It has an elegant sleek body with a large screen and excellent screen clarity (great for our old mom eyes). At 5.04 ounces it is pretty light (so we won’t strain ourselves) and thin at 0.36 inches (to fit in our over-packed handbags). It has two front speakers so you can listen to music or an audio book without those pesky headphones.
However, the camera is the real highlight of this phone. This could be the only camera a mom needs. For day to day use, like soccer games and ballet recitals, it has a convenient feature: you can take photos while you are recording video, so you don’t have to juggle two devices.
For travel it has a good selection of built in photo effects and editing tools, and you can upload photos straight to the social media platform of your choice.
Notable Camera Features:
- UltraPixel Sensor, which is engineered with larger pixels so it enables each pixel to capture more than 300% more light than most leading 13 megapixel cameras.
- HTC ImageChip offers continuous autofocus, color shading, and noise reduction.
- F/2.0 Aperture is the largest available smartphone camera aperture that lets in 44% more light than the iPhone 5.
- Optical Image Stabilization drastically reduces blur in still photos and shaky video footage.
The optical image stabilization helps to reduce blur due to a shaky hand (you know, after a couple of glasses of white wine) or fast moving targets, like kids.
It has a selection of standard modes that you don’t need to read the manual to figure out: Portrait, Landscape, Backlight, Text, Macro, Night, HDR and Sweep Panorama.
Okay, it does have this thing called a Zoe™ that I haven’t totally figured out. It creates 3 second videos that look great but what to do with them?
You can create a 30 second video highlight of a specific event with preset music or you can create your own from a selection of your favorite images, including Zoes, which look really cool in a slide show.
It’s not just for moms. Whenever I bust this phone out, dads oggle it. I think its HTC One’s 4.7-inch full-HD screen that first gets their attention but then they notice the front-facing speakers that happen to provide stereo quality sound (hint: dads love techy Father’s Day gifts).