HTC One M7 Review: Is it any good after one year?

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When a new flagship device is announced by a top notch manufacturer the whole technical journalism community gets busy covering the announcement, writing reviews, videos and what not but this buzz dies only after a short period of time as some other manufacturer announces it’s own flagship and the whole focus shifts. This vicious circle goes on and on and on and everybody forgets that device. So here we are, with the metal cladded HTC One (M7) in our hands and thinking Is it any good after one year? Let’s find out in our an-year-after review.

Build

The build is as awesome as it gets. At 9.3 mm thickness it’s a divine device to hold to. The unibody aluminium construction just makes you hold it more and more. The refined holes for speaker grills add grace to the appearance of the device while the curved back adds some class to the device. It may be a bit slippery to hold to and a bit big for a 4.7 inch screen device but only it’s successor can tackle it in the whole android market in terms of build quality.

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Read more: All you need to know about HTC One M8 (2014)

Camera

The camera capabilities revolve around the 4UP (ultrapixel) sensor embedded into the back of the device which sports 1080p video recording at 30 frames per second. The term ‘ultrapixel’ refers to the larger megapixels used in the camera for more capacity of light captured. It does a decent job and an average person will be amazed, but if you are into street photography and overall a camera personality then this device may not be for you. There is also a front camera present for video calling and selfie capturing.

Display

The HTC ONE sports a 4.7 inch 1080p display resulting in 469 pixels per inch. It is certainly top notch and only a few can beat it in terms of sharpness and color reproduction. It is a Super LCD 3 panel so the picture contrast is excellent and the view angles are spectacular with no shifts in color. The pixel density takes it a giant step above retina displays and it is almost impossible for the naked eye to spot isolated pixels. Sunlight legibility is the only downside but it is quite made up by it’s good screen brightness so nothing ‘un-usable’ there. After a year of competition it still gives the flagships a run for their money.

Software

HTC has well supported it’s year before flagship as expected and now ships with android 4.4.2 and Sense 6 and the existing users have already received the update so there are no complains in that category. It sports BlinkFeed which is basically a news feeder in HTC style. It adjoins the homescreens and the user can choose the topic it wants to get news on. Social feeds are also supported like Facebook , Instagram and Twitter and makes newsfeeding a bit easy but the execution may be a miss by HTC. As for the other part it sports all the new features bought by Android KitKat and some more by Sense 6. It brings the new color scheme introduced by HTC One M8 and the new menu launcher. All in all it is still toe to toe with the top flagships in terms of features and refinement.

Hardware

When the HTC One was announced it sported a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU with Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM and was amongst the best combinations available on the market and it is still capable to run all the demanding applications available on the Play Store. We tested the Asphalt 8 on it and it ran butter smooth with the highest of settings. With the Quadrant Standard score in 12000-13000 range, it will not stutter in day to day use and will multitask with ease.

Battery

It features a 2300mAh Li-Po battery inside the metal chassis and can boast of 14 hours of 3G talktime or 10 Hours of Web surfing. The battery life may not be the best in the bunch but is still respectable and will get you through the day with average usage of calls and web. It is Non – User replaceable so a portable power bank is suggested if you put your phone through a plethora of activities.

Verdict

Being a last year flagship HTC ONE (M7) still promises a lot of punch and with the metal unibody chassis , it is still loved and adored by many around and can give the current flagships a run for their money. It is not the software features which makes the HTC ONE so special. It’s the classic HTC stuff like the unmatched aluminium chassis and the Super LCD 3 panel on the front which makes it special. Beats audio needs special mentioning and it is these little things which make a big impact on the user experience. HTC doesn’t focus on throwing features which may not even be used. It concentrates on main user experience and usability.

Related:
1. All you need to know about the HTC One M8
2. HTC One 2014 (M8) vs HTC One 2013 (M7) Specs Comparison
3. iPhone 5S Review – A Week with my New iPhone After HTC One

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Rishabh Walia

I am a 2nd Year college student having a passion for anything electronics. I am a freelance and an author at Virtuaniz.com .

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