Thursday, February 21, 2013

HTC One – maybe the best but a 4MP camera?

I recently broke my original Droid Incredible screen after nearly 3 years of constant, hard use.  I spent about two weeks researching phones to find a replacement.  So what was my final choice?

The Original Droid Incredible!

I ordered a new digitizer with the front housing, and it took me about 10 minutes to replace the broken glass.  I am still upset that Ice Cream Sandwich was recently released for the Thunderbolt and NOT the Incredible, but I guess I’ll just have to get around that by finally rooting the phone and installing a ROM that takes me to ICS.

The truth is, every phone currently on the market either sucks for one reason or another, or is the size of a dinner plate (which is its very own reason to suck).  Hopefully the manufacturers of smartphones will quickly realize that people who want tablets will buy them.  People who want phones need something that will fit in their pocket and can be operated with one hand. “Phablets” suck.  Period.  Even the moniker makes me feel like a douchebag just for saying it.

I was excited to see the new HTC One announced, but I’m on Verizon, and they are the only carrier on the planet who won’t be supporting the HTC One.

Turns out it doesn’t matter though, because the HTC One only sports a 4MP camera.  HTC is claiming it doesn’t really matter because they’re “ultra pixels” (ooooooh!), but while these “ultra pixels” might look fine on a screen, especially for being only 4MP (they may even look as good as 8 “regular” megapixels), you can’t print at the same size as an 8MP image.

I actually use my Droid Incredible for photography and fine art printing. The HTC One camera just won’t get me to where I need to be.

Taken with my Droid Incredible, somewhere over Germany. Printed on Canon archival canvas with archival Canon inks:

1934ish by Daniel Beahm


Anonymous said...

There are three 4.x-MP Chips built in the HTC One. Algorithms will combine the Information from all three Chips. The picture will have the same resolution as if it were shot with a 13MP Cam.

The Invisible said...

This is simply not true. When printing a photograph taken by the HTC One, the dimension are the size of a 4MP camera. Now that the phone has been out for some time, we know this to be how this camera functions (the camera is sub par, especially in regard to photo size/pixels --this is the biggest reason I don't own this phone).