I have to switch phones a lot, but the HTC One was probably the device I used the most in 2013. For much of the past 12 months there was no better Android phone out there, and that made the One my daily driver for a large portion the year. Only in recent months have phones like the Nexus 5 and Xperia Z1 torn me away from the HTC One. That’s mainly because smartphone technology quickly moves on, and I need to keep track of the latest stuff. Nevertheless I still miss the One’s excellent build quality and ergonomics when I’m using another handset.
I don’t have the luxury of using one phone for more than a few months before the next big thing comes out. But the HTC One occupied my pocket for the better part of 2013, until the Moto X came out in early fall. Part of that switch was ergonomics — the Moto X just fits my hand better. And part of that was the little things Motorola added — Trusted Bluetooth, Touchless Control, Active Display, etc. When my eldest daughter’s 7th birthday rolled around in August, however, down went the Moto X and out came the HTC One. Zoes and Video Highlights are still top-notch, even if they were confusing at times, and poorly explained by HTC.
I have a European model of the One so it hasn’t been my primary device since the Nexus 5 came out because it lacks U.S. LTE bands — but it has had my secondary SIM in it for regular use. It’s charged up and is my go-to device if I don’t mind running on HSPA+, and I have a feeling I’d be carrying it out of the house more often if I had a proper U.S. model.
I haven’t. While I think the HTC One is a very nice phone, and I can see the allure (I agreed with our best phone picks that gave the nod to the HTC One) it’s not exactly for me. When Google added auto-awesome effects into Google+ Photos, the one feature that kept me using the HTC One — the integration of Zoes and stills into highlights — was now available in a device that suits me better.