HTC One: For work and for social?

Ever since the launch of the HTC One X in April 2012, its quad-core CPU has caught the eye of the gamers, the socialisers and the busy workers. And why wouldn’t it?

With its 1GB RAM, 4.7” display, 1.3MP front facing camera and Wi-Fi and GPS as standard, this smartphone proved itself to be an all-encompassing piece of tech that the gadget-lover couldn’t do without.

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But stats, numbers and specifications aside; what does this mean for the modern workforce who are constantly battling to balance their home and work life, and just how good is the HTC One in action?

Is it socially savvy?

One of the original instigators of the ‘tiled’ home screen, the HTC One set its sights on a newer, better, more interactive, more intuitive home screen. Who needs to waste valuable time with tapping an app to find out what your friends are up to when your phone’s home screen can do it for you?

This compilation of content, including news feeds, latest tweets, Facebook updates and videos shared via the HTC Zoe camera app, is named BlinkFeed – and offers users little snippets of juicy content to click on at their disposal. The only downside to this readily available, user-friendly content is that owners of the HTC One can’t edit the proportions of each tile. Nor can you exclude certain people/topics from your home screen – a bit of a shame if you’re trying to avoid spoiler alerts on your favourite TV show! But Facebook and Twitter are great at choosing your ‘top news’ anyway, so the BlinkFeed is actually more instinctive than you’d think.

What is also fun about the HTC One is that it syncs your contacts with their social media profile picture. And to prevent it from pixelating your friends to the point of non-recognition, it displays a dotted version of the image instead.

Be a happier hot desker

If you don’t have your own desk to swamp with papers, files and drawers full of ‘stuff’, the HTC One is the perfect accessory for whether you’re working in the office or from home.

One of its niftiest features is that as well as being able to open, view and edit the majority of file types direct from your 4.7” display, you can now do something neat, compact and never before seen – print.

Obviously you need the corresponding printer with AirPrint functionality, such as the HP Officejet 4620, but by connecting to the hardware via your HTC’s Wi-Fi capabilities, you have access to the office printer and can send and print everything from photos to contracts.

In the last few years, global printing brands such as Canon, Dell, HP, Lexmark, Samsung and Brother, have got on-board with the technology and now integrate the AirPrint capability into the majority of their models.

And it’s really simple too. All you need to do is connect your HTC One to your printing hardware; users can access individual Android apps (i.e. Mail, Safari and iPhoto) then select the document/photo/email they wish to print and click “print”, which is found under the “share” option.

After hitting print, your mobile will search for available printers (like searching for Bluetooth devices or Wi-Fi connections) and when your printer is found, you can select the number of copies, number of pages and other settings – just like you would on a regular PC.

Overall, you’d be forgiven for thinking this phone was made for workers who are as dedicated to their social circles as they are to their next promotion. Good job HTC One!

Author Bio/Intro: Writing on behalf of office supplies retailer, Viking UK, gadgets and technology blogger, Gemma Ludlow shares her thoughts on the HTC One smartphone and its ability to meet the demands of socialisers and workers alike.

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