The HTC One (M7) has dimensions of 5.41 inches by 2.69 inches, so it's almost too large to fit in a pocket comfortably. It's an extremely thin smartphone, measuring only 0.37 inches in thickness.
At the top left corner of the front of the smartphone body (shown in this photo on the lower left), you'll see two dots that represent the proximity sensor. To the right is the top speaker grill, which stretches nearly 3.5 inches across. There's an LED inside the left side of the speaker that provides battery charging notifications. It's green when the battery is charged and orange when the battery is charging.
On the far right is the lens for the front camera. With the proximity sensors and the front camera so close to the edges of the HTC One, you do have to use some caution when selecting a protective cover for this smartphone. Some covers not specifically made for this model could cover these areas of the smartphone body.
This smartphone's touchscreen display measures 4.7 inches diagonally, and it's a full HD display screen (1920x1080), offering 468 pixels per inch.
Along the bottom of the HTC One (shown here at the right) is another speaker grill. Just above that is the HTC logo, which is just below the LCD screen. To the left of the logo is the Back button (marked with a left-pointing chevron), while to the right of the logo is the Home button (marked with a pentagon).
The back of the HTC One is sparse, only containing the main camera lens near the top of the smartphone (shown on the left here) and the LED flash to the left of the lens. A few stripes add decorative features to the back of the smartphone. The camera body has no openings, other than the SIM tray.
You can see a close-up of the f/2.0 aperture, 28mm lens in this photo. The HTC One (M7) records images on a BSI sensor that offers 4-megapixels of resolution. However the HTC image sensor makes use of larger pixels than a typical smartphone camera. HTC calls the image sensor an UltraPixel sensor, and the company's marketing materials claim the UltraPixel sensor pixels are three times more light sensitive than pixels on a standard smartphone camera image sensor, allowing the HTC One to excel in low light situations.
You'll find one port and one button on the top panel of the HTC One (M7). The rectangular shaped button is the smartphone's power button. The round port is the headphone jack.
The micro-USB connection port is on the bottom panel of the HTC One. You'll charge the smartphone's internal li-polymer battery through the USB port. The battery has a capacity of 2300 mAh, and HTC estimates its talk time per charge at up to 18 hours.
As you're holding the HTC One and looking at the display screen, you'll see the volume control button on the right side of the smartphone.
The left side of the smartphone body contains the micro-SIM card tray, which you can open by pressing the edge of a straightened paper clip into the tiny hole.
From the smartphone's home screen, you can gain access to the HTC One primary camera. Just touch the camera icon button in the lower right corner of the home screen to open the recording screen.
When shooting photos with the HTC One (M7) you'll see the touchscreen shown to the left. Across the top of the screen when holding the smartphone vertically (or along the left when holding it horizontally) you'll see a set of three icons.
The three aligned dots on the far left opens menus related to the smartphone camera's settings. The middle icon allows you to switch between the primary and secondary camera (front facing). The icon on the far right of the touchscreen controls the flash settings for the camera.
Just below the upper icons is data showing how much video and still image storage space remains available. (This data typically will not be visible when holding the camera horizontally.)
Along the bottom are additional on-screen buttons. In the lower left is the button to add special effects and filters to your photographs. In the middle you'll see buttons to record video and still images. And on the far right is a button that allows you to enter Playback mode.
You can apply a variety of effects to your still image photos and videos. Just touch the rainbow button with the triangle to open the effects menu, which will appear as a series of buttons near the bottom of the screen. Slide your finger across the series of buttons to scroll through the entire list before touching the one you want to apply. The list of effects is:
- No Effect
- Depth of Field
- Vintage Warm
- Vintage Cold
The last six entries in the list can be applied to either still images or videos. The first nine entries (other than No Effect) can only be applied to still images, and they're marked with a tiny white camera icon.
Once you've selected an effect, record an image by touching the camera icon button at the bottom right of the screen.
When you're ready to begin recording a video, you simply touch the video camera button near the lower left corner of the screen.
The video button will change to a red dot, and the video will begin recording immediately. You can see the amount of time the recording has occurred just under the red dot. Touch this button again to stop the video recording.
By touching the three dots in the upper left corner of the screen, you can open the HTC One's smartphone camera menu. Through this menu you can pick the shooting mode you want to use, as well as apply some manual settings to the camera, such as an ISO or white balance setting.
The main camera setting options are: Scene, Night, and Zoe. The Zoe mode is an option that HTC features as a hybrid video/still image mode. With Zoe the HTC One will record a series of continuous still images while also recording audio for 3 seconds. Because the Zoe still images are recorded at full 4-megapixel resolution, this mode makes it easier to pull single still images out of the set of images, versus trying to pull the still images out of a video stream, where the resolution is a bit lower.
