AT&T HTC One LTE Review

April 8, 2013
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It's finally time to work with the HTC One here in the United States. Here with the AT&T version of the HTC One, we've got 4G LTE connectivity and a device build that's essentially identical to the original international edition of the device. What's changed is the radio inside and the software build - but only ever so slightly. Here you've got the addition of a few AT&T-specific apps so you're running right with big blue - otherwise it's all sweet!

HTC's Hero Standing

If you have a look at our full HTC One review in its international edition you'll find it to be an easy call for one of the best Android devices in history. With the AT&T edition, again, it's the same show. Since you're not working with a pure vanilla Android experience one way or the other, the difference between a carrier edition and a non-affiliated device is small - and Google did away with the mess that was the Verizon Galaxy Nexus (what with its Verizon pack of influence) this past time around as well - check the T-Mobile edition of the Nexus 4 to see how little an influence they were allowed to have on it.

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AT&T 4G LTE Data Speeds

Thus is the situation with HTC and their HTC One release. Here you've got the same device no matter which carrier its rolling with. Of course you're not necessarily going to have the same amount of connectivity or the same speed if you go with a carrier with a less-than-reputable history, but here with AT&T you're guaranteed excellence. We've been testing the data speeds of this device that you'll be able to get your eyeballs on here - have a peek:

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If you'd like to see how fast Verizon is going in each of these same locations, you can head to the main gallery below - note that at the moment there's no confirmation of a real HTC One for Verizon in the works, but anything is possible!

Battery Life

We're also rolling out with a couple examples of what a day with the HTC One will be like for you as far as battery life goes. You'll have an easy time getting through the bulk of your heavy work day with the HTC One from AT&T without needing to plug it in - and as always, keep that display brightness down and work with wi-fi to allow yourself as much energy as possible. Either way, Qualcomm and HTC have done a rather impressive job of making sure you're not needing to hit the outlet more than once a day - and overnight, if you wish.

Down in the main gallery below you'll also see the iPhone 5's competitive numbers in battery life - rather close indeed!

AT&T Differentiation

As with most AT&T devices working with Android, your set of AT&T-specific apps is not the smallest on the market. You'll get some cloud storage, sure, and you do get access to TeleNav's AT&T edition of what's otherwise called Scout (a fabulous mapping app indeed), but in the end, you can just as easily ignore this friendly family. The difference between the HSPA+ and LTE speeds you'll get on this device with an AT&T SIM (using the international or AT&T iteration) is certainly worth the extra tiny bother of needing to see this set of apps in your drawer.

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The actual device itself appears just as it does internationally - there's no carrier markings here, just HTC's own. This is a rather welcome change after the first phase in this mobile smart device market has been all but commanded by the mobile carriers here in the United States. Should the manufacturers keep themselves in the driver's seat like we're seeing here, we'll certainly bee hopeful about our devices avoiding the NASCAR effect - logos everywhere!

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Have a peek at what Sense 5.0 will be bringing you no matter which version of the HTC One you've got - up close and personal!

Hardware / Cost

This device remains the greatness with a 4.7-inch display at 1080p Full HD, the most dense display on the market today by just a few PPI (468 PPI to be exact). You'll be working with any of the three storage sizes here on AT&T, be it 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB internal storage for prices that reflect said massiveness. The 16GB iteration will cost you $199 USD, the 32GB will run you $249.99, and the 64GB edition will be $299.99 - grab em all!

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Camera

This device also has a fabulous UltraPixel camera - don't be fooled by the 4-Megapixel postings you see here and there - it's off the charts with quality. Learn more about UltraPixel quality now in a real clear explanation and again, head back to our original HTC One review for all the examples you can handle. This device also has a rather nice 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera with a wide-angle lens that'll bust your eyes open with quality.

Each of the following photos were taken by the AT&T HTC One:

The video example here was filmed by Vincent Nguyen when we had our trip down to the New York International Auto Show with SlashGear - hot stuff!

HTC BoomSound Stereo Speakers

One of the biggest surprises you'll find on this device is the correctly-situated HTC BoomSound stereo speakers. You've literally got two sets of speakers on this device, and they're both facing forward. This is another move being made in the mobile market on many great devices that'll have the future baffled - why did anyone ever make a smartphone or tablet with speakers facing your hand? This makes so much more sense! And this setup will require that you never have your speakers on full blast - people will think you've got a full-fledged boombox on your hands.

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Wrap-up

This device is the same excellent smartphone we had a look at several weeks ago - with AT&T you're only getting a device that's better suited for your USA experience, 4G LTE and all! This smartphone is easily one of the best if not THE best handset of the market today, and with AT&T, you'll have the option to grab it in the largest size available - 64GB of internal storage, more than you'll ever use - go big!

Have a peek at our timeline of HTC One hands-on and feature articles for more information on this device, and don't forget to let us know if you've got any questions on how it functions! This machine is tops without a doubt!


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  • http://twitter.com/joshcubed Josh In Florida

    But without external sd card storage , its a no-go for me.

    • jakymiwm

      People really need to get over the “no sd card” thing.

      • Will Frame

        Especially considering the fact that you can’t install or move apps to the SD card anymore. I’d rather have more internal storage.

  • archer75

    It’s interesting how vastly different the reviews can be. The last review I read said the battery life was horrible and the camera wasn’t very good either.

  • anon

    No carrier markings? Did you guys even look at the phone? Theres a freakin ATT logo right on the back above the Beats logo.

    • T Kenton

      Thats only on the box. the actual phone doesnt have it.

  • Megabliss

    Actually, a couple other devices I know that came with forward stereo speakers are the Galaxy Tab 10.1 1 & 2 (the 2 I currently own and the stereo speakers REALLY make a difference!) and I would like seeing someone do a comparison of those and the HTC One experience!

  • Random

    Did the reviewer get the Data capacity wrong?
    Because on the website they only have 32GB and 64 GB, I hope they aren’t going to charge $199 for a 16 GB.

    • Andres Galvan

      My local AT&T store confirmed that the prices are $200 and $300 and 32GB and 64GB. The manager actually owned a white 32GB version which he kindly let me use for a while. They said that the 64GB version probably won’t be available at launch, anyways. Any yes, NO CARRIER MARKINGS!! I was amazed at this…

  • Will Frame

    Why did you run with battery saver on for both battery tests? It would have been better to do one with and one without.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rieku.ame Rieku Ame

    I’ve heard that people can’t pre-order the HTC One in black from AT&T (XDA forums). What gives?

  • Uriah Romero

    If I was to choose AT&T over other providers, it would be for the 64GB version of the HTC One. Overall, with any carrier, it’s good that they all come with a fast processor, great camera, and a 1080p display that should make anything look great. It’d come in handy because I like watching my live and recorded shows on my phone while I’m on my way to work at DISH, since it takes a bit of time to get there. I can do this using the DISH Anywhere app, which I think would work perfectly on the HTC One.