By: Rich DeMuro
4/19/2013

HTC’s new flagship Android phone–called the One–launches today, and it packs some neat new tricks.

The $200 device features a great camera, crystal clear display full HD display, and even an IR blaster to use as a TV remote.

I went hands on with the device and here are some thoughts:

Design:

  • Beautiful design – The One is an eye-catching handset made from a single piece of metal.
  • The battery isn’t replaceable and the you can’t add more memory.

Sound:

  • Dual speakers sound great compared to other smartphone speakers.

User Interface:

  • Blinkfeed on the updated version of HTC’s sense UI is good for people who want a constant news feed. A bit too hectic on the screen for me.
  • If you don’t like Blinkfeed as the homescreen, you can always adjust it.

Camera:

  • The Camera on the One is excellent. It’s only 4 megapixels but it captures more light so pictures look great, even in dark settings.
  • A feature called ZOE captures a few frames before and after you hit the shutter so you can pick the best shot, which is handy if you have kids.  The included software also lets you erase photobombers.

TV Remote:

  • With the power button doubling as an IR blaster, the HTC One can be used as a universal controller. Especially useful today because many of us have our smartphones near us when watching TV.

Final Verdict:

The HTC One is great if you want an Android phone with a good camera. The biggest issue with the phone was that it felt heavy relative to its size and was slippery in the hand.

Visit one of these locations to get hands on with a live demo of the HTC One.

BoomSound Lounges

Washington DC – Harbour

Cross Streets:

  • K St NW and Thomas Jefferson St NW
  • 3050 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

Hours of Operation: 10am-8pm

LA – Hollywood

Cross Streets:

  • Hollywood and Highland
  • Hollywood Blvd. by the Dolby Theatre Arch

Hours of Operation: 10am-8pm

SF – Embarcadero

Cross Streets:

  • Plaza Sacramento St dead ends into Drumm St.
  • 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111

Hours of Operation: 10am-8pm

Atlanta – Perimeter Hall

Cross Streets:

  • Perimeter Center W and Ashford Dunwoody Rd
  • 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30346

Hours of Operation:

10am-8pm (Mon-Sun)
12pm-7pm (Sunday)

Philadelphia – Franklin Square

Cross Streets:

  • 6th and Race or 7th and Race (Great Lawn/East Lawn Walkway entrance)
  • 200 North 6th Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

Hours of Operation: 10am-7pm

New York – Columbus Circle

Cross Streets:

  • Plaza Triangle between Central Park West & Broadway
  • More specifically, by the subway station at Trump Hotel in front of the Trump Globe

Hours of Operation: 10am-8pm

Chicago – WrigleyVille

Cross Streets:

  • N Clark and W Waveland Ave (Cubs Park)
  • 3650 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60613

Hours of Operation: 10am-8pm

HTC Showrooms:

  •     Chicago – Westfield Fox Valley Mall
  •     Los Angeles – Westfield Topanga
  •     Washington D.C. – Westfield Montgomery Mall
  •     Toronto – Vaughn Mills
  •     Dallas/Ft. Worth – GPP Stonebriar Center
  •     San Francisco – Westfield Valley Fair
  •     Atlanta – GPP North Point Mall
  •     Houston – GPP The Woodlands
  •     Vancouver – Metropolisat Metrotown
  •     New Jersey – Westfield Garden State Plaza