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HTC EVO 4G LTE vs HTC One, round 5: speaker, feel, root

HTC One plastic sidingThis is probably my last installment in the series pitting the former Sprint flagship HTC phone (the EVO 4G LTE) against the current HTC flagship phone (the One). While I was not able to do all the testing that everyone might have wanted with my limited time with the One, I did enough to decide that I’m not ditching my EVO 4G LTE just yet, although I do consider the One a marked improvement in hardware over it’s predecessor.

Speaker

The One comes with a speaker configuration called BoomSound. I listened to the same song a few times on both the One and the EVO. The One manages to make the EVO sound sort of like a cheap AM radio, although BoomSound doesn’t exactly sound stellar in terms of audio reproduction to me, either. If you’re listening to your music without a headset of some sort, BoomSound on the One is the way to go in terms of phone audio, although it’s still not as good as an entry-level PC speaker and can’t compare to any wired headphones in terms of overall reproduction.

I will say this, however: If you want to be woken out of a dead sleep by an EAS alert, BoomSound will do that for you. It’s pretty loud in terms of a phone speaker. HTC claims it’s loud enough to attract a crowd, but from what I experienced that crowd would need to be not talking and within 50 feet.

Feel

I thought the One’s body was entirely aluminum, as HTC advertises a sleek aluminum body. The great body build has been a main selling point for the One, but unless you claim that the side of the phone is not the body, or I have an aberrant version of the phone, the HTC One is not entirely screen and aluminum. It’s maybe 1/12 plastic, 5/12 screen, 1/2 aluminum.

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It’s not a lot more than a metal backplate, unless this stuff on the side is some sort of plastic-like aluminum I do not know about.

I’ll spare some details here, but short of it is the sides of the phone slip when the aluminum doesn’t, and I generally hold my phone by the sides since holding the back usually involves holding the screen as well, and putting fingerprints on it.

I’ll point out that the pictures on HTC’s One website tend to show a grayish looking side which sort of would indicate to me aluminum, and my One has a more light beige-plastic look.

What’s really odd is that the HTC EVO 4G LTE has an aluminum side, and it’s great: your fingers don’t slip, although they do on the cheap plastic fingerprint-grabbing top.

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The One also has this nice curved back which makes it look extremely pretty, and also makes it death to a pile of phones at bar trivia. Don’t stack other phones on it. Lesson learned.

The lack of a kickstand and a camera button make operating this a bit clumsy to me, but I’ll probably say that about any device. Once you go EVO, it’s hard to escape the need for these things.

Root

While I haven’t rooted the HTC One, I can compare the One to the EVO 4G LTE by development ROMs I can locate. On the Sprint version of the One, I can locate 13 Sense-based ROMs, and 13 AOSP/AOKP ROMs, of which only about 15 could be considered active. With the EVO 4G LTE, we’ve still got about the same ratio of active, plus a score of inactive but workable ROMs.

While the EVO 4G LTE community isn’t as active as the EVO 4G community was back in its day, it still enjoyed a bit from the original EVO’s development crowd.

Software

I’m not a fan of HTC’s software except the camera; that they got right. The One’s camera software excels. One thing to note, though, is that software can be ported to another Sense device, assuming it’s rooted and the drivers are available, which HTC is notorious for not releasing.

Wrap-up

I enjoyed the Sprint version of the HTC One. My opinion is that, for the average photographer, it’s got a better camera and editing system. For everyone it’s got a better speaker, and it’s the exact same in terms of ability to move data on and off the built-in storage, so boot and install times are the same.

The One rules in terms of CPU power, but the slowest-component rule applies here (if you can’t get data off the storage to the CPU any faster, you’re not going to see marked improvements). This is evident when loading games, but not so much once they’re running. I’m also assuming the root flashing experience would be about as slow as it is on the EVO 4G LTE.

I’d consider upgrading my wife’s EVO 3D to this, as it’s quite a piece of work and we could use more non-blurry baby pictures, but the EVO 4G LTE for the moment suits my needs.

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6 thoughts on “HTC EVO 4G LTE vs HTC One, round 5: speaker, feel, root

  • Avatar of Techymarkbo

    I had an EVO LTE and switched to T-Mobile for the One. It has been a much better experience for me. I could barely use 1 GB with Sprint. Now I’m over 4 GB with T-mo. Just goes to show how much more swill be used if available.

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    • I just jumped from my EVO 4G LTE to a Nexus 4 on T-Mo, and couldn’t be happier. I know exactly how you feel!

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  • Avatar of weirdroid

    I’m not switching either. My EVO LTE is close to perfect for me in my uses. The only thing I really wish it had like the One is the boom sound speakers. I still like the kickstand and SD card option.

    One thing I discovered to my delight — the audio sound through headphones is the same on the EVO LTE as it is on the One. I tried them side-by-side in a Sprint Store. That explains why I have been happy playing audio in my Motorcycle Helmet headphone speakers straight from the jack. I’ve read about the 2.55v headphone amplifier in the newest HTC phones like the One and the DNA; my bet is that has been on all the HTC “Beats” phones including The EVO LTE.

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  • Avatar of Fifth313ment

    LMFAO Paul, “I will say this however, if you want to be woken out of a dead sleep by an EAS alert, BoomSound will do that for you. It’s pretty loud in terms of a phone speaker.” LOL, the other night we got a “weather” alert in South Florida and I had my EVO LTE next to my head plus I keep the ringer volume at max all the time, AND BOOM, I was up like a bomb hit outside. I swear if you would have recorded me I jumped up so fast my legs were moving before I hit the ground out of bed, lol.

    Great set of comparisons, read them all. The HTC ONE is just HTC giving me the middle finger, IMHO. I can’t bring myself to buy another until they make some changes. I’m waiting on the Note 3 reveal soon. Although the LG G2 looks awesome too!

    5th

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  • Avatar of Digitalhigh

    Thanks for the effort, but it really seems like this was a pointless comparison. You could have saved a bunch of time and just wrote this:

    “The One kicks the 4G LTE’s ass in every department. You got screwed if you upgraded from the 3VO to the LTE instead of waiting another couple months for the ONE.”

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    • I don’t know, although it kicks the 4G LTE’s ass in every aspect almost, I don’t feel it’s *that* much of an ass kicking.

      The same-speed SD access = meh
      The lower resolution = meh
      The lower transmit WiFi speed = meh

      it’s not something I’m particularly lusting over other than the extra CPU/GPU speed.

      I think you want to take photos and you know what you’re doing, either one works as well as the other.

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