HTC One: EISA’s European Advanced Smartphone of the Year 2013-2014

HTC One: EISA’s European Advanced Smartphone of the Year 2013-2014The European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) has revealed the various winners in its annual awards thingy, and the category we’re interested in, of course, is Mobile Devices.

Picking up the award for European Advanced Smartphone of the Year 2013-2014 is none other than the HTC One.

The accompanying video (sorry, “visual citation”) explains exactly why the EISA loves the HTC One.

For starters, there’s the HTC One’s “robust aluminium body”, housing a “superb 4.7in Super LCD screen with full HD resolution”.

And while it’s ubiquitous old Android on operating system duties, HTC’s Sense yields a “unique user experience”, thanks in part to BlinkFeed, which “fills the home screen with a personalized stream of news feeds, updates from social networks, photos and videos.”

Finally, the EISA loves the HTC One’s front-firing stereo speakers, which, in conjunction with Dr Dre’s Beats Audio, offer an “unparalleled listening experience”.

Peter Chou, HTC’s CEO, yells: “We are delighted that six months after launch, the HTC One continues to be recognized as the best phone on the market.” Take that, Samsung Galaxy S4.

“We are committed to continuing to drive the industry forward in all areas of the mobile experience and this award is a testament to the hard work of our designers and engineers who never stop developing the next breakthrough innovation that will propel the industry into the next era of mobile communication and entertainment."

Meanwhile, the “slim and beautiful” Huawei Ascend P6 picked up European Consumer Smartphone 2013-2014; European Social Media Phone 2013-2014 went to the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini.

As for slates, European Tablet 2013-2014 was awarded to… the Sony Xperia Tablet Z? Didn’t see that one coming.

via: EISA

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 17, 2013 at 21:45

I do not know anyone who likes Blinkfeed. In fact, quite a few One Mini reviews express outrage that HTC didn't include the option to disable it or, better yet, uninstall it. I know a few people who own a One - they hate Blinkfeed. It's bad - especially since HTC proscribe what feeds you can add (it's not like you can add just any RSS feed. No, Sir.)
And knowing HTC's shabby software update history, it'll probably die a silent death in 6 months or so. Same as the various baked-in apps on the HTC HD2 - Twitter etc.

With hindsight I find the HTC One extremely overrated. Yes the built. Yes, the gorgeous looks. But hey, it'll end up in a £2 case. The camera is good. Interesting idea yada yada... but hardly earth-shattering over-all. The thing is: I'm using a P6 for the weekend. Almost 50% cheaper, and I don't feel it's less of a phone. Loudspeakers are louder, Dolby sound is better than Beats, the camera is just a tad worse, screen is okay (great viewing angles), and the UI is less bloaty than Sense.

There. I'm still not as cool as RDJ - makes me bitter :D

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