HTC One Remix (Verizon) review
- Superior metal design.
- High-quality 720p display.
- MicroSD card memory expansion.
- Dual front-facing speakers.
- No IR blaster
- Highly loaded with Verizon’s preloaded applications (non-removable)
$ 49.99 (with 02 years’ Verizon Contract)
Launch Date: July 2014.
One Remix is sized well to be pocketable: its dimensions are 5.41 by 2.56 by 0.42 inches (HWD) and weighing 4.83 ounces.
Below image pictorially comapres the dimensions of HTC One (M8) full -spec phone and HTC One Remix (budget) phone.
It is appreciable that One Remix contains less plastic in body than the M8. However there is a band of plastic around the edges which looks quite ok and reminds of the original HTC One. The panels are made of Aluminum which look great. The Volume and micro SD card slots are nicely placed on the right side. The Power button is however on the top edge which adds some inconvenience in access. Since this version contains no IR emitter, there is no key for remote control function.
HTC's Boomsound speakers border the phone's 4.5-inch, 720p LCD, with a large bottom bezel and awkward Verizon logo. However both the speakers and display here are outstanding. The speakers get strongly flamboyant for a smartphone, while the display is good (326ppi), bright, and has a wide viewing angle. Contrast and color reproduction are also upto the mark.
The Connectivity support includes: Verizon's CDMA/1xEVDO Rev. A (800/1900 MHz), LTE Band 13/4 (700/1700 MHz) networks, global support for EDGE/GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz), HSPA/UMTS (850/900/1900/2100MHz).
Processor and OS
A quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC with 1.5GB RAM runs the gadget. The chip is common to other budget-friendly phones. With this quad-core processor, system animations run quite smooth, and applications load quite fast.
The Operating System is Android 4.4.3 with HTC's Sense 6 skin. It's pretty polished and shows limitations . Customized applications like Blinkfeed, Zoe, and HTC's custom Music, Gallery, and Camera apps are included. However , the motion launch gestures and Extreme Power Saving Mode are not present in this budget version of M8.
On the memory side, a 16 GB internal storage is included. Aroudn 6 GB is already loaded with OS and applications while the remaining 9.96GB is available to users. Typical Verizon applications are preloaded which include: VZ Navigator, Verizon Accessories, and Verizon Cloud, Audible, Kindle, and Amazon MP3. One cannot remove these applicatiosn and part of the memory has to be reserved for these, even if you do not use them.
A 13 Mega-pixel rear camera is included with which the images look crisp and real in good lighting conditions. In low-light the quality is a bit compromised. The output of Remix is still less than the M8. Again it should be acceptable when weighed against the price tag.
A front- facing 5 –mega pixel selfie camera is also included which has the same pixel count, and likely the same sensor, as the M8's . Its output is really nice with a video resolution at 1080p. However no image stabilization is available.
HTC One Remix (Verizon) is a midrange downgrade version of HTC One (M8), with most features well upto the mark. However as the price justifies a few features have been sacrificed which are: pixel density , IR blaster, extreme power saving mode etc. It is a mid-range Android phone , sized to be pocketable and priced to be affordable.