HTC First vs. HTC One – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on April 29, 2013

Yes. If you know anything about mobile phones, it’s unlikely the HTC First will beat the HTC One in a straight fight. The One is HTC’s flagship handset. But that’s not to say that the HTC First is a poor phone, and it’s first handset to ship with Facebook’s Android-covering Facebook Home UI. See how it fares in the table that follows…

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HTC First vs. HTC One: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

HTC First VS HTC One
Display 4.3-inch Super LCD 4.7-inch Super LCD3
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
(341.628 PPI)
1080 x 1920 pixels
(468.723 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.4GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 400 1.7GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
Software Android 4.1 Android 4.1.2
Storage 16GB internal, no expansion slot 32 or 64GB internal, no expansion slot
Rear
camera
5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection and 1080p video recording 4.0 Megapixels with Ultrapixel image sensor, autofocus, LED flash, simultaneous HD video/image recording, face detection, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.6MP Yes, 2.1MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/ac/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP
Size 65.0 x 126.0 x 8.9mm 68.2 x 137.4 x 9.3mm
Weight 124g 143g
Talktime 14.3 hours TBC
Standby 432 hours TBC
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, dedicated Facebook Home UI, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, stereo speakers, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and Beats Audio

 

HTC First vs. HTC One analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this HTC First vs. HTC One fight plays out…

HTC First vs. HTC One – Connectivity

The core connectivity options on the First include NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. 4G is also supported. HTC’s One, meanwhile, dishes up NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/ac/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. 4G is also included.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

HTC First vs. HTC One – Size/Weight

Let’s put the two phones side-by-side… The HTC One is a bit taller than the First with dimensions of 137.4mm versus 126.0mm. The One is also wider, measuring 68.2mm to the First’s 65.0mm. The One carries more weight than the First. Compare the two and One’s phone is 143g and HTC’s’ handset is 124g. The HTC One is losing after this round. Is it powerful enough to fight back?
— The First wins (2-1)

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HTC First vs. HTC One – Camera/Video

The First’s 5.0 Megapixel camera features autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection and 1080p video recording. It has a max resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels.

The HTC One packs a 4.0 Megapixel lens (with Ultrapixel image sensor, autofocus, LED flash, simultaneous HD video/image recording, face detection, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording). The highest resolution is pixels. Another 2.1 Megapixel camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (3-2)

HTC First vs. HTC One – Display

The First comes with a display that features Super LCD technology. It measures 4.3 inches across and has a quoted resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. Get the calculator out and the pixels per inch (PPI) measurement of this 4.3-inch display is a sky-high 341.628.

XXXX pointy arrow The HTC First features a 4.3-inch Super LCD display with a quoted resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 341.628.

In comparison, the One’s touch-sensitive Super LCD3 screen is slightly larger, measuring 4.7 inches. Do the math again and, with 2073600 overall pixels, the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is a striking 468.723.
— The One wins (3-3)

HTC First vs. HTC One – Processor

Now onto the processors… the First boasts a 1.4GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 400 processor. The One, meanwhile, has a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chip, rated at 1.7GHz.
— The One wins (3-4)

Half-time: HTC First vs. HTC One

At this halfway stage, the One leads by 4-3, a 1-point advantage. But there are some big rounds coming up, including storage and operating systems. Can the First pull it back?

HTC First vs. HTC One – Software

Neither phone wins this Android 4.1 vs. Android 4.1.2 battle. So…
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (4-5)

HTC First vs. HTC One – Applications

It’s Google Play vs. Google Play and there’s no winner here. So at the end of this round, the One is still out in front by 1. This is still a tight contest. Told you the HTC First wasn’t a bad phone…
— The two phones share the points (5-6)

HTC First vs. HTC One – Storage

This part of the fight focuses on storage capacity. The HTC First offers buyers 16GB of storage as standard. The One comes with multiple storage options, offering either 32 or 64GB capacities. As the specs show, the top-end HTC One features 64GB of internal storage, while the First features 16GB. Without an expansion slot on the First, 16GB is the maximum amount of storage available. HTC also didn’t build an expansion slot into the One, so 32 or 64GB is all you get.
— The One wins (5-7)

HTC First vs. HTC One – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The First and the One share the points (6-8)

HTC First vs. HTC One – Extras

Finally, the First also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, a dedicated Facebook Home UI, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality. In comparison, the One is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, stereo speakers, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and Beats Audio.
— The One wins (6-9)

BPF Verdict: The HTC One wins! (6-9)

The HTC One wins this match-up. It beats the HTC First, taking 4 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 5 and losing 1. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Comparable
The best size/weight: No
The best camera/video: Comparable
The best display: Yes
The best processor: Yes
The best software: Comparable
The most applications: Comparable
The most storage: Yes
The best extras: Yes

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