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HTC One is the style champ for Android users

Galen Gruman | June 12, 2013
The real rival to the iPhone 5 is the HTC One, not the Samsung Galaxy S 4

The rest of Android is Android
The rest of the HTC's capabilities are standard for its Android 4.1.2 version, with the same advantages and limitations.

In a corporate environment, you can manage the HTC One with Exchange ActiveSync policies, such as for passwords and encryption, as you can on pretty much any Android 4.x devices. Additional capabilities are available through third-party mobile device management (MDM) tools. In this regard, the HTC One and Galaxy S 4 are equivalent.

VPN access to Cisco IPSec VPNs doesn't work — a standard Android incompatibility — but other VPNs are supported if you know all the arcane settings. Encryption is 256-bit and takes nearly an hour to set up when activated (also a standard Android behavior).

Samsung says its forthcoming Knox security capabilities, which will let you partition the device into separate work and personal environments, will give the Galaxy S 4 an advantage over other Android devices. Maybe — it's not a real service yet, though the Defense Dept. says it trusts Knox. If you need top-level security, you should look at a BlackBerry Z10 or iPhone 5.

The HTC One costs $699 without a contract from AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, but is available for $200 with a two-year contract from AT&T and Sprint. Verizon Wireless plans to carry the HTC One this summer. It has 32GB of storage capacity, which is not upgradable.

Ultimately, the decision to get the HTC One comes down to style. The device is slick, simplified, and stark. That'll appeal to many people, especially those who love the machined look. The HTC One delivers the Android features you need, without much in the way. That's a good thing.


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