Thinking of switching to the One? DON'T do it!
I've been extremely happy with my Evo LTE, but I've been off of contract since last October and was due for any upgrade. I didn't want to drop down $200 for a new phone unless I was convinced it was something I wanted to keep for the next 2 years. I had read a bunch of positive stuff about the One and was intrigued by the 4 "ultra-pixel" camera. I used the camera on the Evo LTE a lot and thought it was one of the best I'd seen on a phone, but the great low-light ability and the zero-shutter delay of the One sounded like promising. Long story short... last week, I picked up one from Dell mobile for $29.99 plus a set of Beats ear-buds and a $50 gift card ( sweet deal, right?). The phone is fast enough and the call quality is very good, but the camera plain and simple... sucks. It's decent in low light, but it doesn't nearly make up for the terrible blurriness and lack of detail. In all serious, my 3.2MP camera from 13 years ago embarrasses the shooter on this phone. The only way I could see this being acceptable is by people who never view their pictures on anything larger than the phone screen and use the camera for stuff like Intragram or Facebook. Thinking about printing out an 8x10? Forget it.
I thought for a while that the phone was defective, but a quick Google search for "HTC One blurry" and a less than encouraging pep talk from the manager at the local Sprint store ("You can't expect the same quality as the Evo. It's only 4 MP!") convinced me otherwise.
So, if you want to take nice pictures and are due for an upgrade, I strongly suggest steering clear of the HTC One. The ultra-pixel might be a solid performer in the future, but for now it's a huge step backwards.
The attached of the car are from the One taken today, and the ice sculpture was taken in 2000 with a Nikon 3.2MP camera.