A few weeks back I was just asking on Facebook for suggestions on what phone I should get next – my existing Blackberry Bold 9780 has served me well over a year (almost 2 years in fact) and it has been through literally hell and water with me as I travelled the world and took it into the fast lane(s) of motorsports.
While the Blackberry is fantastic with emails and I can type really fast on the BB keypad, I need something that can take better photos. I was just at Fuji Speedway two weekends ago and the views of Mount Fuji was simply breathtaking. Unfortunately I couldn’t capture good pictures (I left my DSLR in my bag in the boot!) and this isn’t the first time I’ve felt like that about missing the chance to capture a beautiful moment.
Suggestions poured in freely and one reader thought the HTC XE Sensation with Beats would suit me. I was just checking out the features of that when I got an invite to the launch of the new HTC One Series..
Maybe it’s a sign from above that I should be considering a HTC for my next phone… My last 3 phones have been a Blackberry and I have considered the iPhone, but my options are still very much open. Because I travel rather frequently and I am engaged in motorsport-related activity, a phone that has brilliant camera and video recording functions would be ideal.
Sometimes for certain events I don’t really need to lug my DSLR along and frankly I am quite happy to leave it at home. However, I do want to at least take decent photos and it would be absolutely great if I can have a phone good enough to double up as a compact camera and a phone so I don’t have to bring both separately.
The HTC One launch was held at Marina Bay Sands last Friday in this huge HTC One World with various ‘countries’ that are actually stations to try out the different functions and features of the phones. My eyes automatically spotted the two MINI ONE cars and I just had to take photos with the cars…
One of the key objectives for the HTC One series, according to Lennard Hoornik, President of HTC South Asia Pacific, was “to enable the user to remember their best moments in life easily, whether it be capturing a photo or listening to a song”, hence HTC strived to “improve these emotional experiences with an amazing camera and authentic sound experience.”
What does he mean by ‘Amazing Camera’? The HTC One has this all-encompassing technology called ImageSense that holds the following features:
· Superfast Capture – HTC One dramatically reduces the time it takes to capture those key moments. In just 0.7 seconds you’re able to take a shot, and with a new superfast 0.2-seconds autofocus, continue to take nearly unlimited continuous shots simply by holding the shutter button.
· Good photos in adverse conditions – HTC One delivers dramatic enhancements in image capture quality even in adverse conditions such as low light, no light or with bright backlighting. The f/2.0 lens on the HTC One X offers best-in-class performance, capturing 40 percent more light than the f/2.4 lenses available on other high-end phones. HTC One also includes HDR, a market-leading technology, for taking great photos even when there are varying levels of brightness.
· Video Pic (Concurrent Video/Still Capture) – With Video Pic you capture a photo and shoot video at the same time. Now, while you’re shooting HD video, all you have to do is tap the shutter button and it snaps a high-resolution still photo while the video continues to shoot. You are also able to capture a photo frame from a previously recorded video.
· Dropbox integrated with HTC Sense - HTC One gives you an easy way to save and share your photos and videos. HTC has integrated Dropbox into HTC Sense 4 enabling HTC One customers to get 25 gigabytes of free Dropbox space for two years. That’s enough to keep more than 10,000 high-quality photos. Dropbox is also integrated throughout HTC Sense 4, so it’s easy to edit, save and share your documents and other kinds of files.
· Sharing your photos and more – HTC One gives you a new way to share your photos and videos. When you plug in HTC’s wireless Media Link HD* accessory into your TV’s HDMI port, you can easily share your photos, videos, or anything else on your phone with your friends, family or colleagues regardless of the television’s brand as long as it has HDMI.
[To read more on the HTC One, you can view the news piece I put up here.]
After attending the HTC One launch and trying out the capabilities of the phone, I think this might just be The One.
The HTC One is available in Singapore from 2 April in 2 versions
- the HTC One X (S$898) and HTC One V (S$398).