One other benefit of Zoe mode is that the HTC One's camera will begin recording the still images one second before you touch the camera button on the screen, so you won't miss a photo if you press the button late ... as long as you're pointing the HTC One's camera at the desired scene before pressing the camera button.
You can pick from several scene modes with the HTC One camera, including: Portrait, Landscape, Backlight, Text, Macro, Night, HDR, and Sweep Panorama.
Within each shooting mode you can use the smartphone camera's menus to make changes to the camera's settings. The settings you can change include: ISO (up to 1600), exposure, contrast, saturation, sharpness, and white balance. The HTC One has a self-timer feature as well as a burst mode that can shoot up to 20 frames continuously.
To open the HTC One's Playback mode -- which HTC calls Gallery mode -- just touch the thumbnail image of the photo you shot most recently in the lower right corner of the screen.
Once you're in Gallery mode you can touch the three dots (now in the upper right corner of the screen) to gain access to the popup menu for Gallery, which offers the following options:
- Set As - Contact Icon, Set As Wallpaper
- Move To - (Select an Album)
- Copy To - (Select an Album)
When you select the Details screen (pictured here) you'll see data about the image, including date and time shot, storage size, and resolution.
You'll also see four buttons on the bottom of the screen when you're in Gallery mode:
When you touch the Edit button with a still image on the screen, you can apply a variety of editing options to the photo displayed on the screen.
You'll first see four new buttons on the bottom of the screen: Effects, Frames, Retouch, and Tools. As you select each button, you'll see additional options appear in the row just above the bottom of the screen.
The options under the Tools button, which is in the far lower right corner, are:
The options under the Crop button under Tools include:
- Original Ratio
As you touch the buttons for these various crop options, you can see how they'll look, as the HTC One will apply the selected crop to the image displayed on the screen.
When working in Manual crop mode you'll be able to drag your finger across the screen to change the borders of the crop. This is a nice option for working with your images.
Once you've achieved the look you want, just touch Done along the bottom of the screen to save the cropped image.
The options available when you touch the Effects button are:
- Auto Enhance
- B&W Grain
These effects are a little confusing, as they're different than the effects that you can add while shooting photographs. Some of the effects will look the same in both the still image and editing modes, despite the different names.
When you touch the Frames button you'll see a variety of options for placing a border around the photos you've shot, including:
You will need to drag your finger across the buttons representing each type of frame to scroll through the full list, because only four buttons will be displayed on the screen at one time.
When using the Retouch category in the HTC One's editing options, you're going to be able to select from a few basic editing features. You certainly aren't going to be able to make major fixes to the images using the smartphone's built-in options, but you may find a useful quick editing option here.
Use the touchscreen to scroll through the several Retouch buttons. The options in the Retouch subcategory are:
- Skin Smoothness
- Face Contour
- Eye Enhancer
- Red Eye Removal
- Eye Brightening
You can view your stored photos and videos within the HTC One's Gallery feature in a variety of ways. You have the option of viewing all of the photos, viewing photos taken on a certain date or at a certain event, or viewing photos stored in an album that you've created.
You can sort the photos by highlighting a single image and then touching the three dots in the upper right corner to open the popup menu. Your menu options are:
- Move to
- Copy to
When you have a screen containing various thumbnail images, just touch one of the thumbnails to bring it to the full screen.
The HTC One's Gallery feature gives you plenty of options for sharing your recorded photos and videos with various social networking sites or other options.
Just touch the Share icon, which is a dot with two arrows pointing upward from it, to begin the process. The Share icon will be at the bottom of the screen when viewing a single image, but it could be at the top of the screen when viewing multiple images.
With a single image on the screen if you touch the Share icon you'll see the following options:
- Add to Dropbox
- More - (Includes any social media apps you've downloaded, such as Imgur or Instagram)
Playing back a movie within the HTC One Gallery feature is pretty easy. Just touch the Play icon on the screen to begin playing a movie.
You'll see the video name across the top of the screen, along with the current time and the battery charge remaining. A scroll bar along the bottom of the screen will indicate the current position of the video file.
Along the right side of the screen you'll see a camera icon button. You can capture a still image from the video by touching this button. This feature will work while the video stream is playing or while it is paused.
By touching the Edit button (consisting of three dots in the upper right corner), you can make a few changes to the videos stored on the smartphone, such as changing the playback speed and editing the video or audio settings.
The HTC One (M7) with protective cover, compared in size to a DVD.