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Review of the HTC One Google Play Edition on Ars I read today...

 

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/07/rev...of-both-worlds/

 

Got a pretty good wrap, but camera ability was down compared to regular One.

 

I'm still not sure how things function without the regular soft keys. A back and a home key but no key for app switching? I think I just don't understand something.

I think you double tap home for the app switcher. To this day it boggles my mind that HTC removed the dedicated key.

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It was machined from a solid block on aluminum, each piece

taking 200 minutes to carve out

Oh FFS what a complete load of marketing and/or manufacturing bullshit.

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It was machined from a solid block on aluminum, each piece

taking 200 minutes to carve out

Oh FFS what a complete load of marketing and/or manufacturing bullshit.

 

What's the bullshit in that? It's true.

 

Samsung's Galaxy S4 - 'The Life Companion'. Now that's pure PR BS.

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It was machined from a solid block on aluminum, each piece

taking 200 minutes to carve out

Oh FFS what a complete load of marketing and/or manufacturing bullshit.

 

What's the bullshit in that? It's true.

 

Samsung's Galaxy S4 - 'The Life Companion'. Now that's pure PR BS.

 

200 minutes to mill a small block of aluminium? That is what I call bullshit on. 20 minutes I could believe, perhaps even faster.

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200 minutes to mill a small block of aluminium? That is what I call bullshit on. 20 minutes I could believe, perhaps even faster.

It's milling out a fairly complex structure. 200 minutes includes the front panel parts too.

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Just a heads up for fellow One owners out there. If you happen to leave the headphones that comes with the phone in your pants pocket, and it happens to end up go through a wash in the laundry. Then you remember when your folding them to put them away that that is where you left them! Have no fear, they still work like a charm. Huzzah!

 

tldr ; Included earphone build quality is very good...

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Am I the only one who's earholes are too small for that style earphone?

 

Frustrating!!

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Just make like a pornstar and keep ramming them in. Sooner or later I'm sure it'll feel comfortable :p

 

Sidenote ; The washer is always set to 60 deg.

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I got One of these today. (Pun!)

 

Very nice bit of kit.

 

Good speed on LTE, even with just 1 bar! WiFi speed is great too.

 

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We don't have 4G here yet but its impressive nonetheless, had no VDSL at home for a few days and I had 50ms to the DOta servers and 70ms to the aussie GU TF2 servers with almost no packet loss - who would have though mobile broadband had improved this much

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Telstra launched the 4.2.2+ update on Thursday. Haven't noticed too much of a change, other than the addition of some extra animations - screen flies up when phone unlocked, animated weather icon on home page, etc. But the option to replace the default browser on the home bar with Chrome is a welcome return to how things should have been all along. The quick settings access in the notifications panel is a good idea, I removed all my settings widgets in anticipation of it, but sadly the widgets were back on their panel in no time at all. It's still faster to swipe left and tap than change my hand position, swipe down, press the settings button, and then find where the relevant setting I want to toggle is. Samsung have had it right all along (and Motorola too), it would be nice to see their approaches adapted in other Android phones.

 

The only real issue I have with the phone is that Sense 5 still feels a tad incomplete. A lot of the Sense 5 widgets are too small for the screen - they're either 1x2 or 1x3, or 2x3, on a phone whose screen is 4 grid squares across. That and there aren't many widgets at all, in comparison to what the One XL shipped with.

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I don't see any problems. Those settings widgets are shit.

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Haven't noticed too much of a change, other than the addition of some extra animations - screen flies up when phone unlocked, animated weather icon on home page, etc. But the option to replace the default browser on the home bar with Chrome is a welcome return to how things should have been all along.

Apart from the "screen flies up when phone unlocked", those things were all there on 4.1.

 

The "settings in notifications bar" setup is pretty much direct from AOSP, that's how it is on a Nexus.

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My uncle has one of these and it is great. Feels more solid than the Galaxy (in terms of build quality).

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Updated. Apart from the change to the notification area (which I'm a fan of), I haven't noticed any difference (which I'm also a fan of).

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soz, I meant on the lock screen. Definitely didn't see an animated weather icon on the lock screen before.

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I got One of these today. (Pun!)

 

Very nice bit of kit.

 

Good speed on LTE, even with just 1 bar! WiFi speed is great too.

 

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woahwoahwoah!!!!!!

 

Is that ping legit? as in... accurate?

 

That's half my ADSL2+ ping, and 4x my ADSL2+ speed.... I may need to switch to a wireless LTE plan...

I just wanna DOTA with under 50ms ping. My ADSL has 64ms.

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Actually one minor but notable update is that the brightness toggle on the power widget now has two extra states - very low and automatic brightness. This is a big improvement, as I often toggle brightness down low at night, but found the previous low setting was still too bright in a dark room, it was still about a third of the way up the brightness slider in the settings panel.

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I got One of these today. (Pun!)

 

Very nice bit of kit.

 

Good speed on LTE, even with just 1 bar! WiFi speed is great too.

 

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woahwoahwoah!!!!!!

 

Is that ping legit? as in... accurate?

 

That's half my ADSL2+ ping, and 4x my ADSL2+ speed.... I may need to switch to a wireless LTE plan...

I just wanna DOTA with under 50ms ping. My ADSL has 64ms.

 

It is. But it does fluctuate.

 

Here's a test with TWO bars (out of 5).

 

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Omg Squall, you've got 2 viruses on your phone ;p

 

Just another HTC One PSA; the included headphones still work after a second trip in the washing machine!

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