HTC really want you to use it !  The simplest way to avoid it bothering you is to avoid adding any feeds to it and BlinkFeed. That way, it won’t trouble you too much. Your other option is rooting the phone and removing it that way. In my view, it is best not to do that, there’s too much that can go wrong especially for the more inexperienced user. When you’re using your phone, just head back over to the home screen and you can act as if BlinkFeed is not even there.

What kind of speakers does it have ?

The HTC One M7 has some really good speakers – I mean for a phone. They’re in to all this Beats Audio stuff. Beats Audio is the default speaker for the phone – which is just as well because you’re going to need to have it turned on in order to access the full power of the speakers. The HTC One M7 is one of the only smartphones on the market with front facing speakers. By smartphone standards, they’re about the best speakers on the market. They won't be able to replace your regular stereo speakers, but they are top notch for phone sound and louder than most of the alternatives we’ve used.

Does the HTC One M7 have a fast processor?

The phone comes with with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chip on the inside and has tested with high marks across the board. At 1.7 GHz, the M7 is able to handle all your apps and multitask needs. The truth is that any processor you get on a top end phone like this is going to do you fine. There is a lot os spare capacity in the chips which are used these days. The software needs to catch up both in terms of how it’s written ( to take advantage of the capabilities of the processors ) and also to make full use of all the processing cycles which are available. We’ve written extensively on this subject here : Quad Core Processors

How does it look ?

I love the looks and feel of the HTC One M7. In my view, it’s got the best aesthetics of any 2013 release phone. I love te unibody aluminium design with zero gap construction, which will appeal to those of you who are sick of Samsung’s plastic bodies. They’ve also used an all-aluminium back which greatly helps people those who regularly drop their phones. Like me.From a features and functions standpoint, you’ll do well to check out the reviews we have on this page and the specifications tab which is just above this question and answer section. The HTC One M7 offers 18 hours of talk time, 2GBs of RAM storage, up to 64 GBs of internal storage ( if you buy one or more SD cards ), NFC, replaceable battery, HTC MegaPixel camera, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. In addition, the M7 comes with a 4.7 inch LCD display, 1080p, and Gorilla Glass protection. Finally, the phone comes with an IR blaster, which allows the phone to do double duty as a universal remote for the TV.

What is the difference between a HTC One M7 and the 2014 HTC One M8?

This is a natural question. The M8 has a slightly bigger display, but each phone has the same resolution. The same technology is used in the construction of each phone. The M8 uses 20 percent more aluminium in its casing and has a slightly faster processor.However, the storage capabilities remain the same. While the M8 does carry some slight improvements, it is not enough to rank the M8 head and shoulders above the M7. Consider the pricing difference in order to evaluate whether the extra expense is worth it from your point of view.

How do I add more home screens?

Hmm, a basic one. OK then : The M7 only comes with one home screen, you can add up to five more. Go to the customize home screen section in your phone and you can add panels.  Sounds like this is your first Android. You’re going to love it !
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